Sunday, September 11, 2011

OWH I'm So Grateful challenge

My last card for the night is for the challenge "I'm So Grateful".  This challenge was to make a thank you card to use as an Anyhero Card for a soldier who is currently serving our country.  I made the card and already had the picture taken and everything when I noticed that I had forgotten to put Thank You on it.  I am going to use it anyway because I plan on thanking the soldier when I write my note.

The digi is from Create with TLC.  The stars were made with my Cricut from the  Cricut Classic Font cartridge.  The star paper and cardstock was out of my scrap box.

God Bless America!

OWH VCMP challenge #4

Here is another card I have made for the OWH Virtual Card Making Party that is going on this weekend.  Challenge 4 was "Pick One".  The challenge was to pick a number.  Then you had to go to the OWH blog and make a card using the corresponding sketch.  I picked number 82.  The sketch looks like this:


My card ended up looking like this.  I did the basic sketch but then I also put some layering in on it.  I like the way it turned out and can me making more cards like this.


Snowflake Paper - The Paper Studio
Stamps - Inspired Stamps
Cardstock - Paper Stock

OWH VCMP challenge #2

I haven't been able to make as many cards this weekend as I had wanted for the OWH birthday weekend challenges but hopefully I will be able to continue making cards during the week and get them posted.  The second challenge was "Celebrate Nature".  The purpose of this challenge was to make a card showing things of nature.  I immediately thought of this digi.  I have used it several times on different cards but really seem to like it.

I do not know where this digi came from.  If anyone knows, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.  The cardstock is out of my stockpile. 

Happy Birthday OWH!

OWH VCMP challenge #1

It is a great weekend at OWH.  It is their special birthday weekend.  All weekend they have been putting up challenges on their blog every 2 hours.  The first challenge is called Garanamals.  The challenge was to make a card for a child. 

The zebra, phrase and flowers are all from the Cricut "Create a Critter" cartridge.  The plaid paper and the colored cardstock are all from the paper stash so sorry - don't know where it is from.

CDAC Progressive Challenge 2

I started a progressive challenge on the CDAC website.  You are sent several digis and must make a card with one of them before the deadline.  Then you will be sent new digis for the next round of the contest.  I chose a back to school digi for this round of the challenge.

The digi came from Sweet Stamping Sweets.  The alphabet paper is from the Paper Studio.  The cardstock is out of my supply paper.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

OWH Birthday Challenge - Autumn

I am playing catch up today and making some cards for the OWH Birthday celebration with all their challenges.  It has been so much fun looking at the new challenge each day to see what they want you to try.  This challenge was to make a card with an autumn (or fall) motif.  Since the weather has really cooled down here in Arkansas this week, this wasn't hard to do at all!

Card Recipe:

Digi by Meljens
Leaf Paper by The Paper Studio
Yellow and Green Cardstock

OWH Sketch #85

This is a challenge for OWH birthday challenge.  I was to make a card using sketch #85.  It looks like this: 

I decided to go with a fall card for this sketch.  I had just gotten all my fall paper out along with some new stamps I had just bought so it felt right to go fall! 

I think it turned out pretty good but when I was making the card, it seemed like something was missing around the tag so I ended up adding some small orange brads on the side of the tag.  I think it gave it a little extra pop and was just what it needed!


Leaf Paper - The Paper Studio
Fall Stamp - Studio G clear stamps stamped with brown ink
Orange brads and cardstock out of the supply closet.

Happy Birthday OWH!

Friday, September 9, 2011

OWH Birthday Challenge #3 - Use Brads or Eyelets

Happy Birthday to OWH!  We are celebrating its birthday all month with a month full of challenges and fun.  I am running behind some on the challenges but I hope to get caught up this weekend.  Challenge #3 was to use eyelets or brads on a card.  I found this sketch used in challenge #2 and I love it!  I didn't get to enter that challenge in time so I decided to use her sketch in my entry for challenge #3.  I can see me using this a lot in the future.  I will be able to use it for all types of different cards and sentiments. 

I like how the color combination turned out with this card.  The picture doesn't pick up the colors as well as I would have liked but the red and green are very rich and deep colors.  Happy Birthday OWH - have a great one!


The red, green and cream are all just basic cardstock. 
Red Rose paper - popped it out of my scrapbox so not sure where it came from
Sympathy Stamp - from Stampabilities
The red brads at the bottom are from The Paper Studio

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge

I decided to try out the CDAC Progressive Challenge this month.  I almost messed around too much though and missed the deadline.  I am glad that I got some Mojo and got in there to make a card.  This card will go in my box to send to Operation Write Home for someone to use later.

