Friday, March 7, 2014

WELCOME


Crafty friends,

I'm so very happy to be a part of this blog hop with Operation Write Home.   Today I have three cards featuring dies from Die-Versions' March 2014 release.

For my first card I had to go with a red, white and blue color scheme.   I started by stamping a wood background in red.  Next I dry embossed a star designed onto a 3 3/4 x 5 piece of red glitter paper and using a sharp craft knife I fussy cut a few of the stars out.  I taped this star embossed paper directly onto my card and in each of the star openings I inserted a glossy blue star sticker.   Next I took my new Sweet Phrases -Happy BDay die and die cut it in white and I fussy cut a mat in blue.


For my second card I used a softer color scheme of pink and blue.  I started with a 5 1/2 x 4 piece of blue pattern paper that I glued directly onto my card front.  Next I added a dolly element that I fussy cut from a scrap sheet of pattern paper.  I die cut the Sweet Phrases - Just For You die in white and placed a small piece of blue card stock behind it.  Pink twine and a thin dimensional flower element finished the card.


My third and final card today is one of thanks to all soldiers and their families.


For this card I started with a 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 piece of black card stock and a slightly smaller piece of red wood grain pattern paper, which I stamped an eagle background onto. I matted those two papers and set them aside.

Next I created a custom THANKS die cut by using the THANK from the Express Edges - Thankful die and the S from the Express Edges - Life Is Good die. This is a great technique to use when you don't have a word die you need.  I die cut both dies in black and tucked their tails under the black matted element I had set aside.

My final step was creating the metal element, which i did by die cutting the Whispers - Medal die twice. Once in kraft card stock and once in red glitter card stock.  I fussy cut the star from the red die cut element and glued it into the kraft die cut element.  I attached the metal element to the card on thin pieces of foam squares for a little dimension.

I hope you have enjoy this stop in the blog hop.  You next stop should be Donna's.

You can also return to the OWH Stars & Stamps blog and/or the Die-Versions blog.

Have fun hopping :)





93 comments:

  1. Mary I love all of your cards!! Your patriotic cards are my favorite!!

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    1. Thanks, Lori. It's so exciting to see and read all these comments. Crafters are nicest people.

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  2. Your cards are amazing, awesome and definitely guaranteed to give that warm fuzzy feeling to the heart.
    Great job!! You are one super talented gal!

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  3. All three of your cards are so fabulous, Mary!! I love how you've used the dies!! They look amazing!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Thanks Lisa :) This has been a great hop.

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  4. fabulous inspiring cards. Thanks !!

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  5. Hi Mary, these are delightful, my friend! I love them all, but my favorite is the last one! Well done!

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    1. Thanks Patti, hasn't this be a ton of FUN :)

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  6. I liked how you put blue behind the happy birthday Your cards are all awesome.

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  7. Love the doily layered behind the ticket! What a sweet card! Thanks so much for participating in our hop today!

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  8. Never would have thought of using my wood grain stamp with red ink for a background -- what a super idea to follow! Your medal card is so patriotic -- a medal to be proud of for the recipient.

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    1. Betty, that medal would also work on a congratulation card for a scout, or a simple father's day card. Having said that... I think I'll make some sample and post them on the DV blog in coming days, so stay tune :)

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  9. Very cool cards!! Love all three totally different looks with color & paper!

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  10. Awesome cards! I'm having a hard time picking between your first card and the last one. Neat idea to cut out parts of the embossed image - I'll have to give that a try!

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  11. Wow, all of these look fabulous. Really like the third one.

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  12. Your cards are great but I especially love the third one. Your choice of papers, colors and design elements all work so well together. I also like the cut-outs of the first card, with the stars inside. Great job!

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  13. What a variety of looks you got with your cards!!! I like the first one the best...love those patriotic colors! Radloff jen at cable one dot net

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  14. Wow, you are so creative, I really like the medal and the color choices. TFS

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  15. All card are wonderful, Mary. TFS
    Hugs,
    Archana

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  16. Great cards. I like the fussy cut border around the die, genius! All three are great examples of these super cool dies. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Great cards. I particularly like the 'Just for you' card that is so delightful and would brighten up anyone's day. tfs

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  18. The "fussy cut" work on the first card was certainly worth it. I love that card!

