Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tuesday Morning Sketches, OWH and Male Room Challenges

Hello, 
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.  I have 3 cards to share today.   Here is a great sketch featured this week at
http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/
                  


The gal, the flower and the bench are colored with copics and her shirt is paper pieced. Hmmm, her hair looks like it has white streaks or maybe some dandruff.....I find it so funny how a card looks good to me until I see it in a photo!

Our mid- month challenge at Operation Write Home was to create a thank you card.
http://operationwritehome.org/january-mid-month-throwdown-thank-you/ 
I have a few dies that I had fun playing with- simple but I really like the red, black and yellow color combination.
And my last card is for The Male Room- for the shades of blue challenge.  
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/challenge-0215-shades-of-blue.html

I used some yellow paper to break up all the blues. And I coated a MFT die cut of the world with glossy accents...it seemed really flat without the gloss and I like it in real life! I cut the die in white and the greenish blue of the land. I  colored the water sections of the white die with copic markers and layered this over the green die...way easier than trying to piece all the sections of land into the die!
Have a great week and go make some cards!
Diane

Monday, January 19, 2015

Try Stampin on Tuesday Challenge and OWH

hello!
I had a great week last week- I was in the top 3 for 2 challenges! Wahoo! You can see my side bar for the badges.

I have 2 cards to share today and I am in an extra joyful mood today- the Patriots won the game last nite- on to the Superbowl to play the Seahawks-should be a wonderful game...and today is my birthday! I have had a wonderful long weekend- thanks to all the people I love. I try to remember daily how grateful I am for the most amazing people in my life!!

OWH posted a great sketch for my first card. The stamps are by Inky Antics- sweet!
OWH Sketch 246




And here is a fun sketch from Try Stampin on Tuesday:
      
                  


I missed the cut off time for Cardz 4 Guys and their theme this challenge was  birthday so I used the TSOT sketch with that theme- but will only post to TSOT.  http://cardz4guyz.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/happy-birthday.html

The stamps are from CC Designs and the papers are from The Paper Loft...I have a few of their 6x6 pads since they are great papers for guy cards!

Well- I am off to get ready for a birthday dinner- thanks for stopping by!
Diane

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy Sunday!

Hello!
Thanks for stopping by. I have a few cards to share this evening.
I am still excited from the New England Patriots football game last evening- very exciting and of course- the outcome I was hoping for! 

My first card is for Operation Write Home and Our Daily Bread Designs monthly challenge and for January we are starting the year off right with a card for a hero!  http://operationwritehome.org/january-odbd-challenge/


Next is my card for the VINTAGE challenge at Cardz 4 Guys. I do not have a lot of vintage stamps but I was able to find this old time train.                 http://cardz4guyz.blogspot.co.uk/



And then a card for my OWH box. I adore these stick figures- I have no clue who makes them and I have had them for years. I pull them out every once in a while and smile! I used some scraps that were on my table...time to clean up my work space! LOL

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful week!
Diane

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #199

Hello! I made this card the other day- then I caught the nasty cold going around! I am feeling better so I figured I needed to post this card soon! 
Here is the sketch for challenge #199- Friends. Since I make pretty much all of my cards for Operation Write Home, I wanted to make this more of a masculine card- but neutral enough that it could be sent to or from a guy or a gal!  I like that this sketch can be kept clean and simple- right up my alley! And maybe I am not better- my picture of the card is super crooked! LOL 

http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/
                                 


Thanks for stopping by!
Diane

Thursday, January 1, 2015

My Top 14 of 14!

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Hello and Happy New Year!  Welcome to my favorite creations of 2014-in no particular order and most-for no particular reason! I am not going to chat a lot...I know there are lots of blogs to visit today to see what the card-makers chose for their top cards! 
http://wp.me/p2kUr6-4YZ

What I learned by looking back at my cards for 2014...I still like clean, uncluttered cards! And I still love to color with copics! And patterned papers make me happy!

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And while not for OWH- this card was made for Doug- who really did a wonderful thing for my family. He told me that he was having a rough day at work and when he opened the card (I sent it to his restaurant) he was so happy and felt appreciated....exactly what I intended! Isn't it great how a card can turn your day around!

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to more card making in 2015!
Diane

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Taylored Expression Die and OWH Cards

Greetings! I hope everyone had the Christmas they hoped for!  I totally enjoyed my holiday; our Christmas Eve is always so much fun...lots of people, good food and laughter! And Christmas Day was equally wonderful! Yeah to Maggie for finding the Christmas pickle!

Just days before Christmas I saw a card made with a Taylored Expressions die and since I received a nice holiday bonus from work I decided to use a little on a crafty splurge. Amazing service by TE;  it came on Friday and a really great extra was included! I was so excited to try out the die and carved out some time to play yesterday. There are 11 dies with the set- so many options!
 http://www.tayloredexpressions.com/dies/color-block-cutting-plate.html


I made the above card for the mid-month challenge at OWH to make a missing you card. 

And the sketch challenge posted at OWH is another wonderful sketch!

