Last week on the OWH Hero Arts blog skip I saw this adorable card by Tammy for Hero Arts and I just knew I had to create my own version of it. It’s perfect for OWH and is a great card to kit up for my upcoming OWH cardmaking event.
I tweaked it a bit, of course, but I kept the chalkboard style on the sentiment because I thought that was a genius use for that cute stamp!
The patterned papers and the ribbon are retired Stampin’ Up! products that were donated to me by a demonstrator to use for OWH projects. Everything else is linked up below!
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:
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.
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!
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!
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Hello, OWHers! I’m so excited to be participating in another birthday blog skip for OWH today! If you came here from Paula’s, then you’re in the right place. If you came here some other way, be sure and go back to the start of the skip at the OWH Stars & Stamps blog to check out all the great inspiration our team has for you today!
We were asked to make AnyHero cards using some of the fundraiser stamps from Stamper’s Best. The hard part for me was deciding which ones to use because I have a bunch of them! I managed to narrow it down enough to make two cards to share.
For this first one I used the My Hero set which is full of great sentiments for AnyHero cards, and the single stamp Old Glory. I heat embossed the flag in gold detail embossing powder (Ranger) and stamped the sentiment in SU! Cherry Cobbler ink. I distressed and inked the edges of all my papers. The patterned papers are from my scraps bin.
For my second card, I got it all just so and when I picked it up off my desk, I discovered a problem… has this ever happened to you?
Doh! But, it was easily fixed. I cut the card front off and adhered it to a new cardbase. Yay!
This card uses the single stamp My Country, stamped in Versafine Sepia ink. I layered it up with some papers from My Mind’s Eye, and inked all the edges with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. The button is from Stampin’ Up!
I hope you’ve enjoyed all the cards so far on the skip! We really appreciate Stamper’s Best – they have been a great fundraising partner for OWH for a couple of years now!
Your next stop is Sherry - can’t wait to see what she has to share!
I received the stamp set Dog Tags & Thanks to use. I made two cards and you already saw the first one on the Stars & Stamps post, but here’s another shot of it along with the stamp set:
For this card I heat embossed the tags and sentiment on a piece of brushed silver cardstock, then cut them out and layered them on the dark grey cardstock which I stamped the tags on. I layered it up with some grey and aqua papers and embellished with some black thread and a star brad.
And here’s my second card…
This one is also heat embossed – silver on a navy blue cardstock. The sentiment is stamped on the other layer, and then both layers have distressed edges. I added a little yellow ribbon, something I like to do a lot on AnyHero cards!
What do you write in an AnyHero card? I like to include a couple of sentences thanking the recipient for their service and acknowledging the importance of the job they are doing, and then I like to tell a funny short anecdote, sometimes about my dog, or my neighborhood, or my little nephew (he’s always good for a goofy antic). And when I sign my cards, I’m always sure to include my town and state – our heroes need to know that folks across the nation appreciate them!
Thank you so much for skipping along with us today! You have one more stop – OWHtv for today! Guess what’s going to Stump Sandy today I hope you enjoyed all the cards and have some great ideas for your own. Don’t forget to head over to Unity Stamps and take advantage of their fundraising offer – OWH will get 10% of the sales this week!
Happy Monday all! I have been wanting to revisit the chalkboard technique since chalkboard style stuff is all the rage right now, and this week’s challenge at Fusion Card Challenge was the perfect opportunity.
Here’s what we were given for inspiration and sketch…
I decided to use both in one card and came up with this:
I played around with several different ideas for the chalkboard look. What I finally settled on was heat embossing the stamped sentiments, then adding a little white colored pencil around the heat embossing. Then I inked the edges with white pigment ink and smudged a little lightly across the whole panel. You can’t tell from the photo but I added Glossy Accents to glaze the apple.
I made the curved edge by sketching by hand with a pencil and carefully cutting it out. I’m not sure I love it, but it was a fun experiment!
A friend recently asked me to make her some thank you cards using peacock feathers and the color pink. Here’s what I came up with…
I was really pleased with how the little feather center looks like a heart when I colored it pink. I used the watercolor stamping technique here, coloring the stamp with markers then spraying lightly with water before stamping. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold to give the card a little bling.
I think my card base is an SU! retired color, Pretty in Pink. All other supplies listed below!
