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Mile walk to the USO

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Soldier | 2 comments

One of the main reasons why I walk the mile walk to the USO is because of your organization’s cards. They’re absolutely lovely and I enjoy sending them to my family and loved ones.

Thank you to your organization. It brings me joy to send a personalized card home and to thank my loved ones for their support for me. All the way from Afghanistan, I send you my gratitude.

–A.R.S.

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Sketch Challenge #235

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 0 comments

Good Morning Peeps, and Happy Sunday to you! My goodness, we’re starting into the last week of July already. This summer has really been going fast. It’s been the perfect summer for my blood. The days have been warm but not sweltering hot, and the evenings have been cool. It’s a nice change from last year when we had two temps, Hot and Hotter! Here’s a reminder for you: July 31st is the deadline for getting your OWH summer cards to Sandy, our shipper.

Since it’s Sunday, it’s time for a new weekly Sketch Challenge!

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Danni’s card is nice and summery with it’s flower garden paper. And just look at that adorable little girl… so sweet. Please stop by the talented Danni’s blog, Danni’s Dreams, and have a look around. The link is Here.

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My back porch swing is gently calling my name. I’m going to go sit a spell, with a glass of iced tea, before I make any more cards. Enjoy the day and make some cards!


Really do love the designs of the cards

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in Hero Blog | 1 comment

I wanted to thank you again for the second package of cards.  I just returned from a trip to Jordan and was welcomed by your box.  When I put it out for everyone in the common area I noticed that the other box was completely empty.  I really do love the designs of the cards and want to give my thanks to you and all those that make the cards.  Once again thank you.

How are things going back there?  The picture of Ciara is awesome.  It brought a smile to my face.  It also made me think of my daughters being that today is Father’s Day.  I miss them so much and can’t wait to get home to them.  They love receiving the cards I send them which I received from you.  Thank you again.

Always

v/r

SSG V.D.

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OWHtv Week 152 – the end of summer!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 8 comments

I know, I know, it’s only nearing the end of July – but for OWH, that IS the end of summer! We have to work well ahead of any season – a card we get July 31st may not get to a hero til the mid-to-end of August, and it could be months before it winds its way all the way home to their loved ones. So if you have swimsuit or beach cards in your box, send ‘em on in! (It’s fine to send a little package of just those if you’d like – then send the rest when your box is full….be wise in your shipping!)  July 31 is the last day for us to receive summery cards.

Please remember this same early-holiday idea when doing fall and winter cards, too.

  • Our halloween boxes (deadline for spooks is Aug 31, but earlier is better!) will all be shipped by early September so they make it back home on time.
  • The last fall cards will be in the boxes going out the first of October along with the turkeys; Thanksgiving deadline is Sept 30, but sooner is better.
  • Christmas shipping starts in early October so we get everything in their hands in plenty of time for them to make the lonnnnnnng journey back to the states! That’s why we’re pressing for the Oct 10th deadline for Christmas cards - with the drawdown and troop movements going on, we want the cards in their hands even earlier; lots will no longer be receiving mail in those last months as they pack up to come home, but they’d still like to write home for Christmas!

As you post your holiday cards this year on Pinterest, blogs, Facebook, or wherever, can you help us get that Oct 10 deadline cemented into everyone’s minds? An occasional mention by lots of different people will go a long way to assure we have the needed cards in time to process and ship them out. Let’s do this! :)

And now, on to OWHtv! Enjoy catching up!

