Operation Write Home

I am currently making cards for Operation Write Home, which sends blank handmade cards to deployed servicemen and women. OWH is an amazing organization that ships thousands of cards each month to our nation's Heroes so they have something to write home on. Please check out the tag on the sidebar for more information on this inspiring mission. Please join me in supporting our men and women who sacrifice for us all.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Birthday

Cleaning up some leftovers, I almost don't even know what to say about Birthdays right now.  Mine was so hard to get through.  I'm hoping this OWH card will bring a smile to a few faces (receiver/giver/receiver).  I didn't think I would like the chalkboard paper, but I am finding it adds a nice texture.  It is the dark teal panel.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seongsook's Stampers Fall Card Swap

Here is my card for the Fall Card Swap hosted by Cora Jean on Seongsook's Stampers page on FB.  I have to admit that I don't normally do card swaps because I tend to panic and have brain freeze.  But I am attempting to stretch and try something new.  I tried to get lots of textures on this and have to say I did enjoy making this.  Thank you Cora and Seongsook.

Three more for Christmas

This first one is a little more simple. I made the flower with the Cricut and an old punch.  I know it doesn't show up well but that red block is wonderful textured paper.

This layout is one that was part of VCMP challenge last year.  I remembered/loved the layout and had to make some.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vertical Star Burst

Good morning!  I was going to make a bunch of these and found I had a hard time making just one.  Cindy R is soooo good at this and I was inspired to try it.  Alas, I need more practice.  I do like this one though.  The sentiment is a sticker from the stash that I mounted on cardstock and then popped.  I will try this again another day.  :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday Merry Christmas

It's Monday and here is the Oldie Moldie for the day!  The snowflake was made with a large Cricut cut and 3 different sized snowflake punches and a little brad to hold them all together.  One more for the OWH box going out this month.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

(Not) OWH sketch #152 - Thank You

Lately I've been trying out some of the OWH sketches that I had not done yet.  This is one that started out as an OWH sketch and then went off on it's own.  This started as sketch 152.

I liked this paper because it is actually using both sides of the same piece.  The gray is wonderful with this shade of purple.  I merely distressed all the squares and sentiment with a pearlescent ink to match.   The sentiment is popped for some interest.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Home is where the heart is...

Continuing with a little Oldie Moldie Monday theme we have this lovely die cut sentiment.  It was given to me waaaay back as part of a RAK.  The little medallion is from a chip board die cut set by K&Co that I added some shine to with some Dimensional Magic.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A little more early Christmas

I'm not stressing over getting a ton of Christmas cards made since I have joined a few other OWH ladies and committed to pacing meself.  If less than 50% of the box is Christmas then Sandy should not be overwhelmed with more than she needs for this season.  Sorry, I can't remember who the background paper is made by but I can tell you that it qualifies as an Oldie Moldie Monday paper since I know it has been around for awhile.  I do know the square panel is Tim Holtz.  I made several for the next OWH box.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

OWH Mid-Month Throwdown - Grateful

Today's pair are for the OWH (new) Mid-Month Throwdown and you can read about it here.  The challenge is to make Grateful or Thankful themed cards.  The side panels were dry embossed before the paint was added, the sentiment panel is raised and the leaves are punched with a textured paper... all to add as much texture as possible to these cards.  I'm thankful for this uninterrupted day to make cards and tinker in the crafty zone!  :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Heartfelt Thanks

Switching gears here.  This time a pair of soft flowers in fall colors. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scrappy Christmas

Good morning!  I had a couple of scrappy Christmas cards for the OWH box to be sent out early.  Sending them early helps give Sandy an idea of the card to contact ratio so she can advise the card makers of the amount needed (or not).

Making these scrappy cards is rather relaxing and I'm not making tons of multiples that she doesn't need right now.  Ok, off to finish up some Thank You cards!  Have a great day!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge #236

I got it done on the same day!!! *faints*  LOL!  I have spent the past week tearing apart and reorganizing my crafty stuff and could actually see my whole table this morning.  I am so surprised that this one came together so quickly. The banner doesn't show up well in the photo but it is a slightly off white diamond dust (No flaking) and looks awesome with the iridescent snowflake that was cut on the Cricut.   I'm so excited!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Gratitude in Fall Colors

Here are 3 more that are winging their way to OWH this week.  More fall colors on shiny embossed paper.  This card is was designed using OWH sketch #91.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Call me CRAZY Fall Cards

I finally got this group of 10 cards done!  I made them as missing you cards so that they won't "expire" if not used by Thanksgiving.  The leaves are all these wonderful colored stickers with gold foil edging and accents.  The were too thin to use on the lumpy layers so I mounted them on cardstock and fussy cut them out.
Yes, I just said I cut them out..... enough leaves and acorns for TEN cards.  Yikes!  I had made 2 cards and thought they looked good and wanted to use up a bunch of the remaining stickers....... UM, yeah.......... that was a lot of cutting.  But I do love the result!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thinking of You - Winter

I know at first glance you might think this is a Christmas card.  Look again.  No decorated trees, no presents, no ornaments.  Just seasonal colors and some holly.  So this card would be perfect any time during the holiday or winter months to say something other than just Merry Christmas.  It could actually be used as a birthday card for someone who's birthday is in December or January or example.  I'm trying to find and use paper and sentiments that can be a little more flexible.

Monday, August 4, 2014

OWH - Lovin'

This morning's card share is a pair.  The background paper has ALL the words shiny embossed!  OH-Aahh!  I'm working on making nice layered embellishments that are not thick.  With all the scoring on the petals it looks thicker but they really lay quite flat.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

OWH - ODBD Challenge - August 2014

Good Sunday morning!  The ODBD challenge for August has been posted on the Stars and Stamps blog and is asking for cards with stars.  I love cards with stars much like I love cards with snowflakes.  Since there is no Sunday Sketch this week I might just work on some MORE cards with stars.

Friday, August 1, 2014

OWH - Missing You

This morning I'm posting some cards that were just fronts sitting in a box.  Sometimes when I am clearing out the scraps I just make up fronts and finish them later when I see what my shipment is short of. 

Then I just add the sentiment and the embellishment.  I look through the box and certain ones will jump out and me asking to be used.

It also helps to have them ready when the mo-jo is taking a snooze.  It is much easier to make a card when all I need is the sentiment and embellishment.  I hope you liked them!