Midweek Throwdown - Tasty Challenge


Hello and welcome to this week's Midweek Throwdown  challenge!

Before we get started I'd like to announce the winner of last week's Gettin' Digi With It challenge!
Deonna B. you are the lucky winner!!  I'll be contacting you very soon!

Our challenge this week is to create something TASTY! 

Today's challenge is courtesy of Tammy A., here's what she had to say, "you can use ANY type of food or beverage, a stamped image, a die cut or maybe some designer paper ...so many possibilities!!   I think this challenge will be very fun and easy for everyone!"
Our inspiration sample was created by the amazing Tammy A.. to see more of her gorgeous artwork, please visit her blog, My Craft Central.  Thank you, Tammy, for this adorable card!



To play along in this week's challenge, simply upload a project using this week's challenge to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post.  And remember, you may use this challenge at any time.  Feel free to re-post the challenge on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants.  Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.
 
Thanks for stopping by and hope you join in the fun!

To play along this week, please enter your name, URL and email address in the link below then press next step and select the photo of your creative project.  An icon will appear on the blog featuring the photo you selected.  If the photo doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will after the page has been refreshed.

Edited to add:  If you need "tasty" images check the sidebar for websites with free digi stamps available to you!


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Tutorial - Using Chalk



Today's tutorial is courtesy of Nancy at Scrap Happens! If you aren't familiar with her blog, you've been missing out on some creative stuff and great tutorial videos.




I recently visited Nancy's blog and found this post featuing a great illustration of using different methods of coloring images. The methods illustrated are:



  1. Chalk
  2. Markers
  3. Colored Pencils, and
  4. Water Color pencils.


I was happy to see it for two reasons. One, because it's such a clear illustration of the different outcomes you can get from different techniques, and two, because several people have expressed interest in learning more about using chalk. So I asked Nancy if she would consider doing a tutorial for us.

Nancy created this excellent video for us, and I know you are going to enjoy it!







In case you had difficulty viewing the video, here's a bit of what Nancy demonstrated.

In addition to the applicators that come with the chalks, you can use cotton swabs, inexpensive make-up brushes, or small paint brushes.

Chalk is great for making highlights or shadows to give dimension to the images.

You can use chalk on felt, silk flowers or paper.

Chalk added to black & white photos creates a colorized effect.

Use chalk to soften the edges of photos to give them a distressed look.

Thanks again to Nancy for making this tutorial for us! Please leave a comment or visit her blog and let her know how you liked it! As always, if you have suggestions about the Tuesday Tutorials, or if you would like to volunteer to present a future tutorial, please email kate@operationwritehome.org.

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S&S Sketch Challenge #23

Hi everyone!  It's time for another OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge.  As always, feel free to mix things up by rotating the sketch, adding layers, embellish galore or anything else that get's your creative mojo flowing.

This week's awesome sketch and beautiful sample card were created by Paula. To see more of her gorgeous artwork, please visit her blog, Handmade by Paula

Thank you, Paula, for the awesome sketch and sample card!





To play along in this week's sketch challenge, simply upload a project using this week's sketch to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. And remember, you may use this sketch at any time. Feel free to re-post the sketch on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants. Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.

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

To play along this week, please enter your name, URL and email address in the link below then press next step and select the photo of your creative project. An icon will appear on the blog featuring the photo you selected. If the photo doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will after the page has been refreshed.

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Featured Cardmaker: Jackie P, NC

Meet Jackie this week! Her blog is Just Stamp It....

First I would like to say how honored I am to be chosen as a Featured Stamper on this blog and to be in the company of so many talented crafters. Thank you very much!

I have been stamping for 7 or 8 years now and I am lucky enough to have a spare bedroom that is dedicated to my hobby (or addiction, as my husband lovingly calls it). It’s only a 10’ x 11’ room but I try to keep it well organized and straightened up as much as possible. It does get a quite messy when I am in the process of preparing for classes, though, and that makes me nuts. Neat freak? Me? Nah. Well, maybe.

