Saturday, May 29, 2010

Operation Write Home - Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop!!!

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Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by today as we share our craft, prizes and tutorials in honor of all the men AND women that are serving our country. If you just arrived from Virgina at Scrappin' Along then you're in the right place! The official hop begins at 10am EST & you can find a list of all the blogs HERE, but feel free to jump in right here and keep on going with the rest of the hop.


If you haven't heard of Operation Write Home, you aren't alone - I just became aware of this amazing organization about a month ago as I was talking to a friend online. She mentioned one of my cards would be great to make and send to OWH and I was like, huh, what is OWH? And thus the seed was planted....then a few weeks later another person mentioned OWH in a forum and I knew I had to check it out. Enter google and I found out what a wonderful cause this organization is and that there was a blog hop coming up that I knew I HAD to participate in! I love blog hops. It's great to see fresh, new designs and different styles of this papercraft I love so much. I have a long post today, but be sure to get ALL the way to the bottom for a very special blog candy. :)


Today's hop is in honor of Memorial Day. Do you know what Memorial Day really is?! I've always felt kind of weird when people would say "Happy Memorial Day!" Like, really? I mean, sure it's a national holiday, most people get the day off from work, a lot of people use it as the official kick off to summer & brush off their grills for some yummy barbeques. But to me, it's always held this sort of reserve for me....like I want to tell people to stop a moment, just take a quick quiet moment and think about what the holiday is really for...to REMEMBER all the men and women who have died while in the military. Serving our country and giving the ultimate sacrifice while doing so. So, I ask you this, just take a moment to reflect on this fact. We ARE in a time of war even tho it is miles and miles away. We DO have men and women risking their lives every day & MANY die each day doing so. Let's never forget that.

Okay, So in that regard, I have been busy making my FIRST of many cards to send to OWH. I hope you will like them and perhaps find inspiration to make your own cards to send to our military. They really do love receiving these cards to send to their loved ones. It is so much more than just a piece of paper or a store bought card.



For my first card, I followed this weeks OWH Start & Stripes Sketch Challenge! I used Soldier Ian from The Greeting Farm. I colored him using copics. The blue & white star paper is also from The Greeting Farm - Dirty Rodeo Paper Pack. The sentiment is from Stampin Up!



For my 2nd card, I used my fancy frame cuttlebug folder to make a clean & simple card showing appreciation for our troops. The sentiment is Stamping Up! & I embellished with some red, white & blue skittles. I wanted to make the words pop, so I highlighted them with red & blue copics.

For my 3rd card, I used a brand new {ippity} set - The Simple Things. I stamped the butterfly flower with Pure Poppy on kraft cardstock and also created a little shadow with versamark but that doesn't show up well on the photo. I also added some bling & the ribbon to complete this CAS card. I love the sentiment and wanted to keep it simple.

For my 4th and final card, I just had to ink up another new {ippity} set: Now & Always. This set has {4} big beautiful flowers perfect for stamping on pretty patterned papers & layering like I did on this card using the fabulous October Afternoon papers. The sentiment is also from this set. I stamped the swirls from the same set as a background. This is pretty out of the norm for me as I almost always use DP as my first layer! I love the simple effect though. And that Gothic Cute image is from Tiddly Inks - Always The Flower Girl. I love this line of digi stamps - they are so funky & cute at the same time! I colored her using copics.

All {ippity} sets used on my cards today are available for purchase on my {ippity} sales blog. This is the last weekend I will have FREE Shipping (in the continental US). I will also ship internationally, just send me an email to quote that before you order. I am also including a **free** 4x6 sample of the new October Afternoon paper pack with each order.


I hope you liked all the cards and have lasted this long on my post! I am now offering up some blog candy for you!!! I love blog candy and am sure you do too!! What is in it, you ask? Well, let's see, a little sampling from each of my cards that happen to be a few of my favorite things.....


