Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Good morning friends!!

Operation Write Home (OWH) is having a fundraiser. They are a not-for-profit organization that collects and sends handmade greeting cards to American soldiers so they can stay in touch with their families. They need to raise $13,000 to cover holiday shipping costs.

Two stamp illustrators, Katlyn from K ‘n K Stamps and my friend Deedee Anderson, have kindly designed 7 new digi sets exclusively for this cause. Each “set” includes an image and some greetings, in both JPEG and PEG file formats, all in a zip file.

100% of the proceeds from the sales of these stamp will go to OWH. These sets are available for just $2 each or get all for just $10. You can buy them at the K ‘n K blog (not the store) and all purchases will be emailed out within 24 hours of payment clearance.

Here is a sneak peek of some of the digis for sale:

Not a card maker? Donate to help with shipping! You can sponsor a box for $13, or any amount you choose – click on the yellow PayPal button on the Operation Write Home site to make a gift directly right now, or send in a gift with your box of cards!

For more sneak peeks, join in the hop and visit these other talented ladies. The hop starts here. If you have come from Michelle’s blog, you are in the right place. Your next stop is Deedee’s blog.

Two lucky hoppers who comment along the way will win 2 digi prize pack from K ‘n K Designs! (Be sure to check Deedee’s blog on Monday to see if you have won!) Blog hop ends this Sunday 10/23, at 8pm PST.

These soldiers and their families have given their lives to make our home safe. Now is the opportunity for you to support them. What are you waiting for? Do something meaningful today!

Challenges entered:

4 Crafty Chicks – marker it up

AI Factory Graphics – anything goes

For your inspiration – photo

Create with Connie and Mary – sketch

Forever Friends – anything goes

Shelley’s Images – anything goes

The Corrosive Challenge – flying things

Robyn’s Fetish – Animals

Karen Doodles – Animals

Scrappy Frogs – Things that Flies

Ruby’s Rainbow – Cute and Cuddly

Catch The Bug – Animals

The Stamping Boutique – Someone Special

Fairy Tale Challenge – Sympathy Card

Peachy Keen Stamps – Sketch


Stamp Out Thieves …

I wanted to share a letter I read on Digital Pencil Too. All too sad and very real – it certainly helps people understand where artists are coming from.

Here it is: A letter to a Crafter by Mo Manning.

Let everyone know you support our artists right to living too by being a watchdog for them and displaying this badge on your blog.

They have my support.


Thinking of you

When Falls come around, I think of Thanksgiving; and when I think of Thanksgiving, I think of you. Sounds like a song doesn’t it – no actually, I have been reading the children’s book “If you give a moose a muffin”… he’ll want this and when you give him this, he’ll want that, and that and that. So that’s what’s been ringing in my head.

So it is kinda timely that the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is to make a “Thinking of You” card. Our sponsors this week is MY GRAFICO!!! Yeah yeah yeah!! I love MY GRAFICO images, especially this typewriter one I used on my card this week. (I have my eye on a telephone one I’m going to use next).

Designer papers are from My Mind’s Eye (teal) and Authentique Paper (tan). Sentiment is self-generated from the computer.

Come play with us at Tuesday Throwdown – everyone needs a Thinking of you card and everyone needs My Grafico stamps!! But that’s not all …

This week, we have a we have a special DOUBLE challenge for you!

Main Challenge: “Thinking of You”

Bonus Challenge: Send your card to Operation Write Home

In case you’re not familiar with Operation Write Home (OWH), they are a non-profit organization that provides handmade greeting cards to help American soldiers keep in touch with their loved ones back home. OWH is celebrating its birthday this month, and since it gets its stock from crafters like us, we thought we’d help them celebrate by helping them grow their stock of cards through our challenge this week.

To help inspire you to participate in our bonus challenge, we are offering a special bonus prize this week — a $20 gift certificate to spend at My Grafico! To be entered into this drawing, you must mail your card to OWH, and then designate that by typing “OWH” after your name when you link up.

NOTE: Please be sure to read the card guidelines at OWH before submitting your card to them. In particular, please do NOT use any glitter on your card.

Challenges entered:

Through the Craftroom Door

Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central – Spellbinders

The Pink Elephant – CASE’d Margie Cortina’s layout

The Outlawz – Copic Marker Challenge


Fall Days are coming

I’m not sure if I’m happy that Fall is coming and kids are back to school or sad that warm sunny summer and vacation days are over. I am happy with my Fall card I made for this week’s Tuesday Throwdown challenge.

