OWH Card Bowl; ODBD challenge for masculine cards


Sorry to yell. It’s just been SUCH a good night! My kids wanted to “ditch me” and play just with Daddy after supper, so I got some time to hole up in my craft space with NO interruptions! It was awesome… and all in good fun, let me assure you! Daddy is way more fun than I am!

So. Here is my card bowl entry to make a card inspired by the Superbowl teams. One of the teams has orange as a color, and that’s all I can tell you… the Packers aren’t playing. 🙂

Hero Arts for OWH stamps Twinery twine, SU ink, paper is random stash

Hero Arts for OWH stamps
Twinery twine, SU ink, paper is random stash

And then we have the Our Daily Bread Designs challenge for the month of February, which is to make brown cards. Did anyone else flash back to Sandy’s April fools’ joke from last year that our heroes wanted more brown cards – and all of us thought she was serious and started making them? Maybe it was just me. 🙂

I kept brown as the accent color rather than the major tone… but I still think it’s quite masculine, even though the blues are light. What do you think?

Hero Arts for OWH stamp Random paper from stash, SU ribbon, Gina K card stock

Hero Arts for OWH stamp
Random paper from stash, SU ribbon, Gina K card stock

Thanks for visiting me today! I have a giveaway going on for a handmade gratitude journal; to see mine and enter to win please hop over to this post. 🙂




OWH MWT and a BIG announcement! :)

There; hopefully I’ve lured you in.. and now I shall get on with the card first. 🙂 

It’s Operation Write Home mid-week throwdown time and the challenge this week is masculine cards. Well, I was out of town on Sunday and never got around to sketch 180 when I returned, so here you go – a two-fer:

Paper – MME Stella & Rose
Card stock – PTI smokey shadow
Hero Arts for OWH sentiment
CTMH gray ink

What made this card much more difficult was forgetting to mat that rust-colored piece (I couldn’t leave it. It didn’t look right). I sliced off a couple of very thin strips of card stock, added a little liquid adhesive, and slapped ’em down (all in a calm, easy manner, mind you) and voila – I bet you couldn’t even tell I had to fudge it. 🙂

And now for the BIG NEWS – I’m on the Lone Wolf Designs Design Team! Kris is the owner of Lone Wolf Designs LLC – here is her facebook link – and she provides crafting supplies at 25% off retail! Seriously, go check it out. I know how I love a good deal! Be on the lookout as I share some projects using the products she carries (Lawn Fawn, anyone?). 

Today was highly productive… I took the kids to the zoo for a free and up-close-and-personal look at “underground creatures”, including some very reptilian ones. It will not surprise those of you that know me that I feigned an urgent bathroom need when they brought out the snakes… *shudder*.  Then I engaged my daughter and her friend in some child labor life skills (hulling strawberries with my super-duper cool and you will want one too strawberry huller and then mashing them); made jam, and then made pretzels with the girls once the friend went home. I can’t decide if the cinnamon-sugar or plain ones are my favorite… with plenty of kosher salt!

Thanks for visiting me today!


OWH sketch 178 – for you

Hey! Happy Sunday; it was a good day here. My husband’s parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today! Lots of family came from out of town and it was really wonderful to see people we don’t see very often. 🙂 My husband is the youngest of 7, and it was very funny as they all shared stories from growing up and the things they learned from their parents. My husband talked about perspective, and how he felt sorry for those poor souls who could only afford a half grocery cart of food – because for 9 people, they left with 2 or 3 carts! 🙂

Making a card was the perfect way to de-stress after a long day. Okay, I did get up early (we had guests overnight at our house) before everyone else to shower and then I checked out the sketch and chose my papers and stamps. And THEN I let it percolate for 13 hours until I could assemble it. 🙂 This is Operation Write Home sketch 178:

My Minds Eye everyday flair – only scraps left of this now
Hero Arts for OWH stamps
Twinery twine

Thanks for visiting me today! 


Drunken Stampers #126 – Braveheart challenge


Time for another movie inspiration challenge at the Drunken Stampers blog and the Bahama Mamas are up with Braveheart (gingham/plaid/tartan) pieces!!

I remember seeing this movie in my teenage years (am I dating myself? LOL). Oh, Mel Gibson….. 🙂 I pulled out some gingham – I’m a big fan of it! – and went for a simple lovey-dovey card.

Cosmo Cricket material girl paper
Gina K ivory and craft card stock
Hero arts for OWH sentiment
CTMH ink

This is a new favorite sketch of mine (from Operation Write Home, it’s number 164).  Thanks for coming over to see my creation; be sure to go back to the Drunken Stampers blog so you can see everyone else’s inspiration piece and upload your own creation!