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  19. My favorite is the birthday card. I would never have thought to use red on the wood stamp. That was a great idea. Also, putting the blue stars inside the cut outs was great. I have a similar embossing folder that I cut out the stars and backed with different paper but didn't think to add the bling. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Pat, I cut those star out so that more of my background stamping would show. Adding the blue stars was totally a last minute decision :)

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  20. I love the first card - the red woodgrain stamping, the creative use of the dry embossed stars, and the layer behing the miss you die cut. This card pops!

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  21. Love your last card with the medal. Soooo amazing

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  22. Love the pops of pink on the doily card! Thank you for supporting Operation Write Home!

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  23. Such fun cards! I love that you also made a feminine one. Cute!

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  24. All your cards are great, but I especially like the first one because I'm partial to the RWB color scheme. Fussy cutting the stars and then putting stars into the space is very clever!

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  25. Love them all. Thanks for showing the embossed sheet with the stars cut out. Nice way to showcase them.

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  26. Great cards! Enjoying this hop very much!

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  27. Beautiful cards! I have that stars embossing folder...thanks for showing me a fun new way to use it!

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  28. I really like those tag dies and the way you used them all is great!

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  29. All are great cards. My fav is the last one. Love the medal die cut and the thanks. Thanks for the tip.

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  30. Mary, all of your cards are just AWESOME!!

    I loved all the dies. I liked the 'birthday ticket' die best. I also have the star embossing folder. I never would have thought of making the cut outs as you did. Such a creative mind. You have shared such a cute way to incorporate all the dies on your cards for our servicemen to 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.

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

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    1. Sue, your comments are so sweet. Thank you. My blog is usually a quite place... not a lot of traffic :) I'm so excited to have this much activity.

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  31. Great embellishments on your cards. I especially liked the way you enhanced the star background!

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  32. Wonderful cards. I like the colors combos and how you used the dies.

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  33. Neat way to combine dies. Love the lace doily

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  34. Great cards! I can easily see the first card being made an Any Hero card with so many stars (without the glitter, of course).

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    1. I think that glitter paper would be allow, because it doesn't rub off, but I have to check w/the boss lady to be sure :)

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

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  36. Great cards! Love the variety and creative use of the dies!

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  37. Very nice. Love the first one.

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  38. Great cards. My favorite is the first one.

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  39. The birthday ticket card is so fun. As someone else mentioned, I have that folder and never thought of doing that. So creative! It is a fun colorful card, good for all ages. Love the inlaid die technique, need to try that aftershave eyeing all these wonderful examples. The final card with the medal double cut and the Thanks that you specially created are fabulous. I'm learning so much just hooping along. Thank you!

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    1. I'm always tweaking my products to fit my needs. Clear stamp get cut apart, dies get combined, etc.

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  40. I really like the color combos you used to back the die sentiments!

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  41. all the cards look great. My favorite is the first one. Great fussy cutting and I love the glossy star stickers you added. Made the card extra special.

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    1. Thanks Jean. The first card is my fave also. I cut those star out so that more of my background would show. Adding the blue stars was a last minute decision :)

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  42. The "just for you" card is so pretty love your color choice!

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    1. thanks. I'm normally not a pink kind of girl, but lately those colors are just finding their way into my projects.

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  43. I love that you had the patience to fussy cut from the embossed paper. I'd have never thought of that but three effect is stunning. Ask the cards a very nice. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Crystal, fussy cutting those stars out didn't take any effect at all (believe me). Did it a try :)

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  44. What fun this hop is! I'm getting all sorts of new ideas...cutting out some of the stars from the embossing folder. That's one of those smack yourself in the head things...WHY didn't I think of that!! So creative. As for the last card, that's my favorite of all! Love the eagle stamp that you used and the way you created the word that you needed. Crafters are creative...we've got to be since we can't always find what we want already created for us. But have to say that Die-Versions has come pretty close with this release! Thanks for sharing!!
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    1. that Eagle stamp is a set of 4 postage looking clear stamps and it's old... sadly, I'm not sure who's it by, because I didn't keep track of brands back them.

