Sunday, September 2, 2012

OWH VCMP: Home Sweet Home

Welcome to the 8pm EST/5pm PST challenge for Operation Write Home's Virtual Card Making Party in celebration of OWH's birthday!  This is the tenth and final challenge of the weekend.  Be sure to check the list of challenges here to be sure that you didn't miss out on any of the fun. 

Today, I'm challenging you to make a card that represents your state (or your country if you're an international visitor).  This card should make you feel right at home in hopes that it does the same for one of our heroes.  Think about what makes your state special; state symbols are a great place to start.  I'm from Maryland and I've depicted some of our official state symbols in the cards below.

This card features a crab, one of Maryland's best and simplest culinary pleasures and our official state crustacean.  I think this would make a great birthday card- either as a belated birthday wish or as a jab at a person who's getting old.  "Oh snap, you're not 29 anymore!"
Stamps: Recollections Feeling Fishy, Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABC's
Patterned Papers: DCWV- blue, Pebbles- orange
Punch: Fiskars Boundary Waters
Dies: Nestabilities circles
Coloring: Copics
Twine: Whisker Graphics Peach Divine Twine

Next, I used some of the colors of Maryland's flag (black, yellow, red, and white) to make this card. The diamond shape is inspired by the yellow and black pattern on Maryland's flag
Stamps: Stampin' Up Lighthouse- bird, American Crafts Spring- sentiment
Papers: cardstock from stash
Coloring: Copics
Dies: Cuttlebug Harlequin

On my third card, I made a farm scene.  Not only do I live in a small town surrounded by farms, but in researching Maryland symbols to make this card, I learned that milk is the state's official beverage! Moo! 
Stamps: Lawn Fawn- Critters on the Farm (the cloud is made from the sheep's body)
Patterned papers: Lawn Fawn- Bright Side
Punches: EK Success Alpine Trail and Martha Stewart Scary Fence
Coloring: Copics
Tutorial: Wavy Banner
If you're ever at a loss for what to write in AnyHero cards, I challenge you to write a note in your state-inspired card.  You can explain the symbolism of your card and tell the hero what you love about your state.  I'll be doing that with my farm card. 

What will inspire you?  A landmark, a flower, a sport, an animal, a flag, or something else?  Link up your state-inspired cards here by Tuesday at midnight EST (9pm PST) for a chance to win some  blog candy!  In celebration of OWH's birthday, I have a package of birthday stickers and four rolls of yellow and orange washi tape up for grabs.  I'll draw a random winner sometime on Wednesday and post an announcement on my blog.  (US addresses only, please.)  I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge! 

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Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 928 blank and 215 AnyHero (as of 6/26)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

Check out OWH at www.operationwritehome.org to learn more about its mission and how to get involved.




26 comments:

  1. Kathryn, thanks so much for hostessing such a CREATIVE challenge! Your cards are all perfect for Maryland. I grew up in PA and attended University of Maryland at College Park, so even though I live in Texas now, I recognize all the symbolism of your cards!

    Wait until you see my NOT so subtle Texas card! LOL

    Allison G in TX

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  2. This is such a wonderful, creative challenge Kathryn! Your cards are terrific and the minute I saw that first crab card I just knew you had to be from Maryland! I can't wait to see all the creative cards for this challenge. Thanks for hosting on the VCMP this weekend.

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  3. What a fun challenge! I learned something new about my state! And I'm a new follower! Thanks for hosting.

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  4. Very innovative challenge!!! You had me at "oh snap"...super fun! Cannot wait to stop back tomorrow and see who else links up...Thanks for sharing!!!

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  5. What a fun challenge! Wisconsin is totally easy. Lol love your "oh snap" card!!

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  6. This is one of the most creative challenges I've played in yet and I love the idea! Your cards are all great, and I once attended one of those famous MD crab fests, so your crab card really hits home! I see a lot of the MD flag represented in your 2nd card, and the 3rd is just plain fun! NJ!

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  7. Kathryn,

    Love this challenge! I must say I was stumped at first. But then inspiration hit.

    You've done Maryland proud! :) Love the color combos on the first two and the asymmetry on the third. All three are great cards.

    BTW Think I'm going to steal the way you are doing your supply/equipment captioning instead of my one running line. Thanks for the idea!

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  8. What a fun challenge! I know exactly which stamps I will use!! Love your samples! God bless!

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  9. Kathryn, what a creative challenge and one that has so much meaning for everybody! I love love your little crab card!! They are all so cute.

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  10. Thanks for a great challenge! I am from Maryland too (Silver Spring)! I have cute crab punch so I may case your card. But I just happened to have some Batimore Oriole digs.

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    1. It's good to meet another Marylander who supports OWH!

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  11. I wasn't sure I would be able to do your challenge since I'm new to NC but I liked your idea of the state colors so I looked them up to make my card. Thanks for hosting a challenge this weekend.

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  12. Am from Wisconsin... so had to go with our wonderful dairy cows! Thanks for the challenge.

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    1. Cute card - gotta love the cows! TFS from a fellow Sconnie!

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  13. Great idea!! I'm off to find some fishing or swimming image, I live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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  14. what a great challenge idea! Each of your cards are so creative! Can't decide which I liked best! Now to go try this for myself!

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  15. Thanks for hosting this challenge. Love the idea and your cards are wonderful, I can't pick a favorite, but I do love those googly eyes!

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  16. I really, really LOVED this challenge. I love it so much I am going to make more like this and put them in my package to ship off. Thanks for the wonderful challenge. Love your cards!!!

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  17. Kathryn... what a great challenge, thanks for hosting. I told my husband I was going to make two cards.. one for North Carolina because that is where I live and was born here.. but my heart and where I really want to be is back in Texas. He hugged me and told me he understood. I only made the NC.. maybe I'll work on the Texas one tomrrow.. got lots of Texas stamps. thanks again ~ Pam

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  18. This is a great challenge. I love your samples and how they represent Maryland. Thank you for hosting this very fun challenge and for supporting OWH!

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  19. This was such a fun challenge! I had no trouble deciding what to make to represent South Carolina! Thank you !!!

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  20. Thanks for hosting a great challenge! I love looking at the variety of cards that everyone designed.

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  21. I'm enjoying looking at how all the states are being represented. Great challenge! Marilyn Leonard - Oklahoma

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  22. I finally got my state card done. Sorry I was late on this. It was a fun challenge and really got me thinking! Thanks for hosting the challenge.

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    1. You're not too late to support our heroes. I should have made the blog candy deadline later once I saw I was the final challenge. I didn't want to change the "rules" after I posted, though, so I stuck with it.

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  23. I'm late too, but I was motivated by all of the cute ideas here ... and my dentist told me to avoid candy! :)

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