Saturday, November 30, 2013

miss you... bird

for Sketch Frenzy Friday 112913, I had to dust off my Cricut to cut a whole page of those Sentiment blocks with the fun edges. I cut 6 different ones, but filled up an entire 12x12 sheet... for future projects.

I apologize for my pics being wonky colors, the sky is kinda weird looking right now and making everything look different (all three of these cards were made with the same green paper! ack)

Printed Papers - My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy Girl

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. Heartfelt Sentiments

Distress & Sentiment Ink - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Image Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Grab Bag

Image Ink - Tim Holtz Dried Marigold (one of my least used ink colors from TH)

on Facebook today, Operation Write Home challenged us to post a "selfie" with whatever cards we are working on... so here I am, no makeup & hair in ponytail whit my favorite two of these five cards.  Now you know my crafting face ;-) LOL

Friday, November 29, 2013

i miss you so much... Chevrons

this might just be my favorite Pals Paper Arts Sketch PPA 181... I really like the details they added to it, like the two chevrons and the arrow tabby thingy.

I'm also submitting this to Unity Stamp Co.'s Friends with Flair

For both cards I used Printed Paper from Authentique Geniune 6x6 pad

Chevron Mask & Chippies from UmWow Studio

Distress & Stamp Ink - Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

the First card I also added the butterfly from Unity Stamp Co.'s Here Today, Here Tomorrow set (which does have a beautiful sentiment as well but I chose not to use it this time)

the Second card I didn't feel needed the butterfly as it has plenty going on with the printed Chevrons

both cards also have this little metallic looking square thingy called Mosaic Mosaique from Crystal Stickers

i miss you... stars

Ya know how you start out as creating one thing then end up taking a turn, could be better and could be worse? well, this card took a turn... for the better!  Just Add Ink #193 is a photo inspiration (see bottom of this post) which I combined with TipTopTuesday's Challenge #115 for Kraft

Cardstock - Canvas Corp Kraft

Star Mask & Star Chippies - UmWow Studio

With Mask, I used CloseToMyHeart White Pigment ink & allowed to semi-dry overnight, then topped with Zing Embossing powder in Silver

On the Star Chippies, I painted them using KaiserColour Paints in Red & Marine Blue

Twine - The Twinery

Star Punch - Creative Memories

Sentiment - Basic Grey

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

missing you

I really REALLY like 365 Cards Day 328 Sketch but when I went to put all my pieces together, they just made more sense to me to be moved around a bit... what can I say, I'm bad at following instructions... when people talk about thinking outside the box, I can't even FIND the box; it's true, ask my kids.  I also combined it with Tip Top Tuesday's Challenge #115... use Kraft

So here's what I came up with.... and I like it!

Printed Papers - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Breeze

Cardstock - DieCutWithAView

Sizzix embossing folder

Ribbon (isn't it pretty?!) from the Robert Stanley Collection (aka Hobby Lobby)

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Missing You So Much

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Pacifica

Ink Dots - Smooch Ocean Soul

Monday, November 25, 2013

i miss you {airplanes}

I have really been looking forward to Operation Write Home's 200th Sketch and this weekend, it finally arrived!  yay  I actually took the papers to church with me last night to get all the pieces for 8 cards cut but then sat taking with a friend of our family, 16 year old Derik... he is such a great guy, I really enjoy his personality. I claim him as one of my boys :-)

Printed Papers - Cosmo Cricket Little Boys

Airplane Stamp - Imaginisce

Inks - Memento Tuxdeo Black & Copic Markers

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Ink - Tim Holtz Barn Door

Dotted Line Flourish - Creative Memories Metallic Silver Pen (I hand drew them all at the advise of my 15 year old son)

Friday, November 22, 2013

sending Christmas blessings

the instant I saw Sketch Frenzy Friday's SFF112213, I knew exactly which stamps I wanted to use & what stamps in the mail today!

Background Paper (flocked) - Chatter Box artsy.liciousFire Flocked Paper in Ruby

Kraft cardstock - Canvas Corp

Red Cardstock - Stampin' Up

Image Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. All Samta's Reindeer

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Sending Christmas Blessings

Ink - Memento in Rich Cocoa

Star - UmWowStudio Star Confetti

Filled with Stickles in Christmas Red

Ribbon - Misc.

for distressing I used Prima's Distressing Tool - this thing is honestly amazing

i miss you

I watch Netflix so much, it's insane... sometimes I actually run out of stuff to watch, lately I've been into Indie movies.  ya know, kinda quirky and off beat... I really like them

Today's cards are brought to you by the sketch over on Pals Paper Arts PPA180

and a paper pack I won at a retreat I went to this fall - Simple Stories Fab{U}lous 6x6

plus don't forget today is Unity's Friends with Flair!

Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Present in my Heart

Ink (for stamping & distressing) - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

candi (brown embelly)

Butterfly cut using Graphically Speaking from CloseToMyHeart cardstock in Lagoon (both sides)

You may have noticed "hey, this chick really uses miss you stamps A LOT" but since Operation Write Home showed how short they run of them, I'm trying to help out as much as possible by bulking up.  I could use some new Miss You Sentiments tho ;-)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

missing you butterfly

I don't know if you've noticed but I very rarely do color challenge, they are... well challenging.  I think it's because I don't have the manufacture that the people are using and I'm pretty OCD about colors being just so, but this time I forced myself to do it anyway.... I substituted CloseToMyHeart's Sorbet & Lagoon for Stampin' Up's Island Indigo & Tangerine Tango for this challenge from Just Add Ink #192

Another thing I don't do is stamp ON my card bases... just because I'm a nervous nellie about messing up, which I do A LOT.  Took my chances and I think it paid off this time ;-)

Butterfly Stamp - CloseToMyHeart Butterfly Wings

Twine - The Twinery

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

I created the watery effect by smearing my inks on my Gelli Pad then spritzing it lightly with water before inking up my stamp. Then once it dried, I added just a touch directly from the ink pads to the tip of the wing and the body/antenna to give it all the color variations I could.

I made 4 of these, all will be heading to Operation Write Home when I hit 250 for my box again

banner miss you

I have this friend, she lives up north, she gets to go to the October Afternoon warehouse sales, she is crazy and sweet and funny.... not to mention generous!  This week I got a crafty care package from her... Thank You Laura Beth!!!  Of course, I need to make something ASAP with the paper she sent so today I finally got time to play in my craft room.

Sketch - Freshly Made Sketches FMS113

Printed Papers - October Afternoon Farhouse 8x8 paper pad

Twine - The Twinery

Alpha Stamps - CloseToMyHeart Atomic Lower Case

Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa

Chipboard Banners - UmWowStudio

Distress Inkn - Tim Holtz Walnut Stain

Distressing Tool - Prima (LOVE THIS THING!)

Flowers - misc

Bradss - Paper Studios

out of this world Miss You

I was doing a little cleaning in my bonus room (aka former craft room) and happened across a paper stash that I'd long since forgotten all about... add that to Operation Write Home Sketch #199 and this is what I got.. I think it's super fun

Printed Paper - mystery origin, could have been gifted to me... alas it had no label

Image Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Solar Elem.

Stamped using Memento in Tuxedo Black & color with Copic Markers

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Cranberry

Friday, November 15, 2013

a friendly hello

it's Friday!  wahooo.... and yes I FINALLY just now got finished creating my card(s) for Unity's Friends with Flair. And being the slacker that I am of late, I've been in my jammies all day long!

