You did a fantastic job getting a head start on Valentine’s cards for our heroes to send home to their loved ones! I especially liked the ones for the kids. Don’t forget that the deadline for Valentine’s cards to be received by Operation Write Home is December 31, so get busy if you plan to make holiday-specific cards.
Wow, what a segue into this week’s challenge to make GENERAL LOVE-THEMED CARDS. What Operation Write Home prefers more than anything is a general-themed card that can be used either for Valentine’s Day or even after the holiday has passed. What does that mean? That means no sentiments like Be Mine, Happy Valentine’s Day, Be My Valentine. General love-themed cards express love and affection without any reference to Valentine’s Day!
Here with a great example of a general love-themed card this week is our sample card maker Samantha E. who blogs at August 1686. I know some of you are going to ask, so Samantha says that the image on her card is from Fine Arts by Robert Jackson. Isn’t it great?!
NOW, SHOW US YOUR GENERAL-THEMED LOVE CARDS!
Please take a few moments to visit other participants and leave specific comments. We all enjoy being encouraged in our creative endeavors!
Are you going to save up your holiday gift cards and money for something nice to add to your tools this year? Will Santa be extra good to you and bring you something fun?
I’ve found myself growing tired of buying trimmer blades… I even seem to go through the titanium ones quickly. So I have been researching some different options on paper trimmers and then, this week, I saw a fun new video from Craft Test Dummies. If you love the Dummies like I do, you can find them at their website or even on Facebook. They test all kinds of crafting supplies, but often, they test things that we can use for card making!
Enjoy the video for this Guillotine style trimmer!
Don’t forget to leave some love for Jenny from CTD today, and hey… what kind of crafty supplies are on YOUR list?
Good Morning Peeps! Are you ready for the 2nd week of December? Yes… No… Maybe?? Only 17 shopping days till Christmas ya know. I don’t really shop anymore, one of the down sides of a fixed income, but I always manage some goodies here and there.
Are you ready for this week’s sketch? It’s clean, simple, and easy to make multiples.
I don’t know who made the terrific sample card as it was sent in an OWH box. If this is your card please let me know so I can give you credit. [See… we get our sketch inspiration from everywhere]
Isn’t that terrific? I’m looking at an easy Valentine or Love card. That circle begs to become a heart. OWH doesn’t send that many Valentine cards… but there’s always the need for Love cards.
Well peeps, it’s time to scoot. A batch of Snickerdoodle cookies is calling my name. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and find time to try this week’s sketch. Jingle Bells… Jingle Bells… Jingle all the way….
Hello everyone! It’s Sandy here with your OWHtv episodes from the past week. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind lately….I got back from a visit to the east coast and had a to-do list longer than my arm!
Please note that at this moment I’m planning on no OWHtv for Christmas week, and possibly for New Year’s week too….we’ll see how that goes. I’ll be teaching at CHA in January, and those would be great weeks for me to work on class materials (kits) for those if the stamps are manufactured in time. Yes, I said manufactured….there are more awesome stamps coming from our friends at Hero Arts! You’re going to LOVE this next set! So, needless to say, I have my work cut out for me in getting everything prepared…..so I might need some time off from the show during the holidays.
And speaking of kits – I hear there are some arriving for our booth at CHA – thank you to those participating! If you need the info on how to provide a kit or three, click HERE.
One more thing - we’ll be sending out a survey this coming week about OWH, including some questions about OWHtv and our blog. Please be sure you’re signed up for our monthly newsletter so that’ll arrive in your inbox!
You’ll hear a little scratchiness in my voice in some of the videos – rest assured I’m ok. I’m having an argument with a cold over the last few weeks that just doesn’t seem to want to take a hike – but I am determined to win the fight!
I received the first box of cards this week from your group. Thank you to all of your organization that helped create them. Now my Airmen have no excuse to not write home to their loved ones.
Thank you again,
It’s the first Saturday of the month and you know what that means!! Yep, it is the Our Daily Bread Designs monthly card challenge!
Are you like me and can’t imagine where this year has gone?
Thank you so much for your support of our deployed servicemen and women. This year Our Daily Bread Designs has already sponsored 22 boxes to our heroes. Will we wrap up the year with 2 more boxes? Be sure to head over to Our Daily Bread Designs and thank them for their generosity.
Each month Our Daily Bread Designs donates up to two boxes of free shipping for our heroes–1 for 25 cards posted and 2 for 50. Since 50 cards were posted we get the special thanks of 2 gift certificates to use at the ODBD store.
