Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sketch 115

I finally made it to Table 7 and just in time. A big storm came through and was blowing so hard. The stoplights were all out for a long while but I was safe in Archiver's. Several people came in after the storm moved on. My hubby even stopped by for a bit as our house didn't have power from about 5 PM till 3 AM. During the storm, I sat at Table 7, where you can't see the windows and crafted several cards.

Here's Sketch #115.

Here's my card using the Sketch #115. I made a blue/green version and a pink/brown one. The jewel really just jumped on the image and I can't remove it without tearing the paper. Some of the other girls cards did get some pearls but along the bottom under the image. 

I got the Stampendous! stamp set at Tuesday Morning for $1.99 on our road trip to Florida. 
I think I will be using this cute set a lot.

 I also purchased at Tuesday Morning 5 packages of paper. Each package has 25 sheets of the same design and they cost $2.99 or $3.99 each. I won't use all the paper but I'll share with my GFs at Table 7. Three of packages were Graphic 45 paper. All the papers are double-sided. It will be fun to get them opened soon.

I got another design done at Table 7 last night. I had purchased the Note to Self 6x6 pad at Archiver's and used the 2 musical papers to make a bunch of cards. I used a sentiment from a Fiskars stamp set and the black/red/white twine by Queen and Co. I used a small Fiskars punch for the hearts, borrowing it from Archiver's for a bit.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Few more Cards Today

No sketches were used for these cards. 
They just came about as I crafted.

I started these cards at the Retreat and didn't finish them. I did finally get the MS branch punch I wanted (ordered it from Joann's Online, surprisingly). I used the paper smooches green spritzer and got a bit carried away.

Art Impressions makes great stamps. This is one of their Girlfriends line. I found the Making Memories paper tape from a trip to Ollie's (a discount store like Big Lots but bigger) 
but it was hiding in my supplies for a bit.
 I colored the images with colored pencils. 
Inside the card says Happy Birthday.
 I only made a few of these so only a couple of them will be in the next OWH box.

Another pixie from the sticker sheet at Joann's. Yup, I like pink and green and this pixie is pink and green. I really like this card and wish I had gotten more of these pixies! Flowers are Michael's Recollections floral embellishments and I added pearls to the flowers. I had stamped the Happy Birthday from the Girlfriends' set above.

I need to get going to the crop so later for now.
Thanks for stopping by.

Midweek Throwndown

I don't usually do the Midweek Throwdown Challenge but I saw the challenge was to use a monkey. I just bought a package of cute sock monkeys from Michael's. Here's my card.

It has some brown twine, a few flowers, and the little sock monkey! The silver heart paper is from Target's Valentine papers in their dollar spot from a year or so ago.

Sketch #127

I have been to FL for a quick road trip, just in time for Tropical Storm Debby to start rolling on FL. Fortunately, we left before the relatives got 10" of rain and no electricity for a while.  And that I am back Ohio has decided to get really hot and my craft room is feeling quite warm.

I have gotten a few cards done despite the warmth of my craft room. Here's the weekly sketch from OWH.

Here's my version, well, I actually have 2!

I was organizing some supplies and found this image and the embossed star piece. A bit of ribbon and some punched stars! Done.

I picked up this sheet of pixies at Joann's in FL and used one for this card, using the sketch #127. The gold rub-ons were hanging on my round-about.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sketches 20 and 101

I completed two more OWH sketches yesterday.  I  really like the card using #20, where I used a Lawn Fawn stamp and sentiment. The bike is pretty cute. I used markers to color the bike and added baker's twine for the streamers on the bike handles and little flowers and bling in the basket. I added a row of bling at the bottom of the image.

The second sketch I used was #101. My pennants were a bit small to me but this is the first time I have used pennants and they need a bit more swoop in the string. I printed these off the computer but I did purchase Marvy Uchida's pennant punch at Archiver's the other day. I think it is about 1 1/2" long and I used it to punch a lot of pennants out of scrap pieces. I used the sentiment  from one of the OWH stamp sets from Hero Arts. I love it. I added  a gold sticker too since it was still on my table from the gold and white Best Wishes cards I did.

