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

Friday, May 10, 2013

In Honor of Jane E, devoted OWH card maker

Operation Write Home has lost a creative lady who brought joy and comfort to the friends and family of our deployed military through her creativity and devotion to making cards. Here is my CASE of one of her cards. You can see them all at the OWH Blog, Stars and Stamps.

The scan of this card did not work well with showing off the sherbet-like colors. The wide strip is green and the larger circles a bright yellow. It looks so pretty in person. Sorry it looks so faded here.

CS: Bazzill
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Small Circles: "Candi" by Craftwork Cards
Sentiment: The Stamps of Life
Ink: Dragonfly Black by ColorBox
Circle Punch: Creative Memories

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SOS Challenge #100: Mother's Day or Pink

I had to dig deep into my stash for the flower. It was a gift years ago. I removed the large, round, sparkly pink center and replaced it with a pink brad. Unfortunately, it still may be too thick to use as a card for Operation Write Home. Still, I like the pink and green combo on the card and the matching colors of the flower made it too good not to use :)
Entered in the Shopping Our Stash Challenge

DSP: "Prairie Chic" 6x6 pad by BoBunny
White CS, Brad: my stash
Sentiment: The Stamps of Life
Pink Ink: "Pretty in Pink" by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

ODBD May Challenge: Missing You

Here I used more of one of my fave 6x6 paper pads and decided to let the sentiment be the star.
Thanks, Our Daily Bread Designs, for sponsoring 2 boxes of cards for Operation Write Home!

Patterned Papers: "Rosy" collection by My Mind's Eye
Oval Dies: Spellbinders
Sentiment: Studio G
Ink: Dragonfly Black by ColorBox
Brads: my stash

Unscripted Sketches # 209

Here's my card for the Saturday Challenge at Unscripted Sketches. I still have paper left in one of my well-used 6x6 pads and I know what to do with it ;)
The bird image is raised using dimensional adhesive.

All Patterned Paper: "Rosy" Paper Pad by My Mind's Eye
Circle, Scalloped, and Deckled Rectangle Dies: Spellbinders
Sentiment: The Stamps of Life
Ink: 'Chocolate' by TPC Studio

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Word Art Wednesday Challenge # 78: Anything Goes

The DP used is from an old 12x12 in my stash. The colors and design drew me to this paper and I am happy to have found a way to incorporate it into a card. Thanks, Word Art Wednesday, for the free scripture download! BTW, the brads really do match the purple cardstock in person!

DP: my stash
Brads: my stash
Green and Purple CS: Bazzill
Circle and Scalloped Dies: Spellbinders
Image and Sentiment Stamps: "Totally Happy" by Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Chocolate by TPC Studio
Border Punch: EK Success

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DPDC34: Use a Doodle Pantry Image

Here we go again! These challenges make the first day of the month special since I love, love, love Doodle Pantry digital stamps!
Here's an image I am using for the first time. Don't you just love her tiny green flippers? I discovered this design at my LSS (local scrapbook store) Of the Heart in Lemon Grove, California. It is a great way to use up those pesky scraps and I like finding colorful designs that go together and/or match the image or embellishment I want to use.

Pre-colored Digital Image: "Scuba Sheep and Ant" collection by Doodle Pantry
Scalloped Circle Die: Spellbinders
Sentiment: Created in Microsoft Office Word using the font Curlz MT
Dots Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
DP & CS: scraps from my stash

S & S Midweek Challenge: Thank You

Here's a different sort of card for me featuring die cuts using my Cuttlebug. This was really fun to make and I am feeling just a wee bit creative after putting all the pieces together!
This card is also entered in the Unscripted Sketches Challenge # 208, a web site I discovered yesterday. As the name implies, there is a weekly sketch challenge. This one was tricky, but I like the way it turned out ;)

DP: B & W Paper Pack by Colorbok
Buckle Die and Woodland Branch: Memory Box
Nestled Bird Die: Poppy Stamps
Yellow Cardstock: Bazzill
Square Punch: Family Treasures
Sentiment: unk