Wednesday, August 29, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Masculine Cards

Our Midweek Throwdown Challenge from Operation Write Home is to make a masculine card.  I really like this stamp from Penny Black, and while it is depicts snow, I thought the flurries might get by as leaves also.

  • Penny Black stamp Snow Dust
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Yasumoto Gel Xtreme metallic bronze pen
  • Ranger distress inks in Antique Linen, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge
  • Versafine Sepia Pigment ink for the image and sentiment stamps
  • Recollections layering weight cardstock

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Operation Write Home Pizzaz Blog Skip

I hope everyone is enjoying our Operation Write Home Pizzaz Blog Skip today.  I decided to concentrate on showing some stitching on my cards.  My first card is using patterned paper from My Minds Eye, Split Coast Stampers sketch 395, a Hero Arts sentiment stamp, and a flower made with my Fiskars punches.  I used straight and zigzag stitching to give it some added pizzaz!

My second card is a take on OWH sketch 121.  I've used some zigzag stitching to give the impression that I pieced those strips on the bottom.  Nope!  The paper from K&Company Best of Brenda Walton was just kind of plain and sitting there all dull and boring until I gave it some pizzaz with the stitching.  I also used some straight stitching to finishing off the edges and the cross piece.  A trick I use when sewing thin paper is to foundation piece it, which means I glue the thin patterned paper to some cardstock.  In this case, the white cardstock that I've embossed is the foundation piece as well.  I used one of my favorite embossing folders from Craft Concepts called Budding Vine for that.  The pre-colored hydrangea digi is from Sandi Gore Evans' collection Floral Bouquets from Daisy Company and was cut with a Spellbinders Standard Circle die and layered over a  Spellbinders Lacey Circle die cut made from kraft layering cardstock to match the background layer.   Whew!

I hope you enjoyed looking at and learning about my cards.  Our next cardmaker is Cora at Cora Jean's Paper Playtime.  Cora makes fabulous cards, and I know you will really enjoy seeing her work.  Click here to go to her website.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the skip!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown -Supply Challenge

The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is to use patterned paper and our dies/punches in a Supply Challenge.  I decided to CASE two cards I saw on Splitcoast Stampers (links here and here).  I've been really liking large sentiments lately, and it was really fun to use one of my new sentiment stamps from Technique Tuesday for this card.

  • Love you stamp from Technique Tuesday
  • Papers from Basic Grey
  • Spellbinders scallop and circle dies
  • Sizzix Flower #1 die
  • Verve flower stamp - cut out and added to center
  • Fiskars scallop punch - makes black background for flower
  • Recollections brad

CAS Card - Color Blocks

There is just something about the way silhouette stamps look against a swath of color that just makes me love it.  I have seen this technique in the Splitcoast Stampers gallery and I have finally made a card using some squares.  The technique is extremely easy (it's called reverse masking).  I used my Spellbinders square die to cut an opening in some scrap cardstock (I made one for each color) and then I simply sponged the color through the opening starting with the bottom, and then the top square and finishing with the left middle square.  The silhouette stamp was stamped last using a dye based ink.

Just for a note:  I had problems with my sentiment stamp beading up the dye ink and I wasn't going to use it, but then I tried a new (for me) ink from Versafine that I just purchased at Micheal's.  It's called Versafine Onyx Black, and it's an oil based ink that cleans up with water.  My stamp worked perfectly with this ink - no beading up at all, just a nice clean image.

  • Ranger Distress Inks in Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge
  • Penny Black Quite Dandy stamp
  • Momento Tuxedo Black dye ink for image
  • Thank you stamp - unknown
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink for the sentiment

Missing You Bear

I added some fake stitching to this card using a ruler from Ranger - Tim Holtz.  The ruler has holes along one side to aid in punching.  I used a thumbtack to punch and then added the stitching with a black Sharpie.  Suffice to say, my stitching is as crooked as my machine stitching!

  • Pre-colored digi from Renae Lindgren's collection Fall Harvest from Daisy Co.
  • Miss you sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession - heat embossed
  • K&Company papers

Last Hallnoween Card for 2012

Since Sandy requested our Halloween cards be made to stretch beyond the holiday (thus becoming Hall-no-ween cards), I used a sentiment from Create with TLC for this cute witch from Sassy Cheryl (Cheryl Alger) so it could still be sent home past Halloween.

