Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Sketch #140

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day…slide down my rain barrel…it’s raining it’s pouring, the old man is snoring.  Yep. It’s been raining all weekend.  I thought it was supposed to stop and the sun come out this afternoon but so far…it’s raining.  My youngest cat that loves to run and play and chase bugs all day is just lying in her bed.  I think she’s depressed.  It has been a good weekend for crafting though and has helped me to stay on track for my goal of making cards for Operation Write Home. 

This afternoon I decided to practice on my people skills…with my Copic markers and color up some images with skin, hair and assorted clothing items.  All great for practicing shading techniques.  And of course, once I color an image, I need to use it on a card so that’s how I ended up with this cute “Dear Santa” card based on today’s Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps sketch #140. 

 Copic Coloring List:

  • Skin E50, E53, R20
  • Coat, Hat and Shoes R35, R37, R39
  • Scarf, Stockings and Stripes on Hat G20, YG63, YG67
  • Dots on Scarf added with Sigmo White Pen
  •  Eyes B21
  • Teddy Bear R81, R83, R85
  • Fur Trim C2

Here’s the sketch I used and you can find lots more great sketches (with the paper dimensions listed on the sketch) on the Operation Write Home blog.


Well, the skies are still gray outside but it sounds like the rain has tapered off, but my little Sassy kitty is still sad as there are no bugs to chase–the grass is too wet.

P.S. I’ll be posting a blog candy giveaway here soon for a gift certificate for some cute digi images. You DO NOT have to be a follower of my blog for a chance to win BUT it does give you the advantage of knowing when I’ve posted the contest details.

Creations Details (The Supply List):

  • Operation Write Home Sketch #140
  • Image, Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp
  • Papers, Authentiques 6×6 Wonder Collection
  • Sentiment, Acrylic Stamp from my collection
  • Red and Green Baker’s Twine
  • Copic Markers
  • Sigmo White Pen
Happy Crafting,

Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks ~ Wow! Wednesday

I blogged on Sunday night and meant to on Monday, but didn’t and meant to on Tuesday, but didn’t; now,  at last I’ve found time to blog and it’s for the weekly Wow! Wednesday with Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks, my favorite scrapbook store!  Wow! Wednesday is a day when we post about a creative thing we’ve been working on and share it with others who come to visit from Cat’s blog. AND if you leave a comment here, on other participating blogs and on Cat’s blog post; you have a chance to win the blog candy prize!

I’ve been working on more cards for Operation Write Home.  There’s a card drive right now and the deadline is October 10th.  You’re to make half Christmas/Holiday cards and half Any Occasion/Birthday cards in what ever quantity you can AND two Any Hero cards.

Last month I created and boxed up around 85 cards (give or take on that number as I’ve forgotten the actual number since I’ve already added it to my annual total) and shipped them off to OWH,   then I created sample cards and kits for 120 cards for the OWH Birthday Bash Card Making Party held at Cat’s last Saturday, plus I added 8 other cards I’d made over the week. So…I had no cards for this card drive.  But I did have some left over colored digis and pre-cut papers from the Any Hero box and that’s what I started out with this week to make more cards.  So far, I’ve made 18 cards.  Here’s my plan….between September 23 and October 4th I will make 6 cards EVERY night for OWH.  When that time frame is up I will have 72 cards (maybe more)  to box up and send off to an OWH shipper on the 5th so it will arrive by the 10th.

Here’s most of the cards I’ve made so far….

When I finish a card, I immediately put the OWH label on the back and tuck it in to an envelope so it’s all ready to go.  I’ve used up all the patriotic images I had printed up, so now I will move on to some Christmas and birthday cards.  All the images are colored digi stamps that I purchased from Doodle Pantry.  Those really help to make the creation process a bit quicker.

The card below will probably be an Any Hero card  that I will use to  write a message to a hero.  Many don’t get mail and receiving a card from the USA with words of encouragement and appreciation is always needed.  The little birdie is on a wobble spring to make him flutter  and the cloud background is not printed paper but a stamped image!  I used the Cover-a-Card stamp by Impression Obsession and Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

This next one I made just before I went to bed last night.  It is also a Doodle Pantry colored digi stamp image.  The sentiment says “I love you, I really do.”

