Tutorial - Pocket fold

I spent Thanksgiving with Julie (who taught me most of what I know about stamping) and her mom,Jo (who taught Julie most of what she knows about stamping). When we talked about this week's tutorial, Jo said our favorite stampng day phrase, "You know what you COULD do..."


Here's a sample card made by Julie of a pocket fold card. She started with a piece of cardstock 11 x 4.25" and folded it in half, adhering just the edges on either side, then she folded forward about 1.5" and decorated the front. The insert is 3.5 x 5.25" and is meant as a place for a message to be written.


I've tried a variation on this card that allows the sender to write inside the card normally. I started with an A2 sized card base and then adhered a layer of contrasting cardstock 5.25 x 4". My pocket is made with a piece of double sided designer paper 3.75 x 10". Again the paper is folded in half and just the edges are glued to make a pocket.


Since the sender has the entire inside of the card for writing, I have inserted a bookmark that is about 5.5 x 1.5". You could embellish it in any number of ways, including leaving space on the bookmark for a personal message as well.


Remember, if you would like to contribute a Tuesday Tutorial, please email kate@operationwritehome.org.





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S&S Sketch Challenge #45

Wow, can you believe it is the end of Sunday again already! We hope you’ve set aside a little time for stamping because you don't want to miss out on this week's awesome sketch challenge.

Today's stunning sample card was created by the amazing Julie. To see more of her gorgeous artwork, please visit her blog, Handmade by Julie. Thank you, Julie, for the beautiful 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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Its another bloghop!!

We're joining in with the Crafty Card Gallery today, hosting our little stop on the Christmas Bloghop!! If you're not arriving from Joanne's blog, you'll want to start at the top!

Here's a couple Christmas cards using images from The Stamping Boutique - aren't they just adorable! The images are colored with copics, and since these cards are made with dark cardstock, they're lined with white paper so they can be written on with a regular pen (a great thing for those who make OWH cards for our heroes to write home on!)


And the prizes! What's a hop without goodies. These were donated by one of our cardmakers, Andrea - yummy!! Two prizes, TWO winners. Just leave a comment telling us if you're already one of our cardmakers, or if you're just hearing about OWH today!


And now, the next stop on the hop is Melanie at Scrappily Ever After - go enjoy the hop!!

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Be Mine Valentine

Thank you everyone who entered into last weeks challenge!  
 It’s really fun seeing everyone’s creations, thanks again for playing along! 

Our challenge this week is “Be Mine Valentine”!  We challenge you to make Valentine’s for our heroes to send home to their loved ones.    The deadline to have Valentine cards to our shippers is January 7, 2011 and it will be here before we know it!  
 Please remember no glitter or glitter products on your cards for Operation Write Home.   
We’re looking forward to seeing your awesome creations this week!

Our beautiful sample cards this week were made by Samantha, please visit her blog Expressions Of A Craftaholic to see more of her wonderful art work.



Thank you Samantha for sharing your awesome creativity with us!

The Angel Company is sponsoring a prize for us this week too!  Someone will win this cute Frogs & Kisses stamp set, a name from the entries will be drawn and announced next Wednesday at the beginning of the new challenge, good luck!



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 - Flower Card

Happy Tuesday of Thanksgiving week! Today I am thankful for our Heroes. I'm thankful for all of you who donate your time and creativity to care for them and their loved ones. I'm thankful that I get to inspire you to do so in at least a small way each week, and this week I'm specially thankful to Ellen (and Esther who helped take photos) for showing us how she made this beautiful birthday flower card.






Materials:Precut cardstock for base or use scallops from tearing tool

Paper: Sunflower, Autumn Terracotta, Topiary from Close to My Heart, printed paper of your choice

Stamps: Happy Birthday from Hero Arts; Flower, leaves and steams from CTMH Spring Stamp Set
Ink pads: CTMH Sunflower, Autumn Terracotta, Topiary



Step 1: Trace precut card shape on to printed paper and cut or use scallop tool to make scallops. Adhere to precut cardstock.

