Assembly line style card making…..

Sometimes….I get an idea.  That idea doesn’t get properly thought out.  Bringing that idea into reality…..turns into…..”What The Heck Was I Thinking?!

I looked through the Operation Write Home card sketches.  My search was to find a sketch that has many elements, therefore, I would be using up more scrap papers.  Brilliant!

I chose card sketch #10 from Operation Write Home.

Operation Write Home card sketch #10

Operation Write Home card sketch #10.

The stamp set I chose to use for some birthday cards is an old Stampin’ Up! Hostess Set titled “Birthday Bakery”.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Bakery stamp set.

Stampin’ Up! Birthday Bakery stamp set.

I have a tag punch I bought from Stampin’ Up! in about 2009.  This is the old style punch.  I’m pretty sure they don’t sell this style any longer.  The tag measures a tiny bit over one inch wide and is 1-1/4 inches long.

Old style tag punch from Stampin' Up!

Old style tag punch from Stampin’ Up!.

I’m busting out my Copic markers that were a gift to me from my friend, Maureen C. Mathis, several years ago.  I’ve not really used these markers to color many images.  It is time that I face me fear of coloring and just get with the program.

Copic markers.

Copic markers.

I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of using these markers.  I was even pleased with my results.  The images look like illustrations that would be in a children’s book.  Okay, maybe that is just a bit of an exaggeration of my coloring skills.

Copic marker colored images

Copic marker colored images

This is where I thought I had “Done gone and lost my mind”.  I did something that I absolutely, positively, beyond a shadow of a doubt, HATE to do.  I fussy cut around every stinkin’ one of those images.

Fussy cut around each image.

Fussy cut around each image.

The results of this crazy bit of business has turned out pretty good.  I like the result.  And I do believe that I may have earned a new title.  “The Queen of Crooked”!  Oh well.  Let’s just call it “Whimsical”.

Finished birthday card front.

Finished birthday card front.

Over the next couple days I will be putting together a tutorial on how I made this card front.  I’ve taken step by step photos of the process and will be using those photos to create a video.

At this rate….I think it might be the year 2025 when I use up all of my scrap papers.  :/


Scrap Rehab – Card Front Stock

Joe is home from a month long trek across the US.  He’s had about as much fun as he can stand with moving old and decrepit trucks from one place to another.  I know my time at home is limited and it will be back out once again for a few weeks.  :/

Operation Write Home Card Sketches.

I have been using my stash of scrap papers to create card fronts.  Not the whole entire card(s), just fronts.

My stash of scraps

My stash of scraps

Click on the image(s) below to enlarge the photos to see the details.

OWH Sketch #1

OWH Sketch #1

I used a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder (don’t know the name of it) to add texture to the background for Card Sketch #2.

OWH Sketch #2

OWH Sketch #2

I used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder for the background texture on the bottom most card front in the following photo.  The next card front features a Cuttlebug embossing folder (I think it is Damask).  The second one down is another Stampin’ Up! embossing folder and I don’t remember the name of it either.  This top card front has a texture made using a Fiskar’s Texture Plate titled “Fabric”.  These card fronts are OWH Card Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

For Card Sketch #4 I used a Thin Cuts “Drill and Bits” die on the bottom card, a Stampin’ Up! embosslet titled Beautiful Wings for the butterflies, a Sizzix Thin Die titled Buttons #5 for the second card front, and finally I used stickers I purchased from Scrap Your Trip that I’ve had for a while.

OWH Sketch #4

OWH Sketch #4

I’ve made a video featuring the making of Operation Write Home Sketch #4 and the reasons why I make them as you see them.

My thinking is to have a stash of ready made card fronts available.  When I need to have a card for some reason all that would be necessary would be a stamped sentiment added to the front of the card then attach the assembled front to an A2 card base then add a piece of white card stock and another stamped sentiment to the inside of the card.  Kind of a “Wham Bam” thing.

Personally, thinking up a concept design and sentiment to make a complete card is not my forte.  I don’t think well on my feet in this type of creativity.  Seems to add more stress to me and take all the fun out of making cards.  Having a visual already in front of me will make choosing a sentiment easier.  All I need to worry about is getting the stamped images straight and clean without worrying about having to remake the card all over again because I screwed up the inking and stamping.

I got to get into my die stash.  I was reminded of the tools I have had for years and years and not use.  I also got to get into my embossing folder stash to create some really great background texture.  I have not been so happy to be crafting in quite a long time.

Christmas cards!  This would be a fantastic way to make Christmas cards.

