Today Hero Arts is throwing a weekend-long Virtual Cardmaking Party in celebration of Operation Write Home's birthday. Their goal over the next 3 days is to create 500 or more handmade cards to donate to Operation Write Home - a wonderful organization that sends blank handmade greeting cards for all occasions to deployed service members (since they can't get to a Hallmark store to buy cards for their loved ones).
The Hero Arts Hostesses (both past and present) were invited to come up with challenges for the weekend. I was in the first group of Hosti, and our participants today are Donna, Jenn, Kelly, Lisa, and myself - known from here on as The Apronettes. (Judy and Karen couldn't join in this time because of travel and renovation plans, but they will be sadly missed!)
The Apronettes came up with the Punch Your Art Out Challenge - just use at least one die cut or punched shape - bought or handmade - on your card.
Here's my card:
MATERIALS: Stamps: Hero Arts (S3413, S5105, CL401), Hobby Lobby brand (text); Paper: Basic Grey (the bird); Ink: Hero Hues, Ranger Distress, VersaFine, Brilliance; Gems: Hero Arts, Recollections; OTHER: K & Co sentimen, Imaginisce brads, unknown ribbon; TOOLS: Tim Holtz and Nestibility dies.
DETAILS:I stamped the background paper with CL401 using Ranger Distress Broken China that had been stamped off once on scrap paper. The flowers were made by coloring white paper with Ranger Distress Inks (Mustard, Honey, Bard Door, Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar) using a sponge applicator tool. Then I stamped the text using brown VersaFine, followed by Hero Arts stamps S3413 and S5105 in Brlliance white and Hero Hues Soft Apricot. The bird and card edges got a dusting of Ranger Distress Faded jeans.
Come join this challenge and others - lots of prizes and goodies, so hurry on over! AS Donna writes on her blog, "ALL participants who submit or tag cards and send them into Operation
Write Home will be entered to win some fabulous giveaways, too. There
will be more details on that during the party so please join us at the Hero Arts Flickr group and be a part of this worthwhile cause!"
And please drop in on the rest of The Apronettes to see what they made using punches and dies: