Hambo Hoedown ~ Computer Digi + Soft Wares

What an interesting digi file we had for our Hambo Hoedown challenge this week.  We were to take the Computer digi stamp from Hambo and add some “Soft Wares” and create something.  So…since I’m working on Love and Valentine cards for Operation Write Home, I decided to do a “love” theme.

Here’s what I came up with:
First, after printing up the digi stamp image, I cut out the computer screen and replaced it with clear acetate and then printed up and added the sentiment “Sending all my love” behind the acetate.  You can’t see it well in the photo but it gives the appearance  of a glass computer screen.  Then I colored the image with my Copic pens.  I colored two images of the keyboard and cut out one and attached it over the first one with FOAM TAPE (my first “Soft Ware” item–foam tape is soft.)  I used a circle cutter to cut out the image and then punched out a bunch of pink hearts.  I added a scalloped strip of paper from my stash and  pink dot RIBBON (my second “Soft Ware” item).

And there it is…an adorable love card using a computer image!

How’s your Monday after Thanksgiving going?  Hard to get back into the normal groove, isn’t it?  Especially after several days off, lots of yummy food and time spent with friends and family.

Make it a good evening,

Supplies Used:

  • Copic pens C1, C3, C4, B60, B93, R83 and Y08
  • Different shades of pink cardstock
  • Fine black pen for “stitching on circle and hearts
  • Creative Memories mini heart punch
  • Foam tape
  • Sheer Pink Dot Ribbon


Hambo Hoedown ~ Computer Digi + Soft Wares

What an interesting digi file we had for our Hambo Hoedown challenge this week.  We were to take the Computer digi stamp from Hambo and add some “Soft Wares” and create something.  So…since I’m working on Love and Valentine cards for Operation Write Home, I decided to do a “love” theme.

Here’s what I came up with:
First, after printing up the digi stamp image, I cut out the computer screen and replaced it with clear acetate and then printed up and added the sentiment “Sending all my love” behind the acetate.  You can’t see it well in the photo but it gives the appearance  of a glass computer screen.  Then I colored the image with my Copic pens.  I colored two images of the keyboard and cut out one and attached it over the first one with FOAM TAPE (my first “Soft Ware” item–foam tape is soft.)  I used a circle cutter to cut out the image and then punched out a bunch of pink hearts.  I added a scalloped strip of paper from my stash and  pink dot RIBBON (my second “Soft Ware” item).

And there it is…an adorable love card using a computer image!

How’s your Monday after Thanksgiving going?  Hard to get back into the normal groove, isn’t it?  Especially after several days off, lots of yummy food and time spent with friends and family.

Make it a good evening,

Supplies Used:

  • Copic pens C1, C3, C4, B60, B93, R83 and Y08
  • Different shades of pink cardstock
  • Fine black pen for “stitching on circle and hearts
  • Creative Memories mini heart punch
  • Foam tape
  • Sheer Pink Dot Ribbon

I think it was Monday night that I could not sleep (again) because of the steroids I was taking for my leg and back pain.  I remember I woke up at around 1:00 and could not sleep so Portia cat and I went in to the craft room and spent several hours (until 3 or 4) making cards (Portia actually slept in the computer chair).  When I finally went to bed, I stacked the cards up in a little box and have not looked at them until today.  These are all for Operation Write Home which I will be sending out hopefully tomorrow or Tuesday so that the love cards  arrive in time for the OWH Archway Cookie and Love Card Challenge!  

 Looks like I started out fairly creative.  This first card was inspired by a floral thank you card in the January 2009 Card Maker magazine {page 88}.  I liked the instructions for creating the little secret envelope.

To make the envelope, I punched out four 2″ circles from printed paper, scored and folded each one in half.  I then cut a 2″ square of cardstock and applied adhesive to just half of each circle on the back and adhered them to the square at each side, aligning the folds with edges of the square.  On the inside of the envelope I attached a 1 3/4″ piece of printed paper.  Inside this envelope I attached more of the lovely butterfly diecuts and a butterfly charm and tied it up with a bow.    The stamped sentiment says “wishing you a Beautiful Day”, the butterfly is a diecut I found in my stash and I added Spica glitter pen on the wings  and attached it with foam tape.  Hopefully the recipient of this card will open up the little envelope and will find the hidden surprise.
Next I made a simple Thank You card using an layout  idea again from the January 2009 Card Maker Magazine {Page 33}.  I used a strip of striped paper from my stash, some lovely flower stickers left over from another project, punched out the scallop circle and a white circle for the stamped sentiments.  Added a pink dot bow.
Found another lovely butterfly diecut in my stash for the next card.  Some lovely printed paper for the background, an Oriental diecut from a prior album class, stamped the word “Beautiful” to the top, added the green bow and the butterfly diecut with foam tape.  I also colored over the butterfly with Spica Glitter pens.
For the next several cards, I just went to my embellishment leftover stash to use up diecuts, stickers and such and used various printed papers to create these love cards.

