Friday, January 25, 2013

Easter with Love

Another card using artwork from one of my favorite artists from PcCrafter, Rebecca Carter.  I just love this image, and pairing it with some Basic Grey paper that I also love, made it really fun to create this card!

  • Pre-colored image from Rebecca Carter's collection Easter Spring from PcCrafter
  • OWH Bonus sketch 19
  • Fiskars sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • My Favorite Things Dainty Lace border die
  • Basic Grey papers

Easter Spring from Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter was another favorite artist of mine from PcCrafter.  I just love her artwork.  I thought this boy bunny would work well for a boy or a girl, or even someone like me!

  • Pre-colored image from Rebecca Carter's collection Easter Spring from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 33
  • Papers from Momenta

Easter with Dustin Pike Bunny

I love this bunny on his rocket car from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios.  I think a boy will enjoy getting this card for Easter.  I'm trying to make some cards with a more boy vibe since most of my Easter images are so feminine looking.

  • Pre-colored digi from Doodle Dragon Studios
  • Mojo sketch 199
  • Stripe paper from Forever in Time
  • Egg Hunt Detour sign from Create with TLC
  • Martha Stewart button punch
  • Spellbinders circle and border dies

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Easter

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge is to make Easter cards for our heroes to send home to family and friends.  I am almost finished with a box of cards that I hope to mail on Friday, and this challenge is a perfect fit for me to fill up the little bit of room I have left to go.

  • Digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios colored with Copics
  • Sentiment stamp from Studio g (dollar bin)
  • Papers from Recollections
  • OWH sketch 29

Retro Sketch 46

I don't remember how I happened upon a blog called Retro Sketches, but I'm glad I did.  I rarely enter challenges for other sites other than Operation Write Home.  I do, however, find a lot of fabulous sketches that I use for my OWH cards using these other sketches.  Here is the sketch I used for my card:

Blog link:  Retro Sketches #46.

The card I made probably won't end up in my January box of cards.  I want to make more of them and I am trying to finish off my box with only Easter cards since I don't really have a lot of them in there.  I just had to make this one card, however, since I found a scrap of Basic Grey while looking for another paper very soon after seeing this sketch for the first time.  I was just compelled to use my new Memory Box stamp that has been calling my name.  How could I resist?  I had the sketch, paper, and stamp all saying:  Make me into a card!  So I did.

Details for my card:
  • Retro Sketch 46
  • Image stamp from Memory Box
  • Sentiment stamp from Technique Tuesday
  • Blue dp for image is fabulous blue paper from Basic Grey's Marrakesh line
  • Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder
  • Viva Pearl Pen in black

Monday, January 21, 2013

Monochromatic Card for OWH Design Bootcamp - Basic Color Theory Class

Paula's class for Operation Write Home on basic color theory (found here) is a fantastic resource for planning color schemes for cards.  I learned some great basics which I have lacked since I pretty much come by my color mixing and matching skills from quilting, knitting, and counted cross stitching.  I decided to make another card using this week's OWH sketch since I had decided against making it yesterday, but it would not leave me alone, so I made it for today's class since it fits in with the monochromatic color scheme portion of today's class.

  • OWH sketch 156
  • Hero Arts image and sentiment stamps
  • Candi Dots colored with black Copic marker
  • Basic Grey papers
In case it helps anyone, I used 3-M foam tape (Sandy's precious) for the Candi Dots.  I used a hole puncher - the size that punches the 3-ring binder sized holes - to punch a sticky dot for the backs of the Candi Dots.  I really like the size and height of them better than the pre-made squares that are made for the Dots.  

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge 156

I got out my K&Co. paper and die cuts and made a card for Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 156.  Actually I made four of these since I had four die cuts.  I've been inspired by the resolutions of other OWH cardmakers to use up their supplies and it really helped me to figure out how I wanted to make my card.

  • Paper and die cut from K&Co.
  • OWH sketch 156
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Tim Holtz embossing folder Damask
  • Sentiment stamp from my stash, might be Inikadinkadoo, not sure
Here's this week's sketch:

Friday, January 18, 2013

Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Show us your Green

My card for Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Show us your Green.

  • Pre-colored digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
  • OWH sketch 155
  • Hero Arts (I think) sentiment stamp
  • Basic Grey dot paper
  • Spellbinders oval die
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner die
  • Foam tape to pop up the image

Easter Bunny Girl

  • Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Easter Friends from pcCrafter
  • Splitcoaststampers sketch 313
  • Basic Grey paper
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp

Monday, January 14, 2013

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge 155

My card for Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge 155.  I'm working on Easter cards, so I decided to use a digi from Digital Delights and sit her on the crosspiece from the sketch.

  • OWH sketch 155
  • Digi from Digital Delights
  • Copics
  • Dot paper from Basic Grey
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies
  • Spellbinders heart die
Here are the Copics I used:

This week's sketch:
Have a great day!

