Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thank You Cards for OWH

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This is another post in the Kara uses a whole 6×6 pack of paper to make cards. Here’s the first post in this series,  the second, the third, the fourth, the fifththe sixth and the seventh. Fortunately, I’m nearly done with the pack so might only have one more post after this one.

I saw a post on OWH from a hero who was requesting more Thank You cards. I took the last of my strips of this pack and cut more banners – enough for 17 cards. I turned two of them into Be Mine cards so I’d have an even number of Valentines to mail to the soon to be departing East Coast shipper and then made the remaining fifteen into Thank You cards.

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Wausau Fleck cardstock fronts, Making Memories Boho Chic Olivia patterned papers, black cardstock from my stash and sentiment from Studio G Kolette Hall.

These seventeen cards put me at seventy nine cards.

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OWH Midweek Throwdown Winter Fun

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Operation Write Home has a new midweek throwdown up – Winter Fun. Basically, create a fun winter themed card.

As I don’t have any “winter” stamp sets, I used a Cafe set and my own sentiment.

Red paper is DCWV from Xmas pack, brown is DCWV textured, Wausau Fleck cardstock, Shapeabilities scalloped octagons, circles and ric rac dies. Sentiment from my computer, cups from TPC Studio Coffee Cafe Set in Memento Tuxedo Black. I’m probably going to end up coloring these cups. If I do, I’ll add a new picture.

SOS Odds and Ends Challenge

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Shopping Our Stash has a new challenge up – Odds and Ends – create a card using bits and pieces that have been left over.

Here’s my take –

Wausau Cardstock front, no id patterned papers. Sentiment is TPC Studio hugs and Kisses stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. Corners embossed with a Fiskars punch.

The odds and ends – the blue parentheses are leftovers from when I first used my Shapeabilities Pendants Lattice dies, the sentiment is a scrap of fleck cardstock as are the two oval chains (ek punch). I used a leftover piece of paisley print, split into two, to weave into the chains.

Mike Nesmith on great reviews and happy touring

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Mike posted this on his Facebook page on 11/25/12. Happiness.

 Its hard to describe how much fun I am having performing and playing music live to an audience.

The Monkees concerts are so gratifying, as are my solo shows. There is a reciprocity in a live show that is not approachable from any other direction than live and real time.

The writer for the Chicago Tribune really caught the spirit. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-17/entertainment/ct-ent-1119-monkees-review-20121118_1_tork-and-nesmith-monkees-daydream-believer

Can’t wait to get to NYC. Thinking maybe I’ll set up a solo tour for the US.

Thanks for all the support and wonderful response.

The Idea – It’s About that Time

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Here’s another tune from Yuletunes – a compilation of Holiday themed pop songs. It was produced by Jeff Murphy of Shoes fame and you can buy the CD from the band’s website – Shoeswire.com. It’s chock full of sing along, dance around tunes.

Here’s a review of the CD I found – “Original pop/rock songs with a Christmas theme. Melodic, harmony-laden, power-pop Christmas songs from some of the best bands in the genre. A holiday classic. You’ve probably heard these at the mall over the years and didn’t even know it. –CD Baby”

One of the songs is by The Idea and is called It’s About That Time. The first time I heard it, at a Bugaboo Creek restaurant in Atlanta, I shushed my family as soon as I heard the opening guitar sound, I was all “This is a Shoes riff and that might be Jeff Murphy singing.” I already owned the CD, which I hadn’t listened to in its entirety, so started listening to it once we got home and discovered that it wasn’t Jeff singing but it was a Shoes riff. Realized it was from The Things You Do.

I was so jazzed that I immediately emailed Black Vinyl Records with the story and was thrilled to get a response from Jeff himself. 🙂

Hi. My name is Kara and I am a Cicada for Shoes.

OWH Sketch Challenge 148

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Operation Write Home has a new Sketch Challenge up – #148.

Here’s my take –

I love my Sizzix tag dies, especially the scalloped ones, so mine is a little bit large.

