Sunday, December 30, 2012

Operation Write Home Sketch #153

I don't know about you, but my holidays came and went very fast!  We've had quite a bit of snow lately, a very pretty white Christmas.  Last night the temp got down to one below zero!   Another good reason to stay in this cold Sunday, watch the Denver Broncos and make cards.  Here's my version of this week's OWH sketch.  Best wishes, happy scrapping.

DP and Brads:  Recollections

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Kid Cards

Good Morning and Merry Christmas to all!  I haven't blogged in a few weeks, although I have managed to keep us with my card making!  I have a special place for kid cards, and loved that Sandy reached out to us to make at least 20 for our next box to Operation Write Home.  I am constantly on the lookout for items, stickers etc... that can be used for kid cards.  I love teacher isles at office supply stores!

Stickers:  Trendenterprises
                (Office Max)
DP:  Recollections and Paper Studio

Sunday, November 25, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge #148

Happy Sunday to all!  Another very sunny day here in Colorado.  My family gave the nod to Christmas music this morning, giving me mojo for Christmas cards and this week's sketch challenge over at Operation Write Home.  We haven't had any snow to speak of, so maybe this card will bring it on!  Here's to more card making while I watch the Broncos kick tail!

DP:  Jillibean Soup and Paper Studio
Tag:  Brother Sister Design Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Dies:  Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia

Saturday, November 24, 2012

OWH #147 Sketch Challenge

Good Morning, I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day.  We had both our young adult children home for the holiday, as well as my son's girlfriend.  I'm stealing a few quiet moments before all get up, to catch up on posting!  I may be jumping the gun on holidays, but this week's sketch look perfect for a St. Patrick's Day card!  The cute digi circle can be found over at Chickabug.  Have a great day everyone.

Paper and Brads:  Paper Studio

OWH #145 Sketch Challenge

Good Morning All.  Wow, where do the weeks fly?!  I'm happy to say I've kept up with the sketches, unfortunately, I'm just now getting back to blogging them.  So.... before another sketch gets posted,  here's to catching up!  

Paper and Brads:  Paper Studio, K&Company

Sunday, October 28, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge #144

God's Blessings to those on the East coast.  My Denver son is visiting out in Maine, via D.C. after interviewing for a anesthesia residency program.  He was to come home Monday, now it looks like at least mid-week.  Just as I pray for his safe return, I think of our heroes and pray for their safe return as well.  This week's challenge is dedicated to all our military heroes.

DP:  Bo-Bunny and Paper Studio
Stamp:  Paper Inspirations

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown: Celebrate Friendship

Hi everyone.  This week, Operation Write Home challenges us to make friendship themed cards.  I bought some wild, brightly colored card stock a few months back, and was stumped at how to use it.  The idea of solid colored strips in varying widths came to mind, thus, the thick and thin! I recently developed a embossing "fetish", so I just had to add depth to the strips as well.  Hope you enjoy!

Cardstock- Recollections
Embossing-  Cuttlebug "With Love"
                     Spellbinders M-Bossabilities
Punches - Fiskars Circles and Paper Shapers 1 1/4" square (for the "ribbons")
"Stamp" - Print Shop 2

Sunday, October 21, 2012

OWH Sketch #143

Good morning everyone!  I'm a new aunt (multiple times over) as my "baby sister" is a brand new momma!  In celebration, I incorporated this week's sketch into a birthday card.  Happy Birthday Ella.

Paper:  Paper Studio
Embossing:  Cuttlebug, Paper Studio
Ribbons:  Party Ribbon (Michaels)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

OWH Sketch 142

Happy Sunday!  It's a beautiful day here in Western Colorado.  We are grateful for a fall rain storm that "buzzed" through our area this weekend.  The rain is gone, leaving everything watered, crisp and clean!  Today's sketch inspired me to create something just as crisp and clean as the rain.  Best wishes for the rest of the weekend.

