Monday, September 24, 2012

Owl Always Love You!

Since Fall cards are due this week, I couldn't resist making a card featuring this Cuttlebug embossing folder. 

  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Owl Flourish
  • Stampendous sentiment stamp
  • Ranger distress ink in Rusty Hinge
  • Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
  • Cardstock from Core Creations in nutmeg

OWH Mideweek Throwdown Challenge - Use Red and Green

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge (here) from Operation Write Home is a color challenge.  We are to use red and green on our cards.  I found some beautiful floral paper from K&Company that featured red and green and thought it fit this challenge perfectly.

  • OWH Sketch 114
  • K&Company double sided paper
  • Technique Tuesday stamp
  • Spellbinders square dies

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge 139

This week's sketch (click here to see the sketch and great samples) from Operation Write Home is another great one that I will be using often.  I decided to make a Christmas card using a cute topper from Colleen Parry.

  • OWH Sketch 139
  • Pre-colored digi from Colleen Parry's collection Christmas Goodies from PcCrafter
  • Sentiment stamp - unknown origin
  • Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags One die
  • Spellbinders Labels 8 die
  • Glossy Accents

Oops I Did it Again!

I was going to use this cute Teddy Bo image for our latest sketch challenge, but I printed him out too big!   I used the same layout except for the shaped background piece. 

  • Digi from Teddy Bo & Company
  • Copics G94 and E1
  • Papers from Debbie Mumm and MOD
  • I think the stamp is from Fiskars

Patriotic Thank You

I thought I'd make some thank you cards that were red, white, and blue and used a digi of Ciara from Sandy Allnock!  Ciara is so cute I couldn't resist.

  • OWH Bonus Sketch
  • Digi from Sandy Allnock
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Stars and Distressed Stripes
  • Thank you stamp from Stampin' Up!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Beautiful View and Mojo Monday Sketch 200

I like to visit sketch challenge blogs to see if I can get new ideas for cards.  One of my favorite sites is Mojo Monday sponsored by Verve Stamps.  

  • Mojo Monday Sketch 200
  • Fiskars sentiment stamp
  • Versafine onyx black ink
  • Pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection Penguin's Pastime from PcCrafter
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Sizzix embossing folder Hearts #4
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes

Missing You Card with OWH Sketch 133

I have always wanted to try the technique of embossing two pieces of cardstock together, and I decided to give it a try with this card.

  • OWH sketch 133
  • Pre-colored image from Leere Aldrich's collection Nature All Year from PcCrafter
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Sentiment computer generated using font CK Jacques
  • Sizzix/Basic Grey embossing folder Triad Leaves

An Overlooked Sketch

I have never used OWH sketch 39 before, but now it is definitely one of my favorites.

  • OWH sketch 39
  • Pre-colored digis from Laurie Furnell's collection Penguins Pastime from PcCrafter
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes
  • Computer generated sentiment added to the ice blocks using font PC Leere
  • Scribbles glitter glue on the heart
  • Glossy Accents on the ice blocks and hearts (and covering the glitter glue too!)

Winter Themed Thank You Card

Another thank you card using one of my favorite OWH sketches.

  • OWH sketch 15
  • Pre-colored digi from Sandi Gore Evans' collectioin Seasons of Wonder II from Daisy Co.
  • Sentiment computer generated using font Shell
  • DCWV paper

Missing You Hedgie

I made this card last year using the same layout, papers, and sentiment stamp.  I changed it up only slightly by using scallop edging and some piercing.

  • Verve sketch (VLVAUG2011 week 2)
  • Pre-colored digi from Carolee Jones' collection Gratefall Creatures from PcCrafter
  • Spellbinders dies
  • K&Company paper
  • Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen
  • Sentiment stamp - unknown origin

Another Thank You Card - OWH Sketch 127

I'm trying to keep a large percentage of my cards with a more masculine feel, so birds are playing a larger role. 

