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Saturday, May 26, 2012

OWH Memorial Day 2012 Sketch Bloghop

(click on the red button to go to the master link for all of the blog posts)

The day has finally arrived....and I am so excited!  I love the annual OWH Memorial Day Bloghop - it takes the entire weekend to get through all of the posts and I get totally overwhelmed and have to take breaks....but I really enjoy all of the inspiration!

It is no secret that I love Doodle Pantry images and the turtle is certainly one of my very favorite DP characters.  This cutie is from Turtle Trio - the digitally colored version (I have neither the time nor the talent to color this good!) The sentiment is part of the set and I placed it using MS Word and the .pgn files included in the set.  The patterned paper is also  included in the set and I have layered it with Stampin' Up! Garden Green and placed it on a Cuttlebug embossed piece of Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie.

For this card I used Sketch #21

Thanks for hopping by my blog today...your comments are always appreciated
Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

P.S.  The link to the next post on the Bloghop is located on the Master Post - click on the banner at the top to find more wonderful inspiration!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

S & S Midweek Throwdown - Patriotic

The Midweek Throwdown over at OWH Stars & Stamps blog is to make a card for our heroes using a Patriotic or July 4th.  Most of us OWH card makers use the patriotic theme on a regular basis on our Any Hero cards so this challenge is "easy" but fun at the same time because we get to share our creations and be inspired by the creations of others at the same time.

My card was made using up my scraps of patterened paper from the Doodle Pantry Super Birdie set (ie:  the red/blue star paper.)  The sentiment is from Verve Stamps called Just for You.  I used my Cuttlebug to cut the circles (with Spellbinder Nestabilities) and to emboss the stars on white cardstock.

Happy Stamping and God's Richest Blessings,


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Being a Rebel with Operation Write Home - Blue and Gray

Today (or yesterday now) is National Scrapbooking Day and I am choosing to celebrate it in a very rebellious way...I am making cards for our troops with Operation Write Home "Be A Rebel" Virtual Card Making Party.

Challenge #8 - Use Blue and Grey by Allison G. in TX

Blue and grey...what a great theme to go with our VCMP  Rebel theme!  But grey...really?!?  I had to chuckle because I was pretty sure I didn't even have any grey card stock, and I was right. I was looking around my craft area wondering what in the world I would do for this image, colored by my BFF Lucy, and what do you know?  It has both blue and grey in it!  Eureka!

The patterened paper I picked up over a year ago at either JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby specifically to use with this digi but I was always too afraid to try coloring him.  Lucy to the rescue!  She loves to watercolor and I love to let her!  LOL  This adorable little guy is from Bugaboo Stamps but unfortunately has be retired.  It is difficult to tell but I attached the focal piece with dimensional mounting tape to give it even more dimension.  The silver eyelets in the corners were thrilled to see the light of day and do a good job of  pulling it all together.

Being a Rebel with Operation Write Home - Use a Die Cut

Today (or yesterday now) is National Scrapbooking Day and I am choosing to celebrate it in a very rebellious way...I am making cards for our troops with Operation Write Home "Be A Rebel" Virtual Card Making Party.

Challenge #6 - Use a Die Cut by Beth

The Cuttlebug is one of my most valued stamping tools - I use it in some way on almost every card.  I have slowly been building my die selections but seem to always revert back to circles.

This card is one that I have been meaning to put together for the past week or so...I had printed the sentiment and background paper but  just couldn't settle on a layout until I actually started working with it today.  The sentiment and paterened paper are from the newly released colored version of Reel 'Em In by Doodle Pantry.  It is worth a minute to click on the link and view the entire set since this card only uses two small elements and the set is sooooo great for masculine cards.

Being a Rebel with Operation Write Home - Use Bright Colors

Today (or yesterday now) is National Scrapbooking Day and I am choosing to celebrate it in a very rebellious way...I am making cards for our troops with Operation Write Home "Be A Rebel"  Virtual Card Making Party.

Challenge #4 - Use Bright Colors by Yvonne

I love bright colors - so I guess this is the perfect challenge for me!  When I read the challenge I knew exactly where to look for the brightest/loudest of patterened papers, too! 

And I liked the first card so much I made another...and another...until all of the patterned paper was gone!  (yep, no hoarding of this paper any longer!)

Whew!  I am almost caught up!  Off now to sort through my dies - I even have some new Spellbinder's Nestabilities to break in!

Being a Rebel with Operation Write Home - Five Elements Challenge

Today (or yesterday now) is National Scrapbooking Day and I am choosing to celebrate it in a very rebellious way...I am making cards for our troops with Operation Write Home "Be A Rebel" Card Making Party.

Challenge #5 - Use Five Elements by Our Daily Bread Designs

Our Daily Bread Designs is a wonderful company that has been supporting Operation Write Home over the past several months by hosting specific monthly challenges on their blog and then donating the shipping costs for one package to be shipped overseas based on our participation.  25 entries = 1 box of cards shipped, with a maximum of 2 paid boxes per month.  It is probably a good thing that they put the limit on because we have risen to the challenge and met the limit every month since the challenge began.  Thank you ODBD for your support of Operation Write Home and your inspiration for our card makers.

Their challenge for the VCMP is to make a card using five different elements.

