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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..... :)
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.
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.
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.
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! :)
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!
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!
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!
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! :)
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.