Sketch Challenge #110

Hello, friends! It’s time to announce the winner of the three free digis from Doodle Pantry! In a random drawing of all the sketch challenge Inlinz entries entered before midnight lasts night, the winner is…. Kathy T!

Congrats, Kathy! Check your email later today for info on how to collect your prize!

I have a great sketch for this week – just remember that the heart shape indicates the embellishment of your choice, it doesn’t have to be a heart.

This week we have three adorable samples made by Lynn R. She has a blog called WindRyder Dreams, be sure and visit to see more of her great work and say hello. Thanks for the beautiful samples, Lynn! I love the touches of ribbon on the first two cards here…

There you have it, cardmakers! We need some beautiful cards, so let’s see what you can do with this sketch! Be sure and link up your online gallery or blog post so we can all visit and share inspiration!

To play along in this week’s sketch challenge, simply upload a project using this week’s sketch to your blog or online gallery then leave the link to that entry using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. And remember, you may use this sketch at any time. Feel free to re-post the sketch on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants. Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.


Kris, Thank you so much for all the beautiful cards. This reminds me of all the nice/wonderful people back in the states. Thanks to you I have been able to write so many cards to loved ones. I have also shared many with my troops! That’s great about the weather. It has been a mild one here. High 70’s; however you can see your breath some nights. True, I am leaving some times in April. However I am going to distribute your cards to our community center. Again I am so amazed at your kindness. We need more people like you in the world, taking time oiut to help us write home. Well I’m just in awe of the compassion shown. Thanks for everything!

Take Care,
J.F in Afghanistan

PS…You make me love our country!!!

***I met this guys wife at the PO one day when shipping OWH boxes. She and I had a conversation in line ending with me giving her my card. She emailed me his address and I have been sending to him since then!!

About card quantities….update!

Hello everyone!

We’re getting lots of questions about the change from “don’t send as many cards” at the last part of 2011, to our need right now for a lot more.

No one could be more surprised than us that we have more contacts now than before our heroes in Iraq redeployed home. We were sure the need was going to drop by at least 25% or more. But – requests have instead increased!

Many crafters decided to stop making cards entirely rather than just reduce their quantity by a little; our mail has dropped drastically through January and Febriary. đŸ˜¦ So we’ve been extending the time between boxes from 5 or 6 weeks to 8 weeks or more for each unit—and getting emails asking when their next boxes will get there, since they’re used to a shorter turnaround. We also have over 20 new units on our waiting list – in addition to each shipper’s regular rotation of 60 or 70 units that need restocking.

Please do keep up with making and sending in cards…we’ll try to keep you apprised if requests change, but since we never know when we’ll get a bunch of emails coming in requesting cards, we’re never completely sure of what we’ll need. If things do start tapering, we’ll let you know!

Thank you for understanding!

PS Don’t forget to keep up the quality we focused on in 2011. It’s been making a big difference! While we know some folks hear that our waiting list is growing and want to make hundreds or thousands of cards, quality is still very important. It doesn’t help if the cards are put together so hurriedly that they crumble when they arrive at our shippers’ mailboxes, or if they’re full of cards our heroes won’t be using. The guidelines are all here if you need a refresher! Thanks!

From a new Contact….

K.B. in Afghanistan writes: “I just got in from a long mission and it is so wonderful to have received an email from you. Yes that is my correct address and I can’t wait to read the hero mail and dig through the box of beautiful cards! My family and I have been so appreciative for the ones that I just happened to come across on the other side of base! Thank you so much in advance.”

Featured Cardmaker, Kristie M., Puyallup, WA

Happy Friday everyone! I’m delighted to introduce everyone to Kristie this week. I have a great group of her cards to share with you but before I do that I want to remind everyone that the deadline for the Mother’s Day Challenge is fast approaching. The challenge cards need to be in your shipper’s hands by March 20th to be entered in the prize drawing. Now onward to the inspiration! Kristie does not have a blog but you can of course leave her some love in the comments section at the end of this post. 

How long have you been stamping? I started scrapbooking a little over 15 years ago, and that is when I first started to use stamps. But when I was pregnant with my first child, he is 9 years old now, I decided to make my own baby announcements. I really enjoyed making the cards and I haven’t stopped.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft? I have always had a space set aside for crafting. In our current house, I used to have the entire 3rd bedroom all to myself with custom cabinets installed. However, 2 years ago, when my daughter was born, I lost my space and was crammed into the corner of our family room. It wasn’t working out well, so last year we converted our garage to the family room. Now the former family room has been painted my favorite color combination, pink and brown, and is home to my crafty supplies. Although, a corner of it is set aside as my daughter’s playroom. However, if she sees her mama crafting, she insists on sitting on my lap to “help”.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products? I have a very strong addiction to patterned paper, but recently have been purchasing more of the mini 6 X 6 paper pads. I enjoy having a variety of coordinating papers all together in one handy pad. I also love to use the Spellbinders Nestabilities.

Do you have a favorite technique? I really love to use the dry embossing plates to add texture to my cards. And I am also a huge fan of adding a bit of ribbon to finish it off. (Which makes it hard for me to make masculine cards.)

