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E-Team in Action – OWH Birthday Bash Blog Hop

2010 September 25

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.

Please  join us in creating and sending cards to Operation Write Home.  You can read about the Operation Write Home guidelines HERE.

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:

Leave a comment at each blog and get a chance to win some paper crafting goodies.



Thanks to Daisy, I am giving away this awesome Studio 490 stamp set from eclectic Paperie to one lucky winner.


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? 

eP ThinkingOfU OWH group

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 CollectionsMini 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!!! 

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Scor-Pal or Scor-BuddySureCut 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):

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Gather your supplies…. yes, including your scrap drawer.


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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. 


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Score… This took me the length of one commercial and part of the show – about 10 minutes.

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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 :-).


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Position your stamps and lay out your card stock.  I used scraps.


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Stamp… not worry if your scrap isn’t long or wide enough.


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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!

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This took me about 30 minutes.  And I did sit on the couch using my lapdesk :-)


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Since I used a variety of different cardstock, I used Distress Inks and the blending tool to quickly blend the panel edges.


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.





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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!

Happy Crafting!

40 Responses
  1. September 25, 2010

    Love your cards, and thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Bevie Pearl permalink
    September 25, 2010

    Goodness… are quite the inspiration on how to mass produce cards … how you showed us how. Your  finished cards are awesome!!

  3. September 25, 2010

    This is a beautiful done heritage type card! I love it! Thanks for the tips and tricks!

  4. Sandra ltb permalink
    September 25, 2010

    thanks for sharing your tips – you are a much faster card maker then I am!  I am one of those who stresses too much ….. Need to be more like you!

  5. September 25, 2010

    Great masculine cards – wow!! I do a lot of my work in front of the tv (copics too! lol) Thanks for all the steps showing how you did them. I have some vintage stamps that would be perfect for this, I just never know what to do with them!
    Thanks for supporting our heroes!!
    Sandy, OWH president

  6. September 25, 2010

    I am so in love with your cards.  I just love anything Tim and your style is just wonderful!  Thanks for the how-to also.  You make it look so easy 😉

  7. September 25, 2010

    I love your finished cards Micki!  I can't believe you made so many in one night!!!

  8. Karen permalink
    September 25, 2010

    Thanks for all the great tips on streamlining the card making process.  I just ordered the compact stamp press and can't wait to give it a try.

  9. September 25, 2010

    Well done!  Love the vintage look and how easy it was to pull it all together :) 
    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and for supporting OWH…

  10. September 25, 2010

    What a great tutorial. Love your cards. Thanks for your inspiration!

  11. DeniseB permalink
    September 25, 2010

    Great cards for a great cause! Love the idea of OWH! I hope to get some cards made to send too.

  12. September 25, 2010

    These are great cards especially for men to send! I love that you used your scraps but they still look so pretty! Thanks for supporting the troops.

  13. September 25, 2010

    I really enjoyed your tutorial and you gave me a couple of ideas when my group makes cards for the homebound.

  14. September 25, 2010

    gotta love when you can craft and watch tv at the same time. and as an army wife, I thank you for donating to OWH.

  15. Marie Phillips permalink
    September 25, 2010

    Thanks for the great tips on mass producing cards – such  great time saver!

  16. Erin Glee permalink
    September 25, 2010

    I love how you were relaxed about using scrap paper and that not all the cards were even the same images, but were "strict" about perfectly folded cards with a straight-stamped sentiment!  I LOVE the Tim Holtz stamps you used : )
    Thank you for participating in OWH!

  17. September 25, 2010

    Micki… what a great assembly line batch of cards… I love those tim Holtz stamps… anything t!m tends to make me smile.  i had a chance to read a little further into your blog and congrats on your good news!    thanks for your support of OWH.

  18. Erika M permalink
    September 25, 2010

    What an awesome idea for cards with a masculine feel – I totally agree about not coloring 10+ cards with Copics!

  19. September 25, 2010

    Great speedy cards. I have that same trimmer and love it. I use the score blade on it too.

  20. Lisa permalink
    September 25, 2010

    Love this tutorial!!!!! :) OOoooo…Wendy stamps. My birthday is Tuesday, maybe I'll get a wish!

  21. September 25, 2010

    Love these Micki! I've been eying the Fiskars stamp press, but wasn't sure if I would like it – now I know I will! :) Your cards are always fab – and these are no exception!

  22. September 25, 2010

    Wow!  these are absolutely gorgeous.  I love the beautiful vintage look and they could have so many different verse's on them.  Great manly card also and they are hard for me to do 
    Thank you so much

  23. September 25, 2010

    I am sorry,  I forgot to tell you thank you for the chance to win such an AWESOME stamps set.  I can see this being used a lot in my craft room!
    Thank you

  24. September 26, 2010

    i am going to look into that stamp press.  this would eliminate stamping mistakes!  btw…lovely vintage images.

  25. September 26, 2010

    I love seeing the step by step of mass producing.  You make it look easy and the masculine cards are a great idea. I'm curious how you used that round template at the end.  The brads and holes look straight, but the template looks curved.   PS – glad to read your CT scan was good :)

  26. September 26, 2010

    wow, that is an awesome stamp set, loved seeing the card making prosess too!

  27. Judy Jackson permalink
    September 26, 2010

    Thanks for the chance to win this awesome stamp set by Wendy V as blog candy!  It would be awesome!  Thanks too for the mass card producing tips!   

  28. September 26, 2010

    These are awesome cards, Micki, they are sure to love them!

  29. Lynn Greenberg permalink
    September 26, 2010

    Great idea for mass producing cards.  Cards while simple look wonderful.  I see several new tools I might have to have.

  30. Starla permalink
    September 26, 2010

    Just love the color tone on these!! 

  31. Anne Kerr permalink
    September 26, 2010

    More techniques to try!

  32. September 26, 2010

    great cards – I think I need to check out that paper cutter – I have a burial ground of paper cutters.  Thanks for supporting OWH.
    Barb Housner

  33. September 26, 2010

    Great ideas and a great cause.  Stacy H-W

  34. September 26, 2010

    Awesome demonstration of mass producing!  TFS!

  35. Rufus permalink
    September 26, 2010

    Thanks so much for supporting OWH!  It's a truly great organization and cause.  Great ideas on producing lots of cards without a lot of pain! 

  36. Renee J. permalink
    September 26, 2010

    Micki, thank you for making such a special card!  Thanks, too, for doing this beautiful project!!

  37. September 27, 2010

    Love the technique you used.  I didn't know I needed a Fiskars stamp press.  I know now!  Tomorrow is our monthly get together for Operation Write Home.  Can't wait….it's always fun to spend time with friends and when your doing this for a cause…it's even better. 

  38. September 27, 2010

    Loved the cards and the tips!  Our troops will appreciate all you are doing for them.  ~Diane

  39. September 27, 2010

    Micki, I LOVE these cards! This is such a cool design, and you did a great job of creating a quick and easy design that looks incredibly sophisticated. The colors are so perfect, too. 

  40. September 30, 2010

    You have got to be one of the most efficient card makers out there!  This is a super design and I'm amazed that you could make so many cards so quickly!

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