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!

Card for first Father's Day

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Down to the wire again!  I had to get a card done for our son's first father's day and I was struggling for inspiration.  Then I ran across a card with the sweetest poem on it.  So, I've CASE'd the poem by Bobby Norman posted on blog.  Since our son isn't a suit and tie kind of guy, I found some clip art work boots and tiny sneakers, edited and layered them in Roxio Photosuite, printed and colored them with Copics.

Now, that's done and I'm off to start packing for vacation.  I thought about taking some crafting stuff, but that's not happening.  Too much other stuff to carry and probably won't have time anyway.  See you when I get back!

Transportation challenge

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The mid-week throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home this week is to create a transportation themed card.  That worked out fine forme because I had just pulled out a sheet of Club Scrap designer card stock that I've had forever, thinking it would make great "guy" cards.  I made two, butam just posting my favorite here:
 It doesn't show well in the photo, but the airplane and black lines on the paper are thickly embossed and glossy.  So, all I did was add the ribbon and slide because anything more would have been too much.  Quickest card I ever made!

Then, I finally took some time to play with my new "Got S'Mores?" stamp set.  I tried to tell myself I didn't need it, but it was so cute and I thought many of the sentiments will work great on OWH cards,  so I ordered it.  No buyers remorse here!  Next to the card, I've shown the index sheet for the 4" x 6" set, which is made by Jaded Blossom.

 I had such fun making this card, especially the graham cracker mat.  I used my ScorePal to make the cracker sections, stamped it with tiny dots using versamark ink, then debossed it with my Swiss Dots folder.   Of course coloring the s'more images was fun, too.  I did use a stamp from an old Stampin Up set to make the background print.  Makes me wish I was out camping and making real s'mores!

The last card is one I made a few days ago, using a digital stamp, because I need practice with my Copics.  It took me a while to color, and tested my patience (or lack thereof), but I finally got the strawberry shading to look a little realistic.  I used my favorite Swiss Dot embossing folder on the red mat, to mimic the seeds on the strawberry, and used the Swirls embossing folder on the brown, just because it made me think of thick swirly chocolate.  Do we notice a craving for sweets developing here?

Midweek Throwdown X 3

Monday, May 27, 2013

It's a flip flop kind of day! Recently, I saw a flip flop wreath on Pinterest that was just the cutest thing. So a few days ago I went to the dollar store for supplies to make one of my own. Now it's hanging on my wall and makes me smile every time I walk by.

                        Update:  I finally noticed that I had one flip flop upside down and fixed it!

The next thing I knew, I had my flip flop stamps out and decided to make a card. Using scraps from cards I made yesterday, I stamped three sets of flip flops, mounted them on black card stock and cut each one out. Then I mixed and matched more scraps to color block a background. The finished card is just as happy as the wreath and I hope it will brighten someone's day.

Memorial Day Weekend

Sunday, May 26, 2013

When I was young, like so so many others, I never gave much thought to the meaning of Memorial Day.  It was just a long weekend off work and the start of summer.  I've become very aware of our heroes, past and present, since I've become a participant in Operation Write Home.

My dad was a soldier in WWII, my father-in-law was career air force, my husband is a Vietnam vet, and my stepson is active military.  My family has served our country all the way back to my great-great-grandfather, whose grave has a G.A.R. marker.  I'm thankful for all of them, and for all those presently serving at home and abroad to protect our freedom and the American way of life.

That said, I've had a fairly quiet weekend here at home.  Yesterday, I blog hopped with OWH, geocached a little and made some cards.  Today, I continued card making and have a half dozen more for my May OWH box.

I was in Hobby Lobby a few days ago and decided I was in the mood to make some beach and summery cards. I saw a 4 x 6 pad that looked perfect and happily took it home. Then, when I opened the seals, I discovered not cardstock, but paper. Grrrrr. So, I'm using it, but mounting it on extra layers of cardstock so it's not cheap and flimsey looking. That takes extra time. As you can see, I'm in a colorful, tropical mood! I'm pretty happy with them all, but the seahorse is my personal favorite. I'm hoping to find time tomorrow to do a few more and then Tuesday the box goes postal to OWH.

