Friday, January 31, 2014

So glad I have you in my life

I have paper that I need to use up, but I was feeling completely uninspired.  So I turned to the Operation Write Home sketch archive. I really like that they include measurements. Even if I end up altering the sizes a little bit, at least having a starting point eliminates all the guesswork. I used OWH sketch #72 for this one.

My design was inspired by a card from the blog Handmade by Julie 
You can see that I placed a sentiment on the left like she did. 

I didn't really like this card at first, but as I look at it more its starting to grow on me. Maybe I'll make another.

Stamp - Hero Arts My Favorite # CL651
Paper - Stampin' Up Ice Cream Parlor, old olive cardstock
Sticker embellishment from Stampin' Up Ice Cream Parlor

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Have a Great Day

A couple months ago I bought a huge box of wood mounted stamps on Ebay. There were nearly 100 stamps in the box. It was filled with stamp images you rarely see. Lots of trilobites, worms and insects! For about $30 including shipping I just had to have it. The box included about 20 dog stamps too, including the cute puppy used on this card.

The Midweek Throwdown this week at Operation Write Home is Cards 4 Kids I think that this would be a great card to send to a child. But I think that it would be appropriate to send to anyone who likes dogs.

This card is based on OWH sketch #9

Dog stamp from ?
Sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado- Happy Spring Day
Paper from Studio G
Ink - Versafine Sepia

I really want to find more ways to use my collection of dog stamps. They look really strange when stamped in colors, but I don't think they go with many of my black or brown patterned papers.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Home is Where your Heart is

I made this card a while back using Operation Write Home Sketch #61.
This was one of my first attempts at making a card from a sketch, and one of the first cards I photographed, so please excuse the extreme close-up picture. The red background is actually the card base. This was also the first card I made using a shape cut with a Cricut. 

Paper -- unknown, loose paper from JoAnn's
Stamp -- unknown
Cricut shape -- from This 'n That cartridge.

When I learned about Operation Write Home I started thinking about what kind of card an overseas soldier would need. The paper seemed perfect. It says "Home is where your heart is," and "Love makes our house a home."

Here's the original sketch. I'm still very new to making cards, so I tend to use the sketches as they are and don't modify them very much.

Merry Christmas 2013

This is a card I made based on Operation Write Home Sketch #178. I saw a version of this card on the Gone Scrappin blog and loved it, so I made a very similar card. The bottom layer of paper is a textured paper from Recollections. I made a bunch of these to send to friends and family at Christmas. When I ran out of the blue brads I varied things up with enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.

Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas
Brads: Club Scrap

Original Sketch.