OWH Midweek Throwdown - Love Cards

Operation Write Home's mid week challenge is to make anniversary or love cards.  Ironically, I did an anniversary for last Sunday's sketch challenge.... so... I tried my hand at love cards.  I have a huge growing collection of scraps and pieces, so I doubly challenged myself to use the scraps while making the love cards.  Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

OWH Sketch 141

I've been saving a few tone on tone papers and ribbons, just waiting for the right sketch to make an anniversary card.  141 was perfect!  Here's to a great start of the new week.

DP:  Paper Studio
Dies:  Spellbinder Lacey Circles
          QuicKutz Nesting Cirlces
Embossing:  Cuttlebug folder
Ribbon: The Ribbon Boutique (Hobby Lobby)
Brads:  Recollections
Stamp: computer generated

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge

This weeks challenge is to create Thinking of You cards.  My own personal challenge is to make more masculine cards and stretch my color palate to colors other than brown!  

DP:  Blue Cube by DCWV
Digi Stamp:  Create With TLC

OWH Sketch 140

Last weekend was Color Sunday here in Western Colorado.  The fall colors over Kebler Pass inspired me to use leaves with Sketch Challenge 140.  The warm days and very cool nights are just beautiful!

DP:  All Seasons II, Paper Studio
Stamp:  Stampabilities
Brads:  Recollections
Leaf Tag:  Table Name Marker, cut in half, Paper Studio 2011

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Midweek Throwdown Sticker Challenge

This week's challenge from Operation Write Home is to use stickers on your card.  As my youngest graduated college this past spring and my oldest about to graduate medical school, I get a bit melancholy, missing buying school supplies.  Yikes say the younger parents!  I still love to look at all the cool back to school stuff, including these teacher stickers.  I thought these would make great cards for deployed parents to send congrats to their kids for jobs well done.  

Sticker from ArtMinds (Michaels)
Recollections Star brads
Spellbinders Lacey Circles

Sunday, September 23, 2012

OWH Sketch #139

The Air Force's Blue Angels are in town, providing a spectacular show!  The mojo they inspire is incredible.  This Sunday's sketch was a destined to use another Dearie Dolls Digis.  I love the crisp contrast of red, white and blue!  

Creative Imaginations DP (older)
Embossing Tiny Stars by Paper Studio
Spellbinders Labels Eight
Recollections Star Brads
Thank You, computer generated

OWH Sketch #138

Good morning!  I hope it's as nice where you live as it is here in Western Colorado.  Fall is in the air, leaves are turning, and the weather is cooler.  Last Sunday's sketch beckoned to use a digi I found at Dearie Dolls Digis.  She has shared numerous sketches used in the creation of children's dolls, so many to choose from!  Best wishes for a grand Sunday.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown: Red and Green

Christmas is almost here... at least for Operation Write Home.  Today's challenge is to make a card using red and green.  I used one of the Birthday Bash Bonus Sketches as inspiration.   I can almost hear Santa Claus now!

Friday, September 14, 2012

OWH MWTD Any Hero Challenge

This week's Midweek Throwdown challenge is to make Any Hero cards.  The use of Red, White and Blue is optional, but I'm sort of partial to those colors.  I got a bit of inspiration for circles with the stars in the middle from the OWH card gallery, unfortunately, there wasn't a signature to give credit to.  Thank you!  As our country continues to experience turmoil at home and abroad, I give thanks to our military for their continued service keeping us safe and protecting the American dream.

OWH Sketch Challenge #137

The summer is ending, and I can't seem to catch up!  Once again, I'm trying to gain card making ground by combing two challenges into one, OWH #137 and last week's MWTD kid cards using scallops.  I'm not naturally adept at making kid cards, but I like my end result!  Happy Birthday OWH.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

OWH Virtual Card Making Party  VCMP 

Labor Day Weekend 2012

Operation Write Home doesn’t need much of an excuse to throw a party – - a Virtual Cardmaking Party, that is!  To celebrate the 3-day weekend, they planned 10 fun card challenges for us to participate in. Links appeared on OWH Stars and Stamps every few hours, with challenges hosted by various OWH bloggers.  Wow!  So in between GJ Rockies baseball games, yard and house work and "babysitting" my daughter's precocious boxer, I managed to get a few cards in.