OWH Sketch 245

I kept my card super clean- I wanted the papers to be noticed- as well as the sweet mouse by Avery Elle. I have a box ready to be mailed to Sandy- the past 2 donations I have cut it too close to the deadline!  I am really going to try to get my boxes in earlier...at least I am going to try! LOL
Have a wonderful week- and go make a card or two!
Diane

Monday, December 15, 2014

Operation Write Home Sketch #244


Happy Monday! This weekend OWH posted another great sketch. Marlene was our sketch master for a while and I want to thank her for all her hard work and fun stories! Sybrina is taking over the reins and she did a great job with her first sketch!


OWH Sketch 244

I found an older pad of DCWV paper in my stash recently and have been using some of it lately- I love the glittery happiness of the striped paper and love that the glitter is embedded into the paper! The layered hearts on the bottom left were coated with glossy accents to make them super shiny.

I recently stumbled onto another challenge site that is all about birthday cards- lots of fun! These little mice are so cute...hopefully this could be a card for a girl or a boy- into my OWH box it goes!
http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.ca/


And I also made a card to play along with Di...I so enjoy her blog and seeing her creations and the ladies who play along in her playground!  I found a piece of watercolor paper I made a while back...{under a pile of other papers!} and I really liked the colors in the paper so I used it on the focal panel. The sentiment is by MFT and I think it is a message that reminds me to sometimes just slow down and really appreciate things! I colored a piece of May Arts white ribbon with a few copics-super fast and easy to create a matching ribbon.
http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/2014/12/pixies-snippets-playground-week-155.html

Well, I should be started on my Christmas candy by now- or even wrapping my presents-but I would rather be making cards!My plan for this evening was to make candy and then wrap while I catch up on some TV but....not tonight!  Hey, somehow it all gets done and I am looking forward to another wonderful Christmas this year.  I hope you are further along than I am and if you are not- I hope you are not stressing about it!
Have a wonderful week!
Thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holidays...but Still Creating!

Hello!
I am still here! Thanksgiving was wonderful and we also celebrated the baptism of my great-niece, Madeline Jean so I was blessed to have  4 fabulous days with my family.  I did find time to make a few cards and I really want to make sure I find some time between now and Christmas to keep making cards...it really helps to slow me down and provide some relaxation.

My first card is for the Operation Write Home and Our Daily Bread Designs monthly challenge. For December we are inspired to use primary colors to create a card. I used a Penny Black stamp, copics, Bazzill card stock and MFT dies.
challenge http://operationwritehome.org/december-odbd/




My next card is for one of my favorite challenge sites- The Male Room....and this one was a tough one-- use ribbon on a male card. What? I was stumped for a while until I remember I had a roll of patriotic ribbon. I also used a MFT stars die to cut some of the ribbon for the star accents (sookwang tape on the back before cutting made it so easy to adhere!). I added a sentiment from MFT and some star gems from my stash.  The background is a Simon Says Stamp die and the sentiment is on a cut by Spellbinders. And the glitter paper is my favorite DCWV. I will use this for a hero card for my next box going to OWH.
http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/challenge-24-masculine-ribbon.html

Try Stamping on Tuesday's challenge is to create a card with the theme of peace.
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2014/12/challenge-196-peace.html   I love this image; it makes me feel hopeful and blessed. I again used the MFT stars die and I used metallic paper this time.


And here is one more card-just because.  I create most of my cards for OWH and I try to send in a mix of love, birthday, missing you, thank you and thinking of you. With Valentines not too far behind Christmas I want to get a head start on love cards- but not specifically Valentines-so the cards can be used at any time by our troops. And I tried to make it appropriate for gals or guys to send or receive. And who can resist the adorable owls? 


OK- off to watch some football!  Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by,
Diane

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Are You Ready for Some Football and Cards?

I love Sundays and football! The Patriots play later tonite so I am going to squeeze in some more card-making. I have been on a roll this week! I have several cards to share today.
First up- 2 cards using stamps from Sugar Pea Designs-- love these stamps! http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog/



Family friend Doug was so wonderful making the surprise proposal dinner party for Cori and Sani a joyful event. I wanted to thank him for all he did- so I created a card with a great pizza chef- perfect for Doug.



I wanted to play along with the sketch from Sugar Pea Designs so  I colored up this feisty fiesta man! The red stripes are embossing paste mixed with glitter and distress ink- very eye catching in person. My coloring looks horrible in the picture- I promise the pants look much better in real life! LOL
http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/SPDSS15..png

A super simple card made with the flip dies by Sizzix-for The Male Room:

Try Stampin' on Tuesday has a sketch and a theme-so I joined in on the fun for the next card. http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/
And I have 2 cards for Operation Write Home challenges.
A fabulous sketch:
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 I used distress inks on water color paper and stamped stars in white pigment ink- then cut the paper into the strips. I colored the ribbon with a copic marker. All of the colors blend nicely-the OWH safe DCWV  glitter paper goes well but photographed an odd shade of blue. I love the different textures to this card.
The OWH mid-month throw down challenge is to create a winter love card. http://operationwritehome.org/mid-month-throwdown-winter-love-you/
 Mama Elephant stamps- on a distress ink and water droplets background and some felt for snow drifts. Brrr- I can feel the snow in the air!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my cards!
Diane

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