Easter, Easter, Easter Chicks

Card details:
  • Pre-colored images from Rebecca Carter's collection Easter Parade from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 78
  • Colorbok striped paper
  • EK Success border punch
  • Studio g sentiment stamp (dollar bin)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sassy Cheryl's Noah and Polly

I love Cheryl Alger's work and made two sets of cards of six each for my next OWH box.  Both kids are hugging bunnies, so I though that would keep with the themes of Spring and Easter.  Both images are pre-colored from Sassy Cheryl's Illustrations.  
This is Noah and his bunny Patches.
Here is Polly and Butterscotch.

Card Details:
  • OWH sketch 138
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies
  • Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles - Large 
  • Paper for Noah's card is from Reminisce (Back 2 School - School Stripe 1)
  • Paper for Polly's card is from g.c.d Studios

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Two Cards One Sketch

I love this little chickie from PcCrafter artist Julie Dobsen Miner.  I just had to make a card with her again this year!

  • OWH sketch 74
  • Pre-colored digi from Julie Dobsen Miner's collection Easter Dumplings from PcCrafter
  • Background paper from DCWV
  • Spellbinders circle and scallop dies
  • Fiskars scallop border punch
  • Sentiment stamp from Studio g (dollar bin)

My second card started out using a different sketch, but I couldn't get it to work, so I used OWH sketch 74 again.  The digi and sentiment were all in one.  I cut them out and popped the sentiment with foam tape and just glued down the image since I used heavy cardstock so it does have a raised appearance.

  • Pre-colored digi from Tina Ledbetter's collection Easter Egg Hunt from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 74
  • Background paper from my stash - either old Stampin' Up! or Creative Memories
  • Faded Jeans Distress Ink from Ranger

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - No Sentiment Card

Since my next OWH box is more than half full at this point and the Easter deadline is Feburary 7th, I am switching over to Easter cards to fill up the remainder of my box of cards.  I made a kid card for our heroes to send home to their little ones.

  • Pre-colored digi from Gina Jane's collection Bunny Hop from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 16
  • g.c.d. stripe paper; Core Essentials Sunrise Orchid for the accent panel

Spring Themed Miss You Card

Another miss you card for OWH using a favorite artist and OWH sketch.

  • Pre-colored digi from Jeriann Sabin's collection Four Seasons-Spring from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 99
  • Impression Obsession sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Recollections dot paper

Saturday, January 5, 2013

OWH Challenges for Our Daily Bread Designs and Midweek Throwdown

I started this card for this week's Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge Spring Flowers on Wednesday and struggled with getting what I had in mind to come out.  I think when I have MOJO problems I can't get my cards to "look" right.  When I saw this month's Our Daily Bread Challenge for January to use dry embossing, I immediately knew how to make my background work!  Yay!

  • Pre-colored image from Jeriann Sabin's collection Four Seasons-Spring from PcCrafters
  • Sentiment stamp from Penny Black stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink
  • Fiskars border punch
  • OWH sketch 41
  • Yellow floral paper from My Minds Eye 
  • Sizzix embossing folder Petal Flowers

Friday, January 4, 2013

Sassy Cheryl Miss You

Cheryl Alger used to draw some retro digis which I've had for ages but forgot about.  I decided to use one for the Cards for Kids drive.

  • Pre-colored digi from Sassy Cheryl
  • Papers from K&Co.
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment stamp
  • Sizzix Hearts embossing folder
  • Spellbinders dies
  • The Sweet Stop Sketch 102
  • Glossy Accents
  • Viva Pearl Pen

Cards for Kids

I'm still going strong with the missing you cards.


  • OWH sketch Bonus #1
  • Bugaboo digi
  • Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder
  • My Mind Eye argyle paper
  • Spellbinders Double Ended Tag die
  • Sentiment Stamp from TPC
  • Copics
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamp

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Top Ten OWH Cards for 2012

Trying to choose ten of my favorite cards for 2012 was really difficult since I usually form an attachment to the paper or images I use on my cards.  Sometimes it's hard to let that box go out the door!  I decided to choose cards that really challenged me to try some new things, whether it was more layers, Copics - which I just started using this year, or using stamps since I mainly use digis.  

Splitcoast Stampers sketch 369; image from Vintage Rio.

Splitcoast Stampers sketch 224; image from Anne Fenton through CDAC, colored with Copics.

Digi from Cleverly Cute stamps colored with Copics; OWH sketch 107.   I got so into coloring that I made nine cards with the girls all having different hair and clothes colors!

Hero Arts stamps and Copics.

Bugaboo digi colored with Copics; Hero Arts stamp; OWH sketch 15

Penny Black stamp; color blocks made with Ranger Distress Inks.

Dustin Pike digi colored in PSE 7; Sizzix embossing folder; Verve stamps sentiment.

Penny Black image stamp colored with Copics; Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Ranger Distress Inks for background.

Digi from Tiffany's Doodles colored with colored pencils; sentiment computer generated; the petals on three of the flowers are cutout and glued on top.

Pre-colored digi from Kenny K; Prima papers; OWH sketch 66.

I hope you enjoy my cards and thanks for visiting!