Wednesday, November 28, 2012

OWH Midwk Throwdown: Winter Fun!

Welcome! I've been wanting to CASE a card Sandy A. recently posted on her blog; it was so cute! For my winter-themed card, I used one of Inspired Stamps "His Little Ones" single character stamps. This one's called "Winter Boy." I added pigtails to make her a girl (that's just how the mood struck me; it's a darling stamp as is). The owner of Inspired Stamps has told me she doesn't mind if we add little touches like longer hair when we want to depict a girl. That's very nice of her!
The DP is My Mind's Eye "Sweater Weather" 6x6 as well as one other 6x6 in my stash. The snowflakes are a Martha Stewart punch; and I found yummy new hemp colors in the jewelry section of A.C. Moore! Pearl Pen snow dots. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 26, 2012

OWH Sketch #148: fun with tags

I love using shipping tags so was very happy to see this week's sketch at Operation Write Home (#148):
So I made two cards, the first with a Michelle Perkett digi and a manila shipping tag. The second card is made with a My Favorite Things Pure Innocence clear stamp and a tag from a little booklet of K&Co. Americana tags I found somewhere. I glued it to CS to make it stronger.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Vintage Christmas

Hello! The current challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is Vintage Christmas. I couldn't wait to go to my happy vintage world and make a card!
The image is from Vintage Feedsacks. The DP is Authentique 6x6 Bundle Collection: Festive. The tiny calendar came from one of the DP sheets. I used the Tim Holtz distress tool and his Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good week!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Two little pups for Valentine's Day

I love this little digi from Sliekje and thought it would make a cute Valentine for one of our heroes to send home from the front lines:
I think the Authentique plaid DP (from the 6x6 Festive Collection) is so cute for the scarf! Image colored with Copics. Those are Candi "legless" brads. The tiny hearts embossing folder is from Darice. Hope the rest of your weekend goes well! Stay warm!

OWH Midweek Color Challenge

The Midweek Throwdown is to use silver and turquoise. I searched through all my paper and was about to give up when I found a scrap of silver paper, yay! I printed this fun, retro Hambo toaster digi on the silver:
I cut out the toaster, cutting out around the piece of toast. I added black Copic marker to the toaster trim and a bit of vermilion Copic to the inside of the toaster. I popped the little silver heart onto the toaster. I thought the screw brads added to the retro feel. The DP is from My Mind's Eyhe Lost & Found "Breeze" 6x6 pad. One more for the love and Valentine cards for the troops to write home on! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

OWH Sketch 147 & a recipe for you

Here is this week's Sketch 147 at the OWH Stars & Stamps Blog:
Here's my Valentine:
I used a digi by Paula S. and I can see that I should have tilted the digi a bit so the checkboard pattern is straight up & down, ah well... I always get tripped up by sketches with little strips, but I think this turned out to be an OK valentine for a guy. Thanks for stopping by; hope your Thanksgiving preparations are going well! I have about 11 large sweet potatoes baking in the oven! I'm making sweet potato souffle. Here's the recipe from a 1958 cookbook "Recipes from Old Virginia" (The Dietz Press, Richmond, VA): "SWEET POTATO SOUFFLE 1 cup milk/ 1/2 c. sugar/ 1 tsp. salt/ 3 tbsp. butter / 1 tsp. nutmeg/ 2 c. mashed sweet potatoes/ 2 eggs, separated/ 1/2 c. chopped walnuts/ 1/2 c. raisins/ marshmallows. Scald milk and add sugar, salt, butter, nutmeg and potatoes; beat until fluffy. Beat egg yolks & add to potatoes. Add raisins & walnuts (I don't use raisins). Beat egg whites stiff; fold into potatoes and pour into greased baking dish. Bake in moderate over (350 deg. F) 50-60 min. or until firm. top with marshmallows. Serves eight." This dish is already so rich that I don't put marshmallows on top; I just sprinkle some walnuts. Everybody loves it. My older sister, Rita (16 when I was born) married the son of a farmer from outside Richmond. She had this cookbook and she was a great cook. When she passed away (about 20 years ago) I said I'd like to have her cookbook. I always think of my big sister when I use it. Most people already have a favorite sweet potato recipe, but if you try this, I hope you like it!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Valentine/love you card for a guy

I really love how this heart stamp from the Hero Arts Year-Round Sentiments set looks stamped in this pretty Ocean color ink! The DP is My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Hattie Papers 6x6 pad. I based this card on an OWH sketch; need to go look up the # again. I think the tiny pinstripes and the argyle print make it a nice masculine Valentine or love card; hope you like it:
Three cards in one night; that's a lot for me. Time for a little TV watching! Thanks for stopping by.

