Saturday, May 29, 2010

Operation Write Home Bloghop

This will be the second time I've made cards for OWH. I buy two packages of 8.5" by 11" cardstock and mass produce 200 cards.
Keeping with the bloghop red, white & blue theme, this is my card design. I used a cookie cutter for my star, stamping with stencil paint. Get out your cookie cutters, there are endless possibilities, hearts, butterflies, flowers, etc. I then misted the paint with water from a squirt bottle.

Then I cut strips from 12" by 12" sheets of scrap book paper, folded & glued the strips on to the bottom of my cards. Again, per the bloghop theme, two simple yet important tips.
Wash your hands prior to starting your cards.

I know from experience, dirty hands will leave marks on paper.

Keep your beverage away from your crafting area.

I’ve never had a spill but I know people that have ruined their project this way, and worse yet, someone else’s project who was crafting near by.

If you've made it this far, leave a comment PROMISING to give a monetary or card donation to Operation Write Home . I will randomly choose two comments for a set of three decorative scissors on Memorial Day. Mailing to US addresses only. Gifts to Operation Write Home are tax deductible.

Continue the blog hop here.

67 comments:

Julie said...

You are so right about the beverages! I have had a diet coke incident or two!

I have a box of cards ready to go to OWH. I'm making a few more on Monday to add to it and whatever I end up with is going in the mail Tuesday :)

LadyDoc said...

I like your cards! Somehow when I am making OWH cards, I always seem to think "inside" the box- nice to see another kind of idea.

I have a small package ready to go to OWH on Tuesday- some cards I made and some Any Hero cards from my students.

Nancy Keller said...

What a fantastically fun card! Thanks for sharing!

Tink said...

GREAT card!!

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, I love your card. What a great idea to use a cookie cutter, I never would have thought of that. My cards will be going out on Tuesday.

Kate said...

Wasn't expecting to be inspired to rummage in my kitchen for stamping supplies! Great post!

Lindsey said...

Great tips, lol! Thank you for participating today. I'm pledging at least 30 original handmade cards this year. Hoping for lots more!

xoxo
Lindsey @ ScrapStreet

helloholley said...

Very unique card!....never thought of using cookie cutters!! Thanks for the idea....and,I KNOW from experience on spilling something while you craft ;)

Shell said...

Love the misting of the color! I will be creating 1 card for each comment left on my blog today - sunday night!

Erika said...

Great card! And great tips. And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

(And I have those same decorative scissors so no need adding me to the candy.:)

Operation Write Home said...

Love the faux ribbon strip - I never thought of doing it with paper. Cute!!

Kim said...

Nice card. I love the ribbon effect from the dp.

Samantha said...

Ahh cookie cutters....brilliant idea!

Melanie Montes de Oca said...

Great idea with the cookie cutter! What a fun card! Have a great weekend! ;o)

Paula said...

Love it! Now I don't have to feel so bad about my "good intentions" to bake, I can use my cookie cutters to craft! Terrific pleated ribbon effect too.

Kelly said...

I love the idea to mass produce cards. I need to go on a buying spree. :)

Anita said...

Great tips! Awesome card!

Caro said...

I regularly put all my lunch change into the jar at Scrapbooks & Etc to help Dixie with the postage... if we all did that it would really mount up. Love your ribbon folding.. saw that on DIY Scrapbooking but I like your technique better!

Rufus said...

I've got a box destined for OWH next to my crafting table. When cards get finished they go in the box, when it's full it goes to OWH! Great idea on the cookie cutters! Thanks for your support of our Heroes and of OWH.
R/

Martha said...

Very fun use of cookie cutters!

Oh yes, drinking can kill...my cards I mean. It has happened to me, lol.

Thanks for supporting OWH!

Debby said...

I'll be sending cards to OWH that I made for the blog hop. Thanks for the tip. I've actually spilled a drink at a scrapbook crop...i scraficed myself to save other's work. I don't bring drinks to the table when others are playing nicely.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

good hints - keep the beverage away from the computer also.

Love the folding of the strip of paper. Good idea to use cookie cutters.

Barb Housner

PocketsOfInspiration said...

Thanks for sharing your artwork. Happy Memorial weekend!

Lelia Pierce said...

Fun card!

rstuck2003 said...

Great idea on using cookie cutters, I never seem to remember that! I have a box of cards I am working on filling...currently have 150-200 done!

Marianne said...

Gale,
I have already committed to make a card for every comment left on my blog today.

debb said...

Great tips! Wonderful cards- cookie cutters- who woulda thought! Thank you for the candy opp!

Cindy's Card Co said...

Great idea with the cookie cutters, just think of the money I'd save by not using rubber stamps all the time.

Dixie Cochran said...

Neat card and great tips! I keep baby wipes close at hand. I'm thinking the cookie cutters and paint could get plenty messy! Thank you for making cards for our heroes!

Butterballfeather said...

This is such a cute card! You did a great job!

XOXO,
Greta

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

What a cute, cute card.

Thanks for the tips -- drinks around paper is a disaster in the making (similar to drinks around a computer).

I will be rounding up cards as well as making some to send off to OWH soon.

