Monthly Archives: September 2012

Santa Bob Square Pants-OWH Sketch #139


This weeks Sketch Challenge was to create something from from Sketch #139.

I started making something “thoughtful and Christmas-ey,” but somehow it ended up being Sponge Bob!  Not sure how this happens;  sometimes the card just takes on a life of it’s own.

I am sure some kid will just love this though, so into the OWH box it goes!  I’ll have to make another one for my favorite Sponge Bob fan, my grandson.

Here Goes.  Enjoy and take every opportunity to “color outside of the lines.”


Christmas Challenge Cards


Had five wonderful days in the mountains, but challenges continue, even when you are gone.   Had to catch up, before the new weekly sketch challenge comes out tomorrow!

This first card completes two challenges.  Sketch #138 – Hero Arts and the Stamper’s Best Hero Christmas card challenge.

OWH sketch #138/Stampers’ Best&Hero Arts

Both Stampers’ Best and Hero Arts are wonderful companies who create stamps and are tremendous supporters of Operation Write Home.  For this card I used the following Stampin’ Up products:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Pool Party card stock.  I used Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks.  The ribbon embellishment is Soft Suede dotted grosgrain (now retired).

The collage was created with two stamps, Santa Collage by Habico and the soldier silhouettes are Stampers’ Best.  The Thank You stamp is from Hero Arts.  The sentiment stamp is from DRS.  I embossed the blue card stock with a snow flake embossing folder.

Here is the sketch I used:  I flipped it to make a vertical card.

OWH Sketch Library #138

The second card is for the Color Challenge, to create a red and green card.

For this card, I used the following Stampin’ Up products:  Stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree and Warmest of Wishes (retired Hostess set).  The card stock is Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Garden Green.  The plaid paper is Frostwood Lodge (retired).  I used the Scallop Edge and the Decorative Label punches.  I used Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Inks.  I created a little “snow detail” at the bottom of the tree by tearing Whisper White horizontally.

The bow was created with a silver elastic trim.

Frostwood Lodge Christmas

To give credit where credit is due, I have to thank my helpers, who were worn out by today’s card making.  Thank you Newton (on top) and Gadget for all of your help.

My “helpers.”

Missing You – OWH Sketch #39 Redux


So, I went into my craft room to clean it up before I leave for a few days, and silly me (like this is a surprise), I opened up the Operation Write Home site, and found another challenge!  About an hour later, my craft room is worse, but I am very happy with the way this card turned out.

I have been looking for an excuse to use this particular bunch of stamps, since I scavenged them from a friend a few weeks ago.

So here you go!  As a side note:  One should never overlook the opportunity for a good PUN!






The card stock is Summer Starfruit, from Stampin’ Up!  The background bees were stamped onto the card by hand.

Patriotic Any Hero – Midweek Throw Down


Morning all!  Yes it is yet another challenge.  I don’t know how I ever had time to work….oh yeah, I wasn’t making cards yet!

The OWH Midweek Throw down Challenge was to make Any Hero Cards (red, white and blue optional).  An Any Hero Card goes to a hero serving overseas.  It is a hand made card or letter, showing appreciation for the hero’s service and sacrifice to our country, or basically, a Thank You!

Today I was not in the mood for layers and decided to do something I had never done before (drumroll); a single layer card with an (one, uno), embellishment.  If it sounds easy, it actually is.  Fun and Done!

To create this card, I used Papertrey Ink white cardstock (thick enough to stand on its own, without layers), and my Circle Circus (SU) stamp set.  I used Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler ink.  I simply cut an 8.5 by 11″ piece of card stock in half, and stamped circles in red and blue.  I included the Operation Write Home stamp, as a part of the design.  To make the smaller solid circles (great for covering up mistakes!) I used ink daubers.  The sentiment is from the Tagtastic (SU) set.  I cut the sentiment out with a scallop circle punch, and placed it on a card stock circle.  I used a piece of ribbon and some colored gems to further embellish.  The sentiment is raised up with dimensionals.

These cards are perfect for writing to a hero, or for a hero to send a note of thanks back to the US.  They are also great “starter cards,” for people with little experience.

