Friday, January 31, 2014

Operation Write Home Card Bowl 2014 - Challenge 1

Operation Write Home is having a fun weekend of challenges in honor of Super Bowl weekend !  

The first challenge posted earlier today: 
Masculine Ode to the teams! Make a masculine card – for men, teens, or little boys – in any OWH-approved theme. And make your card somehow reflect either the Seahawks or Broncos. Use their colors, something about their city, their mascot – get creative! It doesn’t have to be a sports/football-related card. 

Here are two cards I made, one in honor of each team. All supplies used were from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted and most of which are no longer available.

I used the team colors and tried to incorporate their mascot somehow. 

The Denver Broncos Card:
Bronc Buster and Wanted stamp sets
Glossy white card stock
Textured blue card stock, unknown
Pumpkin Pie card stock
Woodgrain texture plate, Fiskars
twine, unknown: it was on a package I received a long time ago
various inks
stampin' sponge
circle punch
star punch, McGill
scrap paper

I stamped the bucking bronc image onto glossy card stock (I should have heat embossed it with black embossing powder...........) then sponged inks over it. I created a mask with torn paper for the ground and another using a circle punch for the sun, sponging various colors of classic inks from Stampin' Up! over them.

After dry embossing the background of the card with an embossing folder, I lightly sponged some ink around the edges.

I gave the star punch accent some dimension by scoring the back side of it in the center of each point of the star then gently pinching inwards along the score marks. This also has some inking around the edges. I then stamped and cut out the tiny star image from the Wanted stamp set, glued it in the center of the dimensional star and finally hot glued it in place over the twine.

The coloring of the sunset on the Broncos card was inspired by this photo I took last fall.

The Seattle Seahawks Card:
I don't have any hawk image rubber stamps so I used feather images !
Soft As A Feather and Vogue Verses stamp sets
Midnight Muse and Gable Green card stocks
Midnight Muse ink (looks black in the photo, but it is a navy blue)
pale gray card stock, unknown

This one was a pretty quick card, a sort of go-to card idea I've used many times over the years. It's a versatile idea. Tear a strip of colored card stock, cut another slightly smaller and distress the edges then mount your stamped sentiment piece to the top. Add little bit of sponged ink to the edges of the stamped piece before mounting if you'd like. 

If you have time , go to the blog post to see many inspiring projects shared by other talented stampers - and play along !

Thanks for looking =) 

Puppy Wearing Pearls Cards

Stamp image , unknown (it is another oldie from the kids play box).
Water colored with ink pads and an aqua painter.
Assorted paper scraps.
Blank inside.
Donated to 
Operation Write Home

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mother and Child Cards

A set of cards I made using stamp images from Stampin' Up!
 that I water colored in with ink pads and an aqua painter.
The background papers are unknown, 
they came in a "grab bag" from our local Big Lots store. 
I left them blank inside as I do most of the cards I make and
donate to Operation Write Home.
I also include extra paper to write on.

There was a recent challenge on the OWH blog to create
pastel colored cards. These are fairly "pastel-y".
Maybe I should have made a bunch more
of my Pink Mustang cards  !
I will one day; 
I really like to make automotive themed cards.
In fact, I finally ordered a diamond plate embossing folder
and a new stamp set for creating car cards. 
Oh how I wish Stampin' Up! would have kept making 
more of the realistic looking automobile and truck stamps.........

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Animal Talk Cards

This week the midweek throwdown at Operation Write Home is cards for kids.
I made several cards for kids of all ages and sent them in last fall, many of which I still have to share here on my blog. The above set are some of those cards.

I used various scraps of card stock, some sticker "ribbon", staples and paper punches.
The stamp images from the Animal Talk stamp set from Stampin' Up! were colored with water based markers before stamping.

Go visit the blog for lots of inspiration, whether it is ideas for card making, techniques to try or inspiring notes from the soldiers that receive the cards to send home to loved ones.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Minnie Mouse Cards

How cute are these fairly simple cards ?! 
As I was making cards to donate to 
Operation Write Home,
I decided to dig through an old box
of rubber stamps I had for my children 
to play with many years ago. 
Some of the stamps were bought for myself
nearly 30 (yes thirty! I admit it...) years ago,
other stamps were bought specifically
for the kids to play with.
I never heard of making cards and such
with stamps, I just liked to stamp them
on pieces of paper I wrote letters 
to pen pals on many years ago.
This Minnie Mouse stamp is one I bought
for myself and I totally forgot I had her !
I keep the old "kids stamps" in another part of 
my "craft dungeon" so I never think to look through them.
I'm glad I did - and now must remember I have some
of those stamps I had forgotten about ! 

