Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thanks for Being so Awesome

This card uses some of my favorite paper -- Lime Rickey from Basic Grey. The embellishments are from a set of stickers made to coordinate with the paper. Bazzill Tangelo matches beautifully with these papers. 

The sketch is from Mojo Monday. The stamp is from Paper Smooches. I popped up the sentiment with some Stampin Up dimensionals. 

Colorful Dad Card

Cards for guys often use subdued colors. On top of that, colorful papers usually have floral or children's themes. So I'm always on the lookout for colorful paper that is also guy-appropriate. The Basic Grey Lime Rickey paper fits into that niche. 

I used it to make this "Dad" card. The card also uses the latest Mojo Monday sketch. 

Farewell to Mojo Monday

The Mojo Monday Blog has been posting card sketches every Monday for years. Recently they posted their 500th sketch. Now they are closing down.

Their sketches have been a great asset and have inspired many cardmakers.

This card uses their 500th sketch.

The paper is from Authentique. The stamp is from Hero Arts and stamped using Hero Arts Shadow Ink. 

Puppy Paws

The card I'm posting today uses some very cute paper from Bo Bunny called Happy Tails. I stamped a puppy image to go with the paper. I also used a paw print embossing folder (Darice) for the yellow paper.

This card is getting entered over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. The challenge this week is to use texture. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Retro Happy Birthday

I've been using up the last pieces of this paper from 7 Gypsies. It has a lovely vintage look and worked great with this classic sketch from Operation Write Home (123). 

To add dimension and keep with the vintage look I used chalk ink around the edges. 

I made this as a birthday card, but it could be used for a graduation or any other celebration. 

This week the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to use circles. 

The stamp is from Studio G. The textured paper is from Bazzil. 

Circle Hello

This card is a great way to use up smaller pieces of paper that are leftover from other projects. If I had it to do over again I would have used a little distress ink or chalk ink around the edges of the circles to add some dimension. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. 

The theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Going Around in Circles," so I'm linking to this card over there. 

OWH Sketch #248

Paper: My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy
Stamp: Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Ink: Stampin Up Soft Suede
Card Base: Bazzill Peanut Cluster

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Clean and Simple Birthday

This card uses a bit of birthday candle paper and a stamp from Studio G. 

I'm posting it over at the Mod Squad Challenge where the theme this week is birthday cards. 

A Birthday Card Sprinkled with Fun

This card uses some of the last bits of birthday-themed paper I bought a few years ago. I had extra incentive to keep going in using up this paper because this week the Mod Squad Challenge has a birthday theme 

Paper: Kathy Davis
Stamp: Hero Arts
Embellishment: Candy Dots. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cupcakes and Balloons

The Mod Squad Challenge this week is to make a birthday card. That's great because I'm slogging my way through the last bits of paper from a  birthday themed 6 x 6 pad and need motivation. 

I recently got some little balloon dies from Whimsy Stamps. This is my first time using them. 
I used Operation Write Home sketch #250. I also copied a lot of the design of this card from Kristie who blogs over at "The Best Things in Life are Pink."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Home with Banners

If you look closely at the little houses on this paper, you will see they have tiny heart shaped windows. So cute, and perfect for the sentiment (from My Favorite Things). 

Operation Write Home has been closed for a couple years, but I still have a binder filled with all the OWH sketches and use them all the time. 

OWH Sketch #188

Paper:  Amy Tangerine "Ready Set Go."
Stamp from: My Favorite Things "Homespun Birdhouse"
Heart:  Heart punch from Stampin' Up

I'm posting this card over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the challenge this week is "Home Sweet Home" 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Butterfly Flowers

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

I also used elements from both the sketch and photo from this latest Mix it Up Challenge from Sugar Pea Designs. 

I die-cut a piece of white cardstock and then used blue distress ink around the outer edges while the paper was still in the die. Then I used green ink to stamp an image from Inkadinkadoo and colored it in with markers. 

The papers are from Basic Grey. This card is being entered over at Mod Squad Challenges where the current challenge is to color in a design.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I Remembered your Birthday

I'm trying to use up paper pads that I bought a while back. The easiest place to start was with a Kathy Davis birthday paper because I don't have that much left of it. This month's sketch at Your Next Stamp is a good one for using up smaller pieces of paper left over from making larger projects. 

The stamp is from My Favorite Things. The ink is Rich Razzleberry from Stampin' Up. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Seize the Cupcake!

I'm posting a birthday card I just made using the latest Mojo Monday sketch. This sketch was a little tricky for me. For the strip on the bottom I tried using solid paper, patterned paper, even ribbon. No matter what I did it just didn't look right. So I used the rest of the sketch and just left out that part. After all, a sketch is just a suggestion, right?

Mojo Monday 495

I'm submitting this card over at Simon Says Stamp where the Wednesday Challenge this week is "A Hint of Pink." 

Paper: Kathy Davis
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Momento

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Love Hearing From You

A clean and simple card design today. The paper has a vintage look that pairs well with the old-fashioned telephone on the card. The stamping didn't come out perfect, but I kept it because it goes along with the vintage look. 

This card design is based on one of the earliest Operation Write Home sketches. -- sketch 17. Their earlier sketches didn't have a lot of components so they are are a good place to look if you want a clean look.

Paper: Crate Paper
Stamps: Hero Arts


Hero Arts. A Blog Called Hero. Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp. Wednesday Challenge. Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp. Monday Challenge. We've got your Number
Mod Squad Challenge. Love

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Butterfly Birthday

This card is vaguely based on Operation Write Home sketch #204. But I switched things up and little. 
This is yet another attempt to use up the Kathy Davis paper that I bought a few years ago. I keep making cards with it, but the paper never goes away. Maybe it multiplies at night?

