Wednesday, October 7, 2015

You Are Fabulous

I went waaay back into the OWH archives and made these with sketch 1. I used both sides of a piece of Pebbles paper, a sentiment from SU and some Triveni bling.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Colorful Hello

Here's a fun OWH bonus sketch from way back in 2012. I used some American Crafts papers, some Hero Arts stamps and a bit of Triveni bling.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Be Yourself

This card definitely turned out different from the one I was looking at here. Sometimes you just have to go with what you end up with, though, right? I used a Rubbernecker stamp with some Fresh Ink Chocolate and Memento London Fog to make the background. The sentiment is also a Rubbernecker stamped in SU Old Olive. Those stars are all from scraps I had on hand.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Perfect Thank You

This is the card I made using this card for inspiration. I've had this piece of Doodlebug paper for quite awhile now and it was time to make a "girlie" card. The stamp is from Inkadinkado and the inside is stamped "thank you."

Monday, September 21, 2015


I'm slowly working my way through an American Crafts 6x6 pad and this is one of the cards I made with it. It follows OWH sketch 240. The smile is a stamp from Endless Creations.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


When I originally bought this Doodlebug paper, I bought it for the other side which is a much more subtle brown on brown pattern. But then I saw this card and and knew it would be perfect for this card. The stars were cut with Spellbinders and embossed with a SU folder. The bottom of the banner is done with a Taylored Expressions die. Hot Off the Press provided the sentiment.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Just a Note

This is actually a "miss you" card with the sentiment stamped inside. The papers are from an American Crafts 6x6 pad and the background was scored using my Scor-Buddy. The outside sentiment is from Hot Off the Press. I used this as my inspiration.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Masculine Miss You

It's not easy to make a masculine card for me. They tend to be more unisex, or downright feminine. But I noticed in my last OWH box that I needed some more "miss you" cards. This is what I came up with. I used SU Work of Art stamp set for the chevrons, a Hero Arts stamp for the car and a Technique Tuesday sentiment. The orange is SU Pumpkin Pie. I think that embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

So Very Thankful

My friend Kristie introduced me to this My Favorite Things quilt die and I had to have one for myself. I made these with one of the many 6x6 pads I have in my paper stash. The sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps and heat embossed in black. The brads are American Crafts.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Circles Circles Circles

Like most paper crafters, I have a lot of scraps. It was time I used some of them. With some Spellbinder circles and an embossing folder, this is what I came up with. The ivory paper also has some ivy embossed on it. Triveni bling helps balance the whole thing.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sail Away

You can't tell, but this is a thank you card...the sentiment is on the inside. I used some goodies I got at the Scrapbook Expo to make it. The Queen & Co. washi tapes and Heartfelt Creations stamp set were must haves for me. With the addition of some Taylored Expressions dies, the card was finished!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Just a Note

I don't often use digital stamps, but I liked the look of this one. I've had it printed out and ready to use for a couple of years which shows how often I use them. While it could be used for a masculine or feminine card, I chose to go with more masculine. Some Bazzill papers for texture and some old Recollections bling help give it personality. The sentiment is by Hot Off the Press.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Flower Flourish

I love the bright colors on this card. They are SU Melon Mambo, ColorBox Violet and SU Pacific Point. The Inkadinkado Dot Flourish is stamped with VersaFine Black Onyx. The color swipes are from SU Work of Art and the flowers are from SU Petite Petals, punched out with the coordinating flower punch. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Work of Art Thanks

This card features the SU Work of Art stamp set. I used mostly SU inks...Old Olive, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie. The yellow is Powder Puff Lemonade. The sentiment is Paper Smooches, the bling is Triveni and the original idea is here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Million and One

I think there's an OWH sketch like this somewhere, but I can't say for sure. It's a simple card and showcases the DCWV papers. The sentiment is Technique Tuesday and is mounted on some Spellbinder circles. I kind of wish I'd done the sentiment in a different color to make it pop more...maybe next time.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lone Tree

I like the simplicity of this card and decided to make my own version. I used a SU Work of Art stamp and stamped it with Memento Cottage Ivy three times in a row without re-inking it. Then I embossed a stamp from SU Lovely as a Tree with Ranger Copper powder. Adding three American Crafts brads finishes it off.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pop of Hearts

Awhile ago I made this card and thought I'd try it with hearts. I borrowed some stitched heart dies and used some paper from my 6x6 paper stash. The sentiment is Hot Off the Press and the bling is Triveni.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dot Flourish

This card was simply to make but looks so elegant. I simply made a circle stencil using a Spellbinder circle die and sponged ink onto the paper. The colors are Powder Puff Lemonade, SU Pumpkin Pie and SU Old Olive. Then I heat embossed an Inkadinkado Dot Flourish with some espresso embossing powder. Easy peasy!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Love hearts

The last OWH Mid-Month challenge is to make a love card with no hearts. This wasn't a problem for me since I have lots of love sentiments that don't have or mention hearts. I chose the ombre look using a stamp from SU Work of Art set and SU Pacific Point blue. My Stamp-a-ma-jig came in handy to place them correctly. The flower/plant stamp is from Hero Arts and the sentiment is from Impression Obsession. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Green Tree

I really liked this card I saw on Pinterest and needed to figure out how to make it since I didn't have that particular die. I found this Taylored Expressions die in my die collection and this pretty SU tree stamp that fit inside it. The Cuttlebug embossing folder gives the whole thing a kind of wood look. The tree is stamped in Memento Cottage Ivy. I was going to originally stamp it in brown, but thought it would look too much like a sympathy card.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Another Work of Art

Continuing with my current favorite stamp set, SU Work of Art, I made some masculine and feminine versions of the same card I saw here. The masculine one uses SU Pumpkin Pie and Fresh Ink Chocolate inks. To get the four different ink colors, I simply stamped each color twice before re-inking my stamp. The chevron and sentiment are heat embossed with Ranger Copper. I love the rough texture of the Ranger powder.

This feminine one uses SU Melon Mambo and Memento London Fog inks. The heat embossing is Ranger Silver.

Monday, July 13, 2015


I haven't done a love card in awhile, but when I saw this one, I knew it was perfect for the Little Yellow Bicycle sentiment. I used Spellbinder star dies and a face from The Alley Way Stamps. The sentiment is heat embossed in black and bordered with Triveni bling.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Stenciled Hexagons

When I saw this card, I knew I wanted to do my own version. Since I love hexagons, that's the shape I chose to use. I cut out a stencil using a Taylored Expressions die and pulled out some SU colors that went well together (Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry). I liked the streaky look and created it by using a small sponge dauber. The "hello" is a Hero Arts die and the "thank you" is from Heidi Swapp. And typical me...I had to add some Triveni bling!


Sunday, July 5, 2015


This card features three stamps from the SU Work of Art set. I also used SU Rich Razzleberry ink. The yellow is Powder Puff Lemonade. I wanted to add some color inside the card as well, so I used the same stamp I used for the flower along the inside edge. The bling is Triveni. The original card is here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Best Dad Ever

Since most of my cards are for the military, I tend to use more general sentiments instead of "Happy Father's Day." This particular sentiment is from Mama Elephant. Do you recognize that shield? It's Captain America. My dad recognized it when I gave him one of these with the Father's Day sentiment inside. The circles and star were done with Spellbinders and the background is dry embossed to repeat the star. Pinterest provided the inspiration.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Everything

The June mid-month throwdown over at Operation Write Home is to make a card with a banner. This wasn't a problem at all since I love banners on my cards! I used a set of Clearly Inspired clear stamps I recently bought at a crafty yard sale to make the banner. The set was so old it was very sticky and one of the stamps tore in half when I took it off the block. Thank goodness I'd already stamped it!

