Happy weekend, everyone! It’s been a crazy-busy week here on OWHtv. First, Monday’s SitRep talked about one way to fill a box with themes – and making some of each theme for each audience (men/unisex, feminine, and kid-friendly). Tuesday Nancy brought us fun tips for dies….Wednesday’s fundraiser ROCKED (and is all over, sorry if you missed it!) but the cards in the video are still worth a look! We unboxed cards from a group of talented ladies on Thursday….and yesterday – a BLOGHOP! With new dies….how fun!
Enjoy catching up on all you missed!
This week’s Featured Friday Card Maker is Jill B., from Houston, TX. She does such a great job of introducing herself and telling her story I don’t need to write an introduction. As usual y’all were fantastic in leaving comments for the featured cards for last week, and since Jill doesn’t have a blog, please leave her some special OWH love in the comment section below. Jill is a great bargain hunter as most of her stamps come from the $1.00 bin from Michael’s, and she is able to purchase much of her DP on sale too!!! Jill loves to heat emboss—I can still remember the fun I had watching the heat work on the embossing powder the first time I used it—okay so I still think heat embossing is just…well…magical—it’s really just too cool for school!!! And so are Jill’s cards!!! Now sit back, prop your feet up and meet Jill as she answers my question of where do you live, tell me a little about yourself and your family. Here’s Jill….
“I am a Texan, born and raised. Have lived in several different cities within Texas, but primarily Houston. I live here with my husband of 27 years, David. My 92 year old Mom lives next door and helps me with OWH cards from time to time. Our son and daughter are grown and both live in Austin, Texas. We don’t get to see them as often as we like but rely on social media, phone calls to keep in touch. Isn’t modern technology grand?
I have always been involved in artsy/crafty things – even minored in art in college, although my degree was in education. I am retired from the work force, have closed down my craft business and now enjoy gardening, quilting and card making. I am involved in several charity groups other than OWH. One that keeps me busy is making baby blankets for our local chapter of Project Linus. My husband and I love to cruise, maybe me a bit more than he if I am truthful.”
How long have you been stamping/card making?
I have been making cards for maybe 20+ years. I had a wood working craft business for 25+ years, and sold my items through stores and at craft shows. When I needed a break from the saws and drilling, I made cards, also selling these through stores and craft shows. I have given up the wood working part and miss the creative outlet. I still sell my cards to my existing customers but I no longer do shows.
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I am lucky in that I have the use of our “great room” upstairs for my crafting. I took up the carpet, leaving the wooden under flooring (which I sanded and painted green) so I do not have to worry about ruining the carpet as I create. The funny thing is that even though it is a very large room, I work within the confines of my desk area which leaves the rest of the room unused. I really should make better use of my space, but it works for me
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I am fairly new to stamping and am still learning and experimenting. I love heat embossing and just recently learned a new tip. I was watching You Tube and saw a demonstration where the woman used a regular ink pad to stamp her image before using the embossing powder. I had been using the special embossing ink pad but tried using my regular inks and they work great. Who knew? (Probably everybody else…) And I finally bought a Cuttlebug – I LOVE it. Yes, I got it on sale…
Do you have a favorite technique?
Not sure about a special technique, but I am definitely a CAS crafter. I like clean lines, simple designs. Some of the sketches really throw me because I feel they are more complicated than I usually attempt. I often simplify them – hope that still counts as using a sketch.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I only recently decided to try following sketches. My goal for this year is to make at least one card for each sketch. I am on #36 and am finding them fun, if not occasionally challenging. I like using sketches from time to time, but I find I like doing my own thing even more.
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
I am not very computer literate, so I find trying to locate digi stamps, sizing them, etc. far too time consuming. So, I guess I like stamps better. I am terrible at coloring so I prefer to heat emboss most of my stamped images.
Do you have a favorite theme?
No, I don’t have a favorite theme. I love letting the colors/design of the paper guide me. There are times I will set out to make a certain themed card, but as I get into it, the theme changes because the colors draw me in a different direction.
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
My two favorite sets of colors to use are brown/ pink and red/white/black.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
Scrolling through Pinterest, I came across some gorgeous cards and saw the Operation Write Home logo. I looked it up and the rest is history, as they say.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I have such respect for those who volunteer to serve our country, risking their lives for me and mine. And I miss my creative outlet – so why not combine the two interests and kill two birds with one stone? This is such a wonderful organization – I am very grateful that I learned about it. The people involved are so dedicated and fun and giving. I am truly proud to be a part of this group.
