Sunday, June 16, 2013

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #177 Cards

Finally, after two weeks of struggling with an Operation Write Home challenge sketch, as soon as I saw this one, I knew what I was going to do.  (Note to self: never doubt Marlene!)  

 Unfortunately, after I got all my papers cut out, I couldn't find the stamp I wanted, which must have been put somewhere "safe" while I moved everything around to repaint my office.  So, I put that idea aside for another day, and still, these came together very quickly, for a change. 
The cardstock top is Bazzill, the paper is Creative Imaginations' Make a Wish, and the stamp, which I inked with Memento Teal Zeal, is from Inkadinkado.  The brads are Candies.  
The cardstock top is Bazzill linen; the word background is a stamp from Hero Arts; the paper is EP; the image is from a rubber cling stamp. I don't remember who made it, but although it was one of my early ones, and I like the idea, I seldom use it because it's difficult to stamp without smearing somewhere.  

In fact, this time after, four failed tries, I finally got it right, only to end up smearing some ink from my thumb right next to it. So, I fussy cut it out and put in on another piece of cardstock. The flash made the center of the typewriter look spotty, but it's a solid black, which I had to do with a black Copic to brighten it up. The brads, with tiny words on them, are Candies. It's also more a pure B&W than it looks on my screen.
 This cardstock, for an any hero card, was from stash scraps, and although I thought I had enough, I didn't have enough left to border the red piece, but I'm still happy with how it turned out. The paper's from Doodlebug Design Stars & Stripes, the sentiment, stamped with Memento Nautical Blue, is from My Favorite Things.  The brads are Candies.
This is softly colored and really pretty, but brighter than it looks on the screen.  The cloud and dot paper is from Echo Park.  The sun is from Cloud 9 Designs, but unfortunately, the paper is 12x12, so the corresponding beachy prints are too large for cards. It wasn't until I looked at the photo, that I noticed that -- oops -- there are bare feet around the suns.  Which works with the beachy paper, but doesn't really make sense with the clouds.  So, I may redo this.  The stamp, which I inked with Hero Arts Shadow Pool, is from Stampabilities. Again, the brads are Candies.

Thanks for visiting!  I love and read all comments.  Have a great week and I hope readers -- and fans of manga -- will come back on  Tuesday, when I'll share covers and a couple pages of two books which I recently had published in Japan in way fun comic book style.  

xo,
 JoAnn

 











12 comments:

Diane said...

OK-- you are officially an overachiever! LOL! I love all of your cards- and I am seeing a lot of 'candies'..... this is something that is exciting- I love brads- but I think I like these! And I am so glad you did the typewriter card--incredible!! And I love the sentiment on your 1st card! Thanks for sharing!!!

Carol L said...

Another great collection of cards from you! I really like the look of those candies embellishments, especially the glittery sparkle! I just love how those brads mirror the dsp on your typewriter card too! Great job on all!

Newlexness said...

I love the typewriter card! And then I saw your books on the side...had to have one so it is all ready delivered to my Kindle. I just have to walk away from my card making to start reading. Thank you so much!
:)

Cissy said...

Okay, JoAnn. Chill a bit. You are making the rest of us look bad. LOL Kidding! What a great group of cards! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jen said...

Way to go and show off several cards while the rest of us struggled to get one done... LOL! Kidding, of course. These are great. I really like your typewriter card!

Erika said...

Each card looks different and each is inspiring! These will all be great cards for soldiers to send home.

lesleysoriginalthings said...

I like the "How Many Fingers Are You" card and the typewriter card. I am please to see the versity of the sketch. The sketch is the same, but the card is different from everyone.

Barbara said...

Wow you made so many cards ! They are all good, love the candies... You really had so many ideas going on, you must getting that mojo from your new office :)

JoAnn Ross said...

Thanks to all for the lovely comments!

And Melissa, I do hope you enjoy the book! Don't you love kindle? Books arrive like magic, though it makes it sonetimes too easy to buy books in the middle of the night! lol. I also like the way you can sample three chapters for free.

Cynthia T said...

JoAnn, it looks like you really had fun mixing and matching colors and patterns with this sketch! If I had to pick a favorite, I'ld go with th black-and-white. But I do love them all :)

BobbisTreasure said...

Love how the different color values give a completely different look to cards! Great job!

Donna Hanley said...

Oh you busy beaver you. These are some terrific cards. They are all great and will be loved by our heroes and their family members. I really like those Candies. I'll have to get some for myself. Enjoy your week.