Monthly Archives: May 2014

Kitty in pink and grey


  • Image – Digital image by Sandy Allnock for Operation Write Home
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “Happy Day”
  • Dies – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Ovals” and “Lacey Ovals”
  • Flower – Petaloo “Mini Daisies-Grey/Black”
  • Paper String – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I created this card using inspiration from the current sketch at Mojo Monday Sketch # 347.  I used a pink and grey color palette, which is the current Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps. I colored the image with Copic markers. Thanks for stopping by today.

OWH Sketch #226 – Skunkified


  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn “Into the Woods”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey “Porcelain” 6″ paper pad
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug “Woodgrain”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Black Prismacolor pencil

I created this image for a demo I did for a small group I belong to. We have our own “book club” using Craft Stamper Magazine, and meet monthly to share projects we’ve made from the current month’s issue. This stamp is meant to be a chipmunk, but this project “skunkified” the chipmunk and gave it a whole new look! I used colored pencil to fill in the black spaces and add a stripe down his head. The sketch is the current one at Operation Write Home (OWH) Stars and Stamps, Sketch #226. I created a wood-look background with the embossing folder to make the skunk feel more at home. Thanks for visiting.

Parisian Visit a la Estampillage


  • Stamp – Penny Black “Paris”
  • Border punch – EK Success “Fleur de Lis”
  • Patterned paper – Kaiser Craft “Kaleidoscope”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

As I’ve made quite obvious in the naming of this post, I do not speak French! But that was the attempt from someone with a Spanish minor! I stamped this image from Penny Black and then colored it with watercolor pencils and a water brush. I used Sketch #137 from Freshly Made Sketches, which was perfect for this long image. Thanks for stopping by today.


OWH Memorial Day Bloghop 2014


Hello, my bloghopping friends! It is time again for the annual Operation Write Home Memorial Day Bloghop! I’m very happy to report that this is my third year participating as a blogger for this event. There are lots of blogs to visit. Please be sure to leave a comment at each one to add to the fun. If you scroll down, you will see a little blog candy for leaving a comment here as well.


  • Stamp – Hero Arts Operation Write Home “You’re Always in my Heart” fundraiser set
  • Patterned papers – Crate Paper “Paper Heart Collection: Define” (red) and Glitz “Dapper Dan” 6″ paper pack (blue)
  • Border punch – EK Success “Argyle” edger punch
  • Embellishments – Doodlebug Design Inc. “Sprinkles – Ladybug Assortment”
  • Ribbon
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made this “love” card using the versatile sketch: Operation Write Home Sketch #165. I stretched it a little bit so it would be appropriate for a male or female recipient with a red, white and blue color scheme. Thanks for visiting today! To return to the main OWH bloghop site, please click on the banner above.

For one lucky visitor leaving a comment on this post, I will select (via a winner of a 6X6″ Glitz paper pad (“Wild & Free”), pictured below. I will notify the winner on Tuesday, May 27th! Good luck and happy hopping!


Violets for Mom



  • Stamp – Flourishes “Botanical Bookplates Volume 1”
  • Patterned paper – K & Company “Jubilee Purple Burst”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This is a birthday card I made this past weekend. It is for my mom. Happy Birthday, Mom!

I love a good botanical stamp! This Flourishes stamp is really lovely. I’ve been taking and really enoying the Watercolor for Cardmakers class at Online Card Classes and this was inspired by some of the lessons there. I used watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the image. If you’d like to see a close-up of the violets, see the photo below. Thanks for stopping by.



Happy Mother’s Day – Gelatos


  • Floral Stamp – Hero Arts “Painted Flower”
  • Sentiment Stamp – Wordsworth “Happy Mother’s Day”
  • Twine – American Crafts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

For this card, I was inspired by Shari Carroll at Online Card Classes “Watercolor for Cardmakers” class. I used Gelatos to color the flower direct to rubber and applied water to create this great watercolor effect. The design of the card is very simple to show off the pretty flower. To see a little bit more, check out the detail below and have a great day. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!




Unscripted Sketches #255 – Iris Birthday



  • Stamp – from Penny Black “Allegro” set
  • Bling – Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards, Ltd. – Citron
  • Embossing folder – Sizzix “Tropical Paisley”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Twinkling H2Os

This is sort of a mixed media card. I used the Unscripted Sketch #255 for inspiration. I created the background from a monoprint I made using my Gelli plate. I applied some blue acrylic paint, mixed with pearl in a fairly thin layer. Then I pressed the embossing folder into the paint. I used both sides of the folder, which gives an one type of impression on the raised side and a reverse impression on the other–the difference when you emboss or impress/deboss (you can sort of see the darker color versus the lighter color). I pulled the print and used it for the background paper. iris-closeup

Then I applied Twinkling H2Os to the iris stamp and spritzed with water to get the color down, then once it was dry, I over-stamped with the same image with black archival ink. You can see a detailed look at it to your left and hopefully you can see the sheen of these Twinkling H2O watercolors. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Birthday, Rebel Style


  • Stamp – Hero Arts – “Year Round Sentiments”
  • Patterned papers – Heidi Swapp “Favorite Things” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Stickers – Heidi Swapp
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous Detail White

So it is yet another National Scrapbook Weekend. I have a great interest in making lovely scrapbook pages; I take many photos that fill up my computer hard drive, Dropbox, Snapfish, etc. But there is always something especially daunting to me about creating scrapbooks. I want a really large block of time to do it, and I just don’t have that in my life right now! So cardmaking is really for me! I like the small format of a card, I like the fact that I can give them to friends and family, and I really like to donate as many cards as I can to Operation Write Home.

There are a few of us who make cards for Operation Write Home who call ourselves “Rebels with a Cause” during National Scrapbooking Day. We rebel and make cards instead of scrapbook pages. Yep, that’s pretty serious stuff! So this year, my rebel card is this birthday card. I absolutely love the simplicity of this sketch: Sketch 291 from Clean & Simple Stamping. I’d like to use this one some more! I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder so that it stood out a bit more.  Thanks for visiting today and observing my rebellious side!

OWH Midweek Throwdown: Masculine “Thinking of You” card


  • Stamp – Hero Arts – Operation Write Home “You’re Always in my Heart” set
  • Patterned papers – Basic Grey Hipster Collection: “neato,” “fab,” and “radical.”
  • Arrow sticker – Basic Grey Hipster Collection stickers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Wood Tape – BARC – “Cherry”

I created this card for the Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown Challenge: Masculine “Thinking of You” card. I wanted to use some of the new (to me) papers I just found at Tuesday Morning—marked way down! I’ve always been a fan of Basic Grey, so these were right up my alley. Then I threw in some of the new wood tape I found.  I made up a sketch that would accommodate several patterns and away I went. I inked the edges of all of the pieces to create a visual separation. Thanks for stopping by today.