Friday, March 7, 2014

OWH Die-Versions Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to my stop on today's OWH Fundraiser Blog Hop. I'm excited to be able to join in and show you a few of the brand new dies being introduced by Die-Versions to support OWH. If you're hopping along in order you should be arriving from Archi's CraftCave

If you've gotten off-track or want to start from the beginning head on over to

Now on to my card shares. I created two cards that will both be used as Any Hero notes. (If you're new to OWH, those are the handwritten notes of thanks and greetings included in each and every box of cards sent out. 

In this first card I used my Die-Versions die to cut the focal point sentiment and then I used the resulting 'stencil' to trace out my other hexagons so they'd all be the same size. Creating your own stencils with dies is a great way to stretch your creativity and your crafty budget all at the same time.


I used a pencil to trace the hexagon shape onto the back side on my papers using the die-cut reverse shown here, and then used a ruler and craft knife to cut along the traced lines. Easy!


On this card, featuring the Hero edge die and Combat Boots by Die-Versions I used some scrap papers in various greens, torn and inked to create a camo effect for the background. Inking the bootprints in an uneven pattern gives then a little added dimension and texture.


Thanks to Die-Versions for creating these great fundraiser dies for OWH and to you for stopping by and visiting with me. You have a lot more to explore on today's hop and your next stop is



Happy Crafting!
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101 comments:

Joan Smith said...

Your cards are amazing you really came up with such creative and clever ideas. Love what you did and how you did it. You truly are talented and your cards will mean so much!

Lori Kobular said...

Paula your cards are amazing!! I think I have to get the

Becky S. said...

I especially like the heavy-tread boot tracks! Very cute cards. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanette Fincher said...

I love both of them, but the one with the boots and the edge die really stands out to me.

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous!! I love how you've showcased the dies!! So happy to be hopping with you!!

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jeanette Fincher said...

So sorry if this posts twice, but it's not showing up. :( I love both of these cards, but the one with the boots really stands out to me. I love the Hero edge die. Thanks for sharing!!

Lori Kobular said...

Paula your cards are Amazing!! Love your paper choices!

Anke said...

Thanks for sharing. Really like your cards, especially the second one!

Patti J said...

Wow, Paula...great job with the Die-Version dies. Your cards are perfect!

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Super cards with a great eye-catching combo of hexagon papers, makes me drool. And those boot prints! March on, great hero is what they say

sherry varga said...

Love the hexagons and all the work you did cutting them. The heavy boot tracks are just awesome and I like how you incorporated the die on the side. Great cards.

Patty said...

Great cards!! Especially love the greens & browns & that great boot print on your second!!

Julie said...

Love love love the quilt effect on the hexagon card! Thanks so much for participating in our hop today!

Lori Kobular said...

Paula I love your cards!! Your paper choices are perfect!

Gabby Sews said...

Wonderful cards! I love those combat boots and your tip on using the die to create a template is something I will definitely be trying out. Thanks for sharing!

Anne Temple said...

Love both of these, especially like the boots on the ground one. Love creating stencils with my dies too.

Tammy said...

Was really looking forward to seeing your cards on this hop. I always enjoy, and CASE, your ideas.

clmelton said...

I'm curious about the paper on the first card. Was it preprinted with patriotic words or did you stamp them? Either way, it's a great effect.

I'm impressed with your original camo paper and the boot prints are great. TFS!

just jill said...

Oh, my goodness! Your boot print card is the best ever! Love the colors, love the subtlety of the card. Absolutely stunning!

Jen R said...

I like the one with the boot treads...very neat and different!!! Radloff jen at cable one dot net

greggers said...

Wow, your ideas are great! Both of your cards are wonderful Thanks for sharing!!

Archana Joshi said...

Both cards are stunning. TFS
Hugs,
Archana

Stamp S'More with Linda said...

Love the footprints. Great sample!

Debbie Caldwell said...

Great idea Paula for making your own hexagons! The bootprints card is great. I'm a huge fan of yours and love your talent. Thanks for sharing your tips and talent.

Steampunk Suzy said...

Ooooh I really like these. The more I see these images it makes me think that the products could be used for other things too such as fathers day or his birthday. You could even give a card like this to a fan of geocaching.

Marsha C said...

The combat boots...I love them! So unique!

Aimee said...

Gorgeous cards! I love how the hexagons turned out looking like stars!!!!!

Shelley C said...

great tip using the hexagon die! the boot print is growing on me.

Pat said...

