OWH MWT – pastel love cards


Time for an Operation Write Home mid-week throwdown and this week’s challenge is to use pastels. That’s not really my thing but I have been trying to use up the last of this Basic Grey pad, which is a lot of pastels, and so this challenge was very timely. I’ve really struggled with this 6×6 as I’m just not inspired by the colors and patterns.

I decided to go for simple and make a masculine and a feminine card.

love pastels

Supplies: Basic Grey papers, Gina K card stock, random ribbon from stash, heart and sentiments by Unity Stamp Co

This awesome sentiment kit is one of the ‘everything’ kits by Unity Stamp Co. I’ve purchased a couple of the kits and I really, really like them! (Hint: wait for a sale. They go down to $12 often!)

FYI – I did add a for sale page (see the tab at the top?) and there are several things left of my initial purge. I am working on purge #2 today and I have a lot of inks to list. I should have it updated by tonight if you are interested, so email me or check back later.

Also, if you haven’t visited Blitsy yet – go there! It’s a discount crafting site (with paper crafts, yarn, jewelry making things, etc). I found Paper Smooches and Spellbinders there the past couple of weeks, and this week there are some Unity and Maya Road stamps! Go check it out!

Thanks for visiting me today!




Unity’s FWF 6/21 – so this is love

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to once again be linking up with Friends with Flair over at the Unity blog! Last weekend I went to a local shoebox (card making) swap and since we had only 9 women, we had everyone make 2 cards so you could make one and take one from each person.

Last week I shared the first card I made; today is the favorite card reveal:

Β Basic Grey Kioshi
Unity Stamp Co sentiment (so this is love set)
ribbon flower
PTI plum pudding card stock and ink
Gina K ivory card stock

Okay, I should clarify. We did vote on ‘best card.’ This was not the winner, but it is MY favorite and considering I taught several in the group how to make those ribbon flowers AND their own homemade glue dots I’d say this card definitely taught some of the group a new trick or two! And it’s my favorite card. So there. πŸ™‚

I made some with a different (non-Unity sentiment); this card showcases a much better ribbon flower. The above one I was clearly hyped on too much Diet Coke!

Thanks for visiting me today!


Drunken Stampers challenge 132 – Monty Python


Hello! Saturday has rolled around once again and I’m super excited for today… not only is it the new Drunken Stampers challenge, it’s shoebox swap day! I’m headed to a local shoebox (card) swap where we’ll make and take cards and eat some REALLY yummy food. I should know, I made my famous lemon dream cake for dessert. (Okay, it’s not famous. But family requests it at least twice a year, which I think gives it total edge.) πŸ™‚

The Drunken Stampers theme this week is Monty Python. Yeah… never seen it. All I know is they told me rabbits. I got those! They’re even in my yard getting – as my seven year old says – “a free lunch” from our small container garden. Yeah. Not anymore, bunnies! I raised the containters and they better find a free lunch elsewhere! My children suggested catching them in cages so we could have bunny pets. Um, no.

I love how this My Favorite Things stamp set includes little sentiments that fit right in the heart. SO CUTE.

My Favorite Things stamps
Basic Grey paper
Gina K and Papertrey Ink cardstock
Nesties ovals/scalloped ovals
ribbon from stash

Thanks for visiting me today! Hop (haha, get it?) back to the Drunken Stampers blog to upload your own rabbitty creation and see all of the other inspiration projects!!


OWH MWT/Jen & Sarah’s challenge, end of the month recap

Happy Good Friday, everyone!

I hope you are well and planning for a great weekend. This is my last post as we are headed out – very early – tomorrow morning to Orlando! If you are so inclined, please say a quick prayer that we all arrive in good spirits with all of our luggage. Because you never know how that will go! The girls are SO excited to meet their favorite princesses. πŸ™‚ Major kudos and thanks to my good friend Sara, who lent us her daughter’s Ariel costume for the trip. πŸ™‚

It’s the end of the month and so it’s blogger buddy challenge time with my good bloggy friend, Sarah! It’s my challenge but since we are so crazed trying to get everything ready, I gave us an ‘anything goes’ challenge. Turns out my card also works for the OWH mid-week throwdown challenge to use stripes! Go figure. Be sure to hop over to Sarah’s blog to see what she created as well.
Hero Arts/OWH stamp sentiment
the very end of this Basic Grey pad – do not remember the name
Gina K dark chocolate card stock

March – 8!

And as usual, here is my end of the month recap for ATG rolls. I know, it’s silly, but I kind of like keeping track – I’m such a nerd! LOL Β Not too bad – my daughter’s school agreed to make some Operation Write Home cards this month, so this would be much higher had I been the ones assembling all of those pieces! I love that the teachers are enthused about supporting our troops and the kids are learning more about serving others. πŸ™‚

Happy Easter!


OWH sketch 164 – happiness is

Hello and happy Sunday!

The sun is shining here in Wisconsin but they’re forecasting more SNOW tomorrow. “Just a few inches” has translated into about 3″ or so, they say. Good grief is what I say! I’m so tired of the cold.Β 

Today is sketch day at Operation Write Home and I really like this one! This is sketch 164 and here is my card:

MME Away We Go papers, PTI card stock
Basic Grey chipboard car
Unity Stamp Co sentiment
Momento Ink in potter’s clay
I’ve been wanting to use that little chipboard car forever. I initially thought I had too many patterns going on in this card (the road background, the arrows, the cars) but I think it works. What do you think?

