Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Final Memorial Day Bloghop for Operation Write Home

Welcome! Yes- today is a wonderful day of creativity and celebration- recognizing the OWH card makers, shippers, financial donors, Sandy and of course our brave members of our military. Let's make some great cards and honor our troops as OWH winds down.  Let's finish strong- it will be fabulous to be able to say Mission Accomplished!And I know I am going to try to beat the August 1st deadline!


I have a card today that was completely inspired by Dawn- she did a video showing how she created the card and I thought it would be fun to make it for my last blog hop card. I know there will be lots of inspiration over at Operation Write Home this weekend at  http://wp.me/p2kUr6-5bB   but be sure to check out Dawn's blog- she is amazing!
http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/dawns_stampin_studio/2015/05/double-.html



This is the outside of the card- looks like a regular A2 card.

And here are the views when you flip open the card! Surprise!


The card base is really easy to make- 3 score lines and 2 quick cuts of an 8.5 x 11in piece of cardstock! There is plenty of room to write a message and yes- it is an A2 card. I love the peek-a-boo circles and that it is an interactive card.

Thanks to our troops- past and present- you are truly appreciated. I will miss the sense of community of Operation Write Home but I am more thrilled that the need for OWH has significantly decreased!
OK- you have spent enough time here- go visit the other blog participants and enjoy the holiday weekend. Go....hop around and then go make some cards!

Diane

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Operation Write Home- Finishing Strong

Hello, 
Many of you have heard the news; OWH is accepting cards until August 1, 2015 then will cease operation at the end of the year. This means our troops are home or will be soon and there will not be a demand for cards! See all the details at:
http://operationwritehome.org/finishing-strong-campaign/

There will be the traditional Memorial Day Bloghop this coming Saturday so make sure to check out all the activity at OWH this weekend.

I have a few cards to share- the first is for the Our Daily Bread Designs challenge at OWH. The challenge for May is to use Embossing on your card. It can be either dry or wet embossing, or both.... I opted for both. I love the look of wet embossing and rarely do it- so this challenge helped motivate me to pull out my heat gun. My background panel is dry embossed and the sentiment is wet embossed.



The mid-month throwdown is to create  gal and guy cards with the same layout.  I had to position my focal image on the gal in a different place than the guy card...I used my patterned paper in different spots and I did not want to cover up the cute paper on the gal card.  The stamps are from the new release at My Favorite Things- so fun!!!
http://operationwritehome.org/may-mid-month-throwdown-his-hers/


And here are a few more of my recent card creations. I continued to heat emboss a lot of the sentiments.







Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Monday, May 4, 2015

Yes- A Christmas Card

Hello!  I wanted to start making a few Christmas cards here and there- and I liked the sketch at http://jinglebellesrock.blogspot.com/
so- yup, I made a Christmas card on a warm, sunny day!

                                  


I used an image by Sweet n Sassy-- how cute! The gems match the green in the papers-even though it looks yellow. 
Have a great day!
Diane

Sunday, May 3, 2015

2 Sketches, a Flying Dog and a Pink Bird!

Welcome!  I have a few cards to share.
Try Stamping-or not- On Tuesday posted a fun sketch.
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/
                                 

 I used a fun stamp and pin face by Darcie; a bit too bulky for our troops to send home in the mail- so I plan to use this as a hero card. Hero cards can be larger and bumpy since Sandy at OWH puts them on the top of the boxes of cards she packs up.


Another great sketch came from http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/

                                             
                                    

This is another sweet stamp by Sugar Pea Designs-  I really enjoy coloring the images- enough detail to be interesting but not so much that it takes forever to color.

And the gals at Cards in Envy chose 'pretty in pink' as the theme for this week. You must go look at the cards posted- gorgeous!
http://www.cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/
Instead of making a pretty pink card, I decided to go with pink and silly! This Inky Antics flamingo makes me smile- what an expression on her face!

And last but not least, challenge #68  at Cardz 4 Guys is Flight.   I went through my stamps- looking for a plane, a bird or a hot air balloon- and what did I find but this high flying pooch by Art Impressions!  http://cardz4guyz.blogspot.co.uk/


Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful week--and go make a card...or 2!
Diane

Friday, May 1, 2015

Guest I-Teamer for Words to Scrap By for May!

Greetings! When I won the March challenge at Words to Scrap By, I was also asked to be a Guest I-Teamer! Wahoooo!

