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!


Beware of Tutorials

I love reading through the various tutorials that I find, both online and in my inbox. But sometimes they can mean a lot of work. Not that that’s a bad thing necessarily, but in this case it meant nearly two weeks of work.

Not long ago, Operation Write Home posted a tutorial on using one 6 x 6 paper pad until it was all used up. Kristie did a wonderful job, creating 24 beautiful cards from one paper pack.

I had some 6×6 pads and decided I’d give it a try. I picked the one I happened to like the least, just in case my efforts didn’t prove as fruitful as Kristie’s. (You know, if it might end up in the circular file, then don’t use the good stuff!)

I used “Dilly Dally” by Miss Caroline/My Mind’s Eye. I picked a few sheets of coordinating solid cardstock and set to work. This is my starting point.


I added a couple sheets of black along the way in addition to my own A2 card bases (mostly white).

In the tutorial, Kristie made several cards using the same sketch, ending with about a half-dozen different designs. I started out on that path, but quickly went looking for other sketches to create my cards. In the end, most are unique with only a few similar cards – some that turned out especially nice.

Anyway, I finally quit after completing 32 cards. Whew! (Like I said: a lot of work.) So without further ado, here are the cards I made in the past two weeks:

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Yes, it was a lot of work. Yes, I had a great time doing it. I still have a few pieces that might be big enough to use somewhere, but not enough different sheets to do anything worth while. Here’s what is left over from that original paper pad:


It’s very rare that I “use up” something, but that’s exactly what I did with this project. And it feels good to have done that. However, I’m ready to work with other colors and patterns after two whole weeks of nothing but these. Smile

The round sentiments used on some of the cards came from Pinterest. Unfortunately, I didn’t re-pin the link so I can’t share that here. I downloaded the file and printed it a couple times to get all I needed for this project. (If you want a copy, let me know and I’ll email it to you.)

Most, if not all, of these cards will be sent to Operation Write Home to be shipped off for use by our troops serving overseas.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. It’s also why I haven’t entered any challenges, lately. But now that this project is completed, I intend to return to entering card challenges online.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

I Couldn’t Resist

When this tutorial from Operation Write Home came into my inbox, I just HAD to try making one myself. This is the finished product from the tutorial on their web page.


Here’s my card, though it’s not quite done, but almost.


I followed the tutorial as best I could with the tools I have on hand. We’re traveling right now and I don’t have everything with me. But I like how it came out.

I don’t have the scalloped oval die, so I used the Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle die that I do have. I didn’t have the same embossing folder, so used Musical Flourish which was similar.  I don’t have any satin ribbon, so I used the grosgrain I had on hand. I used a pop-top from a soda can since I don’t have anything else that resembles a buckle with me. I used ordinary silver brads for Santa’s buttons. And I don’t stamp, so there’s no “Ho, Ho, Ho” on it. I have Christmas themed silver peel-offs at home and may add a sentiment later on.

Well, thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Sketch N Stash #93

This is the current sketch from the Sketch n Stash Challenge Blog:


I liked it immediately and this is the card I made based on the sketch:


Supplies used:

  • white A7 card blank cut to 5” square
  • blue and yellow papers from my stash
  • blue and green ribbons from my stash
  • silver adhesive dots from Colorbok
  • silver peel-off birthday sentiment from my stash
  • Wheelbarrow pre-colored digi stamp from Fred-She-Said
  • Labels Three Nestabilities Die from Spellbinders

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

Sympathy Card

After learning of a friend’s passing today, I wanted to make a sympathy card for his wife. I started out by picking the image I wanted to use and then started looking for a sketch to get the mojo working. This sketch caught my eye – this week’s challenge from Critter Sketch Challenge.


This is my finished card, along with the inside.



Supplies used:

  • white A2 card base, cut to square
  • patterned papers from Miss Caroline “Howdy Doody” 6×6 Designer Paper Pad from My Mind’s Eye
  • black and white cardstock from my stash
  • Bearded Iris pre-colored digital stamp from Fred She Said
  • Green Flowers digital paper from Designer Digitals (no longer available)
  • silver peel-off sentiment from my stash

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

In CASE You Were Wondering…

I have been making cards and having a great time doing it. It’s just that most of what I’ve been working on has nothing to do with any challenges. So I haven’t been adding them to my blog. Well, I’m kind of proud of several and wanted to show them off anyway.

I subscribe to “Cardmaking & Papercraft”, a magazine out of the UK. It has wonderful ideas, plus there is always a bonus included with the magazine. I’ve gotten a couple of paper packs, several clear stamps and some shimmer paints. In this last issue (#105) I got a “book” of 24 double-sided 8 1/2 x 11 3/4 papers – and they are beautiful. Inside the magazine were a number of cards made using those same papers. I was in heaven! I’ve been CASEing ever since.

For anyone not familiar with the term, CASE stands for Copy And Share (Steal) Everything. It’s my favorite way to make cards. If I can see it, I can make it. And in this case I even had the same papers to use (which is rare).

So, without further ado, here are the cards I’ve CASEd from the magazine:


This 5-inch square card was the first one I tried. Though I had all the papers, I did not have the same gems or ribbon. Their sample used burgundy ribbon & gems and had the sentiment on white paper, trimmed in red. I didn’t have quite as much space left over (it is cut freehand), so I used a silver peel-off from my stash.


This is an A7 sized card. It’s hard to see, but each diamond and the sentiment are matted in sea foam green. The magazine used a rose die for the flower, which I don’t have, so I used my Spellbinders Daisy Heads Die Cut Set. I added a crystal butterfly to the center of the flower. The sentiment is computer generated.


This card is A2 size. The sample card had the checks on top and the flower print on the bottom and used the rose die to cut white and red petals the same size. Again, I used the Daisy Heads set to get a similar look. Since my flower had more red, it needed to lay against the lighter paper. Besides, I like it better this way! I cut a free-form stem for the flower and used the same die set to cut and emboss the leaves. I added a gold peel-off sentiment from my stash.

There are a couple others I may have to make also, but this is what’s done so far. I’ve made others that I want to share, but you will have to wait for another posting to see them.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

CPS #271

This is the sketch from Card Positioning Systems for this week:


Here’s the card I made, based on the sketch:


Supplies used:

  • white A7 card blank
  • blue rose patterned paper from my stash
  • gold paper from my stash
  • navy blue Gemstones cardstock from Recollections
  • gold sentiment, dots and corner peel-offs from my stash
  • gold metallic thread from Sulky

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting.

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