Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Party Day!

I've been making birthday cards from Crate Paper Party Day paper. My goal has been to use every one of the 200 + Operation Write Home sketches. I'm about halfway done. There is no time limit on this goal. If it takes a year or more that it okay with me!

To make a card for OWH sketch #5 I used a printed card base, I think it was from My Mind's Eye. The sentiment is from There She Goes.

Sketch #5
Sketch #236 is really easy to work with. I think it has a place in the OWH sketch all stars The cake stamp is from Lawn Fawn, as is the sentiment.

Sketch #236

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Boy Crazy Cards

I bought some paper and stickers from the My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy collection. These papers have fun, bright colors and cute images of robots, cars, stars and sneakers. Sketch challenges from Operation Write Home were used for the design of each card. This month there is a challenge on the OWH website to make cards using red, yellow and blue. This paper collection is perfect for that!

Sketch 192 was made using a sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches and a red and white dotted card base from My Mind's Eye.

Sketch 192

Sketch 195 uses a robot stamp that was made to coordinate with these papers.

Sketch 195

Sketch 226 uses sentiment and star stamps from the My Favorite Things Masculine Graphic set.
Sketch 226
Sketch 244 uses a card base from My Mind's Eye and a sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches.

Sketch 244

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cheerful Kathy Davis Birthday Cards

These cards were made using a 6" x 6" paper pad called "Hello Sunshine" from Kathy Davis.

Sketch #83 is a really useful as a way to use large prints or patterns that need to be broken up. I used a stamp from Lawn Fawn.

Sketch #83

Sketch #168 is great. I think I'll use it again and again. Airborne Wife had the idea to cut the squares into 3" x 3" so that it is an ideal way to use 6" x 6" paper pads. The stamp is from the $1 bin at Joanne's.

Sketch #168

Sketch #216 did not appeal to me at first, but once I started working with it the logic of it was clear. The same Lawn Fawn stamp worked here.

Sketch #216

Purple, green and sparkles, oh my!

This group of cards was made with paper from Kathy Davis.  I was attracted to the bright, bold designs, but the large size of the prints made the paper hard to work with. As with my other recent posts I'm listing the Operation Write Home sketches that go with each card.

Sketch #58. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

Sketch #58

Sketch #125. I think this turned out a little too busy. The letter stamps are from There She Goes.

Sketch #125

Sketch #201 is simple but fun. I used rub-on letters from Heidi Grace. They matched the milky teal flowers perfectly.

Sketch #201

For sketch #202 I used stickers from Tim Holtz and inked over them with chalk ink.

Sketch #202

Sketch #207 looked simple at first, but simple looking sketches can be challenging too. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

Sketch #207

Sketch #220 was difficult for me, but I made it work. The sentiment is a little difficult to see. It is in the lower right -- from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments. 

Sketch #220

I just love sketch #235. It's so graceful, yet simple and good for paper with large images. 

Sketch #235

Sketch #237 I used a stamp from Close to My Heart. The embellishments are from sets meant to coordinate with this paper. 

Sketch #237

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Farmer's Market Cards

This batch of cards was made using Farmers Market paper from Crate Paper. I'm still working my way through all 234 sketches from Operation Write Home . I think it will probably take another year, but that's ok. There is no deadline, its just a fun way to challenge myself.

Sketch #47 is a nice way to use 3" x 3" squares cut from a 6" x 6" paper pad. I inked the edges with chalk ink to add a bit of dimension. The sentiment is from Club Scrap. It says "We never know how strong we are until being strong is the only option." I love it!

Sketch #47

Sketch #153 is really fun to work with. The sentiment is from Riley and Co. I really like how this card turned out.

Sketch #153

Sketch #204 has a lot going on. I think that with this one its important to keep the colors and shapes consistent or it can get too busy.

Sketch #204

Sunday, November 30, 2014

More Basic Grey Lucille Cards

I have a couple more cards from the Basic Grey Lucille paper to share today.

Sketch #129 uses three strips of coordinating paper. It would probably work better if the papers were a little less busy than the three I used here. The heart is made of chipboard that I covered with a bit of paper from this pad.

Sketch #129

This card is based on Operation Write Home sketch #147. The sentiment is from Riley and Co.
Sketch #147

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Love Cards in Subtle Colors

Made using My Mind's Eye Sweetest Thing Tangerine paper.  I thought I'd seem the last of this paper, but I came up with enough pieces to make 3 more cards. I'm still working my way through the nearly 250 sketches on the Operation Write Home (OWH) website.

Sketch #145 is simple and balanced. 

Sketch #145

Sketch #208 is a great way to use up smaller pieces of paper. The sentiment stickers were from a set sold to coordinate with the paper.

