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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? :)

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Mid-Month Throwdown: Fall Colors

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Midweek Throwdown Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 0 comments

Welcome to the September Mid-Month Throwdown! Last month 20 OWH’ers participated in the challenge and submitted some great gratitude/thank you cards. Some were fall-themed and others were general, but they were all FABULOUS! Please don’t forget that our Mid-Month Throwdown Challenges do NOT have any deadline – the inlinkz stays open FOREVER. Woohoo!

Before we move on to this month’s theme, I want to remind you that just 10 days from now, September 30, is our deadline for Thanksgiving cards. AND, remember that we are focusing on QUALITY RATHER THAN QUANTITY and cards that have the longest shelf life possible as our troops draw down. So…if you haven’t made any specific Thanksgiving cards, that’s okay. Just focus on more general themed cards. Which is a great lead in to this month’s challenge: FALL COLORS

This week our sample card maker is Carolynn W. who blogs at Hand & Heart. I just love the colors in her fall leaves on this card. She ought to know well the color of fall leaves – she lives in Vermont! I live in Texas where we barely experience fall, BUT I did grow up in Pennsylvania. I miss the changing of the leaves and raking up big piles of them to jump in – that was such a wonderful childhood memory!

Carolynn W-Fall Colors

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

Autumn in New England is spectacular. Here in Vermont we call it “Foliage Season,” and we love traveling around the countryside being “leaf peepers!” I think OWH is a fantastic, generous organization to support. I’ve learned so much from the many tutorials, challenges, sketches, etc., and I’ve been inspired again and again and again by the beautiful work of my fellow card makers. For many years I’ve worked with young children and families so I have some understanding of how emotional bonds can be so strong and profound. The memory of a kindergartener treasuring the postcard from her Daddy immediately sprang to my mind when I first learned about OWH. I am humbled by the service and sacrifice of our troops and their families, and it is in their admiration that I make cards.

AND THIS MONTH WE HAVE A BONUS CARD FOR YOU! In case you needed just a little bit MORE inspiration, OWH’s very own Nancy K. who blogs at Scrap Happens made us a birthday card with fall colors.

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REALLY, THE CREATIVE IDEAS FOR USING FALL COLORS ARE LIMITLESS, SO LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR AND SHOW US WHAT YOU COME UP WITH THIS MONTH!

OWHtv Week 160

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 2 comments

Preview the new Hero Arts stamps! (Click HERE to watch on YT.)

Unboxing Martha’s cards! She said this in an email after the video went live: “I send my sister in law a box of cards every year for her birthday. This year she thought my cards were better than ever and I attribute that to all I have learned from you at OWH and your blog. I am taking your upcoming Copic coloring class and can\’t wait for that to start. I am so grateful for your hard work to get cards to our heroes and thank you from the bottom of my heart for teaching and inspiring me with my card making.” (Click HERE to watch on YT.)

A background plaid tutorial by friend-of-OWH Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker! (Click HERE to watch on YT.) Supply list is below the video as well as on YT. If you want to use this for the Sept ODBD challenge, details are HERE.

Kathy’s initial card with this technique – red white and blue: http://www.thedailymarker.com/2014/09/thanks-to-all-of-our/

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Featured Friday Cardmaker: Jackie W., Chatham, MI

