Stars and Stamps


With the coming drawdown, OWH will be in need of fewer cards in the future – that includes upcoming holidays. PLEASE READ THIS PAGE before proceeding to make cards, organize events, etc – it’s really really really really important. Did I say really important? :)


Sketch Challenge #240

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 0 comments

Good Morning Peeps! Fall is in the air and the days are warm and the nights chilly. This is one of my favorite times of the year. The trees haven’t really started turning color yet but I can’t wait until they do.

Today’s sketch has a fairly simple design and rectangles. I can see where this will be a go to sketch. It’s great for scraps of pretty paper or a lovely stamp.


The inspiration is from this cheerful card by the talented Lynn at WindRyders Dreams blog. The link to her post is Here.

240 sample


Enjoy your day and I hope you get a chance to make some cards.

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:
Kathy’s blog post:
OWHtv with Kathy’s tutorial:

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Simon Says Stamp/Avery Elle Brave  ——
• Surf Blue Cardstock  ——
• Dye Ink Pad Surf Blue  ——
• Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad SLATE Gray  ——
• Smoke Grey Ink  ——
• Memento Markers  ——
• Ranger Inkssentials MINI MISTERS Set of 3 Spray Bottle Ink MIS22701  ——
• ATG dispenser  ——
• Precious 3M Foam tape  ——
• Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet  ——


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!

Featured Friday Card Maker, Karen H., Charleroi, PA

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 22 comments

Hey y’all hope all is well with you on this fine day. North GA has been experiencing Fall like temps this week and I’m lovin’ it! Able to keep the windows open and the AC off—very pleasant sleeping weather. Every thing is fine here, no home improvement projects this week, hooray!!! I did have a pleasant experience at the PF this week. After I finish on the treadmill, I take a picture of the stats which are later entered manually into an app. I hear this voice, “You are amazing” and didn’t pay much attention as I still had my ear buds in and was looking at the photo. I raise my head and the woman next to me is speaking to me. She then says, “How do you do that? How do you run like that?” We proceed to have a conversation about how I started running, the speed, length, time, etc. For some reason she was just so taken that I run on the treadmill. I thanked her for the compliment and went to get the cleaning stuff to wipe down the machine and her friend says to me “You are such an inspiration.” I was quite taken aback by all this praise and said “Thank you, y’all are pretty amazing too because you are at the gym doing it.” That made my week. You just never know how your actions have an impact on others.

Miss Karen makes great cards, very clean, crisp, neat, very attractive cards. I really really like them. I’ve always wanted to make a circle card and I like how the holes aren’t symetrical; the heart card is so pretty in it’s simplicity, yet the added details are so cool!!; the background on the octopus card is just perfect; and notice the embossing on the yellow thanks card and be sure to take a gander at the dinosaur card. Enough of the teasers, y’all will just have to find the details, your own likes and CASEs. As always y’all were great in leaving OWH love for last week’s FFCM and as Karen doesn’t have a blog, please leave comments in the section below—believe me, it wont be hard!!! Now sit back and get comfy and read about Karen in her own words….

Charleroi, Pennsylvania (30 miles south of Pittsburgh) I was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, living at home while attending the local university for both undergraduate and a Masters degree. I live with my husband of 28 years, in my parents backyard…literally, in a log home that hubby built in the woods behind my childhood home. I haven’t traveled the world so it’s pretty exciting to know that my cards are “globe-trotting” !

How long have you been stamping/card making?
I think I started making cards when my son was born. I dabbled in various crafts so I had random supplies available. I picked up my dad’s hobby of photography and used fun photos of my kids to highlight the theme of the card, which made the greeting more personal. In 2002, following a Disney trip & 400+ photos, I discovered the world of scrapbooking and was hooked (on both creating scrapbooks and collecting supplies) so I took a creative detour. In the past few years, with my kids grown (son, 26 and daughter, 22) and my scrapbooking needs diminished, I was looking for a way to use my over-flowing stash of paper and products and I re-discovered card making. I’ve been focused on making better quality cards for about two years and enjoy sharing new card making ideas and products with my Aunt Barb!

