Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pink & Green: Midwk Throwdown at OWH

The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at OWH last Wednesday was pink and green. Here's my card, and I can't wait to see what challenge Allison has in store for us tomorrow!

DP: "C'est La Vie", Melissa Frances

OWH Sketch Challenge #196

Hello! I made this Any Hero card following this week's sketch at the Stars & Stamps Blog. I've been wanting to use this Unity Stamp set but wasn't sure how I wanted to "embellish" the dog tags. I love how it turned out, using stamps from a few different sets, listed below. Here's my card:

Stamps used:
"Dog Tags & Thanks", Unity Stamps
The word Hero, "Circle of Honor", Paper Smooches
Solid star stamp: "Year Round Sentiments", Hero Arts OWH set
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink, Moss Green
DP: "Postale" 6x6 pad, 7 Gypsies
Star punch
Here is this week's OWH Sketch #196:
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 25, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge #195

Welcome! Here is this week's sketch at the OWH Stars & Stamps blog:

Here is a card I made; my image is obviously more square than rectangular. On the inside of the card, I stamped "Dear Friend":

Stamp: Crafty Individuals UK

Saturday, October 19, 2013

SuperBabyBoy and Girl!

The current two-week challenge at Hambo Stamps' Hoedown is to make a baby card using unexpected images. When I remembered these tiny safety pins in my stash, I decided to transform Hambo's Wee Henry Hero digi  into a much younger character-- a SuperBaby Boy. Sorry, Wee Henry but your little superhero costume is now a cloth diaper and baby blankie cape!


I had so much fun I had to make a SuperBabyGirl, complete with one of those little bows Moms stick on their baby's head so everyone knows she's a girl! (It's actually a Martha Stewart Butterflies punch, but it works!)
I have a soft spot in my heart for baby blankets. My own attachment to my blanket is the stuff of my family's legends. By the time my Mom and Dad tried to sneak it into the rag box, it was little more than threadbare fabric and worn silky trim. But I would not be parted with it (or my thumb). I'm not sure how old I was when I gave it up; it's probably better that I can't remember, lol!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you had fun.

Hope you enjoyed your visit! Come back soon.

Birds of a Feather: New challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow!

A new challenge begins today and you have two weeks to create something vintage or shabby chic and post it at Sugar Creek Hollow! The new challenge theme is: Birds of a Feather.

I used a beautiful rubber stamp from Crafty Individuals to create my card:

Image: Crafty Individuals "Springtime Robin" rubber stamp
DP: Teresa Collins' "Now & Then" 6x6 Designer Pad
I didn't realize that this is a robin before I colored the image, but it makes a pretty little blue bird, too! It's such a beautiful stamp, so detailed and an unusual tag style. Thanks for stopping by and have fun with your vintage or shabby chic creation for Sugar Creek Hollow!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown: Snow Much Fun!

Hi! Here is my winter-themed card featuring snowflakes for the new Midweek Throwdown challenge at OWH Stars & Stamps blog:

Image: "Winter Marci" stamp, LaLa Land Crafts
DP: "Jolly" 6x6 paper pad, American Crafts
Pearl Pen
Baker's Twine
Have a good evening! Thanks for stopping by.

Winter Starburst Card

Welcome! Yesterday I heard on the news that drinking cocoa is good for your brain--yeah! I made this card for the following challenges:
     "Bursting With Hope" Patricia Hays' starburst challenge at Split Coast Stampers Hope You Can Cling To" card campaign
   Boot Camp homework at OWH Stars & Stamps; make a symmetrical or asymmetrical card. I went with an asymmetrical starburst card.

Image: Lawn Fawn "Winter Fox" stamp
DP: "Found Christmas", My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad
Sentiment: Savvy Stamps
Now go fix yourself a cup of cocoa and enjoy!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Super sentiment stamp by Sandy and Stampers Best

I made this AnyHero card with the OWH Fundraiser stamp at Stampers Best designed by Sandy Allnock. I am posting it at our October Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge, where the theme is "sentiments".

I paper-pieced the blue star rectangle. The brad is from BoBunny. Fantastic stamp, Sandy!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A jolly penguin with vellum

Hi. Today I combined the challenges at the Hambo Hoedown (use vellum) and the Midweek Throwdown at OWH (use something in nature that reminds you of Christmas). This cute little Hambo penguin may be looking up at the snowflakes or thinking about who his next snowball target will be!

Digi Image & Sentiment: Hambo Stamps "Penguin Snowball"
DP: My Mind's Eye "Sweater Weather" 6x6
Martha Stewart Snowflake punch
Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder


Blog candy winner

Jen R. is the winner of a copy of my children's book, Card Auntie's Wonderful Workshop, my blog candy for the World Card Making Day OWH blog hop. Congratulations, Jen!

Monday, October 7, 2013

"Now That's Scary!" Cards In Envy challenge

I had every intention on this rainy day to stay in and do some paperwork (bills, filing, etc.) but when I saw the new challenge at Cards In Envy and the neat cards by the Design Team, I ended up staying in and making this spooky Halloween card!

I love vintage Halloween images and found this scary/cute image at Clearly Vintage. The house is cut from a set of black & white papers I bought at Michaels ages ago; I inked the edges and stamped the bat on it. When I was a child, we had a very spooky, overgrown house next door and it was especially scary on Halloween night! I really enjoyed making this card because we don't make scary Halloween cards at OWH for the troops to send home, besides the fact that at OWH we're already making Christmas and Valentine cards, lol.  So, thanks for this fun challenge, Cards In Envy!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A vellum newbie!

I worked with vellum today for the first time ever. The Hambo Hoedown challenge is to use vellum and I had a Tombow vellum adhesive tape runner that was a freebie with a recent order, so I went to Joann's and bought a couple of sheets of vellum. I made two cards; one will be an AnyHero card. I can post at Hambo just for fun (winners have to use a Hambo image) or maybe make another vellum card using a Hambo image because their challenge is TWO weeks now!  For the two cards I made today, I used the new sketch #193 at OWH:

I didn't know how Cuttlebug embossing would work with vellum. I used the snowflakes folder and was happy to see how great it works.  I decided on these dps from Teresa Collins' "Christmas Home" 6x6 dp pad; not sure if you can really see the embossing, but it looked too plain with a solid color paper behind it. I thought the focal point needed something else in addition to the ribbon. The paper pad includes a page of larger words, so I punched out "Merry" using the Stampin' Up Word Window and Modern Label Punches.
On the 2nd card, I attached the vellum with Bo Bunny brads. I don't know if that's a correct way to do it, but I will use it for an AnyHero note. The dp is BoBunny Anthem. I left off the 3 embellies in the upper corner of the sketch because of the 4 brads I used.
So it was a bit of trial and error today, but I had fun. I'd like to learn more about using vellum. Thanks for stopping by; have a great week. I need to go back over and keep hopping at the WCMD hop; so many great blogs!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"A Little Bit Retro" Cards In Envy challenge

Hi. The current challenge (closes tomorrow Oct. 6) at Cards In Envy is "A Little Bit Retro." I used an OWH sketch and I thought this retro Christmas paper by Reminisce would be great for punching out inchies:

Inchies dp: "Snowman Collage" by Reminisce
DP: "Festive" 6x6 bundle by Authentique
Sentiment and Word Window Punch: Stampin' Up
 Please leave me a comment so I'll know you stopped by! Happy World Card Making Day!

Romance: New Two-week challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow

Welcome! Today, 10/05/13, marks the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow, where I'm a Design Team member! The theme is "Romance" and you have two weeks to create something vintage or shabby chic and post it at Sugar Creek Hollow!

We have a sponsor for this challenge:

 Our sponsor will award a $15 gift certificate to their store if we have a winner at SCH!

And here is the card I made for the "Romance" theme! I hope you like it and that you will join us for this challenge!

Card Details
Gingham ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Image: "Love Bench" Cling Stamp, Stampers Best
Adhesive crochet ribbon: Maya Road
Pink Flower: Embellishments by Melissa Frances
"Love of my life" charm: Vintage Trinkets by Prima
DP: Lost & Found Madison Avenue 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye
Embossing Folder: Script by Provo Craft
Eiffel Tower & Amour stamps: Stampin' Up
Butterfly punch: Martha Stewart
Ranger distress inks
Adhesive pearls
Brad: "Engraver" brads, Prima
Thanks for stopping by! I'd love it if you'd leave me a comment :)
Have fun creating!

OWH World Card Making Day Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the OWH WCMD Blog Hop! ! I'm so glad you're here!
I made a thank you card for this ginormous hop with OWH Sketch #52:

Here's my card, featuring a sweet stamp by Inspired Stamps (perfect for a hero to write home on!):
Image: "His Little Ones: Journal Girl" clear stamp, Inspired Stamps
Sentiment: Memory Box wood-mounted rubber stamp
DPs: Glitz "Yours Truly" 6x6 pad; American Crafts "Dots & Stripes" 6x6 pad
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Copic Sketch Markers, Doodlebug Sprinkles, Glossy Accents
Be sure to leave me a comment so I'll know you were here.  And if you'd like a chance to win a copy of Card Auntie's Wonderful Workshop, my children's book about a card maker like us, please include your email address.
Now it's time for you to hop back to home base at the Stars & Stamps Blog to continue hopping!  
Happy World Card Making Day, crafty friends! Have fun!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Multiples: OWH MIdweek Throwdown challenge

Welcome again, Allison, to the job of Midweek Throwdown Challenge hostess! I wanted to give your first challenge -- Multiples -- a try. I don't usually make multiples so I thought this would be a good challenge for me. I chose an OWH sketch (#153) that requires just a few simple pieces. I tweaked the measurements slightly to allow for the black mat. Here are the pieces of my card:

Black mat: 5 1/4 x 4 1/8"
Green Polka dot layer: 5 3/8 x 4"
Black polka dot square: 3 1/4 x 3 1/4"
Penguin square: 2 1/4 x 2 1/4"
Strips: 5 3/8 x 1/2" 
Assembled card:

"Coffee Penguin" rubber stamp: Memory Box
Sentiment: Stamps by Judith
DPs: "Dream" 6x6 paper pad, My Mind's Eye
Touches of Copics: Golden Yellow and Cool Shadow
Flat button, thread, and "faux" photo corner
 Thanks for stopping by and thanks again for this fun challenge, Allison!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Winter scene: fun with Graphic 45

Hi! I couldn't resist making this little paper-pieced winter scene using the Hero Arts OWH "Close to Home" set and Graphic 45's "Country French" patterned paper. I love blue & white for winter/Christmas and love anything French! I had trouble getting this one to photograph well and my matting is crooked, but I wanted to share it:

I have lost (misplaced, I hope!) the little fence that goes with this Hero Arts set :( !  I really hope I can find it! The sentiment banner is a clear stamp that was one of the first winter sets I purchased at Michael's in 2010. I edged the banner, snowflakes and snow with Copic "Snow Green". This was a fun flight of fancy on my part! Thanks for stopping by!