Friday, March 7, 2014

Confidential




Welcome to the joint Die-Versions/Operation Write Home Blog Hop.  The OWH folks and the DV Dynamos are teaming up to bring you lots of fantastic projects using the Die-Versions New Release dies, which feature a new set of dies that will be an OWH fundraiser product.  There will also be blog candy given away to random commenters (so don't forget to leave some lovin' as you hop along.)  Details can be found on the OWH Start-off Blog Hop post.

If you are not familiar with Operation Write Home, their mission is to support 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 for newcomers at: http://operationwritehome.org/welcome/.  For those of you who are familiar with OWH, but want a refresher on their guidelines (like don't use glitter for the safety of our troops), you can check out their guidelines page, here.


When I first saw the Confidential Express Edge, it immediately made me think of those Top Secret files I'd seen in spy movies.  So my thought process went from there.  I started off by creating this file folder using a WR Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  (There are several You Tube videos showing how to make your own.  They are very easy and addictive to make :-). )  The cardstock base (front and back) was printed from some digi papers that I've had for a long time.  After die cutting the Express Edge, I distressed the edges with Distress Ink (Old Paper, Aged Mahogany).


inside
Since it was a file folder, you know there is always some loose papers on the inside.  This is where I created my sentiment, using the Torn Notebook Edge Straight die for the paper's edge, the Miss You Express Edge (cut in half), the Short Stop font (coordinates with the Express Edges) and the Gatsby font for my "beary".  The inside edges of the file folder are also distressed with Distress Inks.



This sweet little bear is a digi from Hambo Stamps and was colored with Copic markers.  Some Spica glitter pens were used to enhance his medals.  I printed it a couple of times so I could pop dot several areas for added dimension. 

Your next stop on the hop is Samantha, but in case there are some hick-ups, here's the official blog hop list with links:




Thanks for joining us on this hop and I hope it's given you lots of great ideas and inspiration.  Don't forget to leave each of us a comment for a chance to win some blog candy.  

97 comments:

Lori Kobular said...

Anne your cards are AWESOME!! I love all your stamps and coloring!!

Joan Smith said...

AWWWW your card is so super cute!!
Who doesn't love a teddy? You sure came up with one awesome idea that is guaranteed to put a smile on someone's face and the warm fuzzy's in their heart!!

Becky S. said...

I love this top secret folder! Very cute!

Lisa said...

Your card is so absolutely adorable, Anne!! I love the camo bear!! You colored him perfectly!! The file folder shape is fabulous!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Anke said...

Great card. Thanks for the idea to use a card file as a card.

Patti J said...

Anne, squeal! This is so adorable! Great job, love it!

sherry varga said...

Awesome cards, great coloring.

Julie said...

A confidential top secret file of love! I LOVE IT! So clever! Thanks so much for participating in our hop today!

Patty said...

Very cute card...that bear in uniform is adorable!!

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

The cutest card so far, perfect for all ages. Love love the file folder and what you put inside the file. Makes me want to reach into the computer screen and grab this card to clutch it to my heart

Gabby Sews said...

Cute card - the bear is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Archana Joshi said...

What a lovely card. Love all the details. TFS
Hugs,
Archana

Jen R said...

Very cute!!! Love the sentiment too! Radloff jen at cable one dot net

just jill said...

Your file folder idea was so clever - and new to me. Love it! And your coloring is spot on. Nice job!

greggers said...

I love bears so that is what caught my eye first, very clever use of the die confidential. Your coloring is wonderful. TFS

Stamp S'More with Linda said...

Very cute! Love the samples. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Caldwell said...

What an adorable card. I am blown away by the incredible talent everyone has. Thanks for sharing.

Pammy J. said...

What a great idea, using the confidential die on a folder shaped card-love it!

Steampunk Suzy said...

Soo cute and I love the injection of humour tfs

Marsha C said...

Cute, cute, cute bear!

rachel said...

that bear is fabulous for the card Anne - fabulous xx

Dee Earnshaw said...

Such a FUN card. LOVE the bear. So are so creative!!

Marie H said...

Oh, that bear is so cute! Love it!

Shelley C said...

So creative! I like the idea of a file folder card with the confidential die.

Pat said...

What a clever idea to make it look like a top secrete file. Now why didn't I think of that!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Donna Inks said...

Your card is adorable! And I love all the little details and the construction involved in it! Thank you so much for supporting Operation Write Home!

jimlynn said...

Inside and out - fantastic! Love the little bear in his camo - which is colored perfect. Great die too!
Lynn

Elsie B said...

How clever to make a Confidential file folder for the card! The bear is a perfect image for the sentiment, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

Ann said...

LOVE it!! Pairing that adorable Hambo bear with the Die is awesome! I really like your confidential file!

Andrea T said...

Anne - that is just the cutest card. I love your thought process making the file!

Barbra said...

Your bear is so lovely!!

Rose Hackman said...

What imagination! This card made me smile (and a bit sneaky for looking inside the folder!).

Jeanette Fincher said...

What a fun folder!! Thanks for sharing!

Miss Marie said...

Love the card. It is so cute with the little camo bear!

Sharon R said...

Loved the confidential bear. It makes me smile to view it. Thanks for sharing the inside of the card / file folder.

Sue C said...

Such cute cards and darling little bear. I love seeing ideas to incorporate them on cards for our servicemen to tell their loved ones back home they miss them.

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

Thank you Anne, and the entire design team for all your hard work for our servicemen! I'm proud to participate.

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Anne! A fabulous card design! I did not know what to expect on the inside, and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy, just like your cute teddy bear! Really sweet card, and wonderful cause, of course! hugs, de

Becki with an i blog said...

Great card. Using the confidential file idea is great. Love the Hambo bear.

McCrafty's Cards said...

I love this Anne, the bear is great I like the background and the inside
Kevin xx

Lynne said...

Love the file folder! Your use of comics is awesome

Aimee said...

What a great card! I love to see some people who use digis; it seems like most people prefer stamping. Your bear is so cute! You did a great job with your Copics :)

Irit Shalom said...

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

Tammy said...

Great card. Love the cute bear.

Cherie said...

What a cute card! The bear with camo is perfect for an Any Hero card.

Marie said...

Nice card! Love your use of the various dies!

clmelton said...

Love the file folder idea-too cute. Adding the confidential is just the right touch. I've been using Copics about two months and really enjoying them. Thanks for the tip on where to get the bear.

Patricia Meadows said...

Cute cute cute love the bear!

Bounding said...

What a great idea to use the memory punch board to make a folder, guess I need to buy one of those to add to my craft stash too. And your little camo bear is adorable!

Tammy said...

Absolutely adorable card Anne and the inside is so clever! Someone will be very excited to receive your wonderful creation!

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Anne, love that army bear.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Cheryl L. said...

Cute digi and nice coloring!

Sue D said...

What an adorable bear card. Love the file folder shape to go with the Confidential die.

Jean Bullock said...

Oh this is the sweetest card ever. I love the little stuffed bear in the cami shirt. What a great card for someone in the services to send home to the children who miss them. Sniff.

Crystal said...

The bear makes me want to salute! Adorable card. You've got a great touch with the markers; my camo would come out looking like mud. Thank you for sharing your great talent with us.

Mary M. said...

Anne, this card is a rock star. I love everything about it :)

Lena's Creations said...

Oh Anne, this is such a super cute and fun card. I love it!
Lena
xxx
Lena’s Creations

Rufus said...

What is there to say, other than your card brought a big 'ole smile to my face! I'm sure it will bring smiles to all who see it. Fantastic card.
R/

Colleen said...

Holy Cow that is one cute card!! I love the file tabs and the teddy bear! So cute!

Operation Write Home said...

How fun to combine the die with a colored stamp! Cute!

-Sandy, Exec Director/Founder, OWH
http://sandyallnock.com

TK said...

This is just so dang cute, and yes, it immediately made me think of a top secret file. Such a darling card. It's going to bring lots of smiles to someone.

Joan K said...

WOW - I am so impressed with all of the work that went into this card - it is phenomenal! Great coloring on the bear - he sure looks ready to guard whatever is confidential in that folder!

Nancy Keller said...

I love fun shaped cards!! What's cute touch to make a file folder shape with that die on it... Perfect! And what an adorable bear! I love your card so much :) thanks for being my hop neighbor!!

Bert B said...

so different and unique! What a sweet little teddy bear and the card shape makes it stand out 'in a crowd' great job!

nwilliams6 said...

Anne, this is THE COOLEST idea! I love this. The soldier bear is so perfect for OWH! I can see this card idea working to well with fun things like a baby card (announcing someone's pregnant), an engagement announcement, a birthday - too fun - I am looking into this die. Great card. Hugz!

Mary Locke said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing.

Crafty56 said...

Wonderful card. I am not much into coloring for my cards but love the look when other people do it.

Andrea La Vigne said...

Anne, this is such a sweet card! Who wouldn't love to receive this??? I saw that little bear and went, awwww! He's just so adorable. And the design is great. Love your take on the "top secret" file folder idea. Tfs!

Paula S. said...

This is an adorable card! That cute Hambo bear is a perfect choice and the fun shape and way you used the dies to create the inside sentiment is fabulous. Some heroes little one would cherish this! Thanks for participating in the hop and for supporting OWH.

Marsha said...

Love your file idea. Very cute. Great camos.

Jeanne Woody said...

What an adorable card! It would work for any of the genders or for kids ~ very versatile. I'm not very good at coloring, so I probably won't try to CASE it, but I sure do love it.

Misty said...

OK...this is SO stinkin' cute and I love your thought process.

Annan said...

Your card is just adorable. Perfect!

sara said...

Oh My all I can say is genius!! Just love love your teddybear

Diane Loughrey said...

You stole my heart with that bear. Bears are my favorite.

WhoMom said...

Love the file folder teddy bear card. It is really cute and done very nicely. Thank you for giving such nice instructions too.

Ann Abrahamson said...

Oh my goodness! Love, love, love the camo bear. I'm envious of your coloring :-) The folder and confidential die-cut are going to give someone a big smile too!

PoJo said...

Love the idea of using the "Confidential" on a file folder card!

lhalnan said...

I like the file folder idea!

rscholz said...

Cute card. Love how you used the dies on you card. Thanks for sharing.

Michele from MS said...

How BEARY cute is that? I love the added dimension on the little bear and the die is just perfect for this card. TFS ~

Aundria B. said...

Love your fun card and how you used the word die cuts, made the folder, and that bear is just perfect for OWH & is definitely on my wish list! Thank you for sharing your card and for your support of OWH!

Anne Slattery said...

Darling card. Very creative with the file folder and confidential paper inside. TFS

Ute said...

Anne - so cute (the bear). And I love the confidential file folder (and of course, what's inside). Grat job. Ute

Karen Engelder said...

Great card and including an image done with the copic coloring. Thank you for sharinh.

Cindy's Card Co said...

What a darling card! Love the file folder idea and the coloring. So did you color one image and then copy them?

Samantha said...

So cute! Love the folder idea!

chignon said...

The top secret folder idea is fabulous! I will have to give that a try after I add the edge die to my wish list :)

Nancy M said...

I like how your colored the camo and the inside of your card. TFS!

Doudou said...

Une carte très mimi et jolie!

Shirley said...

I am sure it's all been said, but your card is just too too cute!! I love that bear, the way you did your inside and the sentiment is really fun and sweet too!

Dotti Snell said...

Nice use of the edge die other than on an edge. Great kid's card.

Robin said...

Cute, cute, cute !

mypurplehouse said...

Anne, This is precious!I love that little guy and your coloring is awesome and the dimension you added with the layered nose and fit is perfect! LOVE it! Thanks for the inspiration! PS You've been spotted by the Hambo Pig Pen :)
Lyn - Hambo DT

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

What an adorable and sweet card !!!

hugs,
Mayra
Mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com

Ellen Taylor said...

A perfect card for an awesome cause!!! have a fantastic day Anne!!
Ellen
xx

crimsonowlcreations said...

This little bear is so sweet! What a great, creative idea for a card! So adorable!

kzladie said...

Love, love, love the camo teddy! He's adorable. More ideas to store in my brain - it's getting crowded in there! thanks for sharing.