OWHtv is a great way to gain more information about Operation Write Home, learn more about cardmaking, and develop community around the project!
Every weekday, a new short video goes on air with tips, inspiration, news, and responses to YOUR questions. So be sure to leave comments on the video page and your question might be answered on the “Casual Friday” chats. You can suggest themes for Stump Sandy, request topics to cover with cardshares, or any other ideas you come up with!
How and where can you watch?
- Each daily episode is now compiled on Saturdays into a blog post (scroll down to see them). So you can watch them all at once, or scroll through to see what looks interesting from the week.
- Turn on the playlist on YouTube and watch them all.
- Visit the show’s Facebook page and see the videos there.
- To possibly receive emails from YouTube when the shows are posted (usually noon-2pm Pacific), subscribe to the channel. Make sure you check any box that asks if you’d like to be emailed; some folks have it checked but haven’t received the emails, so use one of the other methods if that happens.
- Be sure to share relevant videos with your friends – use Mailroom segments to invite others to write AnyHero letters, or send cardmaking videos to your crafty friends who need some inspiration. If there’s something particularly compelling, share it—and ask your friends and family to donate to support our work!
- The playlist is always embedded here, so latest video queued up for you below:
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!
Helloooooooo and happy almost-turkey-day, everyone!
This week we read a little hero mail, ranted about thin neon paper that pretends to be cardstock, made a card with a pre-colored fundraiser digi from Doodle Pantry (buy by December 1!), unboxed Kristie’s cute cards, and last but not least – went on an awesome tour of the Hero Arts facility with CEO Aaron Leventhal! Be sure to go leave him some love on the YouTube page for the tour video….he’ll be reading comments there!
Reminder + a fundraising need
Holiday AnyHero cards, letters, and coloring pages are due next week…please have it to us by December 1 so we have time to review everything before the packing party on December 7th. Regular (non-holiday) AnyHero mail is of course welcome at any time!
These packets will bring lots of cheer to folks deployed around the world! If you would like to help us ship these 250 packets of Christmas mail out to our heroes (estimated cost $1,400.00), donations can be sent via PayPal using the link on THIS page OR send a check to:
Operation Write Home, 35205 13th Pl SW, Federal Way WA 98023.
In either case, please make a notation that it’s for this Christmas AnyHero Mail program so we can track when we’ve covered the extra expense. Thank you!
The collection of AnyPostalHero cards is FABULOUS! Can’t wait to deliver them on Tuesday!
NOTE: Next week OWHtv will be on Thanksgiving vacation, and will return in December!
I’ve had an amazing week – how about you guys? Woohoo for local media coverage! If you want to watch the first video on its original tv station site, click HERE, or you can watch our copy of it as you scroll through this week’s videos.
My inbox hath overrun with queries – which is wonderful! Lots of new folks are interested in joining us, and that’s always a lovely thing! We’ve also gotten huge buzz from the television piece from our fantastic partners around the industry; so many of them shared it with their readers, and now as we plan for CHA, more of them want to join in our efforts. YEAH! (If you want to see what we’re up to for CHA and how YOU can help, click HERE.)
Without further ado….here are your OWHtv episodes for the week! If you want to watch them on YouTube and comment there, you can click the little YT logo in the bottom right corner; if you’re logged into your Google account you can then join the discussion.
If you’d like to start getting these shows by email – just click the subscribe button on YouTube, then the little round button next to it….that’ll give you an option to have the videos emailed to you when they go live.
Hi everyone, and happy weekend! I’m in recovery mode after a WAY exciting trip to visit our pals at Hero Arts – SUPER FUN! Talk about good people – they are just rock solid. And they LOVE Operation Write Home!
I’m including the vlogs here in case you missed them; they’re on my 2nd channel. And this week’s segments of OWHtv…most things this week were pretty short so I hope you have a little time to catch up! Enjoy…and leave a comment and tell me which one you liked best this week!
By the way, Monday’s Veteran’s Day…we have SO MUCH going on that we’ll be posting a few times on the blog throughout the day with different bits of fun! And if I can find the time this week, I’ll try to start editing the tour of Hero Arts….I have lots of footage to sort through!
We’ve had another fun week of OWHtv – the unboxing might become a semi-regular feature based on feedback. Several have said their goal is to someday be picked for an unboxing!
Oh by the way – if you’re pondering what kinds of cards to make in coming weeks….remember that Christmas and all fall cards are DONE. What we need most is missing you and thank you cards; we’ve had a bumpercrop of birthday and thinking of you, and could use the other themes to go with them. (Lots of love, but we need lots more as we lean into the Valentines season and get those boxes ready!) Winter cards are still fine til the end of December.
Happy cardmaking….see you when I get back next week!
Hey folks! It’s Sandy here, with your OWHtv episodes for the week! The show from Thursday about dimension is really helpful, so if you only have a little time, give that one a click.
But before getting to the show – I wanted to talk a moment about a discussion on Facebook. I posted a photo of our fabby Friday volunteer triage nurses who spent the day with me, doing triage. Sheila, one of the volunteers, posted this list of things that were worked on in answer to a cardmaker who asked:
Today’s triaging included the following:
Glitter. Not only removing the cards that had rub off glitter but the cards that had glitter fall on them from those glitter cards.
Hot dog style cards not properly tucked like Princess Penny taught us.
Ribbons that fell off their glue dots.
Tucking cards that came untucked.
The Tombow adhesive was mostly used to line dark cards that had no liners.