Featured Friday Cardmaker: Tammy W., Lakeland, FL

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 27 comments

Hey everyone—y’all doing okay?  Hope so, I’m just sittin’ here in front of the computer trying to figure out what to write about and my mind is drifting over, in and around strange phone calls.  I’m thinking about the day my cell phone range off the hook for HOURS and every time I answered it, I’d get that annoying high pitched FAX noise in my ear.  For the LIFE of me I couldn’t figure out why that big box store based in Arkansas was calling my cell phone 3 or 4 calls an hour for like 8 hours.  Calls were from all over GA and TX and were all the same, that dadgum fax beep. The stupid phone calls went on into early evening.  Finally I called the local big box store and asked for the pharmacy manager, related the story and asked if there was a District Manager I could speak with regarding this annoying situation, as the local pharmacy manager didn’t have a clue as to why I received 87 phone calls from all these other stores, I was given Josh’s name and number.  Progress was being made!!!!  So I called Josh and the conversation went something like this…..

Me:  Hello?  May I speak with Josh?

Josh: Hello, this is Josh

Me:  Josh, this is Kathy Ashworth and you don’t know me from Adam, but for some reason I’ve been getting phone calls from ALL the WM pharmacies from south Georgia and even a few from Texas, are these stores in your territory?

Josh: Excuse me, who are you again?

Me:  I’m Kathy Ashworth, I live in Gainesville, GA and I’ve been getting fax machine calls from all the big box store pharmacies down in south GA and from TEXAS—is there some sort of monthly report due today?

Josh:  Are you serious?

Me: Yes, I’m serious, this is starting to get annoying, would you like for me to read off any of these bazillion numbers to you?

Josh: (dumb founded silence)

Me:  Umm, Josh? 

Josh: Yes ma’am, I’m here.  I just don’t know how this happened, there is a daily report that needs to be faxed to me.

Me:  Did you get any of those reports today?

Josh:  Well, no I didn’t, but I did send out a memo with my fax number and my phone number…..oh no…wait a second, (I saw the light bulb flash over his head) let me find that memo…Ma’am, what is your cell phone number?

Me:  123-456-789

Josh: Oh my…dead silence…I don’t believe this….I transposed the phone number with the fax number which made it YOUR cell phone number. (what ARE the odds?)

Me:  Well, how fast can you send out another memo to all the stores in south Georgia and TEXAS with the correct fax number?

Josh:  I’ll do it right away, I am so sorry about this.

Me:  Josh…

Josh:  Yes ma’am….

Me:  Don’t do this again, no typos this time

Josh: Yes ma’am, I’m so sorry…..(don’t you know I just made his day!! laughing)

Six months later (I kid you not, my hand on a Bible)—–

Me:  Josh, this is Kathy Ashworth from Gainesville, GA. Do you remember about six months ago when you sent out my cell phone number to all the pharmacies in south Georgia (I hear a groan)

Josh: Are you kidding me?  (I think he remembered) I’m on my way back to the house from taking the kids to school, hang on just one second, I’m pulling into the driveway.

Me:  Josh, it’s starting again, 5 calls in past hour, Josh get it stopped

Josh: Ma’am I am on this, I promise I’ll get it stopped…….

Me: Thank you Josh….

Thank you for leaving all the wonderful comments for last week’s FFCM, it was most appreciated.  Tammy doesn’t have a blog, so please leave some of that wonderful OWH love in the comment section below, which won’t be hard once you take a gander at these cards!!  Love, love, love the EF used on the heart card, I’ve got to get it, really like how it makes the card masculine; the purple monster card is too cute; the beach scene—is just that—it more like a picture than a card-such detail, just amazing; the plaid football card reminds me of my Pastor—his favorite color is plaid.  Yup I’m stopping there, “but wait there’s more” (I’ve always wanted to use that famous infomercial line) of Tammy to share!  So sit back, relax, get comfy and let’s read about Tammy in her own words….

How long have you been stamping/card making?

I’ve been making cards for about a year and a half. My friends Ann and Linda, got me hooked when I visited them one weekend at a crop in Ft. Myers. They sent me home with a lot of supplies, die cuts, and stamped images. They always feed my habit when I visit.

 All images by Cricut "Create a Critter" Cartridge; sentiment by Stampin Up "Crab and Company"

All images by Cricut “Create a Critter” Cartridge; sentiment by Stampin Up “Crab and Company”

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?

