Here is this week's sketch at the OWH Stars & Stamps Blog. It's the final sketch as OWH winds down its mission:
I have followed the OWH sketch nearly every week since I started making cards for heroes in 2010. I learned early on that I can't make a good card without a sketch. I call it "working without a net" lol. The weekly OWH sketch challenge always motivated me! I will miss it very much but thankful we have an archive of all the OWH sketches to refer to.
In honor of OWH and its founder, I decided to use one of the Ciara's Friends stamps that Sandy Allnock designed for Whimsy Stamps. I hope in a small way it expresses my thanks to Sandy for all the fun, knowledge and inspiration she has given us through OWH as well as all her very hard work. Her golden retriever, Ciara, was the OWH mascot and beloved by us volunteers. I didn't have exactly the right golden retriever Copic colors but did my best. And, of course, I couldn't make a card for Sandy without adding a bit of ribbon. Thanks, Sandy!!
I made this for the Cards In Envy "Just Beachy" challenge. I really love Vera Lane Studio's digi stamps and this set is called "Beach Love". I painted the background in watercolors and all other coloring was done with Copics.
Notice her itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny yellow-polka dot (not a) bikini lol!
My sis and I leave for the beach this Friday; that made this little project even more fun.
I like this challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown because I love kraft paper. One of my favorite combos is kraft and green, so that's what I used here with only a speck of red and yellow for her hair. This digi was a freebie on OWH 'way back soon after I started volunteering (2010) and I can't remember who made it. I added a tiny mouth because I like it better that way.
I just had to post the last card that is going into my final box for Operation Write Home! I sent my first little box in 2010. I never sent a huge box of cards but I knew that every single card mattered--that each handmade card would be sent to the troops to write home on. As soon as I learned about OWH I was impressed with the organization and have never been disappointed. I am sad it's ending but I think many of us in the community have formed bonds (even tho they are in cyberspace) that will keep us in touch. Thanks to Sandy for founding OWH, for leading us and for all the fun!!
Before I get too sentimental, here's one more little card for my box:
Words 2 Scrap Byhas a sweet challenge right now: "A Friend With Chocolate". What could be better? I made this card with a Di's Digi Downloads image, watercolor pencils, Glossy Accents, and Stampin' Up cupcake punch. The sentiment is a wood mounted stamp and I will go up to my studio and check who makes it.
Crafty Individuals current challenge theme is "Face Value". I chose for my focal point a sweet Crafty Individuals' stamp that reminds me of those carefree days long ago when my sisters and I were little. The background includes two other CI stamps as well.
Our Daily Bread Designs has been so very generous supporting the card challenge at Operation Write Home every month! Thanks, ODBD! I can't believe this is the final challenge as OWH winds down its mission.
Here's my card for the July 2015 challenge theme: Thank You cards, After finding a yummy pack of black and white buttons, I couldn't wait to make a monochromatic card with them. I borrowed this sketch from 52CCT.
This week's technique challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is "mixed media". I watched a lot of very fun instructional videos! Here's what I made:
I built up the background with gesso, Ranger distress paints and distress inks. I glued on the Martha Stewart punch snowflakes and added another layer of gesso. Then I used the Ranger Texture Paste with Tim Holtz "Bubble" stencil. I paper pieced the MFT Pure Innocence stamp and added stickles and ribbon. The most fun aspect was using the Texture Paste--can't wait to use it again. Thanks for this fun challenge, 52CCT!