Wednesday, November 20, 2013

OWH Mid Week Throw Down - Masculine Birthday

This week's challenge is to make a masculine birthday card.

Here is mine:

The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, and Ties paper, textured with a Fiskars crocodile plate, grey rawhide and layering cardstock from stash. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

OWH Bootcamp - How Does It Feel?

This month's cardmaking  lesson from Paula at Operation Write Home is about texture.  I love using tactile texture on my cards.  I use dry embossing on most of my cards, and wet embossing once in a while.  But Paula brings up another dimension of texture - visual texture that fools the eye into believing that something does have tactile texture, even when it doesn't.

Here is the outcome of my effort to add texture to my card:

My little alien is on a spring, and sits about 1/2" off of his moon.  Can you see his shadow below?  The moon is textured paper with inked edges and epoxy dots for craters.  The background paper is a mottled blue (I didn't have anything that resembles space or stars, but I think this worked), dry embossed with a Darice folder, then inked with white pearl.  The bigger stars are cut from silver paper, and the sentiment is printed using Jokerman font.  The card base is navy on the outside (I know, it looks black), and white on the inside.

Hmm.  I really liked this card, but my husband just walked by and said he doesn't "get" the sentiment.  Thoughts?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

OWH Sunday Sketch Challenge #199

This week's sketch looks like this:

OWH Sketch #199 

 Here is my interpretation:

Old DCWV Seasons paper, SU! stamps, Spellbinder dies, Sizzix texture plate.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

OWH Sunday Sketch Challenge 197

Better late than never!

Sketch #197 looked like this:

 Here is my interpretation:

I swear, I sat down 10 times this week to make this card.  I could "see" it in my head, but got interrupted every time!!!  All supplies from my stash. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

OWH Mid Week Throw Down - Any Hero Christmas

Can I tell you that I LOVE this card and envelope?!?!?  So much that I will be using this layout for my own cards.  Last year, my mother died a few weeks before Christmas, and I just didn't have it in me to send cards.   So this year, cards are even more important for keeping in touch. 

I cut the circles with my Sizzix dies, and used SRM Stickers by the Dozen for the tree and envelope.  Embossed with a Sizzix chevron folder.  The grey looking circles are actually metallic silver.  Just wish I had a LSS where I could buy more of the stickers...

Oh, Snap!!  I forgot that Any Hero cards don't need envelopes.  Guess I will use the envelope for my own Christmas cards!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs November Challenge - Love Cards

Operation Write Home holiday deadlines are about 2 months in advance.  For example, they need Valentine cards no later than December 31.  Our Daily Bread Designs is challenging card makers to create love and Valentine cards even earlier!

Here is mine:

I embossed the white with a Sizzix texture plate, and layered it on a rich red card base (the card stock is red on one side, and white on the other, eliminating the need for a liner).  Stash organza ribbon and bling, die cuts from Sizzix and Spellbinder, SU! sentiment, patterned papers from Bazzill.  The largest red circle has a great pebble texture.