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OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop

Hello Crafters!


Even though Memorial Day isn’t until Monday w are kicking off the weekend with Operation Write Home’s Memorial Day blog hop! Unfortunately, this is also their last one. Thankfully, our troops are coming home and the demand for cards just isn’t there anymore. Need some guidance regarding their closing . . .In Sandy’s own words

“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!”

If you’d like to spread the word or view those projects that are you can link up at the Operation Write Home blog. As an added bonus we will be giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to one random commentor from this post so be sure to leave some love! You have until 11:59pm on May 25th to leave your comment!

They were looking for Red White and Blue cards in specific themes. I chose thank you because it’s Memorial day and I am thankful to all those who have served especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

I decided to do a bit of emboss resist with watercoloring.


I started by stamping the stars included in the Thanks Stamp and Cut set.  I mounted all three onto one block and it actually went pretty quick. They were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white. I added distress inks in a red, white, and blue gradient. I used distress inks and love the way it turned out. I die cut a star out of my background then added some vellum with my white heat embossed sentiment.

The great thing about die cutting is it always leaves you with two pieces 🙂


Same idea just much simpler. I think they’ll make pretty awesome any Hero cards!

Feeling inspired to pick up some OWH goods? You know they have the cutest stamps. We have several in stock and you can get 15% off your order of $25.00 or more with the coupon code KELLYL15. Happy shopping 🙂

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the store!

Thanks for visiting!


Stylish Stars Frame cuts

Thanks Stamp & Cut (This super popular set is out of stock right now however you can CUSTOM Order it in the Store. Just click on the REQUEST CUSTOM ORDER form on the store HOME Page!)

White Embossing Powder


Distress Ink: Chipped SapphireSalty Ocean, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany

Copic Multiliner


Cute Cut Outs

Hello Crafters!

When I posted the last time I talked about how my mojo has taken a long vacation. Apparently, my mojo is a snowbird and must flee the Ohio winter weather. I really miss it though and I keep trying to coax it back. With that last post I told you one of the ways I try to overcome my fleeting creativity is by coloring. Another way I do it is by using tried and true sketches and techniques.

Most of us crafters know the rule of thirds. If you’re going to go off center things look best when assembled a third of the way up or down your card. I embraced that. I also tried to use some of my stashed patterned paper. Now normally paper is not my go to design, however, sometimes going through and looking at pretty designs or color combos can spark your own creative fire.

Just to be clear today’s ingredients: coloring, simple sketch, patterned paper = cute card.


Aren’t these bears just adorable? I own just about all the OWH sets from Hero Arts. They are just too darling not to buy 🙂

I stamped my bears on white cardstock and colored with copics. I wanted it to be a little fun since it is so simple. Instead of fussy cutting the bears out completely, I left them attached to the white cardstock by using my paper trimmer to cut right up to the edge of the image. I then used my scissors to trim out just the top. I did add some wink of stella in clear but you can’t see it at all in the photo. 😦

I love to frame things in so after I stamped my sentiment I drew a simple black line to add interest and tie everything together. Add the image with dimensional adhesive on top of some pattern paper and you’re done.

Too much white for you? By all means get more colorful!


I did the exact same thing I did for the first card except this time I used the bottom third instead of the top third. I love the bright stripe. I think it adds a lot of fun. I will also never use this card because I pretty much forget everyone’s everything they would ever want to celebrate. Basically, I have a lot of hand made cards hanging out in my craft room. :/ I really should get better about that!!

If you’re looking for the new OWH stamps they are in the store along with lots of other goodies from Hero Arts latest release! If you feel like doing some shopping please feel free to use the code KellyL15 to save yourself 15% off your purchase of $25.00 or more.

You can also win $25.00 to spend at the store by playing along with our monthly challenge. February’s challenge is embossing and you still have a few days to get in on the fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Lil Hoot Stamp Set

Wink of Stella Clear

My Mind’s Eye Happy Day Paper Pack

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Copic Markers

Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink

Sakura Black Gel Pen


Look on the Bright Side

Happy Friday! It’s Kathy here again. Today I’m sharing a card that I have created using a Hero Arts digital cutting file as well as some stamps. I used my Silhouette to cut the umbrella from patterned paper. This umbrella is one of the images in the Weather digital cutting set. I then colored the handle with a Copic marker. I also used a stamp from the Brush Strokes stamp set with three different colors of mid-tone inks to make the background. My sun was made from the Hero Arts Bold Pop Designs set.

I added the greeting and a few hearts on the umbrella, coated them with Glossy Accents and assembled the card. The umbrella is adhered with foam squares to give the card some dimension.




Well that’s all I have for today. You still have a few days to join our monthly challenge. The theme is Encouragement and you have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the store.

Also, if you are interested in any of the products I used on my cards today, please see the InLinkz at the bottom of this post. When you click on them, you will be taken to the store and you can use the coupon code KATHY15 to get 15% off.

Have a great day and weekend!