Thanks for visiting me today! πŸ™‚


OWH ODBD scallop challenge; Feb recap

Hello! It’s the first Saturday of the month and that means the Our Daily Bread Challenge for OWH! For every 25 cards linked; ODBD will cover the cost of mailing a box overseas (limit of 2 boxes).Β 

The challenge this month is to use scallops on a card. The mother’s day deadline is quickly approaching, so I’veΒ been making ‘mom’ cards. (Truth – I very rarely make ANY ‘happy x day’ cards; I make generic ones so they can be used longer.)

Basic Grey Eva paper; Gina K card stock
Ali Edwards for TT sentiment, Worn Lipstick ink and edge punch

And a quick February recap. I’ve started a silly goal of saving my ATG rolls to see how many I use in a month:
Only 6! January was 10.
I only made these two lonely Christmas cards (and I made them on Thursday, LOL!) but I made kits to make another nine or so. I just need to assemble them.

Authentique scraps, Hero Arts sentiment

Thank you for visiting me today. Come back tomorrow; there’s more awesomeness in store and a melt-your-heart and make-you-cry ministry to learn about.


Sarah & Jen’s February challenge – fun fold kid card

Hello and welcome to our final blogger buddy challenge for February. This one is mine and I challenged us to make a fun fold card for a kid!

I recently discovered the “joy fold” card and I think it’s super fun! I made two of these, one for a boy and one for a girl, but I forgot to take a picture of the boy one before I gave it to the intended recipient. Sorry about that; I was in a hurry! πŸ™‚

Here is the girl card:
My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist happy go luck dp
Bazzill strawberry splash card stock
Paper Smooches sentiment
Basic Grey butterfly, random flat pearl from stash
CTMH ink, gold pen
And kind of open:

And here it is flat (still okay for Operation Write Home!):

Thanks for visiting me today! Be sure to hop back to Sarah’s blog to see what she made! She’s super talented. πŸ™‚


OWH sketch 157, the Paper Players sketch 130

Hello there on this snowy Sunday! We got sleet, some tiny hail, and lots of snow today. I’m headed out to shovel in just a sec; I put my girls to bed a few minutes ago and my oldest asked yet again if tomorrow will be a snow day. I don’t think so, but you just never know! πŸ™‚

Today is sketch day, both at Operation Write Home and the Paper Players. First up sketch 157 from The Stars and Stamps blog:
Basic Grey Hopscotch papers
Ocean Tides (PTI) and Dark Chocolate (Gina K) cardstock
unknown stamp set; glossy accents, foam tape
Divine Swirl embossing folder, Nesties labels 18

And then a new challenge for me, over at the Paper Players blog. I think I will become a regular there, I like their challenges a lot!! πŸ™‚ This is sketch 130:

Cosmo Cricket material girl papers
Gina K dark chocolate cardstock
Stamp: Unity Stamp Co
Sizzix button die, Twinery twine, We R sew stamper

That’s all for me – gotta go shovel. πŸ™‚ See you later this week and thanks so much for visiting me today!


OWH sketch 156 – miss your face

Hi there!

I am kind of bummed today. I was just rejected from my first design team application. I know, I know, only a few get chosen. I’m going to try again, though! Onward and upward! πŸ™‚

Anyhow, it’s sketch day over at Operation Write Home. It’s FRIGID here, so my eldest had her swimming lesson at the Y and then we came home and unpacked from the lake and Mommy made cards. πŸ™‚ This is sketch 156.

First I made this one.

Basic Grey Kioshi dp
Unity Stamp co “classic beauty” itty bitty
Unity Stamp co sentiment
Pearls from stash

I wasn’t super excited about it (and I swear it’s not crooked. I must’ve set it into the frog crooked!) So then I made this one:
Cosmo Cricket material girl dp
Unity Stamp Co KOM dress stamp and sentiment
And that one feels like it’s missing something, too. I’m going to try again later! Thanks for looking, peeps!
(Don’t forget the stuff for sale page up there ^^^, I added MORE stuff and free shipping for 2+ items to my OWH friends.) πŸ™‚


Unity’s FWF 1/4/13 – happy thoughts

Hey there! I wasn’t sure I’d have time to link up to Unity’s Friends with Flair today… it was a busy, busy day – but now the kids are with Grandma & Grandpa and the hubs and I are about to head out for date night. πŸ™‚ Β Just enough time to make a card!Β 

I always try to beef up my ‘general card stash’ at the beginning of the year with several thank yous, birthday cards, and a couple of blank ones. I went to grab birthday cards yesterday and realized I only had ONE made. OOPS. So here’s a pretty simple one, and the sentiment is vague enough that you could easily use it for something else as well. πŸ™‚Β 

Basic Grey – Eva; Gina K cardstock
Unity’s Feel the Joy and unk sentiment
pearls from stash, TH inks in victorian velvet, walnut stain, antique linen
On a related note, my husband bought me Unity for Christmas!! He checked all of my Facebook comments and then my stash (yay for organization, right??) and then bought some things he thought I’d like. I got all new-to-me stuff and he did a great job – AND he complimented Unity on their selection!! πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend!