Monday, August 26, 2013

Back in my scrapbooking days, in the late 90's, punch art was all the rage. I loved it and even had one of my creations published in a magazine. Then the trend faded, as the next product came along. I've noticed lately on Pinterest (I'm addicted now too!) that punch art is making a bit of a come back. I just happen to still have my huge collection of punches, and wanted to play with them. I thought Minions are everywhere and that it would be easy and fun to create one:

I used my old Sizzix tag die for the base, which was fine, except I didn't want the little tag hole. I attacked the die with every tool in the garage, trying to remove that little circle of metal on the die that makes the hole. Just in case any of you think this is a good idea, stop right there! It can't be removed; Sizzix old red dies are indestructible.

I think this card will work well for the Operation Write Home kids card challenge, especially with the pun in the sentiment. I'm planning to make a few more minion cards for my next OWH box.

Happy Everything

Sunday, August 18, 2013

My daughter-in-law, who is married to our army son, has recently gotten into roller derby.  I don't know anything about it other than what I saw in the movie "Whip It."  The thought of our Anna being one of those rowdy girls is a little scary, but she loves it and now has advanced to refereeing.  Like any hobby or sport, the right equipment is very important and she needed a little help.  So, I found this cute digital stamp on  I had fun copic coloring the image and got to use my much neglected glitter.  My husband had teased her that skates would be her birthday, Christmas and any other gift.  So I used the "Happy Everything" sentiment to carry on the joke.  This was such a fun card to make, and she loved it.

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Autumn Cards

Saturday, August 10, 2011

I'm keeping an eye on the Operation Write Home calendar and decided to switch to fall themed cards, instead of winter, since they're due sooner.  I mixed and matched stamps, colored and sponged to make this card:

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I wish I was walking down this path myself right now!  I hope it reminds a hero of home and happy memories  as he or she writes a note to loved ones back home.

Then, I ran across some coordinating paper, stickers and die cuts in my stash and made a few more quick and easy cards:

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August forecast: Snow!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Wishing for summer to end, so I turned the air conditioning down to "frost" and made some winter (not Christmas) cards.  All these cards are in a blue and white pallette, with an occasional pop of red, and one yellow, just because. I love winter cards, and have gazillions of Christmas/holiday stamps, but discovered I only have a few general winter stamps, so I was trying to make do.  I didn't follow any sketch, just sat down for two days in a row and let it flow.  I'm behind on my OWH box due to travel and illness, but I'm trying to get a box ready for this coming week.  I'm going to make up some card kits to take on a camping trip with my daughter Monday.  I figure that when she wears me out hiking and geocaching, I can sit at the campsite and assemble cards for a while!

OWH Sketch Challenge #182

Thursday, July 25, 2013

For the second time this summer, I've shut down my craft room to take a vacation trip.  This time my daughter and I did an Alaska cruise, with sightseeing and geocaching.  It was her first trip to Alaska and she plain ole wore me out, trying to see and do as much as possible!  So now we're back home and I'm ready to get back into card making mode.

I always seem to get "writer's block" when I sit down at my craft table after a break.  This time I decided to warm up with the latest sketch from Operation Write Home:

The colors look a little dark in this photo.  The card base is actually Lavender Lace from Stampin Up, which is a lighter, softer color.

My little dog is sitting right next to my chair, "helping."  Now and then she will beg to sit on my lap, and she shows a lot of interest in my messy craft table.  I swear, if she had opposable thumbs, she'd be making cards too!

Finally S'more Cards

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Well, I live near Las Vegas, right in the middle of this awful heat wave.  It's already 113 degrees at 10 am, so I'm staying inside with a/c.  So, card making is the perfect summer entertainment for me.

I got out my S'mores stamp set from Jaded Blossom and whipped out a bunch of cards. All too often, I see a set I have to have, make one card, then the set disappears into my stash forever!


I especially like that this stamp set has so many sentiments, only some of which are used here.

There are others which can be used if you make s'more pops or kits as gifts, for winter/holiday cards, for teachers, a "keep calm" and others.  I love sets that are versatile like this one!

Post-Vacation Blahs!

Monday, June 24, 2013

I haven't dropped off the face of the earth!  I've been on vacation the past couple weeks, with no crafting and almost no internet.  Today, I finally had a chance to try to get back into stamping mode, but only got one card done.

The creative feeling just wasn't there yet.  I'm pleading temporary mental disability, because I took a very nasty fall and hit my head while on the vacation cruise.  (It still hurts and I have daily headaches and neck pain.)  I've browsed the web this afternoon for inspiration and have a couple ideas for tomorrow and I might try the most recent OWH sketch as a warm up.  So, stay tuned for a new card post tomorrow...

Update:  After web browing for a while, I realized I just wasn't in the mood to finish the rest of the cowboy cards.  I saw a card by Lorie Homer that I liked and CASEd it, using stamps in my stash instead of the Stampin Up Doilies set, which I don't own.  Happy colors!  That's what I needed!