The digi came from digistamps4joy sent to me to use in the challenge.  The blue oval is cut with my Cuttlebug using the Spellbinders Nestabilities.  The Happy Birthday stamp is from Inspired Stamps.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bugaboo Challenge

 I have recently found and fell in love with the bugaboo stamps.  They are just so cute and precious.  I have been following that blog and have found where I can enter weekly challenges.  So, with that being said, here is my card for that challenge which was a sketch challenge.

The digi is a freebie from Bugaboo Stamps of course.  The red gingham paper is from the Paper Studio.  The red, green and brown paper is just regular cardstock.  The I love You stamp is from a collection called "Greetings" from Inkadinkado.  The green cardstock was cut with the Doily Lace edge punch from Martha Stewart crafts. 

I had a lot of fun with the sketch challenge.  I can't wait to make more cards with this sketch.  All of the cards I make go on to be sent to Operation Write Home.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Meljens Blog Challenge

It is still so hot outside!  It is 7:45pm right now and it is still 103 degrees outside.  So, that means I have been making more cards and finding more blog challenges to enter.  I have found it helps to stimulate my mojo if I have a challenge to work on.  Anyway, here is my card for Meljen's blog challenge, Frame It.

The snowman digi is from Meljens of course.  The snowflake paper is from the Paper Studio.  The snowflake buttons are some out of my button jar and the red ribbon is some I got at the after Christmas sale last year at a local dollar store. 

Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Blog

I have been blog surfing this weekend because frankly it is just too darn hot to go outside and do anything else!  I have found so many blogs that have great ideas for cards.  I just can't decide which direction to go in first now!  But, I did find a great blog that is giving away some wonderful blog candy.  Just go to to check out her blog and enter for blog candy.

Gotta go - time to go make some cards!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CDAC Challenge

I used the sketch from the CDAC challenge that is being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.  I used the sketch to plan out the card and then used the free digi from Bugaboo.  I think she is really cute and I can't wait to use her on some more cards. 

To create the card, I took dark blue cardstock and stamped it all over with a snowflake stamp using dark blue ink.  The light blue snowflake paper is out of the scrap box.  The digi is from Bugabook Stamps and the red snowman ribbon is an after Christmas sale last year at a local dollar store.  The snowflakes down the side are buttons out of the button box. 

Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July challenge #4

Well, today is day 4 in the Christmas in July challenges by Bugaboo Stamps.  I have had a great time creating cards this week and have ended up with several that I really like and will create more to send in to OWH.  Today's challenge was to create a card with snowflakes on it.  Here is my card that I came up with:

Isn't she just adorable!  Thank you to Bugaboo for this wonderful free digi.  The light blue snowflake paper is from my scrap box again.  The darker blue is cardstock that I stamped with a snowflake stamp with dark blue ink.  The snowflake buttons came from who knows where but I thought they did a lot for this card!  The red ribbon with snowmen on it came from an after Christmas sale last year from a local dollar store.  

Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July Challenge #3

Well, the Bugaboo Stamp Christmas in July Challenge #3 is to create a card using a sketch that they provided.  This was a lot of fun and I had a good time getting some of my Christmas papers out and trying to decide what to use.  I am pleased with my finished product and here it is:

The Joy sentiment is a digi from Bugaboo.  The striped paper is out of my scrap pile and the red and green is just cardstock.  The buttons are out of the button jar.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 2

I have really been enjoying the Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July challenges.  The Tuesday challenge was to use the digi that was provided to use.  I didn't like the Stella digi much to start with because I like the "cuter" digis but the more I looked at her and after she was all colored, she kinda took a life of her own.  So, the statement definitely seemed to go with her sassyness!

The Stella digi is a freebie from Bugaboo Stamps.
The comment is a freebie from Create with TLC.
The red and green is just plain cardstock.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Been a Long Time

Gee!  It's been awhile since I have done a post.  That being said - I have been busy making cards for OWH.  I just haven't been posting them here or on the challenges.  I have been trying the sketches and such but just no time to post!  That being said, I have decided to join in the Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July challenges.  The first challenge on Monday is to make a card using nontraditional colors.  The digi I used is from Bugaboo and was a freebie.  I really like the pink and aqua cardstock that I used.  This is a favorite card and I see making many more like it.

Well, so long for now. I am off to make more cards!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's a Colourful World Blog challenge

Sandy, from OWH, posted a challenge on her blog for her "blogaversary".  The challenge was to make a card that would work for a male.  I really like how this card turned out.  It is simple yet eye catching (in my opinion anyway).  I decided to leave a sentiment off so that way it could be used for any occasion or for no special reason at all.  

OWH Christmas in July challenge

The weekly OWH challenge is Christmas in July.  The challenge is to make a Christmas card to send to the troops.  Now that I look at my card closer, I have decided to add a Merry Christmas sentiment to the bottom of it.  It seems so strange to be making Christmas cards when the temps are in the triple digits right now!

