Monday, April 8, 2013

monday...OWH masculine card set

Hi there again! I have a very special post for you. Some time back (about a month now?) I found out about Operation Write Home. They are a wonderful group of card makers that provide our troops with handmade cards for them to keep in touch with loved ones and I thought it was a wonderful idea! I do not have anyone in the military but I truly respect the military for what they do. You see, I wasn't born in the US and I feel it's a privilege for me to be living here without any worries about my safety. For that, I'm truly grateful.

So, since finding them, I've been thinking and planning on putting together a few cards to help this wonderful group out but it wasn't until yesterday that I finally started. I'm a scrapbooker first and a cardmaker second and simple cards are hard for me. My cards tend to look like mini scrapbooks-and I like them that way! However, for OWH, the cards are required to be less than 1/4 in thick. This in itself is a challenge for me! SO I started planning on working with one of their wonderful sketches and try to make some cards. I ended up making a OSW (one sheet wonder) with 8 finished cards!

Here's my sketch inspiration:167

and my quick OSW diagram, in case you are interesting:

and here is my 8 cards set from this One Sheet Wonder design:

They all follow the same basic design of the sketch but if you know me, you know I can't make 8 cards with all the same design-they have to be at least a little bit different! :)

Here's a close up of one of the cards. I used Heartfelt Creations papers, stamps and dies for this set.

Another close up of a card.

Close up of my handmade button. I used a Cuttlebug Alpha (Baby Face) set that came with a button die. I die cut a thicker layer and a cardstock layer. I then stamped Heartfelt Creations wood background stamp randomly over them and inked their edges. I layered them and added Diamond Glaze. After they dried, I added some black twine and added them to my card.

I stamped a simple sentiment on the inside.

I meant for this set to me a Father's Day set but I decided against it (or at least to have it say 'father's day' on it) last minute. I figured something like this can be used for Father's Day but also as any masculine greeting as well. I did make a specific Father's Day set but I can't show it yet because I used the newest Heartfelt Creations collection that debuts this Wednesday! :)

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
Western Bronco PreCut Set
Woodland Growth PreCut Set
Scenery Builder PreCut Set
Western Elements PreCut Set
Window Accents PreCut Set
Rustic Western Elements DieClassic Oval Lg

Thanks for stopping by again today! Have a wonderful week! :)


  1. Wow! First of all, thanks for supporting OWH! And second of all, I am beyond impressed by your One Sheet Wonder diagram! I have trouble sticking to simple sketches, lol; no way could I ever pull that off!

    The cards are all wonderful and I know you're going to make eight lucky recipients so happy! (I also plan to CASE your button idea. That's beyond fabulous. I had no idea until you described how you made it that it wasn't an actual wooden button!)

  2. These cards are WONDERFUL!!! So happy you have found Operation Write Home and have chosen to participate, and then to share your creations with the rest of us is inspiring! I love the OSW technique and hope to use yours very soon! Now I just need to find the right two sided 12x12 paper in my stash!

  3. Beautiful cards! So happy to have you joining in supporting OWH. I love how you used the entire 12x12 paper. I totally understand not wanting to leave any scraps leftover. I love how you made each card slightly different. And your handmade buttons are beautiful. I hope to see more of your lovely cards soon.

  4. Wow, your card set is fabulous, I love the way you've used your patterned paper and made the button. I especially like the button!

  5. Gorgeous cards! Your diagram is super impressive. tfs!!!

  6. Beautiful cards. I love the neutral tones and that border punch is very nic as well. Nice job, thanks for sharing.

  7. WOW!!! I love the OSW idea (I never heard of it before). And making your own buttons is amazing. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  8. Wow Amarilys, what gorgeous cards. Thank you for supporting OWH, and I know these cards will brighten the day for 8 lucky people. I love your OSW diagram and I've got to try it. Thanks for sharing. I love how you took this one sketch and made 8 different looks. The rope and handmade buttons really adds loads of texture. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work. Thanks for playing in this week's OWH sketch challenge... and Welcome!

  9. How wonderful these are. Love the colors and how you did a variation on each one!

  10. These are awesome, Amarilys! I don't like doing the same thing over and over either, what a great idea! I love OSW too! Thanks for sharing these! Blessings! Kathy


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