OWH sketch 191

Happy Sunday, people! I’m recovering from a long, busy day at Scrapfest yesterday. It was so much fun!! I owe a HUGE thanks to my bloggy and now real-life friend Sarah for saving the day – I was supposed to attend with a local friend, but she was unable to come at the last minute. Sarah agreed to come and take her place at the classes, so I rocked some tunes and diet coke and made the 2.5 hour trip there and back yesterday. 

AND she is as lovely and funny as you would expect reading her blog. I’m so glad we got to meet and hang out all day! 🙂

I will review some of the classes and share some of the projects this week, so stay tuned! (Hint – my favorite class (AGAIN) was Jillibean Soup. Love Jill!!!)

It’s time for another Operation Write Home sketch, this week is 191. I made this card:

Jillibean Soup apple cheddar soup
Paper Smooches sentiment
Gina K dark chocolate card stock
labels 8

And if you can’t tell anything odd about it, I will thank you greatly. (The labels don’t ‘nest’ well, so I die cut the sentiment and then trimmed the red around it. Can you tell?)

I’m not sure about that green apple background, so give me a yay or nay in the comments, will you? 

And my moment of shame… I bought these yesterday:

In the Archiver’s ‘sale’ section. 8 paper pads, people! The problem is, they all call to me. And the truth… I had more in my basket that I put back! This is most of my haul. Technique Tuesday! I’m not sure why we didn’t hear more squeals when we were shopping… oh the good stuff to be found!


OWH sketch 190

Hey there, it’s Sunday again! How is it that once it’s the 4th of July, summer seems to be nearly over and once school starts, that fall is immediately upon us? I don’t understand. We’ve had nights in the 40’s already! It’s dark by 7:45 and no one is excited to get in the car in the morning for school unless I let it warm up first…

Oh well. It’s football season, and time for fuzzy sweaters and throw blankets. I should just move onto the card, right?

MME lost & found christmas pad (yeah, I know, looks patriotic to me too!)
Market Street Stamps God bless America set
Nesties Labels 18, Quickkutz heart die

I stamped the heart stamp from the God bless America set in antique linen, die cut it, and then stamped over it with SU not quite navy. I like it!

Thanks for visiting me today! I’ll be gone next weekend…. Scrapfest!!!! Woot!


LWD design team showcase: Echo Park & Lawn Fawn

Hello! It’s Friday and my first official blog post as a design team member for Lone Wolf Designs. If you haven’t heard of Lone Wolf, be sure to hop over to the Facebook page and check out all of the great brands Kris carries – and you ALWAYS get 25% off MSRP. That’s the kind of deal I like. 🙂

Today I’m showcasing Echo Park and a little Lawn Fawn as well. I snatched up this great EP ‘beautiful life’ 6×6 pad recently, my stacks of other 6×6’s not withstanding. Pretty paper.. I cannot live without my pretty paper!! 
So pretty. And no, I’m not a manicure sort of girl. 
So. My first step after flipping through several times was to tear out the papers I most liked and see what combinations jumped out at me. For layering, I used kraft and navy. Hello, Mama was right – basics never go out of style…
So many choices!!
This is so crazy to type, but school starts the day after Labor Day. Each year I give some cards to the teachers as little gift sets – 2 or 3 cards with a tag or two, but I’m perpetually creating them at the 11th hour. No more. I figured a 3 card set and a couple of tags – with an extra to wrap up and tie on the gift – would be a great crafting night project. 

I started with the cards. This one had me wildly thinking for a bit; I didn’t know what to do with those doilies… and then Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs to the rescue! Oh my gosh, can I tell you how much I used to HATE alphabet sets? I sold every single set I had because I never used them. And then I went to Scrapfest last year (Mall of America, Bloomington MN, every September. Can you say “girls weekend?”) and saw Kelly Marie of Lawn Fawn in action (if she lived closer we’d have to be stamping buddies. she is the sweetest!), and how EASY these are to use. You just line up the bottom of the individual letters on your acrylic block, and they are perfectly aligned. Genius. It’s pure genius. So I dug ’em out and stamped the “love u”. 
Echo Park beautiful life
Nestabilities – labels 8
Lawn Fawn Jessie’s ABCs
Tim Holtz Fired brick ink
I don’t normally use ivory as a layer (or white), but I like it here!
A little tape kept the layers from sliding while I figured
out where all the pieces were going. 
I broke out my dies from my new ArtBin magnetic organizer for this card! Did you see my review? I LOVE THIS THING. Seriously. But not as much as I love my pretty paper, so to keep going…
Then I decided to go for a simpler card. Everyone always needs a card that could work for multiple occasions .. I love these tiny butterflies and they are the perfect backdrop for this Lawn Fawn sentiment. 🙂
Echo Park beautiful life
Lawn Fawn Flying By
Sizzix buttons 5 die
Twinery twine
Tim Holtz ink in crushed olive
What, you don’t stamp your sentiment in multiple colors to decide
which you like the best? I couldn’t decide!!!
Tim Holtz fired brick, victorian velvet, and crushed olive
This sweet floral print was the perfect backdrop to use a doily die – and some more Jessie’s ABCs. I had the ‘o’ upside down originally. One stamp and that was clear – and so I flipped it back around!
Echo Park beautiful life
lawn Fawn Jessie’s ABCs
Tim Holtz weathered wood ink
Nestabilities small circles dies
Quickutz doily die
ribbon from stash
Yeah, that o is upside down!!


