Friday, March 7, 2014

Die-Versions / Operation Write Home Blog Hop!!


Happy Friday and welcome to the Die-Versions / Operation Write Home Blog Hop!! We are so happy to have you join us today!! Die-Versions New Release this month will be featuring new sets of dies that will be a fundraising product for OWH:


You should have arrived from Paula's blog. If not, you will want to start at the beginning at the OWH Stars & Stamps blog. You don't want to miss out on all of the fabulous projects, plus the chance to win blog candy!! Be sure to leave a comment for each post along the hop for your chance to win. All the details can be found at the OWH blog.

Operation Write Home's mission is to support the men and women of our armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as "AnyHero" cards of gratitude to encourage them. You can find more information HERE.

If you would like to participate, you can find all the details and guidelines HERE. The basic details are an A2 sized card that can be mailed easily, no very lumpy embellishments and definitely no glitter, which is a safety hazard.

Now on to the hop!! We hope you are inspired by the projects!! By purchasing any of these dies, you will also be supporting our armed forces!!

I was very inspired by this release, so I have a few cards to share with you today :)


For my cards, I tried to incorporate a few flat layers while still staying within the OWH guidelines (my regular followers know how much I love layers)!! I used the sunburst technique for this card with papers from My Mind's Eye. The edges were all inked with Walnut Distress Ink. The scalloped border is a Die-Versions Lacey Dots die. The new Sweet Phrases Miss You die was popped up with a thin piece of foam tape.


I used the same Sunburst technique, but horizontally instead of vertically. MME paper was used for this card, too and the edges were inked with Walnut Distress Ink. I embossed the white layer with an Argyle embossing folder for a bit of texture. The Lacey Dots and Sweet Phrases Miss You dies were used as well.


For this card, the MME paper does most of the work. I used the new Sweet Phrases I Adore You.


The Sweet Phrases I Adore You was used for this card as well. The paper is from Prima. A Express Edge XOXO Edge die was used along the bottom. The banner at the top was created from cut pieces that were left over from the XOXO Edge die.


A Hexagon Background die was used to accentuate the shape of the Sweet Phrases I Adore You . I used the the Express Edge XOXO Edge die along the side. A Wee Petite Heart Button was added to the bottom of the card. The paper is from Prima.


For my final card, I used the new Whispers Eagle Badge die. I wanted the background to look embossed, so I cut several of the badges in the same heavyweight white cardstock and glued them down.


Your next stop along the hop is Marlene.  Here is the entire list in case you get lost along the way:

1. OWH Stars & Stamps
2. Sandy
3. Lori
6. Paula
7. Lisa < YOU ARE HERE
9. Mary
10. Donna
11. Irit
13. Patti
14. Nancy
15. Anne
17. Emilia
18. Julie
19. Nicole

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Enjoy the hop!!

142 comments:

Lori Kobular said...

Lisa your cards are all so AWESOME!! I love all your paper choices!! Your cards rock!!

Joan Smith said...

WOW your card are totally outstanding. My goodness you sure used some great clever and creative ideas for all your cards. Love what you did and how you did it. Girl you are super talented.

Susie Craft Happy! said...
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Susie Craft Happy! said...

Awesome cards Lisa! I love them all!!!

Becky S. said...

I especially love those ticket-shaped dies (Miss You) and the Eagle. Aren't they great? Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards.

vicki said...

Wow lisa I'm so impressed! Your cards are all gorgeous with lots of thought behind them and the papers are lush :) great job Hun
Vic x

Jeanette Fincher said...

These are really beautiful cards! My favorite I think is the one with the white eagle background! Thanks for sharing!

Anke said...

Thanks for your inspiring ideas. I'm sure to use the sunburst technique myself some day.

Creations by Shirl said...

These are superb Lisa! I'm sure this will make those recipients smile just having them. Great take on the details of your showcasing..... Enjoy your happy Friday and crafty weekend!

Patti J said...

Oh my goodness, Lisa! You have outdone yourself with this release! Each card is wonderful...so unique and gorgeous! They will certainly be a comfort to the soldiers and their families. Hugs...!

katieo said...

You are going to make someones day with these gorgeous vards. You added a lot of dimension without layers. I love the sunburst ones

sherry varga said...

Your cards are awesome, love the paper choices, dies and the dimension.

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Your sunburst technique adds beauty. I adore the way you have made your Adore-You card to look like a medal of love!!

Patty said...

