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!


Mother’s Day

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This week’s Operation Write Home (OWH) Midweek Throwdown challenge is to create a Mother’s Day card, or a card that could be used for Mother’s Day.   It is a rare thing for me to create any holiday-specific cards for OWH because they have specific due dates and I can’t anticipate when our group of card makers will have created enough to fill a box.  So this card is a bit generic, but I think it’ll serve well enough for Mother’s Day.   I hope you think so too.

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This card uses the Silhouette Cameo to cut out the sentiment, umbrella and its background.   The sentiment is called Love (Design ID #37074).  The umbrella is a digital image from Whimsy Stamps called Tulip Umbrella and was colored using Copic markers.

Have a GREAT day!



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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.

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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!


Love Cards for Kids

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Hello, hello,

Love cards for kids – what a GREAT Midweek Throwdown challenge from Operation Write Home!   We know that all of the troops – male, female, married or not – have a kid or two back home who’d love to receive a card! Here’s my contribution to that effort!  I think some little guy would have fun with this one!

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The car is the 57 t bird car print and cut set (Design ID #12253) from the Silhouette Store.  It is mounted on an Action Wobble spring.  The sentiment is from Gina K Designs – One in a Million stamp set.

Have a great day!