The stamp is from Hero Arts, who are hosting an Anything Goes challenge right now. 
The embellishments are from a coordinating pack I bought to go with the paper. It is also impossible to use up!

This card is going in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Showers and Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday, April Showers/May Flowers

Spirit Brave

This card uses one of my new favorite sentiments from Verve.

May your heart be kind

you mind fierce
and your spirit brave

The paper is from a giant pad of Kathy Davis paper that I can't seen to use up no matter how hard I try. #firstworldproblems

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 'showers and flowers"
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday "April flowers/May flowers"


This card uses sketch 329 from My Favorite Things. The swirly background paper is from Basic Grey and the solid papers are from Bazzil. In other words, I dipped into my precious stash! 

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things. 

MFT 329

I used colors from the latest Your Next Stamp challenge. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

More Hugs and Kisses

I've been having fun making love cards. This one features stamps from Hero Arts and paper from Little Yellow Bicycle. I inked the edges with Distress Ink in Soot to help define the edges and add dimension. 

This one is going in the Mod Squad "Show your love" challenge as well as the Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Wednesday Challenge. 

Heart and Home

How about a love card that is not in the traditional shades of red and pink? 

If you look closely you will see that the houses have tiny little hearts on them. Also, the polka dot heart was made with a die that cuts and embosses. Hard to see these details online. 

This one is going in the Mod Squad "Show your love" challenge as well as the Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes" Wednesday Challenge. 

OWH Sketch #86
Paper:  Amy Tangerine "Ready Set Go."
Stamp from: My Favorite Things "Homespun Birdhouse"
Heart:  Spellbinders die  

With You By My Side

It's love season. The challenge this week at Mod Squad is to "show your love." This card uses one of my favorite sentiments from My Favorite Things: "with you by my side anything is possible." Isn't that sweet?

The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Anything Goes," so this card is going over there as well.

Paper: Basic Grey "Hello Luscious"
Stamp: My Favorite Things
Ink: Hero Arts
Punches: Stampin' Up

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Just Breathe ATC

I recently had the idea to make an ATC inspiration deck for myself. The ATC format is new to me. Its difficult for me to do anything other than make them look like mini greeting cards. 

This one uses the current sketch from Your Next Stamp. The colors sort of match the YNS colors as well. 

I used the smallest flower from the Stampin Up Blossom Punch to make a tiny tag. 
The stamp is from the Just Breathe set from Verve which I just bought. I went over the stamp with my new purple Wink of Luna brush marker. So this gets put in the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Challenge to use something new. 

The SSS Monday Challenge is "Chill Out" which goes along with the relaxing message. 

And the SSS Wednesday Challenge is "Anything But a Card." I'm hoping they mean greeting card and my ATC qualifies. 

My Valentine

I made this card using the sketch from the latest Your Next Stamp Challenge

Rather than use a half circle at the top, I used an arched embellishment to create the same shape. 

The papers come from a Basic Grey collection called Kissing Booth. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

A little bit of bling

Having made cards for Operation Write Home for two years, I am used to the rules of no glitter, no sequins, basically no bling. (These were not allowed because they could potentially make our troops visible to night vision goggles). 

I'm still not comfortable working with glitter and metallic. But this week two of the challenges involve bling, so I pushed myself to go for the glitz. The result is probably tame, but this was a big step for me!

The challenges that got me to push outside my comfort zone were this week's Cupcake Inspiration (black, white and silver) and this week's Mod Squad Challenge (Bling). I struggled so much I missed the deadline for the Cupcake challenge, but I'm giving them a shout out anyway.

Because I broke out a new paper pad for this, I'm posting it over at the Work it Wednesday challenge to use something new.  

Be Mine

A very short, quick post today. 

I made this sweet Valentine's Day card using Sketch 315 from My Favorite Things. 


I had a banner sticker that was just the right size for this sketch. It's from Basic Grey, as is the striped paper on the left. I made a little embellishment by using a scallop punch, a circle punch and a heart punch. I used a little foam dot to add dimension under the glittery heart. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

hugs & kisses

February is fast approaching. It's time for love cards.

This card uses a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches and paper from Little Yellow Bicycle. 

The stamps are from Hero Arts as is the ink. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Great Day

This card layout is one of my favorite ways to use up bits of paper left over from larger projects. It comes from Operation Write Home sketch 154. This card uses paper from Crate Paper and some Bazzil cardstock as well. 

The Monday Challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is to use squares -- so this card certainly qualifies for that. The challenge over at Sugar Pea Designs is "Anything Goes." 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Love Birds

Valentine's Day is approaching and love cards are in production. 

This card uses Sketch 314 from My Favorite Things and paper I've been hoarding from Basic Grey. The "Kissing Booth" collection is one of my favorites and with Basic Grey out of business, the paper is more precious than ever. 

I'm entering this card over at the Mod Squad "Anything but Christmas" challenge and also in the SugarPea "Anything Goes" challenge. 

By the way, I used something new today -- my new lightbox! Horray! My photos look nice again! My old (homemade) lightbox did not survive my move in 2015 and my card photos have been sub-par for the last year. The new lightbox came with different colored backdrops and two lights to shine on my precious little cards. So much better and easier to use than the DIY stuff I was rigging up. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bring on the Love!

Holiday season is over and time marches on. The next major holiday is Valentine's Day, so its time to start making LOVE cards.

I used the latest Mojo Monday sketch for the layout of this card.

I used one of new circle dies for the circle. Not very exciting, but it qualifies this card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which was to use something new. I'm actually more excited about another new product I used -- Thermoweb Sticky Dots! These little adhesive dots were very helpful in attaching the red die-cut swirl to the card.

I'm also entering this card in the Mod Squad Challenge which is "Anything but Christmas," 
and in the SugarPea Designs challenge which is "Anything Goes."