Thursday, August 30, 2012

OWH 113

Again for this one I combined a sketch from OWH Stars & Stamps (this time #113) with Crop Chocolate's weekly challenge of Monochrome

Printed Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Yours Truly

Stamp Set - Fancy Pants Doodles and Things

Ink - CTMH Cranberry & Black

Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Bling - Imaginsce

OWH 114

Double the fun!  I combined OWH's Stars & Stamps Sketch #114 with Crop Chocolate's weekly challenge, this week it's monochrome!  So I made two cards using this sketch but two different colors.

The floral prints are from card kits via Imaginesce (purchased from Crop Chocolate for a great price)

Stamp set used on both - Fancy Pants Doodles & Things (also from Crop Chocolate)

Paper Flowers - Imaginsce (again Crop Chocolate)

Butterfly ribbons - Making Memories Flutter (yep, CC)

Green Dot Ribbon - Making Memories Chloe's Closet (CC)

Brad - Making Memories Black & White

Inks for color - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pickled Raspberry on the first, Peeled Paint & Shabby Shutters on the second

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

OWH 115

I have been wanting & wanting to use these ribbons but FINALLY found something to put them on!

Sketch is from Operation Write Home's challenge blog, Star & Stamps

Heart Stamps - CTMH Soul mates

Ribbons - Making Memories

OWH 117

now this sketch I REALLY REALLY like!  but I had a hard time finding a stamp that I wanted to use on it so I turned to my CTMH stash o'stamps & found this one, a part of the Pair a Phrase set.

The Sketch is from Stars & Stamps, the challenge blog from Operation Write Home

I also dug out my VERY old snowflake punch from Creative Memories

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

OWH 118

stamperific!  I won some stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps!

I combined it with Sketch #118 from Stars & Stamps with a few Copic markers and some scallops from CTMH to create this card

OWH 119

so I liked this sketch but I didn't really like my card until I added the birds along the top... they just added that little something that was needed, kinda a peaceful tough

Stars & Stamps Sketch #119

Bird Stamps - Unity Stamp Co.

Sentiment Stamp - CTMH

Blue Ink - CTMH Crystal Blue

Monday, August 27, 2012

OWH 120

yep, you my have noticed I skipped #121... well I used that but you can't see it until Saturday, so come back!

This is Stars & Stamps Sketch #120 from Operation Write Home combined with a stamp from Viva LasVegas Stamps... I do love white embossing powder on black paper!

this awesome "Classic Car" paper is from Renae's House

Sunday, August 26, 2012

OWH 122

one of my favorite EVER stamps from Unity... Jeep!  of course, LOL as I'm a Wrangler Girl although these days she sits in the garage while I drive the Acrua TL instead but in my defense the Jeep needs a bit of work before I pass her down to my 14 yo son but I still take her for a spin every week or two just to keep the gears from getting gunky.

One of my favorite causes... Operation Write Home, working my way backwards thru the sketch & I'm down to #122 from Stars & Stamps!

I mixed the Unity stamps with CTMH papers from several years ago & distressed them with Tim Holtz Distressing Ink in  Forest Moss.  I know it's weird how the trees are sideways to the Jeep image but that's just the way it ended up because they are printed weird

OWH 135 Plus More

 Operation Write Home's Blog Stars and Stamps has a new sketch... #135 that I combined with this freebie stamp I received from Stamper's Best yesterday... I LOVE IT!  My grandpa's were farmers, both sides of the family so tractors are close to my heart. The gear stamps are from Unity & the papers are CTMH.

Below these were black & white card bases I cut apart, who needs flowers on the backs of their cards? lol so I colored them up, the fall colors are Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze & the purple is Smooch.  Ribbon is from Hobby Lobby

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Recycle & Make it Green

A challenge after my own heart!  I LOVE recycling... reducing... reusing, although I'm not very good at the reducing part of the equation!  Our Creative Corner's newest challenge comes from Kim Price to create something with an item salvaged & remade into something wonderful at the same time using the color green

so most by now know that I'm on a mission to make a BUNCH of cards for Operation Write Home & in that process I am utilizing a lot of their sketches over on Stars & Stamps, this is Sketch#116

GO make something & play along with BOTH!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

OWH 123 Bonus

today's sketch is again from Stars & Stamps, Operation Write Home's blog for sketches & challenges, this is sketch 123 bonus!

I've also combined it with Crop Chocolate's weekly challenge which this week "Celebrates Summer with an added requirement of including water"

I combined the beach chairs stamp I got from Stamper's Best with the water stamp from Technique Tuesday's Splash... add a bit of Crystal Stickles & Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

OWH 123

oh I'm so happy with how this one turned out!

