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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.

Nov 25, 2012

Thinking of You & Miss You for OWH

Card-making temporarily took a back seat to Thanksgiving preparations (and recuperation!).   Finally got back to working on cards for Operation Write Home, and finished two sets (8 each) today.   
The images are by Stampin' Up!, and were colored with Stampin' Up! markers.  
The backgrounds were embossed, and Teddy Bear one distressed, with Ranger Distress Inks.  Wild Honey on the "Miss You" and Tea Dye on "Thinking of you".  I'm trying to make use of the stockpile of random papers I have. The copper matting is left over from making my son's wedding invitations three years ago.  

Nov 17, 2012

Spotlight Designer

I just found out my card was selected by 365 days (Day 248) as the spotlight designer.  Excitement!  The catch is, there were only two cards entered for that day!!   LOL!!  Gail's was lovely, but she was selected as the spotlight designer for Day 240, so I was the only other option.  LOL!  Anyway, it's always cool to see your own creation "spotlighted" somewhere else.  Have a good day.

Nov 16, 2012

Patriotic Valentine

Sandy Allnock, of Operation Write Home, posted a "Veterans' Day Giveaway" this week.  In honor of Veterans Day, she is giving a couple of yards of a great patriotic striped ribbon to each of three winners. All you have to do is post a patriotic (red, white & blue) valentine card before next Sunday.   

Operation Write Home needs us to make and ship Valentines now, so they can get shipped overseas by the end of this year.  That way the Heroes will get them in time to send Valentines home to loved ones by mid-February.
The borders on this card were made with a "bubbles" corner rounder done along the edge.  The sentiment was created digitally, and punched with a 1" scallop punch.  The little red hearts are the punch-out "left overs" from a pop-up center-fold row of hearts.  The large red heart was made with the Stampin' Up! "movers and shapers" heart, and the creamy flourish heart was punched with the Stampin' Up! heart punch.  I had to add a bit of ribbon, since this card is for a "Sandy" challenge.

Nov 8, 2012

Fireworks Fizzles

This week One Stop Craft Challenge wants cards that are inspired by fireworks.  I love the inspirational picture they posted.  

However, my card efforts weren't very successful.  I wanted to do emboss resist to have bright, colorful snowflake "bursts" and then ink over in black.  However, the techniques just didn't work out like I'd hoped.  
First I sponged Distress inks onto the card base using a "stencil" of the Stampin' Up! snowflake punch-negative space.  Then I used a VersaMark pen to trace the colored flakes so I could emboss with clear embossing powder.  Finally, I did direct to paper with Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink over the whole thing.  Wiping off the embossed areas to show the colors really just showed that the embossing wasn't good enough.  
Then I tried using the stamp with Distress inks and clear embossing powder.  This made much more delicate "bursts" and when I sponged on dark inks it didn't get as dark as I'd imagined.  
Then I tried sponging on the Distress Inks thru a punched out snowflake negative again.  After creating all the colored bursts, I laid the stencil over each one and sponged on Distress embossing ink.  I used iridescent embossing powder for this one, but again the dark ink just made it look messy.  If anyone has a good idea for how to stamp/ink/emboss bright firework bursts and get the background black, please let me know.  
The finished card uses the second try, and I added a sparkly sheer ribbon along with the sentiment.

Nov 7, 2012

Fairy-boy with Dragonfly

The current Cute Card Thursday challenge is to do a card with angels or fairies.  I have this digital image of a darling little boy fairy, with a pet (or captured?) dragonfly. The uncolored image is by Ina Jane.  She's done several darling fairies, and I chose the boy since I have three sons.  The image came from www.SweetColoringPages.com, and I did the coloring in PhotoShop Elements.  The sentiment is by Gina K Designs.  Turns out the challenge closed before I got this posted.  Oh, well.  He's awful cute anyway.