Saturday, June 15, 2013

Art Impressions & OWH Blog Hop


I'm honored and excited to be participating in today's blog hop as Art Impressions teams up with Operation Write Home, introducing 2 fantastic OWH fundraiser stamps sets! Our hop starts over at the Art Impressions Blog in case you need to head back to the start and if you're doing the hop in order you should be coming from What's Next? (Dixie Cochran's blog). Today's hop winds up over on the OWH Stars & Stamps blog but there are still many fun and inspiring stops ahead.
AI Stamp Set ~ OWH Every Hat
Don't you just love all those hats? What a fun image and perfect for OWH. I think a lot of heroes are going to grab for the cards with this image on them. I've colored her with watercolor pencils and while one layer cards are not my typical style all the great detail in this image makes it a good choice for a CAS design.
AI Stamp Set ~ OWH Sending Love
I got a little more elaborate with this card. This cell phone paper, from a DCWV stack called Generation Tech, has been in my stash longer than I care to admit. Don't you just love it when something you've saved finally ends up being just perfect for a specific project?


I stamped the front cup twice so that I could give it some dimension. In person it has a bit of a curve to it and is slightly raised. I have to confess that I slipped as I tried to fussy cut the cord so rather than toss out the entire card  I replaced the cord with some Tim Holtz paper string.


 Thanks for stopping by today. Now hop on over to the next stop and see what wonderful creations Karen has to share with you.



Happy Crafting!
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Here's the complete blog list for the hop...
  1. Art Impressions
  2. Crafter's Home
  3. Crystal Lopez 
  4. Dixie Cochran
  5. Paula Spagnuolo >>>>>> YOU ARE HERE
  6. Karen Day 
  7. Kathryn Belmonte
  8. Lee Mae Elkins
  9. Kerry Kung
  10. Nancy Keller
  11. Piali Biswas
  12. Kristie Marcotte
  13. Reneé Matarese
  14. Ronni Unger
  15. Rhonda Harre
  16. Sandy Allnock
  17. Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps

99 comments:

Kendra Northup said...

Super cards :) I really love the cell phone paper too. Thanks for inspirations!!

Gayle Wheeler said...

Your oops turned into a great idea and if you hadn't "confessed", no one would've known. It just proves the saying: "... mistakes are just opportunities for embellishments." ;)

madamewong said...

The first card has a strong focal point and you followed the rules of 3 with your brads. :)

LOVE the second card. Even though the use of string was accidental, it's perfect. It'd be fun to ise this set with different colors of bakers twine.

Diane said...

Paula- your slip on cutting the cord made for a brilliant fix! I love the string! And your many hats gal--love your coloring and your hoarded paper is perfect!

Small Talk Mama said...

Love the string between the two cups - very clever.

Ava Oxley said...

Love the way you fussy cut the cups on a string for this card. Looks like you used "real" string between the cups. How cute!

Kathryn said...

I really like how the replacement string turned out in the second card. That card will be great for a parent to send home to a teen, and that's surely a category we're always lacking. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy M said...

WOW- I LOVE the CAS look of the first! It has so much going on the all the colors and depth, you kind of don't notice at first that it is! The second is so cool; I mean, the DP is spot-on and the (oops) black cord is perfect!! (Don't ya just love 'happy accidents??') Thank you so much for your support of OWH!!
RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM

Melissa j said...

Love the "phones"! So clever!

Cindy's Card Co said...

The string is perfect Paula! Think of the possibilities with that idea! Both cards are great!

Ruby Craft said...

Love your cards. The colors are wonderful and love that string!

Stephanie said...

Love your cards! Love the twine in the cup phones!

Becky Wiliford said...

I love the "love knows no distance" card. Great idea with the paper string!

Tami B. said...

I just got in from a week of chaperoning @ youth camp, and have missed all your posts this week so, I had a lot to catch up on. Loved the Bugaboo card, and today's cards too. Congrats again on being in the running for Gallery Idol.

Renlymats World of Family & Crafts said...

Love them both! Fantastic shading on the woman and I love (no pun intended) the twine you spelled out love with. Karen and I had the same idea but didn't end up doing it. Yours came out fantastic. Renee (Art Impressions DT)

Kelly Horn said...

Genius! I love the string and the dimension you added!!!!

Kathy S said...

Happy Accidents, right! I always find when I make a boo boo and then fix it, it usually looks better than my original idea!

jcobb said...

I love the string for the cord and the cell-phone paper was just perfect for the stamp!

Kelly Horn said...

Genius!! I love the use of the string and the dimension your created on your card!!

Julia said...

Love the idea to use the string for the card!

Jen R said...

