Wednesday, May 30, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Thank You!

OK, I decided no more shilly-shallying around.  I needed to do my challenge card right away this week for Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge Thank You.  No more missing deadlines!  Besides, this card has been hollering at me to get made ever since I saw the CAS challenge at SplitCoast Stampers and the featured cards there had color blocking using a template and sponged inking.  (The link to the card that caught my eye is here.  The link to the card maker's blog is here.  She shows other cards using this technique too.) I, being the resourceful (lazy) person I am, knew I had some old, old, old paper that would approximate that look.

  • Inkadinkadoo image stamp
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink
  • Paper is eons old, and is probably from a ProvoCraft mat stack
OK, after linking my card, my two big dogs want their walk.  Hopefully it won't rain!

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Another Card Using New Bonus Sketch

I tried another idea for the new OWH Bonus Sketch using a more heavily patterned background paper and a busier image.  I like this card, but a calmer looking card is more my style, so I only made one instead of my usual four or six.

  • Pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection Angel Bears from PcCrafter
  • Sentiment font = Centurian ES
  • Colorbok paper
  • Spellbinders Double Ended Tags die
  • OWH Bonus Sketch
  • Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain

Thinking of You and a Feather

I have been obsessed with this feather ever since I downloaded it from The Graphics Fairy.  I could never figure out how to present it so it would look nice.  I had a sudden bolt of inspiration and used OWH sketch 15 to give it a chance to be a big part of the card design.

  • Feather image from The Graphics Fairy
  • Sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession (heat embossed)
  • OWH Sketch 15

Drats I Missed it Again Challenge Card

Last week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge was to make a love you card.  I procrastinated and then when the blog hop was on I was so overloaded with ideas I never made any cards all weekend.  I made this card yesterday, but never got pictures and posting done until today, so I missed the challenge! 

  • Pre-colored digi from Tina Ledbetter's collection Everyday Friends from PcCrafter
  • Split Coast Stamper sketch 7
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Recollections paper
  • Heidi Grace sentiment stamp

Thinking of You Embossed Card

A CAS thinking of you card using my new, awesome, corner chomper punch!

  • Sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Leafy Branch

Miss You Card

I purchased some 12x12 papers from a store called Tuesday Morning recently.  The package holds 12 of the same design, but for $2.99 I couldn't complain over the price.  This particular package (because you know I bought a bunch of other ones too!) had the page divided up into three sections of 4x6 "cards."   I really liked the image on this section, so I trimmed it down to fit the sketch.  The gridded background paper is the back side of the smaller image panel. 

  • Paper from gcd Studios
  • Sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession
  • Spellbinders circle die
  • OWH sketch 99

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge - Bonus Sketch and ODB Challenge

We have a new bonus sketch at Operation Write Home.  I know I will be using this sketch a lot!  I'm also entering this card into the Our Daily Bread Five Elements Challenge.  I've used (1) digital image, (2) stamped sentiment, (3) die cut, (4) brads, (5) patterned paper. 

  • OWH Bonus Sketch
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Pre-colored digi from Jeriann Sabin's collection Language of Love from PcCrafter
  • Spellbinders Grommet Die
  • Ranger Distress Ink Rusty Hinge
  • K&Company paper

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Additional Cards - OWH Sketch 120

I made a bunch of cards using OWH sketch 120 because I went a little crazy at the clearance area in Micheal's recently.  I bought a bunch of different K&Company paper pads which were being discounted to less than $2.00 each.  I love K&Company's florals, and couldn't pass up such great deals.  Sketch 120 is a great way to showcase the larger floral designs featured in the 12x12 sized papers.

K&Company 2-sided papers front and back, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Spellbinders Mega Oval die.
 K&Company 2-sided papers front & back, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Spellbinders Grommet Tags die, Martha Stewart punch.
K&Company papers, Inkadinkadoo sentiment stamp.
Basic Gray papers, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Spellbinders Grommet Tags die.