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 21 comments

Hello there! Hope everything is just Jim Dandy with y’all on this fine Friday.  I am just so excited!!  More BIG doings at the house again this week..I know three weeks running…boy howdy my life is just a whirlwind. (laughing—it’s so ordinary) Once I got the cappuccino straightened out I was ready to tackle anything, so this week the dryer is getting a longer cord. For whatever reason the outlet for the dryer is at the bottom of the wall, but the dryer cord is at the top of the dryer.  This has created a problem for 15 years.  I use to vent the dryer air to the outside—which is the most common way to vent dryer exhaust. Well about twice, three times a year the vent tube would work it’s way loose from the dryer and when I saw water, I’d have to move the dryer, mop up the water, drain the vent tube of any other water, re-attach the vent tube to the dryer,crouch behind the dyer in order to plug the dyer cord back into the outlet, pull the dryer back into place to make sure the vent tube didn’t come loose and would squish up properly, climb over the back of the dryer and then while on top of the dryer reach over and pick up the step stool, get down from the dryer and push it back the remaining few inches toward the wall.  Did y’all get that sequence???  Sound exhausting???  It was.  Praise God I’ve got stuck behind the dryer.  A couple of years ago I bought an indoor exhaust thing—brilliant move on my part—and solved the problem of the vent tubing coming loose at the bottom of the dryer.  Okay, so why the new cord?  Problem solved, right?  Well mostly.  But every now and then, the AC unit leaks water because of clogged tubes or some inside sort of vent/filter thingy was clogged with a ton of dog hair and dryer has to moved to mop up the water. The longer cord should help when I have to move the dryer around, and if it does become unplugged I won’t have get behind the durn thing to plug in the cord—hooray!!  As I’ve said before—it doesn’t take much to float my boat, to make me happy—it’s the simple things in life that do it for me.

As always, y’all were great in leaving OWH love for last week’s FFCM-thank you!  Jackie does have a blog thistledewcreations.blogspot.com  and you may leave comments on her blog or in the comment section below.  Okay now for the spoilers. EEEKKKK!!!!  Oh my goodness….love these cards—the coloring on the green “I love you card”—wowza; love the image of the masculine fish card and maybe Jackie will tell us name and manufacturer; notice the use of DP on the fishing card and the ship card—good job; I am a sucker for leaves and great technique on using stamps as a border for a centered sentiment. That’s it—not another word from me and what I like and learned, it time for y’all to sit back, get comfy as you read about Jackie, her craft and pick out your own CASEs.  Here is Jackie’s story in her own words……

I was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula 2 blocks up the hill on the shore of beautiful Lake Superior in a little town called Munising.  I moved “south” (18 miles from Munising to Chatham “U”) when I married in 1975, where I have lived ever since.  I have 2 grown daughters, 7 grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 23 years old and 1 great grandson who is 2.  I’ve always done crafts of some kind, including embroidery, sewing, ceramics, knitting and crocheting, and coloring has always been a passion for me. I worked part time over the years at different jobs, the last being the secretary for about 13 years at the church we attend. Setting up the bulletins and newsletters was a creative outlet for me, but deadlines drove me crazy. I retired in 2010. I still do some sewing, and I belong to a local ‘Prayer Shawl Circle’, so do a lot of crocheting and some knitting.  I am currently awaiting the arrival of some camouflage yarn to make my 5 year old grandson a bigger ‘blankie’, because he said, “Gramma, blankie’s getting too small. If it covers my feet my arms get cold, and if I cover my arms my feet get cold. Can you make a bigger one?” Of course I said yes.

How long have you been stamping/card making?

Hi! My name is Jackie W., and I’m addicted to pretty papers, oh, and stamps, ummm and inks, oh, and dies and embossing folders, and stickers, and glitter (yes, glitter), and………. Let me tell you how it all began.

My daughter’s mother-in-law held a Stampin’ Up party one dreary December wintery day. I was intrigued, but I really didn’t need to make cards, though I might consider doing some scrapbooks. After all, didn’t I have hundreds of pictures stashed in shoe boxes in the closet? Then my daughter wanted to me to go in with her on the purchase of a Cricut, it would be handy for scrapbooking, which we were both going to do, right?. so we bought it, used it a couple times, and then it sat there in my basement for a year or so, hardly ever used, No scrapbook pages in sight. Then, in 2006 I received a handmade card from one of our church members. She had been handing out these cards to different members for awhile and a bunch of us wanted to know how she made them. After the holidays she decided to offer a class on card making. Her sister (who was one of your featured cardmakers last year-Kathy M.) had got her hooked on it. Then, after taking this class, 7 of us decided we really liked this craft, we were hooked, too. So we started a crafting group, and we meet for two hours once a week at our church, and life has never been the same since then. Although we started out copying cards Kathy sent Jil, it’s funny how we’ve each developed our own style. We can lay out cards we’ve made on a table and know exactly who made each card. (Incidentally, I’ve only made 3 scrapbooking pages-still intend to do more someday; and the Cricut is still sadly neglected :) )

