Friday, February 28, 2014

You're My World

I made three cards with a different layout before I remembered the sketch I bought this paper for. Those three made it into my woodburning stove just fine since I absolutely did not like how they looked.  I was even wondering why I bought this paper when it suddenly occurred to me that I was using the wrong layout!  This card is what I had envisioned when I was out shopping for more (yes, more) paper for my OWH cards.

Details:  BoBunny papers, Spellbinders and Lifestyle Crafts circle dies, and Hero Arts You're My World fundraiser set.  I used OWH sketch 141 for the layout.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Color Challenge

The OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge is a Color Challenge.  We are to incorporate teal or turquoise in our cards.    I chose to use some teal Authentique diamond paper which I've been struggling to pair with some other color.  Today during the clean up of my crafting area that always follows mailing a box of cards to Sandy, I noticed that I had some Bo Bunny ledger paper that was the same color as the Authentique, so I knew I had my course set.  The clock is stamped on some K&Company tone on tone paper, the stamps are from Hero Arts OWH fundraiser set, All the Time, and I used OWH sketch 211 for the layout.

I may come back tomorrow after taking another photo and swap this one out because my camera decided to pop up the flash and it washed out the depth of color these papers have.  I wanted to get this card posted, so right now, a bit of a washed out, PSE color-corrected photo will have to do.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Little Laughing Duck

I just love this little laughing duck digi from Prairy Fairy.  I colored him with Copics and based my card on OWH sketch 161.  The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts and the dot paper is from Recollections.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Let Your LIght Shine

I made two cards using the same sentiment from Taylored Expressions, Happy Heart, for Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Let Your Light Shine.

My first card uses a sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping, FTL251.  I have been wanting to use this sketch forever!  Papers are from Crate Paper, Farmhouse Collection, dies used are MFT Fishtail Banners die, QuicKutz sun, and Stampin' Up! Edgelits Adorning Accents.

I had to use this stamp for a chalkboard technique card as well.  Papers are all from Basic Grey Olivia except for the chalkboard black paper.  That is from Basic Grey's Sugar Rush line.  I just noticed it looks like an already distressed chalkboard, so I've had it on my list of gotta tries and today I did!  Dies are Spellbinders Ovals and Hearts; I used the Edgelits Adorning Accents die from Stampin' Up for the border of the crosspiece and OWH sketch 161 for my layout.

Loved this week's challenge, it made me stop my chicks, ducks, and bunnies marathon and focus on something else!  Hope your day is going well, and thank you for visiting my blog.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Thinking of You Bunny

Thoughtful Bunny by Stampavie colored with Copics.  The heart paper from Paper Pizzaz is old, but still so cute and makes this a love card too.   The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts and the border die is from MFT - Dainty Lace.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Some Bunny Loves You

The Easter deadline  of March 7th is fast approaching and I am running out of room in my OWH box, but not out of cute digis to color!  I just added this little guy to my collection since he is holding a carrot, so if need be, this card will work year-round.

Details:  The digi is called Billy Bubble-Bunny from an Etsy shop called The Doodle Garden and he's colored with Copics.   I used OWH sketch 51 along with a sentiment stamp from Verve, Spellbinders oval dies, and a double-sided paper from My Mind's Eye Collectable - "Notable" 6x6 paper pad.

A Couple of Any Hero Cards

Sandy has been asking for some Hero mail from adults, so I'm making sure I get some Hero mail into my box of cards!  

I got this awesome eagle stamp at a garage sale at a scrapbooking store, Art 'n Soul, in Lacey, Washington a few weeks back.  Love it!  The stamp is from Coronado Stamps, and I colored it with Copics.  I used a sentiment from Hero Arts, papers from Paper Pizazz, and MFT Fishtail Banner dies.

The other card I made has star papers from DCWV, MFT Fishtail Banner dies, and a sentiment stamp from Stamper's Best.

