Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend - OWH Style!

Welcome to my stop along the Memorial Day Hop! You should be coming here from Dixie's place. If you've just lucked onto my site, you might want to start over at Operation Write Home for the whole list! I know we have a lot to do and see today, so I'll get right to my card!

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Thanks so much for hopping by - if you have any questions about products, etc., please leave me a comment so I can get back to you. Next up on our hop is Heather - hop on over to her blog at We Grow by Our Dreams!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day and remember to thank a veteran!

Ta! ~ky

Ingredients: Gina K Designs cardstock and Autumn Beauty and A Year of Leaves stamp sets, Spellbinders Nestabilities Large and Small Labels, Basic Grey patterned paper, Tim Holtz Notebook texture fade, Ranger distress ink - old paper, EK Success diamond lace border punch, Hobby Lobby ribbon, Prima flowers, Recollections pearl brad.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Exercising your muse

My muse periodically runs off, or just hides. Keeping the house cool is more important to my muse. Whenever I plan to do less pleasing tasks - say, housekeeping - she pops right up with a ton of creative ideas designed to side track me from my mundane plans. Sometimes, I even let her!

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Gina K has 2 weekly challenges over on Stamp TV. This challenge (closed now) was to make your own patterned paper.

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I love this boat image. I stamped 8 and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils. Each card is unique even though I created each pair with the same materials. I find it most efficient to create multiples since your leftover pieces are often perfect for another card.

If your muse needs a little pick-me-up, or you just want to hang out and chat - this weekend is Virtual Stamp Night over at SplitcoastStampers. There will be hourly challenges around a Pirate theme and it's always a grand time to work and chat. I hope to see you there!

Ta! ♥ky

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

More OWH Father's Day work

Yep, Cabana Boy is on the road this week. I'm taking full advantage making Father's Day cards for Operation Write Home. Here's the latest:

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I used Gina K's cardstock, Basic Grey patterned papers, and one of the new sets, Follow Your Dreams by Theresa Momber; and Lovely Labels 3 by Nina Brackett. I colored a bunch of images with Prismacolor pencils using Odorless Mineral Spirits so that I could make a bunch of cards quickly.

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This card uses Gina K's pure luxury cardstock and Bo Bunny patterned paper. The stamps are from Nina Brackett's Lovely Labels 3 (sentiment) and her Vintage Backgrounds (circles stamped in white on black cardstock to make my own patterned paper). I strung beads on fishing line along with the truck charm. I used 2 eyelets to make sure the fishing line wouldn't tear the paper.

So, that's what I have for you today. Stay tuned, I'm always busy! Don't forget to check out Operation Write Home. We're celebrating the one millionth card made for the soldiers to send home! WOW!

Have a great day!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Father's Day for OWH

Father's day comes early for Operation Write Home crafters. Our deadline for Father's day cards is May 21, to give them time to ship them out so soldiers can send them home. I was feeling a little uninspired until I found some great color combinations on Pinterest, and wonderful card sketches from Gina K's Stamp TV.

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I found this BoBunny paper this weekend at my Archiver's store. I love the entire pad! I used Special Father's set by Nina Brackett and colored the clock with my Copic markers.

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I made a stacked sentiment with my Nestabilities, and I wanted something to create a splash, but being a Dad's card, it couldn't be flowers or ribbon. I raided the Cabana Boy's tackle box, and got his fishing line. I cut the line into segments, and glued seed beads to both ends. I love how these add a little masculine sparkle to the cards. And just to be safe, I glued the beads to the card, too.

Give it a go sometime - what a terrific addition it will give those fishing styled cards! Now I'm off to make up a few more for soldiers to send back to their dads.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Bevy of Birthday Cards

Today I got a few cards made. These really fought me, but I think I won.

Yes, they essentially follow the same design and use the same stamps. These were made for Operation Write Home for our soldiers to use, so I like creating them in batches. The first two use all Gina K Designs papers and stamps (Framed Greetings), the last two use Basic Grey patterned paper.

I hope you find some inspiration from these pieces. Until next time!

Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!