And then for the last card I did something I’d never done before–created my own background “paper.”  Actually I took a large doily rubber stamp and inked it with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink (Ranger) and stamped all over the front of the card.  Then I used Pine Needles Distress Ink to ink the edges of the card.  The flower is created from four printed paper circles cut into graduating sizes and then crumpled with a button added for the center.  The stem and leaves are tied ribbon.  Stamped “Happy Birthday” sentiment.  It’s different.  I think it’s growing on me.
And there you are.  Nine cards I made in one night while on steroids!  
Have a lovely November Sunday.  It’s cold and windy here.

Seems like forever since I made cards or something crafty here in my room and posted on this blog, but looks like I was on here on Monday. Hmm…it’s been a “downhill” sort of week for me.  A week and a half ago I strained my back and that caused major pain in the lower left leg.  A trip to ER found it to be an inflamed sciatica nerve.  Ouch!  I thought it was getting better and I think it was but I did have a few very painful days.  Namely Thanksgiving day and yesterday.  Is it true that things get worse right before they get better?  Anyway, today I’ve felt much better and have been up 90% of the day doing things in my craft room. Organized my acrylic and rubber stamps, finally! And then I made a couple of cards for Operation Write Home.  

I got my inspiration for these two cards out of a magazine.  While I was resting in bed for a few days, I went through all my old magazines and tore out photos of cards or sketches that I liked.  These two cards were both on the same page of the January 2010 Creating Keepsakes magazine {page 106}.

For this first one “You’re a Hoot!”  the instructions called for different sizes of punches.  But I didn’t have all of them and/or mine were the wrong size so I improvised.  First I cut out an approximate 2″ square of yellow/gold cardstock and then I used a 2″ circle punch to cut out the top of the owl and rounded the bottom corners.  I hand cut the green dot leaves for his wings, and the pink heart.  The eyes were punched from a small circle punch.  I inked the edges and added the googly eyes.  I machine straight stitched around the outside of the dotted paper with pink thread and stamped the sentiment.
The next one used a heart punch to make a butterfly. I used black rhinestones for the body and hand drew the antenna and path.  “Love” is a stamped sentiment.  I used a ruled printed paper and matted to black printed paper for contrast.  A quick simple card and fun way to make a butterfly out of pretty printed paper.
That’s it for today.  Think it’s time to quit for the day and rest.  Don’t want to over do it that’s for sure!  Tomorrow I’ll share the cards I made one night when I could not sleep because of the steroids I was taking and the pain in my leg.  The cat and I spent several hours crafting that night until I could wind down.  Haven’t looked at the cards again just yet so I’m curious to see how they turned out!
Enjoy your weekend. No Black Friday shopping for me even if I was feeling up to par. How about you?  Do you shop on Black Friday and the weekend after Thanksgiving?
Later,



Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge ~ Use a Doodle Pantry Image (Not Just a Sentiment)

Happy rainy Monday to you!  Not sure if we’re getting a LOT of rain, but any rain is welcomed in this drought part of Texas. The ducks in the pond down the road are pretty happy too!

This is my first time to participate in a Doodle Pantry Challenge.  But it’s not my first time to have and use their totally cute digital images!  I have quite a few in my stash and have happily printed them up to use on my cards for Operation Write Home.

This challenge asked us to create a project using a Doodle Pantry Image (Not just a Sentiment) so I used both.  I used one of my favorite Doodle Pantry digi stamps (it was hard to choose just one) and created a love card since Operation Write Home is paired up with Archway Cookies for a special campaign for the troops.  Troops need lots of cards AND cookies this time of year!  Check it out HERE if you’d like to help out.  It’s a special mission!  4,000 Valentine/Love Cards = 4,000 cookies!!!  But hurry, there is a deadline! (And be sure to check the OWH card making guidelines before you create and send them in.)

And here’s my card for the challenge, “I ♥ You” (please note:  The card looks taller on the top than it really is. It already has the envelope tucked with it to send to OWH and part of the envelope is showing.  I didn’t notice that until just now.)

Hoping for more rain this evening and maybe a chance to do another challenge if I get my Thanksgiving grocery shopping list done.  Which means I’ll be shopping tomorrow and I’ve already heard it is crazy busy in those grocery stores!!

Supplies Used:

  • Heart printed paper from my stash
  • Light pink cardstock to mat the digi image
  • Doodle Pantry’s Heart Sheep Color Digi Stamp
  • Sheer pink ribbon
  • Memento pink ink to color the background of the sentiment