Monthly Archives: February 2013

Challenge Week – Feb 22


Another week has flown by.  While I enjoyed all of last weekends Virtual Card Making Party Challenges, I am glad to get back to “mass production.”  Toward that end, this week starts off with a versatile and beautiful sketch.  I decided to start the week off with Thank You cards, as those are always needed, year round.

Challenge #1 – Sunday Sketch Challenge

Card Recipe:  OWH Sketch #161

All products used are SU, with the exception of the “Thank You” stamp.  I don’t know what company it is from.

Colors/Card Stock/DSP – Summer Starfruit, Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry, Midnight Muse/Sycamore Street DSP

Stamp Sets – Mixed Bunch, Blooming with Kindness

Etc:  Vine Street embossing folder, Perfect Pearls

Challenge #2 – Midweek Throw Down and Happy “Little Accidents”

The Wednesday MWT was to make a “recipe card.”  A “recipe card” is where you are given the ingredients (card elements), and you incorporate those elements into a card.  My MWT story starts with 6 of what I thought were really great cards finished on Tuesday.  The cards were stamped on the back sitting nicely in their envelopes on my work table, along with a cup of tea (I think you know where this is going).  Never, I say never have food or liquids near your cards.  In any case, the tea was spilled and the cards were quickly removed from the spreading flood.  Two of the cards sustained damage to the front that smeared the stamped images.  Card #1 was the original card.  Card #2, sustained damage to the stamped/embossed background as well as the orange edge.  I replaced the background paper and the damage on orange edge with two half-scallop circles on each side of the focal point.  Card #3 sustained smearing damage on the focal point, background and stamp.  I removed that and decided to create a card that qualified for the MWT.  Basically the focal point was re-shaped.  A ribbon was added and a splash of pattered paper was added to add more attention to the focal point.  Since there is so much going on with this card, the striped orange paper takes your eye immediately to the sentiment first.  After all was said and done, I liked the “re-do” cards, better than the intended look.  Sometimes a card just wants you to know what it wants done with it.

MWT Recipe: One embossing folder + one border punch or die + two patterned papers + 1 ribbon or twine.  Ingredients, “Sycamore Street DSP,” Island Indigo Card Stock, Poppy Parade CS, Whisper White CS, Poppy Parade Ribbon, brad from my stash, Lace Border Punch, Apothecary Accents Label cut, Mixed Bunch stamp on background stamped with Island Indigo, Vintage Verses Thank You stamp,  Honey Comb embossing folder.  All supplies are SU (current and retired).

The Rest of the Box

These are other cards I have made to include in my current shipment of cards to OWH.  I have an tenancy to forget what I sent, so I thought I would both share as well as remind myself on my blog.

This first set of cards showcases images from the new “Feeling Sentimental” stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  When I first saw them in the catalog, I thought I wouldn’t get much use out of them.  I have since discovered these images are great for masculine cards.  The set comes with only one sentiment, “Celebrate,” but since I have an abundance of other sentiment stamps, it isn’t too hard to find something to go along with the image.  What is better than “hello” for a phone booth, for example.

Nothing says “I miss you,” like your favorite fishing spot.  The large image is from “Custer’s Last Stamp,” and the small fish are from SU 1996. I stole a little bit of my husbands fishing line for the “miss you” stringer.

Fishing Hole Miss You - Well Worn DSP, Crumb Cake CS

Fishing Hole Miss You – Well Worn DSP, Crumb Cake CS


Challenge Week Feb 17


This is going to be a busy “blog week,” with all of the Virtual Card Making Parties going on in honor of President’s Weekend at OWH.  I am going to start trying to catch up today, which is Monday, creating and posting as I go.  I am starting this blog entry with the Operation Write Home Boot Camp and then I will work my way through.  This week’s personal cards will appear at the bottom.

Challenge #1 – Boot Camp – “Get to the Point” (Creating a Strong Focal Point)

Link: – If you want to hone your own skills, here is the link to the Boot Camp  This is some of the best free card making training you can find.

I chose a Mother’s Day Card for this challenge.

Supplies Used:  All supplies are from SU unless otherwise noted:

Papers/Card Stock:  Sahara Sand, Whisper White and  Pretty in Pink Card Stock,  Attic Boutique DSP.

