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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Operation Write Home Bunny Hop

Welcome to the Operation Write Home Bunny Hop!  I am just one of over 130+ blogs that are participating on this blog hop.  I hope you find the time to visit all of the stops, since these hops are always filled with lots of fun.  There will be tons of blog candy, tutorials, and maybe even a few free digis along the way!  I've been very happy to be involved with this organization for around two years. 

If you arrived here from Susan's blog, Pieces of Fate, than you are in the right place!  If not, you will want to start at the beginning of the hop at the OWH Stars and Stamps blog.
Because my daughter is a MP in the Colorado Army National Guard and served overseas in Iraqi, I find it very comforting that our soldiers are not forgotten while they are serving overseas.  She just recently signed to serve another three years, and I can't more proud of her!  I'm also a vet as was my dad, so I'm happy that she has chosen such a wonderful way to serve her country.  She also made me a proud grandma for the fifth time with the birth of her son, Caleb David, on December 26th.  I want to thank everyone again for all of the prayers that you have sent her way while she was on total bed rest and had gestational diabetes during her pregnancy.  She and her hubby, David, couldn't be happier with the addition of this handsome little fellow!
Now for my first card.  If you've been here before, you know that I love to make medallion cards.  The medallion I used on this card is an Diorama Egg #1532O from Holly Berry House with the addition of an Art Impression Giant Rabbit #P1588 in the center.  Both of these images were heat embossed with Stampendous Pearlized Carnelian embossing powder.  Since we can't use glitter on our OWH cards, I've chosen to add color to the medallions using Twinkling H20s watercolor paints in place of my usual glitter.  Don't you just love the shimmer of the Twinks?  To tie the shimmer of this Twinks together with the rest of the card, I used cardstock from the DCWV Shimmer Matstack for the matting.  Recycling items is another favorite of mine, so I added this fun trim around the egg that I stole repurposed from an old Easter basket.  Instead of adding a lot of other items to clutter the card, I added some simple shimmery pearl swirls that were part of a flower set from Basic Grey.  The finishing touch was the use of a Fiskars corner emboss plus punch.

Next is a card that is appreciated with any box you send to OWH.  It's always good to add some birthday, I Miss You, I Love You and Thank You cards with any holiday cards that are needed at that particular time.  This card uses a favorite image of mine from Hero Arts called Fancy Cake.
I used my trusty colored pencils on this image, and then I added some pearls from The Paper Studio.  The sentiment is an oldie from PSX that I heat embossed with Stamp N Stuff embossing powder.  The green polka dot DP is by My Mind's Eye Penny Lane collection.  The Ella Stripe is from the Bo Bunny Shabby Princess collection.  All of the other items are from my stash.
After the Bunny Hop, you will want to stop by OWH Stars and Stamps blog.  They have a weekly sketch challenge every Sunday, wonderful tutorials, free digis to use on your cards for our heroes and so much more!  You can also grab a box of tissues and spend some time going through the OWH Hero Blog.  This blog is full of letters from deployed service members.  Last but not least of the blogs is the OWH Homefront Blog.  This blog has the info on the number of cards shipped out on Thankful Thursday, thanks to the wonderful cardmakers that make this organization what it is on Mailroom Monday, and tons of information that's available through Operation Write Home.  The newest addition to OWH is a ustream channel called OWH TV!  Sandy is doing a fabulous job of keeping the cardmakers inspired.  Stop in on Thursdays at 6:30 pm PST for lots of fun!  If you are on facebook, don't forget to "LIKE" Operation Write Home to keep  updated on events and shipper's card needs.  Whew!  It amazes me that Sandy and the others have time for anything since they keep all of these links updated!

We ship the cards to our volunteer shippers that sort and repair any damaged cards, and then they sort and send the cards off to our heroes that are serving overseas.  Because of this, the Easter card deadline is March 18th.  The next major holiday we are preparing for is Mother's Day.  The deadline for sending in these cards is March 31st.  They highly encourage us to have the cards sent out about two weeks earlier if possible, so the shippers have time to get things shipped out in a timely fashion.