I used Stars & Stamps Sketch #123 with this Unity Itty Bitty that my sweet friend DeeDee sent to me recently!

it's hard to see the details on the kite but behind the brown parts I used liquid glass from CTMH to make the kite rigid, then added these three short strands of twine for the tail

shine shine shine

still working on Operation Write Home cards but for this one I combined two different challenges... one is from Unity Stamp Co to use Stars and the other is a sketch from Chick Challenges with Ippity, of course will all Unity/Ippity challenge you need to use their stamps... mine is from the April 2012 KOTM called Follow Your Own

black & white dot paper - Imaginisce Card Kits

Star Punches - Creative Memories

Yellow & Grey Cardstock - Stampin Up

Black Ink - CloseToMyHeart

OWH 124

This is a brand new stamp for me from Unity and like the others from this line, I'm in love with it!  they are just adorable.  I did have to modify the sketch just a little bit to make it work for me but not a whole lot, sketch #124 from Star & Stamps, Operation Write Home's blog

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

OWH 125

Sketch #125 from Stars & Stamps for Operation Write Home... this one I did a bit differently... all bright colors, kinda had a card from a soldier dad to one of his kiddos back home in mind when I was making it... to cheer them up but still say "I Miss You"

Monday, August 20, 2012

OWH 126

You can't see it, but I'm doing cartwheels!  why? because I got NEW STAMPS today from Stamper's Best, the people who provide the Operation Write Home stamps :-)  I decided they needed a little extra support while I was ordering my OWH stamps and got a few extras

also, I love old cars... I also love old houses... neither of which I have

OWH 127

yep, I started the morning out by making another Operation Write Home card!  I had stamped off several of this image to use and finally got a sketch that works with it.  You can find the sketch at Stars & Stamps

Sentiment says "sending Blessings your way"

Sunday, August 19, 2012

OWH 128

ok ok I'm a big fat liar... I just finished this one & I'm really glad I did!  I love these stamps from Unity but don't really get many chances to use them in this male fill house I live in.  Stars & Stamps sketch worked out perfectly for me to use all three at one time!

OWH 129

this is the last one I made prior to just now... if you see another one tonight, well I'll be surprised yet pleased with myself... just don't hold your breath LOL

Sketch #129 from Stars & Stamps

for this one, I did a bit of embossing, both the swirls & dots are embossed, then afterwards I hit the ridges on the swirls with black ink & the ridges on the dots with the distressing tool to remove the black paper... very textured card

OWH 130

another sketch from Stars & Stamps, the Operation Write Home Blog

for this one I used some CTMH scallop-cut frame (because I'll never use it as a frame!) and a Creative Memories punch for the hearts... I like the mix

OWH 131

with this one I took a couple of liberties... oh say converting the top & bottom bands into ribbons fro the Stars & Stamps Sketch but I think it's just beautiful, of course this is one of my favorite stamps.  Next time I'll do better on the hair but I still like how it turned out

OWH 132

see now I would put these all in one post but I really want to link each one up to the OWH Blog Stars & Stamps, so a bit of patience with me this evening as I take over your newsfeed... sorry about that.  I promise I don't normally do this

I'm really happy with this one... soft & sweet

OWH 133

I'm so happy with the progress I'm making, here's another....

this isn't my favorite ever but it is bright & cheery

OWH 134

a new sketch was posted today over on Stars & Stamps for Operation Write Home

this card is just for a bit of silliness, maybe bring a smile to a solider's face and whoever he or she sends it to

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Red+Office Supplies...only means one thing

it's another challenge from Our Creative Corner!

This week's challenge comes from our Kim Price of RED with OFFICE SUPPLIES (neutrals don't count but the main focus color MUST be RED) go make yourself something and get it posted on OCC for a changes at a Guest Design Team post!

Solid Cardstock - CTMH Cranberry

Printed Paper - Echo Park Yours Truly

Cream DieCut Board - Technique Tuesday

Twine - The Twinery

Red Staples - Making Memories

Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Antique Linen

Paper Clips - sticky fingered them from my office.. shhhhhhhh

Red Flowers - Imaginsce

Tape - Tim Holtz

Friday, August 17, 2012

OWH again

I've started back up with making card for Operation Write Home.  A couple of years ago I sent in 100 cards but this time I don't have a number goal, just a self-imposed time limit... considering it's football season, I'm not sure I can come near to making 100 but I'm sure gonna give it my all!

