Monday, October 28, 2013

Another Miss You Card

Sharing a card using one of my all time favorite images from Shelly Comiskey.  It's a pre-colored digi from her collection Gone to the Dogs from Daisy Company, and no longer available for sale.  It may be available from Whipper Snapper as a stamp though.
  • Pre-colored digi from Shelly Comiskey's collection Gone to the Dogs from Daisy Company
  • OWH sketch 71
  • Basic Grey Oxford and Granola papers
  • Spellbinders Labels 3 and Labels Small dies
  • Sentiment stamp from Papertrey Ink

Miss You Love You

Sharing a couple of cards I made using papers from K&Company.

  • OWH Sketch 137
  • Sentiment stamps from Hero Arts (missing) and Flourishes (you)
  • Spellbinders Edgeabilities dies
  • K&Company floral paper
  • OWH sketch 141
  • Lifestyle Crafts circle dies
  • Sentiment stamp from Stampabilities
  • K&Company floral papers

Elegant Thank You

I was lucky enough to find some older Stampin' Up! stamps at my local Goodwill. I was really taken with this stamp called Elegant Thank You and had no trouble at all deciding to purchase it.
  • Patterned paper from Darice Neutrals
  • Stampin' Up! sentiment stamp
  • EK Success border punch

Saturday, October 26, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Color Challenge Pink and Green

The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps is a color challenge. We are challenged to make a love/Valentine card using the colors pink and green.  I just received some new stamps, so I decided to try out one of them.  The background stamp is also from Penny Black and it's stamped with Momento Pear Tart ink onto some Astroparche green cardstock.  My camera picked up a stronger image of the background than what it appears in real life - it's not that bright nor as dominant as it appears in this photo.

  • Penny Black Delicate Florals and Letter background stamps
  • Stampabilities sentiment stamp
  • Wausau green Astroparche cardstock
  • Bazzil Vinatage Pink cardstock
  • Recollections green cardstock
  • Copics
  • Memento Pear Tart and Tuxedo Black dye inks

Thursday, October 17, 2013

OWH Bootcamp - All Things Being Equal and a CASE

This month's OWH Design Bootcamp All Things Being Equal is a fabulous lesson on balance in design.  I chose to make a card that is asymmetrical.  It is strongly weighted to the bottom and the right side of the card.  Even the stripes draw the eye down and the tips of the hearts point to the sentiment below.

My card is a CASE from a blogger named Angela and her blog is called From the Tool Shed.  The card I CASED is here.  I love to visit her blog whenever my MOJO is low.  I love her style and her cards always help me get ideas.  This time, almost a straight copy!
  • Card design from Angela @ From the Tool Shed
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • EK Success border punch
  • Papers from Darice (JoAnn's); dot paper for small heart is from DCWV
  • Momento Rich Cocoa dye ink
  • Spellbinders hearts dies
Two more cards using other papers from the same paper pack from JoAnn's.  The first card has a bit of Basic Grey paper for the small heart.

I really learned a lot from this month's Bootcamp.  I've missed a couple of past month's lessons and I need to re-read them and try out the lessons.  The great thing about OWH Bootcamp is that it's always open and we can go anytime!  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Floral Love

This card came about because I have been going through some of the paper stacks I've acquired and debating with myself about keeping them.  I purchased the DCWV stack based on some of the papers it had and the floral paper for this card is one of them.  I've decided to simply donate any of the papers I am not attracted to and make an effort to use up at least one (or two) of the sheets from the stack every week and see how it goes.
  • Splitcoast Stampers sketch 395
  • Spellbinders dies
  • DCWV paper and white core cardstock
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Stampin' Up! Flower Shop and Pansy punch; Secret Garden Sizzix Framelit die for leaves
  • Fiskars sentiment stamp
  • Brushed Corduroy distress stain
While making my first card, I started thinking about all of the flowers I never use.  More stuff!  Either I use it or I need to donate it.  So this card came about and it's doubly gratifying because I have actually bought MORE paper, and a paper pad at that.  Micheal's had 12x12 paper pads from Crate Paper for $5 each. I was really taken with this floral print knowing that, while it was large, it would still suite a card.  I played around with a bunch of sketches and wasn't pleased with how they looked, so I finally decided to just do a two-thirds/one-third split and I liked how it looked.   
  • Papers from Crate Paper Farmhouse
  • Recollections flower
  • Candi dot for flower center (I still attached the flower with a brad and I glued down all the petals since the flower is made with paper.)
  • Spellbinders Labels large die for the sentiment
  • Hampton Art sentiment stamp
Some other good things that came about were I had twelve flowers and with two sheets of the floral print I was able to make twelve of these for my next OWH box.  The other thing was the cardstock I used for the background frame was accumulating as well and it just made the card "pop." 

