Thursday, May 30, 2013

Petal Party with Basic Grey

  • Penny Black flower stamp from Petal Party set, the flower was stamped twice and cut out and popped up
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • OWH sketch 145
  • Basic Grey paper Indie Bloom - Salsa

Not a Lot of Hot Air

  • Hero Arts hot air balloon stamp from Past Times set
  • Sentiment stamp from Inky Antics
  • Copics Y19, B06, YG25
  • Recollections textured paper

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Transportation

I know that for most people, viewing a skateboard as a mode of transportation doesn't come readily to mind.  In our town, however, I frequently see young men using their skateboards to get around.  So when this week's Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge was to make a general card using transportation as a theme, I decided to break out a new 12x12 sheet of designer paper and make six cards out of it.

This is what the paper looks like:
And here are the six cards I made.  I'm including all six even though there are 2 of each skater and they are almost identical.


  • Image stamps from Impression Obsession stamped with Versafine Ink and filled in with a Copic marker
  • Sentiment Totally RAD from Verve
  • Sentiment  u r  and arrow from my stash - arrow filled in with a Copic marker
  • Crate Paper School Spirit - Geometry

Green at Heart Love You so Much

  • Papertrey Ink sentiment stamp
  • Basic Grey Green at Heart papers
  • Lifestyle Crafts oval dies

Hello Lovely

  • OWH sketch 47
  • Digi Queens Cutie from Kenny K colored with Copics
  • Sentiment stamp from Papertrey Ink - Happy for You
  • Basic Grey 2-sided paper - Olivia
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies

Miss You Like Crazy Girl

  • OWH sketch 166
  • Digi from Bugaboo Stamps colored with Copics
  • Verve sentiment stamp
  • American Crafts 6X6 pad Shoreline

Dolled Up and Missing You Like Crazy

  • OWH sketch 49
  • Papers (including fussy cut sentiment panel) from My Minds Eye 6x6 pad Dolled Up
  • Verve sentiment stamp

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

OWH May Bootcamp - Variety is the Spice of Life

May's Operation Write Home Bootcamp Variety is the Spice of Life (Using Variation to Add Interest) was a wonderful discussion of ways to add interest to our cards.  When I first started making cards, I would literally say to myself, "What would Sandy do?" because her cards always featured nice little touches to them.  I still have a strong tendency to finish a card and then realize I should have made a scalloped border here or added a brad there.  Paula's tutorial works as a great reminder to me to made sure I spice up my cards!

These are really the same two cards, but I have a weird need to post them both!  I made six of these from a 6x6 pad from Authentique.
  • OWH sketch 115
  • Paper from Authentique 6x6 pad Original
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp from our most recent fundraiser set (LP278)
  • Basic Grey Little Black Dress paper for the sentiment panel
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink
I also had to try my hand at another card with more vibrant colors.  I only made one of these.
  • Papers from Making Memories
I'm adding my fourth card to this post because I started out using the star paper (on the smaller panel), but it just looked like a kid design - which makes sense because the 6x6 pad is geared for boys!  I made two of these because I only had two pieces for the background panel.
  • Digi from Bugaboo Stamps colored with Copics
  • Digi sentiment from Doodle Pantry
  • Paper from My Minds Eye 6x6 pad Boy Crazy

Missing You Cat

  • Pre-colored digi from Shelly Comiskey's collection Kitten Caboodle from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 85
  • Basic Grey paper
  • Sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches

Monday, May 27, 2013

Red, White, and Blue - Missing You


  • Pre-colored image from Leere Aldrich's collection Family Frenzy from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 53
  • Sentiment stamp from $1 bin
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders Seeing Spots and Distressed Stripes
  • Recollection striped paper
  • Spellbinders circle dies

Memorial Day Any Hero Card

I made six of these from 2-sided paper from Basic Grey.
  • Paper from Basic Grey - Life of the Party
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamps from Thank You Sayings
  • Lifestyle Crafts oval dies
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Stars

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms - Coloring on Kraft


  • Image stamp from Hero Arts - Delicate Blossoms colored with Copics on Kraft
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Kraft paper from JoAnn's
  • Red accent paper from K&Company

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - So Sentimental

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps is called So Sentimental.  We are challenged to make a card with a sentiment as our focal point.
  • Splitcoast Stampers sketch 435
  • Papers from K&Co. Best of Brenda Walton
  • Stampin' Up! sentiment stamp
Variations:


  • Thank you stamp from Papertrey Ink

Bunnies from Jelly Park

  • Digi from Jelly Park colored with Copics
  • Basic Grey paper
  • Sentiment stamp from stash
  • Sentiment tag from My Favorite Things

Birdie Brown Thank Yous

  • OWH Sketch 8
  • Echo Park papers
  • Digi from Birdie Brown colored with Copics (the digi was a freebie from awhile ago)
  • Spellbinders dies
Second card using same papers and image:
  • OWH sketch 167

Sunday, May 12, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge 172

  • OWH Sketch Challenge 172
  • Image and sentiment stamps from Clear Dollar Stamp
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Diamond Plate
  • Taylored Expressins gear die

Saturday, May 11, 2013

CASEING Jane

The Featured Friday Cardmaker at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog for this week is in honor of a cardmaker named Jane E.  Jane passed away this year and her beloved OWH stamp has been retired.  In her memory, we are asked to CASE one of the many lovely cards made by Jane that are featured on this Friday's post.  I had a difficult time choosing which card to CASE, but I chose this one:
I love the pieced square and metallic elements incorporated in the design.   

