Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #222

I believe that I am becoming quite the “bed” scrapper. ūüėČ My tolerance for sitting is low right now with my back injury, so I am doing my crafting in small spurts. ¬†Honestly, I am just happy I feel well enough to do this at all because when I first hurt myself I could not even get out of bed.

Anyhoo,  I wanted to find something quick to work on because I was not feeling like being up and sitting for long.  The Operation Write Home sketch today looked easy enough so I gave it a try:

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I had cuts ready to go from the this paper because I made a card from it yesterday. It is truly such pretty paper.  I know that OWH is in need of miss you cards so wanted to be sure to used that as my sentiment.  I think this card is another good sketch for showing off pretty paper. The sample sketch included a strip of paper diagonally, but I chose to use ribbon I had instead. I thought about adding additional embellishments, but with the patterned paper being so bold I felt it was fine as it is. What do you think?

Supplies used include:

  • Ink: Stampin’ Up Calypso Coral
  • Paper: Lifestyle Crafts Sweet and Spicy paper pack and¬†a Paper Studio card base
  • Embellishments: Stampin’ Up Calypso Coral ribbon
  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up¬†Really Good Greetings stamp set
  • Tools: Stampin’ Up 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch¬†and Spellbinders Nestabiliteis circle die.



Freshly Made Sketch in Blue and Yellow

Hi all!

I was determined to find a way to fit in some creative time despite my pain challenges.  I have to say that it does seem to slowly be getting better and I have a treatment plan so fingers crossed I can avoid another back surgery!

Anyway, I had one more challenge I needed to complete over at Catherine and Cathy Create. It is their Cards challenge for the month and the Theme is Blue and Yellow.  Now I also saw a sketch challenge that really looked interesting over at Freshly Made Sketches so I decided I would combine the two and here is the result:

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I absolutely LOVE this paper. It is from LifeStyle Crafts and the design is called Sweet and Spicy. It has the most beautiful pale yellow with a few shades of blue and the coral color that just pops next to those other two colors. ¬†The designs in the paper are just as nice ranging from flowers to circles and dots and even some Mosaic accents. ¬†Sometimes I get the biggest exhilaration from picking out new scrap papers and looking through them to pick what I will use on a project. Almost like buying new shoes or cosmetics…. Surely some other crafters out there know what I am talking about, right? ¬†Anyway, let me know what you think of the card.

Here are the supplies used:

  • Ink: Stampin’ Up Calypso Coral
  • Paper: Lifestyle Crafts Sweet and Spicy paper pack and Stampin’ Up Whisper
  • Emblishments: Stampin’ Up Calypso Coral ribbon and Candy Dots
  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up Starburst Sayings
  • Tolls: Stampin’ Up Starburst Framelit Die and Spellbinders Nestabiliteis circle die. I used the Stampin’ up hexagon punch to make the banner edges ūüėČ

Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!



Catherine & Cathy Create/OWH challenges – Brown Furry Friends

Happy Hump day!

Well I am finding some creative ways to get creative. Having this back injury requires a fair amount of laying down. ¬†I am getting kind of ¬†tired of laying down so much, but when I try to sit for too long I look like someone who has a nervous leg ¬†;-). Not to mention, it hurts! ¬†So I figured out a way to make a card by changing positions… many times. ¬†Never underestimate the power of a determined crafter! First I looked at the Catherine & Cathy Create blog for ideas. ¬†The fun tags challenge for this month is Furry Friends. Perfect! I just got the Life in the Forest set from Stampin’ Up which has the cutest critters! Since¬†I had my theme I laid down on the bed with papers and emblishments to look over for ideas of how I wanted it to come together. It worked and I was able to pull together a cute card with a tag on it. It is a very fall looking card, but I had recently purchased my first ever Copic markers so I really wanted to use the colors I had which were to color in the fox. It just seemed to make sense to make it a brown/orange theme. ¬†I still have lots to learn about using Copic’s, but it is a start. So ¬†here is what I ¬†came up with:

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That fox is cute, right? I love this Stampin’ Up set! ¬†Anyhoo, when I saw the OWH midweek throwdown is a Brown Color Challenge I was like hey two for one!! It works out so well because I was planning to send this card off to OWH anyway.

