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Saturday, November 13, 2010

OWH Be My Valentine Bloghop

Welcome to my portion of the Operation Write Home Be My Valentine Bloghop!  I'm very honored to participate in another OWH bloghop.  My very first bloghop was with OWH a year ago for Veteran's Day.  I was afraid that I would do something wrong and upset people.  Instead, I've become friends with a very supportive and helpful group of people who will bend over backwards to help others, especially our soldiers serving overseas!  I started making cards for the soldiers while my daughter was stationed in Iraq with the Colorado Army National Guard 220th MP unit.  I know first-hand how important all of these special cards mean to our soldiers. 

If you came here from Jessica's blog, Certainly Stamping, you're at the right place! Isn't it fabulous that she is donating her commissions until Dec. 31st to OWH! Send a super THANKS to this fabulous women for being so gracious to our soldiers! We also need to send a special thanks to her hubby who is a sailor, and her soldier brother! That's a lot to be thankful for!!!!  If you get lost on the hop or a link isn't working, you can always go back to the OWH Stars and Stamps blog to get you in the right place. 
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You may know the history behind Veteran's Day, but do you know that there is an organization that makes it possible for us to find out personal information about wars from World War I to the present from the veterans and those involved in the war effort from correspondence, pictures and other types of media?  The Veteran's History Project was created in 2000 by the U.S. Congress with the following mission:
"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war."

Are you a veteran or do you know someone who served and would like to contribute to this project?  Maybe you would like to know more about where a family member served or what types of obstacles they had to overcome because of the war.  Then you will want to check out this organization to see what is available, or maybe you can contribute to preserving this portion of history for others.  Take some time to check them out for yourself.
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***SUCCESS! Robyn on Paper Craft Planet found the manufacturer of the stamp.  It can be found at I LOVE RUBBER STAMPS.
My Valentine's card uses this fabulous horse stamp that I bought on ebay.  I would love to know who made it, so if you know the manufacturer please let me know.  I stamped and then heat embossed it with Stampendous embossing powder.  The star paper is a specialty paper from Hobby Lobby, and the textured silver paper is from a DCWV matstack.  The gorgeous ribbon is another ebay purchase.  To finish off the front, I matted this metal heart from All My Memories.
Here's the inside of the card that I stamped with this old PSX sentiment, and then heat embossed it with fine silver embossing powder.  There's plenty of room left for the soldier to write a personal note inside.

The Valentine's card deadline is January 7th.  Sorry if you wanted to send them Christmas cards, but that deadline has already passed.  Don't worry, you can tuck them away for now and send them to your OWH shipper next year. 

