Wednesday, October 31, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Valentines!

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is to make Valentines for our Heroes to send home to their loved ones.  I decided to try and make more gender neutral love cards this year, so I bought a black and white cardstock pack from Micheal's Recollections line and I am really pleased with it.  This card uses OWH sketch 135 and a digi sentiment from As You Wish Card Quotes 1.  The heart is punched from the Recollections cardstock with a Fiskars punch and colored with a Copics Strong Red marker.  I also popped the heart with some 3M double-sided foam tape.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, and Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

OWH Sketch 144 Challenge

Well, Christmas cards are done for the year, so it's Valentine's Day cards for my next OWH box!  I was so happy to see this week's sketch.  I purchased the love die cut a couple of months ago on a whim, thinking I could use it somehow.  I knew I wanted to have something sitting on top of the letters or standing to one side, or something where a character was interacting with the word.  I just couldn't figure out a way to do it, so I put it on the back burner in hopes something would occur to me.  This week's sketch tripped the switch, and I knew right away how to make my card.  Luckily, this was one of those times that what was in my head didn't require me to destroy my craft room in order to get the job done!

  • OWH sketch 144
  • Pre-colored digi from Rebecca Carter's collection My Honey from PcCrafter (I colored the heart with a Copics marker to make it match the papers.  I also cut out six of these little bears while watching the San Francisco Giants win the World Series.   Yay, Giants!!!!)
  • Love die cut from KwicKutz
  • DCWV papers

Let it Snow

While watching the Giants beat the Tigers in Wednesday's World Series game, I spent time during the commercials cutting out nine of these snowmen.  I have to say I have never enjoyed cutting out an image more.  Love my San Francisco Giants!!

  • Pre-colored image from Rebecca Carter's collection Let it Snow from PcCrafter
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Scroll Frame
  • Hero Arts stamp
  • Martha Stewart snowflake punch

Simple Miss You Card

Sandy had a need for more missing you cards, so I tried to include a larger quantity of them in my last OWH box.  I also tried to make a gender neutral card and I think this one will work well for a guy or a woman.  The picture doesn't really show how rich the colors are in this Basic Grey paper, but the hues are very deep and rich. 

Card Details:  The stamp is from Wordworth, paper by Basic Grey, Fiskars heart punch, and Split Coast Stampers sketch 395.

Miss You Bear

I bit the bullet and bought banner dies from My Favorite Things so I could use banners more often as a design element.  It's a huge relief to me to use a die over trying to cut the ends myself.  I've seen cards like this around the web, but I don't recall an actual sketch.  Anyway, I really like the look of the banners and sentiment, so I decided to perch this cute little bear on top.

  • Bear digi from Rebecca Carter's collection Winter Weather from PcCrafter (a set that also came with line art for coloring, yay!)
  • Copics R20/YR04/BF49/E35, E37
  • My Minds Eye papers
  • My Favorite Things banner dies

Winter Birds Thank You

Quickly posting the last four cards that were in the OWH box I sent out last Friday.

Card details:
  • Pre-colored image from Debra Jordan Bryan's collection Winter Birds from PcCrafter
  • OWH Bonus Sketch 17
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders die from Fancy Framed Tags
  • Basic Grey papers

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Favorite Sketch for a Missing You Card

Another missing you card using one of my favorite sketches for large images.

  • Pre-colored image from Jeriann Sabin's collection Four Seasons - Winter from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 99
  • Sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession
  • Basic Grey paper

Recurring Theme

Sandy Allnock, my shipper, has asked for more missing you cards, so I am plugging away trying to get my box full and out-the-door absolutely no later than Monday, October 29th, to make the October 31st deadline for small amount of Christmas cards I have in this box.  Since it only takes one day for my cards to reach her, I should be OK.

