Sunday, September 1, 2013

Catching Up on OWH Virtual Card Making Challenges

You can't imagine how excited I was to wake up to pouring rain! Since I was supposed to be co-hosting a neighborhood block party today, there was no way (short of an act of nature) that I'd be able to play along with the Operation Write Home Virtual Card Making Party. But the crafting gods and goddesses came through!

I was only able to complete two of the 5 challenges from yesterday, so I started off first thing this morning with Challenge #3, known as the Triple Die Cutting challenge master mined by Seongsook Duncan over at her blog here.  Now I usually consider myself pretty smart...but this one had me stumped. I don't have two sets of nesting dies and math just hurts my head. So I ended up grabbing my Exacto knife and free hand cutting the paper. I don't think it is exactly what she had in mind when coming up with this challenge...but the look is pretty cool nonetheless. 

Papers by DCWV Arctic Wishes Matstack. Stamped sentiment from CC Designs.
Snowflake punch by Martha Stewart.

On to challenge # 4, created by Annette, where we were instructed to use sketch #29 to make a Love card. Now after the struggle I had with challenge #3, I was so thankful to have an easy one to tackle and I left it pretty simple:

Papers from K & Company, stamps from Paper Smooches (Word Salad and Graffiti) were
colored with Copic markers. Heart punches from Creative Memories.

Challenge #5 was a technique challenge created by Donna. I love trying out new techniques (except for the Triple Die cutting...have I mentioned that :-) But no seriously, this challenge was to stamp on masking tape to create a background pattern for our card. This technique is not as easy as it looks and I found that some of my inks didn't show up as well as I would have liked. After 4 or 5 attempts, I came up with the background here and since I wanted it to be the showcase of the card, I left the rest pretty simple.

Paper by Simple Stories, inks by Memento, stocking stamp by Some Odd Girl colored with Copics,
and sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches.

188 sketch (Sept 1)Today's challenges began with a traditional sketch challenge (like every Sunday) and this one was #188. It is a pretty straightforward sketch and I didn't fuss around too much with it since I was still playing catch up from yesterday. I used up some scraps from an almost depleted MME 6 x 6 paper pad and grabbed the Just My Type stamp set from Lawn Fawn to serve as my embellishment.  It's not exactly what I thought it would look like...but I still think it came out pretty cute.

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #6
Almost done....challenge #6 by Sybrina was so much fun! I've seen these types of challenges before but had never actually done one. Sybrina provided us with a Tic Tac Toe board of card design choices. Working in a row (either horizontally, vertically, or diagonal) you chose 3 selections and incorporate them into your card. I went vertically right down the center-- Stamping, Punny Sentiments, and Things with 4 Legs.

I grabbed my Woofers and Tweeters stamp set by Paper Smooches, which not only had my four legged friend but also a cute punny sentiment to go along with him.

And finally, Challenge #7, created by Marilyn, instructed us to pick any one of the Operation Write Home sketches and create a fall themed card.

It didn't take me long to come up with an idea and I chose sketch # 73  (to the right) to pull it all together. I love the simplicity of the sketch and I knew that I wanted a row of colored leaves to go across the page. At first I debated stamping the leaves, but ended up using some old punches from Martha Stewart (back when her punches were blue) that I haven't used it ages. I think they worked nicely to create a leaf border along the paper divide. 

If you've stayed through the end of this post...thank you. I am going to take a bit of a break and rustle up some dinner. Challenges 8, 9 and 10 will get posted tonight...but I think I will leave them until tomorrow and maybe spend some time with my family before they forget who I am.

See you tomorrow!


  1. Thanks for playing along with my challenge!
    I really like your Love Card; sentiment pops!

  2. Wow! You've created a wonderful set of cards! I, too, found the triple die and masking tape challenges to be,,, well, challenges. You sure did a better job with your exacto knife than I did with my scalloped circles. :)

    Love that you used Paper Smooches for the kiddie card. (I've really fallen in love with their stamps.) And, your card is sure going to bring a smile to a little one's face! Thanks so much for playing along with this challenge.

  3. This is a great bunch of cards, Stacy! I like them all! Thank you for showing sketch #73 some love - it was one of the least popular ones that I designed, lol!

  4. Very nice version of #188. That typewriter element is so cute. Great colors, too.