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Freshly Made Sketches #113, Operation Write Home, Send A Smile 4 Kids

Hi everyone, I’m so glad you could come by today! 🙂  I have three cards to show you today, all of them pretty simple to make:)  I won’t have very much commentary today, it’s late and I’m soooo tired!

My first card is for the Freshly Made Sketch #113.  I was going to submit it to Merry Monday #84, but I ran out of time:(  Anyway… is the sketch for this week:

FMS Final 113-001I actually have 2 cards for this sketch, but they are practically the same so I counted them as one;)

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Half-fold Card2The only differences are the way I put them together and the sentiments. I used a Martha Stewart Punch to make the little trees:)  These two cards will be going in the box for Send A Smile 4 Kids:)  My next card is really Simply Made!

Half-fold Card4Click on it to make it larger and see the embossing better:)  It’s a wonderful winter scene:)  The sentiment is from Doodle Pantry, it’s part of their Operation Write Home fund raiser:)     Through November 30th, a large portion of the proceeds will go to Operation Write Home!  

Here is my last card for today, I used an old sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I don’t have time to run off and find it now, but if you’re interested, just ask in the comments;)

Half-fold Card1This sketch is so simple to make, I’ve used it for all kinds of different cards!  Today, I have used a digital image from Fred She Said, one of my favorites,  Cathin’ Flakes:)    When I got all done tonight making cards, I realized just how much blue I was using! lol  I love blue, but I didn’t do it on purpose:)  For the last two cards I used Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, and for the first two, I used Stampin’ Up! Garden Green.  The last two cards will be going in the box for Operation Write Home:)

I’ll be posting some more cards with stickers this week and then it’s off to their destinations for my boxes! 🙂

Thanks for coming by:)  See you soon! 🙂




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Merry Monday #83, Freshly Made Sketches #112, SAS4K & OWH

I have three cards today, yes 3!  I first have to apologize for the photos of my cards:(  They aren’t actually photos at all, I had to scan them:(  They look lifeless and cold to me:(  I used to scan all my cards, then I started taking photos, wow, what a difference! This scanner must not be very good because the scans look washed out in areas.  I’m very disappointed:(    My camera has turned up missing for some reason.  There are quite a few people in my apartment this week, but my grandson may have put it somewhere.  I’ll have everyone look tomorrow.

Anyway…..lets get to some cards! 🙂  My first card I will be entering in both Merry Monday #83, and Freshly Made Sketches #112.  Here is the info for Merry  Monday:

MM New Look Sketches-016Here’s the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches #112

FMS Final 112-001I used the theme from Merry Monday and the sketch from Freshly Made:

Half-fold Card1I’m sorry, it looks so much better in hand:(  All products for this card are Stampin’ Up!  First I used Stampin’ Up! digital stripe paper in Chocolate Chip, on top of that I used some Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The mittens are a Stampin’ Up! punch, (ooops, I used red star paper from Doodle Pantry).  The sentiment is from the stamp set, Snow Swirled.   This card will be sent to Send A Smile 4 Kids🙂

Next I have another card that will be sent to Send A Smile 4 Kids🙂

Half-fold Card2I’m so sad, what a terrible scan:(  Anyway…I used a snowy embossing folder, on top of that I used Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade cardstock, and an image and sentiment from Fred She Said, both from the kit Emma The Hugger – Snowman Edition.  I also used Spellbinders dies. This card will  also be going to Send A Smile 4 Kids🙂

My last card will be going to Operation Write Home:

Half-fold Card3This is also a Fred She Said image, this one is simply called Pine Trees.  There are 3 different versions, I love them all! 🙂  Christmas has been sent already for Operation Write Home, this is a Winter Love card:)  The background and accent color is by Stampin’ Up!, Garden Green, my favorite green cardstock!  I used a misc. rubber stamp, and an embossing folder gifted to me:)  The folder is snowflakes and swirls if you can’t make it out (darn scanner).

