Masculine Card

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I think Spring is finally coming to Minnesota!   They are predicting our first 70 degree day of 2014!!  I sure hope Mother Nature comes through!

Today’s Operation Write Home (OWH) Midweek Throwdown Challenge is to create a masculine card.   With water running in the gutters, sunshine in great abundance and winds whipping, sailboats came to mind.   So here’s my card for this week ~

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This card has a few things going on – first is quite a few layers.  I used lighter weight paper for the blue layers to keep some of the bulk down.   I also used some of the finer baker’s twine from American Crafts to create the sailor’s knot for the same reason.  The stamp is called Sail Away from Stampin’ Up!   Apparently they are no longer selling the woodblock stamp that I have, but they do have a digital version available.  The image has been stamped using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

I hope your skies are also sunny and that Spring has found it’s way to your neighborhood as well!


Father’s Day

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Hello all!

This week’s Operation Write Home (OWH) Midweek Throwdown Challenge is to create a Father’s Day card.

A little while ago I ordered a Spellbinders Texture Plate called Keys thinking it would be just the right thing for a masculine card, so a Father’s Day card it is!

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My experience is that masculine cards need to either be clean and simple or very detailed.  Today it’s the clean and simple approach.   I embossed a sheet of Gold Spellbinders Premium Craft Foil using the Keys Texture Plate, mounted it on some dark brown cardstock and adhered the layers to a cream colored card base.   The sentiment is from Gourmet Rubber Stamps called Happy Father’s Day.

I hope someone thinks it’s just the right thing for their dad!


Color Challenge – Purple and Yellow

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Purple and yellow ….. purple and yellow ….  purple and yellow —  this week’s Operation Write Home (OWH) Midweek Throwdown Challenge …..

Honestly, the only thing that came to mind was violets.   Maybe because it’s supposed to be Spring (although you’d never know it to look out the window at the piles of snow still here) or maybe because I wasn’t very imaginative at that moment.  Whatever the reason, I put it aside for a bit until I could come back with a fresh perspective.

Spring cleaning has been in my blood the past few weeks and my craft space was not spared.   Apparently it was just the right nudge that was needed.  In the back corner of a seldom used space I came upon some papers that I picked up years ago and tucked away for something special …. LOL – I do that all the time and then promptly forget about them!   One was a 6×6 pad that had a yellow cover and the next was a cellophane envelope with purple as the outward facing paper.   It was meant to be!   Once I got those things lying next to each other, things came together pretty easily.

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I covered the whole front of the cardbase with the sparkly purple paper (Sizzix Little Sizzles Textures).  I’m sorry that the sparkle doesn’t show up in the photo, it adds a lot to the card.  Then took a sheet from the 6×6 pad (Tim Coffey- Daisy Pad) that had leaves and angled it across the bottom and finally cut the flowers out of the patterned paper from the same pad.   Even though the daisies are light yellow, I edged the petals with both yellow and a light gray using Copic markers to give them more definition and then adhered them using dimensional adhesive cut into teeny, tiny pieces so that each petals is supported as well as the centers.  I think these papers are so old that they are no longer in production – I couldn’t find them anywhere.

I hope you like the final result!


Circles Galore

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Happy Happy Wednesday!  Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and I’m certainly hoping that it will bring more warmth and sunshine than we’ve had here in MN for a while.   Yesterday there was more snow …  I’m ready to see green grass again and get the trailer out and ready for camping!

I tried to come up with something for this week’s Operation Write Home (OWH) Midweek Throwdown (Circles Galore) that would inspire thoughts of Spring but I wasn’t successful.   The first few things I tried simply didn’t work.   That happens sometimes, ah well, we can’t let that deter us.   So I took a completely different approach and chose the glittery path instead!   I know that glitter is nearly always taboo for OWH cards, but I’ve found a couple of products that are sparkly but none of the sparkle rubs off – HURRAY!   So here’s a card that I finally thought was presentable and met the challenge criteria.

This card may look like a throwback to the old days but it uses modern day materials.   I’m sorry that the photo doesn’t show the shine very well and that it looks rather gray, but it is really silver and gray and black and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

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I cut a hole in the card front using the Stampin’ Up 1 3/8″ circle punch. The scalloped border was made by adhering silver glitter Duck tape to some waxed paper, then cutting it out with the Stampin’ Up 1 3/4″ scalloped circle punch and then again using the 1 3/8″ circle punch to cut out the center.  The same two punches were used on more Duck tape and several different papers from the DCWV Twinkle Glints paper stack.   Again the silver glitter Duck tape was adhered to wax paper and then two hearts were punched out using the Epiphany Craft Shape Studio Tool Heart 25 punch which I overlapped on the inside of the card so they were showing through the card front hole.   The sentiment is called Life’s Treasures from Stampers Anonymous (H1-2026) and was stamped using Versafine onyx black ink.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.


Scrappy Background

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What to do with all those scraps …  no matter what the craft, it’s always an issue if you craft with any regularity.  This week’s challenge from Operation Write Home (OWH) is to use some of those paper scraps to create a background for a card.   This is an activity I really enjoy.  I’ll be the first to admit that I have far, far, far too many scraps — a basket filled with bags of scraps of all shapes and sizes sorted by color family and a tote stuffed with more that are sorted (more or less) by size and then somewhat by color or pattern.

For this card I grabbed the ‘red’ bag from the basket, randomly chose 7 different pieces of paper and sliced them up into strips of different widths.  I prepared a card base, applied a generous amount of tape runner adhesive to the front and then just started adding the strips.  There really is very little planning to this type of background – the only rules I have for myself are to be sure that no two adjacent strips are from the same paper and that adjacent papers aren’t too close to being the same hue(?) — I’m not sure if that’s the right term or not but I want the strips to have distinct differences in their colors.

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Once the background strips were all applied, then they are trimmed to give a nice clean edge.  Easy-peasy!   The sentiment is called You and Me from Die-Versions (DVSS-004).

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card!