Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sketch 157 - Operation Write Home

I took a look at the sketch this morning, but didn't print it out.  When I started to make my cards, I was having trouble, because I'm awful at matching 3 different papers.  I ended up with these:  (stamp is Heidi Grace)

I took another look at the sketch and printed it out this time.  That's when I realized I made it harder than it had to be.  That's typical!  For these I used an old SU set - Furnished With Love.

I tried to do something similar with my Cheery Lynn screen door die.  I got this almost a year ago, came right home and cut out a bunch of doors and dogs and then did nothing with them.....sometimes I really annoy myself.....  :-)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Midweek Throwdown and some more Boot Camp

I'm a little late on all of the above.  The Midweek Throwdown was for an Easter card.  I got this stamp from the Outlines booth at the last rubber stamp show in April, 2012.  I've heard they closed up shop.  :-(  

I've been continuing my Boot Camp work and came up with this for analogous.  I guess it could also count for colors based on nature.  I got the stamp at a yard sale.  I have a lot of large stamps that just fill up the whole front of the card and I've become so used to having a lot of "stuff"- mixed patterns of card stock and ribbons and brads etc., that just having one big scene on the card front seems plain.  How sad is that?

For my last trick, I used purple and green as my complimentary colors, and a SU stamp set, from Kim.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

OWH Design Boot Camp and some other fun stuff

I snuck a peak at Design Boot Camp and work on Monday and couldn't wait to get home and play in the stamping room.  I had all sorts of ideas in my head, pulled out stamps and stamp pads and cut cardstock.
EVERY STINKING CARD that I started to make got black ink smudges on it.  In fact, EVERYTHING I TOUCHED had black ink on it.  I threw in the towel and made this card with scissors and a fancy piece of paper.   It's my ode to monochromatic.  It's also CAS, which is something I've been trying to work on for some time.  There will be  more odes to the other color schemes once I find where all the black ink is coming from!

Today I was too excited about chalk board art to worry about the rest of boot camp.  Tomorrow is the midweek throwdown, so it looks like I'll have an appointment with analogous on Thursday and complimentary colors on Friday.  Maybe I'll even throw in nature inspired then too. 
But today - chalkboard art was awesome!!!!  You can get smudges all over the place, and IT DOESN'T
MATTER!   I made mine look like an old time hand held chalkboard that someone just did some doodling on.  I cut out the brown paper with my old Coluzzle template and then embossed it with the woodgrain folder.  I didn't have a lot of time this evening, so I'm really anxious for the weekend to come so I can play around with this some more.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sketch 156 - Operation Write Home

Once again, I'm trying to use the tablet that I got on sale shortly before Christmas.

I don't think these came out quite as well as the first card.

And these started out for the sketch, but didn't end up that way.  I have a lot of cards that turn out like that....

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Midweek Throwdown - It's not easy being green....

Use green in a card, they said......  what's the first thing I think of when I hear to use green?   Yup, frogs.
This card is in memory of my pet frog, "Froggie"....I watched him grow from a tadpole into the frog that he was.  He spent his winters in a 60 gallon aquarium where I work, feeding on crickets from the local cricket farm (one of my co-workers had a daughter that worked there) and lived in the little ornamental pond in our yard during the spring, summer and fall.   He was with us for about 3  years.  Then one rainy spring day, he went a-courtin' and we never saw him again.  (Stamp is by Whipper Snapper)

I also managed to use the S.U. set from Sunday's challenge to actually make flowers instead of noses.  The set is called Pick A Petal.  Kim says they'll make good turkeys for November too!


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Operation Write Home - Sketch 155

Today's sketch was a bit of a struggle.  I very much wanted to be more creative and have an image in the background of the oval and something else on top.  Instead, this is what I ended up with.  I used more stamps that Kim gave me last year.  I'm on a quest to try something with all of them.  She gave me so many, it may take the rest of the year...........

This is also a set from Kim, I must admit I wasn't creative enough to figure out what to do with them, but thank goodness for google!  This set turned out to be right up  my alley.......and for those of you who really know me, you'll say, "yup, that's her alright..."

Thanks for peeking in! ~Nancy F.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Operation Write Home - Midweek Throwdown

Sentiment Free - that's the rule for the Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home today.  I'd have to say that about 75% of my cards don't have sentiments on them, so this wasn't a problem for me.   I've been wanting to do something different and so I got out some Stampin' Up stamps that came from Kim.  I've never been able to do CAS and I still wouldn't be able to, but I found this card on Pinterest and I totally copied it.

You also might notice how much nicer than usual the photo is.  I paid attention to the tutorial yesterday about how to take better photos.   I didn't build a light box, but I did take out a really big sketch tablet and stand it
up under my daylight lamp.  What an improvement!

~Nancy F.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Operation Write Home - Sketch 154

This is a great sketch for using up those little scraps!  I had these images already stamped and colored, and fortunately, they seemed to fit the sketch, so I feel like I accomplished something today!  The stamps are from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for checking in!  ~Nancy F.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Still Catching Up - Our Daily Bread January Challenge

I'm happy that I've managed to get caught up on this week's challenges, just in time for the weekly sketch coming up tomorrow.  This card is for the Our Daily Bread Challenge.  They donate postage money to Operation Write Home as long as we make enough cards to meet their quota.  I somehow was lucky enough to win last month's challenge and can hardly wait to see what I've won!
Here's my card to help get postage money for January - the challenge was to use dry embossing.  My stamp is from Stampendous.   The yellow paper is really much brighter than the washed out photo shows.
I should add learn to take better photos to my resolutions.....   ~Nancy F.

Operation Write Home - Midweek Throwdown

I'm a little late on the Midweek Throwdown, but work was a real bear this week.  I did get some cards made, but by the time I got home from work, I couldn't stand to even turn on the computer.....
The theme was to make cards with spring flowers.   The first card uses a stamp by Judith.

Above stamp by Hampton Art.

Stamp by The Stamp Doctor

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Top Ten - In My Humble Opinion.....

Following are my favorite cards for 2012.  We were supposed to come up with ten, but I guess I had an off year, I could only come up with eight.  :-(
I think this one was my favorite Hero Card for the year.  The dog tags were from a sticker set.  I guess I could try to make some of my own....

There were good reviews on my sweaters, so I want everyone to pull out your embossing folders and make some!  They're fun and you can use up all sorts of little embellishments for buttons and scraps for cut outs on pockets or fancy collars.  Get out that ancient crimper and go for it!

This was going to be my Christmas card for 2012, but it turned out to take way too long....nothing like biting off more than you can chew.  Maybe if I would have started them in April.......

And another one of my favorite Hero cards -

This challenge was fun, I enjoyed making something totally out of my ordinary range - I did think there wasn't enough room for our heroes to write home in them, so I sent extra paper along in the envelopes.

This is one of my favorite stamps.  I bought it at a show in April, and I thought it was expensive, but I couldn't leave the booth without having it.

I think this is one of my favorite Halloween cards ever.  There was a lot of ink on my hands when I finished this one!

And triple stamping - I love triple stamping!  I learned this technique from the Giggler girls and friends at our card making party for OWH.  I hope we can do that again!

So that's the best I could do this year, which gives me a good New Year's resolution!  Make more cards!
Have a great New Year, blogger friends!
~Nancy F.