If you would like to have access to the Operation Write Home Card Sketches you can click the link  above, or HERE, to get the downloadable PDF files.  One day, when I’m not having to leave home for long periods of time, I will get cards made for our military service people.  If I would have known that I could have this much fun I would have done this so much sooner :/.

I would like to know:  Do you like to make full cards?  Do you make card fronts already?  If not, would you consider trying this type of creative design and just let the papers and tools take you where ever they will?



Scrap Rehab – Triptych

Today’s card is a “Thank You” card.  This card was inspired by Operation Write Home Card Sketch #5.

Triptych thank you card

Triptych thank you card

I have used a Stampin’ Up! set titled “Upsy Daisy” on this card front.  I’ve used Close To Cocoa ink on the stamp.

The card bases are yellow.  I’ve made another set of four (4) cards.

Yellow card bases

Yellow card bases

I went for a monochromatic color theme.  Oranges and yellows with brown ink.

Scrap paper used on these cards

Scrap paper used on these cards

The inside of the card was stamped with a Stampin’ Up! set titled “Of The Earth” and I used Close To Cocoa ink on this as well.

Card insert

Card insert

Here are the four (4) finished cards.  Once I had finished making them and had a few minutes to sit back and have a look at them it struck me that I had used fall colors.  Wonder if the cooler days are what inspired the color choice?

Finished cards

Finished cards

The scrap and trash left over from creating these cards is just this little pile.  There are several pieces I will keep to use on a different project some time.

Little pile of trash left behind

Little pile of trash left behind

If you would like to see how this card was created here is a full tutorial video taking you step by step through the entire process to do one of these yourself….or several of them 😀

Hope this has inspired you to go digging around in your scrap paper stash 😀


Kicking off a new series – “Scrap Rehab”

Welcome to “Scrap Rehab“.

For anyone that has gone through the process of cutting up their scrap papers and putting them away in pretty boxes with the intent of using them….only to find all that hard work is soon forgotten about.  You know, “Out of sight.  Out of mind.”  This series is for US 😀  I have a tendency to forget the things I have when they are tucked away and not in plain sight.

Here is a video I have made to show how I now store my freshly cut up card stock and patterned papers.

So for the first card I have made using these scraps. Operation Write Home – Card Sketch #1.

Operation Write Home Card Sketch #1

Operation Write Home – Card Sketch #1

The scraps I have chosen to make four (4) cards using Sketch #1.

Scraps for Card Sketch #1

Scraps for Card Sketch #1

I have used an OLD Stampin’ Up! set titled “Wellness Wishes”.  I don’t know if this set is still available or if it is discontinued.  I’ve used some Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamped image.

Finished card

Finished card

Using a sentiment stamp from the “Wellness Wishes” set I have used it on the inside of the card.

Wellness Wishes - inside of card

Wellness Wishes – inside of card

These are the four (4) finished cards.

Heard you're sick as a dog

Heard you’re sick as a dog

If you would like to see  how I made these cards, I have a video showing the process.  It is a little over 32 minutes in length.

I hope you have been encouraged to get into your scraps.  Tomorrow’s post will be featuring a Hampton Arts stamp set titled “Vintage Women” using Operation Write Home’s Card Sketch #2.

Hampton Arts - Vintage Women

Hampton Arts – Vintage Women

Are you ready for “Rehab” 😀


Missing You cards.

I have three “Missing You” cards to share that I created yesterday.  The inside message has been typed, by me, on my IBM Selectric.  That old girl still works!  This old girl… used to computers and the backspace key and the spell check feature 😦

I received a blog notice from Operation Write Home recently.  There has been a “Mid Week Throw Down” with a challenge to make “Miss You” cards.

Card #1:

Missing You - Card #1

Inside saying - Card #1

  • Papers:  Club Scrap
  • Background stamp:  Large Hand Writing – Hampton Arts
  • Embossing folder:  Cuttlebug Swirls
  • Ink:  Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip for background stamp and Antique Linen Distress Ink to highlight Swirls
  • Sentiment:  Stampin’ Up! – Word Play
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival black
  • Ribbon:  from my stash
  • Pop Dots:  Recollections Foam Squares (under the “You Mean The World To Me” piece)

Card #2:

Missing You - Card #2

Inside saying - Card #2

  • Papers:  Club Scrap
  • Vintage Image:  my stash
  • Ribbon:  my stash
  • Corner Punch:  Stampin’ Up! Corner Rounder

Card #3

Missing You - Card #3

Inside saying - Card #3

  • Papers:  Club Scrap, Graphic 45 Steam Punk
  • Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Gears
  • Chipboard Gears:  Maya Road covered with Club Scrap paper
  • Border Punch:  Stampin’ Up! Lace Border punch
  • Outside Sentiment:  Stampin’ Up! Fundamental Phrases
  • Punches:  Stampin’ Up! Word Window and Stampin’ Up! Curly Label (I think)

The “Perfectionist” in me sees all the glaring flaws.  I’ll let you hunt them up cause I’m not telling.  I don’t think I will have to worry over much about these being returned as “Undeliverable”.  (Hope, hope, hope)

Okey Dokey.  I’m off to get back in my craft room.  I’m tussling with a little problem.  Should I spend some time in stamping sentiments and images on white card stock to have ready, and at hand, while I’m on the road?  Or should I just make as many cards as I can during my remaining days home?  Choices, choices, choices.

