Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gold Love You

This is the Valentine's Day card I made for my husband. I decided to use non-traditional valentine colors and try out some new watercolor paints I recently purchased. This card is way out of the box for me since I painted and heat embossed on it. It definitely took me quite a while to complete, but I just love how it turned out. My husband even noticed the extra effort that went into making his card. 

The pretty gold shimmer shows up better in this picture. Love these paints, but I definitely need more practice with them.

paper - DCWV - The Linen Closet
embossing folder - Darice
tag die cut - Reverse Confetti
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
heart stamp - Reverse Confetti
embossing powder - Joann's
gold water color paints - Finetec
sentiment stickers - from stash
ribbon and twine - from stash

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

OWH ODBD and Mid-Month Throwdown

It's been a couple of weeks since I have made cards, so it was so nice to have a crafty day with friends today. I mostly worked on a few cards kits I had previously put together. But I made sure to work on the latest Operation Write Home card challenges. This card is for the ODBD animal challenge and also for the Mid-Month Throwdown cards for kids challenge.

sketch inspiration - HERE
paper - Echo Park - A Perfect Summer
stamps - Hero Arts
embossing folder - Darice
circle/heart die cuts - Spellbinders
ink - Memento

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Basic Grey's - Bowties 6x6 Cards

I was recently given Basic Grey's Bowties 6x6 paper pad as sort of a challenge to use it up doing my tutorial. The fellow OWHer told me it was the weirdest paper ever. She was right about that. The paper pad has cars, tools, bugs, rocket ships, yet no bowties, even though the name of the paper collection is Bowties. I am really not a fan of Basic Grey paper, but it worked perfectly for making a bunch of masculine cards to donate to Operation Write Home. This 6x6 paper pad had 36 single sided sheets in it. I really prefer the double sided 24 sheet ones. But, I took on the challenge and made a total of 45 cards with it. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

In Awe of Your Courage

Today my younger sister has her final chemo treatment for breast cancer. She is amazing and has been such a strong fighter through-out this long battle. I made this card for her to let her know I'm always thinking of her. I used a fun Flip-it die cut and kept the card nice and flat for mailing. (Since some of the thicker cards I have mailed never arrived.)

paper - Me & My Big Ideas
Flip-it die cut - Sizzix by Stephanie Barnard
ribbon die cuts - Paper Smooches
sentiment - Paper Smooches
heart die cuts - Paper Smooches
ink - Memento

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

OWH January ODBD card challenge

I used the newest OWH sketch to make my card for the January Our Daily Bread Designs card challenge. The challenge is to make an AnyHero card with a written message of gratitude inside. I made this card to give to my local police station. I believe they are often overlooked for their service to the community everyday.

sketch - OWH sketch #247
paper - Doodlebug's - Patriotic Parade
stamp - Reverse Confetti
star die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
oval die cuts - Spellbinders
brads - from stash
ink - Versafine

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Cards in Envy - Going Gray Challenge

There's a new card challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog. It's Going GRAY. The challenge is to primarily use the color gray on a card. I will admit, this was quite the challenge for me. Mostly because I don't have very much gray paper in my stash. I did lots and lots of digging to create this card. I used many different paper lines, including some Project Life cards.

paper - Bella Blvd, Teresa Collins, Project Life
sentiment - Project Life
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
border die cut - Verve
twine - The Twinery
camera sticker - Bella Blvd.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

OWH Sketch #246 card challenge

I had some crafty time yesterday and today and made a few cards for some card challenges. The first one is for Operation Write Home's Mid-Month Throwdown. The theme is to make thank you cards for our heroes to write in to send home.

paper - Echo Park - A Perfect Summer
star die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
stamp - Alley Way
bling - EK Success
ink - Versafine

The second card is for OWH's sketch #246 card challenge. 

sketch - OWH sketch #246
paper - Echo Park - A Perfect Summer
banner stamp and die cut - Reverse Confetti
stamp - Reverse Confetti
twine - The Twinery
bling - from stash
ink - Memento

My final card is for the current Cards in Envy challenge to use banner on a card. Although all three of my cards actually qualify. I've had a few sheets of this 12x12 paper for several years and thought it worked perfectly with the fun puzzle piece die/stamp set.

card layout inspiration - from Jen del Muro
paper - American Crafts
stamps - Lil Inker Designs
puzzle piece die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
stitched rectangle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
circle die cut - Spellbinders
stitched banner die cut - Lil Inker Designs
border die cut - Lawn Fawn
ink - Versafine

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