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More Fun with Stars and Stripes

Hi everyone, it’s Barb here…This month’s theme for our Linky Party is ‘Stars and Stripes’, so I thought I would create a few cards featuring the Hero Arts Written in the Stars Stamp Set.

For my first card, I inked up the stars in sort of a rainbow order, then die cut the Thank You to include some of the stars. I used a technique I learned from Laura Bassen, and added Wink of Stella clear glitter brush to each of the large stars.

Thank You

For my 2nd card, I embossed and fussy cut the heart and added a touch of Wink of Stella clear glitter brush to the tiny circles and stars on the perimeter of the heart. I embossed the Kraft panel to add some texture, and added Glossy Accents to the red hearts to give them a little shine. The dark blue background is stamped in a tone-on-tone with blue shadow ink, and everything is adhered to a Kraft card base.

You Light Up My Heart

For my last card, I really wanted to pump up the volume with the ‘Stars and Stripes’ theme, even though the color combo is non-traditional. I stenciled the white panel with Soft Pool ink, and embossed the stars to the white tag, and sentiment (on the front vellum tag) with Silver Embossing Powder. I also inked the wood veneer star with Hero Arts Silver Shadow ink, and added a cute little bow die cut with turquoise foil cardstock. Lastly, I added a few silver star sequins.

Written in the Stars

Well, that’s it for me today. Don’t forget to link up your creations for the ‘Stars and Stripes Linky Party’ before the deadline for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the a2zscrapbooking Supplies Store…Wishing you all a wonderful day ~


Stars & Stripes and Happy Flag Day!



Hi – It’s Lisa (ThePurplePlace), here today and I would like to start off by wishing all our U.S. friends and very Happy Flag Day!  Flag Day is always celebrated on June 14th, and was established to commemorate the anniversary of the day that United States adopted our “Flag”, back in 1777.   It also happens to tie in perfectly with our theme for this month, which is “Stars and Stripes” another name we use at times, to refer to our Flag.

Today, I have a few new cards to share, all of which I hope will inspire YOU to create something fun for our June Linky Party and to also help inspire you to donate some of your creative talent, by making some cards to send to “Operation Write Home”,the fabulous group were are focusing on this month.

I’m very honored and proud to be on the many “OWH Cardmakers” groups over the past 4-5 years now.  I hope you all will consider sharing your talents and also create some card for this amazing cause.  For more details, please see Elizabeth’s Post HERE or visit the OWH site directly and check out the fabulous videos that Sandy Allnock, the Executive Director, has created to assist you in getting started.

My first card was one that was created with our theme in mind, and was also inspired by today being Flag Day.  My ideas of using both Stars and Stripes and the colors of our flag was my focus when I started this card by creating my very own “Stars & Stripes” using the wonderful “Stars Background Stamp”, which I stamped onto some white cardstock, and then heat-embossed with Hero’s White Embossing Powder.

Once it cooled a bit, I took my Ranger Distress Paints and colored one section in blue (Chipped Sapphire), left one section white, and then colored the last in Red (Festive Berries) and then quickly spritzed it with water, so it would blend a bit.  I then cut each section into small strips and used my new Hero Arts Star Die set to cut out the starts.   I added those to my card front and picked my Sentiment from one of the Hero Arts/Operation Write Home Stamp Sets, this one is called “Year Round Sentiments” and had the perfect sentiment for this card.

And for my next card stayed with the Red, White and Blue color combo, but created a different look, using one of my new favorite wooden stamps from Hero Arts – Big Star, which I stamped in Royal Red Shadow Ink and then die cut with the matching Die Set.  I created my background with some random scraps and embossed the bottom red section in a tiny star pattern.   The sentiment was also stamped in the same Shadow Ink and is from another of the newest Hero clear stamp sets – “Written in the Stars”.   

Be the Star

That brings me to my last card today, where I wanted to show how you can use the Stars and Stamps theme in a totally different way and also in using any colors you love, in my case, that would be “Purple” of course, and another color I love which is “Teal” or aqua.   I used the same “Big Star” stamp, but instead of inking it up on one color, I used some water based markers to color the stamp directly, and then lighted misted it with water, just before I stamped it onto white cardstock.   I used my same dies to cut out the one start and then pulled out some “Purple” foil paper, along with some scraps of aqua/white stripped patterned paper and put them all together on a “Pool” card base to create this fun Birthday card.  The sentiment was stamped in Hero’s Grape Juice Shadow Ink and is from the same “Written in the Stars” clear stamp set.  I added a little bling and “ta da”, I was done!!

Birthday Sparkles

Before I sign off, I have one more little wish and it’s for all of the “Dads” who will be celebrating Father’s Day tomorrow.  Whether you are a Grand Dad, a brand new Daddy, or even a Dad to be, I hope you all have a very special day.  May it be filled with laughs, smiles, fun times and lots of love.  ….and, to my Dad, in Heaven, I LOVE you and still miss you every day!   XOXO