Friday, August 31, 2012

Good Friday Evening,

Hope everyone has had some time to create this week.  I had a little bit of time this week -- looking forward to this weekend -- with lots of fun with the Blog Skip.

I crafted two cards today -- one for the OWH Masculine Challenge and another challenge I found using the color green and recycled items.  This challenge is over at Our Creative Corner.  I love to repurpose items for my cards -- so this was a fun challenge for me.

I am going to make some more Masculine cards -- using the tip that Kristi showed us on this Tuesday's tutorial using all of a 6 x 6 pad.  Well I don't know if I am up to a whole pad -- so I thought I would try doing it with just two 12 x 12 sheets of DP.  I'll use up the rest of the paper from the Masculine Card.

Anyway -- on to the cards --

Thanks for stopping in -- have a great weekend.


This is my Masculine Challenge card -- I used SU - The Open Sea stamps and card stock.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts

This is my card for the challenge over at Our Creative Corner.
I punched the bird and branches from a recycled coffee cuff using the punch
from SU.  The brown background paper is made with recycled packing paper stamped
with the SU stamp Fresh Vintage.  The doily is from one of my thrift shop finds and
the little button is from some old buttons I bought years ago.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge 135


Hope everyone is having a good day.  Did you enjoy the OWH Pizzazz Blog Skip?  I know I did - picked up lots of great ideas and techniques to try.  Although today -- I have had a tough time finding my mojo and then on top of that -- problems with a stamp I purchased but hadn't used until today.  Anybody else have these kinda days?  :-)

In spite of missing my mojo, I did manage to make one card today.  I am trying to get some personal cards made and finish up cards for OWH.  Today's sketch card is for a friend of ours who is a great outdoorsman.  (Not to worry-- no chance of him seeing the card --  he doesn't look at my blog) LOL

 I had something else in mind for this card -- I thought I had a great moose stamp -- come to find out it didn't stamp worth beans -- the rubber is concave on the stamp so it left huge areas of the moose un-inked.  So I used a buffalo instead.

I also did a couple cards on Friday -- One for tutorial using the ghosting technique shown by Sybrina from "Scrapping With A Purpose" and the other is for our Wednesday Throwdown Challenge - making a card using patterned papers along with dies & paper punches.   Krisite did a great job on the sample cards for the Wednesday Challenge.

Wishing you a wonderful week and thanks taking the time to stop by.



Buffalo stamp, card stock and leaf die from SU
Sentiment is from Hero Arts.  DP is Camouflage - Wildlife
from Making Memories. 

Ghosting Technique

Wednesday's Throwdown - Supply Challenge
Patterned Paper, dies and punches
I used Framelits die and small tag punch from SU
Patterned paper - orange polka dots - Recollections - Basics
and Cat pumpkin DP is from DCWV - Four Seasons

Monday, August 20, 2012

OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge 134 and others

Good Monday afternoon,

Hope all of you crafters had a good weekend.  I was busy with many things including trying to catch up on the challenges.  Seems since I've gotten back from vacation -- I can't get caught up.  Maybe I am still on vacation mode.  :-)  I did make some Pindo Palm Jelly.  Now how many of you knew that this variety of palm tree produces fruit?  I sure didn't until we moved to the desert and our backyard had a couple of these palms.   Anyway -- back to cards.

In crafting my cards this week, I decided to try and re-purpose an item for each of the cards.  I did that for all of them but one. (My Halloween card)  This weeks sketch I really like and plan on making some more cards this week using this sketch.   I look forward to the sketch challenges -- I like how it does challenge my card making skills.  Thanks to Julie and the OWH team for doing such a great job!

I made a card for the Santa Tutorial and one for the Midweek Throwdown: Kraft cardstock + color.  I really enjoy making cards for OWH -- it is just a small way I can say "Thanks" to those serving our country.  For those of you that may not know what OWH stands for it I "Operation Write Home" It is a non-profit organization that sends blank handmade greeting cards cards to our nation's armed forces to write home on.  Please click on the OWH to learn more about OWH and good works that they do.

I am also stepping out of my comfort zone and going to use one of the OWH challenge cards for another challenge.  That challenge is over at "Our Creative Corner Theme Challenge" - that challenge was to make a card using office supplies (yeah -- I get to repurpose something) and to make sure there was  red on the card.   Hopefully I met that criteria.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you all have a wonderful week!



This card I made for dual challenges.  The office supplies  I used and re-purposed for the card
are:  Shipping tag, key tag, staples, string, file folder tab and dictionary page.  I painted the
tag with Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen Crackle paint then stamped it with a stamp from
Stampington.  The sentiment on the tag is from SU along with the card stock.  The typewriter
stamp is from Stampers Best.  I heat embossed it with black and then fussy cut it out.  The DP
is from Jenni Brown classic Red/Black.  The red strip of paper is embossed with SU by Sizzix
Brocade embossing folder - then I lightly sponged some white ink to bring out the embossing.

I re-purposed a shopping bag for the background paper.  The sentiment on the big
square is from Tim Holtz - the Birthday Wishes is from SU.  The watch stamp is from
Stampers est.  I also embossed the one strip with SU argyle embossing folder.  I added
some twine from SU.  On the watch - I head embossed it with black the I coated the
watch face with UTT to make it look like the watch had a glass front.

This is the card for the Kraft +color challenge.  I used a SU retired set.  I found in
some ribbon that looked like black web in my stash and I added a little feather.  The
background I stamped with the owl and candelabra.

And my Santa card -- I re-purposed some food bags with silver lining.  I don't drink pop in a can
so I decided to try this instead.   I also didn't have a large scallop oval or circle so I just did a plain
circle and decided to use my new SU woodgrain embossing folder for his beard.  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge 133

Good Sunday Afternoon,

Well as you may notice it has been a bit since my last post.  We took a two week trip to Alaska and just returned.  What a beautiful state - so many wonderful things to see and do.   On our way we flew to Seattle had a 2 hour layover -- thought of giving Sandy (our fearless leader) a call to say hello (just kidding)  -- we know how busy that girl is.

I did find among all the many, many, many tourist shops a store that had a couple of rubber stamps.  I'll do a card using them and post it too.

Anyway -- back to today's sketch.  I had in my head "vintage" today (not sure why) -- so I did my best to make this one on the vintage side.   Still didn't turn out like I had visioned in my mind's eye so I'll work on another to see what else I may be able to do.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and crafty week.

Blessings to all,


The background I used SU embossing folder Vintage wallpaper.  I painted it
with Folkart Vintage white acrylic paint then lightly sanded it when it was dry.
I also used the embossing folder Fancy Fan from SU as well as two die cuts - one from
SU Apothecary Accents Framelits and Spellbinders Nestabilities deckled rectangle.
To get a worn look on the brown I spritzed a bit of bleach on the brown paper.  I
cut the flowers from packing paper and spritzed it with clear smooch.  I used
MS button punch, the sentiment is from Hero arts, the pearls are from SU.  I added
a bit of scrap lace too.