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Friday Link Love: Father’s Day Edition

Have you made a card for your dad yet? You’ve got about 48 hours to get it done! I’ve actually got several to choose from, but I have an idea for another that I might like better so… you know how it goes! Whatever I don’t use I will save to send to OWH when they are ready to start on Father’s Day 2014 boxes.

Before I get to Friday Links I thought I’d share a few scrappy cards I’ve been working on lately, trying to get the scraps bin to the point where I can fit the lid back on it ;)   No sources for any of this stuff, it is truly random from my stash!

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Friday Link Love
1. Sunflower Mel’s – This first card is an amazing baseball themed slider card – the baseball slides around the card, isn’t that awesome!?

2. Zakka Life – This fun Swiss Army Knife shaped card is also being generously offered as a free printable. I love that the blades swing out for the sentiment!

3. Cardmaking Connections – Beautiful masculine card using the spotlighting technique. I love the use of pinecones – they’re everywhere here and always remind me of home.

4. Handmade by Paula – Another great card by Paula, and another printable! Makes a great Father’s Day card, but clever Paula made it flexible so it can be used for all sorts of sentiments.

5. Bella Rose Cards – Love this military-inspired card for dads.  Fantastic silhouetted image of a marine saluting a flag – be sure and check this card out!

6. Kaminski’s Creations – For the superhero Dad! A cute take on a Superman themed card, and a tutorial on how she made it!

7. Paper-Scissors-Superheroes – Got a rockstar Dad? This is the perfect card for him.  (Scroll down to the last card in this longish-post!) Love the popped up guitar!

Missing You

Hello friends! Back today with more scraps cards!

You’ll notice that these are fall themed, and that’s because my scraps bin is like a fossil record, and we have reached Fall 2012 in our excavation, lol.  I made these into “Missing You” cards for Operation Write Home to go in a box that will be sent later this year in time for the shippers to use for fall and Christmas cards.


I used three patterned paper strips and three die cut leaves, so this is an example of using odd numbers in design, which is this month’s Design Bootcamp from Paula!  I’ve always liked things in threes on cards, I just never knew why til now :)

Also please note that these dark card bases are lined with white liner paper since that is easier for our deployed troops  to use to write home.

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About these cards:  Leaves from scrap cardstock were die cut on my Big Shot using the Sizzix Originals Leaves #2 die.  I then dry embossed them with SU! embossing folders (Houndstooth and Square Lattice).  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Right at Home with Versafine Sepia ink.  I used fall colored scraps to create my horizontal stripes and then accented that with embroidery thread.  

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The Best Dad Ever

Happy Monday, all!

Lately I’ve been suffering from a lack of creative spark.  But since I want to keep crafting even though my mojo is temporarily gone, I’ve been working on scraps cards.  I dig in the scraps bin, and make something simple and cute.  Not every card has to be a work of art, you know? It’s still relaxing to make the easy scrappy ones.

Since OWH is going to need Father’s Day cards next, I whipped up about a half dozen of these for my next box.

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About these cards:  The sentiment from Studio G was stamped on scrap ivory and white cardstocks with Stampin’ Up! Basi c Black ink and punched with a 2.5″ circle punch.  The patterned papers are all random scraps.  I cut the pennants by hand and adhered them behind the circle, then popped it up to look like a badge. 

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Sending Happy Thoughts

Recently I’ve been trying to use up some old stash, all the better to make room for new stash ;) .  One of the things I tend to hoard is pretty paper, so I pulled out some and made some quick and easy cards that featured the paper and used up some random sentiments I had previously stamped.

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About the cards:  The cardbases are dry embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (SU).  The rest of the supplies are random from my stash. 

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Quickie Scraps Cards

Two more cards to share today that I made with scraps I found laying around on the table at my friend Donna’s house.  SU! Demos have the greatest scraps, right?

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These’ll go right into my OWH box :)

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Twas the Night Before Christmas…

Hi all! A quick post today featuring a quick card I made for The Haughton House – we’ll be making this one at Christmas Card class in December! Super easy to do with these cute element stickers!  This one will not be going to OWH, though, since it has both glitter tape and stickles – I don’t trust either not to flake off a little bit.


