Monthly Archives: February 2013

OWH – Fruit Card Challenge


  • Stamp – Chapel Road Artstamps “Text Pear” set
  • Corner punch – EK Success “Laurel”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

The OWH Our Daily Bread Designs February Challenge is to create a card that features fruit. I made this card with the gorgeous stamp I got years ago from Chapel Road Artstamps. I colored the image direct to rubber with Colorbox Chalk inks in yellows, greens, oranges, and a bit of red. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for stopping by today.

OWH Midweek Throwdown – Folded Mom Card


  • Border stamp – from Inkadinkado “Maison Frames” set
  • Sentiment stamp – from Little Yellow Bicycle “Elegant” set
  • Patterned papers – Graphic 45 – “Old Curiosity Shoppe Collection: Exquisite Motif” (both sides)
  • Die cuts – made with Spellbinders Nestabilities “Lacey Ovals” and “Classic Ovals”
  • Pearls – KaiserCraft
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This is a simple “flap” card that is a little bit unusual for me. The left-hand flap is short and fits under the stamped oval to hold the card closed. It is a nice way to show off the pretty Graphic 45 paper–and I made another “Mom” card for Operation Write Home (OWH). I made this card for the OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge: Fun Folds. Thanks for checking-in today.

OWH Mother’s Day – Butterfly Focal Point


  • Image stamp – Stampington & Co. “Ledger Butterfly”
  • Sentiment stamp – Hero Arts “Mother’s Day Message”
  • Patterned paper – SEI “Couture: Tabaret”
  • Border punch – EK Success “Dotted Scallop”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug “Seeing Spots”
  • Ranger Distress markers
  • Watercolor paper


This is my first Mother’s Day card of the year for Operation Write Home (OWH). I like to make lots of Mother’s Day cards for the troops to send home. I think it is especially important that they have a good supply to choose from. This week on OWH Stars and Stamps blog, we had another installment of OWH Design Bootcamp: Get to the Point: Creating a Strong Focal Point. The lesson was about creating a strong focal point on your cards. So using the information supplied in Paula’s lesson, I created this card with a strong focal point: the butterfly. Yes, another butterfly! The butterfly image is the largest element on the card; it is layered with a darker, contrasting color beneath it; and the watercolor technique used draws the eye in because of the textures and blended colors used. I applied ink directly to the rubber stamp with Ranger Distress Markers and then spritzed the inked stamp with water before stamping on the watercolor paper. Thanks for stopping by.

Operation Write Home Sketch #160 – Thinking of You


  • Image stamp – Magenta “Musical Bird Collage”
  • Sentiment stamp – Hero Arts a’Everyday Sayings”
  • Patterned papers – Heidi Grace Designs “Only Time” Collection: “Mini Floral” and London Eye”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This is a pretty stamp that I’ve had for a while, but not used in a while. When my husband saw it, he identified the bird as a meadowlark, which is Oregon’s state bird. So that is a little unsolicited trivia for you! I used OWH Sketch #160 for the card layout and inked the edges of the pieces to tie it altogether. Thanks for visiting today.


OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party – Chevron Challenge


  • Stamp – Stampendous “Flower Fields”
  • Die cuts – made with Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Labels One”
  • Patterned papers – Basic Grey “PBJ” collection – “Hip Fab” and “Picnic Basket”
  • Bling – Queen and Company “Twinkle Goosebumps”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing powder
  • Ranger Distress Ink markers

I made this card for the OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party that is in progress for the President’s Day weekend. The first challenge over at Scrappin’ Intervention, is the make a card featuring a chevron pattern. I had a number of choices in my stash, but this Basic Grey paper caught my eye. I heat embossed the image with black embossing powder and then used a waterbrush and my Distress markers to color the flowers and leaves. Thanks for visiting today.

