Saturday, July 7, 2012

Operation Write Home Card Marathon!

This past week Operation Write Home Stamps and Stars blog celebrated Independence Day by having a bloghop with its Danish sister organization, OSH. Did you even realize Denmark had troops in Afghanistan?  Well, they do, and after learning about OWH, they've been sending cards to their own troops. Is that cool, or what?

At first I came up with the crazy, albeit overly optimistic, idea to make a card from each of the sample design sketches, created by OWH's talented Paula.( Not helping was this was the same week my latest Shelter Bay book came out.) But while I didn't achieve my goal, I managed to finish fifteen, which is why I'm only including links to the original sketches.  As with the American OWH cardmakers, the cards from all the participants from OSH were truly an inspiration.

You'll see a bunch lot of Peanuts stamps from Stampabilities. I like working with them because 1) they always make me smile and 2) they're gender/age neutral.  I also used my Copics to color them and unless otherwise stated, the base cardstock is from DCWV.

This card is from first opening U.S. sketch of the blog:

The cardstock is a scrumptious pure red textured Bazzill, the blue fireworks cardstock is from Best Creation Inc, and the other papers and the sticker are from my stash.  This is card #17 in Tartan Magnolia's 100 cards in 100 days. 

This is inspired by the first OSH Danish sketch:
Since I'm trying to use up scraps, I can't remember where the paper came from, but the sentiment stamp is from Unity. Card 100.18

Inspired by Charlie, Founder of OSH.  I definitely wanted to use Snoopy on hers, because she also made a Snoopy card.  This also is part of my goal to have a nice stack of  Christmas cards done before the holiday rush!   
The paper is from Echo Park, and Best Creation, Inc. The sticker is from stash and the sentiment stamp is from Stampabilities.  Card 100.19

This is a take on the lovely card made by Mette, from Denmark:  
Again, the paper's from stash scrap, and the heart stamp is from OWH Hero Arts.  Card 100.20

This is from Allison's sketch (which is worth clicking on just to see her darling turtle!)  
The paper is from The Paper Loft's Hooked on Fishing, and the sentiment is from Penny Black. Card 100.21

This one's inspired from the design Cecile, from Denmark, used:  
The paper is the always scrumptious BoBunny, I cut the circles out with my Cricut, and the clock and the sentiment are from Hero Art's OWH collection.  Card 100.22

Inspired by Nancy, of OWH: 
The paper is from BoBunny and Lilybeedesign and I'm also going to use this one for Oozak's July Bright Colors challenge. The actual sketch has a 1 1/2" circle in the upper right of the big circle. But when I tried a tiny Woodstock sitting on a tiny chair just like Snoopy's, he looked as if he was hovering over him in a spooky way. Next I tried a sentiment, which still didn't work.  Since I'd already glued Woodstock down, I tore my paper a bit taking him off, so, since mistakes are embellishment opportunities, I cut out a cloud with my Cricut.  Card 100.23

This one is inspired by OSH's Allison, who made a much more amazingly complex card that I did! 

The paper's from Best Creations, Inc and Creative Imaginations, and the sentiment is a cut-out from Hot off the Press.  100.24

This is from the always inspiring Jan:  
The paper's from BoBunny and the chubby kitty stamp is Penny Black.  Card 100.25

This one's from Paula, sketch & cardmaker extraordinaire: 

This one was particularly fun to make because, since I tend to make a lot of cards for kids, I don't often get a chance to use romantic papers.  This paper's from BoBunny's gorgeous Gabrille collection; the stamp's from Penny Black. Card 100.26

Here's Barb's sketch card and I must've been REALLY inspired because, in the chaos that was my card marathon, I seem to have made two versions.  lol 
The paper is Echo Park, I printed the sentiment out on my computer, and the stamp is Penny Black. Card 100.27
This is Sweetie's fave of all of them, and I'm also really happy with how it turned out for such a quick and simple card.  The cardstock is a gorgeous Stampin' Up Midnight muse,  paper is Echo Park (including that strip beneath the sentiment that came from the bottom of a 12x12 sheet); the sentiment's on an unnamed sheet and I can't remember where I got it; the ink's an evocative Moody Blue from Color Box.  Card 100.28

Next up is OSH's Karina's inspiration: 
I think I must've been getting tired when I made this one, because I just realized I forgot to put a cardstock base on the two papers from Echo Park and Lilybeedesign.  I'll probably go back in and redo this one before sending it to OWH.  The twine is from stash, and although it had a yellow stripe in it, it didn't show up very well, so I colored darker segments with a Copic Sketch. The sentiment is from that same sheet the above Miss You came from.  Card 100.29

This is from OWH's Samantha's sketch card
 Again,  I think I was getting a little brain-fogged because I forgot the sketch and put the horizontal strip in the middle instead up up a little. But I still like sentiment, from Hero Arts OWH collection, with the Linus stamp. The cardstock's Bazzill.  Card 100.30

Finally (!!!) this card from OSH's Stinne's sketch card.  Although I don't often make square cards, especially for OWH, I think this may be my personal favorite.
The cardstock is again, from Bazzill (I love that color, which I bought at Stacy's Scrap Shack in Lincoln City, Oregon, and must find out the name!) the paper's from Echo Park, and the sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly.   Card 100.31

And two last photos. Clutter gives me hives, so my craft room/office is super organized.  Yet, I moved onto our 12' kitchen counter for this marathon and here's the result. Fortunately, since everything does have its own place, it won't take long to put it all away.  (Oh, that coral rectangle on the boring builder's beige wall is the Benjamin Moore's Lipstick Gloss the breakfast nook is going to be painted when the rest of the adjoining rooms are painted sea glass blue/green in the next couple weeks.)  Note the OWH mug next to the Cricut.  :)

Thanks for visiting! I read and appreciate all comments!  


Carol L said...

My goodness, I'm overwhelmed! You truly are amazing with all you've accomplished! I made ONE card for the hop! LOL Your cards are all adorable with the snoopy characters, but I'm just loving that BoBunny Timepiece card! I love BoBunny dsp! It looks like your little getaway really enabled you to come back and dive right back into furiously creating cards for OWH! Yay You!

Rufus said...

Wowsa! What a great group of cards! If I'd created them the kitchen would have looked like a bomb went off in there, I'm a rather messy crafter. I liked all the Peanuts characters, but the card that made me smile the most had to be Snoopy in his beach chair soaking up the rays at the beach. Love the papers you used. Impressive crafting! 2 thumbs up

Charlie said...

First THANKS for visiting and commenting on my blog. =0) BLIMEY you have been one busy lady and believe me my table would have looked MUCH worse if I had made that many cards. I love ALL your PEANUTS stamps - I had no idea so many existed - we dont see them here in Denmark. I got my 3 from the UK and accidently one of them is Snoopy on his xmas decorated house -so thanks for the idea on how to use that. I love your take on my sketch. PS The OSH lady you call Alison is Annette but your link is correct. =0) Have a lovely Sunday - I will pop by some other time and see what you're up to. Greetings from Denmark.

Ellen said...

Joanne I LOVE your cards! If I have to choose one I would have to choose Mr. Joe Cool himself, sunning on the beach. Snoopy is just my absolute favorite character, EVER!

Also, thank you for sharing the pics of your house. That view outside your windows is gorgeous! Sitting and looking out there would make my mojo go into overdrive, I think! I know what you mean about the mess for this marathon. I have to clean my studio today since I have now finished the sketches.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet comments. You are so kind!

Shirley said...

What an amazing production of beautiful cards. Congrats on getting them all done. Isn't it amazing how when the project gets bigger than usual, the supplies take over. I love the lipstick color for the breakfast area.