Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Top 13 of 2013


I made my choices based on both the process and the outcome.  Some of the ones included may not be the best outcome, but I learned a lot in the process!!

#13 - Tags
I learned SO much about embossing, die cutting, and weights of cardstock from making these.  And they got many compliments from the recipients!

#12 - This one was a real stretch for me.  I am not a pink girl, but was trying to work outside my comfort zone.  I was pleased with the result!
#11 - Not an OWH sketch, but am so grateful for Paula and her Bootcamp lessons.  I learned so much, and really liked the overall effect of the yellow, grey, and black. 
#10 - My all time favorite papers - Amy Butler Lotus.  I'm on my third pad, and am happily looking for another!!!

#9 - What's not to love about winning the OWH Blogger Candy?!?!?!
 #8 - I am starting to see a trend here.  My favorite cards are showing a lot of reflective papers.  I will have to use them more. 


#7 - Santa card front.  I CASE'ed this from a blog post from Sandy.  The fuzzy red paper was hanging out in my craft room just waiting to be made into this card!

 #6 - Silver and blue snowflakes.  Shiny metallic theme going on here....


#5 - ODBD Challenge - Dry embossing.  Love this turquoise pearl paper and darker, textured paper.  I didn't have any organza ribbon that matched, so I dyed it using an ink pad.  Perfect!  Have used that technique a lot since I made this card.  Thank you, ODBD, for supporting OWH!

#4 - Inchie Challenge.  I love how this botched card was saved by thinking a little outside the box. 


#3 - Twine and embossing.  One of my most complimented Christmas gifts - monogrammed and embossed note cards.  

#2 - Things with Wings.  Loving the embossed gold metallic paper with the intricate die cut butterfly. 

#1 - These are basically the same card with different color schemes.  The Christmas card used an SRM sticker, and the purple Smile card was in response to Paula's Let Me Repeat Bootcamp challenge. 


I am very grateful to all of my friends and family for helping me through this past year. OWH has been a constant source of learning and self expression for me - thank you.  I receive so much more than I can ever give to OWH.  It hasn't been easy, but I have learned how blessed I am.

As a way of starting fresh, my OWH friend Sybrina from Scrapping With Purpose (now There's Always the Other Side) and I have started a new monthly challenge blog.  Join us for Words 2 Scrap By!!! Our first challenge is based on the Sound of Music song My Favorite Things.  In honor of our inaugural challenge - I am offering a My Favorite Things (another great supporter of OWH!) stamp set as blog candy!  All you need to do is become a follower of our new blog (Words 2 Scrap By) to win!  Random.org will choose a winner on January 6, 2014.  You MUST be a follower of Words 2 Scrap By to win.  Thank you!!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge #205

This week's sketch looks like this:

OWH Sketch #205 

Here is my (loosely interpreted) version:

 DCDW Lemon Flower mat stack, Design by Dawn bling, Fiskars sentiment.  Glitter paper is OWH friendly, I did the sweater test!!!

I would like to invite everyone to follow a new challenge blog that my OWH friend Sybrina from Scrapping with Purpose and I are starting as of January 1, 2014.  Words2ScrapBy.blogspot.com will be a challenge blog.  Each monthly challenge will be to make a card inspired by words. Inspiration might come in the form of an inspirational quote, a poem, a well-known saying, a famous movie line, a song lyric... Well, you get the idea.  Our first guest I-Team (Inspiration Team) member for January is none other than our own Sandy Allnock!  Thanks, Sandy, for your support in our new venture!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Operation Write Home Sketch #204

This week's OWH sketch looks like this:

Here is my version:

SU! sentiment, Baby Girl Stack, Spellbinder flower die, stash brads and ribbon. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

OWH Mid Week Throw Down - Kid's Love Cards

Romantic cards are easy - but a love card for a child?!?!?  OK, I am up for the challenge.  I scored a sheet of love tags (unknown manufacturer - if you recognize, please let me know) in a grab bag.  I think this one qualifies as a love card for a child!

The wide twill tape is from my OWH goodie box.  I highlighted the frog eyes, the heart and wings, and a few leaves on the background with Glossy Accents.  The olive green layer is a wonderful texture.  CAS and I like it! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge #203

This week's challenge looks like this:

Here is my version:
Sizzix texture plate, Spellbinder heart and rectangle dies, satin ribbon from my OWH goodie box.  The card is much prettier in person, I promise!!!  Photos are tough without my computer.  ASUS has had mine since November 8 (it is an ultra book, not even a year old), and still has not fixed the problems.  I will never buy that brand again!!!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

OWH Sunday Sketch 201

This week's sketch:


My version:

I will be so happy to get my computer back this week.  It is really hard to get photos edited and posts written without my normal tools!!  The diagonal stripe paper is textured with a diagonal stripe embossing plate.  Grosgrain ribbon is 1/4" and 1".