Archive for December, 2011

OWH – Year in Review

Hello folks!  This year was quite a year for me with Operation Write Home.   I had a blast posting each week’s sketch challenge and I look forward to doing it again in 2012.  (If anyone has good ideas for sketches, click on ‘contact me’ at the top of this page and let’s talk!)

This year I also hosted my first OWH Cardmaking party with a great group of ladies – we made over 270 cards in one day! And on top of that, I had my own personal challenge to make a card for OWH for each comment I received here on my blog.  As of this morning I had 1075 comments.  And not to worry, I mailed 1259 cards to OWH (the last box just left!)

I’m proud to be supporting an organization like OWH, and I’ve loved being a part of the OWH community, plus I’ve learned so much about cardmaking because of OWH!

With that being said, below are my “top ten” cards that I made for Operation Write Home this year in no particular order.  I’m linking up to the OWH Top Ten Hop, be sure and check it out to see other OWH bloggers’ top ten cards for 2011.

For all of these pictures you can click on them to pop up a larger view, then click it again to reduce it back down.
p8091202 The Starburst card.  I loved this tutorial and I must have made a couple of hundred starburst cards this year.  And I have a stash of papers to use to make more in 2012!

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p5011019 Watercolored Father’s Day card.  I need to pull out the watercolor paper and inks again, I think, and make more of these for OWH Father’s Day cards in 2012.  I loved this one so much I made a bunch for OWH and saved one to give to my own dad.

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p4120977 The Sticker card.  This year I participated in a couple of “skips” (aka small blog hops) with specific themes.  This one was for cards made with stickers, and it turned out to be one of my favorite cards.

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p1090800 Wintry Inspiration. I made this card during the very brief but beautiful snowfall we had at the beginning of the year.  The “snow” is just white gel pen.

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pc091514 Miss You All the Time.  Love this sentiment, love this stamp set! This features one of the new OWH + Hero Arts sets.  I used the cracked glass technique for the large clock face.  This card also reminds me of when I made it, the awesome stamping retreat I went on with some of my friends.

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pc021508 Hey, Little Monster! A fun card for kids featuring on of my favorite stamp sets, Stampin’ Up! Make a Monster.  This is also from an OWH Sketch, #99.

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owhknkbloghop Warm Winter Wishes! This cute patriotic snowman was a digi stamp sold by K ‘n K Designs as a fundraiser for OWH.  I had a lot of fun making some cards with those digis and participating in their bloghop.  This card was one of my absolute favorites (might be because of those googly eyes!)

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pa081363 The Medallion Christmas Card.  I actually didn’t make this card! This is one of many from my OWH Cardmaking party that I held in October.  I love this card, and the party was so much fun and so productive.  I’m already planning another one, hopefully in February.

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p9101263 Thank You, Hero.  I made this Any Hero card for the September 11th sketch post, using an OWH free digi.  I love the way it came out, and I hope it brightened some hero’s day when they received it.

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p7251183 Robot & Robo-Pup.  This card was made for one of my “CASE the Catalog” Monday features, where I make a card inspired by a project in the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  I love this robot and his little robo-puppy.

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Wow! That was a lot of fun looking through all my OWH blog posts this year.  It was really hard to pick only ten cards to share, there were a lot of others that I really loved!  Looking forwarding to making many, many more this coming year! Thanks for reading, everyone!

CASE the Catalog Monday!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I had a wonderful time with my family.

Today’s card is of course a project inspired by the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  A sweet and simple card found on page 133.

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I wanted to copy this card because it used the designer frames embossing folder which I just love.  My version uses slightly different paper and stamps, and I also did a bit of distressing.

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About this card: The card base is a dark kraft cardstock from my stash.  I dry embossed the front with the SU! Designer Frames embossing folder.   I stamped a flower from SU! Punch Potpourri set in SU! Bliss Blue on SU! Very Vanilla cardstock two times, the cut them out and layered them, before accenting with an adhesive pearl.  I stamped the sentiment from SU! Because I Care stamp set in SU! Old Olive on more Very Vanilla and cut it out.  I used the Heart Attack distressing tool from We R Memory Keepers to distress the edges of the oval.  I cut a horizontal strip of green plaid paper from Jo’s Stash, hand cut the pennant edges and distressed it as well.  The horizontal strip across the bottom of the card is old SU! Delicate Dots designer paper, also distressed.  I used a corner rounder punch for the bottom of the card to finish it off.

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Thank You, Hero Arts

Recently OWH asked us to make a thank you card for Hero Arts for their awesome support.  They created three stamp sets with OWH in mind, and proceeds from the sales of those sets are going to OWH.  How great is that? Plus they are cute stamps, lol!