Wolwzer!! You really got busy with these new dies!! I love how you created a totally different look with colors & papers, only the last one is totally all american look!

Julie said...

Beautiful cards, Lisa! I love all the soft colors! Thanks so much for participating in our hop today!

snappy scrappy said...

Wow...you blew me away as always...beautiful cards!!

Gabby Sews said...

Those are great! I think my favorite is the first card but it was a hard choice!

Scraphappenswithrhonda said...

as always you've done it again these cards are priceless love every singe one. hugs

Anne Temple said...

Wow, all of these look amazing, but my favorite is the last one with the eagles. He's definitely on my wish list.

just jill said...

You have such a variety of styles and designs to look at and each one is outstanding. I think I like the purple one the best.

Jen R said...

Wow!!! You did a lot of work with these! All great! I like the Miss You card with the little girl in the corner the best. Radloff jen at cable one dot net

greggers said...

Your cards are gorgeous! The eagle embossing on the cards is my favorite design but they are all inspiring! TFS

Archana Joshi said...

Your all cards are stunning, Lisa. Love them all, TFS
Hugs,
Archana

Beebeebabs said...

Just stopping by to comment on your beautiful cards my friend tfs!!!

Stamp S'More with Linda said...

Great samples. Looking forward to making some of my own soon.

Anonymous said...

All of your cards are lovely. I especially like the way you took the time to ink the edges and the little extras that show how much you care. Really nice job on all of these. I can hardly wait to get my paws on this set!

Debbie Caldwell said...

Your cards are so pretty and well done. I don't want to be critical, but the ticket die would stand out more if it were a solid color. Your talent is refreshing. Thanks for sharing.

Steampunk Suzy said...

Wow what bursts of color and true delight. tfs

Naomi Edwards said...

Well if there is one thing I have to say Lisa is no one or anything can limit you, you did an amazing job (considering guidelines of course) on all cards, wow there are so many and all so AHHH MAZING!!!! Have a super day my sweet friend...hugs

Marsha C said...

Your cards are great. I love what you did on the last one with the white eagles forming the background, then the colorful raised one in the center.

Pammy J. said...

Love the colors in your cards but my fav is the one with the white-on-white eagles as the background.

Aimee said...

Wow, what gorgeous cards! I really like how you imitated embossed paper by cutting the dies in the same color. That eagle die is my favorite so far!!

Pat said...

Loved seeing the different ways you were able to use the "love you" die. They are all beautiful cards.

Shelley C said...

You could sneeze MME and I would love it, but your cards are beautiful! There is something fresh and nostalgic about their papers, and your miss you sunburst designs are gorgeous. The more I hop, the more dies I want!

Donna Inks said...

Love all of your colorful cards! Your use of color is so great. Thank you for supporting Operation Write Home!

Cherie said...

My favorite card is the last one. I like the white eagles on the background and the red/white/blue eagle in the center.

Tanya/Nonna said...

Beautiful cards Lisa! You are sure to warm a few hearts with this lovely collection. The papers are so pretty and I love the starburst pattern. And, the Eagle card is just amazing - your "embossing" technique looks fabulous!

Dee Earnshaw said...

These cards are simply stunning! I love the designs, colors, simplicity and artistic flare of all these amazing creations. Thank you for sharing your designs

I'm a Little Teapot said...

All of your cards are fabulous! You really did a great job...as always!

Have a wonderful weekend, Lisa! Hugs!

Sue D said...

Great choice of papers and techniques. I like how you created the eagle background.

Marie H said...

Lovely cards! I love all the fun papers you chose. Thanks for sharing!

Elsie B said...

The eagle card is definitely my favorite. Making it look like the paper is embossed by gluing white die cuts is clever, and very effective with the darker image on top. Well done on all your cards!

Dr Sonia S V said...

The Miss you one is Especially cool for the soldiers Lisa.Love the way you made the sunburst
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Andrea T said...

You really went to town on this blog hop! They are all great cards. Gives me some great ideas! TFS

Ann said...

What fabulous cards!! Your sunbursts are absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE that you die cut patterned paper. I don't usually think to do that. It'd great to be reminded to think outside the box!

Barbra said...

The first two are so girly. I'm sure some of the military wives are going to enjoy getting those beautiful cards!

Anne Slattery said...

The starburst cards are my favorites. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Rose Hackman said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the faux embossed look on the last one...very elegant.

Becki with an i blog said...

I love the "embossed" eagle badge background. Striking card! Love all the others too.