Faux fresco technique from Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop

This was a technique demonstrated by Julie Ebersole on Day 3 of the Holiday workshop; it involves dry embossing (I used a Cuttlebug script folder), ink and a coating of gesso. I based my card on OWH Sketch 14 from the archive. The sentiment is from Serendipity Stamps; the DP is My Mind's Eye Paris & Co. 6x6 pad. A nice OWH friend sent me that ribbon and I think it's perfect. Martha Stewart Mariposa butterfly punch and Pearl Pen:
Thanks for stopping by! See you soon.

Thanksgiving Cornucopia by Hambo

Welcome! Tim at Hambo Stamps has created a beautiful Cornucopia digi. It was free to all who played in the Hambo Hoedown challenge last week, so you might want to get on the hay wagon for future freebies! The Hoedown challenge this week is to use burlap on our card. I had this burlap ribbon in my stash. I colored the image with Copics; inked edges with Ranger Distress ink; the DP is from BoBunny's Timepiece Collection 6x6 pad:
As you can see, I put the sentiment on the inside of the card. If I don't see you again before the holiday, have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Sherry

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thank you card for a guy- vintage style

This card does triple duty: the OWH Midweek Throwdown is thank you cards; I used Sunday's Sketch 146; and the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is masculine cards!
Card ingredients: DP - BoBunny Timepiece Collection 6x6 plus a few misc. scraps/Primitive Star Brad by BoBunny/Tonic corner punch/Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink/key is a woodmounted stamp with no mfr name on it either from Michael's or A.C. Moore. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A card for the new baby on the block!

Our new neighbors just had their first baby, a girl, last week, so I made this card for them using paper piecing and Copic markers. The image is from Free Vintage Digital Images. So nice to have a little family in the house across the street that was empty for several years! Sorry this photo is a little out of focus!
Thanks for stopping by!

Fussycut Cocoa stamp

OWH had a tutorial this week on fussycutting, offering good tips and a video. I fussycut this stamp from the Patriotic Cocoa clear stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy. The sentiment is from the same set. Image colored with Copics. I didn't want to risk cutting off Cocoa's tail so I colored in that last little curl with a color similar to the background. Word Window & Modern Label punches by Stampin' Up.
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Retro Toaster

I really like Hambo's new Toaster digi; it has such a cool retro look. The Hambo Hoedown challenge this week is to use gingham or checkerboard and/or burnt/sooty edges. I tried to do a bit of both with a bit of gingham paper and distressed/inked edges. My toaster got a tiny ding before the Glossy Accents fully dried, argh. I like the vintage wallpaper look of the Authentique Delights DP. Thanks, Hambo, for a great digi for OWH cards--both Valentines and "love you" cards!
Tim is the talented illustrator at Hambo Stamps and today is his birthday! Happy Birthday, Tim!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A birthday card for my dear DIL!

Happy Birthday to my lovely daughter-in-law, Lori! This is a LaLa Land stamp and it reminds me of Lori's beautiful curly hair! I paper pieced this card and colored w/ Copics:
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

OWH Sketch #145

I used one of the Hop Arts Designs (retired) from Hambo Stamps and DP from Authentique's 6x6 Delightful pad. Here's Sketch 145:
Here's my card; I hope a hero will send it home to a little girl for her birthday!
Thanks for stopping by!

Hambo/ODBD challenges

The Hambo Hoedown challenge this week is to use neon colors. The ODBD challenge this month at OWH is to dust off a little-used technique. What I came up with to meet both challenges were my Sakura Souffle pens, which I've never used to color an image and they are the closest thing to neon I have! Hambo's new Cactus digi is really cute for a neon challenge. The sentiment also comes with the digi (as well as 2 others to choose from):