Monthly Archives: January 2012

OWH – Die-cuts Challenge

  • Die cuts – Made from Memory Box “Valerian Flourish” and “Sofia Heart” steel craft dies
  • Stamp – Hero Arts “Live Life” clear set
  • Patterned papers – K&Company “Classic K Bailey Mat Pad

I made this card as a sample card for the February 1st Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps. I love the Memory Box dies that have come on the market in recent times; these have such intricate detail! The diecuts are really the centerpiece and I popped-up the sentiment and added some faux stitching around the edges to finish it off. Thanks for visiting and be sure to participate in the challenge.

OWH – Sketch #106

I used the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Sketch #106 to create this card. It features a digital image that is part of the current Crafter’s Digital Art Center Progressive Freebie Challenge. This particular image is from Digis by Phooka. I’ve been just waiting to use the twine on a card that I got fairly recently from the Cat’s Pajamas. Thanks for visiting!

Cardmaking Friends – January Sketch Challenge

  • Patterned paper – Graphic 45, “Tropical Travelogue Colllection: Rainforest”
  • Stamps – Northwood Stamps “Capital For You” and Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings” (little sprig)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Die cut – Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Fancy Tags”
  • Ribbon – Offray

This is a very simple sketch a group of us challenged ourselves to use. Sometimes the simpler the sketch, the more challenging it is! The tropical patterned paper here is the star, to be sure. Thanks for stopping by.

Mojo Monday Sketch #225

  • Stamps – Hero Arts “Scattered Leaves” clear set
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Basics, Bazzill Dots and Worldwin
  • ColorBox Chalk Ink: Charcoal

I made a simple, color-blocked card with this fun sketch from Mojo Monday this week: Mojo Monday Sketch #225. The images in the Hero Arts set lended themselves well to the design and once I stamped each piece, I simply edged them with ColorBox Chalk charcoal ink. I popped each piece up with double-sided tape and Voila! Thanks for visiting.

OWH – Sketch #105

  • Die cut – Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Ironwork Motifs”
  • Stamp – Kodomo, Inc. “Thank You”
  • Patterned papers – K & Company “Verbena & Peabody” Paper Pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I was inspired by the current sketch over at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps: Sketch #105, when I made this card. This is a very simple design that showcases the pretty die cut. I was able to use some paper I’ve had for quite awhile, which is always a good thing. Thanks for stopping by.

Clean & Simple Class – Day 3 – Die Cuts

  • Die cuts – made from Memory Box “Vivienne Butterfly”
  • Stamp – Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This is a very simple card. I layered two butterflies cut from the same cardstock as the base card and glued them together. I also did the same with a strip of cardstock that ran vertically along the right-hand side. Then I heat embossed the sentiment at the bottom. These lacey die cuts make the effect of the monocromatic card work really well. Thanks for visiting today.

OWH – Color Challenge: B&W+One

  • Stamps – Inkadinkado “Upsy Daisy” and Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings” clear set
  • Patterned papers – Basic Grey “Little Black Dress” collection
  • Flower brad – Chatterbox “Artsy.Licious Fabulour Brads”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made this card for the OWH Color Challenge: Black and White with a splash of another color. I used a bright pink accent with the black and white papers for lots of contrast. I really like the formula of black and white plus one–it always looks very elegant. Thanks for visiting.

Clean and Simple Class – Day 9 – Another Take

  • Stamps – Hero Arts “Two Flourish Flowers” and “Everyday Sayings”
  • Pearls – KaiserCraft
  • Gems – Mark Richards “Lavendar Dots”

This is another take on the technique I learned in the Online Classes Clean and Simple class I’m taking. It is a completely flat card with no layering. I’ve scored lines at the top, bottom and right edge for some visual interest. The image is stamped in white ink and then colored with Prismacolor pencils. I added the pearls and gem stickers for a little bit of dimension, but it is definitely a simple card! This will be a nice note card for me to ship via Operation Write Home. Thanks for checking in.



OWH – Sketch #104 – Botanicals

  • Stamps – Kodomo “Leaves Collection 1”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Velvet ribbon – Wrights

I made this card using Sketch #104 at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps. I colored the stamp direct to rubber with water-based marker, then sprayed it with Perfect Pearls Mist. I stamped it on watercolor paper so when the color bled a bit the paper held the ink and water nicely. Thanks for stopping by.


Clean & Simple Class – Day 9

  • Stamp – Layers of Color “Flutterescent” clear set; Sentiment – Penny Black “Flourish Birthday”
  • Card buttons – Hero Arts “Flowers”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Colored Pencils – Prismacolor

I made this card based on our latest lesson at the online Clean & Simple Class. I stamped the image in white ink (Popcorn Colorbox Chalk Ink) and then colored it with Prismacolors. Thanks for visiting today.