Your card is so neat!!! I love the added dimension with the "phone cord"! Thank you for supporting OWH! Radloff jen at cableone dot net (no spaces)

Sherry Butcher said...

Love the embellishments of the 2ed card. The first is colored so will.
TFS.

Kathy Ashworth said...

Absolutely GREAT cards!!!!! Love the gounding on the hat card, I always forget to do that. the cording on the - brilliant!!!!

byAnnette said...

Great Cards!
Especially like the cell phone paper and string & popped up cup!
Shadowing is fantastic

Newlexness said...

Love the dimension on the cup, so cute. And replacing it with string is so much cuter. Thank you!

Diane said...

I love the yarn effect and popped up cups. Sometimes a mistake gives us an unexpected opportunity to be more creative. It gives the card added dimension.

Nancy Keller said...

Oh Paula! I love your hat lady and your cute cup card! That phone paper in the background is just adorable. :) What a cute touch... and I love the string idea!

Elizabeth said...

Paula, both cards are so great!! I love the pencil coloring & must remember to do that. And yes, I do love when one of my favorite papers I have saved (hoarded!) goes perfect with a new stamp set:) Thanks for sharing!

Carol J said...

Love your cards. I like the string on the 'phone', it really adds to the card (sometimes mistakes turn out great !).

Pat Schafer said...

I really love what you did with the new stamps. Very colorful.

Beth L. said...

Love your cards, Paula. I like the coloring on the hat one and I have some of the background paper on the Love one. I really like how you used the banner to make the sentiment stand out.

Debbie Caldwell said...

Paula, as always great cards I am always delighted to see the creative ways you design your cards. The cell phone paper is genius...aren't you glad you saved it?
The hat lady is super...any wife would love to get that in the mail from her man.

8upscrapin said...

I love when I have something in my stash and then its perfect for a project ,its meant to be ... love the added string on the cup and how you gave the cup dimension , great idea.

April Story said...

Lovin the cell phone background paper with the 2 cans and a string. lol Very clever.
April

Linda said...

Two great cards...Love the coloring on the first...and the paper and string on the second make it perfect! tfs!!!

computer2gal said...

Both cards are nice, but the one with the cell phone paper is my favorite.

April Carey said...

Love the string idea and the cell phone paper. I have lots of papers that are just "waiting" their turn.

Sue D said...

Great colors on the first and love the paper and the twine on the second.

JoAnn P said...

Sometimes those little mess ups give you a better card. I like the string as the cord.

Karen Day said...

Simply gorgeous cards, Paula!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Both of your cards are fantastic. And, replacing the cord might have been due to an error, but it sure spiced up that card with more dimension. Super great job on both!

Donna F W said...

Both of your cards are just too cute! Such vibrant coloring. I love them.

ellenmcrawley said...

Your cards are always such an inspiration!

StampinPenguin said...

Great save on the fussy cut. I think the solution is even better than the original would have been. I love the dimension on the cup. Don't you just love the hat lady! My favorite cards are CAS, so thanks for showing that option.

Cynthia Rose said...

The cell phone paper really is perfect.

Dixie Cochran said...

Paula, your cards are terrific. Beautiful coloring and card designs. Thanks for the great idea with the cups. They stumped me.

Kathy said...

Your cards are so nicely colored. I like the way you rounded the corners of the second card to repeat the shape of the cell phones in the paper and the cups.

Dotti's Hobbies said...

Paula, these are fantastic! I love the coloring on the lady and the pop of colors the brads and layers give the card. And the phone card, oh my! There is a ton of love in that awesome work of art! Neat idea with the curved part on the cup - clever! Thank you for being on our blog team and volunteering your wonderful talents in so many ways.

Kristie said...

Great cards, Paula! Cute idea to use the twine for the "love" word between the cups. Even if it was because of a slip in cutting.

Anonymous said...

Cute cards, love the bright colors in the second card. A very neat stamp. Mary L Schreiber

Bert B said...

I love the cell phone paper! and the way you did the cord between the cups! Great card!

conil said...

You did a terrific job showcasing these new stamps.

pcrusberg said...

Great cards. I think that the cord looks great.

Naomi said...

I love how you added dimension with the double cut and cord without creating a "tower". This will get me looking for opportunities to provide that little something "extra". Thanks for participating.

Diane S said...

Great cards!

Lee Mae said...

Hi Paula! Your cards are fabulous! The hat lady card looks great with the double matting and I really like the telephone cup card. The paper is just perfect and the string looks great. Love your coloring on both cards too.

SusanS said...

Nice cards Paula! I always enjoy seeing what you create. :) I really like the dimension that you added on the 'cup' card. Thank you for all that you do for OWH !!

Pat Kinkaid said...

