Memorial Day Bloghop 2012: Start here!

Welcome to our Memorial Day Weekend Bloghop! We’re so excited to have so many wonderful individuals and companies joining us in blogging about our heroes – you’re going to love what you see this weekend! Know that you can take your time – each post below is linked to the actual bloghop card, so you can make your way through over days or a week or more if you desire. (But candy may have a time-out date!)

 *New to OWH? You’ll want to visit our WELCOME page after hopping
but before getting started making cards…there’s lots of great info for you!

First, we want to remember what this weekend is actually about – REMEMBERING. We honor the memory of those who have given their very lives in service to their country…and families, our hearts are with you as you go through the pain of remembrance once again. Your sacrifices have not been made in vain; our land stands strong and free because of all who have defended her. Please take a moment sometime this weekend to leave a tribute on our new In Memoriam page:

Leave a tribute to a hero

The technique for making the background on this card was shown on the Thursday episode of OWHtv.

Special live event Sat afternoon at 1:00pm

***and again Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm PST**

We’re going to make an attempt this afternoon to try the YouTube Live Streaming feature! It’s new to us so we hope it works (and ask your forgiveness if things go crazy!) If you’d like to be notified where to tune in, we’ll post a link in a new blog post when it begins, as well as on our Facebook page. Go Like our page, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to this blog using the link in the sidebar, and you’ll get word when and where the live broadcast is available! (I think it will be just on our YouTube channel, but….we’ll link you up at the time it goes live just to be sure!)


What’s a hop without candy? We’ve got one of each of the Hero Arts Fundraiser stamp sets as well as some no-longer-available sets from Amuse….leave a comment and we’ll draw a winner Monday night! If you do not wish a prize, just say “no prize” in your comment. First winner to reply to the winning announcement post will have first choice of stamp sets. How will you know the winner? Click the subscribe to the blog button at right, you’ll get an email right away!

One more thing to let you know about before letting you hop: our current card drive! Click it for details.

And now…the blogs!

The theme for the hop cards this weekend is varying – but the commonality is using OWH sketches! If you didn’t know about our sketch collection, you’re in for a treat, seeing how each is used in such different ways along the hop. Some have posted the sketch, others posted links to the sketches…be sure to note how they’ve adapted the designs and use those ideas in your own crafting!

  • Leave comments for our bloggers; everyone wants to know what you think of their creations. Comment on the element you like best; just posting “great card” doesn’t help us grow as crafters, so we all value your input!
  • Do not spam with sales urls—that is considered rude. Leaving your own blog address is fine.
  • When leaving your email address to win prizes, write it out: “myname at hotmail dot com” to avoid spam.
  • Companies have **asterisks** around their names. Check for candy!


  1. These cards look so colorful and patriotic. I can’t wait to get started hopping and see them all up close. I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend!

  2. Woohoo! Look at all these great cards. Thanks for all you girls did to make a great hop.

  3. Jennifer Harrison

    These are beautiful cards!

  4. I will be looking at beautiful cards all weekend.

  5. Miriam Prantner

    What a wonderful hop to celebrate this weekend, which so often gets taken for granted. Thanks for your service to our service members!

  6. Linda R.

    I am fortunate to be able to hop the blogs of such generous and caring people. This cause is wonderful and near and dear to my heart. Thank you so very much. I can’t wait to get started!

  7. Rose H.

    Remembering the fallen, praying for the current heroes and thinking about the families of all of them. And thanks to OWH for all you do!

  8. What a fantastic hop! Love the sample card here – that Firecracker stamp has always been one of my favorites. Thank you for this tribute to those who have given their lives for our freedom.

  9. Jen m

    Woot! Look at all of these fabulous cards!

  10. Robin H

    I love the Memorial Day blog hop! Using the sketches is a fantastic idea (I love sketches!!) and from the looks above there are many fantastic cards to view! thanks to all of the supporters of OWH for everything you do for our heroes

  11. Love that card and all thr linked ones are fantastic. What a great missionK

  12. Barb Housner

    thanks for picking up my card – dang blogger – I just did a little hopping – now I need to get ready to leave town – but will hop when I get home – some wonderful cards on the hop from the little sneak peeks.

