Friday, July 4, 2014

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'!


  1. Hi, Both your cards are great! I love all the elements on both, so tho' I know we're to leave specific 'likes,' I kind of can't bc I like it all!! Also, I can't for the life of me find your instr. for entering for blog candy- sorry. I'd love to be in the running! RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM. Thanks a bunch!!

  2. Hi, Nancy.

    Thanks so much for the kind words.

    Sorry for the confusion. The blog candy info is in the post directly above this one. In short, to qualify for blog candy you need to link a photo showing two cards (one his and one hers) that were made using one of the Operation Write Home sketches. The InLinkz link is in the other post.

  3. Love your super hero card! What a fun challenge!!

  4. Great cards for a great cause!

  5. I love the bright background card. That is a great stencil and I love the colors you used. Thank you for joining my challenge.
    I love your other challenge cards, too. You've been busy this weekend.

  6. You've gotten a LOT of great cards done! Thanks for playing along on my challenge! The snowmen are so cute and I really like the placement of the snowflakes!

  7. Love how you flipped sketch #232, great job! :0

  8. Whew - you have been busy! Thanks for taking on my challenge. You're a gal after my own heart with your garage sale finds. I love your vintage ship card!

  9. Wow! You've been a busy stamper!! And following the spirit of a challenge is absolutely okay. What matters is there's a Teen Time card going in the stash for OWH. Thanks for participating. :)

  10. It is fun to see all that you've created for the party this weekend! You've certainly been a creative soul! Thanks for participating in my Critter Love challenge! Your owls are really cute! Great job with all of your cards!

  11. You have been one busy girl!!! Wow!! All of the cards are great! Thanks for TGIF'ing with me this weekend!

  12. Love the burlap on your Sunday Sketch card!

  13. Wow, you've really been busy and your cards turned out great. I especially like the background card. Thank you for participating in my RW&B Christmas challenge. You did a great job w/ it as well.

  14. You've made so many fantastic cards! Love those adorable owls!

  15. Thanks for playing along with my circle/banners challenge. What a great group of cards! You did a great job with the variety.

  16. Great cards! The colorful background is just stunning! Reminds me of Captain America. I may need to recreate...would make a perfect birthday card for my dh...he has become addicted to those Marvel movies.

  17. Thanks for participating in my Thick & Thin Challenge
    I really like your patriotic theme.

  18. You are amazing! You have such a broad range of skills making a great group of cards. Great job!!!

  19. Sybrina, thanks for joining in my Inchies challenge! I love the cool colors and lace on your inchie card; it's awesome, as all your cards are!