Did you know May is National Photography Month?  Taking photographs and paper crafting are two ways we commemorate life events. This month's challenge is to create a card or project inspired by that oft heard picture-taking phrase Say Cheese

Well, I love taking pictures and my family knows I am the one to come to when they need a picture from last week, last year, 10 years ago! And yes- I even have a few original Polaroid pictures!  When I heard the challenge, I just had to pull out this great image from SugarPeaDesigns.com. Selfies are such a common site these days- and ya gotta love the selfie sticks! We tried one out at Christmas and were able to get a large group of people around the dining room table! I love the expression on her face as she poses for her selfie!  And I had to give her a gold phone- in honor of my niece Paige and her gold phone! 

Please head on over to wordstoscrapby.com and see what the rest of the team created and then go make a card!! 
Thanks so much for stopping by and special thanks to Annie, Sybrina and Bobbi for letting me join in on the W2SB fun!
Diane

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Relaxing Kind of Weekend

Hello!  I did not have lots of plans for this weekend so I was able to read, watch Outlander and create some cards!{Yup, my laundry is still waiting to be done...later, later!}

The Male Room's current challenge is to use letters or numbers on our projects. My Favorite Things recently showed several ways to make shaker cards and that inspired my card. A super simple layout with masculine papers and colors and I am pleased with the results!
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/new-dt-members-and-challenge-08-using.html



And the ladies from Cards 4 Guyz came up with another fun challenge....Challenge # 66 Exotic/Jungle Wildlife

I used an Inky Antics image and colored it with copic markers. What a sweet duo- the hippo and the bird....well- and the stamp and copics too!



Try Stamping on Tuesday has another sketch for us to use:
                                      
I do not usually combine challenges but Cards in Envy's challenge is Child's Play -so I decided to use the Penny Black stamp for both challenges.

http://www.cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/

And I always enjoy the theme at Words to Scrap By and April's theme is The Earth has Music. I combined a few stamps to create the creating to go with the adorable elephant by Avery Elle.  I have a special place in my heart for elephants- as does my niece, Tessa.
So- this one is made with Tessa in my thoughts! She is pure joy to me!


http://words2scrapby.blogspot.com/2015/04/w2sb-challenge-16-earth-has-music.html

OWH's mid month throwdown is stitching.  So- this is kind of a cheat- but I adore the dies with the stitched edges....love the little extra detail.  And the foam finger is on an Action Wobble--so fun!

April Mid-Month Throwdown – Stitching


Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Post #2 Cardz 4 Guy4

I have another card to share today! It is for the Super Hero challenge at http://cardz4guyz.blogspot.co.uk/.

I am not sure if I mentioned that I love Sugar Pea Designs stamps and dies and Wendy and the DT....well- they like me too--lol! I won a $100 gift card for their birthday celebration- oh my- I was in heaven. You will be seeing creations with their stamps over the next few weeks- here is a picture of the huge amount of goodies I selected with my prize:
The stamp I used for this card is a Sugar Pea Designs set I purchased a while back and boy is this a great set! The image is adorable and there are a lot of sentiments you can create.  I love stamps for the guys!
I kept the layout simple and added NO embellishments- just let the image shine! And speaking of shine- can you see the clear glaze (Sakura pen) on his glasses and lightening bolt?  I love this pen- gives a nice shine but dries super fast and the pen makes application in tiny spots a breeze!
Have a wonderful week-- and how about creating a card? 
Diane
Hello, I have a few cards to share. I am a devotee of the OWH challenges and I am a bit behind.
My first card is for the monthly ODBD challenge and this month we are to make masculine cards. Cards for Fathers Day are due to OWH by the end of this month so I am in the masculine mind set.

I combined several stamps from Avery Elle's 'The Man' set to create the focal sentiment. 



I went in a feminine direction and tried out some IndigoBlu leafing flakes- oh so pretty in real life- not easy to photograh! I have 2 jars of flakes. One container is full of flakes in a variety of colors: copper, silver, blue, & green but mostly gold and the other is silver, silver and  just silver! Gorgeous!

I tried using OWH sketch #250 but I just could not find a way to put the bottom strip across my circle-- it cut off the body of the CTMH stamp of a celebrating/dancing gal in unpleasant ways no matter how I positioned it!