1. {ippity} set Where You Should Be
2. {ippity} 6x6 Spring Collection October Road Paper (6 double sided sheets)
3. The Greeting Farm 6x6 Dirty Rodeo Collection (6 sheets)
4. The Greeting Farm Soldier Ian Single (not pictured)
5. Red, White & Blue Skittles
6. Courage Stamp set by Stampin Up!
7. $10 Voucher to Tiddly Inks Digital Stamps

To be entered to win this fabulous blog candy I have challenge for you:

Leave me a link to a card or cards you made to send to OWH below. You can find all the information on how to get your card to your OWH volunteer HERE. You don't need to have a blog to do this, if you just upload your card to your online gallery, you can put that link in your comment. You will get an extra entry for each card you make! Please NO OLD posts, these must be new cards. ;) Have fun today! ****PLUS, IF YOU PLACE AN {ippity} ORDER WITH ME, YOU'LL GET 2 EXTRA ENTRIES FOR EVERY $10 SPENT!!!**** Check out my {ippity} sales blog to see all the fabulous stamps!! Just mention this blog post when you place your order!

This candy will close on June 6th @ 11:59pm MST. I will announce the winner on Wed, June 9th.

Thanks for stopping by - Now it's time for your next stop on the hop: Karen!!!




58 comments :

Virginia D. said...

You're cards are BEAUTIFUL! Your blog is going straight to my Favorites! I love what you said about Memorial Day, I was thinking the same thing...! Let's never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice...

Melissa Elsner said...

Adorable cards!

BonnieRose said...

awesome cards.. u've been busy!

Shelley said...

beautiful cards! I love these hops because I get a chance to see new creations!

Dawn said...

I love all the cards, they are really nice. You do very nice work.

Jacilynn said...

wow, super cards. I love these all. I need to find some time to make some for this awesome cause.

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

Love your cards and your "challenge". After (when) I finish the hop I'll be off to my crafting corner and making some for this worthwhile cause.

The Wired Angel said...

Your cards are lovely and very creative. Thanks for participating in the hop today and for all you do for our service men and women.

Jana said...

These wonderful cards will be loved by both the HERO's and their loved ones. I'm making cards for OWH for the first time too.

Marianne said...

Carisa,
Great cards. Your coloring is superb.
I am also part of the blog so my card is over here http://diaryofascrapbooker.blogspot.com/

stampgirl said...

Great cards! You are very creative. I am now going to create cards for OWH due to this blog tour. I don't have a blog to link to you, sorry.

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

All the cards are great. Even the simple one!

Karen Howard said...

Wow, your cards are beautiful!!! Love soldier Ian the best, fantastic post!!!

Linda said...

Nice cards! I love the picture. Thanks for Hopping.

Dawn B. said...

I love all of your cards.. They are beautiful. I have to say that your write up is wonderful.. I think the true meaning of this weekend gets overlooked.. Great job..

joscelyne cutchens said...

I love your cards, especially that ian one. so cute!

Courtney said...

Your cards are amazing, and I love your write up about Memorial Day! I don't think most people even realize what this holiday represents and therefore it isn't being instilled in today's children. So Thank you!

You are offering up some yummy candy...Thank you for the chance to win it.

~Courtney~

Rhonda Miller said...

Your cards are so great. I love them all. That {ippity} Now&Always set is on the top of my shopping list. TFS. I'll be linking some cards later.

Erika said...

Great cards! And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

TN Granny said...

Your cards are amazing and I along with so many others want to thank you for all you do.
God Bless,
Jeanine

Operation Write Home said...

Carisa, I love your style! So glad your friends bugged you about us - and that you responded :) :) :)

And that photo with the angel - WOW!

Happy hopping!!!

Susan said...

your cards are YUMMY! and so is your candy!
great blog right up and thanks for the opportunity to win something nice :)

I didn't see the "old" part before posting my link, and I didn't want to use today's cards, since you'll be seeing them anyway, LOl...so I did put up an older post with cards and then I came back and added today's. I should just say all the cards on my blog are for OWH.

Thanks very much,
Susan

Fellow OWHomer

Merry's Musings said...

Thanks for supporting OWH. Your cards are wonderful!

rstuck2003 said...

Love your cards! I have a box of about 150-200 that I am working on filling up to send in to OWH.

levelsoflight said...

I really like the four cards that you have posted. They are all uniquely different. Any soldier's loved one would appreciate receiving one of these cards. They're beautiful!

Also, such generous blog candy! Thanks for the offering! I'm glad that you've found OWH. I know we're always willing to grow in numbers!

