Monday, September 14, 2015

Fun with Patterned Paper and 6x6 Paper Pads

Here are a few of my recent cards. Now that Operation Write Home has closed its' virtual doors, I make cards for friends and those we care about. My sweet husband just loves giving stacks of my cards away!
So here are some simple designs using dies, stamps, cardstock, and patterned paper from my stash.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cards for Mexico and Spain

A dear friend lives in Mexico City and my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter have relocated to Spain for a year. So I am making cards with Spanish sentiments.

Here is a recent card per Ana's request:

CS & DSP: Stampin' Up
Oval dies: Sizziz
Banner die: "Classic Ribbons" by poppystamps
Image Stamp: "Wetlands" by Stampin' Up
Sentiment: "Spanish Loving Messages" by Stampendous
Ink: "Coastal Cabana" by Stampin' Up

Monday, July 6, 2015

July ODBD Card Challenge: Thank You

This is the last Our Daily Bread Designs challenge to benefit Operation Write Home. Since the majority of our overseas military heroes are coming home, OWH will no longer accept cards past the end of July. If card makers link up 50 cards this month, ODBD will sponsor two boxes of cards as they have done for years. What a generous organization!
Today I've used Stampin' Up! products to complete a colorful Thank You card. Hope you like it.

The colors are from the 2014-15 catalog (now expired), but the stamp sets are available in the brand new catalog for 2015-16 issued on June 2, 2015.
Ink colors top-to-bottom: Crisp Cantalope, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana
Design Stamp Set: 'Work of Art'
Sentiment Stamp: 'Sassy Salutations'

Friday, June 26, 2015

June ODBD Challenge: Miss You cards

Well, the Operation Write Home crew has almost completed their mission and the final cards for our deployed military are due before August 1st. My box is getting full, but before I seal and send her, I want to join the current Our Daily Bread Designs challenge. If we post 50 cards with a 'I miss you' or like sentiment by the end of the month, ODBD will sponsor 2 full boxes of cards sent overseas.
So here is mine:

Patterned Paper & Aqua CS: Stampin up
Sentiment: Digital stamp from stash
Banner Dies: Sizzix
Clock Stamp: 'Time Capsule' by Fun Stampers Journey
Ink: Memento 'Tuxedo Black'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Any Hero Mail

Working on my final box of cards for Operation Write Home. This incredible organization has been sending quality homemade greeting cards to our deployed military since 2007 for these heroes to write home to family, friends, and loved ones.
I am thankful that I found OWH and have enjoyed every minute of being a part of the group including watching Sandy's videos (Sandy Allnock, Founder and CEO), following the blog hops, and making cards. I have several of these "Any Hero" cards to go in my box scheduled to be mailed the first week of July so the cards arrive long before the August 1st deadline.

I know I speak for everyone involved in OWH when I say how thrilled I am that so many of our military men and women are coming home where they belong. Praying for an end to war and no future need for this type of organization.
Thank you, Sandy, for all your hard work, late nights, endless trips to the post office, and especially your encouragement. We love you and wish the best for you always.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Stars & Stamps Sketch #254

Operation Write Home has challenged us card makers with another great sketch. This one caught my eye and I decided to try it out today.
Happy Mother's Day to all you busy mom's and grandma's. Our son moved across the world to Spain last week :(   Thank goodness for Skype!


Now that I see it, I think the card would have been better with a narrow frame of black around the embossed part. I'll just make more!

CS & Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up
Circle, Scalloped dies: Sizzix
EF: Cuttlebug
Banner die: "Classic Ribbons" by Poppy Stamps
Sentiment: Inkadinkado
Ink: "Crisp Cantaloupe" by Stampin' Up

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Colorful Birthday Card

Yes, I shamelessly copied a card design from my crafting Pinterest board to make this simple b-day card for my dear daughter-in-law.
The designer patterned paper (reward pack from my demonstrator), cardstock ("In Color" collection), sentiment ("Wetlands"), aqua ink ("Coastal Cabana"), and dark pink ink ("Strawberry Slush") came from Stampin' Up. My new inchie punches came in handy for the squares, and the floral stamp is by Inkadinkadoo ("Meadow" set).

I could create cards like this all day! Fun, colorful, and simple. I'm lovin' it :)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

ODBD April Challenge: Masculine cards

Another month means another chance for OWH card-makers to create a card for the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge! This month we are working on masculine cards. Mine is appropriate for Dad's of all ages and has a longer shelf-life than the "Happy Father's Day" cards. I actually had a completely different design in mind with a digi stamp when I started working at my craft desk today. But it didn't turn out :( So I thought of something else and this is the outcome.

ODBD has generously offered to sponsor up to two boxes of cards to be sent to our deployed military by Operation Write Home. We only need 50 cards and both boxes will ship! Thanks, ODBD!

Rubber Stamp: Inkers-a-way
Black Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Black CS: Black Onyx Pure Luxury by Gina K Designs
Patterned Paper: 'Best Year Ever' set by Stampin' Up
Orange CS: Stampin' Up
Orange Stripe: 'Bicycle Bliss' by Echo Park Paper Co.
Rectangle Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles Small
Banner Die: 'Classic Ribbons' by Poppy Stamps
Letter Stamps (DAD): 'Happy Day' clear stamps (gift with purchase of a UK crafting magazine)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ODBD March Challenge

This month Our Daily Bread Designs has again offered to sponsor up to two boxes of cards sent by Operation Write Home to our deployed military. The challenge is to use a sentiment as the focus of the card. I located odds-and-ends in my paper crafting stash and came up with this design.

A long time ago I learned the fun technique of using several "thank you" stamps in a rectangle on an acrylic block as one unique stamp. I used a variety of stamps from multiple stamp sets and stamped a few sentiments for later use. I found this one in my sentiment box, used patterned paper from my card-sized paper box, added a couple of flourish dies by Sizzix and voila!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Our Daily Bread Designs/OWH Challenge

ODBD generously sponsors mailing up to two boxes of cards to our deployed military monthly via Operation Write Home. This month's theme is add an animal to the card. Here I have used one of my favorite digital stamps from Doodle Pantry.
What a dear, tiny mouse!

Image, Sentiment, Patterned Background: Doodle Pantry
Cardstock: Bazzill
Brad: my stash
Scalloped, Plain Oval Dies: Spellbinders