13 November 2010

OWH Valentine's Day Blog Hop

Goodness, it has been a while since I've created a post with artwork.  Yikes!  School and extra curricular activities have been overwhelming this semester.  I haven't had enough time to stamp, but with the holidays around the corner, I will make sure to spend time crafting!

Also, what better way to start up this blog again than participating in an Operation Write Home Blog Hop?  Sounds good to me!
  • This blog hop is dedicated to Valentine's Day.  OWH always completes holidays a month in advance so that our men and women overseas have enough time to receive the cards and then send them to their loved ones.  This year, the Valentine's Day deadline is January 7th, 2011.
  • As you have probably guessed, the Christmas card deadline has already passed.  Wow, we had so many cards sent in to this wonderful organization.  One week, we had 30,000+ cards sent in!  Such an amazing feat!
  • Don't forget to vote daily at the Joann's Craft for a Cause website!  Our organization is competing against two other awesome charities.  We're hoping to take the top prize with everyone's efforts of voting every day!
Now, on to the cards....

Everything on these cards are made with Close to My Heart products.  Don't you just love this paper?  It just looks so romantic and elegant.  The little portrait stamp of the boy and girl is really sweet, as well.  The vertical "Love" stamp is one of my favorite's, too.  As you can probably tell, I like clean-cut cards and simple designs!


You may not be able to tell due to the lighting of this picture, but I took a white ribbon and sponged it with Cocoa ink.  The ribbon now has a nice brown tint that goes perfectly with this card!  Also, for a 3-D effect, I cut out the little boy and girl and attached them to the card with foam poppers.  Underneath, I stamped the same image on the layering card stock so that the image can be seen underneath!


This card is mostly designed with the use of cardstock.  Sometimes, paper is all you need to make a great card!  With a perfect stamp that matches the design, you're ready to create a card that hopefully you'll be happy with!

Now, I've always wanted to offer some blog candy.  However, I'm not a consultant so I don't have any extra product.  With that being said, I would like to send you 3 homemade cards!  If you would like to participate in this contest, in your post, please answer the following question: How did you hear about Operation Write Home?

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog!  Your next stop on this blog hop is Christi.

11 November 2010

Close to My Heart

This week on Facebook, CTMH has created a contest where we are supposed to write about our favorite products on our blogs.

Goodness, I'm not sure where to begin!  Once I started using CTMH products, I haven't been able to switch to anything else.  The stamps are durable and I love how you can see through them!  I always get a perfect image.  Plus, with the coordinated papers and inks, I can make a lot of cards without a lot of decision making.

I actually have two favorite products and they coordinate so well with one another!  I adore the Animal Cookies Paper Packet and the "It's a Zoo" stamp set.  I have used both of these items for countless cards.  They're both super cute and can be used for any occasion!

22 August 2010

Childhood Portrait

I was really excited this past week when I was able to attend the Scrapbooking Expo.  I had never been to one before and wow, oh, wow!  There were so many goodies to explore!

I was able to go to Tina Sutton's Close to My Heart booth and see a lot of the stamp sets in the catalogs that I have never seen in person.  Luckily enough, I saw the stamp set "Childhood Portrait" that I have been wanting to purchase for a while.  It's such an elegant, romantic, and whimsical stamp set.  I also picked up Jeanette Lynton's "Wishes" card layout book.  It has a lot of great ideas that I hope will help me create more cards for Operation Write Home.

Speaking of which, I created this card with my new stamp set.  I used cardstock from Autumn Harvest for my design.  No patterned papers on this card!  The stamp color is in Cocoa.  It's such a rich color that looks great with this color scheme!


Also, welcome to my new followers!  I hope you like what you see and I can't wait to look at your creations! :)

16 August 2010

School Days

This week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge was to have its bloggers create something geared towards the theme Back 2 School.  This was a bit difficult for me as I don't have any teacher-type stamp sets.  Nevertheless, I started to think a little bit about what my mom does at the beginning of the school year, as she is a teacher.

She always likes to arrange her desk so that it is neat and clean.  There are always a few decorative odds and ends on her desk, as well.  As a gift to her, I decided to make a box filled with note paper.  This will certainly come in handy when she needs to make to-do lists or send a short note to a teacher/parent/student.

The only problem:  how do I make a box?  That's when I turned to Splitcoast Stampers.  This tutorial had all of the correct instructions to make a super cute box.  Hooray for people sharing their skills!


