Monthly Archives: April 2013

OWH – Midweek Throwdown – About Time


  • Stamps – Hero Arts “Pocket Watch” and Inkadinkado “Gem Stone Alphabet”
  • Die cuts – made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Oval Medallion Labels”
  • Patterned papers – Fancy Pants “Country Boutique” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was the last of my cards for Dads that I created for Operation Write Home (OWH)  for the Father’s Day deadline. This past week, the OWH Midweek Throwdown was an All About Time challenge. Pocket watches and Dads kind of go together, so I thought this would be a natural combination. I’ve had all of these stamps in my stash for quite some time, so it was fun to put them altogether. Thanks for visiting.

Freshly Made Sketches #82 – Father’s Day


  • Stamp – PSX “Happy Father’s Day”
  • Sticker – K & Company “Handmade Sticker Pad”
  • Patterned papers – from My Mind’s Eye “Lost  Found – Sunshine” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Brads

This is another Father’s Day card that I will be sending off to Operation Write Home so that our heroes have cards to send to their dads. I liked this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (Sketch #82). This sketch was a little bit of a stretch for me for some reason. Everything I used for this card had been in my stash for a long time, which is kind of fun! The only new thing was the patterned paper! Glad you stopped by.


Clean and Simple #236 Birthday: Do I Smell Cake?


  • Stamps – Cat’s Pajamas “Smells Like Cake” set
  • Die cut made with Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Lacey Circles”
  • Patterned papers – Crate Paper “DIY Shop”

For this birthday card, I used the Clean and Simple Stamping Sketch #236. I trimmed out the stamped dog and colored the cake with Sakura Gelly Roll pens. A clean and simple card indeed. Thanks for visiting!

OWH Tuxedo Card


  • Patterned paper (tie) – K & Company “TC Small Dot”
  • Punch – Martha Stewart “Embossed Button”
  • Stamp – Hero Arts “Father’s Day Message”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Twine – Doodlebug Designs
  • Gold brads

I love this card design! I made it by following a tutorial by Sandy Allnock, Executive Director at Operation Write Home (OWH). It is right up there with the Origami neckties that my son and I make every year for OWH! The details are really nice, especially the scored lines that emulate tucks in the shirt and the gold buttons. It was lots of fun to make and I hope to make more to ship off prior to the Father’s Day deadline of April 30th for OWH. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

Go Forth and Eat Cake


  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Forget About the Cake”
  • Die – Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Lacey Ovals”
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug “Seeing Spots”
  • Decorative Tape – Glitz “Unchartered Waters”
  • Bling – Mark Richards Crystal Stickers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

Here is a great rabbit from The Cat’s Pajamas! I colored him with Copic markers and surrounded him with polka dots! I made up the design–didn’t borrow the design from any sketch this time around. I based my color pallet on the colors in the Glitz tape. Thanks for visiting today, and if possible, Go Forth and Eat Cake!

Cardabilities Sketch #72 – Father’s Day


  • Stamps – JRL Design “Fly Fishing” and “Fly Fishing 2”
  • Sentiment stamp – PSX – “Happy Father’s Day”
  • Background stamps for tag and border – Hot off the Press, “Happy Patterns”
  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Ranger Distress Paints
  • Watercolor paper
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Several of the stamps I used for this card are some of my very first purchased, circa 14 years ago! The stamps I used with Distress inks on the tag are brand new from Hot Off the Press. This is my first Father’s Day card for Operation Write Home this year. Our deadline is the end of April, so I need to get busy. I used Sketch #72 at Cardabilities for design inspiration. It took me forever to make this card–I just kept messing around with it! Thanks for checking things out today!

Unscripted Sketch #204 – Fabulous Birthday


  • Stamp – from Penny Black “Sweet Wishes” set
  • Patterned paper – from Basic Grey “Lauderdale” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Baker’s twine – American Crafts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made a clean and simple card with the current sketch at Unscripted Sketches #204. These papers are pretty loud, so they kind of are front and center on this card! But I think it makes a cheery birthday card with festive colors. Thanks for visiting.

OWH Midweek Throwdown: Tags & Twine


  • Stamp – Hero Arts “Year Round Sentiments”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “Dolled Up” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Die cuts made with Hero Arts “Frame Cuts: Rectangle Frame” set
  • Baker’s Twine – Doodlebug Designs and American Crafts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made this card for the Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown: Tags ‘n Twine.” I used the card sketch for Day 90 at 365 Cards for design inspiration. I created the tag by applying Ranger Distress inks (Weathered Wood and Scattered Straw). I then spattered it with water for a little visual interest, edged it with the same blue ink I stamped the sentiment with, and then added the baker’s twine. The distressed look of the tag worked well with the patterned paper I chose for the background. I love the die cuts I made with the Hero Arts die! I’m going to have to play with those chevrons some more! Thanks for stopping by today.

OWH Midweek Throwdown – Stripes


  • Digital image – Fred She Said
  • Dies – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large” and “Eyelet Circles”
  • Border punch – Stampin’ Up “Scallop Edge”
  • Pearls – Doodlebug Designs “Halloween Assortment”
  • Patterned paper – Doodlebug Designs “Rainbow Sherbet”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

I made this card for the OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge: Stripes. That was for midweek – LAST week, so I’m pretty behind. I colored this cupcake along with Sandy Allnock, Executive Director of Operation Write Home, during an online Copic Marker tutorial she did a couple of weeks ago. I could use some more practice! Well, thank you for visiting!