Sunday, December 29, 2013

Last OWH sketch for 2013

It's hard to believe that this is the last Sunday OWH sketch for 2013!  It's a great clean-and-simple sketch and I've already made 4 cards with it today!  Good thing that it's simple because I'm fighting a cold and my brain isn't functioning very well.  Here's two of the cards I made:
Sentiment: Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
TV - Birdie Brown (so sad that she closed her store)
Paper: my stash 
Sentiment: Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Ribbon: Peanuts
Paper: Jillibean Watermelon Gazpacho Soup
I moved the sentiment to the left because I didn't want to cover the Snoopy sitting up.
Gotta go see if the Carolina Panthers are going to win!  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Color challenge

I hope you had a lovely Christmas!  I was lucky enough to receive a Silhouette Cameo cutter:
I got it up and running in an hour and used it to cut the deer head for this card: 
I decided to leave off a sentiment so it would be a general purpose card.  The green/white paper is old, old Creative Memories paper - it feels to good to finally use it up!
I've still got my Cricut and don't plan on abandoning it soon....I'll see how much I use it in the coming months and if it sits unused, then I'll sell it.  I've wanted a Silhouette for a long time and am excited to see how it cuts!
This card fits our weekly throwdown challenge at OWH - Two color challenge .  This wasn't quite so easy to do and it made me think how to highlight an image with only one other color.  Good challenge, Allison!
Enjoy those after-Christmas shopping sales (I got a 6x6 pad today for $2.09 at Joann's!)  I need to stop buying paper!!! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A pack of penguins!

I planned on scrapbooking today, but then I read about the call for penguin cards at OWH and got totally sidetracked.  I used the Beach Penguins cutting file from My Scrap Chick and made these cards.  Each one's different, so I'm hoping that helps fill the specific penguin request:

It's fun to see the different penguins everyone's making!  It's time to get back to home life for tonight and enjoy Christmas Eve with my family. 
I hope you have a lovely holiday!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

His and Hers sketch challenge

For today's sketch challenge at Operation Write Home, I made two cards - a his and hers version.  For the masculine card, I turned the sketch on its side like so: 
For this card:
I love the sentiment, which is from a paper pad.
I used the original orientation of the sketch for my feminine version:
The papers and stickers are from the March Simon Says Stamp card kit.  I seem to be in a spring mood right now and I'm going to use up all these bright colors for more cards.
Thanks for checking in!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Muse Challenge #48

This week's Muse challenge is #48  and Marion has posted this lovely card as inspiration:
I love her window card with the decorated inside, which inspired me to make this window card:
I added acetate, embossed it, and sandwiched it behind the window. Here's the inside of my card:
The paper on the left hides the glue that's holding the acetate in place.  The paper on the right shows through the window and is attached to piece of paper that lines the inside of the card.  Here's another look:
Window cards are fun to make and I enjoyed using those spring colors.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamp: Hero Arts CL596 Pattern Flowers & Hearts

Penguin card

I'm so happy to be on vacation and I've got a long to-do list, but I hope to sneak in some crafting time as well.  Sandy at OWH asked us to make one Penguin card as a special request by a Brigadier General.  Here's my card:
This card fits the Midweek Throwdown challenge - Love cards for kids   The penguin is from the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge, along with the sentiment.  The heart brads are from my stash and the paper is the SEI Silver Valley pad.  (I thought the silver looked like ice cubes!)
One of the items on my to-do list is to sell my Gypsy.  When I bought it, I thought I'd use it all the time, but that didn't happen, so I'm selling it on Ebay.  If you're interested, here's the link to the listing: Erika's Gypsy .
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

OWH Sketch #203

Happy Sunday to ya!  I loved today's OWH sketch and took a departure from the reds & greens of holiday cards to make a birthday card using teals & yellows:
I like my little birdie, which I colored with Copics, but I don't know who makes that stamp.  The "Celebrate" is by Paper Smooches and this is the first time I used their Sentiment Sampler set.  About time!  That means I can also enter this card into their Anything Goes challenge for this week.
I'm going to make a few more birthday cards with this, but not too many since OWH doesn't need tons of birthday cards. 
Hope you have a restful day and can find some time to craft.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Sketch Saturday!

Today is a rainy, cold day in the South and it's a good time to catch up on some crafting and last minute card making.  I needed to add some holiday cards to my stash and selected Sketch #238 for the Anything goes challenge at the Sketch Saturday blog :
This is from the Holiday Traditions paper pad by Recollections from last year.  I didn't know how to use the images on the paper until I pulled out my dies and cut around them.  Maybe I'll be able to use up the rest of this paper pad (I'd really rather not see it again next year)
The strips behind Santa are a ribbon and the sentiment is by Papertrey Ink.
My next challenge is to actually put this in the mail - some years I didn't finish that last step!
See you tomorrow for the OWH Sunday sketch.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Red + Green = love!

This week's Muse challenge (#47) is red and green but no Christmas with this card as our inspiration:
The green alligator inspired me to make a froggy love card:
The die cuts are from Lettering Delight's "Frogs and Kisses" collection.  I used a Pearl Pen for his eyes and the papers are from my stash.
This card also fits the Midweek Throwdown challenge at OWH , which is general love cards!  I think this would make a great card for someone to send to their child.
Happy Wednesday to ya - thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My purple issues

I like all the colors, but I fight with purple the most!  I have trouble matching it with other colors or even with other purples!  This leaves me with a stash of purple that lays waiting for me to use.
At the holidays, I find that I can successfully pair purple with silver and white!  Ta da!  Those look great together and I used them on this card:
The deer is from the Winter Woodland cartridge, the sentiment is embossed in silver on a white die and I added a bit of silver ribbon.  It was difficult to photograph, but I like all the blingy-silver, which the purple handles just fine!
I'm entering this in this week's holiday card challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut blog .
Maybe I need to just use purple more?  Perhaps with green?  I'll keep trying....

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December ODBD challenge

I've been in kind of a rut for card inspiration and was happy to see that the ODBD challenge for December is masculine cards .  I reached for some Tim Holtz stamps for inspiration and his Distress crackle paint.  I crackled a tag, then distressed it with Vintage Photo and Walnut stain inks.
I stamped on top of the "crackled" (is that a word?) paper with the map, plane, and compass.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts OWH All the Time stamp set, which I just bought.  I kept to browns, blues, and neutral colors to keep it masculine too.
I hope I can also fit in some more challenges this week - they always help kick start my mojo.
Have a nice day - and stay warm!