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.
I have been making so many adult cards, I just had to have some fun with a kid card! This week's OWH Sketch 170 Challenge was also a great way for me to use a paper I love but due to the size of the graphics (it's from a 12x12 sheet), it wants to overwhelm a card. The sketch layout let me place it as a background with top panels and all of the busyness comes across in a calmer fashion while supplying lots of color.
I completely missed getting a card made for the OWH Sketch 169 Challenge. I finally got a card made, but I had to leave off the scallops on the bottom edge because they just didn't work with the masculine feel of the design.
The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is It's About Time! We are challenged to make a card using time as an element. I love the clock face from the Hero Arts set Special Time, especially the text behind the hands. I've had the papers and stamps set aside in order to make this card for almost two months and never made it because I was concentrating so much on Mother's Day cards and then Father's Day cards, so I was really pleased to see the theme for this week's challenge!
Hero Arts sentiment stamp from All the Time
Hero Arts clock face stamp from Special Time
OWH sketch 149
Basic Grey Capella - Timpani double-sided paper
Bazzil olive grey cardstock
Spellbinders circle and Labels 22 dies
VersaMark watermark ink and Recollections bronze embossing powder
I'm using a digital sentiment graciously offered for free by Paula on her blog Handmade by Paula. I edited it by removing a heart that was behind the sentiment. It was pink and I was trying to make a uni-sex card. I think the pink heart would have looked really nice, though, against all the blue.
Starting my new box (target send off is May 15th) for Operation Write Home. I made this card on a low mojo day using a great Viva La Verve sketch. I couldn't even tell if I liked it or not so I set it aside. I missed putting it into my "Father's Day box" I just sent off and found it yesterday. I can tell I like it now! I guess when my mojo goes out the window I just can't tell if a card looks good or not.
I have a package of Recollections polka dotted cardstock I bought a couple of years ago and haven't used very much. I love polka dots and since Sandy needs thank you cards, I decided to use one color of each and make some thank you cards.
Details: Papertrey Ink sentiment stamp; Martha Stewart border punch; Viva Pearl Pen.
This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog is A Bug's Life! We are challenged to use insects on our cards. Of course I immediately thought of Doodle Dragon Studios for the fun images of insects Dustin Pike draws.
I ordered some new stamps from Unity and thought I'd use one of them to make some thank you cards for my OWH box and for this month's OWH Bootcamp lesson Now That's Odd (Using Odd Numbers in Design). My image has three flowers and I also have three mats: one for the image, a blue mat, and a white scallop mat. I really enjoyed this month's lesson and I was able to use the ideas in some other cards I've created since Monday. Thank you, Paula, for your most valuable and clear explanation on good design.
Unity itty bitty stamp Wishing you Joy
Hero Arts sentiment stamp
Splitcoast Stampers sketch 432
p.s. I edited the background for my card and I just noticed the card edges look kind of chewed up. The card isn't like that, it's the editing I did!
My card for this week's Sketch Challenge 168 at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps blog. Love this sketch! I have quite a bit of 4x6-1/2 inch paper that is old, but still very nice. It came in a stack with two prints paired with a solid. This sketch will definitely be put to use so I can finally use it up!
Since I am still finishing up my next box to OWH with Dad/Father's Day cards, I decided to make a Dad card for this month's challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs. They are challenging us to make cards featuring "things that fly." ODBD is continuing to generously support our efforts by sponsoring the shipping expenses for up to two large flat rate boxes for every 25 cards submitted to their challenge each month. Thank you Our Daily Bread Designs!
Digital image and background from Create with TLC (the plane was colored in Photoshop Elements and I printed the background in Kraft paper)
After attending the GPAA Gold & Treasure Expo in Puyallup last Saturday (April 6th), our family traveled around the area a bit before heading back over the Tacoma Narrows bridge to the Kitsap Peninsula. I was especially interested in trying to find the new Hobby Lobby in Federal Way. Our luck was with us and we found it without having an address! I had a good time checking out the paper - which I forbid myself from buying - and was really pleased to find four new stamps for my OWH cards. This is one of them and it will be getting a lot of use!
Sandy has asked for thank you and missing you cards since she has a good supply of other themes. I only made one of these and was holding it for later in the year since it has a bit of a fall color scheme. I can always make more later on, so this one card is off to my OWH box!
OWH sketch 66
My Mind's Eye Reunion 6x6 paper pad
Spellbinders Double Ended tag - used with Stampin' Up! Window die
This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is a color challenge. We are challenged to use a favorite color combination and share why. Since I have a very long list of favorite combinations and simply love color, I decided to just go with one of my favorites which is purple and green. I think it has a sentimental hold on me because back in ancient times (the early 1970's!) doing your own tie-die shirts was very popular. I took a light green t-shirt and a box of purple Ritt dye plus some rubber bands and made my own tie-dye shirt. Very bright yellows, blues, and reds were extremely trendy at the time so my more subdued color combination drew a lot of comments (much to my surprise). I wore that t-shirt for quite a few years until it faded away. So, that is my story about why I have an attachment to green and purple as a color combination!
Elegant Weeds stamp from Hero Arts colored with Copics YG67/G24/V01/V17
Sharing a masculine card for this week's Tuesday Tutorial - Masculine Cards at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps blog. I'm late to stamping since I usually use digital images, but it finally occurred to me that I could combine a stamped image and a sentiment! Who knew? lol!
Truck stamp and miss you sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps blog is to use Tags 'n Twine. I decided to try using some of my tags from K&Company which I purchased on clearance over a year ago. I haven't found a way to really use them, but I think I have a "go-to" layout thanks to Jill Foster at her blog Inspired By. Please take a minute to visit her blog post (here) and see the cards I based mine on. She even has a fun video showing all of the techniques used in making her cards. Her blog is full of great ideas and inspiration.
Ranger Wild Honey distress ink applied around the tag and on the "bumpy" side of the embossing folder before running it through my Big Shot
My Favorite Things border die Dainty Lace
Twine - 2 separate pieces (I punched a hole and left a tail end of each piece behind the card front and pulled the other end through making a loop for each one. I dabbed on some Quick Drying Tacky Glue from 3M and held the pieces by hand for about 30 seconds and then applied some Glossy Accents to the back of the Candi Dot and placed it directly over the twine as shown. The Candi Dot is staying put very well and isn't warping from the glue or the twine underneath.) One more tip about the twine. I don't like how stiff the twine is, so I flatten it out before I use it by holding one end and running my bone folder down the length of it. This takes the roundness away and keeps my embellishment flatter for running through the postal machine.
I really enjoyed this challenge since it gave me a chance to follow up on some discussion Paula shared with us on Facebook and her blog about using these tags from K&Co. Here is her post showing some other nice layouts for using premade tags.