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.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

More LOVE-ing Pinwheels

It seems I got on a roll one night while watching a DVD and just started putting pinwheels together. Little did I realize as I was relaxing and pasting, that they were a bit harder to make into cards. That part wasn't so easy. But here are the 2 that came from the movie night.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

OWH Facebook Party

I know it looks like I am just slow, but, I had to go make a roast, fry some potatoes and do some touch-up painting on a wooden Christmas yard art. Now back to my regularly scheduled play time! I ran out of sunlight so I had to resort to the scanner which doesn't show highly shiny stuff like the dots on the flower centers, they are actually silver.

First ever Pinwheels!

I have seen this technique done so many times and think it looks so cool, so today I decided to try it. These are my first 2. The one with the flower almost ended up in the trash after I stuck something where it didn't belong and then tore it trying to remove it. Yikes! OWH is having a Virtual Cardmaking Party on Facebook today and these will be the first of my creations for the Heroes today.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rustic Snowflake

I decided to use "Friends" patterned paper since not all cards go to family. Friends are so very important in our lives. Here is my rustic version. The snowflakes were scrubbed with a sand and a bronze colored ink, the ribbon double layered to look snowy and penstitching to help make it look rustic.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

For the OWH Shippers!

I made this card thinking about the amazing shippers that work so VERY hard for OWH. I can imagine this is better than sugarplums dancing in their heads!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hydrangea Love

I know this one isn't Christmas-y. I am working on more holiday cards, but this one is for the Valentine's Day collection for OWH. I have to have all these LOVE ones in the mail by the end of December so they can get to the Heroes in time for them to use for Valentines. This could be used for a LOVE in general, which is nice.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Winter Love

I know this is not conventional colors. I was going for winter (could be snow on the ground in February!) LOVE!

More Love #2

I am still working on the Valentine cards for OWH. This has been fun to make them without any hearts. I think I will have to make some with hearts, but these seemed just fine without them.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Love Tulips!

I do love tulips! They are the most beautiful signs that Spring is here. The come up before all the other flowers in the garden almost daring it to snow and stay winter longer. This image I colored while I was waiting for my leg surgery. I need to make Valentine type cards for OWH's next box to go out so here is my next addition.

Joy, Peace, Love, Christmas!

I got a chance to visit my LSS about 3 weeks ago and use their Cricut machine. I made these mistletoe and frames. I am still learning how to use it so I am sticking with the simple shapes. I made the faux scallops by glueing dots to the back of the frame. The stamp is Inkadinkado Holiday Filigree and the punch is Emagination.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's and Rememberance Day

Happy Veteran's Day to Americans and Rememberance Day to Canadians! I am running like a crazy woman getting things ready for my surgery tomorrow, but I just had to make a card for our Heroes. The sentiment came from Create with TLC, she posted it as a freebie some time back. Thank you, Paulette.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Does this look like a Valentine?

This week I am getting ready to go in for surgery on my leg. Those of you who know me know that I have struggled with this rod and bolts for a very long time and finally I am getting them out. It has been a tough emotional ride these past years and now hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel. Anyway, I have been trying to make myself some "kits" to put together while laid up in bed and I figured the Valentine ones would be a good cheery theme to work on. Sandy sent me this wonderful image (in multiples) and I had this lovely red paper in my stash which I punched to look like lace. It just said "LOVE" to me. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cards from the prize box!

During the Operation Write Home Birthday Bash, my name was drawn at random for a prize. It was a wonderful collection of items and images and here are the first 4 cards made with a mix of things from the box and my stash. It is has been fun so far and the items in the box will be making the return trip to WA as whole made cards. How cool is that??

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

OWH Midweek Throwdown - Love Theme

I recently purchased a flower making stencil and have been cutting up that pile of patterned paper scraps. I'm loving how easy it is to make these. This card was made from more scraps and RAK's.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Midweek Throwdown - Christmas Cards

First I have to say, wow, is it ever hard to photograph shiny silver paper! This stuff makes great ornaments for the cards, but the shine can be a bit tough to get a good picture of. This card is for 2 challenges that happen to be on at the same time. The first one is for a WCMD celebration over at Simply Rae blog. It is for her sketch challenge. And as I was making it yesterday I saw that it was also good for the OWH Midweek Throwdown. That sort of timing rarely happens to me.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Love You

This was made by using 2 stencils, one is the flower in 3 sizes and the other is the swirl on the side. The sentiment stamps is an old dime store stamp that just matched perfectly!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Raspberry Butterfly

I made this butterfly with an unknown brand of stamp bought off e-bay, added the glitter glue around the edges and sealed the whole thing in Dimensional Magic. I made it a few days ago. I know that it is Autumn and most of our card making is geared towards the holidays....... she, however, was crying out to be a card.

WCMD More Yellow/Orange Thank You Challenge

I know this one has a lot of pink but, it has yellow and orange in the circles and background. It is just happy paper!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

WCMD Yellow/Orange Thank You Challenge

This one I went with more on the orange side of things. Fall is here and that wonderful color is everywhere!

WCMD Yellow Thank You Challenge

This is the 3rd one I made for the Paper Crafts Magazine yellow Thank You Challenge. I decided to stick with this challenge a bit since I rarely make yellow cards.

Paper Crafts Magazine FB Challenge

This is another one for the yellow or orange Thank You card challenge.

Happy World Card Making Day!

