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: