NSD Saturday: OWH Rebel Challenges!

National Scrapbooking Day is tomorrow, May 1....and what better way to celebrate than making CARDS instead! Let's be rebels....join our scrappy friends, but make cards for our heroes!

Are you going to an NSD Scrapping event? Be sure to bring along an OWH Flyer to pass out to everyone! Talk up the project and rope in some new folks. Maybe even take some card kits to set out for anyone who'd like to make an AnyHero card.  Rope in some new peeps!


 

For our 2,400 Facebook friends: We have SO many donated prizes, it's time to start giving some away! All day long on Saturday, watch our Facebook page for challenges...they'll be quick drive-by challenges, lasting maybe a couple hours or so. They'll be quick and easy, and most everyone should be able to find the supplies to create something for it. You'll need to post a photo of your card for that challenge on our FB wall - OR - post it on your blog and link it there. Each challenge will have a full note with instructions - so be sure to pay attention so you can qualify!


Not going to be at home? Take your smart phone with you, because some won't be card challenges - they might just be a question or a game! So you can use your FB app to play along!

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Featured Cardmaker: Victoria L, Cullowhee, NC

This week, meet Victoria! Her cards are incredibly unique! And what wonderful motivation she has for helping our heroes keep in touch with home. Thanks Vicky for being part of our OWH family!

How long have you been stamping?
About 3 years but I don't use much.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp?
Yes.

Do you have a favorite technique?
Not really, I love to use different techniques.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
Yes,I very carefuly match each cards colors for the best eye appeal.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
Saw your information in a craft magazine.  Thinkit was "Home Art's".

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I came to the United States 20 years ago with two children.  I am a citizen now and want to help our soldiers who protect and defend this wonderful country of opportunity.

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Theme Challenge: Wild Thing

Hi everyone, it's that time again!  Hope you are ready for another Stars and Stamps theme challenge. Before we present the theme challenge though let’s take a look at all the wonderful cards submitted for last weeks stash challenge. To see details about their cards or to visit their blogs… please click on their names in the original post. Many thanks to all who played along with us this week!





WINNER! Our blog candy winner was chosen by Random.org - and here you go: #7 was Barb!! Congratulations, your prize will be on the way soon!




Theme Challenge: Wild Thing
This week you are going to go wild over the theme challenge we've lined up for you!!! Actually, Tammy deserves all the credit. She thinks up the best theme challenge ideas and we simply post them here on the Stars and Stamps blog for all of you to enjoy! A HUGE thanks to Tammy for all her fantastic theme challenge ideas!

This week's theme challenge is the "Wild Thing" and if you are like me, you may be thinking of the hit song "Wild Thing" but this weeks challenge isn't about music. Oh, and let me know when you get the lyrics to that song out of your head, LOL!!! This week's theme challenge is to create any card featuring a wild animal.

Some ideas to get you started... think of animals you may see at the zoo, in the jungle or on a safari! While you are humming the tune to the song "Wild Thing" take a look at the goregous card Tammy created to get you inspired. To see more of her amazing creations, stop by her blog, My Craft Central, and leave her some love.






To play along in this week's theme challenge, simply upload a project to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project in the Mister Linky widget at the bottom of this post. When a NEW challenge is posted next week, we'll also include photos of the cards completed before then. 

If you'd like to create a card for an upcoming mid-week challenge (color, shipper's choice, stash or theme), please send us an email and we'll get you lined up!  We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit the other participants' blogs and leave them some feedback.  A HUGE thanks to everyone for doing so!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you join in the fun!

A note for those who join us for multiple challenges: Be sure to copy the FULL url for your blog post to copy into Mister Linky. It automatically seems to remember the last card you entered the last time you used Mister Linky, and will link to the post with that card instead! To view the FULL url click on the post title or select the post in your archive.

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Shirt Fold Tutorial

We are coming up on the deadline for Father's Day cards; remember, Father's Day cards should be in the hands of the shipper by May 15 (sooner is better). While looking for ideas for dads, I'd seen these cute little shirts, so I went in search of instructions on how to make them. There are a lot of instructions out there, some easier to understand than others. Hopefully you will find these easy to follow.

Remember you can click on any picture to enlarge it.


Start with a 4" x 6" piece of paper. Choose as thin a piece of paper as possible for ease of folding.


Score lines 1" from either side of the paper and 1/2" from one end as shown.

