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   but be sure to check out Dawn's blog- she is amazing!

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!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Operation Write Home- Finishing Strong

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:

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!!!

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,

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
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!

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.

 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


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!
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!

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

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 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 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!

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