Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hero Stickers!

I got a great gift of military stickers for Christmas this year.  My sister wants to help Operation Write Home by writing any hero cards!  Production has been started, any helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated!   - Nancy

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Stars & Stamps Blog - Sunday Sketch #45

Boy, I'm really getting behind this week and it's only Tuesday!  I love this stamp of cute, old houses.  I tried to put a little color on the edges and ended up with a blotch, hence the ribbon.  I stepped out of my box, I hardly ever use orange, but thought it deserved a chance.  And besides, I have a lot of scraps I'm trying to use up.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Going To The Dogs

 Joanne's been doing a lot of the blogging lately, so I thought I'd squeeze in between her challenges and show what I've been up to.  This is some of my latest contribution to Operation Write Home.  I call it "Going To The Dogs".  Just about all 65 cards are dog related.  I may have thrown in a few monkeys and a cat or two, for good measure.  I'm interested to see if Dixie will make a comment when she sorts this     Nancy F.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #47

Well it's Sunday so that means it's time for OWH's Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge. It's a gloomy rainy Sunday up here in North Eastern PA, but I guess I should be glad it is just rain and not lots of snow like I see other areas are getting. Gloomy and rainy is a perfect day to work on cards though and I took a break from Christmas cards to put this one together. An easy one, again using my Pink Cat Studio message cats and a new open scallop die from My Favorite Things . And everyone can probably recognize it by now but paper once again from DCWV's Citrus stack ...    Joanne M

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Operation Write Home S & S Sketch Challenge #46

Well, it's on to another OWH challenge already - the Sunday Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge ...  I have a  bunch of these cute Pink Cat Studio cats, they're all holding or doing something different and each comes with a saying. They're a really cute set for various occaisions.  I paper pieced this one and that's about it.  Citrus stack paper again ... guess I need to start digging deeper in my pile for something else, but these were all scraps and I knew I liked them together so that just made it easier .   Joanne M

Operation Write Home MidWeek Throwdown - Animals

I had a very interesting day today taking pet pictures with Santa for my cat rescue group.  The pet store we do our adoptions in sets it all up and pays for everything - we pretty much just have to show up and take the pictures and all proceeds come to us.  We figure it's money for nothing and it's usually fun. It's mostly dogs, which is what we expect because while we are obviously cat people even we wouldn't attempt to take our cats to an event like this. We did have one little boy with his cat and his hamster but that was about as exotic as it got. We've seen ferrets in the past and we're still waiting for someone to show up with a snake or a pig ..... maybe next year ...... We were a little concerned in the morning because no one was showing up at all but one of the women in the group kept us entertained with stories of her trips to Europe as part of her church choir and  to the wilds of Alaska as a missionary for the Moravian church -- think Northern Exposure if you're old enough to remember that show -- but even more remote. I and the young man playing Santa were amazed at her adventures, a woman older than I am and someone who to look at you would never imagine has been through such experiences.....  it's very true that you can't judge a book by it's cover ...
And none of that has anything to do with the OWH MidWeek Throwdown so on to that ....  the theme this week was animals, a fitting subject for me today, and I'm sure anyone that knows me is shocked that I didn't use one of my numerous cat stamps but I figured this would be more of a surprise and I love these guys.  The penguins are from Cats Pajamas and the paper is again from the DCWV Citrus stack. And I guess spending the day taking pictures threw me off a bit because this one's pretty much crooked but that's how it's staying...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thank You !

I'm going to start this with a question -- does anyone else out there find it difficult to make a 'masculine' card??  Or what we think a masculine card should be?? Why is it any harder to put an image and papers together when the card is for a man and not a woman??  I don't have the answers to these questions because it doesn't make sense to me, but for some reason I have a harder time with it ... But I did manage to come up with this and I am happy with it. I love this image - it's from Rubber Hedgehog Stamps, who have some of the best realistic animal stamps I've seen -- and they have a lot more than just cats and dogs if you're  looking for a cute ferret or gerbil stamp.  The papers are from the DCWV Natural stack, which are all browns and says 'masculine' to me I guess ......  Joanne M