I love the way you made the cord for the cup phones. Brilliant idea!!

hana jones said...

love what you did with popping up the
can and the use of the string ...love it when you can turn a mistake into something clever that looks great ...

WhoMom said...

I love your second card!!! I think the twine makes it really stand out. Thank you for sharing.
Lyn

Marilyn's Cricut Crafts said...

Oh, wow. Your coloring is just so great. Love the second card especially. The phone cord is a perfect embellishment to the card. TFS ~ Marilyn

Cissy M said...

The bright colors are perfect in the first card and I love that you were able to pull something from your stash for the second one. That paper works wonderfully.

Fran Green said...

Thanks for fessing up about your oops moment and showing us a great solution. Love your cards.

Cathy Brandt said...

These new sets lend themselves to the clean and simple look that I love.

Barbara said...

Both cards turned out so fun looking. I love that twine on the second card, it really works!

Barb said...

great cards-love the slip up and what you did

Susan Kapp said...

Love what you did with the sending love set and yes that paper is perfect!

Joanie said...

Love CAS!! Great coloring with the pencils. I have some, but just dig them out! May have to do it this weekend!

Kate Swanson said...

Amazing cards Paula! Thank you for participating in the hop! Love the watercolor pencils on our Every Hat set. And the string on the cups is SO cute! Didn't think of that before! Thanks again! - Kate at Art Impressions

Rebecca King said...

Really fun cards. Love the many hats lady.

Dolores said...

Love your rendition on these cards with the new AI stamps. TFS

chignon said...

I love how the string adds texture and interest - great mistake ;)

Tanya said...

i really like the cards.

Karenladd said...

LOVe the details like that cell phone paper and the paper string! Wonderful cards!

Ronni said...

I love your cards! I think my favorite feature is the twine spelling love! Awesome idea! I can just see the hat woman rolling her eyes! I was completely inspired by her. I have learned so much from your cards and tutorials.

Debbie Nims said...

Like the dimension!! Looks great!

BobbisTreasure said...

I love how you added the twine detail to the cord - cute!!

PoJo said...

Love it when things work out so well (your cell phone paper...and the paper string)! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for supporting OWH!

canadian_liner said...

Love the "every gal" coloured with watercolor pencils! And your "save" on the Love Knows No Distance card is perfect! There are no mistakes in stamping, just opportunities to get CRAFTY!

Lisa Brooks said...

I really loved your second card. the phone paper was too perfect.

Dotti Snell said...

That phone paper is so perfect for this card.

Gabby Lou said...

Love your cards super cute and creative!! Über cute!! Thanks for sharing!

Billie A said...

Both cards are wonderful I love the cording used for the tin can phones. I remember me and my brother doing this between bedrooms many many years ago. Thanks for the memories.

Rufus said...

Aw, Paula, you didn't need to "fess" up! Here I was thinking how clever you'd been to use something with dimension for the phone cord! Great job with these. Think they're gonna be lots of fun to play with and very popular with our Heroes! Thanks for all you do for OWH!
R/

TexasGramma said...

Love your bright colors! Thanks for supporting OWH.

Angelica Chambers said...

For a slip up, you covered it up quite well... I'd never know that was t on purpose! The TH string really looks good there and gives it more dimension! Thanks

Michele from MS said...

Paula she is just adorable and I love the watercolor effect! The 3 blue gems are a great touch. I love the blue paper with the cell phone background. What a beautiful design! The phone cord is the perfect touch to complete this awesome card. TFS!!

Anonymous said...

The "shade" beneath the multi-hat image is perfect. I struggle with those types of final touches . . .
Delightful cards!
Mary, Wausau WI

Rebecca King said...

Very nice cards. Love the pattern papers on Tin Can phone.

bayersps@wordpress.com said...

Your use of Bright colors and patterned paper really punches up these cards!

Rhonda Harre said...

Love the colorful cards! Your coloring is great. The paper is so perfect for the stamp image. :)

Sandy Allnock said...

How have you guys all done CAS cards with that hat image!? lol! Amazing!!! I'm highly impressed - well done! And the love card - the paper string is PERFECT!

KYCrafter said...

You make great cards!!

LINDA M said...

Really cute cards. This is really a terrific blog hop for a good cause.

Sharon said...

Another great cards. Keep them coming girls.

Kerry said...

These are totally fabulous! Awesome one layer card and the tech paper for the phone is too cool, the twine is a great touch!

Ann said...

Paula, cute, cute cards! I love how you did the paper cup phone! Great fix for an oops, also!

imagesbyheatherm said...

Great job on your cards! I love the string. It adds a nice bit of dimension. :)

Leslie Frederick said...

I am so going to lift the string idea. I love that card. It is so bright and cheerful. Thank you for all the stellar work you do for OWH.

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