Category Archives: OWH

OWH – Here’s to 3 million cards!

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  • 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.


OWH Red Friday Card

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  • 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.


World Card Making Day 2014

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  • Stamp – Chocolate Baroque “Rose Square”
  • Die – Penny Black “Love and Joy”
  • Embossing folder – Elizabeth Craft “Damask”
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny “Boysenberry Dot”
  • Cardstock – WorldWin – Light Groovy Grape
  • Copic markers – V12, V15, V17, Y15, G40, G43, C0 and C3

Happy World Cardmaking Day! We are having an Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog Hop in honor of this day. Lots of cardmakers are participating, so make sure you check out all of the talent. If you’d like to know more about the current needs of OWH, check out Operation Tape Gun.

Welcome to my stop. My card is very simple and features a little bit of dimension and some texture. The stamp came as a bonus on the cover of Craft Stamper magazine! Each issue comes with an acrylic stamp. I colored the “Rose Square” stamped image with Copic markers. The small purple piece is popped up with dimensional adhesive and the sentiment die cut floats above the background. I am helping others make this same card at Runaway Art and Craft Studio this weekend during a Make & Take on Saturday.

To return to the Hop, go to the top of Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps home page and you’ll find it at the top of the page through this weekend.

Thanks for visiting!

 


September OWH ODBD Challenge

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  • Stamp – My Favorite Things – “My Favorite Sentiments” set
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Crosshatched Frags”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey “Kissing Booth: Cupid”
  • Die – Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
  • Ranger Distress Inks – Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade
  • Bling – Rhinestones – Queen & Co. and Mark Richards; Pearls – Memory Box
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This month’s Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps was to make your own background to be used on a card. I’ve been really into the backgrounds thing lately with my mixed media explorations. I thought I’d do something a little more mainstream for an OWH card, so I used Distress Inks through a stencil. This is a favorite technique of mine. I just take several colors of Distress Ink and apply it with a sponge applicator through a stencil, blending the colors. Then I stamped on top and die cut it and it looks like a piece of patterned paper. Thanks for visiting today.

 


OWH Sketch #235 – Love is in the air

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  • Stamps – Clearly Besotted “Up in the Air”
  • Dies – Clearly Besotted “Up in the Air”
  • Patterned papers – from My Mind’s Eye “Find you wings and fly” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Inks – Hero Arts and Versafine

I have always liked hot air balloons and this stamp set and matching dies are really fun to use. They were a recent acquisition! I stamped some with colored ink and others on patterned paper. I tried to match my ink to the colors in the paper collection. the balloons are popped up with dimensional adhesive. I used Sketch #235 at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps for inspiration. Thanks for visiting.


Falling leaves – Thank You

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  • Stamps –
    • PrintWorks “Fall Leaf”
    • Fred B. Mullett “Maple 2”
    • Hero Arts “Everyday Sayings”
  • Stencil – Memory Box “Flourish”
  • Ranger Distress Inks – Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed, Antique Linen
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was a fun card to make. I was sitting along Fall River in Central Oregon on a very warm day last weekend and created this card. Distress techniques lend themselves well to dusty, outdoor locations! I created the base background with a Memory Box stencil and Distress Ink and then stamped and cut out the leaves, splattering them with water and Distress Ink. I used the same stamps on watercolor papleaves-close-uper with less ink and more water to give indications of leaves and more splatters. I attached the leaf cut-outs on top of all of the layers and then stamped the sentiment on a small scrap colored with the same ink colors. All elements are edged with ink to finish them. I’m trying to make some Autumn cards for Operation Write Home before the deadline. Thanks for visiting.


You’re the cat’s meow!

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  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn “Critters in the ‘Burbs” set
  • Die cut – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Fleur de Lis Rectangles”
  • Stencil – Tim Holtz Collection from Stampers Anonymous “Stripes”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Antique Linen and Faded Jeans
  • Watercolor pencils

I’ve been creating some Operation Write Home cards lately. This one could be cheery for a child or an adult. I created the pattern on the card base by pouncing Distress Inks through a stencil and blending. I colored the images with watercolor pencils and filled in areas with a water brush. Thanks for visiting today.

