Wednesday, September 18, 2013

OWH Birthday Bash 2013 with Hero Arts


Welcome to my stop on the OWH Hero Arts Birthday Bash blog skip!  You've probably come from the amazingly talented Jennifer.  If you arrived from somewhere else, to start at the beginning of the skip, just click here.  

Hero Arts were the first cards I discovered when I began stamping and I now realize how lucky I was to begin with such great designs and quality.  They're also wonderful partners to Operation Write Home, contributing 25% of the proceeds of the sales of their OWH collection to the organization! 

Although I love mixing and layering pretty designer papers, I've never been much for embellishments, especially for cards that are going through the mail, which is why I've found myself becoming more and more intrigued by CAS.  Clean and Simple for non cardmakers who might be visiting. 

 A previous career in journalism taught me the value of white space, and I'll often write a one sentence paragraph in my novels to make the page more appealing to readers' eyes.  So, along with the challenge of using Hero Arts, and staying within the OWH guidelines -- definitely no glitter, no heavy embellishments, an A2 size card -- I decided to give myself an additional challenge of embracing the white.  Which set me back to the very beginning of my card making learning curve -- probably not the best thing to do when making cards to share for a skip --  but learning new things keeps us young, right? (Can I hear an Amen?)

Here's the stamp set I used for the first card:


Since OWH received an email from a solider asking for more "love cards," I CASED this design from Kim, at Joyful Creations with Kim.  



Hopefully the bright and happy colors will make some recipient smile, but next time I'm making the center piece much smaller to show more of the pretty embossed background. (Note to self: Next time you CASE a card, pay more attention to the original design!)  I lifted the center and sentiment just a tad for dimension.

I was going to make another, this time with my star embossing folder, gold and blue stars and the sentiment "I thank my lucky stars for  you," from another Hero Arts OWH set, but I'm currently changing hundreds of stamp sets from binders to CD cases, and after I punched out my stars, I couldn't unearth the stamp from its hiding place. (Ever notice how you have to mess things up even MORE to get organized?)  

This next one is another one of my very favorite sets, which I use for so many different occasions, and not just for OWH cards.


I'm pleased with how this one turned out and think the black and white also makes it gender neutral.  The embossing folder is Cuttlebug's Clockworks

I also decided to share the very first card I made with this set, to show how versatile it can be.  

Then, because I couldn't go entirely cold turkey from my pretty papers, I used another sentiment from the first stamp set for this card. 


Thanks so much for visiting!   Next stop is Lisa, who I know will have some fabulous technique to share with everyone!  

xo,
 JoAnn 

48 comments:

Laura Turcotte said...

Wonderful cards!!!

Shirley A. said...

Great cards for a great cause!!! Thanks.

Mary Locke said...

So gorgeous!

cm said...

A trio of stunning cards; perfect matches for a most wonderful cause! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Off to read more about your novels!!
c

Kathy S said...

Wow JoAnn, 3 great offerings. Thanks for sharing your great talents.

Sharon Roselli said...

Love all the cards you made for troops! The first one with the hearts all different colors is so bright and cheerful. I really like how the others are so gender neutral. Thanks for supporting our troops.

Isabelle said...

I love your clean and simple cards with strong colors.
thanks for the chance
hugs from belgium

Julie said...

Great group of cards, JoAnn! I love the multiple hands on your clocks, so clever! Thanks so much for participating in our hop today!

Ann said...

What beautiful cards! Great idea with the hearts (and stars). I love the clock cards. That is also one of my favorite sets!

Dixie Cochran said...

White space success!! Thanks for sharing ALL your pretty cards!

madamewong said...

All your cards are wonderful but that last one is so sweet. The background paper is perfect with the sentiment and the colorway is lovely.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous cards and perfect for OWH.

Debbie Caldwell said...

Versatile comes to mind, you are so talented! Love the cards. Thank you for being such a great card maker for OWH.

sideoats + scribbles said...

Love these so much JoAnn! And too funny how the stamp is hiding -- that happens to me whether I'm trying to get organized or not lol!!! Hugs :)

Darlene Satkewich said...

Wonderful cards, especially like your clock cards!

