Saturday, May 26, 2012

Honor our Heroes

This is my own personal tribute to the heroes in my life. 
I hung these photos and plaques above my bed to create my own Hero Wall.  I look at these every night before going to bed and feel safe.  These represent my late husband, my son and grandsons.

I have been participating in the Operation Write Home Memorial Day bloghop for several years.  This year, I just don't have the creative juices flowing to participate.  You can view all the great blogs that are participating HERE.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Annular Solar Eclipse

Fortune placed my home in the path of the eclipse last evening.  Since I live in the southern Nevada desert, we normally have very clear blue skies.  I had heard all the news and warnings about not looking at the sun during this eclipse.  I tried the pinhole in a paper and was able to view a tiny image of the eclipse, but couldn't take photos while holding the two cards.  I have a shade tree in my front yard and this created spaces between the leaves, with the sun shining through those holes to create lovely images of the eclipse on the front of my stucco home.  Here's some photos I was able to take.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Armed Forces Day

To celebrate Armed Forces Day, Operation Write Home is holding a Blog Skip.  There are some interesting cards and some good deals on stamps at Stampers Best.  This weekend, this company is donating $2 for each stamp ordered to Operation Write Home to help with shipping expenses.  You can also use the code name oldstamper to get a 10% discount on your order.

I placed a nice order with this company today.  I also bought a digital image to use on a card for my grandson who is in the Marines, serving in Afghanistan.  I made this card with it.
I can also use this image to make cards for Operation Write Home later.  I'm so proud of all of our troops who are serving our country.

I also finished up another card that I have been working on for a couple days.
This is a new Memory Box die that I recently purchased.  The paper is by My Minds Eye.  The cardstock is from my stash.  The sentiment is an unlabeled stamp and punched out with a sun punch by Carl.  The circles are cut with Spellbinder Nestibility dies.

Monday, May 7, 2012

OWH Rebel Challenge - owl

I started this card yesterday during the Operation Write Home Rebel Challenge.  This challenge was issued on the
2 Paw Prints blog to make a card with an owl on it.  I didn't think I had any owl stamps, but found this one in a clear set that I had stored in a CD case, with no label.  I embossed it in silver on blue paper.  The hexagon frames are Spellbinders Nestibilities that I had purchased long ago and never used. 

The sentiment is by Hero Arts and mounted on Spellbinders tags, which are held on with silver brads with a blue gem in the center.  The background paper was from my stash and I embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder to give it some texture.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Rebel Challenge - patriotic

These are 'sister cards' for this rebel challenge at Scrapping with Purpose.  The challenge is to make cards for OWH that are patriotic and one for our hero and one for them to send home.
This card was made in the sunburst style with patriotic papers.  I will write a personal message inside this card thanking a hero for their service.  The lower portion is gold cardstock, embossed with a Craft Concepts Starry Night embossing folder.  Sentiment is from Amuse Studio.
This is a similar card made for our heroes to send home and will be left blank inside.  This sentiment is by Hero Arts and embossed in gold.  Star is cut out with a Spellbinder's die, with edges trimmed with gold embossing powder.

Rebel Challenge - blue & gray

This card is for OWH and is part of the Rebel Challenge.  This challenge is from Allison's Creations and is to make a card with blue and gray.  The base card and the sentiment are on gray cardstock.  The airplanes are stamped in Colorbox Antique Pewter ink on light blue marbled paper.  The dark blue is embossed with a Craft Concepts embossing folder called Starry Night.  The sentiment is stamped in Memories blue ink and cut out with a Spellbinders die.  Star brads are silver and very old (you could say hoarded).

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Rebel food challenge

This weekend, we are being Rebels and making cards for out heroes on National Scrapbooking Day.  You can read about this challenge on the Stars & Stamps blog.

I haven't had much luck today with making cards.  Do you think I'm being punished for being a Rebel?  This is the third challenge of the day - making a card using Food as a Focal Image.  Does lemonade count as food?

This is an old House Mouse stamp, colored with colored pencils.  The glass is covered by vellum, but doesn't show in the photo.  The solid green cardstock is pearlescent and looks spotty in photo.  The patterned paper is by Bo Bunny.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, Lauri!

This card is for my very special step-daughter.  She is right now on an airplane heading for her first visit to Hawaii.  I bought these stamps on my first trip to Hawaii.  The Diamond Head stamp was made by Stamp Yourself Silly and the palm trees were made by Rubber Stamp Plantation.  The sun is a metallic paper charm that I bought years ago.

Once again, I used the same size Labels 18 Nestibility die for both colors, then trimmed off the top one at the embossing line with my scissors.  It's a bit of a fussy cut, but I like the border.  The punch is by EK Success and the sentiment is an unlabeled unmounted rubber stamp.  You'll have to click on image to see the embossed background, made with a Cuttlebug folder.

Have a wonderful birthday, Lauri.