Operation Write Home Stars & Stripes Sketch #88

It’s been a hectic week!  My father-in-law fell and broke his hip.  He had surgery yesterday and is doing great! But you know how it is when someone is in the hospital–many trips to visit, hours sitting and waiting and nothing at home gets done!  And I’m packing for a trip to New Mexico this weekend (leaving in a few hours) so…last night around midnight I decided to make a card using the oh so cute Dragonfly-Digi from Hambo Hoedown this week but I totally forgot to go back to their blog to see what this week’s challenge was.  Arrgggh!!!  I was supposed to CASE someone’s card from the Hambo Hoedown Gallery.  But I didn’t. Last night  I grabbed the OWH Sketch Challenge #88 and made a card using that sketch and the Dragonfly-Digi.  It wasn’t until just now when I went to do this blog post that I realized that I didn’t do it right and I don’t have time to make another card.  Anyway, here’s what I did make:

I used a lime green cardstock for the base of the card,   Yellow cardstock for the first paper section, then two different coordinating prints from my scrap paper.  Colored the dragonfly with Copic pens BG02 New Blue, BG32 Aqua Mint and BG34 Horizon Green and added pink rhinestones to the center. I put the “Thinking of You” sentiment on another scrap of printed paper and added larger pink rhinestones to the corners.  Finishing touch was a sheer dotted green ribbon tied into a bow.
For those doing the sketch, here is #88 from Operation Write Home:
And that’s it. Hopefully next week I’ll have my act together a bit better and will do the actual challenge for Hambo Hoedown.
I’m out of here for the rest of the week and this weekend!  Have a wonderful weekend and check back Saturday, October 1st for the Operation Write Home Blog Hop! 

This is my card that I created CASE-ing Charlise’s Card

Today, OWH Stars and Stamps blog announced another challenge for their Birthday Bash.  All you had to do was pick one of Charlise’s beautiful cards showcased on Stars and Stamps and CASE it for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate from Clear Dollar Stamps.  Okay…I’ll do it!  But which card?  Love them all. Hmmm….I think I’ll pick the last one.  I have some similar flower stamps, a butterfly stamp and a cartridge on my Cricut that will cut a lacy circle.  Ready, set….go!  First I picked some solid pastel card stock in pink, purple and yellow.  Stamped my flowers and cut them out.  I decided to go with a pink-purplish solid background for my card.  I picked a circle to cut with the Cricut from the Lacy Labels cartridge and set it to a size 3.  I cut that from a white piece of card stock.  Then I chose a paper scrap with an off white background of small checks and did a zig-zag stitch all around the edges with my sewing machine using dark pink thread for the strip under the flower and lacy circle.  Then I assembled the flower on the lacy circle.  To give the flowers more depth, I used my Copic pens to shade the edges and center of each petal and the yellow center of the flower.  I stamped small leaves on a green dotted paper, cut them out and added them to the back of the flower.  Next I stamped the small butterflies by the flower with purple Memento ink.  Added a sheer purple dot ribbon, created the small tag from scraps, stamped the word “Love” with the same purple Memento ink, added  rhinestone brads and attached to the card with 3M foam tape.  Then I cut a 1″ square from white card stock, stitched it with a smaller zig zag setting and stamped another butterfly to the square before attaching it to the lower corner of the card.

Then…for the finishing touch!  Since one of OWH’s rules is NO GLITTER (go read on their website about why it is SO important that there is no loose glitter on cards),  I lightly painted Glossy Accents on the center of the flower and along the edges of the flower petals. This makes the flower shiny in places.  I also use Glossy Accents to paint over any Stickles or Spica Glitter pens (which are usually okay for OWH) to seal in any possible loose glitter before sending cards to OWH.  So if you like a bit of sparkle on your cars you might try this trick with the Glossy Accents. Oh, one more thing…to make the white lacy circle show up better, I also lightly colored the edges with a E000 Copic pen.

I really like this card and glad I chose it to CASE.  Thank you Charlise for such a beautiful card inspiration!

If you’d like to CASE one of the cards, click here to go to the blog post and be sure to link a photo of your card from either your blog or flicker account.  And get it done before the deadline on Sunday night (Sept. 25th)

 Hambo Hoedown ~ Pig Sub + Make a Card for Operation Write Home!