Anyway, with that in mind I created today’s card which I will be sending to Aaron Leventhal with Hero Arts to thank him for spearheading their efforts.  And yes, the stamp I used is a Hero Arts stamp :)

This is also my tweaked version of OWH sketch #81.

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About this card:  I stamped the Hero Arts Thank You large stamp with SU! Early Espresso ink on SU! Very Vanilla cardstock and a scrap of houndstooth designer paper (I think it is BasicGrey).    I paper pieced the houndstooth flowers onto the vanilla piece and fussy cut out the whole thing.  I added a couple of adhesive pearls and adhered it all to a cardbase covered with a coordinating BasicGrey paper.  Oh, and I rounded all my corners.

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CASE the Catalog Monday!

Hello, friends! I think I have some new followers, welcome! For the uninitiated, each Monday I post a card that is inspired by a project in the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  (CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything.)

The project I selected to copy today comes from page 160 in the catalog…

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I really liked all the layers and the way it featured the tree stamp.  I have a different tree stamp, also from SU, that I recently got and I decided it was perfect for this card.  I liked the results so much, I made a second card using this same design.

I made it a little more interesting by using two of my remaining mystery card kits that I received from my Facebook swap group.  (I only have 1 kit left!)  Obviously, using the kits means I changed up the color scheme from the original.  I also rearranged the location of the sentiment and it’s frame to a position that I liked a little better.

Here are my two versions:

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About these cards:  All of the papers came from my mystery card kit swaps, except for small cardstock scraps from my own supply.  The tree stamp is Stampin’ Up! Leaves of a Tree and is stamped in SU! Handsome Hunter (first card) and SU! Tempting Turquoise (second card).   The sentiment on the first card is from Studio G stamped in more Handsome Hunter, for the second card it is SU! Sincere Salutations, stamped in more Tempting Turquoise.  I used the designer label punch to punch the sentiments and a second punch of it for the frame underneath.  The scalloped cardstocks are punched with an SU! scallop border punch.  The main panel has two corners rounded with an SU! corner rounder.   The first card features twine from my local dollar store, and glimmer brads from SU!  The second card has ribbon and adhesive pearls, those came in the mystery kit.

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OWH Hero Arts Blog Skip!

Hello, Skippers! Are you having fun getting ideas for how to use these new stamps? I love all the sentiments in the All the Time set (CL584) - they are perfect for OWH cards!  If you did not arrive here from OWH, be sure and go back to the start of the skip so you can see all the cute cards we’ve got for you!

For today’s card, I decided to make a shaped card using the largest die from my Nestabilities Labels #8 set. It’s just slightly smaller than a standard A2 card and fits easily in an A2 envelope.  I heat embossed my clocks with walnut Distress Powder, except for the clock hands, where I used gold detail powder.  The clock fits perfectly in a 1 3/4″ circle punch.  For the sentiment I wanted to highlight the word “soon” so I heat embossed it with clear, leaving the rest of the sentiment stamped normally.  It’s a subtle detail but I like the effect.  I punched out the sentiment, layered everything up with some cardstock, popped in three gold brads, add a little sponged on Distress Ink in Tea Dye and here you have it…

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The eagle-eyed among you might notice that this is an old OWH sketch – way back to number 3.  And this coming Sunday will be sketch 100, can you believe it!? And yes, we have something special planned!

Skip along, friends, to Handmade by Paula and check out what else you can do with these stamps! Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win some!

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Happy Birthday

I had two friends with birthdays this week.  I showed you the first card on Tuesday, and today’s card is the second.  This one is also an SU Catalog case, but it is from an older catalog – I’m not sure which one.  I had this pretty floral designer paper from Making Memories that I wanted to use, so I pulled the rest of the cardstock colors based on that. I think it’s pretty and the recipient loved it.

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About this card:  The sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes is stamped in SU! Buckaroo Blue on SU! Very Vanilla cardstock.  I hand cut the pennant shape.  The flower was cut on my Silhouette cutter with designer paper from Making Memories.  I layered four flowers on top of each other and curled the top ones a little with my finger.   The large rhinestone is also from Making Memories.   I punched a piece of SU! Apricot Appeal cardstock with the designer label punch, then used a paper piercer to add the pierced border detail.  The large pennant is more Making Memories paper, and behind that is SU! Groovy Guava cardstock punched with the scallop trim border punch.   My card base is SU! Buckaroo Blue cardstock that has been dry embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder on my Big Shot.

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Equestrian Thank You

I spent this past weekend with an amazing group of ladies, scrapping and cardmaking at the Southern Comfort Retreat in Mineola, Texas - a bed and breakfast that caters to craft groups.  It is an amazing place, and the innkeepers are just the sweetest people.

