OWH Finishing Strong Bloghop

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Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home (OWH) Finishing Strong Bloghop on this Memorial Day Weekend! There are a lot of cardmakers participating in the hop, so visit as many as you can and check out the great assortment of cards and talent! Click here to return back to the Hop’s home. I’ve been participating in OWH by making cards since early 2011. I’m proud to say that cardmakers have made MILLIONS of cards for our Heroes

Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!

Here is my card for the hop:

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  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “OWH Brave”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Two”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “For the Record 2″ (blue dots) and KaiserCraft “Tropical Punch Collection: Sunny” (red)
  • Epoxy stickers – Doodlebug Designs Inc. “Sprinkles”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used OWH Sketch # 185 as a point of departure for this card. The color scheme is red, white and blue without it being a patriotic card per se. It is a very clean and simple design. Thanks for visiting my stop on the hop and have a great weekend! To return to OWH Stars and Stamp and to the bloghop, click here.

 

 

 


Hydrangea ATC – Distress Watercolor

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  • Stamp – Penny Black “Allegro”
  • Patterned paper – Bella Blvd. –  Campout Collection: “Gone Fishing”
  • Bling – Mark Richards – Crystal Stickers in Light Blue and Lavendar
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Distress Markers – Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky, and Dusty Concord

 

I created eight (alike) Artist’s Trading Cards (ATCs) to trade with my Craft Stamper group that meets monthly. This technique was featured in the May 2015 issue of Craft Stamper magazine. This technique works really well with imagery that is not perfectly representational since coloring your image is not necessarily within your control. The watercolor medium is Distress ink via Distress markers, with a spritz or three from a water bottle! Thanks for stopping by today.


Freshly Made Sketches #186 – Happy Birthday

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  • Stamps – Verve Stamps “Up Up & Away” and Hero Arts “Whimsical Happy Birthday”
  • Patterned papers – Lawn Fawn “Petite Paper Pack”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was a quick, Clean & Simple card for a friend of my son’s. I’ve been making him cards since he was very young and this is for his 17th birthday. How time flies! I used Sketch #186 at Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration. Thanks for visiting today.

 


Happy Mother’s Day

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  • Stamps – Altenew “Vintage Roses” and Hero Arts “Mother’s Day Message”
  • Patterned paper – Creative Imaginations – Christine Adolph “Boho”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Lacey Circles”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ribbon

I’m late getting in the game here, but here is my Mom’s Mother’s Day card that I delivered today. I love a square card! I used the Clean & Simple Stamping Fall to Layout #11 (take two) as sketch inspiration to create this. I stamped with these wonderful Altenew stamps that you can layer together to make some lovely dimensional flowers. I used Colorbox Chalk Inks to layer the color on these roses and leaves. Thanks for visiting today.


Sock Puppet for Baby

 

 

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  • Stamps – Deep Red “Sock Puppet” and Denami Designs “Baby”
  • Dies – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Twenty-Eight”
  • Patterned paper – Bundle of Joy “Baby Boy Onesies” (both sides)
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous “Periwinkle”
  • Cardstock – Paper Arts
Today I’m sharing a card I made with a stamp that I’ve had for quite a long time and never had the proper occasion to use! That seems pretty hard to believe, since a sock puppet should be appropriate for many occasions! I used the current The Paper Players Challenge #242, which includes a card sketch. I used a Spellbinders’ label die and popped up the layered image to add dimension and a little emphasis on my focal point.  I embossed the stamped sentiment on lower right-hand corner. Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Birthday – Watercolor Background

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  • Stamps –
    • Simon Says Stamp “Tag Sayings”
    • Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
    • Avery Elle “Petals & Stems”
  • Die – Simon Says Stamp “Medium Tags”
  • Rhinestones – KaiserCraft – Dark Green
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Paper Accents
  • Watercolor paper – Strathmore
  • Twine – Little B

For this card I created a watercolor background and stamped over it with silhouette-style floral stamps. I used stamps from several different stamp sets to put this altogether. I always find mixing-up stamp sets to be fun. The current challenge (Challenge #16) for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group is to use watercoloring on your card or project. Here you’ve got my entry. Thanks for visiting.


Does this mean you’re a grown-up now?

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  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Smells Like Cake”
  • Dies – The Cat’s Pajamas “Fancy Flip Cut Ups”
  • Patterned paper – Hampton Art Ki Memories “Metro Garden”
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny
  • Solid cardstock – Bazzill

I had not created a flip card like this before. I used The Cat’s Pajamas dies to make it, which made it a simpler process (they also have a video on their site with a demo on how to make a flip card with this die set). The penguins are on the outside of the card and when you flip that portion, you can see the sentiment (below). I colored the penguins with Copic markers. We gave this to my brother-in-law for his birthday. Thanks for stopping by today.

 

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