Welcome to Scrap Tower, my little corner of the world, where I share my creativity with you.

I enjoy many forms of crafting, from paper crafting to sewing. I make custom greeting cards for family and friends. I've made unique custom cards commissioned by friends.

I am proud to have been a card maker for the organization Operation Write Home (OWH) for several years supplying 1,000+ handmade cards for our HEROES.

I continue to make cards as gifts or to sell and I am testing a few other sewing and crochet projects to sell.

My current charitable project is Sew Powerful Purse and I have sewn and donated 20+ purses in the past two years. I plan to donate 10+ purses in 2018.

I enjoy sharing my creative passion with others, including children in Sunday School and Bible School, etc.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sew Powerful Purse Program

Yes, it's about the purses and "sew" much more!

Pattern for the purses is here available at no cost: http://sewpowerful.org/purse-project/ 

Two of the 10 purses that I made and donated to the Sew Powerful Purse Program in 2017.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Turtle Talk

A recent trip to Disney's Epcot "Turtle Talk with Crush" inspired this card.

If you have ever been to Epcot and had the opportunity to visit with Crush, you will know that his favorite word is "dude!"

When I colored this turtle all I could think of was Crush saying "dude!"  LOL

What can I say? I am just a big kid at heart!

Turtle Talk ...... DUDE !!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

OWH Sketch #255 - Finish Strong Campaign

Finish Strong Campaign - Operation Write Home

On May 12, 2015, Operation Write Home Executive Director Sandy Allnock, after consultation with the Board of Directors, announced the beginning of the final phase of the work of the organization’s mission.
The primary reason for this decision is one that few organizations are able to announce: an ongoing reduction in beneficiaries! With drawdowns and redeployments, the number of units requesting cards has dropped to a record low, and by the August 1st date, will be so small as to no longer warrant the costs of maintaining a 501(c)(3) organization.
While this may seem sad news to some – it is cause for rejoicing! Service members are able to communicate with family and friends across a dinner table rather than by mail…and that is good news!

I am completing a few more cards for my final shipment to Operation Write Home and the Finish Strong Campaign. My box will ship well before the August 1 deadline, probably shipping in June. It has been an honor to participate in this organization and give back to the men and women serving our country and their families back at home. I have learned a lot of new techniques and grown exponentially as a card maker/papercrafter.

Here is my card for today. It is based on Operation Write Home Sketch #255 posted on May 30. This is a fun sketch and I have a few more ideas for it. I already had this cute little image colored (colored pencils) and ready to go onto a card.

Missing You - Boy & Frog
I omitted the small embellishment to the left of the large oval. I felt that the little frog in the image fulfilled that piece of the sketch for this cute image.

Digital image:    Little Scraps of Heaven
Sentiment:        Paper Smooches - Circle of Honor stamp set #M2S099
Ink:                   Memento - Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:         Echo Park  - Happy Days by Lori Whitlock (red & yellow)
                         Bazzill - Polka Dot School Days

OWH Sketch #255

Sunday, April 19, 2015

$1 6x6 Paper Pack Turns Into 23 Cards + Maybe Another 1 or 2 more

Picked up this cute 6x6 Stduio G printed paper pack for $1 at one of the local craft stores a few weeks back. With the OWH inspiration from Kristie's 6x6 tutorial and the 1 sheet wonder idea, I set out to see how many cards I could make with this package of 15 sheets and some coordinating cardstock sheets.

Studio G
6x6 Printed Paper Pack
15 Sheets

My approach was a little different that Kristie's in her tutorial. I made every card different rather than making several the same. That's just how my creative brain works. I get bored if I repeat the same card multiple times.  :)  This did not happen overnight. I worked on this occasionally over the past couple of weeks.

Here are the results - 23 Cards......so far..... 

Part 1

Part 2
These are the last scraps remaining.  Maybe I can wrangle another card or two with these pieces. 

To put the scrap pieces in perspective, they are on an 8.5x11 piece of paper. The strips on the left are max. 6 in. long.

One 12x12 Printed Page Equals 14 Cards

Inspired by one 12x12 piece of printed scrapbook paper, I set out to make some cards for personal use and some for Operation Write Home.

Yellow Grey Plaid
Reflections (Michaels)

The result was 14 cards. Only one card was duplicated - one from the Part 2 group. That was because I smudged the first attempt. Otherwise I would have had at least one additional card.

My favorite two are the ones in the upper left corner of each picture. I really like the yellow grey color combination. Michaels has the same plaid pattern paper in other color combinations. I will complete a similar exercise with a couple of those, but I think that this will be my favorite color.

Assorted Cards - Part 1
Assorted Cards - Part 2 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

OPERATION WRITE HOME - Sketch Challenge #211

Today's Sketch #211 at Operation Write Home Blog, Stars and Stamps is a very simple one. I have several ideas that I will try using this basic layout.

They are predicting some winter weather for us again this week.  Yesterday was like a spring day reaching the lower 60's.  By tomorrow evening, or Tuesday morning, we are supposed to have some frozen precipitation.  It is too early for the 'experts' to call what form the precipitation will fall. It is a big deal for those of us in the south.

So .... in pursuit of spring, I decided to make a spring card featuring a cute bunny die cut.
Some bunny loves you
Die cut image: Imaginisce Die Cut package #003763  (picked this up at a local $1 store !)
Pattern paper: Paper Studio Mirabelle Plaid
Card Stock:  Scraps from my stash
Embossing folder: Darice Basket Weave (5x7)
Sentiment:   I created the sentiment attempting to copy one that  I had downloaded on line quite a while back but could no longer find in my computer files. The fonts are not exactly the same, but they work.

OWH Skwtch #211

Sunday, February 2, 2014

OWH CARD BOWL - Sketch #210 - Card #3

It's me again.  Card #3 for today's OWH SKetch #210.

Miss You All the Time
Pattern Paper: Kaiser Craft - Sears & Son Colletion - two sided
Sentiment:  Hero Arts - LP279 You're Always in My Heart
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Brads:  Eyelet Outlet