Friday, January 31, 2014

Operation Write Home Card Bowl 2014 - Challenge 1

Operation Write Home is having a fun weekend of challenges in honor of Super Bowl weekend !  

The first challenge posted earlier today: 
Masculine Ode to the teams! Make a masculine card – for men, teens, or little boys – in any OWH-approved theme. And make your card somehow reflect either the Seahawks or Broncos. Use their colors, something about their city, their mascot – get creative! It doesn’t have to be a sports/football-related card. 

Here are two cards I made, one in honor of each team. All supplies used were from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted and most of which are no longer available.

I used the team colors and tried to incorporate their mascot somehow. 

The Denver Broncos Card:
Bronc Buster and Wanted stamp sets
Glossy white card stock
Textured blue card stock, unknown
Pumpkin Pie card stock
Woodgrain texture plate, Fiskars
twine, unknown: it was on a package I received a long time ago
various inks
stampin' sponge
circle punch
star punch, McGill
scrap paper

I stamped the bucking bronc image onto glossy card stock (I should have heat embossed it with black embossing powder...........) then sponged inks over it. I created a mask with torn paper for the ground and another using a circle punch for the sun, sponging various colors of classic inks from Stampin' Up! over them.

After dry embossing the background of the card with an embossing folder, I lightly sponged some ink around the edges.

I gave the star punch accent some dimension by scoring the back side of it in the center of each point of the star then gently pinching inwards along the score marks. This also has some inking around the edges. I then stamped and cut out the tiny star image from the Wanted stamp set, glued it in the center of the dimensional star and finally hot glued it in place over the twine.

The coloring of the sunset on the Broncos card was inspired by this photo I took last fall.

The Seattle Seahawks Card:
I don't have any hawk image rubber stamps so I used feather images !
Soft As A Feather and Vogue Verses stamp sets
Midnight Muse and Gable Green card stocks
Midnight Muse ink (looks black in the photo, but it is a navy blue)
pale gray card stock, unknown

This one was a pretty quick card, a sort of go-to card idea I've used many times over the years. It's a versatile idea. Tear a strip of colored card stock, cut another slightly smaller and distress the edges then mount your stamped sentiment piece to the top. Add little bit of sponged ink to the edges of the stamped piece before mounting if you'd like. 

If you have time , go to the blog post to see many inspiring projects shared by other talented stampers - and play along !

Thanks for looking =) 

Puppy Wearing Pearls Cards

Stamp image , unknown (it is another oldie from the kids play box).
Water colored with ink pads and an aqua painter.
Assorted paper scraps.
Blank inside.
Donated to 
Operation Write Home

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mother and Child Cards

A set of cards I made using stamp images from Stampin' Up!
 that I water colored in with ink pads and an aqua painter.
The background papers are unknown, 
they came in a "grab bag" from our local Big Lots store. 
I left them blank inside as I do most of the cards I make and
donate to Operation Write Home.
I also include extra paper to write on.

There was a recent challenge on the OWH blog to create
pastel colored cards. These are fairly "pastel-y".
Maybe I should have made a bunch more
of my Pink Mustang cards  !
I will one day; 
I really like to make automotive themed cards.
In fact, I finally ordered a diamond plate embossing folder
and a new stamp set for creating car cards. 
Oh how I wish Stampin' Up! would have kept making 
more of the realistic looking automobile and truck stamps.........

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Animal Talk Cards

This week the midweek throwdown at Operation Write Home is cards for kids.
I made several cards for kids of all ages and sent them in last fall, many of which I still have to share here on my blog. The above set are some of those cards.

I used various scraps of card stock, some sticker "ribbon", staples and paper punches.
The stamp images from the Animal Talk stamp set from Stampin' Up! were colored with water based markers before stamping.

