Sunday, October 27, 2013

OWH Sketch # 196

Thank you Laurie at Doodle Pantry for sponsoring today's sketch challenge at Operation Write Home!
In honor of my favorite digital stamp site, I have used the Cocoa Cup Ants digi as the focal point on my card.

Image and Sentiment: Cocoa Cup Ants (pre-colored) by Doodle Pantry
CS: Bazzill
Brads: my stash

Sunday, September 22, 2013

ODBD September Challenge: Wheels

Every month, Our Daily Bread Designs generously offers to sponsor up to two full boxes of cards to be sent to our deployed heroes through Operation Write Home. The catch: OWH'ers need to create 50 cards and post them to the OWH Stars and Stamps blog. So here's my card! The sentiment is raised with dimensional adhesive.

DSP: 'Race for Time' from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection by Graphic45
Brown CS: 'Warm Cocoa' by Gina K.Designs
Ink: Tuxedo Black by Memento
Sentiment: Rubber Stampede
Brad: my stash

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

TMS #213

There's another great sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches. It was followed closely and no sentiment since I wanted the DSP to be the center of attention. If you want some inspiration or just like to see what other card-makers create, check out the great cards (and sketches, of course) at TMS :)

DSP: "Vintage Blue" 6x6 Paper Pad by Glitz
Brads: my stash

Monday, August 26, 2013

Greens and Blue and More

This card will be entered in the Unscripted Sketches Summer Flashback Challenge #7. It was so much fun to create, mainly because this sketch is awesome!! I used one of my recent purchases (the chair die and stamp set) and added texture to the background. The chair has a paper-pieced pillow, and chair and sentiment are raised with dimensional adhesive.

Stamp and Die: "Small Hayward Chair" by Poppy Stamps
Circle Die: Spellbinders
Embossing Folder: "Tiny Bubbles" by Cuttlebug
Patterned Paper: my stash
CS: Bazzill
Sentiment: "All the Time" Collection by Hero Arts
Border Punch: EK Success

OWH Sketch # 187

I have been making lots of cards lately--really on a roll. Just haven't taken time out for challenges :)
This sketch is just my style and I just purchased this sweet paper last week at my LSS.
The sentiment is raised using dimensional adhesive.

Double-sided Patterned Paper: "Cupcake" by Best Creation Inc
Sentiment Stamp: Rubber Stampede
Ink: Tuxedo Black by Memento
Ribbon, Brad, CS: my stash

OWH Sketch # 187
Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #94 Anything Goes
MIM #155: Anything Goes
Pile It On Challenge #34: Designer Paper
Challenges 4 Everybody #27: Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge 87: Anything but a Birthday Card
TTCRD: Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #21: Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge #51: Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

S & S Midweek Challenge: Cards 4 Kids

Now that our grandchild Hannah Zen is here (born August 7th at a healthy 8 lbs 11 oz), we are no longer on "Baby Watch" and I can sneak in some creative card making between trips to San Bernardino to visit her :-)
I discovered this patterned paper in my 12x12 stash (yes, I still have plenty of these oversized papers) and decided it would be perfect for a Kids Card.

Pre-colored Digital Image and Sentiment: Doodle Pantry
Patterned Paper: my stash
CS: Bazzill
Round Embellishments: Candi by Craftwork Cards

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Hannah Zen!

Our Granddaughter arrived on Wednesday, August 7. Labor was induced beginning the day before so we had plenty of notice and drove up to the hospital in San Bernadino on Tuesday.
Our little sweetie weighed in at a chubby 8 lbs 11 oz, 19.68" long. A presumed infection has kept her in the NICU, but she is the healthiest baby there! I had the honor of being present for Hannah's birth and cutting the cord while hubby (aka Grandpa) waited in the family area throughout the 25 hour ordeal.
Hannah is so beautiful, even with a stork-bite on her forehead :)
It was love at first sight...she will be going home in a couple of days. We are so Blessed.

Photo taken minutes after birth

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Punches, Dies, and Cocoa

Today I located my mojo for card-making and am making the most of it! Because our first grandchild is due this month, I am getting ahead with my crafting since I will be spending time away with our new little one soon :)

DSP: 'Traditional Christmas' 6x6 Paper Pad by Paper Cellar
Digital Image: Doodle Dragon Studios
Sentiment: Lawn Fawn
(One of My) Oldest Punches: Small Snowflake by Family Treasures
Circle Dies: Spellbinders
CS: Bazzill

OWH Midweek Challenge: Dies and Punches
SOS 112: Oldest Punch

A New Twist on the Holidays

It is the first of the month and there is a new challenge at Doodle Pantry! As a card-maker for
Operation Write Home, I am busy creating Winter Holiday and Christmas cards for our deployed troops to write home to their families and friends. This image and sentiment is so unique...loved working with it and the background digital paper as well :)

DPDC37: Doodle Pantry Image
Crafting by Designs: Anything Goes

Digital Image, Sentiment, and Patterned Paper: Doodle Pantry
CS: Bazzill
Circle & Rectangle Dies: Spellbinders
Brads: my stash

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Christmas in July

This is a great sketch by Unscripted Sketches. I decided to use a 6x6 paper pad purchased in London and gifted to me. It is the craziest paper pad I've ever seen! The theme is Christmas, but the various papers do not coordinate with each other. I want to use these up this Christmas, but am having a hard time. All the patterns in this card are from this pad. As you can see, the reds do not match. Some of the papers are brown (for the holidays?), some are blue, and some are pink. I guess I'll purchase coordinating Bazzill cardstock and go from there...

DSP: 'Traditional Christmas' Paper Pad by Paper Cellar
Oval Dies: Spellbinders
Snowflake Punch: Family Treasures

Crafty Catz #193: Christmas in July
Creative Corner Challenges: Christmas in July
Fairytale Challenge #72: Christmas in July
MIM #151 (Make it Monday): Anything Goes
HIMCR #108: Christmas in July

Not a Halloween Card

It's almost the end of July---too late to be sending Halloween cards to Operation Write Home. However, I couldn't resist purchasing a few orange and black patterned papers especially when these cute pumpkins were smiling up at me...OK, I have cuteness issues. So-o-o-o, the card is an autumn-themed Thank You that follows the sketch very closely. Always fun!

Double-sided Pumpkin and Orange-Striped Paper: Colorbok
Black and Orange and Yellow Striped Paper: Paper Pizazz
Circle Die: Spellbinders
Small White Circles: 'Candi' by Craftwork Cards
Digital Sentiment: The DigiChick
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories

OWH Sketch #183
Pile It On #30: Anything Goes
Paper Playtime #15: Pattern Paper
Sister Act Challenge #17: Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

TMS #208

Hey, it's Tuesday, and you know what that means! Another fun Tuesday Morning Sketch. I discovered this adorable pre-colored digital image and couldn't wait to use it. The snowman is warming up in a cup of steaming hot cocoa after a cold winter day. It never really gets cold enough for hot cocoa here in SoCal, but when the temperature drops below 60 degrees, a warm cuppa is definitely in order :)

Because I used the "winter trees" embossing folder that was made for a vertical card, I had to cut the middle section down so everything would go together. Then the printed sentiment was so long, I decided to place it standing on it's side. The center circle is lifted with dimensional adhesive.

Digital Image: Doodle Dragon Studios
CS: Bazzill
Circle Dies: Spellbinders
Sentiment: Printed from Microsoft Word (Bradley Hand font)
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug

Monday, July 22, 2013

OWH Sketch #182

These sketches are so easy to follow! Thanks to the precise measurements of each element. Sketches are always good, but these are always great :)
I found the patterned paper at the recent Scrapbook Expo in a bin of double-sided patterned 12x12 paper for 33 cents each. I bought a few of them to make cards following the "One Sheet Wonder" formula. When I looked more closely at this paper, I realized the front and back were almost the same pattern, only one was smaller. So this paper would not work for the One Sheet Wonder idea. Then when I saw this sketch, I knew this paper would work for a CAS card like this:

DSP: "Stop Watches" by Scrappin' Sports
Blue CS: Bazzill
Brads: Recollections
Sentiment: "All the Time" stamp set by Hero Arts

HIMCR #107: Freestyle
TTCRD: Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

S & S Midweek Challenge: Christmas in July

It's that time (already!) to begin making Christmas and Winter-themed cards for Operation Write Home. It is warm and a tad humid in East San Diego, and I've been wearing shorts for weeks. So I will wish for a rainy winter and begin creating cards for our deployed military.
My daughter-in-law brought a paper pad of Christmas patterned paper back from England for me so I can finally use it. These papers don't match each other--kinda strange for a 6x6 pad--but each of the patterns are very nice.
I got a great deal on the rubber stamp I used last spring. It is a "combo" wooden stamp with three stamps on one piece of wood. Another sentiment and the snowflake on the end. Pretty cool. My first card had only three flakes near the sentiment and looked too plain. As you can see, it doesn't look plain there anymore :)

Sentiment, Snowflakes: Stampourri
Ink: Night of Navy by Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: Michaels

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

TMS #207

It's Tuesday, and I've spent the last few minutes (closer to an hour!) working on a card for the current Tuesday Morning Sketch with a Twist: Use an Animal Image.
Chloe is my cat. And though she has the coloring of a Siamese in the body of a Domestic Short Hair--and looks nothing like this kitty--I love all cats and really love the collection of cat images including this orange kitty, from Clearly Digi Stamps.
Addendum: Thanks, Tuesday Morning Sketches, for choosing this card as a "Top 5" winner!! Kitty says thanks, too :)

Image and Sentiment: 'Kitties and Things' pre-colored digi collection by Clearly Digi Stamps
Colored CS: Bazzill
Twine: Doodlebug Design
Button Brads: Hobby Lobby
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Cloud Die (w/sentiment): 'Puffy Clouds' by Memory Box

Weird or Wonderful?

Shopping Our Stash has a great challenge this week: Strangest or Weirdest Craft Supply Purchase.
It didn't take me long to decide what to use! To celebrate my retirement last September, I planned a 3-week vacation to visit family back east. While there, I discovered a sweet scrapbook shop in Amish country where there was a whole wall of small pieces of fabric for sale. The idea was to cut out parts of the fabric and stick it onto special cardstock with a sticky-side and use it on greeting cards. I was swept away with the pretty fabric and awesome examples of cards. So, of course, I had to purchase some Christmas fabric and sticky-paper. Upon my return home, the supplies were carefully stored in my craft room and never used. If anyone has seen this technique shared on the Internet, please let me know!
The red strip with holly is the fabric.

Red CS: Bazzill
Green DSP: Paper Cellar
Sentiment: pre-stamped from my LSS
Ornaments: my stash
Fabric: ?
Sticky Paper: MACtac 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Unscripted Sketches #219

It took awhile to come up with an idea for this sketch, then I decided to use a 6x6 pad of patterned papers and here is my card!
This card will be linked over at Unscripted Sketches.

DSP: 'Prairie Chic' collection by BoBunny
Circle Die: Spellbinders
Bird Dies: Impression Obsession
Sentiment: minis4circles by The Stamps of Life
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Ribbon, Brads: my stash

OWH Design Bootcamp: Major, Minor, and Accent Colors

Today we learned about choosing three colors for our card designs and how to keep them balanced.The idea is to use the 60-30-10 Formula. My choice was to use Pink 60%, Black 30%, and White 10%.
The circle is lifted with dimensional adhesive and the ribbon secured with narrow, double-sided red tape.

Pink CS: Bazzill
Other CS: my stash
Ribbon: 'valentine' collection by making memories
Black Ink: Dragonfly Black by ColorBox
Pink Ink: 'Pretty in Pink' by  Stampin' Up!
Circle Dies: Spellbinders
Border Punch: EK Success
Sentiment and Small Flowers: 'branches4flowers' set by The Stamps of Life

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Relaxin' in an Easy Chair

Guess what I bought! A stamp-and-die combo I could not pass up. This easy chair is so sweet! And when I saw it I knew that the pillow could be paper-pieced and that is just what I did. Confession time: I have dies and stamps in my collection that have never been used :(
Which makes me wonder why I bought them. So today I used these while they were new and fresh and I know they will be used often.