On the larger scrap of cut paper, follow the curve and cut about 1/4" piece and adhere to the printed paper card front.

(Option: use scallops from tearing tool to make both pieces.)





Step 2: Stamp one large flower on Autumn Terracotta paper and cut out.

Stamp one medium flower on Sunflower paper and cut out.

Stamp one small flower on Autumn Terracotta paper and cut out.

Cut flowers using the diagram provided: largest part of each flower has seven petals, medium part of flower has five petals and small part of flower has four petals, slightly curving the bottoms..



Step 3: Cut each of the large, medium and small flowers into three pieces. One piece will have four petals, another piece will have five petals and another piece will have seven petals. Cut the pieces with slightly curving bottoms as pictured.

For the largest flower, use seven-petal large piece of Autumn Terracotta on the bottom, five-petal piece of Sunflower in the middle and four-petal small piece of Autumn Terracotta on the top.

For the middle flower, use five-petal large piece of Sunflower on the bottom, five-petal medium piece of Autumn Terracotta in the middle and four-petal small piece of Sunflower on the top.

For the last flower, use the four-petal large piece of Autumn Terracotta, the four-petal medium piece of Sunflower and the four-petal small piece of Autumn Terracotta.



Step 4: Stamp and cut stems and leaves from Topiary paper. Adhere stems under the raised flowers. Adhere leaves to stems to fill spaces.




Step 5: Cut grass from Topiary paper. I hand cut my grass, see top sample in picture. There is a Cricut die that makes nice grass, see bottom sample. (Plantin Schoolbook-I used 1" size.)






Adhere grass to the bottom of card front, covering the stems.

Punch 1/2" circles out of Topiary paper. Trim edges and bottom to form bottom of flower.

Adhere.Stamp "Happy Birthday or other sentiment in top right corner of card front.



Thanks again to Esther for this beautiful card. I love the idea of cutting up the flowers to make a new look!


Remember, if you would like to offer a Tuesday Tutorial, please email me at kate@operationwritehome.org.

And have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Christmas bloghop

Many of you said you enjoyed the last hop a lot - and asked when we'd do another. Well, OWH isn't running this one, but the S&S blog will be a stop on a Christmas card hop this Saturday! It's only 16 blogs right now - but you can join in and play and increase that number. Sign up info is below - see you there!


Hop date: Saturday November 27

Theme: Christmas cards

To sign up, email:  craftycardgallery@gmail.com

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S&S Sketch Challenge #44

It's Sunday which means it's time for another sketch challenge. A HUGE thanks to everyone who played along in last week's sketch challenge. It's always so fun to see everyone's unique take on the sketch challenges.

This beautiful card was created by the amazing Corri. To see more of her gorgeous artwork, please visit her blog, Bug Lover Cards. Thank you, Corri, for the beautiful 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: Vanessa Z, Corvallis OR

This week meet Vanessa  -  she's a Stampin' Up! demo, and her blog is Vanessa's Card Studio!

How long have you been stamping? 
I've been a scrapbooker for years, but I didn't touch a stamp set until 7 years ago.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp?
 Lol.. I wish I had a craft room! I stamp and scrapbook on the kitchen table. I even have a section of cabinets in my kitchen designated for my crafting supplies. I guess you could stay I'd rather stamp than cook. :P

What are your favorite stamp products? 
I'm a Stampin' Up demonstrator, so I love Stampin' Up products. I do, however, occasionally use other brands. In addition to the stamped images, I love adding texture and I think perhaps the easiest way to do that is to add some sort of fiber. I rarely make a card that doesn't include ribbon.

Do you have a favorite technique? 
I've recently become passionate about watercolor. It's funny because for years I avoided buying stamps that would have to be colored. I find watercoloring soothing and it's a great way to escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards? 
I love earthy colors like green and brown. I rarely make a card that doesn't include at least one of those colors.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home? 
Before moving to Oregon last year, I lived in Jacksonville, Florida, which has a large military population. I remember hearing about an organization that sent cards to troops, so I did a Google search and discovered Operation Write Home. I think it's an awesome concept and I'm happy to play a small part.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? 
I am so appreciative for the sacrifices made by troops and their families. Just think, people leave their loved ones behind and go risk their lives for me! Organizing card workshops through my chuch allows me to show how thankful I am for that sacrifice, plus it allows others to give back as well.