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope y’all had a great weekend.
My card share today is for another challenge blog – I am trying to do better about participating in these things, they are so much fun! This one is called CAS(E) this Sketch! and it’s for clean and simple style sketches. I was thrilled to find it, because I like a less fussy style of card, myself.
Here is the sketch we were given:
Now, remember that I said I was participating in the ongoing Use Your Stamps challenge to use (or lose) every stamp I own? I thought I’d have fun with it for this card, so I literally closed my eyes and reached into a bin of clear stamps that I have yet to organize, committing myself to using whatever my hand grabbed first! And it was this awesome Hero Arts set, Typewriter Notes. This card came together easily after that! However, when I put this set on my spreadsheet, I entered it as a ‘maybe’ because I know that somewhere in my stash I have another typewriter themed set, and I don’t need two of them. Once I use the other one, I’ll make a decision about which one to keep. Maybe I’ll take a vote
The typewriter and the message are heat embossed, and I thought that little clip (retired SU!, I think) was a cute office-supply like tie in. It reminds me of my all-time favorite office supply, binder clips (they can do anything! I once fixed a broken drawstring in a pair of pajama pants using a binder clip. True story!) The black and white patterned graph-type paper was random from my scraps bin.
Today’s card share is a CASE of a cardmaker whose blog I have followed a long time and whose style I just love: Lisa Spangler. She is the “muse” this month at the CASE Study Challenge blog so I thought before the month is over I better participate! Here is the card she created as our inspiration:
I was inspired by the pattern and the colors. I interpreted it with patterned paper instead of ink and used hearts for my geometric shape. This is a great way to use up patterned paper scraps!
Isn’t that fun? I think it will be a great card for my OWH box. The patterned papers here are all random from my scraps bin, and the ribbon is a 1/8″ satin also from my scraps.
Yay, it’s finally here! The big blowout OWH bloghop that I’ve been looking forward to! We have over 140 blogs this year (wow!) and tons and tons of cute inspiration – and all for a great cause, handmade cards for our deployed troops to use to keep in touch with home. If you didn’t arrive here from OWH, please go to the main bloghop page to visit the other bloggers!
Our task for this bloghop was to use an OWH sketch to create a thank you card. OWH sketches have a special place in my heart since I created many of them and hosted the sketch challenge for two years! I love seeing my older sketches get some love in a bloghop like this! Some time ago one of our awesome OWHers, Kathryn, created a PDF document checklist for folks to use to keep up with which sketches they had tried. Using that, I decided for this bloghop to use the oldest sketch I had never used before, and that turned out to be #21:
I don’t know what took me so long, this is a great sketch! (And no, not one I created, lol!) So enough yakking, here’s the card I came up with:
I recently got this beautiful peacock feather stamp (Stampendous!) and I have been itching to ink it up. I used Distress Ink markers (Broken China, Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo) to ink it up, then misted water on it and on my watercolor paper before stamping – gives this great watercolor effect. I heat embossed the sentiment from Technique Tuesday with Ranger gold detail embossing powder to give a little sparkle. Here’s a closer view:
I kept the rest of the card fairly clean and simple, with some patterned paper (mystery source, it was a gift from a friend) and cardstock (Stampin’ Up! Taken with Teal and Crumb Cake). The stamped panel is on dimensional adhesives and I used a corner rounder on four of the patterned paper corners.
I hope you enjoyed this stop on the hop and all the other stops too! Thank you for supporting Operation Write Home!
One of the girls I regularly crop with lost her father last week. I made this card for her and all of our group wrote little notes of sympathy inside, along with a stamped sentiment.
I’ve recently fallen in love with Twinkling H2Os and wanted to try them out on black cardstock. I was really pleased with the effect.
About this card: The flowers from Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society February 2013 stamp set are heat embossed with black embossing powder on Stampin’ Up! Basic Black cardstock. I colored the images with Twinkling H2Os and sprayed it lightly with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Ice to add even more shimmer. The image is die cut using the SU! Labels Framelit die on my Big Shot. The red seam binding is from Reasonable Ribbon. The patterned paper and the grey textured cardstock are from We R Memory Keepers Black Widow design series.
Julie I saw an older post of yours on Starbust card and follow your instruction and it work out great... I just wanted to let you know and to say thank you for your creations...I'm a new follower too.... […]