Note to self:

I did try a different way to photograph my cards. I usually take my photos in the kitchen and lay the cards down. Today, I stood them  under a better light and the cards are not as yellow as some of my other photos.  I also purchased a light box and a pin frog from Joann's and I'll try those new tools too. Next, I need to find a free program to add a watermark to my pictures. I know I read a blog entry about photographing cards just recently but I can't find it again. Arrrggghhh! Don't you hate that when it happens to you - you know you read or saw a great article but can't find it again.



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Riley stamp from the blog hop

I won this new release stamp from Riley & Co.
during the new release blog hop! 

Thanks to Joy and Tanya!!!!

And it came in the mail yesterday. 
And, of course, I had to stamp the new image! 
I plan to color most of the images in red, white, and blue colors
but a few images will be black and gold for the college colors.
I do have a small stamp that says "Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness" 
that I'll put on the image too.
I am trying to decide how to get the song's lyrics on the card too
 but the lyrics might be too big. 
Maybe, I'll use the musical note embossing folder with my Cuttlebug.

to see the newest Riley stamps.

Hopefully you'll check back here to my card 
in about a week or so when 
I get to use the new Parade image I have stamped already.

Here's the lyrics for the song "I Love a Parade"
It is a snappy, happy marching song.
 It was used in an old movie and some old cartoons and maybe a kid's show or two.

 I Love A Parade

I love a parade, the tramping of feet,

I love every beat I hear of a drum.
I love a parade, when I hear a band
I just want to stand and cheer as they come.
That rat-a tat-tat, the blare of a horn.
That rat-a tat-tat, a bright uniform;
The sight of a drill will give me a thrill,
I thrill at the skill of everything military.
I love a parade, a handful of vets,
A line of cadets or any brigade,
For I love a parade. 

Lastly, I wanted to share one of my photos I took at the Retreat recently. 
It is called the purple passion flower and grows as a vine. 
I just love the lacy look of it.
It might be a card someday too.

50th Anniversary card

I am attending a relative's 50th Anniversary this weekend 
and they have requested no gifts.
 But I had to make a 5x7" card for them.
 I found the two gold and white papers on Joann's clearance rack
 and used a piece of gold glitter paper. 
The Jolee's sticker was on sale at Joann's too. 
I used a Martha Stewart punch to do the gold glitter paper's edges.

I used strips of both gold and white papers on the inside of the card
 and a gold sticker for the sentiment.

My hubby thought I had done a good job, blinging the card.
I like how the gold card turned out too though it is a bit heavy, so 
good thing I'm delivering it. : )

Of course, I had scraps of the 3 papers all over the table so naturally, 
I had to make some cards with those scraps to clean up the table.
 I got 8 cards made but here is only 5 of them. 
I added some gold ribbon to a few of the cards. 
The shiny gold Best Wishes and the lacy flowers were purchased at 
Crafts 2000, now Pat Catan's, a while back. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

More Cards from the Retreat

I got a few cards done at the Retreat but the quilters seemed to be sewing faster than I made cards. 
Here's a few of the quilters' quilt tops they got finished at the Retreat.

I had a long table to myself and still could only work in a small space on it. 
I did have my OWH sketches on my table and the stack of cards I got made. 
I could have used more light but I had forgotten my light. 
I did have to set up my Cricut  and my Cuttlebug on another table.

 I did try to use a bunch of supplies that I don't usually play with such as the E K Succes button border punch and the Martha Stewart button punch. I borrowed a needle with a big eye from one of the quilters
so I could tie baker's twine (Queen & Co. ) on the buttons' holes.