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?
I claimed a corner area of our open floor-plan home, which my mom/dad generously furnished with The Original Scrapbox providing a perfect space to organize my supplies (now if I could only KEEP them organized!) I still use a folding table off to the side, and have since added a desk intended for my son, a kitchen table & shelving unit intended for my daughter and various tray tables when absolutely necessary. I tend to spread out when I work and keep accumulating work surfaces! I have also added to my supplies in mass because of the wonderful new products and paper designs available (so much for simply using up what I had left over from years of scrapbooking!)

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I love my Cricut Expression. I found it intimidating initially, about 9 years ago. When I bought it, I stored it in a closet and swore I’d never figure it out! I think my daughter used it more for school projects than I did for my crafting! With quality paper, online tutorials and access to the Cricut Craft Room, it’s now fun to use and offers variety to my cards. I am also addicted my Aunt’s Cuttlebug (for embossing) which she so graciously shares with me! My favorite paper, hands down, is the Gina K Studio Pure Luxury card stock…love the quality and the colors!


Do you have a favorite technique?
I like the clean look of layers. I have so many options for layering and paper piecing with my Cricut and of course I like to add texture with the embossing folders. I do have a long list of card making techniques that I hope to explore and I check out numerous blogs for inspiration.


Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as inspiration for your cards?
I love the OWH sketches and after studying a new sketch and getting busy in “my crafty corner” I realize that I have a nice stack of cards from a single sketch! They really do inspire creativity and I use several of them. I have no favorite yet and very soon, I plan to start with sketch #1 and create a card with every sketch.


Do you prefer digis or stamps?
A few months ago, I discovered pre colored digis, and after a few tries figured out the download process and really appreciate those with the artistic genius to make them available. I haven’t (yet) mastered clean, quality stamping, although I’ve purchased several stamps with a goal to learn to use them (and maybe even color them!)

Do you have a favorite theme?
I have a soft spot in my heart for kids cards…especially the Miss You sentiment, probably because I miss my kids so much when they are away from me. I often fall back on the Hello or Hi there sentiment and use easy to read fonts instead of a cursive font if the card is intended for a small child who may be learning to identify letters and words. What greater joy than a youngster being able to “read” a message from a loved one! I enjoy making the “love” themed cards too, because old fashioned love notes are so sweet and something to be cherished for years, especially in this era of electronic communication!


Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
I often say my favorite color is the “rainbow” and have actually made a variety of cards for OWH with the help of Roy G. Biv. In general, I like bright color combinations to create cheerful cards. When challenging myself with a new sketch, I venture outside my comfort zone of the traditional hues by using pink/brown, yellow/grey, pink/black and other interesting combinations I find available in patterned papers.


How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
While my son was in basic military training, phone communication was limited, but writing and receiving letters was permitted. Receiving a letter in the mail from my son was a bright spot in my day and I’ve kept them all. During that first week of his basic training, I hand crafted a large number of Christmas cards, just to keep myself busy. I sent that batch to my nephew, a USAF major who was deployed at the time, to share with fellow military personnel. I searched Facebook for a card making community looking for more ideas and discovered Operation Write Home. The timing was perfect! After studying the guidelines, numerous tutorials, posts and comments, I was ALL IN!


What motivates you to make cards for our heroes?
I am a proud Air Force Mom whose son is currently deployed. I get to see firsthand, how much our support means to my son, as well as the impact on family and friends back home, when they hear from him. I believe that using my crafty talent to make cards for our heroes is a great way to pay tribute to his decision to serve our country and it allows me to pay forward the kindness that I have received from so many over the years. In addition, dad is Army vet and father in law and Uncle, both Navy vets. I am humbled to be part of this unique communication support network for our service member’s around the globe and truly appreciate their service, dedication and sacrifice.

WCMD 2014: You’re invited!

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Bloghops/Events, Stars and Stamps | 10 comments


The coming holiday hasn’t escaped us (though it’s always during OWH’s busiest season – whassup with that?)….we’re going to do a slightly different party this year than usual, but it’s a party nonetheless!

