Sheesh. I’ve been so busy making cards to send to Operation Write Home that I’ve been neglecting to blog them!

Here’s one I made yesterday.  I incorporated four of the itinerary elements for Desert Islands Crafts Challenge #14 into it.  I’ve paper pieced Chloe’s shirt and jeans, the card base is kraft cardstock, I’ve ruffled the ribbon, and the sentiment is made with alphabet stickers.  I also used the color scheme from one of last weekend’s Virtual Stamp Night challenges at Splitcoaststampers – denim blue, ivory and brown.

I couldn’t figure out what to add to the image to make it look like Chloe wasn’t just floating in midair.  I considered adding some green behind her to make it look like she was sitting in grass, but that would have required either trying to draw or sponge in realistic-looking grass, or cutting out the entire image of her and putting it over green designer paper to simulate grass.  Then I decided to scrap that idea because it would mess up the color scheme.  I also thought about drawing a bench or something, but my drawing skills are not very good (drawing grass is the extent of my abilities!) and I was afraid I’d mess up the whole thing.

So, readers: Please leave me a comment with a reasonable suggestion for something I can add to the image next time I use it to make it look like Chloe is actually sitting on something.  There just might be a little somethin’ somethin’ in it for the person who gives the suggestion I like best!  😉

Digital Image: Sitting Chloe (InStyle Stamps)
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin’ Up); Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); designer papers from “Memoirs” 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Inque Boutique)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); alphabet stickers (ProvoCraft); ivory grosgrain ribbon (source unknown); dimensional adhesive (SU); sponge

Happy Friday!  It’s time for another Paper Therapy Design Team challenge!  This time the challenge is to make a project suitable for a child under the age of 10.

I decided to make a Halloween card.  I was just kind of feeling a Halloween mood, I suppose.  I’m trying to get better at coloring images and I really challenged myself on this one.  I had a hard time getting the shading the way I wanted it without losing all the wonderful detail in the image.  I’ve had this great sentiment for nearly a year and hadn’t had a good chance to put it to use until now.  It reads, “When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ’til near Halloween.”  I thought the image and the sentiment went together very nicely. The background diamonds were stamped off once, but I still managed to get them darker right where I wanted to put the sentiment. Sigh. Oh well!

Here’s a closeup of the image:

So, won’t you join us at Paper Therapy?  We’d love to see what you create!

Supplies for today’s card:
Stamps: harlequin design: Looks Like Spring (Stampin’ Up); sentiment : Sweet & Spooky (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Digital Image: Halloween Witch (Mo’s Digital Pencil)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); Basic Black (SU)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU); Onyx Black (VersaFine); printer ink
Other: black gingham ribbon (SU); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor)

I guess by now you’ve heard about the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the eastern United States on August 23, 2011.  The epicenter was about 60 miles east of where I live.  When it happened, I was sitting at my desk, coloring the image on today’s card.  I heard the dishes rattling in the china hutch and thought, “That’s odd.  The kids are back in school; they’re not making the stuff in the hutch rattle.”  Then I noticed the house felt rumbly.  I remembered the December 2003 earthquake and figured that we were having another quake.  I was startled by it more than scared.  The shaking wasn’t jolting, but the duration of it surprised me – probably about 25 seconds (which doesn’t sound very long until you actually time it).  Once the shaking stopped, I went online and checked out the U.S. Geological Survey website and confirmed that yes indeed, it was an earthquake.  So then the rest of the afternoon was spent making sure everyone I cared about was OK.  I finally got back to finishing the card that evening.

I was making the card for my brother-in-law’s birthday (and if the card is late, I’m sorry – earthquakes are pretty distracting), and decided to take up this week’s Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge was to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) the oldest card in the Splitcoast gallery you’d saved as a “favorite”.  My oldest card was one created by Beate Johns in 2004.  I used the same tree image and layout, but I made several changes – I used different colors, I cut the image panel and its mat with Nestabilities (LOL – Nesties weren’t even around in 2004, I don’t think!), I changed the sentiment, and instead of twine, I swiped the edge of my ink pad on the cardstock to create the two stripes behind the image panel.