The inks for this are all SU: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Pumpkin Pie.  The sentiment is by Paper Smooches and I added a little bling from Triveni. I made sure when I attached the banner that the card would still fit in an A2 envelope. The idea for this came from Pinterest.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ODBD Miss You

It's been awhile since I've done a card for this challenge, but I'm doing my best to Finish Strong for Operation Write Home. The June ODBD challenge is to make a miss you card. For this one, I used some scraps of striped paper for the stars along with basic black and white. The bling is Triveni and in two different sizes. The sentiment is Hot Off the Press stamped in VersaMark Onyx Black. I CASE'd this card idea from here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy Dirtday!

Isn't this a fun card? I used a set from SU and some bright yellow Powder Puff Lemonade ink. The tires in this set never stamp very well so I used some circle dies and Recollections brads for the tires. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Love You

Here are two cards with the same basic layout but different looks. Both use an old SU sentiment that's been heat embossed and both use the negative die cut for the word "you." The first one uses some old Recollections bling. The second one uses a Martha Stewart fence die and some Triveni bling. All of the papers were scraps. The layout for these cards was found here.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Here are two identical cards featuring different sentiments. So many cards can be used for different occasions just by that simple change. The cupcake is a punch from SU, the border is by EK Success and the label shapes are Taylored Expressions. As usual, the bling is Triveni.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Love Balloon

This card is simple yet elegant. It uses an old SU sentiment heat embossed in black and a dry embossed heart. I started with this idea and made it a bit more detailed.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Shaker Thanks

It's been quite awhile since I made a shaker card, but they seem to be all the rage now. This one uses a Spellbinders star die and sequins instead of beads. The polka dot paper is from Bella Blvd and the sentiment is TAWS. I believe the embossing folder is a Cuttlebug one.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Smiles, hugs and kisses

This card uses OWH sketch 244. It features some Best Creation paper that I can't seem to use up and some pretty bright colors. The face is from TAWS and the sentiments are Hero Arts. Triveni Craft made the bling.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Keep Calm

My godmother's granddaughter loves cupcakes, so I told her I'd make a few cards for her. This one was CASE'd from here over on Pinterest. The background is embossed with a Darice folder and the red patterned paper is a scrap. The cupcake is from a SU punch. The stamps are also from SU. I used Fresh Ink Chocolate and SU Real Red and added three rhinestones to balance everything.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Lawn Fawn Love

One of my favorite love sets is this one from Lawn Fawn. It's cute and punny and fun to use. I kept these simple and stamped and layered the images on some Taylored Expressions hexagons. They were still a bit plain, even for a masculine card, so of course I had to add some sparkle.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015


I just love this set from The Alley Way Stamps. The faces are great to use on the front, inside or back of cards and don't take up a lot of space. They also work well as a little smile on an envelope. I wanted to keep it simple and let the smile shine, so there's just a bit of Copic marker in the eyes to add some depth and some bling to add sparkle. The inside is stamped with "so very thankful" from this TAWS set.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mickey Miss You

I used Techno Stamper sketch 348 for this cute card. I knew I wanted to use up this Sandy Lion paper I've had forever and by adding the Mickey head (made with Spellbinders), it really highlights those balloons. The sentiment is a new one, at least for me, from Technique Tuesday. The first version had rhinestones, but my group for the day decided the sequins looked better. I agree!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Work of Art Thanks

It's time for another card with my SU Work of Art set. This time I only used one of the stamps in two different colors...SU Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie. There's also one line of each color inside and one of Pacific Point on the envelope. I liked the simplicity of the design here and went with a more gender neutral color scheme for my own version. The Paper Smooches sentiment is stamped in VersaFine Black Onyx and I added some American Crafts brads for dimension.

A special thanks to my friend, Kristie, for this fabulous picture!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Totally Nuts

Oh my gosh, when I saw this card I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I got out my Taylored Expressions hexagon dies and Spellbinders circles and made the "nuts." Using Memento London Fog and Fresh Ink Chocolate along with a dauber, I added an aged look to them. The background was done with a dauber, a nut and London Fog. I cut apart a Hero Arts sentiment so it would fit better then stamped it in SU Real Red. The squirrel is from the same stamp set and is stamped inside for a double pun. I love how this one turned out.