OWHtv is a great way to gain more information about Operation Write Home, learn more about cardmaking, and develop community around the project!


Several times a week, 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 or our blog and your question might be answered or addressed in an upcoming video!

Not enough video on OWHtv? Check out the classes in our store as well!

How and where can you watch?

  1. Each daily episode is now compiled on Saturdays or Sundays 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.
  2. Watch them all on YouTube!
  3. Visit the show’s Facebook page and see the videos there.
  4. To 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.
  5. 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!


OWHtv Week 166

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 2 comments

Hello, friends! I hope you had a great Veteran’s Day week…how did you celebrate? Did you go to any events or shake a hero’s hand?

OWH sponsored a luncheon for veterans on Tuesday, and the first video shows the gifts made for those who came…they loved them as always! It’s such a treat to see their faces when they receive a heartfelt thank you. Thursday’s video is an Americana Snowman…it’s as if Whipper Snapper Designs came up with a patriotic ball of ice just for our heroes! On Casual Friday, a quick thank you for all the lovely sympathy cards…it’s great knowing so many talented crafters during times like this.

I’ll be taking off for a little travel and family time, leaving later this week and returning after Thanksgiving; please be patient with receipts, I’ll get caught up as quickly as I’m able when I return. Thanks!

Veterans Day Ornaments:

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Hero Arts Fancy Die THANK YOU  ——  http://goo.gl/xKrlp0
• Sizzix Framelits Circles  ——  http://goo.gl/AXUWUH
• Sizzix Big Shot  ——  http://goo.gl/Og4513
• Quickstik Precision Pickup and Placement Tool  ——  http://goo.gl/2oz8DC
• May Arts 1-1/2-Inch Wide Ribbon, Navy Silk  ——  http://goo.gl/mAvJI7
• EK Success Medium STAR Punch  ——  http://goo.gl/kvZRhY
• Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue  ——  http://goo.gl/0gTHUW
• EK Success HEART & STAR Punch  ——  http://goo.gl/ELPiLv

Americana Snowman Card:

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Americana Snowman  ——  http://goo.gl/QpR7O8
• Copic Sketch Marker B000  ——  http://goo.gl/xZWTkF
• Copic Sketch Marker B00  ——  http://goo.gl/yy7dtT
• Copic Sketch Marker B24  ——  http://goo.gl/gdoxUN
• Copic Sketch MARKER B26  ——  http://goo.gl/h84hjn
• Copic Sketch Marker R14  ——  http://goo.gl/yQQStI
• Copic Sketch MARKER C5   ——  http://goo.gl/PkUwBA
• Copic Sketch MARKER C3  ——  http://goo.gl/WnGsWF
• Copic Sketch Marker C1  ——  http://goo.gl/sQ4mlU
• Copic Sketch Marker YR04  ——  http://goo.gl/B4WwCD
• Copic Sketch Marker E39  ——  http://goo.gl/9LMg2E

Dog cards…and a thank you!


OWHtv Week 165

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 1 comment

Hi everyone! I’m back with a few ‘regular’ OWHtv episodes…I’m aiming for two a week, we’ll see how that goes! :)  Have a SUPER weekend, see you on tomorrow’s sketch challenge! OH and by popular request, I’m also going to be trying to add supply lists when I know what’s used; I can’t do that with videos of other people’s cards, but I’ll do it for you with mine – the lists are also going to be in the YT descriptions too. :)

Texture Paste card Supplies:
——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Ranger Texture Paste  ——  http://goo.gl/snpy5u
• Memory Box WINTER LARGE SNOWFLAKES Stencil  ——  http://goo.gl/BJQvUJ
• Hero Arts Stencil FOREST OWH  ——  http://goo.gl/RopS9w
• Dina Wakley Ranger PALETTE KNIFE  ——  http://goo.gl/7T9SD4
• Neenah #110 Cardstock  ——  http://goo.gl/IxDKfH
• Hero Arts LETTERPRESS PAPER WHITE  ——  http://goo.gl/3akEuK
• EK Heart Punch  ——  http://goo.gl/azGx9L
• Tombow Power Tabs SSS  ——  http://goo.gl/Lvq1DI
• “The Precious” (Double-Sided Foam Tape) SSS  ——  http://goo.gl/oWsYzC
• Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet  ——  http://goo.gl/OdsJOn
• Hero Arts DYE Ink Pad BLUE    ——  http://goo.gl/E9kivp