Love the boot prints and it is even better that you were able to use up some scrap paper.

Sue D said...

I like how you used the die to make a stencil on the first one and the torn paper to make the camo background on the second.

Donna Inks said...

Love, love, love that handmade camo card, Paula! I'll have to use that idea when I run out of camo paper! Thank you so much for all you do to support Operation Write Home!

Cherie said...

I really like all of the details on your second card. What a great way to make some camo paper. The multiple colors on the boots make them much more realistic.

Dee Earnshaw said...

I LOVE the footsteps card. The combination of the green tone colors are stunning and so creative:)

kathleen mansfield said...

Great cards and great tips! I like the way you created the camo background. The boot track are great!

Elsie B said...

These are two very different cards! I'm partial to RWB, so the first card caught my eye. I love how you created the additional hexagons and used a variety of papers. On the second card you were so clever to create your own camo paper! Inking the boot treads randomly makes them very realistic. Thanks for the inspiration!

Marie H said...

I love the boots! Very cute. I also like what you did with the hexagons, it looks like a quilt.

Andrea T said...

I always love looking at your cards. They are always so creative and distinctive. TFS

Ann said...

Paula, thank you for the great tips on using die cuts for stencils. Your cards are fabulous! I really like the torn paper and the inked boots on the hero card!!

Barbra said...

Love your cards!

Anne Slattery said...

The boots are the best. And thanks for showing how to make camouflage paper with scraps. You are always inspiring.

Rose Hackman said...

Love the use of the hexagons in the first card, and love how you created the camo look in the second card. Two heroes will be extra lucky to receive these cards.

Marsha said...

Love the boot tracks!!! very cool how you used the greens for camo.

Becki with an i blog said...

I really like how you created the camo background. I don't have camo paper but can create the effect using your method. TFS

Sue C said...

I especially love the hexagon shape dies. You've shared such a cute way to incorporate them on your cards our servicemen send home to tell their loved ones back home they miss them.

I REALLY enjoyed the blog hop!!! I was SO inspired and anxious to make many new cards.

Thanks you Paula, and the entire design team for all your hard work for our servicemen! I'm proud to participate.

Sharon R said...

Loved the cards you made. The boot tracks made an impact. Thanks for sharing your craft.

Miss Marie said...

Love the bootprint card! It has great personality.

Ann Abrahamson said...

Not only are your cards great eye candy, but I enjoy how you always "teach" me something new when I visit :-) Love, love, love the hexagon hero card!

Lynne said...

Wasn't sure about those boot tracks but your card is really nice

Sabrina said...

Love the boots!!

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Great cards as always Paula. I like the tips on using the hexagon negative for cutting identical sized hexagons. Absolutely love what you did with the boot tracks. They look so realistic with the extra touch of color.

Irit Shalom said...

Amazing job! Great use of DV dies! Love it!

JoAnn said...

Fabulous cards Paula. Love the one with the boots.

seamom said...

"Boots on the ground" - a great card! I like them both. Wonderful inspiration!

Marie said...

Love your cards, especially the one with the boots!

Lori Kobular said...

Paula I love your cards, but especially love the way you created the camo paper!!

Patricia Meadows said...

Love seeing your cards. I new they would be great and you did not disaappoint. I especially like the shoe soles was wondering how someone was going to use that one. Thanks for sharing.

Bounding said...

Wow! Love the way you created your own camo paper. I never would have thought of that. What a wonderful Any hero card that will be well appreciated.

papermorsels said...

I was wondering how folks were using plain hexagons! Thanks for the tip! The boots dies looks really great on the camo background!

Colleen said...

Love the quilt kind of look on the hexagon card!

Jean Bullock said...

Gosh, both cards are great. Love the quilted look of the first card and boot treads of the second look awesome against the background. Well done.

Crystal said...

I love the boot prints on your camo background. Great job. Thanks for the share!

Mary M. said...

I LOVE everything about your boot print hero card.

Rufus said...

I'm loving, loving, loving the new Die-Versions dies for OWH! Such creative ways to use them. Thanks for all you do for OHW!
R/

Cheryl Schmitke said...

Some more AMAZING cards - thanks for the ideas!

Dotti Snell said...

I really like what you did with HERO edge die. Good job.

Cathy said...

Thank you for the hexagon technique! I love how the pattern makes a star.

TK said...

These are both great. Such wonderful new dies and benefiting OWH...win, win. I really like your 2nd card using the torn pieces to create the camo effect. I might have to CASE that idea. :)

Operation Write Home said...

