Monthly Archives: March 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge #165 – Mom


  • Patterned paper – Creative Imaginations “Purple Pansies” (both sides)
  • Alphabet stickers – Wordsworth “Pointallism”
  • Border punch – EK Success “Fleur de Lis”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and WorldWin
  • Ribbon

I crafted this card using the Operation Write Home Sketch #165 on the Stars and Stamps blog. I eeked out one last Mom card before the deadline for Mother’s Day and Mom cards! I never make as many as I’d like. Life (and mostly work!) gets in the way! I thought this pretty floral patterned paper would be perfect for a Mom card. Thanks for visiting today.

Pattern Play & Less Than 20 Minutes!


  • Dies – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Blossom Three”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “Dolled Up” collection
  • Cardstock – BoBunny “Coral Dot”
  • Stamp – Hero Arts “Mother’s Day Message”
  • Embellishments – Prima “Say it in Pearls”
  • Gems – Darice

I wanted to get one more Mother’s Day card finished for the Operation Write Home deadline coming up at the the end of the month! This was a quick one I did, inspired by the Online Card Classes “Pattern Play” course – Day 1. I was able to showcase several different patterned papers from a 6 X 6″ paper pad I recently acquired by My Mind’s Eye. It fulfilled the 20 Minutes or Less Time’s Up challenge at 365 Cards as well! Hurray! Enjoy and have a great day!

Pattern Play Day 2 – Birthday Card



  • Background stamp – Hero Arts “Branch Background”
  • Sentiment stamp – Hero Arts “Year Round Sentements”
  • Leaf stamp – Hero Arts “Scattered Leaves”
  • Patterned paper – Karen Foster Designs “Lime Twist” and My Mind’s Eye “Indie Chic: Citron”
  • Bling – Darice “Earth” gems
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

I created this main background paper by combining the Karen Foster paper and branch background stamp listed above. I learned this technique from Day 2 of the Online Card Classes Pattern Play class, which has really been a great class. Thanks for stopping by.



OWH Mother’s Day Card Featuring Patterned Paper


  • Stamp – Hero Arts “Mother’s Day Message”
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny “Serenity”

This is a super simple card that features some pretty floral patterned paper. I was inspired by the Online Card Classes “Pattern Play” class, Day 3 lesson. I broke up this large pattern by cutting it up into strips to be used as the background for a sentiment. I am continuing to try to make Mother’s Day cards for Operation Write Home, so this paper seemed perfect. I outlined the edge of the floral background and sentiment with white pen dashed lines for a little more (hopefully) interest. Thanks for visiting.

OWH Blue & Green Kitty Card


  • Stamp – The Cat’s Pajamas “Little Sprinkle”
  • Button die cuts – made with Martha Stewart “Embossed Button” punch
  • Border punch – Stampin’ Up “Scalloped Edge”
  • Patterned paper (both sides) – My Mind’s Eye “Abbey Road” collection
  • Round and Scalloped punches – Marvy Uchida
  • Twinkle Goosebumps “Queen and Company”
  • Baker’s Twine – Doodlebug Designs

One of my favorite kitties is this design from The Cat’s Pajamas. I have this cat in several different poses! I made this card in response the the Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps: Blue and Green Color Scheme.

Orchid Anniversary Card


  • Stamp – Flourishes “Orchids” set
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug “Circle Frame and Rosemary” set
  • Die cuts made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Twenty”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey “Little Black Dress”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Pearls – Memory Box
  • Ribbon and glossy textured cardstock from my stash

This is a pretty orchid image that I stamped with a Flourishes set I’ve had for some time. I colored it with Twinkling H2Os, so there is some sparkle. I also added some outlining with a Sakura Gelly Roll Sparkle pen to a little more sparkle, albeit subtle. I gave this card to my husband for our 19th anniversary. Thanks for stopping by!


OWH Midweek Throwdown – Tic Tac Toe – Mother’s Day Card


  • Digital image – Sweet ‘N Sassy “Blue Morpho Butterfly”
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug “Poppy” by Anna Griffin
  • Stamp – Hero Arts “Mother’s Day Message”
  • Die cuts – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large” and “Eyelet Circles”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny
  • Ribbon – Creative Impressions swirl organdy

This was a fun challenge for the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Midweek Throwdown this past week. We had a Tic Tac Toe game and had to choose a “row” of elements to make a card. I chose Embossing, Blue and Ribbon. I colored the image with Copic markers and mounted it on an embossed background. Then I tied it up in a bow. Thanks for stopping by.



OWH – Sketch Challenge #162


  • Stamp – My Favorite Things “Fred Bear Catches Some ZZZs”
  • Sentiment stamp – Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings”
  • Patterned papers – Basic Grey “Pyrus” and My Mind’s Eye “Citron: What a Day: Forest Paper”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Bling – Queeen & Co. Twinkle Goosebumps

Here’s a nice, sleeping bear (complete with sleeping mouse) to cheer up a card recipient. I made this card for the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #162, using one of my new My Favorite Things stamps that I got from a recent OWH fundraiser. I colored the image with Copic markers and made panels with some patterned papers from my stash. A very straightforward design with just a touch of bling. Thanks for visiting today.

A page for Lisa


  • Stamps – Hampton Art Stamps “Kewpie Doll,” Stamper’s Anonymous “P5-1072 Dotted Wings” and “G3-1056 Splendid Adventure,” and Crafty Individuals “Decorative Diamonds”
  • Template – Crafter’s Workshop “Botanicals”
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Inks
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls
  • Vellum

My local stamp store, Stampin’ Cat Studio in Salem, Oregon, is no more. It is a sad time for many of us who have been shopping there and enjoying the sense of crafting community for the past 10-plus years. But as the store celebrated some great times this past Thursday, many of us made 6″ X 6″ pages to put into a memory book for Lisa, Stampin’ Cat’s owner. This page was the one I created for her. I used Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls, along with a plastic template, lots of water and some stamps from my stash. The Perfect Pearls provide a nice sheen (which is not evident in this photo unfortunately!). I stamped the butterfly wings onto vellum for translucent wings to help Kewpie fly! I’m quite sure that all of the supplies I used to create this were purchased at Lisa’s shop. Cheers, Lisa! Here’s to a Splendid Adventure! I wish you well! Thanks for visiting today.

OWH Midweek Throwdown – Recipe Mix – Birthday


  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye – Indie Chic Collection – “Saffron ‘Birds’ Batik Paper” (both sides)
  • Sentiment stamp – Hero Arts “Year Round Sentiments”
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug “Chuck”
  • Border punch – EK Success “Open Scallop”
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill “Sugar Daddy”

I do like to work with challenges that provide a recipe to work from! This week’s Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown challenge was to use the following recipe:

  1. Two patterned papers
  2. One embossing folder
  3. One border punch
  4. Ribbon or twine

As is typical for me, it is well past mid-week–but I’m still up for the challenge! The design is simple and linear, showing off the different textures and patterns across the card. This will be a nice birthday card for a hero to send home. Thanks for visiting!