Saturday, May 26, 2012

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop




Today Operation Write Home is sponsoring a blog hop.  Everyone is asked to use one of the sketches that are posted every Sunday on Stars and Stamps.  Are you ever frustrated and don't have any mo jo - there are over 100 sketches to help you get started with your creativity.

I chose Sketch 83.   I know when you look at the sketch you will say that sketch used four different pieces of paper - well I cheat - I just cut strips of paper to mimic the look of the spaces between the pieces of paper.  I would work forever in trying to get everything straight enough for me - I could probably have several cards made before I threw away the one I ruined picking up the glued pieces and trying to straighten them.  

I chose to use the new stamp set from Paper Smooches.  Part of the proceeds from this stamp set will be donated to Operation Write Home.  Thank you.  The paper is for Authentique - their new patriotic line.

Everyone have a wonderful week end hopping.  

80 comments:

Donna Bowman said...

Super cute card! Love your take on the sketch and the papers that your used. This eagle is too cute - I used him on my card too!!

Monica Hunter said...

SO cute - and those papers are great! Thanks for supporting OWH!

Beverly said...

So fun! Love that cute, little bird!

Misty said...

Really cute card! The papers are fantastic, thank you!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
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Cora said...

Love this image and your clever use of the strips. Like that paper too. It is part of my candy. I bought 4 of the bigger sheets for me

jennifer mitten said...

I love the paper and your bird is adorable!

Susan C said...

Sketch #83 is my favorite! Thanks for the inspiration. I love that paper.

Ivanka said...

Love the paper and love that stamp! Great cards Barb!

Cindy's Card Co said...

Cute, cute, cute. Love those papers.

Susan Marie said...

Barb, great card! Love the stamp you used, and great trick in doing sections without actually having to use small pieces of paper! I will be using that trick!. Thank you for sharing today and all your hard work supporting OWH!

Crafting Adventures said...

Very cute! Love the papers!

Margaret said...

I just love that little eagle. Great papers, too.
http://www.nutsandcats.blogspot.com/

Nancy said...

Great card. Thanks for telling us how you made it. Not only is this a lovely way to start the day but also an education. Thanks for your support of the troops.

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Barb! Your card is really cute! I just received that little Paper Smooches set in the mail and can't wait to use it!! Enjoy the hop!

Kay said...

Adorable! I almost never follow sketches exactly either!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

What a fun card, I like the way you've used this sketch and "cheated" a little :) We all have different ways of making our cards and it's fun to learn how someone else did it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your creativity! Enjoyed reading about your method to maintain your card-making sanity :D
Mary, Wausau WI

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Hi Barb,
What a wonderful card you made, sure to brighten the day of the lucky recipient! Beautiful colors too! Blessings!

Operation Write Home said...

Love it!! That eagle is just my favorite lil bird :)

Julie said...

Great card, Barb! Love that dp you used!

Paula S. said...

Nice card Barb! I like your approach on this sketch because I find it a struggle to get pieces and gaps aligned just right too. Thanks for everything you do as part of the OHW Blog Team.

Paula S.

Sara Tieszen Paschal said...

I love this creation going to case it since I have the same dp;)

Linda said...

Cute card! Can't believe I made it through all the blogs!! Whew! Thanks for your support of OWH!

Ms. Craftin-ista said...

Im stealing your technique and using two pieces of paper instead of four. I can never get things straight. Thanks for the tip!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great way to end the hop! Love this stamp set and the papers and great trick too! Thanks!

Donna Nuce said...

Cute card. Love that Authentique paper. Thanks for hoppin' with OWH. craftycolonel.blogspot.com

Redonna said...

Nice card - love the ribbon.

Robin said...

I like the papers on this card, great way to use strips of paper instead of all that cutting
thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Adorable card-- love your take on this sketch and the papers you used is one of my new fave paper pads!

joscelyne cutchens said...

that eagle sure is cute! sweet card! :)

Sybrina K said...

Barb,

Looks like they saved one of the best for last!

Thanks so much for sharing the trick of cutting strips of paper. :)

Beth L. said...

Adorable card and a neat shortcut trick! Thanks for your support.

Marianne said...

Barb, this card is adorable. That little eagle makes me smile everytime. I like how you divided your card with lace.

Melissa Cash said...

Adorable card, love the papers you used.

Anonymous said...

I love your card. And I really love that you confessed how you did it. my style exactly. Pat K.

Jen said...

Love this, barb - I've been known to use that shortcut too, so much easier! Love the eagle.

Lee Mae said...

That little eagle is just too adorable! Love the papers you used, and I like your workaround for the piecing involved - great idea!

Patricia H said...

That little eagle is just too cute. Thank you for all you do with OWH!

Berni Cuttino said...

