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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Operation Write Home: World Card-making Day Blog Hop -- Merry Christmas!! :)

Welcome to the World Card-making Day Blog Hop, presented by Operation Write Home.  I would like to thank OWH for including me in this wonderful hop!!  If you're not familiar with Operation Write Home (OWH), I invite you to visit their site to learn more about the wonderful ways they support our heroes stationed overseas...  I really enjoy creating cards for this program -- It's a good feeling to know that my handmade, blank greeting cards are being shipped to our military heroes stationed overseas so that they might be able to send a little extra love home... 

If you just popped in on this post from your dashboard or are reading this in an email, be sure to click HERE or on the banner below to go to the beginning of the hop...  There are over 100 blogs with some of the most wonderful and inspirational cards you will see!!  The hop continues all weekend, so I hope you'll be able to visit everyone... 

For the hop today, I made two cards...  Please note that for the last OWH hop I did not offer a recipe or details... I had so many questions to answer separately that this time I decided to go ahead and add the details (or links for additional details) in the post.  If you are trying to do this hop quickly, please feel free to scroll through the pictures quickly...
My first card is a "Wiper Card"...  When closed, it is a standard A2 size (5.5"x4.25").  It's called a wiper card because as you pull it open, a little something "pops up" from inside the card...
These are such fun and easy cards to make.  If you would like to learn how to make this style card, you can find the tutorial on my friend Erika's blog HERE...
I used the Creative Memories Reminisce Christmas Additions Kit for the decorative paper, Santa sticker, and "Believe" sticker...  I just love the rustic look of this paper pack.
The Crinkle Ribbon I've used is from 3 Girl JAM and is called "Hot Chocolate" (I have a giveaway going on now for some of this ribbon -- If you'd like to enter, please CLICK HERE)...
When creating cards for OWH, it's important to allow enough room for our heroes to write notes home to their loved ones...  I added a journaling box to the section of the card that pulls out -- Additionally, there is plenty of room on the back of this card for more writing. :)
I created the "Merry Christmas" background paper by stamping a mix-n-match sentiment from the "Winter Wishes" Stamp Art Set by K Andrew Designs...  To get the "faded" look of the stamp, I used SU!'s Chocolate Chip ink and stamped a scrap piece of paper once before stamping on my background paper...

My second card is a fairly simple card...  This is one of those cards that can be completed quickly and in multiple quantities yet is still pretty and eye-catching for our heroes to send home...
This is again a standard A2 size card (4.25"x5.5").  This is the preferred size for cards for OWH...  I started with a 4.25"x5.5" piece of color core cardstock (black with a green core).  After embossing the cardstock with my Sizzix "Thin Ice" embossing folder, I used a sanding block to distress the embossing and reveal the green through the black...  I then added a 4.25"x2.5" piece of solid green cardstock to the bottom of the embossed piece.
I added the "Holly Berry" Crinkle Ribbon from 3 Girl JAM -- this 100% Rayon, hand-dyed ribbon is so easy to work with...  And since it's not bulky, it's perfect for cards made especially for our heroes.  My sentiment is another mix-n-match option from the "Winter Wishes" Stamp Art Set by K Andrew Designs...  I stamped this sentiment on the same solid green cardstock in the shape of an oval, inked the edges with black ink, and popped it up with foam tape.
A touch of bling finishes this quick-and-easy card off (bling that is well attached is okay when sending to our heroes, though glitter is not -- for all the details on guidelines and additional information for sending cards to our heroes, please CLICK HERE...).

Blog Candy for the Hop?  YES!!  I have a 6x6 pack of paper perfect for Christmas card-making as well as some ribbon and embellishments to send to one lucky winner...  Please become a follower and leave a comment to be eligible to win.  If you wish to leave a message that you would like to have added to a "Hero Mail" card, please feel free to do so (for any messages left, I do actually hand-write them all into cards to be sent TO our heroes -- It's a nice way for you to be a part of this, and it helps me when I run short on things to say!!)...  Receive a BONUS chance when you subscribe via email (enter your email address in the box at the top of this page -- you do not need to leave a second comment, all newly confirmed email addresses are added to the drawing).  You will also receive a BONUS chance should you decide to follow Love To Crop! via Networked Blogs OR "Like" the Love To Crop! facebook page (again, automatic entries by notification, no need to comment)...


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63 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Love the wiper card! What a terrifc idea! http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Jamie said...

love both your cards.. the embossing on the 2nd card is beautiful! thanks for sharing and the chance to win im a follower :)
-jamie
babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

debb said...

Beautiful cards! Love the wiper card!

Bridget Larsen said...

I'm going to try and case the wiper card, have never seen it before. Colour combination is awesome

Ann said...

I LOVE the wiper card and the distressing on the 2nd card is awesome!

sally said...

Love the wiper card.

April B. said...

I'm a follower! I LOVE your wiper card!

Jen said...

The wiper card is just fantastic! I love the Santa with the little 'believe' pop-up!

Diane S said...

Beautiful Christmas cards.

Nonna3 said...

I just recently purchased some of the color core cardstock for the first time, so I hope the colors I have will do justice to your design! I love that distressed look! I became a follower via email! Looking forward to more ideas in the future!

Norma Gwen Watson said...

Love the wiper card, I gotta try that. Beautiful!!!

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Lynn said...

Great samples for the hope today! I like the chocolate ribbon as it is such an unusual choice. Thank you for supporting OWH!

unsernamecomingsoon said...

