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Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop


Hello Friends.  It’s time for the annual Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop.  This is a special hop as our mission this year is finishing strong because Operation Write Home is closing it’s doors!  I’d love for you to help me get the word out that we need to finish strong.  That means we still need cards, but they must be sent in no later than August 1, 2015.

For your participation in the hop, if you leave a comment on my blog I am giving away a brand new Dylusions Paint jar in Bubblegum Pink!

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So let’s get to a little inspiration.  For my card I broke out my old tools of dry embossing, the light table and stylus.  One thing I had forgotten was you have to reverse the stencil so the image comes out in the right direction.  My first go had my flag facing left and that just won’t do!  HAHA.

I inked the edges with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo to create the distressed look.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink “Military Hero” stamp set.  Paper is from Farmhouse “Fair Skies” collection.

Please leave me a comment and if you like what you see, sign up to get my e-mail notifications for more inspiration.

Happy Hopping and don’t forget, please continue to send your cards into OWH until August 1st!


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ODBD Monthly Challenge: Embossing

Lisa Somersvilles: Bloggers Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Feb Kit

Happy Saturday!  I’m finishing up my February Simon Says Stamp kit because the March kit is on it’s way!  This kit has been one of my favorites and for this card I’m using the Operation Write Home Sketch 248.   I’ve used several dies from My Favorite Things and Simon Says Stamp. The red heart is a wood veneer element covered in red paint and clear crackle paint in rock candy.  I also used the script stamp from My Favorite things and a Cuttlebug texture folder.  The background is a mixture of the gold gelato and distress inks.

Feb 2015- Mixed Media-wmEntered in:

Operation Write Home 248 Sketch

Mixed Media Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Texture

Airbymiran: ATG



Simon Says Stamp August Kit – Card 3


Card three is based on Operation Write Home’s Card Sketch #235.  I also did some stamp alteration again for this card.  I wanted to make this a love card and not an ice cream one, so instead of cutting up my stamp, I used scotch tape to selectively block off words on the stamp allowing me to ink it up, then pull off the tape and only stamp the words I wanted.   The background was embossed with the new Tim Holtz texture fade called “waves and bubbles”.

Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It

Operation Write Home Sketch 235

Witchy Poo Pumpkin



I had originally made this halloween card for a design team project that called for pumpkins, however, realized the post was going up after halloween, so couldn’t use it.  No worries, it will just find a nice home either with Operation Write Home, or Send a Smile 4 Kids, both great card donation programs I work with.

I am sad to say I don’t know exactly who to credit the image to.  I think it’s a Pure Innocence, but not really sure.  If you know, please leave me a comment so I can amend my post. I colored her with Copic Markers. The cool bats are from Paper Smooches and the small stars on her outfit and the larger stars in the background are from Simon Says Stamps set called “Lots of Stars”.  I embossed the sentiment using versafine black ink and clear powder. Paper is from my stash from K & Company that my dear friend Lynn sent me last year (or was it the year before……Man I’m getting old).

Last, I just got my Simon Says Stamp July Kit, so hold on to your hat because I have a free weekend and a new card kit box and you know what that means……..

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Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It

Birthday Boy


I just bought this Mo Manning digital image and think he is so adorable.  I used the new Carta Bella “Boy oh Boy” by Carina Gardner, which is perfect for boys and teen males.  The wonky shaped die is My Favorite Things Blueprint 11.  The sentiment is part of a Paper Smooches “Happy Birthday” stamp, but I only inked it up half way.  I really like to use my supplies in ways they weren’t intended.  It makes me feel like I’m getting my monies worth!  I colored the image with Copics and inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Inks.

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Mo’s Digital Challenge: #233:  Birthday Boy

Shopping our Stash: Can’t put it down challenge (my distress ink)

Curtain Call: Anything Goes

OWH: Midweek Throw Down: Anything with Stars

Simon Says Stamps: Spots or Dots

Crafting by Design: Use a Sentiment


VCMP – Transportation


This card challenge for the Virtual Card Making Party called for a mode of transportation.  I chose this very cool Penny Black stamp called “Hot Rod”.  I used a technique called Burnt Edges, which is from a great newsletter called Technique Junkies.  I encourage you to check it out. They send fresh new techniques using ink every other month.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Type, which was white embossed along with the image.


VCMP – Texture


Well, I’m back at it again today making cards for Operation Write Home.  This challenge asks for cards with texture for those who can’t see the cards they were sent.  The painting is stamped on Sticky Back Canvas and painted with Claudine Hellmuth paints.  Stamps are from Hampton Arts.  The great thing about these paints is they are soft, creamy, and vibrant.  Make sure you use archival ink if you are going to use paints on sticky back so you don’t get smearing.  With these paints you can also mix multiple colors from just a few with the provided chart by Claudine.  Behind the painting is a piece of Club Scrap paper embossed with Cuttlebug water texture.  The 3rd layer of texture is the background, which is actually a cutting plate, however, if you use an embossing matt instead of the regular sandwich, you get texture instead of a die cut.    You can do that with any die you have and make some great textures.I colored the background initially with Pan Pastel’s then edged it with some distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. Card stock is Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue – I love this color. The sentiment is also SSS.

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The Stamping Chef: Anything Goes

Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes


Operation Write Home VCMP Card 1&2

VCMP Male Card

VCMP Male Card


VCMP – Female

OWH 220

OWH 220

Happy 4th of July all!  Today, Operation Write Home is having a Virtual Card Making Party!  Every couple of hours they are posting a card challenge.  There are prizes and lots of fun, please stop by to support OWH.  The first card challenge has us choose a sketch from OWH, which I chose OWH 220.  I used July’s Simon Says Stamp card kit for both cards adding the Love Die from My Favorite Things. “You” sentiment is Simon Says Stamp and ink is Hero Arts Shadow in Navy along with SSS in Lipstick Red.

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Lisa Somersville: Red, White and Blue Challenge

Shopping our Stash: Red, White and Blue

Crafting by Design: Anything Goes

July Simon Says Stamp Card Kit #3

Counting the Days

Counting the Days

Retro Sketch 120

Retro Sketch 120

Card 3 from Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit is based off Retro Sketch 120.  I splattered the Blueberry Sour card stock w/Memories Mist in White and prepared the numbered card stock with Balzer’s Designs “Number Bits” and inked with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  I colored the new Mama Elephant and Operation Write Home stamp set “In My Heart” with copics (don’t forget to pick yours up for a 20% OWH donation if purchased on Mama Elephant site).  Sentiment is from My Favorite Things “Soldier Boy” and circle die is Lifestyle Crafts.

Sending Love Your Way

Sending Love Your Way

Sending Love Your Way

This is a combination of two great Lawn Fawn sets, “Happy 4th” and “You’ve Got Mail”.  These are especially great for Operation Write Home cards.  I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Stonewash, Soft Vanilla, and Red Royal.  Cut a hole in the postbox to fit the letter in. Card stock is Club Scrap and Smooth Bristol.

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Love to Scrap: Holy Challenge


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