Saturday, May 23, 2015

Red, White, & Blue--Missing You


Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out! This is GOOD news, because it means there are not enough troops overseas who need cards to send home. Rather than communicating across thousands of miles, they are (or soon will be) able to communicate with their loved ones across the dinner table! I have created a card for this, OWH's final Memorial Day Bloghop.


I began by choosing one of their bonus sketches:



I used patterned papers from the "Red White & Blue" 6x6" pad by We R Memory Keepers, Simple Stories' "SN@P Color Vibe" 6x6" pad, and my scrap stash. I cut most of them into 1.5" wide strips, then punched the long edge with the "Arched Lattice" border punch by Martha Stewart. I added a strip of dark blue cardstock behind the punched area on each strip, and trimmed that to follow the curves of the punched edge. Then I adhered the strips so they completely covered a piece of white cardstock cut to 4x5.25".

I stamped one of the greetings, from this Hero Arts set, in Versamark ink onto a piece of red cardstock. After white heat embossing it, I cut it in a circle, and matted it with a circle of white cardstock. I inked the edges with Salty Ocean Distress ink, and adhered it to the card with foam tape.

***Added note: I forgot to mention that you can return to the top of the hop, at the OWH blog, by clicking the #FinishingStrong graphic at the top of this post. I apologize for any confusion!***

I'm also entering this card in a2z Scrapbooking's "Anything Goes" challenge.

56 comments:

  1. I love all the papers with the punched border, it adds so much texture. I love then trip of navy blue behind each punched strip. Great card. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Awesome card! I really like how you made the blue strips so they could show through the punched edges. Gorgeous papers and I like the order they were applied in. Great us of the sketch!

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  3. Love the lattice punch with the variety of papers. Very nice.

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  4. Hooray for you, Andrea; this sketch and the "dimensional ruffle" tutorial on OWH are all-time favorites! I love your card and you've inspired me to use this sketch again soon! It has been great to work with you for our heroes through OWH!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! Glad I inspired you!

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  5. Great card, love all the different papers that go so beautifully together.

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  6. Very pretty card! Great PP choices!

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  7. Gorgeous interpretation of the sketch--- wonderful use of the punches and the patterned papers! Thanks for your support of OWH and our troops!

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  8. So many gorgeous layers on this beautifully made card nicely done !

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  9. Hi Andrea! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind words. That set does have a coordinated die but I opted to fussy cut it this time.

    Your ruffle card is fabulous! I had totally forgotten about these and wow does it look good in these patterns. There have been so many great cards shared today I'm glad I have a couple of more days to see them all.

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  10. I really like your card, I have that punch and will try this. Tfs.

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  11. A perfect card for OWH...I'm still SAD they are ending, but I do understand! Loved being part of this group!

    PS: Happy to see this at a2z TOO!!

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  12. Gorgeous card, I love all of the different papers and that MS punch!

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  13. Wonderful card for the hop - I like that you took the extra time to add the blue behind the punched out portions, they really pop.

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  14. Andrea,

    What a fabulous interpretation of the sketch! Love the papers you chose -- and that use of solid blue behind the punched out sections. Great job!

    Thanks so much for all of your support for OWH. :)

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  15. Your card is so pretty with all those punched borders, and your choice of dsp is perfect for this Memorial Day hop! Well done!

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  16. Beautiful paper choices and that border punch really adds a lot of detail to your card. I love the sentiment in red ink, very bold. I don't think I've ever tried this sketch yet, and I love sketches. Thanks for your continued support of OWH.

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    1. Thank you, Kristie! This is a fun sketch to use.

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  17. Hi Andrea! Gorgeous layers on your card. So pretty! Thanks for supporting OWH. Have a great day.

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  18. Hey Andrea - glad to see you are participating in the last hop. I know I'll see you around the blogosphere but will miss you around OWH. Take care!

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  19. So pretty! Love all of those layers and the patterned paper you chose. Great take on the sketch too! Thanks for sharing

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  20. very pretty Andrea. So happy you joined us at a2z this month with this beauty.

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  21. Layers of Die-Cut Borders - never thought of that! Great idea!

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    1. Thanks! Glad I could offer a new idea to you. :)

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  22. So cute! Sad to see OWH come to an end, but I guess the reason is a good one. Thanks for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking!

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    1. Thank you, Kristina! I'm sorry to see OWH go, but at least it's for a GOOD reason!

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  23. Beautifully done card... I love all the detail you added by using the border punches. Thanks for sharing your work.

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  24. I know by reading the posts this has been said over and over...but I love love love the lattice die on the borders...what a super card.

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  25. Great card! I love all the layers with the pretty edges!

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  26. Cute with all the different strips of paper.

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  27. Great sketch to use with the lattice paper punch. I love those punches and have never thought to use them with this sketch. Now I'll have to play sometime this week! Thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. Thank you! Glad I could offer some inspiration!

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  28. Wonderful!! Love your card!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at a2z Scrapbooking this month!!

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    1. Thank you, Martha, for your kind words!

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