I was checking out the awesome creations of those I follow and found a new-to-me challenge blog... Just Add Ink, loving it!  This is sketch JAI#191

Printed Papers - October Afternoon Midway (fun isn't it?!)
Green Cardstock - Stampin Up
Blue Cardstock - CloseToMyHeart
Card base - DieCutWithAView
Circle Dies - Lifestyles Crafts Flower Nesting Dies
Ribbon - Offrey
Hot & Pale Pink Tissue Paper used with Spellbinders Carnation Creations Die
Image & Sentiment Stamps - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM July 2012 Ol' Bag of Fun
Inks - Tim Holtz Black Soot, Pickled Raspberry, Evergreen Bough & Spiced Marmalade
Brad - The Paper Studio

while I only took a pic of 2 cards, I actually made 4 and they'll all be going to Operation Write Home!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Robot Birthday

Robots are so much fun!  My boys were never really into them, now dinosaurs were a different story. But still, I really loved this paper when I got it so I kinda tend to hoard it... not to mention that I just didn't have much use for it.

Sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches #112

Printed Papers - Pebbles Lil Robot

Misc colored cardstock

Image - Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps

Sentiment - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM July 2012 Ol' Bag of Fun

Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

many birthday wishes

this morning as I was scrolling thru all the blogs I follow, I ran across a really cute card on Bellalistona's blog
and wanted to make one myself, so I used the linky to find Crazy for CAS and I'm loving their sketch!

Washi Tapes

Image from Free Dearie Dolls Digis (she does colored or just outlines for you to color and she has a shop too!)

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. KOTM July 2012 Ol' Bag of Fun

Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

I only made two of these but they will both be sent to Operation Write Home as soon as I have another box full!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

little kid's Miss You

it would be so difficult to be a soldier away from home but especially so if you had little ones so when I finally decided upon which stamped image to use, the paper came as a no-brainer

Sketch - Tuesday Morning Sketches #224

Image Stamp - Magnolia

Colored with Copic Markers

Dot Papers - DieCutWithAView Kids

Solid Purple Cardstock - Recollections

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Miss You So Much

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Black

Ribbons - misc

Although I don't normally do little kid cards, I think this turned out kinda cute

Monday, November 11, 2013


I have fallen in love with black & white cards... sometimes color is over-rated and with the image I used, I really think B/W was THE way to go!

Sketch - Operation Write Home #198

Silver Cardstock -

embossed using Big Shot & Cuttlebug folder

Image Stamps - Tim Holtz Roadtrip

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co Heartfelt Sentiments

Ink - Tim Holtz Black Soot

Twine - The Twiner

Circle Punches - Creative Memories

Hole Punch - Crop-A-Dile

and yes, I did make an even Dozen of this card!  GREAT sketch OWH

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Share Your Smile

Operation Write Home Sketch #197 says:     This design is a pretty common layout – but it’s here with all kinds of delicious numbers for you to layer it up! We get LOTS of cards with this basic idea – two papers and an image or sentiment. But oh man. Add layers and it becomes amazing!and it's true... such a basic sketch but you add they layers and you add that WOW factor!

I have a pretty big stack of black & white papers that I really don't use that often, you see they are thin and that makes it pretty hard for me to use but when you layer it up like this, well that makes it a different story.

Papers - Making Memories

I really love dressforms, even though I am not a girly girl... I just find them so much fun to work with.

Stamp Set - Unity Stamp Co. Share Your Smile

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart Organdy in Cranberry

Speaking of black & white... here's my little "sneaky" helper... Checkers!  she is such a mess, I love her little furriness

Friday, November 1, 2013

your soul

Friday!  whoop whoop.... even though I don't actually have a job, I still get super excited about Fridays!

and since today is Friday, that can only mean TWO things...  Sketch Frenzy Friday has a new sketch up to use and Unity Stamp Co has Friends with Flair to play along with

Cardbase and all cardstock from miscellaneous sources.

Image Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Phyllis Harris' too beautiful for earth

colored with Copic Markers and Stickles in Crystal

Sentiment Stamp - Unity Stamp Co. Imperfection is Beauty

Ink - CloseToMyHeart Outdoor Denim