Operation Write Home does have a blog with challenges... y'all know how much I love my challenges!  So I'll be backtracking my way thru them to get these cards done.  The first challenge I found over there is to use Kraft & color, I choose fall colors to coordinate with the kraft and it's helping to put me in a cooler state of mind instead of the blistering heat of the summer

Let me know if you'd like to join in or if you already participate!  The more the merrier our men & women in uniform and their loved ones can communicate

Thursday, August 16, 2012


on the bright side

I love Unity Stamps...

I love Crop Chocolate....

I love challenges...

take those, shake them up & this is what I get!

and there was LOTS of shaking too...

I used 6 different Tattered Angels Chalkboard mists - Tomate Cerise, Alaskan Salmon, Medalliion, Fairway, Calypso & Grape Ape

Unity Stamp- July 2012 KOTM Ol'Bag of Fun

Unity Stamp for Sentiment - KOTM Believe in Fairytales

Black Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Stickles - Crystal

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Future Black Belt

I'm in CropChocolate's Focus Group and with that there is a monthly crafty challenge... this month was "Subway Art" and I was SO EXCITED to do this one!

My 11yo TaeKwonDo boy wanted an album of his own once I got finished making his older brother one for his trip to NYC to sing at Carnegie Hall in Feb. 2011

I LOVE IT!!!  yes I'm so excited about this page, it's the opening page for his scrapbook!

Background Paper - Fancy Pants Wave Searcher 12x12

Rubons - Making Memories Hudson & Providence

Felt Alphas - Making Memories

Shiny Alphas - Making Memories Shimmer

Reflective Alphas - My Little Shoebox

"fun" & cursive words - Fancy Pants Doodles and Things stamp set

"Ike" - CloseToMyHeart Rustic

make a wish

nope I didn't make this with anybody in mind but I know it will come in handy at some point to have it in the card file!

I wanted to make something with the current Mojo Monday sketch!

Cardstock - CTMH

Printed Paper - Authentique Loyal 6x6

Stripe Ribbon - Stampin Up

Red Ribbon - CTMH Cranbery

Distrressing Ink - CTMH Indian Corn Blue

Sentiment - My Mind's Eye

Cupcake - Cricut Wrap it Up

Sunday, August 12, 2012


I used Card Positioning System's current sketch for this one!

Saturday while out with my younger son came my new CTMH order... oh ya, I'm in love!

from the paper - Avonlea

to the burlap ribbon

to the new stamp set called Family Tree

Stamp Ink - CTMH New England Ivy

Brown Ink - Copic E29 Burnt Umber

Distress Ink - CTMH Chocoalte (using a foam circle cut into pieces)

Sparkles - CTMH Blue & Green Assortment

Cardstock - CTMH Sweet Leaf

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Denim Denim Everywhere!

Our Creative Corner
weekly challenge is DENIM! Take some denim, add in 
3 ribbons or twine, and 3 buttons or brads on a project. 

My 10-yo niece spent a week with us this summer & before she left she picked out some papers to make her a compo notebook with... school starts NEXT WEEK for her so I finally got my hiney in gear to make this!

Printed Paper & Embellishments - Fancy Pants Off To School

3 Red Buttons - misc stash

3 pieces of twine - The Twinery

Blue Jean Pocket - via my worn out former yard mowing jeans

Ribbon - CTMH

I thought this was a good addition to the back of the folder along with that same ribbon wrapped around from the front

Thursday, August 9, 2012

School Supplies... Customized!

My 10-yo neice & I ran out of time this summer to make her compo notebooks for school eventhough we had all the supplies we needed... well, except TIME!  I finally made time for this one

Printed Paper - Fancy Pants Love Story

Ribbon - My Mind's Eye Lush

Alpha - Making Memories Felt

Felt trim - Queen & Co

I carried the design from the front to the back too

Come back on Saturday to see the other one!  Which I believe is totally awesome :-)

Just saying hello!

crusin thru facebook yesterday I saw this sketch from Basic Grey pop up & really wanted to do something with it, even know what paper I wanted

Printed Papers - Basic Grey Offbeat

Stamp Set - Basic Grey Delta

Cardstock - CTMH Chocolate, Crystal Blue & White

Stamp Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa

Copic Markers

Distress Ink on printed Paper - CTMH Chocolate

Distress Ink on Cardstock - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Ribbon - the Ribbon Boutique

oh yea, it turned out just like I imaged it :-)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


This sketch is courtesy of Card Positioning System

Also Crop Chocolate has a weekly challenge & this weeks theme is Old & New (mixing together supplies you've had for a long time with the new stuff)

this amazing tribal paper is from Fancy Pants called Wave Searcher in 6x6

The little 3d mask is from a very old kit from DMD Industries

The brown fiber is from Canvas Corp (at the Tattered Angels Warehouse for half price)

Distressing Ink - Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap

<-inside the card