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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!

World Card Making Day 2014


  • 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!


OWH VCMP – Critter Love Card Challenge


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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.

OWH Top 13 Cards of 2013 (+ a Bonus!)

Welcome and Happy New Year! I’m featuring the group of cards that I’ve chosen as my top 13 of 2013. Each card links back to the original post, so if you’d like to know more, please click on the card images.  I’ve added a surprise bonus at the end–just something else that I did for fun this year. Thanks for indulging me, and enjoy your visit.

#13 – Die-cut Dynamo Valentine


#12 – Winter Penguin


#11 – Snowman


#10 – Lily of the Valley for World Cardmaking Day Bloghop


#9 – Wishing You Weren’t So Far Away


#8 – Steampunk Birthday


#7 – Autumn Blessings


#6 – Robot and Robo-kitty – Are those googly eyes??


#5 – Father’s Day Tuxedo Card


#4 – Tags and Twine


#3 – Mother’s Day


#2 – President’s Day Weekend Virtual Cardmaking Party – Things with Wings


#1 – Just Saying Hello


BONUS Entry!

Last school year, my son was in a production of Once Upon A Mattress. Afterward, for the kids’ cast party, his Drama coach asked for a cake for the occasion. I made a cake that looked like the bed in the play. This was the furthest I could be from cardmaking!


Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your 2014!

OWH World Cardmaking Day Bloghop 2013


Welcome to my stop on the hop! This weekend we are celebrating World Card Making Day by sharing Thank You cards created especially for Operation Write Home (OWH). We’re making cards for the troops deployed overseas to send home to their friends and families.  Handmade cards can be quite a morale booster for our deployed men and women, and Thank You cards tend to be in demand for our heroes to send home.  If you’d like to learn more about OWH, click on the banner above or go to http://operationwritehome.org/starsandstamps. Now, for my card!


  • Stamps – Flourishes “Botanical Bookplates, Volume 2”
  • Patterned papers – Momenta “Botanicals” 6″ X 6″ paper pad
  • Die cut made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Twenty Two”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Copic Markers

My card is based on OWH Sketch #115, shown below. The stamped image and sentiment are both from a set from Flourishes. I colored the Lily of the Valley with Copic markers and cut it out in an interesting shape, then popped it up with dimensional adhesive. The Thank You sentiment comes from the same Flourishes clear stamp set. The colors of this card are neutrals–not very flashy so that the eye goes straight to the floral image. Thanks for your visit and enjoy the other cards in the OWH World Cardmaking Day Bloghop!

Sketch Challenge #115

OWH Sketch #115


Operation Write Home – Memorial Weekend Bloghop 2013



I hope you are enjoying your weekend by hopping among many card-making blogs. We are all making Thank You cards using OWH sketches. These cards, like 2 million others, will be shipped to deployed soldiers to send back home. Thank you cards are a favorite of our heroes to send home. Here is what I came up with.


  • Stamps – Sentiment: Purple Onion Designs – “PF05” and mouse image  – Rubber Soul “Mouse”
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “Happy Day” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used OWH Sketch #123 for this card. I like all of the elements in the design which provides opportunity to use different patterns and solids. I invite you to create something with this sketch as well–even if you did when it was first posted in May 2012 on Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps. To continue hopping, please return to the OWH bloghop page by clicking here or on the banner at the top of this post. Have a great time!

Here is another inspired by the same sketch:


  • Stamps – My Mind’s Eye “Find Your Wings and Fly: Up and Away” set
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “Find Your Wings and Fly: Sky’s the Limit and Up and Away”
  • Border punch – Stampin’ Up “Scallop Edge”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Button – Basic Grey
  • Twine – Doodlebug Designs

CANDY! Who doesn’t like CANDY?? Visit my previous post by clicking on this link.

CANDY! Who doesn’t like CANDY??

Please comment on this post and I’ll use a random number generator at random.org to choose one lucky person who will win this versatile stamp set from MyMind’s Eye, used in the above card. I will select a winner and contact them on Friday, May 31st, 2013. 

Winner: The winner is Nancy M.  Congratulations, Nancy!!


OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party – Chevron Challenge


  • Stamp – Stampendous “Flower Fields”
  • Die cuts – made with Spellbinder’s Nestabilities “Labels One”
  • Patterned papers – Basic Grey “PBJ” collection – “Hip Fab” and “Picnic Basket”
  • Bling – Queen and Company “Twinkle Goosebumps”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing powder
  • Ranger Distress Ink markers

I made this card for the OWH Virtual Cardmaking Party that is in progress for the President’s Day weekend. The first challenge over at Scrappin’ Intervention, is the make a card featuring a chevron pattern. I had a number of choices in my stash, but this Basic Grey paper caught my eye. I heat embossed the image with black embossing powder and then used a waterbrush and my Distress markers to color the flowers and leaves. Thanks for visiting today.

My Top Ten Cards for 2012


Here is a quick look back at some of my favorite cards that I made in the last year. If you’d like to see my “recipes” for individual cards, the heading for each is a link back to the original post on my blog. Here’s my countdown:

#10 – OWH Die Cuts Challenge


I made this for a sample card to be used for the Midweek Throwdown challenge in February, which was to use die cuts.

#9 – Clean and Simple – Newspaper Tulips


I made this card while taking the Online Card Classes “Clean and Simple” class. I love this Basic Grey paper and the Hero Arts stamp!

#8 – It’s a Party!


Fluffles (from Stampendous) on a cupcake with lots of stripes.

#7 – Creative Chemistry 101 Tags


I took another class at Online Classes featuring Tim Holtz called Creative Chemistry 101. I learned lots of techniques and played with a lot of Ranger products–distressing all the way!

#6 – The famous Origami Neckties


This cracks me up–I’ve made these for the last two years (since the tutorial on OWH Stars and Stamps showed me how) so our heroes have them to send home for Father’s Day. And all year round, these cards get hits on my blog! I team up with my son, who makes all of ties since he is an Origami expert. I make the shirts and then I put them together. They seem to be a hit in blogland, so I hope they are a hit with our heroes and their families.

#5 – Paper Piecing Hot Air Balloon


I made this card during the OWH Rebel with a Cause Virtual Cardmaking Party this past Spring. This particular challenge was for paper piecing, so I chose a Verve hot air balloon stamp. I created a background with an Inky Antics cloud template and stipple brush to make lots of clouds.

#4 – What’s the Word, Bird?


This was another popular card this year. Someone visits this card at least once a week! I really like this technique, which I learned from one of the OWH Tuesday Tutorials. It is a great way to use up scraps. I love the colors and texture from the embossing folder.

#3 – OWH Memorial Weekend Bloghop – Penguin Birthday


This was a fun card for a child’s birthday. I made it for my stop in the OWH Memorial Weekend Blog Hop. We each chose an OWH sketch to illustrate along the hop. I like the cheerful penguin and all of the polka dots.

#2 – ODBD June Challenge – Nonstandard Shaped Cards


This was a pretty unusual card for me. I used layers of die cuts made from one of my Spellbinders Nestabilties sets and then layered butterfly die cuts on top (the butterfly dies are from Memory Box). It’s unique shape made it pretty eye catching.

#1 – Crocus Anniversary Card


I made this card for an OWH Midweek Throwdown for which we were asked to make anniversary cards. I love purple and green together and the design, together with the image, made for a pretty elegant card.

That’s it! Happy 2013, everyone and thanks for stopping by.

World Cardmaking Day 2012 – OWH Bloghop!

  • Image – from patterned paper – Reminisce “Christmas Collage”
  • Patterned paper – Reminisce “The Magic of Christmas”
  • Cardstock – BoBunny “Evergreen Dot” and WorldWin
  • Flowers – BoBunny “Rejoice Petals”
  • Flower center – Hero Arts “Foliage Dots”

Welcome to the 2012 World Cardmaking Day blog hop at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps! We are sharing Winter and Winter holiday cards featuring an OWH sketch at every stop.

I used OWH Sketch #123 for this card, which is one of my favorites! This card has a vintage look with an old fashioned Santa. Enjoy yourself this weekend hopping from blog-to-blog for inspiration and maybe a chance for some goodies. Speaking of which, I will be randomly drawing the name of one lucky person who leaves a comment this weekend. Because I do love the dots, I will be sending a 6 X 6″ BoBunny Double Dot Designs Bold and Bright paper pad! Here’s what it looks like:

Please leave a comment for a chance to win this paper pad. Thanks for visiting today and enjoy the hop! Click on the blog hop image below to get back to the master list o’ links for the blog hop.