Thanks for coming by today! 🙂  I hope to get more time to make cards very soon, see you then:)




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Freshly Made Sketches #110, OWH Midweek Throwdown & SAS4K

I’m back again with three new cards!  The first card I will enter into two challenges, Freshly Made Sketches #110, and Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown.  It’s late, so not a whole lot of details tonight.  This time change is really hard on everyone, the kids were all cranky and tired today! 😦  So here is the sketch:

FMS Final 110-001Here’s my card:

Half-fold Card1The digital images are from Doodle Pantry.  The set is called, Patriotic Sheep.  I also used DP Stars & Stripes Paper Pack.  They are both on the same page, click either name:)

As promised, here is my card for the Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge, plus an extra to go there:) My first card I made with teen boys in mind, I hear they dont’ get lots of cards just for them:(

Half-fold Card2This card is made with a 3D sticker.  I’m planning to make at least 2 more.  All my cardstocks are Stampin’ Up!.

Half-fold Card3This is my last card, it’s also made with a 3D sticker.  Kids love stickers! 🙂  I used an embossing folder and then just added my stickers.  I think it’s really cute:)  I think a younger child will love this card!  Send A Smile 4 Kids has hospitals with children of all ages.  I wanted to show you how you could use stickers to make quick cards that kids will enjoy.  I plan on making some more of these too:)

Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂  I hope this week goes well so I can make lots more cards! 🙂



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Operation Write Home #196 & Send A Smile 4 Kids

I have two cards today, but I have to rush off and make more!  There is just never enough time:(

My first card will be entered into two challenges.  I’ve made a number of these to go to both, Operation Write Home & Send A Smile 4 Kids🙂  OWH is a sketch challenge:

OWHsketch196SAS4K is Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids.

Half-fold Card1Everything on this card is digital from Doodle Pantry set, Sledding Ants COLOR plus, except the background snowy paper,  that came from Clearly Digi Stamps, which is no more:(  But, a number of the images from CDS will show up at Doodle Pantry, so you might want to keep an eye open and subscribe to their blog😉  OMGoodness, I almost forgot!  Doodle Pantry is sponsoring the challenge over at Operation Write Home this week, head over there for a chance to win:)

I don’t do digital cards like some other people, mine are printed and then layered like a regular card. I had printed out all the layers and mounted the whole card with tape and glue.  Ugh, I was way too tired I guess, because I got glue and tape everywhere! 😦   I was not happy at all:(  So I went back and blended most of the layers.  The back teal, the snow layer, the purple layer and the ants are all one layer printed on my printer with photo, matte paper.  The patterned teal is one layer by itself, and the orange layer with all the wording is one layer.  So there are three layers, plus the cardstock. Oh, I did put the orange layer on top of a piece of cardstock cut to size.  This particular card will go to OWH, the cards going to SAS4K will have a few embellishments added and maybe a little glitter:)  Sorry, no glitter for OWH cards;)

This process may be quick and easy for some people, but I really have to work to get everything to look right!  So if you’re thinking I just threw together a digital card, you would be mistaken.  Maybe after I make a hundred of these cards I will be faster, but right now they take forever!   However, I love how it looks and there isn’t glue or tape poking out everywhere;)

My next card didn’t turn out exactly how I planned:(

Half-fold Card2Of course the black background is fine, the embossing is fine even the Fred She Said, Blue Jay looks beautiful!  But I don’t like how I cut the black oval around the Blue Jay:(   My die cut the black too large for my taste, so I cut it smaller by hand. I’m not doing that again!  Overall I love the card, and probably no one else will even notice, but it just bugs me.  I’m most probably going to make it over, I’m so picky!

Wow, I’ve talked too much!  I have to get on with making more cards!!

