Saturday, January 31, 2015


For the Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge 247 and Shopping our Stash 186-Love

I love this paper pad and I love this stamp. I love Brown and I especially love Orange. Tried a few different things here that I haven't tried. Used a Spellbinders scalloped frame die, edge only, to cut the scallops on the left of the striped rectangle then I wrapped the card with 3 layers of the ribbon.  I have to figure out how to do that better so there isn't any space, or else I need to get some thicker ribbon!  Then it needed something else, and the bling was exactly the right colors, so on it went.

Kinda busy.... but all of the paper was in the same pad, so stripes and argyle must go together, right?
Paper from Hampton Art Ki Argyle 6x6 pad on black cardstock
Stampabilities  "I Love you to the Moon and back" Stamp
Spellbinders Scalloped Frame Die
Bling - Karen Foster design espresso swirl burst brad
Offray 1/8" ribbon

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cork, Corrugated, and Woven hearts

For the Shopping Our Stash #185: Not Your Normal Paper  and The Paper Girls Challenge #72 - Cork

                   Can't believe it, this one won a "Top 3" honor at Shopping our Stash.  Whoopppeeee!!!!

Trying something new with "paper" other than cardstock.  Found a heart punch in my drawer of punches that my friend Bobbi gave me and decided to see if it would cut through the cork, corrugated, and woven papers. It worked out just fine.  Since all of the cards I have been making are for Operation Write Home, I decided a Miss You sentiment would fit.

Precut David Tutera Kraft card
Core'dinations Pink and Brown Paper
Brown Dotted Paper from the box of scraps from Bobbi
Hearts cut with Heart punch using
DCWV Cork, Corrugated Neutrals, and Woven 6x6 stacks
Pink Ribbon and Pink Bakers twine
Sentiment from Hero Arts OWH Year Round Sentiments

Sunday, January 25, 2015


I found this piece of paper in a stack of assorted paper that my friend Bobbi gave me.  Being that I am a Words with Friends junkie, I just had to use it.  This is the finished product.  The stamp sentiment fits this paper perfectly, doesn't it?  I hope there is another piece of paper just like this left in the stack!

Hero Arts Operation Write Home Year Round Sentiments stamp
Caption box cut out from American Crafts Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go 6x6 pad
Spellbinders Square die cut
Offray Simple Grosgrain 1/8" ribbon (just found at Joann's)
"Scrabble" paper from my friend Bobbi
Plain Paper Core'dinations cardstock

Because I loved this paper so much, I didn't want to waste a bit of it, so I just had to make another card!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tangerine and Yellow

I liked it so much in Teal that I had to try it out in an orange hue
Darice Floral Embossing folder
Core'dinations White Paper
Tangerine Paper from ?
Die Cuts using Shapez Creatopia Xyron by Spellbinders Frame 5
My Mind's Eye "The Sweetest thing" Brads and flower 
Orange Washi tape 

Snowy Wednesday's cards

What to do on a snowy, snowy Wednesday in January in Michigan?  Shovel Snow...done, make soup...done, make chocolate chip/banana muffins...done, laundry....done,  time to make cards!  Pictures are not the best.  There is not a bit of light here today.

Was going for a simple masculine missing you card for Operation Write Home and came up with this.  I had this great paper with arrows all over it, but by the time I got done cutting it down, you can barely see it!  I think the arrow embossing folder and the arrow paper were competing with each other.

The Paper Studio Arrow Embossing folder
Ki Argyle Paper Pad
Core'dinations Brown Paper
Green Paper from the "Bobbi Stash"
Studio G Missing You stamp
Bright neon green brad from Michaels

Then I needed a Get Well card for a friend.

Darice Floral  Embossing folder
Core'dinations White Paper
Teal Paper from the "Bobbi Stash"
Die Cuts using Shapez Creatopia Xyron by Spellbinders Frame 5
My Mind's Eye "The Sweetest thing" Brads and flower 
Green and Blue Washi tape on top of each other to make teal
Time to shovel again.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dog Bone

Because I'm a Crazy dog lady....
for the Words to Scrap by Challenge #13: #youchoosethewords(s)

Layers: Core'dinations brown paper, Core'dinations turquoise paper
DCWV "The Pets Stack" paper
Stamp: Rubbernecker Willie stamp
Bone brad from Michael's

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Thank you Hero

For the Operation Write Home January’s Mid-Month Throwdown the theme is Thank You
Also used for the Our Daily Bread Design Challenge - Any Hero card..

One of my all time favorite stamps compliments of my good friend Bobbi.  Red, White, and Blue ribbon is also from Bobbi.

Thank You stamp from Stampin Up Alphabet Soup 
"Thank you" heat embossed with white on red paper
White paper dry embossed with Tiny Dots from The Paper Studio
Blue Hearts die cut with Star die from Shapez Creatopia Xyron by Spellbinders 
Small Blue bling heart from the Michaels $1 bin and is popped up
All of the paper is Core'dinations cardstock

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pastel Miss you cards

Way outside my comfort zone.  Dry embossing, die cutting, stamps, ribbon, using some of the tiny little die cut pieces, and a bit of hand drawing.  Did you know that the sharp end of a wooden cuticle stick works just fine to draw a line?  That's a lot of different techniques for me to use for one little card.

My friend, and partner in crime (cardmaking!) Bobbi,  picked up this Spellbinders Pendants-Tulips Die for me somewhere for $4 or $5.  A bargain, right?  Was not sure what to do with it, so I cut some pieces, then searched around on the web, got a few ideas, and this is what I came up with.

Then I had to try it some more because I had this cool tulip embossing folder

A little pastel for my taste, but I wanted to try to use these dies and I want it to be spring!

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants - Tulips dies,  The Paper Studio Tiny Dots Embossing folder, Darice Spring Tulips Embossing folder, pearls and blue jewels   

Monday, January 12, 2015

You're a Hoot

Playing around with my new stamps and dies on this cold and snowy winter day -
Lawn Fawn You're a Hoot
Paper from Bobbi - Masculine and Feminine versions

Still trying to figure out how to get good pictures.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

OWH Sketch Challenge 246 - 2nd try

I wasn't quite happy with my first try, so I thought I'd give it another one.
OWH Sketch Challenge 246

Background and Blue paper from DCWV Mango Frost
Orange Paper from DCWV Citrus
Stamps from My Favorite Things Cute Critters
Acorns are Heat embossed

OWH Sketch Challenge 246 - 1st try

This is the first Operation Write Home Challenge I've done, in fact, it's my very first card-making challenge
I've ever done, ever.

Sketch Challenge 246 - first try 1/10/2015
Stamps from  My Favorite Things - Cute Critters
All paper was from my benefactor and card mentor, my good friend Bobbi who got me into all of this.  Love You hearts also from Bobbi.