About this card:  The sentiment and snowflakes are all stickers from the Echo Park Very Merry collection which I popped on dimensional adhesives.  I added a little silver ice Stickles to the snowflakes.  The silver glitter tape is from American Crafts.  The music score paper is another Echo Park collection, Merry Christmas.  The red mat is Worldwin cardstock. 

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OWH Cardmaking Party!

On Saturday, 15 of my crafty friends met up with me to help make cards for Operation Write Home.  I had prepped kits in advance to make things go smoothly, and by 4 PM we had 252 cards ready to go!

Check them out all laid out pretty…


Want to see the cards? (Some of these are hastily taken cell phone pics, so I apologize in advance for the photo quality!)


This one features a sentiment cut on my Silhouette SD, and all the other cardstock and paper was donated.



I always like to do at least one card for kids at my OWH events.  This one is a CASE of a card I saw on Pinterest.  Punched circles make up the caterpillar body and of course googly eyes make everything better.  Sentiment stamp is from the dollar bin at Michael’s!



One of several Christmas designs.  All of the papers you see were donated.  I used the SU! Ornament punch and a silver sharpie to create the ornaments.  Green flourish is from SU! Baroque Motifs stamp set.



Another one CASEd from Pinterest (what did we do before Pinterest??) that features donated designer papers.  These turned out so fun and colorful! We used various embossing folders to emboss our die cut leaves (Sizzix Leaves #2 die).  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments and is punched with the SU! Designer Label punch.

We also made a couple of cards I’ve previously posted, specifically this one and the second card in this post.

Way to go, ladies! Thank you all so much for your help, and thank you also to everyone that donated supplies and door prizes! We had so much fun and for such a good cause :)  Can’t wait to do it again in the spring!

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Hi all! I’ve got a cute and simple Christmas card today! The secret is stickers!!

I took the cute Santa badge sticker and popped it on dimensionals, then layered a couple of other stickers from the same collection to get the look I wanted.  The layout comes from an OWH bonus sketch, and my red and green color scheme is for the current OWH Midweek Throwdown Color Challenge.


About this card:  Everything you see, stickers and paper, is from the Echo Park Very Merry collection! We will be making this card at The Haughton House in our special December 1 Christmas card class!

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Get Well Soon

So, did anyone notice that the title of my post yesterday was Get Well Soon even though the card was an all-occasion card?   I write and schedule my posts several days in advance usually, and when I wrote that one I started with a plan to post one card, then changed my mind.  I changed the text of the post but forgot about the title and I didn’t notice until yesterday afternoon when I went to check and saw my scheduled post.  Oops! I fixed it :)

And today, the get well soon card! This is a blatant CASE of this beautiful card from Daniela Dobson.

I made that awesome button with a new toy, a birthday gift from Donna (thanks, girl!), the awesome Epiphany Crafts Button Studio.   LOVE this thing.  And the buttons are about the thickness of a shirt button, so I think they are okay for mail. Please note the bit of twine in the button – y’all know how I feel about a naked button!


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About this card:  The designer papers are both from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Hello Fall collection.  The green paper is stamped with the dandelion from Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society May stamps in Distress Ink Vintage Photo.   The mat is Worldwin cardstock in Crimson (I know, it totally looks brown in person too).  The sentiment from Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society June stamps is stamped in Distress Ink Broken China on a scrap of ivory cardstock, then punched with a large circle punch.  The button was made with a scrap of the LYB Hello Fall paper and my Epiphany Crafts Button Studio.  The white twine in the button is random from my stash.

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Hello friends! I’m so looking forward to the classes tomorrow at the Haughton House! I’ll be teaching a watercolor technique, a sponging technique, and some cards designed to use up scraps.  Next week I’ll show y’all some pictures of my students’ creations, it’ll be great!

Today’s card is another favorite for scraps, the pinwheel.  I have made a zillion of these, I think.  For this one I used fall colors.  Even though it’s 100 degrees here, I’m trying to get into the fall colors frame of mind!


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About this card: Everything is scrap papers and cardstock! Even the button is a random one from my stash.  I believe the green paper is Stampin’ Up! and the woodgrain/floral is K & Co.  The dark brown cardstock is SU! Chocolate Chip.   The button is threaded with hemp twine.

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