Sunday, July 27, 2014

God Bless the U.S.A.

Hi, everyone!

OWH Sketch #235 is the inspiration for today's Any Hero card... well, sort of.  :)

Distress Ink fired brick, Bazzill admiral, Crate Paper rose garden
Unity sentiment in SU Night of Navy
Cuttlebug and Darice embossing folders
Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbon
punches: Paper Studio star and ??? (tiny star) corner
Creative Memories circle cutting system
Recollection foam square adhesives; Ranger multi-medium matte

I started with the best of intentions. But, I realized too late in the game that the back panel was supposed to be two different papers/patterns. I also went with a slightly larger circle to frame the sentiment circle. And, while I decided to go with three stars for my three embellishments, I chose three of the same size and placed them around the sentiment as opposed to having them cascade down the card.

Boy, this card sure did turn into a fourth-of-July kind of card.... didn't it?!

Parting Thoughts

Well, weather might be getting a little interesting here. Should probably make this short and sweet.

Words 2 Scrap By will post our August challenge on Friday.

Enjoy your Sunday. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fall Splendor in Purple and Teal

Hi, everyone!

When you make cards for Operation Write Home, it really is a bit like living in a time machine. Summer officially ends on July 31 in OWH-land. So, we are moving on to fall cards... and the deadline for Christmas cards is October 10! See what I mean about a time machine.  :)

So, the card below is my first fall card of the OWH season. The colors really are much closer to purple and teal than the way they photographed.

SU Blackerry Bliss, Distress Ink core Pine Needles
Hero Arts image, heat embossed in Inkadinkado gold glam powder
Sizzix embossing folder
SU tiny banner punch; garage sale brad

I used the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss paper from Stampin' Up -- couldn't wait to emboss some gold on this gorgeous paper. However, I was a little disappointed with the Lost Lagoon against the Blackberry Bliss -- it just didn't look/feel quite as rich. So, I went with Distress Ink Pine Needles. This DI paper was in the same color family as Lost Lagoon, but seemed much more saturated. And, I felt like I achieved just the right balance of colors thanks to Paula's 60-30-10 lesson from OWH Design Boot Camp.

Tip of the day: I cut a 1/4-inch strip of Blackerry Bliss and taped down the banners, aligning the left edge of each banner. That's how I managed to get the tiny sliver of purple on the left edge of the banners.

Entering this in the current Shopping Our Stash challenge to make a project featuring fruits and vegetables. No more summer watermelons for this girls' cards... at least not 'til next March.  :)

Also entering this in this week's Simon Says Wednesday embossing challenge. There are three examples of embossing on this card:
  • a heat embossed focal point image,
  • heat embossed gold border on the layer under the image layer, and
  • an embossed pattern on the bottom Blackberry Bliss layer.
Darice embossing folder
DI Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
This year, I've been trying to add a little pizzazz to the inside of my OWH cards, while not taking up much writing landscape. For this card, I used a leaf stencil (from fellow OWHer Nancy) to sponge a few leaves and an acorn in the bottom left corner of the matted writing surface.

That's it for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Look, Dad

Hi, everyone.

I have a pretty special card to share. On August 4, Dad will celebrate his 80th birthday! I've been mulling over some card ideas for a while now. So, I was thrilled when I saw that the current Cards In Envy challenge is to make a happy birthday card. Perfect timing.... and just the push I needed to get to work.  :)

computer-generated original text on Crate Paper rose garden cardstock
Distress Ink bundled sage and black soot core paper; SU/Sizzix word bubble dies
Recollections foam squares
inking in Distress Ink vintage photo and black soot with Ranger blending tool

Since this is a pretty special birthday for a pretty special guy, I wanted to make a pretty special card. Hope I succeeded... Think I did.
  • First, I did a lot of Web surfing -- trying to come up with the perfect historical facts to include for a this-day-in-history kind of card. Turns out there didn't seem to be a lot that had happened on August 4 that would really interest Dad.
  • Then my thoughts went to the front page of a newspaper. Found a site that sold papers for days goneby. Turns out that peeking is not allowed until you confirm your $39.99 purchase. Now, I know handmade cards probably end up being more costly than store bought ones, but that seemed a bit much to spend even for me. LOL!
  • That's when I decided to get creative -- using events that happened just prior to Dad's birthday. The letter from President Roosevelt to Hitler really put things in historical context. Since Dad's a HUGE  baseball fan, I knew he'd enjoy reading about Mel Ott, Babe Ruth, and the Polo Grounds. Of course, the lead story in this edition of the Logan Banner would have to be about Dad's arrival.  :)
  • To create the newspaper page itself, I made a table in Word that had 2 columns and 4 rows and merged the last two rows in the right-hand column. Then I typed in the masthead and stories -- using basic shapes with fill to create the stars and playing with font styles/sizes until I achieved the look I wanted.
  • The final detail was to add a post-it-note-like embellishment -- making sure to draw attention to the feature story. I placed the post-it so that enough of the Roosevelt/Hitler story was still visible -- while trying to keep it 1/3 of the way across the card and 2/3 of the way down. Lastly, I used foam adhesives to pop the note just a tad.

So, I really hope Dad likes this little card. I sure enjoyed making it. And, it's always a bonus when the actual card lives up to the version you have in your head.  :)

Parting Thoughts

Enjoy your weekend. Sounds like it's going to be a rainy one around here. Darn, guess I just have to spend extra time in the menopause room crafting away.  :)

Turns out Dad's birthday isn't the only thing to celebrate on August 4. Hubby and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary. Hope you will come back to see what I've concocted -- err, made -- for him.

As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The ABCs of Thanks

Hi, everyone!

Turns out the sample card for today's Midweek Throwdown is one of my Any Hero cards. I was really surprised -- and quite honored -- when Allison e-mailed. Thanks, Allison, for all you do for OWH.  :)

Since the sample card was red, kraft, and blue, I decided to make a red, white, and blue version. Decided to go with the same OWH Sketch (#218) and used another one of those challenging pattern papers.

We R Memory Keepers red, white & blue
Core-dinations bright white; Recollections black, Distress Ink barn door red
TPC Studio sentiment in StazOn black
Recollections white star brads, colored with Sharpie black marker
??? corner punch for tiny stars
adhesives: Recollections foam squares, Glossy Accents
SU banner dies and magnetic platform

Parting Thoughts

Looking forward to technique class with SU demonstrator extrardiairre Bernadette. And, then it's Friday!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Patriotic Thanks

Hi, everyone.

Today's Any Hero card is inspired by OWH Sketch #234.

Bo Bunny Liberty; Distress Ink antique linen; Bazzill admiral and watermelon
TPC Studio sentiment on Crate Paper rose garden, heat embossed in DI walnut stain
Stampin' Up! banner die; Fiskars and Paper Studio star punches; Cuttlebug embossing folder
??? corner punch for tiny stars: Creative Memories circle cutting system
garage sale brads: Paper Smooches twine
adhesives: Glossy Accents, Recollection foam adhesive squares

Ellen's sample card is so darn cute. But, I tend to freak a little when working with more involved sketches. So, I started inside out -- designing the sentiment, banner, and circle pieces first. Then I chose solid cardstock for most of the rest of the card -- embossing the red background piece and only using one piece of patterned paper. And, I'm actually pretty pleased with the results.  :)

A couple of points worth noting. Since this is an Any Hero card, I used two layers of foam adhesive for the banner portion, with the circle/star element having a single layer of foam adhesive. After placing the banner and circle elements, I felt like the card was a little left-side heavy. After taking another look at the sketch, I realized I had placed the banner a little more left then intended. So,  I added the three tiny blue stars to the bottom right.

Parting Thoughts

July words: Oh La La
My dad's coming over to watch the end of the Open Championship and grill out some hot dogs for lunch. (Hubby's dad is having dinner with friends in town from Chicago.) Looking forward to a good visit. Then, hope to box up some cards to send to Sandy later this afternoon.  :)

If you're interested in playing along with us at Words 2 Scrap By, the deadline to link up a card for our July challenge is tomorrow. Would love for our OWH friends to join us.  :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Colorful Rainbows and Patriotic Stars

Hi, everyone.

I have two cards to share tonight, the first for a Shopping Our Stash challenge and the second for this week's OWH Midweek Throwdown.

But first, a quick reminder that Monday is the deadline for entering this month's Words 2 Scrap By challenge. There are some Tim Holtz Parisian-inspired goodies up for grabs in keeping with this month's Oh La La theme.

Card #1: A Colorful Rainbow

The current Shopping Our Stash challenge is to make a project featuring something that you can't put down or put away.  The card below features a couple of things I can't get enough of --  a few old friends and one new acquisition: Distress Inks and the new Work of Art Stampin' Up! stamps.

stash blue and black cardstock
Distress Inks blended with Ranger water brush
Inkadinkado kid quotes stamp in StazOn jet black
Paper Studio brads
Recollections white cardstock; stash black cardstock
Distress Inks blended with Ranger water brush
Inkadinkado kid quotes stamp in StazOn jet black

SU work of art stamp set
Unity sentiment
I've actually been inking up this stamp set a lot to make some patriotic cards for Operation Write Home. But, when I first saw them, I immediately thought rainbow. So, I'll probably play with this idea a little more -- maybe change up the design a little. But, the card above represents attempt #1.

Tip of the Day: I'm always having trouble with stamps falling off my acrylic blocks. Well, tonight after having the same stamp fall off about 5 times, I tried putting a small strip of Scotch ATG tape on my acrylic block... and it worked!!! Hooray!!!!
Card #2: Stars, Stars and More Stars

The card below is inspired by OWH's current Midweek Throwdown challenge to make an Any Hero card featuring stars.

Distress Ink core paper, white Core-dinations
Cuttlebug and Darice embossing folders
Fiskars and Paper Studio star punches; Creative Memories circle cutting system
Twinery Baker's Twine; Recollections star brads
Recollections foam adhesives

Paula's Design Boot Camp lesson about the 60-30-10 rule played a big role in this card. The exterior frame was added when I felt the card needed a little more interest. So, I decided to add a little more white -- going for 30% white. An added benefit is the white frame seems to pull your eye to the circle around the focal point star. :)

Parting Thoughts

Again, we would love for you to join us over at Words 2 Scrap By.  :)

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sweet Land of Liberty

Hi, everyone!

Today's Any Hero card is inspired by OWH Sketch #233.

Distress Ink core paper; Crate Paper rose garden
Stamper's Best(?) image heat embossed in Distress Ink walnut stain
Darice and Cuttlebug embossing folders
Ribbon Boutique ribbon; Stampin' Up! brads
Zots 3-D glue dots

Parting Thoughts

Loved seeing Annie's card today as the featured card for today's sketch challenge! I just adore her work and am so happy she is an I-Teamer at Words 2 Scrap By! And, we're accepting entries for our July challenge until July 21.  :)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Another Patriotic Work of Heart

Hi, everyone!

Cards in Envy has a stars and stripes challenge going on. Let's see.... a chance to ink up Stampin' Up!'s new work of art stamp set and make a card for Operation Write Home. Count me in!

paper: Stampin' Up! crumb cake; Bazzill admiral; Core'dinations white
SU work of art and SU (retired) stamps & swirls, star heat embossed in SU white
Unity sentiment, heat embossed in Distress Ink walnut stain
ink: SU cherry cobbler and night of navy; DI walnut stain
Hero Arts gem; adhesives: Scotch ATG and Glossy Accents

Parting Thoughts

Taking a vacation day on Monday. Looking forward to a second 3-day weekend!

A quick reminder about the Oh La La challenge going on at Words 2 Scrap By until July 21. In addition to a badge and Guest I-Teamer, there are some Parisian-inspired Tim Holtz goodies up for grabs. Hope you will join us.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Christmas in July

Yes, three posts in one day! That OWH VCMP really got my mojo going.  :)

For this challenge, SOS is teaming up with Jingle Belles for a challenge to make a Christmas card using something that is at least one year old. Trust me, one look in the menopause room and you'll see I have lots of old stuff to choose from!

One-or-More Year-Old Stuff:
Paper Shaper circle punch for bear face
SU word window punch for bear arms
???? corner rounder for tiny tree-topper star
Emagination tree punch
Recollections snowflake punch
I made some of these little polar bear cards for a couple of craft shows last year. And, yes, they are painfully time consuming. But when I thought of the smile on the face of a little one receiving one of these from a deployed mommy/daddy... Well, I just knew that some of these bear cubs needed to go to OWH this holiday season. And, the Christmas card deadline for OWH is October 10th. Yikes! So, it's definitely time to start cranking out some little bear cubs. :)

Parting Thoughts

There is an Oh La La challenge going on at Words 2 Scrap By until July 21. The prize package includes a W2SB winner badge, a Guest I-Teamer opportunity, and a few Tim Holtz goodies. Bobbi and my fellow I-teamers would love for you to join us.

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Ahoy, Matey!

Hi, everyone!

Post two of three in one day! Amazing, huh?!

The card below is for one of two current Shopping Our Stash challenges. This challenge calls for a card featuring a wood element, a wooden ship image, or both. So, what the heck... Let's do both.

Authentique original dp; SU cherry cobbler; stash brown and light blue
SU retired image in Distress Ink vintage photo on white birch
Our Daily Bread Design background stamp heat embossed in DI walnut stain
Paper Smooches ribbon, top ribbon rubbed in SU cherry cobbler
Paper Studio tiny brads; Recollections foam adhesive
I was really thrilled with the way the image stamped on the birch. Since I typically make cards for OWH, this was a new technique for me!

This is going to be a birthday card for hubby. He loves patriotic colors. And, while neither of us really are boaters, we both love beach vacations. Close enough for me -- especially since I was really stumped for a card for him this year. :)

Parting Thoughts

There is an Oh La La challenge going on at Words 2 Scrap By. Entries are being accepted until July 21... and there are a few Tim Holtz goodies up for grabs along with our standard winner's badge and Guest I-Teamer opportunity. 

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Patriotic Works of Heart

Hi, everyone!

Here today with two versions of an Any Hero card for this week's OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge. The top version is my second attempt. While I was happy with the first attempt, I am really happy with the second one.  :)

Attempt #2    :)
Attempt #1
Both: papers: SU crumb cake, Bazzill admiral, Recollections white
SU Work of Art stamps in SU Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler
Stamper's Best sentiment heat embossed in Distress Ink walnut stain
SU heart heat embossed in SU white powder
Hero Arts gem on Attempt #2
Parting Thoughts

A quick reminder about the Oh La La challenge going on at Words 2 Scrap By. There are a few Tim Holtz goodies up for grabs. And, we're accepting entries until July 21. Hope you'll join us!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

VCMP Winner!!!

Hi, everyone.

First, thanks to everyone who visited this past weekend. Special thanks to those who made his and hers cards for our troops!  And, one more big thank you to Kim at Paper Smooches for sponsoring our blog candy.  :)

Well, the expression "last but not least" couldn't be any truer. Turns out that the winning entry was the pin featuring Ruth's adorable cards. Ruth's cards were the last ones linked before the deadline.  :)

Congratulations, Ruth! Please contact me at cards[dot]by[dot]sybrina[at]gmail[dot]com to make arrangements for sending you some Paper Smooches goodies!

At least for me, the party's still going on. There's one more challenge that I'm bound and determined to finish. And, it's great to see how my OWH card stack has grown these last few days! Thanks to Sandy, OWH, and all of our hostesses for such a fun event.

Think that's it for today. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July OWH VCMP: His and Hers {OWH Sketch} Cards

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Hi, everyone!
Welcome to the first stop on this weekend's OWH VCMP! I am so excited to be hosting a challenge. Thanks to Sandy and the OWH team for organizing this party.  :)
Challenge #1: His and Her SKETCH Cards

Inspiration: OWH Sketch #161
Step 1: Choose an OWH Sketch.
Step 2: Use the sketch to make two cards: a his card and a her card.
Step 3: Link up your cards below.

Okay, if you are ready to go:
  • Scroll down to the end of the post to read about the blog candy.
  • Click here if you'd like to read details about the cards shown at the right.
  • Go forth and create!
If you would like a little more information about OWH, OWH card guidelines, and/or OWH Sketches, please read on.

Operation Write Home Information

OWH: Operation Write Home is a wonderful nonprofit organization consisting of a "merry band of cardmakers" who make cards to support our deployed troops. We make blank cards that troops can use to write to loved ones back home, as well as Any Hero cards that are handwritten notes of appreciation for our heroes. There are many ways provided by OWH Founder Sandy and the OWH blog team to inspire us cardmakers, including weekly sketches and virtual cardmaking parties.

Card Guidelines: Since we are sending cards to troops deployed overseas, there are some card guidelines. The big four are: 1) A2 (5.5" by 4.25") cards, 2) glitter-free cards, 3) cards for specifically-requested themes, and 4) liners for cards with dark-colored bases. To learn more about OWH card needs, please visit OWH card guidelines and OWH mailroom operation.

Sketch #161
OWH Sketches: OWH posts a new sketch every Sunday. To date, over 200 sketches have been posted -- and every single sketch has measurements! These sketches can be used as exact blueprints -- or they can be the starting off point for an OWH card. (I used to stress out when my card deviated from the sketch and sample card. Trust me, there is no need to worry about that!) I used OWH Sketch #161 for my two sample cards. I tried to be pretty true to the sketch for my Her card. But, as you can see, I took a few more liberties with my His card -- using three ovals instead of one, using a city scape instead of a rectangular strip at the bottom, and adding a starburst next to the oval.

Blog Candy

So, what's a party without a little candy? You might have noticed I used Paper Smooches stamps on the her card and PS stamps and dies on the His card. Well, there's nothing much sweeter than stamps and dies from PS, a longtime OWH supporter.

Thanks to the generosity of the uber-talented Kim of Paper Smooches, there is a $20 PS gift certificate up for grabs. The gift certificate will be randomly awarded to one lucky person who links a photo showing both OWH-sketch-inspired cards -- one his and one hers -- by 8 A.M. EST on Tuesday,
July 8.

Parting Thoughts

Have fun! Can't wait to see your sketch-inspired his and hers cards. And can't wait to see what the other hostesses have planned for us. See you at Michelle's at 10:00 EST.  :)

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

4th of July OWH VCMP

Hi, everyone!
What a nice holiday weekend! The weather's been gorgeous. So, hubby and I went to the pool both Friday and Saturday. Dads came out for a cookout on the 4th. Then, my dad and I went to the local fireworks last night... and couldn't have had a nicer time. And, oh yeah, there's a card party going on! Time for me to catch up. :) 
Before I post a couple of cards, a few housekeeping tasks:
  • Thanks to Sandy, the OWH team, and all of our hostesses for a really fun party!
  • Paper Smooches blog candy is up for grab at the His and Hers challenge (Challenge #1). You have until Tuesday at 8 AM EST to enter.
  • Finally, on a totally different note, the Words 2 Scrap By July challenge is open until July 21.
Now, for some cards!!!
Faux Techniques
 I'm here with the a card for the very last OWH VCMP challenge!

Fancy Pants etcetera, ??? jet black, Distress Ink antique linen
Simon Says hello you sentiment in StazOn jet black
Sizzix/SU and Paper Smooches button dies
stash ribbon; Recollections foam adhesives
antique linen buttons sponged in DI vintage photo with Ranger blending tool
This challenge encouraged us to make a card featuring a faux technique. While I really should have taken on the leather or wood techniques, I took an easier way out making some faux buttons. Regardless, I think it's a nice masculine birthday card for one of our troops to send home to a special son/dad/husband.  :)
Inching to Christmas
OWH Sketch #58
Authentique glistening; American Crafts cardstock
Really Reasonable Ribbon lace; Hero Arts gems
Recollections star punch, stars covered in Glossy Accents
edges distressed with Ranger tool
adhesives: Glossy Accents, Recollections foam adhesives
Sherry served up a great Christmas challenge that featured 3 OWH sketches involving "inchies." Have to admit I struggled with this one. The card shown is attempt #2.  :)
Critter Love
Glitz sunshine in my soul; ??? jet black cardstock
TPC Studio sentiment in Distress Ink Victorian Velvet
Stampin' Up! owl punch; SU/Sizzix birds and branches decorative strip
inking in Distress Ink Victorian Velvet with Ranger blending tool 
Went a little rogue on this one, too. It's definitely a love card, but I used a "Miss You" sentiment instead.  :)
Teen Time
Recollections dp, Distress Ink core, Bazzill cardstock
Recollections foil paper
Paper Smooches image; computer-generated sentiment (mistral)
Creative Memories circle cutting system
Marvy and Paper Shaper circle punches; EK hole punch
For this card, I've followed the spirit and not the letter of the challenge. The sample cards showed some great techniques for teen cards. But, I already had these cool PS stamps and funky patterns. So, I went with this instead. Hope that's okay.  :)
Thick and Thin Challenge
Bo Bunny Liberty Bazzill admiral, Core'dinations white
Recollections jute/burlap; Darice embossing folder
Unity sentiment in Distress Ink vintage photo
Stampin' Up! banner punch; garage sale brads
small stars: ??? corner punch
adhesives: Glossy Accents, Recollections foam square
Loved this challenge! And, was thrilled to already have one of the cards done!  :)
Sunday Sketch Any Hero Card
Bo Bunny Liberty Bazzill admiral, Core'dinations white
Recollections jute/burlap
Stampers Best sentiment in Distress Ink vintage photo
Stampin' Up! banner punch; garage sale brads
adhesives: Zots 3-D glue dots, glue dots, Recollections foam square
This sketch just screamed navy background and jute/burlap strip can pass up navy and jute! 
Red, White, & Blue Christmas
Distress Ink core, Core-dinations white
Hero Arts image in Distress Ink evergreen bough
Stampin' Up! Christmas Collectibles punch and stamp set
image: heat embossed with Distress Ink fired brick
Hero Arts/Mark Richards gems
??? sentiment in Distress Ink chipped sapphire
I was originally skeptical of this challenge, but adored the sample cards. So, glad I gave this a go!
Mode of Transportation Challenge
Fancy Pants beach bum dp; Distress Ink core
Paper Smooches alphadots stamps in Distress Ink vintage photo
car: traced from Cosmo Cricket blackboard, fussy cut, coated in Glossy Accents
Recollections foam adhesives
Road trips to the beach are one of my most favorite things!
Tip: Coat the traced car with Glossy Accents, then fussy cut. I learned this the hard way!  :)
Bright Background Challenge
Memory Box stencil inked on watercolor paper with blended Distress Inks
Distress Ink core paper; Stampendous silver embossing powder
Paper Studio star punch; Zot 3-D glue dots
This is another quarantined card. Think I need to go over the silver embossing with Glossy Accents to be on the safe side. 
Christmas and Winter Cards Challenge
Winter: We R Memory Keepers winter frost dp
cardstock: Distress Ink, Cardstock Warehouse Paper Company, American Crafts
Christmas: dp: Echo Park this & that, Authentique glistening,
Bazzill cardstock; Ellen Hutson ribbon
Both: Paper Smooches die set; Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbons
EK border punch for small snowflakes; Marvy circle punches
??? stamp in Distress Ink walnut stain from Nancy for tree image
adhesives: Recollections foam, Glossy Accents, glue dots
Loved this challenge and am crazy-in-love with this PS die set! But, boy did these little guys take some serious time! Still need to do something punny-sentiment-wise on the inside.
Tip: Punched out a small circle and placed behind the heads to not have to piece together eyes and mouth circles.

Our Daily Bread Design (winged creature) Challenge
Distress Ink core; Bazzill black and white; stash shiny gray/white for eyes
Stampin Up owl punch, with tons of fussy cutting
SU bird punch for branch; SU small heart punch
Hero Arts/Mark Richards gems; computer-generated original sentiment
adhesive: Glossy Accents

Confession Time: These little guys were made before this weekend. I made the card for this month's Words 2 Scrap By challenge. But, I was hanging on to the card because I really do love it. However, the time has come... The back is stamped and the card is headed to OWH. Just hope it's not too risqué.  :)
For the Boy (vintage) Challenge
Authentique original; SU retired (garage-sale find) image in Distress Ink walnut stain
Paper Smooches twine; garage sale brads
Wish I had centered the ribbons with the image a little better. Oh well.... As Tim Holtz would say, "Get over yourself!"
This card is in quarantine right now because the inked ribbon needs to dry out just a bit.  :)
TGIF Challenge
Winnie & Walter big bold u in StazOn jet black on watercolor paper
Recollections black cardstock
SU work of art stamp set in Distress Ink bundled sage, "watercolored" with Ranger water brush
Paper Studio brads
Couldn't wait to ink up this SU stamp set! Love this bold sentiment that was also inked up for the first time. "Mounted" this on black, like an abstract painting.  Oh, and loved the name of this challenge!  :)
Tip: Sentiment was inked in StazOn because I wanted to "watercolor" the images stamped in Distress Ink bundled sage.
Red, White, & Blue Happy Birthday Challenge
Distress Ink core; Core-dinations white
SU cupcake builder stamps and punch, stamped images heat embossed
TPC Studio sentiment in Distress Ink walnut stain
SU brads; Sizzix/SU embossing folder
Creative Memories oval cutting system
adhesives: Glossy Accents, Zots 3-D glue dots
Paper-Piecing for Kids Challenge
MME dp; Distress Ink core paper
SU cupcake builder punch; Really Reasonable Ribbon ribbons
Fiskars border punch
adhesives: Recollections foam, Glossy Accents
Okay, this isn't my most intricate paper-pieced card, but I'm counting it!
Texture Challenge
Penny Black stamp, heat embossed in Distress Ink walnut stain
Authentique hero bundle de; Distress Ink core; watercolor paper
Cuttlebug swiss dot and SU herringbone embossing folders
SU tiny banner punch; Paper Smooches twine
sponging in Distress Ink pumice stone with Ranger blending tool
Textures used: heat embossing for stamped image, dry embossing for vertical strip and tiny banner, and twine
Tips: Used Glossy Accents to secure twine bow; Added twine at the very end by piercing a hole in top fold of card.
Miss You (with 1 circle, 2 banners) Challenge
Authentique original; Distress Ink core
Hero Arts image in Distress Ink walnut stain on Crate Paper dp
SU banner dies: SU owl punch (for circles)
Sizzix embossing folder; Zots 3-D glue dots
sponging in Distress Ink chipped sapphire with Ranger blending tool
His and Hers OWH Sketch Cards
Hi, everyone!
There's a huge card-making party going on at Operation Write Home... and I am so excited to be chosen to host the first challenge!  :)

This challenge is to use an OWH sketch to make two cards -- a his card and a her card, as shown at the right. OWH Sketch #161 was the inspiration for these two cards.

Hope you will join in the fun!
Today's Sample Cards

As I mentioned, Sketch #161 was the inspiration for my two cards.  Both cards feature products from Paper Smooches -- one of my favorite companies. The watercolor card is a new venture for me -- using a couple of techniques we learned in our Simon Says CREATE event. (Thanks, Simon Says teachers!) Super Boy is a return to a favorite technique -- paper piecing for kid cards. 

Watercolored Flowers supplies: Bazzill white and Distress Ink core paper; Distress Ink: evergreen bough, spun sugar, scattered straw, milled lavender; Paper Smooches botannicals 2 and crystal clear stamps; Hero Arts/BasicGrey leaf & flourish stencil; Sizzix embossing folder; Fiskars border punch; Creative Memories oval cutting system; Tim Holtz water brush; Stampin' Up! and Paper Studio brads; Recollections foam adhesives

Super Boy supplies: Distress Ink core, Recollections black; Paper Smooches super stamps and dies , heat embossed in Distress Ink black soot and paper-pieced; Darice embossing folder; Recollections white star brads, colored with Sharpie black permanent marker; computer-generated POW! starburst; ??? corner punch (for small stars);
Recollections foam adhesives

Parting Thoughts

I used Paper Smooches stamps on the Hers card and Paper Smooches stamps and coordinating dies on my His card. And, Kim at Paper Smooches is giving away some blog candy for this challenge! Please check out the instructions on my official VCMP post for a chance to win a $20 PS gift certificate!   Blog Candy just doesn't get any sweeter than goodies from PS!  :)

There's lots more fun going on this 3-day weekend at Operation Write Home. If you're up to a challenge or two... or eighteen, check it out! And, after the party is over, Bobbi and I would love for you to join us at Words 2 Scrap By for a  word-inspired challenge.

Enjoy this celebration of our nation's birthday. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!