Monthly Archives: September 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge #140


Operation Write Home put up a new sketch challenge this morning. #140 is awesome because it’s simple but can be used in fun ways. I think this will be the sketch I use to make the holiday cards that I need to participate in the Card Drive.

This is the first one I made. Once it was finished, I realized I needed to layer the patterns over solids.

This is the second one that I made. I like the white fleck on red.

I used a white cardstock base, papers from a DCWV Christmas pack, scrap solids, sentiment from computer on flecked cardstock and embroidery floss.

Creative Reuse in a pinch


Mel and I volunteer with a group called Scrap DC, a creative reuse and recycling center that focuses on things that artists use. Working with them has opened my eyes to interesting ways items can be repurposed.

I’m doing a festival today with items from both my jewelry and scarf shops. I realized that I needed another display for earrings but didn’t want to have to spend a retail price. Looked around and found a metal CD stand and a roll of that foamy shelf liner. Attached the liner with some black cotton crochet thread. VOILA. A groovy place for earrings and all for less than $5.


Operation Write Home – Ciara’s Fundraiser


I’ve been posting cards for the past few weeks that I’m making for Operation Write Home. This organization collects handmade cards from crafty peeps and sends them to military peeps on deployment all over the world. Obviously there is a huge postage cost to all of this – over $10,000 during the winter holiday season alone. Sandy Allnock is president of the organization and her beautiful dog Ciara has her own fundraising page.

Shopping Our Stash Fur or Feathers


The challenge this week at Shopping Our Stash is all about Fur or Feathers – make a card that features an animal with fur or feathers. No insects, spiders or bees.

I used a white cardstock base, scrap cardstock and a vintage library card. The hedgehog and mushroom stamps were stamped with Ink it Up in black and walnut. Hedgehog colored with pencil.

OWH Midweek Throwdown Sticker Challenge


This week the midweek throwdown challenge on Operation Write Home is a Sticker Challenge.

I used a white cardstock base, pale grey background, black layer with Fiskars corner punch, English Floral Journal Tag from K&Company, with  sentiment stamped with the TPC Studio Whimsy Greetings stamp and adhered using dimensional foam. Simple and Vintage looking.

School House Rock – I’m Just a Bill


The hubster and I were at Target on Saturday. We always walk through the men’s department, looking for clearance. I also like to look at the printed tees. I live in t-shirts and jeans  and it seems to me that guys always get the fun shirts to wear. I did a fangirl squee when I spotted this piece of awesomeness –

“I’m Just a Bill” is one of my very favorite School House Rocks of all time. “I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill and I’m sitting here on capital hill.”

Mel had a project to do on Laws once. I had her watch this video and she based her flow chart on it. She got an A. 🙂


OWH Sketch 139 Challenge


Operation Write Home is still celebrating their birthday. This week it’s in conjunction with SRM Stickers. Their challenge is to make a card using Sketch #139.

Here’s my submission –

White cardstock base, papers and sentiment from DCWV Christmas pack, scrap cardstock in khaki, large scallop tag Sizzix die, embroidery floss.

Red and green holiday cards – take 2


I’m attempting to participate in the Operation Write Home No Place like Home Card Drive. To do this, I have to submit a box of cards that are half holiday half general theme. I have plenty of the latter but not so many of the former. I’m working off the Midweek Throwdown Challenge – Red and Green idea. The sentiment so makes me think of Just Judy from Love Actually – “All I want for Christmas is you.”

Here are the cards I made last night –

White cardstock bases, printed paper from a DCWV Christmas pack, corner punch by Fiskars, embroidery floss, Wausau Fleck cardstock for the sentiment, texture fades folder from Sizzix and buttons from my ginormous button stash.

Um, West Wing fans? Come have a look.


Fangirl squee. That is all I can say. If you love West Wing, you will love this campaign video.

Mary McCormack’s sister, Bridget Mary McCormack, is running for the Michigan Supreme Court. How amazing that the cast still get along enough to do this. So many little tidbits are so squee worthy. I shall leave it up to you to find them.