Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stenciled Panel

This is my 2nd post today, and I have a card that was made with a Tim Holtz "Burlap" stencil. I embossed the stencil onto a piece of vanilla cardstock and sponged it with Ranger Antique Linen, Tea Dye, and Vintage Photo inks. I tore the lower portion and sponged on more Vintage Photo ink to make it darker. I added 3 copper-colored brads, and a Hero Arts sentiment stamped with Vintage Photo ink. For the final touch, I added some vanilla seam binding; but I had 2nd thoughts that adding some burlap may have been a better choice. This is heading to OWH in my final box of cards.

That's it for today, but thanks for spending a few moments of your day with me.


One Die - Three Ways

Today I have 3 cards using the Memory Box Dazzling Snowflake die that I won at the Snippets Playground quite a while ago. I played with it as soon as I got it, but I had trouble fiddling with all the tiny pieces and didn't like anything I made with it, so I put it aside for a while. After seeing other people in blogland using the same die, I decided to give it another go, so here are 3 cards I made. 

For this one I used Pool Party and Plum Pudding colors, and die cut a 2nd snowflake from silver embossed cardstock. I replaced the pool party negative pieces with the silver embossed pieces, replacing a few with lavender gemstones. Don't look too closely, or you'll see some of those super tiny dots went missing :) I added a MS punched snowflake, a SU! punched mini flower and more gemstones to the center. The sentiment was silver embossed and everything went onto a white card base.

Here's another one done in turquoise and silver. I added May Arts chevron ribbon to the corners, and a big silver brad to the center on top of the MS punched snowflake. Some tiny circles were replaced with silver Geo Sparkler stickers. The sentiment was done with stickers and my Quickutz, with a tiny snowflake punch used in place of the letter "O" with a mini turquoise die-cut star in the center.

For this version, I used the negative portion left over after putting all those silver embossed pieces into the first card. I hated to toss this away, so I hand-cut the edges into points and put it onto a Melon Mambo card base, adding some pink gemstones to the center and a silver embossed sentiment at the bottom.

These cards are going over to the May Rudolph Days which runs from the 25th to the end of May.

They're also going over to the Snippets Playground Challenges #178 and #179.

Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a great day!


Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

Today America honors her fallen veterans who served our country and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

My dad and my uncle were both Navy veterans, while my father-in-law served in the Army and my brother-in-law served as a proud Marine. They're all gone from our lives, but never forgotten. I never got to meet my husband's father, but I miss my dad, my uncle, and my brother-in-law all the time - especially on Memorial Day.

With the drawdown of our troops, the closing of OWH (Operation Write Home) will take place later this year, so I've been on a mission to fill my final box of cards and send them in by the deadline of August 1st. I'm using stamps and supplies that I've acquired through the years specifically intended for cards for our military and OWH. 
Today's card uses a stamped image from Heartfelt Creations that I borrowed from my friend Mary Anne some time ago. For some reason I hoarded it, probably because I liked it so much. (I worked in flag manufacturing for the better part of my life, so that may have something to do with it?) It's time to let it go now, and send it in for someone else to enjoy. I used a Hero Arts sentiment with a navy cardbase, and cut the panels with Lil Inker stitched rectangles and this was done. I'm going to miss making cards like this, but I thought it was ideal to post it on Memorial day, since I'm especially missing my heroes today.

Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you a great day of remembrance for your loved ones as well.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's a Red, White, and Blue Weekend

 I couldn't think of a better time to post this patriotic love card than Memorial Day weekend. I used a fun die I found in my LSS called "Filling Die QD002 Two Hearts" designed by Nellie Snellen. I used snippets of dsp from my stash that have the colors of red, white and blue, and put this all on a royal blue textured card base. I die cut the letters with my Quickutz from matching dsp. This card will be going into my last box heading to OWH within the next few weeks, as they are accepting cards only until until August 1st. I think I'll make a few more of these today since they're quick and easy to put together.

I'm sharing this over at the Snippets Playground #178 & 179.

Memorial Day is a special day set aside to honor our armed forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. To those who served, those who continue to serve, and those who gave their all; THANK YOU for all you do.

