What a birthday celebration it has been for Operation Write Home! The weekend held some serious challenges and there is still more to come. Just check out this post for an idea of the fun. Some stamping superstars have gotten in on the act too. Karen over at The Sweetest Thing posted her Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge with the extra challenge to send the card to Operation Write Home. Well mine will be included in this box:
It is almost ready. My oldest son’s second grade teacher has agreed to have the class make some more Dear Hero letters so I’m making space for those priceless gems! I must admit that I can’t wait to see them.
Karen’s sketch this week is great (make sure you make a card with it and send it on in):
My card today also uses Stacey’s Curtain Call: Act 47 colors.
Wonderful, masculine colors aren’t they? Why yes they are and guess what? Sharon at No Time to Stamp has a Let’s Hear It For The Guys challenge. Her biggest stipulation is no bows. If ribbon goes on, it goes on in a “manly” way. Ok, well I think I did it within all the constraints.
If you click on the picture, you can see some more of the detail in the card. One of my stampers this week is a wonderful “repurpose” fan and she brought over some tulle scraps she had and wanted to see what I would use them for. I put it down and sponged over it to give some cool texture to a one-layer card (posted below). I liked the effect enough to try it again here on the panels. The way the texture mimics the Square Lattice Embossing Folder was something I wanted to see…and I think it works. I stamped images from Le Jardin Botanique (retired) over the tulle as well. I like how it took girly feel out of the florals. The button was tied onto Early Espresso Satin Ribbon with the very manly Linen Thread. With all those challenges in one card, this qualified for the Pile it On challenge site as well. Wow, they put together some serious challenge combinations!
Here is the card where I first experimented with the tulle. It may be my favorite one-layer card I have ever made. Other sponging and stamping over the tulle, it is straight forward but that tulle adds so much. Hope you like it too (it is already safely tucked into the OWH box).
Seems I have done quite a bit of typing yet again. I guess the great cause over at Operation Write Home really has me inspired. Food for thought: As of September 13, 2010, Operation Write Home has sent 549,112 cards to our deployed heroes. Think about making yours some of the next to be sent!
Card 1: Stamp: Le Jardin Botanique (ret); Paper: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Ink: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke; Accessories: Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Neutrals buttons, Linen Thread, Tulle, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder
Card 2: Stamp: Le Jardin Botanique; Paper: Naturals Ivory; Ink: Soft Suede, Night of Navy; Accessories: Sponges, Tulle
All products (except tulle) are Stampin’ Up!