Wednesday, August 27, 2014

L'il Hoots Bears - Hero Arts

This is the last of the most recent group of cards for kids that I will send to Operation Write Home.  I love how easy this stamp set - L'il Hoots by Hero Arts - is to color with my Copic Markers.

Both papers are from Stampin' Up. The patterned paper is from the Fresh Prints collection and the cardstock is More Mustard.

The sentiment is from the same set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The paper I use to color on is X-Press It Blending Card and the Copic colors I used were:

Loved coloring this stamp set!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

L'il Hoots Elephants

Here is another card from the group of Copic colored cards I assembled.  The elephants are adorable! This is from the Hero Arts stamp set L'il Hoots, which is one of the Operation Write Home sets.

The Copics colors I used are:

The plain cardstock is Stampin' Up More Mustard. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Adorable elephants!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


A while back, I posted the digi from The Greeting Farm - Daniel - after I had been coloring and experimenting with different colors for hair.

I finally got around to making cards with the image:

The plain cardstock is Stampin' Up (Elegant Eggplant and Gumball Green). The patterned paper is from a Studio Calico 6x6 pad.

The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I edged the outside of the sentiment cardstock with the YG25 marker to make it stand out against the background. Daniel was colored with Copic Markers in the following colors:

It was kind of fun working outside my normal comfort zone - blue hair can be fun!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Alvin & Julie

Here is another adorable stamp from Sandy Allnock and Whimsy Stamps - Alvin & Julie!

The cardstock is Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade and Strawberry Slush.  The patterned paper is from the 6x6 stack Wonderful Day by Fancy Pants.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The coloring is done with Copic Markers in the following colors:

I hope there is a happy child when they receive this card!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Owl-Ways thinking about you

This is another of the Copic colored images that I did to make kids cards for OWH. I adore this image!

The image is from the Hero Arts L'il Hoots stamp set for OWH. The plain cardstock is Stampin' Up, Pistachio Pudding and Marina Mist. The patterned paper is from the MME 6x6 pad, Charm.

The Copics used to color the image are:

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

More adorable images!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Snoopy & Steve

Whimsy Stamps and Sandy Allnock (Executive Director of Operation Write Home and crafter extraordinaire) provided another cute kids stamp - Snoopy & Steve.

What's cuter than a kid and a dog??  The sentiment is from the same set. It was colored with the following Copic Markers:

I think this image is adorable!! The plain cardstock is Stampin' Up (Crushed Curry and Midnight Muse). The patterned paper is from the DCWV 6x6 The Basics Stack.

I hope this helps someone share their heart.

L'il Bunny

I got to spend 12 hours this weekend crafting with friends - sweet!!  One of the things I worked on was assembling cards with the images that I have colored and collected.  One of my favorites is Little Miss Muffet Stamps  L'il Bunny.

I colored her with the following copics:

The cardstock is Stampin' Up (Bermuda Bay, So Saffron and Strawberry Slush.)

I just adore this little girl - she makes me smile! She will be in the next box of OWH cards. Hopes she makes someone else smile!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Inlaid Die Technique

I recently played around with a new technique - inlaid die cuts!  I was in need of multiple thank you cards and thought this would be a perfect time to try it out.

I had a number of background pieces that I had airbrushed with my Copic markers. I die cut a couple different Memory Box Dies (Prim Poppy and Chloe Stem) using the background papers.

I die cut the flowers from a piece of white cardstock, 4 x 5.25". Next, I used the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks and placed it over the stems of the flowers.  Make sure to keep all the "inner" parts of the white die cuts from both the flowers and the words.

To adhere to the colored cardstock (4.25x5.5"), I covered the colored cardstock with tape runner where ever the die cut pieces would be inserted. I also went around the edges to make sure the white was completely secured.

After putting the flower and the colored "thanks" in, fill in any empty spots with the leftover white pieces.

This technique can be a tad time consuming, but I love the way it turned out!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kids Copics Cards

I have been on the lookout for stamp images that work well for kids cards for OWH.  Hero Arts had some sets that are perfect and that are a fund raiser for Operation Write Home as well!

The stamp set, L'il Hoot (Hero Arts), now also has matching dies so no more fussy cutting (I don't do it that well)!!

I colored them with copics, opting for a not-so-realistic owls. The stamp set also has some great sentiments to go along with the images.  Now, off to put them on some cards!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Box of Cards!!

Sent off another box of cards for OWH this morning. We frequently have a card making "party" where friends Jami, Diana, Teresa, Karen and Maryjo get together. We each make card kits that consists of card bases, envelopes and cut pieces and embellishments, enough to make 3 cards each. We then assemble the cards with great conversation and fun!

One of the cards I designed used the Simon Says Stamp Diamond Parade die.  The cardstock and designer paper (retired) are Stampin' Up and the stamped sentiment is Papertrey Ink from the set All About You. 

I love all the new dies!  Looking forward to playing with more!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Kid's Cards

I have tried to be more aware of images that can be used for kids cards.  Sandy Allnock to the rescue with her great images from Whimsey Stamps.  I played with my Copics to color the images.

This little girl is from the set Alvin & Julie. She is colored with:

I used the Colorless Blender 0 to put the 'dots' on her shirt.

I also picked this image from the set Snoopy & Steve.

Steve's colors are:

Now I have to get them on cards and send them off!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Watercolor for Card Makers Class

The last few weeks I really enjoyed the Watercolor for Card Makers Class at Online Card Classes. I then went to an all day crop and spent the day making backgrounds to use on cards for OWH.

This one I did on water color paper (Canson - 90 lb) and Derwent Inktense Pencils. The diecut is Memory Box Chloe Stem and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Set Happy Every Day. 

I mounted the water colored background on Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up).

This is a technique that is still very new to me, so I am enjoying all the playing and learning!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Playing with Copic Colors

I have this wonderful boy stamp from The Greeting Farm - WS Daniel (digital).  I have seen lots of hair colorings that are "outside" the normal hair color.  I decided that this image might lend itself to the unusual, so I gave it a try.

Of course, wild hair needs wild clothes to match!  This little guy will go on an OWH card in the very near future!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Box for OWH

I'm just about finished  filling up a box for OWH.  Most of the cards are the kids cards from my previous post.  I had forgotten I had a few more kits that I brought with me that I could put together and stuff the box!

I spent some time playing with the Avery Elle Stamp set Fanfare and different color combinations:

The other kits I brought used Stampin' Up DSP and embossing folder.

So, now I'm off to stamp the back, stuff them in the envies and pack the box!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

OWH Kids Cards

Wow - can't believe it has been so long since I posted!  I'm trying a small bit of "early retirement" for February and March, away from the horrid weather of Ohio (couldn't have picked a better year!)

In preparation, I made a multitude of Cricut figures to make kids cards with. So that I didn't have to pack too much of my stash, I made kits of patterned paper and cardstock.  I also threw in some sentiment stamps and hoped that when I got here, I would have enough to make complete cards.

I can't imagine how difficult it would be to be a parent deployed with a child or children at home.  I tried to pick images that would work for both boys and girls and of multiple ages.

Sesame Street was always a winner with my kids growing up.

I also used the 6 x 6 in pad challenge for the patterned paper.

Cricut's Create a Critter is great for cute figures for younger kids.

I can only hope that one of these cards will make a child smile!!

[All Cardstock and patterend paper - Stampin' Up]