The fall flower image was kindly provided by Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps. I really like their nature/floral stamps – they are so sweet and simple. You can win some of their stamps if you make a Fall card and play along at Tuesday Throwdown too.

Have fun while the sunny summer last.

Challenges entered:

7 kids college fund challenge

Cute Card Thursdays

Crazy 4 challenges

Pile It On


Lacy Pearls

Good Tuesday morning everyone,

Today’s Tuesday Throwdown is pearls!! My favorite embellishment by far…ribbons are a close 2nd. This week’s winners will win stamps from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps.

Here is my card with an ethereal image of “Angie”, kindly provided by Stitchy Bear – surrounded by a nice lacy die cut and embellished with pearls. Designer paper and ribbon are from My Mind’s Eye.

Enjoy your happy day.

Challenges entered:

Stamp Something



3 DP, 2 buttons and 1 ribbon

That is the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week. And here is my card:

I used a Nativity scene kindly provided by our sponsor this week, Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps. The image is colored using Copic Markers and covered in Viva Inka Gold to give it a old silver shimmer on the surface of the image. The ornament was die cut using Sizzix Ornament #2. Designer Papers were all from Webster’s Pages 6×6 paper pack.

Come play with us at Tuesday Throwdown and win digital images from Robyn’s Fetish.

Challenges entered:

Pile it on – B challenge; buttons and bow

Stamp Something – Digi stamp challenge


My 1st Post for Tuesday Throwdown

Good Tuesday morning to you!

I have been looking forward to starting with the Tuesday Throwdown team for the last two weeks and preparing my cards for it – Tuesday is finally here!! Yeah Yeah!!

This week McMahon Five Designs is our sponsor – that means you get a chance to win some of their very nice stamps. I have never shopped there before but I was pleasantly surprised at what a large selection of cardmaking/scrapbooking goodies they have besides stamps. (there was 35 pages of digi stamps alone – not even counting rubber stamps, papers, embellishments and more). I guess I am going to be loading my shopping cart now.

Back to how you can win some of their stamps, join the Tuesday Throwdown challenge. Use any stamps you have and follow this week’s theme – non-stamped sentiment (handwritten, print out, die cuts, rub-ons etc) … should be easy enough.

Here is my card with a digi image from McMahon Five Designs and a rub-on sentiment.

Here a 2nd similar card – I always have to try on a different color dress just to see how it turned out.

Which do you prefer?

Challenges entered:

Meljen Designs

Fussy and Fancy

CR84FN color challenge


Happy Card …

Good morning friends …

I’d like to share this happy card I made for Crissy Armstrong’s DT call. I love clean and simple cards (CAS) with 1, maybe 2 layers – they are not easy for me to make because there are many nice embellishments out there just begging to be used. I also like cards with balance and strong design element to it and Crissy’s images are strong enough to stand on it’s own on a CAS card. On to the card:

Yellow bands on card are airbrushes with Copic marker (Y04, Y08); Elephant and sentiment images are Crissy’s illustrations, sold at Whimsy Stamps (BTW, they’re having a 25% digi sale all month long). Elephant was colored with Copic Markers (BV01, BV02, BV04, R20, R29, B01, B04, Y04, G05, G07, V12, V15, O)

Have a fun day …

Challenge entered:

Sundays with Crissy – DT Call

Less is more

Pile it on – airbrushing

Color Me Creative – airbrushing




Happy 4th of July!!

I love long weekends!! The kids play till they are worn out and I get to make cards while they are napping.

Here are the cards I made today. It’s the 1st time I’m using digital stamps and I love it!

The meadow is from Whimsy Stamp Crissy Armstrong’s Collection. I love how versatile the stamp is for many different images. Of course, everyone recognizes Tilda. I believe she is new from the 2011 sweet rainbow collection. I love how bright and colorful this card turned out that I didn’t even have to photo edit it at all.

My next card is also from the Crissy Armstrong Collection. I just adore this little girl and her puppy – I love that she looks so vintage. Quite a different look from Tilda. And she is so easy to color – all the shading spots are already highlighted on the stamp! Thanks Crissy.

I’m off to make more cards since the kids are still asleep and Crissy is having a design team call!! (scroll down to see blinkie on sidebar)  Have a happy 4th everyone!!

Challenge entered:

Pixie Cottage

Sunday’s at Crissy – design team call

Magnolia Stamp Lovers

CMC challenge

Just Magnolia

7 Kids College Fund

Tuesday Throwdown

Magnolia-licious Challenge

The Pink Elephant

The Shabby Tea Room

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