I have a craft/sewing room. I am an interior decorator and I do my own sewing. I’m supposed to share the space with my crafting but sometimes the card making takes over and the sewing gets moved out to the dining room. Having the room is a little bitter sweet. I’m an empty nester and it is one of the spare bedrooms. As much as I love having the space to work, I’d rather have a house full of kids.

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

One of my favorite things to use is embossing folders. I love the texture and detail they add. I also love heat embossing. It never gets old watching the embossing powder melt and get shiny. My daughter calls it sorcery. As you can see by the cards Sandy chose to share with you, I’ve been playing with an original Cricut machine I bought at a yard sale. It’s easy to cut multiples of things quickly and in different sizes.

Embossing Folder by Provo Craft; Cricut hearts; sentiment by Hero Arts "All Occasion Messages" 

Embossing Folder by Provo Craft; Cricut hearts; sentiment by Hero Arts “All Occasion Messages”

Do you have a favorite  technique?

I love to color. It is very relaxing and therapeudic for me. Prisma Color pencils are my favorite and I’m praticing with Copic markers. Not very good with them yet. I used to keep coloring books and crayons on hand, but now I can color adult style.

Monster by Paper Smooches "Falling For You"; sentiment by Hero Arts "All Occasion Messages"; Cricut Balloon; Cloud die by Memory Box; Grass die by Die-namics

Monster by Paper Smooches “Falling For You”; sentiment by Hero Arts “All Occasion Messages”; Cricut Balloon; Cloud die by Memory Box; Grass die by Die-namics

Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as  inspiration for your cards?

I don’t think I can say any particular ones have inspired me but I do use them often. The sketches are great when I have a stamp or design I want to use and can’t come up with a layout. I can lay out and design your room but I sometimes can’t picture the card. I’m not opossed to CASEing cards I see on blogs or Pinterest. I’ve watched most of the OWH tutorials. They have so many fun ideas and techniques to learn from.

Do you prefer digis or stamps?

Although I use digi’s I prefer stamps. I’m not very good on the computer changing colors and mixing digi images but I like that I can change their size. Stamps are fun because you can use different inks and emboss them. There is also just someting about having the physical stamp in your hand.

Sailboat digi by Stampin Up; sentiment by Hero Arts "All Occasion Messages"

Sailboat digi by Stampin Up; sentiment by Hero Arts “All Occasion Messages”

Do you have a  favorite theme?

Christmas is my favorite, but I try to use Sandy’s recipe for a box full of all the OWH accepted themes, and I always check to see if she is requesting anything she has a shortage of. Patriotic Any Hero Cards are also a favorite and my friend, Tonya, helps me write them to the Heros.

Image cut from DCWV "All About Boys" paper stack;  sentiment by Stampendous "Happy Messages"

Image cut from DCWV “All About Boys” paper stack;  sentiment by Stampendous “Happy Messages”

Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?

There aren’t really any colors I prefer over others. I love them all. Brights, pastels, earthy tones. Sometimes a stamp just calls for a certain  color or I work with the papers I have. I have a lot of papers. So may papers. I bet most of you can relate to not leaving the craft store without paper.

How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?

It was either through SplitCoast Stampers or the Free Digital Stamp blog. One of them linked me to someones blog where I saw the OWH logo and clicked on it. I knew immediately that I had to particpate. And to be honest, it gave me something to do with all the cards I had been making. It’s a win/win.

Flower by Cricut "Free Cut of the Week";sentiment by Hero Arts "All Occasion Messages"

Flower by Cricut “Free Cut of the Week”;sentiment by Hero Arts “All Occasion Messages”

What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes?

My motivation comes from a couple of things. My husband is retired from the Coast Guard. Although he was never deployed to another country, he spent much of his time on ships that were gone a lot. It was hard on me, and on our children, to go extended periods of time without hearing from him. Making and sending these cards is a way I can help make a difference for our Heroes and their families. Also, I have received cards and emails from some of the service men and women who have used my cards to write home or who have received Any Hero cards. It’s hard to read their heartfelt thanks and not want to go straight to the craft room to make more cards.

