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OWH Birthday Bash Blog Skip with Hero Arts!


Hello all! Here we are again with another awesome blog ‘skip’ (aka small blog hop) to celebrate Operation Write Home’s birthday this month.  If you came here from Nancy’s blog you’re in the right spot, if you arrived some other way, be sure and go back to the start of the blog hop to see all the awesome inspiration we have to share!

This week we’re hopping with the Hero Arts team, and featuring all of the fundraiser stamps that Hero Arts has produced in support of OWH!  I have to say, hands down my favorite stamp set for cards is the Hero Arts for OWH set Year Round Sentiments.  I didn’t use it today, but if you want to make cards for OWH and you can only get one stamp set? That’s the one to get.  I use that set over and over.

Okay! On to the cards! This one was made with the first Hero Arts OWH fundraiser set I ever got, and still love, called All the Time:

Thinking About You Round the Clock - Hero Arts for OWH |

I heat embossed the clock face and then punched it out – fits perfectly in a 1 3/4″ circle punch.  I layered it up with some cute papers from Farmhouse Paper Company and cardstock.  You can maybe see on the side that because this is a dark card base, I lined the card with some white paper.   The layout is from a recent OWH sketch, #171.

Closer look…

'Round the Clock close up |

My second card you already saw on the start up post at Stars & Stamps but I thought I’d post it here as well in case anyone wanted details.  I made this with the HA set Happy Birthday… just love the big hot air balloon, it’s so perfect for paper piecing!

Let Love Soar - Hero Arts for OWH |

The papers here are all from We R Memory Keeper’s Feeling Groovy 6×6 pad.  I stamped the balloon directly on the card, then stamped it again on my floral paper and on some solid cardstock.  I cut out all the pieces and put back together with some foam tape underneath to add a little dimension. (I will confess that I did not cut out those tiny white stars on the basket. I colored the green cardstock in with a white gel pen.)  The layout is a slightly tweaked version of OWH sketch #161.

I hope you enjoyed this stop and all the other stops on this blog skip. Thanks for joining us today! You have only one more stop, and that’s Sandy on OWHtv
Specific products used on these cards:

My go-to favorites for all cardmaking:

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AEIO Missing U

I have been wanting to try using up an entire 6 x 6 paper pad on a set of coordinated cards and I have finally gotten started – not done yet, but about halfway! Today’s card share is the very first one I made from the pad I am using, Authentique’s Strong collection.  Most of these cards will be destined for OWH.  Once I am finished I will take a group picture of the whole set!

As soon as I saw this crossword paper, I knew exactly which sentiment to pair with it.

Hero Arts sentiment, Authentique Strong collection paper |

About this card:  Patterned papers from Authentique Strong collection 6×6 pad.  White cardstock is Wausau and gold cardstock is Worldwin.  Sentiment from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments is stamped in Distress Ink Weathered Wood.  Large gold brads from my stash (Office Depot I think).

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Cards for Operation Write Home!

I haven’t posted in awhile but I assure you I have been busy being crafty! Last weekend we held and Operation Write Home cardmaking event at The Haughton House where 15 awesome ladies helped make almost 200 cards for our deployed troops to send home to their families.


Want to see each design separately? Of course you do!


Sentiment by Stampendous, ink is SU! Real Red, red seam binding from Reasonable Ribbon, all other supplies are random from my stash or donations from others


Sentiment “Mom” cut using Silhouette SD digital cutter, flower die is Sizzix Daisies #2, card base is SU! Blush Blossom, all other supplies are random from my stash or donations from others


Sentiment from Technique Tuesday, Medallion stamped from SU! Artistic Etchings, Ink is SU! Cherry Cobbler, paper is SU! Love Letter design series, all other supplies are random from my stash or donations from others


Sentiment from Technique Tuesday stamped in Versafine Sepia, Flowers from Bo Bunny stamped in SU! Pool Party, die cut from Hero Arts, all other supplies are random from my stash or donations from others


Sentiment from Hero Arts stamped in SU! Old Olive ink, butterflies die cut with SU! Beautiful Wings embosslit, border punch from EK Success, all other supplies are random from my stash or donations from others


Sentiment from SU! Something to Celebrate in SU! Lucky Limeade ink, flowers from SU! Best Blossoms in SU! Rose Romance, Pretty in Pink and Lucky Limeade inks, doily from Bo Bunny, all other supplies are random from my stash or donations from others

Didn’t they do a great job? Thanks so much everyone for all the hard work!

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OWH World Card Making Day Blog Hop!

Hello, friends! Welcome to my stop on the ‘hop! I’m so excited to have another sketch-guided hop because I love sketches! It has been my pleasure to provide sketches for OWH for almost two years now, and I just love seeing all the different interpretations on my layouts.  We have some creative folks in the OWH community, and they never fail to impress me!

The card I have to share today uses OWH Sketch 85.  I chose that sketch because I knew I wanted to use this large stamp to create a wintery “thinking of you” card for my next OWH box. I just sent in my Christmas cards so my next box will contain themes to be used after Christmas, like this one!


I live in Louisiana, and we never get this much snow, so I had to guess at what it would look like.  How’d I do? I decided to color my little house red, because if I had a cozy cabin in the woods, I would definitely paint it red!

Finally, hoppers, I have a little surprise for you today! A bonus sketch! I’ll be posting this as part of tomorrow’s sketch challenge on Stars & Stamps.

Bonus sketch! Right click and save!

I don’t have a sample for this sketch yet…  so make one for me! Email me a picture of your card made with this sketch to julie AT operationwritehome DOT org by midnight tonight and I’ll pick one at random to be our sample in tomorrow’s sketch challenge! Be sure and include your name and blog address (if you have one, and it isn’t necessary to have one).

That’s it for this stop on the hop! Click here to go back to the beginning and keep on ‘hoppin! Thanks for stopping by :)

Supplies for my card – sentiment, Stampin’ Up! Warmest Regards; snowflake punch, Fiskars; snowy scene, Stampendous Forest Cottage; ink, SU! Early Espresso; colored pencils, Derwent; kraft cardstock, Bazzill; oval punch, SU!; blue grosgrain ribbon, SU!; cardstock mat, SU! Early Espresso.

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OWH Cardmaking Party!

On Saturday, 15 of my crafty friends met up with me to help make cards for Operation Write Home.  I had prepped kits in advance to make things go smoothly, and by 4 PM we had 252 cards ready to go!

Check them out all laid out pretty…


Want to see the cards? (Some of these are hastily taken cell phone pics, so I apologize in advance for the photo quality!)


This one features a sentiment cut on my Silhouette SD, and all the other cardstock and paper was donated.



I always like to do at least one card for kids at my OWH events.  This one is a CASE of a card I saw on Pinterest.  Punched circles make up the caterpillar body and of course googly eyes make everything better.  Sentiment stamp is from the dollar bin at Michael’s!



One of several Christmas designs.  All of the papers you see were donated.  I used the SU! Ornament punch and a silver sharpie to create the ornaments.  Green flourish is from SU! Baroque Motifs stamp set.



Another one CASEd from Pinterest (what did we do before Pinterest??) that features donated designer papers.  These turned out so fun and colorful! We used various embossing folders to emboss our die cut leaves (Sizzix Leaves #2 die).  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments and is punched with the SU! Designer Label punch.

We also made a couple of cards I’ve previously posted, specifically this one and the second card in this post.

Way to go, ladies! Thank you all so much for your help, and thank you also to everyone that donated supplies and door prizes! We had so much fun and for such a good cause :)  Can’t wait to do it again in the spring!

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You’re In My Thoughts…

Today’s card is a result of a little creativity shared between friends.   A few weeks ago my friend D’Arcy emailed me a link and picture of this card set on the blog of Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin’ Up!


D’Arcy thought it would make a great card for Operation Write Home – and she was right! It’s perfect for my upcoming OWH Cardmaking party, and it’s a great way to use some cute patterned papers that were donated.

I tweaked it a little bit, adding a button and a rounded corner, and I did the sentiment in a darker ink, but I love the result…


Thank you, D’Arcy, for the idea!

About this card:  The button is made using the Sizzix Sweet Buttons embosslit and a scrap of patterned paper.  I then coated the button in Crystal Effects clear laquer to give it shine, and threaded it with a scrap of embroidery thread.   The ribbon and patterned paper are both from my scraps bin.  The sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Word Play is stamped in SU! Chocolate Chip ink on SU! Crumb Cake cardstock.  I used a corner rounder from Marvy/Uchida on both the Crumb Cake layer and the white card base in the upper right corner.

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Pinspiring Monday!

Hello friends! I have a new card to share with you today, inspired by a photograph I found on my Pinspiring! board on Pinterest.

