Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sketch #187 Operation Write Home (Graphic 45 Papers)


Happy Sketch Sunday everyone!

Today's Operation Write Home sketch is #187 and you can find details about it here:

Here is the sketch:

 I have been hoarding these papers, not wanting to use them for just anything because I really like them. The papers are from Graphic 45 (French Country Collection) and the small rectangle is from Reminisce (Festive Cake- the back side). Everything is mounted on a slate blue card stock. 

The rooster is from a Dazzles set (Home Grown Stickers) from Hot off the Press. 

The sentiment is from Stampers Best "Stud Puffin" stamp (one of the Operation Write Home Fund Raiser Stamps) and you can find it here:

The stitching was done with a brown DMC embroidery thread. 

The ribbon is a plain white polyester from Michael's "Celebrate It" line (but it looks like a satin finish). I colored it the shade I needed with Spectrum Noir TB8.  When my ribbon stash was getting out-of-control and a storage nightmare (by trying to have every shade), I decided to purchase more white ribbons and use my alcohol markers to color them whatever color I needed. Now things are so much more manageable. I will still purchase the special ribbons (multi-colored, crochet trims and such), but now things are fitting into my small space. 
:)

Just for fun (and to show that I do more than make cards all day.....), I snapped this little photo yesterday just to prove that I do go outside now and then:

This picture makes me want to purchase a butterfly stamp just so that I can color him up with Spectrum Noir color OR3.  

Thank you for stopping by my little blog!


16 comments:

  1. Your card is so pretty! I can see why you were hoarding that paper (not that I've ever done such a thing... :))!

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  2. The stitching adds the perfect touch to the papers, really pretty!

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  3. Great card--love that stitching! And love that you colored your own ribbon--great idea :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Coloring my ribbon has really helped, plus I just stock up on white when it is on sale now.
      :)

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  4. Such a cute card, I'm a big fan of French country. Love the ribbon trick and the sentiment idea. I've that stamp set, but never thought to use the sentiment separate of the puffin, duh! TFS!

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    1. Thank you Cheryl! I had not really thought of it either until Sandy Allnock talked about using all the sentiments that came with those fundraiser stamp sets (the headless ones, were they from "My Favorite Things"?)

      :)

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  5. Very cute card. I love the papers and the stitching. Just adorable. . .

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  6. I love the homespun feel of this great card with the colorful papers, rooster and stitching! Nice job on the sketch!

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    1. Thank you Carol! When you say "homespun" it makes me smile and want to make more.
      ;)

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  7. Love everything about this card. Wish I had the patience to stitch - it looks so nice and really frames the card well.

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    1. Thank you Anne! I don't have much patience either, but the stitching went really quick on this one because it was just "in and out" stitching. And my other motivation to stitch cards is I have a huge (massive) embroidery thread stash, some of it really old (or as I like to say "lovingly preserved" in a proper dust free container), so it is time to use this stuff up (or at least lighten my load.)

      :)

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  8. the rooster/weather-vane die cut adds perfect rustic charm to this card!

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    1. Thank you Lindsay! I wish I had this die, (it was a Dazzle sticker). I just can't splurge for a die cutting machine until my Cricut dies.....

      :)

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