Sunday, June 30, 2013

June swap cards

I've been swapping card kits for several months now with some fellow OWH card makers.  For June, our theme was something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  I haven't finished the kits, but here are the cards I've made so far.  There's at least something from each person's kit below, but I have enough to make two or three cards from each kit. 

Sandi's kit
Sandi's kit (I had to let the adorable paper shine!
Linda's kit

Linda's kit

Nancy's kit

Jen's kit (I cut the card to 4" wide so the banner could hang off but still fit in an A2 envelope)


 
I realized today that I hadn't ever made anything with my May kits.  It might be time to get on that!  Happy crafting!
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Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 651 blank and 236 AnyHero (as of 4/28/13)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
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.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

AI and OWH Bloghop

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my stop on the Art Impressions/Operation Write Home Bloghop.  If you're new to Operation Write Home, it's an organization that sends blank hand made cards to deployed military units.  For me, it's been a great way to give back and honor my family members who have served while making use of my talent and supplies.  If you're interested in more information, be sure to visit Operation Write Home's website and Facebook page

Art Impressions is a loyal supporter of OWH.  Art Impressions has released two new fundraiser sets today and 25% of every purchase of these stamps will benefit OWH.  Shopping and charity, what a great combination! 


If you missed the start of the hop, it can be found on the Art Impressions blog. There are 17 designers and I'm sure you'll want to catch them all.

Here's the card I made using the new OWH Every Hat set.  It comes with this adorable lady to color and two sentiments.  


Paper: DCWV A Type of Art Stack
Copic colors: B00, B02, B04, B06, B32, B34, BG0000, R22, R24, R29, R35, R39, C5, E31, Y13, Y17, YR04, YR20, YR23, and YR27 (I'm still learning to color, so please forgive any mistakes!)  
Punch: Fiskars Apron Lace
Dies: Spellbinders Circles
Other: Brads from stash, probably by Making Memories 

The second set of stamps is the OWH Sending Love set.  Isn't it so cute how the string connecting the cans spells out LOVE? 
Paper: K & Co Halloween Mat Pad
Punches: EK Success Binding Edge and Flourish Square, Stampin Up Curly Label
Dies: Cuttlebug heart
Other: Glossy Accents (on heart)

Now, I'm sure you want to go place an order for these great new stamps.  The logo below will take you to Art Impression's online store. 



Your next stop on the hop is Lee Mae at Boxes of Dogs.  She always shares awesome cards on the Operation Write Home blog, so I'm sure you'll want to see what she has for you!   Thanks for visiting. 


If you're lost, here are all of the stops:
  1. Art Impressions
  2. Crafter's Home
  3. Crystal Lopez 
  4. Dixie Cochran
  5. Paula Spagnuolo 
  6. Karen Day 
  7. Kathryn Belmonte (You're here!)
  8. Lee Mae Elkins
  9. Kerry Kung
  10. Nancy Keller
  11. Piali Biswas
  12. Kristie Marcotte
  13. ReneƩ Matarese
  14. Ronni Unger
  15. Rhonda Harre
  16. Sandy Allnock
  17. Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps
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Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 651 blank and 236 AnyHero (as of 4/28/13)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
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.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Midweek Throwdown and ODBD: Water

Use your imagination a little on this card, please.  The Midweek Throwdown from Wednesday AND the June ODBD challenge was to use water on our cards.  It's implied on my card, I guess!

 The stamps are by Studio G (sentiment) and Inkadinkado (bird).  Coloring is with Copics B0000, W3, B21, E11, Y17, and YR04.  The background paper is what I started with on this card.  I have been ever so slowly using this DCWV Pocket of Posies mat stack and I decided tonight to see if I could finish it up in the next few days.  It's been hanging around at least four years, so it's time!   

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Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 651 blank and 236 AnyHero (as of 4/28/13)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
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.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sketch

I used this week's sketch to make a graduation card for one of my first students. My first class graduated this week!
And, a gift for the grad:
 
It contains M&Ms, Snickers, microwave popcorn, Ramen, applesauce, easy mac, animal crackers, apple juice, granola bars, raisins, chocolate covered pretzels, and disposable flatware.  I think I forgot a couple of items, too, since I packed it up a week ago.  I bought the groceries largely at Dollar Tree  and spent about $20-25 including the container.  The smaller packages at DT seemed like a good idea for a college girl and allowed me to offer more variety in one compact container. 

I was inspired by the exam week care packages that parents could order through the Women's League at my college.  Mom only ordered me one once (the rest of the time she made me a specialized one with my favorites), but I remember being impressed by the variety of snacks included.  They filled a plastic shoe box with individual serving sizes of about 20 snacks.