Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sample Maker for OWH Sketch #104

If you've come over from the Stars and Stamps blog, welcome! If not, why not go over and check out the Sunday Sketch? I promise it's a good one!

I was pleased to make the samples for this Sunday's Sketch which is #104 and marks two years of sketches. Recently, I challenged myself to use every OWH sketch at least once during 2012. There will be 156 at the end of the year, which works out to an average of 2 per week. I can definitely do that!

I made a bunch of samples for this sketch, but only sent a couple over to Julie for the blog. The first three cards below were featured on the blog.

In this first card, I used a long-retired set by SU called "All Natural," a Sizzix embossing folder, spotted ribbon by Offray, and a half pearl by Studio 112. The ribbon is nice and flat for mailing because it doesn't have a knot. I simply punched two holes and wove the ribbon through. Start with the right side of the card face up and place the ends of the ribbon through the card, front to back. Turn the card over and weave the loose ends to the front through the opposite holes. If you're using printed ribbon, twist it so the pattern shows. That's it!

The second card is my favorite! It uses images from the Celebration set by Inkadinkado, white ribbon by Offray, pink embossing powder by A la Mode, Versamark, patterned music paper from the Performance Stack by DCWV, and a paperclip from Staples.

This card features paper flowers and patterned papers from Making Memories Noteworthy collection. The brads are by Colorbok and the ribbon from Target.

There was a weekly tutorial at the beginning of the year that recapped a lot of previous tutorials and inspired me to complete this sketch with these tiny pinwheels. The papers are by K&Co from the Americana line and the stamp is from Studio G. Unfortunately, the twine I used is far from cooperative, so this card ended up a bit thicker than I would like it to be. I needed to look for something thinner. I reworked the card with blue ribbon and it will be much easier to mail.

This last card is just a simple example of how this card can make it easy to use a variety of patterned papers. I am not great at matching colors, so I tend to pick up a stack if I want coordinated colors without a headache. These papers from KI Memories Paisley Parade made a simple spring colors card. Ribbon by Making Memories.

Thanks so much for visiting. Are you going to play along this year and try to make a card for every OWH sketch? Leave a comment letting me know what your goals are for 2012. :) Please follow my blog so you can see all the sketches this year!

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Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: none thus far, but my box is filling up nicely!
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695


  1. Kathryn, your cards are lovely. Thanks so much for supporting OWH. I have planned to challenge myself to make a card from each sketch, too, Your Check List will make it easy to stay on track. Thanks for that, too. :-)

  2. Those are all so great! I think I love the musical birthday one best. What a cool paper clip! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Great job! I'm working through the sketches myself. I love your pinwheel idea with the cute tag!

  4. Kathryn I adore your sample cards as they really showcase the potential of this week's sketch. Thank you for the awesome checklist which I've already saved and printed. I just recently started participating in the Sketch Challenges and made a mental note to try to do each one. Your list will make it easier to track my success.

  5. Kathryn, All of your card are great. Thank you for being our sample maker. You sent some great inspiration our way.

  6. Kathryn, your cards are terrific! I really like your pinwheel card. The flower card you entered in OWH's MWT challenge is very cute. The patterned paper coordinates with the flowers really well. Thanks for playing in our Midweek Throwdown challenge at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps!
    ~Lee Mae Operation Write Home MWT Assistant

  7. Your cards are all fabulous, and I just LOVE those tiny pinwheels! The musical note embellishment looks so pretty the way you attached it! Great cards, each and every one of them!

  8. Nice cards, Kathryn! I love those mini pinwheels. :)

  9. Beautiful pinwheels, love all of the cards, nicely done.

  10. Congratulations on being the sample card-maker this week. You did a fabulous job with the sketch and I think it's awesome that you came up with so many unique ideas.

    I'm loving and admire your talent for making those amazing pinwheels...great card with loads of detail!!

    Thanks for the inspiration, it was a fun sketch! :)

    Happy Crafting,

  11. Beautiful cards, Kathryn! My favorite is the first one. I love how you did the ribbon/bow.

  12. Kathryn, You did a great job on all your cards. Thanks for sharing the tip -- how you attached the ribbon on the first card. My two favorite cards are the first one with the natural colors and the second is your pinwheel cards. Also congratulations on being the sample card-maker this week.

  13. These are all wonderful, Kathryn! Love love how you used DP squares on your last card!! Thanks for explaining that cool ribbon treatment; will have to try that!

  14. What a terrific collection of cards! I love your tiny pin wheels. Using the patterned papers for your squares was a clever idea too! Awesome!

  15. Great job on these sample cards! I particularly like the colors and papers in the last design. Yummy! and of course those little pinwheels are adorable too. Thanks for supporting OWH!

    Paula S.
    OWH Blog Team

  16. Very nice cards, Kathryn! My favorite is the last one. And the pinwheels are very fun! You inspired me to try the ODBD 3-patterned-paper challenge for OWH.

  17. You got a lot of cute cards out of this one sketch! Great job! Thanks again for your help this week!


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