Here's a card I made for Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge. The theme is Love and Anniversary.



Cardfront, brown cardstock; Layer, pink cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug folder; Rectangle of dp from Stampin Up, matted on brown cardstock; Ribbon from Michael's; Flower from light pink, darker pink and dryer sheets made using Sizzix die, Family Treasures punch and Marvy punch, fastened with brown brad. Sentiment (source unknown) stamped on ivory cardstock, matted on darker pink scrap. Assembed as shown.

I made these two cards to finish off my day and to use up some printed paper scraps.  I love this paper with its cheerful holiday colors.   To climb out of my rut, I thought I'd make a tag for a change. I tend to make all components of my cards straight and aligned, and angles, layers and collage elements are by biggest challenge. Tags are still a great way to use up odds and ends. 



Stamp sets used: Mittens, Stampin Up "Merry"; Skating Girl, Stampin Up "Spruced Up"; Both Sentiments from Hobby Lobby Christmas Words clear stamp set.

This morning I found two images, already colored, in my stash. Because they were colored in different palettes the cards look very different. I had some little wired pom poms that I had picked up at Michaels and decided to add them for texture/interest. I like the pink one best, what do you think?



Pink card - White, gable green, pixie pink cardstock and stamped image (Stampin Up); Pink chevron paper by Recollections; Cuttlebug embossing folder; pom-poms from Michaels

Red Card - White and red cardstock; stamped image Stampin Up; printed paper unknown source; Michaels pom-poms
I have a huge Christmas stash, collected over a number of years (don't we all!)and I'm trying really hard to use stuff I have and not shop. So far, so good. Got about a dozen more cards done today for OWH. I plan to mail a box on Wed., so I'm pushing myself to get as many into this month's box as I can.

Here are two of today's designs:



Since I'm using scraps and older paper, I don't have sources. All the images are Stampin Up: Mug and sentiment "Winter Wilma"; Collage sentiment "Season of Joy"
WORLD CARD MAKING DAY -- PART 2

Well, I hoped to do a dozen cards today, but the time just goes by so fast! I took a break for very important real life stuff, like visiting my three-month old grandson in the hospital. He gave us a scare a few days ago, but he's on the mend now.

So, I may have to settle for a half-dozen today!



Stampin Up Supplies: Ivory Naturals and Chocolate Chip cardstock, Top Note Die, DP, Snowflake Punches, "Winter Post" stamp set. Misc. Supplies: Button, Ribbon, Twine.
HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY!! I've been on vacation and am just getting back to my craft room, and what a great day to do it! My goal today is to make a dozen cards for Operation Write Home. Who doesn't like cocoa on a winter day? These first cards use a long-retired Stampin Up set called "Winter Wilma." When I make OWH cards, I try to remember that the majority of our troops are still male (I think!) and I try to make cards that arten't too "girly." I think the brown, ivory, red colors fill the bill.

I can't believe that I'm still on this card-making binge. Maybe it's because doing fall cards makes me believe that fall might actually arrive some day! (Still in the 100's here in Southern Nevada!) Here are a few more that I've done in the past few days:


Cardstock: Ivory, brown Gold
Stamps: Chef & Turkey, Stampin Up "Voila" & "Voila to Go";
Sentiment, computer generated
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Cardstock: Really Rust, Ivory Naturals, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Stamps: Leaves, Inkadinkadoo; Sentiment, Club Scrap
Other: Hand Stitching with gold embroidery floss;
Distressed edges; Stickles accent on large leaf;
Leaf Brad from Michaels
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Cardstock: Really Rust, Summer Sun, Ivory
Stamps: TAC (The Angel Company); Sentiment, Stampin Up
Other: Ticket Punch from Stamping Up
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I'm still working on fall-themed cards. I have an old Stampin Up set called "Fall for All" which I still love, so I used it to create a bunch of cards today. Here are the ones that I'm happiest with:
Cardstock: Ivory, Burnt Orange, Gold
Stamps: Stampin Up, Club Scrap (sentiment)
Other: Stampin Up Embossing Folder, Nestabilities dies, Michaels' brads
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Cardstock: Ivory, Burnt Orange, Summer Sun, Navy
Stamps: Stampin Up; Sentiment unknown
Other: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Nestabilities dies, Navy Ribbon
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Cardstock: Ivory, Pumpkin Pie, Bravo Burgandy, Not Quite Navy
Stamps: Stampin Up "Fall for All" and "Love Ya Bunches"
Other: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Nestabilities dies, Navy Ribbon
I've moved on from halloween themed cards to fall/autumn cards. It's always been hard for me to make multiples of the same card. As a compromise, I stamped one image a bunch of times and just started doing whatever came to mind. Since I'm trying to use up scraps, I can't really list products used, other than to say that the main image is from Stampin' Up.

Last week I finally got motivated to make some cards, after not being near my craft room for ages.  Halloween is one of my favorite card-making holidays, and realizing that the OWH (Operation Write Home) deadline for halloween cards is August 31st, I got busy.  I challenged myself to see how many cards I could make to get in the mail to OWH.  I've always worked best with a deadline looming!  Here are some of the ones I made:

Cardstock: Dark Gray scrap (for bat); white card base
Printed paper: Three main layers by Authentique; pennant strips from unknown snips and scraps
Stamps: Bat from Inkadinkadoo "Mindscape Halloween" collection; Sentiment from Prickley Pear "Scary Cat" set

Cardstock: White
Specialty Paper: Maruyama, grass green, by Magenta
Pattern Paper: K & Company "Spooktacular" Collection (purple background); green print- source unknown
Stamps: Jar and frog from "All Wrapped Up" set by Stampin' Up; Arsenic Label by Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Collection
Sentiment Sticker: "All My Rowdy Friends" collection by Reminisce
Other: Twine (source unknown); googlie eye; stickles




Cardstock: Black, Dark Orange
Printed Paper: "All My Rowdy Friends" by Reminisce
Sentiment: Rub-on
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder, circle punch, sticker, bright green ribbon

Cardstock: Black, White, Bright Green, Purple
Printed Paper: "All My Rowdy Friends" by Reminisce
Stamp: Spider from "Batty for You" set by Stampin' Up
Other: Corner rounder punch, circles and scallp circles dies by Spellbinders, black twine, googlie eyes, stickles.
I've been making cards for years, and had quite an accumulation, so I decided to donate them to a worthy cause.  After doing some research, I chose Operation Write Home, which provides handmade cards to members of our military forces so that they can stay in touch with their loved ones back home.  The first box I sent contained about 250 cards!  I'm going to try to continue to send them cards, but I'm a very slow stamper, so we'll see how that goes!