Wednesday, August 29, 2012

S & S Midweek Challenge

This week, OWHer's are creating masculine cards! I deem this one masculine because of the manly Designer Paper I used. This card will also be entered into the Shopping Our Stash challenge #66 to use one of our favorite crafting items. This owl stamp is one of my favorite things because she is adorable, the googly eyes fit perfectly, and I can paper piece her!
The DP is from the Kraft Funday paper pad by My Mind's Eye, the owl stamp is by The Stamps of Life, the little brown circles are Candi, and the sentiment is from the Nutty forYou digital stamp collection by Doodle Pantry. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

S & S Midweek Challenge

It is another Wednesday and that means a Stars & Stamps Challenge from Operation Write Home. This week the challenge is to create a card using patterned paper and a punch and/or die. Patterned paper is one of my favorite things in the world of crafting so this was fun. The sketch used is OWH # 80 and this card will also be entered into the Shopping Our Stash challenge: create a card from a sketch!

I turned the sketch on the side and changed up the measurements a little.
All DP is from a K&Co. paper pad by Tim Coffey, green background from my garage sale grab bag, cardstock is Bazzill. The rectangle 'picture' was cut using a Spellbinders die on my Cuttlebug. The small, round paperclip-type embellishment is one of dozens I purchased years ago. I should really use these more often!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

S & S Midweek Challenge

Create a card using Kraft card stock and one or two other colors. Fun! Here I used a selection of paper pads for the Kraft and DP.

Clock & sentiment stamps: Hero Arts
Butterfly die: Memory Box
Kraft CS: Kraft Fun Day paper pad by My Mind's Eye
Colorful DP: Max and Whiskers paper pad by BasicGrey
"Notebook" DP: K & Company

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Shopping Our Stash Challenge 64

Technique Time: Try something new or revisit an oldie! This challenge came at the right time as I tried a new technique this weekend but haven't made a card with it until today. I tea stained a piece of white card stock. It is easy to do and I love the results. Use about 1/4 cup boiling water, pour over a tea bag (I used plain Lipton tea), wait a little until it cools. Then squeeze out most of the water and dab on the card stock until you get the the effect you want. Let dry overnight.
I stamped the winter collage (by Memory Box) using brown ink, and tore and inked the edges. The dark brown and blue DP's are from my stash. I used chalk for the blue bird then added blue pencil. Also used pencils to add hints of green and red on the branches. I still think the card is missing something. Any ideas?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Shopping Our Stash Challenge 63

This week's challenge is to create a project using one color. Monochromatic! Operation Write Home fans will recognize this design from this week's Stump Sandy segment in Thursday's "OWH TV" show. I love this idea and couldn't wait to try it. These papers were on my work-space and ready to go as I have been working on fall cards for a couple of weeks. Thanks for the inspiration Shopping Our Stash!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

S&S Midweek Challenge

Our challenge today is to make a Card for Kids. I used the Graphic 45 DP called "An ABC Primer". Gotta love how these substantial, beautiful, two-sided papers come together ;)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

OWH Sketch # 132

Another Sunday brings another sketch from Operation Write Home. This is a simple one. I like it. The plain CS and stripped DP is from my stash, the flowered DP is from the Brenda Walton Designer Paper Pad by K & Company, and the flowers are by Prima. The small button brad is from a collection I bought at Hobby Lobby when we visited Louisiana last June. No Hobby Lobby around me in San Diego ;(
These brads came in every color and since we were on the way to the airport to fly home, I had to pick one and run. So I picked the collection w/ cream, black, 2 browns, grey, and white. Next time, I'll buy them all ;)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Our Daily Bread Designs August Challenge

Operation Write Home card-makers are challenged to make at least 25 "masculine" cards this month.
ODBD has offered to finance the shipping of 1-2 boxes of cards to our deployed military: 1 box if we make and post 25 cards, 2 boxes for 50 cards. Thanks a million, ODBD!!
My card is a little cute and a lot masculine thanks to the manly colors I have chosen.
The papers are from my stash, the brown circles are Candi embellishments, the edger punch is by ek success, and the owl stamp and sentiment by The Stamps of Life.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge 26

Here's my latest card using one of my favorite Doodle Pantry pre-colored digital stamps. Using one of these fun and adorable images isn't exactly a challenge for me. More like another excuse to make a few more cards for Operation Write Home!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Shopping Our Stash Challenge 62

As I have been using things from my (already purchased) creative card-making stash during the month of July, I decided to check out a new (for me) blog "Shopping Our Stash". The idea is to use what we already have on hand in our paper crafting stockpile. The challenge today is to use something we bought because we really, really wanted it...and later said "what was I thinking?" My card is made up of several items I have had on hand for months and have never used.
The DP (by Colorbok) is from a packet of black-and-white designs. I was thinking I wanted to make lots of B&W cards, so I bought and stored the packet for later use.
The large Brad from making memories is from a set of 12 B&W brads of differing designs that I opened for the first time today. Again, thinking about B&W.
The digital collage stamp is from one of my favorite sites Free Vintage Digital Stamps. I fell in love with this busy image, downloaded, and used it for the first time on this card.
Lastly, the stamped sentiment was inked up for the first time last night when I stamped several sentiments for use on the cards I make for Operation Write Home. I found it in the dollar bin at Michael's.

Thanks for the great inspiration, "Shopping Our Stash". I have so much of everything I should be able to stay away from the crafty aisle for months ;)