Card for Sweetheart

I found this cute stamp set on clearance and thought it would be perfect for making “I love you!” cards.

Here is one I made for my OWH box:

"Sweetheart, You Make My Heart Sing" Doodlebug Design Inc. Hampton Art Stamps, Melodies and Lace Michael's Stamp

Partial Supply List:

Stamps: “Sweetheart”, “You Make My Heart Sing” and Kissing Birds (Clear Stamps by Doodlebug Design Inc. / Hampton Art)

Melodies & Lace Music Stamp (Michael’s)

Other: Heart Punch (McGill’s), Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento), Corner Punch, Ribbon, Detail Scissors

September 28, 2012. Tags: . Card. Leave a comment.

“Jesus is the Reason for the Season” Snowman Card

I have been making some Christmas cards to put in my first box to send to Operation Write Home and with my kraft addiction, I made a bunch of these:

Inkadinkado Snowman Stamp, Inkadinkado Snowflakes Stamp , Inkadinado "Jesus is the Season" Stamp

Stamps: “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” (Inkadinkado), Snowman (Inkadinkado), Snowflakes (Inkadinkado)

Other: Art Performance Markers, Versafine Ink, Colored Pencils, Kraft Cardstock, White Cardstock, Brown Paper

September 28, 2012. Tags: . Card. Leave a comment.

Red & Green Christmas Cards

It’s been a little hard to get into making Christmas cards since the weather is still so warm, but I have been wanting to make some so that I can send them into Operation Write Home before the upcoming deadline.  The Red & Green Midweek Challenge was a little extra motivation to get going on those Christmas Cards!  In my stash, I found a Christmas scrapbooking kit with patterned paper and embellishments, so I used it as my starting point to make some cards.

Here are a couple:

Stampabilities Christmas Bulb, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Card from Paper Crafts Magazine Digital Sentiment

Stamps: Christmas Bulb (Stampabilities)

“Love at Christmas & always” – Digital Sentiment Downloaded from Paper Crafts Magazine – November/December 2011 Sentiments

Other: Paper, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Sentiment, and Border Decoration from a Scrapbooking Kit

September 25, 2012. Tags: . Card. Leave a comment.

A Couple of Cards for Kids!

This week  Operation Write Home and Lawn Fawn teamed up to host some challenges to make cards for kids, so it was a great reason to get out my animal stamps and cute paper and create!

The first challenge was to make a card for a child with this sketch:

So I used the sketch as my starting point and stamped this little lion on different patterned paper and then paper pieced him back together:

kraft, stamped missing you card for kids, clouds, chevrons, Basic Grey, paper piecing

I like how the chevron paper could serve as “grass” too:)

For a second card, I started with the challenge to use scallops and made a little hippo card to say hello:

Scallops, Basic Grey Shine On 6x6 Paper, Autumn Leaves' Mindy's Zoo, kraft card

I don’t always round corners, but I used my corner punch on this card to add softness.

They will go into my stack of cards for Operation Write Home:)

Stamps: Lion and Hippo Clear Stamps (Mindy’s Zoo Set by Autumn Leaves)

Other: “Shine on . . .” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Paper for Lion’s Tummy (My Mind’s Eye – just Dreamy 2 by Christy Lyle & Zoe Pearn), Kraft cardstock, Traditional Scallop Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Corner Punch, Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento), Vintage Sepia Archival Ink (Versafine)

September 7, 2012. Tags: . Card. Leave a comment.

Old+New Card and Florida Card

Card to say “you and me = amazing”

Shannon challenged the OWH‘ers to use tools and items we hadn’t touched in a long while, so I decided to mix something old with something new!

The Old: I received a set of Autumn Leaves “Stamped and Coded”  barcode stamps in a mystery grab box a couple of years ago and hadn’t ever used them!

The New: This past Friday I went to a crop night and the instructor let me cut a few things on her Cricut and I cut out a “you&me” sentiment thinking it would be cute for a card.

Put the two together and Ta-DA!