Favorite stamp products - I love my Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders and dies, and I would not do without the Spellbinders Nestabilities and dies. Copic markers - I adore them!!! I never liked coloring images until I found these markers, now I look for images that need to be colored. I love to use ribbon, buttons, and gems on cards, too. I like the look of glitter but hate the mess, so I mostly use Stickles (but not on the OWH cards).
My favorite stamp company is Hero Arts. I love their stamps, papers, and inks. Their images are awesome and they manage to keep their prices reasonable while still producing high quality products. I am also very fond of Stampendous, Impression Obsession, and PaperTrey Ink stamps, just to name a few.

I can’t say that I have a favorite technique because I like to try out different ones all the time. I do sponge the edges of images a lot but I’m not sure that is considered a technique. Mostly I prefer cheerful colors for my cards - pastels and jewel tones more than neutrals or darks, but right now I seem to be on a Kraft card stock kick. It just makes the other colors on the card pop! The colors of Autumn are my favorites and I look forward to that season every year. Burnt orange, golden yellow, sage green and vibrant burgundy….lovely!

I can’t really remember how I first heard of Operation Write Home, which was Cards for Heroes when I first found it. I suspect it was a link on someone’s blog, that’s how I find most things these days. I am so glad I found you, though.
 It is such a wonderful thing to do for our troops and I am happy to be able to contribute in some small way. My husband is a Vietnam veteran and is very involved with Richard’s Coffee Shop, a veteran’s coffee shop in Mooresville, NC. He serves on the board of the non-profit which owns the coffee shop and spends many hours there talking with other veterans. Whether it is a WWII veteran or someone just back from Iraq or Afghanistan, it is the highlight of his day. It’s just another grass roots effort to show appreciation and gratitude to those who serve our country.

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Midweek Throwdown - Gettin' Digi With It!

Hello and welcome to this week's Midweek Throwdown challenge!  
We have a sponsor this week!!  I'd like to introduce Tracey of The Stamping Boutique!  

Hello friends,
I'm Tracey Malnofski, the artist/owner of The Stamping Boutique. We've been open since August of 2009. Before opening my own store, I designed digital and rubber stamps for InStyleStamps, Squigglefly and The DigiShack.
I love the communities we all share and the friends I've made. You have all been such a blessing in my life.
I so hope you enjoy my images and thanks so much for participating!


Our challenge this week is to use one or both of the digi stamps provided by 
Tracey of  The Stamping Boutique to make a card for our troops!


Simply click on the image to make it full size, then right click to get a drop down menu, click "save image as" and there you have it.  I always save images like this to my desktop so they are easy for me to find.  

The Stamping Boutique is also sponsoring a prize for us this week!  

She's called Cynthia Gathering Mushrooms~

Thank you so much for your generosity Tracey!

Our inspiration sample was created by the amazing Sarah Hogg. To see more of her gorgeous artwork, please visit her blog, Something Special. Thank you, Sarah, for the beautiful card!


To play along in this week's challenge, simply upload a project using this week's challenge to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. And remember, you may use this challenge at any time. Feel free to re-post the challenge on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants. Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.

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

To play along this week, please enter your name, URL and email address in the link below then press next step and select the photo of your creative project. An icon will appear on the blog featuring the photo you selected. If the photo doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will after the page has been refreshed.


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Tutorial: More Masking

This is a follow-up to the Masking 101 tutorial we did a few weeks ago. I mentioned we would be posting other ways to use masking for creative card designs.

Check out this tiger-striped card Julie made for a charity fundraiser featuring LSU-related items (Geaux Tigers!).


She started with torn strips of sticky note paper, and set them on a piece of purple cardstock in a kind of criss-cross pattern. I'm glad we have the pictures. It would be hard to describe. Click to enlarge.


Then she applied gold craft/pigment ink directly to the paper.


After letting it dry, she removed the sticky note strips to reveal the tiger stripes.



This same technique in different colors could as easily look like a zebra.


For an example of how to use masking with a bouquet of flowers, This is a fantastic video from Shelly's Memorial Day blog hop post. It's really clear and easy to follow. Notice how she stamps an image of anything she wants "in front" (not covered by the other stamps) on a sticky note, then cuts it out and lays it over the stamped image on her card.



Edited to add: The right side of the video is getting cut off, and I'm not able to adjust the size. You might want to view it on Shelly's original post

Special thanks to both Julie and Shelly for contributing to this week's tutorial. Leave a comment and let them know how awesome they are! Remember, if you have suggestions, or you would like to contribute to a Tuesday Tutorial, please write kate@operationwritehome.org.

