Monthly Archives: February 2012

CPS – 5th Anniversary Challenge – Day 13

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Raining Cats” and Studio G “With Love”
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny Dot-to-Dot
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug
  • Trim – Model Crafts
  • Punches – Marvy Uchida and Recollections
  • Rhinestones – Queen & Co.

This Valentine was made for the CPS 5th Anniversary celebration: Challenge 13. I used the sketch (Sketch 121) as a point of departure. This card has lots of polka dots and texture. Thanks for visiting today!



OWH – Sand & Sea: Blues & Tan

  • Stamps – Inkadinkado “Peony Print” and Hero Arts “Live Life” sentiment set
  • Border punch – EK Success
  • Die cut – Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Big Scalloped Circles Large”
  • Embossing powder – JudiKins Azure Patina Rustique
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny
  • Cardstock – WorldWin
  • Kraft paper

This is another card for the OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party. I made this for the Sand & Sea VCMP Challenge #6. For this challenge we are to use blues and tan. I used some embossing powder for the heat-embossed sentiment that has sort of a sandy quality as well. Thanks for stopping by.

OWH – It’s a Party: Birthday Cards

  • Stamps – Stampendous “Icing Fluffles” and The Cat’s Pajamas “Take the Cake”
  • Die cuts – Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Patterned paper – Doodlebug Designs “Colorwheel: Kite Strings”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Another card featuring “Fluffles.” He (or she?) is a favorite in our house! I made this for the OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party challenge #5: It’s a Party. We are challenged to make birthday cards in this one. This card would be nice for a Hero to send to any loved one, but particularly a child. Thanks for visiting.

OWH Challenge – Cut It Out!

  • Stamps – Stampendous “Birch Buddies” and Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings”
  • Die cuts – Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Labels Two”
  • Border punch – EK Success
  • Patterned papers – American Crafts “Campy Trails” collection
  • Baker’s twine

I made this card for the OWH Virtual Carmaking Party going on right now. This is OWH VCMP Challenge #9: Cut It Out, which means we choose die cuts and punches to use in our card designs. There are a number of cute little furry creatures in this stamp set–hard to just pick two! I colored them with Copics and went on my way. Thanks for stopping by.

OWH Challenge – Hot Tropics

  • Patterned papers – Graphic 45 “Tropical Travelogue Collection: Island Jewel” (floral and green giraffe print) and “Botanica” (toucans)
  • Border punch – EK Success
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Wow! I just saw that this is my 200th post (in less than a year)! Eeek. Time flies and apparently the cards are flying, too!

I created this card for the Virtual Cardmaking party that is going on over at OWH Stars and Stamps. This one is for the VCMP Challenge #1: Hot Tropics, for which we are to make a card using tropical colors. I kind of kept the whole theme tropical for this one. I also used the CPS Sketch that is featured for their Fifth Anniversary celebration: Day 11. This is a really fun sketch to work with and perfect for featuring this paper.  Thanks for visiting!

OWH – Nautical Masculine Card Challenge

  • Stamps – Darcie’s “Beach Bums” cling set (crab, beach sign and rope)
  • Die cuts – Made with Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Labels Twenty Two”
  • Crystal stickers – Mark Richards “Mosaic” 5 mm white
  • Cardstock – WorldWin and Bazzill
  • Heavyweight Kraft paper (for card base)

We landlubbers are in the midst of a virtual cardmaking party (VCMP) while some of the other OWHers are on a cardmaking cruise. This challenge is one of the first of many: OWH VCMP Challenge #2: Nautical Masculine Card Challenge. I’ve had this stamp set for a while and hadn’t had an opportunity to use it! For some reason I had a thing for that crab! This card can be used for any occasion or just for a note home. Thanks for checking in!

Winner! OWH Clean & Simple BlogSkip!

Congratulations to Misty, who blogs at She won blog candy here in the random drawing from the OWH Clean & Simple Blog Skip. She will be receiving a little kit for trying out the Distress Ink technique I posted for the Skip. Thanks to everyone who made the Skip such a success! I hope you have a chance to try out some of the clean and simple techniques.

OWH – Clean & Simple Blog Skip

  • Stamps – Memory Box “Tree Border” and Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings” clear stamps
  • Distress Inks – Ranger in the following colors: Everygreen Bough, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, and Broken China
  • Detail White Embossing Powder – Stampendous
  • Corner Punch – Marvy Uchida
  • Watercolor paper
  • Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

Welcome to the last stop on today’s OWH Blog Skip! I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the clean and simple techniques we learned from the Online Card Classes “Clean and Simple” class. What a great class! I created this card in a techniques lesson about Watercolor Blocking. This technique works very well with Distress Inks and water or Perfect Pearls Mists. I first heat embossed the stamped images in Detail White and then watercolor blocked over with the Distress Inks on water-saturated ink blending foam pads. For more cards I created in the class, click on the thumbnails at the bottom of this post. Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment for a chance to win a bit of blog candy from me and a chance to win Online Card Classes or other prizes just for skipping today. Make sure you leave your email address when you leave your comment and I’ll draw a random winner on Monday! To return to OWH Stars and Stamps, Click here.

I must say that I’m really excited because I just received my first “thank you” email from an Air Force Major in Afghanastan–just as I was posting this! I’m so thrilled to have received a personal note. It makes what we do mean even more!