Friday, April 29, 2011

Any Hero Card for the OWH Midweek Throwdown!

I went back to the OWH Sketch archive and used #8 for my card. The stamp was a $1 find at Michael's. Thanks for stopping at my blog!

Monday, April 25, 2011

OWH Sketch #66

I used the new Sunday (4-24) Sketch #66 at I've been wanting to use my new owl punch from Stampin' Up.
Card ingredients:
Papers: DCWV The Linen Closet stack
Flowers: BoHo Flower punch (SU)
Owl: SU
Branch, sentiment and speech bubble: My Favorite Things set called "Thinking of Hoo?"
White gel pen; dark brown Marvy Leplume marker

I wanted flowers but didn't want them to be too girly, so the card could possibly be for either sex. So I punched and layered my own "flowers" with the Boho Punch. The flower to the right of the sentiment is there because the metal point fell off my Marvy LePlume marker and left a nice ink mark! So I added a flower to cover. Hopefully it doesn't look too random!
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hambo Hoedown 12: King [aka Partyer-in-Chief!]

I colored the King with my first new Copics marker and Marvy LePlume Markers, as well as gold gel pen. I made the banner text in Word and pieced it onto the banner. I added Glossy Accents to the crown and royal shoes. I found a neat little Recollections pad of foil paper at Michael's and used the Cuttlebug Fleur de Lis embossing folder. Need to run upstairs and get the name of the background paper!
Hope you like this! Thanks for stopping by!

Masculine card /Father's Day

We had a challenge to make masculine or unisex cards over at OWH today. I used Paula's cool vintage truck digi, my new silver gel pen, that cool Cuttlebug folder and EK border punch. Colored with Marvy LePlume marker and silver gel.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Monochromatic cards: OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge

The first card combines the monochromatic challenge and stickers. The second is made with Yolanda's cool digi of a Ford Fairlane. I'm not sure they were ever manufactured in that shade of blue (lol) but I was trying to coordinate with my paper. I made the sentiment in Word.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Circus Juggler: OWH Sketch 65

Since our OWH Blog Skip I'm still in the mood for playing with stickers! I used this week's OWH sketch (#65) again and since there's a challenge to OWH'ers to post 65 cards, I'll post this one, too. I hope you can see my card OK; I'm having issues with my camera and lighting tonight!
These Circus stickers are the first stickers I bought after I started with OWH last June! I bought them at The Paper Source. I don't know if they're still available. The DP is from "Camden" by 7Gypsies. I've had that ribbon in my stash and I honestly wasn't sure I liked it or if it would ever go with anything but it does! Ya never know!
Thanks for stopping by. I love company!

Amorous Ogre: Hambo Hoedown 4-18-11

Bonjour! The Hambo Hoedown challenge for this week is to use distressing and their little Ogre digi. I thought, hmm, an ogre in love; Paris is the city of love and the little ogre kind of reminds me of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, lol!
I made a "faux" postcard using the Stampin' Up rubber stamp set and the bottom strip of DP is from the Camden pad by 7Gypsies. As you see, the papers are distressed with scissors and ink. I also designed this around this week's OWH sketch, turning and tweaking it a bit with the scalloped circle, but I think it works. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sticker Blog Skip - Operation Write Home 4-16-11

Hello and welcome to my blog, Bits of Cheer. You should have arrived from Jan's blog. I hope you're having fun on the Skip!
The following is a list of all the blogs on the Skip; the OWH Stars & Stamps blog is the starting point:
OWH Stars and Stamps
Barb at Paper Therapy Ponderings
Erica at Creative But Messy
Jan at Jan's Gone Stamping
**You are HERE: Sherry at Bits of Cheer
Julie at Handmade by Julie
Velda at OldStamper Musings
John at John VM's Cards
Steph and Robin at SR Cards
Paula at Handmade by Paula
Samantha at Expressions of a Craftaholic

