Cards 4 Kids

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Cards for kids are always fun for me.  I have 3 terrific grandkids and they give me a lot of ideas about what kids waiting at home for their mom or dad might like to find in their mailbox.   So this week’s  Operation Write Home (OWH) Midweek Throwdown challenge is one that I’ve had fun with.

2014, 01-29 - Midweek Throwdown - Cards 4 Kids

This card is one I made a while ago – it’s pretty simple.  Many apologies to the person whose card I CASE’d to make mine.   I simply can’t find the information, but this was not an original idea.   The snowman is mainly constructed from different sized circles and scrap pieces of paper.  The snowbank is some torn cardstock.  The snowflakes are stickers, again from somewhere that I can’t remember.   I guess maybe I should start taking some notes when I make these cards, but I think that would take away a bit of the spontaneity.   If life weren’t so busy I would be able to make new cards for each challenge rather than sometimes resorting to cards I made not specifically for the challenges and then I wouldn’t have to wonder, but that is not my life, so I will simply try to do my best to remember or rediscover things when I can.

Now on with my busy life.  I hope you like the card!


Color Challenge: Pastels

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This week’s Midweek Throwdown from Operation Write Home is another color challenge – Pastels.   They must be longing for spring as much we are here in MN!   We just keep getting snow, snow and then some more snow.   Even though I do whine about it now and again, I’ll take the snow any day over the ice that others are getting!   And it is only January – we shouldn’t be expecting anything else right now.   Besides it is perfect for hanging out by the fireplace and putting together some cards for our troops overseas who, I’m sure, wouldn’t mind snow in any amount if they could be home with their families.

2014, 01-22 - Midweek Throwdown - Pastels

So here’s my offering for pastels.   Once again they’ve challenged me.  I don’t generally gravitate toward the pastel realm often – this is a challenge more suited to my mom who LOVES to work in pastels, particularly with chalks.

The card uses a resist technique – white colored pencil is used  to cover areas of the stamped flower images that are to be left white – in this case, first the daisy petals (from the Gina K Designs – Spring Mix set).  Then, using a fingertip dauber coated with ink, the flower centers were colored yellow.  After the ink dried, I again used the white colored pencil to cover the flower centers and then used another fingertip dauber with pink ink to color the entire stamped layer.  A paper towel is then used to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of the colored pencil areas.  This is an idea I got from Splitcoast Stampers.   The stamped panel is then layered on white and then on pink patterned paper before being adhered to the card base.




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An Easter Midweek Throwdown challenge from Operation Write Home – can that possibly mean that spring is just around the corner?!   I know, I know …. just wishful thinking on my part …

2014, 01-15 - Midweek Throwdown - Easter

These cards are some of my favorites.  Each of the trees are colored identically, however, (at least in person) the layering paper completely changed the look of the card.  The tree is from Northwood Stamps and is called Easter Tree with Flowers and Eggs stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored them with Copic markers (I use the Ciao’s).

I had a lot of fun making these cards.  I hope you enjoy them!



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This week’s Midweek Throwdown from Operation Write Home is to make a chalkboard card.   I must admit that this style of card is not really my cup of tea – generally I’m not so much about distressed or ‘messy’ looking things, but I think this one turned out alright even if it is rather simple.

2014, 01-08 - Midweek Throwdown - Chalkboard

This time it was the Silhouette to the rescue once again.    The card uses three Silhouette files – Frame Leaf  (Design ID #12642), One & Only (Design ID #37415) and a flourish by Rachel Erler Miller which is either no longer be available in the Silhouette Store or I got her design somewhere else and imported it into my software, but I can’t locate a source any longer …  sorry.  Then I took a bit of white chalk, lightly colored over the black area and then wiped it with a cloth to give it the look of a chalkboard that had been erased a time or two.

Have a terrific day!