I had a hard time deciding which photo to use this time, because there are so many good ones now.  I ended up going back to the beginning of the board and using one that has been there awhile, this adorably designed bedroom.   Following the links back, I found that this is the bedroom of a lucky girl named Isabella, from her mom’s blog The Boo and the Boy.


I just love the old window turned into art, and of course the multicolored pennant banner.  I also like the mix of patterns found all over the room, and the amount of white keeps them from being overwhelming.

In my card, I used six panels of blue patterned paper to mimic the window, and ribbons for the pennants.  This is a great way to use up those odd patterned ribbons that find their way into my stash.   The floral stamping on the sentiment panel was another way to mix in more pattern.


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About this card:  The ribbons for the pennants were all random bits from my stash and are threaded onto hemp twine.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments and is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The flowers and butterfly are from Bo Bunny Sophie clear stamps.  The flowers were stamped by coloring the stamp with various Distress Ink markers, the butterfly stamped in Versafine and colored with markers then cut out and adhered to the panel with a glue dot.  I used Viva Pearl Pen in Pearl to embellish the centers of the flowers. The mat for that panel is Stampin’ Up! Old Olive.  The blue pattern paper is from the SU! Spice Cake designer series, and is adhered to the SU! Crumb Cake mat with dimensional adhesives. That entire panel is adhered to the cardbase with more dimensionals.

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CAS Sketch cards

This week’s sketch for Operation Write Home was a good one for clean and simple style cards.  I decided to interpret the sketch with color blocking, which I dressed up with dry embossing.   Extra thanks to my sweet friend and SU demonstrator, Donna, because all of the supplies on these cards were from her scraps box!

It might be hard to see in the pictures but the white sentiment panel is also matted with another layer of white.  It’s a subtle detail but it adds a little extra ‘something’ when you see it in person. The white panels are on dimensional adhesive as well.


I made a second one as a Christmas card, and I used complimentary colors (red and green on the color wheel) so it works for todays’ OWH Midweek Throwdown, too!  After I had it completed I thought it looked plain so I added the bling.  Now I’m not sure I like the bling, though.  Hmmm.


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About these cards:  All supplies for both of these are Stampin’ Up! except where noted.   First card: cardstocks in Whisper White, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, and Not Quite Navy.   The embossing folders used were Elegant Lines, Petals-a-Plenty, and Vintage Wallpaper. The sentiment from Swirls & Curls Verses is stamped in Not Quite Navy and the tiny flowers were colored with a So Saffron marker, then a tiny adhesive pearl to embellish.  Second card: cardstocks in Whisper White, Gumball Green, Real Red, and Certainly Celery.  The embossing folders used were Vintage Wallpaper, Petals-a-Plenty, and Snowburst.  I stamped the sentiment from Four the Holidays in Gumball Green and the bling is non-SU from my stash.

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Thinking of You

Hi friends! Remember last week when I posted this sketch card and asked for ideas to finish it off? I got several good ideas both here and on Pinterest, including adding more color, bling, a sentiment, etc.

I definitely agreed the card needed a sentiment! So I added one of those, and then I combined two ideas and ended up adding some pearl pen to the flower centers.  What do you think? I like it a whole lot better now!  This will be a great card to add to my OWH box.


Here’s a detail shot of the changes…


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About this card:  The designer paper was received in a swap.  The ivory cardstock is Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla.  The main panel is adhered with dimensional adhesives.  The sheer ivory ribbon is from the Paper Studio. The sentiment is from SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in SU! Baja Breeze ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and hand cut into the pennant shape.   I accented the flowers with a Viva Pearl Pen in Pearl.

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In My Thoughts

Hello, friends! Got another card made for the OWH “Be a Rebel” Virtual Cardmaking Party! Yvonne’s challenge for us was to use bright colors on a card.

I went to Pinterest again for my inspiration, and here’s what  I ended up with…


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About this card:  The sentiment stamp was borrowed from a friend (no idea who makes it, sorry) and is stamped in Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip ink.  The leaves are from the We R Memory Keepers stamp set “Botanicals” and are stamped in Close To My Heart Key Lime ink.  The horizontal strips are random designer paper scraps.  The button is a paper button made with the Sizzix “Sweet Buttons” Embosslits die and more scrap designer paper.  The linen thread is from SU! and the card base is SU! Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I used a We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper to round the top two corners of my Hammermill white cardstock panel.

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