Patriotic Card for OWH Sketch #175

Patriotic Card for OWH Sketch 175

This patriotic and masculine card is based on OWH Sketch 175.  This is a special sketch because it was made in the memory of dedicated OWH contributor, Jane.

OWH Sketch 175

I was inspired by this sketch to try combining a sentiment from the new Hero Arts’ OWH Fundraiser stamp set with another Hero Arts’ OWH Fundraiser Stamp Set, Epic Love.

First, I started by stamping the jet and helicopter images in 1” squares.  I then embossed a small piece of kraft cardstock, inked it with some red ink (to  have some distressed red stripes to coordinate with the distressed star paper background), and cut out a 2” square to be the background for the 1” squares.  I also stamped and punched out some blue stars to add some extra detail.  And I loved how I could fit the punched star over the star in the sentiment to make a kind of “bullseye effect”!  I didn’t have enough matching brads to use on this card so I cut out holes instead and layered matching paper behind the punches.  (My Silhouette made sure the holes were all lined up).  I enjoyed making this card and hope the sender and recipient will like it as well!



Stamps: Helicopter, Jet, and Circled Star Clear Stamps (Hero Arts’ “Epic Love” Set), “Your Love is My Strength” Sentiment (Hero Arts’ Wood Block Stamp Set LP278)

Other: Crackled Stars Paper (Paper Studio), Kraft Cardstock (Paper Studio), Versafine Vintage Sepia Archival Ink (Tsukineko), Memento Ink in Lady Bug and Danube Blue (Tsukineko), A2 Stripes Embossing Folder (Paper Studio), Texture Boutique (Sissix), ½” circle punch (EK Success), Paper Trimmer (Tonic), Silhouette Cameo (Silhouette America), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), Glue (Tombow Mono Multi)


June 6, 2013. Tags: , . Card. 3 comments.

Sending Smiles Across the Miles . . .and Around the World Card

This week Operation Write Home‘s Midweek Throw Down challenge was to make a card with black, white and either a pop of red or green for a hero to send to a friend or family member.

Since the last card I made was a black, white, and red “Love You” Card, I ended up doing something different for this challenge by using a black, white, and green color scheme  – especially since I had just received this “space”-y looking green and black memory box patterned cardstock in a prize box.  Since the pattern of the cardstock was so busy, I just kept the design of the card simple and also added some layers to make sure my sentiment and world image popped.

Map and Globe stamp from Avocado Arts “Zip n By to Say Hi” set, "sending smiles across the miles" sentiment (Avocado Arts’ “Hello Friend” clear stamp set), Memory Box Cardstock

Stamps: Globe and World Map Stamps (Avocado Arts’ “Zip n By to Say Hi” clear stamp set), “sending smiles across the miles” sentiment (Avocado Arts’ “Hello Friend” clear stamp set)

Other:  Patterned Cardstock (memory box, from pack of 4×6 assorted patterns – 30 sheets),  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (Tsukineko), 1 ½ inch Circle Punch (EK Success), Advanced Tape Glider (ATG) and Adhesive (Scotch), Circle Tool (EK Success), Paper Trimmer (Xacto)

October 23, 2012. Tags: . Card. 1 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.

Simple Masculine Football Card

Are you ready for some football?!? Pre-season football is already starting!    I already had some footballs stamped and cut out, so I attempted to make some masculine cards with them and use some new paper that I got last week during a big sale.

I find making masculine cards is challenging, but I just tried to keep the design simple and avoid using more feminine colors and patterns.

Here is my attempt:

Footballs with Chevron pattern, masculine hand stamped CAS card

I wish the lighting on the photo was a bit better (I had a great photo of the earlier version of this card since I took it earlier in the day, but then I changed the card – oh well! – maybe I can set up a light box soon.)

I also did a couple of other variations of this design with some other patterned paper and some brighter colors.

Shine On . . . 6x6 Paper Pack from BasicGrey

All of these cards will go in my growing stack of cards that I plan to ship to OWH.  I will also post a picture under the OWH blog post: Our Daily Bread Designs August Challenge so they can get closer their goal and have some shipping costs donated.

Stamp: Football (Inkadinkado)

Other: 1.5″ Squares (Colorbok Stax), “Shine on . . .” 6×6 Patterned Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Beige Paper (K&Company 4×6″ Neutrals Solid Designer Mat Pad), Small Star Punch (Marvy Uchida)

August 14, 2012. Tags: , , , . Card. Leave a comment.

Hand Stamped Palm Tree “Thinking of You” Card

Palm Tree "Thinking of You" Card

Many of the stamps and papers I have are flowery and feminine, so it can be a bit challenging to come up with a  more manly design for a stamped card.  For this card, I decided to start with a brown circle card (Studio G, Michael’s) and colored a Palm Tree stamp (All Night Media) that I stamped on a white notecard.  I then carefully pasted and trimmed the palm tree portion and stamped and layered the “Thinking of You” sentiment.  I hope the end result helped to brighten my grandpa’s day!

April 4, 2012. Tags: , , . Card. Leave a comment.