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Daisy Birthday for Today

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  • Stamps – Penny Black “Flower Festival” and Hero Arts “Happy Stamp & Cut”
  • Die – Hero Arts “Happy Stamp & Cut”
  • Patterned Paper – Echo Park “Easter Floral” (both sides)
  • Embossing Powder – Stampendous “Sapphire Pearl”
  • Enamel Dots – Bella Blvd. “Punch”
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents

This is a Spring-y Happy card. I tried something different by using a colored embossing powder as an outline for the Copic coloring I did. I had to be careful, because since Copic ink is alcohol based, the color from the embossing wanted to mix in which could cause some muddy colors. Watercolor would have been a smarter route to take. But I made it work! I used the new Hero Arts set for the sentiment die cut and stamp, which I really like a lot! Anyhoo, thanks for stopping by.

 


OWH Finishing Strong Bloghop

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Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home (OWH) Finishing Strong Bloghop on this Memorial Day Weekend! There are a lot of cardmakers participating in the hop, so visit as many as you can and check out the great assortment of cards and talent! Click here to return back to the Hop’s home. I’ve been participating in OWH by making cards since early 2011. I’m proud to say that cardmakers have made MILLIONS of cards for our Heroes

Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!

Here is my card for the hop:

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  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “OWH Brave”
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Two”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “For the Record 2” (blue dots) and KaiserCraft “Tropical Punch Collection: Sunny” (red)
  • Epoxy stickers – Doodlebug Designs Inc. “Sprinkles”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used OWH Sketch # 185 as a point of departure for this card. The color scheme is red, white and blue without it being a patriotic card per se. It is a very clean and simple design. Thanks for visiting my stop on the hop and have a great weekend! To return to OWH Stars and Stamp and to the bloghop, click here.

 

 

 


Another Squirrely Birthday

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  • Dies – Impression Obsession “Squirrel Set”
  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn “Joy to the Woods” (tree) and Impression Obsession “Vertical Greetings”
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park “Here and Now”
  • Distress Inks – Ranger – Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, and Black Soot
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

When I first laid eyes on these squirrels, I could hardly stand it! I decided I wanted to color the squirrel die cuts and the stamped tree myself, rather than using colored paper. I cut the squirrels out of white cardstock and applied Distress Inks to get the desired colors. Then I stamped the tree trunks with brown ink, fussy cut them and then also applied Distress Inks to them. I popped up the squirrels with dimensional adhesive so they look like they are perched and climbing as squirrels would–very 3-D. It is tradition for me to make a squirrel birthday card for a friend, so this is what I came up with. Thanks for visiting today.

For a closer look:

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TCP Tuesday – The Sky’s the Limit

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  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Away We Go” set
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Nested Oval Medallion Labels”
  • Patterened paper – Echo Park Paper “Everyday Eclectic: Hexagons”
  • Enamel dots – Doodlebug Designs “Limeade”
  • Pearls – Hero Arts “Foliage”

This card is for The Cat’s Pajamas Tuesday Challenge #272. This week’s theme is to use Mint Green, Navy Blue and Lemon Yellow in a card. I colored the bunny image with Copic markers and fussy cut it so it could stand out on the navy die cut. I accented the elements with minty enamel dots and pearls. I used Sketch # 148 at Freshly Made Sketches for design inspiration for this card. I liked this sketch because it gave me a nice, large area for the main image. Thanks for stopping by.


OWH Sketch #210: Lucky Stars

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  • Stamps – from Hero Arts “Year Round Sentiments”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “Happy Camper” and “Call of the Wild” and Pebbles “Lakeside: Canoe”

This is another entry in the CardBowl challenges at Operation Write Home (OWH) Stars and Stamps this weekend. This card was based on OWH Sketch #210 and has kind of a star theme. I used constellation paper and stamped stars from the Hero Arts OWH set from a couple of years ago. It also follows an outdoor theme, so it fits well with the challenge at Shopping Our Stash Cabin Fever Challenge #136 for an outdoors-y card. I dug around in my patterned papers for this one! Thanks for visiting.


Stenciled Fern – Seahawks colors!

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  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Mini Ferns”
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park “For the Record 2”
  • Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays – Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue
  • Golden Molding Paste
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made this card based on a lesson from the Online Card Classes Stenciled class. I tried my hand at using molding paste with a stencil. My variation was to mist the cardstock with ink sprays prior to adding the molding paste and it actually incorporated some of the color into the stenciled image. Kind of a happy accident! I’ve included a close-up here to try to show it in a little more detail.

paste-closeupMy color scheme reflects the colors of the Seattle Seahawks, who will soon be playing in the Super Bowl. The Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps CardBowl is this weekend, and one of the challenges is to use something that reflects one of the teams playing in your card design. Living in the northwest, it seemed only appropriate to select the Seattle team, so I picked the team colors! Thanks for stopping by today.


Freshly Made Sketches #118 – Penguin with cupcake for you!

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  • Stamps – Inky Antics “Baking Penguins” and Northwoods “Capital For You”
  • Patterned papers – from Echo Park “For the Record 2” 6 X 6” paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used Freshly Made Sketches #118 for this card. It is another penguin card for Operation Penguin at Operation Write Home. I have a lot of penguin stamps, as you may have guessed, so I am taking advantage of this event to use some of my penguins for the greater good! I colored this little guy with Copics and fussy cut him and popped him up. Enjoy! And thanks for visiting.