Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Love is in the Air

Hey there! OWH cardmakers are working hard on getting their Valentine's in for the Archway Cookie Challenge.  Who wouldn't want to craft for cookies!  My two cards for you today are love themed but could work for Valentine's Day if a troop found themselves in need.  Get your Valentine's Day cards to the shippers by Dec. 1st to help with this special mission!!
This cute little card was made for the S&S Sketch Challenge #44.  I was in the mood for some cuteness and the googlie eyes did it!  The stamp set is Sweet Scoops (Retired).  I paper pierced the heart and used Distressed Inks to really make it pop!  I used glossy accents on the scoops and Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  I used the Lattice EF on the Chocolate Chip background.
Love is in the Air
Almost missed getting this card in!  This one was made for the S&S Midweek Throwdown.  The penguins are the Stampin' Up! Owl punch with their ears trimmed off!! How cool is that! I love the variety of this punch!  I hand cut the little iceberg and chalked around it with some blue ink.  It's simple but I love the penguins.

Finally! WE HAVE SNOW!!  This is a picture of my two little kiddos enjoying the fresh snow.  Last year we didn't get any snow so my son was very confused.  He stood there for a few moments and then finally came around.

Thanks for stopping by!! =)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

S&S Sketch Challenge 43

Have you all recovered yet from blog hopping?  I know I'm still jumping back in there and looking at some of the great cards a second time over.   My card I'm about to share with you is for the S&S Sketch Challenge 43.  I actually made 2 because I didn't like the first and wanted to try another stamp..just more love for our troops to send home!

Here's the one I like.
I organized my box of stamps only to find that I do own one Valentine stamp.  The birds were a $1 stamp by Inkadinkadoo and the heart paper was a find at Target last year.  The ribbon and rhinestones are from Michaels and the cardstocks are from Stampin' Up! (Real Red, Melon Mambo and Whisper White)  The image was also my attempt to water color..I actually messed up and it turned out pretty good if I do say so.  I used Glossy Accents on the hearts.

Here's the one that I just didn't Love as much.
It's not terrible but I thought I could do better.  I guess we are all our own biggest critic. 

Enjoy your week!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

I'd like to first start off by saying THANK YOU for all the wonderful comments left during the OWH BlogHop! You ladies are the best!  There were so many inspirational cards and I truly loved all of the creativity shared.
Well, I know you didn't check in to see my thank you speech so let's get to the point.  The winner after sorting through qualifying comments is ...
Land of EnCRAFTment
Contact me at s dot estores at yahoo dot com to claim your prize!

Make sure you all continue to vote for OWH at Joanns Craft for a Cause Contest!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

OWH Be My Valentine BLOGHOP

Welcome and I hope you've enjoyed hopping along and checking out all the great cards crafters from all around have made in honor of our troops.  Operation Write Home is an amazing organization that touches the lives of our Heroes and their families through handmade greeting cards.  If you haven't already checked them out do so HERE.

The challenge for the hop over on the Stars & Stamps blog was to make a Valentine's Day card.  The deadline to send your own handmade Valentine's Day cards to the shippers is January 7th.  Please do not send anymore Christmas cards since the deadline has passed!  They can always use your general themes and AnyHero mail!  No Glitter!!

Some of you may know and for those of you who don't, OWH made it into the final 3 for the Joann's Craft for a Cause Contest!  The winning organization will receive $50,000.  That's payment for a lot of boxes to be shipped to our Heroes!  Vote for them daily by clicking HERE.

OWH has also brought us a SPECIAL MISSION!  They teamed up with Archway and for every Valentine sent to your shipper by December 1st, they will match it with some sweet treats!  Read more about it on the Homefront Blog HERE

Okay, so enough with the chit chat.  Here's my card!

My Sweet Valentine
I used the Stampin' Up! Always set to create the hearts.  I used Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black cardstocks and Inks.  The embossing folder is the Sizzix Lattice from Stampin' Up! and the pearls and ribbon are from my stash.  I printed the sentiment off of my laptop.  Somehow, I have no Valentine's Day sentiments!

So you've read through my ramblings and checked out my card but now here's the fun part...BLOG CANDY!  

50 Sheets of Cardstock!
40 Loopy Brads!
1 Sheet of Rhinestones!
2 Clear Stamp Sets!
6yds of Ribbon (2ea color)!

This is my first time offering blog candy and all you need to do for your chance to win is to leave a comment here telling us all what OWH means to you!  OWH means the world to me.  Not only does it give me a reason to make beautiful cards, it also helped my Hero keep in touch with home.  My husband sent home beautiful cards to myself and my children. It brightened their days and it's a keepsake we will always cherish!  You have until Sunday at 11:59 PST to comment!  Winner will be chosen by random and posted on Monday!

Next stop, Karen at Slightly Scrappy!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Time for another Throwdown!

Hey everyone!  I made this card for the OWH Sketch Challenge 42.  They are having a BlogHop on the 13th so be sure to check back and see all of the amazing cards created for our Heroes!

Always On My Mind
I used the SU Always stamp set for this card.  I think it must be my favorite since I've made so many cards from it.  The cardstocks are Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  The Ribbon is Old Olive and the inks are Melon Mambo and Old Olive.  I used the SU Lattice EF on the background image.

Hope you've enjoyed!