Grammykrob said...

I always enjoy the bloghops on OWH. It is a wonderful group and I enjoy being a part of it. Thank you for your part in the group.

Kathy
Pass It On
http://kathypassiton.blogspot.com/

Merry's Musings said...

Super idea using cookie cutters! It makes a really cute card.

Hannah said...

I just made my donation :-) Thanks for sharing your card!

mumgranny said...

Thanks for sharing. Have a box just about ready to go. Room to squeeze a few more cards in.

Adele said...

OMG! I thought I was the only one out there using cookie cutters! However, I never thought to stamp with them. I've been using them to trace their lines on construction paper, then cut out cut shapes such as hearts, dogs and dinosaurs.

You are right about dirty hands. I have to get up every now and then just to wash the glue stick off. Yuck!

Cut n Paste said...

Love your cookie cutter cards!!! And the paper ribbon....great!!! Thanks for supporting OWH!!!

Lynn said...

I'm spending this weekend making as many as I can and shipping them in from Canada. Love your tips as I'm contemplating a greasy snack! Nope not now!

Theresa said...

Great card..thanks for the tips. I have been saving caeds to send...will soon have another box to go.

Kajikit said...

I've got a flat-rate envy half-ready to go... and I pulled out my patriotic papers etc this morning to make enough cards to fill it up! Love the way you misted your paint with the spray bottle.

JPScraps said...

Love the look of your card. Definitely a good tip about the beverages.

Cheryl said...

Great idea to use the cookie cutters! There are so many things we have around our house that we could use in our craft addiction if we open our minds. I love the look of your card

3momph4755 said...

Cool card. I use cookie cutters too.

Cindi (aka iring) said...

I promise to make a card donation, with probably a little bit slipped in for postage! I really enjoyed your site. Now I want to go to NYC and make paper flowers. Awesome pics, and congrats to Kristen, she's beautiful in her graduation regalia!

Courtney said...

What a lovely card! Thank you for supporting our troops! I am planning on sending one card per comment to OWH!

~Courtney~

K. Joy said...

Very creative! I've never seen cookie cutters used as stamps before! :) Great work!

MidnightCrafter said...

I *LOVE* your cookie cutter stamping technique!! perfect for my little crafters...and my (sadly) not often used gi-normous set of cookie cutters:-) hmmm...
thanks so much for sharing,
Happy Crafting!

Susan said...

GREAT TIPS!!! I have had 2 coffee spills and one water :( I already make cards, and I have those scissors...so PLEASE do NOT put my name in the draw.

thanks for sharing.
Susan (78 on the list)

Mau said...

Good Lord, a Saturday post. I don't check Saturdays, and you start a contest on a Saturday!!!! Better yet, LP and I COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT. Then there's a give-away and 48 people come out of the woodwork?!?!?!?!

I am making cards with GEL-Oh this summer. Does that count?

Patty said...

What a unique card :-) I too love NYC but have not stumbled upon the Polish section yet but I'm making a mental note to find out where it is so I can check it out next time.

Patty

cal8007 said...

Hey, thanks for the tip on the cookie cutters! I just found some my mother had looong ago, I must see what I can make with them.

Happy crafting! and thanks for the blog candy!

Carmen L
cal8007 at aol dot com

christy sheffield said...

cute card! love how you used the cookie cutters.

Jeanne said...

Great idea with the cookie cutters! I've never seen that before.

I'm working on a new box for OWH. I plan on getting a bunch of cards done tomorrow and the whole box should be done in a week or so. Lots of cards will be coming once I'm on summer break!

Suz said...

Cute card. Those are tips to live by for sure. I just started my box so I'll be sending mine by the 4th of July.

Heather Grow said...

The cookie cutter idea would be fun to do with kids. Thanks for the idea.

Pamela said...

Cool card!!! :)

Betty said...

Great tips and what a fun card to make and get :)

Seongsook Duncan said...

What a great idea! Anything can be a creative tool. Thanks for the tip that is very true. Thanks for sharing.

Bev E said...

Amazing ideas I am getting here. Love the 12 inch strip on your card.

Linda said...

Nice card. Thanks for joining the Blog Hop and for your contributions to OWH.

Virginia D. said...

What a great idea about the cookie cutters! I just found OWH a few weeks ago, and am already preparing my first box of cards to send. Your card is TOO cute!

Ola said...

I love your card.... it's very cute!!!

I already have some cards ready to go to OWH, but I want to make a few more before I send them off!

Thanks so much for sharing & the chance to win!

Happy Memorial Day!
God Bless our Soldiers & their families!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

grandmalee said...

What a great idea! I have tons of cookie cutters that I use to cut out my own die-cuts, but I've never thought about doing this! Great job!

About : sbartist said...

Love the card - a crafty kitchen idea! Great tips, too!!! Thanks for all you do for OWH & supporting the men in women in the armed forces.
: ) Susan [sbartist.blogspot.com]

About : sbartist said...

Sorry - I have pledged to make a card for each comment received on my three blogs participating in the bloghop - WOW!!!

Purple Princess said...

Wonderful card!!

Jennifer Moore said...

That's a great idea to use cookie cutters.