## Saturday, October 5, 2013

### OWH Sketch #181

Hi, OWH Hoppers!

(Say that three times fast.)

If you've been here before and have tried my crazy cutting formulas, you're going to love this one. It's a doozy. The creator of this sketch had some faith in your measuring skills. But if you're new to 5/8", it's time to face up to this fraction.

Here's the original sketch:

You'll need three sheets of 8.5x11 paper in three different colors to make four cards in need of four A2 envelopes.

Trim Paper A and Paper B exactly the same way. This will create two card bases and the rest of the pieces for the cards. (Just like cookies, you can make as many batches as you like. Simply double/triple the recipe and add more colors if you want variety.)

1. Trim horizontally at 10.75 and 5.5". Fold the 5.5x8.5 in half to create a card base.

2. Cut the 5.25x8.5 horizontally at 7.75, 7, 6.25, 5.5, 4.75 and 2.5".

3. Trim the 2.5x5.25 horizontally at 4.25, 3.625 (3-5/8), 3 and 1.5". (Phew!)

4. Cut the 2.25x5.25 horizontally at 5, 4.75, 4.5 and 2.25".

To save a little time on the next step, score Paper C vertically at 4.25". Cut horizontally at 5.5". This way, you only score once and cut once. Tah-dah--two cards! And keep this trick in mind when you're cranking out tons of holiday cards or OWH cards. The time savings really adds up.

Next, sort the cards and all of the pieces onto like-sized piles and arrange the elements onto the card bases according to the sketch.

I used stamps from our brand new October collection called "Lock & Key". Almost every image came from the sweet plate of unmounted rubber you can find here.

I used one color of ink (Ocean) and no additional bulky embellishments to make them easy to mail overseas. Both ways.

And the finished cards which can be used for general OWH cards, thank you cards, or anyhero mail!

Now, cool thing. I passed along this card cutting formula to a fellow teammate here at Club Scrap. Check out how Karen's batch of cards turned out!

Thanks for stopping in!
Tricia Morris

P.S. Club Scrap is a monthly club for scrapbookers and stampers. We'd love to have you join us! You can shop without being a member, and we have monthly clubs featuring our original designs starting at \$19.95. And today we're having a huge sale on cardmaking supplies!

**Update!
The winner of the blog candy is Donna Nuce, comment number 47!!! Congratulations, Donna! We will be in touch with you so we can get you your prize!

1. Love the colorway of your cards.

2. WOW, Tricia, another fabulous cutting formula and a gorgeous set of cards!
Thanks for sharing!

3. great cards!!

4. These cutting formulas are so helpful and really speed up making cards. Thanks for providing the.

5. HI Tricia- my cards inspired the OWH sketch- and with OWH- you do not know if you card is a sketch inspiration until you see the post- so I was surprised then - and now I an thrilled and surprised that you have made the card so much easier! Once I made the cards- re-creating it was not easy-- so your formula is a blessing!!! I know- this is right up your alley!! I love the colors and the stamps you used! I am adding you to my list of time saving heroes!!!! I saw Karen's cards- and they are awesome too! Thanks for your support of OWH and our troops!

1. Hi, Diane! It's so nice to "meet" you! I always wondered where the original sketches came from, and I'm happy to connect with the person who inspired this great card layout. :)

2. No- thank you for making it easier-- lol! I really enjoy how you can take paper and make masterpieces--- and share your ideas with us!

6. Tricia, you + your math skills = awesome. I love this sketch and your formula! Can't wait to try it out.

7. It's a little bit early here to totally comprehend the math - but I'm going to save for later. Love the Lock and Key set. Thanks so much for the added inspiration.

8. The cards are stunning! Lock & Key is a beautiful versatile kit. Those stamps can be used over and over again. I love how you only used one color ink and it looks so different on each color card. Beautiful!

9. Tricia your cards are beautiful with Lock & Key. Such a different "feel" to the cards, even though all that was changed was the paper. Thanks for doing the hard math for me!

10. Great cards and ALCM!!! I loved Karen's cards over at ClubScrapCreates!! You guys are on fire today!!

11. Love these cards--great colors, stamps and sketch.

12. Thanks for the instructions. That is what I miss most about not getting Club Scrap anymore. You made the design so much easier. Hopefully one day I will be able to return to getting CS sent to my house.

13. Wow is right - another great sketch and set of cards. I'll be copying this sketch also.

14. Tricia-after 13 years you still amaze me with your talent. As always, thanks so much for sharing!

15. Always love your cut templates Tricia...you are the queen of efficiency and your cards are always gorgeous! Thanks again for this formula...gotta stash it away for another day.

