Saturday, May 24, 2014

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop


Welcome, Operation Write Home guests! I'm honored to be a part of today's hop. (To start at the beginning, go HERE.)

Club Scrap has supported Operation Write Home for several years by hosting card drives, participating in hops and raising funds to help cover the cost of postage. I'm proud to support OWH on a personal level, too, as I have family members who currently serve or have served in the military. I get a great deal of satisfaction from using my love of papercrafting to help those serving overseas communicate with their families back home.


For today's hop, we were challenged to create a red, white and blue card using one of the hundreds of card sketches provided on the OWH website. I chose Bonus Sketch #31 for my card because I liked the simplicity (and potential versatility) of the design.

Here's the sketch:

I also wanted to try my hand at creating an Assembly Line Cardmaking (ALCM) formula. ALCM formulas are designed to help you crank out these sketch-inspired cards quickly and efficiently, with very little waste. (Thanks for your help, Tricia Morris, I couldn't have done this without you!!!)

To start, grab three coordinating 8.5x11" papers. The instructions below will yield three 4.25x5.5" (A2) cards. Just add stamping and other embellishments as desired.


Cutting instructions:
1. Trim 8.5x11 Papers A, B, and C horizontally at 5.5".
2. Cut one 5.5x8.5 horizontally at 5.75 and 4".
3. Trim the 4x5.5 horizontally at 5.25".
4. Cut the 1.75x5.5 horizontally at 5.25".
5. Trim the 2.75x5.5 horizontally at 3".
6. Score and fold the 5.5x8.5 horizontally at 4.25".

My cutting formula includes a matte for the 2.5x2.75" piece, which is not shown on the OWH sketch. You can skip it, but I think it adds a little sumthin'-sumthin'.

Close-up of optional matte for 2.5x2.75" piece.

Once all the cutting is completed, sort and arrange the components, alternating the colors so each card has red, white and blue elements. There's really no "right" or "wrong" way . . . just have fun with it! Once you're happy with the arrangement, add stamping and other embellishments. I used stamps from Club Scrap's May Dungarees collection. The "denim" theme pairs well with the red, white and blue, don't you think?


Round metallic gem stickers from my stash as a faux "snap" on the pocket.
Adding white gel pen to the stamped sentiment really makes the letters pop!
Don't you just love a good pun?
I hope you'll give this formula a try. If you were so inclined, you could use this same formula with up to five sheets of paper (to yield up to five cards); each layered element would be a different color or a mix of printed/plain. Fun, right?

Now, are you ready for some blog candy? Since this weekend's theme is red, white and blue, Club Scrap is giving away a Salute paper collection to one lucky winner. The Salute collection features--you guessed it--red, white and blue papers along with patriotic artwork. Scrappers will love creating the ten 12x12 scrapbook pages with our free page assembly instructions. Stampers and card makers can create dozens of cards from the richly-textured printed and plain papers. To qualify for the prize, simply leave a comment below. On Tuesday, May 27, we'll chose one comment at random, and that person will receive the Salute Collection free. Good luck!

Wishing you a safe Memorial Day weekend,
Karen







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119 comments:

  1. Great cards, Karen and I always love new formulas.
    Happy Memorial Day.

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  2. love the overalls!!! Great cards!!

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  3. Overall, I think these are great layouts! Thanks for the instructions!

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  4. I just love this kit! Thanks for the sketch and cutting instructions.

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  5. Kimberley Martini YoungMay 24, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    I love making multiples and your ALCM come in so handy.

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  6. great cards and thanks for the formula. As always, thank you for supporting OWH

    Barb Housner

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  7. Thank you for your support! Love the puny sentiment...and the denim theme works perfectly. WTG!!!

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  8. FAbulous cards. Love the sketch, the formula and the denim theme.

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  9. Thanks for your support of OWH! I love how you used the pockets and the brads on them. Very cool.

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  10. Karen, thanks so much for participating in the OWH hop! Your cards are fantastic! And great job with the sketch!!

