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!


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!


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.

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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!