Daria Z. said...

Four wonderful cards - lucky OWH! Especially love the ones with the clock.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are all so beautiful and well designed. Great use of pattern papers too. I really like the clock design too. I have a hard time finding a way to use a clock image so this was very helpful to me!

Sandy Allnock said...

Awesome selection of cards JoAnn! I love the white on white with a pop of RAINBOW! Cuteness!

Jen R said...

Awesome use of the white space. I liked that you still used a border to give the card a finished look! Loved the other cards as well...I'm also a person who doens't use a lot of "stuff", but mostly papers and layering to achieve the look that I prefer! radloffjen at cableone dot net

Yolanda said...

Sweet. Thanks for the ideas.

Cyndee Scholet said...

Such cute cards! Yes, I am currently going through my own mess to get reorganized after I went to a stampers garage sale and brought home lots of things that need a new home.

Marsha said...

LOVE the papers used on your card, the bright colored hearts, and the embossing folder for the clock card. Didn't know about that EF - really great with this set.

conil said...

Wow you really outdid yourself. Great techniques and color. Really like the use of patterned paper.

Sarah said...

Awesome cards--super cute hands on the clock-- love it!

Lucy Schmidt said...

I'm so happy to see a stamp set used that I actually have. I'd love to buy them all, but that's unrealistic for me and my budget. I'll be CASE'g a couple. Nice work...and always inspiring.

rscholz said...

Enjoyed seeing your cards and the CAS look. Thanks for sharing.

WhoMom said...

Beautiful cards! The white space is so easy to forgot with all the lovely choices of paper out there. Thank you for the reminder! Love the clockworks embossing and stamps.
Lyn

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely cards. It's nice and helpful to see examples of various card designs and techniques. Yours are terrific!

Andrea T said...

I think you nailed the CAS!

Sue D said...

Lots of great cards for OWH! I like the colorful hearts on the first one.

SJ Carsten said...

awesome job!

Paula S. said...

Oh I love the rainbow of hearts JoAnn! Nice too how you managed to take that small sentiment and turn it into a nice focal point on the last card. Such a nice CAS design. Thanks for joining in today and all you do to support OWH!

GrammySue's Creations said...

Gorgeous cards!!

Diana N. said...

I like all of your cards. While the clock may not have been the stamp you were looking for, the cards featuring the clock are certainly eye-catching. Good balance of patterned papers and stamping.

byAnnette said...

Really like all the hands on the clock!

Iris said...

Great cards.
isoscia@aol.com

Lisa Brooks said...

All your cards are wonderful!! the fourth one is my favorite. I think the sentiment just says it all for me as military mom, no matter how far they go, they are never far in my heart.

andreea said...

Wonderful cards! Love the paper you used on the clocks one, and the stamping is adorable. TFS!

Shawnna Silvius said...

I like the cute and simple designs of your cards. Thanks for sharing.

loulou said...

Great cards. I love the idea with the hands pointing to all hours of the clock. Very clever.

Sabrina said...

Fabulous cards!! I love the masculine cards too. You can never have enough of those around!

Gloria Reynolds said...

Such wonderful "clock" ideas. Loved all your cards...don't you think getting organized is a great side-effect from this fantastic hobby of ours?

Susan C said...

Love the simplicity of your cards.
Thank you

Tracy said...

I love your cards thank you for being apart of OWH. My son would be grateful since he just started training for the AirForce.

Melissa T. said...

Amen! Love the white space with all those colorful hearts. It really is appealing to the eye, and you are right about having a short paragraph here and there, sometimes I need those just so I will relax before continuing. :)

Kelly said...

Your cards are so appropriate for our troops!! Any one would be proud to receive them!!

Anonymous said...

Cute card ideas! I love looking in because it gives me an idea of my own!! Thanks for sharing, your ideas and the cards for the troops!
Barb In Wichita

coco said...

Your cards are so full of warmth and love, as well as being beautifully designed and "built." Thanks so much for your great and generous support of our troops. (PS-- I can totally relate to your "hidden stamp" as I have a love/hate relationship with the chaos of creativity! If only I could get my stamps, scraps and other supplies to put themselves away!)