Friday, May 30, 2014

Blue Hugs and Kisses

I love how this card turned out with the blue pops of color. I started off with this idea and ended up here. The grey stripes are Echo Park and the grey is DeNami, the rest is all card stock. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and a new set of Hero Arts stamps that I got on clearance at Michaels. The circle and heart are done with Spellbinders and the bling is Triveni.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pink and grey miss you

The Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown is to make a card using pink and grey or black. Well, mine uses all three. I started with some pink and grey card stock and added some double sided DCWV papers. The little circles on the white are stickers from Stampendous. The circles were cut with Spellbinders. I know I've seen this as a sketch somewhere, but don't remember where.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Fuzzies

I love the fuzz ball stamp from DeNami and the faces that go with it. When I saw this card, I knew it would be perfect to show off these cute faces. The banner is Carta Bella design paper and the layers are all dark brown Bazzill. I stamped the fuzz ball in Fresh Ink Chocolate and the faces in VersaFine Onyx Black. To make sure the faces were centered, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig. The circles were done with Spellbinders and the red paper is pearlized Darice. I chose a Fiskars thanks sentiment.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happiest Ever!

After making this card (inspiration here), I've decided not to ever cut circles into quarters again. It took me three tries to get even close to something acceptable to use. By then I was ready to just finish this card and be done with it! I ran the blue through my Cuttlebug with a Darice folder and the circles were done with Spellbinders. The sentiment is SU.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the hop! Let me keep this short and sweet so you can hop along. I used OWH sketch 87, designer papers from The Paper Studio, a Cuttlebug embossing folder and a Paper Smooches sentiment. I made six of these and they will be Any Hero cards. 

You can click the picture at the top to take you back to the main hop page, or click HERE. Happy hopping and I hope you find inspiration along the way!

Circles of thanks

I made this card to participate in the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge. This picture doesn't do justice to the bright pink that jumps off the card. The Doodlebug twine and Triveni bling really pop against the white. The embossing folder I used is from Cuttlebug. The Paper Smooches sentiment is nice and bold in black with all of that pink around it. I totally CASE'd this card from here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thanks times two

Here's a simple layout that packs some punch with the design papers. I used DCWV paper on the left and Me & My Big Ideas on the right. The button punch is Martha Stewart accented with black Pearl Pen. For the sentiment, I used one from Paper Smooches.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ride On

I love the motion these three images creates. The stamp is from a Hero Arts set and stamped in VersaMark Onyx Black. I used some orange Bazzill from my scraps to really make the images pop. Using some baker's twine, I tied on a Hot Off the Press sentiment (stamped in SU Pumpkin Pie) and glued it down so it wouldn't tear off. I used this card for inspiration.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Birthday Wish

I love Pinterest. It's inspired so many of my cards. I found the idea here for this card. Starting with the background, I embossed it with a Darice chevron embossing folder then wrapped it with some baker's twine. Then came the stars which are cut out with Spellbinders. The first one uses some DCWV patterned paper and the second one has a Martha Stewart punched button on it. The bottom star shows the purpose for the card with a Hot Off the Press sentiment.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Can't wait to hug you

I recently bought this Hero Arts/OWH stamp set and thought it was perfect for some paper piecing. The bears are first done with a piece of Lily Bee then their muzzles were done with some basic brown card stock. I used a cute Sizzix embossing folder for the background. The sentiment needed some more focus so I added three Triveni rhinestones.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Birthday Wishes to you!

The May ODBD challenge is to make a card using embossing. I started with some grey DCWV paper that had a rather rough texture, kind of like sand paper but not quite as harsh. Using the Cuttlebug Diamond Plate embossing folder, I dry embossed it then dragged my Powder Puff Coconut ink across it to make the emobssing stand out better. The sentiment is from Stamps of Life and stamped with SU Pacific Point on a Cuttlebug die cut and the ribbon is from my stash. Those brads are Recollections and started out silver, but I wanted them to stand out more so I colored them with a black Sharpie.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Purple for Mom

I love this Paper Studio purple damask paper I found at our new Hobby Lobby. It practically begged me to get a couple of pieces and make some cards for moms. I chose to use OWH Sketch 217 since I love banners on my cards. I embossed the lavender with a Darice folder and added some shiny American Crafts brads. The sentiment is Fiskars stamped with VersaFine.

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 9, 2014

#1 Mom

When the Operation Write Home Mother's Day and Father's Day deadlines were looming ever closer, I was working on some cards for those special days, as well as cards that have a mom or dad sentiment.'s a card you could send your mom at any time of the year. I started with SU Circle Circus and stamped it in Memento Lilac Posies, Color Box Violet and Powder Puff Lemonade. Next was trimming it down and adding the squares to a piece of popped up white. Then I added the Fiskars sentiment in black, but it looked way too harsh against those pretty colors. I tried it again with SU Tempting Turquoise and it looks so much better. This is my version of a card I found here. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Believe in Yourself

When I decided I wanted to use orange and the black/white DCWV paper for this card, I didn't think beyond what other color I was going to use for the base. I was using my Spellbinders like crazy for the circles and ovals since this is a kit for a future card making party. I stamped my Paper Smooches sentiments and used my Taylored Expressions die. Then I came to a grinding halt as I started to put it together. What on earth was going to go with that orange? Thankfully, my mom was there (it was our weekly craft day at an LSS) and helped me choose a color. Whew! The American Crafts brads were added to give the card a finished look. You can see the card that inspired this one right here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sprinkled Love

I rarely use kraft paper, but this card made me want to use it. I happen to have the SU Sprinkled Expressions stamp set and did a very close CASE. The circle and lacy circle are Spellbinders dies. The red border punch is from Martha Stewart. I used some SU white ribbon and a Paper Studio heart punch. The hearts embossing folder is by Sizzix and the sentiment is Paper Smooches stamped in SU Real Red. I used red Bazzill so it has a bit of extra texture.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Polka Dot Thanks

I really like the layout I saw here, so I thought I'd give it a try. The design paper is by Simple Stories and the layers are Bazzill. I used a Paper Smooches sentiment and heat embossed it. The brads are American Crafts.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I love you more

Here is a simple card that says a lot. I used some Darice papers and a Darice embossing folder. The sentiment is by Impression Obsession and Spellbinders were used for the circles. I made several of these in different colors (greens and blues) for Operation Write Home and was assured by my hubby that they will work for masculine as well as feminine. What do you think?