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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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Thanks (so much)

Since I pulled out the Silhouette last week to cut letters, while I had it out I also cut a few more things which I will share with you this week, starting with today’s card. This is a thank you card I made for a friend.  The big black kitty was inspired by my own big black cat.  (Did you know that cats that are completely black with no white at all will have golden yellow eyes? So if you see a green eyed black cat, that kitty has a splash of white somewhere.)

I popped up the cat and backed his eyes and nose with some scrap cardstock.  I added a little Stickles to the nose to coordinate with the glittery brad I used on the sentiment flag. The sentiment was stamped with one of those clear stamps from the dollar bin at Michael’s – and actually it’s part of a larger stamp that I cut up to get what I wanted!



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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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Masculine Card Swaps continued

Hello friends! Two more masculine cards today made with items I received in a Facebook group kit swap.  Yesterday’s pair were both “Dad” cards but these two are more general sentiments.


Love this vintage car stamped image.  Anyone know the source? I wouldn’t mind adding a good vintage car to my stash.  Again on this card I swapped out the twine included in the kit for this fun striped ribbon from my own stash.


This uses the Hero Arts OWH fundraiser set All the Time, which is one of my favorites.  Everything on this card came with the kit, including that awesome ledger looking paper – love it!

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Masculine Card Swaps

My cardmaking Facebook friends and I had another fun swap – this time we swapped card kits with masculine colors and themes.  I’ve made four of them so far and I’ll share two today and two tomorrow.  I still have a couple of unopened kits as well! I love kit swapping because I get to play with new (to me)  stuff without spending any money on new stamps or papers!  Both of these cards will make great additions to my OWH box.


For this one I substituted the ribbon that came with the kit with this silver mesh ribbon from my own stash.  I also added a scrap of navy blue cardstock (Bazzill, I think), but everything else came in the kit. 


This card was made entirely with kit contents except the touches of silver Viva Decor pearl pen that I added. 

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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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Spring Has Sprung

Okay, maybe spring hasn’t quite sprung, but it’s coming eventually!  Happy Friday, all! I have another card today to share that was made from a kit I received in my Facebook kit swap.

I loved the papers and used a recent OWH sketch (#154) with a minor tweak.  I didn’t really like the ribbon across the bottom, so I turned it into some little pennants instead.  And because this is a spring card with ribbon, I’m entering it in the challenge at one of my favorite ribbon sources: Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Challenge #66.


About this card:  Everything you see was from the kit I received except for the little prima flower which was random from my stash.  The four-square panel is on dimensional adhesives.

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Pinspiring Monday!

It’s Monday yet again and I have a great vintage style card to share today, inspired by a picture I found on Pinterest.

The picture is of some old doors, and it was originally posted to Flickr before being pinned.


I loved not only the colors here but all the texture and pattern!  I used an embossing folder and Distress inks as well as a distressing tool to create my version…


This card is slightly smaller than A2, it just worked out that way.  The vintage brad in the middle also got some distressing treatment, then I colored it a little with a Honey copic to give it more of a gold tone.    Here’s a closer look…


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About this card:  I used Stampin’ Up! Pool Party cardstock with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder which I had inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.   I used a dauber to sponge a little Tea Dye Distress ink on as well.  After embossing I sponged some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink gently onto the raised areas of the paper to add depth to the blue.   I used a We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack distress tool to distress the paper edges and a little on the embossing.   I also used it to distress the vintage brad (SU!) and then used a Copic (Honey) marker to color the brad again, giving it a golden tone.  The panel is adhered to the base using dimensional adhesives.    The base card is generic kraft cardstock which I stamped with a woodgrain background stamp from All Night Media using more Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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Father’s Day Toolbox

I guess I am on a shaped cards kick right now! There was the pizza card, and today’s Father’s Day card, and next week you’ll see my husband’s birthday card which is also shaped!

I CASED the card for today from a card I saw on Pinterest.  I was amazed at how easy it was once I got started, although the fussy cutting was time consuming.  Totally worth the effort, though, and my dad loved it!

I made this card at a crop on Saturday with friends.  I had forgotten to bring my sentiment stamp so I stamped that onto it after I got home.  And in all the excitement to get ready for our Father’s Day cook out, I failed to take a picture of the completed card!  The only picture I have is the one below, which one of my cropping friends took and graciously emailed to me.  Thank you, Luanne!  Y’all will just have to imagine a large “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment stamped on the lower right.


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About this card:  The cardstocks are Bazzill Kraft and Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip.   I used a ruler to cut off my corners and then a large oval punch to create the handle.   The lower panel is popped up on dimensional adhesives to create a pocket to hold the tools.  I stamped the various tools from the SU! set Totally Tools in Versafine Onyx Black on white cardstock then watercolored them with SU! inks in Real Red, Chocolate Chip, and Basic Gray and fussy cut them out.  The little nuts and screws on are from the SU! set Lots of Bots and were created the same way.  I added four gold brads from my stash and stamped Happy Father’s Day from Stampabilities in Chocolate Chip on the lower right.

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CASE the Catalog Monday!

Hello, friends! Today is Memorial Day and also my last CASE the Catalog Monday, so I wanted to do a special card for Operation Write Home.  I decided to do an “Any Hero” card in which I will write a note of thanks and encouragement for our troops.  OWH includes these notes in every box of blank cards they send out to deployed servicemembers.

For my project today I was inspired by this card found on page 25 of the 2011 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  I liked the pennant element and the overall layout.


My version of course isn’t a Halloween card, but instead a patriotic themed card.  I have been wanting to try making a flag out of ribbon, so I took a stab at it today and I was pretty pleased with how it came out.  Also in order to make my pennants fit correctly I sized this card large – it is a 5″ x 7″ – which is great because it gives me room to write a nice long note inside.


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About this card: The sentiment is from Stamper’s Best and is stamped in Stampin’ Up! Early Epresso ink on Bazzill kraft cardstock.  The pennants were cut on my Silhouette SD and the letters are random stickers from my stash.  The baker’s twine is from Reasonable Ribbon.  The ribbons in the flag are from my stash, the blue satin is SU! which I added adhesive pearls to.  The flag pole is a scrap of gold cardstock and gold brads are holding on the ribbons.  There’s a large star gold brad at the top of the flagpole.  The red cardstock strip is SU! Real Red.  The background is dry embossed on my Big Shot with a Stars embossing folder by the Paper Studio.

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