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Get it in Gear

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Get It In Gear

Here is another card I made for James when he is in boot camp. I think I will send this one in the last week before he leaves for his AIT (Advanced Individual Training) at Fort Eustes in Virginia. He really will be gearing up for the second half of his training.

James will be training to become a Chinook Helicopter mechanic and his AIT will last 19 weeks! There will be a lot of class time to go along with his hands on training. Hopefully he will find it to be interesting work.

I will be playing along with the CAS-ual Friday Challenge: Over the Edge with this card. In order to make sure that the card will still fit in a traditional A2 envelope I cut down the width of the card first and the applied the gear over the edge.

over the edge

Patriotic Bee Card

This card is just a fun whimsical card to say “Hello” and let James know that we are thinking about him.

Patriotic Card

This card  is based on a sketch featured today on one of Operation Write Home’s blogs. The example card had patriotic colors and I figured I would run with that since I was creating cards for my future soldier.

Happy Stamping,


OWH Midweek Throwdown, Water Theme

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I began creating cards in earnest, for Operation Write Home, within the last 6 months. Our son James is leaving for his Army boot camp training in less than 6 weeks and his enlistment reinvigorated my interest in making cards for our troops to use. Every time I read one of the soldiers posts about how grateful they are to receive our handmade cards it makes me that much more committed.


In order to play along on this weeks Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home, I have created a card that features water in some way.

sailboat card


The little sailboat is a digital image by Birdie Brown and the sun is the inside of a life preserver image from the same set. I just fussy cut the image to look like a cartoon version of the sun. The seagulls are hand doodled and the waves are just blue paper cut with wave shaped scissors. And finally the sky features Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the color Broken China.

I gave the boat some dimension by cutting the sails out from several copies of the image and then stacking them up.  The top layer of the sails is curled a bit on a pencil and then just the outside tips are glued to the sails below.

side view sailboat card


I hope this picture helps illustrate what I am talking about.

Happy Stamping,


Super Card for a Guy

Super Hero Card

Cas-ual Fridays is hosting a really fun challenge this week called Love Letters. The challenge is to create a clean and simple project that feature your letters in a creative way.

I paired up two different stamp sets to create my card. First, I used my Recollections, Comic Talk stamp set for the Super sentiment. And then I used my  Simon Says Stamp, Shoot for the Stars set for the smaller sentiment is from  The star punch is a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punch. And finally I scored my card with 3 vertical lines on the left side to create a balance point to the big, bold Super word bubble.

Clean and Simple cards are sometimes a challenge for me. I always seem to add too much to them or not enough but, I think this time I got it right. This card would be fun to send to one of the guys on my list of birthdays for friends and family.

Cas-ual Fridays Challenge

Join in for a chance to win an awesome gift voucher from Ellen Hutson!

I am also entering my card into the A Blog Named Hero Challenge Snip and Stick. The challenge asks that you use paper piecing on your card. Although the paper piecing technique I used was very simple, I thought I would enter my card in all the same.

Happy Stamping,


Have a Blast

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My  grandnephew Craig is almost 2 and he is the cutest thing! I wanted to make something super cute for him too.

I used a space ship template to hand cut the pieces for this card.  Then I added the red fins and white stripes to make it look more like a Fourth of July firework. I bent the card lengthwise to give it more dimension when I adhered it to my dimensional stickers. It is kind of hard to see in the photo but the rocket has a very curved look to the body. Lastly I added the star stickers and hand wrote the sentiment.

I’m going to enter this card into Lawnscaping Challenge #37: Use Dimension.

Happy Stamping,


Let Freedom Ring

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This is a group shot of most of the cards that I made for my nieces and nephews and 2 of my friend’s kids. I try to send a card with either stickers or a $1 bill in it to my N & N’s each holiday. It’s a fun way to keep in touch with them and the kids get such a thrill out of getting mail too.

I used my Imaginisce Crab and Imaginisce Whale stamps for some of the cards. For the sailboat card I used the Stampin’ Up Sail Away stamp set and I hand wrote the sentiment.  The star for the card in the front center was hand cut and I added a button that says Liberty on it. (I have no idea where this button came from because I’ve had it for eons!)

  Nothing says American summer more than sweet, delicious

crustaceans and pyrotechnics!

I hope you have a whale-y good time this 4th of July!

For my 12 year old nephews (My sister Nancy has 3 boys all 12 years old!) I wanted to create something a little more mature but still festive. I used the Sail Away set from Stampin’ Up to make this card. I hand wrote the sentiment with a white gel pen.

(FYI my walls are not green. I took these photos at night and the pendant lights that hang above my kitchen island are green. The lights don’t make the walls look green to the naked eye but the camera captured the green light that pendants must  cast.)

Happy 4th of July,


Patriotic Pacaderm

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This elephant stamp is from Imaginisce. The stamp includes a heart that is popping up out of the elephant’s trunk. It is cute but I wanted to make a Fourth of July card, so I masked the heart and used a firework stamp instead.

I don’t have the original packaging for the firework stamp so I can’t remember if it was Hero Arts or Hampton Arts. At some point I need to sign up for the Inlinkz feature so that the products I used can be listed under my post. Someday…maybe.

If you happen to know the name/manufacturer of this stamp please let me know.

The blue background paper was made with a background stamp, who’s manufacturer I cannot recall at this time either! The problem is that I create the cards at home in the morning or the night before but, I blog about them at work. So by the time I am writing about the card I have forgotten the names of the stamps that I used. (I suppose I could write down the names of the products I use, when I’m using them.  But that would be just way too smart and efficient)

I am going to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamps Challenge Sporty or Patriotic


Happy Stamping,



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