President’s Day VCMP – Things With Wings


I hope you’re enjoying the Operation Write Home President’s Day Weekend Virtual Cardmaking Party (VCMP). Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create a card featuring something with wings! There are lots of possibilities there! Please make a card featuring Things with Wings and post it in the InLinkz below!

Now for my offerings:


  • Stamp – Inkadinkado “Sleepy Owl”
  • Die cuts – made with Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Patterned paper – KaiserCraft “Hunt and Gather” paper pad
  • Baker’s Twine – Doodlebug Design Inc. – Tangerine
  • Gems – Darice – Earth tones
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Dried Marigold, Dried Sage, Scattered Straw, Walnut Stain
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny
  • Kraft paper

This card features an owl-y thing with wings! I added color to the edges of the image and the patterned paper with Distress Inks. I kind of made this sketch up, but I’m sure it is similar to many others! The card features baker’s twine and the sparkle of some “gems” for a little visual interest and that’s it!

And another, that includes a little science experiment!


  • Stamps – Hero Arts “Sweet Butterflies”
  • Avery mailing label
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey “Little Black Dress” collection
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Black embossing powder
  • Edger punch – Martha Stewart “Garden Rail”

I used a technique I learned in the January issue of Craft Stamper magazine for this card. Basically, you take a mailing label, peel off the backing, apply embossing powder on the sticky side and heat emboss. It makes an interesting, crackle background. It is a quick and easy technique that is pretty unexpected. Then I cut out the butterfly images that I stamped and colored with Ranger Distress markers. I put all the pieces together and had a card! Thanks for visiting today! Enjoy the party! This link will get you back to the VCMP’s master thread.


And if you’d like to try for a little blog candy, please leave a comment and a random winner will be selected on Tuesday! You could win these stamps to help you create more Things with Wings!


Washi Tape Butterfly Birthday – Clean & Simple 2


  • Washi tape – Queen & Co. and We R Memory Keepers
  • Die cut – made with Spellbinder’s Shapeabilities “Butterflies” (embossed areas colored with ColorBox Fluid Chalk inks)
  • Stamp – Rubber Soul
  • Ink – Tsukineko Delicata “Golden Glitz” ink pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made the background for this card with rows of Washi tape, which was a part of one of my lessons in the Clean & Simple 2 class I’m finishing up at Online Card Classes. The effect it creates looks like patterned paper. I popped up the die cut butterfly with dimensional adhesive, after coloring the embossed areas with chalk ink and a sponge dauber. A very simple, yet cheery, card! Thanks for visiting today.


Doodles + Clean & Simple = Happy Birthday!


  • Die cut – made with Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Borders stamps – Lawn Fawn “Chevron Backdrops” and “Belinda’s Borders”
  • Sentiment stamp – Inkadinkado “Happy Birthday”

I was inspired during my Clean and Simple 2 class, provided by Online Card Classes. I used the lesson as a point of departure and created a one layer card masking an area and using various border stamps to fill it in with different patterns. Then I stamped the sentiment and added doodles around the edges of the shape and in various spots in the pattern for a casual feeling. Thanks for visiting today!

Stamps –

Happy Birthday Flowers – Clean & Simple 2 Day 5


  • Flower stamp – Hero Arts “Outline Flowers”
  • Sentiment stamp – Hero Arts “Whimsical Happy Birthday”
  • Ranger Distress Markers
  • Crystal Stickers – Mark Richards Enterprises – Clear Round 2mm
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Kraft card base – Paper Accents
  • Stampendous Detail White embossing powder

I made this card based on a lesson in the Clean and Simple 2 class I’m taking. I stamped the background in VersaMark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I chose a few flowers to color with Distress Markers. I also heat embossed the sentiment and popped it up on a banner at the top of the card. I added a little bling for the flower centers of the smaller flowers and that’s it! This will be nice to add to my Operation Write Home box. This week’s OWH Midweek Throwdown is for birthday cards, since there is a little shortage of birthday cards to send over to the troops. Thanks for stopping by today.