Operation Write Home

I am currently making cards for Operation Write Home, which sends blank handmade cards to deployed servicemen and women. OWH is an amazing organization that ships thousands of cards each month to our nation's Heroes so they have something to write home on. Please check out the tag on the sidebar for more information on this inspiring mission. Please join me in supporting our men and women who sacrifice for us all.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 10 for 2012

These are my Top 10 favorite cards from this past year.  It is fun to note that I have to work on the list to make it smaller than I do to have to make it bigger.  My absolute FAV this year was chosen because it was made as a sample for Sketch Challenge #110 for Operation Write Home.  I was honored to be asked to make the samples and all three can be viewed here.

I chose this one because masculine can sometimes be hard and I love how the paper and the image did all the work, 
This is from the Easter/Spring challenge and is the very first card I made with my new Cricut that Santa brought last Christmas.  I thought this was just like a piece of art.  I was so surprised and pleased with the result.
This clock card is from a tutorial at the Stars and Stamps blog called Triple Time Stamping.  This tutorial was so well explained and produces such a cool effect.  I loved this one!

I chose this card not because the design is stellar but because of the colored image.  I don't normally do hand colored images.  It is from MelJens and I colored it with pencils.
This heart card was from the Virtual Card Making Party in September and is using sketch #136.  The deep green and the gold edging made it look so rich (at least I think so).
Now, these stags made me smile big!  I just looked at them and thought, "wow! I did that!"  There are lots of bits and parts but it was worth all the work.
This is from Sketch Challenge #128 and it made the list because of the bright happy feeling I got from it.  The flowers being connected to the sentiment was supposed to be kind of like a hint.....  (?)
This set just had to make the list! It is from the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge for the month of November.  Yes, getting love and valentines ready in November is right on schedule for OWH's shipping requirements.  The wonderful digi from Create with TLC just kind of says it all!
Last but not least, this one as simple as it is was made with scraps using sketch #98.  After having just viewed all the posts on "scrap wrangling", I spent much of the evening making scrap cards and cleaning out some bins.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I did making them!  Happy New Year1

Friday, December 28, 2012

Midweek Throwdown - Missing You

This week's throwdown is to make any kind of Missing You card.  Now, it being right after Christmas and Santa brought me a new Cricut cartridge I had to tinker.  I know it is kind of wild but I like it!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Midweek Throwdown Color Challenge/ Sketch 148

Holy Moly!  I got a two-fer!  The MWT Color Challenge is also Sketch 148.  Yay!  Ok, calm down.... whew.  I liked this sketch so much for some odd reason.  I hadn't used tags in a long time so this was fun.  And the paper I made the tags with is sooooo yummy!  ALL the stripes are glossy raised embossed.  How fun is that?  And the ribbon is velvet..... more yummy!
And the blues and reds were scraps so maybe this is a three-fer!
One style of flower had dimensional sticky on them so I pulled that off and just laid it flat so that I could fit the little bit of bling without creating bulk for our Heroes to have to pay extra for when sending them home to loved ones.  The others were cardboard die cuts.  All the bling was from a set by PSX and the ribbon is holiday ribbon from Michael's.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

ODBD December Challenge - Flowers

Our Daily Bread Designs December challenge for OWH is to make a card with flowers.  ODBD sponsors shipping fees for 2 boxes to be sent to our Heroes each month if 50 individuals post a card for the challenge.  They also sweeten the deal by having a random drawing for gift certificates for 2 of the posted cardmakers.  Yay! So, here are a few cards I had made with flowers that I had not posted yet. 
These were made with DCWV paper and K&Co cardstock border stickers.  The butterflies were made with the Cricut and the ruffle edge is a Martha Stewart punch.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Midweek Throwdown Love & Hugs

The Midweek Throwdown is for Love and Hugs!  Think of all the loved ones we make smile with these.  I got on a bit of a "roll" using the black velvet sticker that comes on a roll.  :)

This stuff is cool but requires some patience to peel off the backing and not have it turn into a curly wad.  Since I am on a quest to use what I have, not make too many leftovers or scraps of anything, I made love cards untill it ran out.