Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekend Challenges

Whew!  This was a busy weekend of both the normal routine chores & yard work & LOTS of card making... Inspired by several challenges I was able to get quite a number of cards completed for Operation Write Home.   The first card above was by far the hardest... SQSC#1, Stampin' Queen's first sketch challenge!  This stumped me for long awhile, especially with the square/circle combo... 

Here's the sketch:

I had several attempts getting a card I liked completed for the sketch. To help me out, I chose to modify a card I made earlier (see it here) and transformed it to match the sketch.  Maybe the hardest part is lining up 3 evenly spaces pieces of paper (you can see where some card surgery was required on the top & bottom parts of my paper!).  For the card I used Stampin Up!'s Delicate Doilies and Flores perforables stamp sets.  The colors I used are Calypso Coral, Pool Party & Crumb Cake.  Well, it's still a cute sketch, so to share,  here is one of my practice cards I used to create a Miss You card for a box of cards I'll be sending to Operation Write Home...

The cute fox stamp is from Fox & Friends and the sentiment is from Three Little Words (the first word was cut off to fit nicely in the circle).

And lastly, I was up at 4am (yes, another minor touch of insomnia maybe, but when you're inspired to make something, does it matter what time it is!?), so I had plenty of time to get an Any Hero Thanksgiving card made for Operation Write Home...

I love the Loads of Love stamp set used here... I actually had the truck & pumpkins already stamped, so it was ready to go as soon as I found some matching papers to color everything just so... 


My OWH box is brimming with Miss You, Love You and general cards, but I also have a nice collection of Christmas cards I'll be sending to be sure they are ready in plenty of time to send to the troops... here's one I made using the new Stocking Builder punch that will be available in September...

I added some flocking powder to the white parts of the stocking including the little heart.  The sentiment is from Contempo Christmas stamp set, and my background paper I printed using MDS.  I told you I was busy this weekend!  :)

Check out all the fun challenges from the links above & GET STAMPING NOW!  :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Operation Write Home Sketch #83

I've been working on getting some cards ready to send off to the fine folks at Operation Write Home.  
It was easy to get inspired with this week's Sketch challenge!  


As usual, I may not have measured precisely, but I got the gist of the sketch... I read about my area's "card needs" and found out they could use more "Miss you" cards so I just HAD to make one with that sentiment!  I got the little cord straightened out right AFTER I took the photo by the way (wink).

If you haven't had a chance yet, check out the challenges and inspiration and get ready to throw a card party next month to add to the stash of cards that our armed service members around the world can share with their friends and family.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Simple Goal in Life...

Just a quick dog card today... Our dog had his annual vet visit this week and we learned he needs to lose weight.  Well, we all need to lose a few so this week we started our family fitness plan that includes the dog, too.  It's finally cooler, so we can all enjoy more outdoor time...

I added some twill tape and twine on this card as it reminded me of one our dog's favorite rope toys! 
The dog die cut is a Revolution die and the sentiment is from Fiskars (I think).  I used a Nestabilitie die and sponged around the outer rim to add a little more dimension to the sentiment.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!