    Barb Housner

  13. Thanks for letting me be a part of this fabulous blog hop!

  14. Julie Shearer

    I see Alot of Red , White and Blue. in the cards above. That’s what this weekend is all about. I think it’s great !!

  15. Mary-Anne V.

    This blog hop looks great… a wonderful tribute to those who have defended our country and the rights of others.

  16. LOVE the star stamp background, looks embossed almost.. And the main image is so perfect with those camo colors, looks wonderful against the silhouette stamp! Great job!!

  17. Linda Schaefer

    Such a wonderful tribute to all of our HEROES! Thanks HA for all you do! Love the cards created! Not a “B” card in the bunch!

  18. Beautiful card to start our hopping! A huge collective Thank You to everyone who participates in this great yearly hop and those who make it happen. What a great collection of cards! I look forward to visiting everyone this weekend.

  19. Thanks so much to all the organizers of the hop! It’s so much fun to get to see so many creative takes on the sketches at once and a great opportunity to find new blogs to follow.

  20. Susan R

    This was so much fun and very inspirational.
    Beautiful cards and lots of love!
    Thank you

  21. This is such a worthy cause, kudos to all who are helping out!

    Beautiful cards!!!

  22. Wow, so many awesome cards!
    I didn’t get my blog posted in time to be in the hop, due to I goofed up the scheduling but still launched it if anyone one would like to check it out.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  23. Everyone’s card are wonderful, thank you to all helped make this a success and for all you do!!!! Thanks to our Nation’s Heroes as well….Home of the Free BECAUSE of the Brave!!! 😉

  24. So glad I came here from Teri’s blog. So many sketches to use on future OWH cards! *smile*

  25. Sue D

    Looks like a fun blog hop. I like the star background and the great image on Sandy’s card.

  26. That is a beautiful card. My son is Army Reserves and he is volunteering for the next deployment of his unit. I have been sending cards their way for over a year now. They love getting the cards to send home–I have heard from many through the unit commander! Keep up the good work!

  27. Hooray for the Hop! Beautiful sample card, Sandy; and many thanks to you and Allison for your hard work setting up this BIG event! Wonderful to see that array of beautiful thumbnails and recognize so many friends I’ve made in this OWH community! Can’t wait to start hoppin’. A great way to honor our fallen heroes AND support those who are serving today.

  28. April W

    This is such an amazing thing to do!! I can’t wait to see all the amazing cards in the hop. :)

  29. Tommi

    It is soo exciting to see all these beautiful cards for a fabulous cause. The friends and families are going to enjoy many beauties!

  30. Connie

    Wonderful card that captures the Memorial Day feel.

  31. Looks like it’s going to be a busy weekend looking at all these great cards.

  32. Love your card Sandy! Looking forward to seeing all of the beautiful cards this weekend!

  33. Nancy M

    Thanks SO much for doing this; I’m sure it is more work than we can imagine! Most of all, thanks for ALL you do and for helping to remind everyone why we have Memorial Day and what it’s for!

  34. Wow – what a great hop! I came from the Paper Smooches blog, now I’m off to check out the sketches and all the other wonderful cards!

  35. What a great idea!. Thanks for doing this.

  36. Sharon S

    Awesome cards! Thanks to everyone for sharing.

  37. Kailash

    What a nobel and amazing cause to support, hats off to all those participating, great idea…thanks so much!!!!

  38. Heather C

    I’m new to OWH and very excited to get started. So many activities in my life this weekend – my son is graduating high school as a valedictorian tomorrow – but I hope to get through at least some of the hop. OWH is such an awesome thing and I hope I can make a decent contribution.

  39. Thank you for organizing this Memorial Day hop! I’m grateful for an opportunity to use what I love to honor those that have served and do serve. Beautiful cards…Can’t wait to visit everyone!

  40. Oh this is going to be a wonderful hop!! Can’t wait to get started. And what a gorgeous card Sandy!


  41. Christina Engel

    I am so excited at the amount of participants on this hop! I can’t wait to dive in!

