Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pretty As A Flower


Hope everyone was able to get together with family and friends this Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful time and are still enjoying leftover turkey and fixings! So far this weekend I've been able to spend some time in my craft room making cards for OWH. Can't wait to get them uploaded to share with everyone!

In the meantime, this is a card I made for my first shipment of cards to OWH. The layout is from Sweet 'n Sassy Sketch Challenge 17. The card base is Bravo Burgundy layered with a slightly smaller piece of paper pierced Angel cardstock. The next layer is Bravo Burgundy cardstock layered with a slightly smaller piece of paper pierced KaiserCraft Plush Empress Sophisticated patterned paper.

The circles were punched out after stamping Pale Plum on Whisper White cardstock using the Priceless stamp set. The flowers were stamped in Bravo Burgundy on Whisper White cardstock also using the Priceless stamp set then cut out and adhered over the flower image on the circles. At the center of each flower is a small Pewter Kaiser Pearl. Next I cut a strip of Bravo Burgundy cardstock and punched one side using the Eyelet Border Punch. I wrapped White Grosgrain ribbon around it and attached a bow in the front before adhering to the bottom of the card.

Hope you have a great week!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Priceless (Stampin' Up); Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Angel (Bazzill) and Sophisticated patterned paper (KaiserCraft Plush Empress); Ink: Pale Plum and Bravo Burgundy; Other: Pewter Kaiser Pearls, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's Turkey Time!


Happy Thanksgiving!!!  We are headed to my mother-in-laws today for a wonderful turkey dinner and some card games.  Later on we will have pumpkin pie, she makes the best!!  I'm so looking forward to another long weekend.  I don't do the Black Friday thing but have heard there may be some really good deals online so I'll have to check that out.

I think I'm ready to admit that I'm totally addicted to sketches. This sketch is from the High Hopes Sketch Challenge 52. The card base is Really Rust layered with a slightly smaller piece of Harvest ABC's patterned paper on top of which I attached a strip of paper pierced Handsome Hunter cardstock. The shadow layer is a strip of Really Rust layered with a slightly smaller piece of Spicy Circles patterned paper.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the High Hopes Turkey stamp and colored in using Stampin Write Markers. The corners were punched with the Ticket Corner Punch and small copper brads attached in each corner before adhering to a slightly larger pice of Really Rust cardstock. To finish off the card I added some colorful paper flowers with a medium copper brad in the center.


Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Turkey (High Hopes); Paper: Really Rust, Handsome Hunter, PTI White, Harvest ABC's and Spicy Circles patterned paper (Bo-Bunny Press); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Close To Cocoa, Old Olive and Tombow 990; Other: Small and Medium Copper Brads, Paper Flowers, Ticket Corner Punch, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gobble, Gobble!!!


Today's card was created using the A Spoon Full Of Sugar sketch challenge #74. I followed the sketch pretty well except I swapped out the text for a pretty white bow and button! The card base is Really Rust layered with a slightly smaller piece of Handsome Hunter cardstock.

The next layer looks like it is all one piece but it is really four square pieces of Spicy Circles patterned paper. The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the High Hopes Turkey stamp and colored in using Stampin Write Markers.

The corners were punched with the Ticket Corner Punch and a small copper brad added to each corner before layering onto a slightly larger piece of Handsome Hunter then Really Rust cardstock. The bow is PTI 3/8" Fresh Snow Topnotch Twill. I tied some DMC White through the button holes before attaching it on the bow. It is hard to tell in this photo but the button has a really pretty floral print on it.

Hope you have marvelous day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Turkey (High Hopes); Paper: Really Rust, Handsome Hunter, PTI White and Spicy Circles patterned paper (Bo-Bunny Press); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Close To Cocoa, Old Olive and Tombow 990; Other: Small Copper Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, PTI Fresh Snow 3/8" Topnotch Twill Ribbon, Button, DMC White and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Let's Talk Turkey


I created this card for this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. The card base is Handsome Hunter layered with a slightly smaller piece of Harvest ABC's patterned paper. The shadow layer is Really Rust layered with a slightly smaller piece of Spicy Circles patterned paper.
The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the High Hopes Turkey stamp and colored in using Stampin Write Markers. The corners were punched out first using the Ticket Corner Punch then a small copper brad was added in each corner. To finish off the card I layered paper flowers and attached a medium copper brad in the center.