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S&S Sketch Challenge #22

Hi everyone! Wishing you and your loved ones a very special Father's Day! Hope you are able to spend some time with your family this weekend!

If you have a few moments to sneak in some stamping time we have another awesome sketch this week that is sure to inspire you! The fabulous sample card was created by Debb. To see more of her gorgeous artwork, please visit her blog, Forget Me Knot Nonsense, and show her your appreciation for today's wonderful sample card.

Thank you, Debb, for the awesome Father's Day card!





To play along in this week's sketch challenge, simply upload a project using this week's sketch to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. And remember, you may use this sketch at any time. Feel free to re-post the sketch on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants. Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.

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

To play along this week, please enter your name, URL and email address in the link below then press next step and select the photo of your creative project. An icon will appear on the blog featuring the photo you selected. If the photo doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will after the page has been refreshed.

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Blog Tour!

By popular demand, we're going to hold an online event for Independence Day! You may have seen our webpage all about it here.

This will be a little different than our usual bloghops....so we're calling it a blog TOUR instead! Here's a few differences:
  • No pre-signup is necessary. However, if you'd leave your blog link here on this post, it'll help us do a little preparing. (We may email you with a request to help with a game!)
  • START: You'll post your card the day the Tour starts (July 2), and use InLinkz on the post on this blog when the Tour goes live. Please don't post way early - let's save some surprises for the event! Fresh mojo is always exciting! (People can continue to add their posts all weekend, too!)
  • THEME: The card should be a birthday card (since it's America's birthday!) You can also post the 'normal' kinds of 'hop' content.....prizes, tutorials, stories, photos, inspiration. Whatever you'd like! Link back to the Blog Tour page OR the S&S blog. You might also link to the Forum....because of the next item....
  • GAMES! We're planning a few fun games that will take place on our new Forum....some might be word games, "questions" to answer, scavenger hunts....who knows! Feel free to make your own suggestions on the forum in the next 10 days - look under the blog section for the Blog Tour Brainstorm thread.
  • CHALLENGES! For those with some inky time on their hands....we'll be having some timed challenges, so check in regularly on the Forum and Facebook for updates! You may only have 2 hours to complete and post a card to enter for a prize!
  • DIGI RELEASE! We're working on a new set of fun digis...if you'd like a preview so you can use some for your tour card, watch the Forum for info when the digis are available.
Check out the Blog Tour page for more details, and feel free to post on your blog about the big event to help get the word out. Wouldn't it be great to have lots of people participating!

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Featured Cardmaker: Mary Ann S, Fontana CA

How long have you been stamping? 
20 years or so.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp?I do have a craft room and it seems like my space is getting smaller and smaller every day. I love paper and ribbons and I believe I am truly a paper-ribbon-aholic because I can just never get enough.

What are your favorite stamp products? 
I don't have any real favorites because I use anything I like. I often use my Crop-A-Dile and my Big Shot die cutting machine. Stampin' Up stamps and Hero Arts are some favorites too. Of course, digi stamps are cool and I love to check out the sale bins at Michael's, JoAnn's or anywhere else that has a craft department. I use watercolor pencils, pastel chalks, markers and punches too.

Do you have a favorite technique? 
 Not really. I'll try anything and just do what I enjoy.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards? 
 I love the pinks and blues and basically any color that is bright and beautiful and makes one's heart happy. I love to use bling on my cards too to brighten everything up.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home? 
One day I was looking at Nina's site Crafting in Croatia, and saw the notice on Cards for Heroes and checked it out. I decided right then that this was something I had to do.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? I am the daughter of a WWII Army veteran, the wife of an Air Force veteran, the sister of veterans, and I love my country. I am so proud of our American heroes and how much they are giving up for us here at home and how they are fighting for our freedoms. Providing cards for them lifts their spirits and the spirits of their families here at home who receive their cards. I know that a handmade card from home is cherished forever. My handmade cards are making so many happy and it warms my heart to know I can do some little thing for our heroes.

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Midweek Throwdown - Bring Out Your Bling Challenge!


