Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring-y Thinking of You Card

Card donated to Operation Write Home.

Stampin' Up! embossing folder and floral rubber stamp image colored with markers.
Thinking of You stamp image from  ?
Martha Stewart Button paper punch
Thin strips of card stock rather than thread for the button holes.
Paper piercer
Hand cut banner

Not the best photos at all..................
Daffodils are blooming and iris are sprouting,
but we had a COLD snap so they were tucked in for the night.
Some areas very near us saw accumulating snow!
We only had flurries.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Winnie The Pooh Happy Birthday To You Card

I love how this one turned out , 
using a new to me rubber stamp I
found at a flea market recently.

I stamped the image with permanent black ink
onto white card stock then colored it in
with colored pencils.

I used and aquapainter and ink to watercolor the sky.

The decorative background paper is from the
Die Cuts With  A View paper stack I've not used
until the other day. 

The Happy Birthday banners are made with a stamp set from
Stampin' Up! and attached with a staple.
The next cards I make I'll stagger the blue banner just above
the gray one so it is read as happy, happy birthday.
It didn't even dawn on me to do that when I put this
one together until after it was completed.

I'm entering this as my third and final entry into the 

I still have dozens of cards I've made to donate to
Operation Write Home 
to share here on the blog ! I've been busy.

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Angel Bunny Card - NBUS

NEW, unused Angel Bunny stamp set - from 1995 !!!!!!
Yes, that is correct, 
this stamp set was bought new in 1995 and never assembled, used. 
I am not the original purchaser of this stamp set.
 I came across it at a yard sale
two years ago and I STILL had not used it myself ! 
Until now.

I stumbled upon this blog challenge

while visiting another blog recently
and saw a link posted there.
 I just had to take part in it,
I have lots of new (old!), unused items myself.

So I whipped up this card for the challenge while
waiting for Crystal effects to dry on another, 
much larger project I am finishing for the challenge. 
Stop by tomorrow to see it.

The card will be donated to Operation Write Home

Image was water colored with ink from my ink pads
and an aquapainter.

Decorative papers are from an old paper stack by
Die Cuts With A View.
(I've never used paper from that stack, 
so this project is a two fer of new, unused items!)

The embossed, die cut eyelet borders are
actually pieces trimmed off of premade greeting cards.
I trimmed the eyelet edges off so the cards would be masculine,
turning the cards into Thank You cards for 95 Veterans
(I guess this card could be considered a three fer ,
using three old, unused items!)

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Four Wheeler Cards

This is one of a set of four cards I made and donated to Operation Write Home.

The stamp image is from the Need For Speed set by Stampin' Up!, stamped with black Stazon ink.

It was colored with ink from my ink pads and an aquapainter.

Textured black card stock, white card stock and caramel colored card stock that I distressed by wrinkling and rubbing on ink in an attempt to create the feel of dirt.

Red eyelet, scrap of twine.

The card is blank so it can be used for any occasion.

I'm going to submit these cards to the 
Cardz4Guys challenge blog that I recently discovered.
They fit this months challenge perfectly !

Any vehicle or form of transport is accepted,
 as long as it is suitable for a MALE person, 
regardless of age.  

If you struggle with masculine cards,
check out this blog full of inspiring ideas !

Tomorrow I will share my third and final post that will be 
entered in the above challenge.
It's a cute card for younger boys -
and a scrapbook page, too !

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1940 Ford Birthday Card

A family friend is celebrating his 75th birthday this month,
so I made him this custom card today.

I've used all of my Classic Convertibles and Classic Pickups 
rubber stamp images (retired from Stampin' Up!) at one time or another
over the years for his cards. This year I wanted to find a car image
from the year he was born, so hubby found this coloring page image
 online. I cleaned it up a bit then reduced it in size to 
make it fit on the card. I water colored it in with ink from ink pads
and an aquapainter. Chrome accents were created with a silver Signo gel pen.
Crystal Effects was used on the headlights and windows.
I masked off the edges of the paper with removable sticky notes
then sponged on ink to create the sky and asphalt. 
The blue was also sponged over a home made cloud stencil.
If you'd like to see a quick tutorial for a similar technique
that replicates black and white photos, check out my

The highway sign was created in Photoshop Elements.
I did a LOT of altering of a digital scrapbook journaling
embellishment to make this sign. Only the shape resembles
the original digital piece I started with. It's come in handy,
having used it twice so far since creating it in January. 
I used dimensionals to attach it to the card front. 

