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.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MWT - General Love Cards

The Midweek Throwdown for this week is general love themed cards. 
Sandy is getting the Valentine themed cards ready for shipping out and some general Love cards would round out those boxes nicely. 
So here are a few!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

OWH Sketch #202

Ha! Got one done on time!  Probably due to it being really cold outside and sitting at my table doing some online Christmas shopping.  My laptop sits on my craft table so cutting and cruising can be done at the same time.  The digi is one offered for free from Paula and the yellow is super smooth handmade paper.

Monday, December 9, 2013

OWH Sketch #185

This is Sketch #185 from Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps blog.  They have over 200 sketches listed and they are all very user friendly.  I have not tried them all, YET.  However, I do love them for a good mo-jo jump start.  The DP for this card is really yummy in that all the words are glossy embossed and the sentiment is slightly popped.  The flower dry embossing was a RAK from a long time ago..... wish I knew where to get THAT folder!  More Love for the next OWH box as I had enough of the RAK to make 4 of these.

OWH Sketch Challenge #199

For some reason the link to this challenge isn't working but if you would like to go see it and take the challenge just go to Operation Write Home and look under sketches.

ODBD December Challenge - It's All About Him

This month for the ODBD Challenge we are to make masculine themed cards.  Remember, each month that 50 cardmakers post to the challenge OWH receives shipping coverage for 2 boxes by ODBD.  In addition, they do a random draw for 2 lucky cardmakers each month to receive a gift certificate to their shop!  It is a huge win/win!!!  The vintage motorcycle is a digi from Digital Two For Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Little More Pink Love

This morning it is a little more pink love on the agenda.  The 2 cards were made from scrap DP and the "Love" sentiment was cut on the Cricut.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pink Love

I don't really do too many cards that actually says "Valentine" on them because OWH has a better use for Love You themed cards.  Come to think if it a don't do much in pink either, LOL!  I made a stack of these and they headed off to OWH last week.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

OWH Sketch 193

This is from OWH Sketch 193.  I haven't had time to take many of the challenges lately but hope to change that soon.  With the next holiday coming up on the schedule being Valentine's Day, I made 8 of these.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Patriotic Snowflakes Just For You

How about some snowflakes in red, white and blue? 
Or maybe a small pile of them?  I'm not sure where I got this paper but I have a feeling it was during a visit to Ocala, FL when I raided the JoAnn's store.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

OWH Design Bootcamp - How Does It Feel?

This one is for the OWH Design Bootcamp.  The subject was about using texture both visual and tactile.  My texture is the black scroll design along the bottom.  It is a velvet sticker.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.

Winter Love x16

Thanks to Velda I was inspired to make these Winter Love cards. 

She had blogged about a simple way to cut up 6x6 paper and make 3 cards.  This DP was a 12x12 sheet that I cut down to 6x6 and then cut from there. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Midweek Throwdown - Seeing Stars!

I've got some time today to catch up on some posts and make a few cards so here goes!  This week's Midweek Throwdown at Operation Write Home is called Seeing Stars. 

And as you would guess we are making cards that have stars.  My favorite star cards are for Heroes and children.  Today I'm doing the Hero cards.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Design Bootcamp - Drawing a Blank

I had made this one for the bootcamp but "someone" ran off with my camera and I couldn't get it posted.  This class was discussing white as a design element and not having to cover the whole card with color or pattern.  Giving the eye a resting place as well.

Here are two attempts to use white on purpose in the design.  This second one was going for a simple masculine look.  The gold strips have a nice shimmer to help it make it have a more architectural feel.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

OWH MWT - Snow Much Fun

I know I am way behind on my postings.  I got a new job and I'm just running as fast as I can.  the Mid-Week Throwdown had asked for a winter themed card with snow - NOT Christmas.  I love snowflakes so this one was great to make and I made 8 of these!

I have had these beautiful beaded snowflakes for a long time and decided to get them out and use them.  (no hoarding!)  With the cotton lace I thought it just looked warm yet wintery.

ODBD October 2013 - Sentiments

The challenge for this month from Our Daily Bread Designs is to make a card where the sentiment is the focus.  I actually do more of these than I do of images with sentiments.

Monday, September 2, 2013

OWH VCMP Challenge #7

I know I'm getting out of order on the challenges but with the kids card bingo I drew a blank.  I will come back to that one.  Challenge #7 is hosted by Marilyn over at Blessed Creativity and is looking for a fall themed card without being "Thanksgiving" and to use a leaf motif in fall colors.  I also attempted to use OWH sketch #27, although I think I wandered off a bit.  I DID get the leaf in fall purple.....  :)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

OWH VCMP Challenge #5

Ok, I have to admit that I thought this one was a bit odd.  BUT, I did try it.  Click here to see the challenge hosted by Donna where she inks up making tape.  Instead of taping my stamping block I taped a square piece of plywood with 2 different sizes of tape.  I found the wood grain to show through which was nice, however, I then had mo-jo block and couldn't think of one thing to do with it.  I will work on that one later.  This was my second try.