Fold along the two long score lines, so that the edges meet in the middle.

Turn the paper over, and fold the 1/2" edge toward the solid side.



Turn it back over to the split side, and fold the top corners in so they meet at the center line. You are forming the collar of your shirt.
Bring the bottom of the paper up and tuck it under the flaps of the collar. Use a bone folder to make a hard crease at the fold you have created.


Open the new fold back up again. Fold the end of the paper open, making a crease from the fold line to the bottom edge. You are forming the shirt sleeves. (Some tutorials show a much more complicated way to fold sleeves, but this way is much easier and just as cute.)



Fold the paper back up and tuck the bottom under the collar. Here is your shirt.


You may want to trim the sleeves so that they are narrower and look more natural.


Add brads for buttons, or a knotted piece of ribbon for a tie.




Here is the best video tutorial I found. It's hard to see what she's doing, but her instructions are really clear, and she's explaining from a card making, rather than origami, perspective.




Please leave a comment with a link if you use this tutorial to make a shirt card. Please also let us know what subjects you would like to see in a future tutorial, or email challenges@operationwritehome.org if you would like to share a tutorial with everyone.


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S&S Sketch Challenge #14

We hope you enjoyed last week's sketch challenge and if you haven't had a chance to see all the beautiful card creations yet, here is another look at the participants' cards.  To see details about their cards or to visit their blogs… please click on their names in the original post.  We encourage anyone who's joining in the challenge to be sure to visit and leave comments for their fellow participants!





Sketch Challenge #14
Today we have another awesome sketch to jump start your mojo for the week.  This week's sketch is provided by Shirley Swoope.  Shirley has hosted a sketch challenge with us before and doesn't have a blog at this time so we encourage everyone to leave a comment at the end of this post to show Shirley your appreciation for today's sketch and sample card.  Thank you, Shirley, for the fabulous sketch and sample card!





PRIZE!!!
What goes better with a warm cup of latte than some rich chocolates!!!  Check out this delicious selection of chocolates, compliments of Marcy Kiefer!  Thank you, Marcy, for the fabulous prize!!!




For a chance to win this delicious prize, simply create any card using this week's sketch and upload a photo of the project to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project in the Mister Linky widget at the bottom of this post.  And remember, you may use this sketch at any time. When a NEW challenge is posted next Sunday, we'll announce the winner as well as include a slide featuring photos of the cards that used this sketch before then. Feel free to re-post this sketch on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your beautiful card creation!

Thanks for coming by and hope you play along with us this week!

A note for those who join us for multiple challenges; Be sure to copy the FULL url for the whole blog post to copy into Mister Linky. It automatically seems to remember the last card you entered the last time you used Mister Linky, and will link to the post with that card instead! To view the FULL url click on the post title or select the post in your archive.

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Featured Cardmaker: Carolyn L, Darien IL

Meet Carolyn this week - she's been sending in her beautiful cards since 2008! Be sure to leave her a comment below.

 

I've been stamping for about five or six years. I'm not a very good time historian so I loose track of time. I was a beader and scrapbooker prior to that but found a lot more satisfaction from the stamping.
Yes, I do have a craft room. It is basically dedicated to stamping, so I have a lot of shelves and storage space ( most of it full). I retired two years ago, so have found this a good place to spend "alone" time. My husband, though, is extremely supportive of this addiction.

I do use a lot of Stampin Up products, but I also LOVE the House Mouse stamps.  I will use just about any stamp that appeals to me.  I have no technique I would call my favorite.  My favorite tool is the Cuttlebug, the embossing folders and Nesties.  Colors?  I like bright colors - I tend toward the yellows and corals, but the color scheme may depend on the background paper I'm using.  Sometimes, I work backwards:  I'll stamp something, then look for colors, then decide on the card stock, then decide on the design.  Kind of goofy, but it works.

I heard about OWH, from another card making friend.  I wanted to do something with the cards I make and this has been a perfect outlet. 

What motivates me?  I hate that these kids are so far from home.  I hate that they are having to sacrifice so much for us.  I appreciate them and their dedication to our amazing country.  Also, my son was in the Marines in the '80s - hated that, too, but at least there were no conflicts he had to get involved in.

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Stash Challenge: Hardware

Last month we challenged all of you to dig out your favorite flowers! This week we are gearing up to play with more of our condiments. I'm guessing that somewhere in your stash you have a few pieces of what I call "Hardware" hanging around. Hardware is any metal embellishment including brads, eyelets, hinges, photo corners, paper clips, ribbon slides, bookplates, photo hangers, edge anchors or other metal charms. 

