Saturday, May 26, 2012

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop



"Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have. Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people who have fought for the things we have."

In my small way I try everyday to Thank those that serve our country, and on Memorial day I try to remember those brave men and women. Operation Write Home is an amazing organization that collects handmade cards to send to are armed forces serving over seas. Cards from all over are gathered, box and sent off to various posts all over the world. There the men and women that serve in our military are able to choose a card (or two) to write home in. Can you imagine getting a personal note from a loved one sent from across the world wrapped up in a little bit of hand made love? I do remember when my son was sending care packages to Afghanistan and Iraq when one day we received a postcard made of a cardboard box scrap. The officer thanked my son for his packages and then apologized for writing him on a scrap because that was all that they had left to write on. Immediately my son went to work collecting and saving every cent he could to ship them legal pads and pens so that they could write home on something more than scrap. A few years later I came across this amazing blog filled with amazing artwork. As I read on I realized that this blog wasn't really about card making it was about our Soldiers. Operation Write Home's Blog is chalked full with amazing artwork, great tutorials, and sprinkled with stories that will warm you heart!

Now Down to the business.............

Here is the sketch I choose to use for the Blog Hop:



OWH has over 100 different sketches to choose from! When I choose this one I could not get the patriotic theme out of my head so here is my card for the Hero in my life...


No card is ever complete with out a little bit of ink .....


And some foam tape!


A sprinkle of Red (Tulip), White (Daisy), and Blue (Pacifica) and a ton of love!!! This one and it's sisters and brothers are being added to the box getting ready to make it's way to OWH. I hope you enjoyed the Card and if you loved the products used please check out my post from yesterday HERE for some great deals, and bit of donating. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used: (All are CTMH unless noted)
Cardstock: White Daisy and Craft
Ink Pads: Cranberry and Pacifica
Stamps: Universal Background and Victory WOTG (MY HERO)
Adhesive: 3D Foam Tape

53 comments:

  1. Great patriotic card! Love how you colored the elements and used the sketch!

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  2. Love the way you interpreted the sketch - great card!

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  3. This is a wonderful card! Love the design and the sketch! We chose the same one! I also loved reading your story about the cardboard postcard and you son's response. :)

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  4. Very interesting 'twist' on the sketch. Love your inking!
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  5. Love the way you angled the focal point. It gives the card more "life".

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  6. I love that sketch - and you did a fantastic job of incorporating the colors throughout the whole card. Excellent.

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  7. Hi Chandel,
    Such a great patriotic card! Love the star close-up shot! blessings!

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  8. Nice job! The deep red and denim shades of blue work so beautifully with the kraft background. Thanks for joining in the Memorial Day hop and for supporting OWH.

    Paula S.
    OWH Blog Team

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  9. Love your card! I pinned it! Thank you for your support of OWH!

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  10. What an inspirational card, I love your color combination!

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  11. A lovely card. The three dimensional star is cool. Thanks for hoppin' with OWH. craftycolonel.blogspot.com

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  12. Thank you for sharing your story about the cardboard post card. Such a humbling story, that has inspired me to keep on creating and putting in 100% to our Hero. I know in your sons eyes, you are a Hero for supporting OWH. Thank you!! Love your card and love the inky technique! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. LOVE that star . . . and of course the color combo is perfect for the weekend! Thanks for hopping with us!

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  14. Beautiful card, Chandel! I love the dimensional star and the inking!

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  15. What a great card! The Hero that receives it will be very blessed! Thanks for sharing and supporting OWH.

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  16. Great card! Love the distressing and the dimensional star!

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  17. Beautiful! I LOVE the red white and blue!!! Thank you so much for supporting our troops thru OWH!

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  18. Beautiful card-- love the distressing! The story you shared was fantastic :)

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  19. LOVE this card! The color choices, the inking and distressing, and dimensional star at the center of the card make for a wonderful card!

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  20. stunning, I love the star:) great job!

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  21. Love the card - especially the star. And I love t he story of your son collecting writing materials for troops. TFS

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  22. Wow. That's really a heart-touching story! We've adopted several soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen through Soldiers' Angels, but although I always put in cards for them to send back home to loved ones, I never thought about legal pads and pens!

    As for the card, the inking is stunning! I LOVE that card, how you did the sketch, and the way you made everything work so beautifully!

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  23. Wow, love your sponging on your card.....stunning!!! ;)

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  24. Fabulous. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Hugs

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  25. Oh, I loved your story about your son. Just lovely as is your card!

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  26. Great card - I really like the text paper for the background pieces. The sponging looks terrific as does that little popped up star.

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  27. Oh wow, love the shading on your card and the star embellishment is fantastic! Great job!

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  28. Your beautiful card is surpassed only by the cardboard postcard story. Your son is to be commended for sending care packages and better writing materials. You have taken it one step further. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for your continuing support of our troops.

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  29. What an inspirational story and awesome motivation for the OWH effort. Your card is lovely, and I LOVE the script background that you used - it reinforces even more why OWH is here. TFS and supporting OWH.

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  30. Beautiful card! I love the inking on your card. Thank you and your son for your support of our armed forces.

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  31. I LOVE this card! The colors you've chosen make this eye popping! The reds and blues on the kraft are perfect! I'm flagging this one for future CASE-ing. Thank you for supporting OWH and have a great weekend!

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  32. Love the colors you chose and the star! Amazing card TFS!

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  33. Amazing card I love the star TFS :)

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  34. love your story and so impressed with you and your son. Thanks for supporting OWH! oh and your card is awesome too :)

    SuzAnn
    OWH Board

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  35. Beautiful card and thanks for sharing your story.

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  36. Beautiful story and beautiful card!

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  37. As an army mother, I thank you for all your support of the troops! Your card is beautiful! Love the simplicity and elegance of it! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Great card - that star is awesome!

    Cardmaking, soldiers and families...the fact that OWH also includes the envelopes is such a blessing! We're an AF family of over 21 years and have experienced several deployments over the years. We certainly appreciate those that support servicemen/women and their loved ones! Thank you!

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  39. I love love love this design and the little bit of white behind the star is awesome! TFS!!

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  40. I love the layout and "patterns" you chose. How did you do that blue star in the center? Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  41. Your card is beautiful! I love the distressed edges and the kraft background. The star is the perfect added touch. Thank you for sharing the great story about your son.

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  42. Love the grid design and the star on your card.

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  43. Fantastic patriotic card. Love the stars and stripes and the vintage look.

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  44. Thank you for showing support to our Troops. Your beautiful efforts will be appreciated by so many. Honor Memorial Day!

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  45. Great colors for this hero card--I like the inking.

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  46. Love your card, especially that gorgeous star!

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