Sunday, October 6, 2013

SU September Stamp Club

It's time for me to post cards from my monthly SU Stamp Club again!  There's a catch this time though - I didn't make these cards myself.  I know, sad, right?!  I had to work when Stamp Club was meeting this month so Christi made the cards for me.  They are cute cards though.  Just wish I could say "I made them!"  

These will not be headed to Operation Write Home - at least not this year!  We are past the deadlines for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  In fact, we are only 10 days from the "early" Christmas/holiday card deadline!

In case you hadn't heard, I'm the new hostess for the weekly Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown Challenge that posts every Wednesday.  Last Wednesday, the challenge was to make cards in multiples.  You can click HERE to see the post.  The challenge stays open for an entire year so it's NEVER too late to play along.  Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday to see what I have in store for you!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

OWH Birthday Bash - Perfect Layers

Welcome to the last Wednesday of the Operation Write Home Birthday Bash celebration!  If you came here from Roxie's beautiful out-of-the-box coral-colored card, you are on the right track.  If you would like to start at the beginning of today's skip, click HERE to go to the Stars and Stamps blog.

Today we are celebrating with Perfect Papercrafting, makers of the Perfect Layers tool.  I had never used this tool before, but let me tell you a few things about it: you will get perfectly straight cuts every time and will not have to do any math calculations to figure out how to cut your layers.  How great is that!  If you are loving what you've seen and want to get your own set, you can use the code OWH5% for a 5% discount when you check out.  If you'd like a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Perfect Papercrafting, be sure to leave a comment on every blog in the hop today in order to qualify.

Our mission today is to use our Perfect Layers tool and an Operation Write Home sketch to create a card.  I chose Sketch #132 and added LOTS of layers to it using my Perfect Layers tool.  This card went together so quickly!

Card Supplies
cardstock - SU Daffodil Delight, Midnight Muse, Tangerine Tango
stamp - Hampton Arts
ink - SU Midnight Muse
patterned paper - Echo Park (this is some of my favorite collection that I found in my scrap pile)

The Perfect Papercrafting website has some video tutorials showing how to use the Perfect Layers tool.  One of these shows that you don't have to make squares or rectangles all the time, so I thought I'd try it out.  I didn't use an OWH sketch on this one - it's just a bonus card!  Making the diagonal line perfectly straight and at the exact same angle each time was a cinch with the Perfect Layers tool.  (Any crookedness was my fault when I glued the blue piece onto the black one!)
Card Supplies
cardstock - SU Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple
stamp - SU Delightful Dozen
ink - SU white craft
ribbon - SU Daffodil Delight
bling - Mark Richards 5 mm silver metal sticker

For more inspiration, I will send you on to LEIGH'S BLOG.  Enjoy the last of the Birthday Bash until next September!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

OWH Birthday Bash - Hero Arts

Welcome to another fun and exciting skip to celebrate Operation Write Home's birthday month!  If you arrived here from the amazing Lisa Spangler's blog, you are on the right track.  If you'd like to start at the beginning of the skip or if you get lost along the way, click HERE.

Today we are skipping with Hero Arts images.  Hero Arts has quite a few stamps sets that have been designed for especially for us OWH'ers - you can find them HERE.  They generously donate 25% of their profits from the sale of these stamp sets to Operation Write Home, so now you have a license to shop - like you needed my permission, right?!

But before you run off to shop, take a look at the card I made using the Epic Love set.  I used the arrow and one of the sentiments to make a VERY bold statement using an incredibly simple layout.  I added a little bling but didn't go over the top so that a guy might be attracted to choose the card even though there are flowers on it.  I thought the colors were more in the "guy" palette, too.  No pinks on this card!  I was tempted to add some ribbon at the top of the card but didn't have any that matched...I was on the hunt for the dark blue but didn't have any.  I hate when that happens!

Supply List
patterned paper: Authentique - Genuine
cardstock: SU Midnight Muse and So Saffron
bling: Queen & Co.
punch: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper - stub

So, there is my simple card with a BOLD message!  Your next stop on the skip is SAMANTHA'S BLOG.  Have fun and find lots of inspiration along the way to make cards for our heroes to send home!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

SU August Stamp Club

With this post, I am officially all caught up on posting the cards I made this summer in my Stampin' Up Stamp Club with Christi Beck - WOOHOO!

The birthday card went in the mail this week to one of my nieces. (Remember, I have something like 9 or 10 family/friend birthdays this month!)  Out of the two cards, it was my favorite - probably because of all that bright pink which is one of my fave colors, especially when combined with turquoise which is why my brads are turquoise instead of one of the other colors from the patterned paper.

The second card is cute and summery with the watermelons and checked papers. (Well, it is still in the 90s here in Texas, so we still have summer on the mind!).  This was a fun one to make because we used a big circle punch and then cut it in half and cut one of the halves into quarters.  Then we used a scallop punch to make the bite marks.  Fun, right?!

The September Stamp Club is in less than two weeks, so I'll try to do a better job of posting them closer to when I actually make them!  Thanks for stopping by.  :-)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OWH Birthday Bash - Stampers Best

Welcome, everyone!  If you arrived here from Samantha's blog, you are on the right track.  If you would like to start at the beginning of the skip, you can find it HERE!  

I am so happy to be a part of Operation Write Home's 2013 Birthday Bash.  Every Wednesday in September we are celebrating with a blog skip with one of our partners.  If you missed the skip with Unity Stamps last Wednesday, you can find it HERE.

This week the theme is AnyHero cards with Stampers Best.  Stampers Best carries a selection of rubber and digi OWH fundraiser stamps and makes a $1 donation to OWH on each set sold.  That sure does come in handy to pay for all that overseas shipping to send our handmade cards to the troops!  Thank you, Stampers Best, for your continued support of our heroes!  

My card today uses the Turtley Awesome rubber stamp set along with My Mind's Eye Oxford Lane patterned papers from a 6x6 paper pad and coordinating enamel dots.  Our troops certainly are AWESOME and I thought the colors were sufficiently masculine to work for a great AnyHero card.  The sketch is Deconstructed Sketch #29.  

Wondering what I write in my AnyHero cards?  Well, I talk about "normal" things like the weather in Texas, my daughter's activities, or uplifting news items (like royal babies!).  And, of course, I always thank them for their service and for making sacrifices so we can enjoy our freedom!  My goal is just to bring some of the normal activities of life to them in their not-so-normal circumstances.  What are you waiting for?  I challenge you to go write an AnyHero card NOW!

After you finish that AnyHero card, I will send you on to SANDY'S BLOG for some truly amazing AnyHero cards (yes, "plural" cards!).  Don't forget to check back next Wednesday for another fun-filled Birthday Bash Skip!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

SU July Stamp Club

Wow, I'm officially on a roll of posting once per week - I've managed to post two weeks in a row which is amazing considering how long it has been since I posted any cards I made.  Stay tuned later in the week for something even MORE amazing - two posts in one week!  LOL

Here are the Stampin' Up Stamp Club cards I made in July.  Aren't they cute?!

The banner on the birthday card was made with washi tape.  Cute idea, right?!  Among our friends and family, there are a total of 9 birthdays to celebrate in September, so I'm sure this will be going to one of them!  I didn't add a sentiment to the hexagon/butterfly card below, but I may have to add a Happy Birthday to that one as well so that I can use it this month.  Isn't it pretty?!  I bet my sister-in-law would like this one.  (Sorry about the shadows on my cards - my photography skills need some work!)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

SU June Stamp Club

WOW, I haven't posted anything on my blog since the very beginning of the summer and now school has started AGAIN!  I don't have any excuses except that I was working very long hours at two different jobs.  I barely had time to sleep and eat, and my husband and daughter forgot who I was!  However, in all that chaos, I did make time to attend my monthly Stampin' Up! Stamp Club with Christi Beck.  It was the only crafting I did most of the summer, except for one crop I attended in July.

Here are the cards I made at June's Stamp Club:

That just leaves July and August Stamp Club cards to share with you...but I'll save those for another day!  :-)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Happy Graduation, Max!

Today my nephew Max is graduating from high school.  He is the eldest grandchild and the first to graduate which is quite the milestone.  This is just the beginning of graduation celebrations in our family. We will celebrate three consecutive years of graduations before we get a break and celebrate three more consecutive years with my daughter being the last in 2021!