Easy card with Don Juan cricut cartridge and Autumn Leaves barcode stamp

Any other ideas for barcode stamps?

Stamp: “amazing” barcode clear stamp (Stamped and coded by Katie Pertiet, Autumn Leaves)

Other: “you&me” cutout (Thanks to Cricut’s Don Juan cartridge I believe), Onyx Black Versafine Ink

A Taste of Florida:

I have used this palm tree stamp before, so I was hoping to use a different stamp for Kathryn’s OWH challenge to make a card that represents our home state, but of course the clear stamp that I wanted to use went missing when I wanted to use it.  It sure can be easy to lose something that is clear and sticky:p  It’s a good reminder that having a loose clear stamp is not a good idea – even to “set it aside to use soon” – it’s better to let it live on its storage sheet or take it off and immediately use it on a block.

So anyways, instead, to represent the sunny and often rainy state of Florida where I currently live, I used a stamped image of a palm tree that I already had and used masculine colors for the layers.

Still hope my other stamp pops up sometime!  I’m guessing it just stuck itself to something.

Stamps: Palm Tree (All Night Media), Alphabet Letters (Martha Stewart)

Other: Vintage Sepia Versafine Archival Ink, Art Performance Dual Brush Markers, Roam Mat Pad (K&Company), blue paper (making memories)

Thanks for taking a look!

My previous Operation Write Home VCMP cards can be found in these posts:

#6 (Sketch 136): “Far Out!” Monkeys in Space Card

#3  & #4: Triple Time Stamping and Snowflake Cards

#2: *Rock on* Hero Card

#1: The Lord Bless You Card

September 5, 2012. Tags: , . Card. 2 comments.

“Far Out!” Monkeys in Space Card

I stretched OWH Sketch #136 so I could play with the “Changito in Space” Clear Stamp Set and make a kid’s card.

Here is the sketch: And here is my card:

"Far Out!" Monkeys in Space Stamped Card

I usually stick to sketches pretty closely, but we were challenged to twist it up a bit and use punches.  As you can see, I took that challenge and ran with it!  I used stamps instead of punches for the three main images (but I did use a circle punch to cut out my stars and sentiment accent).  I made a few changes to the layout:

– I stretched the center rectangle to be the full-length of the card front

– I offset the 3 monkeys and sentiment

– I framed the sentiment with punches instead of a rectangle

It’s a little busier of a card then I usually make, but I hope it’s at least cheery.

Stamps: Changito in Space (Stampendous, Inc.)

Other:  Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento), Burst Punch (Fiskars Everywhere Punch Starter Set and Burst Cartridge), 1.5″ punch out circle, Small Circle Punch (EK Success), Silver Sharpie, Art Performance Markers for the button accents, light brown paper for the monkeys’ heads

September 3, 2012. Tags: , . Card. 2 comments.

Triple Time Stamping and Snowflake Cards

Since my last post, I participated in two more challenges for OWH’s Virtual Cardmaking Party.  I only discovered this organization, Operation Write Home, a couple of months ago, but I have so enjoyed the opportunity to stretch my cardmaking skills while making cards that will thank our military men and women and encourage their families!

Triple Time Stamping

Donna challenged OWHers to try the Triple Stamping Technique in her blog post here.  She provided great pictures and directions and I was excited to try it out!  As I was trying to figure out a plan for my card, I did come to the conclusion that I don’t have many large stamps in my collection that would be ideal for this layout!   But of all my stamps, the largest group of coordinating stamps that I found happened to be some snowflake stamps.

So now it was time (as Tim Gunn would say) to “Make it Work!”

I cut and stamped away, but unfortunately I did goof up some of my measurements on the larger layers on my 1st attempt, but that just gave me another chance to practice and try again!

Here is my 2nd attempt assembled with the correct measurements:

Layering Technique for Stamped Card

And since I used a dark-colored cardstock as my card base, I added a white liner inside so it could easily be written on.