Thanks for stopping in today! 🙂  Hope to see you again soon! 🙂



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Merry Monday #79, Friday Mashup #132 & Operation Write Home

I’m having so much trouble fitting my card making in:(  I have two cards today that look pretty simple.  Actually they weren’t too hard, just time consuming.  To send to Operation Write Home, I have to make sure everything is glued down well, but no glue can be sticking out anywhere.  That way the cards don’t all get stuck together during shipment.  Here is my first card for Merry Monday #79, but first the challenge;)

MM New Look Sketches-012

Today we have a colour/theme challenge for you!!! We are looking for Blue, Silver/Gray and White with Snowflakes!!

Half-fold Card1I love the Memory Box die that I used for the bottom of the card!!  Boy, is it hard to glue down!!  I used Stampin’ Up! Tombow glue, and put little dots on the back everywhere!  For the really tiny spots, I put some glue on a piece of paper and used my craft knife to add just little, tiny bits of glue at the very tip of my craft knife.  I was walking through Michaels, and saw this ribbon that looked perfect for the challenge.  I glued it to my card using a tape runner.  The words are Peel-Offs.  Peel-Offs are very popular overseas, I “found” them about 5 years ago, on a card making site. Peel-offs are pre-glued like stickers.   You can find some here.  Here’s a photo of one page, you can see I’ve used most of the “Merry Christmas” and a few of the bells and trees.

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If you’re not good at heat embossing, you might want to try these.  They come in Silver, Gold, and a number of other colors like black, white, copper, or holigraphic. I used cardstock from Stampin’ Up!, Tempting Turquoise.  This card is going in the Operation Write Home box:)

My second card is for the challenge over at the Friday Mashup #132.

Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
Create a project with a “Tree or Leaves.”
Create a project using the “Color Orange.”
Or Mash it Up and create a “Project with Leaves/ Tree & the Color Orange.”

Here’s my card:

Half-fold Card2I struggled with this card, because I had sooooo many choices!  I finally settled on this digital image that I bought on Esty, from BaBaPuff.  I actually found it by accident so I don’t have a link for you:(  I printed it on my special brochure paper, matte.  Then I printed a second one the same size and cut out the small square.  I backed the square with Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango cardstock, also the bottom colored layer.  The little tag is Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Banners. This set has a matching die set called Framelits-Bitty Banners.

I’m getting pretty used to making everything close to the card.  Anything I send to Operation Write Home needs to not have “sticky out parts”.  They can catch to other cards and get pulled off.  My layers are glued as close to the card as I can get them.  Actually I tape them and glue them. It’s become a habit now;)

Operation Write Home is working on Winter cards now, Christmas has been sent or are about to be sent.  Here is a list of themes they will be needing, besides Winter, and Valentines Day:

Accepted themes:
Thank you
Missing you
Thinking of you
Blank (no sentiment)  All cards should be blank inside,with plenty of room for writing. Blank (no sentiment) means no sentiment on the front, just decorated.

Also, please don’t forget about the Children’s Hospitals.  Send A Smile 4 Kids has less restrictions, and is a very worthy cause.  I’m sending Halloween this week and than it’s on to Christmas! 🙂  Because the Hospitals are right here in the USA, cards can be sent closer to the Holiday:)

Do you know card makers with ties to the military, or just appreciates the sacrifice our service people are making, anyone who has a special place in their hearts for children?  Don’t have a lot of extra cards?  Don’t worry, any amount will do.  But think of card making parties, friends, relatives, anyone who crafts.  I know Christmas is very stressful for a lot of people, that’s why I make Christmas cards all year, at least one a week! 🙂  Take a look at my cards listed under the OWH, and SAS4K  categories, pop over to their websites and see what others are making.  Everything should be handmade, but it doesn’t have to be filled with embellishments.