Tuesday night before my son went to bed, we were talking about the earthquake.  The card was on my desk and I told him I was working on it when the earthquake started.  He quipped, “Oh, is that why the tree is crooked?”  That made me laugh so I knew I had to put that into the story behind this card – even if it is a bit of fiction.

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Birthday Whimsy (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Naturals Ivory (SU)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU); Vintage Sepia (VersaFine)
Other: watercolor crayons (SU); Labels Twelve Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

It’s Monday – the start of another week!  That means a new CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This time we’re being asked to be inspired by the word “hot”.  I had time to get creative today so I made a card, also working it into the current Lawnscaping challenge to create a one layer card.

So here it is… a one layer card with a hot pie. I like to imagine it’s an apple pie right out of the oven, but I suppose it could be cherry or blackberry.  I used a Sizzlits circle die to create a reverse mask for my sponged circle.  I got a little heavy handed on my sponging but oh well, I don’t think it looks *too* bad. At the very least, it’s another card for Operation Write Home.

Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Real Red, Ruby Red, Riding Hood Red (Stampin’ Up); Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: corner rounder punch (EK Success); premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); ribbon (Offray); sponge

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog Clean and Simple Blog Skip!  I was delighted to be asked to be a part of this pint-sized blog hop showcasing cards done in a clean and simple style.

I think one of the most difficult things about CAS is that there isn’t always a clear-cut definition of it.  I tend to think of it as being “uncluttered” – lots of open space, generally just one main focal point and a sentiment, with understated embellishments.  It’s definitely more about the finished design than about how much time it took to make the card.

So anyway… I have a few CAS cards to share with you today.  First off is a card I created using the Stars and Stamps Blog sketch #81.  I think it lends itself wonderfully to CAS cards.  I slightly changed the shapes for the background and sentiment panel.  The leaves are just three petals from the flower punch.

The next card uses emboss resist for the main focal point.  I hadn’t done that technique for a while but I thought it was the best way to show off these delicate leaves.  It was fun to pull out my embossing tool and powders and glossy paper again.  I chose a fall color scheme.  I’m sorry that resizing the photo for my blog squooshes the pixels so that you probably can’t see the texture in the golden yellow cardstock.  I really like how textured cardstock adds visual interest to a card, yet it’s very subtle.  It’s perfect for adding a bit of pizazz to CAS cards.

You’re welcome to browse through my blog for more CAS ideas!  Most of my August 2011 posts show CAS creations.

If you’re following the blog skip, you should have arrived here from Dawn’s blog, The Chatty Stamper.  The next blogger you should visit is Kate at Hello From Kate!.  But here’s the whole lineup:

OWH ~ Stars and Stamps Blog
Barb ~ Paper Therapy Ponderings
Maureen ~ Hideaway
Brenda ~ Infinite Possibilities
Jan ~ She’s Gone Digital
Dawn ~ The Chatty Stamper
Patricia ~ Thinking of Inking ~ YOU ARE HERE
Kate ~ Hello From Kate
Lisa ~ Stamping With A Mission
Julie ~ Handmade By Julie
Courtney ~ Back To The Drawing Board

Thanks for skipping along with OWH and me today! I hope you’ll visit again!

All supplies for today’s cards are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:

Thinking of You:
Stamps: Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Kraft, Tea Party designer paper, Western Sky designer paper
Ink: Ruby Red
Other: 5-petal punch, Spring Flower Bouquet punch (SU); Labels Five Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); mini brad (Making Memories); sponge

Stamps: Autumn
Cardstock: Summer Sun textured, Real Red, Glossy White
Ink: Summer Sun, Ruby Red; VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Other: Clear detail embossing powder; sponge

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy card I made during the Dare to Get Dirty challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  I used one of the recent Stars and Stamps Blog sketches for the layout and dusted off one of my old stamp sets that I haven’t used for several years.  And now I have a cute girly card to include in my next mailing to Operation Write Home.