OWH VCMP #1 Our Daily Bread Designs Inspiring Sentiment

To kick off this great party Our Daily Bread Designs challenged us to make a card with a scripture or inspirational sentiment.  ODBD a great supporter of OWH, donating every month, the shipping costs toward two boxes of our special, handmade cards to our deployed heroes .  I used Carla's card over at Gina K Designs Stamp TV for my inspiration, CASE-ing her beautiful design elements. 

OWH VCMP #2 Recipe Challenge

Oh, I love recipes, especially one with only 3 ingredients!  Cherie's Corner of the World gave us the recipe:  1 image, 2 patterned papers and 3 words.  I counted the two puzzle pieces as one image, 'cause two halves make a whole, don't you agree?

OWH VCMP #3 Snowflakes But Not Christmas with VCMP #9 Forgotten Tool

Winter is fast upon us with the next challenge, creating a card with snowflakes on it without using a Christmas theme.  Cindy over at Cindy Card Co gave us the inspiration.  I realized all too soon that I probably wasn't going to get all 10 VCMP cards made during the Labor Day holiday, so I combined a couple into one.   Shannon  shared VCMP #9, challenging us to create a card with a long neglected tool.  Mine is my Spellbinder dies, especially the Label ones.  The dies always seem to slow me down!

OWH VCMP #4 Triple Time Stamping Technique

The next challenge offered up a new technique (at least to me), Triple Time Stamping.  I'd seen this around Pinterest and OWH and was eager to try.  I had just one problem, I don't own any large stamps that are used in this technique.  I did however have plenty of those larger print DSP that come with the big packs of seasonal paper.  Using Donna's great tutorial, I used 3 sheets of the same paper overlapping to make my first cuts, then downsized from there.

OWH VCMP #6 and Sketch #136

This challenge incorporated the weekly sketch #136 into the weekend fun.  Although the deadline for OWH Halloween cards have come and gone, it's never too late to create one more for personal use!  I love to mat all my DSP papers, so I ran out of room at the bottom for the sentiment, so I went to plan B.  I think I like it better!

The weekend came to an end faster than I could create, so alas, I'll probably never make it through the rest of the VCMP challenges.  Thanks OWH, it was fun!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown - Supply Challenge

Happy Weekend!  The last ten days just flew, so busy at work.   So much, that I'm "catching" up by combining two challenges into one card, OWH Sketch Challenge #134 and Midweek Throwdown Supply Challenge  The challenge is to combine patterned paper, dies or punches.  We're starting to cool down here in Western Colorado, spurring on the mojo for fall and Thanksgiving cards.  Best wishes to all for a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Friend

My crafty, young adult daughter got "the bug" to create her very first card.  The trials and tribulations of a new paper crafter, it took her 20 minutes just to pick out the paper.  Very pretty end result!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Operation Write Home Sketch #133

I recently purchased one of those "seasons" paper pads.  The fall colors just beckoned me to cooler weather.  Can you say 60 degrees?

Our Daily Bread Designs August Challenge

ODBD sponsors Operation Write Home, enabling two boxes of handmade cards to be shipped free to our military folks serving abroad!  The challenge for August is Masculine cards.  As my friends know, I'm partial to wearing black, so this card was a natural.  I used OWH sketch #23 and a digi from A Bit of TLC

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Operation Write Home Weekly Sketch #132

I love this week's sketch!  Last year I saved the "faces" found on computer stationary and I knew it would be perfect for the sketch.  Did I say I love Halloween?