Anyway, I don't know the stamp manufacturer
and I am pretty sure that it was bought,
of all places, at our local Spencer's store.
Way back when, they used to have a tiny section
of rubber stamps and stickers. 
That was the only section of the store I could shop in :)
Sticker collecting was quite popular at the time,
companies even made scratch and sniff stickers
and special books to collect stickers in. 
Yes, I had (have!) one of them. 
Maybe I should go dig it out of the attic
and share it someday...........

Back to the card:
I cut my own tag to stamp Minnie on.
She was colored with markers.
I used a Texturz plate to give the white background
some embossed polka dots.
The scallop circle was stamped and 
then punched, adding a punched 1/4" circle 
of black as a "faux brad".
I left the card blank inside so it could be 
used for any occasion - 
and sent to Minnie Mouse lovers, young and old alike !

I plan to share many more of the cards I donated
to Operation Write Home over the next month.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Eagle Watching

The above photos are some I took this past weekend
when we went out to look for eagles in the area.
I don't have a fancy camera with a long zoom, fast lens.
I think I managed to get a few decent photo
(almost all of these are cropped in)
despite the birds not being near us.

This photo is one I took several years ago
and although not the best
(it was zoomed way in with a digital point and shoot camera
using the digital zoom function)
I still like it. I entered it into a contest at the time.
It tickles me to see the eagles standing on ice
and the pelican slowly paddling by them,
headed upriver. He (she?) looks so out of place! 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge

We recently took a trip to visit the Old Chain Of Rocks bridge on old Route 66 across the Mississippi river between Illinois and Missouri. The Eagle Days festival was going on, but we only saw one eagle while on the bridge. We saw several on the drive down though, they are numerous along the bluffs of the Mississippi between Grafton and Alton.

It's a neat old mile long bridge with a 30 degree bend in it. There is a Route 66 photo op, a couple of benches and bike racks on it. It is open to pedestrians and bicyclers only, automobiles are not allowed.

Read more about it here, it is rather interesting.

Here are a some photos:

Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge

Looking back at the Illinois side of the bridge

30 degree bend in the bridge near the Missouri side.

Trying to capture the slope down towards the Illinois side

Photo op built off the side of the bridge.
It is on wooden 2x6s that have gaps between
the boards so you can see the river
rushing nearly 60 feet below !

One of just a couple old lights left on the bridge
that has obviously been used for target practice a lot !

Low water dam
Looking down river towards St Louis
(you can barely make buildings out on the horizon, to the left)

St Louis skyline
The Gateway Arch is in the center,
the new Stan Musial bridge on the left and 
the Edwards Jones Dome on the right.

Water intake, so ornate !

Another water intake,
note the year of 1891 at the bottom.

Low water dam

One of the hundreds of gulls that fly in search of food
above the rapids caused by the low water dam.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Greeting Cards Gift Pt 3

I just realized in looking back at my old post from the hand made greeting card box and cards I gave my mother at Christmas, I never posted the second half of the cards I gave to her !

These are some of the cards I made , either all my own creations or from my old stash of samples copied from others work. The copies I would have no idea who to give the credit to as these were made sooooo long ago. I didn't take photos of all the cards I gave her so there are several I am unable to share.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Greeting Cards Gift Pt 2

Blank flip card.
The flower has gitter on it.

Blank - one of my all time favorite creations !

Using up some scraps that had already been punched

There is a stamped paisley background on 
the green that doesn't show up well.
Using up more scraps I came across.

I so wish I had this stamp set ! 
I borrowed it years ago and made several cards with
it to keep on hand. This the last of this particular one.

I've had this in my stash for far too long.

There are more cards I sent, 
since they were the same:
all made from kits that 
Stampin' Up! used to sell.

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Greeting Cards Gift Pt 1

Wedding - shimmery silver ink, card stock, ribbon  and rhinestones !

Generic Baby - textured card stock, ribbon and 
images colored with colored pencils.
I wanted to make a card that could be
given at a shower when the gender of the baby is unknown.

Little girl birthday - embossed background
with a Texturz plate, water colored image.
I colored the edge of the white satin edge ribbon
to coordinate with the pink card stock. 

Little boy birthday - embossed background
with a Texturz plate, water colored image
and googlie eyes !

Die cut flower pieces ran through a polka dot embossing folder,
decorative tape. The tape was found in the hardware section
of my local Big Lots store of all places ! 

Blank - water colored image

Sponged sky, punched butterfly and flower.

Another all time favorite that was copied from a sample
I saw online many years ago. I loved the simplicity of it
and made several of these to keep on hand. 
This is my last one, but luckily, unlike the wolf card I posted previously,
I do own this stamp set so I can make more. 

Thanks for looking at the cards I made to send in
the hand made card box. 
I'll share the rest of them tomorrow.