Stamps: Smile, On Your Birthday (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Yoyo Yellow, Whisper White, Almost Amethyst Prints designer paper (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Pink Pirouette ribbon, dimensionals (SU); piercing tool (Making Memories)

rock my world

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Aug 152011

I’m finally getting around to posting this card that I made earlier this month.  I used the August 2011 Sketch For You To Try sketch layout to create a card for some of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty challenges.

The sentiment strip is Very Vanilla cardstock sponged with Marina Mist ink. I did a little bit of very simple paper piecing on the globe because I wanted the oceans to look like water. I stamped it on the designer paper, colored the continents with a Copic marker, and then cut out and pieced the Earth to the globe stand. The hand stitching is four strands of DMC embroidery floss – 2 strands of blue and 2 strands of green, to coordinate with Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi.

Remember the TV show “In Living Color”?  There was a character on there named Wanda, and one of her frequent lines was “I’m goin’ ROCK yo’ world!”  My husband and I jokingly say that to each other every now and then.  So I think I’m going to hang on to this card and give it to him on our anniversary.

Stamps: School Days (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up); Cannon, Nathan and Larkspur from Oh Baby! Boy collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Marina Mist (SU)
Other: embroidery floss (DMC); dimensionals (SU); sponge

Oh yeah – here’s the actual sketch:

Here’s a quick card and quick post to get one more card in for the current Desert Islands Crafts Challenge.  The itinerary elements I chose were something alive (the flowers and the butterfly), something with wings (the butterfly), make it pop (the butterfly’s wings are popped up from the focal panel), and using a quote for the sentiment.  I used this week’s Stars and Stamps Blog sketch for the layout.  And now I have another birthday card for my Operation Write Home stash!

Stamps: Spring Garden (Stampin’ Up); …the Life… (Penny Black)
Cardstock: Marigold Morning, Cranberry Crisp, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Soft Sky, Mellow Moss, Marigold Morning, Cranberry Crisp, Early Espresso (SU)
Other: Baroque Burgundy marker (SU); sponge

Happy Friday!  It’s time for another Paper Therapy Design Team challenge.  This time, the challenge is to make a card with a fold other than the standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ card fold.

I combined this challenge with this week’s Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple sketch challenge, and made a flap card.  I started out with a 5.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock, scored at 4.25″ and 8.5″.  I wanted to shape the smallest section (the flap) with my Creative Memories Oval cutting system, but the ovals didn’t fit quite right so I had to cut the cardstock down to 5″ x 11″.  Then I trimmed the flap to give it the rounded shape.  I sponged the sky and grass, stamped the tree, and used the thumping technique to stamp the leaves.  Then I added the sentiment.  Finally, I attached a set of very thin magnets to keep the card closed.

There it is… clean and simple but with an interesting fold!  I hope you’ll visit the rest of the Paper Therapy design team for more inspiration – links to their blogs are in the left sidebar.  Then make a card with a non-standard fold and upload it to the August 12 challenge thread over at Paper Therapy before August 24.  We’d love to see what you create!

Stamps: Season of Friendship, Three Little Words (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Basics White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa (SU)
Other: Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie markers (SU); magnets (Basic Grey); oval cutting system (Creative Memories); sponge

Anyone who’s been keeping up with my blog for a while knows I love crafting challenges. Last night I found a new-to-me challenge blog called Lawnscaping.  Although Lawn Fawn images are encouraged, they aren’t a requirement to be considered for the challenges there.  Well, it’s not like I needed any other excuse reason to use my Lawn Fawn stamps.

So here’s my first attempt at a Lawnscaping challenge.  This time they are asking to use distressing on your project. I used my distressing tool on the edges of the yellow cardstock.


