- Before deciding to use Stickles on your card, test it first. Apply some to the kind of cardstock you'll be adding it to on the card, in the amount you'll be using it, and let it dry. Then test it - if it comes off on your finger when you rub it firmly, then don't use it. Some even use a fabric test - rub a sleeve on it, and see if it leaves the card.
- If you already have cards with a little Stickles on them (this works only for small spots of it), you can add a little bit of Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze or other similar product, and that seals it in place. Be sure that doesn't wreck your design - slathering that all over a card can ruin it, and if you apply too much of it too thick it will remain sticky and attach itself to another card in the box, so it may not work for your card.
Our challenge this week is a K-9 theme! We challenge you to make cards for our heroes to send home to their loved ones using a dog or dogs in the theme. We are looking forward to seeing your creations!
Ever wish there was an easy way to tie a cute bow? I consider myself seriously bow-challenged, so when I attended Saturday's Seminar and someone mentioned, "the fork method," I was seriously curious. You're tying a bow with a fork?
Yep! This is a serving fork. Just start with a fork and about a 10-inch piece of ribbon.
Fold the ribbon across the fork, so that the piece on the back side is longer than the front.
Bring the back end of the ribbon over the front and down through the middle slot on the fork.
I'm sorry I don't remember who sent me the link to this youtube video.
Happy Birthday, Sandy Allnock!
That's right, folks, today is the birthday of our fearless leader, Sandy. We're celebrating with not one but THREE sketches.... to go with SIX new Frantoonies!!
For the uninitiated, Frantoonies are special digis created by Fran S, a "Gma in Silverdale" who hand draws these adorable images especially for Operation Write Home. You can read more about Fran in her Featured Friday post here. She's done a special batch for Sandy's birthday to share with us!
Important note: please remember that Frantoonies are for use on cards for OWH only and are labeled with OWH on each image for that reason. Remember to click twice on the image to get the largest version of it before saving the image.
Aren't they fantastic? To go with these new Frantoonies, we have three different sketches for you!
And of course we couldn't have just one samplemaker for all this, so we have four! Some of our admin team couldn't resist firing up their printers when they saw these Frantoonies, LOL! Below each picture is the name and link for that samplemaker. Be sure and visit their blogs, there are other images there, I couldn't fit them all in this post!!
Wow! What great work, ladies! Thank you all so much for these beautiful samples.
Get busy, folks! You have lots to work with this week! Bonus points if you make a birthday card, in honor of Sandy's 29th(ish) birthday!
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.
- packs of circles or squares, often called 'popdots'
- glue dots that add dimension (thick glue dots)
- rolls of mounting tape
- Dimensional layers: Please don't stack layer upon layer of popped items one on top of another. A "tower" of dimensional elements causes envelopes to be jammed in postal machines, and we need these important letters to make it home to loved ones intact! If you use the thin scotch mounting tape, you may get away with two layers, but please read #4 as well.
- Buttons: Thin shirt-style buttons are fine, but thick buttons, most especially the big vintage ones, are our biggest offender. Our shippers often put these in the hospital to remove thick buttons and replace them with thinner buttons from their own stash. Buttons on thick-layered-flowers can also be a problem.
- Thick embellishments: There are brads, flowers, and other items that are along the same depth as vintage buttons; please limit their use to AnyHero cards. Even some of the 3d stickers, made for cards, have 5 or 6 dimensional layers that are a real problem for postal machines!
- Balance! The post office tells us, of course, never to have a bump on a card. Officially. However, some who know those machines have said that an EVEN amount of dimension works better than a totally thin card with one giant "bump" of an embellishment. If you start putting dimension behind elements on one half of a card, balance it out with layers and embellishments on the other side; this creates an envelope that feels "thick and flat" - and that stands a much better chance at going through a postal machine than something with one item stabbing through the envelope. See the video for more description of this.
How long have you been stamping? Probably about 20 years.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp? Yes, I have a lovely craft room that has lots of natural light. It's a joy to be in here making cards for the troops. All of the equipment has a specific spot, ribbon hangs on rods so I can see what I have, cardstock racks sit on the floor so I can see what I have, etc. But the nicest part is everything can be left out and I can come back another day to finish a card. It's my sanctuary!
Do you have a favorite technique? I think my favorite technique is embossing--both heat embossing and dry embossing. I also use a lot of Spellbinder's Nestabilities to cut out my sentiments and images. And I've never met a piece of ribbon I didn't like but I absolutely love the May Arts silk ribbon and the Bow-Easy.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home? I've been involved with Operation Write Home since before it's inception as Cards for Heroes. I learned about these ladies sending cards to troops on Splitcoast Stampers and got in touch with Sandy. I've probably made and sent over 10,000 cards since I started and I continue to send 150-200 cards a week during the winter but much less in the summer.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? The heroes! And their appreciation for what we do when it's us who wants to thank them and their families for the sacrifices they make. Every generation of my family has had at least one family member in the military going back as far as the American Revolution. I want them to know how much I appreciate what they're doing. This is my tiny way of trying to make life a little easier for them.
A Special Note:
Jaylen enjoys drawing pictures to put on the front of his cards and he keeps his cards pretty simple. He's still learning how to get the pictures glued straight on the cards! He tends to use bright colors, especially his favorite colors of green & blue.
Brecklin likes to look through a book of card sketches and try a different layout each time. She enjoys stamping and coloring the images but she has just learned to heat emboss so I think that is her favorite technique at the moment. Brecklin tends to use a wide selection of colors but her favorite colors are pink & lavender.
We'll be having the 2nd in our Saturday Seminar Series on card design! The first one was so helpful in developing a focal point on our cards. This month's seminar will discuss texture (both visual and physical) and dimension - and will show many examples of different types....taking one card design and improving on it in stages.
The seminar will be on ustream at 11am Pacific, and will last under 1 hour. As usual, Sandy will remain online for further chatting about the topic (not recorded). Later in the afternoon, a blog post will be here on S&S with photos of the cards and the video of the seminar itself.
Do you have specific questions about texture/dimension? Please feel free to leave them in a comment on this post, and Sandy will try to address them during the seminar!