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 with new Hero Arts stamps!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 2 comments

Today’s a special day: not one, but TWO videos using our new stamps! One is on our very own OWHtv below using the Stitched Animals set…..the other is HERE on the Hero Arts blog. Stamps will be available soon at your local and online stores! (Ask your LSS owner to get them in!)

Be sure to go leave love over on the Hero Arts blog so they know how much everyone wants these stamps! :)

Last Week’s Show

And since I oopsied and forgot to post last week’s OWHtv episodes here on the blog (bad me!), here you go – the first has our Hero Arts Stencil, using finger daubers with Unicorn, Butter Bar, and Green ink from a minicube ink set.

…and the other uses the brand new Easter Blessings set from Avery Elle! This shows an easy way to get Tombow markers to blend: emboss the image with clear powder, scribble a little marker color, then spritz with a mister of water!

OWHtv Week 174

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 1 comment

It’s been so busy ’round here what with recovery from CHA, I totally forgot to post OWHtv for last week! Eeep! The new stamps from Hero Arts are available for stores to purchase….watch your favorite stores (online and brick-and-mortar) for them around the first week of February. More details about availability when we get some!

PS Deadline reminder: Feb 28 is the due date for all Easter cards. Lots of folks have been sending us holiday cards weeks past the deadlines, so please be aware of those, thank you!


Supplies for the watercolor card: The watercolors come in a couple different sized sets; for a card like the one shown, the small set would work perfectly.

OWHtv Week 173 – we’re back!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 3 comments

OWHtv is back! After a nice holiday break, the show is back on…2-3 days a week. This week we have the monthly sit-rep, an unboxing – and a discovery of some new shiny gold watercolors!

Unboxing Debbie’s Cards:

Hero-safe SHIMMER!

And I had mentioned the hamburger-hotdog fold video…here’s that one:

Want to get a look at the paints? They’re HERE! Be sure to TEST YOUR OWN TECHNIQUE…this stays put and doesn’t rub off with this technique on this paper. We’d love your help in testing to see if other techniques work as well, so be sure to let us know.

A few of your favorite things for Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 4 comments

A few of your favorite things for Christmas!

Only one episode of OWHtv this week, then the show will be off til January 6th….but I wanted to be sure you get your gifts before Christmas! If I could wrap it up and put it in your stockings, you know I would! :) (If you want to watch it in HD on YouTube, click HERE).

Cheryl’s blog: http://scrappinforourtroops.blogspot.com/

And he’s not on OWHtv…but Punch wanted to sing a carol for you:

Also – I wanted to embed THIS amazing kleenex alert, but a link will have to do.

As mentioned in the video – on January 1st we’ll have InLinkz open at 5am PST on our blog for everyone to share their top cards made for our heroes in 2014! A few details:

  • We’ll call it the Top 14 of 2014 Bloghop – but if you want to do your top 5 and keep it simpler that’s fine too!
  • Please only share cards made for OWH that meet our guidelines; if you have a glitterific card that you want to add in the mix, please note for readers that it’s not for OWH. We don’t wanna confuse anyone!
  • You can create something new as well, or just re-share cards you’ve sent in.
  • Be sure to come visit all the other folks who share, too – make some new friends and add more blogs to your subscriptions!
  • Get the word out ahead of time that you’ll be doing this….and invite friends to join in too!
  • No blog? Try setting up a Pinterest board with your top 14 and link that up! Or a Flickr or other online gallery. Lots of options!

Have a Merry Christmas!


OWHtv Week 171

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 2 comments

Hello and happy weekend, everyone! It’s time to bring you our re-runs of this week’s videos…two with cardmaking ideas, and of course reminders that the last winter cards should be in our hands by Dec 31st. It takes weeks for them to get out to our heroes, and weeks or even months for them to get back home – so we don’t want them to be sending snowmen at Easter!

The third video this week shows what it takes to pack the extra AnyHero mail packets every Christmas—we’re still receiving a lot more in the mail since the mail was packed and shipped out, and we’ve mailed as much as we could….but since some of our heroes have said they wished they’d gotten the Christmas letters before the holiday, we no longer send late holiday mail. So the rest that’s still arriving will be saved for next season. Note that Christmas is the ONLY time to write seasonal AnyHero letters; the way mail is read, sorted, and processed, it’s too difficult to save other seasonal greetings and make sure they get mailed during the right timeframe. Thanks for your help!

One other thing – look in thee “Parade” insert if your hometown newspaper carries it…OWH was mentioned!!!

Stencil Layering:

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS —— http://goo.gl/e913hW
• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY Ranger SUMMER TIM34995 —— http://goo.gl/IXP1k9
• Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB —— http://goo.gl/Kt0o6V
• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS Ranger Spring 95910 or TIM34933 —— http://goo.gl/iZZhl7
• Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet —— http://goo.gl/3kAF9e
• Memory Box WINTER LARGE SNOWFLAKES Designer Stencil 88586 —— http://goo.gl/iLNPSE
• Lawn Fawn Forest Border Die —— http://goo.gl/EyXuCk
• Arrow Messages SSS —— http://goo.gl/uHQqLj

Embossing folder sky:

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Arrow Messages SSS —— http://goo.gl/I9l7X5
• Cuttlebug Snow Embossing Folder —— http://goo.gl/Y4MPE4
• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY Ranger SUMMER TIM34995 —— http://goo.gl/wpe96z
• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS Ranger Spring 95910 or TIM34933 —— http://goo.gl/q1cBN6
• Simon Says Talk Bubble Dies —— http://goo.gl/N7LVPj
• Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB —— http://goo.gl/C7OBcz
• EK Success Heart and Star Punch —— http://goo.gl/GXIZ5r
• Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper Tool —— http://goo.gl/DyLXeV
• Ranger Archival Ink Pad —— http://goo.gl/AiDj0Q

Packing AnyHero Mail:

There’s one episode of OWHtv coming on Tuesday – then we’ll take the show on holiday break until Jan 6th. Merry Christmas!