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

I use ¼ of my basement for my paper crafting area, and another ¼ for my sewing room. My craft area started out to be a storage area. My husband built some shelves on one wall in that corner of the basement so we could get the boxes and totes stored in some semblance of order. Well, it wasn’t long before the boxes and totes were finding their way back in the other end of the basement, because I needed that space for some storage cubes, or paper totes, or stamps or, or, or……….. You know…. Now the boxes and totes are ALL back in the other end, or on the shelves in my sewing room, because I have gone through all my fabric (yes, I’m also a fabric hoarder) and donated lots of it to my church for quilts for world relief, to make more storage room over there.

I have a table to work on, an old dresser that holds my Cuttlebug and Grand Caliber, with die storage in the drawers. And the small shelves where games and the kids craft stuff and some dishes used to be stored now hold my shoeboxes full of ribbon, my folders of embossing folders, and my die storage containers. The old kitchen cupboard that also held kids games, puzzles and stuff, now holds my cricut cartridges and reinkers, etc; and I pulled another old kitchen cupboard out of the attic for there, and added a counter top which has become my cricut cutting and heat embossing area. And my husband had my daughters father-in-law make me super big punch storage unit for Christmas last year, that sits on top of an old salvaged book shelf that holds some of my stamps. I also have the desk my dad made for me when I was in high school where I keep tape, seasonal papers, stickers, etc. and some of the cutting dies. It’s not the best set up, but I make it work. If I could only get organized:). I tend to go down there to organize and think of something I want to make, find a paper and get an inspiration, or go to put a stamp set away and think “I should do ….. with it, and the cleaning is forgotten and another card is born.

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What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

Pretty papers, especially, (I’m addicted to them, remember?) and stamps, dies, embossing folders and my Copic markers, would have to be at the top of my list. I have a lot of different brands of stamps but I probably have more Stampin’ Up and Close to My Heart stamps. Others I like are My Favorite Things, Verve, Our Daily Bread Designs, Lawn Fawn, & The Crafts Meow (sadly now out of business) but I have lots of other brands, too. And I love embossing folders, and die cuts. There are so many products out there that it boggles the mind. I have sooooo much stuff I need to live at least another 100 years in order to use it all!

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Do you have a favorite  technique?

I would have to say stamping and coloring with my Copic markers. Coloring has always been one of my passions. It is so relaxing. As a child my favorite gifts were new coloring books and crayons or colored pencils, and paint by number sets. Anyone remember Artex fabric paints? I did that for many years, and was even a demonstrator for a couple years.

As for this cardmaking madness, I started out coloring the stamped images with the colored pencil and Gamasol technique, but since I discovered the Copic alcohol markers, my pencils have been sorely neglected. I also love using die cuts like Spellbinders and Memory box dies, and both heat embossing and embossing folders. But I love to try new techniques. I’m game to try just about anything. I rarely make more than one of a particular card. I find that a bit boring, and this is supposed to be relaxing. After all, how many people can say that their addiction is therapeutic?

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

I’ve used a few of the OWH sketches and have watched the tutorials, and used some of those, too; but I often end up going off in my own direction. I also follow a bunch of other blogs and challenges, and Pinterest and Splitcoast, where I have a gallery (sadly neglected of late). And sometimes I just come up with my own design, or get ideas from the gals in my Thursday night craft group. I used to subscribe to a couple cardmaking magazines, but would look at them, think I can do that, put the mag away, and never think of it again, so I didn’t renew the subs.

Do you prefer digis or stamps?

Stamps, especially the clear ones, although I do have a great many rubber ones, too. I have purchased a few digi images, and would buy more (I like that you can adjust the sizes on digi images) but I don’t have a program on my computer to unzip files, and as it can be an issue to get the unlocked files from some of the companies, I tend to stay away from them.

Do you have a  favorite theme?

Flowers and butterflies, definitely! Stamped and colored, punched and layered, die cuts, or stickers-doesn’t matter-they usually find their way into my cards. This last box of cards I sent in I challenged myself to make more masculine cards and themes other than flowers. Hmmm, I wonder if I succeeded :) Nope-still a lot of flowers and butterflies in there. And I tend to make a lot of birthday cards.