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  45. Loved the cards, especially the stars and your cut outs. Looks so PRETTY!

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  46. I especially like the Thanks card with the metal. Great job.

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  47. Loving your patriotic cards, oh wow. So nice!!!!
    -Sandy, Exec Director/Founder, OWH
    http://sandyallnock.com

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  48. I love your cards. I really like the birthday card too. Hand cutting out the stars and using the blue shiny stars inside them against that great paper...great idea! Such a striking technique on the card. It goes so well with the die cut ticket. I'm definitely going to have to get this one.

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  49. Thanks for the tip on creating the "thanks" edge! All of your cards show a lot of love and care. :)

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  50. I was really hoping to see that medal die in action! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  51. Love all 3 cards but have to say the 1st one is my favorite. The way you embossed then fussy cut out some stars then centered the blue ones just makes this card pop! Great job!

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  52. Gorgeous cards...so creative. Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Excellent cards! I especially like the patriotic b'day one--so perfect for summer birthdays. The cutout stars really make a statement.

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  54. Look how clever you are to cut out those stars - love the result. Absolutely beautiful last card - BG and die cut.

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  55. Your cards are extraordinary...I am impressed with the diverse use of techniques and how your examples represent the categories that are needed the most at any time of the year. SWEET!

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  56. Love all your cards, but I think that first card with the embossed stars rocks! Love the way you cut out some of the stars & put the stickers in the negative space. Tfs!

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  57. Terrific group of cards Mary! I particularly like the softer look of the pink and blue design. The doily and twine are such nice touches. Thanks for participating in the hop and for supporting OWH!

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  58. The variety of cards you made is great. They are all such nice color schemes and very well done. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  59. WOW that first card is totally awesome!!

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  60. I really enjoyed all of your cards and the new techniques I learned from them. Since I'm pretty new at this, I am always looking for new ideas and you gave me several. Thanks, too, for adding dimensions of cut papers as I have a hard time figuring those out on some of the card sketches I use.

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  61. Fantastic cards, all of them. I simply love how you used the star embossing folder!

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  62. FABULOUS CARDS. EACH ONE IS SPECIAL IN IT'S OWN WAY. THE STARS CUT OUT OF THE EMBOSSED BACKGROUND, THE TWINE DETAILING , AND THE HANDMADE MEDAL. THANKS FOR SHARING WITH US.

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  63. The paper on the thanks card is truly awesome. Great choice.

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  64. Love how you cut out some of the embossed stars on the first one and added the blue stars in the negative space - really nice touch! Thank you for sharing these wonderful cards and for your support of OWH.

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  65. Your cards are all stunning. I think my fave is the first one with the patriotic theme and the way you cut out random stars from the embossing. By the way, your photography is awesome and I love how you staged that first card also.

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  66. I love the blue card, it's so bright and cheery.

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  67. Love the combination of textures on the birthday card. Your fussy cutting of those stars on the embossed panel shows a steady hand and a good eye!

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  68. Mary, great cards ! A lot of work with the first one (stars in red, white and blue) - but so worth it. That card looks absolutely stunning. All cards are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Ute

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  69. Love the creativity in your cards but especially the 1st one. The stamped background is perfect and all of the stars are so awesome! Thanks for sharing

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  70. All three of your cards are wonderful. I love all the fussy cutting you did on the cards. Great touch. Thanks for sharing.

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  71. Great cards and thank you for sharing your techniques and ideas.

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  72. Lovely cards! Very patriotic!!

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  73. Wonderful cards! Love them all-- you're so talented! Love the fussy cut starts!

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  74. I love how creative you were on the first and 3rd ones, doing things that are unexpected; nice job on all 3!! The 2nd one caught my eye with it's pretty color combo!! TFS!!!

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  75. I love the adorable little details you've added in your cards! They are all so pretty!

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  76. Love, love, love the red white and blue cards - I'm always drawn to them. Great job on all the cards!

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  77. I love all of your cards. The color combos are great. The cutouts on the embossed stars is especially interesting. I am going to give that idea a try.

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