  42. hannahyareli

    so many beautiful cards.
    and this is such a great cause and cant wait to get started.

  43. Inspiring, beautiful, creative cards! And, an awesome cause – seems so little to do for all our service men and women do for us daily. Would love to get in on this next year!

  44. Carolyn

    I am so glad Club Scrap joined this hop because that is how I found out about it. You have a great mission and this hop is fantastic!

  45. Michele

    my daughter has been deployed since December, and my son-in-law just deployed – I know from them how much they appreciate cards & how they wish they had cards to send. This project is a wonderful one. Thanks to all who contribute, and thanks to all who serve, including their families & friends back home.

  46. These cards are fabulous and this organization is to be commended for your efforts to encourage our service men and women ~ KUDOS to you!

  47. April Puzzuoli

    I’m so impressed w your card. Love that text!

    THis blog hop is huge and filled w so many resources! Thank you!

  48. barbara lassiter

    This is a great project and I hope to be able to make some cards soon for the card drive! We definitely need to remember those who are away from our country who are serving in such a selfless way!!!!

  49. I am so excited to start the hop! WHoooohoooo fabulous job everyone!

  50. What an amazing sampling of the talent that is dedicated to helping our Heroes keep in touch with home! I love the format as it makes it much easier to linger on a blog and not get lost. Thanks for putting on such a fun event!

  51. Mary in Wausau WI

    Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  52. Our blog did not show up in the links, that I can see. Please see our cards at;

    THANKS to everyone for participating and allowing us to be part of this wonderful group!

  53. Rachel

    I’m only a third of the way through and already have more new things to try out than I can count. Thanks for putting together such a great hop! :)

  54. What beautiful cards on this hop, so colorful, can’t wait to check each one out.

  55. I really loved going through all the blogs…a great way to spend a Saturday morning on Memorial Day Weekend! Thanks for OWH and for this blog hop that celebrates our service men and women plus their families! Thanks to all the card-makers who participated and made this such a success! May God bless you all! ~Antoinette

  56. All of the creations look so fabulous! Off to visit each and every one throughout the weekend! Google is giving problems posting and my card is not showing up in Inlinks yet…here’s the link:

    Thanks to everyone for supporting Operation Write Home!!!

  57. Valerie Henry

    God bless America and God bless OWH! Can’t wait to check out all the beautiful cards.

  58. So happy to see all the fantastic creations. I will be jumping to each and every blog. Thanks to everyone for supporting our troops and Operation Write Home. Wishing everyone a Happy Memorial Day!!! Susan : )

  59. Happy Memorial Day everyone! WOW!! It’s going to be so much fun stopping by each blog on the hop – the previews are so fantastic!!! Thanks to everyone for participating and for supporting Operation Write Home. My link was up earlier…but it is missing now. Here is the link for my stop on the hop.

  60. Wow! What a turnout for the blog hop! As always, you put your heart and soul into it, Sandy. Your card is exactly what I’d expect from you — patriotic and perfectly rendered with a combo of ribbons, stamping techniques to complement the message and images, and a heartfelt sentiment to top it all off. Gotta get started. I will be remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom, as well as those who are standing in harm’s way now or did in the past and made it home.

  61. I mentioned the hop and posted my card based on sketch #119 on my blog today. *smile*

  62. Lovely card!..what a perfect image and the sentiment is so touching…thanks for the blog hop!

  63. been to some amazing blogs so far, It is break time now to collect my ideas (and I need to grab a notebook) thanks for the inspiration;)

  64. I hate that I couldn’t be a part of the blog hop this year, but from past experience I knew there would be plenty of good talent and tons of blogs to hop to. Looking forward to seeing some great inspiration!

  65. Sue B.

    Going to be a fun weekend between the blogs, hop, and BBQ pit! Did a quick scan and I already see lots of talent and creativity!! Thank you!

  66. jengd

    Once more, a wonderful hop for a wonderful cause!

  67. Jennifer

    Awsome cards!! Can’t wait to see them all up close. Great GREAT thing for the men and women in our military!

