Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bright Thank You

This card features paper that I use again and again. The paper is from the Queen and Co "Magic" line.  These papers are great because they are bright and fun, but not feminine. That doesn't sound like such a tall order, but most "masculine" papers use dark or dull colors and seem somber to me. So, when I found this paper, I bought a bunch. 

OWH Sketch #91


This card is doing triple-duty today! I'm submitting it to the July OWH Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge. The challenge this month was to make a "Thank You" card. 

This card also uses colors from the latest Your Next Stamp Challenge

Finally, the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "Anything Goes," so I'm entering this card over there as well. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Home Tryptic

Because the final day to get cards to Operation Write Home is August 1, 2015, I'm working hard to use up all the papers I bought specifically to make "Home Sweet Home" cards. I'm also working my way through all the past OWH sketches.

So here is one of these final OWH cards: 


OWH Sketch #171

The Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Anything Goes," so I'm entering this card over there. 

The paper is from Amy Tangerine "Ready Set Go."
I used a stamp from a MFT set called "Homespun Birdhouse"
Ink was Momento Nautical Blue
The heart was made with a heart punch from Stampin' Up

White Stamping on Kraft

The Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Anything Goes" this week. They encouraged everyone to try something new. So I'm entering this card which is a big departure from my usual techniques. 


First I masked off the edges with tape to make a boarder. Then I stamped the flower images in Unicorn White from Hero Arts. Them I masked off the flowers and stamped the leaf images in Unicorn White. Once the white ink dried I stamped over each flower with a blue dye ink (SU Pool Party) and stamped over each leaf with a green dye ink (SU Wild Wasabi). 

I removed the masking tape and voila! Pretty cool, right?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Amy Tangerine Home

Because the final day to get cards to Operation Write Home is August 1, 2015, I'm working hard to use up all the papers I bought specifically to make "Home Sweet Home" cards. I'm also working my way through all the past OWH sketches.

So here is one of these cards: 


OWH Sketch #185
The Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Anything Goes," so I'm entering this card over there. 

The paper is from Amy Tangerine "Ready Set Go."
I used a stamp from a MFT set called "Homespun Birdhouse"
The hearts were made with heart punches from Stampin' Up and the edges were inked with chalk ink. 



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Advice from a dog

The theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog is "Furry Friends," so I made this dog-themed card. The paper is from Bo Bunny Happy Tails and the funny sentiment is from Riley and Co. 




The challenge this week at the Mod Squad Challenge blog is to make a Fast and Easy card. This card was pretty easy. No die-cuts, embossing or coloring. Just two circle punches for the dog image. Otherwise this was all done with one color of ink and a paper trimmer. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Giddy Up!

If you haven't already heard, Operation Write Home is closing its doors at the end of this year. All cards must arrive there by August 1 and then they will continue sending cards overseas through December. If you have extra cards that meet their guidelines, please go ahead and ship them now. Any size box or envelope will be accepted as long as it arrives by August 1. 

Well, in honor of this big occasion I'm going back to the beginning with a card based on OWH sketch #1. 

OWH Sketch #1
This sketch is a great opportunity to make a card that has a strong focal point -- as fits with the second lesson from Summer School at My Favorite Things. 

Also, the theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog is to use your favorite technique. My favorite technique right now is die-cutting. I used a spellbinders deckle edged rectangle die for the little panel of paper that the hat is on and the dark brown paper that it is matted on. 

I hope some little cowboy enjoys this card and gets to see his loved one very soon. 





My Sunshine

My Favorite Things is posting a series of lessons about composition. The most recent was about using lines to direct attention and provide focus. For this card I used the lines going from upper right to lower left to direct attention to the sentiment. Because we read English from left to right and from top to bottom, our eyes are trained to begin viewing an object in the upper left corner. With this card, your eye will start at the upper left corner and then follow the lines to the lower right. 




I used the colors from the most recent MFT Color Challenge. The stamp is from a MFT set called "Textile Rectangles." I inked it up with Melon Mambo ink from Stampin' Up. I used the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder from Cuttlebug because the dots matched with the circles in the frame around the stamp.