Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MAMBI Friends

Hi there! Oh my gosh! I had so much fun this weekend making some kid cards for Operation Write Home! I don't really have many kids stamp sets but I had the idea to use some stickers instead. I have loved MAMBI kids since my daughter was a little girl and I still had some languishing away in my scrapbooking supplies. So I pulled them out and here's what I made:

What do you think? Do you love these little "kids" as much as I do? I hope there are some children of our heroes that get a kick out of them. 

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Thank you!

Hi all! Today's card is very much in my style. Don't get me wrong, I love all styles of cards and frequently use Pinterest for inspiration and down and out copying of designs. It's because I have a little secret. I do not have the gene that knows how to put little extra touches on things. My cards are usually on the simple side with me looking at it and saying things like "I know it needs something right HERE, but what?". My decorating style is much the same. I don't have stuff around just for making things look extra cute. I just don't know HOW! Can any of you relate?

Anyway on to my card.

I really liked how the linen thread wrapped around the first layer. And the only other dimension is popped up under the little hearts. I like these flat cards because they are perfect for mailing and also using to fill my boxes for Operation Write Home. I have a goal to send two large boxes this year so I will need many of these flatter designs to get the most bang for my OWH buck! 

I used inspiration from a sketch challenge recently posted but I'm not sure which one. If you recognize it, let me know and I'll link up.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Cheery Cherries

Hi all! 

You're eyes do NOT deceive you. I really do have two posts in one day. My husband is working nights this week and none of my favorite TV shows are on so I have been getting some cards made. It's been fun even though I really do miss him being around here in the evenings. So do my dogs! It's a little like I'm chopped liver. Wait. I think they would kinda like that. :) 

Anyway, I am linking this up to the OWH Sketch Challenge #211.Yes, I realize that I did this one and challenge 212 backwards. I won't tell if you don't. 

Doesn't that just scream "Summer!" to you? I love the SU cherries stamp with Crystal Effects on them. The shine isn't really captured here but it's really awesome.  Add in some Summer Picnic paper and I'm ready to go cherry picking! 

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Hey all! I hope you are all doing well and staying warm. We had an unseasonably warm day today here in Colorado. It was one of those days that gets the spring fever going. But I know we still have at least two more months of snow.

Today I am playing along with the OWH Sketch Challenge #212. I always love OWH sketches because the measurements they have are really helpful! 

I really like the colors I used here (Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Basic Gray - all SU) but I feel like I'm missing something in the top half of the card. Any suggestions? 

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

OWH VCMP Challenge #2

Wow! This was a challenging challenge! We are to use the O - W - H in Operation Write Home to inspire our creativity. What a great idea!

Can you tell how I used the challenge? For the O, I did an outdoors scene, for the W I used watercoloring technique and for the H I made it into a hello card. 

For the background I used watercolor paper and my Stampin Up reinkers. I spritzed the paper with water and then using my Aquapainter, I dripped ink onto the paper and just kind of scribbled it back and forth until I got the look I was going for. I really liked how this one turned out and I loved how relaxing it was to do the watercoloring. I will have to remember that for the future.

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CS: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, watercolor paper
Ink: Black Stazon, daffodil delight, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pool Party
Stamps: Just Believe, Posy Punches
Accessories: 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, black embossing powder, black grosgrain ribbon

OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party 2013 Challenge #1

Hi all!

I am so excited that I actually get to take part in making some cards for the Virtual Cardmaking Party! Normally on Labor Day weekend, I'm back trying to get homework done for school. But this year, my class doesn't start until Tuesday so I'm FREE.

I was excited to see Nancy's sketch and challenge first thing this morning because I really am in the mood to start on Christmas cards for our heros. And this one gave me the opportunity to use some paper that I still have on hand from last year.

I looked all over for my 1" Square punch but can't find it anywhere. Do you suppose I really don't have one? I had the CM one for years but was sure I bought a SU one. Oh well, another thing for my list.

I will have to come back and edit my supplies list. I cannot remember the name of this DSP. Does anyone remember?

CS: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
DSP: ???
Stamps: Many Merry Messages
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler quilted ribbon

Saturday, July 20, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge #181

Good morning! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. I have been spending most of mine enjoying having my daughter home for a few weeks. She graduated from CSU in May and is off to Ohio (gulp!) in August to earn her Master's degree. It's been wonderful to have her here!

I have also started creating cards for Operation Write Home. It's a wonderful organization you can check out here.  It feels so good to be creating for our heros and knowing that my cards will ultimately be used to connect with someone.

Here is a card that I created for OWH Sketch Challenge #181. I love the sketches OWH shares because they have MEASUREMENTS! I tend to follow sketches pretty literally so the measurements are suited to my personality. This one was especially in need of measurements because there are many pieces to it.

I  really like the color combination of Real Red and Bashful Blue. The hint of Pumpkin Pie orange adds just that little bit extra, I think. This is a very old Stampin' Up! set called Bow Wow. I will never quit using it although I am inspired by OWH to vastly improve my coloring skills. :)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!