Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OWH Birthday Bash with Stampers Best


Hey there, welcome! I am very excited to be able to join in today and share a few Any Hero cards with you that I've made with some of the Stampers Best OWH Fundraiser Stamps that I have in my collection.


This card uses the SB set called Combat Boots along with a sentiment for the My Hero Sentiment set. After stamping the boots onto kraft paper I glue it a piece of chipboard from a cereal box to give it some heft and fussy cut them. I then used a brown colored pencil to add some depth to the shadows.

Western Border & Fishtail Flag Dies (My Favorite Things) • Print Paper - Grade School Stack (DCWV) • Diamond Plate Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

This card is made with the Grunge Stars & Stripes stamp. This is a lot more distressing than I'd typically do on a card but it was fun and I think it works well with the stamp. I used some old Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Fired Brick/Faded Denim) along with some scraps from my Bo Bunny Anthem paper pad and my scrap box.
Sentiment is from the Stampers Best My Hero Sentiment set •  Tab Dies - Blueprints 1 (My Favorite Things)
This last card was created with the SB stamp called Bald Eagle Portrait and the gold embossed 'HERO' element is from the Hero Panels stamp. I created it by stamping onto a very heavy card stock, fussy cut the letters and then coated it in Versamark so I could fully heat embossed it in gold.
Sentiment is from the Stampers Best My Hero Sentiment Set 
I'm looking forward to writing a note of thanks into each one of these. The need for Any Hero mail is always great. If you'd like to know what I typically write inside mine check out this post. I know the mail is appreciated by our heroes and it makes me feel good too. Remember that writing Any Hero mail is something anyone can do, it can be written on store bought cards and you can get the kids involved using the OWH Coloring pages. 

Many thanks for stopping by and to Stampers Best for their steadfast support of OWH and our mission. Now head on over to see what wonderful inspiration Julie has in store for you over at...



Happy Crafting!
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59 comments:

Sandy Allnock said...

You always have such great ideas to jumpstart our creativity, Paula! So much eye candy - but I'm struck by how you created the "Hero" in the last card, wow! That's some love totally poured into the card!

Erika said...

Wow - these cards have so many wonderful details and my favorite is the distressed American flag. The stamps are such a great element to say thanks to our heroes. I will add these to my wish list!

Jenny said...

The "Boots" card really strikes me- the color palette is reminiscent of army fatigues and your use of the industrial embossing plate speaks to the hard nature of a soldier's work. Thank you for telling the story not just in words and images, but also in the colors and textures you used.
PS- love your blog theme, too! : )

Diane Loughrey said...

Wow!!! First thing that popped out to me was the boots - really realistic looking. Great job.

Robin said...

beautiful cards. I love the distressing in the flag card

Jo Ann Usey said...

Your cards are always an inspiration to me - I love the prominent images and the cut out "HERO" on the last card is really a great standout.

Nancy Keller said...

Love all of these,Paula! That BoBunny paper is among some of my most horded and coveted. I'm surprised that I don't keep it in a glass box, I love it that much! The way that you did your boots is very cool. I will have to remember that and give it a try sometime!

Tami B. said...

All three are wonderful and each one has a special element that really stands out for me. These will be very welcomed and enjoyed by the recipients I'm sure.

Alycia said...

Your cards have this grungy, "man" feel but are still so elegant at the same time. Love them.

Michele Cunningham said...

Your cards are stunning. I love everything about them. Such great attention to details. It would be hard to pick out a favorite.

Annie Wills said...

These are all great, but my favorite is the eagle...the image is really striking against the background papers you chose. Nicely done!

Ronni Unger said...

Beautiful cards Paula - as always.

VikkiCH said...

Great design & sure to make a hero feel good!

Marsha said...

FAB cards. I really like that image of the boots - nice coloring and the die cut border is perfect. You put so much time and love into your cards - just like fussy cutting and embossing HERO. I know that these are treasured by our heroes.

Cheryl said...

Wonderful cards Paula, all so special. I really like the "grunge" card, so many details lovingly put into it. Thank you to you family for their service to our country!

airbornewife said...

Oh Paula.. WOW! your cards are beautiful. I love, love, love the last one.. that Eagle stamp is one of my favorites to use on Hero Mail and Thank You for your Service cards. I really like how you did the HERO on it. Bravo!!! thanks for sharing ~ Pam

Susan said...

gorgeous cards! my favorite is the flag one. something about the combination of tabs and the flag. thanks for sharing!

nancy y said...

great detail on all three of these cards, gives me some inspiration. I live the way you've used the star punch and brads to tie the first card together and all the patterns on the second one go so well together. Very neat how you did HERO on the last one! thanks for sharing.

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Wow Paula, your cards are amazing! I love the dimension and texture your cards always have. I'm in love with card 3... I've never seen the eagle done so beautifully and what you did with the "hero" stamp is fantastic!

Linda said...

All are wonderful! I admit I cannot pick a favorite, but I really love the hero and how you did that. Thanks for the inspiration!

postalorphan said...

Fabulous cards! I love the stitched detail on the first one, and that cool meshy ribbon on the last one.

Lee Mae said...

Those boots always had me stumped, but now after seeing them on the kraft paper, I will be adding them to my wish list along with the distressed flag from your second card. Love the eagle with the hero overlay. All three cards are fabulous: great layouts, colors, and ideas!