  68. Allison G in TX

    Oh, oh, pick me! I must be the only OWH card maker who still doesn’t have the Hero Arts stamp sets. I asked my LSS to order them and they have some lousy rep who didn’t know what they were. If I don’t win any this weekend, then I’m buying them all online on Tuesday!!!

    What a great hop! Got the sneak preview while setting it up, but I still have to go back and leave love and see the cards I didn’t load into inlinkz, too. :-)

  69. sherry s.

    Lot of talent out there. Love all the different techniques I’ve seen. Guess I better get the supplies out and get busy! Have a great patriotic weekend.

  70. Dena Cline

    Congrats to all our Heros for all you do to allow us all to have the freedom that we do have. We often think of you all and the sacrifices that you and your families give us 24/7. Congrats also to all the cardmakers who participated above your cards are truly beautiful and I can’t wait to go visit each site in more depth. May the Lord bless you all, the Heros, the families, and the cardmakers. Blessings to everyone.

  71. What a great way to celebrate Memorial Day. OWH – and what a long way you have come! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

    Looking forward to the hop.

  72. Kristie M

    Fun, fun blog hop! Thanks OWH team for putting this together. You really make a difference! Love this card, it’s perfect for Memorial Day!

  73. Thanks for sharing your card. Love the star paper.
    I guess I should start making some cards. (I only have about a half a box done)

    Happy Memorial Day!

  74. Stacy Buller

    Ive been on the road all day and couldn’t wait to get home and see what everyone created for the Blog Hop! I just found the sketch page but tonight is sure to inspire me to finish my box of cards (only about half way filled up as of yet). Thanks again!

  75. wow these are fabulous!!! I love your organization and the cause, thanks so much for keeping us all inspired and reminding us what this weekend is all about!

  76. Ann Merkins

    I love this card! The image is great and I can’t wait to try the brayering techinique. I’m just getting started, but I’m guessing this hop wi be as fabuous as the others have been!!

  77. All of these cards are “wonderful”! Thank you for sharing

  78. Linda Grady

    Love the theme of “Sketches” for the Memorial Day Hop. Always can use some prompts and new/diff. ideas. See some amazing cards posted and anxious to start playing with some of these sketches – after I checked out the hop sites. Have a great weekend everyone and keep the military – past and present – in your hearts and thoughts. They deserve it!!

  79. I made it through all the blogs on the blog hop. There are some amazing cards out there. I must go back and review a few of them again. What a fun idea. So glad you do this OWH!

  80. Lynne Ingra

    So many beautiful cards to give us inspiration.

  81. julie e

    This is such a great project. Thanks for reminding me about the effort and for the chance to win.

  82. I get warm fuzzies inside each time I scroll through this page and see that so many awesome people are working together to bring smiles to our military families.

  83. Cheryl L.

    Yay Bloghop! Thanks to all those who spent so much time on this weekend’s fun and cards!

  84. This hop is awesome and the card at the top starts off the hop with great inspiration. I have visited each blog. So, as you visit each blog, there is so much to gleam from each blogger. Thanks for sharing, Happy Memorial Day weekend. Hugs

  85. Having spent a good portion of the day hopping, two thoughts have come to mind over and over again.

    1) Isn’t this a wonderful way to remember and honor our heroes on this poignant weekend?

    2) Isn’t it amazing to see the variety and quality of these wonderful cards that have been inspired by all of those terrific OWH sketches?

    Thanks to Sandy and the OWH blog team for all they do throughout the year to provide unending ways to inspire us card makers!

  86. I made a card for Memorial Day
    you can see my cards at the website I post causeI am having a really had time doing my blog page which the address for that is
    Thank you
    God bless to all our soilders
    i hope taht you like my cards on facebook until i get this blogger figuer out
    Tonia Williams

  87. Lee Tucker

    Gorgeous card that uses one of my favorite stamps! I used this on one of the OWH blog hops after winning it from another OWH blog hop! You definately did a much better job than I did with this awesome image! Thanks to all that are participating in this hop, and thanks to all that served!!!

