Tuesday, February 19, 2013

President's Day VCMP Day 1

I LOVE OWH's Virtual Card Making Parties - I just worked too much this weekend to be able to participate in real time. Here are my cards for Saturday's challenges. I missed one of them (#3) because I don't have the tool... (FYI the link widget isn't working in captions so I'm pasting the full address for each link.)

First up is a zigzag challenge. I had to make it myself but couldn't find a tutorial so I winged it. I heat embossed the monster.
Zigzag - http://scrappinintervention.blogspot.com/2013/02/zig-zag-your-cards.html

All Creatures Great and Small - http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/2013/02/owh-vcmp-all-creatures-great-and-small.html
Things with Wings - http://penguinpapers.net/2013/02/16/presidents-day-vcmp-things-with-wings/
Disappearing Act - http://thecrookedstamper.blogspot.com/2013/02/disappearing-act-with-sketch-63.html
Love all these challenges so far and am excited to get going on Sunday's list! Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

For the Kiddies

I've been lagging behind on the last few weeks' challenges. I hardly have any time;  it seems like a day is only 17 hours these days! So without any babble, let's cut to the chase...

I don't think I'm all that great at making kiddie cards, but these first two turned out pretty cute. The kitty is from Create a Critter (or CaC2) and the stamp I had from a kitty themed set.

Sketch #159 and MWT
 This monster is from a set I got on clearance at Michaels and colored with watercolor pencils. So cute!
Sketch #160 and MWT (NY is mostly blue plus some yellow and red)

Sketch #158
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

OWH Win!

OWH hosts mail challenges regularly for its volunteers, where those of us who send in boxes by a specified deadline are entered into a drawing to win a box of supplies from our president, Sandy Allnock. And I was one of the winners for the most recent challenge (Race to the Mailbox)! I got my box yesterday and I can't even tell you how thrilling it was to go through it. I had to keep pinching myself, saying, "Rachel, this is yours... and this is yours... and this is yours... it's all yours!" It was a medium flat rate Priority Mail box and it was stuffed to the brim so there wasn't any room for newspaper stuffing. When I was showing my honey what was in it, he actually said to me, "Wow, I wish I could find something for myself to get this excited about" lol. And then, "that patch should go on the back of your Islanders hat." Awesome idea, Hon! Here are some photos of the treasures...
Gorgeous card from Sandy!

Stickers and embellishments!
Ribbon, tags, border punches, ink and a patch!
Stamps, Stamps, and more Stamps!

I can't thank Sandy and OWH enough for all these supplies! There's so much here that I would never have bought on my own, but I already have ideas for. I am often my own worst enemy when it comes to shopping; I've painted myself in a corner style-wise. But now I really get to stretch my imagination and make an even greater variety of cards for our servicemen and women than I have been up to this point.

Long story short, if you are ever on the fence about whether or not to enter one of these mail challenges... do it! Not only do your cards get sent overseas sooner than later, but you might just win one of these incredible supply boxes.Thanks again, Sandy and Co., it feels like Christmas all over again! I'm so grateful!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Birthday!

It's MWT time over at OWH and this week we're making birthday cards! Here's mine:

Happy Birthday MWT
All the DP is from DCWV's The Sweet Stack and the green present in the middle is embossed with the Cuttlebug. I made about 5 of these altogether and they were ridiculously easy - each present got its own layer underneath and I just took extra care to make sure they were flush against each other.

The only problem I had was in getting the ribbon around the 3 gifts. I ended up adhering the presents, then taking my lil Cricut Exacto-type knife and creating slits for the ribbon to slip through. This worked perfectly for this ribbon, but I don't think it would be that easy for wider and bulkier ribbon. Speaking of ribbon, this inspires me to try using some of the Sugar-n-Cream yarn I have left over from making Mom's birthday present. It's just like baker's twine only a bit thicker.

Short story: I'm new at crocheting, so whatever I decided to make her had to be super easy, so I made it up. She works on her laptop on the couch a lot, so I made her what is essentially a big place mat, but it's twice as thick and I call it a "laptop lapmat." Yes, I was very impressed with myself, haha. Anywho, I have a few colors that would match some of my new, thinner DCWV paper perfectly for more stacks of presents.

In the meantime, thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the week!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You're the Cream in the My Coffee

It's been a long time since I made some coffee cards and I picked up some paper that I think makes great designer "cups."

