July 15, 2014

Operation Write Home - Color Challenge

Sandy Allnock received a beautiful scarf as a token of appreciation from one of our Heroes and challenged us to make a card with these colors.
 I chose a cute little image from MFT that was included in the OWH fundraiser!

If you would like to embark on this challenge, click here! 

July 5, 2014

Operation Write Home ~ VCMP Challenge #3

Challenge #3: Paper piecing for kids

I chose the Mama Elephant In My Heart stamp set for this one.
I know that is supposed to be hair but I thought I would make it appear this little guy was wearing camo just like his mom or dad.

Operation Write Home ~ VCMP Challenge #2

Challenge #2: Thank you card using spray ink backgrounds

I have never used spray inks so I dove right in and now realize....I need to study a bit more! LOL
I only had 2 spray inks so I broke the seal on both and gave it a whirl.

I love the way this one turned out but it was drowning in water. I didn't have time to let it dry over night so I tried dabbing it with a tissue which took pretty much all of the ink off. (see below) I sprayed again and tried the heat tool but that wasn't successful either.
This is really a violet color and I used just a few sprays.  
I am not really liking either of these looks so I put them aside and will use them for cards later. 
Another option for this challenge was to use Gelatos. I happened to have some of those never before used too!  I colored the light and dark blues and tried to blend them with my finger. That wasn't working so I misted a little water and the colors blended quite well.
I used paper that looked like cork for the sand and a grass punch for what I thought would look like sea grass. Truth be known, there was a white strip below the sand that I needed to cover up. The clouds were made with a Fiskars punch.
I added Glossy Accents on the water to help bring it to life but I think that was a bit much for an OWH card. Since I knew I wasn't going to send this to OWH, I used glitter paper for the sun and added a 3D hula girl and flower sticker and finished it off with an SRM sentiment sticker.   
While this isn't my favorite card of all time, I accepted the challenge and tried something new. :-) 

July 4, 2014

Operation Write Home ~ VCMP Challenge #1

Good morning and welcome to the Operation Write Home Virtual Card Making Party!!!! I love these parties because it motivates me to create a ton of quality cards in a short amount of time. Let's get this party started shall we???

Challenge #1: His and Her SKETCH Cards
Use an OWH sketch and create a masculine card and a feminine card!

I chose OWH sketch #77 & the Paper Smooches Circle of Honor stamp set. 

Paper: Embellish by Dena - Little Azalea

Paper: Graphic 45 - Mother Goose

If you would like to join the all starts here! 
Happy Independence Day! 

July 3, 2014

OWH Challenges

The midweek throwdown challenge was to make miss you cards for kids using the Mama Elephant's In My Heart stamp set. I think this qualifies :-) The googly eyes with the nose kind of looks like she is wearing glasses.

 OWH sketch #230 was the inspiration for this card using a cute image from Doodle Pantry.

Another card using the inlaid die technique.

Another Doodle Pantry image ~ I just love how the googly eyes bring the characters to life! 

This was made just for our Heroes....because they are SUPERHEROES!! I will be making more of these for the kiddos too!

June 21, 2014

OWH Midweek Throwdown - Color Challenge

This week's challenge is to use the colors cantaloupe and pistachio... 2 of my favorite color combos!
My awesome husband is out of town a lot! I came home from work this week to find an oblong box at my door. The big sticker on the side read "bundle kit" so I knew right away it was either a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore. I had been researching them for a while and didn't care which one it was lol! It was a Cameo and I couldn't wait to cut something.....anything! So, I thought I would try the inlaid die technique that Sandy showed us. You cut 2 of the same image and interchange the parts. Seems really tedious but with the right tools, it's really quick and easy! Disregard the "you ar" at the top of my cutting mat. If I had read the directions I would have seen there was a "load cutting mat" option and a "load media" option. Apparently, I chose the wrong one first. lolol
I made the mistake of mounting it on white paper. When the extra pieces from the "e" and "o" were removed, it was just a big white space so I decided to leave them in. 
Here are the cards for the MWT color challenge. The papers are from the American Crafts - Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pad. The sentiment is from the OWH Hero Arts Stamp Set LP279. The cute little animal brad came from Eyelet Outlet.
 I used a button brad on this one to hold the ribbon in place.
I am off to see what I can use the other inlaid die piece for! Hope you have a crafty day!

May 28, 2014

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop Winners!!!

I had so much fun visiting all of the participants and seeing the creative ideas they had! What inspiration!!
I made several more red, white & blue cards throughout the weekend so I thought I would share them with you.

Thanks so very much to everyone that took the time to hop with Operation Write Home. I was overwhelmed by all of the sweet comments. I know it's not Christmas, but in the spirit of giving, I have added 2 more prizes for a total of 4 winners!!!!!




And the winners, chosen by Random.Org, are...........

                                           Heather - crafty sahm i am
                                           Kathy S -
                                           Laura Pervier - unknown
                                           Lisa -

Congratulations winners! Please send your address to and list your prize preferences (1-4). I will award the prizes on a 1st come 1st served basis.

For example:
1st choice is prize #3, 2nd choice is prize #4, etc.

************  Hope you have a crafty day  ***************