My friend Pam made the graduation card for me at our May scrapbook retreat - she's such a good friend!  I'm sure that Max will be more interested in the cash that will be inside the card, but we hope you like the card.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Variety Is the Spice of Life

I found just a few minutes to pull a card together and make it under the wire for the OWH Design Boot Camp deadline this month.  The theme is Variety Is the Spice of Life - with tips on varying value, texture, color, shape, or size.  I really liked the sample card by Lee Mae with 3 different colors of the same flower, so I CASE'd her idea.  It's a pretty simple card given my lack of time, but I hope you like it!

sentiment stamp - Hero Arts
patterned paper - SU! Twitterpated
cardstock - SU! Blushing Bride
inks - SU! Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo and Baja Breeze
flower stamp - SU! Secret Garden
die - SU! Secret Garden

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May SU Stamp Club

First I want to apologize to my followers - life has taken over my time and I have not been able to craft like I used to.  Hopefully now that school is over I will settle into a routine again, but I doubt it because my transcription job is in full swing along with my newest part-time job at The Container Store.  Don't you just hate when life interrupts your crafting?!

At least I still have my monthly Stampin' Up! Stamp Club to look forward to if I can't manage to find time to craft on my own.  This month we made two cards that have nature themes - one with a huge butterfly and the other with a hydrangea.  I laughed when I saw the butterfly card because my mom sent me a card using the same image that she made with her Stampin' Up! gal.  I thought I'd show off her card as well.

Mom's card:

My card:

I think I prefer the simplicity of the card my mom made over the one I made.  Plus, you can't tell from this photo, but the blue embossed butterfly really pops on the dark brown background.

The other card we made at Stamp Club uses an image of a hydrangea that we "colored" using ink and sponge daubers.  We "dyed" the ribbon using the sponge daubers, too.  It's fun to try techniques at Stamp Club that I would never do on my own!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

April SU Stamp Club

This month I was excited to try the chalkboard technique that I've been seeing all over blogland.  This is not something I would have tried on my own which is why I really love going to Christi Beck's Stampin' Up! Stamp Club.  She always gets me to do something outside my comfort zone.  This wasn't bad at all!  We used white embossing powder to create the sentiment on black paper and then rubbed white craft ink across the whole thing to create the chalkboard feeling.  I liked the white embossed image on the black paper but didn't really think I achieved the chalkboard look as well as I've seen some people do it.  But, I absolutely LOVE the black, white and yellow color combo on the card - very crisp and clean!  Mom, I chose the polka dots for you.  :-)

I'm submitting this card for my Operation Write Home Design Bootcamp assignment this month.  Our lesson was to use odd numbers in design.  See my three little yellow flowers!

The second one is a very masculine card - YEAH!  I sometimes have trouble doing masculine cards on my own.  I really like the watch image which is part of a larger stamp set that I didn't like when I first saw it because I noticed the shoe and tie in the set and not the watch - funny what your eye is drawn to, isn't it?!  The sentiment on the inside says, "Happy Birthday."  Everyone always needs masculine birthday cards and this is a perfectly simple design that can be used over and over again.

I'm entering this card in Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge - It's About Time. Perfect, right?  And, in all my cleverness, I thought I would enter it in the Operation Write Home ODBD Monthly Challenge - Things That Fly.  We all know that "time flies!" In fact, it flies by whether we're having fun or not.  I can't believe that April is almost over and there are only a few more weeks of school left!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WOW Wednesday Winner from MY blog!


You left a comment on my blog on Wednesday, April 10 which won you a prize from Cat's Creations Scrapbooks.  Click HERE to see the "official" announcement.  To claim your prize, you can contact Cat at catbeaty (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.  Congratulations!

As a side note, if you've been wondering where I've been, I just started my FOURTH part-time job so there has been no time in my day for crafting.  But, never fear, I'm headed to a 4-day National Scrapbook Day Retreat on May 2 so I'm hoping to get some projects done...mostly scrapbook pages from Christmas, but perhaps a few Christmas cards with the paper scraps.  With Operation Write Home, it's NEVER too early to start on Christmas cards!  :-)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Doodle Pantry - Guest Designer

I was thrilled when Laurie at Doodle Pantry asked me to create a project using the Texas Star new release, the first in a new line of state-inspired digital stamps.  Why did she ask me?  Because she and I are both Texans - who else would want to create a Texas-inspired card?!  I love this new digi stamp set because not only did Laurie design the Texas Star but she separated all of the elements out and gives you those images as well.  Check out what I did with them!

