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 or our blog 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!
Not enough OWHtv? Check out the classes in our store as well!
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:
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:
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:
- Lil Hoot: SOOZIE4HIM!
- Missing you: MELANIE SMITH!
- 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.
Happy weekend, everyone! I have another week’s worth of OWHtv to share – and I noticed something in these first weeks of the new “routine” on our blog. We now get a series of posts on our blog that are heroletters all week, then featuredcardmaker+ owhtv + challenge each weekend. Kinda cool to combine all that inspiration on Fridays and Saturdays to get the weekend rolling!
Before going on to this week’s OWHtv, a couple quick things:
- To clarify any confusion: we’ve asked everyone to limit the number of holiday cards this year and lean more toward nonseasonal cards in our 5 themes. That, however, does not mean proceed with abandon on those cards. Some have interpreted what’s been said to mean keep going like mad….but we’re asking everyone (me included!) to slow down a bit and focus more than ever on quality – and not at all on quantity. We can finally afford the time and resources to make even MORE special cards, yay!
- The Operation Rolling Tapegun page is being updated regularly with an FAQ section.
- Please review guidelines! In the last 3 or 4 weeks, we’ve receieved more cards than ever with glitter, thick embellishments, and cards not tucked properly (they’re just slid under the flap, or flaps aren’t flipped. Watch the video HERE to learn the tuck). These things cause processes at HQ to screech to a halt to separate, store, and eventually repair. Thanks for your help!
- I’ll be sending out a notice in coming weeks to the entire database, not only our email subscribers; it’s possible folks missed the Operation Rolling Tapegun page and SitRep, and I want to be sure everyone has all the info. If you are a coordinator of a cardmaking group, please be sure you send it on to folks on your team so they, too, know to make fewer cards.
And now without further ado – this week’s episodes! Tues and Weds were a lot of fun, and by the comments on YouTube, you all enjoyed watching as much as I did participating!
Penny’s collecting comments on the YouTube page, so be sure to click on the YT logo in the lower right to go over there and leave her some love. Won’t it be fun for her to be able to go back and read comments once she learns to read?
The Casual Friday video includes coupon codes at Daniel Smith good til Sept 2 – so if you shop for art supplies, have a pencil and paper handy. (We get no benefit from sharing this, just wanted to enable you if you can use the sale!) If you have a local art store, or a community college with art classes you can take, consider one! Just imagine how much fun it would be to learn some watercolor techniques to apply to your stamped images!
And since you’re in video mode….I thought I’d also share a video from my personal YouTube channel too: a tribute to Robin Williams. He was a man who brought joy to our deployed servicemen on many visits with the USO – read more HERE.
I think I’m done blathering for now….Allison will be with you in a little while with this month’s Throwdown!
Hey everyone! It’s Sandy here, and I’ve been trying to upload today’s OWHtv for, oh, gosh, 7 hours now. For some reason YT really just doesn’t like it! Grrr. It may show up at some point, but I wanted to let you know about something that’s in the video – that we have one final fundraiser in our store that just went live! (if the video does show up, Ciara’s in it! c’mon YT, be nice!)
(So much more exciting to tell you that in a video, so read this in your head in my voice!)
This one’s different than all the minisets – which are all great for color-ers……this new fundraiser pack is made up of awesome sentiments, graphics, alphas, and solid stamps, perfect for NONcolorers! Each flat rate envelope has 8-10 stamp sets in it, depending on the sizes of the sets, so you get PLENTY of stamping action out of any of these. I’ll be using some of them in the next couple months on OWHtv, too, so you’ll have the sets in your hands to try something out with them, too. Cool, eh?
We’ve priced the packets at $50, a really great value for that many fab stamp sets – click on the product to see an image of one sample packet (no guarantees you get THOSE sets, but it’ll show you the kinds of things you’ll get in yours!)Shop for it!
Feel free to check out the other small sets in the store too, we still have some of the Pure Innocence and A La Modes available!
Happy shopping….and happy catching-up-on-OWHtv below, too:
I know, I know, it’s only nearing the end of July – but for OWH, that IS the end of summer! We have to work well ahead of any season – a card we get July 31st may not get to a hero til the mid-to-end of August, and it could be months before it winds its way all the way home to their loved ones. So if you have swimsuit or beach cards in your box, send ‘em on in! (It’s fine to send a little package of just those if you’d like – then send the rest when your box is full….be wise in your shipping!) July 31 is the last day for us to receive summery cards.
Please remember this same early-holiday idea when doing fall and winter cards, too.
- Our halloween boxes (deadline for spooks is Aug 31, but earlier is better!) will all be shipped by early September so they make it back home on time.
- The last fall cards will be in the boxes going out the first of October along with the turkeys; Thanksgiving deadline is Sept 30, but sooner is better.
- Christmas shipping starts in early October so we get everything in their hands in plenty of time for them to make the lonnnnnnng journey back to the states! That’s why we’re pressing for the Oct 10th deadline for Christmas cards - with the drawdown and troop movements going on, we want the cards in their hands even earlier; lots will no longer be receiving mail in those last months as they pack up to come home, but they’d still like to write home for Christmas!
As you post your holiday cards this year on Pinterest, blogs, Facebook, or wherever, can you help us get that Oct 10 deadline cemented into everyone’s minds? An occasional mention by lots of different people will go a long way to assure we have the needed cards in time to process and ship them out. Let’s do this!
And now, on to OWHtv! Enjoy catching up!
And Casual Friday’s video (not linked here) had a simple purpose of showing you Heather’s video here:
Hey everyone! It’s been a little crazy of a week, so I thought in addition to sharing the OWHtv episodes, I’d give you a little behind the scenes about the fundraiser. My deepest apologies to anyone who got confused/missed out on things!
