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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Operation Write Home Veteran's Day Blog Hop & Blog Candy

Welcome to the Operation Write Home Veteran's Day Blog Hop! This wonderful organization is made up of tons of people that make cards for our soldiers that are serving overseas. My daughter was one of these brave soldiers that was a recipient of the cards that this organization sent for the soldiers to send home for their families. It's not like they could run to a PX & pick up a Christmas or Valentines Day card in the middle of the desert! If you want to know more about this awesome organization, please click on the Operation Write Home logo on my sidebar.

Now for the hop! If you came here from Barbara's blog http://barbarade.blogspot.com/2009/11/operation-write-home.html , then you're at the right spot. If not, go back to the beginning at: http://www.owhhomefrontblog.org/2009/11/owh-veterans-day-bloghop.html I usually try to make several love cards to send in with any cards I send. We always highlight the different holidays, but they need love, birthday, anniversary and other such cards all of the time.

My first card is made with a PSX wolf stamped on white cardstock with Artprint Brown Memories ink. It was the colored with a watered down wash of H20s & highlighted with a white gel pen. The circle frame from Inkadinkado was stamped on cardstock with Top Boss embossing ink & embossed with Detail White EP from Stamp 'n Stuff. These were then placed on top of this Around the Block two-sided card stock following a challenge sketch from Mojo Monday week 112. All of the edges were inked with Sea Brights Pool ink & then I added some flourishes from Autumn Leaves. The sentiment is an oldie but goodie from JRL designs. I topped it with a ribbon & used a white gel pen for some doodles around the edges.

Next is a card made with an awesome stamp from Outlines rubber stamps. I just found out about this company lately, so I'm having a blast with their designs. This image was stamped on card stock with Top Boss embossing ink & embossed with Detail White EP. I stamped the image numerous times so I could layer it to add some dimension. That's a great thing about the OWH cards. You can add all sorts of embellishments (except glitter for safety reasons!) since the soldiers can send their mail home for free. Back to the card. This particular image has five cutout layers, but you could add or subtract to your liking. I just glued them on top of each other after I cut them out instead of using foam adhesives like I usually do. I got out the H20s again to add some more color & then I matted it on some more card stock. This layout was a challenge from Stamping 411 although I didn't use Stampin' Up! products. I put all of it on top of some Paper Studio design paper, added a Martha Stewart ribbon bow, highlighted it with a white gel pen & it's ready to go (after I stamped the inside sentiments which I always do for these cards).

This is really turning into a long post, so lets get to the BLOG CANDY!!!! If you are a follower that leaves a comment on my post, you will be entered to win this fun package of stamping goodies pictured below to help you get jump started on your OWH cards! You'll even get an Operation Write Home custom stamp for the back of your OWH cards along with a CC rubber heart wreath & a Judith rubber stamp. I'm sure I'll find more stuff to add to this loot! Sorry about the picture quality today. It's really overcast outside, so the flash messed with the colors.

Your next stop on this hop is to Lori's blog, http://lorikins.blogspot.com/2009/11/operation-write-home-blog-hop.html Lori is an awesome lady that usually scrapbooks, but has joined us in making cards to help out the troops. Her mom has just finished her chemotherapy treatments for cancer & is still going strong, God bless her! These awesome ladies recently went to a Rick Springfield concert & had front row seats & backstage passes thanks to her mom's BFF. What an awesome gift! ~ Lee

52 comments:

JPScraps said...

Cute cards. Love the 'Wild" one :) I'm definitely following!

Operation Write Home said...

Love your "Wild about you" card...I need to do some with that sentiment, I have so many wild animal stamps!

Thanks for joining in our hop and supporting our heroes!

Anita said...

Amazing cards!

Cindy said...

The link to the next blog doesn't work!

Seongsook Duncan said...

Wow~ I see new things here and thanks for sharing. Need to come back to learn more.

inkpaperstamps said...

Fun and funky cards--sure to brighten any hero's day! Great job!

Shelley said...

This is such a heartening venture. Here in Canada, the painting guild I belong to also creates and sends cards for our troops. They range from painted, thru to stamped and embossed cards in every style imaginable and are received with great appreciation. It's such a little thing we can do for our heroes!

~ Shelley

Tammy said...

Awesome cards! Love the one with the hearts! I am now a follower! Thanks for sharing.

Aimee said...

The cards are nothing short of spectacular. TFS!

Cyn said...

Nice cards!!!!

debb said...

