Saturday, March 5, 2011

Flowers in Blue Vase - OWH Blog Hop

My first-ever blog hop - Operation Write Home's spring "Bunny Hop" featuring springy, cheery cards. I started with some cheerful colors of card stock, imagining a spring bouquet. Then a vase and a doily came to mind. A happy collage. I had a lot of fun making it.

It may still be cold and wintry outside, but spring is here for Operation Write Home card makers! Deadlines coming up are March 18 for Easter cards and March 31 for Mother's Day cards.

For the blog hop, we were all asked to include a link to something interesting or helpful on the Operation Write Home website or blogs. Well, for me, it's everything! But to pick one thing - I really appreciate the easy, clear Card Guidelines, including the reasons why. Why A2 card size? Why no glitter? The answers are all there.

My card details are at the bottom of the post. I would love for you to leave me a question or a comment - and thanks for stopping here along the Bunny Hop Trail! For your next stop and more springtime inspiration, click here to visit Veronica's blog, Circle B Enterprises.

Created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." (061)

Card details:
  • Paper punch for flowers - 1-1/4" scalloped circle (EK Success) and 1/4" circle for centers (very old punch from my office supplies).
  • Paper punch for leaves - 1" heart (EK Success). Each leaf is half of a heart. Then I used my scissors to slightly round the "square" corner of the leaf (hard to explain, but if you cut a heart in half, you'll see it.)
  • Vase - a rectangle, about 2-1/2" wide and 2-1/4" high, bottom corners rounded with corner-rounder punch. The shallow curve at the top was made with a 2-1/4" circle punch.
  • Card stock - Papertrey Ink spring rain (light blue background), enchanted evening (dark blue vase), new leaf (green for leaves), plum pudding (purple), and blueberry sky (medium blue); Hero Arts mocha (brown table top); Paper Source poppy (orange), plum (lavender), and strawberry (pink).
  • Doily - a bit less than half of a 4" paper doily from Ellen Hutson.  (Discontinued)
  • Ribbon - 1/8" silk ribbon, colored with G24 Copic marker.
  • Sentiment - no sentiment. Blank inside.

44 comments:

scrappernic said...

Creative card. I love how you used the punches!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

This is really cute, Cindy--a punch art interpretation of an Old Masters still life, how clever!

Jules said...

WTG on your first ever blog hop - tfs your cr8'ions!

Marilyn Webb said...

I love it! Its gorgeous!

Paula said...

Wonderful card! It's terrific that you created a lovely card without coloring or stamping at all and shows folks there are so many ways to create cards. So glad you decided to hop with OWH today!

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

oh, wow, such creative way to use punches. :) and thank you for taking the time to use your talents to bless OperationWriteHome.

Dixie Cochran said...

That doily is the perfect touch for that card! Thank you for the inspiration!

Operation Write Home said...

What a cheery idea for flowers....awesome!!!
Happy hopping!

rstuck2003 said...

WOW, that is so clean and simple looking...I might be able to do it! LOL...thanks for sharing and for the tutorial.

Nana Connie said...

Incredible card! Love the colors you chose for your design, and the details you gave us. Wonderful blog hop!

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

Pretty card! Nice work!

Teresa said...

Cute!! TFS

Redonna said...

Nice card. TFS

Lisa said...

What a bright happy card! :)

ScrappnBee said...

Love this punch art! Great job with this card! Happy Hopping! -Amanda (#61)

Erika said...

Cute! And as a military wife, let me say thank you for donating your creations to OWH!

Cyndi S said...

Pretty card. Thanks for sharing.
cstephenson@q.com

Cheryl said...

Adorable card!


--Cheryl--

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

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Brittani Nguyen said...

super cute punch art card, TFS!

Misty said...

Love the use of doilly and finally I know how to make a vase! Well, sorta, I don't have any circle punches or embellishment, I am new.
Love the colors!

Hummer Hugs,
Misty
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Michelle Single said...

Such a cute idea!!

SueB said...

great card for a great organization - thanx for the inspiration!

Cindy O said...

To Misty - thanks for your mention of punches. Before I got my corner rounder, I traced around a nickel to get a nice rounded corner, then cut with scissors. For the vase top, you could trace around a jar lid, and if your flowers cover the edge in places, like mine, it won't need to be perfect. Hope that helps!

Cindy O said...

To everyone - thanks so much for all your great feedback! I really appreciate your taking the time to comment.

Ann said...

Cute card!! Love what the doily adds!!TFS!

grandmalee said...

Love this bright & cheery card! Great use of the doily here and on the other cards posted earlier! Love your creativity! Also love the red, white & blue one and so many more! Thanks for supporting OWH!

MomsBeenScrappin said...

What a great idea! Lovely card:)

Shelly said...

Congrats on your first blog hop!!! Your card is so pretty. Very cheerful. It will bring a big smile to the person who receives it.

AllisonG said...

Love the card!

Anonymous said...

i like the colors of your card, and the doily looks so nice under the flower bouquet!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Rhonda Miller said...

I just love your card. TFS.

Mindy said...

I hope you enjoyed your first hop. You gave us a great card :) You have lots of very creative cards on your blog! Thanks for sharing
Mindy

ediehardy said...

I love the styles of your cards. I scrolled down and especially loved the pinwheel flowers and the patriotic card in red, white and blue. Added your blog to my Favorites! Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy said...

Love your bright, cheerful flowers on your card!! Thanks so much for sharing it in the OWH Bunny Hop!!

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

The Stamper's Touch said...

Such a pretty, springy and happy card!!!! Congrats on your first blog hop too!!

Linda

GrammaR said...

Great card, your flowers are wonderful!

Sherry Hickey said...

What a creative and colorful card! A hero's loved one would be so thrilled to receive your bouquet of flowers in the mail!

Dean and Heather said...

I love punched art. I think the doily is the perfect finishing touch.TFS.

Ann said...

I love your card. So cute and cheerful. I think I can do something similar even though I don't have the same supplies.

annjerryk at aol dot com

Yolanda said...

Beautiful! The doily grounds it so nicely.

Julie said...

Very cheerful colors and I love the doily!

Cut n Paste said...

What a bright spring card! Love all the punched circle flowers!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wonderful card! Thanks for sharing it with us and OWH!

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