Author Archives: Yvonne

I Pine for You – OWH Sketch #245


  • Stamps –
    • Owl – Hero Arts “OWH Missing You” set
    • Sentiment – Lawn Fawn “Critters in the Forest” set
  • Die – Hero Arts Frame Cuts – “Missing You Cuts OWH”
  • Patterned papers – BoBunny “Trail Mix” collection 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents

Here is a woodsy card for the day. I colored the owl with Copic markers after cutting it out with the matching die. I liked how the background patterned paper has a round motif and the circle die-cut behind the owl repeats that. This is OWH Sketch #245 and will be a good addition to my “Miss You” section of my Operation Write Home collection. Thanks for visiting.


Freshly Made Sketches #167 – Love You


  • Stamps – from Avery Elle “Oh Happy Day” set
  • Patterned paper – Pebbles “We Go Together: XOXO”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
  • Epoxy hearts – Pebbles
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill

I used Sketch #167 at Freshly Made Sketches for this card today. For the focal image I used Ranger Distress Ink for the base color and then stamped the Avery Elle stamps over it with more intense colors. This is a very Clean and Simple card, with the sketch and variety of papers taking center stage. It was fun to use the little epoxy hearts to echo the patterned paper for just a small touch of interest. This will be a nice addition to my Operation Write Home shipment also! Thanks for visiting.

My Top 14 OWH Cards in 2014


Happy New Year! It seems like I just reviewed my 2103 cards and it is already time to reminisce about the past year’s Operation Write Home (OWH) cards! OWH is still going strong even though we have fewer troops deployed. To find out more details about OWH’s current direction, please check Operation Rolling Tapegun, which has frequent updates. The number of service members stationed is changing, but quality cards are still needed.

Now, onto my cards. These are my top 14 choices, in no particular order, from the OWH cards I made in 2014. I must confess that a few of these haven’t quite made it to be shipped yet! But that will happen soon!










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Return to the blog hop by clicking on the OWH Top 14 graphic at the top of this page. Thanks for visiting!

So Long, Bruce!


  • Stamps –
    • Hero Arts “Let’s Get Away”
    • from Simon Says Stamp “Sending Happy Thoughts” set
  • Patterned paper –
    • My Mind’s Eye “Collectable” collection: “Remarkable ‘Authentic'”
    • Ella & Viv Paper Company “Watercolor paradise #11″
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

One of my oldest work friends retired as of today, so sadly I had to say goodbye–but not without making him a card! Bruce was our mail clerk at the Oregon State Capitol, and provided the best customer service to legislators, governors, treasurers, secretaries of state and many, many staff for over 35 years. So I was ever-so-pleased to be able to use some of my postage related stamps to create his card! The background stamp from Hero Arts was a perfect starting point. I popped up the sentiment flag with dimensional adhesive and then popped up the little envelope yet again. So long, Bruce! You had a great run!



OWH – Here’s to 3 million cards!



  • Stamps – Simon Says Stamp – from “Sending Happy Thoughts” set
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Twenty”
  • Patterned paper – We R Memory Keepers “Yankee Doodles: Flag Doodles” (both sides)
  • Baker’s twine – from Woodland Park October Afternoon Wrap Pack
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing powder – Ranger Wendi Vecchi “Red Geranium”

Operation Write Home cardmakers have reached a major milestone, which is to create and distribute over 3 million handmade cards to our troops overseas. To celebrate this accomplishment, we are pulling together and sharing patriotic cards at OWH Stars and Stamps. To find out more details about how to participate in Operation Write Home or to find out how to contribute, read more here. Thanks for stopping by.

Clean & Simple Sketch #314 – Snowflake


  • Dies – Simon Says Stamp “Merry Christmas” and Memory Box “Sussex Snowflake”
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny – Snowy Serenade sparkles
  • Snowflake Gemstone Crystals – Hero Arts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling and Paper Accents

Die cuts and paper are the stars of this card. I used Sketch #314 at Clean & Simple Stamping. The card has some glimmer and shine in the patterned paper, the cardstock and the gemstone center in the main snowflake. Clean and Simple to be sure! Thanks for visiting.

OWH Red Friday Card


  • Stamps – Simon Says Stamp “Sending Happy Thoughts” set
  • Stencil – Tim Holtz “Hearts”
  • Embossing paste – Viva Facetten-Lack crackle paste
  • Bling – Mark Richards 3mm Rouge crystal stickers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Instead of Black Friday, Operation Write Home decided to recognize the same day by hosting a Red Friday Bloghop featuring Love cards. I chose to create a card that could be used any time of year, not just on Valentine’s Day. I was inspired to use lots of hearts after visiting the bloggers and thought repeating the hearts by using the Tim Holtz stencil would be a fun way to go. The current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #7 is to use stencils as well, so I had fun with my crackle paste and used the Simon stamp set that is perfect for OWH cards! I popped up the little envelope for a little dimension above the heart background. Thanks for visiting.


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