  • OWH sketch 127
  • Pre-colored bird image from Leere Aldrich's collection Nature All Year from PcCrafter
  • Spellbinder Dougle Ended Tags and Francy Frame Tage One dies
  • Sentiment stamp from Studio 112
  • Double sided paper from Adorn It - Boy Jamboree Collection

A Twist on OWH Sketch Nine

Some of our recent sketches from OWH have featured a diamond shape, which has simply been a rectangle turned on its side.  I decided to tweak OWH sketch 9 by turning the square shape shown on the sketch to make a diamond.

  • OWH sketch 9
  • Sentiment stamp from Inkadinkadoo
  • Papers from Tim Holtz paper pad idea-ology

Thank You Card and Sketch 129

Sandy put out a call to her West Coast cardmakers to make thank you, love you, and missing you cards to add into the batches and batches of cards she has received lately.  I am finishing my box of fall, general, Christmas, and winter cards and those three sentiment themes will be 99% of my shipment.   

  • OWH sketch 129
  • Papers from DCWV Naturals mat stack
  • Spellbinders Double ended tag die and the center piece is from the new Spellbinders tags Fancy Frame Tags One
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts

Miss You All the Time

I have been extremely remiss about posting my cards.  Another marathon posting starts with this card using some lucious Graphics 45 papers and the Hero Arts sentiment stamp from our fundraiser set.

  • OWH sketch 120
  • Spellbinders Fancy Frame Tags One die
  • Double sided paper from Graphics 45 - Moments in Time Women's Diary collection

Monday, September 10, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 137

Another fabulous sketch from Julie.  I already have five other cards lined up in my head waiting to get made with this layout.  Love it!

Here is the sketch and the link to the post at OWH Stars & Stamps is here.

  • OWH Sketch 137
  • K&Company papers
  • Sentiment computer generated using font Scriptina
Thanks for visiting my blog.  Have a great week!

Winter Card from Shelly Comiskey

I am so happy that Daisy Company has artwork from Shelly Comiskey!  She was one of my favorite artists from PcCrafter, and it's wonderful to know that I can still get her fabulous artwork!

  • Pre-colored digi from Shelly Comiskey's collection Frosty Friends from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 109
  • Sentiment computer generated using font PC Leere
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes

Split Coast Stampers Sketch 401

I frequently use sketches from Split Coast Stampers, and this layout is one I will use a lot. 

  • Split Coast Stampers Sketch 401
  • Papers from K&Company
  • Sentiment stamp from Wordsworth by Ampersand Press

Santa Christmas Card

A Christmas card for my next OWH box.  It's going to be a half and half box and it's really weird making general, fall, winter, and Christmas cards all for one box.  My mind has a hard time switching gears.  I may have to do a week of each season to do this!

  • Pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection Santa & Friends from PcCrafter
  • DCWV paper

Penny Black Poppy Poem

I love this stamp from Penny Black and I thought it would make a good love card by accenting it with some gold heart brads that I have had for ages.  I raised the image panel with 3M foam tape to help keep the card top level so the brads wouldn't cause problems with the postage machines. 

  • Image stamp from Penny Black - Poppy Poem
  • K&Company paper
  • Copics

Another Thank You Card

Another thank you card using OWH sketch 85, Basic Grey papers, and a computer generated sentiment using font Shell.

Vintage Thank You

Since thank you cards are in high demand during the holidays, I am making a larger percentage of them for my next OWH box.

  • Vintage image from The Graphics Fairy
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Paper from K&Company

Thursday, September 6, 2012

OWH Virtual Card Making Party Challenge #4 - Triple Time Stamping Technique

Donna at Donna Inks challenged us to make cards using a technique that involoves three layered panels that are then stamped, matted, and assembled as my finished card shows.  A picture tutorial on her blog gives the dimensions for each panel and mat plus the stamping and assembly of the card.  I chose to use a leaf stamp and make some thank you cards.