DSP: 'Rosy' 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye
Easy Chair Stamp and Die: 'Small Hayward Chair' by Poppy Stamps
Sentiment: from the 'island2visit' collection by The Stamps of Life
Circles Stamped next to Sentiment: from the 'French Foliage' collection by Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: my stash
Black Ink: Dragonfly Black by Color Box

S & S Midweek Challenge: Masculine Card
Tuesday Morning Sketches #206 (TMS is celebrating 4 years of sketches!!)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

TMS #205

If it's Tuesday, it must be time for Tuesday Morning Sketches!
This one is so nice and lends itself well to one of my favorite card techniques: mixing and matching patterned papers.

DSP: 'Pink Lemonade' 6x6 Paper Pad by Lawn Fawn
Circle Dies: Spellbinders
Heart Punch: Marvy Uchida
Digital Sentiment: Create with TLC


Monday, July 1, 2013

A Berry Sweet Card

Whoa. I was full of mojo this weekend and made an incredible 18 cards! That is super for me. They are all for my August box going to Operation Write Home. I know it's only July, but we are on grand-baby watch and I need to stay ahead. Just in case I want to spend some time with Baby Hannah who is due in August :)
The majority of cards I made are from the One Sheet Wonder template. This one was made today specifically for OWH and Doodle Pantry. Thanks for stopping by!

DSP, Pre-colored Digital Image, Sentiment: 'Strawberry Ants' by Doodle Pantry
CS: Bazzill
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Brads: my stash
Border Punch: EK Success

DPDC36: Use a Doodle Panrty Image

Friday, June 28, 2013

Scrapbook Expo San Diego

Here are the items I purchased today! I arrived before 8:30 am and purchased a VIP ticket to get into the exhibition hall one hour before the general public. The goodies advertised for those who got there early consisted of a variety of coupons and vouchers, one Spectrum Noir pen (neon pink), and one small glue stick. It was worth getting up early to beat the crowd.
These 2-sided 12x12 papers will be used for 'One Sheet Wonder' cards. At 33 cents each, they were a bargain. I could not locate a 6x6 paper pad I loved, but did score this 4x6 pad for $2.
I went nuts over the specialty brads and bought the squirrels, farm animals, seashells, and gears sets. I could have bought many more...
JudiKins gave away a small container of 'Diamond Glaze' if you had a coupon downloaded from the Expo website. Very cool.
But the most exciting find for me was a new, cheaper brand of alcohol markers called Spectrum Noir.
I bought 2 sets of 6 markers: Browns and Yellows. The lady in front of me in line purchased lots more---to the tune of $314. The dragonfly card was colored using these markers and now I can finally get into coloring!!! I am starting small, but can already see my stash of these growing and growing like bunny rabbits. All-in-all in was a fun day, I spied a few friends, and arrived home ready for a nap :)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

My Oldest Embellishment

Here's my entry for Shopping Our Stash #107: Use Your Oldest Embellishment. At the beginning of the years, I purged my stash and gave away lots of stickers, papers, alphas, and seldom-used items. For some reason, I saved a number of summery stickers purchased years ago when I was scrapbooking all of our summer vacations. I CASE'd this card from one made by Sandy on her weekly OWHtv show at Operation Write Home. It is fun to tear paper and set that half-moon on the horizon :)

Colored CS: Bazzill
Sentiment: unk
Stickers: Creative Imaginations (now Splash of Color) and Autumn Leaves

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Unscripted Sketches #216

Here I used one of my current favorite clear stamp sets from Stampin' Up!: French Foliage. This is a versatile collection of stamps that I will use again and again. I like this sketch, too!
The paper is from my stash. Ink: Stamp Cabana (dark red and green), Ranger Distress (wild honey), Border Die "Savannah Border" by Memory Box. Note: the 3rd row down is a different paper than the other rows. It was supposed to be more obvious (!)
Challenge: Unscripted Sketches #216

Thursday, June 20, 2013

S & S Midweek Challenge: Cards 4 Kids

This was another great challenge! Just had to decide what adorable Doodle Pantry image I wanted to use. I went for a summery theme. Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by...

