Doodle Pantry #45

This month, Doodle Pantry’s challenge is to use any digi on a card. I chose to use digis from their own pre-colored set called Cowboy Gear. This is my card.


All supplies (besides the digis) came from my stash. The sentiment is a rub-on from Basil Basics Paper.

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OWH Challenge #207

It’s been ages since I’ve actually entered a challenge and I couldn’t think of a better one with which to jump back in.

This is the sketch from Operation Write Home this week. I really like the simplicity and (frankly) it fits my style to a T.


This is the card I made using the sketch.


I liked this one so much that I may have to make more cards using the sketch. I have lots of papers that will fit nicely with this design.

Supplies used:

  • cream cardstock from Recollections
  • dark brown cardstock from my stash
  • patterned cardstock from Latte Stack by DCWV
  • silver peel-off sticker from my stash

Thanks fro stopping by. Happy crafting!

A Batch of OWH Cards

It’s been a very busy year for us and I haven’t had the time to make cards for Operation Write Home until now. As stated in a previous post, we sold our house in Florida and moved west. We spent several days in the Dallas area with our grandkids on the way to our new digs in Mesa, AZ. Since arriving here, it’s been one thing after another to take up my time. I finally decided last month that I really wanted to get a box of cards made and shipped out before the end of the year.

This first group is made up of some cards I’ve had on hand and felt could be better used by our military personnel.

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The last one was modified with a new sentiment – the one I had on it originally just didn’t work for OWH needs.

The following cards were made specifically to fill this shipment. There is only one true Valentine, but lots of “love” sentiments.

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I decided it was important not to leave out the kids who want to get cards, too. So I created the following cards.

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So that’s 38 cards.  There is one more. I was reading a post at OWH which talked about a special request from a general over seas. He loves penguins and wanted lots of cards with penguins on them. The request was for only one from each card-maker, so here’s mine. I hope he’ll like it.


So that’s what I’ve been up to over the past several weeks. It’s been great fun and I intend to start working on another box after the holidays are behind us… or maybe tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Making Cards Again

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the time to make cards. I’ve missed it!

In October, we decided to sell our house and move back West. All of our family live there and it’s just time to get back to being closer to them all. Once that decision was mad, however, it put a screeching halt to all non-essential activities, card making included. I did manage to get Christmas cards made and sent, but in all the hub-bub, I forgot to take photos.

Now our house has sold, we’ve moved out and are living in our RV. We’re still in Florida, but will be heading west within a month. In the mean time, I’ve got spare time again. So I’ve done a few cards.

As part of the preparation for moving, I had to get rid of some of my paper crafting supplies and tools. What was left had to either fit into our RV or get shipped to relatives in Arizona until we can get there. Even some of what has been put into the RV is so buried that I won’t be able to get to it until we have a house and we can unpack it all. The bottom line is that my supplies and tools are very limited, but I’m finding ways to get by.

One of my previous clients called and asked for cards for her twin nephews who are turning ONE. It was a bit of a rush job and this is what I made for her.

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Then we learned that a neighbor had lost her 16 1/2 year old Schnauzer. Dusty was a sweetie. We dog-sat her several times and truly enjoyed having her. So a card was in order for our friend.


Today I had the morning free and decided to work on a birthday card for my brother-in-law. I seem to struggle with masculine cards, but this one came together fairly well. I hope he likes it. I patterned it after a card I saw in the latest CardMaker magazine.


Soon I hope to enter card challenges again. I’ve missed that. Of course, once we get on the road, my crafting time will be minimal again. We’ll take almost two weeks to drive the 2200 miles from Florida to Mesa, AZ, including a 4-day stay north of Dallas to see the grandkids. And once in Mesa, the house-hunting will begin.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Beware of Tutorials

I love reading through the various tutorials that I find, both online and in my inbox. But sometimes they can mean a lot of work. Not that that’s a bad thing necessarily, but in this case it meant nearly two weeks of work.

Not long ago, Operation Write Home posted a tutorial on using one 6 x 6 paper pad until it was all used up. Kristie did a wonderful job, creating 24 beautiful cards from one paper pack.

I had some 6×6 pads and decided I’d give it a try. I picked the one I happened to like the least, just in case my efforts didn’t prove as fruitful as Kristie’s. (You know, if it might end up in the circular file, then don’t use the good stuff!)

I used “Dilly Dally” by Miss Caroline/My Mind’s Eye. I picked a few sheets of coordinating solid cardstock and set to work. This is my starting point.


I added a couple sheets of black along the way in addition to my own A2 card bases (mostly white).

In the tutorial, Kristie made several cards using the same sketch, ending with about a half-dozen different designs. I started out on that path, but quickly went looking for other sketches to create my cards. In the end, most are unique with only a few similar cards – some that turned out especially nice.

Anyway, I finally quit after completing 32 cards. Whew! (Like I said: a lot of work.) So without further ado, here are the cards I made in the past two weeks:

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Yes, it was a lot of work. Yes, I had a great time doing it. I still have a few pieces that might be big enough to use somewhere, but not enough different sheets to do anything worth while. Here’s what is left over from that original paper pad:


It’s very rare that I “use up” something, but that’s exactly what I did with this project. And it feels good to have done that. However, I’m ready to work with other colors and patterns after two whole weeks of nothing but these. Smile

The round sentiments used on some of the cards came from Pinterest. Unfortunately, I didn’t re-pin the link so I can’t share that here. I downloaded the file and printed it a couple times to get all I needed for this project. (If you want a copy, let me know and I’ll email it to you.)

Most, if not all, of these cards will be sent to Operation Write Home to be shipped off for use by our troops serving overseas.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. It’s also why I haven’t entered any challenges, lately. But now that this project is completed, I intend to return to entering card challenges online.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

I Couldn’t Resist

When this tutorial from Operation Write Home came into my inbox, I just HAD to try making one myself. This is the finished product from the tutorial on their web page.


Here’s my card, though it’s not quite done, but almost.


I followed the tutorial as best I could with the tools I have on hand. We’re traveling right now and I don’t have everything with me. But I like how it came out.

I don’t have the scalloped oval die, so I used the Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle die that I do have. I didn’t have the same embossing folder, so used Musical Flourish which was similar.  I don’t have any satin ribbon, so I used the grosgrain I had on hand. I used a pop-top from a soda can since I don’t have anything else that resembles a buckle with me. I used ordinary silver brads for Santa’s buttons. And I don’t stamp, so there’s no “Ho, Ho, Ho” on it. I have Christmas themed silver peel-offs at home and may add a sentiment later on.

Well, thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Sketch N Stash #93

This is the current sketch from the Sketch n Stash Challenge Blog:


I liked it immediately and this is the card I made based on the sketch:


Supplies used:

  • white A7 card blank cut to 5” square
  • blue and yellow papers from my stash
  • blue and green ribbons from my stash
  • silver adhesive dots from Colorbok
  • silver peel-off birthday sentiment from my stash
  • Wheelbarrow pre-colored digi stamp from Fred-She-Said
  • Labels Three Nestabilities Die from Spellbinders

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

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