Coffee - Mmmm!

The paper is DCWV. My store (AC Moore) got a lot of these in that I hadn't even seen before; they are 6x6 bundles (not bound together), mostly pale/pastel tones, 180 sheets, and are on sale for $3 but ring at $2.39. (With my employee discount it cost me $1.91! Cha-ching!) The papers are thinner than the standard DCWV weight, but no thinner than those big MME 12x12 pads. (Ignore the purple background; I had to put something behind it or the white wouldn't show up in the scan.)

Now here's the questions I always stump myself with:

What category would this kind of card fall under? Love? I have a lot of flirty type sentiments but can never decide which section to put them in. Sometimes I make a "flirty" section in my OWH box, but I never know how Caro (and now Kris) end up classifying them. Other sentiments I'm iffy on: "We're a pear," "We make a great pair," "You make me melt," "I'm a fan," "I like you a latte"... Thanks for any suggestions - I hate making up categories that I know my shipper with have to sort through!

Thanks for visiting and I hope this week is treating you well!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hi, Man.

Today's sketch is so great - thanks Marlene and Katie Hand for hooking me up to it! I can see myself putting a million and one diecuts in that rectangle when I get some Cricut time again. For now, I used some MME Lost and Found: Portabello Road paper, a big ol' "HI" stamp, and some $1 bin ribbon.

OWH Sketch #157

I also  missed a sketch challenge a few weeks ago and took care of that oversight...

OWH Sketch #155
I added a bit of ribbon for some bling and embossed the white circle with a Happy Birthday folder.

***UPDATE*** Ahahaha... when I linked this last card up to OWH, I saw that I did do it.  Haha, please tell me I'm not the first to realize I did something when I thought I hadn't. {blushing}

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great week!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cricut Fun!

I hadn't pulled the Cricut out lately for anything other than scalloped circles, so yesterday I made me some chickadees and some flowers. Here are my Easter cards for this week's MWT:

I made 7 of these total - the yellow polka dotted paper is from my Secret Santa and the diecut is from the Simply Charmed cartridge. I don't have any Easter sentiment stamps, so I typed these up and printed them out. They're simple, I know, but I I like them. As a bonus, that darkish turquoise paper had been sitting around waiting to be put to use... but no longer hehe.

Next up are some flowers...

OWH Sketch #80

DP is from the DCWV Hippie Chick stack... embossing  folder from Darice.

OWH Sketch #107
OWH Sketch #78

DP was the last of a MME 6x6 pad. Had a lot of fun with it - only got it for Christmas and it's gone already!

Loving these cards... I haven't used diecuts in a while (besides those cupcakes - yummy!) and they really help with the mojo. I found yesterday that I could pick the colors of the diecuts from my scraps and paper that I hardly use. And then when it came time to made the card... I needed more of that paper, which I had. Who'd have thunk my Cricut could help me get rid of my scraps, lol?

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Design Bootcamp: Color

OWH has a great new feature for cardmakers: monthly design tutorials! The first one focuses on color theory and has a ton of info for the novice color coordinator. I like to think my cards are safe from the color police these days, but the tutorial has given me some fresh mojo nonetheless. So for my contribution, I chose an analogous color scheme: yellow and orange...

OWH Sketch #12

Both the flowers are the birdie are stamped and were colored with my new Fantasia Watercolor Pencils. I watched a few technique videos on YouTube and ended up using this one. I don't, however, have any watercolor paper... as of yet, haha. While I tried not to let the paper get too wet, it started to warp and even with some extra ATG reinforcement, it's still a bit too wrinkley for my liking when it comes to sending it overseas. Still, I'll be keeping this as a memento of my first homemade pattern paper with an analogous color focus, as well as my first watercolor pencil endeavor.

Brush Strokes: The video says to give yourself a "palette" of color (color a block of color on scrap paper, then add water with a paintbrush, then take the brush to the stamped image). This worked well, but wherever my brush landed first ended up with a thinner color, and where it ended up had thicker (darker) color. In this case, it was probably because I started at the tips of the petals and the brush strokes went toward the center of the flower.
Stamp Ink: Although I chose yellow and orange for the colors, the ink for the stamping ended up being orange (for what would be colored yellow) and red (for what would be colored orange). I had assumed a darker yellow and orange (respectively) would suffice, but as you can see... the contrast wasn't enough:

Ink is a mild orange in real life
Many thanks to Paula at OWH for our first of many informative and inspiring Bootcamps and I'm excited to see everyone's color schemes! Have a great Martin Luther King Day, and to paraphrase a courageous and inspiring man,  may today renew our commitment to judging each other based our characters and not on the color of our skin.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Miss You in the Springtime

This week's sketch is so simple but that's what I love about it. You can use that rectangle for a senitment or to showcase some cool paper. I chose the latter :).

This is a lil birdie from Create a Critter 2 matched up with the "Hippie Chick" stack from DCWV. It serves as this week's MWT and last weekend's sketch #155. I'm not sure about the colors, but it looks a heck of a lot better than it did. I had stamped some flowers on a white oval in one of the turquoise-type colors form the paper and it ended up looking way too busy. So to fix it, I got embossed another oval with plain ol' dots.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

MWT - Shhhhh

This week's MidWeek Throwdown asks for cards without sentiments. This one used up scraps of DCWV's Black Currant Stack and is accented by a new-to-me flower stamp. Colored with Crayola colored pencils.

Any suggestions for better colored pencils? These are okay for me right now, but that's because they're the only ones I've ever used... I'm not going to cross over to Copics any time soon but am enjoying coloring stamped images more and more now. I also have a bunch of the Marvy Le Plume II markers, but they bleed so I sue them sparingly. Thanks for any suggestions!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

Monday, January 7, 2013

A New Year of Sketches!

Happy first sketch of the year! Thanks to Marlene for finding this week's sketch, which was conceived by Bobbi. It's a great one! I stole her ribbon idea and I'm not afraid to say it ;) Cupcake is from a new swap buddy (thanks Michelle) and the paper is DCWV's Sweet stack. I didn't embossed the frosting only because the frosting already had texture. Otherwise it would be swirly like the DP. Anyone have success with dry embossing textured paper? I did once and the white core was revealed through the cracks that were made. (Is it bazzil, Michelle?)

Sketch #154

This does double duty... January's ODBD challenge wants dry embossing :) Thanks for visiting and have a super week! I'm starting my first week as a per deim substitute at a new (for me) school district. So I have 2 districts now that can wake me at the break of dawn :D

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Spring Flowers already?

With the new year comes... well... a sense of renewal, haha! And what says renewal better than spring flowers? So it's fitting that this week's MWT over at OWH asks for them. I had a great time paying with this paper, a new stack (SS, thanks once again Linda!) from a company I don't see sold around me: Generation: Stackers (Primary Collection). It has the same DP repeated in different colors of the rainbow and has been very fun to play around with today. (There is a white card base, but once again, the scanner didn't pick up on it.)

Other cards from today...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Greatest Hits of 2012

We are sharing our favorite cards of the year over at OWH and here are mine, in no particular order...
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Desperately wanted this stamp set and finally got for Christmas from a sneaky mom
who saw my post on OWH's FB! Hero Arts: All the Time...

Perfect shade of purple for the stamp; flower matches the embossed front nicely...
Coffee cup tutorial right around when I got this stamp set... so fun!...

 My first (and still only) "scene." Not as hard as I thought it would be...
Love banners and it was my first MME purchase... 29th St. Market.
There is a lot more MME in these parts now!...

Simple paper piecing boosts the cute! I also got a kick out of the ribbon in the eyelets...

The stamp, the paper, the diecut hearts on the pre-printed flourish. Mmm mm good!...
My first favorite sketch (123), pretty early in the year and by far the most
time I'd spent on a card (because of the number of elements) up to that point.

In a pirate craze! Heat embossed the paper after crumpling,
wetting, and staining  it. Very stiff results but not too thick.

 Liked my borders, but whew it was a challenge, especially for nine cards in one shot!
I just want to say that I've had a great time learning from, being inspired by, and working alongside all of you this past year. OWH's special place in my heart has only grown over time and I know that wouldn't have happened without our ability to share with each other on FB, the Blogs, and the Scrap to Treasure board. Thank you to all you ladies for your input, suggestions, and comments. I only hope I've been as much of a support to you and you have to me. It gets lonely here on Long Island in the OWH world lol. Now let's make 2013 even better!