Some discussion on the post was around glitter – and specifically that OWH’s communications can seem confusing to some folks. And here’s why:We crafters can be a little like teenagers.
If you’ve ever had a teenager, or been one, you know that we ask a lot of questions. If I say “No glitter that flakes off the card,” that is the actual truth. If nothing comes off, it’s fine. If anything comes off, it’s not.
But if I lay down the law and just say “no glittery products at all,” email explodes with questions about every special exception.
- “What if I seal it in with Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze?” (Answer: Yes. If it makes the glitter stay put entirely, it’s fine.)
- “But, but but…my Stickles does not rub off!” (Answer: Just be sure you rub it both with your finger AND on a sweater.)
- “Can’t I just use a little shimmer mist? Only a little comes off.” (Answer: Nope.)
- “Are brads okay? They’re shiny, but not glittery.” (Answer: Yep. They stay put.)
- “How do we even make cards without at least a little gel pen??” (Answer: Give it a try – non-shiny cards are possible!)
So…..rather than post a ginormous list on our guidelines page about every scenario for every product known in the crafting world – and everything not yet invented – we simply say “No glitter that flakes off the card.”
NOTE: We *have* received the occasional card with stickles that didn’t flake off, or the glitter in the embossing powder really did stay put. I have no idea in the world how that happens for some products and doesn’t for others. Is it the way it’s applied? The amount? The position of the moon? It’s a mystery to me – but the rule is DO NOT ENDANGER OUR HEROES. If your glittery products come off when rubbed with a finger or a sweater – they can’t go to our heroes. Period. That includes these and more:
- Any actual glitter
- Ribbon with glittery accents that flake off
- Stickers with glitter
- Stickles, glitter glue, or any brand thereof
- Embossing powder with embedded glitter
- Glitter pens, spica pens, gel pens
- Shimmer mists
- Brads with glittery heads
- Papers with glitter – even with the ones that seal in the glitter, check the edges where it’s been cut, often it “leaks” out from under the coating.
Remember, the product manufacturers aren’t in business make products hero-safe. They make shiny things that will attract your eye so you’ll buy them. Just because it’s on the shelf in the store, it doesn’t make it OWH-approved. If you’re in doubt, ask on Facebook, lots of our cardmakers are happy to share their experiences and tests with various products.
WHEW! Okay on to OWHtv! Enjoy!
I squeezed out enough time from having a mail holiday on Monday to do 4 shows this week…woohoo! Visit the YouTube page to get any links that I talk about “in the doobliedoo”….you can navigate there easily by clicking on the little YouTube logo in the lower right corner once the video is playing. Then look for the “about” section. Have a great weekend!
Whhhhheeeeewwww! It’s been quite the week as the holiday shipping has been increasing! As I was preparing the receipts for our recordkeeping and saw how big the pile has grown, I thought I’d show you the scale of how much is being mailed out to our heroes…lots of our Facebook and Twitter fans shared this with their friends and family, and it helped them show how much we need the help of the whole nation! Feel free to share it too!
This includes all Thanksgiving cards, now gone (YAY!) but about 1/3 of the holiday shipping too. THANK YOU to everyone who’s aimed at the bonus deadline! Yes, 1/3 is mailed, another 1/3 is packed and labeled awaiting more trips to the Post Office, and….more cards are still coming, quite likely more than the 1/3 we still need to pack. If you know of any deployed heroes who currently don’t get our cards and would like some for Christmas, let them know where to REGISTER! We’d love to send out every card and not have any holdouts for next year
A couple reminders:
- Do NOT repurpose any storebought card front images or sentiments! OWH can be shut down for trademark violation for sending these, and we won’t risk that. We’re getting them by the hundreds and cannot use them. If you want to use last year’s leftover storebought cards, write AnyHero mail in them. Thanks
- Our categories are simpler than many folks are making it….our volunteers are getting bogged down, so please go by these:
*LOVE* includes anything for an intimate person one loves (cherish, adore, you are my world, hugs, kisses, XO)
*GENERAL/THINKING OF YOU* Do not separate every “hello” and “smile” etc sentiment as separate categories – they are all in the general/thinking of you. It takes us tons of time to re-separate all those themes back together, and it’s bogging down our volunteers helping with the sorting.
*WINTER* These do NOT have any holly/gifts/lights in the papers or images.
*VALENTINES* These say valentines day on them in some fashion. If you categorize love and valentines together, our helpers have to open up and look inside every love card to see if it says Vday inside.
- With all the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and fall cards still arriving in droves – we hope everyone realizes those late cards are now being stored til next year. PLEASE check our deadlines list and try to get them in by those dates. Thanks!
Only three episodes of OWHtv this week….
I also posted a non-OWHy vlog on my other channel with some tips on using YouTube.
I hope you’ve all been enjoying the bloghop! Remember those links will remain, so you can hop or re-hop anytime you like.
Last week the volume of workload got in the way of having our usual five episodes of OWHtv….we’ll see how things proceed this coming week! I’m so glad to be getting all these Christmas cards so nice and early though, rather than all at the end. Bonus points to everyone who’s ahead of the game! Remember we’re finished with Halloween and Thanksgiving cards.
Enjoy last week’s videos!
This week’s reminders – deadlines are coming up! Monday the turkeys are all due, Oct 10 is the final day for fall cards (either autumn, no sentiment, love, missing you – all of fall)…..and our BONUS deadline for Christmas cards is October 15th. The final final final day is October 31, but with the recent change to one shipper, plus a trip the first week of November, we would really really really love the holiday cards to be in early. Your help is appreciated!