1. I started by making the lower portion of the box.  As I was gearing this box toward elementary education, I wanted the colors to be bright and fun.  What better paper packet to reflect such an environment than Animal Cookies?  The yellow strips of paper are 1 inch on the top and 1/4 inch on the bottom.


2. Crafting the top of the box was a whole other story!  I didn't know what I wanted it to say!  I picked through my stamp sets and decided on the "Hello There" stamp from the Twitterpated WOTG.  Then, I picked out the giraffe stamp from "It's a Zoo".  I rubbed my Bamboo ink pad on white cardstock and then stamped the giraffe in Desert Sand ink.

3.  I added a few embellishments to make the design "pop".  I sanded the Tulip cardstock for the background;  the Dutch Blue cardstock was rippled; and I used a corner rounder and scallop scissors for added movement.

4.  To finish things off, I added some CTMH ribbon across the box and used white brads to set the ribbon in place.  (Unfortunately, my camera added a yellow tint to the photos).  I also put foam adhesive underneath the giraffe to make him pop off the page.



5.  The note paper is measured at a 2 1/2 inch square.  I used the little dot stamp from the Twitterpated WOTG stamp set in Dutch Blue and Topiary ink.  There are probably about 30 pieces of note paper in the box.



6.  Underneath the paper, I made two little tabs to allow the paper to stand up in the box a bit.  This way, the note paper is much easier to grab!  Also, I stamped an elephant at the bottom of the box as an added little surprise.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read over my post!  These Heart 2 Heart Challenges always make me think a bit about my design capabilities.  I look forward to seeing what each of you create for the challenge, as well!  Perhaps, even this post has inspired you to create something for a teacher that you know!

14 August 2010

The Sound of Sunshine

One of my favorite parts about creating cards is the ability to make them for my family.  It is so much more exciting to craft a card perfectly for a loved one than trying to find something commercialized at Hallmark.

My youngest sister recently celebrated her birthday and I wanted to make her a card that was cheery and bright.   As you can see, creating the envelope was just as fun!


For the card, I used the Crystal Blue patterned paper from the Twitterpatted Paper Packet.  I also used Honey as my embellished cardstock.  I love these two colors together - they pop right off the page!  The Desert Sand and Bamboo ink pads helped me tone down the bright colors, as well.

For a card such as this, I love distressing the edges of the cardstock.  It makes the card a bit less streamlined and it gives the design some texture.  Do you like to distress your paper?

11 August 2010

Dog Days

I have a new love in my life.  His name is Quincy.  He's a English Mini Goldendoodle.  He's 10 weeks old and weighs in at 9 lbs.  He's a very happy puppy and just loves to sleep.

With this little guy always on my mind, I naturally created a card with a dog front and center.  :)  This week,  Heart 2 Heart Challenges had an awesome sketch to follow.  I decided to use my new favorite paper packet, Silhouette, for this card.  It's such a versatile paper packet!  Classy, too!

I cut out a rectangle on the lower right hand side of the card.  I wanted to make it look as though there were some paw prints hiding inside the card.

Inside, the paw prints trail off underneath the black scalloped border.  It's always fun to add these little embellishments on the inside of the card.

As an extra embellishment, I used foam adhesive to pop the puppy up off the card.

Everything on this card is made with CTMH products.  However, some may wonder where the puppy stamp came from.  Actually, it was produced when CTMH was considered D.O.T.S.  I found it in my mom's collection and boy is it a cute stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

03 August 2010

Back to Stamping!

These past two weeks, I have spent some much needed time away with my family.  We had a glorious vacation where all we had to focus on was having fun.  We hiked, kayaked, and ate way too much! 

(Cadillac Mountain - Bar Harbor, Maine)

(Boston, Massachusetts)

(The best cannoli ever! - Mikes Pastry, Little Italy, Boston)

However, it's always good to be back home!  I was itching to whip out my stamps and start creating.  What did I create first?  Why, a card for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge.  I haven't participated in a while and their challenge this week sounded very intriguing!



Ingredients:
- CTMH Animal Cookies Paper Packet Level 2, Indian Corn Blue and Cranberry cardstock
- CTMH Stamp Set - Life's a Zoo
- White grosgrain ribbon

04 July 2010

Blog Tour Part Two

Happy Independence Day!

Wow!  What gorgeous weather we have in my neck of the woods.  I'm loving me some sunshine today, that's for sure!  I hope everyone is enjoying the celebrations in their communities!  I am excited to see the fireworks tonight.  However, the mosquitoes always eat me alive.  Our town already sprayed once for mosquito control.  They're still swarming though...eek!

Thank you for all of the comments on the last post!  I hope you like this card, as well!


For this card, I used the Zippidee Paper Packet Level 2, Everyday Celebration Stamp Set, Cranberry and Black stamping ink, Dutch Blue, Cranberry, and Sunflower cardstock

03 July 2010

Blog Tour Part One

Hello!

I'm so excited that Operation Write Home is doing a blog tour this weekend.  It is always a lot of fun to see everyone's interpretation of the same theme.  This time around, the theme was birthday, which seems rather fitting, don't you think?  Tomorrow, we get to celebrate our nation's birthday.  While fireworks light up the sky, grills roast all types of scrumptious foods, and festivals linger on, I hope we all remember to take the time to give thanks that we live in a nation where we're able to have such simple luxuries.  Of course, the reason for this freedom is the dedication of our troops, which brings us full circle to the heart of Operation Write Home.

I hope that you check back again tomorrow as I will be posting another card that is more "red, white, and blue".  Until then, enjoy!


(The camera tinted the card colors a bit, they are somewhat brighter in tone).  I used Petal, Twilight, and Sweet Leaf paper from the Winter Cozy paper packet (CTMH).  The stamp is from the May Stamp of the Month set.  The embellishments are from various companies, which names' escape me at the moment.  Eek!

Trick of the trade: this card was turned upside down (figuratively speaking) when I sanded the purple paper.  What a difference it makes on the outcome of the card!

23 June 2010

Vitamin D!

Oy.  This week has been pretty miserable weather wise.  It's starting to tamper with my mood.  I just want some sunshine...that lasts more than a couple of hours! :(  While I'm kept sitting inside, my card supplies have been keeping me busy.

Tonight, I really enjoyed creating a card for the Stars and Stamps challenge blog.  I love simple sketches because it allows you to become creative and add your own personal details.  I decided to use all plain colored papers for this card instead of using patterns.  All of the papers come from the CTMH Summer Celebration packet.

20 June 2010

A Busy Bee

Last night, I learned how to make an easel card.  The task sounded rather daunting, but it really wasn't!  There was a great tutorial at the Stars and Stamps Blog that grabbed my attention and easily showed me the card dimensions that would be perfect for an A2 card.  Yay!


I am entering this card into the I Heart 2 Stamp Challenge Blog.  This is my first challenge with this group and I am rather excited!  I adore the color scheme of this card and I tried to use a few different embellishments to make the card "pop" a bit more.  Hope you like!

Products: CTMH Twitterpatted Level 2 Paper Packet, May Stamp of the Month, and various stamp inks/accessories

19 June 2010

Goodbye Thunderstoms, Hello Sunshine!

I have two new cards to share with you today.  I think I am in love with the Twitterpatted Level 2 Paper Packet from Close to My Heart.  The color scheme has such vibrant tones and they can easily be used for both masculine and feminine cards.


This summer, I am hoping to create cards that have a bit more pizazz.  I have been majorly inspired by weaving through Pickled Paper Designs blog this weekend.  She has such beautiful cards! 

Also, I am hoping to become more of a regular at these challenge blogs: OWH Stars & Stamps, Heart 2 Heart Challenges, and I Heart 2 Stamp.  We shall see what the summer brings!

07 June 2010

Creativity in the Works

This week's challenge for OWH Stars and Stamps was a bit of a puzzle for me.  I ended up using a new technique: sponging!  I didn't have the correct card stock color.  So, I took a chocolate stamp pad and used a sponge to stamp a beige piece of paper.  I love the outcome and how it changes the look of the card - drastically.  For some reason, I end up making cards that look a bit "country".  Not sure why, but I'm happy with the finished product.



All of the paper is actually from my mom's old collection.  I love the tweed/basket weave paper behind the "Hi!".  The ribbon is brown, as well.  The camera didn't translate its color very well.  Eek!

Bring on the next challenge! :)

06 June 2010

A New Challenge

Well, a week has passed since our Memorial Day blog hop.  It was quite a lot of fun and there was so much inspiration!  I have been very impressed with the cards people have posted; I definitely became a follower of many. 