Wishing you a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Turkey (High Hopes); Paper: Handsome Hunter, Really Rust, Summer Sun, PTI White, Harvest ABC's and Spicy Circles Patterned Paper (Bo-Bunny Press); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tombow 990, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Close To Cocoa and Old Olive; Other: Ticket Corner Punch, Small and Medium Copper Brads, Paper Flowers and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

OWH Veterans Day Bloghop

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Operation Write Home Veterans Day Bloghop!! If you arrived here from Peggysue's Blog, Roses By My Window, then you are in the right place but if you've just happened along you will want to grab your favorite beverage then head on over to the Homefront Blog so you can start from the beginning!

For those of you who don't already know, Operation Write Home supports our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards for them to write home on as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. So if you are a papercrafter, stamper or scrapbooker and enjoy making greeting cards check out the tips for cardmakers here and you are on your way!

For today's bloghop Operation Write Home challenged the cardmakers to create an "Anyhero" or Patriotic card (with a message inside for a deployed hero) and a Valentine card. For Veterans Day I made a Patriotic card in memory of my husband's grandfather who served in the US Army Air Force during World War II (to view that card scroll down to my previous post). I made this Patriotic card for the Operation Write Home Veterans Day Bloghop in honor of all the heroes out there proudly serving our nation... Thanks to all of you for your strength and courage in serving and protecting our nation!!!



Card details... the Patriotic card base is Real Red layered with slightly smaller pieces of Ballet Blue then Basic Black cardstock. The flag was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the God Bless America stamp set and colored in using Tombo and Stampin Write Markers. The eagle was also stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White but was cut out and mounted over the flag to give it the appearance of soaring!!! The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Kraft cardstock and embellished with a small black brad.

Next is the Valentine card I make for the Operation Write Home Veterans Day Bloghop. It is different from my normal style in that I used patterned paper for the main image rather than stamping it. I also couldn't resist using this gold foil glossy cardstock.



Card details... the Valentine card base is Pink Passion layered with a slightly smaller piece of paper pierced gold foil glossy cardstock. Next I attached the strip of patterned paper and the sentiment. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White cardstock. I rounded the corners using a corner rounder punch. The heart image was cut from a different sheet of Creative Imaginations patterned paper and layered onto a thin piece of cardboard. I rounded the corners and sanded the edges before attaching it to the card base. For embellishments I painted a chipboard flourish with Ashphalt Liquid Acrylic Paint and arranged it on the card nestled under an arrangement of paper flowers. To finish off the card I added a couple small gold brads along the paper strip and one at the center of the flower arrangement.

Well, that's it for me! Hope you've enjoyed my card creations. And now it is truly an honor for me to say that your next stop on this bloghop is the fabulous Sandy Allnock, founder and President of Operation Write Home (formerly known as Cards For Heroes). I'm sure you will enjoy her wonderful creations as much as I do. Sandy is truly an inspiration and a hero to us all. Thank you so much Sandy for making all this possible!!!

Without further ado... head on over to Sandy's Blog, It's A Colourful World, and enjoy the rest of the bloghop!

Thanks for stopping by!


CREATIVE DESIGN (PATRIOTIC CARD):
Stamps: God Bless America (Our Daily Bread Designs) and Eagle (Heartfelt Creations); Paper: Real Red, Ballet Blue, Basic Black and PTI White; Ink: Real Red, Ballet Blue, So Saffron and Tombow Markers 977, 990; Other: Small Black Brad and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.


