I like to make handmade cards and my dogs are with me every step of the way. I have cardboard boxes from Costco with pillows made up for them to sleep in while I make my cards, so I have boxes of dogs! Three of my little ones have gone over the Rainbow Bridge, but I know they are still watching over me.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.)