Thursday, July 10, 2014


I am still working on my challenges from this past weekend over at OWH and here are my cards for the Saturday challenges! 

#1. ODBD monthly challenge was first up! Things with wings...what a great category! So many things to choose from but I decided to ink up a new stamp. I love that some of the Art Impression stamps feature more 'mature and rotund' people- so fun to color!

#2. Cherie got us thinking and going in circles...use at least 1 circle and 1 banner!  Well, you know me- I really like circles so I used a few more than 1! I purchased a package of cards with the dies at the stamp show in June from Fun to play with- and so easy! The hardest part was deciding on the sentiments to go in the banners!

#3. Next up is Andrea wants us to use a vintage image for a guy card.  This one was a bit of a challenge for me...I do not have a ton of vintage images but I managed to find a few in my itty, bitty, teeny, tiny stamp stash! Really simple but I like the masculine feel to the card.

#4. Bobbi inspired us to make cards with lots of textures. This is my least favorite card...I love the textures and the papers,,,just not the final card.

#5.  Marilyn then came up with a modes of transportation challenge. Hmmmm, I could have used the train for that....well- I decided to use this great Stampin' Up horse. Horses used to be a main way to travel and for some people- that is still true! My 2nd least favorite card... I tried to give it a rustic, worn impression and I think I went too far!

#6. And here is my favorite card- not because it is super detailed or colored perfectly with copics- the CTMH images were simply inked and fussy cut. I love it because it has a playful aspect-fun Santa's floating off the card! I cut strips of study clear plastic and adhered the jolly guys with glossy accents for a super strong hold! Thanks for the challenge to made a red, white and blue Christmas card Tami! She has some awesome inspiration cards posted on her blog! I hope you go check out all of the bloggers who made this great party possible!

And I did not forget about the MidWeek Throw Down from 7/ make a flag card. I made a few of these with help for Cori and Tessa. Distress inks over a stencil for the stripes and the stars...very different for me to use a card with mostly distress inks. I like the rustic look!

Thanks for hanging in there for another long post- and guess what! There is one more to come! I am working on the Sunday challenges...I am not done but I am making a huge mess of my work space- so that means I am having fun creating!

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by- and know I really appreciate all of your comments! Donna H- I truly love that you always take the time to leave me some good thoughts- you always bring a smile to my face!
Take care all,

Sunday, July 6, 2014


I am warning you... this is a long post! This weekend is Operation Write Home's Virtual Card Making Party! Every 2 hours from 8am til 6pm for 3 days challenges are posted!  You can check out all the great ideas at:

The first challenge on Friday, Sybrina got us off to a great start... create 2 cards from an OWH sketch-1 for a gal, 1 for a guy! I used sketch #100 and images from Paper Smooches.

#2 Michelle wants us to make a Thank You card...and I flunk the bonus because I do not have spray inks- but I am OK with that! I used OWH safe glitzy paper by DCWV.
Challenge #3: Paper piecing for kids!
I adore this Mo Manning image...I printed the camo paper, then printed the image over the camo paper, then cut the uniform and hat!


#4 Lori challenged us to make a birthday card- using red, white and blue. I purchased this stamp and matching die when I was at Absolutely Everything last Sunday- taking a class with Sandy. And rumor has it she designed this set-- so cute and fun!!

#5  Next up- create a background using inks or 5 different papers.
I used a metal Spellbinders stencil and 3 shades of distress ink to create the circle background.  I am using my distress inks more lately- and really liking them!

For the final challenge on Friday, JoAnn came up with another great one- make 2 cards-1 with typical Christmas colors and the other one with colors so it can be sent anytime during the winter. I picked up this trio of snowmen at the stamp show in June-and I have not idea who makes it- sorry! I am not liking the placement of my snowflakes in the Christmas card- I think I need to move the middle one to create more of a visual triangle.

I had to angle the card so the glitzy DCWV paper would show in the photo.
I completed all of the Friday challenges and have a few of the Saturday inspirations done.....I am hoping I can make time to participate in all of the challenges! I enjoy this VCMP- I feel I am pushed to try something different!
Hope your holiday weekend has been wonderful and remember to thank those who made this land of freedom and opportunity possible!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

UR Simply the Best!

Happy July! Wow- this year is flying by so quickly!
I have 2 cards to share today.
The first card is for the midweek throwdown at OWH- to make a missing you card for a child. I do not have the Mama Elephant OWH fundraiser stamp set we were challenged to use- so I used a funny little critter from a Hero Arts fundraiser set!

My next card was created based on the sketch this week at OWH. I really like MFT stamps!

I signed up for a class at my LSS Absolutely Everything a while ago...and boy am I glad I did!  The class was on Sunday and I, once again, had a full weekend but I am so happy I made time to take the class. It was taught by Sandy Allnock and I met a few other OWH cardmakers taking the class too! I was so impressed- not only with Sandy's skill with copics- but her speed! Wow- can she color!  My card was not a masterpiece- but I learned a lot and have added a few items to my wish list! Convince me that I have room and the need for the Copic airbrush compressor! Or convince me that I do not need it! I enjoyed airbrushing- but will I do it enough to make the purchase worth it? 

Gotta run- have a wonderful and safe Independence Day weekend!
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