Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You're the Cat's Meow!

Hi, everyone!   The inspiration for this card was the Terrific Tuesday challenge at Scrappy Moms blogspot. The challenge was to use the Rock Princess cartridge or a similar cut.  I don't own that particular cartridge so I used this slinky cat from the Paisley cartridge, glammed up with some zebra stripe, gold metallic trim and and a rhinestone. The sentiment stamp was from Scrappy Mom's Amusing Animals set. "MEOW" was cut from the Graphically Speaking cartridge.

I'm also linking this up to last week's Throwdown Challenge at the OWH Stars and Stamps blog, which was to make a card with glitter-free bling.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look! Blessings!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Featured Cardmaker at OWH!

Wow, was I surprised and excited to be nominated as a Featured Cardmaker on the OWH Stars and Stamp blog!  I've been making cards for Operation Write Home since last summer. OWH is a non-profit organization that collects hand made greeting cards and distributes them to deployed servicemembers to send to loved ones. Even though our troops have left Iraq, there is still a large demand for cards in Afghanistan and many other parts of the world.  If you're a card maker, I challenge you to get involved!  There are a few simple rules and lots of information to help you get started on their website. If you're not a cardmaker, you can get involved by making a financial donation to help with shipping costs, or write some Any Hero letters, which are sent with each shipment of cards.

Today I'd like to share some cards I have finished in the last couple of weeks.  There's been been lots of puttering around in the craft room but few completed cards!  My friend Deb and I recently got together for a "crafternoon" and made the some Cricut cards:

The Hello Friend card was made using the Wild Card cartridge.  I modified the design a bit by adding a layer for the telephone handle, and adding a patterned layer behind the shape of the telephone.  Deb provided the green textured paper from her stash (she brings with the neatest paper!) and I found the DP in the Letterpress stack from DCWV.  Diamond Stickles on the dial add some sparkle!

This whimsical pup is from the Doodlecharm cartrtidge. We used various neutral card stock from Stampin' Up! and a polka dot print from the Flea Market pad from Colorbok.  We ran the blue scarf through the Cuttlebut, distressed and inked some edges, and added a bit of twine to finish it off!  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms (a website you should definitely check out if you're into making "punny" cards).

This little bunny from the Give a Hoot cartridge had been hanging around my craft room for quite some time, waiting for a home!  While my usual style is to added a patterned background layer, I like the pop of the polka dot balloon and simple kraft background on this one.  The cloud was cut from Create a Critter and I used a dashed line border punch from Recollections across the bottom of the card.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms.

That's about it for now!  Hope you are having a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Whale done!

Here's a fun card I put together using a cute whale from the Just Because cartridge  I wanted the background to look "watery" so I used paper from the DCWV Celebration Stack with a swirly design. To get the wavy white strip for my sentiment, I used my 12" decorative cutter from Creative Memories. I used Stampin' Up! Night of Navy for the dark background and to stamp the sentiments and ink up the edges. Sentiment stamps are from Scrappy Moms and Hero Arts.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Here's a card I whipped up tonight using scraps from my last two projects. I taped together the strips of paper, trimmed to size, backed with SU Very Vanilla card stock trimmed with my favorite SU border punch. The butterfly was cut using a Provocraft die in the Cuttlebug - first from vanilla card stock, then from vellum.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms.

I was trying to do something totally different based on a Make it Monday video I watched last night, but nothing was working out, so I picked through the pile of scraps on the corner of my table and this is what happened! Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge #102 - Take 2

Here's the good news and the bad news - I've had some time to make cards as I've been hunkered down in my craft room by a space heater.  Furnace trouble! Hope to have that resolved today!  In the meantime, here is another card inspired by the current card challenge over at OWH Stars and Stamps blog.

For this one, I turned the design on it's side and again used papers from the DCWV Linen Stack and ColorBok Flea Market pad.  The stamp is from Studio G.  The butterfly was hanging out in my stash of embellishments. I hope he can weather the trip to Afghanistan and back, as this card will be included in my next shipment to Operation Write Home!

In compliance with my New Year's resolution, no new supplies were purchased for the creation of this card.
 : )

Blessings on your day!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge # 102

My New Year's Day plans changed due to a combination of fresh snow and high wind, so I decided to see what I could do with this week's Operation Write Home sketch challenge. Here are the results...

Patterned paper is from DCWV Linen Closet Mat Stack and Colorbok Flea Market. Brown paper and gold cord is from SU. The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms.

Happy New Year!

2012.  Day One.
Morning yoga completed. Healthy breakfast consumed.  Year-to-date total spent on craft supplies: $0.00.

My friends don't believe I can do it, but in addition to my normal New Year's goals to exercise more and eat healthier, I have made a New Year's Resolution to spend zero dollars this year on craft supplies.  I'm going to get away from my hobby of shopping for craft supplies, and spend time enjoying and using what I have. I realize at some point I may need to break down and buy some white paper or double-stick tape, but for now, I vow to ignore the temptation of a 50% off coupon!

Here's a card I made with some new goodies I received as Christmas gifts...the Corner Chompers made by We R Memory Keepers, the Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals, and a Studio G stamp.

I also used a Tim Holtz embossing folder, and paper from SU (Barely Banana), Papertrey Ink (Summer Sunrise) and DCWV (card base from Josephine set).  I stamped the sentiment a second time on colored card stock trimmed around it, and pasted it on top to "highlight" a word.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Now I need to get going on another resolution, which is to get to church on time! Have a blessed day!