What would  you do were you faced with leaving home for an indefinite amount of time?  Have a limited amount of space for loved tools?  Creating cards atop ironing boards or beds in hotel rooms?


Getting reacquainted with my typewriter.

Do you know what this is?

What is that?

It is my old IBM Selectric typewriter that I have loved for thousands of years.  Well….maybe not that long but it has been with me forever.

IBM Selectric

Having gone to computers and printers this wonderful, and HEAVY, machine has been neglected for way too long.  It is time to put this old girl to use.  That is if I can remember how it works 😉

How does this thing work?

Split Coast Stampers has a library of sentiments to include in cards.  At least they used to have, it has been so many years since I have delved into their site.  I printed out a gazillion of the sentiments and made a notebook with categories separated by tabs.  This was done way back in 2006.  I’ve just been to their site and can’t find a “SEARCH” button.  If there is someone out there that knows how to get to this library please leave a link.  I, and others, would appreciate it.

Card sentiments from Split Coast Stampers

I’m trying to make some cards for Operation Write Home.   One of the “No-No’s” is to hand write anything on the cards.  There have been several military wives that have been concerned their husband’s have gone astray.

Since I don’t have very many rubber stamps but do have a lot to say 😀 I thought it was time to get my dear friend into the mix.

Type the sentiment

I’ll type the sentiment.  That will take care of my problem 😀  The ink ribbon has left some smudges but I think that only adds to the whole thing.


Alrighty now!  I have the inside done.  Not quite sure what I’m going to do with the outside 😦


Here is a card I finished a couple days ago.  I thought a father in the military might like to have a card to encourage a daughter.  Pink and gray.  I’m not very good with this card making thing but I’m giving it my best shot.  This card needs something up in the left corner.  It is going as it is.  If I start messing around then it will be “all over with but the crying”.

Pink and gray card

The man’s image and the sentiment are both from Club Scrap.  The “definition” is from a sticker set I have had for many years.  The pink papers are from Stampin’ Up! and the gray paper is from Club Scrap.  The card is blank inside.

I’m also in the process of figuring out what to take with me on the road.  We will be leaving on January 2nd so I had better get my butt in gear.

Later – Leslie

Gearing up to get back out on the road.

Christmas Eve is only a day away, the New Year is a week away, getting back on the road is about 10 days away.  I can’t believe the amount of stuff I’ve managed to finish in a month’s time.  I’ve been focusing on my business bookkeeping and my house cleaning.  My how time flies when you’ve having fun 😉

Next big project is to get supplies ready for my craft tote I take on the road with me.  This year I will be taking along the awesome goodies Maureen sent me for Christmas.  You can see that post HERE.  I have set myself a goal to create cards for Operation Write Home while we are on the road.  I have downloaded and printed their sketches to use as reference.

  • 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card bases – Mixture of Club Scrap and Stampin’ Up!.  CHECK
  • 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card stock – Mixture of Club Scrap and Stampin’ Up!.  CHECK
  • 6″ x 6″ patterned card stock and papers – Mostly Stampin’ Up! 12″ x 12″ papers, some from Club Scrap.  CHECK

Card stock and patterned paper for cards

For a test run on my new system I gave Operation Write Home’s sketch #52 a try.  A “masculine” birthday card is what I made with the papers from this newly cut stash.

Masculine birthday card

  • Striped paper – Stampin’ Up!
  • Text paper – Stampin’ Up!
  • Embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!
  • Birthday Celebrations – Stampin’ Up! – Upsy Daisy
  • Ribbon – American Crafts
  • Die cuts – Nestabilities “Labels Six”

Next thing to accomplish, before we leave, is to create a stash of stamped images and sentiments.  Just exactly HOW I will get all that paper in my craft tote is beyond me.  Not to mention the envelopes I will also need to carry along.  Can you say “Bonkers”?  How about “Overkill”?  I will be paring down the stock of paper.  That might delay us getting back on the road for a while.  A girl can only hope 😀


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