OWHtv Week 170

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 0 comments

Welcome to our recap of week 170! A couple easy cards – as well as a view of what it takes to use up a 6×6 pad of paper and come out with AMAZING cards!

Peekaboo Seal Card

——— T I P S ———

• Use heavy card bases when creating simple cards – and score cleanly.
• Offset a design; sometimes leaving empty space creates a focal point on a card.
• Align stamps by using an acrylic block to place a stamp before inking.

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Lawn Fawn Critters in the Snow  ——  http://goo.gl/AThg11
• EK Success 1-3/4″ circle punch  ——  http://goo.gl/HHOsmF
• Absorber  ——  http://goo.gl/ORGZUC
• Tsukineko Memento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black  ——  http://goo.gl/6UKJUr
• Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink  ——  http://goo.gl/gVwXDN
• Hero Arts Mini Cube Cornflower Ink  ——  http://goo.gl/02pyX0
• Hero Arts Cornflower Ink  ——  http://goo.gl/8w3LHZ
• Copic Sketch Marker C2  ——  http://goo.gl/uIhDvB
• Copic Sketch Marker C0  ——  http://goo.gl/lX7dym
• Copic Sketch Marker W3  ——  http://goo.gl/x9lZaB

Diecut Scrap Card

——— T I P S ———
• Use up those scraps! Hoarding them just keeps us buried in doodads, so find a design like this and use em up!
• Put thin dimensional adhesive close to open diecuts to keep them raised up but not too tall.
• Don’t forget to decorate the inside!

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• PTI hello die  ——  http://goo.gl/ozBxUI
• Tombow Power Tabs  ——  http://goo.gl/xKciJp
• Tombow Adhesive Stamp Runner & Refill  ——  http://goo.gl/NiRXjl
• Sunshine Cardstock  ——  http://goo.gl/dH8L6f

Cardmaker Kristie sharing her 6×6 process

Kristie’s blog post: HERE

—— S K E T C H E S ——–

OWHtv Week 169

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 8 comments

Hello everyone! Only two episodes of the show to catch up on this week…the first is our Situation Report. It’s definitely slowed down pretty drastically lately, despite the big pile of mail shown in the video; that was 10 days worth of packages, which works out to about one tub per day. To keep up with 100 contacts, it’s not quite enough…about a tub and a half or two tubs of mail each day of the week keeps us comfortably serving our heroes. So as you’re able to sneak off to your craft room, make a few cards and send them off; we don’t want to let our heroes down!

(I also realized that this video had remained unlisted by accident – so only those who receive our monthly enews saw it. If you don’t already subscribe, click HERE to get on the list)!

The second video is the first in a series of quick-and-easy cards we’ll be doing through the month of December….that’ll help us all make the best of our craft room time if we have a few ideas in our pocket that we can knock out that 5-card set to put in our OWH box!

Coming up next week – two more quick-and-easy cards, as well as a special TREAT on Friday that you won’t want to miss! If you aren’t subscribed to our YouTube channel, click HERE….and if you’re subscribed but don’t receive emails from YouTube that we’ve posted a video, click on the little round button right next to the Subscribe button (after subbing) — that will give you the option to have them emailed to your inbox so you’re the first to know!

And a little bonus from me – over on my channel I posted 50 jokes that your kids will love. You’ll groan, but….yeah. It’s Christmas!

OWHtv Week 168

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 4 comments

Hello everyone! It looks like I scheduled this post before writing a note in it – eeep! The travails of travel! :) I did have a lovely time with family and am back home safe..I have a ginormous pile of mail to get through, hopefully receipts will go out later this week. Thank you! Enjoy the episodes from last week…and stay tuned for our December SitRep on Monday!

OWHtv Week 167

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 0 comments

Hello everyone! And welcome to the end of the last weekend before the holiday rush takes over all our lives! For some of you it may already be underway as you’re planning for the big Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday….can’t wait for turkey and dressing!

This past week’s OWHtv episodes….on Tuesday we saw Santa turn into a character from Duck Dynasty (LOL!)….and on Thursday, some stickers with Inktense Pencils! Enjoy catching up on them – and by popular request, I’m trying to keep up on sharing links if you need to go get stuff. Or to put it on your wishlist!

——— S U P P L I E S ———

•  Tis the Season by Julie Ebersole
Christmas Scribbles by Julie Ebersole 
Hero Arts Pigment Ink Pad, Unicorn White 
Hero Arts Shadow Ink, Mid-Tone Cornflower 
Hero Arts Shadow Ink, Mid-Tone Red Royal 
Hero Arts Shadow Ink, Mid-Tone Field Greens
Hero Arts Clear Stamps, Year Round Sentiments 
Hero Arts ClearDesign, Operation Write Home, Dude
VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black 
Pewter Metallic Decor 
Red Metallic Decor
Sleigh Bells Ring 6×6 

——— S U P P L I E S ———

Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off Stickers, Birds, Black
Derwent 72 INKTENSE PENCILS  <—this is my dream set! Linking to all the sizes here too.
Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock 
Glossy Accents
Mini Glossy Accents


Mark your calendars…the hop will start this coming Friday at 6am EST….you can check it out on your phone while waiting in line to shop, or come and see everything when you get home. Prize winners will be picked a week later, so you have plenty of time!

OWH Red Friday Bloghop

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!