Missing You - OWH Sketch 15


  • OWH Sketch 15
  • Pre-colored digi image from Laurie Furnell's collection Star Spangled Summer from pcCrafter
  • Sentiment computer generated
  • Colorbok paper

OWH Sketch Challenge 171


I decided to make his and hers cards for this week's Sketch Challenge 171 at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog.  I've been checking our local Goodwill store and I found these two cute little Stampin' Up stamps and bought them a couple of weeks ago.  I thought they'd be pretty cute as an image accent on a card and this week's sketch gave me an opportunity to get them inked up!

Dog card:
  • Stampin' Up! image stamp colored with Copics
  • Sentiment stamp from Unity
  • EK Success border punch
  • Dot paper from Basic Grey
Cat card:
  • Stampin' Up! image stamp colored with Copics
  • Sentiment stamp from Unity
  • EK Success border punch
  • Dot paper from My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing-Honey

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - His and Hers



The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps is to make His and Hers cards by using the same layout for both cards.  I chose OWH sketch 55 for the challenge and used papers from Basic Grey for the masculine card and papers from K&Company for the feminine card.  The sentiment is from I Brake for Stamps.

Trio of Thank You Cards

  • K&Company papers
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Lifestyle Crafts oval die
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp


  • OWH Sketch 168
  • K&Company papers
  • Hero Arts Sentiment stamped on Authentique paper

  • OWH sketch 55
  • K&Company papers and chipboard butterfly
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Spellbinders Labels 10 and oval dies

Sunday, May 5, 2013

OWH Rebel VCMP Challenge 6 - Make an Any Hero Card from a Photo We Took

Julie at Handmade by Julie is sponsoring Challenge 6 of Operation Write Home's Rebel Virtual Cardmaking Party.  Julie challenged us to make an Any Hero Card using a photo we took ourselves.  I have been wanting to make a card out of this picture of my dog, Roxie, for eons.  When she was younger, she used to get under the covers of our bed and sleep the morning away.  One morning, she must have gotten too warm because there she was - her head on my pillow.  She looked so cute I snapped a picture of her.  She's too old to get on our bed now, though.  My poor little girl has dementia and follows me around.  She howls when she gets confused and  I tell her she's singing.  Mostly she's a happy girl and in a good mood.  (I won't put those last parts about her being old in my letter to a Hero though.)

I also want to add that the whole card front is a template from a 4x6 inch bragbook set from Misty Cato at The Sweet Shoppe.  These templates are a lot of fun to work with.  If you use PSE, any digital papers can just be dropped onto the workspace and merged onto a shape the designer has made.  It makes creating a mini photo album very easy and fun.  Since I couldn't come up with papers right away, I reverted to my digital scrapbooking skills and made this one card.  For more cards, though, I will dig through my stash and just print out her picture.

Last note:  Both digital kits I used are copyrighted and the designers OK personal use for projects other than scrapbooking.
  • Digital template from Misty Cato at The Sweet Shoppe Brag Book Templates 2 
  • Digital papers from Kimberly Stewart at Scrapbook Elements All American Kids
  • Sentiment created with font Augusta ES

OWH Rebel VCMP Challenge 7 - Make a Summer Themed Card

JoAnn Ross on her blog, JoAnn Ross is hosting Challenge 7 of Operation Write Home's Rebel Virtual Cardmaking Party.  She has challenged us to make summer themed cards for our heroes to send home to their families.  I decided to make a card for someone to send home to their special guy!

  • Digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios colored in PSE
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Recollections striped paper

OWH Rebel VCMP Challenge 3 - Make a Romantic Card Using an OWH Tutorial Technique

Sandy Allnock, the awesome lady who makes Operation Write Home possible, has offered up a fun challenge for OWH's Virtual Cardmaking Party in honor of National Scrapbooking Day.  We are to be a rebel and make cards instead of scrapbooking.  To help us do that, Sandy has sponsored a challenge on her blog, I Can't Stop Embellishing, and asked us to make a romantic card for our heroes to send home to their loved one.  As an added twist, we are to use a technique from one of our Tuesday Tutorials.

I chose to use the chalkboard tutorial and made a card using a Stamper's Best stamp and additional stamps from Recollections and Hero Arts.  The checked paper is from Basic Grey.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

OWH Rebel VCMP Challenge 2 - A Kid's Card Using a Sketch

Paula is hosting OWH Rebel VCMP Challenge 2 - A Kid's Card Using a Sketch at her blog Handmade by Paula.  I decided to make a card suitable for a teen using OWH Bonus Sketch 1.

  • Digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios colored in PSE
  • Papers from American Crafts 6x6 pad Shoreline

OWH VCMP Be a Rebel Challenge 1 - Our Daily Bread Designs May Challenge - Miss You Cards

My card for Operation Write Home's Virtual Cardmaking Party Be a Rebel Challenge 1:  Make a missing you card for the May Challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs.
  • Digi from Bugaboo colored with Copics
  • Papers from My Mind's Eye 6x6 pad The Sweetest Thing - Honey
  • Sentiment stamp from stash