SuzAnn said...

oh I adore that simple things card! You are very talented and generous. Thank you for supporting OWH.

Lelia Pierce said...

Beautiful cards! I love that image on your 4th card...it could be because of the red hair! ;O)

helloholley said...

awesome cards....you been a busy girl!!! thank you for reminding us what Memorial Day is all about!! God Bless our Troops! ;)

jackielwatson said...

Beautiful and gorgeous cards.

Martha said...

You've made a wonderful variety of cards here. Lots of inspiration!
Thank you for supporting OWH!

SWEET PAPER TREATS said...

Really awesome cards!! Thank You

eddee1286 said...

Great cards. Love the colors and technigue. Simple but oh so cute. Love your site also.

debb said...

Such Beautiful cards!!!

Playing with Paper said...

Busy girl!! Love all your cards!! :)

cinmfoster said...

Great cards, thanks for sharing.

Cathy... said...

Beautiful cards! I love that little soldier digi! Beautiful post too about the real meaning of Memorial Day, thanks for sharing!

Renee said...

Love your use of the bling on your cards. Very creative especially the one with the red corner.

Dixie Cochran said...

I'm so glad you found OWH! And your post was fun to read. Great cards! thanks for sharing your talent!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

I so appreciate what you said about Memorial Day--the solemn sacrifices that have been made should sober us all.

And yet, having reflected on our heroes sacrifice. . . what better way to honor those who fell in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than to exercise those rights, ever mindful of the steep price paid so that we may do so?

Excellent post and beautiful cards, my dear!

Cheryl said...

Great cards! TFS.

Rufus said...

Really like your card. I think that you can say have a Happy Memorial Day. We are not only remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but honoring all those who have served past and present. While there is sadness there is also joy and pride. Thank you for your support of our Heroes and of OWH. I would love to win your generous candy, it's got a number of my "would love to haves" in it! Thanks for the chance.
R/

StampinSher said...

Your cards are wonderful and your Statement is 100 percent correct! As long as we share our knowledge of what this very special remembrance means with the future generations and some people who need to be reminded, we will be forever grateful for our Freedoms! Place a smile on someone's face with your contributions and your involvement in OWH. Thank you!

Debby said...

Awesome cards. I love them. You really did a great job.

Nancy Keller said...

Wow great place on thoe hop! Thanks so much for sharing and those skittles are new to me . . . hmm. . . . adding to my every growing list of things to look into! THANKS A LOT. :D

Betty said...

LOVE you cards! Will try to get a card or two done tonight as I love the candy you are offering (I was tempted to just leave a link to the cards I did for the hop - cause I feel like a slacker today )

Jan Hunnicutt said...

I enjoyed your blog post today, OWH is an awesome organization! Have you joined the Facebook page yet?

Thanks for offering blog candy, I love the SU set but don't have it yet!

Melanie Montes de Oca said...

Fantastic cards! Loved them all! Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great weekend! ;o)

Kim said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing and the pictures are a wonderful reminder of what Memorial Day really is.

AMIT said...

Hey memorable cards made by you on the Memorable day.Thanks for sharing.

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Tammy said...

WOW wonderful cards! I love them all! But the Little Ian is my fav!! Thanks for a wonderful post!!

Seongsook Duncan said...

What such great cards! Thanks for sharing.

Meg Bean said...

Great cards!! And I am so glad you have started to make some of your awesome cards for OWH!!!

christy sheffield said...

cute cards! i love ippity stamps. thanks for sharing.

Cut n Paste said...

Enjoyed your post!!! Your cards are gorgeous!!! Glad that you found OWH!!!

Stampin_melissa said...

Such wonderful cards! Ah, just love Soldier Ian! Your coloring of him is great!

Heather Grow said...

LOVE all of your cards. Thanks for sharing.

Alex said...

Gorgeous cards and I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to have you join in the OWH card making adventure. It is a joy to participate for me, I hope you love it too! I know the soldiers and their families will love your cards.

Susan said...

I deleted the link with the (old)mothers day cards and put the one in that is as recent as tonight, cards made with digi and sketches FROM the hop, so they are new cards...one link- 6 cards.

Susan

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