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.
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
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.
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
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:
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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
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!