Friday, December 27, 2013

Operation Penguin

Sandy is requesting OWHers make one penguin for what has been named Operation Penguin.One of the Brigadier Generals is requesting penguin cards for his team, and Operation Write Home is trying to fulfill that request. Here is my contribution for the General.


paper - My Mind's Eye - Cut & Paste "Charm"
penguin stamp - Memory Box (I think. I borrowed this from a friend.)
sentiment stamp - Hampton Arts Jillibean Soup
brads - from stash
colored pencils - Crayola
ink - Memento

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

OWH - MWT color challenge

Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back into card-making mode. I worked on a few card kits for CHA next month. Then I decided to do the Midweek Throwdown color challenge. The colors are either Red/White or Green/White. I chose green/white since I'm betting the OWH boxes are flooded with lots of red/white cards for Valentine's Day.


paper - Becky Higgins Project Life cards from the Rain Edition
stamps - Hero Arts
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
ink - Versafine and Memento

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday with family and friends today. 

paper - Echo Park - Christmas This & That
stamp - Lavinia Stamps by Tracey Dutton
star die cut - Lil Inker Designs
circle die cut - Spellbinders
embossing folder - Sizzix
Stickles
Memento ink

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

OWH sketch #204 card challenge

Can you believe there are only 3 more days until Christmas? Are you ready? For the most part, I am. I still have a few gifts to wrap, and the kids and I are going to make Christmas cookies tomorrow. Today, my husband and I are surprising the kids and taking them to a local theater production of Annie. I think they will both just love it.

But first, here's my card for Operation Write Home's sketch # 204. It's another fun one!


paper - My Mind's Eye - Indie Chic Saffron
stamp - Hero Arts
border punch - Fiskars
heart die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
ribbon - May Arts
Versafine ink

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

OWH MWT - Love Cards for Kids

This week's Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown challenge is to make Love Cards for Kids. I did some paper piecing for a sweet love card for a little girl. And I'll admit I used the same sketch and paper pad for last week's MWT. But it's such a fun sketch, I just had to use it again already.


paper - My Mind's Eye - Indie Chic Saffron
stamps - The Stamps of Life
border die cut - My Favorite Things
twine - Divine Twine
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor
Memento and Versafine ink

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Monday, December 16, 2013

OWH sketch #203 card challenge

This week's Operation Write Home sketch is just perfect for using up scraps. I bought this 12x12 paper pack a while back, but never finished it all. I generally use 6x6 pads for card making. But occasionally I will use 12x12 paper, especially if I'm making multiples of the same card. I made 6 of these using sketch #203.


paper - Authentique - Loyal
stamp - Paper Smooches
stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
star die cut - Spellbinders
embossing folder - Darice
twine - unknown
Versafine ink

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Cards in Envy - Icy Hot!

Welcome to the second Cards in Envy card challenge of December. The theme is Icy Hot! Create a card that's either 'Cold" or "Hot". I decided to go with cold for my card. I know my kids would love to see more snow than the little dusting we got last week before the end of the year. Living in Western Washington, we don't get snow often, which is fine with me.


paper - Carta Bella - Winter Fun
stamp - Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday
embossing folder - Darice
circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
scalloped circle die cut - Spellbinders
snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Pearl pen - Viva Decor
Versafine ink

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I'd love for you to join in the fun over at Cards in Envy. Just remember your card needs to be an A2 size and no thicker than 1/4".


Friday, December 13, 2013

ODBD December challenge - Masculine cards

 It's the last Our Daily Bread Design challenge for the year. The theme this month is to make Masculine cards. Every month ODBD will donate up to two boxes of free shipping for Operation Write Home boxes if there are at least 50 entries. Thank you for the support to our heroes, ODBD.
 I am currently using a very girly 6x6 paper pad. But I love that there are usually a few papers in each pad that are more gender neutral.


paper - My Mind's Eye - Indie Chic Saffron
stamp - Hero Arts
die cuts - Spellbinders
brads - Recollections
Versafine ink

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

OWH - MWT - General Love Cards

Just a quick card today for the Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown. The theme is love cards.


paper - My Mind's Eye - Indie Chic Saffron
stamps - Lawn Fawn and My Favorite Things
border die cut - My Favorite Things
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
twine - Divine Twine
Glossy Accents
Pearl pen - Viva Decor
Versafine and Memento ink

Now I'm off to bake some cookies for my daughter's preschool cookie exchange tomorrow. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lavinia Challenge #10 - Anything Goes

I have sad news today. The Flutter By Wednesday challenge is now closed. Life happens, and it was decided to close the doors. Even though I was only on the design team for a short time, I really enjoyed it. There were some super talented ladies on the team with me.
This is a card I had designed for a FBW challenge and I wanted to still post it as a farewell. I decided to go outside my comfort zone and try a new technique. I used some Tim Holtz distressing ink and created the night sky and mountains. The moon was simply a masked circle die cut before applying the ink. I think I need a little more practice at distressing, but overall I like how it turned out.


sketch - inspired from Sandy's card
stamps - Lavinia Stamps by Tracey Dutton, Sweet n Sassy, and My Favorite Things stamps
star die cuts - Lawn Fawn and Martha Stewart
embossing folder - Lifestyle Crafts
ribbon - May Arts
Pearl pen - Viva Decor
ink - Tim Holtz and Versafine

I'm entering this card in the Lavinia Stamps challenge, Anything Goes. I seriously love these silhouette fairy stamps.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

My Lil Hoot

It is going to be a super busy week for me. My son has a lead role in our church's Christmas musical this year. And the performances are this weekend, so lots of practice this week after school. But I did find a little crafty time while he is still in school to make a card. I used one of the new Hero Arts Operation Write Home fundraiser stamp sets. Super cute owls, right? I paper pieced the bodies and leaves, then colored the beaks and branch with pencils and markers. 


paper - My Mind's Eye - Indie Chic "Saffron"
stamps - Hero Arts
button die cut - Memory Box
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
ink - Memento and Versafine
Copic markers, Crayola colored pencils
embroidery floss

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

MFT sketch #153 card challenge

I had time to make another card today and decided to try the new My Favorite Things sketch.


paper - My Mind's Eye - Indie Chic Saffron
stamps - Paper Smooches and Close to My Heart
die cuts - Lil Inker Designs and Memory Box
embossing folder - Lifestyle Crafts
Versafine ink
embroidery floss

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OWH sketch #202 card challenge

Hello to another cold autumn day here in the Pacific Northwest. I hope it's a bit warmer where you are in the world. I woke up rather early today and just couldn't get back to sleep, so I decided to play with the new OWH sketch. I had intended to make a feminine and masculine card using the sketch, but there's some pink on the yellow card, so I don't think it's very masculine now.



paper - My Mind's Eye - Indie Chic Saffron
stamp - Hero Arts
die cuts - Reverse Confetti and Spellbinders
ribbon - May Arts
twine - Divine Twine
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor
Versafine ink

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Flutter By Wednesday #264

Welcome to the first Flutter By Challenge of December. This week it's an Open challenge of any winged creature. So it's time to pull out that bird, dragonfly or other winged creature stamp and go create a card.


paper - Doodlebug - Lovebirds
stamp - Lavinia Stamps by Tracey Dutton
sentiment stamp - Lawn Fawn
twine - Darice
scalloped border die cut - My Favorite Things
oval die cuts - Spellbinders
Versafine ink

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I would love for you to come and play with us over at Flutter By Wednesday. And if we get 50 entries, there will be a prize!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cards in Envy - Tag! You're It!

Can you believe it's December already? Yikes! I guess I really need to work on some Christmas shopping soon. But for now it's time for the new challenge over at Cards in Envy. The challenge is to use a tag on your card. And even though Christmas is right around the corner, I'm actually working on Valentine's Day cards right now for Operation Write Home. I try to be at least 6-8 weeks ahead of the holidays. 


paper - Doodlebug - Lovebirds
stamp - Hero Arts
border die cut - My Favorite Things
heart die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
embossing folder - Crafts-Too
twine - Darice
ribbon - from stash
Versafine ink

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I would love for you to come and play with us over at Cards in Envy! Just remember your cards need to be A2 size and no thicker than 1/4".


Sunday, December 1, 2013

OWH sketch #201 card challenge

I can't believe it's the first day of December already. Seriously, the days are just flying by lately. It may be because my to-do-list is growing faster than I can check things off of it. But, I'm almost done making my personal Christmas cards. Then, I'll be on to the next item on the list. I used today's OWH sketch to make 4 more Christmas cards.


paper - Echo Park - Christmas This & That
stamp - Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday
die cuts - My Favorite Things and Lawn Fawn
twine - The Twinery
Versafine ink

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