Wednesday, April 30, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge 222

I really love OWH sketches even though I am chronically late for the challenges. This week's Sketch Challenge 222 is no exception because I love it and so right in the middle of planning out some other cards, I stopped and made my challenge cards.  I made two different ones using this week's sketch and I have a third in mind if I can take the time to search through some digis from Doodle Dragon Studios. It's never a good thing when I make two or three different cards at one time, and with planning out four OTHER cards and the sun shining and my mind straying.......

This first card uses pattern paper from Basic Grey's Oliver and a sentiment stamp from Verve's Thankful Blossoms.

The second card uses the idea that came to me while making the first card above. One of those had to take a trip to the garbage can since I glued the middle strip wrong and made a complete mess of the card.   The goof up was worth it though because I really like how this came out.  I used a stamp set from Stampendous called Sunny Flowers for the image and the sentiment.  It's a great set, but I don't think it's available anymore.  The raised dot paper is from Bazzill as is the brown cardstock.

I think I may have to go and look for that digi now before I put together anymore cards because I'm not too sure how they will come out if I'm daydreaming about the next card too much!

Monday, April 28, 2014

First Card for May

This is the first card, one of a multiple of six, that is going into my May box of cards for Operation Write Home.  The digi is line art from Rebecca Carter's collection Teddy Bears from PcCrafter which I colored with Copics.  Papers are from My Mind's Eye Handsome Boy 6x6 pad and Bazzill Lakeshore cardstock. The sentiment stamp is from my stash and the banner die is from Lil' Inkers.  I tried using Tombow Power Tabs cut into fourths for under the Candi Dots and I have to say I love them better than the Precious. They hold really well and don't make the dots stick up so high they get caught on other cards.  Sandy mentioned this somewhere and I am so glad she did!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Favorite Sketch

The last card share I have from the box of cards I sent off to Sandy yesterday is this one which uses Splitcoast Stampers sketch 416 that I use pretty frequently.  I really like it for a "sentiment only" card where no image is used.  The leaf patterned paper is from a K&Company mat pad, oval dies are from Lifestyle Crafts, and the sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts wooden stamp set You're My World heat embossed in silver.

Two Cards for Dad

I wasn't going to make any more Dad cards, but two more found their way into my OWH box.  
The first card features line art (black and white version of the colored clipart) from Leere Aldrich's collection Family Frenzy from PcCrafter.  I've made a card using the pre-colored version every year I've made cards for OWH.  I didn't want to break tradition, so I chose to color the line art version with my Copics for this year's cards.  The sentiment stamp is a combination of a Dad stamp from Wordsworth and "Best" and "Ever" from My Favorite Things First Place Sentiments.  The circle dies are from Spellbinders.

The other Dad card I made features a stamp I found recently at Goodwill.  It's a 1994 stamp from Stamp Yourself Silly.  I love woody wagons and just couldn't pass up a chance to make a Dad card with it.  I used OWH sketch 49 for the layout and some shiny diamond patterned paper from my stash.  Sentiment stamps are "Dad" from Wordsworth and a sentiment from Sweet & Sassy's Timeless Classic set.

A Bit of PcCrafter Clipart

This little pup also went off to Sandy's yesterday.  He's from Shelly Comiskey's clipart collection Fur-Ever Friends from PcCrafter. I outlined him with a black Sharpie Pen because he looked blurry from the way he was colored.  The sentiment stamp is from Stampabilities and the patterned paper is from Echo Park's All About a Boy.  The paper was a 12x12 sheet, so I made six of these.

Splitcoast Stampers Sketch 406

Thought I'd post some of the cards that I sent to Operation Write Home yesterday. This card is another I made using Splitcoast Stampers Sketch 406. Papers are from My Mind's Eye Blue Floral 6x6 paper pad and the sentiment stamp is Hampton Arts-Jilly Bean Soup's Handwritten Sentiments. The heart punch is from Creative Memories.  

I only made one card of this version because I was afraid it was too busy with all the different patterns. It's grown on me, so I decided to add it to my post.  All of the papers are from Basic Grey's Oliver collection.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Brown Masculine Cards

The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog is to make brown cards with the added twist of a masculine theme.  I decided to make this card while making a card (I've yet to post) that uses the same Splitcoast Stamper's sketch number 406.  Papers are from Echo Park's 6x6 pad For the Record 2 and Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake.  Stamps are Hero Art's Type.

Just a quick posting for today since I'm finishing up as many cards as I can so I can mail my Father's Day box ASAP.  I didn't make very many Father's Day/Dad cards, but the deadline is next week, so I need to be getting to the post office hopefully by tomorrow.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting my blog.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Our Daily Bread Designs April Challenge - Insects

Our Daily Bread Designs April Challenge is to use insects on our cards.  I couldn't resist using this little guy from Doodle Dragon Studios for my card.  I colored the digi with Copics after adding the sentiment with font Andy.  Papers are from DCWV's The Great Vacation Stack, I will add Glossy Accents to the eyes, and I used OWH sketch 71 for the layout.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cora's Facebook Challenge

A fellow OWH cardmaker, Cora, has challenged us to use a sentiment from Hero Art's Year Round Sentiments stamp set.  I've used one of my favorites from the set, though I love them all.   The digi is from Bugaboo Stamps SB Fireman colored with Copics and the papers are from Echo Park's Scoot 6x6 paper pad.  I used OWH Bonus Sketch 17 as a basis for my layout, and the sentiment is placed on My Favorite Things Fishtails dies.