I took a piece of cardstock that I had already embossed with a folder and laid IT into the ink.  Now THAT was what I was looking for!  One other note:  I wiped the ink off the tape with a wet paper towel and set it aside for future use since it was on the wood and not on my stamping block.

OWH VCMP Challenge #4

I made this one last night but waited for better light to take the picture this morning.  I enjoyed this challenge hosted by Annette which is to make a "love" card using OWH sketch #29.  I noticed for some odd reason I hadn't used this one yet. I kind of like it........ guess I will be using it more.  The embellishment is from K&Co and I added Dimensional Magic to the center for a bit of glossy texture.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

OWH VCMP Challenge #3

This is challenge is called Triple Die Cutting Technique and is hosted by Seongsook.  I had never tried this before since I don't have the rectangle dies.  But I did have these wavy frames so I thought I could give it a go.  I'm glad the instructions were well written.  I only came up one piece short and that was an easy fix.

OWH VCMP Challenge #2

This second challenge was a bit harder.  Check out the details at Diane's blog.  The idea is to make a card that uses the initials O-W-H.  My card has an Odd number of bling embellishments, and background paper with Writing on it and of course, Hearts.  The green ribbon is a lovely felt and the sentiment is popped as well.  All in Christmasy colors too!  :)

OWH Labor Day VCMP - Challenge #1

Yay!  Today begins the Operation Write Home Labor Day weekend card making party.  There will be challenges throughout the day posted by several of the OWH ladies showing off their talents and inspiring us to make bee-u-tiful cards for our Heroes for the upcoming seasons.  This first one is being hosted by Nancy and it a fun one to try.  Hop on over to her page and play along!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fall Leaves

I loved this paper!  All the leaves and pinecones are glossy embossed.  That made adding the ink to the outer edges easy and gave a great effect.  I made 6 of these for the box heading out to OWH in the next week. I just have a little more space to fill then out it goes!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

2nd Parade of Leftovers for Today

It seems that I have to bunch up my posts as I have time.  So, here is my 2nd Parade of Leftovers for today.

I had enough to make 2 of these.  I love this very old stamp as it makes most any leftovers look good!
This one is also using Oldie Moldie paper.
The die cut was found in an old folder as well.  It is popped for some dimension.
I even got a few Any Hero cards made using the digi from Operation Write Home.
Stay tuned!  More on the way!  Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

Parade of Leftovers

I have a bunch of cards that were made with leftovers aka scraps.  This first one is made up of all shiny papers.  The stripes on of the center paper are all glossy embossed.

This second one also has a RAK in the form of the embossed center birthday sentiment.
Yeah, there is a lot going on with this card!  LOL!  It was the black and white glossy patterned paper that was leftover. The sentiment is a digi from Paula.
Bits of shine and color.
Getting the hang of banners.  Get it?  Getting the "hang".... :)
And a little more of Pauls's digi. 

OWH Sketch #183 (sort of)

This one began as Sketch #183..... and wandered off just a bit.  Like all of the OWH sketches this one was a nice jumping off point to get the mo-jo going.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs August Challenge - Color

The ODBD Challenge this month at OWH Stars and Stamps blog is about color.  The colors for this month's cards are pink, green and brown.  Not 3 colors I would necessarily think of without being challenged but it turned out to be very enjoyable so I made 2 different ones.

These were both also made during a Scrap Wrangling session!  Yay!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown - Fall Theme

The MWT is for Fall themed cards.  I know these don't have leaves or pumpkins on them but I see colors of fall in them.  The gold strips have a nice bit of shimmer to them.  These were made doing a bit of Scrap Wrangling as well.  Waste not!  :)

OWH July Design Bootcamp

The Design Bootcamp for July was entitled Get Your Priorities Straight and has to do with choosing colors for our cards.  We were to choose from a posted 3 color combo using the proper percentage of each color and I chose blue (60%), tan (10%) and red (30%).  The card base is a bit more oatmeal than tan but I think it works.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fall-ish Thanks

I know it isn't fall yet, but, Operation Write Home has deadlines that are always a season or two ahead of what season we are actually in. 

That way the cards can get sorted, shipped and to our Heroes in time for them to be able to use them in the proper season. 

I made these fall-ish cards with just the sentiment Thanks so that they could be used without having to be a Thanksgiving specific card. 

I made several of each of the different styles.