Pre-colored Images, Patterned Paper, and Sentiment: 'Scuba Sheep' Digital Collection by Doodle Pantry
Oval Dies: Spellbinders
Fish Brad: K& Company
White Brads: my stash
Small Circle Punch (used at the corners): unk

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sweet Geometric Shapes

Isn't it nice when 2 or more challenges work together? Yes! Today I decided to figure out a way to use some of the pretty paper from a Mary Engelbreit pad I found in the dollar bin at Michael's. The 12 sheets of patterned paper are pretty and very thin. Each one had to be reinforced with white cardstock. I cut the corners off of one 6x6 sheet for the squares and finally had a chance to use one of the cupcake brads I bought ages ago because they were so darn cute. I punched a couple of images from leftover pink paper for the raised circles at the bottom right to complete the sketch.

Shopping Our Stash Challenge 106: Geometric Shapes
Tuesday Morning Sketches #203
HIMCR #102: Die Cuts (Hiding in My Craft Room)
Challenges 4 Everybody #22: Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #11: Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes

ME Patterned Paper: Michael's
Sentiment: 'Berry Nice Mice' Collection by Doodle Pantry
Circle Dies: Spellbinders
Brad: my stash
Small Circle Punch: Creative Memories

I Moose Ewe!

This is one of my newest pre-colored digital stamps. It is so adorable that I couldn't stop making cards with it when I printed it out yesterday.
The image is from Dustin Pike Designs and the sentiment was created on Microsoft Word using Curlz MT font. All patterned papers from the 6x6 paper pad "Pink Lemonade" by Lawn Fawn. All cards going into my next Operation Write Home box.

(sorry about the camera strap in the upper right corner)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

OWH Sketch # 177

This was a fun sketch! Lots of patterned paper and layering; my favorite ;)

DSP: "Pink Lemonade" 6x6 Paper Pad by Lawn Fawn
CS: my stash
White Circles: Candi by Craftwork Cards
Sentiment: Wood-mounted Stamp by Hampton Art

Saturday, June 15, 2013

CTS #32

Here's another fab sketch web site CAS(E) this Sketch! I'm nuts about sketches as well as other kinds of challenges, and boy, there are a lot of them out there in cyberspace. Some of the challenge sites I have found have so many links to their challenges (like 250!!) that I feel like mine will be lost in the crowd. Plus, I don't feel like wading through all of them. Anyway, there are plenty of cards linked up on this site, generally > 100 per sketch, and the Design Team does an awesome job. Plus, these are 'clean and simple' card challenges; my favorite! So here's my take.
I may make more of these for my Operation Write Home box. Our heroes do miss their loved ones everyday.

CS: White 110 pound 'Premium' Paper from an office supply store
Patterned Paper: "Serenity Collection" by BoBunny
Stamp: "Time Capsule" set by Fun Stampers Journey
Digital Sentiment: Sabrina Lopez Dupre Designs (located in an old folder on my laptop)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

S&S Midweek Challenge: Things with Wings

Yay for another chance to play with my BoBunny paper pad. This is the same one I used with the OWH
6x6 Template. With 36 pages of patterned paper, there is still plenty left :) Come join us at the Stars and Stamps Blog for a Midweek Challenge every Wednesday. It's fun ;)

DP: "Serenity Collection" by BoBunny
Butterfly Die: "Darla Butterfly" by Memory Box
Challenge: Stars & Stamps "Things with Wings"

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My Oldest Stamp

Thanks to Shopping Our Stash for encouraging me to once again use this sweet little bear stamp on a card.
This stamp was a gift from my best friend in nursing school. She gave it to me at least 25 years ago long before I began paper crafting. It didn't get much use back then and I am glad I saved it.
And a loud shout-out to Tuesday Morning Sketches for the layout! I wanted a contrast to the shades of green so I picked this rather garish orange. It looks more subtle here. Hope you like it and thanks so much for stopping by my little blogspot :)

Shopping Our Stash: SOS # 105 - Oldest Stamp
Bearly Mine Challenges: Anything Goes

Bear Wood-mounted Stamp: All Night Media
Green Chalk: Inkadinkado
Heart Punch: unk
Brown Ink: Chocolate by TPC Studio
CS: my stash

Unscripted Sketches # 214

Between yesterday and early this morning I managed to wrangle bits and pieces from my stash to create this card. I like the pink-and-brown combination. I cut up most of my patterned 12x12 papers into A2 card-sized pieces some time ago and I'm glad I had this pretty one left to use for the current Unscripted Sketches challenge.