So pretty! LOVE this color scheme!

And I am my father’s daughter, right? I needed to create some coordinating tags to use up all of the scraps I while making cards. 🙂 For me, taking the smaller pieces and finding a fun design is such fun. This was the first one I made:
Echo Park Beautiful Life
Lawn Fawn Clear to See
We R corner chomper
Tim Holtz fired brick ink
And then I made this one! I took two different sentiments from the Lawn Fawn Stay Tuned set to create the sentiment. I LOVE how easy it is to do that with Lawn Fawn stamps.
Echo Park beautiful life
Lawn Fawn Stay Tuned
Jillibean Soup faux button, Twinery twine
Tim Holtz walnut stain ink
Walnut Stain…aside from Antique Linen, it’s my go-to ink color.
Please pardon the mess. It’s controlled chaos.
Trying to figure out where it all goes.
I love this tiny set. I love most of LF’s tiny sets. 🙂
I used the “tuning in to say” and the “you rock” together to
create my custom sentiment. 
This one was a total cleaning-up-putting-away-inspiration-strikes-get-it-all-back-out tag. Do you ever have moments like that?
Lawn Fawn Clear to see
Echo Park beautiful life
Marvy Uchida GB684
Tim Holtz walnut stain
Twinery twine

I can’t wait to use up the rest of this 6×6 pad! I hope I’ve inspired you today!

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook Group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you are paying too much for your craft supplies!


OWH MWT – any hero cards

Hey! It’s Wednesday – seriously? We had a longer weekend up north… thanks to the telephone company needing to make a service call on Monday, so it feels like Tuesday to me. Oh well, I guess the weekend will get here that much faster! 🙂

Today’s OWH challenge is to make Anyhero notes. I had part of one last sheet of this K & Co. Americana pack, so I sliced it up to make 12 of this design:

Cuttlebug stars embossing folder
Nestabilities labels 8
Paper Smooches sentiment
K&CO. paper, Gina K ivory cardstock
Twinery twine
 Just a few were blue, most were the red and white stripe.
My mom helped assemble! She’s better at bows than I am.

I embossed the kraft piece, used my white ink pad over the surface to make the stars pop a little more, and adhered the banners. I tied on the twine and added the die cut sentiment and done! 

Thanks for visiting me today!


Lone Wolf Designs product spotlight: Artbin magnetic die case and magnetic sheets

Hey there!

You all know how much I love organization, right? I mean, I even wrote a guest post for Operation Write Home on organizing your craft space… but if you could see my office right now, you’d be shaking your head at me. Yes, I know, best of intentions and life getting in the way and all that aside, I really do LOVE an organized space.

Now, here’s the hard part – I am my father’s daughter. I will cobble together a CHEAP solution with what I have or can get inexpensively and a lot of the time, it works fabulously and I could care less that it’s not pretty and all pinterest-y. Case in point: I use shoe boxes (sans lids) to organize socks, tights, bathing suits, etc in dresser drawers. It’s cheap and it works great. I use shoe boxes and smaller boxes a lot in my craft room drawers because of my super deep drawers!

So when I started buying all these wonderful Spellbinders dies, I looked around (read: googled and asked blog friends) how to best organize them. The one idea I really liked was to take empty CD cases, adhere a strip of magnetic adhesive, and label them. It was easy, pretty inexpensive, and I could easily grow my collection this way without a lot of cost to organize them.

Now, in my office I have these really deep drawers:

I know. They not intended for crafting storage, but they are built in so I work with what I have.

And yes, you are seeing shoe boxes inside, because it totally works to keep things organized. Right now the dies and the embossing folders (I’m not that good. I recently decluttered and sold a whole bunch!) share a shoe box.

