Monthly Archives: December 2011

My Top 10 Cards of 2011

I went through my posts from 2011 and chose my favorite ten cards from this year. This was not an easy feat–and I’d probably pick more favorites if I had half a chance! Most of these cards were shipped to Operation Write Home and they show a number of different techniques and designs. So here goes!

#10 – Space Monkey

Just a fun kid’s card. Having a space monkey is pretty perfect–this is something I would have made for my son when he was younger. It was fun to use predominately the BoBunny patterned papers to put this together with the help of a card sketch.

#9 – Simple Blue Butterfly

Another very simple card. I used an eye-catching die cut butterfly from Paper House Productions to steal the show on this one. I love the striking velvet ric-rac that runs across it. This was inspired by OWH Sketch #61.

#8 – Chipmunk Alert

Furry rodents are tops in my book! So this was a no brainer! I actually won a blue ribbon for this card at the Oregon State Fair, so it can’t be all bad! It features the Magenta stamp “Chipmunk Collage,” which is incredibly cute. The card sketch (#109) this was based on came from Card Patterns.

#7 – Hot Air Balloon

This has been a very popular card at OWH. I used a great stamp set from Verve Stamps. This card was created using OWH Sketch #76. It could be used for any kind of occasion with this sentiment. I colored the balloon with Copic markers to match the papers. Just a fun card.

#6 – Dancing Mouse

This was an unusual sketch for me because of all the round elements (it is Clean and Simple Sketch #148), so it was kind of a stretch for me. I love the mouse stamp from Kodomo. This card could be used for any occasion.

#5 – Valentine’s Day

This was the first Valentine that I made for Operation Write Home this year. I used the OWH Sketch #93 and was able to put together different scraps of paper for the final design. That is always a good thing!

#4 – Folded Christmas Tree

This was a great Origami exercise for me. I claim to be folding-impaired, but luckily my son helps me out when I need it! Jan at Operation Write Home offered a superior tutorial on how to create the tree, which helped me big time!

#3 – One of Many Penguin Christmas Cards

This penguin Christmas card was one I made for an OWH Christmas card challenge. I got to use one of my Cat’s Pajamas clear stamp sets, which is always a pleasure!

#2 – Magic Rabbit

This card features another Cat’s Pajamas stamp set. I made four of these for my son’s mentors at his magic group. I used Clean and Simple sketch #167.

#1 – Eiffel Tower

I made this card using the 99th sketch at Operation Write Home. It had several dimensions with different elements popped-up with double-sided tape for some visual interest. I also layered stamping instead of using patterned paper and used Ranger Distress inks at the edges of the layers.

Thanks for visiting and reviewing my year with me. It has been a good year for cards! I think I sent over 100 to Operation Write Home this year, which was my very small contribution to the over 1 million cards shipped to the troops via OWH. We’ll see what this year brings!


OWH Banner Sketch Challenge

  • Patterned papers – Basic Grey, BoBunny
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny
  • Stamp – Pink Paislee “Soiree” set
  • Die cut – Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Tags”
  • Corner punch – Marvy Uchida

So this is a pretty loose interpretation of the current sketch (#101) at Operation Write Home. So I’ll call it a banner card and leave it at that! Cutting out my banner was a great way to use little scraps that I just couldn’t throw out. I had lots of patterns going on in these papers, but they all worked together. The banner and sentiment are popped up for some dimension, and the edges of the light cardstock is edged with chalk ink. Thanks for stopping by.


Get Sentimental – OWH Challenge

  • Stamps – Verve “American Hero” set
  • Die cut – Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Lacey Squares”
  • Patterned paper – American Crafts “Campy Trails: Elk Creek Trail”
  • Ribbon – American Crafts “Lemon”
  • Cardstock – Worldwin and Bazzill

This card sort of fell together. I had all of the pieces and just put them together in sort of a patriotic design. I made this for the current December ODBD Challenge at Operation Write Home. The challenge is to use the sentiment as the main focal point of the card. Since I don’t even include sentiments on the outsides of some of my cards, this WAS a challenge! Thanks for the visit and I’ll see you soon.


Merry Penguin Christmas!

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas set N-7475
  • Die cuts – Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Lacey Circles” and “Standard Circles Large”
  • Border punch – Martha Stewart
  • Embossing Folder – from the Cuttlebug “Christmas Set”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny
  • Ribbon – JoAnn

It has been a long time since I’ve posted with all of the holiday preparations and all! This is one of the cards I made to send from our family. Unfortunately I didn’t make as many as I would have liked to get in the mail. I do love all of the penguins that The Cat’s Pajamas has in their sets! These guys are doing the “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil” thing! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!


OWH – Happy Hour Skip Card CASE

  • Stamps –
  •       Large heart – Inkadinkado
  •       Small heart – My Sentiments Exactly
  •       Sentiment – A Muse Artstamps
  • Die Cuts – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Eyelet Circles” (two sizes) and “Labels Seventeen” for the card base
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Basics and BoBunny Back-to-Back Dots
  • Ranger Distress Ink in Fired Brick for distressing at the edges

I made this card after visiting the Operation Write Home Happy Hour Blog Skip that showcased the Hero Arts newly released stamps. There was lots of inspiration as I hopped through the different blogs. I was particularly intrigued by the shape of card base of the card created by Julie at “Handmade by Julie.” Her card inspired me to make this Valentine to ship off someone overseas so that they can send it home to a loved one. Thanks for stopping by!


Card Positioning Systems Sketch #248

  • Die cuts – Spellbinders Poseabilities “Snowflake Wonder”
  • Patterned papers – BoBunny St. Nick Sugar Plum (green polka dot) and Heidi Grace Shimmer Flocked paper “Jolly & Bright” (words)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Brads – Recollections Round Brads

This is my interpretation of the current CPS Sketch #248. The snowflake die cuts are both cut and embossed, which provides a nice texture as does the flocked “fuzzy” paper in the background. Thanks for visiting.


OWH Sketch #99

  • Stamps – Stampendous “Eiffel Tower” set
  • Die cut – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Seventeen”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey “Picadilly”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Punch – Marvy Uchida postage stamp

I used the current OWH Sketch #99 as my point of departure for this card design. I used three stamps from the Stampendous “Eiffel Tower” clear stamp set, using three different colors of Ranger Distress Ink. I popped up the stamp layers to add a bit of dimension and interest. Thanks for stopping by!