  • Pre-colored digi from Cheryl Alger through Aimee Asher website
  • Sentiment digi from Create with TLC
  • OWH sketch 37
  • Basic Grey papers

Hallnoween Hugs

Another Halloween card for my OWH box which is going into the mail tomorrow.  The deadline for Halloween cards is August 31st, so my box should make it in plenty of time. 

  • Pre-colored digi from Rebecca Carter's collection Teddy Bears from PcCrafter
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • OWH sketch 29
  • Basic Grey Papers

Friday, August 17, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Use Kraft and One or More Colors

I like to use animals on my cards and I've been wanting to do a simple card using either a dog or cat and a very basic design.  The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home (link here) gave me an opportunity to do just that. 

  • Pre-colored digi from Debbie Mumm's collection Pet Shop - Cats from PcCrafter
  • K&Company papers
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp

Hero Arts Timely Bird

I wanted to expand my image choices to include more clocks to go with the great sentiments Hero Arts produced for us.  This collage stamp is called Timely Bird and I used some Copics to give it some color.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts stamp set All the Time.

(Update: 8/22/2012)
I made another card using this stamp, this time with a blue mottled paper.  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 133

I really like this week's sketch and the sample cards made by Carol are giving me ideas for more cards using this layout.  More card samples and the challenge are posted here.

Here's this week's sketch:
  • Digi from Bugaboo Stamps
  • OWH sketch 133
  • Sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession
  • Stampin' Up banner die
  • Basic Grey dot paper
  • Copics W8, E33, E35, E53, R29

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pike's Playground Challenge - Bear Minimum Keep it Simple

This week's challenge over at Pike's Playground (link here) is to make a card using a Doodle Dragon bear image and a simple layout.  I used this cute bear soccer player and colored him with Copics.

  • Digi from Doodle Dragon Studios
  • OWH sketch 71
  • Copics E35, E59, W8, B95, B99, R24, YR07, YG01, G24, YG03, B00, B60, W0

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Clean and Simple Thank You Card

Another card using a masked off area to distress with Ranger distress ink.  I used a round sponge dauber spritzed with a bit of water to give a whiskery look to the distressing.

  • Hero Arts dandelion and thank you stamps
  • Ranger Faded Denim distress ink
  • Momento Tuxedo Black dye ink

Clean and Simple Stamping

I've seen cards like this at Splitcoast Stamping and I thought they looked really wonderful, so simple and elegant.  I masked off my card with cheapie Post-it notes.  I tried blue painter's tape, but it took off some of the paper. 

  • Image stamp from Inkadinkadoo
  • Sentiment stamp from Kaiser Kraft
  • Ranger Rusty Hinge distress ink
  • Momentos Rich Cocoa dye ink

Hall-no-ween for the Guys

I never really noticed this image until I was trying to come up with a guy Halloween card.  I think he is pretty cool.

  • Pre-colored image from Leere Aldrich's collection Monster Bash from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 1
  • Paper from my stash


I wanted to make a couple of Halloween cards, and Sandy requested that they be more general than Halloween-specific.  I made up a sentiment that I thought could work for everyday as well as Halloween.

  • Pre-colored digi from Tricia Santry's collection Fall Friends from PcCrafter
  • Computer generated sentiment - Fonts = Freebooter Script and Arabic Typesetting
  • OWH sketch 15
  • Basic Grey dot paper

Summer Florals

I've been waiting to make this card for awhile.  Finally got it done on Friday!

  • Pre-colored digi from Jeriann Sabin's collection Sunflowers from PcCrafter
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • OWH sketch 123
  • K&Company floral paper

Sweet Card

I was looking through all of the sentiments from Paulette from Create with TLC and I found this one.  I decided to use berries since blackberries are coming in season here in September.

  • Pre-colored digi from Sandi Gore Evans' collection Summer Fruit from Daisy Co.
  • Sentiment digi from Create with TLC
  • OWH sketch 41
  • K&Company papers

Thinking of You

I really like this elephant from Dustin Pike.  I paired him with some big dot paper so it could work for a birthday card if needed.

