Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home World Card Making Day Blog Hop! Today we’re celebrating the fun and joy of making cards by sharing cards made for the purpose of sending to our military members stationed overseas, so that they may write to their family and friends back at home. Be sure to check this page of the Operation Write Home website to find out more about exactly what types/themes of cards are needed.

For today’s blog hop, we’ve been asked to create cards with a love theme.  That’s a theme that can be used in so many ways – as a card from a husband to his wife back home, or from a woman to her parents, or from a mom or dad to their child(ren).  Really, pretty much any family situation is perfect for a love-themed card!

I’ve opted to create a card that can be sent home to a child.  I think that at some point, every child wishes she or he could be a super hero.  It seems only natural that a super hero would give and receive super hugs!  I’ve also tied this card into today’s Splitcoaststampers.com Hope You Can Cling To challenge.

OWH blog hop 10-4-2014

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy the hop and come back to visit my blog again, and that you’ll join me in creating cards for both of these wonderful causes!  Click on the OWH badge at the top of this post to find out where you should hop next.

Supplies used for this card:
Stamps: Super Duo (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Crusader Kids die (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp); Clouds & Raindrops Dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); embroidery floss (DMC); mini star brad (The Paper Studio)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  Can you believe it’s October already?  There’s less than 3 months until Christmas – but if you’ve been playing along at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, you should have built a nice stash of holiday cards ready to use during the swiftly approaching season.

This week we have a sketch challenge for you.  I have to be honest and admit that I wasn’t terribly thrilled with the sketch in its graphic form.  Something about the double blocks wasn’t sitting right with me.  However, now that I’ve worked with it, it wasn’t so bad.  And I’m pretty pleased with how my card ended up. Then again – it’s hard not to like a card with these super cute birdies.  I stamped the birds twice – once on the “snowy” polka dotted paper, and once on a scrap of white cardstock.  I colored the ones on the white cardstock, fussy cut them (except for their legs – that’s tooooo fussy for me!), and then glued them over the ones on the print paper.

52CCT 10-04-2014

Because the card base is such a dark chocolatey brown, I’ve lined it with lighter cardstock coordinating with the front of the card.  That got me to thinking about decorating the inside.  Here are a couple of photos showing a peek at the inside, and then the full view.

52CCT 10-04-2014 both


52CCT 10-04-2014 inside

October is Hope You Can Cling To month at Splitcoaststampers.com, and because I’m hosting one of the HYCCT challenges later during the month, I have advance notice of all the challenges.  I was able to use the 52{C}CT sketch for an upcoming HYCCT challenge.  However – I can’t tell you any more about how this card fits for the HYCCT challenge!  You’ll have to tune in over there periodically and check it out for yourself.

Go see what the rest of the 52{C}CT design team has done with this sketch, and then show us your own take on it!  We’d love to have you link your card at the 52{C}CT site.  The challenge deadline is 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, October 10.  Please join in the fun and creativity!

Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky Prints designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

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