  • Penny Black stamp - Quite Dandy
  • Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Ranger Peeled Paint distress ink (though in real life it doesn't look as dark as in my photo)
  • Split Coast Stampers sketch 401
  • K&Company papers

Monday, October 22, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 143

To say I struggled with this card would be the understatement of the year.  My craftroom looks like a bomb went off in it.  Right from the start I had a very clear idea about our new sketch and what I wanted to do with it.  Getting there, however, proved to be quite a journey.  In the end, I am satisfied with my card.  I think I would have liked to have used the wavy banner I have from Stampin' Up! for the sentiment, but my stamp wouldn't fit no matter how I bent it - it was just one word too long.  Since scissors and I don't get along by any stretch of the imagination, I rely heavily on dies.  So I chose the sentiment over the wavy banner and went with a straight one. 

Just wanted to note that the butterflies are windows and the Memory Box die I used is one continuous piece.  There is a background paper under the blue top layer and it shows through the butterfly "windows."  I didn't punch each butterfly and paste them on, yikes!

Here is this week's sketch:

  • OWH sketch 143
  • Sentiment stamp from Rubber Soul
  • Stampin' Up! banner die
  • Memory Box Butterfly Delights die
  • Recollections papers

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thank You Card

I am making a bunch of thank you cards for my next OWH box since our heroes need them more during the holidays. 

  • OWH sketch 85
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Recollections diamond paper
  • Basic Grey paper for sentiment oval
  • My Favorite Things Dienamics banner die
  • Liefstyle Crafts oval dies
  • Viva Pear Pen covered in Glossy Accents so it doesn't flatten out or stick to anything

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Our Daily Bread October Challenge at Operation Write Home: Circles

The wonderful folks at Our Daily Bread Designs have a new challenge for us this month.  The October Challenge is to use circles on our cards.

  • OWH sketch 140
  • Sentiment stamp from Stampendous
  • Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
  • Lifestyle Crafts circle dies for the large half circles
  • Spellbinders circle dies for the sentiment circles
Thanks to the generosity of Our Daily Bread, they will cover the shipping costs for two large flat rate shipping boxes if we reach 50 cards for this challenge by the end of the month.  Here is a link to their store:  Our Daily Bread Designs.

Thanks for visiting!

Frosty Friend

Another card for my next OWH box.
  • Pre-colored digi from Shelly Comiskey's collection Frosty Friends from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 20
  • Computer generated sentiment using font PC Leere
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes
  • Recollections striped paper

Friday, October 19, 2012

OWH Sketch 135

I somehow missed this sketch when it came out and so I decided to make some cards with it using Basic Grey papers, a sentiment stamp from Wordsworth, and punches from Fiskars (heart), and EK Success (border).  I added a bit of Ranger Antique Linen distress ink to the sentiment panel.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 141 Bonus Sketch

Two weeks ago we were given a Bonus Sketch along with our new sketch of the week, sketch 141, just for fun by our amazing sketch hostess, Julie.  I loved the sketch and I have finally made a card out of it.  I already have some ideas for other cards I want to make with it.  I just have to find the time!! 

Here's the sketch:

We are so lucky to have all of our regular Sunday sketches plus the extra ones from our various hops, skips, and suprise guests.  It really makes creating cards a lot easier and more fun!

  • Pre-colored image from Debra Jordan Bryan's collection Homemade Holidays from PcCrafter
  • OWH Bonus Sketch 35 (my numbering so I can keep track)
  • Marvy snowflake punch 
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp


I thought the Sizzix Snowflake Border embossing folder would make a cool looking background for this snowboarder from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios.  This guy is an older image and I colored him up in Photoshop Elements.  I used some Ranger Faded Jeans distress ink to add a bit of color to the embossing.   The sentiment stamp is from Verve.

Six of these will go my next OWH box and 2 will go to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Color Challenge

The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is a Color Challenge.    We are challenged to make a black and white card and add a splash of either red or green.  I decided to use this digi from As You Wish from a OWH fundraising effort from awhile ago.

  • Sentiment digi from As You Wish Card Quotes 1
  • OWH sketch 98
  • Papers from Recollections
I was really happy we had this challenge because it motivated me to us a great image that I have had but never used and I am really happy with how my card turned out.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

OWH Sketch 142 Challenge

I decided to make a thank you card for this week's Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 142.