Okay, that’s it for this Wednesday!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Be sure to leave a comment so you’ll have an entry for the Wow! Wednesday Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks blog hop prize AND be sure to click over to Cat’s and visit all the other crafty people listed in the linky of that post.

P.S. I’ll be posting a blog candy giveaway here soon for a gift certificate for some cute digi images. You DO NOT have to be a follower of my blog for a chance to win BUT it does give you the advantage of knowing when I’ve posted the contest details.

Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #139

Good evening, fellow card crafters and other followers! This afternoon has been a laid back sort of day.  Not really doing much but I did finally get up to my craft room to unpack from yesterday’s Operation Write Home Birthday Bash Card Making Party that I hosted, which, by the way was a success! Six ladies and myself gathered together at Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks store in Mineral Wells, Texas and assembled 120 cards from kits  that I had created.  And since I had some pre-cut paper left in the “Create a Card for Any Hero” box, I decided to make a card following today’s Operation Write Home Sunday Sketch #139.

There is no Copic coloring list for this image as it is a colored digi that I bought from Doodle Pantry.  They have some really cute patriotic type digi images and the colored ones are great for card making parties as you don’t have to spend a lot of time with the coloring!  The creation details (supply list) for this card are at the end of this post below my signature.

Here’s the sketch:

I thought I’d share a few photos from yesterday’s card making party.  These were taken by the store owner, Cat, as I was busy helping to assemble cards and tuck envelopes.  Since it was a Birthday Bash party to make cards for Operation Write Home I decided to decorate a little with some patriotic red, white and blue balloons, cupcakes, and stars and stripes plates.  In the photo you can see my little box of card supplies for the ladies to make Any Hero cards too.
This is the box of cards and cash donations that we collected for OWH.  My kit cards that the ladies assembled are on top.  There are a lot more than 120 cards there as Cat’s has been collecting cards for several weeks.  It was a tight squeeze for our shipper, Allison, to get all those cards in one box, but she did!
Lastly, here’s a photo of me in the green blouse and my long-time friend Joan who came to the party to help me out.  She’s an avid quilter and has made some gorgeous quilts but doesn’t scrapbook or make cards.  However, she is a quick learner and became a pro with the tape runner and helped to assemble at least 33 of the 120 cards!  Thanks, Joan!!  And thanks to Cat for allowing us to use the crop area at her store (and for making cards too)  and to Allison for collecting the cards to ship them to our OWH shipper as well as helping to assemble cards.  Thanks, too, to Marilyn, Valerie and Ann for all the cards they assembled!  You ladies ROCK!! Oh yes, thank you Marilyn for donating the door prizes. Which Joan and I won and it was not rigged!! Ha, ha.  Really, it wasn’t.

So, Happy Birthday, again to Operation Write Home (celebrating the entire month of September)!  It was an honor and privilege to donate the supplies and create the kits for such a worthwhile cause.  I’m hoping our heroes and their families will enjoy the cards that we made for them.

Creation Details:

  • Operation Write Home Sketch #139
  • Patriotic Chick Digi by Doodle Pantry
  • Printed papers by Pebbles Inc.~ “Let Freedom Ring”
  • Cloud paper is made with a Cover-a-Card stamp by Impression Obsession and Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Stormy Sky” and white card stock
  • The patriotic chick colored digi is by Doodle Pantry
  • “Hello” sentiment, acrylic stamp
  • Ribbon and Bow, Celebrate It Sheer Red
  • Spellbinder Die
Happy Crafting,

Digi Haven ~ Free Digi Challenge Harvest Theme

Paper Crafting Journey ~ My Sentiment Exactly
Sassy Studio Designs ~ Fall Colors
Belli Challenge #152 ~ Fall/Autumn
The Paper Shelter #82 ~ Fall/Autumn Image + Fall/Autumn Colors

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn for countries in the Northern Hemisphere.  I thought is was always on the 21st (today) but I googled it to be sure and the date changes each year.  And this year it is on the 22nd.  But that’s okay.  It’s close enough for me to share this “Happy Autumn” card I created for Digi Haven’s fortnight themed challenge, “Harvest.”  This cute freebie Scarecrow with pumpkin and crows can be found over on Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps.  So cute! I love her digis!!    The creation details, which is what I call my supply list can now be found after my signature in this post.  The Copic coloring list is underneath the image of my card.