Our Daily Bread Designs October OWH Challenge

The October Challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs is to make a card that has a sentiment as the focal point.  I used a sketch idea from My Favorite Things, however, I can't find the sketch number for it.
  • Papers from Basic Grey - check and My Minds Eye - floral
  • MFT Fishtail Banner dies and sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders and Martha Stewart punch for the hearts
  • Versafine Crimson Red ink
I went with a love/Valentine type card since I've sent in the last of my Christmas cards for the year. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Masculine Missing You

I've become a Stampin' Up! Fanatic.  I think I just bought about half the catalog last week.  This is what comes from following Stampin' Up on Pinterest and checking the galleries at Splitcoast Stampers.  My Stampin' Up! rep had a fabulous deal for her customers, and once I took full advantage of her discount offers, I now have a bunch of fabulous stamps to play with.  I love how easy they are to color since a lot of shading is already done with the stamp itself.  For this card, I made the quail a California quail since they have a decided blue cast to their feathers.  He's not colored exactly the way he should be, but since the image was so small, three colors (blue, gray, and brown) just didn't work, so I stuck with blue/gray, B95, and brown, E44, Copics and blended them with a light gray,W3.  The blue houndstooth paper is from October Afternoon's  9 to 5 paper pad and the yellow is from MME's Blue Floral paper pad; sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts; sketch is Freshly Made Sketches #103.

I love how this turned out and I have some other MME blue papers already picked out for more cards for a future OWH box.

OWH Sketch 192 - Better Late than Never!

I'm too late for Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 192, but I love this sketch and since I've used Leere Aldrich's skiing sheep before, it was great to have a new sketch for this year's version.  The image is pre-colored from Leere Aldrich's collection At the Cabin from PcCrafter.  Since PcCrafter is no more, Leere's artwork is only available through Whipper Snapper stamps.

OWH sketch 192, DCWV papers, Spellbinders oval dies, Computer generated sentiment using font PCLeere.

Snowmen Hugs

Thought I'd make some snowmen love cards for OWH.  Both cards use pre-colored images from Laurie Furnell's collections Cold Hands Warm Heart 1 & 2 from PcCrafter.  Some of Laurie's artwork are now stamps at High Hopes Rubber Stamps and some pre-colored artwork is available at Aimee Asher.

OWH sketch #30, Basic Grey papers, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Spellbinders Labels 1 & 2, Sizzix Hearts embossing folder

OWH sketch #36, DCWV Stack 7 papers, Stampendous sentiment stamp

As is my usual, I made six each of these to kick off my next OWH box - estimated launch date is November 10th, and it will also have some early Valentine's Day cards as well!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

New Stamp

I've always thought that this little skater boy from Stampendous was really cute, so the other day I broke down and used my Micheals 40% off coupon on this stamp instead of on Tombow adhesive (I use ATG, but sometimes I need a small adhesive runner).  I used OWH sketch #2 and both sides of the double-sided paper from Doodlebug Design's 6x6 pad boys only.  This worked out really nicely since I virtually used the whole 6x6 page.  I added some gears which were made with dies from Taylored Expressions and colored with my Copics as was the image.

Well, that's it for posting for today.  Time to go out and enjoy the bit of sunshine we are having!

Christmas Card Challenge #45

I had forgotten all about this stamp from My Favorite Things until I received my e-mail from Weekly Christmas Card Challenges.   Challenge #45 is an inspirational photo that shows Christmas lights.  I still had time to put a few more Christmas cards into my Operation Write Home box, so I made this card using OWH Sketch 169 and some Echo Park paper.  I was also able to use my Martha Stewart border punch that I purchased at least two years ago (!) and have never used.  I added some Glossy Accents to the lights bulbs for some shine after coloring the image with Copics.

That's it for Christmas cards from me for Operation Write Home this year since the deadline is fast approaching - early bird on October 15th and last, last minute on October 31st.

Thanks for visiting my blog!