Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Return of the OWH VCMP...and Me!

Wow! A month since my last post...and almost that long since I stepped foot in my craft room. Oh, how I've missed it.

We had a great summer. I didn't have a lot of work (which I should probably be sad about), but we also had amazing we didn't spend much time at home. I really needed some craft time and what better way to jump right back in than with the Operation Write Home Labor Day Virtual Card Making Party.  

Today and tomorrow, there will be 5 challenges posted on the OWH Stars and Stripes blog main page. We're on to the 4th challenge and I'm already behind....but the first two challenges were I can't wait to see what the future posters have in store.

First up, challenge #1 was led by Nancy over at her blog, Scrap Happens. She provided us with this great sketch (see right). I love sketches! And this one is terrific because it can be pulled together using all of those small pieces of paper we have left over from larger projects. This is one design that I will come back to again and's so versatile. 

Here's my design using paper scraps from the DCWV Arctic Wishes Mat stack and the snowman and sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends.

For challenge #2, Diane over at her blog, came up with the most clever challenge I've seen in a long time (way to go Diane!). She suggested that we use the initials from Operation Write Home as a formula for our card. So we needed to find something that starts with an "O", something that starts with a "W" and something that starts with an "H" to incorporate into our card.  Here is my card:

Since we are already preparing holiday cards for our troops...this wasn't as tricky as I feared it would be and despite being slightly intimidated, the card came together rather quickly. For my "O", I used my Martha Stewart ornament punch to create three ornaments from my 6 x 6 MME Santa Claus pad. For the "W" element, I used wire to hang my ornaments, and the "H" came from my Hero Arts stamped sentiment from the Decorate Your Holidays clear stamp set.

The only problem with this card is that I had a lot of paper scraps left over. So guess what I did....I went back to challenge #1, and using Nancy's great sketch, was able to create two more cards from the scraps. I love how the hexagons look too! (Stamped sentiment is also from the Hero Arts Decorate Your Holidays set). 

What a great way to spend a cloudy Saturday afternoon...playing along with the OWH VCMP challenges! I'll be back tomorrow with more challenge entries. Make sure you stop by Operation Write Home and join in the fun.

Thanks for stopping by.