Are there colors you love to include on your cards? Pink is always my favorite color to use. But I also really love to use the autumn hues. I do try to challenge myself to use colors out of my comfort zone. Lately, I’ve also been using black for layering my cards to add that little extra something.
How did you hear about Operation Write Home? When I really started making cards, I felt the need to use the entire piece of patterned paper, so I would end up with a dozen or more of the same card. Since I continued to make cards and was only giving a small amount away, I ended up with boxes and boxes of cards sitting under my bed. One day I was reading on a scrapbook blog (can’t recall which one) that mentioned giving cards to Operation Write Home. So I went to the website and learned how I could help out with my cards. Last year was the first year I started making cards for OWH.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? In a day of electronic communication, I believe having a physical card in your hands with writing from your loved one is irreplaceable. Our heroes and their loved ones deserve the best. They sacrifice so much for all of us everyday. This is one way I can help show my support and love to them.

OWHtv: Episode 44: Kite Tails

I met a brand new company at CHA last month….Kite Tails Designs! They’ve got some really fantastic masculine papers, and though they didn’t have samples they could send me home with…they did give me the papers that had been hanging on their booth! lol. They were curled (to show both sides) so I had some flattening out to do. But oh how cute. Ribbon/ricrack/trims to match, stickers too!

Kailyn, the owner–and designer!!–is sweet enough to be offering us some candy! Go leave a comment on YouTube (you can comment here but winners will be chosen from YT) by Sunday night, and let her know which of her three lines are your favorite. The goodie pack will be from that line!

PS Give Kite Tails a “like” on Facebook too!

A bit of a challenging use of stickers…we see this a lot with colors that just don’t pop off each other.
See below to find out how much difference layers can make!

Thankful Thursday: February 23, 2012

Happy Thursday everyone! Finally feeling a little more ‘normal’ this week after so much travel…though not with a ‘normal’ batch of cards. We know you’re all working furiously on them…and we are so very grateful to all these ladies who came through with flying colors (literally…all on cards!) this week! Bless you all!

Don’t forget OWHtv tonight…we have a treat for you – showing off some papers and embellishments by a new company we met at CHA – Kite Tails! Tune in at 6:30pm Pacific to chat live, or visit the Stars and Stamps blog later for reruns!

  1. Ann M and Park Tower friends, Hutchinson, MN
  2. Barb H, Milton, WI
  3. Becky K, Hotchkiss, CO
  4. Bernardine C, Santa Clarita, CA
  5. Bev C, Sequim, WA
  6. Bonnie C, Tobyhanna, PA
  7. Brenda C, Chesapeake, VA
  8. Candace D, Virginia Beach, VA
  9. Charlsie S, Napa, CA
  10. Cheryl A, Grand Junction, CO
  11. Cheryl B, Shaw AFB, SC
  12. Chris F, Monument, CO
  13. Danyse K, Charlotte, NC
  14. Daphne P, Charlotte, NC
  15. Debbie B, Wayne, NJ
  16. Debbie D, Oregon City, OR
  17. Dee N, Brimley, MI
  18. Diana K, Lancaster, SC
  19. Diane V, Norfolk, VA
  20. Dixie C, Charlotte, NC
  21. Donna K, Gainesville, MO
  22. Elaine A and Valley Stampers – Jane, Kathy and Chris, Apple Valley, MN
  23. Ellen P, Vernon Hills, IL
  24. Frances M, Evans, WV
  25. Gail H, Orchard Park, NY
  26. Gina H, Atkins, AR
  27. Gloria G and Card Makin’ Cuties, Fairland, IN
  28. Ina Lea P, Bakersfield, CA
  29. Jan H, Parker, AZ
  30. Janet M, Biddeford, ME
  31. Janis P and Crazy Croppers, Springfield, MO
  32. Jeria C, Wilmington, NC
  33. Jill S, Madison, AL
  34. JoAnn U, Knoxville, TN
  35. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  36. Kimberley M, Kennewick, Wa
  37. Laura P, Seatac, WA
  38. Laurie W, Evans, GA
  39. Lilia M, Canton, OH
  40. Linda M, Marietta, GA
  41. Lori H, Temecula, CA
  42. Lori W, Indianapolis, IN
  43. Mary S, Taunton, MN
  44. Maude B, Las Cruces, NM
  45. Muriel D, San Jose, CA
  46. Naomi R, Kennesaw, GA
  47. Naomi R, Kennesaw, GA
  48. Pam B, Mesquite, TX
  49. Pam T, Traverse City, MI
  50. Pamela L, Mineral Bluff, GA
  51. Pat H and Randolph Twp Womens Club, Randolph, NJ
  52. Redonna L, Mc Calla, AL
  53. Ronnda C and Ronnda & Friends, New Castle, IN
  54. Sandy C, Syracuse, NY
  55. Sharon B, Cahokia, IL
  56. Sherry V, Canal Fulton, OH
  57. Sue K, Cannon Falls, MN
  58. Susan H, Arvada, CO
  59. Susan H, Whippany, NJ
  60. Teresa M and Robins AFB contracting office, Warner Robins, GA
  61. Theresa D, Kent, WA
  62. Tina P, Valparaiso, IN