On this card I used the whole pre-colored Texas Star image along with Deconstructed Sketch #54.  The sentiment is also part of this fabulous set. My card is 4.25 x 4.25" so it still fits into a standard envelope. The twine is from We R Memory Keepers and the blue cardstock is SU! Brocade Blue.

I love bluebonnets - they make me think of my grandmother because she loved them so!  This time I wanted to show you how versatile this set really is.  I used the separated out element of the pre-colored bluebonnet and copied it several times.  Again, the sentiments are part of the Texas Star set.  The patterned paper is from Doodle Pantry's Texas set.  I used OWH Stars & Stripes sketch #56 and the Sizzix branch with leaves die to fill in the empty hole to the left of the image.  The card stock is Midnight Muse and Brocade Blue from SU! and red from my stash.

Doodle Pantry has very reasonable prices and great specials.  In fact, until April 17 you can save 45% on your entire order AND get a newly released set free with purchase. What are you waiting for?  It's time to go shopping! Don't forget to play along in the monthly challenge with your newly purchased goodies and get another set free just for playing along PLUS a chance to win a gift certificate.  The challenge deadline is April 24.

Friday, April 12, 2013


WOW, isn't it weird how once you notice something you start to see it everywhere?  I first saw a card on Angela's blog From the Tool Shed that uses ombre and thought it would be a great way to use up some of my old Bazzill cardstock that I have in 5 different shades.  Then just a few days later the challenge at Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown was to create a card using ombre.  I knew then that I had to give this a try so I CASE'd Angela's card. (She has a link to a tutorial for the card, too!)  What an easy way to make a card!  I feel like my card needs something else - Angela's card has a cluster of flowers on it, but she made hers larger than mine.  To fit in a standard envelope, my card is 4.25 x 4.25 which didn't give me much space.  What would you suggest to jazz it up?!  I may be making more of these in the future and would love to incorporate your ideas.

card stock - Bazzill
ink - SU! Pumpkin Pie
stamp - Inspired Stamps
adhesive - Xyron, this gave full adhesive coverage making the card quick and easy to put together

Here's the definition of ombre, but would you call it a design style, a technique or something else entirely?  The origin is from the French and Italian words that mean "to shade."

Definition of OMBRÉ

: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quilt Block card

Today I have another Quilt Block card for you.  This is a technique that I learned in the Pattern Play class from Online Card Classes.  It's a great way to use up paper scraps.  These scraps are from kids' camp that my daughter took last summer at Cat's Creations Scrapbooks.  Aren't they fun?  I love the bright colors!  I actually think this card turned out better than the one I made for the class which you can see HERE.

I'm entering this in the OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge for Favorite Color Combo.  I love bright colors, especially bright pink which is also my 10-year-old daughter's favorite color.  I also think that pink and green are an awesome combination.

You can enter Cat's Creations Scrapbooks WOW Wednesday Challenge with any creation you like.  By entering OR commenting on the entries, you have the chance to win.  Several people have won just from commenting on my entry!

Cat's Creations Scrapbooks WOW Wednesday - always anything goes
OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Favorite Color Combo

patterned paper - scraps
card stock - SU! Melon Mambo and Gumball Green
ink - SU! Melon Mambo and Crumb Cake
stamp - Fiskars Fresh Fruit
embossing folder - SU!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Copic Class Cupcake as a Card

I promised you would see the cupcakes I colored in a live tutorial with Sandy Allnock on a card.'s the first one!  This was not the one my followers thought was colored the best, but I love the bright blue flower.  Thanks to Pat Kinkaid for the idea to use some bling for the flower center.  I didn't like that I colored the center blue also, but look how easily the problem was solved.  I love this sentiment and was happy to finally be able to use it.  Because I made my cupcake so big for easier coloring for the class, this turned out to be a pretty basic card.  I could have added more, but I wanted the cupcake to take center stage - I think it has certainly done that!

paper - SU! Tempting Turquoise, red from stash
die - Spellbinder scalloped circle
bling - Bazzill
sentiment stamp - Inkadinkadoo

Friday, April 5, 2013

Pattern Play - Day 5

Today's card idea was presented by Kristina Werner in the Pattern Play class offered by Online Card Classes.  She called it a Quilt Block card - it was a great way to use up scraps of paper.  I will definitely be making more of these!

If you want to learn this technique or any of the others you've seen on my blog this week, it's never too late to take the class.  All of the Online Card Classes are offered as independent classes once the live interactive classes have concluded.

My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky collection - 6 x 6 paper and twine
Swiss Dots embossing folder
Hero Arts Essential Messages stamp

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pattern Play - Day 4

Today I CASE'd a card by Shari Carroll from the Pattern Play class at Online Card Classes.  The technique is to distress a pattern onto patterned paper.  I really liked this technique - it was simple yet had an interesting effect.  I look forward to doing this again and perhaps distressing a different pattern onto the patterned paper - maybe diagonal lines?!

In my effort to try to mix and match papers, I used two different Echo Park 6 x 6 collections.

paper - Echo Park Splash and Hello Summer collections
sentiment - Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments
tools - Creative Memories 1" square punch, SU! 3/4" circle punch, SU! scoring board

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pattern Play - Day 3

Welcome to my card for Pattern Play Day 3 - a class I took at Online Card Classes.  If you like what you see, you can always sign up to take the class independently!

I chose to CASE Debby Hughes's card.  Her lesson was to use Bold Pattern for Accents - clean and simple cards with just a touch of one pattern.  

paper - Echo Park Splash collection, SU! Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze cardstock
ink - SU! Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake
stamps - Hero Arts Essential Messages, Bo Bunny Gabrielle (butterfly)
bling - from stash

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pattern Play - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of cards made from the Pattern Play class I took from Online Card Classes.  Today I used two of the techniques demonstrated in the class.  The first is resist on patterned paper.  The second is stamping on patterned paper.  I really needed a stamp with a larger open area than the one I chose but just made do with what I had.  Yesterday I said that my goal was to combine papers from different companies, but I didn't do that on these cards.  All of the patterned paper is from Authentique Uncommon collection.  Why?  I was too busy focusing on the techniques this time.  Anyone who knows me knows that I don't really love to do wet embossing which is what the resist technique called for - so I had to focus on the technique this time and not the paper!

Challenges: Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown - use stripes (2nd card)

Resist on Patterned Paper

 Supplies: Hero Arts Zig Zag background stamp
Ultra Thick Clear Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - fired brick
Really Reasonable Ribbon
SRM sticker

Stamping on Patterned Paper
Supplies: Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments
SU! Quint-Essential Flower
SU! Punches:
2-3/8" scalloped circle
1-3/4" scalloped circle
1-1/4" circle
3/4" circle

Monday, April 1, 2013

Pattern Play - Day 1

Only 4 people commented which was their favorite card and why by the Saturday deadline, so you are ALL winners - Congratulations!

rscholz - voted for card #2
Susan - voted for card #1
Jennifer Scull - voted for card #2
Linda - voted for card #2

My favorite layout was actually card #3, but Linda made a valid point.  With the image so close to the top of the card, it looks like that's why the lady is headless.  The winner was card #2!

You will each receive a "headless" stamp set courtesy of My Favorite Things and Operation Write Home.  Just email your mailing address to allison (at) operationwritehome (dot) org!


From March 18-March 22 I was enrolled in a class called Pattern Play at Online Card Classes.  The last time I did an Online Card Classes class (Holiday Card Bootcamp 2011), I didn't play along.  However, the class is open to me FOREVER and I printed and bound the PDFs into a book, so it's not too late.

This time I was determined that I would follow through.  I wasn't able to play along each day, but I caught up by making all the cards the weekend after the class ended.  If you are interested, you can take the class even though the interactive portion has ended.  I may go back and take some other ones, especially the two Clean & Simple classes.  I'd really like to get better at the Clean & Simple design style.  So, EVERY DAY this week I will be showing you the cards I made from each day of the class.  I would LOVE your feedback - Let me what you think!

