Monthly Archives: January 2013

Clean & Simple 2 – Day 3 – Labels


  • Background stamp – Penny Black “Damask”
  • Butterfly stamp and die – Hampton Art Stamps and Spellbinders “Butterflies”
  • Pearls – Queen and Company and Kaiser Craft
  • Patterned paper – SEI “Field Notes”
  • Inks – Ranger Adirondak Lights “Cloudy Blue” and Distress Inks and markers in Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Mulled Lavendar, and Dusty Concord

I was inspired to create this card based on the Clean and Simple 2 class I’m currently taking on Online Card Classes. The instructor for this technique was Shari Carroll. I created the background using shipping labels stamped with my background stamp, cut-up, and then off-set. I colored the butterfly stamped image with Distress markers and edged with Distress ink. More Distress ink was added to the background with the pearls. This was a very fun technique to try and the Penny Black stamp is really beautiful. Thanks for stopping by.

Friends – Clean & Simple 2 – Day #1


  • Sentiment stamp – from Hero Arts “Live Life” set
  • Border stamp – Lawn Fawn “Belinda’s Borders”
  • Stencil – Studio Calico “Chevron” Huey’s Mask

This is the first card I made for the Clean and Simple 2 class offered at Online Card Classes. I misted the cardstock with a homemade ink solution I made with Distress re-inkers. I decided to accent the card with a border that repeated the chevron design of the stencil. I heat embossed the border with white embossing powder. I drew a dashed line across the bottom of the top portion. The top and bottom chevron portions are popped up with dimensional adhesive. This was a very fun, clean and simple card to make! I’ve taken a number of classes from Online Card Classes and I would highly recommend them. They provide a ton of inspiration, techniques and instruction. Thanks for visiting today.

Little Red Riding Hood – Analogous Color Scheme



  • Stamp set – Darcie’s – “Little Red” (JCS145)
  • Die cuts made from Spellbinders Nestabilities: “Labels Two,” “Standard Circles Large,” and “Lacey Circles”

This card was mostly about coloring and fussy cutting! This past week, OWH Stars and Stamps began a new feature called OWH Design Boot Camp. Color theory was in this lesson and we were to choose a color scheme based on one of the basic harmonies. I chose an analogous color scheme, using yellow orange/orange/red, which are three in a row on the 12-part color wheel. These are not necessarily colors I would choose to put together, but it fit the Red Riding Hood set I recently acquired at an LSS sale! After I colored them with Copic markers, I cut out the images and popped-up Red Riding Hood and her basket with a little dimensional adhesive. My wolf looks more like a fox–but he’s cute! I just kind of rewrote the fairy tale a little bit and she had a pet fox! Thanks for visiting today.

OWH – Midweek Throwdown for Easter Cards: Peep!


  • Stamps – We R Memory Keepers “Peep” set
  • Die cuts – made with Spellbinders Nestabilities “Nested Oval Medallion Labels”
  • Paper Lace Ribbon – Creative Imaginations
  • Corner punch – Fiskars
  • Pastel Flower Bling – Creative Impressions
  • Cardstock – Dots – BoBunny
  • Cardstock – Solid – Bazzill

I’m mailing out a shipment of cards to Operation Write Home (OWH) today. The OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge this week is a call for Easter cards. So I stamped this little chick and surrounded it with pastel cardstock and a little bling. It has been so cold that it was fun to create something a little bit Spring-y. Thanks for visiting today!

OWH – No Fail Ribbon – Tuesday Tutorial


  • Image – SweetNSassy stamps “Cupcake Cocoa” digital stamp
  • Die cuts – made with Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Patterned paper – origin unknown
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Reversible ribbon – May Arts

This is a simple card that could probably be used for a birthday. It will be part of my next Operation Write Home shipment. I made it when this week when I followed along with the Tuesday Tutorial about a no fail ribbon. technque. I colored the digital image with Copic Markers and popped up the image with dimensional adhesive. Thanks for visiting today!