More One Sheet Wonder Cards

Friday, May 24, 2013

Now that I've rediscovered one sheet wonder cards, I looked around on Pinterest for templates to use on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper.  I found one with possibilities and pulled out a sheet of Club Scrap designer cardstock and cut out all the pieces.  The dark navy-teal was the matching cardstock from Club Scrap.  Then I used other various pieces from my scrap box to create six cards:

The next batch of OSW cards, I'm going to find some fun, easier to use paper.  Although these cards turned out okay, the printed paper, which was a design of abstract seaweed before I cut it up, was an odd color and I had a very hard time finding colors that would work with it.

OSW - One Sheet Wonder cards

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Yesterday, Operation Write Home featured a tutorial for "one sheet wonder" cards.  This technique takes one sheet of printed or designer paper, then cuts it into pieces which are then used to make multiple cards by adding mats, stamped images or embellishments.

The template, along with sample cards, was provided by Seonsook Duncan on her blog "Seongsook's Creations".  Her cards are beautiful and provided inspiration and a challenge for me.  I haven't made OSWs in years and had forgotten they even existed!  My box for Operation Write Home was looking a little skimpy so far this month, so this was a great way to help fill the box.

I used a sheet of double sided paper from the "Samantha Walker" collection by Creative Imaginations.  This paper had been in my stash for over a year, purchased because I wanted to make cowgirl cards.  So, finally it happened yesterday and today.

Most of the stamped images and sentiments are from the "Rodeo Sweethearts" set from T J Designs Rubber Stamps.  The paper tape with the horseshoes is from K & Company.  The cowgirl boots are Jolee's.  Everything else is stuff from my stash.

A word of caution:  If you are using paper with words or phrases, as I did, look at how the pieces are to be used before cutting.  In my case the four pieces with the diagonal cuts couldn't be used with one piece flipped to the contrast print on the reverse side of the paper.  But, I made do with what I got and still made my eight cards.

With no further ado, here are my OSW cards for OWH:

Renaissance teddy bears & a sunflower

Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted in almost a week! It's been one of those busy spells for me when other projects took priority over stamping:
  • my husband had a procedure at the hospital (he's fine!)
  • sewing new insulated drapery panels for two rooms (because we've already hit 108 degrees!)
  • making altered poker chips for my daughter to use as swag for geocaching (what would I do without Ranger Glossy Accents?)
  • preparing for a geocache event trip this coming weekend (in Rachel, NV, population 100, no shopping so remember to pack everything we need.)
 So, I only managed to get four cards done all week.   :o(   They aren't for any particular challenge; just what came to mind.

The first two cards are for a hero to send home to his little princess.  I thought it would be good for younger girls and doesn't have to be a birthday.

I decided to try making a sunflower to use with some printed paper I have.  I punched, snipped, curled, sponged and layered until I thought it was done, then glued some tiny brown seed beads in the center.  The flower is great, but something is "off" with the design in general.  Anyone have any re-do suggestions?

This last one is a "love" card, because love isn't just for valentines or anniversaries.  Cream, black and red is an elegant color combination.  I stamped the collage with die ink, the stamped the love words with pigment ink and metallic red embossing powder.  Now this card, I think is perfect just the way it is!

That's all for today... I won't have time for cardmaking until I get back next week, if I don't get eaten by any nasty desert creatures while in the great outdoors.

Another OWH Sketch #171 Card

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pink and brown, and French flavored cards are two of my favorite kind to make.  This time I used OWH Sketch #171 again and made a thank you card.

The designer cardstock is from Carta Bella "Paris Girl" collection by Samantha Walker.  They were the only scraps left from previous projects and worked perfectly for this sketch.  The poodle and "merci" stamps are both by Stampin Up.  Ooh la la, I'm happy with this card and hope whomever receives it from one of our military heroes will be too.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look.

Out of the Box Card

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Operation Write Home has a tutorial called "Out of the Box" this week.  I've used this technique in the past, and although it can be a little tricky and/or time consuming, the effect is worth it.

This time, I stamped a masked image of the Statue of Liberty with the Stars and Stripes behind her. The fussy cutting and die cutting for this one was very difficult. My advice: If you haven't tried this before, pick an image that's not too detailed.

