Monthly Archives: May 2013

Midweek Throw Down – “Transportation”


It’s Wednesday, which in OWH land means Mid Week Throw Down.  This week’s theme is transportation.

I decided to play with some new candy I purchased from Papertrey Ink.  The recipe for this card appears below.


Out of this world

Out of this world


Card Recipe:  CS Old Olive, Summer Starfruit and Midnight Muse (SU), White 110lb Springhill Digital

DSP:  Papertry Ink “Summer Camp”

Images:  Rocket and flame Papertrey Ink “Boy Basics, Out of This World;” alien, TPC Studios “Rockets and Rayguns”

Sentiment:  Used my computer word program, and printed on card stock

Hope you enjoyed.  Thanks for stopping by.



Love Card – Masculine – Woodgrain Technique


Happy Memorial Day!  I am celebrating Memorial Day by making cards for Heroes to send home to their loved ones.  Today’s card is a love card with a huge dose of testosterone!  This card is CAS (clean and simple), and right to the point (like most men I know).  I run most of my cards by my husband for his manly opinion and have found, he likes the simpler cards the best.  He seems less impressed with the frillier, more detailed cards, and appreciates cards that just get to the point.

As a woman, I would enjoy sending or receiving this card.  The romance is there in the hearts and the sentiment, but the card just feels “comfortable.”

I tried a technique I learned on an earlier blog by a fellow OWHer, on how to get a wood grain effect on plain paper without using an embossing folder.  Whether you are looking for wood grain or not, this effect is subtle and creates a great sentiment background, when bright white just won’t do.  Since I wanted “manly,” I complimented the focal piece with a strip of wood grain embossed behind the sentiment.  I then “screwed” the sentiment to the wood background.

I hope you like the results.  First the finished card;

Wood Grain Love

Wood Grain Love

Recipe:  CS-Soft Suede and Whisper White (SU), Ink – Soft Suede for the hearts and sentiment, Crumb Cake for the wood grain effect (both SU), DSP – Well Worn (SU retired).  I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder by Sizzix for the wood grain strip, and “screws” (brads) from a LSS.  Stamps Used are a combination of hearts from “I (Heart) Hearts” from SU and the sentiment is from “Best of Love” from SU.

To get that faux wood look:

I lightly secured the focal piece to a piece of paper to hold it while I drew my stamp pad across it.  I drew my stamp pad across it twice for these cards, but you can do it till you get the look you want, as in the last photo.

For the finished card, I like the interior to have the same feel as the outside of the card.  I don’t want to interfere with the ability for a message, so when I stamp a sentiment or an image inside the card, I make sure it is either small enough to fit in one corner, or I stamp it very lightly to create more of a watermark effect.  For this card, I used a small sentiment, and applied the same wood grain treatment as the outside of the card.

Card Interior (Sentiment is by SU)

Card Interior (Sentiment is by SU)

Thanks for stopping by!


Okay.  Before I “retired” the stamp configuration, I made a few extra goodies!

Sketch Challenge #174


This is Memorial Day weekend, and I have spent a good portion of the last two days looking at the wonderful creations of my fellow OWH card crafters!  So inspiring, and so much fun.

Todays offering is Sketch #174, new to the OWH Library.  I hope you enjoy my interpretation.  It is always the right season for a Valentine.

Supplies Used:  DSP from Paper Wishes, Ribbon from Michaels “Sheer Creations,” CS from SU, Real Red, White card base, Papertrey Ink, other whites, Springhill digital CS, embossing folder ” Wedding Set” from Sizzix, sentiment “Best of Love” set from SU.  The heart was cut from SU “Framelits” heart set.



Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop



Happy Memorial Day.  Thank you to those who serve, and to those of you who have family serving our country.

For this Blog Hop, the theme was to be a Thank You card, based on an OWH sketch.

My Thank You card is an Any Hero Card, which is a Thank You for a Hero.  I chose a patriotic theme, since this is Memorial Day Weekend.  I loosely followed OWH Sketch #41 (of course I added a extra element box…..ok you caught me, I made this card and then tried to find a sketch that looked a little like it.  So much for reading the instructions-but I so wanted to use these images!)


Blog Hop Inspire Me

Blog Hop Inspire Me


Sketch #41

Sketch #41

All paper and ink supplies used are SU, “Hero” is SU, Statue of Liberty, old moldie from my stash, the remaining images are from Stamper’s Best.

Hope you enjoyed!  Now hop on off to the remaining blogs!

Sketch #173 and some extras


Okay, so I have taken a few days off from blogging and card making, but I was busy “helping” out with my grandson’s 4th grade California Mission Project!  Trust me, I would rather be making cards.  One of the fun things about being a paper crafter is however, the fun stuff you have lying around to complete projects such as a California Mission.  I used a series of 4×4 pieces of green paper glued to the base board, embossed with a tight weave pattern for the lawn and a brick pattern to create the walkways around the mission itself.  Needless to say, it was pretty unique.  I was happy to report an A+ (mission appears below).


Sketch #173

Since I was already making the card that appears to the right, the one with Snoopy, it was easy to transition to the sketch challenge card.  I used all of the same materials.  The DSP is Stampin’ Up!, The Snoopy Stamp is from Stampabilities, the rest of the images and sentiment are from the “You’ve Got Mail” Lawn Fawn set.


“Missing You” cards for kids

I found these stamps while cruising through the Overstock site, and just had to have them.  They are from Stampabilities.  The large ticket (image and die), is from Papertrey Ink.  The rest of the materials used were from Stampin’ Up!


Other stuff:

First is the Mission San Francisco de Asis.  The building is a kit, and the surrounding things are from floral, paper and embossing folders.  Newton the cat is helping out with the ballerina mouse card (Not!).  Enjoy!



Red, White and Blue Thank You Cards – MWT


This week’s MWT (Mid Week Throw down), was to create thank you cards.  I do two kinds of Thank You Cards; Any Hero Cards (little notes of encouragement for a Hero), and Thank You cards for Heroes to send notes of appreciation to people who have supported them in some fashion.  I generally do Red, White and Blue because it is patriotic, and because soldiers have asked for patriotic cards to send notes of thanks on.  Below you will find a couple of Christmas cards, made for my “Five Christmas cards a month” challenge.

Both of these cards use the same measurements and basic components:

I had a few pieces of “ugly” paper from my SU stash that I just didn’t know what to do with.  The paper had twelve 3×3 images, all different, all Christmas-related on the same page.  I cut some of the images, matted or punched them and created these cards with the pieces.