Friday, May 28, 2010

Hoppy Memorial Day! Win Candy!

     Hey ya'll...Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop (hop begins here). Wasn't Rhonda's blog lovely and her cards are so unique...I loved the frogs...she really inspires!
     Today I'd like to acknowledge all of our deployed soldiers, military, and especially veterans and families of the fallen...I am deeply grateful and humbled by your incredible sacrifice. The freedom that we know in the US would not be ours without these brave men and women so today we miss them and remember them in our card making!
     First up is my red, white, and blue (and a few other colors) "miss you" card. I used this week's OWH Sketch # 18 by Kate. I colored this little sock monkey image which was a (cute cute cute) Bugaboo stamps freebie with regular markers copics for me yet :(... then for a little pizazz I added  these over sized jewels I had in my stash as the centers for the little cut out flowers.
    This week has been full of technical difficulties for computer's hard drive went unstable on Sunday and then subsequently crashed  on Wednesday causing me to lose some unbacked up recent photos...some of which were of a project I was working on to feature here. Fortunately I was able to save my collection of digi images onto a zip drive before my hard drive made its final click of death...In fact I saved my digis instead of some recent family that bad? That said... my tip o' the hop is backup your files!!

    ...but the HOP must go on so I want to introduce you to "Oscar" the camel located at the bottom of this post (update ~ scroll all the way down please) who was saved from extinction by my lil' ole zip drive. Oscar is my first attempt at drawing my own digi... he's free for the taking and he's anxious to be featured on your handmade card for a deployed soldier to send home to his/her family...what could be better than a little patriotic camel love from afar? So go ahead --- swipe him... of course if you make a card or project with him I'd love for you to give a shout out to my blog and basically follow the same angel policy as you would for any digital image! You'll notice the only difference in the first two Oscar's are his saddle...I just did that so that if you wanted to do a non-patriotic card you could color the afghan to match your chosen colors. You'll also find him smelling a flower and swimming... of all things!

 Now here is a little blog candy I put together for one lucky crafter.
It includes:
*Juicy Summer specialty paper pack
*The letter box (how-to) by EK Success
*Pop up and 3D cards (how to) book (some cute ideas in here)
*Assorted ribbons (20yards)
*Full set of wonky letter stamps
*Assorted rubber and acrylic stamps (5)
*Lots of embellishments, chipboard, brads, flowers... (you get the idea!)

Here are the rules and ways to enter for your chance(s) to win...
* You must live in the US (sorry I can only ship within the US).
* You must have a blog for the 10 "challenge" entries!
#1...leave me a comment on this post = 1 entry
#2...become a follower of my blog = 1 entry (present followers included)
#3...Challenge...use one of my Oscar freebies on a card for OWH then come back and link up to your post or gallery using Mr. Linky below= 10 entries

You have until Midnight Sunday June 6th! The winner will be announced here on my blog later that week so be sure and check back...I will also try and post an announcement on the OWH face book fan page as a reminder!

     Before you go... I wanted to share with you a few cards I made with Oscar and a little picnic basket I've been working on using two great value muffin boxes ...I wanted to find some way to recycle them since we go through 3 of them a week in my house and they seemed the right size to create a picnic basket which I have the idea it will serve as a monthly card sorter for a special lady! I will add monthly dividers but at this point it is still a  work in progress.
     Finally I want to say a  HUGE thanks to Sandy Allnock and Melanie Holzwarth  for creating their own sample cards with Oscar...their links are in my sidebar.



Okay so now you'll be off to visit Greta's blog...Let a little sunshine in not miss her recipe book... it is fabulous! Happy Memorial Day and thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to click on Oscar to enlarge then right click the large version and save to your hard drive. If you have trouble with the images you can email me at and I will send them to you!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mojo Monday sketch -card#2

Here is the second card I created for this weeks mojo monday sketch challenge. The first is in the previous blog post...hope you liked them....Happy scrapp 'n!!

Stash challenge/Mojo monday

Here is my submission for the Wednesday stash challenge at OWH which is to use "stars"...I also used this weeks Mojo Monday's Sketch! This little image I am giving away on the OWH Memorial Day bloghop along with three can check out the other  three digi freebies today on Melanie's blog at She was so nice in volunteering to make some sample cards with them and she did an awesome job so please show her some love!!! Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapp'n Thursday!! Cheryl

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monochromatic Challenge

Hey Ya'll.... today I spent a good part of the morning checking out the challenge blogs and doing my best to find several challenges I could combine. I see a lot of scrappers do this but I am not very good at it and usually when I give it a try I miss one or more of the deadlines. Anyhoo this card should (hopefully) qualify me for the following challenges;
*Crafty Ho's  Sketch Challenge  (see sketch)
*Rileyandco Challenge (create a birthday card)
*Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #31 (make a Monochromatic card)
*Tuesday Morning  Challenge#46 (your fave color combo and glitter -hey I used shiny paper...that qualifies me right?)

Monday, May 17, 2010

OWH Sketch Challenge 17

Happy Monday....if I may say Monday and happy in the same This weeks sketch is by Lora B. and it is a REALLY good sketch to use (I think) for cuttlebug embossed papers because its simple and I REALLY like simple sketches that don't involve serious measuring and lots of cuts. I liked it so much I made two cards. Here they are and I hope you like them! Cheryl

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Anyone for a slice of watermelon?

     What a wonderful Saturday afternoon I am having. I made a quick trip to JoAnns fabrics last night and picked up a few dollar items and a couple punches for 40% off. I had this little idea in my head for a "picnic basket which would be a sort of a monthly card organizer.
    I have this sweet little old lady in mind to receive this. Her name is Miss Maggie and she goes to my husband's little church that a Minister friend of his is trying to revive...she's always giving my husband ten dollars for playing his guitar (the church can't afford a pianist so my husband volunteers guitar right now) and he doesn't want to hurt her feelings and not accept it. When my husband takes our son to church, Maggie sits with him during the service part while my husband is playing... My son loves her...she is as sweet as watermelon! That gave me an idea...what goes better in a picnic basket than watermelon? without further ado...
       I thought this would also be appropriate for the 4th of July cards many of you OWH'ers are working on! I started with a lime green card which I used a bowl to draw around to give it that oval shape so this is not a perfect thing but as MS says "it is a good thing". Then I did the same with the pink part only made a 1/4 inch smaller or so. I also distressed it with some red ink and just used the edge of the ink to create a little dimension in the center. Then here's the cool part ...the flower punch I had purchased came in really handy for the seeds. I just punched three flowers and then cut off the petals to use for seeds -perfect size...gluing them on...ARGHHH! Now I needed a little embellishment. I had also purchased this little Sizzix vine die for 4.99. I wasn't even sure it would work in my cuttlebug but I used the A plate & the 2 B plates and it worked like a charm! I stacked a couple of other flowers on top and finished with a black rhinestone! Then it was on to the inside!

       I lined the inside with a  lighter pink  more suitable for writing on. Then I had to taste the watermelon so I took a huge bite out of it! YUM! This was not as easy as I had first thought as my punch was trying to cut through 5 layers but it eventually went when I put ALL of my weight into it--hmmm! Then I covered this little chipboard tag...stamped a message... and tied the red/white/and blue ribbons...and of course added my little flowers and WALLA!!! Now I am onto the picnic basket which will be made of two (modified) great value muffin boxes. I will post that as soon as I finish! Have a happy scrapp 'n weekend & thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Rainy Day Flower Power

     Hey ya'll...TGIF! Today I submit (2) flower power cards which qualifies me twice for the  FP challenge over at Catch the bug . This challenge closes at 7AM so I got these crafted up just in time. My card recipe is a little of this and a dash of that. Honestly I don't look at labels I just get to cuttin' sorta' like Edward Scissorhands. I know the paper came from hobby lobby and it was 59cents. You probably can't tell in the picture but it has OWH approved glitter on every other row of flowers (for those that don't know -that's the kind that doesn't flake off!) The sketch is Scrappy's from a few weeks back as cased off of Jan Hunnicut this afternoon! This card also qualifies me for the OWH Wednesday Throw down which is to use this rainy day digi freebie from wink wink ink. You can tell I paper pieced the bear's rain gear! I probably should have put a sentiment April Showers bring May flowers because it seems so fitting now! lol

