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These are a few of my favorite things (not in order of importance): Creating beautiful things from paper or fabric; Loving puppy dogs (and cats, and other furry critters); Being part of the Eagan Hills Alliance Church family; Enjoying my grandchildren; Relaxing with my husband - especially someplace with dramatic nature (like the North Shore of Lake Superior); Being appreciated by folks where I work.

Jun 25, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge #127 – Sponsored by Doodle Pantry!

This was the easiest batch of cards I've ever done.  Now I understand the appeal of digital "stamping"!  Doodle Pantry is sponsoring this week's OWH Sketch Challenge, so I decided to use something from them.  Of course, I really enjoy coloring, but having the bird already in color saved a ton of time.  Designing, printing, cutting out, embossing, layering, and fiddling with ribbon (that took longest!) all together only took about two hours for twelve cards.

Jun 10, 2012

OWH Sketch #57

During the Memorial Day Blog Hop I picked a sketch to use for a batch of cards to make for OWH.   

My camera skills aren't the best yet.  Anyway, the premise was that you could take three different 8.5" x 11" papers, cut out a variety of identically sized pieces, and make three complete cards.  My plan is to make cards in batches of 12, so this batch has four sets of three, and every card is different!

Father's Day Card

Next Sunday is Father's Day, and my youngest son will be a father soon.  June 19th or so.  I think I might send this card to him.  :-)
The paper is from Stampin' Up, and the stamps are both by Impression Obsession.  Learning to layer stuff for better design has been interesting.  My paper cutter blade was dull, so the edge of the blue mat wasn't nice enough to keep plain.  I distressed the edges with a Stampin' Up distressing tool (similar to the one Tim Holtz sells), and it was serendipity.  I think the old row boat and sandy hillside really works better with the distressed mat.

Jun 9, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge #124

It took me all week to do it, but I finally finished the OWH Sketch Challenge from last Sunday.  The image for the card is a hummingbird getting nectar from a flower.  I chose the hummingbird because it makes me think of Sandy Allnock.  She's the heartbeat of OWH, and like a hummingbird's heart, she goes incredibly fast to do all she does. 

I did a dozen cards for this sketch challenge - lots of learning how to color better, how to fix mistakes (fussy cutting!!! or adding a sentiment layer), how to choose paper combinations, etc.  These cards will go toward the "Duty Honor Cards" drive due by Independence Day.

May 28, 2012

OWH bloghop candy

Operation Write Home has a huge Memorial weekend blog hop.  Several of the bloggers are offering "candy"-- here is just one:

Blog Candy: a2z Scrapbooking with over 300 products including Hero Arts OWH Stamps is giving away a $15 gift certificate to be used on it's Etsy shop.