Thursday, September 19, 2013

More cards for a cause

Yesterday I packed up 148 cards and homemade envelopes to be sent out on Saturday to a group called Send Love Today. They will use these cards to send to people who have brain tumors and cancer ass a way to cheer them up. I must say that I surprised myself when I saw how many actually got done because I've been floating around in a daze for the past month or so and can barely keep my eyes open most of the time. I'm assuming this is just a symptom of my fibromyalgia, but have never had it this bad before. I take what I refer to as my "awake pill" every morning for narcolepsy, but that usually wears off before noon, sometimes even before 9:30 and I don't like taking another one because then I don't sleep as well that night. This week I started taking something for adrenal fatigue and hope to see some results soon. In the meantime I'll keep knocking out these cards to help stay awake before bedtime! Oh if anyone reads this and has some suggestions I'd love to hear them!

Here are some shots of stacks of cards before packing.




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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Happy 100th Birthday Kansas State Fair!

Today I had a wonderful time with Mr H at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson! We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather and believe it or not, the crowds weren't too bad. Kansas has some incredibly talented 3-H'rs and I wanted to share two of their works of art with you. First is an awesome blue ribbon cake celebrating the event.
The quilt below I have decided is my soulmate. Have you ever seen anything that just takes your breath away? Well this quilt is one of those things that just reached out to me in a very unexpected way and I couldn't stop staring at it and ooohing and ahhhhing over the intricate details of small bits of fabric so lovingly sewed together, much of it appliqued by hand. Then to see the incredible machine quilting in every section was beyond my understanding. The colors are so bright, crisp and cheerful that it really spoke to me and made my heart go pitter patter. Yes folks, I'm in love with a quilt! So where's the preacher? Marry me today!!! Just kidding, but I must say that I wouldn't mind sharing my bed with this lovely thing! So what will I do? Try to copy it? No way Jose! Try to create some greeting cards based on the colors and designs? You betcha! Gotta wait until I get home though and that's not till tomorrow, so stay tuned!


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

OWH Birthday Bash 2013

I made the card below for the Operation Write Home Birthday Bash 2013. They have great instructional videos, pdf files and other information that will enhance your cardmaking skills. You can join the fun too by clicking on the link on the sidebar ---------->>>>

Products used to make this card:
Stamps from My Favorite Things Monkey Business (part of the OWH Birthday Bash 2013 kit)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Classic Close to Cocoa, Versamark (the watermark bananas on the blue circle)
Prismacolor and Staedtler watercolor pencils
Stampin Up! blender pen
Fiskars 2" circle punch
EK Success 2 1/4" scalloped circle punch
Bella! Ribbonz (part of the OWH Birthday Bash 2013 kit)
Paper and cardstock from my stash
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Monday, September 9, 2013

A couple of cards for Send Love Today, a SCS Cards for a Cause

I've been holed up in my craft room all weekend and evenings for a few days making cards for the Split Coast Stampers Cards for a Cause challenge. I haven't taken many pictures yet, but here's a couple of the cards. The group for this month is called Send Love Today. It's a group that sends cards and small gifts to individuals with brain tumors. As I've been making these cards I tried to design some that would be good for sending to men and think the two below would be good for that.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

OWH VCMP Card #9 and the end of the party!

Wow can you believe that we've come to the end of the two-day Virtual Card Making Party? Me neither! It's been fun and has given me loads of new ideas and inspiration.

OWH VCMP Card #9 challenge is to make a card using the negative of a die or punch. I used a large Stampin Up flower punch on the front of the card, then adhered white card stock to the inside of the card with a dragonfly stamped on it. When making cards using dark card stock we always adhere white or light colored paper to the inside so the heroes have something to write on, keeping in mind that some only have a pencil and that wouldn't show up at all on dark paper. You can visit the host of this challenge here and see cards made by other partiers.

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OWH VCMP Card #8

OWH VCMP Card #8 challenge is to make a card with an image of a bee and a sentiment that plays on the word bee. When I was working on the 6th challenge I noticed a cute bee in the stamp set which shall go unnamed because quite honestly, well there isn't a manufacturer's name anywhere on the acrylic stamp sheet. Anyway, there was also some matching sentiments and the one I picked was just perfect! You can visit the host of this challenge here and see cards made by other partiers.

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OWH VCMP Card #7

OWH VCMP Card #7 challenge is to make a fall themed card without being for Thanksgiving. I've always wanted to try the emboss resist technique and when I saw the sample card by the host of this challenge here I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

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OWH VCMP Card #6

The OWH VCMP Card #6 challenge is to make cards for kids using the tic-tac-toe board below. We had to choose three items in a row and I selected things with wings, stamping and using punches (the small red stars).

Now on to the next challenge!

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OWH VCMP Sketch Challenge #188

Good morning everyone! I've got a busy morning today because my grandson is getting baptized and family gathers afterwards, but I had a tiny bit of time to get one card done before leaving.

This card is part of the Operation Write Home Labor Day Virtual Card Making Party (OWH VCMP) and follows Sketch #188.

See you again later!
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