Monthly Archives: August 2013

Virtual Card Making Party


It’s Labor Day weekend, which means time for a VCMP (Virtual Card Making Party).  We get several challenges a day to enter into the blog contest, so I will add them as I go.  Make sure you check back.

Card Challenge #1 – Inchies Challenge; the pieces are one inch square, then cut out with a postage stamp punch.

Inchie Advent - We had a sketch, but I kind of did my own thing.

Inchie Advent – We had a sketch, but I kind of did my own thing.

Card Challenge #2 – Honor OWH (Operation Write Home), by incorporating something from each of the Initials.  This is too scary for OWH, so I suppose a grand kid of mine will enjoy it.

Old Wicked House (OWH) Initials Challenge

Old Wicked House (OWH) Initials Challenge

Card Challenge #3 – Triple Die Cutting Technique.  I didn’t have the dies, but was able to use my old “Triple Treat Card” recipe for this.  The paper is a little busy making the card either “eye catching” or “assaulting the eye,” take your pick.  I kinda like it.

Triple Die Challenge - Holly Jolly Triple Treat

Triple Die Challenge – Holly Jolly Triple Treat

Card Challenge #4 – Use OWH Sketch #29 to Make a love card.  Here is my love card, followed by Sketch #29.  The inside of the card says “Home is Wherever I’m With You.”

Card Challenge #5 – Use Masking Tape Block Technique – I used painter’s tape and got a very slight mottled look on my cardstock.  I then stamped images from “The Open Sea (SU)” over the top.

Open Sea - Masking Tape Block Technique

Open Sea – Masking Tape Block Technique


Mid-Week Throw Down – Thank You Cards


This week’s challenge was to make “Thank You” cards.  I was playing with a new stamp set from SU called “You’re My Hero,” so I decided to make cards for Heroes to send to their “heroes (people who honor them by sending notes, goodies, and Any Hero Cards),” many of whom are kids and classroom projects. I also included a kids’ card for any occasion using the same stamp set and sketch #187.

Did you know you can color rhinestone jewels with a Sharpie Marker?  I just found that out this week, and decided to apply my new found knowledge to these cards.  Now I can always have the correct color of sparkly jewel without running off to the LSS (local supply store).

The final card is an accident that I love.  I first embossed the background with a beautiful baroque pattern, but thought the background needed dots to match the flower pattern.  I ran the paper through again and accidentally created a beautiful baroque/dot pattern.  I really love it.  Both effects are very subtle.  I also enjoy how the sentiment is the flower stem.  Hope you enjoy these creations as much as I did making them.  Till the Sunday Sketch!

RWB Hero Kid Card (MWT)

RWB Hero Kid Card (MWT)


"You're My Hero" Fire Truck Birthday

“You’re My Hero” Fire Truck Birthday


"Polka Dot Pieces" (SU) Thinking of You card, with double embossed background.

“Polka Dot Pieces” (SU) Thinking of You card, with double embossed background.




Sunday Sketch #187 and Other Goodies



It is Sunday again.  Hot and miserable in the San Joaquin Valley.  To beat the heat, I have been making snow cards for the Heroes to send home to their families as “winter” greeting cards.   I have also been pretty busy using up some blue and white paper, as you will see below.  I tried a new technique this week called “paper chevron,” so included a couple of those.  All supplies used unless otherwise noted are from Stampin’ Up!

First, the Sketch Challenge

Ingredients:  Marina Mist CS, Whisper White CS, Polka Dot Parade DSP, mittens from my stash (retired SU embellishment), Basic Jewels, snowflake embossing folder (Sizzix – Tim Holtz), small snowflake punch (LSS), ribbon from stash (unknown source).

Paper Chevron Technique

I saw this technique while perusing the daily samples on Stamper’s Connection (a Stampin’ Up! forum).  This is a great way to take advantage of both sides of a beautiful DSP.

The first card is used with the same snowflake embossing folder, SU Large Snowflake Punch; the second card is Attic Boutique DSP, SU embossing folders, “Labels” die cuts, other embellishments from my stash.  The snowman is from Inkadinkado.  The color is Marina Mist.