Speaking of following blogs, I have had enough time to get my creative juices flowing this evening to create another card for Heart 2 Heart Challenge.  This time around, I used the Everyday Celebration paper from CTMH and the matching stamp set.  I'm saddened that this paper is no longer sold; it's incredibly vibrant and can be used for a variety of card themes!

Without further ado....



I look forward to seeing what everyone else has created for this week's challenge!  I hope all is well with everyone! :)

29 May 2010

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop!

Hi there!

If you are part of the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop, you must have come here from Kimber McGray's blog.  In that case, you have arrived at the correct place!  However, if you are not a participant in the blog hop, consider starting from the beginning.  There are a lot of blogs ahead of mine that you don't want to miss out on!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Operation Write Home, please allow me to share with you some information about this wonderful program.  There are a few ladies around the United States (who are quite amazing and dedicated) who have devoted their time to collect cards and send them to our service men and women across seas.  As a card maker, you can send as many cards to them as you wish.  To date, Operation Write Home has sent 400,000+ cards overseas.  Isn't that wonderful?  Better yet, try imagining how many homemade cards you could donate to this wonderful organization.  What a great way to be creative and support our troops!

Without further ado, I want to show a new card that I made just for this blog hop:


Our theme for this blog hop was appropriately red, white, and blue.  However, I had to sneak in a little yellow to make the card pop.  Although you can't really tell from the card, the star has foam underneath so that it lifts above the card.  I distressed the edges of both the yellow and white sheets of paper.  The base of the card is also distressed with Close to My Heart's Chocolate Distressing Ink.

On a much more serious note, the reason that these cards are made is to help support our service men and women who protect our freedom in the United States.  I could not be more appreciative of their efforts that they put forth every single day.  Each person that enlists has a little something extra inside of them that gives them courage and perseverance.

In this day and age, it's sometimes difficult to connect to our soldiers.  During World War II, (according to our history text), our nation was very much dedicated to the war movement.  While not to say that in 2010 our country is not supportive of our soldier's efforts, other "breaking news" tends to get in the way.  Operation Write Home is a special way to indirectly make a difference in our soldier's lives.  My simple hour or two of crafting can make 5-8 different cards.  In turn, those cards can be used to brighten up the day of our soldiers and their loved ones.  I couldn't ask for a better way to make a difference and based on the testimonies that Operation Write Home receives, I know that I'll be making cards for this organization for a long time to come.

For those of you who took part of our previous blog hop, you may remember learning from my blog that I started Operation Write Home service events on my college campus.  I am happy to report that my fellow classmates and myself have made 200+ cards this spring semester.  I can't wait to see how many cards we will churn out next semester!

In the mean time, it's best to continue on with our amazing blog hop.  By the way, can we give a round of applause to Miss Sandy Allnock?  I am amazed by the efforts she has taken to put this hop together! 

To hear the dedication of another stamper, please click this link that will take you to Erin Sim's blog. 

Also, my challenge to you is this: if you have the chance, put your American flag out this weekend.  While it may seem like a simple challenge, we just don't see many flags flying outside anymore.  Let's make our neighborhoods flourish with a little bit more red, white, and blue this Memorial Day weekend.  It may just inspire others to do the same.  :]

26 May 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me...

This week, I have participated in the S&S Sketch Challenge #18.  You were required to use three small squares that laid underneath a larger rectangle.  I am very happy with the outcome and it should result in a nice "Thank You" card for someone special overseas. :)


My next post?  The Stars and Stamps Blog Hop!  Yay!  Not yet signed up?  Go to this link.  It's going to be a lot of fun and you will undoubtedly run into tutorials, challenges, and maybe a little bit of blog candy!

25 May 2010

Close to My Heart

Oh my!  I finally held the CTMH summer catalog today and got to page through all of its lovely contents.  It was very difficult to choose which products I wanted to purchase - everything looked appealing!  You will have to check back on my blog throughout the summer to see which items I picked. ;)

In the mean time, I have finally had time to sit down and create a card for the Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  The challenge was to create a card using a stamp as the background image.


