Friday, March 7, 2014

Die-Version Sunshine

Good Morning Peeps! Welcome to my stop on the Die-Version Blog Hop at Operation Write Home, and sponsored by Die-Version. You can visit their shop HERE. If you came here from Lisa’s blog you’re in the right place. If not, you’ll want to start back at the beginning by going to Operation Write Home’s blog, “Stars and Stamps”, which is HERE..

I absolutely love this die and I knew I wanted to do something a little different. I kept it rather plain, only adding an orange ribbon. No bow, knot, or anything else. I backed the die with orange card stock and cut the rays out of yellow and orange. The background paper has bits of yellow and orange that coordinate with the sun. I hope you like it.

You’re next stop is the ever talented, and creative, Mary. Here blog, Come Craft w/Me” can be found at the link HERE..

Enjoy you Hop, there are lots of terrific cards and inspiration. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Background and a Sketch

Oh my goodness peeps, I've been busy, busy, busy. Part of my busy has been spent thinking of what I want to make at my 4 Day crop the end of  February. I've narrowed down the kinds of cards I want to make. Now I'll be busy making kits. Before I've always planned on the spot and I don't get very much accomplished. This time I'm going to measure, cut, and punch my pieces parts ahead of time. I'll let you know how it goes.

This week Operation Write Home has Sketch Challenge 209, and ScrapZee has a background challenge going on.

The ScrapZee challenge is to use a corner of a 12x12 design paper as the background of your card. I normally buy design paper with an overall design so I don't have to worry about the pretty corners. So I went with 6x6 paper pads where there are corner designs.

I've had this paper pad a long time so I don't remember who made it. All I did to the paper was add some Glossy Accents by Ranger on the word Love. Since there were already hearts along the bottom edge I punched out some hearts with the Heart punch by Martha Stewart. It also punches hole to thread ribbon, so that's exactly what I did to make the banner. A couple of silver Pearl Pen dots to anchor the ends, and I called it done. Clean, simple, and easy. Using a corner design suddenly became a lot easier.

The Operation Write Home weekly sketch goes together very quickly. I also used a 6x6 paper pad by Teresa Collins, and used a corner for the background. Here's the sketch:

Here's my card.

I love the colors and designs of the paper pad! The long strip on the left side, and the two banners are from the pad. I used a button die from Sizzix and some twine. For the rectangle I used design paper and matted it on card stock. The only thing I didn't do is the three dots and the bottom. I got so wrapped up in this card I didn't even give that element a thought. The center of the rectangle is a very soft gray and white. I left it blank so I could add a sentiment as needed.

I'll leave you with a parting thought: I'll be looking at Designer Series Paper [DSP] with brand new eyes!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Monster Love

How are you doin peeps? I’m still a semi shut-in because of this crazy dizziness. On the bright side, it’s too cold out for me so I don’t mind being inside. On the down side, I have to have someone drive me wherever I go. Back on the bright side, I have lots of time to make cards. So… it all works out!

The card I’m showing you today is for the Monday challenge over at ScrapZee. We’re to make a Valentine’s card using red, white, and one other color. Soooo… here’s what I came up with.



I just love this monster and these sentiments that’s in the January 2014 Monthly Card Kit from “Simon Says Stamps!”. This one is for my GD, age 12, who loves lime green. I’ve also got the pieces/parts made up for another GD, age 9, and two GS’s, age 4 and 2.

Time for me to go and work on my 2014 Calendar. Yeah, you might say I’m a tad late… but I just have to finish the last half of the year.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Serene Trees- CAS

Hi Peeps! When I started making cards I was in to the Vintage or Shabby Chic look. Every so often my style changes, and right now I favor the Clean and Simple or CAS look. If you throw in Quick and Easy you can get a lot done.

I used the Leafy Tree embossing folder by Darice, and two sets of dies. The birds are from Memory Box. The hearts, I believe, are also from Memory Box. Sorry, I lost the packaging and don't remember for sure where I got the die. The sentiment is from Stampin Up! set called Well Scripted.

I love the simplicity of these cards and how quickly they went together. It’s also a great design when you need multiples of the same card.

So peeps, there you have it for today. I hope you have a great day… whatever you are doing!

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Circle Mania

Good Morning Peeps! Well, it’s the start of another loooovely week of temps in the teens and twenties. No, I don’t love these temps but as they say “It could be worse”. The cold temps, for me, is an opportunity to stay indoors and make cards. I so need to replenish some of the cards I keep on hand.

I’m starting out the week by trying Sketch #208 from Operation Write Home’s [OWH] blog, Stars & Stamps. I hardly ever use my circle punches for design elements, so this sketch lets me play around with circles… lots of circles.

Here’s the sketch I used. For lots of good ideas go to OWH’s blog, here, to see what the other participants made.

I love the look of red, white, and black together. The always make a crisp looking card and can be used for both guys and girls. The paper is a 6x6 pad by Teresa Collins called “Stationary Noted”. The stamps are from a clear stamp set by Simon Says Stamps! called “You”. I also used the 1 ½” and 2” scalloped circle punches by Fiskars.

Well, now I’ve got a craft table mess to clean up, so I have to go. I know… clean one mess up and then make another. Ha! Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chalkboards and Banners

Howdy peeps! If you're wondering what chalkboards and banners have to do with each other, I'll tell you. Absolutely nothing... unless you are combining two challenges. And  I’m getting a last minute dive for the deadline for both. Nice Marlene, great way to start a new year. L

Last Wednesday the challenge on Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown was to make a card using the chalkboard technique. Now, I love how it looks, but have never been brave enough to try it. I Googled "Chalkboard Cards" and found lots of good samples, tutorials, videos, and Pinterest Boards. This technique was lots of fun and now I’m wondering why I was so scared!

Also on last Wednesday was a Banner Challenge on the ScrapZee online group. We were, of course, supposed to use a Banner on a card. So…. by combining both challenges I came up with this card. The background is a pretty “Valentine” red, but the photo has a nasty orange hue.

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Technique Tuesday stamp set, Bright Idea
Hero Arts Stamp&Cut set, Fun Flags [one banner die and 3 banner clear stamps]
Authentique double sided paper, Smitten collection, Fusion & Written
VersaMark Watermark ink pad
Ranger  Sea Foam White embossing powder.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Quick and Easy cards

Hello peeps! I hope you’re all feeling better than I am. I’m having one of my wonky days where my hands are real shaky and I just feel blah! It’s definitely not a good day for making cards, but I made a couple anyway.
I followed the Sketch Challenge 207 over on OWH’s blog Stars& Stamps. I like the simplicity of this sketch and I need to use up some odds and ends of 6x6 papers pads. This seems like a good chance to do both!

I made both a masculine and feminine version. These went together real fast [a good thing], added a few pearl pen accents, then called these done.

Now I’m going to give my shaky hands a rest. Mainly because I'm tired of typing the wrong letters. Lol! Take care of yourselves peeps!

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