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.

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

OWH Sketch #210 - Card #2

This is my second card for OWH Sketch #210:

Lucky Stars
Pattern Paper: Sandy Lion - Blue Stars, Bo-Bunny - Regatta Stripe
Brads: Hampton Art - Ki Shaped Brads
Sentiment: Hero Arts - #CL582 Year Round Sentiments
Ink: Memento Paris Dusk

OWH CARD BOWL 2014 - Sketch #210

Today's OWH Sketch #210 inspired several ideas for me right away.  So far I have two cards completed using this sketch.

Here is card #1:

Call Me
Pattern paper: The Paper Studio - Call Me
Textured paper: DCWV - Woven Paper Stack, 6x6
Sentiment and telephone stamps:  Hero Arts - #CL502 Just Saying Hi, Clear Stamp Set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

OWH Sketch #210
OWH Sketch #210
Stay tuned, card number two is coming up. :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

OWH CARD BOWL CHALLENGE #2 - Sports Shaped Cards

The OWH CARD BOWL Challenge for Saturday is sponsored by Our Daily Bread Designs. Based on the number of cards entered, ODBD will fund the shipping charges of some OWH Cards sent to the deployed Heroes.

The challenge is to make a masculine card using brown as the main color.

I made this shaped card using a Football Cut File from Silhouette.  I created the shaped card base using the main football shape and duplicating it twice; inserting a small rectangle between the two football shapes and welding them.

I used the same technique for all of these sports shaped cards.

I kept the size of all of these cards under the A2 size so they are definitely going in the box to OWH.

OWH Card Bowl - Football Smile

Card #2 for OWH CARD BOWL 2014 for a masculine card reflecting the Broncos or Seahawks.

Football Smile
 The image is from Dearie Dolls that I downloaded some time ago. I colored this image with Copics Sketch Markers.  The sentiment is from a Hampton Art all occasion sentiment stamp set #SC0473.

Isn't he a cutie?  I hope that he is still smiling on Sunday night.

OWH Card Bowl - Denver Skyline

Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog is featuring CARD BOWL 2014 this weekend.  Friday's challenge is to make a masculine card that somehow reflects either the Seahawks or Broncos.

I have two cards to offer today. The first is this Denver Skyline card was made using a Silhouette Cut File.
Denver Skyline

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cards 4 Kids - OWH Midweek Throwdown

Here's my entry for Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown - Cards 4 Kids - January 29, 2014.

Excavator - I dig you

Great card for a young boy, or even a grown-up one, that likes to play with earth moving equipment. :)

Equipment die cut:   Memory Box Excavator #98748
Cloud die cut:          Birds Cards electronic cut file
Sentiment:               Computer generated (but I can't remember which font I used)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #209

Here is the card that I made for this week's Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge.

This is a cute digi stamp that I colored with Copics markers.  
The paper are from American Crafts Romance collection (2 sided print/solid). 
The sentiment is from Hero Arts OWH Set #LP278
Ink is Memnto Rich Cocoa
The three heart embellishments were punched from the solid side of one of the papers

Kitty Love

Here is the sketch I followed for this design.
OWH Sketch #209

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Jelly Baby Cards for Dr. Who ?

Had some making shaped cards this afternoon.  I will share more later, but for now I wanted to post this set of Jelly Baby cards.  I used a cut file from Birds Cards on my Silhouette Cameo.

Jelly Babies

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Geared Up - OWH Sketch Challenge #208

When I saw OWH Sketch #208 on Sunday, I knew that I wanted to use my Spellbinder "Sprightly Sprockets" dies for the circles and make a masculine card.

I finally decided on paper from The Paper Studio Stonewashed 4x6 pad.  To fully feature the sprockets, or gears, I decided to layer them on top of the middle strip rather than under it.  I already had this little circle sentiment stamped from some other cards and I laid it on the card to check the colors.  The little smooth circle seemed the perfect final touch to balance out the rough edged gears.

I am pleased with the results for a rustic masculine card.

Geared Up - Miss You

Here is the OWH Sketch that I used for inspiration.

OWH Sketch #208

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I Always Thank God for You - OWH Sketch Challenge #207

The rain stopped, the sun is out and the the temperature warmed up for a beautiful Sunday!  It really is invigorating to see the sun again!

Today's OWH Sketch #207 was quick and fun for me to put together.  I am looking forward to making more cards this afternoon with this sketch, some scraps and various sentiments.

Thank God for You
Paper for today's card is from the My Mind's Eye 12x12 pad Indie Chic
Sentiment Stamp is from Hero Arts OWH fundraiser set #LP278
Ink is Memento Rich Cocoa
Hemp Cord is from Bead Landing

Here is OWH Sketch #207

Saturday, January 11, 2014

OLD GUYS RULE - Operation Write Home - Sketch Challenge #206

Last weekend and early week, I was was battling the cold/flu that is rampant here in Upstate SC ...ugh!  I am better but not completely over the congestion and cough. We had record low temperatures early in the week and now we have heavy rain and flash flood warnings!  A good craft day for me!  :)

It has taken me nearly a week to get my card made and posted for the first OWH Sketch Challenge of 2014.  Just today, it has been a circuitous route for me just to take the picture and write this post.

Old Guys Rule - Golfer
I have posted a card made with this 'Old Guy' before. The problem is I bought this unmounted rubber stamp at the Greenville (SC) Stamp Show in September 2013, but I didn't write down which booth I got it at - bummer! That was my first stamp show, so I have learned my lesson about that.

The golfer is colored with Spectrum Noir and Copics markers
The sentiment stamp is from Sparkle N Sprinkle Stamp Set 456 Surfin Woody
Paper is from My Minds Eye (MME) 6x6 pad Handsome Boy
The faux brads are from CANDi Choc-A-Mocha
I added a little Glossy Accents to the golf ball

Here is the OWH Sketch #206 which I used for inspiration, but did not follow 100%.
OWH Sketch #206
Thank you for checking it out!  Have a blessed day!