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!