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 – Teal or Turquoise


Hello all!

How lucky can a girl get?   I just finished this card this past weekend and put it in the box this morning to ship to Operation Write Home (OWH) and then I got the email about this week’s Midweek Throwdown Challenge. Good Fortune is surely on my side!  Although the paper looks very blue in the photo, it is very much turquoise.

The card is, no surprise, clean and simple.  Although it did take me a while to figure out the best way to move the pieces ….  You see, the turquoise is adhered to the white card base – even those little bitty bits.   NO KIDDING!

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There is NO way I could create this card by adhering the pieces one at a time.  It would end up all kittywampus.  So here’s the trick (after a couple of other less than successful attempts). 2″ wide  Post-It tape!   I die cut the birch tree pattern (from taylored expressions) and carefully removed the die from the paper doing my best not to leave any pieces behind – whew!   Then I took the Post-It tape and pressed it to the right (or up) side of the design.  It needed 3 pieces to cover all of the paper (I probably could’ve gotten by with two but didn’t want to take a chance.)  Then I flipped the tape over and used my tape runner to put adhesive all over the wrong side of the turquoise paper.  I thought about using my Xyron, but the tape runner was at my finger tips and the Xyron was tucked away at my desk on another floor.  Next, I very carefully removed the ‘trees’ to use on a different card – yes, it was challenging with all of that stickiness going on.   I then took the tape and positioned it over a white card base, pressed it down well and carefully removed the Post-It tape.  Whalla!, a card that I am very proud of with all of the pieces neatly lined up!   I hope you like it too!


Let Your Light Shine


Now this is more my style!  Seems I’m back in sync with  Operation Write Home’s (OWH) Midweek Throwdown challenges.  HURRAY!

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This was a great challenge for me and I love this card.  Although I’d like to take credit for being the creative genius behind its design, that would be as far from the truth as possible.  I CASE’d this card from Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts.  I love it’s simplicity and serenity.

I did deviate from the actual prep of the card quite a bit – no brayer, no brads and different inks but the essence of the card is the same.   The grasses are from the Stampin’ Up – Inspired by Nature rubber stamp set.  I don’t see that the rubber stamp set is offered any longer, but there is a digital version.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts – (E3196 – Thoughts Today)

I hope you enjoy this card.


Punny Cards

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Well, well, just when you think you’ve been challenged with pastels and chalkboards the  Operation Write Home (OWH) Midweek Throwdown  folks throw in puns.   I am completely onboard with the notion that opposites attract – my husband is the punster extraordinaire, but they are simply nonexistent in my quite left-brained life.   I think I have, however, come up with something that qualifies.   I hope you agree!

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So this card uses a music stamp from Stamps Happen, Inc., that I got a very long time ago since my husband, in addition to being prose proficient, is also musically talented. I cannot find a website for Stamps Happen but, as of this writing, the stamp (Gift of Music) is still available through Amazon or Etsy.  The attempt at adding the pun ‘a note for you’ is the best I could do….  apologies to all those legitimate punsters out there! The sentiment is die cut using the Spellbinders Ribbon Banner set.  That stamp must have been part of a larger set because there is absolutely no identifying information on the stamp itself – sigh ….   Ah well, some days you just have to move on …

I made this card using cream colored cardstock rather than white – I like the warmer feel.  I hope you do too!