Great cards! Love that wolf!

dawna said...

Your heart card is AMAZING!! WOW! Love every little aspect of it! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration! I'm going to sign up to follow your blog!

MarcyK924 said...

Super cute cards! Thanks for supporting OWH!

Catherine said...

LOL on the first card - perfect for a hubby to send to his wife on Valentine's. The background is great on the second, and I love that ribbon! TFS!

Carmen O. said...

Fabulous cards!

GretaB said...

Beautiful cards! Your stamping and watercoloring is wonderful and must take a lot of time.

Thanks to your daughter for her service!

Donna Inks said...

Beautiful cards! I love the colors! Thank you for participating!

Bekah's World said...

Your cards are so beautiful and so detailed! I'm a follower now and can't wait to see what else you come up with!

peggysue said...

Outlines makes some fun stamps, don't they? And the rest of your blog is pretty too what lovely cards you make.

Scrappycath said...

Super cards. I love the Valentine one! Super blog candy too. I'm a follower now!

The Wired Angel said...

Love your cards and creativity! I'm saying special prayers for your Mom. Thanks for participating in the blog hop... Hugs, Peggy

Kay said...

Thanks for sharing your story and your cards.

Dawn said...

Thank you for all you do, with cards for heroes.

Karelj said...

What gorgeous cards! They are so incredibly detailed! I'm now a follower.

Sharon said...

Love the valentine cards....thanks for the good mojo!

Dixie said...

Great Valentine cards!

schuyler dog said...

Love that angel stamp..just beautiful as are all your cards

bumblebee creations said...

gorgeous cards! What a great event! I have became a follower thanks for the opportunity to be in on such awesome candy!

Merry's Musings said...

Love your valentine cards! YOur cards are gorgeous.

Mary said...

Gorgeous cards!!!

hugs
Mary

Carolyn Bounds said...

Awesome cards!!! I am especially wild about the wolf card...love the image and the pretty blue!! Thank you for sharing your creativity with the rest of us and for spreading some joy to our nation's heroes!!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

cdm317 said...

Your Angel card is just stunning! I love your blog!

Carla Gade said...

Awesome cards! What a wonderful crafty and supportive thing we can do for our troops! God bless them, and you!

carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

MiamiKel said...

Wow, how creative you are!! My brother, stationed in Germany, loves Wolfs so I thank you soooo much for the inspiration to create one like yours! They are both wonderful - thanks for the hop stop! :)

Linda L said...

Beautiful cards.

Cr8ive ME said...

love your cards.

And so kind of you to offer blog candy.

I just became a follower.

I'm also participating in the blog hop.

Plus, I have Blogoversary candy up for grabs.

{hugs}
M.E.

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

1st - you are SO not old enough to be a grandma!!! 2nd - your cards are outstanding! 3rd - thanks for being willing to help someone else get started in OWH cards. 4th - don't pick me (or if you do, pick another). I have plenty! Hugs and thanks!
~ky

grandmalee said...

WOW! Thanks so much for all of the kind comments & joining in on OWH's Blog Hop! I'm so proud of all of our heroes, including the ones that make the cards that give our soldiers a bright spot in their days! Thanks again & check back tomorrow to see who gets the blog candy!

SugarBeanz said...

I became a follower and thanks for sharing your cards!

Nancy B said...

Your cards are beautiful! I especially like the valentine card.

Cindy said...

I love Outline Rubber Stamps too...what a great job!

Stacie said...

Love the details on your cards. TFS!

Stampindragon said...

Gorgeous cards! TFS!

Cynthia Ferenz
Fredericksburg, VA
Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

Night Shift Nancy said...

Whoa. . . wolves are one of my very favorite things! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Maggie said...

Great cards, so much detail...you put love into these cards. I like the details on how you made the cards, this helps us newbies. Thank you for supporting OWH.

helen said...

oops i lost my post... i was saying your cards reveal your patience and talent, all the detail. more importantly the cards show you care about others by sharing your creativity. i am now a follower

Mrs. E said...

Very nice cards! Your valentines card is beautiful!

Caryl P said...

Lovely cards, it's great that this organization was ablet o help your daughter and now you are contributing also!

Andrea said...

Love the colors and layers! Nice job!

Dana said...

sweet cards. I love the wolf. Thanks for supporting our troops!

Karen said...

Wonderful cards! Just love them! Thanks for the hop!

paula said...

Great cards!! Thanks for being a part of the bloghop!

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