Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #200


It’s that time of the week again for an Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge!

Here is this week’s sketch.


And here is my take on this particular sketch.

owh13I went with a bright, fun Birthday card for this challenge as I feel those are always a good option to send to our soldiers for OWH!

Some great patterned paper from a pad I got from Michaels, a great sentiment I found through the blog Free Digital Stamps (if you don’t know about this great blog that sends you a list of free digital stamps everyday that you can download into your collection, please check it out at freedigitalstamps.blogspot.com), a fun button embellishment, . . .

Hope you enjoy it,



Operation Write Home – Midweek Throwdown – Masculine Birthday Cards


Operation Write Home is doing a Midweek Throwdown Challenge this week to make Masculine Birthday Cards!

I always have a hard time coming up with masculine birthday cards.  I don’t know exactly how to make them look nice or frankly what guys are looking for in a birthday card.  I always struggle with color palettes and theme.  Does it mean darker colors?  Does it mean a sports theme?  Cards for women are so easy . . . you can go

Well here are some of my attempts at some more masculine birthday cards . . . although I admit as a huge football fan, I wouldn’t mind getting some of these myself.


I found this great football stamp in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby (what papercrafter doesn’t love that sale section) for about $2!  Score!  With a darker color scheme, a simple layout, and of course the football I think this would make an ok masculine birthday card.


This card that I made for a masculine birthday again features a darker color scheme, a simple focal image, and no frills, buttons, bows, or sparkle (which I just love using 🙂


This one just has to be my favorite.  I absolutely love the fun brads that Eyelet Outlet has (check them out at eyeletoutlet.com – you won’t be disappointed)!  A little football ribbon from Michael’s for $1 and we have a fun, yet masculine birthday card.

Have fun,


Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge – #198



It’s that time again for another Sketch Challenge from the wonderful Operation Write Home.

Here is the sketch we are using this week:








And my “Happy hello” card:



















I love using black, red, and white . . . somehow it seems so elegant!

This card features an embossed background from my Cuddlebug.   Vase and sentiment stamps are from Gina K designs (absolutely love her stamps)!  Colored with Copic markers of course.  Add red ribbon and a black button embellishment and you have a nice greeting for a loved one!

Happy cardmaking,



A little birthday wish . . .

Happy Thursday all. It’s almost Friday . . . phew, thank goodness!

You know, the one thing I like about making cards is the fact that you normally have the card you need lying around when you need it without going to the store.

I completely forgot I was in charge of sending around the birthday card for one of my coworkers. Oops . . . and it had to be passed around for signatures today. No problem, I reached in my box and had just the perfect card with no panic, plus it is homemade and adds that extra special touch for someone.

A special birthday wish . . .


I really like using black, red, and white as it is really flexible and suits many people’s taste.  It is good for females and males alike, not too feminine and not too masculine.

I embossed the white mat on my Cuddlebug, cut out some square die cuts.  Of course used my wonderful Copics to color the ribbons on the gifts, added some ribbon embellishment and some little red pearl embellishments to finish off the gifts and alas, a card that is ready for really any gift-giving occasion!

Hope you enjoy,

Happy papercrafting,



Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge – November

Hello, hello!  I am excited to enter the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge for November.  If you have never visited Our Daily Bread Designs, please do.  They are gorgeous, in fact my Christmas cards this year will be featuring their Drummer Boy stamp set, but more on that later.

From the Operation Write Home blog:

Our Daily Bread Designs will be making a shipping donation based on the number of cards in the InLinkz (only one entry per person!) – ODBD will sponsor one large box of cards for every 25 cards linked to the challenge post, with a maximum of 2 boxes per month. So be sure to tell all your friends to come and enter the challenge too!”

The November Challenge theme is Valentine and love cards.  Perfect for me as I have to get going on these type of cards to send to Operation Write Home.



A whimsical card to let that special person know they are in your heart!

I used many different types of paper including the fun patterned paper I found of all places in the Target Dollar bin!  Wooooo!

Stamps are from Paper Wishes (www.paperwishes.com), embossing folder with my Cuddlebug, button embellishment from Buttons Galore (Archiver’s).

My brain is getting a bit confused making these Valentine’s cards while thinking about my Christmas decorations and presents.  Ahhh!

Happy papercrafting,


Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #197




Ok, I admit that I just found out about Operation Write Home and am so glad that I did!  What an exciting organization.  I already missed their deadline for sending in Christmas cards, but I am working ahead so that I can send in many, many Valentine’s Day cards for soldiers to send to their loved ones back home.

Today is also my very first time participating in one of the Operation Write Home Challenges and I am also very excited about that.

I absolutely love these sketch challenges as they reawaken my creativity and give me great new ideas for different layouts.


I am going with a Valentine/love theme this week . . . as I have to meet the December 31 deadline 🙂  Never too early to start.


I used paper that I had laying around from various places – absolutely love getting to use up those scraps.  Some great pink ribbon that I found back in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby for $1 (those into papercrafting know how nice sales are:), embossed heart image on my Cuddlebug.  Stamps are from Paperwishes (www.paperwishes.com), pearl embellishments from Want 2 Scrap.

Enjoy and happy papercrafting!


Welcome to the new Creative Cards Blog!!!!


Welcome to my new blog for my latest adventure – Creative Cards!  I just had to include a picture of one of my favorite cards that I made recently 🙂  I don’t know about you, but that sums up my week already!  And the more that I think about it . . . every week actually 🙂

Anyway, a little more about Creative Cards.  For years my mom had been talking to me about scrapbooking and getting started with that.  I would go into a profound panic every single time she even mentioned it.  There was just something about it that was incredibly overwhelming to me – all of the paper, the tools, the ideas, the bling, you could do this idea, or that idea . . . it was like a creative meltdown for me.  It just seemed a bit too big for me to wrap my head around.

Well, then she mentioned starting to make greeting cards in order to get our creative juices flowing and help us learn some of the techniques that are out there with regard to papercrafting.

So over this past Memorial Day weekend she came to my house loaded with whatever stamps she had, some limited equipment, paper, and some bling . . . and we began!  And we made cards . . . and made cards . . . and made even more cards.   I WAS HOOKED!

And, I haven’t stopped since.

As I was sitting in my little “card studio” (it is my dining room, but shall now be referred to as my card studio), surrounded by the Cuddlebug, copic markers, papers, patterned papers, embossing folders, bling, jewels, ribbons, inks, . . . I felt the stresses, cares, and anxieties of everyday life just washing away.  I was able to focus completely on the creative process and alas, it became a wonderful form of relaxation and self-care for me.   I was definitely hooked!

I have really no idea what this blog will be over time.  Like making a card, it will develop over time in the way that it needs to develop and at the end hopefully there will be a beautiful product!!

Welcome to the Creative Cards journey!

Sit back, laugh, and relax!  Oh, and invite your friends to visit.