NonSnowflakey card Supplies:
• Peeking Bear by Savvy  ——  http://goo.gl/THw1el
• Fiskars Large Cloud Punch  ——  http://goo.gl/VdA5f2
• Fiskars Medium Cloud Punch  ——  http://goo.gl/KpVWqq
• Copic Sketch Marker E37  ——  http://goo.gl/1wE8ja
• Copic Sketch Marker E35  ——  http://goo.gl/jTAvKJ
• Copic Multiliner  ——  http://goo.gl/6CGV0U
• Tombow Power Tabs  ——  http://goo.gl/tVq7dc
• Tombow Adhesive Stamp Runner & Refill  ——  http://goo.gl/qYXAwK
• EK Success Non-Stick Scissors ——  http://goo.gl/SFn25O
• Year Round Sentiments  ——  http://goo.gl/1PV9lN
• Lawn Fawn Hello Baby  ——  http://goo.gl/b01Bgt
• Arrow Messages  ——  http://goo.gl/M485Oi
• The Fox Says  ——  http://goo.gl/QJWrW1
• Uni-ball Pen Signo Gel Pen  ——  http://goo.gl/KjDZz5
• Winter Wishes  ——  http://goo.gl/vjIsXY

OWHtv Week 164

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 1 comment

Hey folks, we have a little OWHtv to share! But before that….a little trip down memory lane. One of our heroes took this photo of herself with one of the pics of Ciara that she got in her OWH boxes, along with cards she’d gotten…the Kissing Booth picture was her halloween costume one year. She just re-sent it to me with this note:

Looking through pictures today and saw this one. Thinking of you and sweet, sweet Ciara. I cried for quite some time when I read about her passing. Her sunshine and photos brightened lives around the world. The kissing booth picture was taped to my bunk the whole time I was in Afghanistan. It always made me laugh whenever I looked at it. Hope you are doing okay, Sandy. Much love.


Pretty cool, eh?


And now, on to our two OWHtv episodes of this week:

OWHtv Week 162

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 0 comments

Almost forgot to post our OWHtv episodes with all the WCMD excitement coming tomorrow! Enjoy…and come back in the morning for our World Card Making Day Bloghop!

Monday’s Start-to-Finish card with our new (coming soon!) stencil from Hero Arts:

Wednesday’s Sit Rep:

Friday’s REALLY brief visit with Ciara!

OWHtv Week 161

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 5 comments

Monday’s Mailroom video [Click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.]

Wednesday’s Start to Finish video [Click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.] See links below as well.

Sandy’s blog post: http://wp.me/p2kUof-3Oz
Kathy’s blog post: http://thedailymarker.com
OWHtv with Kathy’s tutorial: http://youtu.be/EC6YUobdbRk

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Simon Says Stamp/Avery Elle Brave  ——  http://goo.gl/PRR0GM
• Surf Blue Cardstock  ——  http://goo.gl/0JCGLr
• Dye Ink Pad Surf Blue  ——  http://goo.gl/rQ20DH
• Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad SLATE Gray  ——  http://goo.gl/4IAkgv
• Smoke Grey Ink  ——  http://goo.gl/LUCZxm
• Memento Markers  ——  http://goo.gl/oI8a5W
• Ranger Inkssentials MINI MISTERS Set of 3 Spray Bottle Ink MIS22701  ——  http://goo.gl/sLcwh5
• ATG dispenser  ——  http://goo.gl/iGz0za
• Precious 3M Foam tape  ——  http://goo.gl/2gOJIS
• Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet  ——  http://goo.gl/HaCNCm


And the Casual Friday giveaway video! [Click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.]

