Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pink Thunderbird Card

The Midweek Throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home this week is to use Pink and Gray.
I knew right away that I wanted to use a pink Thunderbird car image to work with for this challenge for something fun and different.  I'm not too thrilled with the outcome though - it would have been better with black layers, but I avoided black to stick to the challenge more closely (black is allowed).

Classic Convertibles stamp set by Stampin' Up! stamped and colored on water color paper.
Highways and Byways stamp set by Stampin' Up! stamped with Versamark ink on pink card stock.
Gray card stock was run through a Diamond Plate embossing folder by Darice.
Scrap of shimmery silver paper behind pink grosgrain and gray satin ribbons.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cat Sympathy Card

Sadly a pen pal friend of mine had to say goodbye
to a long time pet recently.
I made her this card.
I wasn't too sure about using this image at first,
then decided it would be perfect after seeing a

Cat image from Meow, Meow an old
stamp set from Stampin' Up!
sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Up!
I used the new Tag Topper punch, Stampin' Up!
Water colored with classic inks and an aquapainter
The embossed paw print background was made using a 
really old "texture plate" from Fiskars.
Word Window punch
white organdy ribbon

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day - Patriotic Teddy Bears Card

                                               Some of the colors seem off in these photos

As much as I liked this card that I originally created for the 
I decided to make a different one for the hop.

This card is being shared today,
Memorial Day.
The image kind of reminds me of our local parade,
"The oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. 
The first one was held in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War."

The stamp image is an old one from Stampin' Up!, Bear Necessities.
It was stamped with black Stazon ink on water color paper then colored in
with various classic inks and an aquapainter from Stampin' Up!
Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Vintage Violet (?) and Rose Red (?) card stocks
I also lightly sponged Soft Suede ink around the edges of the card. 
Stripes and Square Lattice embossing folders, Stampin' Up!
Assorted star punches
I used sketch #36 at Operation Write Home.

Thanks for looking. 
If you have a moment,
take the time to read this moving poem
as we remember our heroes this Memorial Day.


I watched the flag pass by one day.

It fluttered in the breeze

A young Marine saluted it, and then

He stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform

So young, so tall, so proud

With hair cut square and eyes alert

He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought, how many men like him

Had fallen through the years?

How many died on foreign soil?

How many mothers' tears?

How many Pilots' planes shot down?

How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?

No, Freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of taps one night,

When everything was still.

I listened to the bugler play

And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times

That taps had meant "Amen"

When a flag had draped a coffin

of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,

Of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and husbands

With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard

at the bottom of the sea

Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

No, Freedom isn't free!!

Copyright 1981 by Kelly Strong

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Classic Convertibles Patriotic Cards

These two cards were going to be used for the 
Then I decided I didn't really like them well enough, 
they didn't have enough of a "wow" factor for a blog hop.
I think if I would have added black behind the color layers, 
I would have liked them better. 

 I used sketch #20 at Operation Write Home.

The stamp images are an old set from Stampin' Up!, Classic Convertibles
(one of the few sets I'll never part with !!!)
I water colored them with classic inks on water color paper.
They were stamped with Black Stazon ink.
Stars (Cuttlebug) and Stripes (Stampin' Up!) embossing folders
Poppy Parade and Brilliant Blue card stocks

Thanks for looking 
and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend =) 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Suspended Star Flip Card Tutorial

Below are several "step by step" photos
that show how I made my suspended star circle flip card
that was shared for the Operation Write Home Blog Hop
(see previous post). 

Magnetic platform for the die cut machine is handy!

The circles are from two different sets of dies,
both are Nestabilities but different sizes.

I used the Lattice Squares embossing folder from Stampin' Up!
and Swiss Dots by Cuttlebug; assorted star punches.

I use fishing line to make suspended cards because 
that is what I have in my craft stash from other projects.
I like that it is clear so the punched image seems to be floating
in the opening. 
Be sure to use a strong double stick tape to attach
the thread to the circle frames and punched pieces.

Stamp image, Amuse 

As an extra surprise for the recipient when they open this type of card,
gently twist the suspended image a few times before inserting it into the envelope. 
When the card is removed, the suspended image will unwind and spin ! 

Here are a few other suspended image cards I've made:  tire and wheel  snowflake   heart   star

Thanks for looking =)

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop 2014

Pages in the hop are not linked to each other,
you will need to return to the home page to visit other blogs.

Bloghop theme: 
Make a red, white, and blue card in one of the themes below,
and we hope you’ll use one of our OWH sketches.
Love cards
Missing you cards
Thank you cards
Birthday cards
AnyHero cards with notes inside written TO them!

I had several ideas of cards to make for the hop today,
in the end I chose this "interactive" card.
The other cards I made but decided not to use have
been shared the past couple of days and more
will be posted over the next couple as well.

My final card for the hop doesn't use a sketch,
but it is Red, White, Blue 
and is an Any Hero Card ! 

It also makes me think of Captain America =)

Closeup of suspended spinning star.
The blue and red stars have been embossed.

Gently twist the star a few times before inserting
into an envelope so when the recipient pulls it out,
it will spin as it unwinds for an extra bit of fun!

Front of card, closed

Front of card, opened

Back of card, opened.

I will hand write this sentiment on the back 
since there is no room inside:

We think of what it means to be free and what it takes 
to maintain that freedom. 
 We THANK YOU for your service, your dedication 
and the sacrifice you 
and your families have made on behalf of us, 
our Country and for Freedom.

Supplies used and how to photos 
are shared in the following post.

Thanks for looking and keep on hopping 
to see over 100 inspiring cards ! 


Friday, May 23, 2014

Country Charm Raggedy Ann Card

I love how this card turned out ! 
I don't love, however, discovering that in coloring
the fine details of this image I am going to need to 
use "reader" glasses over my contacts, it was difficult to focus on the tiny details!
Nooooooooooooo! I've worn glasses and contacts most of my life
and just assumed (HOPED!) my eyes wouldn't get any worse
(I've had the same prescription for several years now after all!).
Nope, no such luck. Sigh...............

On to the card details:
I made this for the Operation Write Home blog hop tomorrow,
but decided not to use it since it really wasn't very red, white and blue. 
I used card sketch # 134 at Operation Write Home.

The images are from an old set from Stampin' Up!, Country Charm.
Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red (?) and Vintage Violet (?) card stocks
watercolor paper
various classic inks to watercolor with
circle punches
Stripes  and Stars embossing folders

Thanks for looking =) 
The big blog hop starts tomorrow, 
start here.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cat Napping In A Chair Card

This card was originally going to be red, white and blue
(burgundy, navy and cream actually) 
for the Operation Write Home blog hop this weekend.
Obviously I did not stick to my plan ;) 
I think it turned out better with these colors
despite them not being something I normally use !

The image is from an old set from Stampin' Up!, Country Charm
It was water colored on water color paper 
using various colors of classic inks and an 
aquapainter from Stampin' Up!
Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango (the photo makes it look more orange) 
and a scrap of  flecked olive (unknown) card stocks
It is based on sketch #29 at Operation Write home. 

If you've followed my blog and a couple of recent posts,
you may remember my saying I was having problems
with inks changing colors when I was water coloring with them.
Well, I did a little test before I made this card.
My suspicion was confirmed. For some reason
the inks are reacting in a weird way on a package of
white card stock I was given at Christmas.
Here is a perfect example of a water colored image
that was supposed to be RED poppies.
While painting, it seemed fine. Two days later
when I went to give them out on Mother's Day,
I was shocked to see the drastic change in colors!
They were a rusty orange ! 

Difficult to tell in this tiny sample, but it is very noticeable in real life:
the reds turn orange on that white card stock!
I've noticed some other colors changing, too
(when I was painting my clown cards).
I'll be using water color paper only for the time being.

Now I'm wondering how many cards I've made with
that paper and sent out right away,
before the color changed so I didn't know?!?

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Birthday Clown Cards for Girls and Boys

My original post about these cards:

The Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home this week is BIRTHDAY cards with the added twist of making a masculine and feminine version of the same card! I'm tickled to say that my cards above were chosen as the inspiration for this weeks challenge !!! What an honor =)

For this weeks challenge, I decided to make birthday cards suitable for children
(or adults that don't fear clowns, ha ha !).

Party Time stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Inks, card stocks and tag topper punch, Stampin' Up!
Ribbons from my stash of scraps and tied with embroidery floss
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Sharpie fine point marker to draw balloon strings
I stamped, colored, cut out then gently smooshed the balloons
into the palm of my hand while still damp to give a bit of 
dimension to them, making them a bit curved rather than totally flat.
I attached the balloons with glue dots. 

Note: I mentioned in a post the other day that the ink color changed
after drying when I water colored with it and
wondered if it was getting old (Poppy Parade).
I noticed that most of the colors on these cards changed, too
(Real Red balloon, polka dots and nose on the green card 
and Strawberry Slush nose and hair on the purple are the most drastic).
Now I'm beginning to wonder if it is this new package
of white card stock that was given to me as a Christmas gift ?
Is it possible that there is some chemical in it that is reacting to the ink colors?
Or coincidence that many of my inks are going bad,
they look fine when applying them to the card stock, but then dry totally 
different shades of what I want. 

Thanks for looking 
and if you have the time to play along,
link up your creations to share and inspire others =) 

Operation Write Home Memorial Day BLOG HOP this weekend !!!!
My card is done and I 
can't wait to see what others have created 
(though it will take me a week to get through them all!)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hello Princess/Hey There Sport Cards

Gah, the pink ink matched when I first colored this in !!!
It looks horrible now, the color has changed.
I've been noticing that on several colors
lately, I suppose they lose their "stability"
after so long ? Also, many of my red color family ink pads
have a sheen on them, sort of gold looking....sigh. 

I'm going to make another baseball and cut it out,
attach it with a glue dot on top to give it some dimension.

I decided to play around with trying to make circular text
on my computer to print out and use with rubber stamp images.
I do have some text circle stamps, but they are all small.
I also have a stamp set from Just Rite Stampers to 
make my own sayings with teeny, tiny alphabet stamps
inserted into a round base. Ummm, yeah, great idea BUT
it can be aggravating to work with such itty bitty stamps! 

I have a LOT to learn when it comes to digital designs.
I managed to plunder my way though figuring it out 
well enough and came up with these two ideas.

Other supplies used:
Toy Box (ball glove) stamp set from Stampin' Up!
Inks to watercolor the image that was 
stamped with Black Stazon ink
Real Red marker, fine point
Whisper White card stock
Real Red card stock
Brown checkerboard card stock, Lasting Impressions
Red grosgrain ribbon
Circle Nestabilities dies

Buttons and Bows (crown/wand) stamp set from Stampin' Up!
Inks to watercolor the image that was 
stamped with Black Stazon ink
Whisper White card stock
Positively Pink card stock
Paper, Spring Stack Die Cuts With A View
Embossed/die cut eyelet border was cut off of a
 premade card, Martha Stewart Crafts, that I had
used for another project 
Circle Nestabilities dies
Scallop circle die, Stampin' Up! Flip card die
scrap of stitched ribbon
I hadn't intended on using the bow (I try to keep cards
as flat as possible, making them more mail friendly),
but after the image was colored in and assembled,
ready to go on the card, I noticed a typo! 
Luckily it was at the top so I could cover it up with the bow ;) 

Thanks for looking =) 
I'm off to decide what card to make and share for the Memorial Day Blog Hop at Operation Write Home this weekend. I've several ideas ............. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sketch Challenge #225 OWH

The new sketch for the week is up at 
Operation Write Home
and it's a fun one! 
If nothing else, go look at the post
just to see the amazing card sample, wow !
I have more ideas for this sketch
(snowflakes! balloons! bugs !) .
Here are two cards I made this morning.
Mine are a bit different, but still the same idea. 

Lots of Bots and Clockworks stamp sets
from Stampin' Up!
Cuttlebug embossing folder
I added a thin line drawn with an ultra fine black marker
around the edges of the "pennant". 

I haven't decided if I will keep the inside blank or 
print out a sentiment along the lines of 
"I love you a "bot" "..............

Friendship Flowers (?) stamp set
from Stampin' Up! 
paper flowers, unknown (gifted to me)
papers from and old Spring Stack by
Die Cuts With A View

And here is the sketch

Go take a peek at the other fabulous creations
and play along =)

Thanks for looking ! 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Missing U Cards

Two cards for this weeks Midweek Throwdown at
Operation Write Home:

Most supplies from Stampin' Up!
Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Handsome Hunter card stocks and markers
Basic Gray ink
ABC 123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers
ABC 123 Outline Alphabet and Numbers
Just Sayin' stamp set
Word Bubbles dies
Scallop Edge Punch
Spellbinders MBossibilies embossing folder, EL027

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fancy Mother's Day Card

Here is the fancy card I made for my mom
for Mother's Day this year !
Inspired in part by one seen in an
Anna Griffin advertisement. 

Note: This is a bulky card and would require
extra postage for a bubble wrap envelope with extra
padding around the flowers to mail.

The flowers were made with the new Spiral Flower die,
Triple Layer Flower punch and Scallop Circle punch,
 all from Stampin' Up!

The leaves are a portion of a flower punch cut off
and the the two larger multi leaf pieces were from the 
Two Step Bird punch and Leaves die, also from Stampin' Up!

Pink Pirouette and Mellow Moss card stocks
sponged with Blushing Bride and Always Artichoke inks.

The hand made paper flowers could easily be replaced by store bought,
 premade artificial flowers.

Sorry, I did not take step by step photos of the process 
of making the flowers.
Tutorials can easily be found online for 
all sorts of handmade paper flowers.
(I might even have one elsewhere on my blog!).

The pink embossed lacy pieces were created with the
Delicate Designs embossing folder and coordinating Large Scallop Edge die
 from Stampin' Up!
The white pieces are some of the many scraps cut off of
the bottoms of premade eyelet Thank You cards
I repurposed into Thank You cards for Veterans
on an Honor Flight a couple of years ago. 

You could easily substitute pieces paper punched with border punches.
With so many designs available, think of the possibilities:
snowflakes for holiday cards, birthday cards and more !
Change the greeting to coordinate with the punched pieces.

Sentiment was computer generated.
Unfortunately my color ink has dried up,
I rarely use it, so I couldn't print it in pink.
It pops more in the black anyway.

Tulip Border embossing folder around the edge
of the white layer is from Stampin' Up!
I thought about going over the raised portions 
with some light pink chalk........ but was afraid I may ruin it 
now that it was assembled !

Notice that I cut a slit in the center of the top fold
to run the ribbon through so I could wrap it around 
all the layers of the front of the card then
tie it into a bow. 

This is how it looked before adding the flowers.
I couldn't decide if I wanted to add them or not.....
really happy I did !

Stamp image is from All Year Cheer 2 stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Die cut scallop rectangle, Nestabilities die

ink sponged around white rectangle cut with a paper timmer

7/8" satin pink ribbon

pop dots/dimensionals

This is a time consuming card,
especially making the flowers from scratch,
but our Moms are worth it =)

Thanks for looking and 
Happy Mother's Day ! 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

70th Birthday Card

I thought and I thought and then I thought some more........
this is what I came up with in the end for a special,
yet easy enough to make, 70th birthday card. 
I like it well enough, but I really wanted to make something
 more special for my father. Things didn't work out
this week (as if I hadn't known this milestone
birthday was coming up for some time,
I should have already had a card made !)
to spend much time in the craft dungeon
working on a more elaborate card. 

Supplies used from Stampin' Up!:
Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla card stocks
Happy Birthday rubber stamp, Morning Meadow stamp set
Apothecary Accents die
7 0 , part of Typeset (?) alphabet die set
Lattice embossing folder
inks and sponge
hand cut "flags" and "banner"
paper piercer
mini glue dots
Tombow Two Way glue
decorative papers, American Crafts and 
bought from Big Lots a couple of years ago.

I popped in our local store the other day, first time in a while,
and was sad to see that they have gotten rid of the crafts isle!
I bought so many things there over the years..... bummer. 

chipboard, die cut and layered under the decorative paper 7 0 
red acrylic paint, to paint the edges of the chipboard

Thanks for looking =)