This week's stash challenge is to create any card using hardware.  You may use as much or as little hardware as you'd like just so you use some hardware and have lots of fun doing so!!!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Add a brad or other metal embellishment in the center of a flower.
  • Attach a paper clip or shaped clip on the edge of your cardstock or patterned paper with some ribbon tied in a knot or pretty bow.
  • Wrap ribbon around the card base and through a ribbon clip finishing it off with a knot or pretty bow.
  • Align some brads around a circle image or in a fancy swirl.
 Congratulations, Holley, on being the first to complete this week's stash challenge.  Love the fancy hardware and your card is stunning!!!  To see more of Holley's beautiful artwork, please visit her blog, Holley's Hobbies.  Thanks again, Holley, for the beautiful sample card!

Not the first to complete this week’s stash challenge, that’s OK! Be one of the first ten to complete the challenge and we’ll randomly select someone form the first ten to be featured in next month’s stash challenge. Once there are ten links below we’ll randomly select someone and send them a top secret email with all the juicy details!!!



PRIZE... play along for a chance to win!
Don't think you have enough "HARDWARE"???  Take a look at this fabulous selection of goodies, compliments of Marcy Kiefer!  Thank you, Marcy, for the amazing prize!!!




For a chance to win all this all you have to do is play along in this week's stash challenge.  To play along, simply upload a project using "hardware" to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project in the Mister Linky widget at the bottom of this post. When a NEW challenge is posted next week, we'll announce the winner and also include photos of the cards completed before then.

If you have a creative way to use "Hardware" that you would love to share with the rest of us, please leave a comment at the end of this post!   Hope you play along for a chance to win some awesome goodies!

Here are all the cards entered during the first week!


A note for those who join us for multiple challenges; Be sure to copy the FULL url for the whole blog post to copy into Mister Linky. It automatically seems to remember the last card you entered the last time you used Mister Linky, and will link to the post with that card instead! To view the FULL url click on the post title or select the post in your archive.


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Cardmaking 101 - Heat Embossing

Thanks to Julie for today's tutorial. Be sure and visit her blog at handmadebyjulie.com.


Heat embossing is a great element to add to your cards and can be done with just a few basic materials.



Here are things you'll need for heat embossing:


  • Heat gun
  • Embossing powder
  • Embossing ink - Versamark-type or pigment ink
  • Stamps
  • Cardstock or paper
  • Anti-static product (optional)
  • Tray (optional)



First, if you choose to use one, run the anti-static bag over your cardstock. This will reduce the static on the surface of your paper, which prevents stray embossing powder from adhering. (I've heard that a fabric softener dryer sheet will also work!).


Next, stamp your image in Versamark or pigment ink. These inks are stickier than regular dye ink, and take much longer to dry. This allows you plenty of time to get your powder in place. Pigment inks and clear embossing powder will allow you a wide variety of colorful results; experiment to find what you like best.

















Now cover your inked area thoroughly with powder. Don't be stingy! After it is coated, lift your paper vertically and gently tap the excess off onto a scrap piece of paper (or your tray if you chose to use one, I confess I rarely use mine) then you can return the excess powder to the jar.

A note about embossing powders. There are generally two types: regular and detail. Either will do but for fine-lined designs I prefer the sharper results I get with detail powders. Also, beware of powders that contain glitter. It can still flake off even after being heat embossed, so it is not appropriate for OWH cards!
















Finally, you are ready to heat it up! Simply aim your gun at the image about six inches away and turn it on. Be careful not to let your paper fly away. Heat the image until the powder melts and turns shiny. Move the heat gun slowly around the image, not staying in one place longer than it takes to melt the powder. Exercise caution, you can singe your paper with a heat gun! If you've never heat embossed before, start out on white cardstock - if you start to singe it you'll be able to see the paper turning brown.


One way to make white ink really pop is to emboss it with white powder. This image shows what a big difference heat embossing can make. The top sentiment is heat embossed, the bottom one is simply stamped with white pigment ink.


Have fun making heat embossed cards! Here are a couple of additional cards featuring heat embossing:





















Thanks again to Julie for today's tutorial! Heat embossing is an important element in other techniques for future tutorials, including emboss resist and cracked glass technique.

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