Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My blog candy winner: Ann Marie

Ann Marie is the winner of my blog candy, which is a copy of my children's book, "Card Auntie's Wonderful Workshop" (Written & illustrated by Sharon Hickey, Mirror Publishing, 2010). Waiting for Ann Marie's mailing address! Congrats and thanks to everyone who left a comment. It was such a great hop at OWH!

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Thanks for visiting my stop on the ginormous OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop! It's such a great way for we card makers to honor our fallen heroes: sharing ideas and inspiration for the cards we make for heroes who are serving now. The theme of our hop is RED, WHITE AND BLUE. Here is my thank you card; it's very basic design based on OWH Sketch 68. I used one of my favorite techniques: paper piecing! I love Inspired Stamps' new "Hymn Girls" line and the faux stitching stamps in their "Bind and Stitch" set! FYI: the music imprinted on Hymn Girl's outfit is part of the clear stamp. I love it.

 Stamps: Inspired Stamps "Hymn Girls: May Flowers" & "Bind and Stitch"
DP: Authentique "Pride" 6x6
Modern Label & Word Window punches: Stampin' Up
Sentiment: Memory Box rubber stamp
Ribbon: Paper Source
Star brads, Pearl Pen
We have a winner of my BLOG CANDY:  Ann Marie ! Please email me your snail mail address, Ann Marie!

Enjoy this wonderful blog hop! Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!
Click HERE to return to the main page of the blog hop at OWH Stars & Stamps blog.
Thanks again for visiting!
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Sugar Creek Hollow challenge: Food & Drink

Welcome! The new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is "Food and Drink" and you have two weeks to post your vintage or shabby chic creation! We have a guest designer joining us for this challenge, the very talented Apollonia (Plony) DeJong. Be sure to visit Plony's blog to enjoy her beautiful work.

For my card for the SCH Design Team, I used a favorite image from Digital Two for Tuesday. I hope you enjoy my card.

Image: Digital Two for Tuesday
Window frame die: Poppy Stamps, Inc.
Heart banner die: LaLa Land Crafts
Provocraft Swiss Dots embossing folder
Thanks for stopping by; please leave me a comment! Have fun creating something vintage or shabby chic for the Food & Drink Challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

OWH MWT Challenge: Two birthday cards for guy and gal

Hi! It's pouring rain here so I couldn't really get a great photo of my two cards. I wanted to try to make a masculine and feminine card from the same 6x6 pad. I'm not sure if the card with the butterflies and flower is "girly" enough. Maybe it's the lighting. Anyhoo, all the DP came from Echo Park's "Time & Seasons 2) 6x6. It's based on a sketch from the archive but I need to look the number up again.

Thanks to our MWT coordinator, Allison, for another fun challenge! Don't forget the big OWH hop on May 24!! It's legendary!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"All About Him" at A Vintage Journey

Welcome! The new challenge theme at A Vintage Journey is "All About Him." For this card I tried some of the stenciling and masking techniques I learned both at Tim Holtz' blog and at A Vintage Journey. I'm enjoying trying new techniques on this vintage journey! Nearly every product I used is by Tim Holtz, with the exception of the gear dies, clock brad, "one way" sticker, Dad and rubber stamps on the background paper:

 I love vintage cardmaking for the fun and creative challenge; it's a nice change for me from my primary activity of making cards for our heroes through Operation Write Home. Most of these vintage type cards are too thick with embellies to qualify for OWH. They nestle in a shoebox until I decide how to use them! Thanks for visiting and I hope you're having fun on your own vintage journey!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

OWH Weekly Sketch challenge

Hi! Here is this week's sketch at OWH:


I decided to use butterflies and tweaked the arrangement just a bit so hopefully the butterflies don't completely disappear into the patterned paper!

Two different Martha Stewart butterfly punches used.
JillBean Soup DP
Pearl pen

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Missing You

Hi! Here is my card for the OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge: "Missing you."

Digital image & sentiment: Hambo Stamps
DP: Echo Park

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fond Memories at A Vintage Journey

Welcome! I believe I am just making it under the wire for the "Fond Memories" challenge at A Vintage Journey. I love this childhood photo of me because I adored that dress. We had eight children in our family and were rich only in love, but I had THAT DRESS.

I've been acquiring more Tim Holtz products for my stash so I can continue to learn and grow in that style. This little 6x6 collage was fun to create.

Thanks for dropping by for a closer look!

Monday, May 12, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge

Hi! Welcome to Monday.
Here is this week's sketch at OWH:
And here's a card I made. I was finding it a challenge, but after I decided to stop worrying about layering the squares I ran the front through the Cuttlebug embossing folder and liked it more:
DP: Authentique "Renew" 6x6 pad
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Have a nice evening and a good week!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fairies & Angels at Sugar Creek Hollow with prizes!

We have a very generous sponsor for the new two-week challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow: the wonderful digi shop "A Day for Daisies." The winning vintage or shabby chic creation will receive a gift certificate to shop at A Day for Daisies. Our theme this time is "Fairies & Angels"; I chose to make a tag with the digi "Vintage Fairy Magic".

Digi: A Day for Daisies
Prima flower
Lace and crinkled ribbon: The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Corner stamp: Inkadinkado
EK Success Border punch: Arches
Ranger distress inks
Can't wait to see your own Fairies  & Angels creation at Sugar Creek Hollow! Remember you have two weeks and can win a great prize!

Friday, May 9, 2014

April showers bring May flowers!

Welcome! I wanted to C.A.S.E. the pretty sample card by Kathy S. that is the inspiration card at the OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge: Flowers. Stroke of luck: Hambo Stamps revived the Hoedown challenge and the theme is also Flowers! So I used this pretty Geranium digi from Hambo. I thought there was too much white space on the squares (can't leave well enough alone) so I added the ladybugs buzzing around.

DP: Graphic 45 "French Country"
Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up
Tiny ladybug stamp and burlap ribbon from stash
Inkadinkado sentiment stamp
Posting at these challenges:
OWH Stars & Stamps blog Midweek Throwdown
Hambo Hoedown
Cards In Envy
Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms and Grandmas out there!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Birthday card for a guy (using OWH sketch)

Hello! Here is this week's sketch at the OWH Stars & Stamps Blog:

And here is a card I made with a stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs:

Things got a little out of hand when I was using the checkered flag stamp, but I think it turned out OK. I like that it could be for a big or little guy. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

April Showers at Cards In Envy: last minute

Just made it before the deadline for Cards In Envy's April Showers challenge, but I wanted to make a card for an OWH friend, Lynn.

Image: Digital Two for Tuesday
DP: JillBean Soup
Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

May ODBD Challenge at OWH: Embossing

I remembered a popular technique from my earlier days with OWH where the card front was embossed after the design had been stamped with flowers. It was a beautiful technique and I got the idea this morning to try it with this card for the ODBD May Challenge: Embossing. Let me know what you think! This embossing folder is my favorite; I think it makes paper look like fabric, so I had fun trying this out. Perhaps I should not have embossed the image and sentiment, but it's kind of fun how the embossing transforms the entire card front. Can we meet Sandy's challenge to get our 50 cards posted today for the Our Daily Bread Challenge! We can do it!!

Stamp: Lockhart Stamp Co.
Sentiment Stamp: Memory Box
DP: Graphic 45 French Country
Embossing Folder: "Square Lattice", Stampin' Up
Spellbinders Nestabilities: "Square Swatches" 
Stampin' Up Modern Label & Word Window punches
Copics, Pearl Pen
I will also post this at the challenge blog Words 2 Scrap By, where the inspiration phrase is "Bloom where you are planted."
Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by.