Unity’s FWF 1/24

Hello there and welcome!

I’m sharing a card for Unity’s Friends with Flair today; be sure to hop back to the Unity blog to see everyone else’s projects as well! There’s always really cool projects to see!

I made this card for a friend of mine. Her husband just had (minor) surgery and I know she is feeling overwhelmed! We took them a meal last night and I made sure to also include breakfast for today. Here’s hoping she takes the time to eat herself instead of worrying about everyone else!

Unity Stamp Co: life is too short and urban chevron stamps; Echo Park, Gina K card stock, Tim Holtz inks

Unity Stamp Co: life is too short and urban chevron stamps; Echo Park, Gina K card stock, Tim Holtz inks

I’ve also added a stamps/supplies for sale tab up there at the top. Check it out if you are so inclined. 🙂  

Have a GREAT weekend, friends! I am going further north this weekend, which is really rather ridiculous considering I live in Wisconsin. And oh yeah, my dad and my husband will be ice fishing.  I will be staying indoors by the fire, like a sane person. 🙂

Best,
Jen

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!

Jen

OWH sketch 186

Time for another Operation Write Home sketch! Today was kind of a lazy day. It was actually over 80 today, which it hasn’t been in over two weeks, so the kids played outside in the sprinkler while I lazed on the deck with a good book and some diet Coke. Ahhh, the life. 🙂

I’ve been trying to use up this My Mind’s Eye ‘the merry days of Christmas  pad and it’s just not my favorite. I went to it for this sketch thinking Christmas but I ended up just making a masculine card. Hmm.  Now I’m thinking harder about using up these papers, if I can use them in a non-holiday way! 

Behold, sketch 186:
MME merry days of Christmas paper
Gina K warm cocoa card stock
Unity Stamp Co sentiment
big eyelets and twine from stash
CTMH desert sand & TH antique linen inks
Happy start of the week! Thanks for visiting me today.

Jen

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!!

Fixed!!

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!

Jen

OWH sketch 168 – you are my world

Hello there! Pardon my recent absence; between our spur of the moment trip to Florida (heat! sun! princesses at every turn!) and then the adjustment of being back home and back to normal routines (school, cold, snow, ice, more snow), we tossed in another trip for my husband and a cold for my oldest and well, I’m stuck here at home for now. Can’t take a sick kid to Mass… or anywhere else, really.

On the upside, the house is pretty clean, I’ve counquered the laundry and made lots of cards. 🙂

This is Operation Write Home sketch 168. I bought this pack of 12×12 paper in a pack of 25 sheets for 1.99 at a local dollar store. I love it but 25 sheets is a LOT, you know? So I am glad to see sketches where I can easily create multiples. 🙂

Hero Arts for OWH sentiment
Sizzix plaid embossing folder
Distress inks in brushed curduroy, walnut stain, antique linen
Gina K cardstock – ivory and carob cream


Thanks for visiting me today! 🙂

Jen

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!

Jen

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
Right:
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! 

Jen

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owh vcmp – things with wings

It’s another challenge for the Operation Write Home virtual card making party – things with wings! Go here for the challenge link. And go here for the list of all of the challenges!

I forgot I owned this stamp. 😦  However, I LOVE how this card turned out. It’s totally not what I first imaged making.

My Mind’s Eye blink of an eye dp
Smokey Shadow – PTI card stock
Unity Stamp Co stamps
foam tape, Antique Linen (TH) and London Fog (momento) inks


Thanks for looking! 🙂

Jen

OWH MWT – Easter

With our super cold temps this week, it’s hard to think of Easter and spring to make cards! (I’ll fully admit to turning on Christmas music in September to get inspired, but I’m not sure how to “think spring” when it’s -30!). The Operation Write Home challenge today is to make Easter cards, though, as shipping deadlines come early to ensure that cards can get to our heroes and back home to the US in time.

I got this cross stamp in a random bag from Unity Stamp Co, and I love it and have used it countless times. Did you see my paper-holic pictures from this post yesterday? I used up paper from one of the ‘almost gone’ baggies to make this card:
Authentique Free Bird paper
Unity Stamp Co cross stamp
Tim Holtz ink: Aged mahogany and antique linen
tiny pearls from stash
I liked the floral with the cross in red (how’s that for symbolism, eh??). To me it says renewal and new life.

Thanks for looking!
Jen

OWH Sketch 154 and more :)

Hey there! Is it Tuesday already??  Wow. The new year is off to a great start here – Christmas break was super rejuvenating, and though the flu is making the rounds we’ve been healthy enough. I’m not going to complain!!

I finally got a chance to play along on sketch 154 from Operation Write Home. I’d like to offer a great, big welcome to Marlene, the new “sketch lady!” 🙂  My first attempt was not so hot, but I tried again and I like the end result:
Authentique paper
HERO ARTS/OWH sentiment

Nesties labels 9

Momento London Fog ink; Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet ink

I made a lightbox from Paula’s tutorial over at the Stars & Stamps blog today. I need better lighting yet, but wow – what a difference! My box has a spot right on top of my printer, LOL. What can I say? I’m a little crunched for space in here. 

The Nesties shape is my blog win from Krystil’s blog on New Year’s. 🙂 I LOVE these new labels… thank you, Krystil! 

I found a great local stamping resource – Lighthouse Books & Gifts in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. If you are anywhere near or traveling through, be sure to stop in and check it out. They have a truly awesome selection of stamps, dies, inks, and embossing folders. They even carry a bunch of 6×6 pads, and I know I”m not the only paper addict out there. 🙂

Thanks for visiting me today!


Jen