Thanks for stopping by, and make it a great day!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Finishing Strong for OWH Blog Hop

Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I'm helping to get the word out by participating in the OWH Memorial Day blog hop.

To start at the beginning of the hop, just click the badge above.

I've made a thank-you card in honor of Memorial Day. I cut a MFT stitched quilt die 3 times, using red, blue, and white cardstock. I had fun switching the stitched quilt pieces to make different patterns and designs, and added a couple punched flowers and a navy star brad to the center. The sentiment is from MFP and was stamped with blue ink.

I had enough pieces left for a second card, so I just added different punched flowers and a mini star brad to the center.

 I'm really going to miss making cards for OWH; but at the same time, I'm happy knowing that more of our servicemen and women are back home with their families, and are able to express what they're feeling in person, instead of in a greeting card. I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to support OWH for so many years; and knowing how many lives have been touched with a hand-made card have enriched my life in many ways. Thanks OWH!

Happy Memorial Day to all of our wonderful military, and thanks for serving!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday FWF Thank-You

Here's a card I'm sharing over at the Unity Friday Friends with Flair. I won this cute little image stamp in a grab bag prize for playing along with a former FWF! (still doing a happy dance) I colored the image with fluorescent Copics in blue, purple, and lime green, adding some clear gemstones to the flowers, and pale green gemstones to the pitcher/vase. (click the picture to enlarge detail) The turquoise and white panels were die cut with Lil Inker stitched rectangles and the belt loops were done with a Quickutz, and colored with matching Copics. 

Wishing you all a wonderful Friday, and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

His & Hers

The OWH mid-month throwdown for May is to make His & Hers cards using the same design/layout.  I pulled out some blue papers for his..........

and some pink & grey colors for hers. The papers are from Recollections, the stitched diagonal panel is from Lil Inker, the hearts were done with a SU! mini punch, and the sentiment is from MFP. These were quick and easy cards to put together and I like the simple design which requires no extra postage.

I'm also sharing these at the Snippets Playground #177 since I used all snippets to put these cards together.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful day!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Caught a Bug?

Deedee's Digis is sponsoring the CraftersCafeChallenge #117 this week, so I've made a card to meet their challenge theme of "get well."

I used Deedee's Digis Goody Jar set and chose the line images, placing a bug inside of the jar and coloring everything with Copics. I die cut the panels with Lil Inkers stitched rectangle dies, then added some Island Indigo ribbon, along with a tiny bow made with lavender gingham ribbon. The cardstock is Pool Party, and for the final touch, I added a lavender heart-shaped brad to the bow on the top of the jar. The sentiment was computer generated.

I hope you're playing along with Deedee's May progressive challenge too, because when you do, you'll earn June's digi of the month completely free! Click here to get all the details and learn how to play along.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is perfect!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HI Cutie!

I found this cute dachshund image somewhere online, but there's no name attached to it, so I have no idea who created it. It was already colored, so all I had to do was print it, cut it, and make a card with it. I started with Spellbinders circles and scalloped circles dies, and some kraft cardstock, to die-cut the main image panel. The smaller sentiment circle was done with SU! punches and the sentiment is from MFP. The vertical strip and background papers are from BoBunny, and the ribbon is from my stash.

I'm sharing this card into the following challenges: 

Snippets Playground #177 - to always use snippets

Thanks for stopping by - now go and have yourself a fabulous day!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Deedee's Digi of the Month for May

Today I'm sharing a card made with Deedee's Digis featured digi for May called Dad's Day off. There are several versions of this digi set available to choose from, which makes it ideal to create any card for your masculine needs. The May progressive challenge will be wrapping up soon, so if you didn't play along last month to get this free digital image, you can snag it for a reduced price for a little bit longer. Check out all the details here.

I pulled a snippet of plaid dsp from my stash for the background, and die cut the digital images with a top note die. For the final touch, I added some random twill ribbon and matching brads. This was quick and easy to make, and perfect for Father's day, or a dad's birthday card!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I wish you a perfect day!