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.
Loving the sketch from this week's OWH Sketch Challenge 166. I already have two other cars printed out and matched to their papers. Since I make six of each most of the time (I usually use 12x12 two-sided papers), I may have to hold a set back from my April's Father's Day box and send one set of six with my box for May.
Pre-colored digi from Clear Dollar Stamps Corvette collection
OWH sketch 166
Sentiment stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy Timeless Classic
The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home this week is a challenge to use stripes on our cards. I used a corner piece from one of the papers from my six inch pad to make a tag for my card. I was able to make two of these and I will make two more with a different sketch to use the opposite corner which had some neat stars.
I missed making a card in time for last week's sketch challenge 164 at Operation Write Home. This card came to mind as soon as I saw the sketch, but I could not think of a patterned paper to use. I also have never made a card with the cutaway on the crosspieces like I did here, so I felt stalled out. I finally knew I had a workable idea to try today when I spotted this 12x12 sheet of Basic Grey paper that I had pulled out to use for a Father's Day/Dad card or some type of masculine looking card. Since I knew I wanted to use a brownish/grayish marbled paper to stamp the sentiment on, this BG paper looked like a good match.
I decided to use a die cut in place of the ribbon in this week's OWH Sketch Challenge 165. I added a couple of punched butterflies because the area looked a little bare and I used only two of them since the leaf kind of acts as that "third" element.
My card for today's OWH Bootcamp Lesson - Anyway You Slice It-Composition, the Rule of Thirds. I really learned a lot about why certain compositions look more pleasing since our eye wants to travel in certain ways. I was also glad to see some suggested sketches to carry out our homework since I am at a dead run trying to get to the post office and get my OWH Mother's Day box in the mail!
I was especially glad to see OWH sketch 19 listed as a good "rule of thirds" sketch because I was planning on using it today for a Dad card and a stamped image. I have had this great deer stamp for over a year and I am finally getting some ink on it!
OWH sketch 19
TPC Studios image stamp
Hampton Arts (Ditto/Studio g - Micheals) sentiment stamp
The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is a Color Challenge. We are to use green and blue and if we feel adventurous, we are to add orange plus a neutral. I added the orange and used black as my neutral.
This is a CASE of a card I saw in Splitcoast Stampers Stampin' Up! Gallery here.
Splitcoast Stamper sketch 379
Stampin' Up! skater stamp and window punch
Impression Obsession sentiment stamp
Versifine Onyx Black ink
g.c.d paper (it had the gears and grid lines)
Ranger distress inks Mowed Lawn, Faded Jeans, and Spiced Marmalade mixed with Dried Marigold
This digi was offered from OWH last year for us to help in making some cards for Mother's Day. I decided to try and mimic the coloring of the pre-colored digi with some black and white papers from Recollections inked up with Ranger distress inks.
Using random.org, the winner of my blog candy from OWH's Animal Pun blog skip is: comment number 12: Lynn from Wyndrider Dreams! Congratulations! This is such a nice set of sentiments and I hope you enjoy your candy!
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Since my 1/2 box of Mother's Day/Mom cards is almost full and ready to ship to Sandy, I know I must start working on Father's Day/Dad cards for the April 30th deadline for those. I usually ship a box of cards a month, so I try and start on those deadlines more than 30 days ahead so I can get my cards to Sandy at least two weeks prior to any deadlines.
Hat and sentiment stamps from My Favorite Things Let's Hear it for the Boys! stamp set
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Today's skip is featuring three new Stampers Best stamp sets benefiting OWH. With this launch, Stamper's Best is offering an awesome deal of buy two sets and get one free! Who could resist such a fabulous offer for some super cute images and sentiments too? To go to the Stampers Best store, click this LINK and help support OWH while getting some great stamps for a great price!
I love all three of the new sets, but I had so much fun with the turtle set that I made three different cards and then couldn't decide which card to post, so I'm posting all three cards!
My first card is very clean and simple.
Recollections chevron paper trimmed out. Copics E31/E57/E59/Y21/YG61/YG63
This next card is pretty similar to the first, but I just had to share it anyway!
I also have some candy for one lucky commenter on this blog post. Simply leave your comment by midnight Monday, March 11th and I will randomly draw a name to win this stamp set from My Favorite Things. The winner will be posted on my blog Tuesday morning.
I saw this die being used on various cards on the web and just fell in love with it, so I bought it along with some other floral dies that I have yet to use! I decided to use a Splitcoast Stampers sketch that I haven't used before either, but just love the look of.
Splitcoast Stampers sketch 378
Memory Box Prim Poppy die
K&Company patterned papers
Recollections green cardstock
Penny Black Letter Background stamped with Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
Spellbinders circle dies
Computer generated sentiment - font is Brush Script
The Our Daily Bread Designs March Challenge for OWH is to use scallops on our cards. ODBD is continuing their wonderful support for OWH in covering the shipping costs of a large flat shipping box for every 25 cards we make for the challenge - up to two boxes each month. They are very generous to us and their support is very much appreciated. This month I decided to play around with some different color schemes to go with the same two elements: the butterfly and the floral paper for the squares. I made four variations for my next OWH box, which I hope to ship out early next week.
OWH sketch 152
Hero Arts sentiment stamp
K&Company pattern papers and butterfly die cut
Spellbinders circle and scallop circle dies
Craft Concepts embossing folder Budding Vine used on the last card
Yasutomo Gel Xtreme metallic roller gel pens used on the last two cards
Authentique paper used as sentiment circle on the first card
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