We’re inviting BLOGGERS!

  1. Post a card on your blog on WCMD (October 4) then come link it up on our blog ( - it’ll be the post at the top of the page all weekend long!)
  2. No pre-sign-ups necessary this time! Just link up in the morning.
  3. Your card should be a LOVE card – to celebrate how much we LOVE our craft!
  4. Your card must meet OWH guidelines, or your link will be removed.
  5. Feel free to grab the graphic at the top of this post to add to your post.
  6. Link back to the start of the hop (, and please ALSO link to so everyone knows the current needs.
  7. Linkup will only be open to add your link from 6amPST until midnightPST on October 4th. “Hopping” can continue all weekend long!
  8. Corporate partners: Link to cards on your blog – and if you’d like to host a sale or fundraiser for OWH, that’s AWESOME!
  9. ATTN DEMOS/REPS for companies like SU!, Amuse, CTMH, etc: You may post info/sales on a post the day before and invite people to go read it if they desire, but please don’t go into detail on the hop post; nor may you spam all our blogs with a pitch in your comment. Thanks for your cooperation, we’ve had complaints in the past, so we will delete links to any posts that appear to be an ad for personal gain.

We’re inviting HOPPERS!

  1. Come here to our blog that day – and check out all the wonderful cards for inspiration! Continue all weekend long!
  2. If you come early in the day, be sure to note where you left off – because people will be able to add posts all day long. Don’t miss the newcomers!
  3. Leave lots of love for the bloggers…just saying “nice card” isn’t as helpful as some specific thing you absolutely loved or learned from!
  4. CASE one or more of the cards you see….and let the person know!

So mark your calendar, and get ready to get your craft on for World Card Making Day 2014!

Mid-Month Throwdown: Fall Colors

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Midweek Throwdown Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 0 comments

Welcome to the September Mid-Month Throwdown! Last month 20 OWH’ers participated in the challenge and submitted some great gratitude/thank you cards. Some were fall-themed and others were general, but they were all FABULOUS! Please don’t forget that our Mid-Month Throwdown Challenges do NOT have any deadline – the inlinkz stays open FOREVER. Woohoo!

Before we move on to this month’s theme, I want to remind you that just 10 days from now, September 30, is our deadline for Thanksgiving cards. AND, remember that we are focusing on QUALITY RATHER THAN QUANTITY and cards that have the longest shelf life possible as our troops draw down. So…if you haven’t made any specific Thanksgiving cards, that’s okay. Just focus on more general themed cards. Which is a great lead in to this month’s challenge: FALL COLORS

This week our sample card maker is Carolynn W. who blogs at Hand & Heart. I just love the colors in her fall leaves on this card. She ought to know well the color of fall leaves – she lives in Vermont! I live in Texas where we barely experience fall, BUT I did grow up in Pennsylvania. I miss the changing of the leaves and raking up big piles of them to jump in – that was such a wonderful childhood memory!

Carolynn W-Fall Colors

Here’s a little about Carolynn in her own words:

Autumn in New England is spectacular. Here in Vermont we call it “Foliage Season,” and we love traveling around the countryside being “leaf peepers!” I think OWH is a fantastic, generous organization to support. I’ve learned so much from the many tutorials, challenges, sketches, etc., and I’ve been inspired again and again and again by the beautiful work of my fellow card makers. For many years I’ve worked with young children and families so I have some understanding of how emotional bonds can be so strong and profound. The memory of a kindergartener treasuring the postcard from her Daddy immediately sprang to my mind when I first learned about OWH. I am humbled by the service and sacrifice of our troops and their families, and it is in their admiration that I make cards.

AND THIS MONTH WE HAVE A BONUS CARD FOR YOU! In case you needed just a little bit MORE inspiration, OWH’s very own Nancy K. who blogs at Scrap Happens made us a birthday card with fall colors.