As a matter of fact, if you want to send notes or letters to our troops, they can be store bought cards.  They do not need envelops. They can be sent anytime.  Our troops love hearing from people back home, you don’t even have to craft.  There are coloring pages on the OWH website, children can color or write letters.  Ask your school or church to help out! 🙂

Ok, sermon over.  I guess my Holiday Spirit has kicked in already! 😉  It breaks my heart to think of anyone alone and sad on a Holiday, or anytime really:(

I’m so glad you stopped by today! 🙂  Crafters are one of the best people to know, they are kind and giving, and usually patient;)  I hope to see you soon:)





Filed under Always Playing With Paper, Challenges, Christmas, Fall-Autumn, Friday Mashup, Operation Write Home, Send a smile 4 kids, Stampin' Up!

Friday Mashup #130 & OWH Midweek throwdown

I have a lot of cards tonight, so not much explanation, but please feel free to ask if you have questions on supplies or anything else:)  My first card is for the Friday Mashup Challenge #130.

Here’s your Mashup Challenge:
Create a project with “Ripped paper.”
Create a project with a “a fussy cut image.” (Cut something out)
Or Mash it Up and create a project “with some Ripped paper & something Fussy Cut.”

Here’s my card:

Half-fold Card1I have to say it doesn’t look as nice in the photo than it does in hand.  I love how this card turned out!  I have used a similar flower and have also used this  layout before, but I think this one turned out the best of all of them!!:)  You need to click on the card to really see how beautiful the flower is and the awesome middle embellishment!  Okay, all of this is just my opinion, maybe you’ll like it too:)  The flower image is from Fred She Said called, Pointy Poinsettia Flowers.  I can already tell those of you who know me well are thinking this is a pre-colored image, not this time!  I took out my Aqua Painter from Stampin’ Up! and used Read Red and Always Artichoke to hand paint this flower!!  And yes, I followed the rules, it’s all hand cut!  I painted it and then cut it out. It’s so pretty and it stands up quite a way, this will definitely be going to one of my family members, because it will have to be boxed and maybe hand delivered!

Now I have three more cards, yes three!  These cards are for a challenge over at Operation Write Home called the Midweek Throwdown.  The challenge is to make multiple cards that are easy to make over and over.  Mine are kind of multiple, I did make three, but they aren’t exactly the same;)

Half-fold Card2A great image from Fred She Said, I’ve used this image a lot of times, it’s called Christmas Poinsettia Lanntern Set.  I’m assuming that’s the way you spell Lantern in Canada;)  Yes, it’s pre-colored;)

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Another awesome digital image from Fred She Said! 🙂  This one is called Catchin’ Flakes. I adore this image, it reminds me of my baby brother when he was small, quite a few years ago! 😉

Half-fold Car4

This last card is made with a pre-colored digital image from Doodle Pantry called, Cocoa Cup Ants.   You can shop by colored images, the are about 368, but there are plenty of un-colored digis and paper packs as well.  I love pre-colored digital images!  I have three of my grandchildren staying with me.  They’ve been here for a number of months and it’s practically impossible to make cards:(  Pre-colored digital images have helped me make a lot more cards, because the coloring is already done:)  And, of course, I don’t color that well anyway:(

I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing my cards today:)  Thanks for stopping by! 🙂  I hope to see you again soon:)




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Merry Monday #77, Doodle Pantry #39 & Operation Write Home

Wow, a lot going on today!  I have two cards today, both Christmas cards:)  The first card will be entered into the Challenge over at Always Playing With Paper,  Merry Monday #77.  They have a color challenge this week that at first, I hated it!  But then it kind of grew on me and I embraced the challenge and actually made two with the chosen colors! What are those colors, you must be wondering…….Red, Pink, Dark Green, Light Green and White.  I was okay with all the colors, except the Pink. Then I found some perfect papers!  The papers are by Sassy Designs and the set is called Fruitcake, which is pretty much how I felt about the colors. lol

I don’t think I’m thrilled with these colors together, but you have to check out the other cards!  The cards submitted are pretty great! 🙂  So check out Merry Monday and stop by every week for a new challenge:)

Now for my card:

