Monday, September 23, 2013

A Bit Non Traditional

I love this little image from Rebecca Carter's collection Winter Weather from pcCrafter.  Some of the earlier collections from them also offered black and white line art in addition to colored versions, and since I have Copics now, I can color them instead of using them already colored.  I decided to stay with the colored versions blue and green color scheme which is a bit non traditional for Christmas.  To further the non traditional theme, I used paper from Basic Grey's Oliver line.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Major CASE

Dustin Pike had a Share and Tell posting showcasing a card made by Design Team Member Gramma. (Her blog post is here.)  I'm trying to be better with my Copics as far as shading goes, but I have the feeling I'm a paint by numbers person because I have a tough time keeping track of where the shadows fall.  I thought I'd CASE Gramma's coloring to see if that would help me get a better feel for it.  I think it helped me since I tried to really think about where the shadows were and why they were there.  I made four of these to keep practicing the concept.
  • OWH sketch 18
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders Labels One dies
  • Sizzix embossing folder
  • Plaid paper from my stash

A Bit More Mojo

I really like OWH sketch 183 and decided to make a card that has been floating around inside my head for a bit.  The sentiment is a digi from Create with TLC and the papers are from Fancy Pants.

Some New Things

My mojo has been seriously lacking lately, so I've been reviewing past cards I've made and making them again.  I haven't really made anything "new" for quite awhile.  I decided to try out a stamp I purchased quite awhile ago at my local scrapbook store.  It's a Basic Grey/Hero Arts stamp I was able to get for half off.  I stamped the sentiment with a Papertrey Ink stamp and colored the roses with my Copics.  The black dot paper is from Basic Grey cut with a Stampin' Up! die, bordered by the red cardstock which I also cut with the same die and then layered them over white cardstock embossed with a Crafter's Companion embossing folder called Budding Vine.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Operation Write Home Birthday Bash 2013 with Unity Stamps

Today Operation Write Home is celebrating its birthday with Unity Stamps!  I am a big fan of Unity Stamps, so I'm super excited to be part of today's skip featuring Any Hero cards using some new Unity patriotic sets.

Today's skip starts at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog.  The full list of participants' links in today's skip are posted there.  If you need to go back and find a link, click HERE and you will get to the Stars & Stamps blog.

My first card uses a fun set called Home of the Brave (IB-525).   It comes with a butterfly and sentiment.
To make the butterfly, I first stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then wiped off the stripes and re-inked them with a Memento marker in Ladybug Red.  After stamping, the blue side was colored with another Memento marker in Danube Blue.  To make the red stripes match the blue marker better, I went over the stripes with the Memento Ladybug Red marker.  I also used a bit of white gel pen on the stars.  After cutting out  the butterfly and sentiment, I popped them up with foam tape (the "Precious") and put them on a Spellbinders Labels 22 die.   (I cut the blue background die piece down a bit on each side so it would fit better.)  Since I love stars, I used two stars embossing folders from Darice.

My next two cards are a bit simpler!  
The kraft cardstock is embossed with a Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder, the Navy strip is cut with a Simon Says stars die - the negative space shows the white from an underlying piece of white cardstock. The awesome sentiment stamp is an Itty Bitty called God Bless the USA stamped onto a Spellbinders Ovals die and backed by a Spellbinders Labels 18 die.  I followed OWH sketch 112 for my layout.

My third and final card uses papers from Paper Pizzaz, OWH sketch 123, a Spellbinders Star die covered in Glossy Accents (I mounted the paper star onto some chipboard.), and a terrific Itty Bitty stamp called Courage - HERO - Strength.  I just love the slightly distressed look of it.

I really look forward to making more Any Hero cards using these (and some other!) Unity stamps from their Military/Patriotic line.   If only writing inside my cards was as easy as making them!  I do, however, manage to convey my family's appreciation for the sacrifice our Heroes make being so far from home.  I also like to wish them a safe tour and trip home.  I am currently working on adding a more personal touch by talking about the weather or some daily happening, but for now, I know that just by acknowledging their efforts and expressing our appreciation for the job they do, my cards can still be an uplifting message for our Heroes to receive.  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I enjoy and appreciate any comments!

The next blog in today's skip is Nancy at Scrap Happens!  Nancy makes some gorgeous cards.  Enjoy the rest of the skip!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Continuing the Party!

I was so impressed by all of the challenges from Operation Write Home's Labor Day Virtual Card Making Party that I decided to complete them all even though I hadn't been able to join in during the Labor Day weekend.  The Party is extended until September 8th, so there is still plenty of time to join in!   Yesterday I posted the cards I got done for some of the challenges, and today's post shows the rest of my cards that I was able to get done (thanks to the rainy day we had here).