Ann said...

I love all these cards Paula, but the first one with the boots and star border cut out of Kraft is fabulous!

Velda said...

You make grunge look good. I loved the way you used the boots. I always have trouble using some of these stamps and you gave me some great ideas.

Ava Oxley said...

Nice work! I really like that overly stressed look on the second card. Almost looks like the flag I saw today on tv at the 9-11 ceremony.

Joan K said...

Thanks for explaining the "HERO" treatment. I have that stamp, but I always felt it was hard to make out the letters - this technique is perfect for this sentiment!

One Scrappy Gal said...

I love your cards, especially the boots one! I love the detail you used in the eagle too.

Lucy Schmidt said...

Your card details are always so striking. That boot image gets me every time. Love the distressed look on these.

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Paula! Your three cards are absolutely beautiful and a great way to commemorate this day in history and our current day heroes! You know how much I love your vintage effects on Card 2; it shouts "Old Glory!"

Kay said...

Love how the boots look so real. You can tell a lot of time and love went into your cards.

Kay said...

Love how the boots look so real. You can tell a lot of time and love went into your cards.

Kathy said...

Each one of your cards have such wonderful details added.The Bald Eagle Portrait card is so awesome. The gold embossed HERO panel along with the sentiment are perfect for an Any Hero Card.

Diane said...

I am a sucker for combat boots--love all the details on the card! The embossed HERO is magnificent with the eagle! Thanks for all the inspiration!

KindleLover said...

I like the rustic feel to all of these cards. The pencil treatment you gave to the boots image was a nice touch.

AllisonG said...

WOW! These are all amazing cards, Paula. I really like the one with the flag - the distressed look is amazing. I love how you added depth to the boots and the brown and green color combo looks really good together...wouldn't have thought of that one.

Patricia Meadows said...

Love your cards. Thank you for sharing you idea about the cereal box. I was wondering this morning if we could use recycled clean cereal boxes. Made my first card a few days ago and though I will probably be doing Hero Mail for a while,its fun to see all the talent you and the others have. Also watching your bootcamps. Learning! Thanks for doing what you do for others.

Julie said...

Awesome cards, Paula! I love the idea of using a brown colored pencil to deepend the shadows on those boots - you're so clever!

Heather C said...

Great cards! I love all of them, but particularly the first stamped image. You did such a great job with the colored pencils adding to the image.

Lisa Brooks said...

Paula your cards are amazing. I don't think I could pick a favorite. I loved the boots, the coloring on the eagle, and the background for the grunge flag. Didn't look grunge to me. Love them!

Linda said...

I absolutely loved these cards. I have the Eagle and a Flag, I think I will try your techniques

Kelly said...

I just can't tell you which one is my favorite!! I love them all and the boots are so perfect but the flag is so great!!

Debbie Caldwell said...

I'm always eager to check out your blog, you have such incredible talent, I aspire to be like you!! (got a long way to go though :) )
I love love love the grunge card, I like that stamp and have used it a lot but never like that...I see a CASE here.

Patti J said...

I think I gasped out loud when I saw those boots. Your cards are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Rebecca King said...

Love all 3 cards. Love the technique on the boots & the star border!!! Great job!!!

Cindy's Card Co said...

I love them all. Cards without coloring, what a novel idea :) They are stunning.

croppinmama said...

All of these are great uses of the images. I think you rocked the distressed look on the second one. Love the star border on the first one, and it reminds me to use my embossing folder like you used on that one. TFS and for all you to do support OWH. I've learned so much from your tutorials and blog posts.

croppinmama said...

All of these are great uses of the images. I think you rocked the distressed look on the second one. Love the star border on the first one, and it reminds me to use my embossing folder like you used on that one. TFS and for all you to do support OWH. I've learned so much from your tutorials and blog posts.

Sherry Butcher said...

Wonderful designs for your cards. Love the combos. TFS.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Oh these are great cards for heroes. Each one of them brings out so special feeling. The last one is stunning. I like how you did with the HERO letters. Thanks for sharing.

Colleen said...

I really like the 1st card and the idea of using cereal box for stability, But the Eagle card just kinda took my breath away. The way to made the HERO embossing is terrific, I am just awestruck by this card!

Samantha said...

Love your cards! The distressing on the second one looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

SuzAnn said...

Love that boot card and the depth you added to them. That star border is fabulous; I've never seen it before and it pulls the whole card together.

Awesome as always!

Valerie said...

What great cards. I love the realistic look you were able to get on the boots.

Sue D said...

Fabulous cards! I like the boots stamped on kraft.

Emily said...

These are great and I'm sure they'll be much appreciated by whoever receives them. Love the first one with the boots!

Kathy S said...

Love the boots card with the embossing in the back - very "manly".

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

these are fantastic! I LOVE those boots & have thought many times of getting them...

Mary Ellen Driggs said...

Your cards are all wonderful.

I especially like the one you did with the Grunge stars & stripes stamp.

I'd love to know how you applied the ink on their. As I have that stamp and haven't had a chance to use it because I'm not sure how to ink it up all at once.

Hugs

rscholz said...

Enjoyed seeing all 3 of your cards. Thanks for the tip in using a cereal box to add dimension to a image. Thanks for sharing.

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