Half-fold Card1You can click on my cards to see them larger.  You may want to if you want to see the snowflake detail on the pink paper.  I used VersaMark and stamped some snowflakes from the Stampin’ Up! set, Serene Snowflakes (retired).  I used Stampin’ Up! Pretty In Pink as the background color.  Then I layered the Fruitcake dots.  I used SU Real Red and embossed it with Stampin’ Up! Petals a Plenty folder. I used a retired SU snowflake punch, with a little snowflake brad to keep it in place.  Finally, I added my cute Westie image from Fred She Said called, Winter Westie.   Here’s the set info:

-includes BOTH the DIGI and Pre-Coloured versions.
-DIGI ( uncoloured ) is in JPG, PNG + printable sheet. Digi also includes an alternate Wesite WITHOUT a scarf.
-Pre-coloured are in JPG and include 2 versions of scarf + printable SHEET

*Pre-Coloured Westies ( with scarf ) are available in PNG by email request anytime after purchase.

I asked for the PNG version that I requested after purchase, that  has no blue background.  I mounted it on SU Garden Green.  Everything is mounted low profile with just added cardstock layers.  Both of my cards will be going to Operation Write Home and your cards can’t be too thick.  Currently they have at least two challenges going on, be sure to check them out! 🙂

My second card will be going into the Doodle Pantry Challenge #39. Their challenge starts the first of every month, and runs for the entire month, so you have lots of time to join in the fun! 🙂   Here’s my card:

Half-fold Card2How is that for a Pink Christmas card?  I got this idea from Pat Dadisman, who submitted it over at Doodle Pantry, you can see her card here, as well as the digital image, Fancy Flamingo, by Doodle Pantry.  I also used DP Santa Accessories COLOR plus for the hat.  The following are the Stampin’ Up! products I used:  Garden Green cardstock, stamp from  the Delightful Decorations (retired) set, and the matching punch (retired). I stamped the ornament with Real Red.

The colorful paper comes from Sassy Designs and is part of the Fruitcake set. This card will also be going in the box for Operation Write Home.  The joy ornament is popped up with extra cardstock to keep a low profile:)

Ok, I think that’s it for now.  I have to get busy and make lots more cards!!

Thanks for stopping by today, I’m always happy to have you! 🙂   I hope you can stop by again:)



Filed under Always Playing With Paper, Challenges, Christmas, Fred She Said, Kids, Merry Monday, Operation Write Home, Stampin' Up!

Freshly Made #103 & Send A Smile 4 Kids

Wow, I have 5 cards to share today!  All of them are Halloween or Fall.  I won’t share a lot of details today because there are so many cards.  I will say they are all based on the same Freshly Made Sketch #103.  Here’s the sketch:

FMS Final 103-001The first card is the one I made that is closest to the sketch, so I will start with the images by Doodle Pantry. You can click on any of my cards to make them larger:

Half-fold Card1This one is Franken-Birdie, from Doodle Pantry.

Half-fold Card3Ok, I thought he was cute and I love the ribbon, even if it doesn’t look the best here, it’s shiny black, orange and purple squares are really a standout! See previous card for the links;)

Half-fold Card2This one is Pumpkin Carving Ants, also by Doodle Pantry. On this same page, at Doodle Pantry, you can see a pumpkin image Free with any purchase Sept 5th thru Sept 24th.  Here is where you can get a Free image just for joining this months challenge.  They have uncolored digis, but you know I’m loving their Pre-colored images;)

Now, I have two more cards, both made with digital images from Fred She Said.

Half-fold Card5Here’s Emma in the Leaves, from Fred She Said.

Half-fold Card4And my last card for today, Halloween Rosey, from Fred She Said.  I’ll be making extras of all these cards to share with Send A Smile 4 Kids, and Operation Write Home.  On the 15th of Sept., Sunday for those of you here in the US, Fred She Said will be one of the sponsors for the Glitter n Sparkle Challenge.  Head over there on Sunday and enter to win Fred She Said or other digital prizes!

