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Sketch Challenge #180

Operation Write Home had this sketch out last Sunday, which I honestly thought it was going to be easy.

But as the old saying goes, “Appearances can be deceiving” This hold true to this sketch. What kept throwing me was the two rectangles on the right side.

Normally I would try it three times and if it doesn’t work, I move on. However, for some unknown reason, I refused to let this sketch beat me. So on the fifth attempt and at two o’clock in the morning, this idea came to me.


What about doing a faux layer on the card. And that is what I ended up doing. I ripped a sheet of regular paper in half and taped it down on top of the white card stock. Then I rubbed the sides, carefully without tearing the paper or having it curl up on me, with Tim Holtz’s Mowed Lawn distressed ink.


I then stamped leaves on the color bar. I inked the edges of the white cardstock, green cardstock and white card using the same ink. The sentiment is from “Thinking of You” from Art Gone Wild. I was very pleased with the results.


I also tried it using my Creative Memories, Wavy Cutter which again I was pleased with the results.



Blog Hop for 2013.

Hello, I decide to join in this blog hop at OWH Stars and Stamp Blog which I think it will be fun. I am always fantastic of how other people make their cards. So here is my card
using Sketch #44;

Even though I am a Canadian, I do support the troops. They volunteered their services, knowing full well that they will be separate from their love ones for long periods of time. They know that they will miss their friends and family. They will miss their children’s soccer games, dinner with their family at their favourite restaurant, watching the Superbowl, or even going shopping at their mall. They do all this to give us our freedom. And yet, I can’t imagine of how much they miss them. So I do hope that these cards can bring their loves one some comfort.

In honor of my first blog hop, I am offering this prize SAM_0284

I have more detail photos of the prize in the previous post, “Prize Details”. There are Hero Arts Everyday Stamps, four Studio J stamps, rhinestones, Craftsmart ribbon, and crochet flower embellishment. All which you can make wonderful cards. All you have to do is a leave a comment which has your email address. And I will pick a random winner. Random as in letting the computer decide in one of those number generator programs. You have until Monday at midnight. And to make things more simple, I hope. My timezone is on MDT, or -6 according to the word clock guide. And I am two hours behind from eastern time. I hope that helps. Sometimes these times zones drive me nuts especially when I have friends in Australia and a sister in Louisiana.

So good luck everyone and enjoy your weekend!

UPDATE! ! ! First of thank you for everyone for stopping by and commenting. But I was going to ask people to put their email address down if they don’t have a blog so I can email you in case you win a prize, but then I looked down and see of all of these emails. Good grief, I am not a computer tech girl. However since I am getting a big response on the cloud background. My upcoming blogs (The second one because the first one is going to be announcing the winner.) I will post a picture tutorial of how to do it. It is quite simple. So happy blog hopping.

FINALLY UPDATE ! ! ! The drawing is offically close. I am going to be doing the draw, later on today. Mostly because it is almost 1 in the morning. I still welcome your comments, but I want to let you know that the drawing is close.

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For the past couple of days, I have been going through all of my supplies, trying to get everything organized, once again.  I realized that I have more than enough cardstock, pattern paper, ribbon, blank cards and enevolopes.  I still have a few more drawers to go through. Some of them, I cannot open because it is so full of stuff.

However I have been going through my cards, figuring out of why some of them aren’t selling.  I realized the right question is why am I not using them?  Maybe some of them are too girly for your nephew and vice versa?

I have taken a good look at them and realized that some of them are over 5 years old and my skills as a card maker have improved greatly.  So I threw out a bunch of cards, (I saved the envelopes).  Already I have a huge garbage bag full of cards in the middle of my room and I have two more containers to go through tomorrow.  The ones that I have gone through like birthday and Christmas, I have tons of room in my containers which is good.

The bad part of all of this purging, I have not worked on my orders.  I need to get back on them asap.

But that may be a problem, because next Saturday, Operation Write Home is hosting a Blog Hop.  Already I have the song, “At the Hop” by Danny and the Juniors in my head. 

I do believe that this will help my business.  However this blog is still under construction.  I finally figured out of how to get the word links working, but not the picture one. 

And I need to figure out of how to get a gallery up there.  Actually I am thinking of two galleries.  One of the things that I am selling and the second one of what I have done, like a portfolio. 

And my computer guy is still unavailable.  How come I have a feeling that a few taps on a keyboard, he will set it up in less than a minute? You got to love Murphy’s Law.

Anyway, back to the blog.  I am toying with the idea of having a prize.  Something small and easy to mail, like a set of stamps.  I have to see of what is there at the store. 

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Jane E. Gorden’s Cards

I never meet the woman or even seen her cards before Operations Write Home (OWH) did a blog about her.  She was one of the card makers that contributed her handmade cards to this organizations.  Sadly she passed away.  Her family donated all of her card making supplies to the charity which I thought it was very sweet.  So in honor of her memory, OWH had sent challenge of us to make of her cards.  Here is her cards.



So I decide to do my versions.


This card I used:
Recollection Paper Collection, Green 8 1/2 X 11
Color Box Archival Pigment, Green Ink
Hero Arts Stamps: Elegant Flower
Flower Blossom
Everyday Sayings “Thinking Of You”
Recollection Stamp: Writing
Tim Holtz’s Stamps: Flights of Fancy
Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks: Frayed Burlap
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Stamps n’ Stuff Emboss Powders – Kaleidoscope Transparent

Parchment Paper and Pearl Stickers – I honestly don’t remember of the company’s names. It has been years since I brought them.


This card I used:
Inkadinkado Brenda Walton – Pretty Flowers (The Flower Stamps)
Hero Arts Stamps – Everyday Sayings “Just Saying Hello”
Recollection Stamp – Writing
Tim Holtz’s Inks: Frayed Burlap
Mustard Yellow
Vintage Photo
Color Box Classic Pigment Cat’s Eyes Inks
Hemp Cord
Recollection Paper Set – Beige and Brown 8 1/2 X 11
Silk Flowers and Brad – Again I don’t remember the company’s names.

Given a choice between them, I like the brown card. I am having ideas of what else I can do with the card.


Operation Write Home

It is one of the charities that I supported. You donated handmade cards to the soldiers who are deployed, they then send the cards to their love ones.

I do supported the soliders, but I am also a Canadian. What does that mean exactly, you asked? Believe it or not, because I am a Canadian, I am considered a foreigner. I am can still support the troops, but I am not allow to send certain things like food. As well in Canada, we do not have a flat rate shipping, which is too bad. So if I mail a care package, I have to considered the cost of the postage. There is no one flat rate for me. So with this charity, I can mail several cards in one small package.

This week, they had a challenge which I thought, why not. I had to make a card to this sketch.

Operation Write Home

Operation Write Home

So here is my card.

My card from Sketch 171

My card from Sketch 171

It is a simple card, with a sunset. As well the card is white so the solider can write on both sides of the card to his or her love one.