Sunday, June 29, 2014

OWH sketch #231 card challenge

Hello! It's time for a new OWH sketch. And it's a fun one, with lots of possibilities. The current 6x6 paper pad I'm using has this cute camera paper in it. So I decided to pair it with some little camera die cuts and a fun sentiment.


sketch - OWH sketch #231
paper - Doodlebug - day to day
stamp- My Favorite Things
camera die cut - My Favorite Things
embossing folder - Lifestyle Crafts
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor
Versafine ink

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

OWH - Miss You Kids' cards

The Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown challenge this week is to make a Miss You kids' card. And as an added challenge, we are supposed to use the new Mama Elephant fundraiser stamp set; "In my Heart". I love the sentiments in this set, so of course, I had purchased it. However, I still hadn't used the cute little kid stamps since I'm one that doesn't enjoy coloring. But for the MWT, I pulled out the pencils and did a quick coloring.


paper - Doodlebug - day to day
stamps - Mama Elephant
stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
circle die cut - Sizzix
butterfly die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
Pearl pen - Viva Decor
Memento and Versafine ink
Crayola colored pencils

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

OWH sketch #230 card challenge

I love when I have a little bit of time on Sunday to participate in the OWH sketch challenge. Since I sent my son off to a friend's house, my husband is working, and my daughter is busy doing a puzzle, I managed to sneak in some crafty time.


sketch - OWH sketch #230
paper - Doodlebug - day to day
stamp - Lawn Fawn
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
twine - Divine Twine
Pearl pen - Viva Decor
Versafine ink

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Friday, June 20, 2014

OWH - MWT - Color challenge

This week's OWH Midweek Throwdown is a color challenge using Cantaloupe and Pistachio. I'm not sure if my colors are quite the right shade, but I think it'll work. Since I'm currently using a 6x6 paper pad that has neither of those colors in it, I turned to my small scrap pile from 12x12 papers. And the new Deconstructed Sketch works perfectly with scraps.


paper - from scraps
stamp - Technique Tuesday
stitched circle and star die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
circle die cut - Spellbinders
embossing folder - Darice
Versafine ink

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

OWH - Midweek Throwdown - Go Fly a Kite!


paper - Doodlebug - day to day
stamp - Lil Inker Designs
sun die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
grass die cut - Lawn Fawn
embossing folder - Stampin Up/Sizzix
brads - from stash
twine - from stash
Versafine ink

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Monday, June 16, 2014

June ODBD and OWH sketch #229

As soon as I saw the latest OWH sketch, I knew I wanted to use these fun puzzle piece die cuts from Lil Inker Designs. It also works perfectly for the ODBD June challenge to use either die cuts or a punch on a card. I really like how this card turned out.


sketch - OWH sketch #229
paper - Doodlebug - day to day
puzzle die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
circle die cuts - Sizzix and Spellbinders
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
twine - The Twinery
Versafine ink

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Cards in Envy - Fun in the Sun

Hello and welcome to the second card challenge of June for Cards in Envy. The challenge is to make a card featuring something Fun in the Sun. Our family loves to go biking together. And since I live in the rainy state of Washington, summertime is usually the best time to find dry enough weather to bike.


paper - Jillibean Soup - Blossom Soup
stamp - Avery Elle
sun die cuts - Lil Inker Designs
embossing folder - Darice
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor
Versafine ink

I would love for you to join in the Cards in Envy challenge. Just remember to make an A2 size card no thicker than 1/4". Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Birthday and Graduation

June has been a busy month for me to make personal cards to give away. First, I made this birthday card for my mother. 


paper - Pink Paislee - Pen Pals
stamp - Simon Says Stamp
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
bling, flowers, buttons - from stash
Versafine ink

And since it is graduation season right now, I've had the need for a few graduation cards.


paper - Doodlebug - The Graduates
stamp - Paper Smooches
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
brads - from stash
Versafine ink

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Woman's Day magazine and Operation Write Home



  I have super exciting news to share today! I am featured in the July issue of Woman's Day magazine for my work with Operation Write Home. It's something that has been in the works since March when I started talking with the author of the article. She was doing a feature about women who craft for charity and wanted a volunteer from Operation Write Home. I was so honored to have been selected. 
  Over the next few months she conducted the interview by phone and by email. I gave her so much information about my families' military history, my card-making background, when I started contributing to OWH and all about the AnyHero card-signing events I have held at my church. Of course, typical media, all of my story was narrowed down into one little column.
  Although, I was completely surprised when I was informed the magazine was sending a photographer to my house along with a hair/makeup stylist. I couldn't believe they were going to do a photo shoot in my craft room. So cool!
  The day of the photo shoot was just crazy. First, the stylist arrived to do my makeover. During that time, the photographer and his assistant showed up to start setting up in my craft room. Of course, they totally rearranged things in there. Lol! Since the article was going to be in the July issue, they really wanted a patriotic feel to it. So they were looking for anything red, white, and blue in my room. It was a good thing I already had some patriotic AnyHero cards completed.
  It was an exciting experience for me. Once in a lifetime, for sure. And I was just thrilled when I saw the magazine in my local grocery store last Friday since then I could finally share it with everyone.

Here's a link to the online article. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cards in Envy - Feeling Buggy

It's June and that means summer is almost here. The first challenge of the month for Cards in Envy is to make a card featuring insects. I'm not a big fan of insects, but I can definitely handle a cute little ladybug.


paper - American Crafts
stamps - The Stamps of Life
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
bling - from stash
Memento and Versafine ink

I hope you can play along with us over at Cards in Envy. Just remember to link up your A2 card no thicker than 1/4" and you may win a CIE badge to feature on your blog.



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cards from Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods 6x6 Paper Pad

And just like that, the Lawn Fawn 6x6 paper pad is all done. It has been converted into a total of 47 cards. Even though there isn't a drop of pink in it, it has still been one of my favorite 6x6's so far. If you've never used Lawn Fawn paper, I highly recommend it. Beautiful colors, fun patterns, and a nice paper weight.



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OWH sketch #227 card challenge

Wow, is it really June already? Just a few more weeks and it'll be officially summer. Yet, I've been using a fall themed 6x6 paper pad lately. Fall is my favorite season and I just love the colors in this paper. Besides, Operation Write Home is usually 6-8 weeks ahead of the seasons since the cards need time to get overseas and then again back home. 
There is a fun OWH Bloghop, along with the new sketch, promoting four new fundraiser stamp sets from Great Impressions. And there are 2 versions of the sketch to try, as well. 


I used the circle version for my card today.


sketch - OWH sketch #227
paper - Lawn Fawn - Into the Woods
stamp - Lawn Fawn
twine - The Twinery
embossing folder - Stampin Up/Sizzix
circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Memento ink

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