A Batch of OWH Cards

It’s been a very busy year for us and I haven’t had the time to make cards for Operation Write Home until now. As stated in a previous post, we sold our house in Florida and moved west. We spent several days in the Dallas area with our grandkids on the way to our new digs in Mesa, AZ. Since arriving here, it’s been one thing after another to take up my time. I finally decided last month that I really wanted to get a box of cards made and shipped out before the end of the year.

This first group is made up of some cards I’ve had on hand and felt could be better used by our military personnel.

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The last one was modified with a new sentiment – the one I had on it originally just didn’t work for OWH needs.

The following cards were made specifically to fill this shipment. There is only one true Valentine, but lots of “love” sentiments.

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I decided it was important not to leave out the kids who want to get cards, too. So I created the following cards.

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So that’s 38 cards.  There is one more. I was reading a post at OWH which talked about a special request from a general over seas. He loves penguins and wanted lots of cards with penguins on them. The request was for only one from each card-maker, so here’s mine. I hope he’ll like it.


So that’s what I’ve been up to over the past several weeks. It’s been great fun and I intend to start working on another box after the holidays are behind us… or maybe tomorrow.

Happy crafting!


It Shouldn’t Have Been That Hard!

Seriously, it should NOT have been that difficult to make this CAS card! I could probably reproduce it much faster now, but what a nightmare it became.

Anyway, here’s the sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping for this week:


Operation Write Home is asking for Valentine and Love cards, so I’ve been working on a few of those to send in before the deadline of December 10. So, when I saw this sketch, I thought: a heart instead of the circle and a sentiment up the side instead of that tree. That shouldn’t be a big deal, right??

WRONG! Lets just say that I had to cut the gold heart shadow four times before it was right. Then I had to re-cut the whole background (dotted white on gold) twice because of problems. And I lost count of the times I cut the simple four-letter word! But it’s done and it’s every bit as nice as I had pictured it in my mind ahead of time. So I guess it was all worth it in the end.

Here’s my completed card. Whew!


Sometimes clean and simple isn’t easy! But it’s ALWAYS worth it.

Supplies used:

  • white cardstock from my stash
  • gold metallic paper from Colorbok
  • heart patterned paper from Paper Pizazz
  • Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots embossing folder for the background
  • Cricut and Make-The-Cut software to cut the heart & gold shadow
  • Cricut and Beyond Birthdays cartridge to cut the word “love”
  • 3M foam tape behind the sentiment

Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Birthday Card

I haven’t posted any new cards in quite a while. That is, at least in part, due to the fact that I just haven’t had time to make any cards. In fact, this card was started about 3 weeks ago and just got finished today.

This card doesn’t fit any of the current sketch challenges, which is why I usually post a card. But it turned out well and I haven’t posted in so long. Anyway, here is the completed card:


I used many of my favorite tools on this card. I used the Cuttlebug and two different embossing folders. The blue background was done with the Cuttlebug Victoria folder. The white was done using the Quickutz Diamonds & Dots folder.

I used my Cricut and Make-The-Cut! software to cut the labels used behind the sentiment. (I love my toys!) I found the SVG file for the labels at The Free SVG Blog.

I put the two gold butterfly peel-off stickers onto a light blue vellum and cut them out. I folded the wings up slightly to give the card more depth.

Now I have to turn my craft room into a guest room – my sister will be arriving in a few days and she’ll need a place to sleep.

Thanks for stopping by!

Another Two-fer

It’s not often that I do a card that fits more than one challenge at a time. So this card is a bit of a departure for me.

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It is submitted to the following challenges:


I used my Cricut and Make The Cut! software to cut the white scalloped square. The papers and Easter sentiment are from my stash. The white flower is by Recollections.

Thanks for stopping by.

OWH Color Challenge

OWH Stars & Stamps issued a color challenge this week. Cards are to be “red, white, blue & kraft”. Using kraft cardstock is quite the rage and I just hadn’t added it to my stash until this challenge came up. I was making a trip to Michael’s to reap the benefits of this week’s sales anyway.

So here is my card:


I learned how to make these flowers last week and wanted to try the technique again. I used my Cricut and Make-The-Cut! software to cut out the flowers. I got the cut-file from The Digi Chick. The papers used came from my scrap bin. The leaves are from Prima Marketing.

Thanks for looking in at my work.

Mojo Monday #177

Here is the sketch from Mojo Monday for this week:


This is my card based on the sketch:

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This card represents a couple of “firsts” for me. While surfing card making blogs the other day, I ran into this flower freebie from The Digi Chick. The instructions to make the flower were very limited. In the end it was enough to help me get this flower constructed. And it was SO easy that I know I’ll make more.

The other “first” is the tan square. Recently, I came across Monica’s Creative Room. She graciously offers a huge selection of files for use with electronic cutting machines. I’ve tried one of her frames before, but this one was smaller and more intricate, so it was a bit of a test. It seemed to take forever to cut, but I was quite happy with the end result.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Patterns #100

Here’s the sketch from Card Patterns for this week:


And here is the card I made based on the sketch:

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The wheelbarrow is another great pre-colored digital stamp from Fred She Said. I used my Cricut and Make-The-Cut! software to cut the oval and the scalloped shadow to my specific size.

Thanks for stopping by.

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