Go visit the blog for lots of inspiration, whether it is ideas for card making, techniques to try or inspiring notes from the soldiers that receive the cards to send home to loved ones.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Minnie Mouse Cards

How cute are these fairly simple cards ?! 
As I was making cards to donate to 
Operation Write Home,
I decided to dig through an old box
of rubber stamps I had for my children 
to play with many years ago. 
Some of the stamps were bought for myself
nearly 30 (yes thirty! I admit it...) years ago,
other stamps were bought specifically
for the kids to play with.
I never heard of making cards and such
with stamps, I just liked to stamp them
on pieces of paper I wrote letters 
to pen pals on many years ago.
This Minnie Mouse stamp is one I bought
for myself and I totally forgot I had her !
I keep the old "kids stamps" in another part of 
my "craft dungeon" so I never think to look through them.
I'm glad I did - and now must remember I have some
of those stamps I had forgotten about ! 

Anyway, I don't know the stamp manufacturer
and I am pretty sure that it was bought,
of all places, at our local Spencer's store.
Way back when, they used to have a tiny section
of rubber stamps and stickers. 
That was the only section of the store I could shop in :)
Sticker collecting was quite popular at the time,
companies even made scratch and sniff stickers
and special books to collect stickers in. 
Yes, I had (have!) one of them. 
Maybe I should go dig it out of the attic
and share it someday...........

Back to the card:
I cut my own tag to stamp Minnie on.
She was colored with markers.
I used a Texturz plate to give the white background
some embossed polka dots.
The scallop circle was stamped and 
then punched, adding a punched 1/4" circle 
of black as a "faux brad".
I left the card blank inside so it could be 
used for any occasion - 
and sent to Minnie Mouse lovers, young and old alike !

I plan to share many more of the cards I donated
to Operation Write Home over the next month.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Eagle Watching

The above photos are some I took this past weekend
when we went out to look for eagles in the area.
I don't have a fancy camera with a long zoom, fast lens.
I think I managed to get a few decent photo
(almost all of these are cropped in)
despite the birds not being near us.

This photo is one I took several years ago
and although not the best
(it was zoomed way in with a digital point and shoot camera
using the digital zoom function)
I still like it. I entered it into a contest at the time.
It tickles me to see the eagles standing on ice
and the pelican slowly paddling by them,
headed upriver. He (she?) looks so out of place! 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Greeting Cards Gift Pt 3

I just realized in looking back at my old post from the hand made greeting card box and cards I gave my mother at Christmas, I never posted the second half of the cards I gave to her !

These are some of the cards I made , either all my own creations or from my old stash of samples copied from others work. The copies I would have no idea who to give the credit to as these were made sooooo long ago. I didn't take photos of all the cards I gave her so there are several I am unable to share.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Greeting Cards Gift Pt 2

Blank flip card.
The flower has gitter on it.

Blank - one of my all time favorite creations !

Using up some scraps that had already been punched

There is a stamped paisley background on 
the green that doesn't show up well.
Using up more scraps I came across.

I so wish I had this stamp set ! 
I borrowed it years ago and made several cards with
it to keep on hand. This the last of this particular one.

I've had this in my stash for far too long.

There are more cards I sent, 
since they were the same:
all made from kits that 
Stampin' Up! used to sell.

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Greeting Cards Gift Pt 1

Wedding - shimmery silver ink, card stock, ribbon  and rhinestones !

Generic Baby - textured card stock, ribbon and 
images colored with colored pencils.
I wanted to make a card that could be
given at a shower when the gender of the baby is unknown.

Little girl birthday - embossed background
with a Texturz plate, water colored image.
I colored the edge of the white satin edge ribbon
to coordinate with the pink card stock. 

Little boy birthday - embossed background
with a Texturz plate, water colored image
and googlie eyes !

Die cut flower pieces ran through a polka dot embossing folder,
decorative tape. The tape was found in the hardware section
of my local Big Lots store of all places ! 

Blank - water colored image

Sponged sky, punched butterfly and flower.

Another all time favorite that was copied from a sample
I saw online many years ago. I loved the simplicity of it
and made several of these to keep on hand. 
This is my last one, but luckily, unlike the wolf card I posted previously,
I do own this stamp set so I can make more. 

Thanks for looking at the cards I made to send in
the hand made card box. 
I'll share the rest of them tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hand Made Card Box #2

This is the second card box I made from scratch
and filled with hand made cards to give as a 
Christmas gift.

It uses more papers from the retired 
Sycamore Street paper pack 
and ribbon from
Stampin' Up!

I also used the new spiral flower die to create
the roses on the top, using 
Rich Razzleberry and Kiwi Kiss card stocks.
The leaves are not included on the die, 
so I used an old flower parts punch.
The scalloped circle die is a Nestabilites.

I finally got it mailed out
last week: I'd been housebound due to so much 
snow and sub zero temps. I was NOT going
out unless I absolutely needed to
(which I did not !). 
I also had to wait for the special batting
I needed for the second project 
to be delivered since I have no local
stores that sell that sort of thing. 

I am currently waiting for a second
order of  100% cotton batting snd thread to arrive,
I ran out of the first batch quickly.
Yep, it was one of those rescheduled several times
type of deliveries due to weather and the holiday.
After three changes in the delivery date, it should be here today !!!!
I'm ready for it =) 

My plan is to make several of the bowl cozies,
each with a coordinating greeting card,
and try to sell them to friends/family. 
I think it would be neat to package up
with a bag of soup mix 
or something similar, too.

I'll share the cards I made to go in the box tomorrow. 
Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Brrrrrrrr..... Snow and Ladybugs ?

Despite it being near record setting low temperatures
again here today, and snow on the ground,
"ladybugs" are coming out of the woodwork
in my 100+ year old house today ! 

Perhaps in part because someone (not me!) 
set the thermostat to 77 degrees overnight ?

Sure, it isn't the most beautiful view, 
but I like it anyway =) 

BITTER cold and windy today, wind chills were at zero with 
the regular temperature barely hitting 13 degrees.
The sun was melting the snow off the kids' cars
and it was freezing at the same time.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Chain Of Hearts Card




This card was a little bit of work figuring out how to make. Once I got it to work properly, it was pretty easy to make the finished card and I’ll share how I did it.

All supplies from Stampin’ Up! :
Whisper White card stock
Basic Black card stock
Real Red designer papers, four different patterns
Textured Real Red Coredinations card stock
Script embossing folder
Movers and Shapers heart die – for heart chain
Coordinating heart paper punch – to punch out the designer paper hearts for the centers of the heart chain
Alphabet die set – L O V E
Expresssions die – cut the M and Y off of “Merry”
Red organdy ribbon- attach ribbon ends between the heart chain and card base.
Sandpaper – to lightly sand the embossing on the red embossed card stock to allow the colored core to show through
Copy paper (or card stock) – for the chain of hearts
Shimmery, glittery paper would be really pretty to use, but I did not use anything that may cause problems for our troops since I intend on mailing this in with other cards I am making for Operation Write Home (no glitter allowed!)

I chose to use copy weight paper for the folding chain of hearts since the card has so many layers already. I didn’t want it to be too thick. The downside of using lighter weight paper over thick card stock is it will probably not hold up as well to opening over and over. I put a thin strip of tape on the back side of the seams to help strengthen it.

My card is 4.25 inches square and uses the heart shape from the Movers and Shapers die set Stampin’ Up! used to sell. The folded pieces of paper to fit my die and card are 1  15/16” wide. I cut a 2” wide by 8” long strip of copy weight paper, folded it in half then folded back in at  1  15/16” , creating four layers to be cut at once with the die. This size created four hearts so I could place the letters L O V E on them inside the card.



After die cutting the chain, I paper punched four hearts from decorative paper (the full heart punch from Stampin' Up! is the perfect size to fit inside the Movers and Shapers heart die, also from Stampin' Up!) and glued them to the chain. I then glued on the die cut letters.

Glue the ends of the ribbons between the card base and ends of the heart paper chain inside the card.

Decorate the front as you wish. I used card stock run through an embossing folder and die cuts.

I added extra paper to this card so the Hero had room to write home to his loved one on.

This is a fun idea to use for many different die shapes.
Who wouldn’t love to receive a card with the surprise of a pop out paper chain inside ?

Thanks for looking =)

Inspired by a card in the book Simply Beautiful Greeting Cards by Heidi Boyd, North Light Books.