Becki with an i blog said...

I love the "embossed" eagle badge background. Striking card! Love all the others too.

Pam said...

Such beautiful cards, each and every one! You did a fantastic job!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Sharon R said...

Wow! Loved the cards. The eagle die cut really made an impact on me.

Miss Marie said...

Great cards. Thanks for showing the different options for the designs - that made them look very different.

Lynne said...

Great cards. Nice job with the hexagons

Gwen said...

These are all so great, Lisa! Sorry I haven't posted on your blog for a bit, was on vacation then my daughter had knee surgery so I am way behind.

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are all fabulous Lisa, I like all the different designs.
Kevin xx

Sabrina said...

Such beautiful cards!!

Irit Shalom said...

Amazing job! Great use of DV dies! Love it!

Marlene Diefendorf said...

Beautiful cards and I love how you treated all the negative spaces. The sunburst cards are gorgeous and the tickets go with them beautifully.

JoAnn said...

Fabulous cards Lisa. I really love how you diecut the eagles in white to make your background look embossed, very creative. Your sunburst cards are gorgeous also. TFS

Creative M said...

AS I am going through all of your FABULOUS cards..I am simply AMAZED!!
Love the flat layers technique...I want to try to do that!!
Gorgeous cards my friend!!
Have a wonderful day my creative friend,
M'
*Crafting With Creative M*

seamom said...

Wonderful cards! Each one so uniique. Our Heros will be so thankful having them to "write home".

Marie said...

Beautiful cards! Love your creativity! These new dies look great!

Tammy said...

Very pretty cards. Love the purple and white one.

Sherrie K. said...

Wow Lisa! Awesome cards! I am loving all the papers and fun sunburst techniques! Your creativity is amazing as always! The eagle is amazing-love that! That is so GREAT to support the soldiers and their families! I KNOW it will be appreciated! GREAT job Lisa!

Hope you have a wonderful wknd!
Sherrie K

Patricia Meadows said...

Your cards are amazing love the God Bless America.

Debra said...

Like your sunburst cards,

Bounding said...

Love the last two cards the most. They're all stunning but they are my top two. The I adore you in purple because a little girl, a teenage girl, a wife or sweetheart left behind will feel cherished.And it is purple so doubly cool! The patriotic eagle is stunning.

Georgiana said...

WOW! They are all great. I sure do enjoy making sunburst cards too, but they are all fabulous!

Shelly said...

Wow my friend! These are stunning! Your sunburst cards are wonderful! You are so creative my friend, wish I could craft next to you for a day! Maybe someday?

I'm super excited for the CDD release too, can't wait to share! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!
Shelly

Sue C said...

Love the ticket die! Love the hexagon die! Love the eagle die! It's very hard to pick a favorite. Cudos to Die-Version for making such unique dies for a great cause, 'OUR SOLDIERS' overseas. I'll probably buy a few.

I now have some great ideas to incorporate the dies on my cards so the servicemen can send messages to their loved ones at home to tell them they miss them.

I REALLY enjoyed the blog hop!!! I was SO inspired and anxious to make many new cards.

Thanks you Lisa, and the entire design team for all your hard work for our servicemen! I’m proud to participate.

Anonymous said...

Wow...a whole batch of pretty cards! I like the sunburst technique with the papers you used. I think that the (almost) solids are the easiest to read behind the letters in the tag dies. The second card is my favorite!

Colleen said...

Love how colorful your cards are!

Jean Bullock said...

Very impressive collection. I especially like the sunburst patterned cards.

Cathy said...

your cards are all beautiful, I see why you have a great following, fabulous!! have a great weekend my friend:)
cathyplus5

Crystal said...

Love how you made the background for the eagle look embossed. Perfect! Thank you for sharing your lovely cards & pointing out that all these dies don't have too be used just for Any Hero cards.

Mulberry Mindy said...

Your cards are so beautiful, Lisa. It is so challenging to do flat cards, once you get used to doing layered ones. You did a terrific job on these, and I'm sure they will be popular with the OWH group.
Mindy

http://mulberrymindy.blogspot.com

Mary M. said...

these cards are just gorgeous. That fake embossed background is a ROCK STAR card!

Kim said...

Hi Lisa, Your cards are all so amazing! I especially love the eagle one! I heard the weather was a little warmer up there! Enjoy your weekend as well. :)
~Kim

Rufus said...

Wow, I had it all figured out that #2 and # 4 were my favorites and then you blew my socks off with the last one!! LOVE how you used it both as a background and as the focal! Loved 'em all and will be keeping them in mind for the future. Thanks for sharing your great idea on how to use these fun new dies.
R/

MiamiKel said...

Oh Lisa, these are all stunning! They look like they took forever! As a child of the military, I can tell you this just warmed my heart! Thank you for thinking of our service men and women :) You are SOOOO talented!!!

Karen said...

My sweetest friend, while your talent always inspires, this particular post was especially magical. I always love knowing the inspiration behind projects and when it's something like this, it warms my heart so richly. There's a reason this release (and hop) inspired you so! Because your heart is generous and gorgeous! Every card is spectacular and I could never in a million years choose a favorite. Your use of the dies and card designs in general are so beautiful, striking, and marvelous. I'm certain all of us will be keeping this special collection in our hearts, which will in turn inspire our own creations. Stunning work for a stunning cause, Lisa! Every card will deliver so much LOVE! :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

DIANA L. said...

Love all the cards and I love Operation write home
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes March Linky Party. Have a great day
DIANA L.
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Cheryl Schmitke said...

Wow! Love all the cards and the colors you used!

Dotti Snell said...

Very inspiring. I really like the vintage look of the sunburst cards.

Hussena said...

Your cards are just amazing Lisa ..I loved the sunburst ones very much very vibrant and beautiful !

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Such a great set of cards! Great papers!

Operation Write Home said...

Ooooh your papers are soooooo pretty with the dies!
-Sandy, Exec Director/Founder, OWH
http://sandyallnock.com

TK said...

Lovely, lovely cards. I think my favorite is the one with the soft pink background and the little girl in the lower right hand corner. It just looks dreamy. I really like the one with the multiple eagles in white as a faux embossed background. Very clever!

Joan K said...

I am inspired by your paper choices for these cards - what a nice mix of colors and styles. Thanks also for the tip on your faux embossing - until I read the details, I really thought there was an embossing plate or folder to coordinate with the die!

Nancy Keller said...

Oh my gosh.. You've worked so hard on all of these! I love the sun-burst cards the best!! They are all truly wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

Bert B said...

Oh my! what creative cards! I love that the banner came from pieces left from the die cuts! Also love the eagles made to look like an embossed paper! Great job on all of them!

Cheryl Claycomb Anderegg said...

All of your cards just rock! Really love how you created an embossing folder with the extra eagle dies, so creative, lots of extra mileage! Thanks for sharing

Diane said...

WOW, Lisa, you sure have been busy creating amazing cards! I LOVE them all, but the "sunburst" ones are my favorite, I kept looking at them wondering how you did them, so perfect!! Love the choice of papers you have used, too very pretty!! A wonderful group of cards for a wonderful cause!!!
Take care my friend, turn your clocks back tonight, and keep your fingers crossed for Spring!!!

Mary Locke said...
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Mary Locke said...

Your cards are gorgeous...who would not want to use these. Loved the faux "embossed" background with the eagle. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa Kay--Paper Artist said...

I'm sure your cards are favorites when the troops receive a box. Just love your techniques!

Crafty56 said...

I like all the layers on your cards, although I found the ones with the sentiment die cut from patterned paper layered over patterned paper a little hard to read.

Marsha said...

I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite - they are all wonderful. So many beautiful papers. Love how you used each die.

Andrea La Vigne said...

Beautiful cards! I particularly like the last one with the eagle and faux-dry-embossing. I've used this technique myself before, but I don't think my results were as good. Tfs!

Paula S. said...

Marvelous group of cards! Such pretty paper combos and what a clever way to achieve a totally coordinated 'embossed' look. I will have to give that a try! Thanks for participating in the hop and for supporting OWH.

Brenda said...

Wow Lisa, what amazing cards you have made!! I love each and everyone of them. I know my soldier has appreciated the cards that OWH makes as well as Cards for Soldiers make. I am loving these dies and will have to see about purchasing them for myself. Thanks for supporting our soldiers too! I have a vested interest in one of them. lol Hugs!

Annan said...

So many great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

sara said...

Really pretty cards !!

Jeanne Woody said...

I sure liked all your cards but I LOVED the last one with the eagle die used to create an embossed look ~ how clever of you!

Karon said...

OMG what fabulous creations, Lisa. These are stunning. I love the sunburst cards - beautiful! TFS

WhoMom said...

FABULOUS CARDS, I LOVE THE LAYERS AND DETAILS.