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  11. This would be a wonderful collection to have for 7/4 cards!

    Dorothy

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  12. These are wonderful cards, and I especially love the richness of the colors. I checked out your denim collection - what a wide variety of elements - great designs!

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  13. Really nice cards, thanks for supporting OWH!

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  14. That sentiment paired with the jeans pocket has me chuckling! Love this!

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  15. I love red, white, and blue and I love the Dungarees stamps. How could I not love these cards? Salute is one of the few collections I don't have!

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  16. What a great set of cards. I've never done well with that one sheet idea. These are great! Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  17. Love the way that this month's kit fit right in. I plan on spending time this weekend making some cards for OWH. Thank you for bringing them to our awareness!

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  18. Fabulous sketch and, yes, it is so versatile! Thanks for a chance to win wonderful patriotic themed papers! Hugs, Kristina

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  19. Thanks so very much for the continued support you all show OWH. I love being a part of them and appreciate that you all help out so much! I love these cards and would love to try my hand at ALCM so I hope to come back to this posting and give it a shot soon!

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  20. What a super great set of cards! And I love how efficiently you used your paper too!

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  21. Some great cards Karen! Can't wait to make some to ship off to OWH. Have a great day.

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  22. Very well done. The economics appeal to me along with the beautifully made cards.

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  23. Nice job! And we always love a card formula - thanks!
    Beth M.

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  24. Love the wholesome look to your line with the pockets and bibs. Great card too.

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  25. Nice layering and nice ideas on changing it up!!!

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  26. Just finished printing the instructions; thank you for the good ideas. Something positive to do for others in memory of those who gave everything for us. BeeL

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  27. Lovin your cards. I have pinned your formula and plan on trying it out. I'm always looking for ways to maximize my card making. :-)
    April

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  28. Cute, cute, cute. Thanks for some great tips - as usual!

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  29. Thank you for this tutorial! You little jeans papers are so stinkin' cute!

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  30. Thanks for the assembly line. I had to pin it! Thanks also for your support of OWH.

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  31. I am so excited to try this! Thanks for the idea and the paper give away!

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  32. Thank you for the great instructions! I especially love the overalls.

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  33. Thanks for the cutting directions and for the chance to win. God bless America, especially those who serve.

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  34. Pockets, overalls and circles, oh my! I love all the images used on your colorful and wonderful patriotic cards.

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  35. Fabulous cards! I love the overalls and that super fun sentiment!

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  36. Thanks for the instructions for assembly line. It takes me hours to make one card...I see potential here! Yes, I love puns, and this one is very punny!

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  37. great cards Karen, and I love how you came up with an ALCM for this sketch!

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  38. I like the sketch and your formula. THey willl be greatly appreciated!

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  39. Thanks for the cutting tips!! Lovely cards!!

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  40. It is amazing how many different cards you can make from the same sketch.

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  41. Great set of cards! Thanks for the ALCM formula!

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  42. The dungaree and pocket images are wonderful and so versatile! Great cards, thank you for supporting OWH!!

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  43. It might be a simple sketch but it has great results - love the cards Karen!

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  44. Have drawn new cutting diagram for OWH Sketch 21 and written the instructions. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

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  45. That card with the overalls is my favorite! It's so sweet. I like the denim look on all of them, too.

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  46. Yes, I love puns! The denim paper/stamps are great for this OWH sketch and cards - thanks for the new cutting directions!

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  47. Great cards. Thanks for the cutting directions.

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  48. Your sketch choice was spot on! I love the "overall" sentiment stamps!

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  49. I never thought of using a gel pen over a stamp. Thanks for the idea.

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  50. Happy Memorial Day. I just returned home from celebrating my mom's 90th birthday. May 17th was not only her birthday, but Armed Services Day. She asked for a special way to serve, so I took several of the cards I have made with me, and they were filled out at her party. We also honored my cousin (Seabees, Viet Nam), my daughter (Major in the Air Force, presently stationed in DC). Presently, I have over 100 cards, many of them notes written to support our over-seas military personal. By the way, I am the pun master! Libby

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    1. What a great idea for your Mom's 90th birthday! Thanks for your support of OWH, Libby!

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  51. Wow, I love this wonderful card assortment! Great sketch and thanks for the instructions!

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  52. What a wonderful set of cards - love your different interpretations of this sketch, and the new assembly-line sketch too! Really makes things come together so nice & quickly! Thank you for your ongoing support of OWH and our armed forces.

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  53. Your set of cards is fantastic. I agree that the denim stamps work great with the red, white, and blue papers. I am going to have to try that formula; thanks for sharing it!

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  54. Thanks for creating another great cutting formula. They really make card making so much quicker. Your support of OWH is great - thanks so much!

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  55. Beautiful cards! And thanks for another great formula! Can't get enough of those things...

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  56. Thanks to Club Scrap for all it's support of OWH! And thanks, again, to Tricia for all her formulas. Love that denim...my hubby calls me his denim girl. And yes, denim is the perfect partner for red and white!
    R/

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  57. Love your cards. I have used this sketch often and find it one of the most versatile. Your use of the different stamps is most creative. Thanks for the layout!

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  58. It's always fun to visit long time supporters like Club Scrap during the hop. Your cutting formulas are terrific and these cards are very nice. That little pocket image is adorable. Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting OWH!

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  59. Karen, TFS the new ALCM formula. I like that all of the paper is used with very little waste. Your cards are great with the Dungarees collection. Have a great weekend!

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  60. Thanks for all you do for OWH! I bookmarked that formula...love the cas cards it yields. The denim does fit the red, white and blue theme so well! :)

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  61. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards - and the ideas for making assembly line formula! I always like when I can get a bunch done at one time!

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  62. What fun! Love all of your cards, and your ideas for less waste are amazing! Thank you!!!!

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  63. Second time I have seen this sentiment and the overalls...too darned cute. Thanks for the tutorial and cutting directions...Great cards.

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  64. I love the random circles and pocket brad on the 1st one. The gel pen letters on the 2nd one really DO make that sentiment pop. Love the adorable overalls and sentiment on the last one. They are all fabulous and perfect for OWH. Thank you for supporting them and thanks for sharing the formula! I can't wait to try it.

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  65. Great cards, my favorite is the overall one it is so cute.

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  66. Thanks for sharing your creations - love them all, but my fav is the Overall image and sentiment! Also, really appreciate the cutting diagram - will definitely give this a try too.

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  67. Beautiful cards Karen and I love that you were able to make such detailed cards from just a few supplies! Awesome job, thanks for sharing!

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  68. Love your cards and the cutting pattern. Thanks for supporting OWH!

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  69. Great Cards!
    Really like the mix & match

    Thanks for supporting OWH!

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  70. Thanks for participating in the OWH hop, plus providing the handy diagram on creating these great patriotic cards with our sketch.

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  71. What a great way to create a variety of cards without wasting paper or having leftovers!

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  72. What a nice set of cards! Thanks for your support of OWH and to your family members for their service.

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  73. Great job on all your pretty cards! (clayandamy@sbcglobal.net)

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  74. Love the sketch! Your cards are beautiful!

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  75. Thanks for the cutting formula. Pinned it I am going to try it out tonight. Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  76. Thanks for supporting OWH! I picked up one of your fundraiser boxes a few months ago, and I'm still not done making new cards with the stamps inside. Thank you for the cutting formula as well, I like to make lots of cards in the little time I have.

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  77. Thanks for your support of OWH and their Memorial Day blog-hop! And, thanks for the great cards (love your use of the white gel pen to "pop"' lettering) as well as the assembly line card making formula--definitely will come in handy.

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  78. I've seen that overall stamp set on another blog in this hop, and I'm liking it more and more! I do love a good pun! Thanks for the formula; I will try that out!

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  79. Im digging the Overall Stamp! Thank you for the formula, I am going to try it out right now. Ive been a fan of Tricia's formulas she had shared with OWH! Thanks for supporting OWH!
    Raeanna Smith
    Raeanna25 at yahoo dot com

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  80. Great cards! Love the overall stamp. Also, thanks for the cutting solution - I like using them. Thanks for participating and supporting OWH.

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  81. Your cards are great. I love the stamps and sentiments.

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  82. Karen done did it again! Amazing!
    Sandy, OWH Exec Director
    http://sandyallnock.com

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  83. fantastic set of cards...thank you for the details!

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  84. love the overalls card
    CUTE sentiment:)

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  85. Love this! I will try the assembly line!

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  86. lovely lovely cards!!! slnewby at gmail dot com.

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  87. Great cards and love the tips on using all the paper to get the best out of it!

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  88. Awesome cards! Thanks for the tips and for the cutting diagram.

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  89. Love the cutting diagram. Keep up the good work.

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  90. Love the cutting diagram Karen! Will use it to make more OWHCards!

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  91. I like this overall stamp combined with the pocket one.

    Thank you for showing the sketch-very helpful for us newbies.

    It's great you did it three ways. That's inspiring.

    Thank you for your support of OWH all the time and for making and sharing today!

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  92. Hi Karen: I love the fantastic, rich colors of the papers you used. Thanks for the ALCM tutorial, too, and the chance to win the lovely papers.

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  93. I love what the denim adds to these cards--COOL!!! Even more, I LOVE formulas!!! TFS!! RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM Nancy M and thanks so much for the chance to win!! Here's hoping!!!

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  94. Love the rich colors you used. Thank you for the cutting pattern to mass produce sketch 31.

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  95. Fabulous rich colors! Love the cutting formula, it helps me be so much more efficient with my time and paper. I love your line and your products, and so wish I could afford the monthly scrap kits. I have a few I've been able to get and LOVE them. Is the overall stamp one of the Scrap Club stamps?

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    1. Hi WhoMom, it sure is! May's Kit is called Dungarees. It is part of the Greeting Unmounted Rubber stamp sheet. Here is the link
      http://www.clubscrapshop.com/store/p/3542-Dungarees-Greeting-UM.aspx

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  96. Great cards. Thanks for the formula!

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  97. Your cards are great--the denim with the little "button" is so cute! And thank you for the cutting guide. I LOVE when I can use paper efficiently!

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  98. Love these cards! As soon as I get over this lousy cold that has me laying around all weekend, I will give the formula a try!

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  99. Love your cards! They are so cute!

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  100. Love your layout and thanks so much for the directions. This will be a great help in the future and I can see using this technique at a card making event. Your paper giveaway is scrumptious. brendah1951 at gmail dot com

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  101. Love all of you cards!! I can't wait to try you new formula on the cards I'm getting ready to make :)
    Thanks!
    Angela
    chewiescrappin@hotmail.com

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  102. those are really nice cards

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  103. I found Tricia's formula for 12x12 paper and now this for 8.5x11 - enough to keep me card making for quite a while! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  104. I love these cards so much! Great way to make a coordinating set without wasting any paper. After all, we LOVE our supplies and I for one can't ever toss anything out!!

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  105. Love the cutting formula - thanks for sharing. And thanks for supporting OWH! Would love to win your candy!! BobbisTreasure at aol dot com

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  107. Love the cards! Thanks for the formula for cutting for the sketch to do multiple cards! I printed it out for future use! Thanks for the chance to win as well!
    paulapoindexter at gmail dot com

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  108. I love that overalls stamp set. So cute!

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  109. So much to love! The Overall punny sentiment is great (in addition to the overall stamp off course), but I always love your cutting formulas. Makes card making so much more efficient! Thanks for your ongoing support of OWH and the chance to win the paper collection.

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  110. Really like your cards. And thanks for the formula. I want to avoid waste, but I find it hard to use so much of the leftovers. WRE

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  111. Great cards... Thank you for supporting OWH!

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  112. Thank you so much for the Assembly Line Cardmaking (ALCM) formula. I am excited to try it. I like all the cards but especially the punny overall card.

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