Operation Write Home – Sketch Challenge #235


Time once again for a wonderful Operation Write Home weekly Sketch Challenge – #235!!!!

Here is a little card I made for this challenge.  I figure it can be good for a birthday or really any celebration that someone is having!


owh235 I was eager to try out one of my new embossing folders that I recently bought from Consumer Crafts.  Ok, they were having a buy one get one free sale, so I actually bought 20 of them (oops, did I say that out loud! 🙂   The one I used for this card is the Crackle embossing folder . . . I like it, it is an interesting look.

Some patterned paper from Michael’s, copic markers, ribbon . . . and alas, my card for this week’s challenge.





Operation Write Home – Midweek Throwdown Challenge “Punny”


Well it is Wednesday and time for the Operation Write Home Midweek Throw Down Challenge.  This weeks theme was to make something “punny”.  No problem!

I have been purposely trying to work on some general cards that are more appropriate for children for my next Operation Write Home shipment as I know there are a lot of kids out there missing their mommies and daddies away in the military!

I thought this little guy did the trick for this punny challenge . . . a little Bird-day card!


The image and the sentiment are from one of my favorite digital stamp places . . . Doodle Pantry!  If you haven’t checked them out, do so soon at doodlepantry.com.  She has the cutest digital stamps, lots of online freebies, more freebies when you place an order, and wonderful prices!  Can you tell I’m a huge fan!!

A little Cuddlebug embossing on some bright primary color cardstock and a couple of red pearl embellishments to finish it off!

I hope you enjoy it!

Happy crafting,



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,


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,