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


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lucille Cards

Today I'm posting pictures of a bunch of cards I made using a 6 x 6 pad of paper from Basic Grey. The paper is called "Lucille." It is very feminine, so I didn't even attempt to make any masculine cards. I used this paper to the bitter end when there were only tiny scraps left. I also tried to use Operation Write Home (OWH) sketches whenever I could.

Sketch #18 uses a stamp from Close to My Heart.

OWH #18

Sketch #79 is a way to use smaller strips of paper. I love this stamp from Viva Las Vegas. I stamped it with four different colors fading from dark to light.

OWH #79

Sketch #51 is one of my favorites. I use it all the time. I like to modify it by putting the semtiment on the right. The sentiment here is from Stampin Up, as is the decorative punch.

OWH #51

Sketch #80 didn't look that interesting on paper, but now I think it might become a new favorite. The semtiment is from Paper Smooches.

OWH #80

Sketch #101 was a way to use the banners that came with the sticker sheet from Basic Grey. The punch and stamps are from Stampin Up.

OWH #101
Sketch #127 is a classic, it's very similar to Sketch #1. The sentiment is from Verve.
OWH #127

Sketch #154 is yet another way to use up smaller pieces of paper. I used a corner rounder to make them look like flower petals. The stamp is from Hero Arts.

OWH #154

Sketch #160 is another great way to use up smaller strips of paper. The bird stamp is from Close to My Heart. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

OWH #160

Sketch #177 uses a stamp from Hero Arts. This is one sketch that might grow on me.

OWH #177

Mojo Monday #238 is the ultimate way to use up little squares of paper. I used the measurements posted on The Best Things in Life are Pink.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Mojo Monday #238

Finally, here's what I came up with to use up the last of the scraps. I just used whichever circle punch would fit each scrap. The sentiment is from Close to My Heart.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Crate Paper Storyteller Cards

I'm  posting pictures of several cards I made using the Crate Paper Storytellers paper. I love this paper pad. Lots of subtle, muted colors, lots of visual texture, many choices for making cards for guys.

Its always challenging to find embellishments that are not flowers, butterflies or hearts. For these cards I had the idea to use a coffee cup stamp from a Fiskars set, stamp it with Stampin Up Soft Suede ink, and then fussycut. I think it works as an embellishment suitable for a guy card. I also used the button punch from Martha Stewart. The paper pad came with two pages of tags to cut out, those worked to add a little something without being feminine.

I love sketch 148. I can see myself using this one again and again. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

OWH Sketch 148

Sketch 211 is sure to be a new favorite as well. I have already used it to make other cards. The sentiment here is from Hero Arts.

OWH Sketch 211

Sketch 215 might grow on me. For now, it doesn't have much appeal. I used Walnut distress ink to color the edges of the paper to add some dimension. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.
OWH Sketch 215

Sketch 218 was really hard for me to work with. This was my result. I find it way too busy! Sentiments are from Hero Arts. Inks from Stampin Up. I might try this one again with a monochromatic color scheme to make it less busy.

OWH Sketch 218

Finally, here's the latest sketch from Operation Write Home. Sketch 238. Some Fiskars stamp and Hero Arts stamp used earlier. Stampin Up Soft Suede ink used for stamping. Walnut distress ink used on the edges. Stampin Up banner punch used for a little accent on the right. I can see this sketch being useful, could be very versatile.

OWH Sketch 238
Let me know what you think? Does the coffee cup work as an embellishment choice that's not too girlie?  How would you change what I did with sketch 218 to tone it down a bit?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Echo Park For the Record Cards

I am trying to use each one of the card sketches provided by Operation Write Home (OWH).
These cards were all made using paper from a 6" x 6" pad from Echo Park. The collection is called "For the Record: Documented." I bought a sheet of coordinating stickers and you'll see them on some of these cards.

OWH Sketch #51

OWH Sketch #107

OWH Sketch #109

OWH Skech #145

The card below is what happens when I am down to just little scraps of paper.

OWH Sketch #214

When I am nearly out of paper, OWH #229 is a good sketch to use. The backgrround paper is from 7 Gypsies. 

OWH Sketch #229

I hope you liked these. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ice Cream Parlor Cards

I'm trying to make at least one card from each card sketch from Operation Write Home.

Today I'm sharing a series of cards made with Ice Cream Parlor DSP from Stampin' Up. This paper came with matching stickers, so coordinating embellishments was easy.

OWH Sketch #7
OWH Sketch #17
OWH Sketch #34

OWH Sketch #57

OWH Sketch #66

OWH Sketch #102

OWH Sketch #115
OWH Sketch #119
OWH Sketch #134

OWH Sketch #140

OWH Sketch #146

OWH Sketch #158
OWH Sketch #165

OWH Sketch #166
OWH Sketch #170

OWH Sketch #181

OWH Sketch #194
OWH Sketch B-10

OWH Sketch B-11

Wow that was a lot of cards!  Thank you for looking at them all and making it to the bottom of the post!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Kiss Kiss - World Cardmaking Day

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

This sweet card was made using papers and punch-out embellishments from the Julianne Vintange paper pad from K & Co.

OWH Sketch #141

I used Operation Write Home sketch #141 as a basis for the design. I didn't like how this card looked with a circle shape in the lower right hand corner, so I did something a little different. I used the Stampin Up Window Word Punch and put the sentiment on that. The "Kiss Kiss" sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards.