Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sketch #153 and Scrappy Cards

I got some neat paper ribbon from my SS and today's sketch is perfect for trying them out. I stuck to a monochrome color scheme because I don't have DP with this shade of green in it. Come to think of it, perhaps these greens don't go together all that well either. Anywho, what's done is done... I'll keep it in my personal stash for when my tween DD gets upset with me >:-)

Sketch #153
Here are a few scrappy cards I made yesterday too. The DP is from DCWV's Black Currant stack. I love it so much and now all the pink is gone. *sniff sniff* The starburst tutorial can be found here. Lots o' fun and a great way to use scraps!

Thanks for a great year of sketches, Julie Fountain, we will miss you! Have a great last few days and 2012 everyone!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Playing with Chirstmas Goodies

After all my playing with new stuff yesterday, I'd like to share some of the highlights. This time I decided to try scanning the cards instead of relying on my not-so-steady hand, and boy!, does scanning rock!

First up are some tags my Secret Santa on the Scrap to Treasure board, Linda Lough, sent me. There is a ton over variety among the 50+ tags and I've already had a lot of fun with the few I've used.

She also sent me a neat set of acrylic sentiments, which I could never get bored of. The candles are from a mini set from the $1 bin, the paper (and the one above) is from MME (So Sophie: Graceful).

She also gave me a cute boy vehicle set, which I used for CAS card for a mom or dad who's nearing the end of his or her deployment. I thought I was so witty, adding the "be home soon" sentiment from another new set. ;)

Next up actually has a sentiment around it, but it's too big for my acrylic blocks and I thought it'd be cool just as a graphic... The image ends at the black ring, the white circle is a diecut under it.

And finally, I also got my wishlist stamp set from my mommy, who had seen my post on OWH's Facebook page... THe Hero Arts All the Time set! So happy to have this now and wow! are these stamps sturdy!

Sketch #152

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're all enjoying your own new Christmas goodies!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being an OWH-er

I wrote this sometime during the summer but never posted it. Seeing as we're wrapping up 2012, I figure this is a good time to make it public. Thanks for another inspiring, educational, and motivating year, Sandy, Ciara, Julie, Nancy, Jan, Yolanda, and Co.!

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being an OWH-er
10.          I feel accomplished on a regular basis, even when I’m not employed or going to school.
9.            I get practice at being less Type-A, and being able to think outside the box.
8.            I get to “be” in any season at any time of year. E.G. Making Christmas cards during the summer months.
7.            Good role modeling for my children in the creative sense.
6.            Great role modeling for my children in the giving sense.
5.            There are support groups everywhere for both design feedback and trading supplies.
4.            Paper, ribbon, stamps, and other supplies come in innumerable varieties and the possibilities are endless for my ever-changing mood when it comes to tone and design.
3.            I’m helping to keep the ties between our country’s servicemen and women and their families and friends a bit stronger while they are apart.
2.            Admission to the “club” is free and the need for cards will always be there; there’s no application process or final deadline.
1.            The gifts of time, commitment, sacrifice, and potentially one’s own life can never fully be reciprocated, but being a volunteer for our military is one of the best ways I can try!

What am I missing that you'd put on this list? Please leave me a comment and let me know!

I leave you with a sweet birthday card...
Happy Birthday 2013!

Missed Challenges

Here are few of the MWT challenges I  missed.

Miss You

Thinking of You

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Faaavorites!

**I thought I had posted this LAST WEEKEND but I just found it in my drafts. ACK!**

Today's post is full of love. I've been working a lot lately (not complaining!) but that means I have less free time to devote to OWH than I had in the past. Still, I was able to make about 20 cards and stamp, line, and tuck about 40 cards last weekend. Now let's see if I can remember any of the details for the following cards lol...

This is my first card for Sandy's Interactive Cardmaking Project. I started with CB... hmmm.. I lost it. Well, the final card on the ICP was the one with the coffee cup and Sandy added really cute ribbon bows as the embellishments on the bottom right. I didn't have a good color of ribbon to match this card, so I ended up using these little jewels I got from my Secret Santa on the Scrap to Treasure board on FB. The pink paper is embossed with little hearts (also from a swap on S2T). Thanks again Santy :)

Next are 3 love cards made from a 6x6 MME Lost and Found: Union Square pad that I'm mourning the loss of (only have 2 pages left... guess I'm have to get more hehe). These are for the Love/Hugs MWT on the 5th... wow I'm so backed up. This one is my faaavorite; I'm getting more and more comfortable mixing stamp sets. The sentiment is heat embossed and the white paper it's on is distressed with a golden yellow from a Colorbox palette with a cotton ball.

Sketch #2 without the ribbon
This one is my faaavorite too because I problem solved sucessfully. I embossed myself into a corner after committing to this pink DP from DCWV's Sweet Stack. I was making two of these and the other one had a yellow flower embossed card front (where this one is white), and I didn't notice my mistake until after I had heat embossed two of these yellow hearts. Problem solved: layer with yellow! I can't find the sketch hmmm...

Also from MME's Union Square pad, this is my faaavorite because of the swirlies that were already on the corner of the paper; I just had to add a few hearts. I think the stamp is perfect for this paper.

Sketch #138
This one is my faaavorite because of the Sentiment. Oh, I would swoooooon if my man sent this to me while he was away for so long. Also distressed with the golden yellow ink on a cotton ball.

Bonus sketch
*Footnote: When my picky-eating kids visited my folks out in MT a few summers back, my dad came up with a funny way to try to get them to eat new foods. "What's for dinner, dear?" he'd ask my mom. She'd say whatever it was, and he'd reply, "Ooooh, that's my faaavorite!!" It didn't get the the kids to eat more adventurously, but it's now a family joke. I like to think it's a reminder to see only the best in something your given and appreciate just being able to have it.

Sorry this is so late - later than late even. Hope your last week before Christmas is a good one!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pretty Pretty!

I messed up on a flower on my Triple Time Stamping so I had to trim it. I think I like it better than if I hadn't messed up :). the flowers are heat embossed. This also doubles for this month's ODBD challenge (flowers)

Here is a simple Sketch #149. Love this turtle! I heat embossed him too and opted not to color him in. Wonder if I should (and how to) soften the line between the green and the strip of red along the bottom. Suggestions?

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Photo Hosting

This is a test blog post for today's tutorial on the Stars and Stamps blog. I'm seeing if I can add a photo from my Flickr account to a blog post instead of uploading from my pc. To test, I'm going to use all old pic that I have sitting in my account over at Flickr...

...5min later...

Okay, that didn't work, I tried all the different links that Flickr offered me... even the one for the page with the photo on it. Hmm. Any advice or should I just open a Photobucket account? I'll close by trying one more time with a freebie clipart so there's a photo for the Inlinks...

Well, this guy worked! From a random clipart website, though. I think I just got lucky. Have a great day!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Heat Embossing as a DP

Last week's MWT is a 'lil late, but I finally got it today (and a few others). I put it off a few days because 1. it was Thanksgiving, 2. I worked all weekend, and most importantly (haha) I had no silver paper! So today I realized that if I didn't have any silver paper, I'd just have to make some. For your consideration, I give you a strip of white cardstock heat embossed with silver powder! (and a "foil" cupcake wrapper)...

Happy Birthday!
I also have a few more to share...
I heart turtles
Sentiment from Cricut cart "Beyond Birthdays" that I made a while back and has been collecting dust

Chocolate brown, dry embossed with clocks, fussy cut the cream layer with fancy new scissors

A few months ago there were some mustache freebies in the Cricut Craft Room and I couldn't resist cutting a few, even though I didn't know what I'd do with them. I also printed off some sentiments and stuck them in my sketch folder. But I could never come up with the right kind of paper to match them with (I only cut a few each of these sizes and only in black). I knew in my gut that I wanted it to be laid out as I have here, just didn't know what color(s) to use. I pulled this polka dot paper from the MME "Breeze" 6x6 pad and voila! I'm happy I waited till my gut told me it was time :)

 I went with another black and white theme for a birthday card; doubling up on the scalloped circles.

Listen to Lucy, she was stunning all the way to the end.
Also used the ribbon tying technique from OWH for a nice clean knot that won't loosen. I can't find it on the website, hmmm. Pretty much what you do is lay the ribbon flat across the top, bring both ends around (or down through a punched hole like I did here) and pull the ends up through a punched hole in the center. (I also did this for the brown/green "Miss You" card up top). Have one end come out the above the ribbon that's already laying across the front of the paper, and the other come out below it, then tie them together. Here are a couple pics up close. I took them in front of some orange felt so you can see the punched holes better; they're not that visible in the final product because the ribbon covers them, and the card base will be black. Again, this can be done without pulling the ribbon through the paper and just by wrapping it around the sides of it, like I did up top.

the center is where the ribbon has been poked through to the front

Thanks for visiting and I hope your week's off to a great start!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hello,Sketch #148

The measurements for the top strip of this sketch were missing and I didn't gauge it right, so I ended up adding another strip to make it a full A2 size. This paper is from MME, "Breeze." I love monochromatic color schemes and am beginning to really like yellow when it's paired up with black or grey.

Have a great Sunday!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Purple Gratitude

I've been making so many love/flirty cards lately I was happy to see a Thank You card challenge for this week's MWT. I used this morning's new sketch (#147) and came up with a few of these. Thank you for the thank you challenge OWH. ;)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fussy Cuttin' and Making It Work

Has it been two weeks since my last post already? Wow, time is flying by and I can't keep up! This week's tutorial on OWH's Stars and Stamps blog is for fussy cutting - something I shy away from when ever possible. One thing I took to heart on the post was that my scissors are probably my #1 enemy when it comes to getting a good cut. So I spent my weekly craft allowance (don't worry, it's less than $10) on a new pair of scissors, going with Cutter Bee's Honey Bee pair. I have a cute little owl stamp and used it for my first try at fussy cutting. Wouldn't you know it, I think it really does begin with having a good pair of scissors. These have thin blades and are extra sharp because they're so new. So much better than the blue handled scissors I use from Staples!  I paper pieced the heart, stamped a little sentiment on it and used Sketch #146 for this card...

I also got some cool vintage stamps a week or so ago from Recollections (I think it was) but had trouble finding a sketch to fit a tape cassette image. So I started with Sketch #87 and went from there. The problem came when I saw the empty space on the bottom left that wanted to be utilized. So I played around with some ribbon and did a few of each style.

***UPDATE - the measurements for the above card are:
3 @ 2 3/8'x1 5/8"
1 @ 1 1/2"x5 1 1/4"
plus a ribbon, brad or other embellishment***

Another card I made from the vintage stamp set; Sketch #113...

Thanks for visiting and hopefully I'll get my butt in gear and post more regularly! Enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Valentine's Begins!

I did a 2-fer here for this month's ODBD challenge and today's sketch #145. I've seen tons of great cards with dry embossing being enhanced by some marker work and thought I'd give it a try...

Don't like the way the heart turned out, so I tacked on a Cricut heart candy from the Simply Charmed cart. Much better, I think. But hey, I gave it shot :) Also, a shout out to the ladies on the Scrap to Treasure FB group that sent me the papers. I'm on the lookout for this folder now. Thanks!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Recent MidWeek Throwdowns

Hi all! Wow what a crazy week we've had up here in the Northeast dealing with Hurricane Sandy! Luckily, my family and I made it through okay. Here are few pics of the limbs we lost during the storm. As luck would have it, we had just moved our cars to the side of the house about 10min before these fell into the driveway! Whew!

We lost power for about a day we hope everyone else is getting their power back soon. It's getting chilly now and I can't imagine sleeping in a house with no heat right now. Brr.

Two Wednesdays ago the MWT wanted Friendship cards. Here's mine:

And this last week's was Love/Valentine's cards - my favorite!

I'm starting to think I might need some new sentiment stamps. I seem to use the same ones over and over again. But I like them... but I feel I'm getting repetitive. Ho hum, guess I'll just have to do a little shopping ;).

BTW, I work at A.C. Moore now, and my store lost power in the storm. It was closed for 4 days. Yikes! Have a great weekend everyone! Excited for this month's ODBD challenge and a new card drive!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Why Don't She Write?

I know, it's been almost two months since I posted, but here I am again. Life got in the way and I lost the will to blog, although I didn't lose the will to craft! So this post is just for catching up on some of the challenges I haven't posted to, even though I completed them. Here we go, in no particular order...

"Love" MWT
 I'm thinking this is a sentiment that would comes from a female, so it would go to a male, so it needs to be on a masculine card. It's a beautiful quote, isn't it?
ODBD Challenge: Circles
 When I came up with the special matte layers to add a twist, I though I was the cat's meow. I had to do something.. didn't want to use black because of the card front, and couldn't use cream because of the big rectangle, and didn't want to add anymore color... Bingo! Use both! :)

Sketch #142
I like to see banners on sketches... but then I committed to 9 of these at once (I had 9 of the sentiment shapes cut). Getting the perfect border around the DP is haaaaaard! And tedious, as I realized to late that I would be doing 27 of them in a row, lol. That's ok though. I like the way they came out. BTW, the DP here and in the top card is from a huge stack by MME called 29th Street Market (my first MME purchase). I bought this because I wanted a big bang for my buck (180 sheets) and to try something new. I'm glad I did, but I don't want to get stuck in muted/vintage tones mode, so got myself a mini pad by DCWV called Hippie Chic too. It's got lots of brights oranges, lime greens, and bold browns. Lots of fun! here's one...

 And more MWT and sketches...

Red and Green MWT
Sketch #140
"Thinking of You" MWT

Sketch #139

Sketch #138

There is black ribbon popping out of those eyelets in the photo above. That's all folks!