Loving your AnyHero cards, Paula! You rocked 'em! I was hoping someone would show the bootprints, I'm at a loss :) :) Yours looks great!

-Sandy, Exec Director/Founder, OWH
http://sandyallnock.com

Joan K said...

I am definitely drawn to the camo look and the bootprints on the second card - what a strong focal image! Your inking of the print to look muddy is awesome. Some hero is going to be wowed as well no doubt.

Nancy Keller said...

Love these, Paula!! So glad to see you on the hop today... Tonight... I am late-night hopping. Wouldn't miss it for the world though. I'm always happy to see what you've been up to!! :)

Bert B said...

I love how you did the 1st card, what a great idea and the papers you used are so cool together! I ordered the Hero edge die, can't wait to get it and start playing!

Mary Locke said...

Such lovely cards ... So creative and I'm sure any hero would love receiving them. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Kay--Paper Artist said...

Great cards, especially the boot tread. Love the new dies!

Crafty56 said...

I love the boot die-cuts and the use of the hexagons.

Andrea La Vigne said...

Your cards are simply awesome, Paula! I love the bright, patriotic colors in the first one, and the hexagons make it especially unique. And I like what you did with the coloring on the boot print die-cuts. Tfs!

ladybug said...

Love the boots on the camo background!

Annan said...

Wonderful cards. The color scheme and technique on the camo card is outstanding. Great job!

sara said...

love your hexagon card so colorful

Jeanne Woody said...

You are SO clever! I will definitely try expanding my craftiness by using "stencils' made with the reverse of my die cuts. And how smart to use various shades of torn green paper to create a camp effect! Economical use of scraps ~ always a good idea. :-)

WhoMom said...

VERY NICE CARDS. HEXIES ARE MY FAVORITE AND I HAVE A GREAT PUNCH FOR THEM. THE SECOND CARD IS AWESOME, THE TORN PAPER IN THE BACKGROUND IS A GREAT ELEMENT.

Misty said...

As usual, your cards are amazing! I especially like the boots with the camo back.

kzladie said...

Love both the cards, but especially the effect with the various colored papers under the boot.

Diane Loughrey said...

I love the boots on the camouflage. Not sure if I would have thought of that.

Aundria B. said...

Great idea to use the cut out as a stencil - nothing wasted! And the camo effect with the bootprints is really cool! Thank you for sharing these cards and for your ongoing support of OWH.

Cindy's Card Co said...

As usual, you cease to amaze me Paula. I love the homemade camo paper, I never thought to do that. Those will make awesome hero cards.

PoJo said...

Love both of your cards. Your hand cutting of those hexagons shows a steady hand and good eye! I thought you might have done it with an electronic diecutting machine. They are so sharp!

Love the treatment you did on the bootprint. Thanks for showing that die on a card. I had no idea it was that large.

lhalnan said...

Nice card with the boots die - great details!

Michele from MS said...

What a great idea to trace around the die for matching accents! Love that idea! The boot prints on the 2nd card with the torn green camo pieces is fabulous! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Ute said...

Paula, thanks for the tip with the stencil - that makes it all look very symmetrical and pleasing. (And I always love tips to save money :-)
Both cards are really nice. Ute

rscholz said...

Love both of your cards and how you showcased the dies. I really like how you did the background on the second card. A great way to make camo looking paper. Thanks for sharing.

Karen Engelder said...

Great examples, thank you for sharing. I liked the use of paper scraps to add to the background.

Samantha said...

Thanks for the tip on creating the hexagons! Beautiful cards!

chignon said...

I love how you stretched your crafting dollar by making a template for the hexagon! And I adore how you did the boot prints with the extra color for interest.

Sarah said...

Oh my word--- the hexagons are amazing but I simply LOVE the boot prints as well! How fantastic!

Alicia Merline said...

Thanks for giving such clear instructions so we can CASE these cards.

Nancy M said...

Wow-- I love the first one; it is so well-designed!! Colors, patterns, all seems just perfect and thanks for the tips, too!! Second one is fab, too--I WILL be CASE'ing the camp idea; you are so clever!!! TFS!!

Doudou said...

Beautiful cards!

Robin said...

Just wonderful! WOW

crimsonowlcreations said...

I LOVE those little boots! That's such a creative design and the colors you've chosen look great! Very nice!

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Taunya Butler said...

The cards here are super cool and I love the purpose!! How inspiring!! Also congrats on the Leibster Award nomination from Penny - she's great, isn't she?

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