If you wish, you can click on the card to view a larger image.  For this card, I used the stamp from the Felicity collection that was released in January (I believe).  I also used the "Hello There" stamp from the Twitterpated stamp collection.  All in all, this took me about an hour to make and I am very happy with the outcome.  It's a nice spring-y card that will hopefully please one of our nation's service men or women to use to send to their home!

05 May 2010

Cinco de Mayo!

Hello!

School has been in full swing and I've had essays upon essays due.  It's been rather difficult to make time to stamp, but I've fit it in a couple of hours each weekend.  It's a nice way to relieve myself of the stresses from school.  Below, I have provided several new cards that I've created.  I've been trying to use up my products so that I can make room for all of the new items from the Close to My Hear Summer 2010 Catalog! :]

I hope everyone that reads and follows my blog is doing well!

16 April 2010

Spring!

Spring greetings!

We had our first bout of 70-80 degree weather  this week and I enjoyed every single minute of the suns rays.  While this weekend is only supposed to be in the 50s, it's always promising that summer is right around the corner!

While I wait for the new Close to My Heart catalog to debut, I have been playing around with various patterned paper from Michael's.  They have some great paper collections!

I really like how this card turned out.  I used Fiskars scissors to cut around the edges of the yellow paper.  Then, I took two coordinating sheets of paper for the horizontal stripe at the top.  I topped it off with a flower.  I just bought a collection of "fake" flowers and this is my first time using this type of embellishment.  I'm happy with the simpleness and elegance of this card because it can be used for many occasions!





I loved creating this card!  I have a slight obsession with animals.  (Do any of you watch "Life" on the Discovery Channel?)  The gorilla stamp is actually from Close to My Heart, but many years ago when it was still called D.O.T.S.!  My mom was a consultant and I use her collected items once in a while.  This gorilla is still very cute.

My only hesitation with this card is the small white bow.  I can still take it off and put something else there.  Any suggestions?

On a small note, I was inspired by a blog for this card.  Check out the inspiration!

20 March 2010

Welcome!

Use the above banner to get linked to the beginning of the Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stamping blog!  

I hope that you have enjoyed your blog hopping thus far!  This is my first time participating with Operation Write Home.  I am looking forward to looking over all of your blogs.  I'm sure that I will find some great creativity and inspiration for my card making!  

If you notice in my mini-profile to the right of this entry, I am a college student.  When I learned about Operation Write Home in January 2010, I knew that I wanted to join in on the fun.  It's a great organization and a wonderful way to support the troops!  I am in a volunteer organization on campus and decided that I wanted to make Operation Write Home a part of our service events.  Every two weeks, I host an Operation Write Home get together.  I bring in card kits (I make them on the weekend...usually when I don't want to do homework anymore...hehe) and I have my fellow students help me make cards.  We have made over 100 cards thus far.  I'm hoping that we hit 200+ by the end of May.  Operation Write Home will be receiving a big box from us come June! 

I was able to complete a couple of cards this Friday to show you some of my recent creations.  I tend to buy all of my products from Close to My Heart.  However, there have been some great sales lately at Michael's and JoAnn Fabrics.  Due to this, you will certainly see some other companies' products used on my cards!

If you look at my two cards below, you will notice that they are using the same color scheme.  Sometimes when I am looking at card challenges, I really like to find some that are very open ended.  That way, you have the opportunity to really use some imagination!  With this being said, I have a challenge for you!


I challenge you to create a card with: blue, cream, or white paper (patterned or solid), brown or red stamping ink, and some sort of decorative detailing!  I can't wait to see the card(s) that you create.  Please link your card image in my comments!

Next, I ask you to visit Bekah Jo's World!  She has some really lovely entries and I have no doubt that she will have a great post for you to read.

19 March 2010

It's A Beautiful Day!

These past two weeks have been stressful.  However, finding the time to stamp was a must!  I'm not sure about you, but stamping is definitely an emotional release for me.  It's my "me" time, so to speak.  It puts me at ease and allows me to concentrate on something other than stresses for a while. :)  I hope stamping does the same for you!
 (click on the pictures to make them larger)


02 March 2010

OWH Stars and Stamp Challenge #6

This is the first challenge that I have participated in for Operation Write Home... hooray!  Below you will find my final product based on the challenge design.  I tweaked it just a little bit.  Instead of using a square design in the middle, I instead used a flower stamp.

Supplies: Cloud 9 Design - Baby Girl Stripe paper, "A Posy" stamp set from Close to My Heart