Monday, March 31, 2014

Faux Antique Auto Photo- OWH Sketch Challenge 218

My card for sketch challenge #218 at Operation Write Home this week.
It's a bit different from the sketch in that it doesn't have
as many layers, but follows the basic design.

I just love making faux antique photos 
with my old car image stamps.
I wish Stampin' Up! would have made more 
of these types of stamp images,
they are my favorite and most used stamps.

Antique Autos, Highways and Byways, sentiment from
Classic Pickups stamp sets from Stampin' Up!
Kraft, Vanilla and Glossy white card stocks
various brown inks

Stamp your image onto glossy white card stock with
a permanent ink.
Tape off the edges with removable sticky note paper
or removable tape.
Use a white crayon to add highlights before you sponge
ink onto the image (you won't see the white yet). 
Sponge on inks of your choice to create the look
of black and white or sepia photos.
Lightly rub with a facial tissue to remove ink from the 
areas you used the crayon, revealing white. 
Remove the sticky notes/tape.
Now for the distressing if you want to add a worn look...
crinkle, sand, tear and curl edges, splatter ink, sponge, etc to 
make the "photo" look well loved.

Punch shapes from card stock
and coat with clear drying dimensional "glue".
Use a straight pin to carefully push the dimensional
liquid to the edges of the paper punched piece.
You want to be careful to keep it on the paper punched
piece only, if it goes over the edges it will stick to whatever
is below, making a mess as well as a deformed faux brad. 
Set aside to dry before adhering to project.
I used copper metallic card stock coated with Crystal Effects. 
Tip: I put little dabs of Tombow Two Way glue down on scrap
card boards strips to stick the paper punch pieces to while making them into brads.
 They are easy to remove if you let the glue 
get tacky, the removable adhesive state, before sticking them down. 

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Things You Find At Rummage Sales..............

........... Might just happen to be something you made !

Yep, I made this - about a dozen years ago and donated it to the
elementary school holiday bazaar that I organized for several years !
I originally made seven of them;
I always made multiples of seven , one for each class.
The school bazaar was in another town, too, which is what makes
it even funnier to me to have found it ! 
It is missing the ribbon,
but is otherwise in like new condition. 

I took my mom to a large rummage sale at a church yesterday.
By the time we got there things were well picked over, 
it was late in the day and the second day of the sale.
 In fact, to our surprise they were having a bag sale, 
whatever you could get in the bag for a set price!

We certainly didn't need anything , 
but went anyway because you never know ;)

There wasn't much, but we managed to fill two bags,
one of which was books for her to read.

I just had to toss the above ornament into my bag of miscellaneous stuff, 
after all it was something I had made a long time ago.
It was a precut wooden ornament I bought at Walmart.
I lightly stained it and painted the mitten with acrylic paint.

Maybe now that I have the supplies and know how, 
I think I will make a tag for the back with a photo
of my kids when they were little and add this to it:

Mittens warm 
a child's hands,
but Mom warms
a child's heart.

Super foggy with a heavy frost out this morning,
with the promise of a spring like day to come :)

This will be the first week we've not had below freezing temperatures 
and the first to see so many in the 50s or above! 
It's still been so cold, so dreary, so windy here. 
Winter wasn't ready to go away soon in many parts 
of the country last week, lots of places saw several inches of snow.
We had a light dusting of snow/ice early one morning
which of course caused the road crews to coat the roads with salt.
Argh, just when I am hopeful that the roads will be salt free
long enough to get the cars good and clean on their undercarriages..............
more icky weather, salt. 

Maybe the daffodils will finally bloom this week ?

Here's to spring finally making an appearance
in your part of the world, too !

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vintage Girl With Doll Cards

A set of four cards I made and donated to 
Operation Write Home.
The images were pre-printed and
pre-punched out on the tags.
I added a layer of printed vellum
over the white card stock base
and an organdy ribbon bow. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Little Yellow Duck Card

Woo, hoo - we are going to see a bit of rain today with spring like temperatures !
It is quite odd to hear that our area is still drought stricken after all the snow
this past winter (record setting flood last summer, too!).
It is so dry that there have been dozens of brush fires,
calling for "red flag" no burn warnings to be issued.
Not only is the rain needed to help with the dry ground conditions,
it will be wonderful to wash all the layers of salt off of the roads. 

With rain on the way, I decided to share this little ducky card I made
last year and donated to Operation Write Home.

Stamp image from Stampin' Up! , colored with ink pads and an aqua painter.
Summer Sun, Night Of Navy, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White card stocks.
Yellow organdy ribbon, dollar store find a long time ago.
Blank on the inside so it can be used for any occasion.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Purple and Yellow Challenge- Flamed Pickup Truck Card

As posted at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog today:
"Since it’s the fourth Wednesday of the month, it’s time for our Color Challenge. This month your challenge is to combine PURPLE AND YELLOW!"

There are sure to be lots of floral cards with that color combo, so I decided to make a "masculine" card - or one that maybe even a hot rod loving lady would like to receive !

It is blank and has no sentiment on the front, as most of the cards I make for Operation Write Home are, especially the masculine ones. This way the hero can use the card for any occasion or send it to a female if they would want to, as in this case since there is purple on it. 

Image from the old 
Classic Pickups stamp set
by Stampin' Up!
(NO, I will never part with this stamp set!!!!)
stamped with Basic Black ink

water colored with classic ink pads and an aquapainter

fine point Sharpie marker to draw the line around the edge

silver Signo gel pen for the chrome accents

Darice diamond plate embossing folder

white, silver metallic, golden yellow and dark purple card stocks

Car cruise / show / race season is just around the corner 
for us in this part of the country !
That is, if Spring ever arrives.........
another cold day today after waking
to a bit of snow/ice yesterday morning.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stitched Love Card

I made this card using some card stock scraps and this little 
 kit I found on clearance at Target.

Although it took much more time than just stamping,
I like the extra texture/dimension from the stitching !

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bright Birthday Card

Die Cuts With A View decorative papers
Wish Big is a stamp from Stampin' Up! that I colored with water based markers
polka dot ribbon, unknown and attached with hot glue

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge 217

I created an Any Hero Card for
this week.
I'm ever so slowly getting cards made
 to send in for our heroes to write home on.
Since I make each of my own cards,
most all of which no two are alike,
it does take me a while to fill a large Priority mail box.
If you would like more information about this 
terrific organization that helps our heroes
keep in touch with home
as well as sends notes of thanks for their service, 
take a moment to read  more at 

(edited to add completed card photo, 
however I did not use the faux brads
due to a "manufacturing problem", ha ha ......)

I have some little stars to add to the corner
of the speckled white panel still.
They weren't quite dry yet and I was impatient,
wanting to get this post done ;)
"Weren't dry yet ?" you ask ?
Yes, I created faux brads by paper punching
small stars from card stock
then coated them with Crystal Effects
(clear dimensional "glue")
to create a faux brad. I do that often.
They are a bit less bulky for mailing
and I can make different colors, shapes
to coordinate with different projects. 

Real stitching across the top of the ribbon;
two layers of dry embossed images.

3D star is created by cutting out one of the embossed
star designs, lightly pinching in each point
then attaching with a generous dollop of hot glue

Stamp image is from A Muse Studio, Hero Mail

Kraft, Red, Navy, speckled card stocks

Navy marker

Cuttlebug stars embossing folder

Stripes embossing folder, Stampin' Up!

I used a marker to ink up
each word separately on the long, single line sentiment
so I could stamp it into three separate lines.
I still prefer red rubber, wood mounted rubber stamps,
but clear stamps sure do come in handy for this technique !
Make sure the stamp is totally clean
before stamping the next section or 
you can have "ghost" images
of the previously inked portions show up. 
That happens to me when I use
black ink on red rubber for some reason.
Even when I use stamp cleaner it still seems
to leave light images behind from other portions 
of the stamp at times. Try it on scrap paper first !

I've had this 2" wide piece of  navy blue "ribbon"
saved since two Christmases ago ! 
It was wrapped around a fleece blanket originally.
I knew that one day it would come in handy for
some crafty project.
I cut one of the Velcro ends off then 
trimmed the points on it to make the banner.

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Welcome Baby Card

Gosh, this is such an OLD card idea ! 
I made so many of these for new babies,
girls and boys both, 
over a dozen years ago when I first
discovered Stampin' Up!. 
It was my go to at the time when I only
had this stamp set (Cuddles and Tickles from Stampin' Up!)
for babies and limited supplies. Plus it is pretty easy to make !

The basic design will work with all kinds of stamp images
and for all sorts of occasions.

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Circle Punch Flower Face Card

Thinking of you.............
makes me smile!

A card I made for the 
Midweek Throwdown at
Operation Write Home
this week:

Stamp sets, all retired from Stampin' Up!:
Smile - smiley face
Smile Accessories- leaves
Trendy Trees - thinking of you

Garden Green, Baja Breeze and Basic Black inks

Fine Sharpie marker, black



home made cloud stencil

circle punches

corner rounder punch


Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge 216

Inspired by the sketch at 
I'll give this card to a relative for Easter.

Super simple, inspired by the paper flowers with embossed edges
and the sketch.
Rubber stamp is an old image from Stampin' Up!

I've had these neon card stocks for years
and just happened upon neon ribbon on clearance
at Target over the weekend.
I wasn't going to buy them,
I'm not a neon person (I didn't even like /wear neon in the 80's!)
but in the end decided it might be a good idea so I could 
put those card stocks to use. 
It's shockingly bright ! 
If you are on the lookout for the clearance ribbon,
FYI they are NOT 4 YARD spools, as the box states:
they are 4 FEET per spool! 
Just as well since I probably won't be using a lot of neon ribbon,
but it didn't make my bargain such a bargain after all. 

I need to make a couple masculine cards, too,
with this sketch !

Sketch Challenge at Operation Write Home this week

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pop Up Box Card

Here it is, my first pop up box card ! 
I'll admit, the creation of the box card part itself wasn't too difficult,
 the figuring out what I was going to put in it and how 
was what gave me trouble ;) 

Original Instructions

It has been altered to fit a standard A2 (4 3/8" x 5 3/4") envelope.

You'll need a 5 1/2"   x 8 1/2" piece of card stock,
scored at 2", 4", 6", 8" along the 8 1/2" side.
Flip it around to score in at 3" along the 5 1/2" side,
running the entire 8 1/2" length.

Use a border punch on the long edge that
will become the 2 1/2" tall flap
(the edge that has the multiple score marks).
Depending on the depth of design your 
punch makes, the flaps will be 2 1/4" or less.

Cut in along the score lines
of the 2  1/2" tall sections just up to the 
scored line you made at the 3" mark 
the length of the card stock piece.
These cuts will make the flaps 
(2" by approx. 2 1/4" if you punch the edge).
Remove the 1/2 " piece from this side,
but keep it on the side with the 3" tall sections.
That will be the tab to adhere the box together.

Fold along all score lines.

Fold into the box shape 
(there is no bottom)
and adhere the small 1/2" wide piece
to the inside of the last 3" tall section.
You'll see that in the bottom right hand
portion of the box in the photo below.

Cut two strips of card stock 2 1/2 ",
score in 1/4" at each short end.
Z Fold and adhere the 1/4" tabs to the inside of the box.
These create the sections inside
the box to attach your embellishments to.
They are noted in the photo above.

Cut smaller pieces of decorative paper
or card stocks to decorate the flaps if you'd like.
Add other dimensional embellishments,
tags, etc to make a fun, layered card for display.

Make sure that all of the embellishments you use
do not go beyond the top or sides of the card
if you want it to fit in a smaller A2 size envelope
when it is folded. 

Folding it flat to mail

Supplies used:
Teal, pink and white card stocks
Confetti Cupcake, Happy Birthday, Greetings 
and Riveting stamp sets
all retired long ago from Stampin' Up!
Cupcakes Stampin' Around wheel
Happy Birthday Stampin' Around wheel
tiny alphabet from Technique Tuesday
various classic inks and markers from Stampin' Up!
aquapainter to color in the little cupcakes
Gold and Silver Signo gel pens
wide chisel edge black Sharpie marker
Stampin' dimensionals
scallop edge border punch, Stampin' Up!
triple layer flower punch, Stampin' Up!
circle punch

  Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rustic Prairie Digital Kit

Lovin' this new kit 
Rustic Prairie 

Here are a couple of digi scrap pages
I made with the kit as a member of her
creative team. 
The first uses a template for the challenge at
that I used as a sketch .

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Early Signs of Spring

Amazing what happens in just a couple days time
when the temps jump to the mid sixties !
Walking out to the mailbox yesterday I noticed: 

Buds on the maple tree

Sap dripping from the maple tree

Daffodils sprouting

Winter isn't ready to give up yet

Sunday, March 9, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge 215

The new sketch at Operation Write Home this week 
is another fun one to use up scraps !

I have oodles of colored paper clips 
I bought so long ago.....
I'm glad I remembered them today
to add to these cards along with 
a scrap of ribbon for a fun detail !

"Happy Birthday" is a rubber stamp image
from the set Wacky Wishes by
Stampin' Up!
that I colored with water based markers.
Be sure to give your rubber stamp
a good "huff" of warm breath
before stamping onto your card stock
to moisten the inks that may have 
dried up a bit while coloring all
the portions of your stamp. 

5/21/2014 EDITED TO ADD:
Here is a link to a tutorial:
You want to use water based markers so the ink will be removed from the rubber and onto the paper since it stays "wet" on the rubber. The ink from permanent markers would dry and stay on the rubber. I'd recommend testing any markers you have if you are unsure of them, maybe on a small portion of a not so well loved stamp. Try Stazon stamp cleaner if the ink dried on the stamp. 

Papers are from an old Die Cuts With A View paper stack.

TIP: Often times I use a large chisel point 
permanent black marker
to draw along the edges of 
card stock and papers
to create faux black background layers.
Take your time and keep a tiny
portion of the chisel point off of the 
edge of the card stock onto a 
scrap piece of paper to help
make straight lines. 
I am right handed so I 
keep the far right edge of the
chisel off of the edge of the card stock,
drawing the lines downward toward me
with the left part of the marker tip.  
The chisel point should be 
horizontal to your vertical paper. 
Be sure to hold it steady,
keeping the wide chisel point on the
card stock or paper edge to make the
thick line / faux card stock layer.
You will want to test a scrap of the paper
first to make sure it has good coverage
before attempting it on your actual project.
Make sure the marker is good and "juicy" too
so it makes a solid, dark line. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, March 8, 2014


There is a first time for everything: this is the closest I've ever been to a live skunk, it was right outside my kitchen door the other night !!!!!! I've never seen one this close to the house and any that I have seen were dead on the road far away. I do get a whiff of them once in a great while, but know that their scent can travel quite far. I hope it doesn't become a regular "visitor".

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mom Card

Operation Write Home
was to make Mother's Day cards.

I used purple white core card stocks from Lasting Impressions,
stamped then hand cut out letters from pink card stock ,
paper flower, purple ribbon  
and torn "sueded" paper (instructions below).

The adorable plaid paper flower was a gift from a pen pal -
it came in a wonderful assortment of paper flowers !

It's easy to make "sueded paper" / "faux mulberry paper":

Use a heavy weight card stock then crinkle it up enough
 to break down the fibers so you can pull the front and back
apart, creating two layers where one side has the fibers showing.
I used a crimper tool, running the card stock through numerous times
and at different angles. Once I see the gap forming along the edge
of the card stock between the front and back, I stop and pull it apart. 
I then crinkle them up to get rid of the ridges made by the crimper.
Sometimes, as in this sample, after unfolding I will go back over it 
with a bone folder to remove some of the harsh crinkles. 

Thanks for looking =)