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.
I must be in a major Doodle Pantry mood lately because for the last three OWH sketch challenges, including this one, I have used a Doodle Pantry image. I made this card for OWH Sketch Challenge 152 and for the Midweek Throwdown Challenge to make Missing You cards.
Another missing you themed card for my OWH box. I tried a new technique with this card since I didn't like the embossing showing through the ribbon. I used my Martha Stewart scoring board and lightly scored two lines the width of the ribbon. I then only embossed up to the scored lines. This kept the panel flat behind the ribbon when I adhered it.
OWH sketch 71
Pre-colored image from Janie Dawson's collection Westies and Scotties from PcCrafter
Doodle Pantry pre-colored digi from the Sea Shells collection
Hero Arts sentiment stamp
Martha Stewart Double Link Trim border punch
Cuttlebug embossing folders Distressed Stripe and Mesh
My Favorite Things Dienamics Fishtail Banner dies
3M foam tape to pop the shells
I think I am favoring blue lately on my cards because we see so little of it in the sky here in the Pacific Northwest. Today we have a sliver or two of blue showing, thankfully. I've started to forget what it looks like living in the constant twilight.
I love cards that use tags as design elements, however, I never feel I get them quite right, so I CASED a card that was featured with this poppy digi from Tiffany Doodles, since I recognized the card maker as Jill Foster. (Her blog is Inspired By, but the card appeared on Flickr through the Tiffany Doodles store link.) I copied her color choices for the flowers and the background design somewhat. I used different papers, but kept the torn element and embossing. The sentiment is a stamp from Penny Black which is actually a single line stamp, but with the help of a baby wipe, I was able to stamp it twice and stack the sentiment. I used Versafine Onyx Black for the stamp. The brad is a Candi dot.
I haven't done any kraft and colored pencil cards in a long time, so I decided to use a digi from Tiffany Doodles for a missing you card. Three of the flower heads are cut out and glued back on for added dimension. I printed the sentiment along with the digi - fonts are Scriptina and Angsana New. The overall card design is CASED from a card featured in the store with the digi.
The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home this week is to make a card with a Hi, Hello, Thinking of You sentiment plus an optional use of a die cut. I just got this sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up! and it was nice to be able to use it for the first time with this challenge.
OWH sketch 122
Sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up!
Papers from Basic Grey and Authentique for the sentiment panel
Versafine Onyx Black ink
My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies
Since my banner dies were too short for this layout, I pieced them and the sentiment panel covers it up. I also feel this card is a bit somber looking, but I was going for a gender neutral look, so I hope it works OK.
I am far behind on the OWH challenges, having missed last week's sketch and Midweek Throwdown challenges. I managed to get a card done tonight (6 actually) for this week Sketch Challenge 150. This week's challenge has given me a great sketch to use in reaching my goal of half a large flat rate box of missing you cards for my next OWH shipment to Sandy.
OWH sketch 150
Pre-colored digi from Doodle Pantry
Sentiment computer generated with font CK Jacques
Stampin' Up! banner die
Spellbinders oval dies
Echo Park pattern paper from Happy Days pad
Solids are from Recollections
Cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed Stripes
Here is this week's sketch:
I am looking forward to getting this week's MWT challenge done and making some cards out of OWH sketch 149!
When I first started making cards I was so thrilled to use embossing folders, and I still love them. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, Bird Call, on some paper that already looked distressed and added further distressing with Ranger Distress Inks Peeled Paint and Antique Paper. The sentiment stamp is from Technique Tuesday.
I thought I would use this cute sketch from Bugaboo Stamps from their Stella Says Sketch challenge 125 for the pre-colored image from Shelly Comiskey's collection Kitten Kaboodle from Daisy Co. The stripe paper is from Sandy Lion, called Summer Stripes, sentiment stamp is from Impression Obsession stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink, and I used MFT fishtail banner dies for the little banners peaking out.
This card marks the start of a new box for Operation Write Home. Most likely I won't get it filled until the beginning of January. I have decided that this next box will have only three themes: thank you, love you, and miss you. Hopefully I'll be able to do that!
Details for this card:
OWH sketch 121 - variation with using a striped paper instead of piecing individual strips
Basic Grey paper
Spellbinders Ovals and Labels 18 dies
Swiss Dot and Baby's Breath embossing folders from Cuttlebug
The December challenge at Operation Write Home from our friends at Our Daily Bread Designs is to include flowers on our cards. I used paper from Basic Grey, a Penny Black sentiment stamp, a Martha Stewart border punch, and a new punch from Fiskars called Petals. The punch cuts out each petal individually and also has a round punch for the center. I used Ranger Distress Ink in Fired Brick to distress each petal.
I like pretty simple, somewhat plain, thank you cards. The card above uses Hero Arts Delicate Leaf Clusters and thank you stamps with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink on Basic Grey paper . The card below uses Hero Arts Earth Flowers and thank you stamps along with a flying birds stamp from Art Impressions with Memories Sepia ink on a textured paper from Recollections.. The sentiment label was made from My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies.
I made six of each card for my OWH box, which should be going out tomorrow.
I made my last card for the Valentine/Wanna Be a Valentine side of my next OWH box last night using this cute digi from Tiddly Inks called Smoochy. I used a sentiment digi from Create with TLC and papers from my stash. Her bow is cut out and popped on dimensional foam and I used Glossy Accents on her lips. Circles are cut with Spellbinders and I used OWH sketch 36.
All I need are a few more missing you and thank you cards and the other half of my box will be done are ready to ship early next week.
I just had to do a bee for Valentine's Day, so I used a digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios and colored him in PSE. Papers are from Bella Blvd. and Basic Grey, sentiment stamp is from Verve, sketch is OWH number 41, and the circles were cut with Spellbinders dies.
Rhubarb the Bear is such a cute fellow. I've had this digi for awhile and since I'm still making love/Valentine's Day cards, I colored six of him and used OWH sketch 134 for my design. Papers are from Crate Paper and the sentiment stamp is from Verve. Circle die is from Spellbinders, digi from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.
I've always liked this sentiment from Create with TLC and so I decided to use OWH sketch 146 and add six more cards to my next OWH box of cards. Hopefully I will have it filled by Monday so I can send it off to Sandy. Papers are by Crate Paper and the banner die is from My Favorite Things.