OWH Sketch #154 – Just A Hello


  • Stamps – Little Yellow Bicycle “Delightful Elegant” stamp set and Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings” sentiment set
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “Stella & Rose: Hattie ‘Boy’ Tapestry”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Paper Accents
  • Die cuts – Made swith Spellbinder’s Nestabilities Lacy Squares
  • Punches – Marvy

I’ve been too caught up in work lately, so it took me until today to get back to cardmaking. This card was made using Sketch #154 at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps. A very nice sketch with lots of possibilities. I used a butterfly stamp from Little Yellow Bicycle (Deja Views) that I’ve had in my stash for years! Thanks for stopping by.



OWH Midweek Throwdown – Spring Flowers


  • Die cuts – Creative Imaginations “Assemblage;” Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Ovals” and “Lacey Ovals”
  • Embossing folder – Darice “Doily Lace”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

The OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge this week was to create a card featuring Spring flowers. That’s always a favorite for me, so I just had to choose which flowers to use on my card! This is a very simple design because the flowers really are the focal point. Thanks for visiting today.


OWH Sketch #153 – Fox Card


  • Die cuts – made with QuicKutz “Fox” and Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “So Sophie: Best Thing”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made this little fox card using Sketch #153 at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps. It will make a nice card for a child with the bright colors and cute little character. Thanks for visiting.

Unscripted Sketches #191 – Birthday


  • Stamp – Inkadinkado “Happy Birthday”
  • Patterned papers – “Dottie” and “Ethel”  both from the Botanique collection
  • Flowers – Pearl White roses colored with ColorBox Peach Pastel and Rosebud inks
  • Cardstock – BoBunny

I made this card using Sketch #191 at Unscripted Sketches for inspiration, which was a really nice design to work with. This is really pretty paper that I’ve had in my stash for a long time and it seemed perfect for a birthday card for a friend. It was fun to ink my flowers to match the paper–I lucked out having the right colors! Thanks for visiting today!

My Top Ten Cards for 2012


Here is a quick look back at some of my favorite cards that I made in the last year. If you’d like to see my “recipes” for individual cards, the heading for each is a link back to the original post on my blog. Here’s my countdown:

#10 – OWH Die Cuts Challenge


I made this for a sample card to be used for the Midweek Throwdown challenge in February, which was to use die cuts.

#9 – Clean and Simple – Newspaper Tulips


I made this card while taking the Online Card Classes “Clean and Simple” class. I love this Basic Grey paper and the Hero Arts stamp!

#8 – It’s a Party!


Fluffles (from Stampendous) on a cupcake with lots of stripes.

#7 – Creative Chemistry 101 Tags


I took another class at Online Classes featuring Tim Holtz called Creative Chemistry 101. I learned lots of techniques and played with a lot of Ranger products–distressing all the way!

#6 – The famous Origami Neckties


This cracks me up–I’ve made these for the last two years (since the tutorial on OWH Stars and Stamps showed me how) so our heroes have them to send home for Father’s Day. And all year round, these cards get hits on my blog! I team up with my son, who makes all of ties since he is an Origami expert. I make the shirts and then I put them together. They seem to be a hit in blogland, so I hope they are a hit with our heroes and their families.

#5 – Paper Piecing Hot Air Balloon


I made this card during the OWH Rebel with a Cause Virtual Cardmaking Party this past Spring. This particular challenge was for paper piecing, so I chose a Verve hot air balloon stamp. I created a background with an Inky Antics cloud template and stipple brush to make lots of clouds.

#4 – What’s the Word, Bird?


This was another popular card this year. Someone visits this card at least once a week! I really like this technique, which I learned from one of the OWH Tuesday Tutorials. It is a great way to use up scraps. I love the colors and texture from the embossing folder.

#3 – OWH Memorial Weekend Bloghop – Penguin Birthday


This was a fun card for a child’s birthday. I made it for my stop in the OWH Memorial Weekend Blog Hop. We each chose an OWH sketch to illustrate along the hop. I like the cheerful penguin and all of the polka dots.

#2 – ODBD June Challenge – Nonstandard Shaped Cards


This was a pretty unusual card for me. I used layers of die cuts made from one of my Spellbinders Nestabilties sets and then layered butterfly die cuts on top (the butterfly dies are from Memory Box). It’s unique shape made it pretty eye catching.

#1 – Crocus Anniversary Card


I made this card for an OWH Midweek Throwdown for which we were asked to make anniversary cards. I love purple and green together and the design, together with the image, made for a pretty elegant card.

That’s it! Happy 2013, everyone and thanks for stopping by.