Stamp Set: Well Scripted (retired)

Ink: Pretty in Pink applied with a brayer, Sahara Sand – Sentiment

Embellishments/Tools:  Linen Thread, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Folder, Victoria 5/8″ crochet trim, pink heart button purchased from a LSS, Big Shot, brayer.  I wrapped the center of the butterfly with linen thread leaving “antenna” strands exposed.  I knotted the thread on the bottom to create the needed lift, and adhered the butterfly with a glue dot.  The focal point was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The center strip is 1.5″ wide and the focal piece is 3.5 x 3.25″

Challenge #2 – Sunday Sketch Challenge

Recipe:   OWH Sketch #160, Attic Boutique DSP (SU), Sahara Sand Card Stock (SU), Antique Brads (SU) Sizzix tag die, Well Scripted and Papaya Collage Stamp sets (SU), Poppy Parade classic ink pad (SU).

Challenge #3 – Mid Week Throwdown – Fun Folds Cards

Recipe:  “Joy Fold” card base(s) –  I didn’t have instructions for this card, so I created mine from looking at a photo of another Joy Fold card and trying to figure out the measurements.  My big card base is 5.5 x 6.75″ scored at 2.5″ for the flap.  The focal point card is 4 x 3.25″ so cut your card stock into a piece 6.5 x 4″ and score in the center.  Then, just put it together.  I love the look of this card, but it is not real practical for OWH use.  I do plan to use it again for fun personal cards.  The DSP is retired Well Worn from SU and the stamps are “Feeling Sentimental” (the phone booth – current SU) and a retired “Hello” SU stamp.

Virtual Card Making Party – Presidents Day Weekend

The goal was to complete 10 challenges posted 3 hrs apart for two days.  I completed all but two; the Washi Tape challenge, and the “caffeine” challenge.  I found I was spending too much time working on cards that would not be sent, so decided to spend the rest of the time, working on cards for the troops.  Very fun challenges though.  Makes one think outside of their usual box.

Personal Cards:

Challenge Week Feb 10


Instead of creating a new page for each card challenge, I am going to put all challenges for one week on a posting.

The week of February 10, kicks off with sketch #159.  Sketches are for guidance and inspiration, and don’t need to be followed to a “t.”  It was kind of funny though, I made these cards prior to seeing this weeks sketch challenge, the day before in fact, but found they fit perfectly.

Weekly Challenge #1 – SketchChallenge


OWH Sketch #159

Basic Black, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight Card Stock (SU)

Flower Folds Bigz XL Die (SU)

Inky Antics “Bumble Bee” #11087 Stamp Set – I love this set! – Stamped with black StazOn.

Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils – Yellow, Basic Black SU marker

Black “rhinestone” gems, and a black brad for the flower center.

Special Considerations:  prior to gluing  the flower on the card, I used a bone folder to curl the petal edges.  I made sure the flower did not exceed the outside edges of the card when pressed flat, to allow it to go into the envelope easily.  The flower will lay flat enough where no extra postage will be required, and the gemstones will be padded nicely for the ride through the mail machine.

Interior Sentiment:  “Hive missed you!”

Weekly Challenge #2 – Mid Week Throw Down

This Week’s Throw Down Challenge was to use the colors of our state flag.  My inspiration is the flag of the State of California.  Instead of making a card with the main colors, red and white and “bear,” I decided to make a post card from California instead.  I have the bear represented, having a photo taken of himself with some of California’s best features in the background behind him.  I represented the flag’s star and of course Disneyland.  This will be a one of a kind, “Any Hero” card.  I hope the recipient enjoys this montage of the California Coast!

Here are a few other personal cards I did this week:

Challenge Catch Up


Where does time go?  Tomorrow comes the new weekly sketch challenge, and I was getting behind on both my card making as well as my blogging.  So, today’s blog is a catch up of three challenges.

Card #1 – Sketch Challenge

Recipe:  OWH Sketch #158

Stamp: Inky Antics #11087MC Bumble Bee

Mid-week Throwdown Kid’s Cards

Here are a few cards I created with Designer Series Paper and Images from Stampin’ Up!

The Our Daily Bread Challenge this month was to create cards with fruit.  This is my favorite for the posting.  The ant was created with an Ornament Punch, a circle punch and an oval punch.  The legs and antennae were created with a square punch, and the eyes were created with a Word Window punch (all punches are SU).  I created the watermelon slice with a series of circle punches, paper and scissors.