Back in February, I made one of these Out of the Box cards for the VCMP. Here's the link, if you'd like to see that one:
                                Another Out of the Box Card

OWH Sketch #171 and Disney Cards

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

When I saw sketch challenge #171 on OWH, I immediately thought about some Disney scraps that I've been trying to use up.  Of course, just thinking about Disney makes almost anyone smile (especially me, who just got back from Orlando)!  So, I happily spent a couple hours making Disney cards:

I didn't follow the sketch on these next two. The ideas just came to mind, so I went with the flow. I am really happy with the pink one - a girly Disney card. It's so different from the usual primary colors. For the last one, I just had to make another Goofy card, using up the last of my Goofy twinchie squares.

Patriotic Cards

Monday, May 6, 2013

It's a beautiful morning here in the Southern Nevada desert.  I'm catching up here while having coffee and planning my day.  After I run a few errands, I should be able to spend the afternoon cardmaking.

Don't you just love crockpots?  When I plan a whole day of cardmaking, I throw a meal into the crock pot and don't have to waste valuable crafting time in the kitchen.  My husband still gets his dinner and I get a play day.  Win-win!

Here are a couple more patriotic cards I made yesterday.  I didn't have any suitable sentiment stamps in my stash, so I ended up using WordArt and fonts to create them in Microsoft Word.  Is ink still ink when it comes from a printer jet instead of a stamp pad?

For the card on the left, I used the masking technique to superimpose the Statue of Liberty over the Flag.  Masking is a great way to combine two or more stamps to create a new image.  In this case, I stamped the Statue on the white card, then again on plain paper ( post it notes work great, too). Cut out the paper image, fussy cutting as close as possible.  Lay the paper mask over the cardstock image.  Ink up the flag stamp, and being careful not to move the mask, stamp the flag right over the statue.  Remove the mask and the image above is the result.  

The second card is pretty basic.  It took me two tries to get the eagle and flag image stamped to my satisfaction.  I've noticed an ongoing problem with clear stamps not inking evenly, which then gives the stamped image a mottled effect.  This isn't always the look I'm going for.  I've tried cleaning stamps before first use; it didn't help.  Anyone else found a solution to this problem?

Back from Florida and Patriotic cards

Saturday, May 4, 2013

I missed my craft room and stampin' stuff the past couple weeks, while I was in Florida visiting family. We got back a few days ago, and I finally got a chance to get back to stamping. It wasn't easy, mainly because I had cleaned up the craft room before I left, and now can't find some things because I forgot where I put them!

To try to get back into my groove, I started with a couple cards for fourth of July, since those are due at OWH this month:

OWH Sketch #168

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Today, I made a couple cards using Operation Write Home Sketch #168.  I like the idea of using up some scraps of printed paper.  Since I had scraps all over my messy work table already, I just went ahead and used some of them:

The second card didn't quite follow the sketch measurements because that tiny scrap of striped paper was all I had left.  It still worked just fine.  In fact I like this one better than the first one, probably because I like the bright colors.

I guess the colors got me going, because it doesn't get much brighter in colors than this last card!  This elephant is adorable and lends itself well to embellishments.  I used lots of jewels and Ranger Glossy Accents.  I really, really wanted to add more sparkle.  I know that glitter is a no-no on OWH cards, but I'm not sure about Stickles.  There was some discussion on OWH about Stickles, but I don't know what the final decision was.

I just finished cleaning my craft room, really cleaning.  I figured hubby doesn't really want to look at a mess the whole time I'm gone.  It looks great, but I'll probably never find things again!  I will have serious stamping withdrawl for the next two weeks.  I did manage to get my whole box of OWH cards for the month finished in two weeks, so I'm good until I get back.

Graphic 45 DPP and "Time in a Bottle" Stamps

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Happy weekend, everyone!  I'm still playing with my new stamp set from Dare 2 B Artzy, called "Time in a Bottle."  I'm still spending every spare moment in my craft room, before I have to do a last minute pre-vacation cleanup of my stuff.  This morning I made a very romantic card, using the new stamps with Graphic 45 paper.  I used the technique shown by Clearsnap last week on the OWH Spring Training blog hop: It's such a quick and easy way to add color to an image.

