With the coming drawdown, OWH will be in need of fewer cards in the future – that includes upcoming holidays. PLEASE READ THIS PAGE before proceeding to make cards, organize events, etc – it’s really really really really important. Did I say really important? :)


Writing is a lost art

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Hero Blog | 2 comments

I am an Army Officer currently serving my first tour of duty in Kuwait. Writing is a lost art these days. I have long enjoyed handwritten letters and cards, and have used them heavily in military environments. This year, I decided to actually be diligent and send out many Christmas cards to my loved ones back home whose support has made such a difference during my time here. Thank you for the beautiful cards you made and donated to Operation write home. I sent one to someone who has made a huge difference in my life here and I know she will love it.

Thank you for enhancing my holiday season.


1LT T.B.


Make a memory

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Hero Blog | 12 comments

Thank you so much for your support with “Operation Write Home.”  This is my seventh deployment and my first as a Department of the Army Civilian.  I retired three years ago after 26 years on active duty.   I remember these beautiful cards from my 15 month deployment to Iraq and when I arrived here in uniform with the Soldiers I work with it was a nice surprise to see them here again.

They are of such great quality that they make us want to take the time to jot a note to our families.  As a Colonel I used to tell my Soldiers it only takes a few minutes to “make a memory.” E-mail is too easy and erases the joy of receiving something in the mail, that can be opened read and read again.  My wife has every card I’ve ever written from whatever part of the world and they mean more to her than anything I’ve ever purchased for her.

This time I’ve made it a point to write two a night.  My wife, kids, family members and friends love receiving them and I enjoy taking the time each night to think about them.  If it weren’t for you and those like you that take your time and your creativity to do this it would not be as enjoyable for us.  Since I’ve started my writing campaign I’ve seen younger guys start to do it as well.  I think they enjoy it and I see the joy when they tell me how much their wives and girlfriends were surprised to get a note in the mail.

I think you have probably saved some marriages and strengthened many.  Sorry for the e-mail, I should be sending you a card but I wanted you to know your efforts are making a difference.  Please thank all those involved, my words do not come close to expressing what it means to us.


C. H., GS-15


OWHtv with new Hero Arts stamps!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 2 comments

Today’s a special day: not one, but TWO videos using our new stamps! One is on our very own OWHtv below using the Stitched Animals set…..the other is HERE on the Hero Arts blog. Stamps will be available soon at your local and online stores! (Ask your LSS owner to get them in!)

Be sure to go leave love over on the Hero Arts blog so they know how much everyone wants these stamps! :)

Last Week’s Show

And since I oopsied and forgot to post last week’s OWHtv episodes here on the blog (bad me!), here you go – the first has our Hero Arts Stencil, using finger daubers with Unicorn, Butter Bar, and Green ink from a minicube ink set.

…and the other uses the brand new Easter Blessings set from Avery Elle! This shows an easy way to get Tombow markers to blend: emboss the image with clear powder, scribble a little marker color, then spritz with a mister of water!

Smiles and comfort to their heart

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan | 1 comment

I wanted to let you know if I had not already, I did receive the cards and have a feeling they will go fast. I want to send a sincere thanks to you and all those individuals who take time to keep us and our families in mind while we are away.  All the cards are so beautiful, and with our writings inside to the delivery in mail to our family, I know it brings smiles and comfort to their heart.

I thank you so much!

TSgt T.P.

Sketch Challenge 247

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 5 comments

Hi, everyone! Many thanks to those who played along with Sketch Challenge #246. The OWH Community is truly blessed to have so many talented card makers.

Sandy’s created another wonderful sketch for us with some great oval and circular elements! Not only would this sketch make for some delightful Easter and Mother’s Day cards, it would also work well for Any Hero cards. As of yesterday, we  only had 19 cards linked up for this month’s Any-Hero-card Our Daily Bread Design challenge So, if you haven’t yet linked  up a card for this month’s ODBD challenge, we’d really appreciate your help in getting to our goals of 25 and 50 cards. Please click here for the current ODBD challenge.

OWH Sketch 247

This week’s sketch was inspired by this lovely card sent to us by Donna S. Because of her strong military connection, Donna loves making cards for our troops. Her dad, son, and son-in-law have all served in our military. Moreover, Donna’s husband is a retired firefighter. Talk about a family of our heroes!

OWH Sketch 247 -- sample

Don’t you just love these bright, cheery colors on this pretty card? Donna asked that we give credit where credit’s due. She gets lots of inspiration from the Internet, including the Splitcoaststampers Gallery. And, she is so appreciative of her friend-in-craft Sophie, who did the fabulous coloring on today’s sample card.

Donna’s too busy making cards and organizing monthly card-making church meetings to post cards, let alone blog about them. LOL. So, please leave her a little love in the comment section. Thanks so much, Donna, for your family’s service and your support of our deployed troops.

Can’t wait to see what you do with the layers and elements in this week’s sketch!

Featured Friday Card Maker: Melissa T, Yorba Linda, CA

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 42 comments

Hello everyone! Welcome to what I think is your favorite post on our blog every week – the Friday feature! Thanks so much for always leaving such love for your fellow crafters…it’s so encouraging to us all! Today you get to meet Melissa; she blogs at Melissa T – you might want to go follow her, she’s so talented! She shared a tutorial here at OWH a while back and that one is HERE. (You’ll see one of these cards below, too, so she’s still having fun making them!) -Sandy

How long have you been stamping/card making?  

The card making started about 8 years ago when I thought making my own cards would mean I could create one at home whenever needed without having to run out to purchase one.  But the paper crafting started more than 25 years ago when working with children. Seeing how easily entertained the children were with paper and adhesives made me decide to make it a regular part of our routine and I quickly became known as the “craft lady”. 

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

About a year ago I moved everything into my guest room so that my family could have their dining room back. I purchased two drafting tables that are side by side for a nice 6 foot work surface (but I keep them level), and a nice tall office chair which gives me the perfect view out of a window.  Being right in front of the window gives me plenty of natural light to color with, which I love. 


What are your favorite stamp/craft products?    

I am loving Our Daily Bread Designs stamps because their images and sentiments are so nice to create with. And I love to color! I use Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and now can not imagine how I ever colored with regular markers (that do not blend together as easily.) My very most favorite thing is to sit and color, I call it my “relaxing time”.


Do you have a favorite technique? 

I love the effect of embossing powders/heat embossing. Seeing the added texture and shine created using these makes my creations look so much better. 


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

I love OWH Sketch #21. All those little rectangles create the perfect background for stamped images.  And this blog post by Sandy Allnock is my all-time favorite…watching the Saturated Canary image come to life while listening to the music motivated me to just sit back and enjoy the coloring/creating process. Thank you Sandy!

Do you prefer digis or stamps?

I love digi’s because I do not have to worry about messing up while stamping. However I find rubber stamps offer more variety and I love being able to use my favorite embossing powders on them. 


Do you have a favorite theme? 

I love to make “patchwork” cards using up all those little bits of pretty paper I just do not want to throw away.  Making patchwork cards is as close to being a quilter as I will ever be (tried it once and could not get those seams to match up, ever.) Plus, I get to use some of my favorite threads to stitch around them. 

Are there colors you love to include on  your cards? 

I love bright colors the most and I always hope the cards will look happy and cheery.


How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?  

A Facebook friend liked an OWH post three years ago and I had to check it out. Once I visited the OWH website I knew making cards for OWH was something I wanted to do. 


What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?

My husband served in Vietnam and his father was career Navy. I see the impact their service had on the family and think anything that will help keep family members connected is a great thing. Emails, phone calls, and video chatting help too, but being able to actually hold onto a card or letter written by a family member might bring even more comfort. 

So ever thankful

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Hero Blog | 1 comment

I would like to thank you and your organization for your efforts in supporting our Armed Forces. Your generosity and hard work does not go unnoticed. We areso ever thankful  for you and your associates at Operation Write Home. Thanks for the card.

I am so sorry to hear about your pal.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Overwhelmed by the gratitude

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Hero Blog, Note from Soldier | 4 comments

One of our crafters received this thank you card from one of our heroes:

Thank you for the awesome box of note cards. I’ve been writing home faithfully but realized I neglected to thank YOU! I recently deployed from the Horn of Africa and even though it’s my 3rd deployment (2 x Iraq) I’m still overwhelmed by the gratitude we receive! …All the best in 2015 and thank you again for your support.  

—LTC C.P., US Army


OWHtv Week 174

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 1 comment

It’s been so busy ’round here what with recovery from CHA, I totally forgot to post OWHtv for last week! Eeep! The new stamps from Hero Arts are available for stores to purchase….watch your favorite stores (online and brick-and-mortar) for them around the first week of February. More details about availability when we get some!

PS Deadline reminder: Feb 28 is the due date for all Easter cards. Lots of folks have been sending us holiday cards weeks past the deadlines, so please be aware of those, thank you!


Supplies for the watercolor card: The watercolors come in a couple different sized sets; for a card like the one shown, the small set would work perfectly.

Pure joy

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Hero Blog, Hero Photos | 12 comments

I am so sorry to hear you lost your baby Ciara. I love my animals very much so I can imagine you aer going through a world of pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
I want to thank you for what you do. We have over 1K troops on this base and every time we put the cards out they are gone within 24 hours! You have brought joy not only to me but my fellow brothers, sisters, and family. My husband was deployed before me so we’re going on 10 months apart. These cards have brightened our spirits and I can’t thank you enough for the happiness you have given me.

This picture is me and my husband before deployments  – he doesn’t smile like that often and when he opened up my last card I saw the pure joy from him! I hope you know you are making a difference for us. We cannot thank you enough for everything. You are an amazing person, stay strong!