Dimensional Ruffle Card tutorial - live tomorrow

If you're around this Saturday (tomorrow!) for a little while, Sandy will be doing a live tutorial on making Dimensional Ruffle cards! The tutorial will take place on uStream, on oue 2nd show channel (here) at 11am Pacific time. *See video below!

We'll explore making ruffle cards with a single color or multiples, techniques for aligning the border punched pieces, as well as options for those without border punches.

If you'd like to follow along and make a card yourself, supplies needed will be:

  • Paper cutter
  • A border punch (most designs work)
  • Sheet of cardstock
  • Patterned paper (can be scraps 4x2 or larger)
  • Ribbon, sentiment/image/stickers to embellish
  • Adhesive - both thin dimensional adhesive and tape runner or ATG (this won't work with gluestick)
Hope you can join us - the tutorial will be recorded, and we'll add the video to this post, along with an InLinkz widget so you can share your creations!



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Featured Cardmaker: Marsha D., Everson, WA

Hello Everyone! This week it's my pleasure to introduce you all to Marsha. In addition to leaving her your comments here at the end of this post, be sure to visit Marsha's blog at grammasroom.blogspot.com so you can see lots more of her wonderful work.
 


How long have you been stamping? About 10 years.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp? 
I am fortunate enough to have an office/craft room. Now that we do not have our own business, my home office lends itself nicely to stamping. If it gets too messy, I just close the door and no one is the wiser!


What are your favorite stamp products?
I am really enjoying clear acrylic stamps but my love for digitals is growing. Really like how I can change the size and overlap without masking.



Do you have a favorite technique?
I use Koh-i-nor pencils on most of my coloring. I don't do very well with water colors and have not started the expense of Copics. I have always loved to color and with the Koh-i-nor pencils plus mineral spirits, I can get close to the effect I want.




Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love the Autumn colors and find myself using lots of greens.


  
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
A few years ago, I saw mention of it on a blog. Then an OWH blog hop really got me going into making cards for OWH.



What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I am so appreciative of our wonderful heros. I can only image how hard it must be to be away from family, home, and friends for such long periods of time. What a great idea to send blank cards so our heros can send home cards for special occasions of their loved ones back home, cards to express their love. I also try to include some cards to the heros themselves expressing my gratitude for their service and sacrifice. Hopefully, it will encourage them and let them know that we are behind them.



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OWHtv: Episode 9

We'll call this the Bieber episode. *grin* Enjoy the rerun!

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OWH Any Hero Challenge

 What a fun challenge we had last week with all of your awesome monochromatic creations, thanks for the inspiration and playing along with us! 

Our challenge this week is Any Hero cards!  We challenge you to make Any Hero cards for our troops.  We are looking forward to seeing your creations!  If you are new to OWH you might be wondering what Any Hero cards are -

Each of our boxes of blank cards is topped off with a bag of "AnyHero" mail. These are cards and letters from people across America with messages of gratitude and encouragement inside. We call them "AnyHero" letters because they're going to be given out by our contacts to those who get little or no mail.

You can read more about Any Hero cards here.

Our sample card maker this week is Pam, to see more of her fabulous art work please visit her blog Airborne Wife's Stamping Spot.


 You can find this great Hero digital image to work with here and Pam's cards too!

Thank you again Pam 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 - Toolbelt Card

With the Father's Day deadline approaching on May 21, we thought you'd love to see this super cute card by Nancy from Scrap Happens. Nancy's inspiration for this card was a card by Kim Kesti in Paper Crafts magazine. You’ll find it on page 17 if you have the latest issue. (May / June 2011). Nancy writes:


For a base, I used some Kraft cardstock from JoAnn’s cut to make an A-2 sized card. (5-1/2" x 4-1/4")

The blue wood pattern in the background is from the DCWV Green Stack.

I cut a piece of orange cardstock that measures 3.5 x 2.5”

I cut a strip of orange cardstock that measures 2 x 6” . . . this strip was scored and folded a bunch of times to make the pockets. (Scored at 0.5”, 0.75”, 2”, 2.25”, 3”, 3.25”, 4.5” and 4.75”)

After gluing this to the 3.5 x 2.5 piece, I rounded the bottom corners and attached it with eyelets. I won’t lie – it took a couple of tries to get those pockets just right and I had to just kind of trim the left and right edges with scissors to get the piece to fit right before I glued it down and added the eyelets.

Last, I cut some 1/2 inch strips and made the belt by attaching eyelets on one end. I used a brown colored pencil to add some scuff marks and fake stitching to the edges.

I added the “dad” letter stickers from my stash. I also used my Cricut cartridge called Indie Art to cut out the wrenches (1.5” and 2” size) and the gear from some shiny silver paper. I totally stole a tiny piece of sand paper and some nails from my husband’s junk in the garage. I don’t think he will notice. :)



I also lined the inside of the card with some orange and white paper to make a nice writing surface. Here is a closeup of the pockets. Aside from being a little tedious to make those pockets fit just right, this card was fun to make and I think it sure fits the “manly” category, don’t you?