To make the chevron fold, cut 5 strips of two-sided DSP into 5 strips measuring 2.5″ x 1.”  Fold the top and bottom of three of them right to left, and the top and bottom of 2 of them left to right.  Lay them out before you glue down permanently.  Fun technique.

Other Stuff

Have a great week, and “see” you for the Mid Week Throw Down.


Sunday Sketch Challenge 186


Its Sunday (already)!  Time for sketch #186.   The first thing I did is flip this sketch on it’s side.  I am going to make several more of these cards, but I am going to center the design.  I am also thinking some white and black papers with the red heart brads contrasting, would make a lovely contrast, more of a tuxedo look.  I’ll add that later.  This is a great Valentine card, or just a card that says “layers of love,” any time of the year.

Here goes:


MWT- Friend Cards


This week’s mid week throw down was to make “friendship” cards.  Having spent the majority of my life around men, raising and working with them (both of my men military and prior military), I have never found men to be the senders of “friendship” cards.  Aside from Father’s day and the forced (I made it for him to send), birthday cards, my men either communicate online, by texting, on the phone, or not at all.

Most friend sentiments are quite feminine, so I thought this sentiment and card appropriate for anyone, man or woman Hero, to send a “friend” of either sex.  There is nothing frilly, there is no mis-perceived intent, just straight out “hello friend.”  The flowery card below, is the exact opposite, it could imply romance, friendship or simply love.  Enjoy, and see you at the Sunday Sketch Challenge.


Friend to Friend Card

Friend to Friend Card

The DSP and sentiment are from Stampin’ Up!  Both now retired.

Friendship Flower Card

Friendship Flower Card


All supplies used are Stampin’ Up!

Sketch Challenge #185


Good Sunday “Sketch” Morning.  I don’t “live” for the Sunday sketches, but I sure do anticipate the heck out of them!  Today’s was easy for me.  The sketch simply begged me to flip it.  I have been wanting to use this “Got Treats” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! for a long time.  This sketch is a great way to use some of those bolder papers, coupled with an embossed background neutral.  The DSP is some old SU paper from my stash.  Have a great week!


OWH Sketch #185

OWH Sketch #185



Our Daily Bread/August – Snail Mail


Today’s post is to share my entry for the August Our Daily Bread Challenge.  Every month, ODB challenges our card making group to create 50 cards with a given recipe, sentiment category, or as this month’s challenge, a “color challenge.”  The challenge colors are Brown, Pink and Green (white backgrounds are okay).  In exchange for our “creativity,” ODB pays for two large boxes of cards to be sent to our heroes.

These cute little cards are perfect for small kids.  I like the added pun.  The snail image and “snail mail,” are Stamps of Life, the flower and “hello” are Stampin’ Up!  The polka dot DSP is from Papertrey Ink, the brown DSP from Stampin’ UP!  Now, go create and have a great week.


Midweek Throw-down – Fall Theme


I have been making fall Thank You cards, and when I saw this week’s theme, I decided I want something simple that simply says “You are in my thoughts;” a simple “hello.”

I generally have an idea in my brain and my first card is just that, the idea.  Once the idea is put together, I try do “ramp it up,” a bit.  I notice when I see pics of soldiers holding they cards they have selected, or see a card proudly displayed at home, those cards generally have a great deal of texture and detail.

By just a couple of tweaks, you can take any card from “nice,” to “NICE!”  If you were standing next to a display of cards, which one of these would you choose to send?

Card #1 is “nice.”   Card #2 is “NICE.”  By adding some daubed on ink, a little ribbon and some lace, the whole look of the card is changed.  To get a realistic “leaf” look, I cut the leaves with my “Autumn Accents” Bigz die (Stampin’ Up!), embossed them, scored and folded them to get some lift, and daubed them to get that weathered look.  To give them a little more lift, I strategically placed a couple of dimensionals.

Happy fall.  Ramp up those “nice” cards.