Misty said...

Lovely cards, with great color, textures and paper choices.

Diane Loughrey said...

I like the 3rd card. Great color combos and looks antique.

Aundria B. said...

I love your cards - so many patterns and colors and textures to keep the eye interested and moving. Love how you created a faux embossed eagle by gluing die cuts of them on the cardstock. Thank you for sharing these wonderful cards and for your support of OWH.

Ann Abrahamson said...

Your cards are beautiful. I love the starburst cards and the embossed look with the eagles glued to the background...great idea!

VanessaB said...

all fantastic cards! the last one is my favorite. bold and meaningful! :)

Cindy's Card Co said...

Oh my, I love all the cards. I like how you use the dies on patterned paper. It gives a totally different effect.

PoJo said...

I really like the purple "Adore You" card and the eagle card. You put so much thought into all the little details of each!

Davi said...

Oh my goodness Lisa you were one creating woman!! I love each one, as always your creativeness makes each one outstanding!! Hard to say but I really love the fairy one best I think :)

lhalnan said...

Love your style!

Tracey said...

Just Beautiful Lisa.......I can't choose a favourite! You are so creative, it always a pleasure visiting!

Ute said...

Lisa, wow, you shared a lot of cards - thank you so much. I like the starburst - I will copy that on my next card ! And I love the way you made the white paper look embossed (last card) with the glued on eagles - that looks so good. Ute

Cindy said...

OMG Lisa, BEAUTIFUL job with all your AMAZING cards!!! they are all FANTASTIC my sweet friend, Have a great weekend!!! :)

Michele from MS said...

Beautiful cards Lisa! I especially love the white eagle background on the last one. Thanks so much for sharing!

MaryH said...

LIsa, what a wealth of beautiful cards you've got for the OWH, each one of them a jewel by itself. Love the papers, the sunburst technique and all these luscious new Die_Versions dies. Will have to check out these sentiment ones, as I really like having a die cut sentiment on cards. Well done, and how well you've showcased the dies & supported a very worthwhile challenge. TFS & Hugs

rscholz said...

Wonderful cards. Love how you used the Eagle Badge die to make the background for your last card. Thanks for sharing.

Līva Kalniņa said...

Wow - these are so patriotic and beautifule!

Karen Engelder said...

Truly beautiful and inspiring. I really like the 'faux' embossing technique you used. Thank you for sharing.

Samantha said...

Love the sunburst and the gorgeous papers that you used on all of your cards! Thanks for sharing and being apart of the hop!

Sarah said...

The paper you selected for your cards is awesome and I love the sunburst--gorgeous!

Alicia Merline said...

I love that XOXO edge die. It's not part of the OWH fundraiser though, is it?

jessica said...

These are all AMAZING Lisa!! WOW I love all the papers you used, the dies are FAB and the card LO's are awesome!!!
Super job my friend!

Nana said...

All your cards are absolutely beautiful. The papers and beautiful and I love the designs.
Have a creative day.
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Nancy M said...

I like how the sunbursts 'point' right to the sentiment. I like how well-coordinated your colors/papers are on your cards. You were a busy girl, making all those cards! Love the eagle ones, too, especially the second one but they are both really nice!! TFS!!

Gerda said...

All cards are just wonderful, fabulous and beatiful as always!!! Have a great day.
Gerda

Doudou said...

Very cute cards, j'aime les couleurs

Kathy Salido said...

Wow Lisa, all of yur cards are just fabulous. I really love those sunburst cards, you need to add a tutorial for those!! Love all the papers and patterns you used. Great job my friend :)

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

Wow, wow, wow Lisa you have outdone yourself !!! Each and every card is amazing !!! Gorgeous designs on each one of them ! I am so sad I missed the hop !!! Beautiful cards my friend !!

Hugs,
Mayra
Mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com

yyam said...

Oh wow. These are fabulous Lisa. You are so good at working the patterns!

kathleen mansfield said...

Great cards! Colors in sunburst designs are perfect.

Robin said...

Fantastic cards!

Indy said...

Absolutely beautiful work!

Norma said...

WOW! all these cards are simply beautiful my friend! Love love them all:) TFS
Hugs,
Norma

Anonymous said...

These are so pretty! I love them all!

Anonymous said...

Love your color choices on the cards. Especially like the starburst effect.

Gita said...

Great cards!! Love the sunburst ones!! Last year I managed to send out a few batches of cards to OWH. I gotta get rolling this year...

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