OWH Sketch 250


Try Stampin on Tuesday (Trystampinontuesday.blogspot.comalso posted a sketch- and oh no- that dreaded bottom strip again- LOL.  I was more successful with this strip! The silver leafing is stunning in person! Different from heat embossing-which I struggle with- especially on solid images- so the flakes make me happy! 

                                                

Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Paper Players #238 and Operation Write Home

Hello!  
I often plan to play along with the challenges at The Paper Players...and today I was successful! I chose the diagonal option of yellow-sequins-polka dots for my card and a super sweet Mo Manning digital image. Go check out the fun at  http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/

                                    


And even though it is April 1st-- I wanted to join in on the Mid Month Throwdown at OWH. http://operationwritehome.org/march-mid-month-throwdown-red-white-and-blue/ 
Our challenge is to use red, white and blue on a card. I like to make patriotic cards-but I also like to use the colors on other cards. And who can resist this cute little puppy by Purple Onion Designs?  I love to watch Therese ( https://lostinpaper.wordpress.com/) create her cards and I adore the Purple Onion stamps she often uses. The pooch was super quick to color with Copics and I love the simplicity of my card.



Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week,
Diane

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Words to Scrap By

I continue to struggle to find significant time to create cards but since the deadline is almost here at Words to Scrap By, I wanted to make sure I finished this card in time!
http://words2scrapby.blogspot.com/
The theme for this month is weather- and boy have we experienced some interesting weather lately in New England! I was pelted with hail coming out of the post office the other day! For 3 minutes it came down-crazy- then it was gone! Here is my sweet gal who just survived a hail storm and is happy for some sunshine!


Have a wonderful week and hope that spring brings us some nice weather...soon!
Diane

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Bunch-O-Cards

Well, here I am-playing catch up...again!
Work has been very busy lately so by the time I get home..my creative juices and energy are gone!
I was able to create today so I played along with some of my favorite challenges.

The Male Room has a sketch for this challenge:
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
                





The Crooked Stamper is a new challenge blog and I think it is going to one of my favorites!
http://thecrookedstamper.blogspot.com/2015/03/cssc-2.html

                        

My interpretation is a little different from the sketch but I kept the main elements that same. I colored a die cut piece of Vertigo plastic with yellow and gray copic markers to give the lightbulb a warm glow and for the metal base. I love the texture in this 'paper'. It also gives a holographic type of shine- something I could not capture with my camera!

Keeping with my lightbulb theme, I used a MFT stamp and a sketch from last week's Tuesday Morning Sketches and used a bow for the Cards in Envy Challenge- anything goes with a bow!    http://www.cardsinenvy.blogspot.com/


And for the ODBD challenge at OWH for March- it is all about the sentiment.  I purchased this ODBD stamp at the stamp show about 2 years ago- and I really like it but do not use it often..I need to play with it more often. It has a chalkboard effect when you stamp in colored ink onto white paper. The stamp does all the work for a super simple card.

http://operationwritehome.org/march-odbd-challenge-3/

OWH card makers know that we have to work a few months ahead of the holidays so I am trying to make some Mothers Day cards- these need to get to Sandy by the end of March.... so I am making it my mission for this week... make more cards for Moms!!

I hope you have a wonderful week and I plan to post more cards soon!
Thanks for visiting,
Diane

Monday, February 23, 2015

Three Cards

Hi,
Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Today I have 3 cards to share.
The first is a sketch from Operation Write Home   http://operationwritehome.org/sketch-challenge-248/
Even though Sandy made a card and talked about element sneeze and then made a second video showing the steps of creating the original card that inspired the sketch...I struggled with this one! I thought I had a good idea for the smaller circles... I planned to use the little birds to spell out a greeting- but it really was too hard to read- so I used just 2 of the birds. Now what to do with the other circles? I ended up using enamel dots.. overall- not my favorite card. I love the colors and the birds.... but that is it!


                                    OWH Sketch 248


The challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday is another sketch but I had a much easier time with this one!        
                    http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/

                                 
              
Admit it- this one is way better! LOL!  I love this adventurous boy hanging from the tree branch! I put a foam dot behind his head to give him more dimension- and I placed it so his head was outside of the circle-- no daring boy would stay within the boundaries!!

And my last card is another attempt with those chirpy little birds! They are so stinkin cute-- just little balls of fluff!
Thanks for visiting- have a wonderful week!
Diane
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