CS and DP: my stash
Border Punch: EK Success
Heart Punch: Marvy Uchida
Sentiment: The "minis4circles" stamp collection by The Stamps of Life

Monday, June 10, 2013

The 6x6 Template

Well this was certainly fun! I used a 6x6 paper pad with patterns on one side only. I must have cut a few more pieces than necessary because I ended up with 14 cards. Here are the first 10 all put together. I am loving this idea because I like working with 6x6 pads. Thanks so much, Kathryn, for sharing these amazing templates with Operation Write Home ;)

6x6 Designer Paper Pad: "Serenity Collection" by BoBunny
Alphabet Thank You Digital Stamp: Create with TLC
Thank You Digital Stamp: The DigiChick
Cardstock: Bazzill and my stash
Green Ink: (distressing on one card) "Old Olive" by Stampin Up!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tuesday Morning Sketches # 201

This sketch is rather 'busy' to me. Still, I had to give it a go. I used clear stamps from a set I found in a UK paper crafting magazine purchased in London by my daughter-in-law. Many of these type of magazines offer freebies (stencils, stamps, patterned paper) with purchase. They are very expensive if purchased in the states, not so much overseas. The flowers are paper-pieced and outlined in black. I also used my new nestability oval dies received in the mail this week. Yay!!
The stark white background was lightly chalked with green. It can be seen better in person.

Flower Stamp: "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" set by Rowena Stott Designs Ltd. (unable to locate a web site. This set may be exclusive to the magazine)
CS: my stash
Oval Dies: Spellbinders
Chalk: Inkadinkado
Black Pen: 'Vellum Writer' by Kurtake

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Simple Sketch and No Patterned Paper

This was a fun card to make and is entered in two challenges.

Embossing Folder and Image: 'Flowers and Vines Set' by Sizzix and Hero Arts
Green Ink: 'Old Olive' by Stampin' Up!
Sentiment: The Stamps of Life
Embossing at Sentiment Tag: 'Birch Background' by Our Daily Bread Designs and Versamark
CS: my stash

Shopping Our Stash #104: No Patterned Paper

Monday, June 3, 2013

DPDC35: Use a Doodle Pantry Image

As I've said before, I look forward to the first of the month when Doodle Pantry has a new challenge! My stash includes a boat-load of Doodle Pantry images so it is just a matter of deciding which one to use. This time I printed out one I used for the first time here. Isn't it adorable? And the card will come in handy soon. My first grandchild is due in August!!! She's a girl ;) And I'm pretty sure she will be a very Sweet Baby.

Pre-colored Image and Sentiment: 'Crescent Moon' by Doodle Pantry
Yellow CS: Bazzill
Purple CS: my stash
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Dies: Spellbinders

Entered into the following challenges:
DPDC35: Doodle Pantry Image
Songbird Challenge # 21: All Creatures Great and Small

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs June Challenge: Water

Our Daily Bread Designs will sponsor 1-2 boxes of Operation Write Home cards to our deployed military this month depending on how many cards are completed and linked up here at the Stars & Stamps Blog. Thanks again, ODBD! Here's my card.

Image, Sentiment: 'summer4fun' collection by The Stamps of Life
Cloud Dies: Memory Box
CS, Brad: my stash
Ink: Chocolate by TPC Studio
Blue Chalk: Inkadinkado

OWH Sketch # 175

Oh boy! Another cool sketch from Operation Write Home. I received some yummy new crafting supplies this week from Lawn Fawn so I had a chance to use 'em. Come join us. There's a new sketch (with measurements!) every Sunday.

