Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Midweek Throwdown Any Hero Cards


This week we were challenged to make any hero cards with a note inside of them.  Here's a whole set I made.



Our Daily Bread Design Challenge for July 2013

  Our Daily Bread Designs make a shipping donation to Operation Write Home every month based on the number of cards in the InLinkz (only one entry per person!) – ODBD will sponsor one large box of cards for every 25 cards linked to the challenge post, with a maximum of 2 boxes per month.

The July challenge is Stitching…it can be real stitching or faux stitching.  Here is a patchwork heart card I created to help meet the challenge.  It features pop-up stacked stitched hearts on the inside as well.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs April Challenge

First of all, I want to say that I was thrilled to be chosen as a winner in the "Our Daily Bread March Challenge".  I've been told by Operation Writes Home that I've won a $25 gift certificate to the Our Daily Bread web site.  When the confusion and dust settles on their side, and I receive my certificate, I am looking forward to getting a Scor Buddy.  I've been looking at them at Michael's for quite some time.  They are supposed to be great at not only helping to fold card bases better, but can be used in the actual design of a card.  It will definitely add some new dimension to my card making!  Here's the Our Daily Bread Designs web site. 

The challenge for April 2013 is "Things that Fly".  I immediately thought of butterflies.  Well, maybe not immediately, but the little gnats that have been flying around here this spring would not be as beautiful or exciting.  Neither would the mosquitos, which seem to be out early this year.  

The butterfly was colored with Prismacolor pencils, then blended with baby powder scented baby oil.  The background was made by rubbing pastel colored chalk placed on a hand-scalloped piece of cardstock onto a white piece of cardstock, then set with hairspray.  The butterfly was mounted with my version of dimensional tape, which is tiny pieces of recycled shipping box, with ATG tape on both sides.  The silver accents on the butterfly wings is simply 3D glitter fabric paint, which when dry, releases absolutely no glitter.  It allows me to have a little bit of glitter look without endangering our deployed Heroes.  

I made four of these cards, to be used as Any Hero cards.  There seems to be a shortage of Any Hero cards right now, so I encourage my readers to check out the Operation Write Home web page regarding Any Hero mail, and see if you can send in a letter or two to support those who support us daily. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Our Daily Bread Challenge for March 2013

Sometimes the challenges are extra challenging for me because of my limited cropping equipment.  I don't have one of those fancy cutters, so when the challenge calls to use a scallop on my card, I either have to think a bit out of the (Cricut) box or pass.  I decided to give it a go with my trusty craft scissors.  Using craft scissors is frowned upon by some people, but I'm not one of them.  :-)

The flag stickers were provided by Trader Joe's market.  If you visit them at the right time they will give the stickers away at the cash register, and if you say what you are going to use them for, they will probably give you extra.  I made the scallops by first cutting out the appropriate sized circles with a circle cutter, then carefully cutting around the edge of the circle with my craft scissors.  The slightly off part of the circle where my cutting started and ended was conveniently covered by a gold ribbon.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Our Daily Bread goes Fruity

The Our Daily Bread Challenge for February 2013 is fruit.  I search through all my digis, and wasn't able to come up with much.  Fruit is just not one of those subjects that ends up on my cards very often.  After my extensive search, I did manage to locate a cupcake with a cherry on top.  The image is by Elizabeth Dulemba.  You can find her wonderful collection of images here,  I used Prismacolor pencils with baby oil to color the image, and metallic gel pens to color the sprinkles.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Midweek Throwdown Color Challenge

The December 19th throwdown challenged OWH card makers to make cards using the colors red, white & blue for our heroes to send home to their family and friends.  You can see the challenge here: 
Yesterday the world didn't end, as promised by the Mayans, but my ATG gun did meet its maker, so I decided to post something red, white and blue that was already in my box.  

Solid colored cardstock and a patriotic heart which I pre-colored using Microsoft Paint make this an All American card that I hope a hero will enjoy sending home.