Birthday Bash: Final day!

Our last day isn't going to go out with a fizzle....we've got another challenge ready for you...


is sponsoring us today - go see what they have in store! (The prize is a $15 Gift Certificate, so you'll want to check out the store to see what you could dream about buying with the prize money!)

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Featured Cardmaker: Ronni U., Peoria AZ

I am always so amazed by the enormously talented and creative cardmakers who make up the OWH family and this week's featured cardmaker is no exception. I know you'll be as inspired by these beautiful cards as I am. Ronni has a new blog you can visit at Ronni's Spot  and of course you can leave her your comments here at the end of this post too.


How long have you been stamping?
Since Dec 2010 - I scrapbooked prior to that.


Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft? I sure do! with a huge work area and cabinets.

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
Definitely Stampin Up - they seem to be the best quality.


Do you have a favorite technique?
Not really - since I am learning all the time - I love the exploration.


Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I think I love white red and black the best - but also still exploring!


How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I looked online for card making donations - I had watched Oprah when Michelle Obama was on and the show was about how few people actually "do" for the troops - and I decided I could contribute and justify my stamping/card making addiction.


When I found OWH  it was a blessing for me, I suffer from chronic pain and when I don't have anything that "has" to be done I would often just not do anything  and wallow!  When I found OWH I had a cause - a place for my art and hobby - and a reason to achieve when I could. It is me who is lucky to have OWH!  Finding OWH gave me desire to achieve and pride in my creations AND justification to buy and buy and buy!


What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
That they will have something pretty to send home - and in the area they are with the desert and the fighting - something pretty is cheerful!

Challenge: Are you ready to CASE Ronni's beautiful cards?


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OWHtv: Episode 30





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Birthday Bash: Tonic!

Oh me oh my....Sandy here, and I am soooooo excited. One of my very favorite companies, Tonic Studios, is sponsoring an OWH challenge today! I think my Tonic papercutter is probably the only tool that's used on every card I make. Every card. Even my ATG gets a rest, but my papercutter is always needed!

Go check out what Missy has in store today on the Tonic blog!

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Any Hero Christmas Cards

 Thanks for a great challenge last week, your Sweet Treats cards were fun!   
Thanks for the wonderful inspiration too - 

Our sponsor last week was Michelle Perkett Studio & we have prize a winner drawn by InLinkz to announce, congratulations Carol it's you!  

This week we challenge you to make Any Hero Christmas cards!  An Any Hero Christmas card would be a Christmas card you make to send a hero, be sure to write a personal note inside too!  I can’t wait to see your card creations! 

Our sample card maker this week is Antoinette!  She’s the owner of Inspired Stamps and to see more of Antoinette’s wonderful art work as well as her fabulous design team please visit her Inspired Stamps blog.

Antoinette is sponsoring prizes for this challenge!  There will be 2 random winners drawn for an Inspired Stamps acrylic stamp set!  You'll have until October 4, 2011 to get your entries in for the prize drawing.


Thank you Antoinette 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 - Reverse Masking

Today's tutorial comes to us from recently featured cardmaker, Bev T. In her feature, Bev mentioned she uses a reverse masking technique to color her images, and she was kind enough to do double-duty and give us a tutorial to demonstrate this technique! Thanks, Bev!



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There are lots of wonderful images available. However, most of them need to be colored in and I don’t color very well. To bypass that problem, I’ve found a coloring technique that works for me: reverse masking. I use this technique pretty much for all my coloring and it’s great when you are making multiples. It works best with images that are not too detailed.

This is a card that I made using the reverse technique to color the bear.





1. To color this image, I first stamp the image on cardstock and then stamp it again several times on scrap paper to make the masks. I use a water resistant dye ink like Memento Tuxedo Black.




2. To color the bear, I cut out the ears, head, paws, and legs on the first mask so that you have the following:





3. Line up the mask over the stamped image (left). I use Elmer’s Repositionable stick glue to keep the mask in place. Apply brown pigment ink to the open areas with a sponge, kind of like stenciling. This gives you the image on the right.





4. Using a second mask, cut out the raincoat and rain hat to give the following:





5. Line the second mask over the stamped image (left), sponge yellow pigment ink to the open areas. After doing this, you have the image on the right.





6. On the third mask, cut out the umbrella and the bird and line it up on the stamped image (left). Sponge red pigment ink on the umbrella and blue ink on the bird, gives you the image on the right.




7. To finish off the image, I used gel pens or coloring pencils to color in the details





This method may be a little more work initially, but I like the results. With the masks, making multiples is easy and quick.



Thanks again to Bev for today's tutorial. Y'all share some love with her in comments.




Remember, if you see something that would make a great Tuesday Tutorial, or if you would like to share a technique with us, please email me at kate@operationwritehome.org.




