Sunday, January 26, 2014

A few more kits

Last week I worked just 1/2 day.  It was crazy, especially when you consider that we only got about 3-4" of snow!   That led to lots of unexpected time in the craft room to use up some scraps and to cut into new paper for several kits for a party in March. 

This weekend, my cards focused on thank you and birthday themes because Sandy mentioned being particularly in need of those sentiments. 
Kit of 14 for the party.  Stamp by SU, papers by DCWV from 2009 Spring Stack, Spellbinders dies

Kit of 12 for party.  Dies by Cuttlebug, paper by American Crafts

I made two of these with some leftovers from my desk.  I might make this one into a kit if time permits.  Stamp- SU Lighthouse, Border Punch- EK Success, Paper- Pebbles, Inc.

One of a kind.

I made several of these to use up the alphabet paper scraps and yellow card stock scraps.

Just one like this, using a Goofy embellishment from Kim.

Two of these made from scraps.  I just love this image by Unity Stamp Co! 

------
Cards shipped to OWH in 2014: 21
Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 829 blank and 301 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

Check out OWH at www.operationwritehome.org to learn more about its mission and how to get involved.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Midweek Throwdown- Pastels

I just used up a few pieces of paper from my desk and a very old piece from a stack to make three of these Mom cards for this week's pastel colors MWT.


The stamp is one my mom picked out when we were shopping a few years ago.  "Use this one on my Mother's Day card," she told me.  :)
 

------
Cards shipped to OWH in 2014: 21
Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 829 blank and 301 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

Check out OWH at www.operationwritehome.org to learn more about its mission and how to get involved.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The shortest work week?

Hi everyone!  Are you getting snow where you live?  We got a bit on Tuesday which has made for an interesting week.  Monday was a holiday.  Tuesday was a scheduled teacher inservice but we were released to go home at noon because a snow storm was starting to make the roads dicey.  Today, we were closed because of the snow we got yesterday during the afternoon and evening.  Tomorrow, we'll be closed as road crews continue to try to clear the roads.  What will happen on Friday remains to be seen, but I can tell you that a one-day school week will be hilarious!

I was invited to an OWH card party in March and I've been working on a few kits to take with me.  The hostess asked me to make three.  In typical fashion, I couldn't keep myself to three.  I figure I'll just keep making them while my mojo permits and if I don't take them all to the party, I will assemble them myself.  It's a win-win.  I'm motivated to make nice kits and OWH will get lots of cards! 

Do you have an opinion about which kits I should take?  From what I understand, most of the guests at the party aren't card makers, so they're pretty much only going to need to assemble the kits and maybe do some simple coloring. 

This color yellow just makes me happy!  I had to cut a lot of pieces for this kit, but the layers are definitely worth the effort.  I colored the centers of the flowers to make the paper match the yellow cardstock and I think it added a lot to the card.  (Patterned paper- Making Memories, Bee- Studio G, Sentiment- KI Memories, Embossing- Cuttlebug Swiss Dots)

A little something masculine since I never make enough cards for men!  (Stamps- TPC Studios, Patterned Paper- American Crafts, Copics E79, E25, B06, Y17)

This sketch is a go-to favorite for me when I want to use several patterned papers.  OWH Sketch #168.  Here, I used up a good portion of a pack of Stampin' Up paper.  (Mini rant: Why do they insist on putting their logo in the corner of each page?  If I cut it off, I waste a lot of paper.  If I don't, I've got a logo on my cards.  Wah!)  The stamp is by Studio G.  The button punch by Martha Stewart was blog candy from JoAnn R. 

Look here, a teen boy card!  I'm so happy about this one because it's tough to make cards for this age group.  I've had this paper in my craft room for a couple of years now.  Who can pass up a 25 pack of paper for $1?  Not this girl!  I made one card with it once and I felt like it wasn't that successful since I'd fussy cut the image which isn't my greatest skill.  I realized the Sizzix ovals were a good shape for the image I wanted and things came together from there.  Sentiment- There She Goes Clear Stamps (out of business as of last month), Embossing- Cuttlebug Diamond Plate, Circles- Spellbinders, Ovals- Sizzix, Paper- Steve's Pages licensed by SugarTree.

CASEd from this CHA card kit sent in by an OWHer.  Was it your kit?  Let me know so I can give you credit!  Sentiment- Studio G, Penguin- Stampin' Up Polar Pals, Border Punch- Fiskars, Ovals- Cuttlebug
 
I really like this card, but I'm not sure it's one I'll take to the party.  The daubers can be messy and I don't want that to cause any problems.  I might just assemble these myself.  (Bingo daubers- Dollar Tree, Eyelets- American Crafts, Sentiment- KI Memories)

------
Cards shipped in 2014: None just yet...
Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 829 blank and 301 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

Check out OWH at www.operationwritehome.org to learn more about its mission and how to get involved.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

So, I go from not posting since before Thanksgiving to posting twice in one day.  I can't explain it!

Here are a pair of birthday cards that I CASEd from the card provided as inspiration for this month's ODBD challenge. I used modern washi so I chose a modern style die cut and chose to score a border all the way around the edge of the card, 1/2" in from the edge.  I'm loving my scoring board now that I have nice heavy cardstock to use. 

These cards are going to two co-workers who both had birthdays today!  Hopefully, they don't mind the similarity.  :)

------
Cards shipped in 2014: None just yet...
Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 829 blank and 301 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

Check out OWH at www.operationwritehome.org to learn more about its mission and how to get involved.

After a little hiatus, I made some cards

I've made very few cards since the summer.  I've been pretty busy and it's been harder and harder to get motivated to make cards.  The few times I've sat down to make cards, I haven't liked what I've come up with and so I guess that means I'm in a slump.  I am, however, proud that I was able to get three people to have groups of kids write AnyHero mail this fall, so even when I can't do as much by myself, cards are still flowing into OWH.

Here are a few cards I put together while cleaning up some scraps from my desk.  The first card is my entry for this month's ODBD challenge which asks us to use stripes.  That penguin's little pudgy belly just makes me smile!
EDIT 3/9/14: Thanks, Operation Write Home for choosing this card to be sketch #215! 





Have a great Sunday!  I'm back to work tomorrow after a lovely extended Christmas break.
------
Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 829 blank and 301 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

Check out OWH at www.operationwritehome.org to learn more about its mission and how to get involved.