We need your vote today and everyday until December 4th at Joann's Craft for a Cause.  Just imagine how many boxes of cards could be shipped to our soldiers if OWH won the grand prize of $50,000???  Remember to vote everyday, so make sure to add this URL to your favorites.  Vote the same time everyday, so we can get the maximum number of votes allowed.  They only allow one vote per household per day, so make sure you tell your blogger, facebook, twitter and other friends to vote for OWH, too! 
What's a blog hop without BLOG CANDY????  I'll draw for this blog candy on Wednesday, November 17th!  It includes the Wedding Stamp set from the Rusty Pickle, a clear stamp set called Mix & Match Labels from Hampton Arts, an assortment of ribbons that's not all pictured here, some brights 5" x 7" papers from Making Memories, app. 50 sheets of 6" x 6" papers from Paper Symphony and some other assorted surprises!  Sorry, but the blog candy is only available for US shipping.  All you have to do to enter is:
  1. Become a follower if you aren't already one.  WooHoo!!!!  Since I hit over 100 followers,  I'm adding in some more goodies!!!!
  2. Leave a comment below, so I know you want to win this blog candy.
  3. Go to the Joann's Craft for a Cause link today and everyday and vote for Operation Write Home
  4. Leave your email in the comment section if you don't have a blog. 
Your next stop on the hop is to Doris's blog, Mom's Been Scrappin.  Not only does she make some fabulous cards for our heroes, but her family is really into helping our soldiers.  One of her daughter's even participated in the Tough Mudder event that raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project! 
****SPECIAL MISSION****
From now until Dec. 1st, you can make Valentines and send them to one of our shippers to be involved in an awesome partnership with Archway.  Gosh, OWH really love to keep our heroes happy, don't they?  Please help whenever you can, so our soldiers know how much we care about them and their families!

~~~  Lee  ~~~

56 comments:

Jan aka StampQn said...

Thanks for your support of OWH. Your blog is great.

Sharon said...

I love the patriotic theme of your cards! I'm a veteran and daughter of a career Army dad, so really appreciate everyone's support of this project. Thanks for the link to the history site! I'm following you now so I won't lose track of all your talented contributions!

Joanne Travis said...

That horse is so beautiful and unique!! What a lovely card you have created here.

Janet said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa said...

Wonderful patriotic cards! Thank you for sharing :)

Brenda said...

What a beautiful horse stamp! Love your cards!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great Valentine Lee. I love the horse image. TFS.
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Catherine said...

The image you used is so unique!
Thanks for supporting our heroes!

Seongsook Duncan said...

Very nice details. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cleota said...

What a fabulous stamp! Love the flag effect it has. Thanks for the chance to win!

K. Joy said...

Oh, this is such a cool card! I love the patriotic look to it, and it's a really fun horse stamp you used. :) Thanks for sharing!!

Melissa said...

Great card and thank you for all you do for OWH!

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

MomsBeenScrappin said...

Lee - your card is beautiful! Thanks for the nice intro to my blog (I follow you in the line-up for the hop). I'm a new follower of yours :)

stefeni said...

Great cards! That stamp is really gorgeous and the specialty paper has a leathery feel. Very nice. I am a new follower and already voted at Joann's today! Thank you.

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Yolanda said...

Super cool card! That stamp is amazing. Thanks for joining in the hop.

Velda said...

Love the red, white & blue. Thanks for supporting OWH.

Shell said...

STUNNING! Glad you're hopping with us today!

Attegirl said...

Great cards, I love the Americana look too!!

Ann said...

great cards! Ilove the Americana look!I will surely be a follower now, you are very talented!

Ronda S said...

I like the card...very non-traditional.
I became a follower, I would love the candy (to make more OWH cards) and I don't have a blog so I've included my email.
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Ronda S said...

Forgot....I already voted today...and I do every morning!

Valerie said...

Great colors! They look great for Valentine's Day!

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi! It's been so much fun to visit and read all the info posted on your blog today. Your patriotic horse card really shows all the work you put into it! It's just great. Have fun bloghopping for OWH!

Judy Jackson said...

Great card and unusual! OWH rocks -- and I voted!

Shelley said...

Hi Lee, That horse is so great. Love your card.

Lisa said...

That horse stamp is awesome!!

Beth Horn's Stamp Pad said...

I love your cards and blog candy! I am a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your work.

Paula said...

Great post! Thanks for the info. and link about the Veteran's History Project. I'll definitely be checking that out.

Samantha said...

beautiful card. I think it's awesome that you made it a patriotic valentine!

Lynn said...

Love the cards...am definitely a follower so I can see more of your beautiful work. Also, already voted for today at JoAnn's but plan to everyday.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful card! I'm a new follower and I voted for OWH. I appreciate all of your work for OWH. A soldier's Mom-
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Carol said...

Your card is so unique. Lub it! I am now a follower of your blog which is awesome I might add. I already voted today and have it bookmarked to vote everyday. Thanks for your hard work for OWH.

Now who wouldn't want to recieve blog candy? All I can say is PICK ME!! PICK ME!! PICK ME!! pick me, pick me!
Thanks.

Operation Write Home said...

What a great horse stamp that is!! Very cool card :) :) :)

Dixie Cochran said...

Lee, thanks for the info about the Veteran's History Project. Love your cards, especially the horse. Thanks for hopping with us today.

Krisa said...

I'm following now, but I have to tell you how much I love that horse stamp. I hope someone recognizes it!

Rufus said...

LOVE this card! Sure hope somebody knows who made the stamp since I'd love to own one!! Thanks for supporting OWH!
R/

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Hi Lee! Thanks for the info about the Veteran's History Project, I'm going to check that out! Your cards are fabulous, that horse is great!

MizDenise said...

I've added you to my RSS reader (I'm not on the friend connect thing) and would love to win your blog candy. I'm a relative newbie to card making and only have one stamp set, but several stamping pads. (I've been using freebie digis and creating sentiments in Word.) So I really need to win something...LOL I am voting every day and sent the newest OWH video to friends to get them to vote as well. Please, please pick me!

Cyn said...

LOVE your non traditional colored vday cards!!

njgramma said...

What wonderful cards you have made !Thanks for all the great info :)
Mindy

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love the patriotic colors in your card- unconventional for Valentine's Day, but perfect for OWH!

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Disp6194 said...

What a beautiful patriotic card, so pretty. Thanks fo the chance to win such great blog candy!

KarenS said...

Very nice cards! Thanks for sharing

Lillian Child said...

I just discovered your blog (and am now a follower) and love your creativity! Thanks so much for sharing with us and it's so nice to meet a new crafter who is as passionate as I am about OWH (my husband is a decorated Vietnam veteran) and papercrafting. I have also voted!So nice to meet you! And please feel free to drop by my blog at http://lillianchild.blogspot.com/ sometime and say hi!

Heather Grow said...

That horse stamp was a great find. Gotta love ebay.

Paula said...

Love that horse!!!! Signed up as a follower to see if someone comes up with who made it. The card is fantastic. Looking forward to see more of your work. (Would love your blog candy.)

Christine said...

WOW Lee that is a great horse and your turned out beautiful. I have become a follower so i can return and I am for sure voting every day.

helloholley said...

Hi Lee!!
I love your card,horses are my fave(and my DD!)......I'll come visit your blog later....when I have a little more time....trying to get through the hop!!! I've been wondering about your DD and little one ;)

Pat said...

Very interesting cards!

Ashley said...

HURRAY! A new blog to follow, beautiful card :)

Meg Bean said...

Cute star paper!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I think I met you at the OWh Blog Hop last year when you won my candy! Glad to see you again and its fun to see you around blog land!

Nancy Keller said...

Oh wow, thanks for the neat post and for showing off that awesome stamp. . . I loved looking at everything here! I am jealous. The nearest Hobby Lobby to me is more than a hundred miles. I need to go on a road trip!

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Cool cards. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win some blog candy. I alreayd voted.

Just A Pac Rat said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your work with the troops.

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Patrice Herrera said...

Wow I love your cards and am glad you found the Manfu of the horse stamp that card is perfect in so many ways.

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