Monthly Archives: January 2013

Card Trek – MWT Birthday Cards


Today’s Midweek Throw Down is to make birthday cards to stock up our shipper’s stash.  I got the idea for this card from a Stampin’ Up! promotional video, but my Star Fleet emblem is quite different.  I looked up images on the internet for Star Trek logos, and fashioned the star to come as closely to the real emblem as possible.  The punches used for this emblem were the Large Oval and The Oval punches.  When I found the angle I liked for the small punch, I used my practice emblem as a template.  I then glued the yellow emblem onto black card stock and fussy cut the black edging with a pair of scissors.  The star is a small star punch with the tip of a triangle punch placed under the top portion of the star.  The “Love Long and Prosper” sentiment, was created and printed on my computer.  I used the Word Window Punch to cut it out.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from “Bring on the Cake.”  I used Versa Mark to first stamp the image onto the card and then heat embossed the image with white embossing powder.  The bottom edge of the uniform shirt was hand cut.  The papers used were Basic Black and More Mustard.  All products used were purchased from Stampin’ Up!

With the upcoming Star Trek movie about to be released, I am sure there will be plenty of new and old “Trekkies”out there that will enjoy this card.

Card Trek - Birthday

Card Trek – Birthday



Sketch #157 – Easter Cards


I am up early this morning.  As usual, I am excited to see the new Sketch Challenge.  I have to admit, I was disappointed when I first saw it.  Layers, layers, layers.  The contrast in the sketch, illustrating the interior borders looked a little heavy and dreary and black!  I had been making the Easter cards you will see below, so I decided to use the same color scheme.  Of course when you use the actual paper and choose the lighter backgrounds, the card is not dreary at all.  In fact, it is rather beautiful.

Just a reminder, lots of layers of card stock, means thick.  You have to pay special attention to the embellishment, so the card will travel easily through a postal machine.  Lots of layers also means heavy.  You have to balance the inside of the card with weight. I used another layer of card stock under my white paper inside, which creates a beautiful border, as well as allowing the card to stand up on its own.  If the back of your card slides when set horizontally or the card falls when set vertically, the back of the card is too light.  You have to add a little weight.  An extra layer of card stock on the inside of the back  (where the heroes write), will balance the card.

Card Recipe:  OWH sketch #157.  Old Olive, Pear Pizzaz and Whisper White card stock (SU).  Nursery Nest DSP (SU).  Well-Scripted and Love and Sympathy Stamp Sets (SU). Pretty in Pink 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon (SU).  Old Olive stamp pad, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write markers (SU).  Tools Used:  Stampin’ Up! grid paper, to line up all of the layers.  Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, to line up the images and a hole punch to attach the ribbon.  I used four Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise the image and a Scallop Trim (SU) border punch.

Card Recipe:  Bunny Cards – Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzaz, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White Card Stock (SU). Nursery Nest DSP (SU).  Everybunny, That’s the Ticket and Heaven Blessed stamp sets (SU).  Crumb Cake and Old Olive stamp pads (SU). I used Certainly Celery .75″ grosgrain ribbon (SU).  Punches Used:  (all SU) Scallop Trim Border, Boho Blossoms, Bitty Shapes and Ticket Builder and 1.25″ Square (to cut the banner edge). The “Adorning Accents” embossing folder was used to create the raised hearts on the border.  The ribbon was attached by using a hole punch.

OWH Sketch Challenge #156


Got a little bogged down this week on keeping up with my card challenges.  Here is the sketch challenge card from last Sunday, just in time for next Sunday’s offering.

I have been wanting to use this fishing set from Stampin’ Up! (1996), another stamp set scavenged from my friend Liz’s “crap room,” for awhile.  I just hadn’t seen anything that inspired me sketch-wise.  I was inspired by Sketch #156 to create a male, generic card.  I think this is great for an every day greeting, or to write happy birthday in.  These smaller images are a little frustrating for coloring with markers or the blender pen.  I decided to give colored pencils a try.  I was shocked to see how much the actual art sets cost.  I won’t use them a lot, and was not about to spend $50 or so, to get 24 colors.  I went to the kids section and found Crayola “Twistables” colored pencils.  I got 30 of them for 40% off the retail price of $9.99 at Michaels.