Nancy challenge card


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:
And her card with the blue and green plaid:

——— S U P P L I E S ———

• Simon Says Stamp/Avery Elle Brave  ——
• Surf Blue Cardstock  ——
• Dye Ink Pad Surf Blue  ——
• Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad SLATE Gray  ——
• Smoke Grey Ink  ——
• 2 inch Post It Tape  ——
• Memento Markers  ——
• Ranger Inkssentials MINI MISTERS Set of 3 Spray Bottle Ink MIS22701  ——
• ATG dispenser  ——
• Precious 3M Foam tape  ——
• Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet  ——
• 1″ Post-It Tape  ——

Featured Friday Cardmaker: Jackie W., Chatham, MI

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 21 comments

Hello there! Hope everything is just Jim Dandy with y’all on this fine Friday.  I am just so excited!!  More BIG doings at the house again this week..I know three weeks running…boy howdy my life is just a whirlwind. (laughing—it’s so ordinary) Once I got the cappuccino straightened out I was ready to tackle anything, so this week the dryer is getting a longer cord. For whatever reason the outlet for the dryer is at the bottom of the wall, but the dryer cord is at the top of the dryer.  This has created a problem for 15 years.  I use to vent the dryer air to the outside—which is the most common way to vent dryer exhaust. Well about twice, three times a year the vent tube would work it’s way loose from the dryer and when I saw water, I’d have to move the dryer, mop up the water, drain the vent tube of any other water, re-attach the vent tube to the dryer,crouch behind the dyer in order to plug the dyer cord back into the outlet, pull the dryer back into place to make sure the vent tube didn’t come loose and would squish up properly, climb over the back of the dryer and then while on top of the dryer reach over and pick up the step stool, get down from the dryer and push it back the remaining few inches toward the wall.  Did y’all get that sequence???  Sound exhausting???  It was.  Praise God I’ve got stuck behind the dryer.  A couple of years ago I bought an indoor exhaust thing—brilliant move on my part—and solved the problem of the vent tubing coming loose at the bottom of the dryer.  Okay, so why the new cord?  Problem solved, right?  Well mostly.  But every now and then, the AC unit leaks water because of clogged tubes or some inside sort of vent/filter thingy was clogged with a ton of dog hair and dryer has to moved to mop up the water. The longer cord should help when I have to move the dryer around, and if it does become unplugged I won’t have get behind the durn thing to plug in the cord—hooray!!  As I’ve said before—it doesn’t take much to float my boat, to make me happy—it’s the simple things in life that do it for me.

As always, y’all were great in leaving OWH love for last week’s FFCM-thank you!  Jackie does have a blog  and you may leave comments on her blog or in the comment section below.  Okay now for the spoilers. EEEKKKK!!!!  Oh my goodness….love these cards—the coloring on the green “I love you card”—wowza; love the image of the masculine fish card and maybe Jackie will tell us name and manufacturer; notice the use of DP on the fishing card and the ship card—good job; I am a sucker for leaves and great technique on using stamps as a border for a centered sentiment. That’s it—not another word from me and what I like and learned, it time for y’all to sit back, get comfy as you read about Jackie, her craft and pick out your own CASEs.  Here is Jackie’s story in her own words……

I was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula 2 blocks up the hill on the shore of beautiful Lake Superior in a little town called Munising.  I moved “south” (18 miles from Munising to Chatham “U”) when I married in 1975, where I have lived ever since.  I have 2 grown daughters, 7 grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 23 years old and 1 great grandson who is 2.  I’ve always done crafts of some kind, including embroidery, sewing, ceramics, knitting and crocheting, and coloring has always been a passion for me. I worked part time over the years at different jobs, the last being the secretary for about 13 years at the church we attend. Setting up the bulletins and newsletters was a creative outlet for me, but deadlines drove me crazy. I retired in 2010. I still do some sewing, and I belong to a local ‘Prayer Shawl Circle’, so do a lot of crocheting and some knitting.  I am currently awaiting the arrival of some camouflage yarn to make my 5 year old grandson a bigger ‘blankie’, because he said, “Gramma, blankie’s getting too small. If it covers my feet my arms get cold, and if I cover my arms my feet get cold. Can you make a bigger one?” Of course I said yes.

How long have you been stamping/card making?

