E-Team in Action – OWH Birthday Bash Blog Hop
It’s a Birthday Bash and YOU are invited!
eclectic Paperie and the E-Team are hosting a birthday bash in honor of Operation Write Home. We are hosting this virtual card making party in hopes that we can encourage and teach people how to make multiple cards and send to Operation Write Home for the love of those US service men and women all over the world.
If creating multiple cards has you worried, fear not for the E-Team is ready to spring into action with tips, tricks and inspiration!
So come on, join the Birthday Bash by visiting the E-Team:
- Broni Holcombe
- Daisy Sparks owner of eclectic Paperie
- Latrice Murphy
- Linda Duke
- Linda Ledbetter
- Micki Harper (that’s me)
- Sherry Cheever
- Starla Nelson
Leave a comment at each blog and get a chance to win some paper crafting goodies.
You have until
Monday, September 27th.
Don’t forget to leave a comment here!
I will announce the winner on
Tuesday, September 28th!
Wait…. there’s even more!
Upload your card creation to eclectic Paperie Flickr Group by Sunday, Oct 3rd for a chance to win 1 of 2 eclectic Paperie box of goodies.
To stock up on your favorite tools, papers, stamps, and all things paper crafts, eclectic Paperie has a special coupon code to offer you some savings. Woohoo!
Use coupon code OWHCARDS and you will receive 10% off your entire order (min $10 order) at eclectic Paperie. This coupon code is good Saturday, September 25th thru Sunday October 3rd. Yes, the coupon code is good through World Card Making day!
Now are you ready for some tips, tricks and some cards?
Quick, simple and leaning on the masculine side :-). I created 30 cards all while watching TV. When I mass produce cards, I tend to use silhouette style stamps. I will not create cards with detailed line art. Love my Copics, but not when I want to create 10+ cards. For my cards I used stamps from Tim Holtz Collections–Mini Muse and Mini Ornates. I added minimal embellishments not wanting to add bulk to the card. I want to point out one thing that I was pretty anal about. I made sure that my cards were cut and scored perfectly and that the sentiment was stamped straight.
On to my list of tips ‘n tricks:
Tools – I have them all (well, maybe not every tool out there) but these are an absolute must!!!
Scor-Pal or Scor-Buddy, SureCut Card Making Paper Trimmer for crisp, clean folds and straight, accurate cuts. Fiskars Compact Stamp Press is perfect for multiple stamps and is easy on the fingers, especially if you have arthritis.
Here’s how I created 30 cards in an evening (while watching TV):
Gather your supplies…. yes, including your scrap drawer.
Cut… if I get my Zutter Kutter out, I’m going to cut a bunch of cardstock. I cut 30 sheets of cardstock in approximately 10 minutes.
Score… This took me the length of one commercial and part of the show – about 10 minutes.
Some evenings, I will scor my cardstock while sitting on the couch using my lapdesk (which is mostly being used for coloring with my copics :-).
Position your stamps and lay out your card stock. I used scraps.
Stamp…..do not worry if your scrap isn’t long or wide enough.
Trim… I can’t tell you how many cutters I’ve owned, none of which cut 100% straight. The SureCut Card Making Paper Trimmer cuts straight and I love it because of the easy to see grid on both sides of the blade. Oh, let’s not forget about the wire cutting guide. Love it!
This took me about 30 minutes. And I did sit on the couch using my lapdesk
At this point, I stamped the sentiment before assembling the card.
Assembly….. I laid the pieces out first. Notice that I angled the image panels. By angling the panels, you don’t have to worry about straight lines and I didn’t worry if a panel was slight more angled on one card than on the next.
Embellish….. I used brads on half of the cards and pierced holes for texture on the other half. The lesson? If you run out of brads, don’t panic! Remember to read the Operation Write Home guidelines HERE.
I truly enjoyed creating these quick cards and have them all ready to take to the Post Office on Monday. Whether you create one, five or twenty cards….. I so hope you will join eclectic Paperie, the E-Team and Operation Write Home for this super, awesome Birthday Bash!
Go check out the rest of the E-Team, and remember to leave comments at each blog for chances to win more prizes. Be sure to upload to the eclectic Paperie Flickr Group because we want to see what you create!