Here are the supplies used:

  • Inks: Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip, Tim Holtz Pumice Stone distress ink for the fox outline.
  • Copics: Sketch markersYR20,YR23, and YR27
  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up Life in the Forest and Just Sayin’
  • Tools: Stampin’ Up Woodgrain embossing folder, Stampin’ Up Window Frame Die and Chalk Talk Die. Corner Rounder punch.
  • Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper white, DCWV Green Stack paper pack and scrap light blue I had (might be Stampin’ Up Soft Sky)
  • Emblishments: ¬†Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots Ribbon and Linen thread

Have a happy Wednesday. I am off to lay down for a bit!


Fresh Beginnings

Oh how life can change so quickly. I have been away from the blogging/scrapping world for over a week now because I sustained an injury to my back.  It is likely pretty significant as the preliminary tests indicate my injury is in the same location I had surgery on 5 years ago.  I will have more tests to get the specifics, but for now I am spending a large part of my day laying down.  Makes for a challenge in terms of scrapbooking or making cards, eh? Well it sure does.  So once I know what is really wrong and figure out a plan for what it will take to get better, I am going to try to have a new perspective. You see I have a pretty demanding job. I spend many extra hours working and based on what I do, I sit for a very long time.  My doctors told me 5 years ago I need to be exercising and be aware of changing positions from time to time.  I did listen at first, but not these last two years.  It appears I am paying for it now. But it is likely there is a good treatment or surgery that can help me get back on track and when I do, Iwill have my fresh beginning. I will make time to exercise and get away from my work desk, like I should.

The good news is I had completed some cards for some challenges before this happened so I can still participate, ¬†Woo-Hoo!! The ironic thing is over at Catherine and Cathy Create their first challenge is Fresh Beginnings….so there was¬†¬†a reason I never was getting to posting my card. I had to wait for my own Fresh Beginning to post about before it made sense to do it!

So on to the fun challenge and card I made to go with it!

They had a picture to use as our inspiration with many beautiful and inviting spring colors. ¬†It had green/blue. purple/pink white and touches of neutrals. Lots of good colors to draw from. The colors seemed to be perfect for a Mother’s Day card and even appeared to be very closely matched to the Paper Pumpkin card base we received in the March kit. ¬†So here is what I came up with:

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It is a pretty simple card, but I do love how these colors came together.

Here are the supplies used (All Stampin’ Up Products):

  • Ink: ¬†Costal Cabana, Crumb Cake and Raspberry Ripple
  • Cardstock: My Paper Pumpkin March Kit card with Costal Caban ¬†and Whisper white stripes, Crumb Cake and Coastal Cabana.
  • Emblishments:¬†Linen Thread and Raspberry Ripple button
  • Tools: Blossom Punch and Deco Labels dies
  • Stamps: Mixed Bunch Flowers and My Paper Pumpkin Kit April kit Mother’s day stamp

I am off to lay down and get some rest. Be sure to look for your own Fresh Beginnings!!


Operation Write Home Sunday sketch challenge # 220

Happy Sunday!

It is a rainy, gloomy day here in the Chicago suburbs. What better day to be crafting, right??!!  I sat down to work on a scrapbook page, but then decided that maybe I would see if I could work on the Sunday Sketch challenge from Operation Write Home first.  I have to say that I LOVE this Sketch!! Anything a little off the beaten path is the place for me!

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Don’t you just love the diagonal placement of the paper! ¬†This card was really easy to make too. ¬†You could pull together so many different papers and even use up a few scraps. ¬†Supplies for this card include:

  • My Mind’s Eye¬†Chalk Studio line Basics Paper Pad
  • Whisper white from Stampin’ up and Natural from Paper Studio
  • Gee Thanks Stamp from the Really Good Greetings set from Stampin’ up
  • Banner die from Stampin’ Up Hearts a Flutter die set
  • Enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye chalk studio line

I sure hope they have more sketch’s like this one in the future!