Hey there, cardmakers! We are so excited to bring you some inspiration today! The wonderful folks over at Die-Versions have a new set of dies debuting today, and they are a fundraiser product for OWH! A portion of the sales for these products will go to keep OWH on it’s mission of helping our heroes keep in touch with loved ones back home during a deployment. AND the dies are so cute! So to show them off, we’ve combined some of our folks with the design team from Die-Versions to show you what we came up with using the new dies. You can see (and buy!) them all at the Die-Versions March release page. As well as see them all on today’s OWHtv:
And, of course, we have a few to give away as well! So we’ll be doing a random drawing one week from today for a few prize packs! In order to qualify, you must comment on each stop on the hop! Please take the time to leave a meaningful comment, point out what you love, what inspired you, etc. Our team works hard to share this with you and they really love seeing your feedback! We’ll draw three random folks that have left comments at each stop – the deadline is midnight Pacific time, Saturday, March 15th, so you have all week to comment!
Ready to see what else we have to share? Check it out! We have 19 more stops for you! If you somehow get lost along the way, come back here to this master list.
I tell a lot of our partners that “Our ladies love to shop.” (I could also say “Our ladies love to organize.”) And with yesterday’s fundraiser, you totally proved that! THANK YOU MFT for being so completely awesome and providing us with goodies to use for fundraisers!!!
I think this was a record….we’ve done a few fundraisers similar to this before, but….never with completing one this size with a one-day response! WOW! Thank you to everyone who jumped on that bandwagon so quickly – and generously! On top of the price people paid for the stamp sets, 51 of you donated above and beyond, raising almost another $500. I say again, WOW! Responses like this are what I share with our partners to convince them to create fundraiser products with us; when they know how excited our cardmakers are to purchase something resulting in a donation – that nudges them over the edge into joining us in our mission to serve our heroes. Thank you for being so generous with your shopping mojo!
To show you how ill-prepared I was for such a response…this is what happened yesterday while I juggled….I hadn’t thought about having to do all the donation processing (and in a fast timely manner) to track how many stamp sets were claimed – and it was also a bumper crop mail day with the Easter deadline coming tomorrow March 7. [Can you find the exhausted pup?]
So….it got just a lil out of control here:
However, by about midnight, I wrangled it all under control! Receipts will go out later today for all that incoming mail, but I hope to get busy addressing all the fundraiser packets, seen on the counter. Another before/after thing you can see here: the boxes on the shelves started with a big stack of empties on the top left before – and in the ‘after,’ the bottom shelves filled up with themed cards. (Upper right is always the thinking-of-you/general category.) We do have more stamp sets (other designs) we’ll be doing fundraisers with throughout the year – so shoppers, keep your credit cards armed! We’ll have some straight-up sales like this one, but also – my hope is to pair some of the fundraiser stamps with some fundraiser classes using those stamps, too! But all that takes time, so watch for that as I find extra time between couch cushions!
Later today I need to get busy packing boxes! But not before spending some quality time with a wee little friend today…we promised some crafty time today, so I’m going to enjoy making some AnyHero cards with Penny. Well, and her mom too. It should be a fun day!
Have an AWESOME day, everyone, and thanks again!
We received a generous donation of stamps from MFT again like last year – and as I’ve been sorting through them I found some western ones! Woohoo! So to help out those who want to try to get a card or two for the special request by March 20th – I thought I’d see if we can quickly get a fundraiser together. (You can still send western cards anytime, but by the end of the month we’ll send that hero his next box with lots of cowboy goodness inside!)
**At the end of this post will be the purchasing info.**
The stamp set is called “Howdy” and is discontinued – so the last 130 sets are in our hot little hands! It’s a clear set, pictured at right….and I want to mention a few things. There are some sentiments in here that would NOT make sense for use by our heroes, so please skip those – particularly the “Mosey on over, friend” stamp – uhm, nobody’s moseying to Afghanistan! “Neighbor” is a bit odd too. I always recommend making a card with a clear sentiment on it, so if you want to use “Cowboy” or “Cowgirl,” perhaps pair it with the “Howdy” sentiment! The great thing about clear stamps is that you can layer one sentiment close to another and line it up right since you can see through them.
Here’s the OWHtv episode just launched that shows some cards made with this set:
And now….how do YOU get in on the western fun? There are only limited sets available – I’ll change the number below as they’re claimed, and once they’re gone I’ll remove this info entirely:
UPDATE: All Stamp Sets are GONE!
Welcome to March! Mother’s Day already you say?! YES, the Operation Write Home deadline to receive Mother’s Day cards is MARCH 31, so get busy, ladies. Those cards and letters have to make it overseas and back again before the May holiday. Don’t forget, you can always make a more “generic” card for Mom that doesn’t specifically say “Happy Mother’s Day.” These cards are more versatile and do NOT have to make it to OWH by the MARCH 31 DEADLINE. After all, everyone loves Mom year-round and not just in May, right? Of course!