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Midweek Throwdown Challenge!

Thank you everyone who entered into last weeks challenge! 
It’s really fun seeing everyone’s creations, thanks again for playing along! 

Our challenge this week is a winter themed card challenge!  
We challenge you to make cards for our heroes using winter stamps or digital images, 
think ice skates, sledding, help I’m in Arizona I can’t think of anything else!!!     
No glitter or glitter products please!  
We’re looking forward to seeing your awesome creations this week!

As you probably already know the deadline for Christmas cards has passed so remember it’s a winter theme not a Christmas theme.

Our beautiful sample cards this week were made by Brenda, please visit her blog Infinite Possibilities to see more of her wonderful art work.



Thank you Brenda for sharing your awesome creativity with us!



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 - Spinner Card

If you participated in this weekend's blog hop, you've already seen this card - a spinner card - on my hop post. As promised, here's the how-to make it.



You're going to make 3 parts of the card - a base, a raised platform with a slot in it, and the part that spins. In my examples, the raised platform is just a strip across the card, but I've seen spinner cards where the raised portion is the size of the entire front of the card.

The big secret to this card is the "sandwich" behind the piece that spins. It's made with two pennies and something round to separate them. The first time I used a round pop dot; this time I used a small button adhered to the center of both pennies and then to the back of the heart. If you do use a button, pick one that is as flat as possible and thinner than the pop dots you will use to raise the platform.


My platform is one inch wide and as long as the card front itself. Draw a line the length of the channel you are making for the spinner. Remember to leave enough room to allow for your pop dots/dimensional adhesives on each end.



This Stampin Up Word Window punch is perfect for punching out the channel. If you don't have this punch, just use a circle punch at each end of your line and a paper cutter to make the channel between them as illustrated below (scroll down to the red/white/blue card to see an example of a card made this way).


Prepare your card base. Notice I have included a sentiment strip that will show through the channel as the heart spins.



Then, using your pop dots, just place the platform on the base. Here's a video of our sample card in action.


Valentine Spinner Card from Kate Mrdja on Vimeo.

Here's another spinner card I made for OWH. Coincidentally, this card was also made for a blog hop.



Opie wanted to help with the tutorial so here's a look at how that went.


Opie Loves You! from Kate Mrdja on Vimeo.


If you missed the hop, please take a minute to visit my post and answer the poll about our S&S Tuesday Tutorials. We'd love to hear what you have to say. Also, remember you can always write me at kate@operationwritehome.org.

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Blog candy winners

Random.org drew numbers for our winners! Four were emailed, one has a blog comment informing her of the win:

Grandma Lee
Velda
Heather M.
Seongsook
Courtney J
Congrats!!!

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Be My Valentine BLOGHOP...day 2!




Heaven knows one day of fun isn't nearly enough here at OWH! So we have another treat for you...a freebie from Janet at As You Wish:


To get this, go here and use the Coupon Code  Cards4Troops - it's good thru Nov. 30th!

And as a bonus this bloghop weekend....Sandy took the time (there's a benefit to being sick!) to add all the blogs to an InLinkz widget!! Hope this helps you remember which blogs to go back to, as well as finding ones you missed out on. Be sure to visit the last one - Nicolette - she wasn't able to get her post up on time, but made a really cute card!


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S&S Sketch Challenge #43


Welcome to another OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge. Are you ready to stamp? I hope so because this week's sketch has it all... a quick, easy layout, room for your favorite image and even a sentiment... so let's see what you've got!

This beautiful card was created by the amazing Paula. To see more of her gorgeous artwork, please visit her blog, Handmade by Paula. Thank you, Paula, for the beautiful 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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Welcome to the Be My Valentine Bloghop!

