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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


Christmas in July


This weeks Midweek Throwdown Challenge for Operation Write Home, was to make Christmas Cards.  I was hopeful a Christmas Card or two would make me feel a bit cooler, but alas, not even snowy card stock images are a match for the San Joaquin valley heat!  I used most of the same supplies for both cards, one serious and one fun!  Hope you enjoy!

Card #1 – Fancy Christmas

Supplies used are all Stampin’Up! and are currently available unless otherwise noted, 24/7 at my Online Store.

Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler card stock,  Pewter embossing powder with heat tool, Scallop Trim border punch.  I used a piece of silver elastic trim purchased from a local craft store, for the bow.

These products are brand new this year and will be available in the Holiday Catalog effective Aug. 1st:

Joyous Celebrations and Ornament Keepsakes stamp sets, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, and my favorite, the Holiday Frame Textured Impressions embossing folder.

Holiday Frame Christmas

Card #2 – Fun Christmas

Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, and Summer Starfruit card stock.

Holiday Frame Textured Impressions embossing folder, Labels Framelits die, oval punch, scallop circle punch, Owl Builder Punch, 1 1/4″ circle punch, 3/8″ punch, Scallop Trim border punch.

I used Soft Suede Ink for highlighting and a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker for the eyes.  I used a small cotton ball from a local craft supply store for the Santa hat.

Christmas Caroling Peas

Vintage Baby Boy


The most time consuming part of card-making for me, is designing the card.  I have to tweak and tweak till I “smile.”  At that point, I know I am done.  Making duplicate cards is quite easy after that.  Unfortunately, several of the products used in this card are now retired.   Although Stampin’ Up! has wonderful new products this year, I still have my “go to” items for special occasions.  This card is obviously for a baby boy, but the design will work for any gender by changing the color of the papers used.

All of the products and tools listed are Stampin’Up! unless otherwise listed.

Go to my online store 24/7 to have your Stampin’ Up’ supplies mailed directly to you.  Online purchases receive “preferred pricing.”  Just click the Stampin’ Up! link.

Happy Crafting!

“Baby Bundle” Vintage Boy

Card Recipe:  Card Size 6.5 x 5″

Card Stock and Paper: “Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue” (Subtles collection), “Bashful Blue” dotted paper background (Subtles Paper Stack), Dotted Velum (purchased from local craft store).

Stamps:  “Baby Bundle,” collection,  “Elegant Alphabet” (retired), B A B Y alphabet stamps were purchased from a local craft store.

Ink:  “Bashful Blue,” “Soft Suede,” “Marina Mist.”

Embellishments and Tools:  “Build A Brad” (retired), 1/2 inch circle punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch, Linen thread, “Square Lattice Textured Impressions” embossing folder, “Vintage Faceted” designer buttons (brand new this year and beautiful), “Vintage Trinkets,””Subtles” brads Marina Mist, “Twitterpated Baja Breeze” button (no longer available),  Lace edge border punch (retired), “Soft Suede” dotted grosgrain ribbon (retired), “Stampin” sponge to ink edges, scissor blades to “shred” edges, bone folder, Tombo glue and adhesive “snail.”

“Silver Anniversary”


My Cousin asked me to make an anniversary card for a couple that had been married 70 (yes seventy), years.  I don’t know them, but I figured anyone that had been married that long deserved at least a little of my time.

Card Recipe:  Vary Vanilla and Whisper White card stock.  Stamp Sets: “Well Scripted (retired),” “Memorable Moments,” and “Forever With You.”  To embellish,  I used the “Elegant Lines” embossing folder, pewter embossing powder (lots of), and basic pearls.  The labels were cut using “Apothecary Accents Framelets.”  All of these products are from Stampin’ Up!  and are available unless specified as retired.  The background silver ribbon was from a local craft supply store.