Monday, July 4, 2011

OWH challenge 11 - New Pinwheel

Operation Write Home Challenge 11 was for a new type of pinwheel.  I have to say I LOVE this new pinwheel style.  It was so super easy to make yet really, really pretty.  I can't wait to make some smaller ones to see what I can come up with.  Thanks for this great tutorial and challenge on the new pinwheel.

Supplies:  Pink and Yellow cardstock for the borders
               Pinwheel - BoBunny Love Bandit Stripe
               Sentiment - stamp I got from Michaels in the dollar bin   :)

OWH challenge - Baker's Dozen

The Operation Write Home challenge #13  is "Baker's Dozen".  You had to use a teddy bear in your design.  This was not the card I had planned to make but during the day when I was going to print out some digis, my printer died.  Oh well...I was able to find a teddy bear on my cricut so I just went with it.  Sometimes you have to change gears midstream!


The paper is just cardstock out of my supply.
The phrase, balloons and bear all came off of the Cricut cartridge "Create a Critter".

Operation Write Home - Challenge 14

Well, I had to start jumping around with my challenges and do the ones I could because my printer stopped working!  I hate it when that happens.  Oh well, on to Challenge 14.

Challenge 14 was Color Me Crazy.  The challenge was to make animals colors they usually are not.  For example, a pink frog, a yellow ladybug or in my case, a pink hippo!  This card was fun and let the crazy side come through!

Supplies:  Pink gingham paper - The Paper Studio
                Hippo, Grass and Statement - cut from the Cricut using the Create a Critter cartridge

OWH challenge 9 - Easy as 1-2-3

The Operation Write Home challenge #9 was "Easy as 1-2-3".  This challenge wanted you to use 1 piece of designer (printed) paper, 2 images and a phrase that is at least 3 words or more.  I had a lot of fun with this card and I think it turned out really cute.  I think anyone would like to be able to send it home to their child and/or loved one.  I bought the Cricut cartridge "Create a Critter" several weeks ago because I got a good deal on it.  I didn't know that I would have so much fun with it.  I highly recommend this cartridge to anyone.

Paper - Silly Monkey by Paper Studio
Monkey and Phrase - cut from the Cricut with the Create a Critter cartridge.

OWH challenge 12 - Foodie or Fruity?

Operation Write Home Challenge #12 was Foodie or Fruity.  The challenge was to make a card using either food or fruit.  I enjoyed this challenge because I usually don't think about putting fruit on a card.  However, within the last week I have seen several cards on the OWH facebook page with fruit on them that are super cute so I really think I am going to have to go in this direction for a few cards.

The blue check paper is from Paper Studio.
The watermelon was cut on the Cricut using the cartridge Block Party. 
The Sweet sentiment was cut on the Cricut using the cartridge Create a Critter.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

OWH challenge 5 - Vintage

Operation Write Home Challenge 5 was to make a vintage card.  Well...the card I ended up with may be a stretch but I just don't do vintage.  I had to stretch my imagination and brain to come up with what I did.  I used what I would call vintage Christmas paper to make a starburst type card.  The santa and snowflake paper looked old and vintage to me so I went with it.  I used the cricut to cut out the joy sentiment and the christmas tree.  The bottom looked plain and I had ribbon but it didn't seem to fit in with the vintage theme so I cut a strip of the snowflake paper and put it across the bottom to add some to it.


Snowflake and Santa paper - The Paper Studio
Red and Green cardstock
Joy and Christmas tree - Cricut cartridge "Create a Critter"

OWH challenge 4 - Freedom

Operation Welcome Home challenge 4 is "What does Freedom Mean to You?"  The challenge asked you to post a statement about what your idea of freedom was.  Freedom allows me to worship my God whenever and wherever I want.  Many people do not have this freedom and I am so thankful for the men and women who are serving in our country's military who ensure that I am able to keep this.  Thank you!

Paper:  red and blue cardstock
            Star paper - The Paper Studio
Stars - Cut from the Cuttlebug star dies
Sentiment - a freebie digi God Bless America from Create With TLC

OWH challenge 3 - Yellow Ribbon

Operation Write Home challenge 3 was "Tie a Yellow Ribbon".  This challenge wanted you to use the colors brown, yellow, white and peach (no, these are not the exact color names but close enough!).  I decided to make a card that someone would be able to send home to their loved one.  Thank you Paula ( for this wonderful digi.  It is definitely one of my favorites and I use it all the time.  I didn't have any yellow ribbon that would be small enough to tie a bow with so I cut one out with my cricut.  I had no peach color paper at all so I had to fudge a little and put on peach colored brads under the sentiment.  I live too far my closest craft store to just "pop" in and buy supplies when needed unfortunately.


