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!