Sunday, May 29, 2011

IT IS SNOWING TODAY and I am crafting! OWH Sketch Challenge 71


Who can believe that it would snow on Memorial Day weekend when we are supposed to be barbequing, but here is the picture taken from my craft  area window earlier today! That "foggy, blurry" look is snow falling through the air! Can you believe it? At 5:30 this morning, I was outside in my robe taking down my hanging baskets of flowers and pulling in the flats of petunias to be planted this afternoon. Since that is not going to happen, it is time to craft!

Here is today's sketch:

and here is my card:

The flower is a digi stamp being offered as a Dollar Digi for $1.00 at Stretch and Bubbles. I colored it with Copics and used brown Liquid Applique in the center. It was a fun digi to work with, it was easy to do, and I feel like I ended up with a beautiful flower. The CS is Gina K Designs Sweet Corn, Cranberry Tart, and Black Onyx; the DP is from the Best of  K&Co collection. The ribbon is from my stash.

Here's hoping you have a really wonderful week!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop

WELCOME! So happy to have you visit! If you have come from Susan's blog, sbartist: painting in the dark, you are in the right place! If not, go to the badge above and click on it to go to the very beginning of our Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop.This day we remember with compassion those who have died serving their country and keeping us free.

I wanted this card I created to be special for the blog hop, so it is a little more "fussy" than I usually would design and make. Here are highlights: The metallic gold paper is "Good as Gold" from Gina K Designs. The embossed background is done with a Stampin Up embossing folder called Victorian Wallpaper. To give it very subtle shadows, I applied metallic gold ink to the inside of the folder with a brayer before running it through my Big Shot. The flowers are made from a Spellbinders die cut called "Posy" sold through Heartfelt Creations. The punched leaves are sprayed with pearl Glitter Mist. The sentiment is gold embossed using Just Rite's Hugs to You set. I think that about covers it, but if you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Hope you are having fun!!! Next on our hop is the very talented 
Lisa at Paper Grace Designs.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

OWH Sketch #70

Good morning everyone! This Sunday's sketch challenge from OWH was a fun one. At first I pondered what I would use as a focal point and then I remembered I had purchased die cuts to make a big flower which I have been wanting to try for sometime. 

Here is the sketch:

 and here is my creation:

The DP is from DCWV's Linen Closet; the cardstock is Gina K Designs Turquoise Sea; the leaves cut with a Sissix die cut from unknown cardstock scrap; Spellbinder's Posy Patch dies from Heartfelt Creations; and some brads from my stash. I like that the flower has dimension, but will still go into an envelope and look good when it comes out of the envelope at its destination.

Here's wishing for a wonderful week for you. Don't forget the OWH MEMORIAL DAY BLOG HOP is next weekend! Blessings,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

OWH MWT with Heart Song Designs

My card today is for the Operation Write Home Mid-Week Throwdown sponsored by Heart Song Designs and my image is one of their new releases called Pansy Frame. They have soooo many terrific images to choose from! Click on the link above and go check it out.

The saying on the card comes from a rather dumb computer game I have been playing lately, but somehow it struck a chord with me and I thought it was a perfect for the Heart Song digi.  The paper is Gina K Designs - Vibrant Violet and Lovely Lavender; the butterfly image is from the Wonderful Wings set by Stampin Up (You know how you pick up an old set and get hooked on it all over again!) and colored with Copics as is the digi image.

The weather has turned cold and stormy the past couple of days - we even had some snow yesterday! I am all ready to plant my flower boxes and hanging baskets, but I would ask how does one do that when it is still snowing? Well, at least I have everything ready to go - the soil is fertilized and loosened up after the winter. Come on Mother Nature!

Have a great one! Blessings and love,


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Dog Ate My Homework!

Oh my! Having a puppy can be challenging at times. Charlie now is "house broken" and thanks be to God for that, but he still loves to jump onto my chair to get on top my desk and "explore" the many interesting and wonderful things that abound there. As a result, he has trained me to push my chair under the desk each time I get up. What I had not anticipated is he would figure out how to go under my desk, push my chair out and jump up on it and then onto my desk. Here is the result! My card from the OWH sketch challenge on Sunday is in ruin! But boy puppies will be boy puppies! He really does have a thing for paper - hmmmm - wonder where he got that from!

Not a great picture, but what does it matter?

Good thing he is soooo cute and I love him soooo much! 


Hope your week is being wonderful! Blessings,

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Congrats and Challenges

First, my fond congratulations to Operation Write Home for sending its one millionth card to our deployed heroes. My congratulations also to all those who made cards and contributed them to OWH. If you haven't seen it yet, there is a really great video entitled "Thanks a Million" which gives one some perspective on how many cards that really is. Go HERE to see it. I am thankful to be a part of this in a miniscule way and I think Blessed Mother Theresa would approve!

I am also pleased to return to blogging and being more active with my passion of crafting with paper. Today, it is OWH's Sketch #69 and MFP's Speedy the Cat Friend's Challenge #55. For MFP's challenge, the card should be monochromatic blues. 

Here is what the OWH sketch looks like:

And here is my card:
The color is washed out but hopefully you get the idea. The DP is from DCWV's Luxury stack. The butterfly is from Stampin Up's Wonderful Wing set and colored with Copics; the sentiment is from my computer on a Spellbinder's die cut. The ribbon is french blue Stampin Up grosgrain ribbon and the clear embellishment underneath the ribbon (don't know if you can see it) is from K & Company. The pearls and gold wire for the butterfly's antennae are from my stash.

Thanks for coming by and again congratulations to all who help make the one millionth card possible! Blessings on your week!