VCMP Challenge #3:  Triple Die Cutting Technique Challenge from Seongsook's blog Seongsook's Creations.  Seonsook came up with a fabulous idea to use patterned paper and dies to replicate the triple time stamping technique.  I really enjoyed her great idea and found this technique to be a quick, easy way to make some great looking cards.
Paper by Provo Craft, Spellbinders Large and Small Rectangle dies, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies.

VCMP Challenge #4:  Use OWH Sketch 29 to make a love card from Annette's blog by Annette.  Sketch 29 is a favorite of mine, so I got out my stamps and Copics and got busy!
Basic Grey Out of Print papers, Hero Arts floral stamp, Verve sentiment stamp, Copics.

OWH Sketch Challenge 188:  Also included in this weekend's party was Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 188 found on their Stars & Stamps blog.  We have another winning sketch this week, and Seongsook's  beautiful card is a fabulous inspiration.  I didn't stray very far from the sketch, however, I have some ideas for the future, because I know I will be using this sketch often!
My Mind's Eye papers, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Spellbinders Classic Hearts die, My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies.

VCMP Challenge #8:  The Un-BEElievable Challenge from Thia's blog Blue Moon Creation asked us to use bees on our cards along with a bee-themed punny sentiment.  How fun is that!  I had a terrific time making my card!
Digi from Doodle Dragon Studios colored with Copics, Create with TLC digi sentiment, OWH sketch 161, Spellbinders Oval dies, papers from my stash.  I cut the flower head and layered on top.

VCMP Challenge #9:  Use a negative of a die or punch from Jacque's blog Indiana Inking.  I just couldn't resist Jacque's challenge since I love to make cards featuring a die cut window.  I like to pair it with a white embossed top layer.  I usually leave these cards without a sentiment so they can be used for various occasions.
Pre-colored digi from Daisy Co.'s Poppies collection, Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder, Spellbinders Oval dies.

That completes my collection of cards for this year's OWH Labor Day Virtual Card Making Party!   I thoroughly enjoyed each challenge and I hope to have some time this week to check out all of the fabulous entries from each challenge.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Operation Write Home Labor Day Virtual Card Making Party

I wasn't able to participate in Operation Write Home's Labor Day Virtual Card Making Party (VCMP) this weekend, but the party is continuing throughout the week, so there is still time to play!  I was able to get a peek at the challenges yesterday evening, so I have some cards made, though I don't have them done in order.

VCMP#1 Challenge:  Card Sketch from Nancy's blog Scrap Happens!
My photo is at a weird angle so the embossing shows up!  Love this sketch - I know I will use it often. Paper is by DCWV Naturals stack and the sentiment is from Technique Tuesday heat embossed in bronze embossing powder.

VMCP #2 Challenge:  Homage to OWH from Diane's blog All I Need is Paper and Ink...& Stamps & Copics.  We are to make a card that has elements from OWH.  My card uses:
O = oval die cut and outer space
W = wings and warm grey Copic (W5) for shading the red since I don't have a dark, dark red Copic
H = hearts and hand-colored
Rocket digi from Doodle Dragon Studios colored with Copics and popped with foam tape, Lifestyle Crafts oval die, Cuttlebug embossing folder Spots and Dots (I added Momento Cantelope dye ink to the folder before embossing), Verve sentiment, My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies, Star paper from BoBunny.

VCMP #5 Challenge:  Masking Tape Background Technique from Donna's blog Donna Inks.  I didn't adhere my tape to a block.  I just tore off some strips of painter's tape and laid them onto my ink pad and then pressed the tape onto my cardstock.  I did it twice per color to give a bit more coverage.
Image stamp from Inkadinkadoo, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Memento dye inks London Fog, Rich Cocoa, and Desert Sand.

VCMP #6 Challenge:  Tic Tac Toe Kid Card from Sybrina's blog Scrapping with Purpose.  I just re-read the challenge and realize I goofed up!  I wrote down tic-tac-toe last night not realizing I was supposed to go in straight lines up and down or diagonally!  Ack!!  I skipped around the board instead. I chose Embossing, Coloring, and Die as my options.
Digi from Sassy Cheryl colored with Copics, Recollections stripe paper, Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder, Lil' Inkers Stitched Pennant die, Hero Arts sentiment stamp.

VCMP #7 Challenge:  Fall Themed card - any theme except Thanksgiving from Marilyn's blog Blessed Creativity.  I loved this challenge because I have some beautiful Basic Grey paper that was just waiting to be used!
Basic Grey papers, Viva La Verve Sketch VLVAug13Week4Sketch, Stampendous sentiment stamp.