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:  http://clearsnap.blogspot.com/2013/04/spring-training-hop-with-operation.html. 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 (http://www.sherrithompson.blogspot.com/) 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.

Two cards using neglected images from my stash

Saturday, April 6, 2013

I woke up early this morning and did the OWH Spring Training blog hop.  It's the first one I've ever participated in.  I learned some new techniques and came away with lots of ideas.  But last night, I ran across several cards that I had started, then put aside for one reason or another.  I told myself that I was going to finish them before I started one more card.

This first card came about when I decided to try copic coloring on a digital image.  Then I die cut the shadowed letters using Quickutz dies.  That was as far as my vision went at the time.  Last night, I played around with different colors and layout, and got it finished.

This card was finished, all but the sentiment.  Since I didn't have a stamp with a fitting sentiment (shocking, but true), I printed one on the computer.  It was just a shame that after all the coloring, fussy cutting pieces for dimension and Flower Soft accents, it sat there neglected.  Now I'm sure one of our military heroes will forward it to a good home with a loved one.

This last card was an attack of late evening crafting silliness!  My daughter had done several Disney themed scrapbook pages and had leftovers of the printed paper.  I cut it up into squares, thinking about inchies, then put them aside.  Last night, I suddenly remembered a Stampin Up set with this sentiment, which I thought went well with the Goofy character inchies.  Just my kind of "goofy" humor!  I wonder how many folks remember Ward Cleaver?

Golf themed "guy" cards

Friday, April 5, 2013

Since I'll be going on a vacation in about a week and a half, I'm trying to get a box of "guy" cards off to OWH before I leave.  I'm pretty sure that box will be it for the month for me.  I just got a new golf-themed stamp set by Crafty Secrets, so I made a few cards with it today:

The golfer, the tees on the background and the "You're Tee-riffic" sentiment are from the new set.  The other two sentiments are Stampin Up.  All cardstock and DPP are also Stampin Up.  I just love this vintage golfer, knickers and all.  Between OWH cards and my husband, who is a golfer, this set will probably get lots of use!

OWH Challenge - Tags and Twine

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

 Midweek throwdown challenge on Operation Write Home's blog today!  This week it's Tags and Twine; Make a card that uses both.  After playing with the arrangement, I ended up with this card.  The background, sentiment and tape measure are all Club Scrap stamps from way back in 2004.  The yellow paper came with the stitching already on it, which was a good thing, because I hate dragging the sewing machine out of the closet where it lives.

My rule usually says that if I drag out everything I own for a particular card or theme, that I might as well make one or more cards before I put it all away.  So today's theme obviously is sewing!

The image is from Viva Las Vegas Art Stamps and the sentiment is Stampin Up.  I pierced and hand stitched the border along the two edges.  I was going to do daisy chain stitch, but couldn't remember how; it's been a long time since I did any embroidery.

Steampunk masculine cards

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy April everyone! After a short card making break, it's time for me to get busy again.
First card, I'm playing along with OWH Sketch Challenge #166. I pulled out my steampunk stuff and came up with a card for Dad. The ferris wheel is a Club Scrap stamp, and it finally got inked for the first time. None of my alphabet stamps felt right for "Dad", so I found my old Quickutz dies and cut out of very shiny black specialty card stock. The OWH sketch made it easy to get back into card making mode!

Another card using Sketch #166, and I've still got the steampunk stash out! Embossed black card base using folder bythe Paper Studio. DPP is from Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante collection. Locomotive is from Stampin Up "All Aboard" set. Gears are from HOTP Dazzles Steampunk Stickers collection. Sentiment made using Dymo label maker. Easy! I really like this sketch!

The next card is an any occasion card, with a "time" theme. I CASE'd the watch idea, but don't know who to give credit to. :o( I'll see a card while browsing, and days, weeks or months later, I'll be inspired to use some element from it, and by then I have no idea where I first saw it. Anyway, I have several stamp sets with clocks and watches, a couple of embossing folders, and various clock and gears cutting dies. At last, a use for the reptile textured paper I've had forever. Even the old Dymo label maker came out of hiding! This card took a while, because of my usual design slowness, but I'm finally satisfied with it.