Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Long weekends and Brother's birthday

Wow! What a long weekend it was. I'm actually relieved it's over. I took Friday off so I would have a four day weekend. We found out a few days before that my hubby was headed to work in Alaska for six months on Tuesday (today), so I wanted to spend as much time with him as I could. It was a crazy, busy weekend! We had so much to buy to get him ready to leave. Add in everyone that wanted to see him before he left and we were exhausted by the time Tuesday rolled around. We had fun together, though. We even saw a local landmark that neither of us have seen before. That's right...I've lived here 42 years and have never visited the Fremont Troll!

Isn't that troll cute in an ugly kind of way? No, I didn't think so, either lol. But it was fun getting to see it in person after all the news blips I've seen over the years. He's just hidden under the bridge, patiently waiting for who knows what!

This weekend was also my brother's birthday. I love teasing him about getting old since he's older than me. Unfortunately, I'm starting to get as much grey hair as he is. Yikes! He has always been a fan of soccer and both of us played it for years, so his birthday card needed to be soccer-themed.

The image is from The Greeting Farm, Soccer Ian. I colored him with Copics and layered him on some brown papers. I finally have some brown paper after hitting the closing sale at Paper Zone in Tacoma. I snatched up some other cool stuff, too, that I'm sure will make an appearance later. The small square studs at the bottom are from Michael's and added some fun googlie eyes. On the inside, I stamped Happy Birthday with a DeNami stamp. The ball is covered in glossy accents. It was fun to make my big brother his birthday card.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer Fun and OWH

G'morning! It's not even 5:30 here, but I couldn't sleep. So I decided I would log on and post a card I made on Saturday at my stamp group. This is for the Summer Fun challenge at Operation Write Home.
Isn't he cute? The stamp is from Rubbernecker and is a recent purchase from the Heirloom show at the Puyallup fairgrounds. The papers I've had forever. He was colored with Copics and the sentiment one I've had for awhile.

Enjoy your Wednesday, everyone!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Playing some catch up

Yet again, I've fallen behind in posting. One of these days I'll get into the habit of posting when I take a picture of a card, instead of just leaving them in the camera. So...let's get on with it!

Here's a "ruffle" card I did for my favorite 5 year old's birthday. Her party theme was princesses. I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived and she was dressed in a pink Disney princess dress.
This is the first time in a long time that I've used a sticker. Thank goodness for the sticker blog hop awhile back from Operation Write Home. It gave me some great ideas. The main one was to treat your sticker like it's a stamp or your main embellishment. This was fun to make but it took awhile. I'm not sure I'll make many "ruffle" cards.

That being said, lol, here's another one I made a few of for OWH. Yes, it's another "ruffle" card. Although, I was told it can't be ruffles if it's a masculine card. Sometimes men can be SO picky.
It was fun to work with some more masculine papers. I certainly have a lot of it, but always seem to end up with girly cards.

Have you heard?! OWH hit the MILLION card mark! That's right, we have sent one million cards to our deployed troops to send back home to loved ones. It's amazing! I'm so proud to be a part of this wonderful organization that allows me to be creative and give back something to our troops. Here's a card to celebrate.
Of course it had to be red, white and blue! The penguin is from DeNami colored with Copics and the sentiment is from Gina K. You can't really tell, but the balloon has some Stickles on it to make it shiny and glittery. Congratulations, Operation Write Home!

Last, but not least, here's a card using some of the stamps I picked up at the Heirloom show on Saturday. I love going to the show, but I always go way over my budget!
I've had the water paper forever and thought it would be perfect for these fish and bubbles from Rubbernecker Stamp Company that I colored with Copics. It turned out to be a little too busy to showcase the fish, so I added a square of blue vellum to tone it down. I also added googlie eyes to one fish and Glossy Accents to all the bubbles. The sentiment is another new stamp I got on Saturday from Magenta.

Whew! I think that catches me up.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Father's Day Card for Operation Write Home

It's time for Father's Day! Well, not quite, but it is in the world of OWH. They're headed to the millionth card marker and really need Father's Day cards. All three of their shippers are short for their boxes. With that said, the Stars and Stamps blog posted a great tutorial on how to make a great masculine card.
Here's my version. I had some input from my hubby on colors. The sentiment is popped for a little dimension. I think it's still missing something, though. What do you think?

Thanks for peeking in!