Friday, August 23, 2013

Missing You Owls

  • Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Owls for All Seasons from PcCrafter
  • WR Memory Keepers papers
  • Glossy Accents on their eyes
  • Papertrey Ink sentiment stamp

OWH Sketch Challenge 186

I made two different cards for this week's Sketch Challenge 186 at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog.
  • Digital sentiment from Create with TLC
  • Basic Grey patterned papers
  • Computer generated sentiment using Eccentric font
  • Basic Grey papers
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots

Monday, August 19, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs August Challenge

The August Challenge for OWH from Our Daily Bread Designs is to make cards with green, brown, and pink.  Operation Write Home gets the shipping costs covered for large flat rate box for every 25 cards we post on the challenge, up to two boxes (50 cards).  Thank you Our Daily Bread Designs for your continued support!

  • Digi from Tiddly Inks colored with Copics
  • Papers from Recollections

OWH Sketch 185

I like this sketch quite a bit.  I have some small stamps, like this one I found at Goodwill,  which work really well with this layout.
  • Unknown image stamp
  • Paper Smooches sentiment stamp
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • MFT border die
  • Paper by Colorbok

Sunday, August 18, 2013

My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch Challenge 137

I just recently discovered the sketch challenges at My Favorite Things blog.  They're called My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch Challenges (MFTWSC).  I've found a lot of great sketches that I'm looking forward to using.  I thought I'd join in this week's Challenge 137 and use the current sketch to make some cards for my next box for Operation Write Home.
  • Sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up!
  • Basic Grey Indian Summer papers
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner die (I put the piece back into the die to cut the other end)
  • Fiskars heart punch
I know I'm going to be using this sketch a lot.  I want to do a masculine card with it next.  Let's see...a car on the sentiment panel, a gear instead of a heart, the sentiment on the banner die, and the two crosspieces dry embossed with Cuttlebug embossing folder Diamond Plate.  Now I just have to get 'er done!

Weekly Christmas Card Challenges - Challenge Number 38 - Non-traditional Christmas Image

I've been following the blog Weekly Christmas Card Challenges to help me get ideas for my OWH cards.  Their Challenge #38 is to make a card using a non-traditional Christmas image.  Dustin Pike's wacky characters came to mind and I made this card for the challenge.
  • Pre-colored digi from Doodle Dragon Studios
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Tab die from My Favorite Things
  • Stripe paper Joyful Skinny Stripe from Hampton Art


It's so hard to believe that it was in December 2012 that Sandy did the Interactive Cardmaking Project (ICP).  I've been wanting to do this card ever since.  I finally got it done eight months later!  My card used sketch A and a theme and sentiment taken directly from Sandy's card from the project.
  • ICP Sketch A
  • Pre-colored digi from Clear Dollar Stamps
  • Basic Grey Wander papers
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies
  • Sentiment computer generated with Techno font

More Love

Since Sandy has requested more love cards, I've been going to my K&Co. papers.  They are so beautiful.  I used a very large floral patterned paper and covered it up with the design elements.  I felt the amount of detail and colors would come through as a background piece.

  • OWH sketch 137
  • Spellbinders border and square dies
  • Sentiment computer generated with Editor font
  • Darice embossing folder (though it doesn't show up, the bottom portion is embossed in raised stripes)

Pre-colored Digi

Even though I am starting to use Copics and colored pencils, I still have tremendous love for my "clipart" from PcCrafters.  This card uses OWH Bonus sketch 17 and pattern paper from K&Co.  The sentiment stamp is from Papertrey ink mounted on Fishtail Banner dies from My Favorite Things.   The chipmunk digi is from Peggy Jo Ackley's collection Woodland Picnic.

Dry Embossing Cards

I've recently seen some really cool embossing folders used on cards showing up in my Pinterest feed.  I was so happy to see a posting on Facebook that Craft Direct was having a blow-out sale on some Darice embossing folders - and there they were!  I bought a bunch of them.  I had also recently seen this fabulous crackle finished cardstock by Tim Holtz at JoAnn's.  It's made for distressing since the core is my favorite - kraft!  I added a sentiment from Papertrey Ink - it's stamped in Memento Potter's Clay, and virtually matches the paper.  I double matted with kraft and black cardstock.  I think this will make a great masculine card for our Heroes to send home.

My second card used another Darice embossing folder and a Memory Box die.  The paper is from Coredinations and the sentiment stamp is from Hampton Art, stamped in Versafine Onxy Black ink.

Lots of Love

This is the second card I made with a new set of Penny Black and My Favorite Things stamps.  I made it for Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 183, but I never posted it.  The squiggly paper is from Recollections and the cute little hedgies are colored with Copics.

My first card with the same stamp set from Penny Black and a sentiment stamp from KaiserKraft, used OWH sketch 25.  I added some dotted lines with a black pen.

Two Thank You Cards in Green

  • OWH Sketch 176
  • Basic Grey Green Papers
  • Stampin' Up! sentiment stamp 
  • OWH Sketch 114
  • Flourishes sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders dies
  • K&Co. pattern paper

Miss You One Layer Card

I don't often make a one-layer card, but the 12x12 paper from K&Co. had this wonderful leaf image that looked as if it was stamped.  It seemed a good fit for a sentiment stamp from Paper Inspirations, which I stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.  To give a bit more interest to the card, I double matted it.

Butterfly CASE

I've tried photographing this card many, many times, and today I think I have it as close to what it looks in real life as I'm going to get.
Close up of the Smooch added to the wings.
I CASED this card:

I thought it was really pretty and would make a great card for our Heroes.   Here's the link to the blog The Paper Landscaper.

Details for my card:
  • K&Co. Paper
  • Border die from My Favorite Things
  • Butterflies and die from Hero Arts/Sizzix
  • Technique Tuesday sentiment stamp
  • Smooch Siren on the wings for some shine

Fall Love Cards

  • Deconstructed Sketch 37
  • K&Co. floral paper / Echo Park distressed red paper
  • Papertrey Ink sentiment stamp
  • Lifestyle Crafts oval die
  • OWH sketch 141
  • K&Co. floral & striped papers/ Basic Grey dot paper
  • Art Impressions sentiment stamp
  • Lifestyle Crafts circle dies