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