Tuesday, May 29, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge #123

Have you looked through at all the ideas and inspiration shared on the OWH Memorial Day Bloghop 2012? In addition to commemorating Memorial Day, we honored the mighty CARD SKETCH! Operation Write Home has a great collection of sketches, and a new one is featured every Sunday on their blog!

For this week's OWH Sketch Challenge I tried something new.  Instead of formulating a perfect plan in my head for this sketch (which can be really hard to do some days), I just grabbed scraps off my pile and started trimming to the prescribed sized.. Once I saw it "live" and to scale,  I started grabbing some other things I had laying around the craft room, including the cute kite stamp ($1 find at Michael's) and an assortment of blue paper from PTI.  The mojo was flowing! The cloud was hanging out on the corner of my desk (left over from another project), and I dug around in my cupboard for this nice sentiment (another $1 find). I did some inking, copic coloring and Cuttlebugging, and here are the results!

This was really fun to make....I might need to whip up some more for my OWH box!   Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  Have a wonderful week!

Shari B

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Moxie Fab World - Gingham Challenge

Hello, all!  This card is a result of one of those "I wonder if I could....." moments.  In this case, I wondered if I could combine my new Charlie Chaplin stamp from Stampers Best with a scrap of gingham paper that has been lingering in my scrap pile.  I love both gingham and old movies, so I figured why not give it a whirl?

 I stamped Charlie on some kraft cardstock and backed that with white paper to mimic an old photo.  I used a bit of New Leaf and Green Boutique cardstock from Paper Trey Ink, a sentiment from Scrappy Moms, and my gingham scrap punched with my Martha Stewart button punch.  I embossed the black background with a striped Cuttlebug folder from Stampin' Up, (which kind of reminds be of the siding on a building.)  I inked some of the various edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink from Tim Holtz and added some twine to the button. Then I played with the layout for WAY TOO LONG before finally deciding to just go for it and stick everything in place. Hmmm...what do you think?  It MIGHT need a redo....will probably wake up in the middle of the night two weeks from now with an idea....but I'm going to go ahead and link this up to the Gingham Challenge over at Moxie Fab World!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Shari B

Saturday, May 26, 2012

OWH Memorial Day Sketch Blog Hop

Hello! Hope you are having an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend!  I'm excited to be part of the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Sketch Blog Hop! The sketch I selected is #30. You can find a collection of 100+ sketches on the OWH website....and plenty of other inspiration and information on how to donate your handmade cards for our deployed troops to write home on.

I flipped the sketch upside down, grabbed some coordinating papers from the Green Boutique collection by Paper Trey Ink and the Flowers for Mimi stamp by Penny Black.  Cardstock is from Paper Trey Ink in white and New Leaf.  Sentiment from Hero Arts is stamped on a shape cut with a Nestibility die. I colored Mimi with copic markers, added a bit of twine, and...DONE!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Shari B

Sunday, May 13, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge

I've been playing with today's OWH Sketch #121 and a bunch of pretty Stampin' Up! supplies from the last Sale-a-bration catalog. The designer paper, ribbon and brad is "Everday Enchantment" and for the tone on tone stamping at the top I used the "Fresh Vintage" stamp set in Pear Pizzaz.  Also used SU cardstock in Espresso and ink in Espresso and Pool Party. The sentiment is SU from the Tagtastic hostess set.  I did some inking in Pear Pizzaz, and was careful to line up the strips at the bottom with the existing light brown distressing across the bottom.  The banner was made using Very Vanilla paper and a herringbone Cuttlebug folder.  This was lots of fun to make and I can't wait to make more cards using these supplies from SU!

UPDATE - here's a second card I made using this "recipe".  : )

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!
Shari B

Moxie Fab World Postal Challenge

I decided some card making would be a great Mother's Day pastime! These fun papers and elements were from the Awesome 6X6 paper pad from Simple Stories. The layout is based on today's OWH Sketch Challenge #121 at the Stars and Stamps blog and the inspiration for my theme was the Moxie Fab World Postal Challenge

I hope you're enjoying your day!  Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Shari B