Monday, October 17, 2011

a holiday thank you

As the Christmas holiday deadline fast approaches for OWH, I wanted to try and round out my box a little before dropping it off with Sandy. Unfortunately, these weren't finished before I made my lastest drop off. I'll either keep them to donate next year or use them myself & make more for OWH later.

These were a really simple card to do. I started with sketch #47 and modified it a bit to fit the stamps a little better. The plaid paper is from Rocky Mountain Scrapbook Co (which looks like is still in business It doesn't look like this piece is printed any more, it's a really aged piece of 8 1/2 x 11 from the stash. The dark green is a lightly textured cardstock. The oatmeal cs is from a bazzill cardstock pack, another old one, as none of it is textured. The stamps are from Stampin' up! Sketch it set. The wreath & sentiment were stamped in deep green colorbox chalk in and then the wreath was heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The eyelets are Making Memories. The wreath was cut out and popped with Sandy's jumbo roll of dimensional adhesive. Ribbon is May Arts & is the only thing that didn't come straight from the stash. I actually bought it just for these cards & used it right away. No aging involved. :) Bows were tied with Bow Easy.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

a couple more Valentines

Another Valentine for OWH & my commitment to make 1 for every comment on our blog during the blog hop. This one was really simple. Started with sketch #18. Used Basic Grey 2 scoops patterned paper & coordinating stamp set. Added some May Arts ribbon, a little bling, & some crystal lacquer over the word love and the hearts. There you have it! Pretty quick & easy and ALL FROM THE STASH!!!

With the scraps that were sitting in the workspace I made a few of these too! Started with sketch #23 for this one. Stamped the sentiment (stamp from basic grey set) and then matted it twice using nesties to cut them out. Then popped with dimensional adhesive. Ribbon is American Crafts.

a few more Valentines to post tomorrow before I drop them off at Sandy's & then on to general winter cards to help fill the Christmas boxes and the ones that follow after the Christmas rush!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Valentines & winter love

 Our first blog hop went very well last weekend! There were 23 comments left so we have been busy making Valentine's and winter love cards. :)

Thomas made the card posted above. He started with several sketches and then went his own way, as he often does. He is much better at thinking outside the box than I am. (He'll be more than happy to share his favorite story about me & tearing paper. When you see him, ask him about Bug's life.... He'll know what you mean...). The stamp is from an older set by  clearly wordsworth. Pattern paper is from a winter stack that he distressed with broken china Tim Holtz distress ink. Snowmen are colored with copics. He printed out "I love you" in several different languages and punched them out with Stampin' up label punch. Snowmen are popped with Sandy's giant roll of dimensional adhesive. 20 down and 3 more to go for Thomas...

 I started with a House Mouse stamp. Colored it with copics and then dug through the stash for Valentine's type papers. I was surprised to not find many pinks or hearts. Either that or they are buried deep, deep, in the stash.... I did find some Basic Grey "two scoops" paper and their coordinating stamps... The little forever charm is from Queen & Co. (another company that I'm not sure is in business anymore...) Textured cardstock is Bazzill.

I was low on the dark teal (I only had a couple of sheets of 12x12....) so I substituted black for the card base and matt. I'm really trying to use what I have and shop less... (& It's working so far except for a trip to Hobby Lobby while in Vegas...) :) Same Basic Grey paper & copics for coloring. Used owh stars and stamps sketch #26 as starting point for the cards.

I have 26 cards made & will keep posting them over the next few days before I drop them off at Sandy's. :)

Friday, September 30, 2011

our first bloghop!

Welcome to our stop! We are Theresa, me, & Thomas, my son who is 14 & is the IT guy for our blog. This is our first time being a stop on a hop, as we are relatively rookie bloggers. We are so excited to finally be able to do more than just look. :) I have been making cards for Operation Write Home for a little over 2 years now. I first started after a co-worker passed away very unexpectedly on the 3rd of July. He was retired Navy & his family suggested military support groups for donations instead of flowers. I wanted to do something a little more personal & looked up OWH, which was Cards for Heros then. I made 51 thinking of you cards in Dale's honor, 1 for each year of his life. And I just kept going. :)

Thomas & I make cards together and he often comes along with me to help Sandy stamp & tuck & sort when she gets over run. He is the MASTER card stamper. You can see him in action here :) We keep making cards for OWH as a way to spend time together & to help our hero's maintain that same connection with their family and friends. We always  keep the kleenex handy when we read the hero blog & then make more cards! :)

If you are just starting here, great! The beginning starts here at the OWH Stars & Stamps blog. Now for the good stuff! Our cards!

I started with cut out sheet from The Beary Patch that has been in my stash for a very long time. I'm not sure if they are even in business any more....

I cut out the elf, Santa, stocking, & reindeer parts. Added some solid cardstock that I embossed with Tim Holtz snow flurries folder. Pierced and pen stitched white cardstock & mounted both the embossed & stitched pieces on solid red cardstock. I used dimensional foam tape adhesive to adhere the cut outs to the stitched piece. Add some glossy accents to eyes, noses, & buttons to dress them up a bit. The end result--

Our favorite is either Santa or the Elf

I'm not sure what we'll do with the Christmas tree or 2 other pieces on the sheet. The tree is to big & the others don't lend themselves to cards... May just use the back for mounting since it is a nice heavy textured stock. :) It feels good to use up some of those older supplies in the stash! 

We hope you have all enjoyed hopping so far! Let us know which is your favorite card! We'll make 1 Valentine or winter love card for every comment. :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

a card by Thomas

Here's a card made by Thomas during a homework break--

patterned papers are from a winter stack. Snowman stamp by clearly wordsworth. french blue colorbox chalk ink. Love you stamp is from tpc studio.

He's now 4 cards closer to his goal of 100 for the year.... (he's now at 71 cards for the year! Go Thomas!)

more from the stash...

It's been a fairly productive few days in the scrap room. Yeah!!! Used up some more stuff from the stash & got 12 more cards made! If this keeps up I'm going to have to win big in Vegas next weekend so I can get MORE ADHESIVE to keep making cards. :)

this is the sticker sheet I started with (I had 2 of them so I made duplicates--)--

add in some solid cardstock, coordinating patterned papers, some eyelets, ribbon, & fibers and this is what is ready to be stamped & tucked!!!

I think this guy is my favorite of the group-

This started with a sketch of a card that Sandy made for Father's day. I used Susan Branch coordinating patterned papers & stickers. Added in some solid card stock, Making Memories eyelets & inked all the edges with dark brown color box chalk ink. For some finishing touchs I gave Santa some "ground" to stand on with my c-3 copic, lightened & blended with c-1. I also outlined Santa with c-1. Lastly I covered Santa with glosssy accents to help him stand out & make him shiny. :)

Now it's time to get some house "stuff " done & start to think about packing for Vegas... I leave Wednesday afternoon...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

back to the paper...

ahhhh. Finally back in the scrap room after a busy weekend and hitting the ground on monday running. Who would've thought that we would be even busier chasing stuff down in the 2nd week of high school than we were in all of the past 9 years of school put together. Add in a tennis match or two & there's my week. This morning I decided it was time to reclaim what little sanity I have & play with some paper! After I found my work space, it was time to use up the paper that was sitting there....

Santa sticker & patterned paper are by Susan Branch. Green cardstock is embossed with Sizzix snow globe embossing folder. Ribbon/fiber is EK success adornments Christmas collection. All of this stuff has been aging in my collection for YEARS. It feels SO GOOD to finally use some of it!

Next up this afternoon is Thomas' tennis match & then slow cooker pot roast for dinner! No Costco dinner tonight!!! (unlike the last 3 match nights, today I planned ahead ;) ). Then maybe a little more paper play time tonight before bed.... Thank goodness tomorrow is friday. Maybe I'll finally be able to get this week caught up....

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cold Temps, Warm Heart

Welcome to the 3pm challenge! I hope everyone's mojo is flowing with all of these GREAT challenges! This one is all about winter love cards. Break out those snow flakes & snowman paper and stamps and create some love cards to fill those winter boxes!

Patterned paper is all basic grey, Jovial line. Card stock is bazzill. Stamps are also basic grey. Banner is a modified deja views template with a bit of dimensional adhesive under the middle. Sentiment was printed off my computer. Brad is from my stash. Sandy's giant roll of dimensional adhesive used to pop the snowman.

Now it's your turn! Let's see what winter love magic you can create!

EDIT-- Sorry Ladies, but I can't get the inlinkz link to work. :( Please just post to facebook so we can all see what you create.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

OWH birthday bash challenge card

Yesterdays day 3 challenge was to use eyelets. Hmmmm. Do I have any eyelets? Silly question. :) I seem to have every color the Making Memories made years ago in my stash. Do they even make them any more? I even found a TON of shaped ones that I never used. In the fall container are pumpkins, turkeys, ghosts, bats (hard telling whats in the other seasons containers)..... All with a hole in the middle. Not sure that I care for that. Must be why they are still in the stash. :) Now is the perfect time to put a few of them to good use.

I used a sketch from a card on the OWH facebook, but I forgot to make note of who made the original card (it was from around father'day/4th of july if that helps anyone identify their sketch...). All pattern papers are from We R Memory Keepers Maple Grove line, (from last year maybe?). Stamps are from the same line & are heat embossed. Ribbon in from My Mind's Eye. Round eyelets are from Making Memories. Pumpkin is from the stash,  manufacture unknow. I even used my Crop-a-Dile from We R to set the eyelets. :) All edges were inked with colorbox dark brown chalk ink.

We survived the first 2 days of high school. Came home with homework on friday, so spent most of yesterday getting the "homework zone" cleaned out and set up for high school. Out went the childrens picture dictionary and in went a collegiate dictionary. Crayons left, in went colored sharpies (my good scrapbook copic markers are staying in the scrapbook room Thomas!!!!). Calendar white board went up. Added a recycle can next to the garbage can. The electric pencil sharpener gets to keep it's home in there for now... Since Thomas has switched to mechanical pencils almost exclusively, not to sure that it needs to stay... He only uses wood pencils for standardized tests now. First one this year will be the PSAT in October....

Now to get the teen out of bed so we can head south to Harbor Days & BBQ with REGULAR SNACKS!!!! :) :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

on a roll...

another sanity saving card--

I used a sketch from my newer CTMH Wishes idea book, lucky layers. PP is basic grey blitzen. Fiber is also BG. CS is bazzill. Snowflake eyelet is from my stash.

Today was clean out Thomas' closet & dresser day. Everything that is left hanging or in the drawers is what fits & what he'll wear. Looks like it's time to go shopping!

Tomorrow is the first day of HIGH SCHOOL!!!! Where has the time gone. Didn't he JUST start kindergarten????

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

sketch #84 for OWH & a rant

card for this week's sketch from the stars & stamps blog.

I used Frances Meyer stickers from deep in my stash (I've been cleaning out the scrap room and trying to use what I'm finding. The stuff that is no longer fun is outa here!). Sizzix snowflake #6 embossing folder. Red & black checked ribbon is also from my stash. I uncovered 9 of these stickers sheets so I made 9 cards. Some of the pieces are backed with white, cut out and popped up with Sandy's roll of dimensional adhesive. :o)

Making these were my sanity saver today after our less than positive experience at Ted Brown Music. They lost a very long time customer today. (I figured it out that it was 30 years ago that my flute was purchased there....) I was not a happy girl when we left there this morning. I was all set to spend $1,500 to 2,000 today, but because they refused to apply ALL of my rental payments, I declined to purchase a better model of clarinet from them. Their offer was 6 months of payments. Ummmm, I don't think so. $96 vs 576 on a $1,500 model. So now, their competition will get my $$ and I will be telling anyone and everyone NOT TO BELIEVE THEM WHEN THEY TELL YOU ALL OF YOUR RENTAL PAYMENTS WILL APPLY TO AN UPGRADE PURCHASE. Quoting the manager that I talked to (in a VERY condescending & patronizing voice)-- "They don't have the time & it's too expensive to train the temp hires that they use for the school band nights so sometimes the info that is given out isn't quite correct. And in all the noise & confusion people tend to 'hear what they want to hear.' And if he applied ALL that rental money, how would he make anything?" Well buddy, how are you going to make any money if I don't shop there & tell everyone I know of my experience & strongly suggest to not shop there & they tell their friends & they tell their friends..... Karma buddy, karma. All for $500 rental credit. [/rant over]

Monday, August 29, 2011

1000th card for OWH

 this card made 997 cards so far this year.....
then 4 of these guys put me over the top for my goal of 1000 cards for the year!!!! Thomas came up with the number last year when "we" hit the 800 card mark early in December. I figured I could pull off 75 a month, then push for 100. Thomas said "we" could do 1000 TOTAL for the year to take the pressure of the monthly goal. I got a good start towards that 1000 when I was off earlier this year for my surgery. Yesterday, number 1000 & 1001 were finished (I made 4 of the snowman guys). Wooooo Hooooo! Anything else this year is bonus!!!

The pattern paper in both cards is Basic Grey Blitzen. Snowman stamp is PSX & colored with Prismacolors. Crystal laquer on eyes, nose, & buttons. Smooch on snowflakes in background.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

sketch #83 for OWH

this is the card I made for this weeks sketch challenge for the OWH Stars and Stamps blog. Used old Basic Grey Blitzen paper, that I found in my stash when I was cleaning. :)

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