  88. Teena Schaefer

    I’m about 1/2 finished with the hop! WOW! Thanks to all of you that put so much work into it! I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

  89. Karen Rice

    I am so excited about this blog hop–it will take me a while to get through it, but what you all have done for our troops not to mention the brave and selflessness of our service men and women–it will be a pleasure to view and comment on the fabulous card art! Thank you all for this–and for the chance to be entered in your giveaway!

  90. I am so excited to travel through this hop today! Got my bunny slippers on and a cup full of coffee!! So glad you posted the link to the sketches!! My goal today is 50 cards for the drive and this will certainly help get my mo-jo going!!! Thanks so much for EVERYTHING you do!! ((hugs))

  91. I am so excited to be apart of this Blog Hop! This is always an amazing source of inspiration!

  92. Thank you for hosting this amazing Blog Hop and all the work you do throughout the year for our service men and women.

  93. Kaylee S.

    Thank you for the inspiring hop! And especially thank you to the ladies who worked for days (and then all through the night) to get it put together.

  94. Leanne

    Thanks for all your efforts — making cards, sketches and putting together the blog hop! Our daughter is in the Naval Officer’s Program – just completed her 2nd year university – so this is a very meaningful weekend for us. Canadians or Americans — we think about the heroes who serve our countries. God bless.

  95. Laurie J

    Love seeing all these cards. Will be hopping today and tomorrow. Hope I get through everything. Yes, please sign me up for the candy. Letumom at hotmail dot com.

  96. Ronda S

    I am going to try to get to every spot on the hop! All the cards just ‘call out’ “Look at me, Look at me!!” but I’ve got such a jam-packed family weekend :(
    Thanks to all who contribute to OWH…DH and I are retired AF and I am so blessed by each card makers contribution.

  97. Barb Ghigliotty

    What a wonderful way to celebrate Memorial Day! Thank you so much for all your hard work…and I love all the patriotic colors on all the cards! WTG!!!

  98. nitasha j

    This is such a wonderful hop and for such an amazing cause! Thank you all for all that you do to honor, remember and support our military!!!! You all rock!!!

  99. I made a USA cards last night with the letters.
    You can see it when you go to my website. That is post here for you
    I got my blog page figure out. I down load the app on my I phone.
    That and I hope you like my USA card and all my other cards
    Tonia Williams

  100. willireb

    I so look forward to this part of Memorial Day. I’ve sent cards in the past and will in the future. Right now my time is fully claimed. But I’ll be back!! Thank you all for all your hard work. Our people in the military deserve this and so much more.

  101. Beth L

    I am really enjoying this hop. I am about 1/2 way through all the different cards and there is so much inspiration! Thank you, Sandy and Allison, for all the work you did on the hop.

  102. Judy Elwell

    Kelly Rae:
    I am Sandy Young’s friend from Fort Wayne, IN. She sends me you website and talks about you all the time. You are unbelievable and I feel like I know you from Sandy. Keep up the phenominal deeds of yours. My husband was career Navy. By the way, I am not talented like Sandy and you! Thanks for all your kindness.
    Judy Elwell P.S. I own Tucker’s brother Murphy, so your scrapbook page could be Murphy, too.

  103. What a wonderful packed hop.

  104. Colleen

    Loved this blog hop! I got so many great ideas!

  105. fantastic hop! I was unable to finish posting comments to about 18 blogs, because of capcha thingy would not work for me and they all had it turned on. I wrote down their #’s in lineup, so I will try again, though several were offering candy, which I will never now have chance for.
    Hats off to the blog elves that got this all set up!!!!

    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  106. Amy Holt

    I am loving this blog hop this weekend! So much inspiration!

  107. Everyone’s cards were fantastic! Thanks for letting me part of this wonderful hop!

  108. jpscraps

    I just finished the hop. All the cards were wonderful!! Thank you!

  109. Rufus

    Incredible cards…off to see some more. Sandy, I just wanted to thank you for all you do! I’m not sure that you ever sleep. All the inspiration has got my mojo going! Just what I needed to finish off an OWH box.

  110. Emily h

    This is so neat! Thanks for doing this for our troops.