My cards all look different, but for right now, they all say the same thing!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge 212

This week's sketch gave me a chance to use some patterned paper from BoBunny (The Avenues) I just purchased yesterday at my local scrapbooking store.  Even though I am becoming a real convert to the 6x6 paper pads, a big 12x12 sheet of patterned cardstock can definitely turn my head!  Despite the clock patterns being relatively large, I know from experience, that as long as the images are placed tightly together, it should work just fine on a card.  A trick that can be used (from my relatively short-lived quilting days) is to get a piece of clear flexible plastic sheeting (JoAnn's in the quilting isle - clear and some with grids even) and cut it to the size of an A2 card front.  Lightweight, easy to carry with you to the store.  It can be placed over patterned paper to double-check if the pattern is too big or not. Quilters use this trick to see if fabrics will work for their quilt blocks, so why not cards too?

Other supplies used on my card are a banner die from Verve, sentiment stamp from Hero Arts, and the bottom piece of carstock is from Basic Grey's Little Black Dress.

Well, it's raining here with bouts of high wind, so I'm off to finish more cards before we lose power. Thanks for visiting!

You Are My Home

I saw this Bella Blvd. paper (Honey, I'm Home) at my LSS and decided to pair it with the sentiment from the Hero Arts OWH fundraiser set Right at Home.  I used OWH sketch 67 for the layout, a Spellbinders border die, and a  two piece tag die from Sizzix.  I love how there are hearts scattered around the houses, so I used a heart brad to accent the tag.

Thank You Card

Sandy has asked for thank you cards, so I'm getting some ready for my next OWH box which I hope to have out the door by next Wednesday.  I love how this card turned out since I have finally gotten to use all the pieces from My Favorite Things' Layered Label Die.  The pattern paper is two-sided from Basic Grey's Oxford line and the sentiment stamp is from the Dollar Bin at JoAnn's stamped with Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Forever Green.

OWH Sketch 211

I'm late posting my card for OWH Sketch Challenge 211, though I see the In-Linkz is still open, so I may link it up anyway.  I made an Any Hero card using my new-to-me stamp set from Paper Smooches. It's an OWH fundraiser set called Circle of Honor.  I colored the eagle with my Copics and used some Spellbinders circle dies to first cut a window through the star paper and then I just mounted the image circle inside the window.  The star paper and star brads are from Recollections as is the navy cardstock.

Well, I'm excited by this week's sketch as well, so I'm off to try and get a card done in time to actually post it during the challenge!

TLC Show it Off Sunday Link Up Party #11

OWH can always using missing you cards, so I made some of these using a digi from Doodle Dragon Studios colored with Copics and a fab digi sentiment from Create with TLC.  I used OWH sketch 20 for my layout; animal print paper is from ScrapbookDiva and the background is dry embossed with Distressed Stripes from Cuttlebug.  I love pairing up the crazy sign holding animal crew from Doodle Dragon Studios with this TLC sentiment and this month's box will be no exception!

I'm entering my card in Create with TLC's Show if Off Sunday Link Up Party #11.  It's fun to have a place to share the creations we've made using Paulette's wonderful digis.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Kid Card

My favorite type of card - for kids!  I used a pre-colored digi from Marie Cole's collection My Dog Spot from Daisy Company (no longer available), a Hero Arts sentiment stamp, and cloud dies from Impression Obsession.  The stripe paper is from Echo Park's Scoot 6x6 pad and I used OWH sketch 166 for the layout.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Punny Cards

OK, I went a little overboard with the Punny Card Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps.  I just love the new Hero Arts OWH Fundraising set Missing You, and since  I had three different ideas about using the set, I made all three for the challenge.

My first card uses the sheep colored with Copics.   It's a CASE of a card from here. The hills are made with a MFT Snowdrifts die and the clouds are dies from Memory Box called Mini Clouds.  The little red heart is from a Martha Stewart punch.  Pattern papers are from My Mind's Eye On the Bright Side.  I also used Glossy Accents on their eyes.  I have to say, that after seeing the photo of this card, those clouds are going to have to straighten up!  They look a little wonky at an angle.

Love this moose!  I used My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch 160 (MFTWSC160) for my layout.  The plaid paper is from g.c.d Studios (a fab find at Tuesday Morning!) and some beige check from ProvoCraft (really old!).  For dies, I used Spellbinders circles, MFT Fishtail Banners, and a Spellbinders heart.  Glossy Accents are on his eyes and I colored him with Copics.

For my third card, I used the owl (also colored with Copics).  I perched him on a sign die from QuicKutz.  The grass is cut with a Fiskars border punch and the clouds are dies from Impression Obsession.  I'm not too happy with the clouds - I tried a sun, but it was a bit too big.  I may try a full moon partially off the page and see how that works out.