  • Leaf stamp from Cloud 9
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Ranger distress ink

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

OWH Virtual Card Making Party Challenge #6 - OWH Sketch 136 - Use Punches

I am doing the challenges for Opertion Write Home's Virtual Cardmaking Party completely out of order.   I am trying to get them all done since I have plenty of ideas, but time has been an issue!
Linda at Creepin' Along came up with a great idea for the sketch, which was to use our punches.   I decided to use my balloon punches which haven't seen the light of day for about ten years. I completely forgot I had them until I came to challenge six which is to use this week's sketch (below) from Operation Write Home (Stars & Stamps post here) and punches.

All of the papers are from Recollections and my balloon punch is from Marvy.  I used a Stampin' Up banner die and a Hero Arts sentiment stamp.  I also tried Sandy' techniqiue of placing a brad where the twine comes through the card.  It worked really well.
Off to get some more challenge done.  I only have two more cards to go.

Monday, September 3, 2012

OWH Virtual Card Making Party Challenge #10 - Home Sweet Home

Kathryn at Kathryn's Cards is hosting the tenth and final challenge for Operation Write Home's Virtual Card Making Party.  She is challenging us to create a card that represents something about the state we live in.  Since I live in Washington state and the weather is reported by how many days we haven't had any rain ("It's been two weeks since we've had any measurable rain." is an example of our weather person reporting the weather.), I decided to make a card with a sunflower (a summer flower) and rain. 

  • Pre-colored digi from Dearie Dolls tweaked a bit in Photshop
  • OWH sketch 99
  • Sentiment stamp from Clear Dollar Stamps
  • Papers from Recollections

OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party - Challenge #8 - Let's Play!

Cherie at Cheries Corner of the World is hosting the eighth challenge for Operation Write Home's Virtual Card Making Party.  She has challenged us to use sports images for a card.  I chose to make a kid card since OWH can always use them.

  • Pre-colored digi by Beverly Luedecke's collection Sports from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 71
  • Stripe paper from Pebbles Inc.

OWH Virtual Card Making Party Challenge #1 - Our Daily Bread Monthly Challenge

The first stop on the Operation Write Home Virtual Card Making Party is the September Challenge from Our Daily Bread.  We are challenged to make a card using a scripture verse or inspirational/uplifting sentiment.  I chose this quote from Audrey Hepburn because my son is going through Basic Training for the Air Force.  He is never far from my mind, and this quote is certainly describes what he is experiencing.

  • OWH sketch 127
  • Sentiment digi from Create with TLC
  • Basic Grey papers
  • Sizzlits die

Saturday, September 1, 2012

OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party - Challenge #3 - Snowflakes But Not Christmas

Cindy at Cindy's Card Co asked us to do cards that featured snowflakes but were not Christmas themed.  I used a pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Cold Hands Warm Heart 2 from PcCrafter.   (Check out some of her current work at Aimee Asher and her stamps from High Hopes Rubber Stamps.)   I used OWH sketch 51, Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes, and a stamp from Stampendous which I mounted with my trusty Spellbinder dies.

OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party Challenge #5 - Western - Cowboy or Horse - Card

Sandy at Sandy's Crafty Creations has issued a challenge to make a western themed card using either a cowboy or horse.  I chose this flirty filly to make a card using one of the Hero Arts/OWH sentiment stamps.

  • Pre-colored image from Dover Publications Old Time Vignettes
  • The Sweet Stop Sketch 170
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders oval dies
  • K&Company papers

OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party Challenge 2 - It's Time to Cook!

Cherie at Cherie's Corner of the World is challenging us with a Recipe Challenge.  We are to use 1 image, 2 patterned papers, and 3 words.  Since we also have a new challenge for half Christmas/winter cards and half general cards for our OWH boxes, I decided to make a Christmas card to get my new box started.

  • Pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection A Christmas Sampler 3 from PcCrafter (Laurie's work is also available from Aimee Asher and she has rubber stamps at High Hopes Rubber Stamps.  This digi is available in a collection at Aimee Asher here.)
  • Sentiment stamp from Inkadinkadoo
  • Pattern papers from Recollections
  • OWH sketch 37