Sunday, July 6, 2014

OWH VCMP "Inching Toward Christmas" Challenge!

Hello and welcome to my blog! Wow! Hasn't it been a great 3-day Virtual Card Making Party at Operation Write Home? So much inspiration! I hope you've had a great weekend of celebrating Independence Day and making cards!
"Inching Toward Christmas"
We OWH'ers don't blink an eyelash at the fact that we are way ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to our calendar! The Christmas card deadline is October 10; the last-minute deadline is October 31. Time flies when we're having fun and that deadline will be here before we know it! Here's a link to the deadlines info page at the OWH Stars & Stamps Blog.

The challenge:
My challenge is to make a Christmas card (or cards) using INCHIES (1" squares) and one of these three inchie sketches from the OWH archive: #58, #60 and/or #175!. You can choose one of them to make a Christmas card or make a card from all 3 sketches; it's up to you and how much mojo you have left after this fun weekend!

Here is Sketch 58, followed by my card sample:

This card demonstrates punching inchies from downloadable public domain images. I inked the edges with Ranger Distress Ink to give them definition instead of matting them. (Images: Digital Two for Tuesday and the Graphics Fairy).
Sketch #60 and my card:

I made this card by punching out inchies from a large rubber stamp by Stampendous called "Snowy Postcard". I love blue and white at Christmas. I added the sparkly star to complement the bit of red text and the blingy ribbon.
And, last but not least, OWH Sketch #175 and my card:

These little clear stamps are from one of the first sets I bought at Michael's but I don't have the name of the manufacturer. Also, the DP is from my scrap stash but I'm sure I bought it at A.C. Moore. Those are Candi Dots.
Want more info on inches or need more inchie card ideas? Go to Inchie Arts or go to and type "inchie cards" in the Search box!
Christmas Blog Candy:
I can't wait to see your inchie cards! Remember that sketches are just a guide; if your punch is a little bigger than an inch or if you want to flip the sketch that's OK! I will draw a blog candy winner on Wednesday, 7/9, from everyone who leaves a comment WITH your email address! Have fun! 
I understand InLinkz link is not working, so please include a link to your card/blog in your comment!! Thanks!  
One more thing--here's a link back to the VCMP Master List at the Stars & Stamps Blog. Thanks so much for joining in my challenge!! Merry Christmas in July!   -Sherry H


Nancy M said...

OMGosh, I love your cards!! Your (mostly) red one was intriguing to me, you use all those diff. DP's so well together. I drew a quick breath upon seeing your blue one; STUNNING!! And...your green one is very inspiring, esp. bc I have similar DP's and stamps!!! Woo-Hoo; thank you!! Oh, I hope I win, I hope I win. (pick me, pick me) TFS--this has been an awesome and amazing weekend!! RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM

Kara said...

Thanks for a fun challenge and great Sketches. Mine is here -

LeeBeth said...

I love working with squares so will eventually do all 3 sketches. Your cards are great and I may CASE There is no end time in your instructions - I know that I can't get them done today, going out to dinner.

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Kristie said...

Such a wonderful variety of Christmas cards. I don't generally start on my Christmas cards this early, but now I've been inspired from the VCMP. Thanks for your support to OWH. Here's the link to my card entry.

Elsie B said...

I love all of your cards, but the first is my favorite, something to aspire to!

The link to didn't work, so I googled it and found with an s. Is that the same place?

Thanks for the inspiration!

sf_crafter said...

Thanks very much for hosting this challenge. Your cards are wonderful! Lots of inspiration.

My card can be found at:

Kathy S said...

I can't say I've ever made an inchie before but they sure are cute. Thanks for sharing.

Carol L said...

What a great idea for a challenge, and I love the inchie cards you made! Here's my card:

Patricia Vanderwolf said...

For a long time I did not know what an inchie was?!? What an easy and quick card! Thanks for the inspiration.

Lisa Kay--Paper Artist said...

Fun challenge! I chose Sketch #175. It can be found here:
My email address is memoriesonpaper(at)gmail(dot)com.

Linda said...

Thanks for the great challenge! The deadline will be here before we know it. My card is here: My email address is lough 855 at aol dot com if you want to sign me up. Thanks again!

Erika said...

Great challenge and thanks for encouraging us to start on holiday cards. Here's my blogpost:

Gomunk said...

Very cute cards and a fun challenge. I've never done Inchies before, so I found this to be a true challenge. My card is located here:

Debbie Caldwell said...

What a challenging challenge.. I did sketch 60
My card can be found here.

Lela said...

Fun Challenge! It was good to get more Christmas cards done. I used Sketch 58

Sherry Butcher said...

Wonderful cards, and great challenge. Thanks for sharing.
avonsherry2003 at yahoo dot com

Lori Kobular said...

Thanks for a great challenge!! Here is my inchies Christmas card:

Sybrina K said...


This is a great challenge -- and your sample cards are FABULOUS! I must confess the inchie thing has always been a tough one for me. But, my second try was post-worthy: :)

Thanks for hosting -- and for the chance to win blog candy!

Crafting Adventures said...

Here's my card:

Elsie B said...

I finally finished all the challenges! Whew!! My inchie Christmas uses Sketch 58 and is located at

This was fun - thanks for the challenge.

Cherie said...

Here's my link to the challenge. It was fun to add to my Christmas card stash.