Like we need a holiday to make cards! LOL!!! But it is nice to have a day that celebrates card MAKERS! To start my day I made 2 cards for Paper Crafts Magazine's FB challenge to make yellow or orange Thank You cards. Since yellow and orange are not my go-to colors, I made these simple ones.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

OWH - Sparkle Creations Fall Card

Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps hosted a challenge for OWH this month and it was to make a fall card. As we head into the end of the year these will be in high demand and are probably in short supply. The rules for OWH state NO glitter so the nice shiny stip down the side is a ribbon to give a little twinkle (and matching the leaf brad) with no flaking! The dark piece has a copper-look shimmer built right into the paper as well.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

OWH - Case Barb

In this challenge I was to CASE one of Barb's (from Paper Therapy Ponderings) cards. I chose this card because I was inspired by the colors and the plain dark silhouette in the fancy frame. I hope she likes what I came up with.

This is mine.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

OWH - Free digi from Hodge Podge

This digi was drawn by Margaret Oesterreicher over at Hodge Podge and donated to OWH for the Birthday Bash. I felt the simple lines of the hat didn't need a fussy card. Thank you, Margaret for being a part of the celebration!

OWH - Purple + Penguin + Old Paper

The challenge for the OWH Birthday Bash sponsored by Paper Therapy Ponderings was to use a penguin image, use shades of purple and to use some old paper laying around in your stash. I absolutely love this penguin and purple was easy to add since it really helps add to the feeling it is cold. And the old paper is actually trees with snow on it. It came from one of those old packs that had seasons in it. Most of the paper is down right scary and I wonder how it got in my pile! But this snow covered trees found new purpose with my penguin

OWH - Free digi from Heather

This image was donated to the Operation Write Home Birthday Bash by Heather Dennis. I love this image and would love to just make tons of cards with it for our Heroes! Big thanks to you, Heather!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Meljen's Top 5! Holy cow!

What a nice surprise this morning to get a note from Meljen's say that my Recipe card had been selected as one of the top 5! I have never been chosen for such a thing. I'm so surprised! Here is the card that I posted. Wow! Dang! Cool!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

OWH and Bits of Cheer Birthday Challenge

Sherry Hickey, from Bits of Cheer blog,donated this wonderful digi for the OWH Birthday Bash celebration and challenged us to make Birthday Cards. He is such a cheery chef, he was a wonderful contribution to the party! Thank you, Sherry!

RAK and Buttons

This was a fun card to make. It is made entirely out of RAK items. The patterned paper and amazing buttons were from Kajikit and the senntiment came to me in a swap. How cool is that? I am using it for two challenges, one for Operation Write Home and also Stamp Haven's Harvest Home Haven celebration. The card will be sent to OWH to hopefully brighten a soldier's day.

OWH - Rick's Patriotic Digi

This is a fabulous digi by Rick St. Dennis, donated to the OWH Birthday Bash. I thought he simply good with denim and surrounded by the Stars and Stripes. I am going to use this as an Any Hero Card as well.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

OWH - Distressing Tutorial Challenge

This was a fun one to play with. I don't know if it looks distressed with the colors I chose, but I did follow the tutorial and all the steps. I used Brilliance twilight tri color ink and generic silver ink. Thanks to Beverly for sharing is wonderful technique!

OWH- Googlie Challenge

I had never tried the Googlies until now. This image from TLC Creations seemed like just the right one to try it out on.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CASE one of Martie's Cards

This was supposed to be a CASE. When I opened the post today what caught my eye was stripes and the big square focal point in the center of one of her cards. So, this is what I came up with.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

FB Birthday Bash! The last challenge....Show Off a Sticker!

This challenge asked to focus on a sticker. I had to laugh! Now she wants stickers! So, this is made from 3 different sets of stickers, even the leaf panels are 2 stickers.

FB Birthday Bash! Challenge #7: Love makes the world go round!

I wish the scan would show that the sentiments on this paper are all embossed. It looks so cool! The "Love" is an epoxy sticker with an inked bit of paper behind it for color and the letters are brush stickers. It looks a bit manly, eh?

FB Birthday Bash! Challenge #6: Sentiment Only!

This is made from a vellum printed sentiment mounted on the colored paper. The butterfly is a delicate outline sticker that I placed on the blue/purple paper and then cut out.

FB Birthday Bash! Challenge #5: Bling it up!

Now how fun is this? A bling challenge! Not to worry about the traces of glitter on the image, they are encased in Dimensional Magic for security. This one was quick and fun!

Birthday Bash Challenge: Angel Wings

This is for a challenge over at Sandy's blog, It's a colorful world. I made this one from a reeeeeally old stamp that no longer even had it's wood. She is a pretty gal and well worth keeping.

Meljen's Recipe Challenge #25

I made this one last night after getting home from my very first card making party (with real people, inside joke!). I just loved the digi flowers. These were made with a paper flower underneath, the digi flower and a paper flower on top. The recipe called for 2 flowers, 3 brads and 1 ribbon. Thanks to Meljens for the lovely digi flower that I think I will use often.

FB Birthday Bash! Challenge #4: Oh baby!

Oh, My Gosh! This was made from scraps! Well, the beautiful sentiment came from TLC Creations, which totally made this easier to do. The idea for this card was to be one sent TO the child. While they won't be able to read it now, they would know later that their parent was thinking of them while they were in such a tough place. Kind of like a keepsake.

FB Birthday Bash! Challenge #2: Indian Summer

I joined in the Facebook party a bit late, but wanted to try some of the challenges I missed. This one is for the Indian Summer. Up here in Alberta, the sunflowers are standing tall right now, telling winter to stay away a bit longer.

FB Birthday Bash! Challenge #3: Pick a Sketch

Having not finished my first cup of coffee this morning, I just jumped right in to the current challenge at the Facebook Birthday Bash! It is from today's Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #35. I guess I had better go make another one to post at S&S!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Midweek Throwdown 9/15 - Birthday Cards!

I am hoping this card makes a child smile while they are waiting for their loved one to return home safe.