Having fished and eaten many a rainbow trout in my day, I was not content to leave the fish just hanging around uncolored.  I know any true fisherman would appreciate the effort of realistically colored fish.  I looked up images of rainbow trout on my computer to check out the colors.  After coloring the fish and the accessories, I found papers I though went well with my theme.  The papers are retired DSPs from Stampin’ Up!  The card stock is Early Espresso (SU).

So, here goes.

Also, I have included my offering for the ABC’s of Color workshop:


Monochromatic Card

Monochromatic Card

MWT – All About Easter


This weeks OWH Midweek Throw Down was to make Easter Cards.  I wanted something simple that said kid (or kid at heart), Easter and love.  I will take any opportunity to break out my Easter Monster.  I just love him!  These are pretty easy to CASE, so I won’t bore you with the details.  The stamps are:  “Large Love Me” by Rubber Stampede, “My Little Monsters” by Recollections and the ears are from “Sock Monkey Accessories” by Stampin’ Up!

Hope you enjoy.  I am getting ready to put more Easter Monsters together.

MWTD – Using Green


The “Using O’ The Green,” could be a build up for St. Patricks’ Day, but with the exception of Christmas and Mother’s Day, I like to make most of my OWH cards for general use.  They last longer that way, as they have literally a long shelf life.

These two cards are basically the same, but subtle differences change the look entirely.

Card # 1 was created for this weeks Mid-Week Throwdown, using green.  I actually had made card #2 already for my OWH box.  I loved the pattern and the combination of the punches, so I chose this patter to create the green card.  You will notice the mid strip in Card #2 is off-center and wider than Card #1.  I wanted the background in card #2 to merely be an accent, as opposed to card #1 to show off the green.  Card #1 is “Springier” than card #2.  For card #1, I used my Stampin’ Up! color coach, to help me figure out which colors complimented each other the best for the background.

Card #1:  Papers – Always Artichoke, Winter White and DSP Paisley Petals (SU).  Punches- Five Petal Punch, Scallop Trim Border, Eyelet Border, 1″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle (SU) and a small butterfly punch from EK Success.  Inks used were all SU; Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, So Saffron and Melon Mambo.  Stamps Used – Posy Punch and Betsy’s Blossoms.

Design Details:  5.5 x 8.5 piece of card stock, folded to create a 5.5 x 4.25″ card.  The DSP was cut 1/8″ smaller instead of the standard 1/4″ smaller on all sides, to create a narrow border.  I cut a piece of Always Artichoke 3″ by 5 3/8″ (the same length of the DSP), and cut the white background 2″ x 5 3/8,” the length of the DSP.  I then used my edge punches on each edge of the Always Artichoke to create the borders.  I then centered the white card stock, after stamping the leaves.

The SU colors in Card #2 are Pool Party and Early Espresso, both Card Stock and ink.  The background DSP is from an old card stock stack.

Sketch Challenge – #155


This weeks sketch is #155, from the OWH Library.  As an added challenge, I have joined the group with Cindy Dyer-Burton to make a minimum of 5 Christmas cards per month.  With July (Christmas for OWH cards), rapidly approaching already, I am going to try and be ahead of the game this year, instead of pushing for last minute mojo.  I won’t be sending the Christmas cards until July, because our shippers don’t have room for early or extra cards.

This week’s sketch is shown alongside the card.  The Christmas card appears below.  My sample will be a one of a kind, Any Hero Card.

Brave Hero

Brave Hero


Sketch #155

Sketch #155


Pooh Christmas

Pooh Christmas



Mid-week Throwdown Challenge – No Sentiment


Good morning followers and fellow OWHers.  Today’s MWT Challenge is to create cards with no sentiment.  I hope the addition of a little heart qualifies as no sentiment.

This card is dedicated to my special friend Liz H, who allowed me into her “crap room,” and let me take any stamps I thought I would use for OWH for free.  These were just two of the treasures I acquired.  I call this card, “Vintage Pooh.”

The stamps are from Rubber Stampede’s Pooh collection.  I don’t know how old they are, or if they are still available.  The larger is Pooh and Piglet, the smaller is Hugs.  I used a heart from one of my Stampin’ Up! sets, attached with a cut from the Tiny Tags punch, and a cute little button brad from Antique Hardward (SU).  The paper is SU Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.  I used a SU dots embossing folder and the retired Crumb Cake dotted swiss grosgrain ribbon.  The Image pieces are 2.25 x 2.25 and 1.75×1.75.  The crumb cake backing for both the images and the cards, were cut 1/8 inch larger instead of the standard 1/4 inch larger, to get the “tight edge” look.  For less of a vintage look, add a colored background, or color the images with ink pens and increase the edges to the standard 1/4.”

