Saturday, May 28, 2011

It's bloghop time! OWH Memorial Day Bloghop



Time for another blog hop... I almost had to miss out on this one - we were supposed to be out of town, but we had to cancel at the last minute. So here I am to wish you a happy memorial day weekend on behalf of Operation Write Home. If you're following along in order, you should have come from Jennifer's blog - Ink n Scrap Habits. If not, click on the image above to go back to the beginning, or follow along from here.

The theme for this weekend is Missing You cards. I used a pre-printed card base, but covered all but a tiny border with my own cardstock (the back has a 'shadow' pattern printed on it so if they flip the card over it's decorated too.) I used my three favourite techniques for decorating - an reverse-inked embossed sheet for the background using bright cheery orange and golden yellow ink, punch art flowers, and I finished with a few carefully chosen metallic stickers for some bling. (the centers of the flowers are tiny stickers, and the butterfly is metallic orange.) The sentiment is stamped directly onto the cardstock in basic black.

Off to your next blog now - Patty has something for you at her blog Psmitty Papercrafts. But before you go here's your little surprise. Take careful note of it!

PS. People have been asking how to do the reverse embossing. It's simple. Just run your cardstock through the embossing machine, and then flip it over and ink up the BACK of the sheet instead of the front. The ink will go onto the flat parts of the cardstock and stay out of the holes.

76 comments:

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

Very nice

thanks for hopping with OWH

Barb Housner

KarenS said...

Very pretty card. I like the background :-)

Dixie Cochran said...

Sorry you had to cancel your trip, but glad you get to hop with us!! Beautiful, summery card!

Susie said...

Beautiful background - perfect for the butterfly.

Cynthia said...

Love the background -I'm interested in the reverse ink embossing technique on this card. I can never seem to make it come out right. What's your secret?
Hope your Memorial Day is a pleasant one...

Jean B in PA said...

I like your card colors and the reverse-inked embossed background. I haven't tried that yet, but I do have that embossing folder, so maybe I will be bold about it now!

Meg Bean said...

Such a wonderful and colorful card. Neat technique!

Kajikit said...

Cynthia - there isn't any secret. Just emboss as usual and then flip it over and ink up the back of the sheet instead of the front. The ink will go on the bit of the paper that's flat and stay out of the hollows.

Lisa Oliver said...

Beautiful colors and a great example of the reverse inked embossing folder. I think I will have to give that a try!

Missy said...

Beautiful card!

Julie said...

Beautiful card, Karen! I'm going to try that reversed inked embossing technique, thanks for telling us how you did it!

Redonna said...

Great technique. I have never tried that, but I am interested now.

TFS,
Redonna
rleckie911@gmail.com

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Cynthia,
I love the colors and background you used! Lovely!
Blessings!

liannallama said...

what a cheerful card! I love the background you made!

AllisonG said...

Thanks for the tip on reverse embossing. What a neat look! I'll have to give it a try.

Jen said...

Lovely. I'm going to have to try reverse embossing!

Misty said...

Great card, sorry you missed your trip! Thanks fro answering the emboss ? before I asked...LOL!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Brandy and Andie said...

Neat card. Love the butterfly and I will have to give the reverse embossing trick a try.

sharon g said...

When I saw your card, I said aloud,"OOOOHHHHHH". It is seriously gorgeous! sharon.gullikson at gmail.com

Jennifer Scull said...

what a great card! and thanks for the tip! :)

Becca Whitham said...

See...you would think the reverse embossing thing would be a no brainer. Obviously, I have no brain! What a great tip...and a great card!!

Christy said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for the mini-tutorial on inking the reverse embossed paper. I'll have to try that technique. TFS!

K said...

nice color combo! and love that reverse embossing! pretty card!

Michele G said...

Colorful and heart warming card

sandy said...

Beautiful card!!

One Scrappy Gal said...

What a dainty sweet card Love it!

...Darlene said...

Nice use of color and technique. This card will brighten someones day! Thank you for sharing in the blog hop.

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. I just love the way it looks when you ink up the back of an embossed piece of cs. TFS.

Cheryl said...

Great card! It is certain to brighten someone's day



--Cheryl--

Anonymous said...

aha, i had to take a second, closer look at your card to see what you did with it, it turned out great!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip.

Yolanda said...

Neat technique. I like how the butterfly contrasts with the rest of the colors.

Nancy M said...

Thanks for the tip. Your card is very colorful.

Dolores A. said...

Thanks for sharing this cheery card and the tip on how to do it.

Sylvia said...

Love your card! You can also ink the texture or embossing folder with ink using your brayer! Have a wonderful weekend.

Marsha said...

So pretty - colors, embossing, inking. Love the contrast with the butterfly.

