Sunday, January 27, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge #157

Good Afternoon everyone --wow the last sketch challenge for January -- as Marlene said -- time is going by soooo fast and her mom was so right -- as I get older I do find it zips by.  And to answer Marlene's question this week- "What are you going to put in this large rectangle" --  I used another one Jolee's boutique dimensional stickers - this time it is a beautiful steampunk butterfly and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

Well I sure hope you all have a wonderful week -- 


Sharon S. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Easter Cards

Good Friday Morning,

It was a cloudy and rainy day here in the desert.  One of the advantages of the clouds was -- we had an amazing sunrise and I just wanted to share such a beautiful way I got to start my day.  (The pictures are below the cards if you want to take a peek)

Anyway on to the task at hand -- this challenge calls for making an Easter card.  Well I decided to try my hand at Tuesday's tutorial - the chalkboard technique.  I made two cards - one with Easter sentiments and then tried my hand at the technique on card number two.  I'm too sure about the Easter rendition but I am going to post it anyway and get your opinions.  The second card I decided to try and minimize the lettering and I think I like it a little better.  I've taken a close up of each "chalkboard" making it easier to see the "blackboard" nuances.

Well thanks for taking the time stop in and say hello.


Sharon S.

This was when I first went outside around 6 am - I thought there was a fire
the sky was so red - I don't remember ever seeing like this

This was about 20 minutes later -- it was beautiful

Monday, January 21, 2013

OWH Design Bootcamp - the ABC's of Color

Good afternoon

Well it has been an interesting afternoon -- I saw that we had a homework assignment to choose one of the basic Color Harmonies and create a card to share with everyone.  I decided -- okay I can do this..... Well.......... I got the brainy idea to make four cards using the different color schemes.  Well I did complete all four -- the jury is still out as to whether I accomplished the task -- I worked with pure colors or hues.  I did not have a large variety of card stock in the tints or tones so I just used what I had on hand.  I then decided to use one stamp set to make all four cards.   For some reason my pictures turned out darker than I would like -- I am going to go ahead and post them and if I am able to get better pictures I'll post them at another time.  So here it goes.

Thanks for stopping in -- and a special thanks for those of you that have taken the time to leave me very nice comments.  Happy crafting.


Sharon S.

All four that I made

1.  Monohromatic -- uses variations of tint, tones and shades

I used Hues in Violet

2. Analogous colors - colors are any three which are side by side on the 12 part color wheel -

One color is used as a dominant color and my dominant was the violet with red and red violet as accents.

3. Complementary Colors - are any two colors which are directly opposite each other.
When you choose a dominant color - there is a high-contrast and it works best if
you choose one as the dominant and the other to highlight.
I chose yellow and violet with yellow being my dominant color
4.  A color scheme based on Nature
I chose violet as my color for the flower and green like the leaves
for my main color .

Sunday, January 20, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge #156

Good Afternoon --

I am going to make this a quick post as I am in the middle of some other crafty projects.  I wasn't going to do today's challenge but then I saw the sketch and Marelene asked "What are you going to put in that big rectangle" I knew I wanted to use a Jolee's Steampunk dimensional sticker I purchased last summer.  So I got busy and made my card.  I also explored using Tim Holtz distress stains.  I hadn't really tried them before but I am really pleased on how they added a little pizzazz to my dry embossed card stock.  I'll be exploring more with them and know I will be using them much more often.  I had to move the sentiment over to accommodate the length of the sticker and my little industrial brads and gear that I added.  I also used some copper metallic ribbon by Shaggee that I have had for years but never used until today.  See sometimes it pays to hang on to things that you might use someday.  LOL

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend.  I hope to get a few more cards made for OWH and in the mail this coming week.

Blessing to you all,

Sharon S.

I used S.U. card stock, sentiment and Argyle embossing folder on the blue cardstock.  On the light gray card stock I used Tim Holtz Alterations Patchwork set embossing folder.  I used Tim Holtz Tea Dye stain and Brushed Pewter distress stains on the light gray and on the blue I used just the brushed pewter distress stain.  I don't remember where I purchased the gear and industrial looking brads.
Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #156

Friday, January 18, 2013

Paper Players Challenge 128

Good Morning -- I decided to try a new challenge over at the paper players -- it was a tough one for me -- I found I had a real hard time with bold colors.  It took me FOREVER to put anything together and I am still not sure about my card but I thought I would post it anyway.  So here it is in all its' glory -- (lol) I tried to use mostly SU items with the exception of the ribbon -- this came from my scrap basket so I have no idea of its' manufacturer and a little bling on the butterfly.

Have a great day and thanks for letting me play along in your challenge.

Sharon S.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - the Theme is Green

Good Afternoon

Here is my card for this color "green" challenge.  I thought I would make something for St. Patrick's Day so I started looking through my stash of St. Paddy Day stuff and I found an older digi that I had forgotten about  -  I think I got from Piddix in 2008.   

Take some time to check out my fellow OWH'ers cards out too-- It sure is fun seeing everyone's green ideas, they are all so creative.

Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment if you have a moment.  

Enjoy the rest of your week -- 


Sharon S.

I think my digi is from Piddix 2008 -- the DP is from CTMH
I used SU Framelits - window Frames to frame the little girl.
The ribbon punch, vintage wallpaper embossing folder and
card stock are all from S.U.  The scallop edge is a punch from
M.S.  I used OWH Sketch #153.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge #155

Good Evening --

I hope everyone had fun playing with this sketch.  It posed a real challenge for me -- started on few and this is what I ended up creating.   I am going to try a couple more of these during the week and if they turn out okay I may post them later this week.

I had a request from for more information on the image that I used on Wednesday's Midweek Throwdown challenge - "Sentiment Free" cards.  The image is from A.T.C. Military Collection from Memories in the Making.  I used S.U. card stock, ribbon and Framelit Hearts Collection dies.  I also used a little cheese cloth that I tea died to add a little more texture.

Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts.

Have a wonderful and blessed week.


Now on to today's challenge --

On this card I used S.U. sentiment from "Loving Thoughts" and the image is from
"Serene Silhouettes" the oval was made with Framelits - Ovals collection.  The card stock
is from S.U. and the DP is from MME called 'Moments".  I saw that the strip across the oval
may block some of the image so I chose to use S.U. Vellum with the sentiment along with 
a small snippet of Venice lace and a black brad to hold it.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

OWH Stars & Stamps MidWeek Throwdown Challenge

Hello -- well it has been some time since my last post.  I have been working on cards but just can't seem to get them on my blog.  I admire those that blog everyday and get their work posted.  One of my New Year Resolutions is to do better with my blog.  So we shall see how this goes.

I am going to post a few cards that I've made for some of the challenges -- starting with this Wednesday's challenge.  This particular challenge asks for cards to be "Sentiment Free" for our Heroes to write home on.  This card also would qualify for the ODBD January Challenge -- to include dry embossing on our cards.

This next card is for Sketch Challenge 154
This card is for the the Midweek Throwdown Spring Flowers Challenge  (January 2, 2013)

And my last two for this post -- are going to two special people (I can't mention who they are going to as they may be looking on my blog)  One was made following Sketch Challenge 150 and the other I made from a sketch I saw in "Take Five" magazine.

This card I enjoyed making using some sea glass that my husband and I collected
while visiting Fort Bragg, CA.  I saw this technique in "Take Five" magazine and thought I
would like to give it a try.

Thanks for stopping in  -- hope you all have a great rest of the week.