Thursday, November 28, 2013

White on White

I made a quick card for the OWH midweek throwdown challenge - White on White  - but my laptop didn't feel like cooperating until today for me to post it. (I guess it was being lazy)  Here's my card:
I think white on white needs dry embossing and layering to make the images pop.  I embossed the label die in white and found a small sentiment.  This was a good challenge because I rarely make white-on-white and it was fun to do.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and good luck with your Black Friday shopping!!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

OWH Sketch #200

OWH's latest sketch is number 200!  Wow!  When I joined in on the fun, we were at sketch #134.  I've learned so much about cardmaking from Sandy and the gang and am happy to contribute to a great cause. 
My next box of OWH cards will have 47 holiday Any Hero cards - the most I've ever made.  Woo hoo!  I've also been on a mission to make cards for kids and once again, I used the Doodle Pantry images for today's sketch card:
I made the heart embellishment gold and stamped paws from the Paper Smooches Santa Paws set.  I made another version of this sketch:
I'm looking forward to our Thanksgiving holiday, but not the weather because it will be chilly (highs in the 40's) and rainy. 
Hope you get some time to play in today's sketch challenge! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

SSS Wednesday challenge

I'm working on my holiday cards and thought I'd use a sketch from Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge, which is here:
I'm working on making a 12x12 holiday paper disappear by making several cards with it and this is the one I made from this sketch:
I embossed the white background that our cute doggie is sitting on for some added interest.  This is the Paper Smooches Santa Paws set.  Gotta love it!
I'm holding out for Black Friday sales from some of our stamp companies, aren't you?

OWH Nov Design Bootcamp

The November Design Bootcamp lesson is on Texture and how it adds interest to your cards.  I learned there are two types of texture and for my card, I went with the tactile texture by embossing this background stamp in black:
I colored in the flowers with Smooch ink.  The sentiment is actually covering up a boo-boo, but it was a happy mistake since I wasn't sure where to place a sentiment anyway!  I can rub this card and feel the embossing on it, so I believe it fits the lesson.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Miss You + Love cards

Yeah - it's Sunday!  Boo - tomorrow is another work day!  Time to get in a few cards for OWH - right?
Today's  OWH sketch is here:
and my card:
I've had those heart brads for ages!  I threaded a hot pink ribbon through them.  The sentiment is embossed in pink - "Miss You" (my camera sure didn't pick that up very well).  Yes - this is pink overload!
Hero Arts Clink Lattice Background
Paper Smooches Sentiment sampler
Papers from my stash
I've had fun putting together more cards using the Doodle Pantry digital stamp set.  I thought I'd share some of them:
Those images are so cute and I hope they make a soldier's child smile!
Thanks for checking in.  Have a nice Sunday night!

Catching up with OWH Design Bootcamp lessons

Yesterday, I blogged that I had finished most of this year's OWH Bootcamp lessons, but after checking, I saw that I missed two of them.  So, here's my catch up on those lessons.
I used two patterns for this card - the cupcake top is much smaller in pattern but the color matches the circles in the background pattern.  I embossed the bottom of the cupcake (for a bit of variety) and kept the banner and sentiment simple to stand out against the pattern.
This card was made from some old paper in my stash - some of the first scrapbook paper I ever bought.  I tried to balance the larger house image with a smaller sentiment for an Asymmetrical effect.  The red layers help break up the busy background. 
Now I really am caught up with the bootcamp lessons! 
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday card making

In between chores and shopping, I found a few minutes to make some cards.  The first ones are from the 2013 Holiday Card workshop at Online Card classes . We learned how to make inlaid die cuts and I cut the word "Noel" and used the positive and negative pieces to lay the word within the card.  It makes great one-layer cards:
I also made a catch up card from September's OWH Bootcamp design lesson on Drawing a blank :
I had a hard time getting a good picture of the card, but I embossed the sentiment in gold and scored a line above and below it.  I finished it off with a holiday sticker from K&Company. 
We've got one more bootcamp lesson coming and I'm pretty sure I've participated in every one this year.  Paula's taught us several design concepts that are great to learn, especially since I do computers for a living and have no formal art training.  Thanks so much, Paula!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Embossed tree

The Midweek Throwdown challenge at OWH is Dry embossing and I chose an embossing folder that I've never used - a tree embossing folder.  All of my other embossers are patterns, but this one is just a tree.  After embossing it, I colored it several times with Inktense pencils and chalks and decided I liked the chalk best:
It's very hard to see it in this photo, but here's a closeup:
I only made one of these because I heard Sandy's request to make more cards for kids.  I'm just loving the Doodle Pantry set that we learned about last Sunday and here's one of the cards I made using one of their images:
That chunky cat is too cute!  I layered her up for a girly card, but I'm going to use the dog for some boy cards. 
Thanks for checking in and Happy Hump Day to ya!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hero holiday cards

I've been making holiday cards to send to our Heroes and I've burned through one 6x6 MME holiday pad - finally!  I've had the pad for two years now - why has it taken me so long to use it up?
This week's sketch is great for using up those last strips of paper and I made these two cards:
Did you get the OWH digi stamps from Doodle Pantry ?  I did - they are soooo adorable!  I'm going to use them for Love/Valentine's Day cards!
Next week I'm taking the Holiday Card Workshop class and I hope to participate in the lessons.  Sometimes, I can't keep up with daily lessons, but they've slowed the pace down and will post lessons every other day, which should help me keep up.  I hope to see some fellow OWHers there!
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fleas Navidad!

Hello and I hope you're as happy as I am that we're almost done with another week.  Although the OWH deadline for holiday cards has passed, we can still make them for our soldiers which works for me, since my Christmas spirit is kicking in.  To encourage us, the OWH Mid-week throwdown is Any Hero Holiday Cards.

I used a Paper Smooches stamp to make a punny sentiment card:
He makes me smile and I hope he does the same for one of our heroes.  This little guy fits the latest Paper Sparks challenge  - Trend watch - stripes .

I hope you've got something to smile about too. 

Take care!

Paper Smooches Santa Paws
Paper: MME Merry 6x6 pad
Memento Tuxedo black ink



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Buckets of love

The November Simon Says Stamp card kit is great for Love/Valentine's Day cards and several fellow OWH cardmakers are using it to create wonderful cards.  This is the first kit I've gotten in several months and I used it as well for this week's OWH sketch - Challenge #197:
I didn't have a bucket cut file, so I used this basket from Little Scraps of Heaven design.  I love all the layering in our sketches lately - it makes such a difference in the card and helps me use up all that paper!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

1 sentiment - 3 sketches

I took a blogging break during marching band, but the season is now over and I've got time to craft.  Yay!  I've got stamps that are new to me and can't wait to break them out of their wrapping.
 The November ODBD challenge is to make love/Valentine's Day cards and I used a sentiment from the PaperTrey Ink We go together set.  After embossing the sentiment three times, I challenged myself to make three cards with different OWH sketches using the same black/tan papers.  Here's what I came up with:
Card #1 - OWH sketch #77
Card #2 - OWH sketch #83:

Card #3 - OWH sketch #184:
Since my sentiment was a circle, I searched for sketches with circles. It was fun!  Although I enjoy the OWH Unboxing videos that show talented ladies making multiples of one card, I get easily bored doing that, so this was a good alternative for me.
Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!