Delayed Final Receipts
The way our store works – when we have actual products – physical stamps, etc – we have limited quantities. And since it takes a bit for PayPal and our website to “talk” to each other, there’s a good chance that the store could oversell an item before it knows PayPal has processed the donation. So I have it set to not complete the PayPal transaction til I give it a thumbs up….which means I’m manually watching the “inventory” rather than trusting the site to do it. And sometimes I get it wonky too! This is new to us, so bear with us during this learning phase.
Other stores can order more product when it gets low, but since this is donated discontinued items, we can only sell til it’s done. That’s why you get automated receipts quickly from them – if they just need to order more, it’s not a big deal for them.
The classes, even though we can take as many students as will come, are caught up in this, too; so the final receipt with the link to the class and your password are delayed until I click that okay button. That’d be why it’s taking some time….whether it’s being out at the grocery store or post office, or being asleep in my time zone, it just takes a little time.
Once the product fundraiser is sold out, I’ll turn off the thing that makes me ok all purchases, so when it’s only classes available, the receipts will come right away.
Price Increase for Simple Shading Class
Apologies, big time! When setting the final date for the discounted rate, I thought I put it at midnight Friday night. Apparently I had it set a day earlier, or else me and the website were both really lost. To make up for it – I’ve extended the lower price now til Sunday night (hopefully through the whole day Sunday, eeep!). If you purchased it at the higher price and would like the partial refund, just email sandy (at) operation write home (dot) org and I’ll take care of that.
On a good note, it sounds like those who already went to the class page are enjoying it – so yay for that, eh?
Love you guys – thanks so much for your amazing support through this fundraiser; you’ve done an amazing job spreading the word – let’s continue to get those Grab Bag Envelopes sold so they can get out there and be used for our heroes! Yeah!
And now, let’s get on to what many of you have been waiting for – OWHtv for this week! We played with pumpkins and had a blast turning them into non-Halloween cards….we saw some really incredible cards in an unboxing…go enjoy!
Happy first weekend of SUMMER! Hope you’ve all got some lovely weather and activities to enjoy! If not….well we have some OWHtv you can catch up on! Everything from our SitRep to a return to Card Triple Play….and a video showing some masking and coloring on Wednesday! By the comments it appears lots of folks are impressed with Ruza’s cards – check out her blog too!
Don’t forget that the office is “closed” til after the 4th, since Ciara doesn’t know the passcode for the wireless. LOL! But she has housesitters keeping her company. If you can hold packages and mail them around the 4th of July, that’ll help spread the load of the mass of packages so we can keep up, thanks!
Happy Flag Day!
It’s a great day to celebrate Old Glory…so if you want to share YOUR flag-inspired creation, there’s an Inlinkz at the bottom of this post!
Hero Arts fundraiser dies!
I’m so excited…you guys made such a success out of the Lil Hoots and Missing You stamp sets that Hero Arts made dies for us too! Click on the one on the left for the Lil Hoots set, and the right for Missing You – if you still need the stamps to go with them, they’re in the “recommended” section below each die set. Remember, 25% of proceeds are donated to OWH – so your shopping is helping our heroes! (Just in case you needed some justification…lol!)
***NOTE!*** There are some hung over Friday the 13th gremlins hanging around at Hero Arts….so the photos may not match the names of the dies. They tell me you should go by the NAME and not the IMAGE when making your purchase; and if I know Hero Arts, if you end up getting the wrong thing, they’ll work it out.
And now…on to OWHtv!
It’s the weekend! And so another work week is behind us – hope you’re planning on a little fun (and crafty!) time this weekend! Father’s Day is tomorrow…and if you haven’t gotten your card done yet, be sure to check out the Wednesday video – I saw Lisa Spangler make THIS card and asked her if I could do a video version of it. I know lots of you have that stamp set, so it’s an easy leap to get out a few ink shades and make a scene!
In the summer reading video, the article in Woman’s Day was shared – if you’re new and reading this because of the magazine, leave a comment and let us know! We hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the Welcome page and learn all about the ins and outs of OWH. We’re glad you’re joining us!
Enjoy the week’s episodes!
I want to clarify something before you watch the Mailroom episode. When I recorded the voiceover, we had just completed hours of unpacking, and then I packed all those cards into 48 boxes – so I was pretty tired. I didn’t explain very well that you are most welcome to send in the small packages – we take all sizes – but I just wanted to share the tips for those who always are asking how they can help even more than they do. I thought it would help for you to know that it does take the same amount of processing for the small as it does for the large ones. With only one person working on the data entry, every little bit helps, so you’re welcome to hang onto cards during non-holiday-deadline times until you have a larger package to send – besides, it’ll save you a few bucks in shipping as well!
Hi everyone! I think you’ve all enjoyed the unboxing videos this week…I’m so glad I had a bunch of them I could film before leaving for that trip! Our regular OWHtv resumes this coming week and we have some fun things for you.
Users of smart devices: Some of your devices are unable to see videos lately, but please understand that it’s NOT our fault here at OWH and there isn’t a thing we can do for you. Big sad face! We’d fix it if we could. It’s something between your device, your ISP, and YouTube. I’ve been seeing lots of articles about providers limiting access to video to particular users or during certain hours because of bandwidth, so that might be it.
Some are having success watching by setting it at a lower quality– 360p. But a ton of smart device users also have no problem at all on their devices—so the videos do work. So pretty please, no more mean emails, it’s making me really sad that you’re upset and I can’t help. Despite the accusations, I am not conspiring to frustrate smart device users. Watch on a desktop until YT or your ISP resolve whatever the problem is.