ARE YOU READY TO PARTY?!
Operation Write Home is having Labor Day Weekend Virtual Card Making Party! Thanks to Allison for organizing it, and smooches to all the wonderful volunteers who agreed to host challenges. You guys ROCK!!
There will be card challenges every few hours all day Saturday and Sunday, and the inlinkz will stay open until 11:55 EDT PM on September 8th so everyone has time to participate by beginning at the Stars and Stamps blog. I'll be adding cards over the weekend, so just scroll down for the various challenges. (Though there is some giveaway candy down at the bottom of the post.) Now, let's go:
Udate: Oops. Realizing that by starting out with the first card, I'm making people scroll down through cards they might've already seen, I'm going to switch to the latest on top, leaving #1 and #2 at the end.
Sunday update: It's a beautiful Labor Day weekend morning here in the PNW! (Almost too lovely to stay inside and make cards, but I'm not one to miss a party!) I hope you're enjoying the weekend wherever you are!
VCMP Challenge #8 was to make a card with a bee on it and bee in the sentiment. I'm spending the weekend taking ALL my acrylic stamps out of four overloaded 4" binders and putting them in CD cards, so I've got stuff spread all over the kitchen counter and I tore the place apart looking for the one I've used before that says Bee Happy. I had other bee ones, but for some reason I HAD to have this one. (Um. . . Crazed card making overload, maybe?) Then, after about an hour, I remembered, duh, it's one I print up on the computer.
Challenge #7 was to make a fall card. Well, again, you know I'm going to make a kid one, and not just because I'm a tad intimidated by Marilyn's stunning one and all the other elegant cards. I realized that along with thinking of my writer/Army mom friend, another reason I enjoy making cards for kids is while that my creative perfectionist tendencies have to kick in while I'm writing my books, they tend to do the same for adult cards, which starts making adult cards stressful and more like work. But kids' cards are like play. Which makes my inner child happy. :)
Snoopy is always a go-to stamp:
The VCMP challenge #6 was to make a card for kids using Tic Tac Toe. Since I have a very good writer friend who's also an Army commander who served in Iraq while her daughters were babies, I tend more toward kids' cards because my heart aches thinking of parents and children being separated by deployments and war. Also, they make me happy to make, so I hope that happiness shows through to the recipients and makes them smile, too.
I went down the middle with stamping/coloring, a punny statement, and things with 4 legs. This is one of my favorite techniques, although it's admittedly time consuming cutting and placing all the 1/4" strips, and placing them on the cardbase. As I learned from the OWH tutorial last year, I also always emboss the completed piece with my Cricut to glue them down even more.
Despite my love of pretty papers, while Seongsook’s sample card was stunning, as always, for this Sunday's sketch challenge I decided to go more clean and simple and do a monochromatic ombre look with the strips. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss everything (I don't know if you can see it, but there's a wavy line on the bottom strip), and although it'd look prettier with a button, snowflake, or some other embellishment, since I tend to make mostly cards for kids, and I'd just gotten a Sesame Street set, I went with waving Ernie to hopefully make some child smile.
The background is a lot whiter/brighter than it looks on my computer and his left hand in real life isn't bright white. (My flash did something strange.) Since I'd embossed the strips, I decided to leave off the sentiment, because while to me, Ernie's waving Hi, it could also be used as a birthday or other reason card.
Because I'm moving ALL my gazillions of acrylic stamps from folders to CD boxes this weekend (wooden ones are all on floating shelves on my office wall), I skipped #3, but here's Annette's #4, which called for making a love card using sketch #29. Which is one of my faves because it's so simple, can be used anytime of the year, and I can just go with this vertical Paper Inspirations sentiment I really like rather than coloring. (I did chalk the white cardstock a bit to make it more earth toned and stamped with Stampin' Up's Early Espresso.) This is one time I didn't change the sketch.
I HEART (!!!!) Nancy's sample Christmas card, which was challenge #1 to make a harlequin pattern with squares, but the sketch was a tricky one for me to start out with. Am I the only person whose fingers begin to shake when I'm trying to glue inchies on a card? Following the sketch, here's what I did, dry embossing with my Cuttlebug. I also gave up on finding a pattern of squares I liked and decided just to make all the them different. . . like snowflakes. :)
Instead of putting a sentiment at the bottom, I decided to leave it as a "any reason" card and put in some Candies to fill in a bit of the white. The sparklies on some of the papers are sealed, so they're safe for our heroes.
The next challenge was a salute to Operation Write Home by using something with each of the initials in the organization's name. Although Diane really thought outside the box with her wonderful sample card, while it's too late to send Halloween cards overseas through OWH, since I colored several different Halloween kitties while hiding away at Mt. Rainier a couple weeks ago, I decided to send this card to Cards For Hospitalized Kids. Because it'd be tough to miss Trick or Treat and Halloween parties because you're stuck in the hospital.
The orange card stock, polka dots, and Candies represent the O; the embossed white background is W; and the Happy Halloween is a twofer for the H.
parties can always use candy, I'm giving away, to one person -- chosen
at random -- who comments, this unopened Clear Arts Classic Car stamp
set, which is great for making masculine cards.
I'll be announcing the
winner here on the blog Monday, September 9th! If your profile doesn't
include your email address, if you'd like to be entered to win, please
leave it in your comment, spelled out -- like JoAnn AT JoAnnRoss DOT
com -- to keep spammers from getting it. I hope you'll come back in a few hours for more cards as we party our way through the holiday weekend!