That wiper card is so cool! I usually don't do the special opening type cards, but this one looks really simple but fancy! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Robin said...

great cards! I have never seen a card in the wiper design before, thanks for sharing!

Carol Lewis said...

I love both your cards and I can't wait to go to the tutorial to see how to make the wiper card. It is great!

Crafty Khandy said...

I love how you used the black card with green core! Such a nice touch

My Need 2 Craft said...

Wow! I need to find that Sizzix embossing folder. I love the distressed vintage feel. :)

Amanda said...

Love the cards - I love the embossed paper. Thank you for sharing :)

Manda :)
ajsarts@gmail.com
www.ajsartsanddesigns.com
www.ajsdigishoppe.com

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

You made such lovely cards (my favorite is the second one with the clever embossing! Blessings!

Michelle said...

Very cool! I have never seen a wiper card before. Lovely!

Paper Love said...

Very cool cards! Love the pop up. :)

Lauren, Paper Love
readysetlove(a)me.com
www.readysetlove.me

Sandy said...

I'm learning a lot again today. I am thinking about trying the interesting distressed efects from the second card. The wiper effect may come later when I have more practice. ;)

leslierahye said...

super cute cards! Thanks for sharing the link to the wiper card and the quick and easy cards!

Fabrizio said...

Great cards !

Marsha said...

Look at you ! Wow, so many photos and details. Love that wiper card - clever.

Kim H said...

Love the wiper card, its such a surprise for such a traditional theme. The secodn card with the color core is great, I love embossing it and sanding it a little for a great effect. Thanks for sharing, and a chance for some candy, new follower.

Kim said...

I love the old fashioned santa. So cute! Thank you for posting. :)

Jo said...

Love the wiper card. Both card are beautifully done.

Teresa said...

I love the wiper card especially--I am really liking the green used--have seen it on a couple of cards now.

Stefanie said...

The card design on the first card and the distressing on the second are amazing!

MomsBeenScrappin said...

Both cards are fantastic!!!

KellyRae said...

Fun wiper card, it would be a great surprise for the recipient. And your second card is wonderful, definitely easy to mass produce with lots of eye appeal.

mlc said...

The wiper card is a definite must-try.Your red accents perk everything up too

NancyJB said...

Both cards are great. Thanks for your support of OWH. The wiper card is new to me. I will be checking out the tutorial.

Paula S. said...

What a fun style pop-up. It's a totally new one to me! Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting Operation Write Home.

Edwina said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! Your cards are great! Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown edwinabrownatcomcastdotnet

digirl said...

the wiper card is great-and I love the ribbon on the simpler card-- both are inspiring me to create!
thanks for sharing, Diane

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, these are both fabulous Christmas cards.

Ronda S said...

I love the wiper card! I have never made one but I like the extra 'surprise of the little flag popping up! I'm also going to become a follower

Nancy M said...

Great cards! Love the wiper card design and its vintage look! Second one is really cool, too; love the sanding! Wonderful job; TFS and for the chance to win goodies!

Kathryn said...

I need to try some of that core paper. Your results on the second card are great!

Margaret aka Totallyawake said...

Oh these are gorgeous - love the two toned paper you can sand - need to get me some more of that cause the effect is gorgeous!

adele holcomb said...

The vintage Santa is great; and I love the bright red ribbon on the green embossed card!

Yolanda said...

So glad I have Pinterest.com for this blog hop!! I was able to quickly pin that cool wiper card tutorial. Thanks! Love that brown ribbon too.

BobbisTreasure said...

Love the wiper card - I need to the try that technique! I am already a follower and email subscriber!
BobbisTreasure at aol dot com

Jen Timko said...

Both of these are wonderful! I particulary love the second card. The colors are stunning!

Anonymous said...

i love your wiper card, very clever, i need to learn how to make these!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

girlia said...

OMG Amy you are so busy now-a-days. I love stopping by. You always have some great eye candy

Sheila said...

Love the design on the first card! So unique.

Sheila
Http://2pawprints.blogspot.com

Nancy Keller said...

Love the cards, especially that adorable vintage Santa!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great Christmas Cards!
Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

gbinion said...

OH I LOVE the wiper card! Beautiful colors too!

I am a follower and have been on your email list for quite a while, and am never disappointed!!!

Sandy said...

Wow, I just love that fancy wiper card fold - I'm totally going to have to give that a try. Great job on both cards!!

Happy World Cardmaking Day!
Sandy, OWH

littlen said...

great cards. tfs.
littlen44 at gmail dot com

Laurie said...

Thank you so much for describing how you made your cards - they are beautiful! And Thanks for sharing with OWH!

Cheryl said...

Fabulous cards!

Erika said...

Great cards - I especially love the Santa one!

As a military wife, let me say thank you for sending your hard work to those who could use a pick me up. :)

Cut n Paste said...

Love your wiper card! I will have to try that one!

Amy Macak said...

I've never seen a wiper card before! Very pretty and I will have to try one.

Julie said...

Both cards are fantastic! Thanks for the link to the directions for the swiper card, I'm going to try it!

LATRICIA said...

love love love the santa ... great work and awesome blog ... thanks for sharing... latricia_nelson@silsbeetoyota.com

Kathie said...

I like the idea of a wiper card for a Christmas card and your idea of making extra writing space is great! I've never seen black paper with a green core and now I must find it! Thanks so much for sharing!

 
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