Okay, now I need to make about 6 more of these.  Till the next challenge.

Vintage Pooh

Vintage Pooh

Triple Time Dry Emboss – ODB Challenge and Sketch #154


The first Our Daily Bread Challenge of the year for Operation Write Home, was to make cards that are dry embossed.  I have been rolling along at a pretty good pace with cards for heroes to send home, but saw this as the perfect challenge to make a dent in my cards to write notes to heroes (Any Hero Cards).  The Heroes have also asked we send red, white and blue-themed Thank You cards for them to use to thank people that have helped support them.  This card works great for both.

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The Card base is a natural beige.  The coordinating cuts are 3.25 x 4.5 and 3.5 x 2.25 inches.  The blue cut is 5.25 x 4, the red cut is 4.25 x 3 and the white cut is 3.25 x 2 inches.  I stacked the colored layers on top of each other when I embossed, but it is not necessary.  In fact, it might be a little thick for your machine.  I used a Stampin Up die for the paper button.  The top layer is lifted with dimensionals and tied with linen thread.

Triple Time Dry Emboss Patriotic

Triple Time Dry Emboss Patriotic

Using “leftovers” from this challenge, I created a card for Sunday’s Sketch Challenge #154.  Sometimes (okay all the time), I am just not feeling the mojo about duplicating a sketch exactly.  It is okay to “color outside of the lines.”

So in this sketch, I saw an opportunity to use a left over card base, more red, white and blue and more dry embossing.  I love my embossing folders!  This will be an Any Hero Card for sure!

Here goes!

First OWH Card of the year


Today’s MWT (Midweek Throwdown), challenge, and the first challenge of the year is “Spring Flowers.”  We are also making kids’ cards, every day in January.  I am all into being efficient, so I thought I would combine the two.

All card stock and paper used was from my newly reorganized scrap bin!  So proud – it actually worked!  The card is embellished with ribbon, and you guessed it, a pop top buckle.  Since OWH cards get a little more handling than the usual greeting card, I made sure to stamp and actual monster eye, under the googley eye, just in case it falls off.

Happy Card Making 2013!

Monster LoveMWT Spring Flowers Challenge

Monster Love
MWT Spring Flowers Challenge


A Wrangled Scrap is a Happy Scrap


Okay all you OWHers!  I have read many blogs dedicating yourselves to organizing and cleaning your craft (aka crap) rooms!

The biggest problem seems to be scraps.  What to do?  Shall I keep anything that I can possibly get a punch into?  I have learned over the last couple of years, scraps are like fish.  The bigger the tank, the bigger they grow.  My scraps had gotten so out of control, I have reorganized them over and over and over again.  Although I made a concerted effort to go to my scrap bags first (yes, I had them organized by color in gallon bags), I found out after awhile, I needed more bags.

It is amazing how many usable scraps of one color one accumulates over a period of a couple of months.  After a big card making run, I have a bucket full of unorganized leftovers, ready to go into bags.

Here is my new plan, and it looks like it is going to work.

I have a photo storage box with dividers.  I divided my box into areas to hold colored card stock, DSP and cards.

Photo Box Scrap Corral

Photo Box Scrap Corral

The rules:

Unless I am planning on making a “scraps” card right away, after every project I get rid of, or store any leftover paper and card stock.

I don’t keep any piece of DSP that is not large enough to become a card background.  I cut the left over paper into 5.25 x 4″ pieces.  Anything left over, goes into the trash can.

I don’t keep any piece of cardstock that is not large enough to either become a card, or the background for DSP.  I cut all my card stock into either 8.5x 5.5″ or 5.5 x 4.25″ pieces.

Exception to this rule:  I keep any piece of the following colors of card stock that I can cut into either a usable/store-able rectangle or square:  Neutrals, browns, reds, blacks.  These colors in any size are useful for punch art, sentiments, pieces of creatures or eyes, or hearts!  The piece must be able to fit into my storage box.

I admit, this might be a little too anal for you, but it seems to be working for me.

I am looking forward to seeing all of your organizing ideas.

My Favorite Cards of 2012


On this glorious New Year’s Day, OWH asked for a gallery of our own favorite card creations of 2012.  Although my favorites, were not necessarily the favorite of the group, these are the ones I had the most fun creating!  Happy card making!