August 29, 2012

Operation Write Home (OWH) - 105 cards

I came across this site about a week ago.  You see as I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been con convelescent leave due to surgery and decided that since this is such a worthy cause and the fact that I love to make cards I thought why not give it a try.  Well I did and in a week I made 105 cards to send out to Operation Write Home (  So far OWH has sent out 1,749,393 handcrafted cards have been deployed since 2007!    This is so amazing and I just wanted to contribute something to my fellow brethern in uniform who are away from home and are in some location where they can not buys cards to send home to their families on special occasions or just to say "I Miss You".... So below is just a few pictures I have taken of the crads I created that will go out in the mail today.  So if you get a chance, check out the website.  They also have a YouTube videos as well (                                     For the few members I have that follow me, let me know what you think.....

August 21, 2012

Me & Dad Clowning Around

This was one of those rare moments with my dad.  Often we take the normal family snap shot before he leaves to go back home but this time was different.  We decided to be a little corny for the camera (sorry for the bad camera shot - pic is not this dark or red).  My dad will pick a weekend that we have as a holiday and drive down and stay a couple of days.  We end up having to pack in a lot of family time into a couple of days.  My dad has since retired from the military and teaching so he has some free time on his hands when he is not vacationing.  We don't get to see him as often so we try to make all time count.  The paper is warped becasue I sprayed different mists on it and it did not dry flat.  I wanted to try some different techniques on this page.  I deceided not the mat the pics so instead I took a marker and went around the photo.  I used embrodiery thread to tie the banners together.  Im trying to venture outside of my comfort zone and try different things.  I want to broaden my scope and increase my creativity range.

K&Company 12x12 designer paper (no name on the pad - very odd)
CTMH Cricut cartridge - Art Philosophy with coordinating chipboad pieces for the banner
Cricut Cartridge - Everyday paper dolls (grass)
Cricut Cartridge Accent Essentials (for the sun)
Mamking memories 6x6 paper pad EMMA
Tattered Angels glimmer mists: turquoise blue and slate
Tattered Angels chalkboard mists: chalk and strawberry shortcake
Craters workshop 6x6 templates: mini gears, mini ledger and mini chicken wire
Memento tuxedo black ink
Classic Stampin Up Lucky Limeade ink (used to edge the banners)
American Crafts Samp Marker - Apricot and sunflower

August 17, 2012

Gallbladder Long Gone - Aug 2012

Well as I mentioned in my last post, I had surgery a couple of days ago and I thought I would scrap it.  Of course I do not have actual photos of my non-functioning gallbladder (YUCK!!!).  So I did the next best thing.  I went and googled a photo.  All the paper is from Micheals Recollection collection ( Bold Basics patterned paper and Soda Pop).  I could not get into the CCR today because they are having issues with the site so I decided to use my Thickers that I purchased from Archiver's several weeks back and it worked really nicely on the page (chocolate in color).  The journaling I did through Microsoft word and just did a simple text box at 3x7.  I had a lot to say on the procedure and I knew my chunky handwriting would not allow me to make it all fit in such a little space.  I love the colors.  I had a hard time matching the folder but when I finally came across the paper (I have lots of paper packs) it really fell into place and worked great.  Nothing fancy...Just real simple and easy.

August 16, 2012

Cricut BIrthday Card -CCR and Wild Card 2

It has definitely been a long while since I have posted any projects.  I have created a lot but have not added them to my blog.  I am currently working on an album for my In-Laws.  Plus I just had surgery yesterday so I will be on Con Leave for about a week and thought what a perfect time to catch up on some much needed projects.

My youngest is turning 10 this month and she so loves her Ipod touch.  So I decided to make a card for her that presents her Ipod and her headphones that she always has with her.  The following materials listed below are what I used to make this card.  I used the Cricut Craft Room (CCR) and the new cricut cartridge "Wild Card 2".  Its one of my favorites.

Items and sizes:
- Wild Card 2 cricut cartridge page 40 for headphones
- envelope cut at 10.931x10.77 used bazzill papaya puree medium paper
- envelope insert cut at 5.333x5.167 my mind's eye Fine & Dandy Danny Boy 6x6 paper pack
- card cut at 10.431x5.181 core dination polar ice
- card insert 4.611x4.375 DCVW Brights collection - yellow
- card topper layer 5.125x5.153 my mind's eye Fine & Dandy Danny Boy 6x6 paper pack
- heaphne 4.028x4.542 my mind's eye Fine & Dandy Danny Boy 6x6 paper pack
- hdphon-s 4.042x3.819 my mind's eye Fine & Dandy Danny Boy 6x6 paper pack
- layer 4.028x2.208 my mind's eye Fine & Dandy Danny Boy 6x6 paper pack
- layer-s 1.694x2.194  bazzil 2x6 blue and orange
- texture boutiques
- kassie brocade embossing folder