What's a blog hop without blog candy?  I would love to send this blog candy out to one of my followers that live in the U.S.  For every 25 comments, I will add some more items to this collection.  A random name will be drawn on Saturday, March 12th from all of the names that fit the details listed below:

1.  You must be a follower and comment below.
2.  You must live in the U.S.
3.  If you don't have a blog, please leave an email address below so I can reach you if you are chosen.  Avoid SPAM by adding your email in the following format:  grandma_lee_t AT yahoo DOT com
4.  I would love for you to get some friends together and make some cards for OWH, but it's not required to win these goodies.
Below are the additional items I've added to the blog candy for 75 comments.
Thanks for stopping by!  The next stop on this hop is the fabulous Kate's blog, Hello From Kate!  She has lots of wonderful tips for you that you won't want to miss!

~~~Lee~~~

Special Request:  My daughter contacted me for a prayer request for one of her soldiers, Thomas Payne,  and his family.  His wife and 5 month-old child were in a car accident today, and they had to flight-for-life his daughter to the children's hospital at Memorial Hospital due to a fractured skull and internal bledding.  I'll try to keep you updated as soon as I know more.
UPDATE:  Thomas' daughter has been upgraded to stable condition!  Thanks for all of your prayers!!

80 comments:

Loni said...

Thanks for sharing Nana Lee. Thanks for supporting OWH! Hugs and Blessings, Loni www.loniholt.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

What cute cards! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win!

Lisa
prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com
lnorris21 at hotmail dot com

Mindy :) said...

Your cards are fabulous!!!
Mindy O.

Nana Connie said...

Love the cards, Lee! New follower now. You did such a great job of telling all of us about OWH -- thanks for that. You told me some things I didn't know before this. :-)

Dana said...

Very pretty cards. They are so bright and cheerful!

dmcarlisle09atgmaildotcom

helloholley said...

Hi Lee!!!
Both of your cards are super cute....but I LOL'ed when you crossed out stole and put "repurposed"....too funny!!!
I've never used those H2O's you talked about....sounds interesting!!!
They are both wonderful cards and give Caleb a big hug and kiss from me!!!
Blessings to you and your family,
Holley

Judy Rozema said...

Fun ideas and cards! Thank you for what your family is doing for our country!

Velda said...

You've motivated me to pull out my Twinkling H2O's again.

Misty said...

Such talent! TFS

Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

elizabeth said...

Hello!! It sure is a good day for the blog hop!! I LOVE your butterfly medallion card from your Feb 23rd post!!
my blog is at http://wilmafernsgirl.blogspot.com. Stop by to visit some time!!

Redonna said...

Nice card. Thanks for sharing!

rleckie911 AT gmail DOT com

campbelljudy1228 said...

Your cards are pretty and thanks for sharing with everyone.

Erica said...

Beautiful cards! I love the birthday one with all the bright colors! Thanks for your generosity of blog candy!

Scrapacat said...

Beautiful cards! I'm amazed at the level of detail and effort you put into these - they are true keepsakes! Thanks for the generous offer of blog candy. God bless and keep your Daughter and her family. ♥ky scrapacat at yahoo dot com

The Stamper's Touch said...

What fabulous cards!!!!! Each one simply wonderful!!

Linda

Marilyn Webb said...

Beautiful cards!!

Operation Write Home said...

Great cards - I especially love the birthday card, the cake offkilter is 'exciting' because of the angle! :) Happy hopping Lee!

Amy said...

Love your cards!! :) Such bright, cheerful colors!!

I'm a new follower and I plan on sending a bunch of cards to OWH for Easter/Spring!! :) We have a group event scheduled this month too!! YAY!! :)

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

Cyndi S said...

I love your cards. Please "Thank" your daughter for making sacrifices for all of us. A Big Thank You!!
cstephenson at q dot com

Linda Dale said...

Love your cards, so very pretty.
Linda Dale --- www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com

Julie said...

Really nice card, Lee! I love the shimmer!

Susan said...

thanks for sharing...let your daughter know that she is appreciated (and so are you!)

Lillian Child said...

Sweet cards, Lee!