Here is this week's sketch:

  • OWH sketch 142
  • Papers from Recollections
  • Spellbinders Grommet Tags die
  • Sentiment stamp from my stash
Thanks for visiting my blog. 

Snowman Love

  • Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection A Christmas Sampler 3 from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 134
  • Studio g sentiment stamp
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink
  • Lifestyle Crafts circle dies
  • Glossy Accents on the mug and candy cane
  • Sizzix embossing folder Hearts

Love at Christmas

Continuing the love theme with this Christmas card.

  • Pre-colored digi from Teresa Kogut's collection Christmas Snowman from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 116
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp (I curved this stamp on the acrylic block to fit)
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink
  • DCWV papers
  • Spellbinders circle dies

Winter Love

More love cards for my OWH box.
  • Pre-colored digi from Debra Jordan Bry's collection Homemade Holidays from PcCrafter
  • Snowflake paper from Recollections
  • OWH sketch Bonus #1 Sketch
  • Clear Dollar Stamp sentiment stamp
  • Stampin' Up! window punch
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • Sizzix embossing folder Snowflakes

Friday, October 12, 2012

Jingle All the Way

This cute penguin image from Doodle Pantry combined with a sentiment from Create with TLC just had to be combined into a card!  I am entering this little guy into the challenge to use Punches or Die Cuts at Send a Smile for Kids.  Six of these go to OWH and 2 will to Send a Smile for Kids.

  • Pre-colored penguin digi from Doodle Pantry
  • Digi sentiment from Create with TLC
  • OWH sketch 71
  • Recollection black and white slanted-line paper
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes
  • Spellbinders Labels 3 dies
  • Glossy Accents on the bells

Operation Write Home's Mid-Week Throwdown Challenge - Anniversary or Love Cards

The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is to make anniversary or love themed cards for our heroes to send home to their loved ones.  I really like sketch 137 so much that it may become a standard sketch for a set of 6 love cards for all of my OWH boxes.  Since I just mailed a box a week and a half ago, I decided to use it again for the challenge.

  • OWH sketch 137
  • K&Company floral paper
  • DCWV striped paper
  • Computer generated sentiment - Scriptina font
  • Spellbinders square dies

OWH Sketch Challenge 141

I decided to make a love themed card with this week's Sketch Challenge 141 from Operation Write Home.  I used some red and green floral papers to give it a holiday look.

  • OWH sketch 141
  • Liefestyle Crafts Circle dies for the large half-circles
  • K&Company papers
  • Antique Lineen distriss ink from Ranger
  • Computer generated sentiment using font Scriptina
  • Spellbinder circle dies for the sentiment

Monday, October 8, 2012

Stella Says Sketch Challenge 121

I have a lot of digis from Bugaboo Stamps and I realize I haven't been coloring them - which I love - so I am going to try and participate in some of their challenges to motivate me to color up my collection!  I am entering this card into the Stella Says Sketch Challenge #121.  I made another love-themed card because Sandy, my shipper from Operation Write Home, has asked for some love cards to mix in with the cards she has waiting to be shipped. 

Here is the sketch:
SSS 121
  • Stella Says Sketch 121
  • Digi from Bugaboo Stamps
  • K&Company plaid paper
  • EK Success border punch
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dot
  • Stampin' Up window punch
  • Clear Dollar Stamps sentiment stamp
  • Scribbles glitter glue coverd in Glossy Accents
  • Copics

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy your day!

More Christmas Love

A bit of Christmas love for my next OWH box.

  • OWH sketch 29
  • Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection A Christmas Sampler 3 from PcCrafter
  • Recollections striped paper
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • Foam tape to pop up the heart

Saturday, October 6, 2012

OWH World Card Making Day Bloghop

Today is World Card Making Day, and to celebrate, Operation Write Home is joining in the fun with a card hop showcasing our awesome card sketches!  I have chosen sketch 138, it's a very recent sketch, but I really like it because it's so versatile. 

Here is the sketch:

My first card uses the sketch in a CAS (clean and simple) way:
The leaf panel is fussy cut from K&Company paper the stamp is from Inkadinkadoo.