I’m also entering this card into the challenges over on   Paper Crafting Journey (use a sentiment on your card), and Sassy Studio Designs (use fall colors), Belli Challenge (Fall/Autumn theme) and The Paper Shelter (Fall/Autumn image and colors).

Copic Coloring List:

  • Background E30
  • Scarecrow’s Face and Hands E30, E33, E35
  • Nose and Heart Patch YR04
  • Pumpkins Y32, Y35, Y36
  • Leaves G40, G82, G85, E35
  • Sunflowers Y11, Y13, Y15
  • Center of flowers E35, E39
  • Crows N10
  • Shirt and Patch Y11, Y13, Y15, E33
  • Jeans B21, B23, B24, W1
  • Buttons C1, C5
  • Shoes W0, W1, W5
  • Raffia Y26
  • Straw Hat E51, E53, E55, W1

The wood background is created on white card stock by stamping Tim Holtz “Gathered Twigs” Distress Ink with the Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamp. Love that stamp!

Remember, if you join in on the themed challenge on Digi Haven, that you have to use a FREEBIE DIGI that goes with the Harvest Theme AND it must be free for the entire two weeks of the challenge and you need to share the link to your digi along with a photo of your creation either in your blog post or online gallery and link it to the correct challenge post on Digi Haven.   Whew! Hope you got all that. Ha, ha.

 I’m very excited for the change of the seasons and I’ll share I little secret… autumn or fall is probably my most favorite season.  Well, I do like spring for all the flowers but I love the cooler temps and colors of autumn.

Creation Details:

  • Printed Papers, Authentique Blissful 6×6 Bundle and Carta Bella Beautiful Moments 6×6 pad
  • White Card Stock for Background
  • Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
  • Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Background Stamp – Wood pattern
  • Scarecrow with pumpkins digi by Dearie Dolls  
  • Copic Markers
  • Petaloo Sunflowers
  • Sentiment from Mail Box Greetings Volume 2 by Paper Trey Ink
  • Stampin’Up Paper Shaper Punch for sentiment
  • May Arts Jute Twine
Happy Crafting,

CDAC Progressive Challenge ~#20
Deconstructed Sketch #69

I’ve received my second image for the CDAC Progressive Challenge and I was right! It was a cute Halloween themed image featuring a cat in a bat mask obviously pooped out from too much trick-or-treating!  I love the big comfy chair he is draped over and the pumpkin and cobweb in the scene.  This image is by Priscilla Styles.  Too cute!  Of course, I had lots of fun coloring it with my Copic markers.  The creation details (supplies list) is at the end after my signature and the Copic coloring list is right under the photo.

Copic Coloring List:

  • Cat C0, C3, C5, R20
  • Mask and Sofa Buttons N10 with black Spica pen for glitter
  • Pumpkin YR04, Yr07, YR17, Y38
  • Leaves G21, YG63
  • Sofa B91, B95, B97
  • Window Frame C0, E00
  • Window C3, C5
  • Spider Web N10 with black Spica pen for glitter
  • Wall Y21, Y23, Y26

I used a Deconstructed Sketch for this card which worked out perfectly.  And I decided to not put a sentiment on it so I could use it as a thank you, thinking of you or as a note card during the month of October.  Below is the sketch I followed.

Deconstructed Sketch No. 69

Now I’m ready for my third image for this progressive challenge. Can’t wait to get started on it!

Creation Details:

  • Printed papers, Authentique Enchanted 6×6 Collection
  • Burnt Orange Ribbon 
  • Bow Easy Template to tie the Double Bow
  • Rhinestone
  • Black dressmaker sewing pins
Happy Crafting,