Thursday, July 12, 2012


Have you seen the newest OWH challenge?  This time around the theme is half Fall/Winter and half anytime.  I feel like they're doing a challenge a month now and that's too quick for me!  I like to fill up a large box because it's much more economical.  It only costs about 5 cents per card to mail a large box but the few times I've mailed a small package it costs as much as 20 cents per card.  I'd rather ship a large box because I could definitely put that extra 10 or 15 cents per card into some quality cardstock!  I might hit up the local printing shop later this month to see what they have on hand.  I want to use up my GP 110 before I go because I know I won't want to use it once I find something better.  I'm down to about 50 sheets, so we're nearing the end!  Anyway, I digressed from the challenge details.  Boxes are due at the end of the month to any shipper with half fall/winter and half anytime cards.

I made six of these cards using old DCWV paper from the 2009 Fall stack.  The circle was stamped with leaves from SU All Natural (still a favorite set of mine even though it's long retired) and a sentiment by Studio G (from Walmart last year).  The burgundy strip is punched with a Fiskars border punch and tied up with Offray ribbon.  

I'm grateful that today is my last day of Common Core training for this summer.  I had no idea how long of a commitment I got myself into last summer when I agreed to attend the training.  I'm also grateful that I get to see my parents and most of my extended family this weekend.  What are you grateful for today? 
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 928 blank and 215 AnyHero (as of 6/26)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

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  1. This is really pretty, Kathryn! I love how you stamped the leaves behind your sentiment and that pretty ribbon!
    I agree with the quick challenges, but I do find that they help keep me motivated to keep making cards, which is a good thing! :) Today I am grateful for good friends.

  2. Hi, Kathryn,

    As usual, your card is just so lovely.

    I, too, agree that the challenges are coming too quickly. I long for the days when we had half-and-half challenges pertaining to the "major" holidays. Those were the challenges to which I was able to contribute -- and still the way I try to organize my shipments.

    Congrats on finishing your Common Core training! Which grade(s) and/or subject(s) do you teach?

    1. Thanks, Sybrina. I'm trying to be OK with skipping some challenges. I don't really care if I win the prizes or not and I don't want to rush and make cards I'm not proud to send. :)

      I teach 8th grade math and I'm my school's STEM representative when it comes to delivering Common Core professional development. Thanks for asking.


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