Special thanks to Nancy for sharing this card with us! If you have a card or technique you would like to share with us, please write me at kate@operationwritehome.org.

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Sketch Challenge #66

Happy Easter, OWHers! I hope your Easter basket was full of chocolate this morning!

We have another great sketch this week that I am sure you will find a way to turn into a beautiful card. Keep in mind that on our OWH sketches, the heart always indicates the embellishment of your choice, it doesn't have to be a heart!



This week's samplemaker is the awesome Andrea M. She's not a blogger so please take a moment to leave her some love here on this post. She made two adorable samples for us, and we really appreciate you, Andrea!





Ok, folks, go forth and create! Burn off those chocolate calories with some intense papercrafting, lol!

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.



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Featured Cardmaker: Pat K., West Richland, WA

This week I am exicited to introduce you all to Pat from Washington. I know you all will enjoy seeing her wonderful cards as much as I have. Pat doesn't have a blog but you can say hello and leave her some love in the comments at the end of the post.


How long have you been stamping? About a year and a half.

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

A small spare bedroom... I am bulging at the seams!



What are your favorite stamp products?
Digi stamps! I love the variety, selection, convenience, cost, easy storage (did I mention that I am bulging at the seams?), I can re-size them ... so much to love about them. The artists are fabulous!



Do you have a favorite technique?
Copics! I have watched tutorials on the 'net, and practiced, practiced, practiced! I still don't think I'm good at it, but have seen much improvement in my work.



Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
No special ones.



How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
This question and the next would be difficult to answer briefly. My involvement with OWH has been an answer to prayer and a blessing for me. Serious health problems have forced me to accept a sedentary life style, so this is a sanity-saving, stress-relieving therapy for me. Oops. I didn't answer your question! I stumbled across OWH while surfing card sites. An accident? Or a divine appointment?


What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My sincere appreciation for their service, and the freedoms I enjoy because they do what they do and I don't have to. God bless them!!!

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OWHtv: Episode 8

uStream changed the way the chat works....so sorry, everyone! Feel free to leave all those brilliant comments here on this post instead :)


Stump Sandy:

Extreme Card Makeover:

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MWT Monochromatic Challenge

What a fun challenge we had last week with all of your awesome layered creations, thanks for the inspiration and playing along with us!

I'd like to announce our lucky Stamp Fairy prize winner too.
Congratulations Cora Jean #13 Random Number Generator picked you!  I'll be in contact with you soon to help you claim your prize. 

Our challenge this week is Monochromatic!  We challenge you to make cards for our heroes to send home to their friends and loved ones using a monochromatic theme (shades of one color).   We are looking forward to seeing your creations!

Our sample card makers this week are our very own Operation Write Home Blog Team, to see more of their fabulous artwork please visit their blogs, I’ve added links to their names.


I'm inspired how about you?!  
Thank you 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 - Pyramid Card

This week's tutorial comes to us courtesy of Seongsook Duncan. Some of you saw this awesome card on her blog and recommended it to be featured as a Tuesday Tutorial, so here it is! The technique is named for the tiered repetition of the featured image. The key for postal friendliness on these cards is to use a dimensional adhesive that isn't too thick. First, print out or stamp 4 identical images in one sheet of white paper or cardstock. Cut it into 4 pieces. Layer Nestabilities on to 3 images. Save the first one for the base. What are Nestabilities? Nestabilites (also known as Spellbinders because of the name of the company that makes them) are cutting tools meant to be used with a die-cutting machine like a Cuttlebug or Big Shot. The same shape is repeated in 1/8" or 1/4" increments to allow for cutting of mats the same shape as images. Line up the 3 layers on top of the base. Use dimensionals that are not too thick to raise each layer without the card becoming "lumpy." Here's a close-up side view of the stacked images, and here is the finished card! Pyramid Card Sample: Created by Seongsook Duncan, Image (c) Fred She Said Designs


If you don't have Spellbinders or a Cutting machine, you can cut any shape or use punches, such as circles or squares in 3 different sizes.



Thanks again to Seongsook for today's tutorial! If you have an idea for a Tuesday Tutorial, please email me at kate@operationwritehome.org.


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Sticker Skip Prize Winner!

This was quite the challenge - random.org kept picking winners who hadn't commented on all the blogs! Yeesh. But after 8 tries, we have a winner:

And #38? Dolores A! Congratulations, your prize will be in the mail sometime this week!


Dolores A. said...

Missed seeing the sticker skip yesterday, but was glad I could check them out this evening. I'm inspired with the wonderful, innovative uses to create a card with stickers. Thanks to all the participants who shared their ideas.

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