The winners for November are:
#23 Kathy Stacy
Email me at missy.wa(at)gmail(dot)com and I will connect you with your prizes.
What is this month’s challenge you ask – “It’s All About Him “- Masculine Themed cards.
Check out the great sample from the ODBD design team!
Please note that if you use any embellishments that they follow our guidelines. I can’t wait to see what you create. Post your card by December 31st using the link button below and you will be entered in the prize drawing at the end of the month. Remember only 1 card posted per person.
This week’s Featured Cardmaker is Linda M, from Marietta, GA, who, like so many others, has a personal reason for making cards for our heroes. Here’s a photo of her with her son, Craig, who’s career Navy, on the Amalfi coast. She and I were chatting about how we were both scrappers and she said that one of her favorite scrapbook ideas is to show her little boy in the elementary rocket club, then all grown up on a ship, shooting cruise missiles in the Gulf. Would that not make a cool page?
Please leave bunches of special OWH love and appreciation for Linda’s wonderful cards and her family’s service in the comment section!
How long have you been stamping/cardmaking?
Almost 15 years. My mother and grandmother were crafty and I followed in their footsteps, making tissue flowers, loom pot holders, candles, shell crafts, paint-by-number, scrapbooking, beading, crocheting, etc. You name a craft and I’ve done it – but stamping is the only craft that “took.”
Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
Yes, stamps took over my son’s bedroom once he was on his own, and they have no intention of giving it back.
What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I love Stampin’ Up! products, so much that I became a demonstrator 10 years ago. I love the weight of the cardstock, and I especially love the way the colors match.
Do you have a favorite technique?
I have a new favorite technique every month, it seems. A friend just showed me how to make “quilt” backgrounds using paper strips, and that’s my new technique of the month. I love making red, white and blue ”quilt” background for OWH cards.
Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
OWH sketches are wonderful. The first sketch I used was during the Labor Day weekend virtual card making party. I like them; they give good direction and inspiration.
Do you prefer digis or stamps?
Do you have a favorite theme?
Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I love all colors!
How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
It’s been so long ago, I don’t recall how I heard of Operation Write Home. I know it was called Cards for Heroes when I first started sending cards.
What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
My son, who is career Navy. He’s served overseas many years, he’s served on ships and subs, in Hawaii, Japan and Italy. When he was at sea I sent cards for everyone on the ship to have a Christmas card, and I sent the chaplain birthday cards for everyone on the ship. The chaplain told me that those cards were the only cards some of the sailors received. When my son left that ship, I connected them with OWH so they could continue having a supply of greeting cards.
I received your package of cards the other day, and wanted to say thank you once again. Given cards are not readily available here and our predominately male organization typically waits until the last minute to acquire cards (hard to multi-task), Operation Write Home is a great concept to keep us out of trouble with our loved ones back home. This week is somewhat a bitter-sweet for me, as I re-deploy back home later this week. This does not mean the cards should stop however…my replacement will be at the same address, and will want to continue receiving them.
Again thanks for your support…otherwise we would fall short.
Your white on white cards were simply elegant! I saw holiday cards (hopefully for personal use since we are past the Christmas deadlines), love cards (way to get a jump on the Valentine’s Day deadline), and any occasion cards that were all stunningly beautiful. You may still send general-themed winter cards until January 10, but we’re really ready to move on to Valentine’s Day and love-themed cards that can be used year-round!
With that in mind, we thought we’d inspire you to begin making VALENTINE’S CARDS. I know how hard it is to think about a holiday that seems so far away when we haven’t even celebrated Christmas yet and we just had Thanksgiving, but that’s the way we roll at Operation Write Home. Our cards have to make it overseas and back again in time for each and every holiday! So, pull out your hearts, Valentine’s sentiments and red and pink papers and get busy!!
Our sample card maker this week is Cindy M. who blogs at Cindy’s Card Co. Here’s a little about Cindy’s Valentine’s Day card in her own words:
“I saw a card similar to this one and did my own little version of it with the supplies that I had. The little white funky heart in the center of the one heart (which is a punch) is a little plastic heart. The bottom strip is actually a piece of ribbon that I’ve had for a few years.”
That’s a great reminder that if you like a card you see, you can use the supplies you have on hand to re-create it. It doesn’t have to be an exact replica to be a great card! SHOW US YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS – for kids or grown-ups!
Please take time to visit other participants and share specific comments with them about their cards. It helps every card maker to know what they did well or what you found most creative so they can continue to do it!
We just got our new box of cards…they go like hotcakes!! Every card you have sent has been claimed…We really love them!