Black and white papers are Recollections. Tag and base are Wausau Fleck. Tag distressed with Black Soot Distress Inks. Sentiment is Autumn Leaves Rhonna Farrer in Memento Tuxedo Black. Black Embroidery Floss bow.

Shoes – This Christmas

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I’m not one for Christmas songs. If I worked in a mall and had to listen to 6 weeks of traditional songs, I’d probably lose my mind. There are exceptions to this – if I’m in a store and I hear a song from the Yuletunes Christmas compilation, I’ll stand under a speaker and listen to it all. I’ve been known to hush my family in a restaurant when I hear a track.

Yuletunes features Holiday themed pop songs. It was produced by Jeff Murphy of Shoes fame and you can buy the CD from the band’s website – Shoeswire.com. It’s chock full of sing along, dance around tunes.

Here’s a review of the CD I found – “Original pop/rock songs with a Christmas theme. Melodic, harmony-laden, power-pop Christmas songs from some of the best bands in the genre. A holiday classic. You’ve probably heard these at the mall over the years and didn’t even know it. –CD Baby”

One of the songs is by Shoes and is called This Christmas. It very well might be my favorite song from John Murphy.

Things’ll get better
Doesn’t seem like it now
But they always do
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

The heart is a river
It carries you off as it takes you down
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

How often we’re only in need of a place to leave the pain
When Christmas surrounds us
We see the snow replace the rain

Love is a riddle
Like a new toy that’s ruined it gets thrown away
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

How often we’re only in need of a place to leave the pain
We’re anxious for Christmas
But without love it’s not the same

Things’ll get better
(Things’ll get better Things’ll get better)
Doesn’t seem like it now
But they always do
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas
(I hope you get just what you want this Christmas)
I hope you find yourself
I hope you find yourself
(I hope you get just what you want this Christmas)
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas
(I hope you get just what you want this Christmas)
I hope you find yourself someone this Christmas

A batch of cards on Thanksgiving

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As yesterday was Thanksgiving and we had no plans and I wasn’t starting dinner til about 4:00, I decided to play with paper. Leslie recently posted a group of cards she made that immediately had me calling CASE. Five little banners, all in a row with a border on top and a simple sentiment. I realized that I could pull out the 6×6 pack that I’d been working on using up – I’m to the point in the pack that there are more remnants and strips left than full sheets. The perfect kind of paper to to make into banners. (Here’s the first post in this series,  the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth and the sixth.)

I grabbed the paper, started slicing it into banner sized pieces and once I had a bunch of each pattern, I took them and a pair of scissors in front of the TV and started cutting the banner ends. I cut pointy bits and watched Restoration Roadshow on Ovation. Two episodes later, here’s what I had –

Went back to the room of craftiness and started cutting cardbases out of Wausau Fleck cardstock. (Hi, my name is Kara and I like flecked paper…) By this point the hubster had comandeered the living room TV so I grabbed a chair, tv table and all the necessary supplies and moved into our bedroom so I could watch more Restoration Roadshow (excellent show, btw). Card assembly / banner attachment commenced. I started by drawing base lines on the cardfronts to ensure straight border strips. I made fifteen cards before running out of banners. The first banners I’d made were all different lengths and widths and, much like Leslie’s, this was intentional.

I started cutting more banners and the remnants I was cutting were smaller and more awkwardly shaped. I prepped more cardfronts and built another fifteen.

Once I had the thirty cards with banners attached, I cut narrow strips of black cardstock and added the border edge. I called it a night after this.

This morning, I added the sentiment from TPC Studio Hugs and Kisses Set in Memento Tuxedo Black. I’m pleased with the cards – they’re simple but colorful and work with the sentiment perfectly. Love cards are always in high demand with Operation Write Home.

Papers are from Making Memories Boho Chic Olivia. These thirty cards put me at sixty two and I still have several full and partial sheets from this pack left to use.