Saturday, August 31, 2013

Let's Get the Party Started! OWH VCMP Day 1

Operation Write Home is kicking off it's month long birthday celebration with the annual Labor Day Weekend Virtual Card Making Party. Unlike a hop where one blog is linked to the next, in a VCMP there are challenges hosted on various blogs. It's almost as if you're going from one friends house to the next and visiting just long enough to make a card before you head on over to the next house on your list. I could be wrong but I think it's a format that's unique to OWH. 

Anyway they're always a lot of fun and I'm hoping to participate in as many as possible over the next two days. As I've done in the past I'll come back here and add on to this post for the other challenges today.

One of the things I enjoy most about VCMPs is the chance to hunt through old stamps and long held supplies so I will include some sourcing info. but not a exhaustive list. If you see something you like and I haven't identified just ask and if I can I'll tell you what it is and where I got it.

Let's get the Party started!

Papers (Studio G) in the Michael's Bargain Bin - Sentiment Stampin Up (Retired) - Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart) - Circle Punch (EK Success)
Challenge #1 - Hosted by Nancy
Create a Christmas/Winter Card using the Supplied Sketch

I usually keep pretty close to the original when using a sketch but in this case I took some (okay, quite a bit) of liberty with it. I flipped it on it's side, pushed the squares off the left edge and added a few that are not on the sketch.

Sentiment (Hero Arts) - Leaf Punch (EK Success) - Leaves & Swirls Jumbo Border (Stampin Up Retired)
Challenge #2 - Hosted by Diane
Create a card with elements that are represented by the letters O-W-H

What a really fun challenge idea! Let's see for my O - orange, W- woodgrain and H- Hello. I think this might officially be the first fall card I've made this year. 
Everyday Elegance Paper & Ribbon (Stampin Up) - Signature Greetings Sentiment (Papertrey Ink)
Challenge # 3 - Hosted by Seongsook
Triple Die Cutting Technique

Though I considered unpacking my Cameo I decided it would probably be just as easy to do it with a pencil, ruler and cutter. This new variation is definitely a  paper saving alternative and would be especially great if you're making a bunch of these.

Elegant Lines EF (Stampin Up) - Lovey Dovey Sentiments (My Favorite Things) - Steel Blue Ink & Fishtail Flag Stax Dies (MFT) - DSP Attic Boutique (Stampin Up)
Challenge # 4 - Hosted by Annette
Love Themed Card Using OWH Sketch #29

I took a very easy path on this one I admit. Stamp the sentiment and layer it, emboss a background, die cut my flag banner, tie a simple knot bow and assemble it all together and yet I think it might be my favorite so far.

Happy Crafting!


JoAnn Ross said...

Once again you show why you're a master! I love your take on the design, the papers are wonderful and the white stamp, which I often have trouble with, is gorgeous! I'm so saving this for inspiration!

Beth F. said...

Great job on your card! I love the layout of it.

Penny Ward said...

Gorgeous! Love the color blue for the holidays...I love your take on the sketch...why be normal when we can be different!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, I like how you tweaked the sketch. Cool and groovy. Also, I seriously <3 that snowflake.

Nancy Keller said...

Hey lady!! Thanks again for your help with the sketch! I love your take on the card, especially the white embossed sentiment! This is really gorgeous!! :)

Robin said...

fabulous cards
I like how you took liberties with the sketch and added some squares, so pretty!

byAnnette said...

Really like the blue card on the side with the added squares. Also the cut out of the paper design on the third card is a great touch.

Pat Kinkaid said...

Great cards Paula. I love your punched out snowflake on the first card. I will definitely be CASEing that.

JoAnn said...

Fabulous card. Love your take on each of the challenges.

Jan Mougel said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I did not even think of posting my cards there. This is my first time in a challenge.

I love your cards, the blue one is my favorite.

Rhonda said...

Beautiful. The pattern for the triple cut is stunning with the inside focal point.

Julie said...

All of these are lovely, Paula! I think the first one might be my favorite - love how you flipped it on it's side and made it monochromatic!

Sharon Underwood said...

Your cards are beautiful! I'm enjoying this OWH Virtual Card Making Party, and your description is right on!

Lynn said...

Paula, all of your cards are terrific! I love the one with the wood grain and big leaf. I think that leaf is what I am looking for to add to my fall card! Thank you for your inspiration!

Lori L said...

As always, all of your cards are beautiful and inspire my creativity. I always look to see how you combine those SU DSP. I have tons hanging around.

Diane said...

Every card is outstanding! I love your card for Nancy's sketch! And yahoo for fall cards- my favorite time of year! Thanks for joining my challenge!

Stacy B said...

Gorgeous cards Paula, I love all the papers you've chosen. The blue squares is my striking!

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