Hi! My name is Jackie W., and I’m addicted to pretty papers, oh, and stamps, ummm and inks, oh, and dies and embossing folders, and stickers, and glitter (yes, glitter), and………. Let me tell you how it all began.

My daughter’s mother-in-law held a Stampin’ Up party one dreary December wintery day. I was intrigued, but I really didn’t need to make cards, though I might consider doing some scrapbooks. After all, didn’t I have hundreds of pictures stashed in shoe boxes in the closet? Then my daughter wanted to me to go in with her on the purchase of a Cricut, it would be handy for scrapbooking, which we were both going to do, right?. so we bought it, used it a couple times, and then it sat there in my basement for a year or so, hardly ever used, No scrapbook pages in sight. Then, in 2006 I received a handmade card from one of our church members. She had been handing out these cards to different members for awhile and a bunch of us wanted to know how she made them. After the holidays she decided to offer a class on card making. Her sister (who was one of your featured cardmakers last year-Kathy M.) had got her hooked on it. Then, after taking this class, 7 of us decided we really liked this craft, we were hooked, too. So we started a crafting group, and we meet for two hours once a week at our church, and life has never been the same since then. Although we started out copying cards Kathy sent Jil, it’s funny how we’ve each developed our own style. We can lay out cards we’ve made on a table and know exactly who made each card. (Incidentally, I’ve only made 3 scrapbooking pages-still intend to do more someday; and the Cricut is still sadly neglected :) )

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft?

I use ¼ of my basement for my paper crafting area, and another ¼ for my sewing room. My craft area started out to be a storage area. My husband built some shelves on one wall in that corner of the basement so we could get the boxes and totes stored in some semblance of order. Well, it wasn’t long before the boxes and totes were finding their way back in the other end of the basement, because I needed that space for some storage cubes, or paper totes, or stamps or, or, or……….. You know…. Now the boxes and totes are ALL back in the other end, or on the shelves in my sewing room, because I have gone through all my fabric (yes, I’m also a fabric hoarder) and donated lots of it to my church for quilts for world relief, to make more storage room over there.

I have a table to work on, an old dresser that holds my Cuttlebug and Grand Caliber, with die storage in the drawers. And the small shelves where games and the kids craft stuff and some dishes used to be stored now hold my shoeboxes full of ribbon, my folders of embossing folders, and my die storage containers. The old kitchen cupboard that also held kids games, puzzles and stuff, now holds my cricut cartridges and reinkers, etc; and I pulled another old kitchen cupboard out of the attic for there, and added a counter top which has become my cricut cutting and heat embossing area. And my husband had my daughters father-in-law make me super big punch storage unit for Christmas last year, that sits on top of an old salvaged book shelf that holds some of my stamps. I also have the desk my dad made for me when I was in high school where I keep tape, seasonal papers, stickers, etc. and some of the cutting dies. It’s not the best set up, but I make it work. If I could only get organized:). I tend to go down there to organize and think of something I want to make, find a paper and get an inspiration, or go to put a stamp set away and think “I should do ….. with it, and the cleaning is forgotten and another card is born.


What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

Pretty papers, especially, (I’m addicted to them, remember?) and stamps, dies, embossing folders and my Copic markers, would have to be at the top of my list. I have a lot of different brands of stamps but I probably have more Stampin’ Up and Close to My Heart stamps. Others I like are My Favorite Things, Verve, Our Daily Bread Designs, Lawn Fawn, & The Crafts Meow (sadly now out of business) but I have lots of other brands, too. And I love embossing folders, and die cuts. There are so many products out there that it boggles the mind. I have sooooo much stuff I need to live at least another 100 years in order to use it all!


Do you have a favorite  technique?

I would have to say stamping and coloring with my Copic markers. Coloring has always been one of my passions. It is so relaxing. As a child my favorite gifts were new coloring books and crayons or colored pencils, and paint by number sets. Anyone remember Artex fabric paints? I did that for many years, and was even a demonstrator for a couple years.