Day 1 was dedicated to some basic concepts like choosing a large, medium and tone-on-tone pattern to mix together.  Here's my paper combo for my first set of cards.  My goal in this class is to mix patterns from different companies. (Anyone can combine patterns from the same collection!  That's what I've been doing for years.)  The two red papers are from Authentique's Glory collection and the two blues are from We R Memory Keepers Yankee Doodles.

I decided to do a version of Jennifer McGuire's cards that used heart shaped dies and several different techniques to "break up" the patterns.  I chose to use stars instead.

I love this banner but didn't use it on all the cards like Jennifer did because I made smaller cards.  She used 5 x 5 inch patterned paper and I used 4 x 4.  My banner seemed to overwhelm my smaller cards.
Papertrey Ink banner die, Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments

This one was my favorite card because it uses dimensional adhesive to create 
the "separation" between the patterned papers.
Inspired Stamps 1" Circle Sentiments with SU! 3/4" circle punch

Inking edges to create boundaries between patterns
Inspired Stamps 1" Circle Sentiments and Tim Holtz Distress Ink fired brick

Inspired Stamps 1" Circle Sentiments and SU! 3/4" circle punch

Saturday, March 30, 2013

SU March Stamp Club

This month at Stamp Club we focused on watercoloring techniques.  I think the top card is my favorite of the two.  On that one we actually used watercolor paper.  The large flower images were a good choice because we had more space to actually color in and practice the technique.  Which do you like best?

Friday, March 29, 2013

My Favorite Things - Headless Stamp Pt. 3

Welcome back to the final day in the My Favorite Things Headless Stamp giveaway!  Remember to go back and look at Wednesday and Thursday's blog posts.  Leave a comment on today's post by midnight on Saturday and you could win your very own My Favorite Things stamp (donated to Operation Write Home) and find out how much fun these Headless Stamps really are.  (For the back story on the Headless Stamps, read all of Wednesday's post HERE.)

To be eligible to win, in your comment you must tell me:
(1) which card is your favorite and 
(2) why

I used the My Favorite Things Who's That Garden Girl image along with a different sentiment from the Can Ya Dig It? set.  This time I used Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps Sketch #90.

Be sure to come back on Monday when I will announce the winner (and tell you which card is my favorite)!

image and sentiment stamps - My Favorite Things
ink - SU! Island Indigo, Memento black
paper - SU! Twitterpated DSP, Riding Hood Red and Island Indigo card stock

Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Favorite Things - Headless Stamp Pt. 2

If you didn't see my blog post yesterday, then you will want to click HERE for the back story on this particular stamp.

Today, in addition to the Who's That Garden Girl stamp, I've also used a sentiment from the My Favorite Things Can Ya Dig It? set.  Since I had the SU! Twitterpated DSP out, all three cards use it.  On this card, I also used the Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps Sketch #18 along with my trusty Creative Memories square punches so that it was a cinch to make all those little squares.

Remember, if you want to win your very own Headless Stamp set (donated to Operation Write Home by My Favorite Things), then be sure to visit my blog posts from yesterday, today and tomorrow so you can leave a comment TOMORROW letting me know which card is your favorite and WHY!

image and sentiment stamps - My Favorite Things
sketch - Operation Write Home S&S Sketches
paper - SU! Twitterpated DSP, Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red card stock
ink - SU! Baja Breeze, Memento black
coloring medium - Copic markers
tools - Creative Memories square punches

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Favorite Things - Headless Stamps

Okay, we've all had a good laugh about how creepy the headless stamps from My Favorite Things are, BUT now that I forced myself to use one, I think I really like them!!  If you don't like to color skin and hair, then these are definitely the stamps for you.  In fact, I liked Who's That Garden Girl so much that I made 3 different cards with the same image which I will reveal here on my blog over the next three days.  This stamp set is no longer being sold, but if you search "Who's That" on the My Favorite Things store website, you will find several headless stamps for sale.

Be sure to come back tomorrow and Friday because if you leave a comment on Friday telling me which one is your favorite card and why, you will have a chance to win your very own headless stamps from My Favorite Things (these were generously donated to Operation Write Home)!