Also, here is my 1st attempt (that really turned into Double Time Stamping) that I tried to rescue:

Rescuing Card from mistake

So even though I struggled a bit, I’m glad I gave this technique a try.

Snowflakes – Not Christmas

Cindy’s challenge was to make a card that was “Snowflakes but not Christmas” in her blog post here.  I trimmed the background snowflake paper on Saturday and thought stamping “Warm Wishes” on hearts would be cute, but hadn’t gotten much farther in figuring out what to do.  (Coincidentally, another cardmaker, Linda, linked to Cindy’s blog, had this same idea – so that challenged me to expand the idea a bit more so it wouldn’t be too similar).

I decided to include a pair of mittens (one of my favorite winter stamps, and they also have snowflakes on them).  I stamped the image on white, lavender, green, and orange paper (so the colors wouldn’t be too Christmas-y) and then cut out the pieces and assembled them together.  Originally I was going to leave the strip of white paper behind the hearts plain, but then decided I would stamp my “Warm Wishes” sentiment across in three rows.  I also added a brad for the mittens to “hang” on.

Hearts, Mittens, and Snowflakes all on one card

Since I stamped a bunch of mittens in lots of colors, I may play with this design in the coming days, so I welcome any suggestions for tweaks.

Triple Time Stamping Cards:

Stamps:  Snowflakes clear stamps (by Artemio) and “Hello” clear stamps (I believe by g studio?)

“Warm Wishes” Snowflake Card:

Stamps: Mittens Clear Stamp (by imaginisce) and “Warm Wishes” clear stamp (I believe by g studio)

Other: Snowflake Paper (scrapbook basics – holiday by making memories), childhood mini circle brad in purple (by making memories)

September 3, 2012. Card. 1 comment.

*Rock on* Hero Card

Ok – back to a more whimsical card!  I made this as part of OWH‘s virtual card making party for Cherie’s recipe challenge to use 1 image, 2 patterned papers, and 3 words.
I may have stretched the 3 words part . . . technically I only used 3 different words, but not 3 words total.  Instead I used two repeating words: “rock on” as a border around the guitar image and 1 main word: “Hero” in the right bottom corner.   But hey, even if I stretched the recipe, at least the challenge stretched me to use my creative muscles:)  I stamped the guitar on the red patterned paper and carefully cut it out.  To make the card more “rock & roll” I also used shiny black paper for some of the background, but you can’t really tell in the picture.  I plan to write a note inside and use this as an AnyHero card.  Hopefully  it will encourage the recipient(s)!

guitar stamp, star paper, mind's eye paper, studiog

Stamps: “Rock on” border and “Hero” clear stamps (Kolette Hall for studio g), Guitar clear stamp (imaginisce)

Other: Brilliant “Brothers” Seeing Stars and Red Hot Patterned Paper (My Mind’s Eye – just Dreamy 2 by Christy Lyle & Zoe Pearn)

September 1, 2012. Card. 2 comments.

The Lord Bless You Card

Recently I have been using a lot of whimsical stamps and papers, but for this Operation Write Home challenge to use a scripture verse or inspirational quote on a card, I pulled out some more elegant paper from my stash to match the calligraphy-style stamp that I had of Numbers 6:24-25.

Here is my 1st card:

The Lord Bless You Card, Stampendous Shine on You, K&Company Roam Mat Pad

From an angle

The Lord Bless You Card, Stampendous Shine on You, K&Company Roam Mat Pad

And a 2nd (I loved the paper so much , I just left it simple):

The Lord Bless You Card, Stampendous Shine on You, K&Company Roam Mat Pad

To learn more about Operation Write Home (OWH) check out their website here.  And thanks to ODBD for sponsoring this challenge and supporting OWH!

Stamp: Shine on You (Numbers 6:24-25) by Stampendous

Other: Roam Mat Pad (K&Company), Vintage Sepia Versafine Archival Dry Pigment Ink, and Border Punch (Martha Stewart)

September 1, 2012. Card. 5 comments.