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Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?

I’m drawn to the blues, purples and pinks. Oh, then there’s green, oh, and browns, especially kraft. Hmm, and red, of course, and can’t forget orange and yellow, and black can be such a great accent. I’m a rainbow person, so I guess I would say no, I just love color of any kind.

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 How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?

I don’t remember where, exactly I heard about OWH. It could have been one of the magazines, or it could have been on one of the blogs I follow. And I thought, “since I have all these cards sitting here, this is a good place to send cards to, and it gives me an excuse to MAKE MORE CARDS!”

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What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes?

 My husband was is a veteran, as are my brother, both of my sons-in-law, four of my brothers-in-law and several of my uncles (one killed in WW2 in Normandy). And I have several friends who’s sons are or were in service. A member of our church and a good friend has been in Afghanistan for year long deployments over the past few years. If these men and women can put their lives on the line to work to make the world a better place and to keep us safe, sending cards for them to use to keep in touch back home is a small measure I can perform to help them stay connected to family. And, of course, it’s a wonderful outlet for my addiction!

Sale on OWH self-inking stamps

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Cardmaker tips, Stars and Stamps | 1 comment

Hey everyone! Quick note to let you know that the OWH stamps for the backs of your cards are on sale – 30% off – if you follow RubberStamps.com on their social media! Even if you don’t need one, go leave them some love – they put a lot of work into their great post about our work. Read all about it on their blog by clicking on the image below:

Divine intervention

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Hero Blog, Note from Afghanistan | 6 comments

I just want to thank you for the beautiful cards that were sent here to us.  I was going to ship a birthday gift to someone I love and I went to the “exchange” to find a card and not one was appropriate.  I didn’t  have time to order one and wait and so I thought I’d have to make a cheesy Word document to put in the box.  The next morning, like a small miracle and surely an answered prayer, your box of cards were out on a desk in our break area (I use that term liberally…it is a small utility room big enough for a desk to put a coffee pot and microwave on and we have our ironing board in there for all the women on the floor) at the living quarters. I’ve been on Bagram Air Field for over two months now and that is the first time here that I’ve seen an “Operation Write Home” box; I’ve seen them at USOs and I’ve seen them at Red Cross on other installations…but never in my living area.  I’d like to think there was some divine intervention  ~  I was able to send the box out with not one but TWO perfect cards so I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

These cards definitely make a difference!  I am getting ready to return home after 20 months here and just ordered a box for my deployed family here to receive after I leave later this week.  Thank you for what you do!!

Warmest regards,

S.J-A, Afghanistan

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Sketch #239

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 5 comments

Good Morning OWHers! It’s that time of year when fall is in the air and the weather is matching the season.  This year summer wasn’t sweltering hot in my neck of the woods, and that was a good thing. I’m just too darn old to do sweltering any more.

Are you ready for Sketch #239? Hold the phone… say what??? What happened to #238? I honestly don’t know why 238 was left out of the numbering mix, but I assure there is no missing sketch lurking around anywhere. I do apologize.

Sketch 239 has some really good bones… you’ll like it!

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The inspiration for today’s sketch is from this card by the wonderfully talented, and creative, Cindy. You’ll want to pop in to Cindy’s blog, Cards by Cindy, and leave some love. The link is HERE.

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IMPORTANT REMINDER: Don’t forget… in you’re making multiples of the same/similar card only make 5. Right now we don’t need a large number of multiples. In Cindy’s blog she made 12, but that was before the troops were cut back. For more information please check of the “Operation Rolling Tapegun” post. The link is HERE.


OWHtv Week 159

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 8 comments

Hello everyone! I had hoped to have a little more for you on OWHtv this week, but with a nagging cold, that was pretty much taken off my plate. Boo, hiss! I haven’t even felt up to any OWH Birthday celebrations.