Patriots Day -9/11 Sketch Challenge/May Arts


Today’s card is from a sketch challenge by May Arts, a wonderful company that is very supportive of Operation Write Home.  The challenge was to make a Patriot’s card for a hero (soldier, fireman, or police officer).

My card is an Any Hero Card, and will be sent to a deployed overseas soldier.

Celebrate our Nation’s heroes, and never forget……

Supplies Used:

Nearly Navy, Whisper White, Natural’s White and Cherry Cobbler card stock, “Word Spectacular ” designer series paper (all SU).

Night of Navy Grosgrain stitched ribbon, rhinestone gems (SU), and crystal star buttons.

White embossing powder and the Kindness Matters  and Courage stamp sets (SU).

Cuttlebug star embossing folder.

Hero Christmas Stocking – OWH Sketch #137


It is Sunday, which means a new sketch challenge (like I needed something to get me into my craft room).  This sketch, as well as all the sketch challenges I do, are from the Operation Write Home sketch gallery.

You will see my finished card hardly resembles the sketch, with the exception of the 2.5″ square.  The rest just “went out of control.”  Basically all I saw was “square and stuff under it.”

Since this card is so “bumpy,” it is going to be an Any Hero Card.   In the middle of “nowhere,” sometimes you just need a Teddy Bear!  Merry Christmas Hero.

Kids’ Interactive Christmas Card


Continuing with the OWH Month-long Birthday Bash, this card was inspired by a Sketch Challenge submitted by Lawn Fawn, a wonderful company with lots of cute stamps.  The challenge was to make a card a soldier would love to send to a child, using the sketch provided.

When doing sketch challenges, one can use the sketch for the main idea, but one doesn’t have to follow it exactly.  I tend to color outside the lines.

The card recipe is below.

This card features an interactive snow globe effect.  While it is easier to create a snow globe by using a treat cup, I did not have one on hand, and the front of the card needed to be as flat as possible for mailing.The sketch called for a 3″ Circle, I used a 2 1/2″ circle punch.  I stacked 4 squares of paper with a circle cut, under the blue, to create depth.  I used window sheet glued to the bottom of the blue and glued the design as the bottom of the “cup” Icreated.  Before closing up, I placed several small snowflakes on the design, so the recipient can shake the card like a little snow globe.  Make sure the glue has time to dry before you move it around, or the snowflakes might get stuck to some little glue leak.

Instead of three detail strips, I created a dimensional snow effect by tearing three strips of white card stock (Stampin’ Up! Whisper White), torn vertically.

For the light blue snowy background I used “Bashful Blue” by SU embossed with a Cuttlebug snow folder.

Stamp sets used, were “Greeting Card Kids” and “Chock Full of Cheer,” both SU.  The small snowflakes were made with a small punch.  The mittens are a retired SU embellishment, tied with a white grosgrain ribbon bow.

I adhered the top portion to the red by using dimensionals and glue on the bottom of the “cup.”  To mail this card, I included a piece of card stock to place over the design (design face down), so it will run smoothly through the postal machines (much cheaper and just as effective as a padded envelope).

Punch Art SuperHeroes Project


I love punch art.  I have to look at what some one else did sometimes to get started.  In the case of Spiderman, I pretty much copied everything except the background.  It is all a matter of finding the right punch for the job.  In this case, I didn’t need to re-invent the wheel.  I do use the Stampin Connections Showcase now and again for inspiration, but this is the first time I have pretty much duplicated someone else’s work.

In the “cropping world” we call using another’s work as CAS’ing (Copy and Share).  It is perfectly acceptable, as long as credit is given to the original designer.

Now that I have the basics down, I pull up art of the Hero for inspiration and try to figure it out on my own.

Pic #1 is of course Spiderman along with the inspiration shot, Pic #2 is Captain America along with the inspiration pic.  (I guess if I have to tell you who they are, they aren’t very good).  My goal is to work on a piece that includes all of the Avengers and then go to the Justice League.  Since Captain America took me about six hours, guess I will be doing this off and on for awhile.

Try your own Hero.  If you have any questions about what punches, etc were used, just ask.


Labor Day Virtual Card Making Party-OWH


All weekend long, there is a virtual card-making party going on at OWH.  I am going to try to do as many of the challenges as possible, not necessarily in the order given.  I will add to the photo gallery as I complete them:

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