This is the first stop on the hop - and we are SO excited! These events are always so full of excitement...so go get a nice beverage and a snack, get a paper and pencil to jot down ideas you want to return to...and let's get started! 
**NOTE TO BLOGGERS! Sandy's at CKC today. Yolanda's keeping an eye on emails the first half of the day... please be patient! If you missed the bloghop link email (check spam folder, it was sent on Thursday), email bloghop@operationwritehome.org and Yolanda will send it to you. If you're unable to post today, send an email too and we can have the hop jump over your blog. Thanks!!!**
PS Please allow comments by "anyone" on your blog, turn off CAPTCHA and music. Let's make it easy for folks to leave you some love!


How the bloghop works
You'll be guided through by links; each blog will have a prominent link at the end of their post directing you to the next blog in the list. If that doesn't happen correctly, or you find yourself 'lost', come back here to this blog - you can scroll down the list at the end of this post and pick up where you left off. (Depending on your browser, you should see the color of the links change to reflect blogs you've already viewed. You may need to refresh to see that.)

Along the way you'll find folks offering blog candy (prizes) - be sure to pay attention to what you need to do to qualify. For some you just leave a comment, for others you may be asked to respond to a question, and for others, you might be asked to link up a project. If you leave an email address, type it this way: myname at aol dot com - that way spam robots can't pick up your email address :)

Note that this is a really long hop! It will take a long while to hop through them all. Blog posts will stay up all weekend, but the longer you wait, the more likely that a new post will go up, and you may need to scroll down to find the bloghop post. Links in the list at the end of this post will be updated to take you directly to the bloghop post, but that may not be til later in the weekend.

New to OWH?
For those new to OWH, we want you to know our Christmas card deadline has passed; we sent out many thousands of them, and our heroes are busy writing home on them in the next couple weeks. Our VALENTINES deadline is January 7th - getting the cards to a shipper sooner is preferred though. Especially if you want to help out with the Special Mission to get 4000 Valentines sent in by Dec 1st - if we meet that goal, our heroes get 4,000 cookies from Archway! Read more here. In December we'll post a list of deadlines for 2011, so stay tuned.


Card share
Here's a little Valentine inspiration for you - a valentine for a child, with a ladybug made on a Cricut (thanks Lori!), with a circle and scallop created using Nestabilities on a Cuttlebug.


TIP: when you send in a valentine that is stamped inside with "Happy Valentines Day" - you'll want to be sure to mark valentines in a section in your box, or we may put it in the general "love" category. We found some last year in March that we thought were "love" cards by looking at the fronts, and they had the holiday sentiment inside! Oops!
Blog candy
Today we're giving away a bunch of great 3D military stickers donated by EK Success---perfect for AnyHero cards! Winners will be able to request a branch, as long as supplies last. We'll draw 5 winners randomly from all comments left on this post.
Sampling of the kinds of stickers. Winners may be able to choose branch of service.

Next blog
The next blog on the hop will be Dixie, our east coast shipper...she's got a great valentine to share with you, as well as some tips from a shipper!