Midweek Throwdown: Color Challenge/Red, White, and Blue

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Midweek Throwdown Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 3 comments

Well, your AnyHero cards with stars were fabulous…so fabulous that I’m STILL seeing stars! This is the fourth Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for a COLOR CHALLENGE. With our AnyHero theme continuing, why would you expect me to choose anything other than RED, WHITE, AND BLUE?! As usual, you may choose to use white or kraft – it’s nice to have some creative flexibility, isn’t it?!

Our sample card maker this week is Sybrina K who blogs at There’s Always the Other Side. Sybrina used red, kraft, and blue but what I really love about her card is the way she made the pattern paper the focal image.

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Here’s a little about Sybrina in her own words:

I first learned about Operation Write Home at a card making class in the winter of 2010. In the spring of 2011, I teamed up with the amazing OWH group at Scrapbook Art in Lewis Center to host a huge card making party. I’ve been hooked ever since!

For me, making cards is a way to pay it forward. My ninety-year-old father-in-law was a World War II bomber pilot, flying missions over Germany. In the Vietnam era, Uncle Charlie and Uncle Ken served in the Navy and Army, respectively. (As you can imagine, the Army-Navy football game is a pretty big deal in their households!) And, during 63 combined years of high school teaching, hubby and I have taught many young men and women who have joined the Armed Services following graduation. Making cards for OWH is a way to give thanks for the safe return of loved ones and pay tribute to those currently serving our nation.

DIG OUT YOUR RED, WHITE/KRAFT, AND BLUE AND MAKE AN ANYHERO CARD TO SHOW OUR TROOPS YOUR APPRECIATION FOR ALL THEY DO!

Reading some of them to each other

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Sailor | 3 comments

Dear Sandy,

You should see the group of young sailors gathered around the box of cards that you recently sent. Not only are they picking out ones they like, but they are also having fun showing and reading some of them to each other. So once again, they are a hit. Thank you also for your prayers, and yes that is us in the news standing ready*. Say hi to Ciara for me.

Blessings,

CH S.S.

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Adorable, thoughtful and clever card designs

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Soldier | 1 comment

I am a recipient of the wonderfully creative cards from your organization.  I am based in Bagram, Afghanistan and we have come to love your cards.  I just wanted to pass on a note to thank you for what you do.  Not only do we enjoy sending handwritten notes home, the adorable, thoughtful and clever card designs make it all the more better.

 Thanks again, you do a wonderful thing to support the troops here,

K.M.

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Sketch Challenge #234

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 8 comments

Good Morning Peeps! Today I want to take the time to say “Thank You” to all of you who participate in the weekly sketch challenges. You all do such amazing work and I’m constantly being reminded of all the talent and creativity each of you possess. I also admire your dedication to making sure our heroes have so many beautiful cards to send home.

This week’s sketch has a cute little banner to play with.

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This adorable inspiration card comes from the creatively talented Ellen Parker. Please visit Ellen’s blog, “in a world of craft”, and the link is Here. You’ll want to see the great tutorial on how Ellen used a die for the 2-1/2” square and allowed part of the flower to be outside the square.

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Enjoy your day Peeps, and “Thank You” again for all you do for OWH!!


A warm Thank You

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Airman | 6 comments

 

Our Team here will like to send you a warm Thank You for the box of cards! We all truly appreciate all the work our citizens put in to make these creative beautiful cards for us to send to our love ones. Having these blanks cards personally allow me to write hand written note to my family and friends at home, and everyone really adore the cards.

We loved the picture of the Ciara enjoying the car ride…as long as she don’t try to drive ha ha ha!  I attached a recent picture of our team.

We also love all the Thank You cards from the wonderful children!

Thank You,

KP

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