Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ready for Fall

Oh my goodness, it's hot here today!  I know, what do I expect when I live in Texas right?  
I am ready for fall weather, so for the Operation Write Home Sketch today, I used fall colors.

Here is what I created with the sketch above.  I almost always have words on my cards, but Operation Write Home talks alot about cards that can be used for different purposes and one way to create cards like that is to leave off the words.  This card can be sent as a thank you, I miss you, thinking of you, Thanksgiving or any other needed sentiment card.
I would love to make another card today using this sketch, I have one in mind.  We'll see if that happens.

Quote for the day:  "Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be."  - Sonia Ricotti

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Helpful Hint

Hi!  My card for today uses the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.  

It's Sketch #208.

I was looking at the samples from the Tuesday Morning Sketches design team and one in particular caught my eye.  It was Jessi's and her card is on her blog.  It is such a cute card with a fun image, papers and gloss on her toenails :)  What really caught my eye though is how she used little notches to hold her twine in place on her card.  That was definitely an 'aha' moment for me.  I wanted to try it right away.  So basically, I cased her card. 
I was able to choose some different things to create with than what I have been using recently because I finally got everything moved back into my craft loft.  I chose this cute little owl to make another 'miss you' card for OperationWriteHome.  Oh, I did use a Making Memories metal tag that I have had for a really long time, yay!!

Anyway, thanks Jessi for a great little helpful hint! 

Quote for the day:    "If the whole world was blind, who would you impress?" - Boonaa Mohammed
(Kind of a deep quote today, but when I read it, it made me stop and think!)

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Combining Scraps with a Sketch

Hi - as I've said so many times, I really like sketches.  They give me a great starting point for my cards. 
This week at SplitCoastStampers, the challenge was to choose a past sketch to use. 
My basic supplies are still downstairs so I chose a sketch that I could use mostly paper for.  

I had these papers in my scraps.  They are from Die Cuts with a View and are from the Green Stack collection.  I actually really like these papers so was excited to use them again.  I love the little birds and this sketch is perfect for fun background papers.  

I made the card on the right first.  I decided that it needed a layer behind the birdie layer, so I made the card on the left.  Then I decided that I like to original card the best. LOL  That's how it goes, right?  

Quote for the day:  "Today me will live in the moment unless it's unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie."  - Cookie Monster

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Monday, July 15, 2013

I got the laundry started and chose to use up some fun scrap papers before more work begins.  :)

I used on older Sketch from SplitCoastStampers (SC229).  It works really well for smaller pieces of paper so in my mind, it's a great way to use scraps that I just love!   I believe this paper is from American Traditions.

The flourish stamp is an older stamp from Autumn Leaves and the Thankful Thoughts is from Verve.  I got it as a sweet little extra that they included with one of my orders.  

Quote for the day:  "Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once."  - Paulo Coelho  

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Attempting CAS

Hi - I got some work done before I decided to treat myself with some creative time this morning.  :)  

I made these two cards for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge to use polka dots.  The CAS style is definitely not my go to style, I find it difficult, but I LOVE the look of CAS cards.  So, I'm going to try to get better.  :)

I used the concentric circle stamp that was on my table from yesterday and again used  kraft cardstock and white ink.  The sentiment is from Stampabilities and originally I wasn't going to add the color layer underneath the sentiment, but it just needed that bit of color.....okay, I needed a bit of color. :)

I couldn't decide what color combo to use, so I just made two cards.  I have a tendency to make two cards at a time anyway, so that worked for me.

Quote for the day:  "Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray.  - Rumi

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

3 Challenges in 1 Card

We have never paid to have painters paint the interior of our house, but for the first time, we have a two story family room and we do not have scaffolding.  I am also not brave enough to go up and down an extension ladder enough times to cut in and roll on paint.  :)

So, we had painters here yesterday and today and my craft room was one of the rooms getting painted.  I brought some basic supplies into the breakfast room so I could create something, just in case I needed to.

Yesterday, the SplitCoastStampers Sketch Challenge was posted and I tried to made a card, but it just didn't come together like I envisioned.  So today, the Ways to Use It challenge was to use hardware.  Well, I have way too much hardware and decided to use some.  As I was thinking about it, I decided to try to incorporate both challenges, AND the Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown was to make a masculine card.  I could definitely make that work with hardware, right???

Well, this is what I came up with.  I find that sometimes, when I have limited supplies, I am more creative!  I used 4 different stamp sets, some hardware, a little bit of ribbon (remember it's a masculine card :), some tissue tape, and black and kraft cardstock.

I am trying to finish my Operation Write Home box with Thank You cards, but I really wanted this one to be I Miss You.  It will still go in the box.  :)

Quote for the day:  "Why worry? If you've done the very best you can, worrying won't make it any better." - Walt Disney

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Monday, July 8, 2013

More Work another Card

More work done means I get to play just a little.  Oh, and just so you know.....I think painting a ceiling equals a workout!!!  :)  
I'm trying to finish filling my Operation Write Home box with Thank You cards and this is what I came up with.  

I used some papers that need to be packed....that's a bonus right ;).

Quote for the day:  When something goes wrong in your life, just yell, "Plot twist!" and move on.  - Pinterest

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