Sketch #208

Sketch #221 is my attempt at making a more masculine card from this paper.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Year Round. 

Sketch #221

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

You Rock!

This card features a guitar stamp from Inkadinkado, a "you rock" stamp from Paper Smooches and some very cool green and black leopard paper.

The sketch is Operation Write Home #233.

Sketch #233


Sunday, November 23, 2014

More Washi Love!

I'm having so much fun making cards with this blue and yellow washi tape from My Mind's Eye.

The first card uses rocket and star stamps from My Mind's Eye and a sentiment stamp from Inkadinkadoo. The sketch is OWH #108.

Operation Write Home Sketch #108

The next card uses sketch #122. The stamp is called "Huggy Kissy Love" and is made by Rubber Stampede. 

Operation Write Home Sketch #122

The final card uses the latest sketch (243) from Operation Write Home. I used stamps from Hero Arts, Hambo Stamps and There She Goes Stamps. 

Operation Write Home Sketch #243

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snow Kisses

Posting one card today. The Mid-month throwdown for November at Operation Write Home is to make winter themed love cards.

This card uses paper from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found. The sentiment is from a stamp by My Favorite Things.

I used OWH sketch #48.

Operation Write Home #48

Monday, November 10, 2014

Washi Love

I've been making cards using a set of My Minds Eye washi tape that I found at Marshall's.

The focus with these cards was to make love cards using sketches from Operation Write Home. 

I made several hearts by covering a piece of white cardstock with washi tape and then using the Stampin' Up heart punch. 

Sketch #71 uses washi tape for the little stripe across the middle and for the heart.

OWH Sketch #71

Sketch #102 uses washi tape for the three stripes and for the heart. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.

OWH Sketch #102

For sketch #143 I used washi tape to make the diagonal stripes. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  
OWH Sketch #143

Sketch #242 is the latest OWH sketch. Washi tape was a great fit for this sketch. It looked more like a birthday card than a love card, so I stamped it with a "celebrate" stamp from Paper Smooches. It still looked like it needed a little something, so I added little yellow candy dots from Stampin' Up.

OWH Sketch #242


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Black, Grey and Green Cards

I'm posting several cards I made using a pad of paper from Kaisercraft. It is called "Chapter One"

I tried to use Operation Write Home sketches as much as possible. I am getting closer to my goal of using each OWH sketch at least once.

Sketch #4 was puzzling at first. I though the ribbon at the top would be bulky. So I used a scallop sticker instead. Problem solved.
OWH #4

Sketch #32 features a stamp from Kaisercraft. I used distress ink in Soot for the edges of the paper the sentiment is on.

OWH #32

Sketch #151 is a good way of using up paper when you have 2" and 3" strips. I made a couple variations. 

Sketch #162 didn't appeal at first. The black and white dotted paper didn't appear much at first either. But this one worked out well enough that I would make it again. The sentiment is from Studio G.

OWH #162

Sketch #205 is based on the variation posed on Airbourne Wife's blog. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

OWH #205

Sketch #212 is a winner. I used it once and then I was hooked!  I use the banner punch from Stampin' Up. It works perfectly.

OWH #212

Sketch #219 was challenging for some reason. I was happy with the result. 

OWH #219

At first glance Sketch #222 seemed easy. But I can get hung up easily on making sure the two types of paper are balanced and with many pairs one print dominated. I finally settled on this combination and was pleased with the result.
OWH #222

Sketch #223 looks like a nice way to use some of the larger prints than can easily dominate a small card. I used the Martha Stewart button punch to make a matching embellishment.
Sketch #237 uses a stamp from Close To My Heart

Monday, October 27, 2014

Julianne Vintage: Pink, Brown and Blue

This set of cards was made using paper from a collection called Julianne Vintage from K and Company. The pad included stickers and other coordinating embellishments. The embellishments really came in handy when making cards based on sketches.

Let's start with Operation Write Home sketch 3. The stickers included with the paper made this sketch easy. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.


Sketch 28 might become a new favorite. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz. If you look on the right side of the card you can see three little candy dots from Stampin Up.

OWH 28

Sketch 142 was a natural fit with the label embellishments in the pack. I inked the edges to add dimension. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

OWH 142

I ended up flipping sketch 180 sideways. I wish I had more of these flowers so I could make a whole stack like this! The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.

OWH 180

Sketch 203 is very similar to sketch 142. I used the same Hero Arts sentiment for both sketches.

OWH 203

Sketch 206 felt a little hard to work with. I'm not used to using a lot of circles in my designs. The stamp is from Hero Arts.

OWH 206

Sketch 241 is the latest sketch from OWH. The design is simple and elegant. I used a stamp from Whimsy Stamps.

OWH 241