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Birthday Bash: Tuesday Throwdown

Today we've got a Thinking of You challenge from our friends at Tuesday Throwdown - check out their post for details!

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Birthday Bash: Sassy Studio!...plus ribbon winners!

Are you missing the weekend already? Check out the challenge today at Sassy Studio - go leave them some love, OWH-style! 

Did you catch this weekend's vlog? It's in the sidebar off to the left, if you're looking at this blog post on a computer...and if not, click here to check it out on your cell phone. You don't want to miss those adorable Jedi Kittens!


Winner winner chicken dinner!
The May Arts challenge ended last night...and random.org drew 4 winners from submissions, and one from comments. The lucky winners are:
  1. Pam T
  2. sf_crafter
  3. Dixie C 
  4. Lynn R
  5. NanaConnie
Congratulations! Email me your addresses and I'll get your ribbon in the mail this week! -Sandy

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Sketch Challenge #88

Hello Sketchers! Are you counting down to World Cardmaking Day this coming Saturday?

I'm excited about the Bloghop, and I hope y'all are too! If you haven't signed up yet, get over there and do it - sign ups close on Wednesday!

Hopefully you'll have some crafty time as well on World Cardmaking Day and be able to make some cute cards with this sketch:



This week's sample cards were made for us by the fabulous Nancy! She has a blog called Nancy's Creative Space, be sure and visit her to see more of her work. Thanks for the great samples, Nancy!







Okay, kids, have you got an idea for this card? Get going and be sure and come back to show us your work. I love visiting all our sketchers each week to see all the creative takes on the sketch!

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 the link to that entry 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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Birthday Bash: Find the kitten!

We've got a little hide and seek for you today...click this link (yes it's safe!) and watch the weekend vlog to find out where the kitten is!

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Birthday Bash: CASE Charlsie S., Napa CA

I am very excited to introduce Charlsie to everyone this week and to be able to share this a beautiful group of her cards with you here today.  Charlsie does not have a blog so be sure to say hello and leave your comments for her here at the end of this post.

Today Clear Dollar Stamps is sponsoring us with a $15 gift certificate! The challenge is open til Sunday night - so CASE one of Charlsie's beautiful cards, share it using InLinkz at the end of this post! A winner will be drawn Sunday night from all cards posted. Thanks CDS!


How long have you been stamping?
I have been sewing and quilting for many years. Have always loved crafting. Started stamping and making cards maybe 6 or 7 years ago.


Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I have a sewing/ craft/ computer room that I do all my crafting. It is small but it works.


What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
No favorite products really. I like birds and butterflies. Also Hero Arts flower stamps. Because I do not have a craft store in Napa I get supplies from www. paperwishes.com. And they have a websoide every Tuesday showing new products and how to use them. They are very helpful.


Do you have a favorite technique?
No favorite technique but really enjoy learning from OWH tutorials.
  
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
Colors really depend on what paper I grab that day. I find it hard to make masculine cards so I try really hard to always add some to the box.


How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
Still have the Paper Crafts May/June 2010 magazine with small article about Operation Write Home on page 14. That is when I learned about OWH.


What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
What motivates me is knowing how happy a family member must feel getting a really nice card from their love one. I just returned from Florida yesterday visiting our Grandson who is in the Air Force. We were there celebrating his 22  and his Dads 50th Birthdays.



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OWHtv: Episode 29



 

 




 
Stay tuned this weekend for KITTENS! :)

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Birthday Bash - Gelatins!!

One of my favorite companies, Gel-a-tins, is sponsoring a fall card challenge today! WOOHOO! Go see, go see!! We'll have some ongoing things with these good folks, so let's go join in the fun over on their blog!

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Birthday Bash: Hambo!!!

Lots of you play along in Hambo's regular challenges....this one's for OWH! Click the banner to play along!

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Sweet Treats

 Thanks for a great challenge last week, you’re "A Bugs Life" cards were fun!   
Thanks for the wonderful inspiration too –

The winner of our Doodle Pantry prize package is Jean B in PA!
Congratulations, I'll be in contact with you soon!

This week we challenge you to make cards for our heroes to send home to their loved ones using a “Sweet Treats” theme.   I  can’t wait to see your card creations! 

Our sample card maker this week is Redonna!  To see more of Redonna’s wonderful art work please visit her blog Perptual Playtime.



Thank you Redonna for sharing your awesome creativity with us!

Our sponsor this week is Michelle Perkett Studio, one lucky card maker will win a fabulous prize from Michelle's Etsy store!



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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Birthday Bash: Michelle's Scrapbooking and More!

Today we have a treat for you -  Michelle's Scrapbooking and More is hosting a challenge for OWH! The prize is a $20 Gift Certificate to their store, and the challenge will last 2 weeks, but don't wait - we have so much more coming up, you won't want to forget!

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