The Diamond Plate embossing folder is from Darice.

Image is attached with old photo mounts.

NOTE: the ink color changed on my card stock.
It started as a burgundy color and is now orange-y.
For some reason the white card stock my sister 
gave me as a gift at Christmas alters red ink colors drastically
(it is made by Georgia Pacific and she bought it at Sam's Club).
I normally would have stamped the image onto water color paper
so that the colors would have stayed true, but since this was an
image that had to be printed off of the computer, 
water color paper was too thick to run through the style of printer I own.

I came across this blog the other day,
so I'm going to enter my card into the challenge:

Challenge # 63 Transport
Any vehicle or form of transport is accepted, as long as it is suitable for a MALE person, 
regardless of age.

If you need inspiration for masculine cards, take a look around this blog !

I'll be sharing more automotive themed cards the next couple of days
that were all made to be donated to Operation Write Home
I have dozens of cards already made that need to be shared yet.......

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thank You Die Cut Cards

Another set of cards made and donated to 
Operation Write Home
using precut die cut pieces (pink Thank You panel) 
from Me and My Big Ideas.

I added hand cut banners.

Rubber stamp images on one banner and the medallion
are from Stampin' Up!
They were colored with water based markers. 

I really like how this set turned out, too !

I have two more sets made with pieces from the
set of die cut card fronts to share still...........

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Red, White and Blue Challenge at OWH

is to make cards using the colors
red, white and blue!
Both of these cards will be donated to OWH.

Normally I would make a patriotic type card
with stars or flags, 
or use my favorite classic cars stamp sets,
but I wanted to try to make something different.

The first card I made, 
the Bugs and Kisses card,
certainly is different for me !
Red, white and blue, stars and stripes bugs !
Fun little saying I made with Snap Stamps
that I hope some little one will get a giggle out of. 

I've made blue jeans cards before,
so that isn't too different. 
I originally had red flowers I was going to attach
to the jeans as if they were appliques 
and have a tag that pulled out of the pocket.
 I decided against it, going with a more
"neutral" type of card that could be suitable for 
a boy or a girl, even a man or woman for that matter. 
It is blank inside so it could be used for any occasion.
I also decided to not use the removable tag in case there 
is a chance it may get lost. 

SUPPLIES from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise
Just Jeans background stamp
Paisley background stamp
Pocket Pals stamp set
White card stock
Real Red card stock
Buckaroo Blue ink
Real Red ink
Versamark ink pad and marker
gold embossing powder
copy paper, from my computer printer tray

Stamp the background stamp onto your card front then
reink and stamp the background stamp onto scrap card stock.
Stamp the pocket with Versamark ink, gold heat emboss, cut out.
Draw two rows of dashed lines (stitching) with a Versamarker and ruler
onto a thin strip of card stock.
Gold heat emboss.
Trim to make two belt loops.
Glue just the ends to the "jeans" so you can slide a "belt" underneath. 

Cut a triangle shaped piece of copy paper.
Stamp with the paisley stamp.
Crinkle and glue to the pocket.
TIP: fold the top edge over and slide into the pocket.

Cut a thin strip of card stock to fit under the belt loops.
Slide through and glue ends down.

SUPPLIES from Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise
Bug Builders stamp set
Brilliant Blue, Real Red and Basic Black inks
Brilliant Blue eyelet
Bakers Twine, dollar spot a Target
Snap Stamps alphabet
White card stock
Red scrap of card stock, unknown
Textured blue card stock, unknown

Thanks for looking =)

Take a moment to peruse the
created by others using red, white and blue.
Make and share one of your own, too ! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bright HI Card Set

Another set of cards I made and donated to Operation Write Home.

The die cut HI is from Me and My Big Ideas.
It was part of a set of precut die cut card making pieces. 

I created my own photo corners with a Martha Stewart punch.

Chevron and polka dot embossed backgrounds with folders/plates
by Stampin' Up!

Decorative paper scrap, Die Cuts With A View.

Assorted card stock scraps.

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hello, Love Card Set

Another set (my favorite set!) of cards I made with
precut, die cut card making pieces by
Me and My Big Ideas. 

I'm donating them to Operation Write Home.

I ran the white background pieces through embossing folders by
Stampin' Up!

Drafting Vellum is layered between the die cut and the card base.

love banner stamp and punch are by Stampin' Up!
and stapled onto the hello piece. 

So simple, so fun ! 

Where's the cat?!??
She is "hidden" among the mess on my work table.
I have been busy working on cards for Operation Write Home
and not doing a very good job of picking up .
She managed to find a large enough spot to lay on the work table. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HI Daughter/Son Cards

Two from a set of four cards I made to donate to Operation Write Home.
There are cards for Daughter as well as Son.
I thought these might work well for the preteen age group. 

The die cut HI portion was store bought, part of a set of 
die cut greeting card pieces from 
Me and My Big Ideas. 

There were six different sets of five die cut pieces in the package. 
I'll be sharing the rest of the cards I made over the next few days. 

Decorative papers, Die Cuts With A View paper stack.
Black textured card stock layered underneath the die cut openings.
Card stock scraps,
Daughter and Son stamps , Stampin' Up!
Hand cut banner/flag.
Flower punches, Stampin' Up!
Brad, unknown.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

I'm enjoying my once a year lunch of corned beef and cabbage 
with soda bread while the family is at work :)
None of them like the taste - or smell - of corned beef and cabbage so
I always make while they are gone and preferably on a warm
day so I can open up the house.
This year St. Patrick's Day is cold, cloudy and windy,
but it was sunny and 83 yesterday so I cooked it a day early.
I made enough to share with my parents, too.

Crock pot (slow cooker) corned beef and cabbage, so easy !
I toss my corned beef that has been covered with the seasonings that come in the package into the crock pot with a few cups of water (I use a 6 qt slow cooker and buy a 2-3 pound brisket). Some people add carrots and potatoes as well. I cook it on low for 8 hours total, adding the cabbage in 90 minutes before I'm ready to serve it. It always comes out tender and moist !

The Irish Soda Bread I made , a different recipe I tried this year:

I've updated my leprechaun face card post
to include some how to photos!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Baby Girl 1st Birthday Card

Various supplies from different companies came together
to make this cute First Birthday card. 

If it weren't for creating my own stamp with a 
Just Write Stampers, the card would have been a pretty
quick one to make. Working with those teeny, tiny
alphabet letters is tricky, time consuming.  

Cuttlebug embossing folder
Nestabilities dies
Alphabet die (1) from Stampin'Up!
White and pink card stocks
Decorative paper, Die Cuts With A View paper stack
Polka dot ribbon, unknown
Black ink
Just Rite Stamper alphabet and stamper

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Biplane Card - sketch challenge

This is the second set of cards I made using sketch challenge #250
at Operation Write Home as my inspiration.
See my first using a train image and browns set posted yesterday.

I omitted the two smaller circles/embellishments since my background
on this card was so busy already. 

Stamp images are from Hero Arts and
embossing folder is from Sizzix/Tim Holtz.

The twill background stamp on the hand cut banner is from Stampin' Up!

Various shades of gray card stock and inks.

Handmade cloud stencil and sponge to ink over for the sky.

Nestabilities circle dies. 

1/4"circle punch, silver card stock an Crystal Effects to make the faux brad. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

OWH Sketch Challenge 250 - train card

Sketch Challenge #250  was posted today at Operation Write Home- 
along with a link to the pdf file containing all 250 sketches to date !

This card came together quickly, 
so I whipped up four of them 
to donate to Operation Write Home.

I've been working on cards for Operation Write Home
the past couple of weeks as time allows.
I started to fill a box last year, then life/other projects
 got in the way and I never finished filling it.
I'm determined to get it done - sooner rather than later!
No, it isn't necessary to send an entire box full of cards
at one time. Any amount at any time is fine, but I like
to put as many as I am able to in one shipment.
I'm slowly getting there !

I'll be sharing lots of cards I have made over the next month or so.

Kraft, Vanilla and Espresso textured card stocks
Espresso ink
Hero Arts AC007 Past Times stamp set
Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folder
Nestabilities circle dies
1/4"circle punch, gold card stock and Crystal Effects to
create faux brads

I left this card blank so it could be used for any number óf reasons.

There is a biplane stamp image in this set and
an airmail themed embossing folder that I will use to
make another set of four cards with this sketch.
Maybe I'll follow the sketch more closely on that one ;)
I'll share them tomorrow. 

Thanks for looking ! 

Be sure to check out the challenge page to
see the lovely inspiration card as well as
the InLinkz to the fantastic challenge participants cards.
The challenge is permanently open, make a card and share it !

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sympathy card - masculine

Nontraditional sympathy card for the family of a man that was a farmer.

This is a 5" x 7" card.

Image is from the long retired stamp set Times and Seasons by Stampin' Up! and water colored with ink pads/aqua painter.

Scratch (not sure of exact name) background stamp, Stampin' Up!

Ink sponged along the edges of the card base.

Yellow paper came from the divider page inside of a spiral bound notebook.

Green mulberry paper is actually a piece of gift wrap.

Ribbon, unknown scrap that was in a grab bag I bought at a yard sale several years ago.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bookmark Birthday Card

This is a birthday card that has a removable bookmark ! 

The floral images on the bookmark have been dry embossed.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!, some are now retired. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cupcake Border Punch Card

This simple, cute birthday card uses part of a gift bag
for the background paper ! Seriously !

My daughter bought something from a store at the mall
and they gave her a glossy coated, pink striped gift bag
that had pink ribbon handles.
I never even knew she had it until I saw it in the trash
(a true recycling project!!!).
It was slightly crumpled, but parts were still useful.
I trimmed out the smoothest portions of the bag to
use on something, someday and the ribbon handles
were detached, stuck in with my ribbon scraps.

Over a year later I finally put a piece of that salvaged paper to use ! 

The tag is created from a tag topper punch that Stampin' Up! sold.

The rubber stamp is also from Stampin' Up! 
It says "Happy Birthday" in that same quirky style inside the card.

I found the cupcake border paper punch at a yard sale for $2.

The black layers are created by running a wide, chisel point
permanent black marker along the edges of the papers.

Organdy ribbon scraps.

I had enough scraps to make a few more of these to donate to
Operation Write Home!

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sentiments Challenge at OWH

at Operation Write Home is
make cards using a sentiment as the main focus on the card.

Each month that they reach the goal of 50 entries,  
Our Daily Bread Designs donates up to two boxes of free shipping for our heroes:
 1 box for 25 cards posted and 2 boxes for 50 cards posted.

I don't have many sentiment rubber stamp images
that seemed large enough to fill the front of a card,
so I made my own !

I used Photoshop Elements and a couple of fonts
to type in this quote I found online.

I printed it out on white striped paper,
ran a chisel point black Sharpie marker along the edge,
and hot glued on two textured card stock paper punched hearts.

I sponged a burgundy ink along the edges
of the hearts then slightly bent the edges backward
to give them a bit of puffy dimension.

I had tied a piece of bakers twine into a tiny bow
and was going to glue it to the hearts,
then decided against it. It just didn't look quite right to me,
plus I had the thought that it may not hold up well
if the card gets shuffled around much by our heroes
as they are looking for the perfect card. I wouldn't want
the twine to fray or potentially pop off since it would
have such a small amount of glue (under the knot)
holding it on.

 Attempting to show the dimension I created

Please join the Sentiments challenge at
Operation Write Home !
Edited: I decided to go ahead and add the bow to one of the
four cards I made. I added Fray Check to the ends to help keep them
from fraying then attached it with clear Tacky glue,
hoping that will keep the knot in place, too.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Customer Card of the Day - mine !!!!

I created this simple card a little too late to enter it into the
No Color Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs

SUPER EXCITED !!!!!!!!!!! Read the post below about my card chosen as the Customer Card of the Day for 3/5/2015 at Our Daily Bread Designs !!!!

The lovely, detailed stamp images are from their Let It Snow set.

Snowflake border punch, unknown.

Snowburst embossing folder, Stampin' Up!

Silver card stock, embossing powder, organdy ribbon, thread and Encore ink pad.

Thanks for looking =)