List of all blogs

  1. S&S, OWH Stars and Stamps
  2. Dixie, What's Next?
  3. Kris, A Work of Heart
  4. Sandy, It's a Colourful World
  5. Karen, Feline Playful
  6. Julie, Handmade by Julie
  7. Hero, Hero Blog
  8. Jackie, StampFairy
  9. Yolanda, Imagine.Make.Share
  10. Lisa, Schnauz Scraps
  11. Sherrie, ImpressionableArt
  12. Seongsook, Sea Garden
  13. Rick, Rick St. Dennis MFA
  14. Jan, She's Gone Stampin'
  15. Cindy, Cindy's Card Co.
  16. Christie, Creations by Christie
  17. Kate, Hello From Kate
  18. Maureen, Hideaway
  19. Megan, Meg Bean
  20. Genevieve, PlaidPolkaDots
  21. Shelley, Shelley's Creations
  22. Tricia, Simply Stamping
  23. Tara, Dreamscapes
  24. Brenda, Infinite Possibilities
  25. Christy, Lone Pine Designs
  26. Rhonda, Rhonda's Place to Share
  27. Jan, ArtFriendzy
  28. Jennifer, I'm Crafty
  29. Yvonne, OneCreativeMomma
  30. Joanne, Sleepy in Seattle
  31. Veronica, Circle B Enterprises Scrapbooking & More Blog
  32. Erica, Creative but Messy
  33. Melanie, Scrappily Ever After
  34. Susie, SA Scrappin Gal
  35. Sharon, Diary of a Craft Room Transformation
  36. Jamie, Glitter, Paper, Stamps. Oh My
  37. Barb, Paper Therapy Ponderings
  38. Joy, Dustypenny Designs
  39. Jessica, Certainly Stamping
  40. Lee, Stamping With Grandmalee
  41. Doris, Mom's Been Scrappin'
  42. Sharon, Inkie Finger
  43. Shelly, My Creative Rumblings
  44. Megan, There is no fear in love
  45. Ayana, Ayana's Creations
  46. Stacie, Hestia's Helper
  47. Holly, InkPaperStamps
  48. Hetty, Craftchaos
  49. Anita, Cards & Coffee
  50. Lisa, Welcome to My World
  51. Ronda, Musings from the Button Box
  52. Nancy, Scrap Happens!
  53. Boni, Dude Time Doodles
  54. Dana, Dana's Scrap Therapy
  55. Cleota, What's Inking?
  56. Sherry, Bits of Cheer
  57. Heather, Inspired Layouts and Cards
  58. Sheryl, Sheryl's Crafting Corner
  59. Stacie, My Creative Side
  60. Katlyn, Splashes of Joy
  61. Heather, The Best in Life
  62. Samantha, ExpressionsOfACraftaholic
  63. Karen, Slightly Scrappy
  64. Shirley, cardsbyshirleyg
  65. Colleen, Crickitt's Crazy Creations
  66. Pat, PatQ Cards
  67. Jennifer, Crafty Card Gallery
  68. Debbie, The Paper Garden
  69. Loni, Loni's Life
  70. Deborah, Thoughts of a Grasshopper
  71. Roxie, Roxie's Stamping Room
  72. Lena, Scrapbutterfly
  73. Heather, Paper Pretties
  74. Diane, Stampin Ldyglfr62
  75. Becca, Expressions
  76. Cheryl, Willow House at Home
  77. Courtney, Brighten Your Day the Stampin Up! Way
  78. Raissa, Raissa Stamps
  79. Collette, Heaven Sent For You
  80. Genevieve, Petit train va loin
  81. April, Scrapping the Magic
  82. Mari, Mari K. Creations
  83. Holley, holley's hobbies
  84. Melinda, Grammies Craft Room
  85. Patrice, My Little Patch of Dirt
  86. Shelly, Create with Me
  87. Kelly, You and Your Big Dreams
  88. Melissa, what do you (th)ink
  89. Kelly, Weekend Stamper
  90. Debbie, Two Ladybugs from China
  91. Jackie, Stamping Sister
  92. Amanda, Scrapbook With Amanda
  93. Heather, We Grow By Our Dreams
  94. Patti, what are you inking?
  95. Emily, Bombshell Em's Artistic Expressions
  96. Velda, Old Stamper
  97. Brittany, Levels of Light
  98. Christi, with a lime
  99. Paula, Handmade by Paula
  100. Kathy, Scrapin Kats
  101. Jennifer, Glitter in My Hair
  102. Raelynn, I cough now, but I used to be nothing but sneezes
  103. Lisa, Land of EnCRAFTment
  104. Paper Addict, PaperAddict Catherine
  105. Carole, Ramblings of a FibreJunky
  106. Giselle, Cross My Heart PaperCrafts
  107. Patricia, Thinking of Inking
  108. Homefront, Homefront Blog

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