OWH Memorial Day Sketch Bloghop

Today is Operation Write Home's Memorial Day Sketch Bloghop!  We have been asked to make cards using sketches from OWH.

I chose to make an Any Hero card using sketch 120.  The sentiment and image stamps are from Stamper's Best.  I colored the eagle with white watercolor pencil and the beak with Ranger Wild Honey distress ink.   The star paper is from DCWV and I ran a gold metallic gel pen around the inside of the Spellbinders Mega Oval die before removing the cardstock.

Click the link to go back to the Memorial Day Bloghop:

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Pike's Playground Sketchy Challenge

We were challenged to follow a sketch over at Pike's Playground's Sketchy Challenge this week.  I was going to color this cute little guy with my Copics, but my E31 marker ran out of ink!  Luckily I have a refill on order, but it wouldn't get here in time.  Instead I colored him up in Photoshop Elements.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.

Here is the sketch:
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tammy DeYoung's Plant Smiles, Grow Giggles

I felt like making a kid card today, so I made this one using artwork from Tammy DeYoung.  I purchased her collection from pcCrafter; however I believe this set is available at Aimee Asher - link is on my left sidebar.

  • Pre-colored image from Tammy DeYoung's collection Plant Smiles, Grow Giggles from PcCrafter
  • Sizzix Large Dots embossing folder
  • Ranger distress ink in Broken China
  • Yellow check paper from my stash
  • Sentiment is computer generated

Masculine Miss You Card

I had some inky fun making this card!  The background paper came with the grid lines and the gear.  I used distress ink to add come color.

  • Stampin' Up image stamp and label die
  • Sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession
  • Ranger distress inks in Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge
  • Paper from gcd Studios
  • Splitcoast Stampers sketch379

Friday, May 18, 2012

Carolee Jones Busy Busy Bears Soccer Player

The last card for my box.

  • Pre-colored image from Carolee Jones' collection Busy Busy Bears from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 71
  • Spellbinders Labels 3 dies
  • Soccer ball ribbon from JoAnn's dollar bin

Carolee Jones Busy Busy Bears Cowboy

Some kid cards to finish off my box for OWH.

  • Pre-colored image from Carolee Jones' collection Busy Busy Bears from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 40
  • Paper from Creative Imaginations (double sided - each side shows)
  • Digi Sentiment from Doodle Pantry

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Two Challenges in One - OWH Tropical Colors and Doodle Pantry Challenge DPDC23

I was really pleased to see a tropical color scheme for the Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home' Stars and Stamps blog.  It fit in perfectly with my need to get  my Doodle Pantry challenge card done and posted before next week's deadline on the 24th.  Doodle Pantry's challenges are terrific because they give about four weeks for the challenge to get done and they give you a free digi set! 

  • Pre-colored digi and sentiment from Doodle Pantry's Quirky Parrot set
  • OWH sketch 19
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed Stripes
  • Pattern paper from my stash that I have been hoarding
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sassy Cheryl Big Bear Hug

When Cheryl Alger closed out her shop where she sold her pre-colored digis, I helped myself to a bunch of them.  I couldn't resist this cute image of a girl hugging a great big bear. 

  • Pre-colored image from Sassy Cheryl
  • Sentiment stamp from Stampendous
  • OWH Sketch 36
  • Spellbinders circle and circle scallop dies
  • Striped paper from DCWV
  • Polka dot paper from Recollections

Pike's Playground Challenge - Use Orange, Red, Yellow

I am going to blame the wonderful weather we have been having for me making my challenge cards and then flaking out and not taking pictures and posting until after the challenges are over, lol!  I completely missed this challenge too, but I had a lot of fun coming up with a card using an image from Dustin Pike and word art from Paulette from Create with TLC.