The five different elements I used are:
1) Layers
2) Sponging
3) Masking
4) Sentiment
5) Viva Pearl Pens

This card was so fun and easy to make that I made 6 to include in my OWH box.  Now I am off to find some BRIGHT colors for the next challenge! 


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Being a Rebel with Operation Write Home - Use Something Hoarded

Today is National Scrapbooking Day and I am choosing to celebrate it in a very rebellious way...I am making cards for our troops with Operation Write Home "Be A Rebel" Card Making Party.

Challenge #2 - Use Something Hoarded by Carol

For me the most hoarded stamping supply is patterned paper scraps...after all, they looked great on the first bunch of cards and I am certain that I will use them again someday, right?  Ha!  Not unless I make myself...but throw them away and deny myself the opportunity to bring them to life again later?  Never!

Did I jump on the "wrangle your scraps" bandwagon?  No, not exactly.  But I did select this bunch of scraps to get me started.  I used what I could and then forced myself to toss the 'unusable' pieces.  It was tough, let me tell 'ya!  But, I did it.  I made it through the navy blues today.  Tomorrow I will pick another color, at least that is the plan!

The stripes are all scraps from a Stampin' Up! 6 x 6 pack that was discontinued a few years ago.  The sentiment is a digi that I will have to research it's origins (it was also hoarded since this time last year.)

Two challenges done, and the third is mine so I guess that makes three challenges done.  So on to challenge #4!!!

Being a Rebel with Operation Write Home - Paper Piecing

Today is National Scrapbooking Day and I am choosing to celebrate it in a very rebelious way - I am making cards for our troops with the Operation Write Home "Be A Rebel" Virtual Card Making Party!

OWH Virtual Card Making Parties are soooo much fun!  Everyone is encouraged to participate and a new challenge is posted throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.   It is a fun way to get your mojo flowing and to be inspired by other card makers as well.  Even if you don't have time to join in on the card making challenges you are still welcome to hop along and be inspired!  Click here to get started.

Challenge #1 is Paper Piecing for Kids by Sherry.

Paper Piecing is a challenge for me but it didn't take me long to think of the adorable bunny from Stamin' Up! from a set called "A New Little Someone" that has now been retired.  I very seldom ever use this stamp because I always think he/she needs to be colored (run the other way!!!)  but I really like how it turned out this time.  I used Kraft card stock for the bunny and Doodle Pantry polka dotted background paper from my scraps (hooray!) for the bow, etc.  I just couldn't bring myself to add a sentiment anywhere on the front so I stamped "I Love You" on the inside in bright pink.  I obviously need some more practice with the Viva Pearl Pens but it think it will still be ok to send in.

OWH Be A Rebel Challenge #3 - Food As Your Focal Image

Welcome OWH Card Makers!  Today is National Scrapbooking Day but we are playing the part of the Rebels and we are making CARDS, not scrapbooks, for our deployed heroes.  If you are new to Operation Write Home you can find out all about this wonderful organization by clicking the badge on the left side of this post.

My challenge today, for the Be a Rebel Virtual Card Makiing Party, is to make a card using FOOD AS YOUR FOCAL IMAGE.  It can be any kind of food....cupcakes, candy, ice cream, hotdogs, BBQ...even popsicles.

My card today was made using the adorable Doodle Pantry Popsicle Ants.  I used the colored versions and background papers that are included in the set but the outline images are also available in the set as well (great for paper piecing or coloring on your own.)  I accented the popsicle with Glossy Accents and it looks good enough to lick!  Here is a close up to show the shine a little better.

Of course this wonderful set comes with several other colors that I could not I made a card for each color!  All will be included with my next OWH box.  Here is a photo of the others.

Now it's YOUR turn....go make a card (or two or three or four) using FOOD AS YOUR FOCAL IMAGE then link it up here, and share on Facebook, too!

I am sorry to say Mr. Linky doesn't like me :(  Please leave a link to your  blog post in the comment section* and we will  hop on over and leave you some love! 

Happy Stamping!

*Note: to see the cards made by other card makers just highlight their link, copy it, then paste it in your address bar and hit enter.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Doodle Pantry New Release on Sketch #118

Today is New Release Day over at the Doodle Pantry and I am very excited about this month's releases!  Not only is Laurie offering some fabulous sets at very reasonable prices she is also offering several specials this 2 (yes I said TWO) FREE sets with each purchase now through May 24th!  And, as always, Doodle Pantry gives away a free set to each participant in the monthly challenge.  What better motivation to show off your talents than to collect on a free set?  Check it out here:  Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge.

I absolutely love the Doodle Pantry birdies so my selection for the New Release card was simple.  Of course I HAD to use a Stars & Stamps Sketch and the current one, at the time, was #118 (shown below.)

This card was made with the BBQ Birdie set which includes the colored image that I used as well as an outlined image for the coloring enthusiasts out there.  This is one of three background papers that are included with the set.  The sentiment is from another Doodle Pantry set, Man Stuff, that is actually one of the TWO Free With Purchase this month sets that I mentioned earlier.  The card stock is all Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue and Daffodil Delight.  The scallops on the side are actually 1" circles lined up with a small hole punched in the center of each for interest.  This card has been included in my Operation Write Home box and will be shipped overseas for our troops to write home on, maybe even  for Father's Day. 

Here is the Stars & Stamps Sketch #118:

Happy Stamping and God's Richest Blessings,


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