Apologies to those with hearing difficulties; new technology along with a real lack of time didn’t allow for fixing some of this in time to get a video posted. Basically, as a thank you to everyone sticking with OWH during this transition period – keeping up with appropriate shipments prepared correctly, and those still continuing to give financial gifts – we’re giving away 3 of the new stamp sets; one Avery Elle/Simon Says “Brave”; one Hero Arts fox (no dies); one Hero Arts arrow sentiments (no dies.) Comment on YouTube about what you’re working on for OWH…still the last of the Thanksgiving and Fall cards due Sept 30? Christmas due Oct 10? Or moving on to some love cards that’ll be great to send in time for Valentines? Oh – or maybe Hero Mail…Veteran’s Day is coming up in November!

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/
And her card with the blue and green plaid: http://www.thedailymarker.com/2014/09/home-of-the-brave/

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Simon Says Stamp/Avery Elle Brave  ——  http://goo.gl/PRR0GM
• Surf Blue Cardstock  ——  http://goo.gl/0JCGLr
• Dye Ink Pad Surf Blue  ——  http://goo.gl/rQ20DH
• Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad SLATE Gray  ——  http://goo.gl/4IAkgv
• Smoke Grey Ink  ——  http://goo.gl/LUCZxm
• 2 inch Post It Tape  ——  http://goo.gl/upcnZI
• Memento Markers  ——  http://goo.gl/oI8a5W
• Ranger Inkssentials MINI MISTERS Set of 3 Spray Bottle Ink MIS22701  ——  http://goo.gl/sLcwh5
• ATG dispenser  ——  http://goo.gl/iGz0za
• Precious 3M Foam tape  ——  http://goo.gl/2gOJIS
• Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet  ——  http://goo.gl/HaCNCm
• 1″ Post-It Tape  ——  http://goo.gl/gczrjY

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.


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.

OWHtv Week 158 – a dog blog

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 8 comments

mama let me blog! mama let me blog! i think it would be better to call it dogging than blogging. but what do i know.

photo 1

mama has been going away on trips. i get to stay with other people sometimes, and sometimes other people stay with me. i like other people too, even if i miss mama! when mama came home this time, i helped her with all this mail. so did miss kristie and miss penny. this was so much mail that they sent the BIG truck this time to deliver it!

photo 2

mama got sick after her last trip, so she asked me to blog today for her. and said i should ask you to be patient. she gets a lot of the same questions from the same people asked in a lot of different ways, just in case she missed it the first time – but i’m her personal assistant and can tell you she sees them all. so you don’t have to type it in a lot of places. its just taking her a long time to get through a lot of emails, especially when lots are the same stuff again. she’s not getting through it very fast coz i can’t type very fast to help her.

here are the 2 tv shows from this week.

i almost made one myself so there would be three, but my paw missed the ‘record’ button. so it was blank film. i was sad. so instead i posted one of my old videos from a couple years ago. my magic one. i hope you like it.

mama goes to see mister aaron, miss kimberly and miss jennifer, and all the nice people at Hero Arts for a few days. i’m already counting the minutes til she gets back!


OWHtv Week 157

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 4 comments

Hi everyone! Only two episodes for you this week…..I’m travelling and visiting family, and the housesitter doesn’t do videos – lol! Travel continues for a while, so if you’ve sent in cards recently, your patience in receiving courtesy e-receipts is appreciated, thanks!

The first video shows the hard way to create a card:

And the second shows the most common card design seen in OWH boxes:

OWHtv Week 156

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 5 comments

Whew! Has it been as crazy a week for everyone else as it has here? I’ve had hundreds more emails this week than usual….so many questions, so little time to answer! Yeesh! Perhaps it’s because I’m leaving next week and trying to get double the work done before I go….I’m excited to go see Mom, though! If you send cards in the next couple weeks, please be patient – I’ll be back in action by September 11th. Receipts will go out as soon as I can get to opening and processing all that mail. :) But rest assured, I’m getting a couple episodes of OWHtv to keep you going while I’m gone…leave lotsa love so I know you’ve been ’round! And now without further ado…this week’s videos!  

And the winners are:

  1. Lil Hoot: SOOZIE4HIM!
  2. Missing you: MELANIE SMITH!
  3. Surprise gift: JOANN POLLOCK!

Email your addresses to sandy at operation write home (dot) org and I’ll get ‘em in the mail to you!

And I guess “it’s a thing” is a thing. lol.