Sunday, November 24, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge 200

Another card for Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 200.  I used a cattails stamp from Stacy's Stamps and a goose stamp from Stampin' Up's Wetlands set with some added color from my Copics. The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts and papers are from My Mind's Eye Spice.

The sun is out today, so it looks like I can walk my two big dogs!  Hope your Sunday is going great!

Operation Write Home Sketch 200

I made this card for Operation Write Home's Sketch 200 using the new Hero Arts set Little Hoot. What a fun set!  I'm not so great with Copics, but the images from these new stamps are really easy to color and are very quick at the same time.  To give my card a boyish feel, I used some papers from an Echo Park 6x6 pad called Scoot.  I punched the grass with a Fiskars grass border punch using some green paper from the same pad.  The heart was made with a Spellbinders die and popped with some foam squares.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoyed my card!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Couple of Cards from Hero Arts Missing You Set

I should be making Valentines for Operation Write Home right now, but I just got my new Hero Arts OWH Fundraiser stamps from Simon Says, and just couldn't resist making some cards!  The stamps used on these two cards are from the set Missing You.  My first card uses paper from We R Memory Keepers Happy Campers line with some coordinating cardstock embossed with  Cuttlebug's  Distressed Stripes embossing folder.
This little bird just cracked me up, and I used the same general layout as my first card, except I mounted the image panel on the lower third.  My duplicates will have the panel a bit lower, I think, to really get it in the bottom third better (Rule of Thirds!  Yay Bootcamp lessons!).  The dotted paper is from Moxie Very Merry Unbirthday and the stripe is from Darice.  The circle is cut from Spellbinders circle dies. I stamped the bird on the white circle and then on another piece of cardstock and cut him out and glued him over top so he'd have a bit more dimension.  The eyes have Glossy Accents (not in the photo though, that came after!).

I love the new sets - easy to color and really fun to work with!

Friday, November 22, 2013

OWH November Design Bootcamp - How Does it Feel

November's OWH Design Bootcamp, How Does it Feel (Using Texture to Add Interest) is one I really enjoyed.  I made a similar card like this last year, and decided to make some this year as well after seeing this month's Bootcamp lesson.  To add texture to my card, I embossed a panel with a hearts embossing folder.  The penguin is popped up so that it can be felt, and the ends of the sentiment panel are cut to add just a bit more "feel."  I think these details make a card fun to look at as well as to touch.
  • Penguin from Bugaboo Stamps colored with Copics.  The upper half is popped up with foam tape.
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies
  • Sizzix embossing folder Hearts
  • Snowflake paper off the rack at JoAnn's (I cut off the manufacturer's info!)
I really enjoy our Bootcamp lessons, and what I've learned has really increased my confidence as a cardmaker!  Thanks, Paula, for making learning so much fun!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Missing You Times Two

I made some missing you cards for my last box of cards for Operation Write Home.  They both use the same set of papers from Basic Grey's Curio line.  The above card uses OWH sketch 191.  The sentiment is computer generated and I used MFT Fishtail Banner dies and a Spellbinders heart die.  I adhered the dp to some chipboard before cutting it out with the die to give it more heft.

The second card uses another OWH sketch, a big favorite of mine, OWH sketch 176 and a sentiment stamp from Embossing Arts.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown - Dry Embossing

This is another card I am basing the layout on from a card I saw on the Web.  I've altered it a bit, but it remains very similar to the one I saw while cruising around with my Tablet.  I didn't save the link, however, and because of that, I've made myself a bookmark folder for CASE cards so I can go back to them!  I made this card on Sunday, but it definitely was lacking in something and after seeing this week's OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge to use dry embossing, I knew exactly what was needed. Once I dry embossed the background panel, everything came together.
  • Cuttlebug Love Language die plate
  • Spellbinders heart dies
  • Echo Park Grandfather's Tool Shed plaid paper
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed Stripe
Thanks for visiting my blog today!  

Some Sunny Yellow for Winter

I saw this layout on Pinterest and decided to adapt it a bit for this card.  That card was also yellow and I just couldn't resist going with the same scheme.  I just bought this Hero Arts stamp set, so I was really excited to make this card!
  • Hero Arts Daisies stamp
  • My Favorite Things sentiment stamp
  • My Favorite Thins Delicate Lace Doily border die
  • Recollections dot paper
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies
  • Stickles covered in Glossy Accents for flower centers
  • Copics

Some Thank You Cards

  • Penny Black Every Happiness image stamp
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders dies
  • Stampin' Up! Cajun Craze ink
  • Basic Grey Oxford double-sided paper
  • My Favorite Things Layered Label die
  • Dollar bin sentiment stamp
  • Darice (JoAnn's) Naturals paper and Recollections (Micheals's) cream cardstock
  • Stampin' Up! Elegant Thank You sentiment stamp
  • EK Success border punch

Monday, November 4, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge 197

This week's Challenge Sketch 197 is such a great sketch for me since it features an added layer in a coordinating color. I rarely think of this, and I find it a wonderful way to bring an added dimension to my cards without much effort at all.  For my card, I used another image from Bugaboo Stamps colored with Copics and some papers from Basic Grey (Olivia) as well as a favorite border die from My Favorite Things, Delicate Lace Doily.  Sentiment stamp is from Stampabilities.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  We have some sun here, today, and I hope your day is full of some sunshine as well.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge - Valentines and Love Cards

The November Challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs is to make Valentines and Love Cards. Thanks to the generosity of Our Daily Bread Designs, Operation Write Home can be sponsored the postage for up to two large flat rate shipping boxes - one box for every 25 cards we post.  We need 50 cards posted to receive a full sponsorship.  For this month's challenge,  I decided to make a love card that looks like a Valentines card.
  • Mojo 316 sketch
  • Sentiment digi from Create with TLC
  • Bugaboo Stamps dog digi
  • Copics E35/E37/R20/W3/W5/R46/W0/W3
  • Verve banner die
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Papers from Fancy Pants and Recollections
UPDATED November 4, 2013
I only had enough of the envelope paper to make three cards, so I decided to make a more masculine looking card too.  Papers are from Basic Grey (Oliver and Basics Lexicon).  The other five of these will have black twill ribbon with two rows of white stitching instead of plain black.

Friday, November 1, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge 196

I'm finally getting around to posting my card for this week's Sketch Challenge 196 at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps.  I made a missing you card since Sandy has requested this theme be included in our shipments.  I have quite a few missing you stamps, but very few are "stacked."  I was really pleased to find a set of sentiment stamps from Stampabilites which were separate words - they have "missing" and "miss" which was really great!  Since they are clear, they are very easy to line up and stamp.
  • OWH Sketch 196
  • Bugaboo digi - My Little Sock Monkey 
  • Copics E41/E43/E44/E57/R20/R29/R24/YG25/W0/W3/R46
  • Stampabilities sentiment stamps Everyday Expressions
I really like this sketch, and while typing this up, I just thought of another idea for it, so I'm off to give it a go.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Monochromatic Miss You


  • Splitcoast Stampers sketch 432
  • Unity Stamps Feel the Joy stamped in Versafine Olympia Green
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp also stamped in Versafine Olympia Green
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies
  • Basic Grey Oxford paper