Wednesday, May 15, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown Cards

Sundays are always my cardmaking day.  This past weekend, I decided to change things up a bit and make some kits to take to put together during an upcoming trip to the Oregon Coast, where Sweetie proposed when I was eighteen and where my Shelter Bay series is set.

Although I usually make cards for kids, a letter from one of our heroes that Sandy shared on the recent Operation Write Home cardmaking day blog hop has stuck with me.  Since the letter writer was newly married when he got deployed, he was asking for some romantic cards to help him share his feelings with his new wife.  Knowing how my own husband can search through a lot of cards before finding one that says what he wants to say, but doesn't know exactly how to express in writing, had me thinking about someone else I know. A young woman whose husband, currently in Afghanistan, has been on FIVE (!!!) deployments.  Surely that must be difficult on a marriage.

So, I decided to break from tradition and, since I was making a bunch of card top kits, switch to romantic cards.  (I've never been one to make multiples, but this OWH sketch #168 made it really easy, it's great for using up scraps, and going with simply a sentiment saved time I'd usually spend on coloring. It also works with my style, which is mostly Clean and Simple, but I fudge and layer pretty papers instead of sticking with white backgrounds.  (Which I love, but I can't seem to pull off nearly as well as people who are REALLY good at CAS.) I also decided to make masculine and feminine layouts from the same sketch, which works for May 8th's Wednesday Throwdown His and Hers challenge.

THEN, this morning I checked in for this week's  Midweek Throwdown challenge, only to discover that it's for -- wow -- cards featuring sentiments!   I am already so there!  So, while waiting for the new landscaper designer to show up with his plant plan, I decided to go ahead and put some of the kits together.  (I am quickly becoming a fan of multiples!) 

This cardstock top is Bazzill, the paper is Fancy Pants Designs Summer Soul, and the My Favorite Things sentiment was double inked with Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink and Memento Teal Zeal

The cardstock is Stampin' Up's Early Espresso, the paper is from BoBunny's Marketplace collection, the sentiment was stamped with Early Espresso.
The cardstock is Bazzill, the paper is Teresa Collins Tell Your Story, and again, the sentiment was double-inked with Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink & Memento's Teal Zeal.
This cardstock is Bazzill,  the paper is BoBunny's Little Miss collection, and the sentiment was, again, inked with Early Espresso.
The cardstock's Bazzill, paper is BoBunny's Camp-a-Lot collection, sentiment inked with Early Espresso. 
The cardstock is Bazzill, the paper is BoBunny's Gabrielle collection, and the sentiment was double inked with Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink and Memento Teal Zeal
Cardstock is Bazzill, paper is The Paper Loft Hooked on Fishing, the ink is Early Espresso
Cardstock is Bazzill, the paper is Echo Park So Happy Together, the sentiment was double-inked Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink and Memento Teal Zeal
The cardstock is Bazzill, the paper is Echo Park Everyday Eclectic, and the sentiment was double inked with Stampin' Up's Calypso Coral and Hero Arts Soft Pink Shadow Ink.
The cardstock's Bazzill, I dry embossed with my Cuttlebug, the paper is, once agan, Echo Park Everyday Eclectic, and the sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts Soft Pool and Memento's Teal Zeal
 Finally, I changed up the sentiment, which is again from My Favorite Things, on this one.  The cardstock is Bazzill, the paper is BoBunny Timepiece collection, and the ink is Stampin' Up's Early Espresso

That's it for this week! Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll check back for Friday's photo. Also, don't forget the next Tuesday Teaser for Castaway Cove, my upcoming Shelter Bay novel featuring a heroine who owns a scrapbook store and holds card making parties for OWH.



Carol L said...

Your multiples are all fabulous, and I love the sentiment! I recently began doing multiples too and can finish a dozen in the same time I can make 2 separate cards! Great job on all of them and keep up the great work!

Donna Hanley said...

JoAnn, what a fantastic array of cards you made. You've managed to make cards for both genders by just changing out the papers. I really like both sentiments. I was going to make multiples the other day, but carried away just making one card and then ran out of energy. I'll try again this week. Enjoy your week.

Erika said...

Wonderful sentiments on your cards. The sketch really puts those quotes az the focal point and your papers blend so well together.

Anonymous said...

So many wonderful cards, JoAnn. It's fun when something clicks and you can motor right along, huh? Wow, a book with OWH in it! How fun is that. Glenda F

cindyann said...

JoAnn, you really hit the mark with that beautiful and so romantic sentiment! Good job making oodles of cards using one design. I have done it in the past, but generally fuss over the initial design so much that I give up after the first card. You're an inspiration!

Renee said...

Oh my goodness so many!! They are all wonderful cards with a great sentiment !

Cherie said...

What a beautiful assortment of cards. I love how you did his & hers. I think I need to pull out a 6x6 pad and use this sketch.