Clear Stamps: "Make Lemonade" by Lawn Fawn
DSP: "Pink Lemonade" 6x6 Paper Pad by Lawn Fawn
Green CS and Brads: my stash
Ink: "Pumpkin Pie" by Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday Morning Sketches #200

Just today I discovered this great web site. I enjoy sketch challenges so this is great for me. The Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop was a blast and I happened to have made a few purchases (!) So, this was a chance to use one of my new colored digital stamps and a couple of old 12x12 patterned papers.

Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge #200
Colored Digital Stamp: Clear Dollar Stamps
Striped Background DP: Paper White (web link broken)
Polka Dot DP: Recollections at Michael's
Sentiment Stamp: unk
Border Punch: EK Success
Other CS: stash

S & S Midweek Challenge: Transportation

After 2 days of delving into my ancestry, it was a pleasure to create a card for this challenge! We are also in the midst of a bathroom remodel and Princess Chloe (see photo at left) is having a hard time of it with the loud noises and those strange men coming in and out. So we took a creative time-out.
First, I looked through all my digital stamps to find a mode of transportation and came up with this vintage collage. I guess it is a type of carriage (?) Oh! Just remembered I have a camel stamp. That would work, too. Maybe?
I used OWH Sketch # 160.

DP: 'Rosy' 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye
Plain CS: my stash
Digital Stamp: 'Another Steampunk Collage' by Free Vintage Digital Stamps
Border Punch: EK Success
Square Die: unk
Digital Sentiment: Doodle Pantry

Thursday, May 23, 2013

One Sheet Wonder

Thank you, Seongsook, for sharing this tutorial with Operation Write Home!! I couldn't wait to try it and here is the result. First, I located one of my all-time favorite double-sided patterned 12x12 papers that I had "saved" in my special place for at least a couple of years. I made a small mistake cutting it out, but was still able to make 8 cards. I found coordinating paper at my LSS, Of the Heart, and put everything together today. What fun!

DP: "Hibiscus Heaven" from the Tropical Travelogue Collection by Graphic 45
CS: Bazzill ("Parakeet" Green and "Burning Ember" Dark Red)
Bold Scroll Die: Sizzix
Fine Scroll Die: "Macarena Corner" by Memory Box
Border Die: "Savannah Border" by Memory Box
Pre-colored Flower Digital Stamp: September Blue

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

S & S Midweek Challenge: Use Three

This is a super-simple patriotic card I will use to write a note to "Any Hero". I like it when a design comes easily and can be implemented in a snap! The stars look somewhat plain--should have distressed the edges or ?

CS: Bazzill
Pre-colored Digital Image and Sentiment: Doodle Pantry
Star Punch: Marvy Uchida

Sunday, May 19, 2013

OWH Sketch # 173

This weekend marks our 40th wedding anniversary! We had a great time together yesterday, and today we're doing our own thing. For me, that means card-making. Here's my creation for the current Sunday sketch over at Stars and Stamps.

DP: Double-sided "Kiwi Vintage" by BoBunny
Digital Image: Create with TLC
Buttons: Hobby Lobby
CS: my stash

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Unscripted Sketches # 210

These sketches are different and fresh and I enjoy creating with them. My first attempt was a dud. Then I remembered all the odd pieces of the Graphic 45 "Place in Time" collection that I have saved and decided to use those.
The small circle punch is of unknown origin. The wavy line cutting guide is by Creative Memories.

S&S Midweek Challenge: Sentiment as Focal Point

This card is totally CAS and was created because I needed a sympathy card. The sentiment is not appropriate for Operation Write Home, but it fits the guideline for this challenge. Hope you like it!

Image: Inkadinkado
Yellow Ink: "Daffodil Delight" by Stampin' Up!
Black Ink: "Dragonfly Black" by ColorBox
CS: my stash

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

SOS Challenge #101: Scrap Attack

This week our challenge is to "shop our stash" for scraps to use on a card. No problem! It took a while to find scraps that actually went together, though.

Butterfly Paper: Graphic 45
Background DP: unknown
Sentiment: The Stamps of Life
Butterfly Die: Memory Box
Ribbon and Brad: my stash

Entered in these Challenges:

Shopping our Stash: Scraps
Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge # 97: Super Scraps Saturday!
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #20: Anything Goes