Well, that's it for the Throwdown Challenge.  I spent most of today cleaning up my craft room after virtually destroying it!

Thanks for visiting, comments are always welcome!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bunny Hugs

Another bunny-themed card for OWH for Easter or later.  I colored this cute digi from Sassy Cheryl, called Noah and His Bunny Bandit, with Copics.  I used OWH sketch 138 for the layout, a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts, MFT Fishtail Banner dies, and the paper is from Pebbles Seen & Noted 12x12 sheet.

I really enjoyed coloring this image, so I'll think I'll keep practicing and make five more cards like this for my OWH box.  The snow we had last night is doing a fast disappearing act, but the rain is on its way, so I should have plenty of time!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Best Kid Ever

I love this little guy from Bugaboo Stamps called Curly Haired Boy.  I love his freckles and curly hair! He's colored with Copics and I used the new OWH/Hero Arts set Lil' Hoot for the sentiment.  Paper is from Echo Park's All About a Boy 6x6 paper pad, the white is embossed with Darice Stars embossing folder, and the border die is Notched Border from My Favorite Things.

Sweet Bunny

Since Easter cards are iffy this year, I've been using bunnies and chicks in a different way.  This cute little bunny stamp from Rubber Stampede has been in my stash for quite awhile, so I inked it up and paired him with a sentiment stamp from My Favorite Things More Essential Sentiments.  I used Copics to color the image.  Papers are from My Mind's Eye Collectable "Notable" 6x6 pad, the background is embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder, and I used OWH sketch 46 for the layout.

UPDATED 02/13/2014
I decided to try using yellow to mat another card and I like it better than the blue.

Miss Your Face

Impression Obsession had a sale recently, so I purchased some stamps and among them was one that I've been seeing on OWH's Facebook page.  I decided to get it to go with this paper from Fancy Pants. I've had it for awhile, but I couldn't figure out how to use it until I saw this sentiment.  I used OWH sketch 133, Spellbinders circle dies, and a Darice chevron embossing folder to make this card.

OWH Sketch Challenge 210 and Midweek Throwdown Challenge Hexagons

My card for this week's OWH Sketch Challenge 210 and Midweek Throwdown Challenge Hexagons.  I left off the three embellishments on the vertical panel since my paper was so busy. The hexagon paper is from DCWV Naturals mat stack and the sentiment is made with  Cuttlebug's Love Language cutting die.  I love this sketch and I know I will use if often!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Impression Obsession I love You Cards

I've been trying to make more masculine cards for our Heroes to send home to their loved ones.  I do miss making girly cards though!  After I made my Bea Fluffles card, I decided I would make some one of a kind floral cards using some stamps that I love.  These two cards use stamps from Impression Obsession with a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts.  The first card has Recollections paper, a banner die from Simon Says, and a window cut with a Spellbinders Deckled Ovals die; the stamp was colored with Momento markers and then stamped.  The second card has Bazzill dot embossed cardstock, a banner die from Lil' Inker Designs, and a window cut with a Lifestyle crafts oval die; the image was colored with Copics.

Just for Fun

I bought this cute stamp at Micheal's on clearance quite awhile ago.  I was moving it around trying to get to another stamp when I decided to quickly color it up just for fun to see how it would turn out.  I rarely make one card of anything, but I've decided that when inspiration strikes, I'll just make a for fun card.

Image Stamp:  Stampendous Bea Fluffles colored with Copics
Sentiment Stamp:  My Favorite Things
Dies:  Spellbinders
Plaid Paper:  Recollections

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ciara's Friends - Trigger and Skyler

I took the plunge and tried my hand at coloring my new Ciara's Friends stamp Trigger & Skyler.  I really enjoyed coloring this image - I have to admit that I had Sandy's cards printed out so I could have some help with my shading!  I entered my card in Splitcoast Stampers Ways to Use It Challenge WT464.  The idea of entering into this challenge really motivated me to use my novice Copics skills and just go ahead and try.  I think I will keep an eye on other challenges to help me use my endless stash of cardmaking materials!

UPDATED 2/4/2014
I love this image so much, I just had to try a different color for the horse.  I used the same layout and papers except in blue.