As for this cardmaking madness, I started out coloring the stamped images with the colored pencil and Gamasol technique, but since I discovered the Copic alcohol markers, my pencils have been sorely neglected. I also love using die cuts like Spellbinders and Memory box dies, and both heat embossing and embossing folders. But I love to try new techniques. I’m game to try just about anything. I rarely make more than one of a particular card. I find that a bit boring, and this is supposed to be relaxing. After all, how many people can say that their addiction is therapeutic?


Have any particular OWH sketches or tutorials served as  inspiration for your cards?

I’ve used a few of the OWH sketches and have watched the tutorials, and used some of those, too; but I often end up going off in my own direction. I also follow a bunch of other blogs and challenges, and Pinterest and Splitcoast, where I have a gallery (sadly neglected of late). And sometimes I just come up with my own design, or get ideas from the gals in my Thursday night craft group. I used to subscribe to a couple cardmaking magazines, but would look at them, think I can do that, put the mag away, and never think of it again, so I didn’t renew the subs.

Do you prefer digis or stamps?

Stamps, especially the clear ones, although I do have a great many rubber ones, too. I have purchased a few digi images, and would buy more (I like that you can adjust the sizes on digi images) but I don’t have a program on my computer to unzip files, and as it can be an issue to get the unlocked files from some of the companies, I tend to stay away from them.

Do you have a  favorite theme?

Flowers and butterflies, definitely! Stamped and colored, punched and layered, die cuts, or stickers-doesn’t matter-they usually find their way into my cards. This last box of cards I sent in I challenged myself to make more masculine cards and themes other than flowers. Hmmm, I wonder if I succeeded :) Nope-still a lot of flowers and butterflies in there. And I tend to make a lot of birthday cards.


Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?

I’m drawn to the blues, purples and pinks. Oh, then there’s green, oh, and browns, especially kraft. Hmm, and red, of course, and can’t forget orange and yellow, and black can be such a great accent. I’m a rainbow person, so I guess I would say no, I just love color of any kind.


 How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?

I don’t remember where, exactly I heard about OWH. It could have been one of the magazines, or it could have been on one of the blogs I follow. And I thought, “since I have all these cards sitting here, this is a good place to send cards to, and it gives me an excuse to MAKE MORE CARDS!”


What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes?

 My husband was is a veteran, as are my brother, both of my sons-in-law, four of my brothers-in-law and several of my uncles (one killed in WW2 in Normandy). And I have several friends who’s sons are or were in service. A member of our church and a good friend has been in Afghanistan for year long deployments over the past few years. If these men and women can put their lives on the line to work to make the world a better place and to keep us safe, sending cards for them to use to keep in touch back home is a small measure I can perform to help them stay connected to family. And, of course, it’s a wonderful outlet for my addiction!

Sale on OWH self-inking stamps

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Cardmaker tips, Stars and Stamps | 1 comment

Hey everyone! Quick note to let you know that the OWH stamps for the backs of your cards are on sale – 30% off – if you follow on their social media! Even if you don’t need one, go leave them some love – they put a lot of work into their great post about our work. Read all about it on their blog by clicking on the image below:

Sketch Challenge #239

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 8 comments

Good Morning OWHers! It’s that time of year when fall is in the air and the weather is matching the season.  This year summer wasn’t sweltering hot in my neck of the woods, and that was a good thing. I’m just too darn old to do sweltering any more.

Are you ready for Sketch #239? Hold the phone… say what??? What happened to #238? I honestly don’t know why 238 was left out of the numbering mix, but I assure there is no missing sketch lurking around anywhere. I do apologize.

Sketch 239 has some really good bones… you’ll like it!

239 (1)


The inspiration for today’s sketch is from this card by the wonderfully talented, and creative, Cindy. You’ll want to pop in to Cindy’s blog, Cards by Cindy, and leave some love. The link is HERE.



IMPORTANT REMINDER: Don’t forget… in you’re making multiples of the same/similar card only make 5. Right now we don’t need a large number of multiples. In Cindy’s blog she made 12, but that was before the troops were cut back. For more information please check of the “Operation Rolling Tapegun” post. The link is HERE.

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.