I purchased a supply of 4-5 packages of die cuts stapled together as one package at TJMaxx one day. 
The golfer above and the shirt below were in the packages. I got 4 shirts, 3 golfer in carts, and 3 other die cuts that were too big to fit on a card but they will be great on an upcoming scrapbook page.
 I popped up the green grass so the golf cart appears to be driving over the fairway. I used my Fiskars cloud punch and a stamp from Unity Stamp. I used a border punch on the shirt card and the  sentiment from my new stamp set from Paper Smooches.
Occasionally TJMaxx has some scrapbook supplies but infrequently. 
They have had paper packs, punches, and stickers and usually I have found the supplies 
near the front in the lane heading to the cash registers or in the stationary dept.


The two cards below are made with a package of die cuts and stickers from Bo Bunny I purchased on sale at Pat Catan's (formerly Crafts 2000). On the first card, I used trendy tape by Queen & Co. It was very easy to use and added a lot to the card. I have several designs of the trendy tape. I love the sentiment but it didn't fit on the second card so I only used the "thanks" on it with the birdhouse. Of course, I had to add some pearls on the cards. 

I had several Bingo cards from K & Co. that I didn't know what to do with so I made a card with them. I had a few toys to go with the bingo card and had the sentiment from Hero Arts' set of Huge Hugs. More baker's twine (pink, black, and white) from Queen & Co. is tied around the bottom of the bingo card. 
I think I made about 8 of these cards. 

The last card is the card I sent to my dad for Father's Day. 
I cut the die cut on my Cricut and used a piece of paper from DCWV Natural stack. 
My dad wanted nothing, zero stuff for the Father's Day as he says he has enough shirts, 
he can't eat candy or nuts anymore, and he didn't need any more stuff. 
So, I cut a bunch of zeroes out on the Cricut and placed them inside the card.
 Happy Father's Day, Dad.

Sketch #126

Sketch #126

My card using Sketch #126

I only got one design done today but I was able to make a few of those cards done.
The bear, the two sentiments, and the bee border are all in a Fiskars stamp set 
I purchased a while back from Joann's and finally used it.
The strips are from a big bag I purchased for a dollar at a LSS that was going out of the business. The strips were the price label on a 12x12 paper that the LSS owner had used from a class she was teaching. The old yellow and the cream cardstock papers were in the paper stash. Little pearls on the strips finished the card. I only colored the honey and the paws on the bear as the brown markers I have were too dark.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sketches 7, 10, 123 and a Bonus one

Sketch #10

I found the sticker tags at Joann's and my girlfriend gave me a bunch of Joann's pound of scrapbook paper. Some faux stitching and a sentiment (new at Archiver's) from a new stamp set and this sketch is done.

Sketch #123

The card is made with DCVW Natural stack so the photo does not do justice to the shiny copper paper or the shiny stripes in the "ribbon". The sentiment was new at Archiver's the other day and I had stamped a few of them to see what I could do with the sentiment. The white chalky ink is a little light and the black block is a bit bigger than the sketch's meusurements. I used a white pen to faux stitch around the black and the pale orange blocks and also around the stars.

Sketch # Bonus

I know I found this sketch in the OWH sketches and it took me a while to realize it was a bonus sketch so it doen't have a number.. And I did another card using this same idea and I can't find that photo.
 Cue Twilight Zone music!

Sketch # 7

I got 2 of Sketch #7 done. I used papers from DCVW's Natural stack on the first one and a variety of other papers on the second one, which included some fancy gold and white papers on clearance at Joann's. I actually did cut the strips for these cards but at home I know I have a bunch of strips to use to make of this sketch. The downward sentiment looked too lonely to me so I had to add some flowers too. A few that I didn't photography had twine added to them too. I used the letters from Note to Self packet. I normally don't use the letters in packs like that but now I have a use for them.

Here at the Retreat

I'm in Southern Indiana at a Quilters/Scrapbookers Retreat. I have gotten some cards done and some photos taken. The Quilters are very talented women, who are just sewing up a storm. The walls of the little building we are in are covered with their finished quilt tops and wall hangings.

I have gotten a stack of cards done but I also took time to have lunch with my dad. He had an errand or 2 to do so I was the driver for a bit.