The next two cards show how the sketch looks with different background layers and feature pre-colored digital images.

Here the card topper is mounted onto the card base leaving the white upper and lower showing.  (Pre-colored digi from Tricia Santry's collection Welcome Winter and stamp from Rubber Stampede.)

The topper for this card is completely matted in green before I applied it to my card base.  Just a subtle difference from the previous card creates a different look.  (Pre-colored digi from Carolee Jones' collection Scarf Season from PcCrafter and sentiment stamp from Hero Arts - stamped in Versafine chalk ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.)

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Another Love You Card for a Child

Laurie Furnell's artwork is always so cute and appriate for kids.  I was really excited to realize that the cookie jar gave me a place to stamp a sentiment.

  • Pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection Gingerbread Christmas from PcCrafter (her current offerings are at High Hopes Rubber Stamps and pre-colored digis are available from Aimee Asher)
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • OWH sketch 1
  • Sizzix embossing folder Hearts
  • Paper from K&Company

Christmas Love

My shipper, Sandy Allnock, has request more love, thank you, and missing you cards to mix in with the cards she has already received.  I am making my next box a mix of general, winter, and Christmas cards with only those three sentiments.  Hopefully, I can stick to this plan!

  • Pre-colored digi from Gina Jane's collection Christmas Bears from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 30
  • K&Company and DCWV papers
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders dies

Another Thank You Card

Since this time of year creates more of a need for thank you cards, I am making a larger share of them.  I decided to use this rooster from The Graphics Fairy since he is in patriotic colors.

  • Pre-colored image from The Graphics Fairy
  • OWH sketch 124
  • Hero Arts thank you stamp
  • Star paper from Colorbok
  • Spellbinders Double Ended Tags

Second Try

Since my previous card didn't work out the way I would have liked, I switch up the sketch and I am more pleased with this result.  I hope this helps our heroes with teenagers!

  • OWH sketch 114
  • Papers from Fancy Pants Designs
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts

OWH Sketch Challenge 140

I made this card for Operation Write Home's sketch challenge 140 (link here).  I'm somewhat pleased with how this turned out, however, I think I will make the other five cards (since I make 6 to use up the 12x12 sheet of background paper) with two columns of the letters instead of one.  The tennis shoe column doesn't stand out enough for me against the background even with a contrasting layer behind it.

  • OWH sketch 140
  • Papers from Fancy Pants Design and Basic Grey (for the sentiment)
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • EK Success punch

Stampers Best Volkswagen

I love this stamp from Stampers Best and decided to make the first card.  I tried a different layout for the second card and liked it better, so I made five more for my next OWH box.  I am also entering the second card into challenge #37 at Here Comes the Boys - Monochrome (link here).

  • Image stamp from Stampers Best
  • Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
  • Papers from Basic Grey
  • OWH sketch 16 for the second card
  • OWH sketch 67 for the first card
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp

Thanks so Much

  • Hero Arts stamp
  • Basic Grey double-sided paper
  • Spellbinders Fancy Tags
  • OWH sketch 120

Miss You Card

  • Pre-colored digi from Leere Aldrich's collection Critter Wonderland from PcCrafter
  • Miss You stamp is from Fiskars (I think)
  • Sizzix Plaid embossing folder
  • DCWV snowflake paper
  • Spellbinders circle dies

Miss Ewe

  • Pre-colored digi from Leere Aldrich's collection At the Cabin from PcCrafter
  • Sentiment is computer generated using font PC Leere
  • DCWV dot paper
  • Sizzix embossing folder
  • Spellbinder circle dies

Christmas with Shelly Comiskey

I have been enjoying our summer-in-the-fall weather so much that I have been making cards and taking pictures, but I have forgotten to post what I've made!  I have four cards to share that were shipped last week.  This is the first of those four featuring a cute Santa from Shelly Comiskey.

  • Pre-colored digi from Shelly Comiskey's collection Santa from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 116
  • Recollections papers
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Sizzix embossing folder