I do so enjoy the OWH events as I get to meet so many lovely and talented people along the way. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your creativity with us today! My husband is a decorated Vietnam veteran and this event always holds such a special place in my heart.

http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

Erika said...

Great cards! As a military wife - thank you for donating your creations to OWH!

rstuck2003 said...

CUTE cards! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!! I am a follower.

scrappinheaven said...

What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing and participating in the OWH blog hop. This is my first hop with OWH and I'm loving it. Would love it if you follow me too :-)

Carol
scrappinheaven at yahoo dot com

Yolanda said...

LOVE that fancy cake card. I might have to buy that stamp.

Rhonda Miller said...

What great cards Lee. How fun. TFS.

Cherie said...

Wonderful cards! Thanks for sharing them on the hop. You now have another follower!

Cut n Paste said...

Both of your cards are very pretty! Thank you for supporting OWH!

Stamp Addict Jennifer said...

I love your cards! Impression Obsession and Holly Berry are two companies I love working with! Our blog is at www.thestampaddictblog.com I hope you will find it inspiring and follow us too!

scrappernic said...

Gorgeous cards! Thanks to your daughter for her service!

Monica said...

love your cards! Thank you to your daughter for her service! Thanks for hopping with us today!

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi! I really admire the amount of work you put into your medallion cards! Your post made me chuckle...Great job with the colored pencils; I'm a colored penciler, too (but I want Copics, hehe). Thanks to your daughter for serving! See you soon at OWH.

Paula said...

Love the birthday image and card. Thank you for your family's service.

Tammy said...

WOW gorgeous cards Lee! That cake image is sooo fun!! I love H20s also but can't remember to use them! I hope you and your family are doing well! Hugs, Tammy

AllisonG said...

I had never heard of medallion cards before visiting your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Amy Macak said...

Absolutely love the cake card colors
Thanks for sharing!

MaGoooo said...

Nice cards!! Thank you for the extra info on OWH!!

Cheryl said...

Wonderful cards!

--Cheryl--

Lisa said...

Lovely!!! All good thoughts for the 'lil girl....

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

oh, Father, in Jesus' name, I pray right now for the Mom and baby who was in the car accident. Nothing is impossible for you and you can be reached at any time. I pray for healing, your holy touch. That your Holy Spirit touch the baby right now and heal her...internal bleeding be stopped, fractured skull be healed. I pray for healing, for comfort, for your peace and perfect will, in Jesus' name. Amem.

Gandmalee, thank you for your service and courage... please let your family know I appreciate their service and dedication. :)

Yesterday's Echo Scrapbooks said...

Am following! Great cards- very unique!
Brittany
http://yesterdaysechoscrapbooks.blogspot.com/

Monica Hunter said...

Ooh - I LOVE the pink & green birthday card especially! Great work!

Michelle Single said...

Look at that cutting!

Ann said...

Awesome cards!!! I host an OWH card making day each month, it is such a great organization isn't it? Saying a prayer for the Thomas Payne family. I sure hope the little one is ok!

MomsBeenScrappin said...

Very pretty cards - beautiful colors:)
Doris, stop #45

Ann said...

Posted a comment and bacame a follower, forgot to post email address. bam_7462_ATgmailDOTcom. Thank you again.

Yvonne said...

Wow! I love your birthday cards! What a great image, too! Super inspiration--a big thank you to you! --Yvonne

JPScraps said...

Great cards :)

Dolores said...

Gorgeous cards, Lee.... you are so talented! As I told you in a post yesterday, those medallions are a work of art. Thank for offering some treats...and sharing your designs.

Gena said...

I love the bunny egg! Such rich colors! And my prayers are with the Payne family in this awful time.

www.paperwingdesigns.blogspot.com
gena575 at gmail dot com

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

Beautiful cards and prayers for the soldier's family!

Brittani Nguyen said...

Beautiful cards!! I'm hoping on some time freeing up this week so I can send a few cards to OWH...I love what they're doing! Thanks for sharing!!

Nicki121986@Hotmail.com

Rufus said...

Hey Grandma Lee! OWH ROCKS! I send in cards of my own and have also started a group that meets once a month to create cards for OWH. Then I met a gal, though OWH, who lives about 8 miles from me and we started a group over where she lives. They meet about 4 times a year. Anyhow, enough babbling. Love your cards esp that Birthday one! Will be keeping your daughters friends family in my thoughts.
Hugs,
R/

Susan said...

LOVE,Love,love that cake card! Don't enter me for the candy Lee, My stash is about to push out out of the house! LOL
But it is yummy candy! besides i was your winner last spring, and it is when I joined and when we met!! Hope you are feeling well and that everyone is good!
Hugs,
Susan

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

Thanks for doing this Hop for OWH
Have a wonderful Day… HOPPY Easter to You!
Come and BEE a follower on my blog
http://buzzybeedesigns.blogspot.com
Rebecca Minor
buzzybeedesigns(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Ami said...

Your first card is so delicate and intricate looking! Great job! I am a new follower. And prayers being said for that family....

amidkmpr at msn dot com

GrammaR said...

Cute cards! Thank you for sharing them.

I'll keep this family in my prayers.

kelley at sevenmilenursery dot com

Rachelle said...

I love your cards, too cute..I am a new follower. I am praying for this little baby and her momma.
Rachelle
joyfulhrt@gmail.com

bernietom47 said...

What cute cards! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
I'm a follower now. :^)
Will be adding Thomas and his family to my prayer list.
Blessings Bernie
bernietom47 at yahoo dot com

schuyler dog said...

Learn something new every day...never heard of a medaliion card! Like the coloring on the cake. I will be keeping Thomas Payne and his family today. Hope for fast healing!
Kathy
xyzcaseyAT yahooDOT com

janeskeepsakes said...

I love your card. TFS

Great blog!

janejohnson13 at wildblue dot com

Holly said...

Your medallion card is so distinctive, and that cake card looks abosolutely delish!

Saying a prayer for Thomas' daughter, all who care for her and for Thomas and his wife.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful card and lots of cool embellishments. Love the colorful birthday card too- great image. Fun OWH HOP!
Prayers going up for Thomas and family- hope they are all OK!

Heaven said...

Really cute cards. Thanks for sharing!
mishona2 at yahoo dot com

Donna S said...

This is my first hop and I am really enjoying all of the different styles and methods of creating cards. I also like to re-purpose items, although I don't get a lot of time to work on cards. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

love your cards and blog post! Thank you for a chance to win some fun goodies!

I would definitely get some friends together to create cards for OWH

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

just read the bottom post...praying!!

Dixie Cochran said...

Lee your cards are so pretty, but that baby is even prettier! I just want to squeeze those cheeks!! Thank you for sharing your creative talent with us all!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Lovely cards. I now follow. I put this on my sidebar too.
terriavidreader at yahoo dot com

Christine said...

great cards - the birthday is so bright and cheery and you are right... the shippers can't have enough of those (thats what i made too - i'm #83 in the hop)

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Adorable cards and so is the wee one!

jencuthbertson at gmail dot com

Pauline said...

Hi Lee... thanks for a colour filled stop on the OWH blog hop! Awesome creations! Would love to be lucky and win your candy, but I don't live in the USA, so I can't enter.
hugs and blessings from Australia,
Pauline #48

FibreJunky said...

I completely forgot what I was going to say after reading the part about Thomas Payne and his family. I'm so grateful to hear the little one has been upgraded to stable...but I pray that she continues to recover completely. How utterly terrifying.

Mindy said...

Thanks for sharing great cards with the hop :)
Mindy

Just A Pac Rat said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing with us and OWH!

I am now a follower and look forward to many more great creations in the future!

circlebenterprises.blogspot.com

karensk said...

Cute card, I became a follower. Great blog hop.
Thanks for sharing
karen k3 at ameritech dot net

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Selena said...

Sweetie just wonderful, I'd be very happy if she won, thank you very much for the chance to win it!
http://worldselena2009.blogspot.com/

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