GinaK Designs, My Favorite Things

Sketch #205

Well here we are the end of 2013 and I am still trying to keep up with all the sketches. This week’s OWH Sketch Challenge #205 can be found here. I’ve only gotten to sketch 104 this past year and my goal is to be caught up by March (we’ll see how that goes). So for now here is my version of Sketch #205.


Kraft cardstock, woodgrain background stamp, large scale background stamp on the strip behind the tree and the circle dies are all from My Favorite Things (MFT). The strip of DP is from GinaK Designs and the tree is from SU – Lovely as a Tree. I used a variation of the thumping technique on the tree using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. The tree and background strip behind it were stamped with Memories Sepia dye ink. The woodgrain background was stamped with Kraft color ink from MFT – I love tone on tone stamping it is one of my favorite card making techniques.

Wishing everyone many blessings in 2014 and look forward to interacting with those who share the same passion (cardmaking for the troops) and meeting new people here on the blogs – or perhaps in person! Trying to connect with other OWH card makers here on the east coast – yea! Anywhere from Maine to Florida. It’s amazing the people you can meet by just driving half way.  God bless all of you and keep up the good work! I love how you all inspire me.

My Favorite Things

New Cards for OWH 2014 Sketch #102

Well I achieved my goal of one card a day for 2013 and they were shipped off before Thanksgiving and now I am working on 2014. I also set a goal to make a card for each sketch posted on Operation Write Home. I completed 101. So here is OWH Sketch #102.

On this card I used the woodgrain background stamp from MFT; and the Die-namics Peek A Boo Stars also from My Favorite Things. I love both of these new products. I also used the circle from the Die-namics Blueprints 3 for the sentiment. I liked the way this card turned out so much that I made a bunch to use for Any Hero mail.



GinaK Designs

Sketch #177

I don’t know about you, but when I think too hard about a card, I stress myself out and really stop enjoying the process. Having these sketches makes it so much easier and more enjoyable. This weeks sketch:


I used coordinating papers that I’ve had for a long time. The stamp and sentiment are from GinaK (Green Thumb Diva). I tried to incorporate some repetition (Paula’s Let Me Repeat Bootcamp) by paper piecing the diva’s pants. I stamped the diva to the right of the panel so I could fit the sentiment. When I finished the coloring and stamping the sentiment I had this empty space, so I moved two buttons over and I think it works.

Still learning the photo process with the blog. I’m not liking how my photos turn out. I’ve taken a few courses in Photoshop Elements and am applying all that I’ve learned but somehow they are still not turning out as bright or as large as I’d like — perhaps it is my makeshift lightbox. May have to invest in something.



Card Making

Scrappy Backgrounds

Today’s tutorial on OWH was using your scraps to make a background for your card. I have used this technique many times but my battery has been recharged to use up more  scraps and as suggested in the tutorial, after making the card base, set them aside to use later (love, love, love this suggestion).

I was happy to use up these “animal prints” for my cards today. The stamps used are from Technique Tuesday called Animal House. Also, after applying the strips of scraps over the card base and running through the cuttlebug, I sponged Frayed Burlap Distress Ink all over the card. I used Spellbinders Distress Card Creator to stamp the sentiment on, left it in the die while I sponged Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.



This card I used Spellbinders Postage Card Creator Dies and did same as above with the sponging, added twine to attach the sentiment.