Ok, the final push is on! Friday is the Open House for my Operation Write Home card drive. I am trying to step up the pacing and actually create a few more cards at a time. I am not known to make cards quickly so this is harder than I thought. The effort is made easier when you have a good sketch and a challenge to stay Clean and Simple. The sketch comes from the Operators over at Stamping 411 and it is another great one. They have added some wonderful features over there so please go and check them out. What a wonderful resource they are!! The Paper Players threw out a Clean and Simple challenge for the week…perfect for me!!
One of the things I have been trying to do with my Operation Write Home card making process is use all my lovely (previously hoarded) retired designer papers. In today’s card, I used some of my old Parisian Breeze Specialty Paper. I also pulled out one of my very favorite retired stamp sets, Branch Out. I don’t hold on to many of them but this one sure is a keeper! All I did was stamp the main image panel (3″x3 3/4″) and then cut it into 3 one-inch strips. It adds a lot of visual interest with almost no extra work…translated, simple. The ribbon is retired Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and I just tied on a retired Chocolate Corduroy Button. Tying on a button is WAY faster than any bow…yep, more simple. The sentiment comes from the Apple Blossoms Hostess Level 2 set and, other than the actual card colors, is the only current thing on this card. I think this is exactly the kind of card that will be perfect for one of our heroes to send home!
Now I don’t feel so bad for having kept these beautiful retired products. I’m so glad they can go to a wonderful cause!! If you haven’t ever thought about it, consider putting together your own box to send. The wonderful volunteers at Operation Write Home make it very easy. Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day!
Stamps: Branch Out (ret), Apple Blossoms (Hostess Level 2); Paper: Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP (ret), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake; Accessories: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon (ret), Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button (ret), Dimensionals, Thread
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