Amanda said...

Great techniques and I love the butterfly. Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend :)

Amanda :)
ajsarts at gmail dot com

Patricia H said...

Thanks for sharing how you created the background! Neat idea!

Shell said...

Love the colors, and thank you for sharing the tip!

grandmalee said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the tip on the reverse embossing. Love all of the techniques you used.

Lee Mae said...

Beautiful card - thanks for the tip about reverse embossing. I kuse that folder a lot - now I have a new look for it!

Paula S. said...

Great technique to ink he reverse of the embossing folder. I like the results a lot and will have to give this a try sometime. Thanks for supporting OWH. I am glad you were able to hop with us this weekend.

jennifer mitten said...

Love the background and always love butterflies!

leslierahye said...

pretty card! love your reversed ink embossing technique!

Sandi said...

I like the embossing and the vibrant colors are wonderful!

Linda said...

Pretty colors...make me wish I had an embossing machine. Great card!!!

Operation Write Home said...

Love your background paper Karen!!

Noreen said...

Pretty colors!

craftsbyreva said...

very nice........thanks for the hop, am enjoying seeing all the pretty cards.

Karen Howard said...

Very pretty, love the flowers and the butterfly is the perfect finishing touch! Hugs, Karen

Nancy Keller said...

I love anything with butterflies! Thank you for sharing, your card is beauiful! I love your background, by the way. It reminds me of home-made paper. Beautiul!

Lillian Child said...

What a delightful card! This is one hop I look forward to EVERY year and I sincerely appreciate your participation. My husband is a decorated Vietnam veteran and it's such a pleasure to honor those men and women serving our country in whatever capacity. Our heartfelt thanks go out to them AND to their families at home. Happy Memorial Day!

http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

Velda said...

Love that background technique.

Just A Pac Rat said...

Love the card and the colors used. Thanks for sharing in the hop!

circlebenterprises.com

Ronda Archangelo said...

Love the card and thanks for sharing the technique...gotta try that one soon.

Ronda

PS - Thanks for the nice note on my blog!

Louise Fox said...

This is an interesting technique. I'm just starting to use a similar technique with applying the ink to the folder before I emboss. Your card is bright and summery! Blessings.

Lady Fair said...

Thanks for the awesome tip, I'll definitely try that! Very pretty card, thanks for sharing!
lfinesatcomcastdotnet

Sprytebyrd said...

Lovely card! Thanks for the tip!
Hugs, Dee

Katknit said...

What fun ..... hop, hop, hop.

Wow, I loved the card you shared for this "blog hop". It's very nice with the design, the stamps/embellishments, and the paper you used!!! It is a great card. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for supporting OWH.

Charlene

katknit at gmail dot com

Joanne Travis said...

I love the colors, flourishes, and butterfly. So beautiful!!

Heather Grow said...

Lovely card. Love the techniques you used.

SueB said...

lovin' the summery card - thanx for the inspiration!
- SueB of Blondin Blogs
sue dot blondin at gmail dot com

Juliana T said...

what a bright cheery card this is. Like the reverse embossing.

jonder@frontier.com

http://julianaspapercrafts.blogspot.com/

Ann said...

beautiful card!! Thank you for the tips on reverse ink embossing!!

helloholley said...

beautiful card.....I love butterflies!!!! ;)

sharon said...

Beautiful reverse embossing. Your choice of color are lovely
Sharon L
sharon dot lemon @ sbcglobal dot net

Cynthia B. said...

Love this reverse embossing technique! Really eye-catching card - love the colors you chose. TFS!

Susan said...

Lovely card, that Bkgd. is beautiful!

Enjoy your weekend!
Susan

Jamie Adcock said...

Very pretty card. I love that you recycled a pre-printed card base and made it your own!

NanaBeth said...

Love your innovative use of a preprinted base.Must admit I never thought of doing that-thanks for the tip.

Amy said...

Your card is one of my favorites on the hop!! LOVE that reverse embossing -- thanks so much for the tip!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your card and supporting OWH!! :)

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
and Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog ($50 GIVEAWAY going on NOW!!)
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

lisastuf said...

Such a beautiful card! I love the reverse embossing and have never seen it! I want to try it now. Thanks for the inspiration!
Lisa H.
lisastuf.blogspot.com
lisastuf at gmail dot com

Seongsook Duncan said...

What a beautiful card. Love the reverse embossing technique. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sherry Hickey said...

Hello! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card! I love that embossing folder and your warm colors. Thanks, also, for telling us how to do that neat embossing technique. It just looks gorgeous!

Cindy's Card Co said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous. I love how you did the embossing.

krzy4stmpn said...

Thanks for the new embossing technique!! Love the card - thanks for participating.