Here's my take on the latest OWH sketch #125. It got a bit frilly and pink but I like it. I have been using bits and pieces from the scrap files. The little squares are a tad bigger than the sketch's 4 items. They are shiny as is the live, laugh, love so it was hard to photograph the card. Maybe OWH needs a tutorial for taking better pictures for the uploads.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Here's another Sketch

OK, I have been having a lot of fun, making new cards using the OWH Sketches. Here's another card, using Sketch #124 - the latest one on the OWH blog. I was cleaning out the crop bag and found these stickers. My girlfriend had purchased the sticker set (though I don't know the manufacturer) and couldn't use these. I used my cloud punch by Fiskars for the clouds. I had a leftover piece of shimmer paper for the long element (from my anniversary card in another post), tying a piece of navy/white baker's twine. I purchased the twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon at, (where I also got a big spool of the airmail twine for my Mailman Riley, an upcoming post.)  The big square is a scrap that I cut free-handed wavy edges on it. 

Later for now. I'm trying to get stuff ready for a Friday night crop and then a retreat.

We R Memory Keepers' Operation We R Grateful

Check out We R Memory Keepers at They sponsored a card drive for OWH last summer and they are doing it again this year. They are giving weekly prizes, getting stores to collect cards, and doing Facebook updates.  Operation We R Grateful, The Contest, runs June 1, 2012 through July 31, 2012. So, get your own craft supplies out and make a few cards. See the site above for mailing address and entry forms. 

Here's some info as posted on their site.

Join us in supporting Operation Write Home! Create handmade greeting cards for deployed troops to write home on. Your card could be worth up to $1,000 in We R Memory Keepers product. Here's how:
  • Create handmade greeting cards in the following categories: Love (Thinking of you, Missing you, Anniversary), Any Hero, Thank You, Birthday, Holiday, Get Well.

  • Fill out the card entry form

  • Send your card(s) to a We R Memory Keepers or find a Drop Zone near you.

  • Check out our Facebook Page for weekly prizes

Another sketch

Another sketch done. 
This is OWH Sketch #40
I used a blue, a purple, and a silver shimmer paper from DCWV
 and a Disney paper with Lady and the Tramp. 
I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the shimmer paper with the dotted Swiss folder.
The Disney paper was on clearance at Joann.
 I was thinking of using it as a birthday card but changed my mind and
went with an anniversary card. Lady and the Tramp were so cute in the 
Italian restaurant, eating spaghetti.
 I used the paw prints as ribbon, although I ran out of the paws 
so some cards have purple ribbon on them.
 I had this sentiment stamp from Micheal's a long time ago. 
I made a few for the OWH box I have started and a few for my card stash.
More sketches later. Time to clean up my "temporary" crafting space in the living room and 
pack my supplies for the weekend retreat.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Making sketches from the OWH List

           Operation Write Home had a big blog hop on Memorial Day Weekend and all the entries used the OWH sketches. There are 120+ sketches on the OWH blog. Some of the participating blogs used the same sketches but all of the cards looked so differently. I generally just make my cards as I go and I haven't used many sketches. But my personal challenge for the summer break is to see how many sketches I can use to make a boxful of cards for OWH.

To see the OWH sketches, go here.

Now, here's my first cards, using the sketches.
 I used Sketch #1 first. I had this paper with the letters in my school collection .
A bit of orange ribbon from Joann's hid the seam of the 2 papers.
 I had a jar of orange Got Flowers and 
put little gold pearls on the flowers for a bit of bling. 
I love the freebie sentiment I picked up from Create with TLC

I had purchased a new teddy bear stamp from Stamper's Best 
(  ) and had to use it. 
I punched the scalloped circles and then stamped the image (bear & flower). 
I used colored pencils on the image. The sentiment and tiny flower are from 2 word sets of
 The paper was in my paper stash. 
I cut the two design papers in 3 3/4" by 5" then cut them diagonally in half. 
When I put the two triangles on the card base,
 I could leave a bit of room between the triangles and it looks like a ribbon.

 Two sketches down. And 120 more to go.
Time to go pick another sketch or 2 from the OWH site. Later.