Cute and sweet eagle, Happy Memorial Day weekend. Hugs

Lynn said...

Just love that little eagle! And I really appreciate the reminder about how to make it "look" like you cut out the squares. I'm with you, I would be fussing and not getting any where the other way! LOL! Have a great weekend!

Dolores A. said...

Thanks for sharing your interpretation of this sketch... it is really cute with that stamp.

Teena said...

Love the card and your explanation (cheating) :)

Kathryn said...

Barb, I remember reading your trick about "cheating" on this type of sketch for the first time many months ago and thinking just how brilliant you are. I get frustrated when things aren't lined up and sometimes skip that type of sketch. I love the papers you used on this card and think you did a great job with that eagle.

Julie said...

I am totally loving this little eagle! So cute!

Dixie Cochran said...

Hi Barb!! I just got that stamp set in the mail today. Thank you for the great idea! Thanks too for all you do for OWH!

Sheila said...

Your card is cute!! Love the paper smooches stamp.

Sheila
Http://2pawprints.blogspot.com

Cindy O said...

Great colors - love that paper! And your eagle is very nice with it. I think your creative use of pattern strips is a super idea!

Cathy said...

I understand your compulsion to straighten everything. I make myself crazy. Love the card!

Cindy E. Burton said...

Wow! A work around to getting things straight. AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing...

JoAnn Ross said...

So cute! I LOVE that little eagle and just ordered that set yesterday. I'm been meaning to, but he's popped up on the hop so much I just HAD to have him. Also love your paper choices and thank you (!!!) for that hint. I thought I was the only person who can't get those type of challenges straight!

And it could, I think, also work with four pieces of paper if you put them closely next to each other, then put the strips on top to cover up any gaps. GREAT tip! I always learn things at card shares and this was one of the most helpful everl!

helloholley said...

that image is adorable....love your card! ;)

KellyRae said...

Darling card and I LOVE how you created your 4 block look. Spacing always is a challenge for me and your tip has freed me from that constraint. Yayyy! TFS and supporting OWH.

Yvonne B. said...

Your card turned out great, Barb. The eagle is pretty cute and the papers you've used are super!

ajsdigishoppe said...

Love the paper you used! Great card, TFS :)

ajsarts said...

The papers are amazing! Cute card TFS :)

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Adorable card Barb! Love those papers and the eagle. I had to giggle about you cutting strips to mimic squares. I've been known to do that a time or two myself.

sherry varga said...

Really cute card

Ronni said...

Wonderful! I really like the papers you used and enjoyed visiting your blog

JPScraps said...

Cute! The image is adorable.

PatQ's Cards said...

Really cute card.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Barb, your card is so cute. Love the image. Your trick is very helpful tip. Thanks!

grandmalee said...

It's not called cheating...it's being creative! I'll have to remember that creative tip in the future! lol Thanks for your support of OWH!

Angela Crandall said...

lol I understand what you mean about lining up the squares! Great card and use of the trim.

Kathie said...

I have seen this image too many times during this blog not to have it now. You have increased my "need" for him, lol. I like the way you used this sketch and the image, very cute....and ingenious to use strips of paper to overcome difficulties in lining up 4 separate pieces of decorative paper. Thanks for the tip!

Diana E said...

That is a clever "cheat" I will have to remember. Thanks for participating.

Michele from MS said...

How very sweet! Love the papers and the little image is so adorable!

suzann said...

Thank you for showing support to our Troops. Your beautiful efforts will be appreciated by so many. Honor Memorial Day!

Ann said...

Cute card!! I love that Paper Smooches set. What a great idea to put the paper stips in between! I'd be much easier than trying to line them up. Thanks for the tip!

Ann said...

Cute card!! I love that Paper Smooches set. What a great idea to put the paper stips in between! I'd be much easier than trying to line them up. Thanks for the tip!

Manhattan Mandie said...

Beautiful card! Love that cutie eagle!!! Great colors :)

Cheri said...

That eagle just begs to be hugged!! What a cute card.

Sue D said...

FAbulous--love this adorable eagle and the papers and your cheat technique.

Brenda Hugar said...

Adorable card -- that eagle is just too precious.

Mary-Anne V said...

Great card...love the image and the pp.

Indy said...

What a great card! Love the paper and that cute little eagle!

Sandy Trefger said...

Love the patterned papers with this one! Fabulous!!

AllisonG said...

Cute card with the Paper Smooches stamp! This is one of my favorite sketches, but I really like your "cheat" because I got so confused cutting the pieces that were all just a tiny bit different. LOL

Linda said...

Yummy paper...I just bought some. Seriously super nice card...love that stamp set! TFS!!!

Nancy M said...

TFS! I esp. like the tip on using the strips for designs like this--thanks!!

Deborah Anton said...

Darling card! I love all the papers!