 


OWH VCMP Teen Time Challenge

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  • Stamps – Simon Says Stamp “Sending Happy Thoughts” set
  • Stencil – Stampers Anonymout / Tim Holtz “Hearts”
  • Washi tape – Kelly Purkey
  • Bling – Memory Box (red) and Mark Richards (silver)
  • Cardstock – Neenah Classic Crest – Solar White

I made this card for Becca’s Teen Time challenge at the OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party this weekend. Her challenge was to create a card that would appeal to a teen. One of the things she suggested was a “messy” card, so I ran with that! First I applied Distress Ink with a sponge applicator through a stencil. Then I splattered some of the ink with a water brush and stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and black embossing powder. I stamped a heart from the stamp set over one of the stenciled hearts. Finally, I embellished the card with washi tape and gems. Thanks for stopping by.


OWH VCMP Texture Challenge

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  • Embossing folders – Sizzix “Rosemary,” “Bohemian Lace” and “Flourishes #3”
  • Die cuts – Poppy Stamps “Lovely Tendril” and Technique Tuesday “Say It – Hello”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill

I made this for the Virtual Cardmaking Party at OWH for Fourth of July weekend 2014. This challenge was to create a card using at least three textures. I used the textured panels for the background and used die cuts for the sentiment and imagery. Thanks for visiting.

 

 


OWH VCMP – Critter Love Card Challenge

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Your challenge and my challenge

Welcome to another challenge for the Operation Write Home Virtual Cardmaking Party! I am very pleased and honored to have been selected to participate this weekend. There are a lot of fun challenges to motivate us all to create cards for our Heros to send home. For my challenge, I’m asking you to make a love-themed card featuring a furry creature. There are so many cute animal stamps–many are in my stash! So I thought it would be fun to devote a challenge to using some of these critters! Feel up to the challenge? Please use the InLinkz Linkup below to add your critter love card. For every card linked up for this furry creature challenge between now and the end of next weekend, I will donate $1.00 (per person) to Operation Write Home. So if there are 50 folks who post, that means I’ll donate $50 to OWH. You have until midnight Pacific Time on July 13th to add your cards.

UPDATE:

I received 33 entries in my challenge as of midnight Sunday, July 13th. That means that I will donate $33.00 to Operation Write Home when I send my next group of cards in during the next couple of weeks! What is even better, is that my friends Barb and Cora Jean have said they will match this donation so that makes $99.00 altogether (actually, I’ll make it $34 so it adds up to an even $100.00)! I’m very proud of this contribution to OWH. Thanks to all of you who created cards and linked them up for the VCMP so that we could make this happen.

Now for my cards

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  • Stamps –

Stampendous ” Cattus Librum”
Lawn Fawn “Belinda’s Borders”
Hero Arts “Year Round Sentiments”

  • Patterned Papers – Basic Grey “Hey You” collection
  • Colorbox Chalk ink – Aquamarine

My first card is based on OWH Sketch #191. It featured the cutest cat stamp ever, in my opinion! I stamped the accents and inked the edges with aquamarine chalk ink to tie the various elements together. Finally, I drew an outline around each element with a fine tipped dark green pen. Between the inking and the outline, it has a very informal look.

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  • Stamps – Art Impressions “Furries Try Folds” and BoBunny “Love Letters”
  • Patterned papers – Crate Paper “Flea Market” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Punch – Martha Stewart “Embossed Button”
  • Twine – American Crafts

This is a simple card that featured two stamped images. Between the two cards I’ve posted today, I’ve used cards from five different companies! It is fun to mix them up! I colored these cute little bunnies with Copic markers and made banners from some pretty patterned papers. The paper button is nice a flat so it won’t be too thick for mailing, which is important for OWH cards. I made this design up as I went, so I don’t think it matches up to a specific sketch (at least not on purpose).

Thanks for joining in the party and stopping by today. Please link your card using the InLinkz Link-up below. I’d love to see lots of cards so I can make a big donation when I send my next batch of cards in! Please leave a comment if you feel so disposed. If you’d like to return to the OWH VCMP Master List, please click the OWH graphic at the top of this post.