Monthly Archives: June 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown: Monkey Challenge!

  • Stamps – Rubber Soul “Monkey Boy”; Hero Arts “Right At Home” (kite); and The Cat’s Pajamas “Oh Chute” (sentiment)
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “Stella Rose: Hazel” and BoBunny “Back to Backs: Brown Flourish”

This week at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps, the midweek throwdown challenge was to make a card featuring monkeys. I just happened to have a monkey stamp, so I decided to combine it with a kite from another set to make my own version of a flying monkey (hopefully not as creepy as those seen on the Wizard of Oz). The sentiment came from yet another set!  Thanks for visiting today.

OWH Sketch #127 – May All Your Dreams Come True

  • Stamps – Memory Box “Dotty Butterfly” and Penny Black “Sweet Wishes”
  • Patterned paper – Teresa Collins “Everyday Moments” collection
  • Ribbon – American Crafts

For this card I used the current sketch at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps: Sketch #127. It lends itself well to showing off some pretty patterned papers in the larger block, but you can still have a smaller image as the focal point (and in this case, the sentiment). And I’ve slipped another butterfly in! Have a great day and I’ll see you soon.

Case Study Challenge #96 – Hot Air Balloon

  • Stamps:
    •   Balloon and double clouds – Verve Stamps “Up Up & Away”
    •   Banner – Penny Black “Sweet Wishes”
    •   Single cloud, hearts and sentiment – Hero Arts “Right at Home”
  • Patterned papers – BoBunny Back to Backs (powder blue) and DCWV “Nana’s Nursery: Baby Boy” collection (yellow)
  • Baker’s twine – Doodlebug Design, Inc.

This was a fun card to make, sort of like putting a puzzle together. I used the Case Study Challenge #96 card for inspiration and went from there, using a hot air balloon instead of an airplane. I used three different stamp sets from three different companies, popped some of the elements up and kept some flat to the card just to help portray the “flight” involved here! And the saying is perfect for an Operation Write Home card (since it is from one of Hero Arts’ OWH sets), so it will definitely go in my box to the troops. I also continued on with the OWH midweek throwdown challenge colors of yellow and blue, since it fit the design so perfectly! Have a pleasant day!

OWH Blue & Yellow Challenge – Another Butterfly

  • Stamp – Stampington & Co. “Scripted Butterfly” and Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings”
  • Patterned paper – Teresa Collins “Everyday Moments: Blue Scroll”
  • Border Punch – Martha Stewart “Woodland Branch”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This is one of my favorite stamps–and I’ve had it for years! This is the first time I have colored it with Copic markers and I liked the way they allow me to add some subtile shading in the broad areas of color in the background. I do like the yellow and blue combination and using them was the Midweek Throwdown Challenge at OWH Stars and Stamps this week. Thanks for checking-in today and I’ll see you again, most likely with more butterflies!

OWH Sketch Challenge #126

  • Stamps – Crafty Individuals (floral) and Hero Arts “Manuscript Background”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey “Periphery Collection: Cork”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made this card using the current sketch at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps blog, which is Sketch #126. The stamped foreground image is actually just one half of the actual image. I cut it in half to fit the card better! The background of the dark brown floral image includes a script, but I also stamped the Hero Arts manuscript background stamp in a lighter brown ink for some added interest. Thanks for visiting here today.

Clean and Simple Sketch #194: Butterfly

  • Butterfly die cut – SEI “Field Notes: The Sample Box”
  • Stamp – from Stampin’ Up “Sincere Salutations” set
  • Patterned paper – from SEI “Bright Blossom” collection
  • Border punch – EK Success “Diamond Lace” edger
  • Cardstock – DCWV Solid Glitter Yellow and Bazzill Basics

I’m going through a butterfly phase here! This isn’t the last one either–another butterfly card is in the works! I really liked this sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping: Sketch #194. I enjoyed looking at the sketch and putting the pieces together to fit it. This card is in the mail to a magician friend who is under the weather. We hope it cheers Tom up. Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Birthday – Button Flowers

  • Patterned papers – SEI “Bright Blossoms” pad
  • Buttons – The Cats Pajamas “Great Outdoors Buttons”
  • Die – Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Blossom Tags and Accents”
  • Stamp – from The Cat’s Pajamas “Smells Like Cake” set

This card was totally CASED* from the Stamper’s Sampler cover (Jun/Jul/Aug 2012 issue). I made a couple of variations, but was definitely inspired by it! When I shared my copy of the magazine with one of Trenton’s teachers on our recent field trip, she admired it. I joked that her birthday was coming up, so I’d keep it in mind! Wonder if she’ll recognize it? The paper I used that is framing the images has some copper foil, which you can sort of see in the photo (upper left), making some of the flowers shine nicely. I just drew the stems and leaves below the buttons for the flowers with Ranger Distress markers. I cut the die cut in half to emulate the sun. Enjoy your day and please visit again soon.

*meaning borrowed design from another designer

OWH – Our Daily Bread Designs June Challenge

  • Die cuts made with:
  •      Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Twenty”
  •      Memory Box “Darla Butterfly” and “Vivienne Butterfly”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny patterned cardstock and Bazzill solid and textured cardstock

For finishing touches, I drew dotted line around the perimeter of the navy blue layer. The two butterfly die cuts, made with dies from Memory Box, fit together. I used the more detailed die cut as the top layer that looks like it is resting on the card and preparing to fly away.

This was an unusual stretch for me. The challenge was to make a non-standard, shaped card: one that isn’t a rectangle or square. I used die cuts for almost all aspects of this card, which I ended up really liking! For every 25 cards made for this challenge over at OWH, Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) will pay for shipping of one box of cards to the troops. This is a huge help to OWH, as shipping can really add up. The OWH – ODBD June challenge continues through the end of the month. Thanks for visiting today.

OWH Sketch Challenge #124 – Butterfly

  • Stamp – Stampington & Company “Printed Butterfly”
  • Patterned papers – Heidi Grace Designs Only Time collection: “Mini Floral” and “London Eye”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Fiber – Creative Impressions “Summer Textures”

I took the latest sketch challenge at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps to make this card: Sketch Challenge #124. I’ve had the patterned paper collection for some time, so it was nice to use a couple of the patterns for this. Thanks for stopping by today.

Rhododendrons – Card Patterns #168

  • Stamp – Impression Obsession “Rhododendron” cling stamp (G12008)
  • Paper – SEI “White Elegance: Diamond” (chalk inks applied)
  • Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Inks (Orchid Pastel and Rouge)
  • Ribbon – from stash
  • Cardstock – WorldWin Colormates
  • Stickers – EK Success Sticko “Pink Diamonds”

For this birthday card, I used the current sketch over at Card Patterns: Sketch 168 for this card (flipped on its side) AND I got to use my new rhododendron cling stamp from Impression Obsession. I colored the image with Copic markers and layered it with some dark green to bring out the greens of the leaves for contrast. The SEI patterned paper is white on white  paper–the pattern is printed with a kind of “pearl” ink. So when I applied Colorbox Chalk inks to it, the “pearly” part acted as a resist and the uncoated portion picked up the ink color. So you can make the paper any color you want! Thanks for stopping by.