How fun is this?  Love the Hambo Hoedown digi stamps for card making and I love the one featured this week on their blog for a special Operation Write Home card challenge.  Click here to read more about it.

Now, since this was a special challenge that required me to sit down and make a card using one of the Hambo Hoedown digi stamps, I went ahead and used the Pig Sub as I think it is so cute AND I kept track of the paper, color of Copics etc. that I used to create the card.  Which means that below the card image I will have the card recipe!  Shocking I know but it does happen now and then. 🙂

Here it is, my version of “From the Depths of my Heart” for Operation Write Home:

{the green around the card is just paper I had the card lying on for the photo, it is not part of the card}

Card Recipe
  • Backyard Splash by American Crafts (for the background)
Digi Stamps 
  • Pig Sub and Ocean Bottom, both by Hambo Stamps
  • Lime Twist (rose pink color) by My Mind’s Eye
Copics  (listed in no particular order, used to color the Pig Sub and Ocean Bottom Digi stamps printed on heavy weight cardstock)
  • B05 Process Blue
  • C3 Cool Gray #3
  • Y18 Lightning Yellow
  • YR82 Mellow Peach
  • G02 Spectrum Green
  • E55 Light Camel
  • C1 Cool Gray #1
  • C5 Cool Gray #5
  • R85 Rose Red
  • E53 Raw Silk
  • R20 Blush
  • B95 Light Grayish Cobalt
  • Y35 Maize
  • Y08 Acid Yellow
  • E02 Fruit Punch

Tools & Adhesive

  • Sharp Scissors, Tim Holtz’s Tonic
  • Scotch ATG Advanced Tape Glider Gun
  • Scotch 3M Foam Tape (To pop up the Pig Sub a bit)
  • Zig Glue Pen (For the teeny tiny parts)

Enjoyed creating this card, feel free to join in on the challenge too (click on link above) and leave some comment love.

Happy Saturday to you!

Let’s do this!  For about 4 weeks now, every Monday,  I print up the current Operation Write Home Sketch Sunday card challenge that’s posted on the OWH Stars and Stamps blog.  And so far, I have not remembered to make a single one until this week.  Last night, after watching Survivor, I headed up to my craft room determined to make a card using Sketch #87!  It’s an easy sketch but there were challenges.  You know–picking the right paper, embellishments, sentiment, etc.

Here’s  the sketch:

I chose a pink card stock background, Teal dot paper for the first block, pink floral paper for the second block and a light pink with a scroll pattern (that you can’t really see in the photo) for the third block.  I then stitched them on to the card stock background with my sewing machine before attaching the background to a white card base.  I then added Prima flowers and stamped the sentiment using a light green ink which when stamped on the pink looks almost sliver.  The sentiment shows up better on the actual card and it says: “may the happy in your birthday last all year long.”
Whew.  Glad I got it made.  The making wasn’t no where as hard as the choosing. Ha, ha.  You can join in on the Sketch Challenge fun too, just click on this link to go to the post about Sketch #87.
Have an awesome day!

Wow! It’s already Wednesday!  Goodness where do the weeks and days go? This week the Midweek Throwdown Challenge over on OWH Stars and Stamps blog is “Sweet Treats.”  Yum.  I love sweet treats but try to limit them.  So if you can’t eat them, put them on a card!  Right?  Ha,ha.  Here’s a little card I made for Operation Write Home that I’m submitting for the “Sweet Treats” challenge.

 I made this card from a 6×6 piece of two sided paper.  One side the stripes and the other side the pink dots. Then I cut the sweets from another scrap of paper.  The cupcake and the sundae on the left are attached flat to the card while the cake on the right is attached with a bit of foam tape to make it stand out a bit.  I stamped the “just because” sentiment on white card stock, cut it out and inked the edges lightly with pink ink.  Added a pink and brown bow.

Today’s a big day.  Facebook changed their format and I’m having a hard time getting used to it and finding the current posts from my friends and family, so to celebrate I think I’ll just go make cards or edit some photos that are sitting on my camera.

Have a wonderful day!