16. This card needs no embellishments! Thank you for including the templates! Great look! radloffjen at cableone dot net

17. I'm doing these today! I will not let fractions scare me!

18. Great cards Tricia. That is a great kit also!

19. thought I recognized that Lock and Key set. So lovely!

20. Love the cards! This is a formula I need to try today.

21. I absolutely love this formula. Great job as always. Thanks for all you do to inspire us.

22. Great formula to go with this set! It is always fun to see your piecing and how easy it is to make several cards at once! Thanks for sharing!!

23. wow thank you...I love these cards and stamps.

24. Thank you for the template! I've struggled with this sketch becuase there are so many pieces...maybe it's that I'm mathmatically/geometrically challenged and the sketch requires both..or I'm making it too complicated. Happy WCMD!

25. I'm going to have to print this template. Now just hope I can glue down all the pieces so they look straight! Thanks for sharing this.

26. Tricia...What lovely cards you have created. You can't beat 4 cards from 3 sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper either! Well, maybe YOU can, but I'm sure impressed. Thank you for another great ALCM formula.

27. Wow, fabulous for sure!!!

28. All I can say is WOW

29. I have never been to your blog before & your style caught my eye on the Hop Page at OWH - I am effected by measuring anxiety but, maybe I'll get the guts to try one of your fabulous piecings - beautiful!

30. Thanks for sharing your formula - I will be CASEing this one!

31. Your formulas are so efficient and perfect for all types of cards. The more I see the Lock and Key collection the more I love it. OWH will be seeing more of this one.

32. Love the colors.... TFS

33. What a great trick, having it all mapped out like that! Thanks so much for sharing this! And I love that gorgeous stamp set. Happy WCMD!

34. Great formula - the colors are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

35. Wow! What a system!! I am truly amazed that you can do that. I would have sneezed once and cut things wrong and the pieces would be all over the floor.However, I have printed the cutting plan and will try it soon. Thanks for sharing the awesome cards.

36. Another super cutting formula and a nice sketch that I suspect a lot more OWHers will be trying now thanks to your help. :) Thanks for joining in the hop today and supporting OWH!

37. Wow, what a wonderful set of cards!! Love the colors and stamps you used. How fabulous.

Linda

38. I loved doing this sketch and it's great to see your take on it. The color combo is so pretty and the stamp set works perfectly with the sketch dimensions.

39. Wow. These are really cool cards. I love them. Thanks for the tutorial. Those colors are great.

40. I like your cutting map, too. I will have to use it to get some cards in my box. Great colors in your cards. April

41. Awesome! I always love to see your cutting formulas. Gotta go get cutting. :)

42. Oh my gosh, these are just gorgeous! I love the stamped images and the beautiful colors combo!

43. club Scrap stamps and papers are always some of my favorites. Beautiful, classic cards that anyone would love to send or receive!

44. I always look forward to your participation in these hops. Your cutting formulas are a busy person's dream come true!!

45. Can't wait to try this formula with my just received club stamp lock & key kit. Thanks for your support of OWH.

1. Hi, Donna! It's Tricia Morris here from Club Scrap. You were the lucky blog candy winner from the Operation Write Home Blog Hop! Please send along your address and email so we can get you your prize!

Send to tricia@clubscrap.com.

Thank you!

46. What a grand job you did!

47. Amazing cards and formulas. I'll be looking to try this myself soon ;)

48. Thanks for the new formula!

49. WOW! Such beautiful creations and I love how you've laid our your design on these!! So clever! Thanks for sharing this for World Card Making Day! :) HUGS

50. Who knew using 2 colors with so many layers could be so pretty! I love this card set! TFS the template ~ will have to try this one.

51. New to your blog, what great templates! TFS!

52. Beautiful cards! This is a challenging sketch and you rocked it!

53. You did such a fabulous job with the sketch! Your instructions are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!

54. You've done it again, Tricia! Thanks for the cutting formula. Now we cross our fingers and hope I don't mess it up! Thanks to you and Club Scrap for all your support of OWH! R/

55. Thanks for a great cutting formula. Thanks for your support of OWH!

56. These card are great! Love the stamps and the color!!

57. Fabulous cards and great cutting guide. Thanks for sharing and for supporting OWH!

58. I am so impressed with your cutting template, for the OWH sketch! You must have a math brain...and each version of the card/colour combo is truly lovely. I'll be back to check your blog again!

59. A must try cutting template! I love it,