I'm also entering this card in the WOW Wednesday Challenge at Cat's Creations Scrapbooks blog.  You can enter to win blog candy in that challenge by linking up a creation of your own or just by commenting on the blogs of the participants!  In fact, this week's winner was Donna R. who commented on MY blog last Wednesday - WOOHOO!!!

image stamp - My Favorite Things
sentiment stamp - Inspired Stamps
sketch - Deconstructed Sketch #79
tools - We R Corner Chomper, SU! 1" and 1-1/4" circle punches
embellishments - SU! Twitterpated buttons
paper - SU! Twitterpated DSP, Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red card stock
coloring medium - Copic markers and SU! Riding Hood Red marker
ink - SU! Riding Hood Red, Memento black

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

OWH Design Bootcamp - March

This month's OWH Design Bootcamp class was called Anyway You Slice It and dealt with composition and the rule of thirds.  Here's my card which you will see and learn more about on April 4, but I needed to post it in March for the Bootcamp Challenge!  I made this card for the Pattern Play class at Online Card Classes.  I saw someone else's idea to make an overlay with the rule of thirds and thought that was pure genius, especially for someone as OCD as I am.  So, of course, I had to make my own.  I actually completed this card and THEN put the overlay on top of it.  I thought it was interesting that I did pretty well.  Maybe next time I'll put the overlay on the card BEFORE I glue everything down!  :-)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Matchbox Nuggets for Teachers

Spring Break is over and now we are counting the days until the end of school. (Well, all of us who are teachers are, anyway!  LOL)  For the past three years I have been in charge of collecting money for year-end teacher gifts.  This year is a milestone because it is my daughter's last year in elementary school.  I always make cards to present the gift cards to all of the teachers (about 18 in all - classroom teachers, PE, Art, Music, Spanish/French, etc.) but thought I might make matchboxes with chocolate nuggets inside for all of them this year.  Over Spring Break, I gave it a try and did 4 of them - whoa, Nelly, did it take me some time.  Not sure I'll get 18 of them done, but I at least got 4 done for the classroom teachers!

Stampin' Up! - Twitterpated DSP, Island Indigo card stock, Sizzix matchbox die
Nestabilities - Labels Four die
Inspired Stamps - sentiment
Really Reasonable Ribbon - white ribbon (sorry, it's hard to see in the photo)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Copic Coloring with Sandy Allnock

Yesterday I was finally able to take one of Sandy Allnock's Copic coloring classes on  We used the Daisy Cupcake image from Fred She Said.  I had a whole sheet of them printed out and made them larger than I normally would so they would be easier to color.

This was a fun way to learn how to color an image.  It's nice for someone else to tell me where the shading should go - that's usually my biggest struggle!  My only problem with a live online class like this is that I'm very slow at coloring and had a difficult time keeping up.  BUT, she provides everyone in the class with a PDF file of the colored images so that you can go back and work at your own pace any time you want to!

Here are the two cupcakes I managed to color:

On the first one, my reds bled a lot.  To resolve this issue, I colored the flower and leaves from another cupcake (I had 9 images printed after all!) and then fussy cut and adhered with dimensional adhesive to the original cupcake.  I like how this turned out in the end, although I should have colored the center of the flower a different color.  A pale yellow would have been better.

This is the one that Sandy described as the German Chocolate cupcake.  I didn't have the exact marker colors she used but tried to come close with the browns I had.  My greens bled outside the edges a bit, so I may have to fussy cut this one to use it on a card.

Be on the lookout for my completed cards using my newly colored images!  :-)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Doodle Pantry Dolphins

If you follow my blog, then you know that I love to CASE other people's cards.  That means if I see something I like, then I want to re-create it.  In my mind, this is one of the highest compliments that can be paid to another card maker!  Today I'm CASE'ing a card by Lisa Oliver - a fellow OWH card maker and fellow Doodle Pantry Design Team member.  I love the polka dot ribbon - the way she used it makes it lie very flat which is perfect for cards that go overseas to our troops and back again to their families and friends!  This card was so much fun to make that I made several at one time.



Card Supplies:
Doodle Pantry - Dolphins set: pre-colored image, sentiment, digi papers
ribbon, black and white cardstock - stash
black ink - Memento