Sunday, October 21, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge & Cards for Hospitalized Kids

Some of you may have noticed this blog's name has changed. When I first named it Romance Writing from the Edge, my plan was to focus mainly on books and my writing life.  But over the years the topics have expanded to include so many other things, so I finally decided to simply match my website and go with my name. 

The moment I saw today's Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps sketch challenge (sponsored by Tonic Studios), I knew what I wanted to do.  Having just packed a big box of cards to send to OWH, I decided today's cards would go to Cards for Hospitalized Kids, another wonderful non- profit organization that delivers cards to children with chronic, sometimes incurable diseases in many hospitals around the country, including, but not limited to, St. Jude's, Miami Children's hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital, and Shriners hospitals. 

To save space, I'm not sharing pictures of the inside of cards, but this says, Sending you Smiles.  The base paper, which I embossed with my Cuttlebug, is Stampin' Up's Whisper White and the strips -- cut, of course, with my fab Tonic cutter! --  are from Echo Park (nothing says "celebrate" to me more than polka dots!) The cardstock is Mark's Finest Papers yummy Cherry Slush; the Hero Arts banners and sentiments are stamped with Ancient Page's Cardinal, which I've had for YEARS and seems to magically never dry out. 
This sketch is OWH #26; the paper is from Echo Park; the stamp, which I colored with Copics, is Penny Black; and I used Candi dots.  Inside it reads, Thinking of You and Smiling.
This probably has a sketch, but I don't know which it is.  And I just noticed that  -- oops -- the Candi dots aren't straight. I'll have to fix that on both cards.
I used OWH sketch #28 for this sketch.  Although it's hard to see, the base paper has fancy snowflakes on it.  It, and the flowered paper, are both from Fancy Pants Design. I can't remember where I got the stamp; the little girl and dog look a bit like a Penny Black acrylic stamp, but I do remember it's not.  Inside it reads, You're So Sweet!

Because Cards for Hospitalized Kids can receive cards up to a week before a holiday, I decided to make a couple Thanksgiving cards because it's finally fall here in the Pacific Northwest.
This is from OWH sketch #27; the paper is from Creative Imaginations, the stamp, which I colored with Copics, is from Stampabilities, and inside it reads Happy Thanksgiving To Someone Special!
Same Woodstock turkey sketch, turned on its side.  If I were to do it again, I'd put the image on top, but hopefully, whatever child receives it, won't be as picky as I am.  :)  
This sketch is OWH #26; the papers are from Lawn Fawn and Fancy Pants Design; the image, which I colored with Copics, is from Penny Black, and inside it reads Flying By To Say Hi.  
 I love this little guy!  The cardstock is, again, Mark's Finest Papers Cherry Slush; the paper is DCVW, and although it doesn't show up very well, those accent swirls are glossy and sparkly.  The kitty in the mug is from Penny Black, and the sentiment is Hero Arts.  Inside it reads Sending BIG HUGS!  Then below that, some really big XOXOXOXO from Hero Arts.

Thanks for visiting!   I hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday!  I'll be sharing the most darling owl video I found on Lawn Fawn's fun blog here tomorrow.  Then on Teaser Tuesday (sneak preview excerpts of upcoming books), one lucky person who comments will receive a publisher's Advance Reading Copy of Sea Glass Winter, which goes on sale January 1st.  



Jen said...

Oooh, you've been busy! Love your cards, the sketch cards are great. Love the bright colors!

Terri said...

Cute cards! I was immediately attracted to your polka dot OWH sketch card when I saw it on their website. I'll have to checkout the "Cards for Hospitalized Kids" website because it sounds like another great organization. That Woodstock turkey image was so darned cute! What kid wouldn't LOVE that? Good job.

Linda said...

Great group of cards! Isn't funny how one can get so wrapped up in making a card that it takes a picture for you to really look at it? Happens to me all the time and drives me crazy! tfs!!!

Christy - said...

Very cute cards and great job on the sketch.

Rufus said...

Great cards!Full of cheerful colors and who wouldn't love Woodstock as a turkey?

Carol L said...

You are simply amazing! I wish I could manage my time to accomplish all you so with obvious ease! Not only do you write, you make lots of beautiful cards for so many, and I'm in awe - really! These cards are all fantastic! I love the polka dots on this week's sketch card, and although each one is special, I'm most fond of the last one with that little kitty in the cup of hearts! Well done, now take a bow!!

Donna Hanley said...

Joann, Boy I don't know how you find all the time to make so many fabulous cards for so many wonderful organizations and still find time to write. You must have a lot of energy. Want to share some of that with me? LOL. anyway each of this weeks cards are terrific. I could not pick a favorite if I tried. The recipients will be very much pleased.

Kathleen O said...

Great cards.. I just love the lsst one.. and the little girl and her dog..oh so cute.. They are all adorable.

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Joann! As long as you keep making these adorable and beautiful cards, I like whatever blog name you use! I just love the different colored polka dot strips on your challenge card and that little "need a hug" card cheered me up after a rough morning just to see it!

Lee Mae said...

Love all of your cards! Kid cards are my absolute favorite and these are all really cute and fun. The sketch card turned out great with such cheery, bright colors and polka dots!

Thanks for telling us about Cards for Hospitalized Kids. I've started making cards for Send Smiles 4 Kids. Since I make multiples of cards, it is nice to know there is another outlet for my mass production!

Looking forward to the owl video. I have to switch to MSN Explorer to see it because the Firefox browser won't show any videos, just a white box. (MSN Explorer doesn't like blogs and locks up and won't respond. Sigh...)

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Oh my, all your cards are awesome. I just keep going back to the fun sketch card with all the polka dots. It just makes me smile.

BobbisTreasure said...

Love love LOVE the polka dots!!!

Julie said...

Adorable cards, JoAnn! I agree - polka dots are very celebratory! Thanks for joining us in this week's OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge!

ec3f1dba-6ee6-11e1-8a68-000f20980440 said...

Your cards are great. The book looks awesome! Hope I win a copy. :D