My new stamp set: Time in a Bottle

Friday, April 12, 2013

A month or two ago while I was web browsing, I ran across a stamp set I hadn't seen before.  It's a clear stamp set called "Time in a Bottle" by Dare 2 B Artzy.  I really didn't need another set, but once I saw it, I got the Jim Croce song stuck in my head, which in turn made it impossible to forget about the stamp set.

So last week, I finally gave in and ordered the set!  Dare 2 B Artzy shipped immediately and the stamps arrived way sooner than I expected.  Last night I started playing with a collage, but it wasn't working and I gave up.  This morning, I started fresh and went in an entirely different direction and the card almost made itself!

I just love that bottle with the song lyrics on it!  The bottle and sentiment are from the "Time in a Bottle" set.  The pocket watch is by Rubber Stampede.  The stickers are HOTP Dazzles Steampunk Stickers.  Metal gears were purchased in Michael's beading and jewelry section.  DPP is from Graphic 45 "Steampunk Debutant" collection.

And darn it, the song is still stuck in my head!!

I'm late, since midweek is long gone, but I was still playing with the new stamps and decided to use my favorite color combo:  black, white and red.  So, here's my card for the Midweek Throwdown Challenge on OWH:

A card for a wedding

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today, a good part of my day was spent running errands in preparation for my upcoming trip.  I'm sure going to hate not being able to make cards for at least two weeks!  So I'm going to have to put all my stuff away soon.

I will be attending a wedding, and finally came up with a card.  Since it's an informal affair, I didn't want to make a formal style card.  I was blog browsing, looking for inspiration when I ran across Sherri Thompson's "Share Croppers" blog ( and saw an adorable card: 

I don't have the stamp she used, but found a digital stamp at an Etsy shop called Milk N Coffee. A few minutes later I had purchased, downloaded and printed the image. The cutting and paper piecing took a bit longer, but I finally got it done. I still like Sherri's card better, but I did the best I could:

I'm in a Disney mood!

Wed. April 10, 2013

I'm going to Florida next week, flying into Orlando.  So what's the first thing that comes to mind?  Disney World!  I made a couple of quick Disney cards, using leftover scrapbook papers.

Also, When I saw the news about the passing of Annette Funicello, it brought back memories of eagerly waiting to watch the Mickey Mouse Club show on TV (in black and white).  RIP Annette.

I'm sure a child of one of our military heroes will be happy to get a Disney birthday card in the mail.

Vintage collage card for Dad

Monday, April 8, 2013

I love vintage style and love collages.  Collages are very hard for me to do, because of my OCD personality, which  says:  Everything on a card must be precisely aligned with coordinating colors, and collages aren't precise about anything.  Well, this morning I pulled out stamps from Club Scrap, Stampin Up's "Office Ephemera" and "Papa's Pocket", Tom Holtz "The Journey", a BoBunny flower and an unknown typewriter key font stamp set.  Then I just started adding stuff.

After I had stamped the vintage car, I remembered that I had a matching Tim Holtz embossing folder.  No way that folder works if you stamp the car right side up at the bottom of the card.  So, I cut the embossing folder in two at the fold.  Yikes, horror, wanton destruction!  Once I placed the embossing folder over the stamped image and lined up both pieces of the folder, I used a piece of tape to hold the alignment and ran it through my Big Shot.  It worked!  Now there's really cool texture on the car.

I decided not to add a bunch of bulky metal doodads, too bulky.  I did use dimensionals to pop up the typewriter keys to keep it from being too flat.

Now into the OWH box it goes!  Any of you collage experts who have suggestions or advice, please feel free to leave me a comment.  Thanks!

Clearsnap masked background technique

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Life interrupted my crafting yesterday, so I'm just now starting to play with ideas from yesterday's blog hop.  I thought I'd try the technique shown on the Clearsnap video.  I found perfect stamps to use to CASE Sabrins's card.  I don't have a large selection of pigment inks, but found a couple  colors that  worked well together. I can see this idea being adapted to many different themes and occasions, with different shaped "windows" too.