Loved the challenge!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Masculine Cards

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stripes is a Masculine Challenge, where we are challenged to make masculine cards using any theme.  I hadn't done OWH sketch 213 yet, so I decided to use that for my layout.  Papers are from My Mind's Eye Spice 6x6 paper pad. The heart is from Inkadinkadoo and the sentiments stamp is from Technique Tuesday's Date Night stamp set.  Dies used are Spellbinders circle dies and My Favorite Things Fishtails.  

I love this sketch, but I really struggled to get everything in place!  I finally just made all of the elements one structure so I could lightly traced around the inner corner of the left rectangle and across the top banner in order to stamp the sentiment where it belonged. I then erased the lines and glued down all of the elements as one piece. 

The sun is playing hide and seek today, but I think the rain is holding off, so a walk with my two big dogs looks like a possibility.  Hope your day is going well and thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stamping on Patterned Paper

I've had two paper pads called, SW Nature Designer Mat Pad, from K&Company for about three years now and I haven't finished using them.  I've been saving this particular paper simply because I just loved it and couldn't come up with an idea because when I looked at it, I saw a contrasting color in orange or red, and that meant flowers!  I decided to just bite the bullet and get some flowers onto the paper, and now one piece of the six is residing in my trash can, but I can finish using up the other four pieces for some thank you cards, yay! 

In order to make the flowers stand out, I first stamped the image from Penny Black's Blooming Garden onto the patterned paper and just colored the stems with my Copics.  Next I restamped the image on heavy white cardstock, colored it with Copics and cut out the flowers.  Before gluing them down, I did some shading with  Copic N1 and N3 markers around the stamped imaged.  I was concerned that the sentiment from Technique Tuesday's Loving Words wouldn't really have much impact, so I used Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Before mounting my panel onto the card base, I distressed the edges with Ranger Faded Jeans and lightly edged it with Black Soot.

Monday, April 7, 2014

CASING a Card for Dad

I saw this Printworks VW bus on a card on a blog called A Paper Cutting Kind of Day.  I love the color scheme and the banners she used and thought it would make a great Dad card.  I did a minimal amount of Copic coloring and added a lot of silver gel pen for chrome elements to keep the image true to a 21 window VW bus. The sentiment stamp is from Sweet & Sassy, banner dies are My Favorite Things Fishtail dies, and Glossy Accents is on the lights.

Father's Day Card

I couldn't pass up making this Father's Day card for the third year in a row.  I just love how these antique air balloons from Hero Arts  glow when they're colored with my Copics.  I purchased the Verve sentiment stamp this year and I'm really pleased with how it looks versus the one I've used in the past.  I only made four of these since I'm not sure how many more Father's Day cards Sandy needs.  I may call it quits on the Dad cards too and just switch out to just masculine themed cards to finish off my current box.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sassy Cheryl Challenge 206 - Just Foolin' Around

Another Father's Day card for my OWH box.  I've used this fun image from Sassy Cheryl in it's colored version before, but this year I decided to try my hand at coloring it with Copics.  I'm entering my card in Sassy Cheryl Challenge 206 - Just Foolin' Around where we are challenged to use a silly image from Sassy Cheryl.  I used OWH sketch 218 for my layout.  Plaid paper is from Crate Paper, the sentiment stamp is from My Favorite Things,  and I used My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags dies.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope my card brought a smile!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge 218

So far I haven't made any Father's Day cards for OWH except for today when I made some for the Midweek Throwdown Challenge and now for this week's Sketch Challenge 218.  This week's sketch has really been a huge help for me in using this great stamp from I Brake for Stamps.  I've had it for awhile but I couldn't figure out how to use it because it's fairly large.  I colored it with Copics and also took a bit of "artistic license" to make the sun so yellow to go with the paper colors, lol!  The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts and the sentiment panel was made from My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies.  The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's collection Max and Whiskers  (The fun part is, these papers are the backsides of the papers I used on my Midweek Throwdown card here.) except for the yellow/gold crosspiece which is Basic Grey's Hello Luscious.

I'm so pleased with how my card turned out I'll make some more, though I don't plan on creating too many cards that say "Father's Day" on them.  I'll be making a larger proportion of "Dad" and general masculine cards in case Sandy gets in a surplus of Father's Day cards.

Thanks for visiting!

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Father's Day

This week's OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge is to make a Father's Day card.  I used a stamp from Woodware called Casting the Bait and Versafine Onyx Black ink on a distressed looking piece of Basic Grey cardstock from their line Max and Whiskers.  The plaid paper is also from the same Basic Grey collection.  The sentiment stamp is from Verve which I also stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The border is My Favorite Things Notched Border die.  Because the bottom of the image didn't extend all the way to the edges of the card, I used a Tsukinkeko fantastix brush point coloring tool (it has a pointed sponge tip) to draw out the edges with some more Versafine ink.

Looks like rain is on the horizon today, so I think I'll be crafting for most of the day.  Hope your day is going well and the weather is behaving itself!