Friday, May 31, 2013

Patriotic sketch 123

I've opened a new 6x6 pad from Doodlebug. With the Memorial hop, I'm still feeling very patriotic. And way back at the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to make 100 cards for Any Hero mail so I could have a card signing party at my local veterans' home. It's time to finish the last 25 cards and get moving on my goal!

These two cards are based on OWH sketch 123. The stars were cut with a Sizzix die and held with a brad from my stash. Both sentiments are by Paper Smooches. All cardstock is Bazzill.


How are your New Year's resolutions going? Are you still working on them? Or are they like mine usually are...long forgotten by now?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Any Hero Cards

We were challenged on our first stop during the Memorial Day blog hop for Operation Write Home to write at least two Any Hero cards. In my two years or so making cards, I've only done one Any Hero card. I figured it was time to step it up, so I committed to writing two. I ended up writing five.

They all have the same thing in them (a little bit of info on my brother's birthday bbq and a thank you for serving). As a matter of fact, I wrote the cards before I made the fronts! I used sketch 111 and some patriotic Doodlebug paper. I layered the paper with red and mounted them right on the card front. I used Nesties for the sentiment piece on some Bazzill papers. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches and embossed in white. The star brads I had on hand.

Hope you're having a good week.

Monday, May 27, 2013


Wednesday is my brother's birthday (so glad he'll always be older than me!) and here is the card I made for him. It's super simple but I know he won't care, as long as I made it.

The image is from a Recollections set and the sentiment is from Paper Smooches. I colored him with Copics and added some googlie eyes. The patterned paper is from scraps and die cut with my new Paper Smooches die.

Please remember the reason for today, Memorial Day. I will be visiting both of my grandfathers' graves today and letting them know how proud I am that they served in the military.
God Bless,

Friday, May 24, 2013

Authentique 6x6 Challenge: part 3

Here are the last of the cards from my Authentique 6x6 pad. I cannot tell you how glad I am to be done with this challenge. I think it's the pressure I put on myself to finish a whole pad that was the problem. I won't do that again!

All of the papers besides the Authentique are Bazzill and white cardstock. The first card is a CASE from this post. I ran the card front through the Cuttlebug with the Divine Swirl folder then used a circle Nestie to make space for the Stampendous birthday sentiment. The next card inspiration was found here. The clock and sentiment are from Hero Arts using a scalloped Nestie to add some more detail. The sentiment is heat embossed in white.

The bottom two cards use OWH sketch 23. I used ribbon from my stash and Nesties for the circles. The sentiment is Hot Off the Press. This one was great to use up the last few pages.

The last two only had 1 each done. The left one was a birthday card for my mom. It uses lots of bling and a sentiment from Stampendous. I don't remember where the sketch came from (oops!). The right one was taken from here. I used some brads to give a bit more detail and again, it has a Stampendous sentiment.
Whew! That's it for that 6x6. I think I'll start working on some 12x12 papers now.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thinking in Threes

This week the Midweek Throwdown over at the Stars & Stamps blog is "Times Three." We need to use something three times on our card. It could be a stamp or some type of embellishment. I did both!

The chickie stamp is by DeNami and they are colored with Copics. The smile stamp is a retired SU stamp. I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Floral Fantasy folder. Then I wrapped some twine around it and added brads for more zing. How did I do? Three chickies, three strands of twine, three brads. I love when it all comes together.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

OWH MWT and sketch 173

Today I have a card for you that covers two challenges over at the Stars & Stamps blog. My goal was to finish sketch 173, but as I looked at the finished card, I realized it also fits with the Midweek Throwdown. How great is that!

The MWT is "So Sentimental" meaning the focal point of the card needs to be a sentiment.  This particular sentiment is by Stampendous and I've cut it so it's two lines instead of one long line. I then heat embossed it with black. The patterned papers are Creative Memories that I won in a blog hop awhile ago. The butterfly is a Marvy punch. All of the other papers are Bazzill.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Authentique 6x6 Challenge: part 2

Here's the second installment of my take on this challenge of using an entire 6x6 pad of paper.

The pad is an Authentique 6x6 pad called Journey. All of these cards use Bazzill papers and white card stock as accent papers. I used OWH sketches and Pinterest to find some layouts to use.

The first card is OWH sketch 122 with a sentiment from Fiskars. The top right was inspired by this post with a sentiment from Stampendous. On the bottom, the first is one of the OWH bonus sketches and a sentiment from Fiskars. The last one is OWH sketch 142 with the sentiment by Stampendous and some Nestabilities.

I'm getting a lot more cards than I thought I would out of this 6x6. It's certainly a challenge!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Authentique 6x6 Challenge: part 1

I finally decided to take on the challenge of using an entire 6x6 pad of paper. There will be a few parts to this since I'm still working on it. Here's my first installment!

I started with an Authentique 6x6 pad called Journey. It has...or had lol...36 sheets. These all use Bazzill papers and white card stock as accent papers. I used OWH sketches and Pinterest to find some layouts to use. The two cards on the left use OWH sketch 123. The top sentiment is from Hero Arts and the bottom is from Inkadinkado. The two right card layouts were taken from here. The top sentiment is from Inkadinkado and the bottom is Hero Arts.

Have you chosen to take the challenge yet?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Oh no! Monsters!

I simply adore these cards I made. I'll probably never make them again because they took so long, but I'm glad I got 6 of each done. I found the idea here from some cute treat bags.

There's a lot to these so bear with me...but here's the picture first.

First, I scored the card base at 2" and 6". Then I cut some Bazzill to fit both ends. The smile part was done free hand then copied each time. The teeth are an oval and circle punch adhered to the card base then the Bazzill goes on top of them. The eyes are two circle punches and a hole punch. Isn't the nose cute? Those are from a heart punch. The eyelashes are simply cut free hand out of black paper. The small flowers are a punch and the big flower is kind of shiny...Prima maybe? The flowers all have lavender bling in the center. The tie on the boy monster is simply black ribbon.

I hope the kids who receive these think they're as awesome as I do!

Have a fabulous rest of the week!


Friday, May 10, 2013

I miss you mums

My friend, Sheila, brought her Stamps of Life for me to use at our last crafting get together. I had such fun going through them and dreaming up ideas. This card uses chalk and distress inks. It's mounted on two layers of Bazzill, one brown for some dirt and purple to match the big mum. Since OWH needs "miss you" cards, I used the miss you stamp that came with the set. The flowers were done with Nesties and the centers are from my stash.

Do you work on specific need cards? Or just general? Do you make any of the holiday deadlines?


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Atomic miss you...and sketch 160

I really like this atom-like paper and the yellow sunshine paper from Paper Pizazz. They go so well together and make good kid and masculine type cards. The sentiment is Hot off the Press and the star brads are from my stash. The punches are SU. The red and grey are Bazzill. This card follows OWH sketch 160.

Hope you're having an awesome week!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Masculine miss you and sketch 156

Here's a fun masculine card. I used my new wood grain embossing folder and happened to have some wood grain paper scraps. I added red card stock to make it all pop. The sentiment is Hot Off the Press stamped on a couple of SU punches. The circles are from my stash.

Enjoy your day!


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Yes, ALL the time.

This card was inspired by this one that I found on Pinterest. I used Nesties for the shape and Echo Park paper with matching Bazzill. The stamps are Hero Arts and the brads are American Crafts. I added a bit of baker's twine for some texture.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Spring time missing you

This SEI patterened paper just seems to shout spring and keeping with the spring theme, I used some pink and green Bazzill for the anchoring colors. Those heart brads are from my stash and the sentiment is Hero Arts. The card follows OWH sketch 122.

Have a fabulous day!