  • Elephant from Doddle Dragon Studios colored in Photoshop Elements
  • Recollections paper
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Maybe a Thank You and Maybe Not

I love the sneakers on these two angels and I thought the sentiment from Create with TLC worked really well with them to make a thank you card or just a general hello card for a friend.

  • Pre-colored digi from Debra Jordan Bryan's collection Occasions for Angels from PcCrafter
  • Sentiment from Create with TLC
  • Paper from Adornit - Carolee's Creations

Surprise Image

I bought a stamp set featuring guitars and a "You Rock!" sentiment without noticing the beautiful floral stamp that was included in the set.  I've been wanting to use an embossing folder from Tim Holtz for awhile now, so I put the two together for this card.

  • Tim Holtz embossing folder Fancy Frame
  • Floral stamp from, I believe, Inkadinkadoo, colored with Copics
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Ranger distress ink Rusty Hinge

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Kids Cards

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge is Kids Cards.  I am glad to be back into challenges mode once again.  I took a week off from them because my Mojo was working overtime and I was turning out cards right and left.  I finally crashed on Friday and took a day off so I could recover!  Part of my recovery on Friday was to straighten up my craft room and I rediscovered a Tim Holtz paper pad which I had torn apart to set aside the swirl designed papers to make some skater cards with.  This week's Throwdown Challenge gave me incentive to ink it up!

  • Skater stamp from I Brake for Stamps
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Tim Holtz paper

OWH Sketch Challenge 132

Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 132 gave me an opportunity to use one of my new stamps from I Brake for Stamps.  I decided to make a thank you card to balance out my box for OWH, which I hope to ship next Friday.

Here is this week's sketch:

  • OWH sketch 132
  • Bamboo stamp from I Brake for Stamps
  • Ranger Crushed Olive distress ink
  • Sentiment stamp from Verve

Monday, August 6, 2012

Our Daily Bread August Challenge: Masculine Cards

The August challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs  (ODBD) for Operation Write Home is to make masculine cards.  If we post 50 cards, we will receive funding for the postage costs for two large flat boxes of cards.  Thank you, Our Daily Bread Designs!

I made two cards for the challenge.  Only one is entered, but I am showing them both on this one post.  They are both brown (ha!  did someone say brown cards were in demand?), and I am going to have to get some more colorful masculine cards into my OWH box!

  • Clockface and sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Clockworks distressed with Ranger Vintage Photo distress ink
  • DCWV Naturals mat stack paper for the crosspiece

  • Stampendous Flying Machines stamp stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp stamped in Ranger Fired Brick distress ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder
  • Basic Grey background paper

One for the Girls and One for the Boys

  • Pre-colored digi from Cheryl Alger's site Sassy Cheryl
  • Fiskars sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders Labels One dies
  • Paper from K&Company - girl
  • Paper from my stash - boy

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Missing You Like Crazy Moose

Another missing you card for my OWH box using artwork from Dustin Pike and a sentiment from Create with TLC, along with OWH sketch 16 and K&Company papers.  I colored the digi in Photoshop Elements.

Missing Ewe!

This card reminds me of the country-themed decor of the 80's.  I even added the then popular dash dash dot outline around the image.   Nothing like a blast from the past!

  • Pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection Star Spangled Summer II from PcCrafter
  • Sentiment is computer generated with font Andy
  • Stampin' Up Bitty Banners die
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • OWH sketch 1

Stickers, but no Sneeze

I love these leaf stickers because they have gold foil on them.  Somehow fall and winter makes me gravitate to metallics on my cards. 

  • EK Success leaf stickers
  • Hero Arts sentiment heat embossed
  • Ranger gold fine embossing powder

Masculine Card

I really like making cards featuring cars because I can use metallic paper and Cuttlebug's Diamond Plate embossing folder.  I'm always thrilled with the way it looks!

  • Pre-colored digi from Gina Jane's Collection Route 66 from Daisy Co.
  • Spellbinders oval die
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Diamond Plate

Hello Sunflower

A fun card I made using a Spellbinders die cut in half. 

  • Spellbinders Sunflower die
  • Reminisce stripe paper
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Stampendous hello stamp
  • Stampin' Up window punch