Hello and welcome to this week's Midweek Throwdown  challenge!

We want to thank everyone who participated in last weeks Shipper's Choice Masculine card challenge, we had 30 fabulous entries!    They're all in the original post if you'd like to see them. 

Our challenge this week is to look in your stash of goodies and Bring Out Your Bling!   We challenge you to use bling on your cards without using glitter or any products that contain glitter.  For more information about glitter and cards for our troops click HERE.




 

Our inspiration samples were created by the amazing Barb Housner.  To see more of her gorgeous artwork and enter for her blog candy give away  please visit her blog, Paper Therapy Ponderings.  Thank you, Barb, for the beautiful cards!



To play along in this week's challenge, simply upload a project using this week's challenge to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post.  And remember, you may use this challenge at any time.  Feel free to re-post the challenge on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants.  Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.
 



To play along this week, please enter your name, URL and email address in the link below then press next step and select the photo of your creative project.  An icon will appear on the blog featuring the photo you selected.  If the photo doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will after the page has been refreshed

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Tutorial - Easel Card



Several people have said they would like to learn the Easel Card fold. This is a great way to show off a special card, and it is much easier to make than you might think. There are several tutorials out on the web, but I wasn't able to find one that folded to an A2 size. I've adjusted the measurements below for a vertically oriented A2-sized card.

You will need:

  • A 4.25" x 11" piece of cardstock for your base.
  • A 4.25" x 5.5" card front to attach to the base.
  • Something dimensional to hold the fold in place. This can be a brad or button or a thick layer of cardstock. It needs to stick up enough to act as a 'stop' for the front of the card, but remember you will be laying the card flat to put it in the envelope, so you don't want it to be overly thick.
(Click to enlarge.)


Fold the cardstock base in half (4.25 x 5.5) and then fold the top half in half again (4.25 x 2.75). This will make the base to which you will attach your decorated card front. The figure on the right shows how the card front will attach to the base.


Note - use a strong adhesive to attach the card front, and only attach the front to the top quarter (4.25 x 2.75 section) of the base.


Place your dimensional 'stop' somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 way up the base of your card. Play with your card at different positions to see what angle looks best for your card front.



Variation - If you want to make a horizontally oriented A2-sized card, start with a base that is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2" and fold at 4-1/4" and 2-1/8".


You may also want to re-visit Jeanine's blog hop post to see how she made her Easel Fold card.



Here is an Easel Fold tutorial video from Splitcoast Stampers:




Please leave a comment and let us know if you try the Easel Card fold. If you have any feedback or suggestions for tutorials, or if you are interested in sharing a technique in a Tuesday Tutorial, please email kate@operationwritehome.org.

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S&S Sketch Challenge #21

Wow, I'm blown away by all the amazing cards created with last week's sketch challenge.  A HUGE thanks to everyone who played along! 

This week's sketch and beautiful card are by Brittany.  To see more of her gorgeous artwork, please visit her blog, Levels Of Light.  Thank you, Brittany, for sharing your stunning sample card with all of us!





To play along in this week's sketch challenge, simply upload a project using this week's sketch to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. And remember, you may use this sketch at any time. Feel free to re-post the sketch on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants. Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.

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

To play along this week, please enter your name, URL and email address in the link below then press next step and select the photo of your creative project. An icon will appear on the blog featuring the photo you selected. If the photo doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will after the page has been refreshed.

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Featured Cardmaker: Patty S, Santee CA



This week, meet Patty! Her CTMH site is here.

How long have you been stamping?
4 years

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp?
Oh yes! We call it the office but it’s really my place to organize all my craft supplies and make cards and not worry about what’s on the floor!

What are your favorite stamp products?
Close to My Heart

Do you have a favorite technique?
I like the simple elegant look best.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love happy colors! To me bright yellow and pink are the happiest colors!

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
from a fellow CTMH consultant.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
A lot of us need to feel that we are doing something to make a difference and support America. My dad is a WWII vet who quit high school his junior year to serve in the Navy when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The freedoms we enjoy in America are so important and I want to do something to show our Heroes I am proud of the job they do and very thankful. I have always loved making cards so OWH is the perfect fit for me. I am grateful to all of our Heroes and very fortunate to have found OWH so I can provide a service to America too!

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