Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OWH Sketch #45

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! I made this card for the OWH Sketch Challenge with Stampin' Up papers and lace ribbon, along with a couple of half pearls and rhinestones. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

OWH Sunday Sketch #44

One more for the Archway Cookies challenge, using my free teenybopper digi! The next post down shows two more versions.
Off to the post office to get a box in the mail to Dixie.

More Valentines w/ my digi girl and Paula's digi!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Another Valentine using Paula's digi!

Paula's amazing Valentine digi really got me thinking out of the box on Valentine colors! I really like this color combo. Over at Operation Write Home we have a challenge from Archway Cookies to make 4,000 by 12/1 and they'll send an equal number of cookies to our troops overseas! If you'd like to help, go to www.operationwritehome.org!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Painted Wedding Invitations

Hi everybody, this is a photo of a neat wedding gift idea I thought of. People give me a wedding invitation and describe or show me photos of the wedding flowers. Then I paint them onto the invitation. Framed, it makes a really nice gift. If anybody ever wants one for a wedding gift, just let me know.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanks for your feedback!

I just wanted to thank all the crafters who left the wonderful comments at my blog. I hope you enjoy using my new digi to make cards for OWH.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

OWH Sketch Challenge #43

Here is a Valentine I made today using Paula's great new digi from the bloghop!

Blog candy winner: Betty at Simply Scrapping!

Betty at Simply Scrapping is the winner of my blog candy! Betty, please post your email address here so I can contact you. Congrats!

Friday, November 12, 2010

OWH Be My Valentine Bloghop! Welcome!

Thanks for hopping over from Cleota's at What's Inking; hope you had fun at her lovely blog!

Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home (OWH) Be My Valentine Blog Hop! If you have time while you're here, feel free to look around at some of the other cards I've posted. If not I hope you'll come back and visit. If at any time you want to return to the beginning of the bloghop, here's the link to the OWH Stars and Stamps Blog, where you will find a list of all of today's bloggers and other goodies.

Isn't this a great day for OWH and all of us cardmakers? It's a chance to share skills, tips and inspiration; meet new friends; and support each other in the OWH effort!

If you're new to OWH, new to cardmaking or want to try making cards for our heroes serving far from home, there is tons of info at the OWH home page including the submission guidelines for cards, tutorials, sketches (suggested lay-outs), sample cards, discussion forum, fun challenges, etc.! There's always something new at the OWH website. I made my first cards for OWH just this past June; I set up my blog soon after; and this is my first time in a bloghop. I've had so many questions from Day One, and everyone has been so helpful to me.

I had trouble positioning my photos for today in the order I would like, but after fussin' and fumin' for awhile, I decided to just roll with it! My first photo above is of a little stash of yummy, no-calorie blog candy I'm giving to one lucky bloghopper. Just post a comment here at my blog by midnight Monday (I added a day because there are so many blogs to go through) and I'll draw the winning name from a hat. Please watch my blog for the winner's name so I contact you.

I made the two Valentines pictured above, using -- TA DA! -- my NEW DIGI! I used my Prismacolor pencils as well as papers from Colorbok (Target) and Recollections. I took a white gel pen and wrote "4U" on the heart. I found those tiny red metal stick-on hearts at A.C. Moore. I haven't found a "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment stamp yet; hope I'll find a good tip for one on the bloghop today. I'll stamp the inside of the cards with it when I find one. I hope you have fun with my digi using various colors, papers and designs! Let me know if you make a card with it for OWH. Even better: if you post it to your blog or the OWH gallery, give me a shout-out! I'd love to see what you create.

Thanks to my friend, Mark, for putting my drawing into digi format for me (I just like to draw, lol)! It's posted here in both .png and .jpeg format. Please don't sell it or claim my art as your own work. Simply left-click on the digi, then right click to save it so you can adjust the size when you use it:

A few important reminders from OWH: NO MORE HOLIDAY CARDS because the deadline has passed; and the deadline for VALENTINES IS JANUARY 7th!
SANDY'S SPECIAL MISSION: If our OWH shippers receive 4,000 Valentines from cardmakers by DECEMBER 1st, ARCHWAY COOKIES will match our cards with cookies for the troops!! We can do it! OWH'ers ROCK!

Also, don't forget to vote and ask all your friends to vote for OWH in the Joann Craft for a Cause Contest. We can vote once every 24 hours! OWH is one of three finalists thanks to all the entries sent in by OWH'ers! The grand prize would be a huge help to OWH for the costs of shipping cards to our troops!

I hope you have lots of fun on your OWH Be My Valentine journey! Here's the link to your next stop at Sheryl's awesome blog!

Thanks for visiting Bits of Cheer. Have a wonderful day and weekend!

God bless our heroes and their loved ones!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

MWT: Missing You/Ribbon challenge

I got this idea from a magazine because I had some similar black and white paper. It was supposed to be turned sideways but I couldn't fit my tag that way so I just turned it vertically. I wanted to use that little "Note" rubber stamp, so I had to improvise and make a tag with a scalloped square. The "Missing You" sentiment is a separate little stamp I have.
Thanks for stopping by and see you at the Be My Valentine Bloghop this Saturday for my free digi and blog candy.

Monday, November 8, 2010

OWH Sketch #42 and Be My Valentine Bloghop HINT!

These are two takes on this week's sketch at Operation Write Home. The blue whale might make a cute Valentine for a boy; the rooster card indulges my love for the collage-y, vintage-y, country look (you can tell I'm not sure what to call this style)
I'm getting excited about the OWH bloghop next Saturday! I know you are, too. Here's my HINT: I'll be offering another FREE DIGI! It was so much fun offering my chef-with-cake digi during the OWH Birthday Bash, I just had to do another one! Plus, I'll have some blog candy to give away. See you Saturday!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

OWH: Midweek Throwdown - Paper Piecing!

This is my first card and blog post in the past busy week; I was having cardmaking withdrawal! Good to have my hands inky again! I stamped the little girl onto PP, cut out her little dress, and pieced it onto another stamped image. Made my own little photo corner, paper bows for her hair, and layered on the paper flowers, half pearls and pink brad. Background is SU Square Lattice ef (love, love that ef). Coloring done with Prismacolor pencils.

Hint, hint: I'm working on a free digi for the OWH Be My Valentine Bloghop next Saturday, Nov. 13!! Blog candy, too!!