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:
Happy weekend, everyone! It’s been a crazy-busy week here on OWHtv. First, Monday’s SitRep talked about one way to fill a box with themes – and making some of each theme for each audience (men/unisex, feminine, and kid-friendly). Tuesday Nancy brought us fun tips for dies….Wednesday’s fundraiser ROCKED (and is all over, sorry if you missed it!) but the cards in the video are still worth a look! We unboxed cards from a group of talented ladies on Thursday….and yesterday – a BLOGHOP! With new dies….how fun!
Enjoy catching up on all you missed!
We received a generous donation of stamps from MFT again like last year – and as I’ve been sorting through them I found some western ones! Woohoo! So to help out those who want to try to get a card or two for the special request by March 20th – I thought I’d see if we can quickly get a fundraiser together. (You can still send western cards anytime, but by the end of the month we’ll send that hero his next box with lots of cowboy goodness inside!)
**At the end of this post will be the purchasing info.**
The stamp set is called “Howdy” and is discontinued – so the last 130 sets are in our hot little hands! It’s a clear set, pictured at right….and I want to mention a few things. There are some sentiments in here that would NOT make sense for use by our heroes, so please skip those – particularly the “Mosey on over, friend” stamp – uhm, nobody’s moseying to Afghanistan! “Neighbor” is a bit odd too. I always recommend making a card with a clear sentiment on it, so if you want to use “Cowboy” or “Cowgirl,” perhaps pair it with the “Howdy” sentiment! The great thing about clear stamps is that you can layer one sentiment close to another and line it up right since you can see through them.
Here’s the OWHtv episode just launched that shows some cards made with this set:
And now….how do YOU get in on the western fun? There are only limited sets available – I’ll change the number below as they’re claimed, and once they’re gone I’ll remove this info entirely:
UPDATE: All Stamp Sets are GONE!
Happy weeeeeeekend! I hope everyone has some crafty time scheduled….I’m gonna try to take an afternoon to play with some new toys – that always gets the mojo rising, doesn’t it?
This week’s OWHtv brought us a number of things….the Cowboy Challenge from a hero on the Monday video (more information HERE), sticker cards on Tuesday, a chalkboard technique on Wednesday, yet another fabulous unboxing video on Thursday….and Ciara showed off her wicked swimming skillz on Friday! Hope you enjoy these!
And I bet you thought I forgot to pick a winner for the Donut Prize on the 300th video! Nope, didn’t forget – here’s the winner…congratulations Marilyn Leonard!!
This week was a little shorter with the holiday on Monday…but it brought back the Card Triple Play, a giveaway on the Start to Finish episode, more incredible inspiration in the Unboxing of Reta’s cards….and some Olympic inspiration yesterday! It’s hard to believe we’ve surpassed 300 videos on our channel….if you’re ever in need of inspiration, there’s tons waiting for you to catch up on!
Before we get to those…this image got a gajillion “shares” and “likes” on Facebook, I wonder how many it’ll get here on the blog? LOL!
Happy Valentines weekend! Your cards have made this a special Valentine’s Day for a lot of families separated from their loved ones right now…I wish I could see all the faces when they get to their mailboxes! I did find THIS sweet picture on Instagram*…how cute are those smiles??
*Speaking of that….if you’re on Instagram, use the hashtag #operationwritehome when you post cards, or tag me (@sandyallnock). There are a number of photos with that hashtag already, so I’ve been going through them and found some treasures!
And now, on to this week’s videos! Monday’s hero mail, Tuesday’s Tools of the Trade with Nancy, Wednesday’s Camouflage Heart, Thursday’s Unboxing…lots to inspire you this week. And Friday’s video was a little different: the audio from the SiriusXM broadcast was captured in parts by Cindy S, a cardmaker, and I stitched the parts together and tossed in some footage of me sorting cards, too! Enjoy!
By the way – Monday’s a holiday, so OWHtv will be on vacation too. See you on Tuesday!
Happy Saturday! Here are your OWHtv episodes to catch up on…enjoy! (Coming next week: OWH Community Survey results!)
Welcome to Episode 1 of Tools of the Trade.. as seen on OWHtv!
I’m so excited to get this project kicked off this year. In this episode, you will learn about two of the most basic tools you need to get started when making cards for OWH! Now, before you get bored and wander off, remember that you can use these tools when following LOTS of our already existing tutorials! You can also share this video with friends to encourage them to start collecting some of the basics and start making some cards!
Hope you enjoyed the show! Here is another diagram to show how scoring and folding “the right direction” will result in smoother, prettier folds.
Here is another photo.. it was difficult to get a close-up of how much better this makes your edges look when you fold it this way. Maybe you can zoom in to get a better look!
Do you have your tools ready? Here are some archived tutorials to follow… ready? Go!
Catch up on what you missed this week!
The start of the week saw OWH at our booth at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Tradeshow in Anaheim…we spent some quality time with partners, retailers, and designers! So many people know who we are now; tons of them stopped by our booth to thank us for our work – so we pass that thanks on to YOU! Your wonderful cards and donations make it possible for our heroes to keep in touch with their families. Thank you!
And now…on to this week’s videos! Remember that you can go to our YouTube channel to have the videos emailed to your inbox when they are posted: beneath any video click the red “Subscribe” button, then the round button to the right of it to click the option for emailing upon upload.
Have a great weekend!
Why hello everyone, and welcome to 2014! OWHtv took a few weeks off, but we’re back. Or at least sporadically for a bit, since I’m at CHA in Anaheim right now! You may get a few extra bits of video throughout the show, at least that’s the plan; but technology doesn’t tend to be my friend when I’m working a show. (And unfortunately, the YouTube app uploaded the Friday video to a weird place, but it’s linked here so you can see it anyway!)
Here are the videos from this week…enjoy!
Stay tuned at 10am PST today – and you’ll get your first peek at 2 new stamp sets that Hero Arts is launching today with the opening of CHA!