Monthly Archives: January 2015

Faux Paper Cut Heart – OCC Clean & Simple 4


  • Dies –
    • Penny Black – “Love & Joy”
    • Memory Box – “Mini Heart Collection”
    • Memory Box – “Floral Vine”
    • Memory Box – “Sofia Heart”
    • Memory Box – “Pierson Corner”
    • Poppy Stamps – “Ivy Tendrils”
    • Poppy Stamps – “Lovely Tendril”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

I am taking the Online Card Classes Clean & Simple 4 class right now. I’m trying to keep up in the evenings after work, although today I did fall behind. However, I did finish a card! I was inspired by Debby Hughes lesson on the faux paper cutting technique. I used a lot of dies in my collection to create this heart. It took a very long time and I learned a lot (mainly about what I’d do better next time!). It was a fun card to complete. Thanks for visiting.

Sending Hedgehugs – SOS Love Me Do








  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn “Hedgehugs”
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn “Hedgehugs” Lawn Cuts and Spellbinders Nestabilities “Lacey Ovals”
  • Patterned papers – Pebbles “We Go Together” collection: “Budding Romance” and “XOXO”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’ve had these little Lawn Fawn hedgehog stamps in my stash for a little while and I finally got around to stamping and coloring them! I used Copic markers to give them a little color, hopefully showing enough strokes that there is an indication of little hedgehog spines. The Shopping our Stash (SOS #186) challenge this week is “Love Me Do,” requiring us to create a love-themed project. Thanks for stopping by.

Wishing You Weren’t So Far Away


  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
  • Die – Simon Says Stamp “Tri Square”
  • Stencil – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Dot Fade”
  • Modeling paste – Viva Decor Modellier-Creme – Light Green
  • Patterned paper – from KaiserCraft “Kaleidoscope” 6 – 1/2″ Paper Pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Epoxy dots – Doodlebug Design “Limeade Assortment”

I’ve made another card featuring dots for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group. It is the last day for the spots and dots challenge there. For this card, I applied modeling paste through the stencil for a nice group of raised dots for a background. I used patterned paper with larger dots and then added some epoxy dots for a tri-fecta! This will be a nice Operation Write Home card for a hero to send home to a loved one. Thanks for visiting.



Dots For You


  • Stamps – Simon Says Stamp – “Tag Sayings”
  • Dies –
    • Simon Says Stamp  “Medium Tags” and “Stitched Rectangles”
    • Memory Box “Moonlight Butterfly” and “Amira Flourish”
  • Vellum – Doodlebug Designs “Sprinkles Vellum” Lily White
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Brads – Lasting Impressions
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos

I was challenged to make a project with dots for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group challenge this week. I used vellum with white polka dots for the background. I was able to repeat the white dot with the white brads that attached the vellum and the tag. This card’s focal point consisted of four diecuts layered together. I colored some white cardstock with Gelatos prior to die-cutting the butterfly. Thanks for visiting.

Birthday Snail Wishes


  • Stamps – from The Cat’s Pajamas “Hearts and Flowers,” “Flying By” and “Smells Like Cake” sets
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “Happy Day” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Copic Markers

I created this birthday card with items from my stash, and I am entering it in two different challenges. First, I used Sketch #168 from Freshly Made Sketches; the inspiration is from The Cat’s Pajamas (TCP) TCPTUES281 Inspiration Challenge. I stamped the snail and sunflower TCP image and then masked it to stamp in the clouds from another TCP set. I colored the stamped images with Copic markers and then I layered the patterned papers to tie in the colors of the image. I used an orange card base for some contrast. I added the sequins for a little sparkle and to unify the color scheme. All in all, it is a pretty simple card. Thanks for visiting.

What’s New? Squirrel on a String!


  • Stamps – Hero Arts –
  • Die – Simon Says Stamp – Balloons
  • Patterned papers –
    • Creative Imaginations Christine Adolph “Boho” 6 X 6″ paper pad
    • Ella & Viv Paper Company “Watercolor Paradise #8
  • Baker’s Twine – Doodlebug Designs
  • Bling – KaiserCraft – Silver mixed flowers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ranger Distress inks

This week, the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge is to create a project for/with something new. I decided to create a “What’s new?” card featuring a balloon die I’d never used before. The “What’s New” sentiment was my play on words. Anyway, it is a very clean and simple card and a good one for Operation Write Home as well. I colored the balloon and the squirrel with Ranger Distress inks and tied a piece of Baker’s twine around the squirrel’s paw and the balloon to help him fly it. Thanks for visiting.

CFC135 – Thanks with Felt & Sequins


  • Dies –
    • Sizzix – Tim Holtz Alterations “Chevron”
    • Simon Says Stamp – “Stamptember Thanks”
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye – “Confetti: Celebrate Boy ‘Dots,’ ‘Harlequin’ and ‘Yellow Green’
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Felt

For this challenge, the CAS-ual Friday Challenge #135, I was to use felt and sequins. It is really fun to cut felt with dies–at least when you’ve got good felt. I hadn’t tried it with this Tim Holtz chevron die, but it worked well. I then used the same die to cut some polka dot paper and fit the inner pieces into the felt openings for a pretty interesting combination. The polka dot paper coordinates with the harlequin paper in the background. Then I adhered some well-matched sequins from my stash to add some interest. I chose another die cut for the sentiment, making it in a contrasting color so that it would stand out enough to be legible! Lots of angles! Thanks for visiting.

I Pine for You – OWH Sketch #245


  • Stamps –
    • Owl – Hero Arts “OWH Missing You” set
    • Sentiment – Lawn Fawn “Critters in the Forest” set
  • Die – Hero Arts Frame Cuts – “Missing You Cuts OWH”
  • Patterned papers – BoBunny “Trail Mix” collection 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents

Here is a woodsy card for the day. I colored the owl with Copic markers after cutting it out with the matching die. I liked how the background patterned paper has a round motif and the circle die-cut behind the owl repeats that. This is OWH Sketch #245 and will be a good addition to my “Miss You” section of my Operation Write Home collection. Thanks for visiting.


Freshly Made Sketches #167 – Love You


  • Stamps – from Avery Elle “Oh Happy Day” set
  • Patterned paper – Pebbles “We Go Together: XOXO”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
  • Epoxy hearts – Pebbles
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill

I used Sketch #167 at Freshly Made Sketches for this card today. For the focal image I used Ranger Distress Ink for the base color and then stamped the Avery Elle stamps over it with more intense colors. This is a very Clean and Simple card, with the sketch and variety of papers taking center stage. It was fun to use the little epoxy hearts to echo the patterned paper for just a small touch of interest. This will be a nice addition to my Operation Write Home shipment also! Thanks for visiting.

My Top 14 OWH Cards in 2014


Happy New Year! It seems like I just reviewed my 2103 cards and it is already time to reminisce about the past year’s Operation Write Home (OWH) cards! OWH is still going strong even though we have fewer troops deployed. To find out more details about OWH’s current direction, please check Operation Rolling Tapegun, which has frequent updates. The number of service members stationed is changing, but quality cards are still needed.

Now, onto my cards. These are my top 14 choices, in no particular order, from the OWH cards I made in 2014. I must confess that a few of these haven’t quite made it to be shipped yet! But that will happen soon!










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