  111. Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I made it to each and every blog for this hop! It was certainly a labor of love! I am so inspired by all of the designs. I have downloaded the sketches and checklist and am going to get started right away! I was amazed at how many cards the awesome ladies had already created to date! Thank you so much again for everything you do and for this hop in remembrance of those you serve our country! God Bless you and the USA!!

  112. Thanks for the great blog hop. Got lots of good ideas and inspiration from the many cards. Thanks for all you do for the heroes and the cardmakers.

  113. Thanks for the hop and all the inspiration!

  114. I love being able to see the thumbnails of all the cards at once. Please don’t “boo” me, but there is no way I can get thru all the stops with all that’s going on this weekend so it’s nice to be able to see everything and not have to miss any of these great creations.

  115. I enjoyed all of the blogs and beautiful cards. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your hop and continue on….Cindy

  116. So thankful for OWH! It gives those of us who want to do something to help our servicemen and women a way to touch a life or two! Thanks!

  117. great cards and a t’riffic way to celebrate Memorial Day with a tribute blog hop! if you were to have a vote for popular choice, I’d have to call a tie for #83 and #99 … it’s too close to call a favorite for me! thanx for the inspiration … now I’ve gotta go pull out my flag stamp and get inky!

  118. Kelly Sas

    I think going through these cards in appreciation of our service men and women is a wonderful and relaxing way for me to enjoy today – Memorial Day. Thank you OWH for your service to our military. What a blessing you are to us card makers and our service members! Some of these cards bring tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat – they are so powerful.

  119. I am always inspired by the number of men and women who so selflessly give their lives for their country. There have been many generations of soldiers in my life. I especially give tribute to their sacrifice each year. The cards submitted have been beautiful and a fitting reminder to be grateful to the men and women who serve out country in so many ways.

  120. SuzAnn

    Hooray for another great blog hop! Thank Sandy/Bloggers/Blog Team for all your work – this is a great tradition. I bookmarked lots of ideas and can’t wait to play. I appreciate so many companies supporting OWH too.

  121. What beautiful cards! I have a box of cards that is almost full & ready to be shipped out!

  122. This was a fantastic blog hop and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting all the blogs as well as being a participating blog. Thanks for all your hard work and effort into putting this hop on.

  123. Rebecca

    Wow …. what an amazing hop this year! So much inspiration and wonderful cards! Thanks to everyone that put this together and to everyone that participated.

  124. Michelle McDonald

    I love your card. I can’t wait to visit more blogs for inspiration!

  125. Allison G in TX

    Another fun year hopping through the MOTHER OF ALL HOPS! Thanks for all the inspiration, ladies. :-)

  126. Linda L

    Awesome hop! I am not quite done, but wow, what fun!

  127. Karrie L

    All the cards are super cute

  128. Nancy Keller

    Oh, look at all of this goodness! Thanks, all of you guys who stopped by for the well-wishes. We lost our family matriarch last week and I have been out of town spending lots of needed time with the in-laws and kids and hubby… I just wanted to say that I am going to lurk quickly through all of the hop spots, but I probably won’t have time to comment them all. Will you please just consider this one big hug and “Well Done!” from me. I feel so blessed to be a part of the OWH family too. :)

  129. THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  130. Diana Evensen

    I did it! I got thru ALL of the blog hop posts, and left comments at every one! This might seem like no big deal, but I have rarely completed even short (20 or so) blog hops, and I almost NEVER leave comments. Sandy Allnock has had a big influence in my life over the last month! LOL! Thanks, everyone for all the beautiful work, inspiring words, and support for OWH.

    • LOL Diana! I’m so glad – I think. I like to be an influence for good, even tho it’s not always working out that way. (Just ask peoples’ wallets…..hahah!)

  131. Love these cards ….thanks for sharing them

  132. Very nice card, this image could be used for may different occasions, I think they way you mounted it makes it more reverent. Great Job!

  133. hana jones

    Wow love all the cards !!! I needed ideas and wow do i have them now …thanks for sharing can not wait to get busy after the blog hop 😉


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