I’ve combined this challenge with this week’s SCS Color Challenge, to use kraft, yellow and red.  I stamped the bunny on a scrap of cardstock and colored the heart and the tail with colored pencils. I did some simple backstitching to add an extra touch of red, and popped the bunny up with dimensional adhesive.

Even though this was my first Lawnscaping challenge, I don’t think it’ll be my last! And I have another card for my Operation Write Home stash!

Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: red embroidery floss (DMC); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); distressing tool (Making Memories); dimensionals (SU)

Happy Monday!  I just have a quick post this morning to share one of the cards I created over the weekend for some of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  I used four of the required elements for the current Desert Islands Crafts Challenge, too: There are three different shapes (rectangle, oval, circle), it’s a masculine card, I’ve used an image of something alive (the ducks, the grasses, and the trees behind the bridge), and something with wings (the ducks).

I tried to keep it pretty simple so that it would work well for Operation Write Home.   I suppose one of our heroes overseas could send this home to a husband, adult brother, uncle, parents or grandparents.

Stamps: Changing Seasons, Weathered, Just Jeans (Stampin’ Up); Messages (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Peach Parfait, Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, Glossy White (SU)
Ink: Peach Parfait, Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze (SU); Wildflower rainbow pad (Adirondack); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: petite ovals and standard circles Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); black mini brads (SU); brayer

I’ve been making so many CAS, easy to mail cards lately that the other day I decided to break out of that trend and create something more elaborate.  This card is for two of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  It was fun pulling out some of my older cardstock, Primas, and stamps I hadn’t used for a long while and putting them to use.

Sorry for the quick post but there are a whole bunch more DTGD challenges I want to do – so I need to get my craft on (as my friend Victoria would say ;))!

Supplies for today’s card:
Stamps: Filigree, Close as a Memory (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence, Eggplant Envy (SU); Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Eggplant Envy, Mellow Moss (SU)
Other: flowers (Prima); ivory grosgrain ribbon (May Arts); half pearls (KaiserCraft); standard circle and petitle scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

I’ve been eyeing a relatively new challenge blog called CAS-ual Fridays for several weeks, but haven’t had the chance to participate in one of their challenges until now.  Last Friday’s challenge was to make a 4″ x 9″ card and keep it clean and simple.

I have to admit, working with a card about 1.5 times the size of a typical A2 card wasn’t really easy.  What I finally ended up with is probably the fourth or fifth variation of the original mental image I had (I lost track).  But I’m satisfied with how it turned out.

Stamps: Critters in the ‘Burbs, Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basics White (Papertrey Ink); Real Red, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Glorious Green, Brilliant Blue, Lovely Lilac (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

I had some crafting time Sunday which allowed me to get a couple more of the OWH July 4th weekend challenges completed just in the nick of time!  Brenda’s challenge was to use camouflage on your project, and Linda asked to “‘bear’ your heart for OWH” by including a bear and a heart on your card.  I had this cute image of a bear dressed in camouflage and figured this was a perfect time to use it and combine these two challenges.  The image actually has military medals on the bear’s chest, but I decided to put a heart-shaped brad there instead.  (Tip – have a brad in the shape you want, but not the color?  You can color it with a Sharpie marker or a Copic marker!  That’s how my brad became a red heart.)  I used this week’s sketch challenge layout from the OWH Stars and Stamps Blog for the layout.

This card also works for one of the Dare To Get Dirty challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  The DTGD challenges are Splitcoaststampers’ way of thanking their Fan Club members by allowing them to play with the SCS “Dirty Girls” Design Team.  In all my years at SCS this is my first time joining in the DTGD fun.  I hope to work on more of the challenges during the rest of the week.

Anyway… here’s the card.

Digital Image: Camouflage Bear (Hambo Stamps)
Cardstock: Kraft (Stampin’ Up); Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); red scrap from Sugar Rush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Riding Hood Red [for sponging] (SU); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); twill tape, dimensionals (SU); heart mini brad (Making Memories)

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