Without further delay, let’s get on with this week’s challenge to make a MOTHER’S DAY CARD. Our sample card maker this week is Kristie M. who blogs at The Best Things in Life Are Pink. Yes, this is the same Kristie who loves to use an entire 6×6 paper pad to make cards (her tutorial can be found on the right side of her blog or HERE if you missed it on OWH’s blog!).
And here’s a little from Kristie in her own words:
“I started donating cards to Operation Write Home in 2011. During that first year, I read the OWH blog regularly, watched OWH tv, and followed OWH on Facebook. I learned so much about card-making and was inspired to improve my own card-making skills. Using sketches became a guideline for all my cards. I still use the OWH sketches, as well as other sketch sites on the web, as the starting foundation for my cards. I’m not a very computer savvy person, so I print sketches and glue them into a notebook. Then I can add the measurements to the non-OWH sketches.”
Thanks, Kristie, for sharing your experience with others. Those are all great references for becoming a better card maker. And you, my card-making friends, can click HERE to see all of the 200+ OWH sketches that are available to download and print!
Whew, sorry for the long post today – I guess I had lots to say and share with you.
NOW, GO MAKE A FABULOUS MOTHER’S DAY CARD SO OUR HEROES CAN TELL MOM JUST HOW MUCH THEY LOVE AND MISS HER!
Hello, everybody! I’m so excited to show you something fun that I did with a little Die-Versions die. (Penny sent me this little die as part of a swap… isn’t that sweet? It’s really a cute one!) I used the same die to make two different sentiments at the same time. The first time that I used this die, I discarded all of the “negative” pieces, but then I thought, why not try to use them? Today’s demonstration will show you how.
Here are the two cards that I created with one use of the die.
I used this cute die from Die-Versions … Spoiler Alert! You will definitely want to stay tuned for this Friday’s blog hop for some very exciting things from Die-Versions!
A couple of other tools showcased in this episode are a glue pen – mine is made by Zig, but there are many to pick from. I love using this kind of adhesive when gluing down very small parts because the tiny roller-ball tip makes it so easy to apply the glue exactly where you want it to go. It is also a glue that “sticks” really well.
I picked up this next little wonder kind of by accident one day. I’ve had it for several years now, and it is definitely a tool that I reach for frequently. The “Pick-Me-Up” tool has a glob of sticky stuff at one end that dispenses by tightening down the tip. The sticky stuff (think Silly-Putty) picks up tiny things like pieces of paper, rhinestones or other bitty baubles, making it very easy to set them down exactly where you want them to go. The pointy tip at the other end is very handy for maneuvering small pieces too. I keep my nails short, but if you have long nails, this tool will be a great help! Since this tool can be used for lots of crafting, not just paper work, you might find it in a different aisle of your local craft store. I think that I actually found mine in the bead-working area. It sells for around $5.00 – Definitely a worthy investment.
Here is your episode – I hope that you enjoy it. Do you use any of these tools?
The February Mailroom Report is available….HUGE thanks to all who’ve been stepping it up to help us meet our goals for cards, AnyHero mail, and financial donations! We’ll eventually be catching up on January’s shortfall, no fear….keep up the awesome work!
Good Morning Peeps! It’s kind of a wonky day here at the homestead, so my post will be short. March is certainly coming in like a lion, isn’t it? Yikes!! I’m trying my darnedest to think Spring… while trying to keep warm and thawed.
The sketch today is a little different than usual. Love the variety of strips this calls for.
This cheerful, spring like, card by Jeanette is the inspiration. Please take a few moments to visit this talented lady on her blog, Langniappe- (lan-yap). The link is here.
Sorry Peeps, but I’ve got to run. For those of you facing this winter storm stay safe and warm. Maybe time for a little card making? I’m anxious to see what all of you create.
Wow! There were 96 entries for February. I think that’s a record for the Our Daily Bread Designs challenge. Great job everyone! ODBD will be sponsoring the shipping cost of two boxes of your beautiful cards for our heroes. We also have 2 new winners of the ODBD gift certificate. Congratulations!
Winners are chosen using random.org. Email me at eponinekc(at)msn(dot)com and I will contact you about how to claim your prize.
If you are new to the ODBD challenge, it starts every first Saturday of each month. You will have until the end of the month to link up one card. ODBD will sponsor the shipping of one large box of cards for every 25 cards linked to the challenge post, with a maximum of 2 boxes per month.
Now onto a new challenge. The March ODBD challenge is to make a Thank You card. This could be a card for our heroes to send home, or an AnyHero card with a message of gratitude written in it to send to our heroes. Here’s an example from the talented ODBD team.
Be sure to link up below by the end of the month to be included in the drawing for two $25 gift certificates from our great sponsor Our Daily Bread Designs.