I label the outsides with the titles so I can easily see what I am grabbing.

But this is the problem: the dies slide around. The magnetic strips in several are loose or completely falling off of the plastic. I’ve had them fall out as I put cases back into the drawer because the CD lid is slightly broken or they are ‘off’ and one die doesn’t adhere well. 

They just don’t stick well, and the cases are slowly breaking over time because I use these dies a LOT. And you know what? It’s kind of hard to repair a CD case. And it’s not worth replacing, really.

This is how they looked as I took them out of the drawer and laid them down for a photo. Nice, huh?

And this one? The largest die doesn’t fit in the case, so I’ve kept it tucked away. I’m quite frankly kind of amazed that I haven’t warped or dented it because, you know, things happen (read: kids get into mommy’s stuff) and these dies are pretty thin. 

It’s just not a great solution. It worked well at first, but now… not so much.

So I was very excited to see that Kris of Lone Wolf Designs can order the Artbin magnetic die case and sheets. I read some reviews online and they were overwhelmingly positive, so I thought I’d give it a try. I don’t mind spending money on a better solution when it helps me not lose things or damage them. It doesn’t make sense to me to spend a bunch of money on GOOD crafting supplies and then not take care of them.

This is the case, which comes with a set of 3 sheets and you can order additional packs of 3 sheets.

The case with the starter sheets.
An additional sheet pack. No surprise, I’m going to need more!

WOW. You should see (and feel) these sheets. They are THICK and have a real heft to them. They are very magnetic and my dies didn’t move at all once I put them on the sheets!

I went back to my post-it notes to make labels for the sheets. I didn’t want to write on the sheets themselves (what if I sell a set or two later on?). A tiny touch of scotch tape to make sure the label doesn’t fall off and it’s all set!

They fit very securely in the case.

Loving how they don’t slide around!

This case has a very sturdy base with feet so it can easily stand as well. 

To open and close the case, you slide those copper latches on top.
Genius, right? No cheap latches that will break off later!

There’s a lot of room in here for multiple sheets, which is great because I want need more dies. 

Best of all, I won’t lose one due to it falling out and getting dented or bent because I didn’t notice it falling… and that pretty, clear cover is just dying for a vinyl label. Now I just need to convince a crafty friend with some electronic die cutting thing to make me a pretty label… 🙂

Recently Tami also reviewed some Sizzix folders that she used to organize her dies. If you don’t think my system will work for you, be sure to see how she put hers in order. 🙂

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Retail Sales Facebook Group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you are paying too much for your craft supplies!


OWH MWT – Christmas in July

Hello… is it Friday yet? It is HOT and HUMID here in Wisconsin. I’ve not been able to let the kids play outside much this week due to the heat… but we have taken advantage of our community pool’s free swim program. For 45 minutes daily they are open for free; then they close and reopen an hour later. A little time to swim and then I’m not the bad guy who makes everyone leave when they were having so much fun? Total win/win. 🙂

Today’s OWH mid-week challenge is “Christmas in July.” Um, yeah. Last year I challenged the OWH ladies on Facebook to join in making a few cards per month with me… and a few did. This year I challenged them again and we had a LOT of ladies join in. It’s very informal, but every now and then someone will update with how many she made for the month. I think it’s awesome!

My goal is 5 per month until October, but some months I did one or two… others I made 20. Go figure. I’m packing up a few to start sending to Kris, so I pulled out a couple of my favorites:

MME designer paper, Gina K ivory card stock
Lawn Fawn stamps and sentiment
Sizzix snowflake emobossing folder
Nestabilities ovals

MME scraps – I couldn’t bear to throw these, so I made a quilt card!
Paper Smooches sentiment
Bazzill card stock

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.) 🙂

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 – 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 MWT card and blog candy winner!

Hello and welcome! First off, I have a blog candy winner to announce from the Operation Write Home VCMP this past weekend.

Congrats to Kara who liked up this card! You won the stamps and ribbon!

Today’s mid-week throwdown challenge is to make a fun fold card. I don’t do many of these so I went to one of my fave tutorial spots, Splitcoaststampers, and found the joy card tutorial. Anyone know why they call it a joy fold? That’s not so clear to me, but anywho. I like it:

My Mind’s Eye Honey Cake
Gina K ivory card stock
Tim Holtz weathered wood, antique linen ink
Nesties small ovals; Quickkutz heart die
The card open
The inside left flap is blank, as is the back for writing space and the inside of the sentiment flap. I purposely chose ivory card stock rather than colored so that there would be some white space. 

Thanks for visiting me today!


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!