Saturday, November 14, 2009

Operation Write Home Veteran's Day Blog Hop

Today's the day for the OWH Veteran's Day Blog Hop.  If you are not familiar with OWH, it is a charitable site designed to provide cards for soldiers to send to their families, as well as cards of support and thanks to our heroes.  Please click on the link below for more information.  I have recently become involved with OWH and now have my son involved through his school as well.  It's a great way to give back.

 A total of 77 bloggers are participating today and there are tons of creations, blogs and prizes.  So let's get started...

Here is my "Any Hero" card designed to honor the sacrifices that soldiers and their families make for us on a daily basis:



Recipe:  The base is SU Chocolate Chip.  The main image is a poppy (Bloomin' Beautiful).  I chose this because whenever I donate to the Veteran's Administration, they always give me a poppy to wear in my buttonhole ("Buddy" Poppy).  I colored the main image with Prisma pencils and Gamsol.  The image is then layered on Whisper White and Rose Red.  I created the lettering using my JustRite stamps painted with a little bleach.

The second card I created is a Valentine a soldier can send home to his sweetie:




Recipe:  I have been playing around with the Sweet Center's stamps from SU.  They are so versatile.  Here you can see that you don't need to necessarily use the Sweet Center's cup in your design.  In this example, I paper pieced the balloon and basket and accessorized using ribbon, stitching and buttons.  The clouds are sponged over a scalloped circle punched Post-It.  If you would like to see more Sweet Centers Ideas and tutorials, please refer to my archive.

Now for some blog candy! 
Smiley from millan.net

Just leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win a goody bag full of wonderful things to create cards for our heroes.  Winner to be announced in tomorrow's post. 

Now back to the hop:

If you started here, please click here to go to the beginning of the hop at the OWH site.  While there, check out this fantastic organization:  Operation Write Home Veteran's Day Blog Hop

For the next blog, please click here to go to:  My Craft Central and visit Tammy and her wonderful creations. Wait til you see her cute fur baby.

Til Next Time,



47 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS poppy card...and wow on the buttons on your balloon!! You just got my creative juices stirring....hmmmm :)

    (And that happy dancing smiley face? I just laughed out loud!!) lol...

    Thanks for joining in the bloghop!!!

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  2. Your cards are AMAZING! Wow! ;D

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  3. Wow! I love what you did with Sweet Centers. Thanks for sharing! ~:-)

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  4. Wow, these are absolutely beautiful! I love your blog. Very inspirational!

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  5. Hi Wendy, Great job on all your cards. I love them both. This is for a very good cause.
    Nicole

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  6. Wen,
    I love the balloon/basket card. So pretty!!! The sweet centers cards are adorable as well. Your blog does keep me smiling and looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!!
    Allie

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  7. Terrific cards! I especially like the heart balloon!

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  8. What a terrific use of buttons! I have a big stash of them and yet somehow I seldom find a way to make them work. Thanks for the inspiration and for being part of OWH.

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  9. These two cards are extra good, especially the balloon. Very cute :)

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  10. The details with the buttons on the hot air balloon is just adorable!

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  11. Your Valentine card is so cute! Love love it!

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  12. I love your cards! I really need to try the bleach technique...yours looks great! Thanks for helping out with the hop! My daughter always loved her cards while she was in Iraq.

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  13. I love the card with the buttons! Guys are gonna love all of these cards!!

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  14. Beautiful cards- love all the buttons!

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  15. Love the heart hot air balloon idea! TFS!

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  16. Both cards are beautiful but that heart quilted balloon is just over the top, so cute and so precious.

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  17. You are so right.. this is a terrific way to give back. Lovely cards.. Thanks for participating in the hop and making it a success. Hugs, Peggy

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  18. Oh, what gorgeous cards Wendy! I absolutely LOVE the balloon one! Your fur babies are sooo cute too!! :o)

    Thank you for the chance to win some candy and the lovely things you said about my blog!

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  19. I love love love how the word remember turned out on this card. It's fantastic. It's uber cooool!

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  20. PS..I know follow ya and umm yeah I LOVE TWILIGHT!!!!

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  21. 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

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  22. very pretty cards. your dogs are also too cute

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  23. Wow! I love love love that balloon card!

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  24. Love both of your cards, but the balloon card really touches my heart. I love quilting, my maternal grandma quilted and I always get an image of her when I see quilting. Thanks for taking me back!

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  25. What wonderful cards! Your blog made me feel good all over!

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  26. Super cute cards! Thanks for helping out OWH.

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  27. What a beautiful card and for such a great cause! I think I'm going to have to look into this operation write home and start making some cards myself.

    hugs
    Mary

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  28. Your cards are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. 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

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  30. Wendy these are both gorgeous

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  31. Great cards. A poppy is always a beautiful addition!

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  32. Oh my goodness, your cards are stunning! The hot air balloon is the most amaazing card I've ever seen - such a beautiful job! Thanks for supporting our troops and for this lovely blog stop! :)

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  33. Beautiful, beautiful cards! TFS!

    Cynthia Ferenz
    stampindragon@verizon.net
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

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  34. What a great Sweet Centers card! Thanks for supporting OWH. Hugs, Loni

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  35. LOVE your cards! The sweetheart one will be so treasured by the gal who gets it!
    ~ky
    http://bunnynest.blogspot.com

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  36. generous heart, beautiful cards, amazing talent

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  37. Amazing cards! I love those buttons! Your blog is great. Thank you for sharing! I am going to follow!

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  38. cute idea to paper piece the balloon!

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  39. Very nice cards, I love them. Thank you for supporting OWH

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  40. Wendy, I am blown away by your cards for the OWH blog hop! I am so proud to be your neighbor along the hop!!! Have a great day!

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