Punch Challenge


Hello all,

This week Operation Write Home has issued a card challenge using punches.   I must admit that I’ve strayed away from my punch drawers (and big bag full…) lately and have gravitated toward dies and embossing folders, so this was a fun one for me.

2013, 07-31 - Midweek Throwdown - Punches Challenge - Home is where the Heart is - 2

This is a pretty straight forward card – sentiment is a Silhouette Studio image by Jennifer Wambach.  The bottom edge of the sentiment layer is punched using the EK Success Open Scallop Edger Punch and I’ve added a red heart for a little color and bit of dimension using an Epiphany Crafts Heart 25 Bubble Cap on glossy red cardstock.  It appears that the punch has been retired as it is no longer listed on the EK Success product website.  The sentiment layer is adhered to a shiny black paper to give it a little depth and then the group is set onto a white card base.

I like the semi-clean-and-simple look….  hope you do too!


Any Hero Card Challenge


Hello all,

Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, life happens and I wasn’t able to post anything for the past couple of weeks ~ probably not the best way to start a blog….  I think I’m back in the swing now and today I’m answering the Operation Write Home (OWH) challenge to post an Any Hero card.   You can learn about Any Hero cards here.   I am reasonably computer savvy and enjoy using digital images as well as stamps in my card making.

2013, 07-24 - Any Hero Eagle and Statue of Liberty

This card is super simple – a white card base, one blue and one red layer, and then the digital image.   I’ll be writing a note of thanks and gratitude in this card before I send it in the next shipment to Operation Write Home.  I hope it will bring a smile to the heart of whoever gets the card and that they will know how much their service is appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by ~ I hope you have a terrific day!


Masculine Card Challenge


Happy Wednesday!

Today the Operation Write Home (OWH) blog has issued a midweek challenge to create a masculine card.  So, in keeping with that theme, this is a card I made a while ago and sent to OWH.  OWH supports many military units, and, therefore, it is permitted to send multiples of a card design (at this time you can send as many as 30 of a single design at once).  I found I could print six of these sailboats on one sheet of cardstock. For me, the most time on OWH cards is spent coming up with the card design (perhaps it’s because I don’t know anything about the person who will be receiving it and what they might enjoy…. not sure) and being able to replicate a card, once I’ve settled on a design, is appreciated.

2013, 07-10 - Sailboat

The sailboat is the Echo Park sail boat, Design ID #26891, from the Silhouette Studio store.   I changed the boat and sail colors, added a pattern to the flag and overlayed the sentiment (also from the Silhouette Studio store) onto the boat hull.  After it was printed, I overstamped the sails with the Hero Arts Envelope Pattern background stamp and covered the flag with Ranger’s Inkssentials Glossy accents to give it some dimension and texture.  The corners of the white layer were trimmed using the Tonic Ticket Tag corner punch.  White brads were used as an embellishment.

Well, that’s it for today – I hope you enjoyed this card!



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It’s a beautiful summer day here in Minnesota and my daughter and granddaughter will be visiting today – what could be better!   Thanks for taking the time to drop by.  I’m looking forward to sharing some of my crafting experiences with you.   This is my first blog and I’m sure there will be a lot of learning on my part as I explore this tool and how to make it work best for you as well as me.

In my first post I’d like to show you one of the cards I’ve made for Operation Write Home.  I hope that one of our American Heroes serving overseas saw it and thought it was just the card they were hoping to find to send home to a loved one!

Kite Card The card idea is from Sandy Allnock (President of Operation Write Home).  If you’d like to see how Sandy made this card, visit her YouTube video here ~ the card detail starts at about minute 7:48.  She also has a short tutorial on this card.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Sending Smiles Message set.