OWH MWT – time


This week’s Operation Write Home mid-week throwdown challenge is to use “time” as a theme. I have this OWH Hero Arts set and I love it; it’s one of my most-often used sets. I did lose one of the sentiment stamps 😦 but I’m hoping it’s floating around in a drawer and I haven’t found it just yet!

This is sketch 159 with a slight adaptation. 🙂

Hero arts for OWH stamp set
Bazzill carob cream; CTMH orange card stock; Gina K Ivory

Thanks for looking!


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. 🙂 Major kudos and thanks to my good friend Sara, who lent us her daughter’s Ariel costume for the trip. 🙂

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  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. 🙂

Happy Easter!


Drunken Stampers challenge 118 – Sixteen Candles


Hello and welcome to another Drunken Stampers Saturday challenge! The challenge this week is a birthday theme.  My husband and I have over twenty nieces and nephews between our two families. I am constantly short on birthday cards! 🙂  This one I made with a good friend in mind; her birthday was yesterday so it’s safe to share today. 🙂

Here is my card:

Card stock: Gina K
My Mind’s Eye honey cake papers (I am down to tiny scraps of these! sob!)
Hero Arts for OWH sentiment

Thanks for looking! Be sure to hop back to the Drunken Stampers blog for more inspiration and to enter your own birthday card in our gallery!


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). 

The challenge this month is to use scallops on a card. The mother’s day deadline is quickly approaching, so I’ve 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.


OWH MWT – recipe cards

Hello there and happy Wednesday! It has been so busy this past week – my house looks like a tornado whipped through it, LOL, which totally stresses me out – that I haven’t had much time to craft!

2 patterned papers
1 twine/ribbon
1 die cut
1 embossing folder

I made this one first. While I love the papers, it’s overall just kind of ‘meh’ to me. The ribbon looks a lot more coordinated than in the photo, I promise.  I combined a couple of sentiments but I’m not sure the mix in fonts works either. ARGH! 
My Mind’s Eye Blink of an Eye
Sentiments from Ali Edwards/TT
Plaid embossing folder (on top pp piece)
Nesties labels 8

So then I made this one, and I like it a lot more. It’s not crooked in real life. Maybe my head is crooked? I swear I have way too many crooked photos lately. :/
Hero Arts for OWH sentiment
My Mind’s Eye Away we go paper
PTI smokey shadow card stock
CTMH ink; Twinery twine
Nesties small ovals

The embossing is harder to see in the second photo – I embossed the larger oval with a woven/linen embossing folder. It’s subtle. 🙂

Thanks for looking!


OWH VCMP – caffeine challenge

Good morning, sunshine! I always annoy my late-owl husband with my early bird perkiness. 🙂  Anyhow, welcome to the first Sunday virtual card making party challenge for OWH! What better challenge for first thing in the morning then a caffeine challenge? (If you want to see the other challenges from yesterday or this is the first you’ve heard about the VCMP, go here to learn more.)

So, find your stamps or dies related to coffee, tea, soda, or chocolate and get crafty! If you don’t have anything of those varieties, don’t worry – Operation Write Home has a fantastic and very easy coffee cup tutorial. In fact, this one of my go-to shaped cards simply because it is SO easy to make. When I had a glut of solid colored card stock last year (a gift from my dear sis), I mass-produced a whole bunch of them. 🙂

I always think gray and dark red is a very classy combo, and it works well for both men and women. So I made two coffee cup cards, one for a man and one for a woman. I lined both of the insides with white card stock.

Left card:
Ippity by Unity burlap stamp; OWH/Hero Arts sentiment
OWH/Hero Arts sentiment and hearts stamps
Bazzill textured gray and pomegranate splash card stock
1/2″ Corner Chomper
Embossing folders: plaid (left) and swirls (right)
scrap of crochet trim (right)
Nestabilities labels 18
Tim Holtz fired brick ink
To make things more fun, here are some retired stamps from Lizzie Anne Designs as well as a pack of ribbon and twine in lots of colors:
I’ll give both of these to one lucky commenter. If you want a chance to win, you must comment and commit to sending (at minimum) two cards (or Anyhero notes) to a shipper in the next 2 weeks. (If you just sent a box in the last few days, that counts too!) You can find the shipper addresses here. For an EXTRA chance to win, link up a caffeine card. 🙂

Go get busy and link up your card!