Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tri-Fold Shutter Card

My sister-in-law, Jan sent me this card today.

Beautiful isn't it? I love the colors and the designer papers she used.

Not the  usual A2 size card. It is a little bulkier than normal and might require more postage to send  in the mail.

Here's the back story on this card:
A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law and I got to spend an afternoon together. Jan is an avid scrapbook maker and makes cards and donates them to her church, local nursing home and a children's hospital in her community.
Jan had received an awesome card from a friend of hers from North Carolina. We both loved the card so much that  we spent the  entire afternoon disassembling the card, measuring, cutting and then reassembling the card. When I left that day she promised to send me a card and the instructions to make one like it.

If you want to make one for yourself  Operation Write Home has a great tutorial on making a Tri-Fold Shutter Card here.

Monday, July 15, 2013

OWH Design Bootcamp - Get Your Priorities Straight

The OWH Design Bootcamp lesson for this month is "Get Your Priorities Straight" or "Choosing A Major, Minor & Accent Color.

The lesson tells us that once we choose our colors for our card design we will want to  prioritize the major, minor and accent colors. The lesson suggests that we use a time tested rule to distribute the colors using  60% for the Major color, 30% for the Minor color, and 10% for the Accent color.

Our assignment is to choose a color combination and make a card to share. 

Yellow-60%       White-30%     Black-10%

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Operation Write Home Sketch # 181

Seems like all the cards I've made lately have been made out of Kraft and definitely "guy" cards. It's time I get some cards made that could be sent to children.
This is the card I made for this weeks the OWH  Sketch #181:

This is the sketch :

A few years ago a  friend of mine made me a concrete  birdbath. She used a rhubarb leaf and sand  to form the mold.
This summer we've had  to fill the birdbath three or more times during the day because the young robins are  always bathing.
They wait in line for their chance to splash, splash, splash!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge

On Operation Write Home's, Stars & Stamp Blog, it's" Midweek Throwdown Challenge" time.

The theme for this weeks challenge is to make a "Masculine Card".

 Tim Holtz- vintage truck stamp 
Embossing folder-brick wall
Sentiment-Tim Holtz
Spellbinders dies- Labels 4 and Oval
Kraft card stock
Distress Ink- Vintage Photo
Brads from embellishment stash

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs July Challenge

 This is the card that I made for this months Operation Write Home - ODBD challenge.
This month we are challenged to use Stitching on our card.

Our Daily Bread Designs sponsors this monthly challenge for Operation Write Home. ODBD will pay the shipping costs of one box of cards to be sent to our deployed heroes if 25 cards are entered in the challenge and will pay the cost of two boxes of cards to be sent if 50 cards are entered.

For this card I used Kraft for the base with Burgundy paper from my stash
Embossing Folder - Argyle (has faux stitching)
Stampin Up - Walk In The Wild
Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany & Vintage Photo
Feather Cut-Out  Cricut Southwest Cartridge

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hambo Hoedown Challenge #122

 I played along with the Hambo Hoedown last week so I was sent the free digital image "Racecar" for this challenge. This is the link to the Hambo website so you can shop their rubber stamps and digital images. Take a look at all the entries for this challenge. 

 I made an easel  card for the Hambo Hoedown Challenge #122.
I used fabric for the checkered flags and sponged a cloudy sky background. This time I  used markers to color the racecar image. If you take a close look at the car  you can see that I  used glossy accents for the windshield on the racecar.

This is a photo of the closed card, showing the cloudy sky background.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Design Bootcamp Assignment #4

This is my card creation for Design Bootcamp assignment #4. Using odd numbers in design.


Design Bootcamp lesson #4 is on the rule of odds. The question is: How many elements should there be in my composition? 1-3-5? Grouping in odd numbers makes the arrangement more dynamic, appealing, memorable and effective.

I saw a card on pinterest similar to this one. I made my 3 bird bodies by cutting  ovals with my Spellbinders oval die and then dividing each oval  in half by cutting it diagonally. One oval makes two bodies.  I used the wing from my SU Bird punch. For the beaks I cut a narrow strip of orange and made a V-cut on one end  as if I were making a banner.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Red, White & Blue Midweek Challenge

Two blog posts in one day!

The Stars & Stamps Blog is having their weekly Midweek Throwdown Challenge. This week it's  a color challenge and the colors to use on a card are red, white, blue and kraft.

This is my card, which is going to be used as an  "Any Hero Card". Inside the card  I'll write a note of thanks to a soldier for their service. It will be included in the box with my next cards being sent to Operation Write Home.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July. We're on our way to the lake for a day in the sun, a potluck picnic and fireworks.

OWH Tuesday Tutorial

This is the card I made using the instructions on the OWH Tuesday Tutorial, Distressed Butterflies.

I loved this technique! It was fun, fast and easy.

I didn't have stencils so I used the "Spellbinders Impressabilities",  Flower Silhouette as a stencil.
I used sponge daubers and the Distress Inks used were:
Dusty Concord
Wild Honey
Peacock Feathers

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge # 179

These are two of the cards that I made using the Operation Write Home sketch # 179. I wanted more of the dainty little flowered designer paper to show so I skipped putting on one of the layers.

As I was taking the photos of these cards, I could hear lots of people  talking and they seemed to be in my back yard. I stepped out on the patio, camera in hand and this is what all the commotion was all about.

A young spike buck, and he was so tame that he allowed a young twelve year old girl to walk along beside him all around the block. The DNR was called.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hambo Hoedown Challenge #121

This is my card for the Hambo Hoedown Challenge #121

The rules for the challenge are to make a card using a map in your creation. My card uses the 'Wee Henry Fishing" digital image. My card depicts a great summer day in my state of 10,000 lakes, "MINNESOTA".