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OWH + Great Impresssions Blog Hop!


Hello all and welcome to my stop on this fun blog hop! Can you even believe all the cute cards??  I hope you are inspired and that you will make your own card (with whatever products you have) and join in the challenge for this sketch!  You can find the Inlinkz and the rest of the hop info back at the beginning of the hop at OWH Stars & Stamps.

I have three cards to share with you.   The first you have already seen back on the start off page at OWH Stars & Stamps.  I wanted to show how the stamps could be used if you didn’t want to color the image.   And in the close up here, you can see that since my card base is black, I’ve lined the card with some white paper.



For my second card, I wanted to use the circle variation on the sketch, and I wanted to color that cute frog, so this is what I came up with:



I put a little glossy accents on his eyes to make them shiny.  I just love this card, it’s so cheerful, don’t you think? And it’s punny! Haha!

For my third card, I wanted to try watercoloring the frog, and it strays a bit from the sketch – the sentiment is stamped on the inside.  I also tried making it a little more feminine.  Can you see how I did that? Look closely…


I gave her eyelashes with a fine tip black pen! See them? She looks flirty, lol!

Here’s the whole group together along with the stamps themselves…



I hope you’ve enjoyed this stop on the hop today! Sad news, though, you only have one more stop to go!

 Click on through to the Great Impressions Stamps company blog!

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Joyful Christmas… and a surprise!

Hey y’all! I hope you’re having a very Merry Christmas and enjoying some downtime – maybe finding time to get crafty! Here is my official 2013 holiday card…

Joyful Christmas |

I have a Christmas surprise for you! I made a video!

I’ve been wanting to play around with making videos for awhile now, and I finally did it. Let me tell you, I have a whole new appreciation for cardmakers on YouTube now. It is WAY more work than it seems like.  Check it out!

I had a lot of fun and learned a lot making that video. Can’t wait to try another one!  I hope you enjoyed it!


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Peace & Joy

Recently I had a special commission to make a single Christmas card. I don’t know if the recipient has received it yet, hopefully I’m not spoiling it by posting about it today! I had just gotten a new Technique Tuesday stamp set so it was a perfect opportunity to use it. A little heat embossing and sponging and I was pleased with the final result…

Peace & Joy |

The picture doesn’t really show all the shimmer of the gold spray I did on the background paper, but trust me it’s shimmery!

I’m working on something special for Monday so be sure and check back!

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Thanks a Million

Happy Monday, all!  I finished up all of my Christmas cards over the weekend and I’m almost (but not quite!) burned out on Christmas stamps and paper for this year.  Sooo… my card share today is an all-season thank you card!

Thanks a Million |

The background is some thin foil paper – I believe it was meant for origami – that has been in my stash forever and a day.  I dry embossed it and was thrilled with how it came out, so I think I know what I’ll be doing with the rest of that stash!

To make the “Million” yellow, I colored it with a yellow Sharpie after heat embossing the sentiment in white.  Love that trick!  I used the same yellow Sharpie to color my white crochet thread yellow, too!

Thanks a Million close up |

The sentiment was stamped with the now-retired Stampin’ Up! Word Play stamp set.  Everything else is linked below!

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Lord Have Mercy, It’s Your Birthday!

Hello, friends! I am back! My major huge work project is finally over, yay! I have a few things that I’ve worked on here and there that I now have time to share with you, so look for regular posts from me again!

Today’s card is one that I made last month for my sister’s birthday.  She loves all things glittery and sparkly and she has a modern style so that’s what I tried to do for her card.  And she’s getting old so I thought the sentiment was appropriate, lol!

Lord Have Mercy |

Obviously, with all the glitter going on here, this card would never be okay for OWH!

Lord Have Mercy close up |

The sentiment is actually from three different stamp sets combined.  Crazy how that worked out okay, isn’t it?  The “Lord Have Mercy” is from Amuse (link below) and the “It’s Your” and “Birthday” are from two different Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society sets (both no longer available).   I heat embossed them with glitter embossing powder, added some bling from my random stash, and layered on some glittery papers/ribbon.  The glitter papers are both DCWV and kinda old – couldn’t find a link for the polka dot source.  The glittery ribbon is called ‘white’ but it definitely has touches of pink to it.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

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!

Home Is Where the Heart Is |

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!

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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
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OWH Birthday Bash Blog Skip with Stamper’s Best!


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.

OWH AnyHero card, Stamper's Best stamps |

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?

Whoops, mounted upside down! |

Doh! But, it was easily fixed.  I cut the card front off and adhered it to a new cardbase.  Yay!

Stamper's Best for OWH |

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!

Thanks for skipping by!


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OWH Birthday Bash Blog Skip with Unity Stamps!

Hi friends!  I’m so excited to be part of OWH’s birthday celebration, bringing you this blog skip full of great AnyHero cards made with Unity stamps.


If you got here from Pam’s blog, you’re in the right place! If you turned up here some other way, be sure and go back to the start of the ‘skip’ so you can see all the other great cards our team 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:

Unity Stamps, OWH AnyHero card |

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…

Unity Stamps, OWH AnyHero 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!

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You Are My Favorite

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:

Chalkboard Technique, Hero Arts stamps, Echo Park paper |

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!

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