CREATIVE DESIGN (VALENTINE CARD):
Stamps: Say It In Style (Close To My Heart); Paper: Pink Passion, PTI White, Gold Foil Glossy Cardstock and Patterned Paper (Creative Imaginations by Christine Adolph); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Other: Bazzill Flower (Teal), Prima Flower (Pink), Gold Brads, Corner Rounder Punch, Chipboard Flourishes, Asphalt Liquid Acrylics (Making Memories), Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day Memorial


This card was made in loving memory of my husband's grandfather, Bernard Columbus, who passed away February 2, 2008. He served in the US Army Air Force during World War II from November 1942-1945 and was assigned to the Army Post Office in the South Pacific.  Bernard began working for the United Postal Service as a post office clerk in 1941. In 1960, he took the job of rural mail carrier and held that position until he retired in 1980. Bernard was a hero to many including his family and friends. In his honor, I'm sending this card to Operation Write Home to be forwarded to one of the many heroes out there proudly serving our nation.

As for today's card details... the card base is Kraft cardstock layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI White. I distressed all sides of the patterned paper with Vintage Photo before layering onto PTI White. I then cut a strip of Kraft cardstock and punched both sides using the Fiskars Diamond Edge Punch and layered it with a slightly smaller strip of distressed Real Red Cardstock.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the In God We Trust stamp set and colored in using Tombow markers. Using my Creative Memories Oval Cutting System I cut out the PTI White and layered it onto a slightly larger oval of distressed Kraft cardstock. For embellishments I added three distressed Real Red stars and some medium silver brads.

Hope you take a few moments to remember a hero in your life!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: In God We Trust (Our Daily Bread Designs); Paper: Kraft, Real Red, PTI White and Patterned Paper (The Paper Patch); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and Tombow Markers 062, 990; Other: Fiskars Diamond Edge Punch, Creative Memories Oval Cutting System, Medium Silver Brads, Star Punch and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Beautiful Blooms


I've been making more of the Bushel of Blessings card all week to send to Operation Write Home and haven't had a chance to design any new cards so I thought I would blog this card I made from my first shipment of cards to Operation Write Home. I can't believe I'm just now getting around to posting it.

The card base is Bravo Burgundy cardstock layered with a slightly smaller piece of paper pierced Angel Bazzill cardstock. The strip of patterned paper is KaiserCraft Plush Empress Sophisticated. Was that ever a mouthful!!!  The image was stamped in Basic Black on paper pierced Whisper White cardstock using the Sketch Flower Trio stamp and colored in using Tombow and Stampin Write Markers. To finish off the card I added a couple Pewter Kaiser Pearls.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Sketch Flower Trio (Hero Arts); Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Angel (Bazzill) and Plush Empress Sophisticated (KaiserCraft); Ink: Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy, Pale Plum and Tombow 312; Other: Pewter Kaiser Pearls, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bushel Of Blessings


After each holiday one of the things I do that helps me switch gears and get the creativity flowing for the next holiday is change the table cloth on our kitchen table. My mother-in-law makes the most gorgeous table cloths so it is a special tradition of ours. This past weekend I put away the Halloween table cloth and brought out the Thanksgiving one. The beautiful reds, oranges, and greens in the table cloth inspired me to make this card.

Today's card was created using the back side of the patterned paper I had leftover from the Happy Harmony card. The card base is Always Artichoke layered with a slightly smaller piece of More Mustard cardstock. I punched the edge of a strip of PTI Vintage Cream cardstock using the Martha Stewart Arch Lattice Edge Punch then taped it to the edge of the Soothing Floral patterned paper. I wrapped Offray Ribbon around the patterned paper and taped it on the back side before attaching the patterned paper to the card base. I then took another piece of ribbon and tied a knot on the front.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI Vintage Cream with the Season Of Thanks stamp set and colored in using Stampin Write Markers and was layered onto a slightly larger piece of Always Artichoke cardstock. To finish off the card I added a couple large Acrylic Jewels.

Hope you have a fantastic day!


P.S. We had 131 trick-or-treaters this year.  The costumes were super cute as always and we had tons of fun!

CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Season Of Thanks (Stampin’ Up); Paper: Soothing Floral (My Minds Eye Signature Suite), PTI Vintage Cream, Always Artichoke and More Mustard; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Creamy Caramel, Close To Cocoa, Ruby Red, More Mustard and Always Artichoke; Other: Ribbon (C.M. Offray & Son), Acrylic Jewels (The Beadery), Arch Lattice Edge Punch (Martha Stewart) and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.