  • Pre-colored image from Dustin Pike's blog as a freebie
  • Word art from Create with TLC
  • Mojo Monday sketch 218
  • Star paper from Recollections
  • Spellbinders oval and scallop oval dies
  • Glossy Accents
  • Sizzix Large Dot embossing folder

Laurie Furnell Folkart Sampler 2

Maybe it was the upcoming Mother's Day holiday or just the brown centers of the sunflowers that made this card go brown.  I don't really know, except while making this card I was filled with memories of going with my Mom when she visited her friends and they would drink coffee and chat.  The brown color is what brought back so many memories.  Maybe all of those kitchens from long ago had a lot of brown - I seem to recall many of them had brown and yellow color schemes.

  • Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Folkart Sampler 2 from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 19
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Polka dot paper from K&Company

Tammy DeYoung Robot

Tammy DeYoung's artwork is one of my favorites.  She was an artist with PcCrafter, but luckily for us, she is now at Aimee Asher, so her cute and sometimes whimsical images are still available, Yay!  Here is a link for her set My Robot.  Some of her images are available as black and white line art so they can be colored.  Most are pre-colored, like this one, for some quick, fun cards.

  • Pre-colored image from Tammy DeYoung's collection My Robot available from Aimee Asher
  • OWH Sketch 29
  • Sentiment stamp unknown origin
  • Recollections star paper

AEIO Missing U One More Time

I decided to try a different sketch with the same sentiment and papers as the ones from my previous post.

  • OWH Sketch80
  • Papers from Recollections
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp from Year Round Sentiments
  • Spellbinder Heart and Heart Scallop dies
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder

Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments

I really like this sentiment stamp from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments.  I see a lot of alphabet papers and thought I would try pairing them up with this sentiment.

  • OWH Sketch73
  • Papers from Reflections
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • Spellbinders circle dies

OWH Sketch Challenge 120

I was almost filled up a medium box for OWH when this challenge came out - working on another card which I realized looked striking similar to this week's sketch, so I used that card for my entry into OWH Sketch Challenge 120.  I did, however, want to make a card specifically for this challenge since I had just purchased the Basic Grey papers I used on this card and I thought the sketch would do a great job of showing them off.  So a week, later, here is my sketch card!  Better late than never!

  • OWH sketch 120
  • Basic Grey papers
  • Spellbinders Grommet Tags
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp

OWH Sketch Challenge 121

I made a slight adjustment to this week's sketch from Operation Write Home.  I did this for two reasons, one is that I am in love with sitting images that I can perch on my cards.  The other is that I am going to use this sketch A LOT!

  • Digital image from Bugaboo Stamps
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • Impression Obsession sentiment stamp
  • OWH Sketch 121
  • Recollections papers
  • Copics
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

OWH Be a Rebel Challenge 10 - Make an Owl Card

I am still trying to get a few more cards done from last weekend's Operation Write Home's Virtual Cardmaking Party Rebel Challenge (make cards instead of scrapbooking for National Scrapbooking Day).  Sheila from 2 Paw Prints challenged us to make an owl card.  We get extra points for a punny sentiment.  I knew what card I wanted to make right away.  I just needed to find the time to make it!

(Somehow my camera picked up some digital noise and the right panel looks like it has wrinkles in it, but it doesn't, and retakes won't make it go away either.  I think it might be the slight checked nature of the background paper is fooling the camera lense somehow.)

  • Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Owl Seasons from PcCrafter
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • OWH Sketch 15
  • Plaid paper from DCWV
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder With Love
  • Spellbinders oval and scalloped oval dies

Monday, May 7, 2012

OWH Be a Rebel Challenge 6 - Use a Die

The Virtual Cardmaking Party from Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel (make cards instead of scrapbooking on National Scrapbooking Day) continued on Sunday with even more great challenges.  Beth  from Bunny Scrap is hosting Challenge 6 which is to use a die when making our card.  I knew right away which card I would make because a couple of days ago I saw this image when looking through my clipart from Laurie Furnell's collection Star Spangled Summer2.  I wanted to use this chicken on a die and cut out the lower portion so it could hang over.  I also had the perfect sentiment from Create with TLC to use with it.

  • Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Star Spangled Summer2 from PcCrafter
  • Sentiment from Create with TLC
  • OWH sketch 74
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Pattern paper from Recollections

OWH Be A Rebel Challenge 4 - Use Bright Colors

I was outside almost all of Sunday enjoying the SUN! which we rarely see here in Western Washington so I wasn't in attendance for Sunday's Virtual Cardmaking Party from Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel (make cards instead of scrapbooking on National Scrapbooking Day).  Actually, this challenge was issued on Saturday evening, so I am a bit behind.  Yvonne from her blog Penguin Papers  hosted Challenge 4 which is to make a card using bright colors.  I was thrilled to make a card for this challenge because I had these adorable digi girls from Cleverly Cute Stamps, all colored up from a frenzied up-till-2:00am coloring session.  I am new to Copics, so once I started, I just couldn't stop and I made 8 of them in all different hair and dress colors.  Because I still can't get over the thrill of coloring them, I have posted all of them, save one because it is a true duplicate.  I'm hopeless, lol!
  • Digi from Cleverly Cute Stamps
  • Paper from Basic Grey
  • Copics (I didn't keep track of my colors - I think I used every one I had!)
  • Spellbinders dies Labels 4 
I just realized my card looks like this week's sketch 107, so I am going to post this card to the sketch challenge.  I am going to make another card, though, because I thinks the new sketch is going to be an amazing go-to sketch for me.  I already have my new card planned out - I just need the time to make it!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

OWH Be A Rebel Challenge 1 - Paper Piecing a Card for a Child

I finally was able to figure out a paper piecing card for today's Virtual Cardmaking Party from Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel (make cards instead of scrapbooking on National Scrapbooking Day).  Sherry Hickey from Bits of Cheer is hosting Challenge 1 which is to paper piece a card for a child.  I don't know what guardian angel was looking out for me because I didn't even notice that the card was for a child.  I saw paper piecing and immediately felt the hand of doom.  I am not very good with scissors!  This card came about because I had made a hash of another card a couple of days ago and the background paper was all cut out for a card.  I suddenly remembered the QuickKutz dies I had ordered from  (They were only $1 each, so I ordered a bunch so I could do some paper piecing without scissors.)  Inspiration struck, and I came up with this card. 

  • QuickKutz space ship die
  • Paper Pizzaz paper
  • Ranger distress ink in wild honey
  • Copic marker for the flame trail
  • Unity sentiment stamp

OWH Be A Rebel Challenge 2 - Use Something You've Been Hoarding

The second challenge for today's Virtual Cardmaking Party from Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel (make cards instead of scrapbooking on National Scrapbooking Day) is one that is right up my alley.  The challenge is sponsored by Carol from Our Little Inspirations.  She has challenged us to use something we have been hoarding.  I have been hoarding this paper for eons!  I thought I had one sheet left, so I was saving it and saving it, and saving it!  Ha, ha, ha!!  The joke is on me because when I went to look for it, I found out that I didn't have the one 12x12 sheet like I thought.  I had THREE of them!!  That will teach ME to hoard.  Geesh.

  • Digi from Digi Stamp Botique - Daisy & Flower
  • OWH sketch 2
  • Sentiment stamp from Fiskars
  • Paper from my stash (hoard)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • Copics
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I am going out of order for Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel Challenge Virtual Cardmaking Party.  I am hopping into the third challenge since I knew exactly what card to make and I could visualize it easily.  The third challenge is to use food as a focal image and is being sponsored by Lisa from Stamping with a Mission.  Thanks Lisa for giving us such a fun challenge!

  • Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Star Spangled Summer2 from PcCrafter
  • Digi sentiment from Create with TLC
  •  OWH Sketch 1
  • Checked paper from DCWV

Friday, May 4, 2012

More Spidey!

More cards from the stickers using another OWH sketch.  In all I made 14 cards using two OWH sketches I have never used before.

  • OWH Sketch 5
  • EK Success Spiderman stickers
  • EK Success Spiderman web paper
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • Spellbinder oval dies