OMGoodness, I’m exhausted!  I’m getting too old for these late nights!  Hopefully you won’t be reading this at 1am, unless you’re in Australia (Robyn), in that case it won’t actually be 1am;)  lol

Thanks for stopping by, I’m grateful for your interest! 🙂   I hope to be back soon with more cards for you to see! 🙂





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Freshly Made #102 & Doodle Pantry #38

Wow, these one week challenges really run me ragged!  I have about 6 cards ready to put together, but not enough time to do it:(   I only have one card today, but I will be using the same sketch again.  This weeks sketch is brought to you by Freshly Made Sketches #102.  I will also enter this card over at the Doodle Pantry challenge #38, and finally, I will be adding it to my Operation Write Home box🙂

Here is the sketch for Freshly Made #102.

FMS Final 102-001Here’s my card:

Half-fold Card1I think this looks a little brighter than it actually is, but only a little.  I used the auto correct feature, but the card is really bright! 🙂  For this card, I used all Doodle Pantry, it’s from a kit called Vintage Stocking.  It’s one of the new images for September.  You can check out the blog, enter the blog challenge, or check out the sale going on until Sept. 11th.

Using my Print Shop, which I always do, I printed the green paper with the purple layered behind it and cut that layer out, I also printed the blue layer with the purple layer attached and cut that out.  I made the purple oval on PS also and cut it out backing it with plain cardstock, because the paper I print on for images isn’t very thick. The stocking is printed, cut out, then layered onto of the purple oval.  I cut and pasted to get the stocking border to look like a ribbon.  I think next time I will make it smaller.  I do like how it turned out though:)

When making cards for Operation Write Home, I try to give the cards some dimension, without making them bulky or have things that might poke through an envelope.  These cards go to a sorting and packaging stop before getting sent off to our troops and then sent back to our troops loved ones.  Lots of traveling, so it must hold up during the travels;)

I have a bunch of things started so I know I will be back sooner than later!  Thanks for stopping by today!:)  I truly appreciate your interest in my cards and causes! 🙂



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Freshly Made Anniv. #100, Operation Write Home-Midweek & Send A Smile 4 Kids

Yes, it’s a very long title, sorry.  I’ve made two cards (for now) to cover all three of these challenges.  The first card is for two challenges; Freshley Made #100, and Operation Write Home-Midweek Throwdown.  The OWH Midweek Throwdown is to make cards for kids, always my favorite:)  Freshly Made has a sketch and here it is:

Sketch 1And here is the card I made:

Half-fold Card1I’m very happy with  this card:)  I found the background paper at Michael’s.  It’s a stack from DCWV called All About Boys.  I don’t know if you’re allowed to do this, but I haven’t heard that I can’t.  I scanned part of a large 12/12 sheet, and with my printer, I made the sheet almost the size I needed, I just had to cut it a little.  The little circle compass came from one of the tries I made that was too big.  The image and small background paper both came from Doodle Pantry called Piratey Ship. The set comes with a few different background papers:)  I will most probably make more of these, boy cards are so hard sometimes.

My second card is for Send A Smile 4 Kids,  they are asking for Animal cards.  You still have plenty of  time to enter, they are giving away digital prizes and one of the prizes  is for $10 to the Fred She Said Store!!   Here’s the card I made:

Half-fold Card2This image and the papers are all from Doodle Pantry Kit called  Quirky Ostrich. This image is so cute!  They have a bunch of Quirky animals, stop by their shop and take a look:)

Well, that’s it from me tonight, of course, I have more cards in my future, so I hope you’ll come back again:)

Thanks for stopping by today, I’m always glad to have you! 🙂



Filed under Challenges, Doodle Pantry, Freshly Made, Kids, Operation Write Home, OWH Midweek Challenge, Send a smile 4 kids