Birthday? What? Yes! Today, Sept 12th, is the anniversary of the day we received our 501(c)(3) status in 2009. We had been sending cards since 2007, but the date in 2009 marked the official birth of the organization….and it was the first time we began receiving enough donations to cover expenses! Many many thanks to all who have kept us going so long – and who continue to do so.

USPS NEWS!

I was strong enough to make it to the post office today – and found that postage prices went up! Phooey, eh? Medium boxes rose by 30 cents (now $12.65) and large boxes went up by 45 cents ($17.90 for domestic, $15.90 for APO). The flat rate envelopes went up too, I don’t remember by how much. I usually start paying attention to increases that happen in January, so this one took me by surprise. Sorry not to have given you notice!

This means that not only your postage will increase, but OWH’s as well….with the quantity of boxes we mail out, it’ll be a good bit for us. If you’d like to help out and haven’t yet purchased one of our Flat Rate Envelope packs, that’s a big help – the packs, about half gone now, are taking up shelf space we’ll need for the holidays. Feel free to share a link to the fundraiser on your blog or Fb so your crafty friends can get in on the sale too!

Now, on to OWHtv!

Hopefully next week I can get back to doing some more videos, but for now – I’m going to take the weekend off to try to rest up and recuperate.


Featured Friday Card Maker, Pam A. Dallas, TX

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 46 comments

HUGE BREAKTHROUGH at the Ashworth house this weekend!!!!  Can’t believe it wasn’t a story on the 24/7 news!!!! I’m telling you I am just beside myself!!! I presented this major problem to the smartest person I know hoping he could figure out why the instant cappuccino was glumping and not dissolving. It was really starting to annoy me. This was a 2 day conversation and involved great scientific experiments using refrigeration, boiling water and measuring devices!!!!  I explained the problem to FP (chem major in college) and he asked piercing questions, is the water boiling? do you add 1/2 the water, stir like crazy and then add the rest of the water? “Yes, yes I do” I replied.  Hmmm, and it still glumps? “Yes, terrible big glumps.”  Hmm, do you loosen the powder? it settles you know.  “Great idea!  yes I will start doing that.” Unfortunately it still glumped.  FP says, maybe it’s the humidity, put the container in the fridge and let me know what happens tomorrow. “I bet that’s it, there has been a terrible heat wave this week.” FP says, How much water are you using? “Umm, I haven’t a clue.”  Have you ever thought of drinking coffee instead of that weird stuff?, FP asked.  Laughing I replied, “but I like this weird stuff and coffee tastes bitter.” FP’s parting shot, yeah but coffee doesn’t glump!  He does have a point.  So Saturday morning, bleary eyed, I make my way to the kitchen, get the water boiling on the stove, get the container out of the fridge, loosen the powder and put it in a mug.  As I stand there, not really thinking about anything in particular I begin to miss the large coffee mugs I broke 2 weeks ago.  I really miss those mugs, had those mugs a long time, those mugs made a great cup of coffee, bet those mugs were…..16 oz mugs…cappuccino never glumped in those mugs. The light bulb was beginning to shine, yup the mugs I was using were only 12 oz., the problem was not enough water, as the mug was too small. Found a plastic cup which held 16 oz of water and made the cappuccino, NO GLUMPS!!!! A few little flakes, those I can live with.  I was SO EXCITED I just had to take a snap and send it to FP.  I know he was rolling his eyes when he opened the photo of cappuccino captioned with “Look at this!!!  It finally worked!! Need larger coffee mugs!!!!!!!! U r so freaking brilliant!!!!”  Truly does not take much to make me happy.

Every one was so generous in leaving comments for last week’s FFCM, thank you for taking the time to do so.  Please leave some OWH love for Pam in the comment section below as she does not have a blog.  Okay—I am seriously flipping out over these cards!!!!! Y’all are in for a treat this week. oh my granny are you ever!  The pink star card—NEVER would have thought to use the stamp that way—totally awesome!! The peacock card is a masterpiece, that one is worth some serious study on how it was made.  I am totally clueless as to how the circle card was made—is that a die? and how did the center panel of circles get color—scratching my head over that one?  “A laugh is a smile that bursts”— what a great sentiment and beautiful card. Okay, I’m stopping, I don’t want to give any more teasers about these wonderful cards.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy Pam’s cards and her story in her own words…..