Our assignment for the Blog Skip was to make a card with stickers. I decided to make a Father's Day card; here it is:

The semi-circle sticker with the journaling lines was the first sticker that caught my eye at Michael's and led me to the "Mr. Fix-it" theme. The sticker made me think of a Dad jotting down notes and measurements for his next project! That sticker became the main part of my focal point and I attached the "D A D" stickers to it.
I didn't want the little tool stickers to be randomly floating off in space on the card! I planned how I wanted to arrange them and then I "contained" them on a border-punched and matted strip. I added a couple of staples.
I colored some of the tool handles with Marvy LePlume Markers and added Glossy Accents so they would look more real (love Glossy Accents). The green adds a welcome touch of color! The "World's Greatest" sticker also ties in with the green.
The background designer paper is a collage of all kinds of papers a handy Dad might use -- perfect for this card. I distressed the edges with scissors. I got this pad of paper (Camden by 7Gypsies) by chance -- it was marked down and sitting right by the store register (Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA) as I was paying for my other items! I'm glad I picked it up because it has some neat papers.
Making this card took a bit of extra planning because of all the tiny stickers. I wanted to avoid the dreaded "sticker sneeze", make everything relate to the focal point, and still have "D A D" stand out!
I had a few extra stickers and wanted to use them, so I put them on the inside after I lined it with another piece of the same paper I used for the strip on the front. Here is the inside of my card:

Here are my card "ingredients":
Sticker sets from Michaels:
EK Sticko
Memory Box
Me & My Big Ideas
DP: "Camden" 8x8" 2-sided paper variety pack from 7Gypsies
Marvy LePlume Markers
Glossy Accents
Silver brads (JoAnn's)
EK border punch
Kraft paper

It's time to skip over to Julie's blog at
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Thanks for visiting, have fun and a great day! See you soon at OWH!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

OWH Sketch 64

I love this cute little OWH Bear digi. I thought this card might be one a Dad or Mom soldier would like to send home to his/her daughter. I colored the teddy with Marvy LePlume markers and used papers from The Linen Closet stack.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pinwheel Father's Day card

There's a fun pinwheel tutorial at the Stars & Stripes blog this week. I had never tried it and it's fun! I used these shiny masculine papers from DCWV's The Natural Matstack. I like the movement in the paisley paper. The pinwheel is great for using tiny scraps; I look forward to making more!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Easel card for Hambo Hoedown!

This little penguin says, "Why should bunnies have all the fun?" The challenge at the Hambo Hoedown this week is to make an easel card using this cute new digis. This is my first easel card. I colored the penguin/bunny with Marvy LePlume markers with touches of Glossy Accents, Sakura Souffle pens and Stickles. Sentiment is from an Inkadinkado rubber stamp set.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dad watching TV - OWH Midweek Throwdown - My Favorite Things digi

Our Midweek Throwdown challenge at OWH is to make Father's Day cards:
I didn't know My Favorite Things had digis for sale! I found out when I visited their online shop today. I just love this digi of a Dad watching TV! I colored him with a combination of Marvy LePlume MaMarkers and Prismacolor pencils. In his late elderly years, my dear Dad had a comfy recliner in what we will call a "colorful" shade of turquoise, so of course I had to color this recliner turquoise. I made a brown paper button with my Marvy UcUchida button punch and wrapped some twine around the card. I applied Glossy Accents to try to make the paper button shiny like a real one. I found the sentiment rubber stamp at The Paper Source online and luckily their shop near where I live had ONE left. So I zipped down to Old Town Alexandria to pick it up (plus a few other things, hehe).
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

OWH Sketch 63

I made the pink card for OWH Sketch 63 with Whimsy Stamps' digi, Emma Swinging, which I love to color (Prismacolor pencils). Then I made the second card, and realized it is kind of a take on the sketch, too, except the flower is in the upper left corner. So I thought I would post 'em both. The sentiment on the second card is from MelonHeadz Illustrating.