    This card I tried my best to use up the smaller scraps from the previous card. I used this little digi I drew named Oscar...hes a Camel in case you didn't know, lol. He & three others will be up for grabs on my stop of the OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop...and guess what....just like us...he is FREE!! He loves to smell flowers and this card is full of them. I went and popped a smaller flower on top of the first in several places then I added a little bump of glitter in the centers. It really made it cute but I'm not sure if all of the detail shows in the pic. Thanks for looking and ill leave you with this pic of my fur baby!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sketch 16 Challenge

      Here is my submission for this weeks OWH sketch challenge by Vieve! As you can see I used these crazy retro papers (again) and I wasn't completely happy with the way the colors came out but I made a futile attempt to pull them together with these braided ribbons... oh well.
    If you are wondering where I got the little camel digi...I drew him and I really hope you like because I am going to be giving him away on my blog as a Memorial Day Blog Hop freebie. I've had this idea rolling around in my head for this little humorous A-Stan camel...I call him Oscar...our military has adopted him as their mascot and they do things like drape U.S. Flags over his back and set him flying on explosive devices but he doesn't fact he loves the USA!   
      Also if you like this little guy I have a couple more digi's of him in the works that will also be giveaways. Thanks for visiting my blog and hope you all have a happy scrapp 'n Tuesday evening!! 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Favorite Color Challenge/SKetch 15 challenge

For today's favorite color challenge over at OWH,  I used some pink dot and girly words paper I picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby from the single sheet aisle. This is a huge break from my man-card marathon of late...this card is extra girly and features hot pink,lime green, black, and white. Of course once I have all my stuff out I never make just one card so the girly card below makes use of the OWH sketch 15 by Bev -  I added the little flower embellishment and jewels for a focal point!

Okay here are some of the man cards I've also been working on this week, the first two of which are also based on Bev's sketch 15. Originally I was attempting to get them shipped before the deadline for father's day however, I may just wait until I have another full box to ship since they can really be used for any occasion in need of a man card.

Here' another card suitable for a woman in the same scheme as the above man card. Again I just had these papers out so I kept going. Thanks for looking and have a happy scrapp'n Wednesday!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

National Scrapbooking Day -Bugaboo Digi

     Happy NSD ya'll! To celebrate I wanted to show you this card I made using a Bugaboo digital image. I won my choice while hopping on  their latest blog hop. I chose the little cowboy image. Isn't it adorable?? Well they are giving away a similar image for free right now. Well as some of you know I have been trying real hard to do more boy and man cards...they are just so challenging for me but I think I am getting better and remembering sometimes less is more. I read somewhere you can always spot a novice card-maker from a mile away because they tend to over-embellish. GUILTY as charged...I must admit! lol. I loved the way this card turned out if I may say that. You know once in a while when you just look at what you just created and say "I got that one right". My recipe is this little uncolored image was superimposed onto a "scrapbook factory" background image of horses and riders...a bit askew with a fence and ruddy colors-then printed and colored I added the little sign that says "...miss you little wrangler". I cut out the little stick from the same program and I used a little floral wire to hang it as you might see at a dude ranch! LOL... like I'VE ever been to a dude ranch! Now below I made ANOTHER shirt card...yes I am on a roll with these...pairing them with different themes...this one I chose golf! The image is from my program as well.
Someone had mentioned they liked that I coordinated my shirt with the edge pattern. Well that is a little trick too. What I do is put my scrapbook paper into my copier and reduce the size about 50% and print it onto just plain white computer paper...I make my shirt out of that so the pattern is a little smaller. Then I use the regular paper to do the coordinated edge. Well Happy Saturday ya' I'm off to check out what you've been making on your blogs!