Monthly Archives: September 2013

Birthday Cupcake


  • Stamp – from Penny Black “Loads of Love” set
  • Patterned papers – from My Mind’s Eye “Hootenanny” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – BoBunny Back to Backs (Brilliant Blue Dot)
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen – ClearStar
  • (Inside) Action Wobble Spring

This is a fun card for my niece’s birthday. Although it is difficult to see (I refrained from including a little video showing the boing action of the spring-y sentiment inside!), the sentiment on the interior of the card wobbles on a little spring. Since I’ve just taken a quick Online Card Classes Insider class, I’m trying to pay more attention to the innards of my cards. I’ve had these little springs, so I wanted to use one for this. Below is a photo of the inside sentiment. I used Sketch 105 at Freshly Made Sketches for my design inspiration, and added a little sparkle with the Gelly Roll pen on the main image and the dotted line border around it. Thanks for visiting today!

fm105-insideInside Sentiment

Wishing You Weren’t So Far Away


  • Stamp -Simon Says Stamp! “Square Sayings”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park Paper “For the Record 2″ 6 X 6” paper pad
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug Anna Griffin “Poppy”
  • Rhinestones – Queen & Company
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Here is an Operation Write Home card that features pretty patterned papers, a nice textured background, and some healthy “white space” that showcases the other elements of the card. I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (#104) for the basic design. This card is an example of using white space to draw the eye to the main design elements of this card, as described in Design Boot Camp at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps. Since I tend toward simpler cards, I enjoy using white space as it can really give the eye a rest. Thanks for stopping by–I know it has been a while since I’ve posted. I’ll try to turn that around!


Clean & Simple – Sketch #258 – Steampunk Birthday


  • Paper – Steampunk image – Graphic45 “Steampunk Spells Collection”
  • Paper – Hat, Black Lace and Chevron patterns – Bazzill “Arsenic & Lace” collection
  • Paper – Orange – Basic Grey “Archaic: Rusty”
  • Game Spinners – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Stamp – Hero Arts – Operation Write Home “Year Round Sentiments”
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Silversteampunk-close-up

I made this card for my brother-in-law’s birthday. I used the Sketch #258 from Clean and Simple Stamping for inspiration. It was fun to use the image from the Graphic45 Steampunk paper as the focal point and then repeat some of the elements for an embellishment (you can see the embellishment more clearly in the close-up shot on the right). I embossed the sentiment so it was clearly visible on the darker patterned paper. Thanks for stopping by.



Autumn Blessings


  • Punched leaves – Marvy Uchida Giga Punch – Maple Leaf
  • Stamp – Rubbermoon “Autumn Blessings”
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny “Weekend Market Collection” 6 X 6″ pad
  • Round die cut – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Lacey Circles”
  • Border punch – EK Success “Open Scallop”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Copper metallic paper

I entered this card in the Oregon State Fair this year. It didn’t win in its category, but I did overhear someone in the crowd comment on it and saw her take a picture of it in the display! So that meant as much as a ribbon! The leaves are made with a punch I’ve had for a number of years now that both punches and embosses, which is pretty neat. I applied Walnut Stain Ranger Distress Ink to the edges of all of the elements for an antiqued look. Thanks for visiting.