Yellow and brown cardstock
Love you Digi - by Paula at

OWH challenge 2 - Fishy

Operation Write Home Challenge 2 was "There is something Fishy...".  The challenge wanted you to use a fish and fishbow on the card.  I wasn't quite sure how to go about making a card for this challenge so I just decided to jump in and go for something easy.  I used colors that reminded me of cool water. 


The blue background was embossed with the Cuttlebug embossing folder bubbles.  The fishbowl and fish were cut from the Cricut Cartridge "Create a Critter".  The paper is just scraps of cardstock. 

Not my best card ever but it did make me think some early in the morning!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Operation Write Home Virtual Cardmaking Party - Challenge 1

The first challenge in the party is to make a card with camo.  I decided to go simple and with no sentiment.  I decided to let whoever chooses this card to put their own sentiment and words in the card.  I have been having fun with the challenges.  I am using paper and ideas that I have never done before. 

The supplies for this card was really super simple.  The dark green on the outside of the cards and the red/blue stars are just from leftover card stock.  The camo paper is from The Paper Studio. 

Card Making Weekend

Happy Birthday America!  I first want to say thank you to all the troops who are away from home right who are protecting our freedoms so we can sleep safe at night. 

I am planning on spending this July 4th weekend at home making cards.  I am participating in the Operation Write Home Blog challenge where every 2 hours we jump to a different blog for a card making challenge.  When I am not making challenge cards, I plan to make fall and any occasion cards to send in to them. 

I will try to post different pictures of my challenge cards as the day and weekend goes by.  Happy 4th to you all and God bless!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Cards for Kids

I was inspired to make some cards today for kids.  Soldiers need to be able to send cards home to their kids and I was inspired to make them due to a post on the OWH website from a soldier wanting cards to send home to her daughter.  I had a lot of fun making them and I hope some special child will enjoy them.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Time Flies

Wow - time flies by so fast!  It seems as though June just started yesterday yet this next week is the last of the month.  I have been so busy this month I haven't had much time to get my OWH cards made much less posted.  I was able to get together a box of cards to send in for the 2nd million challenge.  I guess I was busy enough getting it together that I didn't think about getting pictures of some of my cards.  I stuck a few cards in my box from the latest sketch challenges and the MWT but just forgot about the pictures.  Oh well...the joys of old age - forgetfulness!

I also discovered the blog Create with TLC yesterday.  They have some great free digis on there so I spent a lot of my night going back through that blog just looking and dreaming that I was that good of a card maker!  So, time for me to get off of this blog and get ready for work.  :(

Friday, June 17, 2011

OWH sketch challenge #73

I had fun working on this sketch challenge from OWH this week.  I used a stamp for the sentiment that I picked up from Michaels and used chocolate brown ink to stamp it with.  The top and stripe is just a chocolate brown card stock.  The bottom striped paper is some I got out of the scrap box so not real sure where it came from.  I am going to try to get better at keeping up with what supplies I am using!  I was able to cut my heart and tag with my cricut using just the basic cartridge. 

It is a simple card but they are the ones I like best.  I tried to make a card this time that is a little more masculine than the flower cards I have been making.  Sorry the picture quality is not the best this time but I couldn't get the lighting real good when I was taking the picture this time.


Well, normally I am super excited to see Friday come around each week but not this time.  Since today is Friday it means it is the end of my vacation.  It was a really nice week off - just spending time with my wonderful daughter.  We did go to Dallas and go to the zoo but other than than we just hung out and did some fun stuff around our house. 

Today was a lot of fun because I got together with my Mom and good friend, Mrs Ruth, and we made some cards for OWH.  My mom and I have been making cards together lately and we are going to be able to send in a little over 100 cards next week.  I am super excited to get my first box of cards packed up and sent off. 

It is also Father's Day weekend so I am saying HFD to my dad a little early.  I won't be able to see him or spend time with him on Sunday but he knows I love him very much.  I really don't know what I would do without him.  So Dad, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to one teriffic dad! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

OWH green and purple midweek throwdown

My card for the OWH midweek throwdown challenge of using the colors green and purple.  I put a "I'm thinking of You" sentiment on it.

OWH sketch challenge #72

This is my sketch challenge for Operation Write Home Sketch #72.  It is my first sketch challenge so it may not be perfect but I like it!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Blog

Well - this is my first time to have a blog.  To be honest, I didn't even know what a blog was until a week ago when I started following the Operation Write Home blog hop during the Memorial Day weekend.  Then I saw where I could make cards during their mid-week card challenge but in order to publish my cards, I had to have a blog. I am!