As the newbie of the group, I got “nominated” to make a thank you card to leave with our innkeepers Bill and Linda.  They have a display of all the previous cards they have gotten from other groups, so the pressure was on to make a great card!

Before getting into the inn business, Bill and Linda bred, rode, and showed horses for many years on their horse farm.  Their beautiful home is filled with equestrian-themed artwork. One of their Christmas trees was decorated entirely in horse ornaments! So, I decided their card had to include a horse, and I wanted a touch of Christmas as well.

Even though I made the card, it was truly a group effort as the stamps were borrowed from one friend, the ribbon from another, the inks from yet another, and everyone offered their input.  Here’s what we came up with…

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About this card:  The sentiment is a stamp from Stampin’ Up! Occasional Quotes stamp set, stamped in SU! Early Espresso ink on SU! Very Vanilla cardstock and punched with the Curly Label punch.  I set in two copper eyelets and turned it into a ribbon slide using a narrow red sparkly ribbon.  The horse was cut on my Silhouette SD from SU! Early Espresso cardstock.  The background is SU! Very Vanilla cardstock.  I stamped the SU! Medallion background stamp in Versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder, then I sponged on a variety of green inks including SU! Old Olive, SU! Always Artichoke, and Distress Ink Peeled Paint.  I sponged SU! Chocolate Chip around the edges.  I matted the panel with a dark kraft cardstock from Recollections and put it all on a Very Vanilla cardbase.

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CASE the Catalog

As promised, here is yesterday’s CASE the catalog post!

I needed to make a birthday card for a coworker and since I knew the card wasn’t going through the mail, I took the opportunity to make something nice and lumpy!  I found this card on page 126 of the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog and knew it would be a perfect card to CASE.

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I wanted a more dramatic look so I embossed the doily in white onto a dark brown cardstock.  I also made a bigger rosette since I left out the die cut layer in the original.  And my button in the center is a beautiful rhinestone button that is very dramatic!

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About this card:  The button is one that I received in a swap.  The rosette is made with paper from the Stampin’ Up! designer series Spice Cake.  The sentiment from SU!  Teeny Tiny Wishes is stamped in SU! Early Espresso ink on SU! Very Vanilla cardstock which I then hand cut into a pennant shape.   I stamped the SU! Hello, Doily stamp in Versamark and then heat embossed it with Ranger white detail embossing powder on SU! Early Espresso cardstock.  The mat is SU! More Mustard.

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Miss You All the Time

(I know it’s Monday, but CASE the Catalog has been postponed until tomorrow.  Just wait, it’s super cute, I promise!)

For today I wanted to show you this card, which I made for this week’s OWH sketch challenge #99, using the new Hero Arts stamp set All the Time.  They made this set in coordination with OWH and part of the proceeds from the sale of it go to OWH! Isn’t that awesome? And it’s a really cute set with great sentiments to go with the clock faces.

Ever since I got my advanced copy I have been wanting to do the cracked glass technique with one of the clock faces, and I finally did it.  It’s hard to do that technique with such a large image, especially when you don’t have the right type of embossing powder, but I made it work, I think.

Oh, and the papers here all came from another one of the mystery kits I got in a Facebook swap.

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About this card: The clock from Hero Arts All the Time set was stamped in Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso ink on generic ivory cardstock and cut out.  Then I layered on many (many!) layers of clear embossing powder with Versamark. Once cool I cracked it and added a large gold brad from my stash.  I stamped the blue marbled patterned paper randomly with the clock faces, using SU! Early Espresso ink which I stamped off onto scrap paper once before stamping on the patterned paper to give it a faded look. The mystery kit patterned papers are matted with SU! Early Espresso cardstock.  The sentiment also from HA All the Time is stamped in more Early Espresso.  I sponged all my edges with Early Espresso as well.

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For All You Are…

Another quickie today using a sentiment I received as part of a Facebook swap.   And another OWH sketch as well, this is my version of sketch #96.

When I sat down to make this card I intended to use some large gold star brads that I thought I had in my stash, only to discover I had only one left! So I improvised with some metallic gold paper, a small star punch, and simple round gold brads.  I think it came out pretty cute still!

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About this card:  The sentiment is from a swap and is matted on Stampin’ Up! Basic Black cardstock.  The ribbon is from the Michael’s dollar bin, and is attached to the cards with gold brads, layered under punched gold metallic paper stars made with a Fiskars small star punch.   The vertical black strip of cardstock is dry embossed on my Big Shot with the Tiny Stars embossing folder from Paper Studio.  The background paper is from Jo’s Stash.  I sponged the edges with a little SU! Basic Black ink.

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