Author Archives: Yvonne

OWH – Our Daily Bread February Challenge


  • Stamp – Hero Arts “A Very Special Birthday”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Deckled Rectangles Large”
  • Patterned papers – Canvas Corp. “Chocolate & Kraft Diamonds” and “Chocolate and Kraft Mini Dot”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This is an Operation Write Home card for the Our Daily Bread February Challenge. The challenge was to make a masculine card featuring the color brown. This is a very clean and simple card with some distress ink on the sentiment. Thanks for visiting.

Butterflies with Dimensional Stenciled Background


  • Stencil – Memory Box “Cressida”
  • Die Cuts – made from Memory Box dies: Darla Butterfly, Vivienne Butterfly, Moonlight Butterfly, Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Valerian Flourish
  • Bling – KaiserCraft and Mark Richards
  • Sentiment – Stamp by My Favorite Things “Pretty Poppies” set and die cut from Spellbinders Nestabilities from the Blossom Tag and Accents set
  • Golden Modeling Paste
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink – Sail Boat Blue
  • Faber Castell Gelatos
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was a fun card with lots of different media at work. I started out making the background with inspiration from the latest Online Card Classes class: Stenciled. I mixed a few drops of alcohol ink with some modeling paste to make a nice light blue. I then smeared it through my new (gorgeous) stencil from Memory Box. For the butterflies, I scribbled some Gelatos in blue and green on some watercolor paper and spritzed the color with some water to blend the colors together. Once the Gelatos had dried, I die cut the butterflies and the accompanying detailed butterflies from solid cardstock and glued them together. I added the flourish die cuts to the background and then placed the butterflies and the sentiment on top and applied rhinestones to the flourishes and heads of the butterflies. Lots of texture on this card! Thanks for visiting.


Stenciled Fern – Seahawks colors!


  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Mini Ferns”
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park “For the Record 2″
  • Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays – Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue
  • Golden Molding Paste
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made this card based on a lesson from the Online Card Classes Stenciled class. I tried my hand at using molding paste with a stencil. My variation was to mist the cardstock with ink sprays prior to adding the molding paste and it actually incorporated some of the color into the stenciled image. Kind of a happy accident! I’ve included a close-up here to try to show it in a little more detail.

paste-closeupMy color scheme reflects the colors of the Seattle Seahawks, who will soon be playing in the Super Bowl. The Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps CardBowl is this weekend, and one of the challenges is to use something that reflects one of the teams playing in your card design. Living in the northwest, it seemed only appropriate to select the Seattle team, so I picked the team colors! Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Birthday – More Stenciling


  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Echoes”
  • Stamps – Penny Black “Flourish Birthday” and Impression Obsession “C-A-C Gradation”
  • Pearls – KaiserCraft – Chino and White pearls
  • Distress Inks – Ranger – Brushed Corduroy and Tattered Rose
  • Embossing Powder – Stampendous – Detail White

Another stenciled card, using a white embossed greeting as a sort of resist. I’ve applied Distress Inks with a foam applicator through the stencil and then stamped over it with a subtle background image. This is a very simple, one layer card with a few pearls to dress it up. I was inspired by Day Two of the Stenciled class over at Online Card Classes. I have more stenciling experiments in the works! Thanks for stopping by.


Wishing… with colored pencils


  • Stencil – Hero Arts “Borders”
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
  • Border punch – Fiskars “Upper Crest”
  • Cardstock – Neenah Solar White, Bazzill
  • Colored pencils – Staedtler
  • Prismacolor colored pencil – white

I created this card based on Day Two lessons on Online Card Classes Stenciled class. I used colored pencils with a stencil and then continued to smear the coloring in the same direction as my coloring with an eraser. I then took a white Prismacolor pencil and colored through the stenciled images with vertical strokes. This gives the impression of the objects falling or raining down. Thanks for stopping by.



Miss you all the time: Stenciled – Day One


  • Stencil – Tim Holtz Collection – Stamper’s Anonymous “Clockwork”
  • Stamp – Hero Arts OWH Set “You’re Always in my Heart”
  • Patterned paper – Marion Smith Designs – “Nirvana: Photo Op”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill
  • Distress Ink – Ranger – Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet  and Walnut Stain

This was the first card that I’ve made during the Online Card Classes Stenciled. This one is from a lesson during Day One. I used heat embossing and a stencil for this card, applying color with Ranger Distress inks. As usual, I’m really enjoying this class and having fun trying some new techniques. I will be adding this to my Operation Write Home box–it is always fun to use the OWH stamps from Hero Arts. Thanks for visiting.

Freshly Made Sketches #119: Birthday


  • Die cuts – made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Floral Doily Motifs” set
  • Stamp – from Flourishes “Botanical Bookplates Volume 1″ set
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye: Collectable collection – “Notable ‘Cute’ Muse Paper” (both sides) and “Notable ‘Silly’ Cheery Paper”
  • Embellishment – Jolee’s Boutique “Mini Flower Gems Pearl”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used this fantastic sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for today’s card – Sketch #119. It is a pretty unusual, asymmetrical design and is really good for showing off patterned papers.This card is all about shapes and patterns. Thanks for visiting today.

Penguins in a Teacup: Missing You


  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Ship Happens” and Hero Arts “Right at Home”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “Collectible: Memorable ‘Hello’ Cordial Paper” (both sides)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny
  • Dies – JustRite/Spellbinders “Vintage Labels Three” and Spellbinders “Standard Circle Large”
  • Ribbon

This is my last penguin card for a little while. I used another Cat’s Pajamas stamp and colored the image with Copic markers. I doubled-up the Vintage Labels die cuts for a little change. This is the final penguin card for Operation Penguin at Operation Write Home (OWH). There is a Brigadier General who has a certain fondness for penguins, and he has requested that we send penguin cards for his unit to send home. And many of us are happily fulfilling his request. This week’s Shopping Our Stash Challenge #134 is to make Miss You cards. I pulled this penguin stamp out of my stash unused! I’ve had it for a long time, too! The sentiment is one that I’ve used a number of time for OWH, and I found the patterned paper amid many other sheets of paper! I successfully shopped my stash, down to the little scrap of ribbon! Thanks for visiting today.

Best Fishes – OWH Our Daily Bread Challenge: Stripes


  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Best Fishes” and “Smells Like Cake” (for the birthday sentiment)
  • Patterned papers – Scenic Route “Appleton 5th Street” (both sides)
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Embellishments – Stampendous Class A Peel Stickers “Geo Shapes Sparklers-Blue”
  • Punch – Creative Memories corner punch
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Yes, another penguin card! I have just a few penguin stamps in my collection! I am taking Operation Penguin just a bit further than Sandy probably would like! But who doesn’t like a good penguin in their life? This is another from The Cat’s Pajamas. I colored the stamped image with Copic Markers and layered it up. I wanted to use this striped paper with all of the bright colors to bring out some of the colors in the image. We were challenged to make a card with stripes in the current Our Daily Bread Challenge for January at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps. Thanks for stopping by.

Freshly Made Sketches #118 – Penguin with cupcake for you!


  • Stamps – Inky Antics “Baking Penguins” and Northwoods “Capital For You”
  • Patterned papers – from Echo Park “For the Record 2” 6 X 6” paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used Freshly Made Sketches #118 for this card. It is another penguin card for Operation Penguin at Operation Write Home. I have a lot of penguin stamps, as you may have guessed, so I am taking advantage of this event to use some of my penguins for the greater good! I colored this little guy with Copics and fussy cut him and popped him up. Enjoy! And thanks for visiting.


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