Hello from Dallas, TX where I live with my wonderful husband. I am a longtime crafter and have dabbled in all sorts of crafty things. I also really like to cook.

 How long have you been stamping/card making?

Gosh, I’m really not sure, but about 7 or 8 years. I visited a big box craft store, bought some patterned paper, a variety box of cards with white envelopes, and a decorative edge punch to make some Easter cards for family. Then, I discovered a new Paper Source store a few miles away. They had the cutest letterpress sentiments in packs of 10, all kinds of solid colorful paper products with matching envelopes, and beautiful patterned paper. The envelopes had large closure flaps which were so fancy! I bought a few of those items along with a package of plastic envelope liner templates and it has been a downhill slide ever since. Of course none of you can relate to this and you must think I am crazy. 

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

Oh yes! It is fondly known as the Piddle Palace. We converted our guest room a couple of years ago to a multi use room. Guests now sleep on a Murphy bed which is a really nice looking white bead board wall unit when not in use. I have a couple of pieces of Martha Stewart craft furniture, which is awesome by the way. My  standup height craft desk is in the middle of the room so I am able to walk around to use all sides. I have a large cutting mat, craft mat, inks, adhesives, and an embossing station on the desk. The second piece is a matching flat file storage cabinet where I keep paper, stamps, die cut, and score. I sit on a backless swivel stool so I just spin around like a command station to make a card. When we have guests, the table with current crafty mess gets moved to the corner of the room and the bed pulls down. It is a great setup that works really well. The room has a lot of natural light so it is a very pleasant room to piddle. I even have a lab coat, just like a doctor, (compliments of my hubby via Amazon) due to many accidents from dropped ink pads onto white jeans. Not so good.

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

Well, I have to say my die cutting machine, paper trimmer, and ATG. These 3 tools totally changed the game for me. I still cannot believe I used to cut paper with a craft knife, glue everything with a glue stick, and use pre-made embellishments purchased at the big box craft stores. Eek!! 

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Do you have a favorite  technique?

I am a technique junkie and love to learn and try new things. I enjoy participating in several on line challenges and taking on line card classes. Almost all the cards I make for the challenges and classes are sent to OWH so I participate with OWH criteria in mind.  I post on the challenge links as *Pam A*

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

I refer to the sketches from time to time, but tend to follow basic design principles like rule of thirds, focal points, etc. There was once a video post about ATG’s which was fantastic. I cannot believe how a small cardboard disc could make such a huge difference, but it does. Whoever thought that one up is a genius.

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Do you prefer digis or stamps?

Hands down stamps. I could never color like Sandy Allnock, so it would be futile for me to even consider digis.

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Do you have a  favorite theme?

Christmas cards are my favorite, but since most of the cards I make are for OWH, I stick to hello, thinking of you, thank you and birthday so they can be used year round. I do line all my envelopes as I like the way it finishes off the cards. Remember, I bought a package of liner templates that I need to use and it’s a good reason to buy patterned paper. Almost all of my cards are one of a kind designs which is much more fun and creative for me.

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Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?

I just go with the design and use all sorts of colors. 

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How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?

A post on Melissa Bickford’s blog. She is a Papertrey Ink stamp designer.  I read her post about the same time my fresh out of college nephew was leaving to report to OCS in Newport, RI to start his Naval career. It was such a coincidence that both happened the same week, so I took it as a sign that I should check out OWH. I read about OWH, liked what I saw, ordered the OWH stamps and made some cards.

What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes?

I am very grateful to the men and women who serve our country in very dangerous places around the world to protect our freedoms and interests. Making a few cards seems so insignificant in the whole scheme of things. My hope is that it keeps loved one’s in touch in a tangible way and brings lots of happy smiles all around.

Stamptember fundraiser for OWH!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Fundraisers, Stars and Stamps | 5 comments

Our friends over at Simon Says and Avery Elle have a treat for OWH – go check out the news on the Simon blog, and be sure to leave a comment on the post to qualify to win some extra goodies too! (And leave them a HUGE thank you for their support of OWH!)