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Hi! I am a "middle aged" wife of over 40 years, mother to 2, mother-in-law to 2, and grandmother to 4. I love hanging out with these people!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ODBD for OWH December

A little flower of love!  A great Stampin Up set that I love the versatility of! 

Better Late Than Never!

Here is my card for OWH sketch #148 - - when I am feeling better - I will list items used -

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Operation Write Home Sketch Cards - #149

 I am so very proud to have my sketch cards used as examples for this weeks Sketch at OWH.  I had a blast making them - and here is  a preview of my cards.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Just Some Beautiful Paper

I bought a 6 X 6 pad of BoBunny valentine paper last Saturday.  I also bought a few 12 X 12 sheets of it - I couldn't help myself!  It is just beautiful!  Yesterday I made a quick valentine card with a couple of sheets of the small paper. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Birthday PFC

I made this birthday card for a contact of Sandy Allnock that is celebrating a birthday in Afghanistan.  I perhaps went a bit to feminine!   I loved all the papers together - and may have had yet another case of paper driving the theme - rather than the theme!

The supplies I used:
  • Neenah Solar White -120 lb for card base
  • 7 Gypsies - Matarro - striped paper
  • Stampin Up Top Note die - made from Bo Bunny Back to Basics paper
  • Simple Stories - Happy Day -Blue paper with flags and the sentiment
  • On the Surface Twine
  • Bo Bunny Weekend Market brad
This is getting easier!!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Operation Write Home MidWeek Throwdown

Hi - I am working on making my cards more interesting - I get carried away and forget my original plan!  Or lack of one - too ofter!  I am also going to start listing the products used - that is hard!!  I like how this card turned out - I am leaning towards muted colors right now - I have phases!

Supplies used:
Card base - Neenah Solar White 120 lb
The Chevron and Dots are from the same paper I even used the paper where the name is!- Basic Grey Serenade 
 There is a barely seen piece of - Basic Grey Urban Couture Tweed
The small circle - EK Success Rebecca Sower Designs Twigs & Twine
Bo Bunny Weekend Market Brads
On the Surface Twine
Him Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Memento Rich Cocoa - Sentiment
Sentiment is a dollar stamp set (Michaels)
Stampin Up Kraft paper
I promise I am working on getting better at listing supplies!

Monday, November 12, 2012

OWH Sketch 146

I wanted to make a "boy" card - so I looked through my stash and found a kit from Crate Paper called "Zoom".  It had wonderful papers - patterned and solid - and a diagonal stripe that just spoke to me.  The kit has some very nice labels and tags - but they didn't work for me this time around.  I really liked the muted tones and that some portions of the paper had some distressing.  I added two brads from a Recollection collection of screw tipped brads - and a bit of twine from "On the Surface."  For a sentiment I used a square/scalloped Happy Birthday stamp from Stampin Up- stamped with Riding Hood Red  ink.  I used the Stampin Up 1 1/2 inch square scallop punch -which gave the sentiment a nice white border.  I stamped the paper with the same stamp and color and used dimensionals on the sentiment. 

And now for my Happy Birthday card:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Operation Write Home Sketch 145

Great sketch! Fun to make - simple and can be dressed up with pretty paper!

Here are my cards -

Rae - Anything look familiar?

ODBD Nov Challenge

Grr!  I typed an eloquent description - then pressed the wrong button!  Silly hands!  The challenge is to create a card using a tool that hasn't been used for awhile.  How about NEVER!  I discovered this tool - a Circle Scissor - when cleaning out my cabinet last year - read the directions - rare for me! and discovered it was very cool.  But I never used it!  I also used a newish border punch by Fiskars - which makes wonderful leftovers!

Midweek Throwdown for Oct 31

The challenge was to make Valentine's cards.  I was tired of Christmas cards - so I decided to change over to the next OWH challenge - due by Dec 31 - Valentine's cards!  I have tons of stuff I want to use - so this should be fun!  Here are four cards -

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Few More Christmas Cards for OWH

I went to a Stampin Up workshop on Sunday and made 5 cards - Christmas cards seem to bring out glitter paper - so I had to opt out of the glitter - of course - and isolated a snowflake card with glitter paper.  I put that card in a ziploc so I didn't contaminate my cards - AND I checked everything over and over at different angles.  The snowflake card remains safely isolated with it's glitter paper! These were fun cards to make and I enjoyed the company!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Christmas Cards from a 6 x 6 pad

I decided to try the 6 x 6 technique posted on Operation Write Home.  for the 1st  14 cards I used OWH sketches - and still had A LOT of the 6 x 6 paper left!  AND scraps!  So I started making my own "creations".  My final count is 30 cards!  My 30th card is one of scrap strips!  I had to clean up my craft room - the disorder really bothered me!  So I had to conquer my fear of unmatched patterns next to each other!  I should mention 2 things - 1) I noticed a giant smear on one card that I will go back and fix - but there are 3 in the picture; and 2) and I may have mixed up sketch 56 and sketch 115!  In conclusion - - -  using sketches makes the card making experience more enjoyable for me and I can't stand a huge mess in my crafting space - which is why I often make 1 card at a time.

Bonus Sketch

sketch 35

sketch 36

sketch 51

sketch 56

sketch 115 (I think!)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Can't Get Enough Love Cards

Here is my card for Operation Write Home's MidWeek Throwdown - this week!  I was really stuck on the black-cream and white - papers!

Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge

The challenge is to use circles - so back into my stash I went and found this card- - -

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A series of cards I made

I seem to be drawn to this pad of paper I got last year - It has crushed velvet like paper and beautiful stripped and dotted paper.  I couldn't cut the paper - at first - but once I did - I couldn't stop making cards with it.  I have made 20 cards -using 5 or 6 sheets of paper-12x12.  So I still have lots more!  the pad also has stickers - which I used!  Many don't look like stickers - which is what I loved!  This time I decided I wanted stripes and dots for the top and bottom section - and a different pattern to go over where these connect.  Then I added "stuff".  I really enjoyed the results.  I also located the instructions for my Crop a Dile - and used it on two cards to set brads!!!! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Simple but Sincere

Here is my card for October 3rd Midweek Throwdown - I had a vision - it did not, however, work! This card idea was my 2nd vision!  I don't know that it worked but I do like it.  This is the 1st time I have scanned a card to get a picture - the black spots don't exist in reality! (hehe) And the colors are white and calypso coral!  So much for my vision! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown

Sometimes when my creativity is at a low to medium level - I look through my paper collection for inspiration - I forgot I had this 12x12 pad of paper with black velvet-y dimensional paper!  It got my attention!!!!!!  The pad also had matching stickers that were velvet-y also  - I made several different cards with the paper - and really really enjoyed the feel of the paper and the resulting cards.  I hope whoever receives them loves the feel also.  And even better - I still have more paper just like it!

So many stickers - the oval the swirls and the sentiment!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Red and Green

Here is a card using red and green (okay it is a Christmas card!) for OWH Midweek Throwdown.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Feel Better SOON!

I made this card for the teacher my husband works with - she thought somebody was changing lanes and would hit her on her Vespa - so she hit her brakes hard!  She severely injured her elbow and cracked her knee!  Life changed permanently in a second!    About one year ago I invited her to a Stampin Up workshop and she loved it and became a rep.  I hope she enjoys my card!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown

Sketch 26

Thank you
Happy Wednesday!  For this week's OWH Midweek Throwdown I used sketch 25 to make this any hero card.  Plus - this is another card I made -