Stars and Stamps



Midweek Throwdown: Color Challenge/Red, White, and Blue

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Midweek Throwdown Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 3 comments

Well, your AnyHero cards with stars were fabulous…so fabulous that I’m STILL seeing stars! This is the fourth Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for a COLOR CHALLENGE. With our AnyHero theme continuing, why would you expect me to choose anything other than RED, WHITE, AND BLUE?! As usual, you may choose to use white or kraft – it’s nice to have some creative flexibility, isn’t it?!

Our sample card maker this week is Sybrina K who blogs at There’s Always the Other Side. Sybrina used red, kraft, and blue but what I really love about her card is the way she made the pattern paper the focal image.

July 23-red kraft blue-Sybrina K

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

I first learned about Operation Write Home at a card making class in the winter of 2010. In the spring of 2011, I teamed up with the amazing OWH group at Scrapbook Art in Lewis Center to host a huge card making party. I’ve been hooked ever since!

For me, making cards is a way to pay it forward. My ninety-year-old father-in-law was a World War II bomber pilot, flying missions over Germany. In the Vietnam era, Uncle Charlie and Uncle Ken served in the Navy and Army, respectively. (As you can imagine, the Army-Navy football game is a pretty big deal in their households!) And, during 63 combined years of high school teaching, hubby and I have taught many young men and women who have joined the Armed Services following graduation. Making cards for OWH is a way to give thanks for the safe return of loved ones and pay tribute to those currently serving our nation.

DIG OUT YOUR RED, WHITE/KRAFT, AND BLUE AND MAKE AN ANYHERO CARD TO SHOW OUR TROOPS YOUR APPRECIATION FOR ALL THEY DO!

Sketch Challenge #234

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 8 comments

Good Morning Peeps! Today I want to take the time to say “Thank You” to all of you who participate in the weekly sketch challenges. You all do such amazing work and I’m constantly being reminded of all the talent and creativity each of you possess. I also admire your dedication to making sure our heroes have so many beautiful cards to send home.

This week’s sketch has a cute little banner to play with.

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This adorable inspiration card comes from the creatively talented Ellen Parker. Please visit Ellen’s blog, “in a world of craft”, and the link is Here. You’ll want to see the great tutorial on how Ellen used a die for the 2-1/2” square and allowed part of the flower to be outside the square.

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Enjoy your day Peeps, and “Thank You” again for all you do for OWH!!


OWHtv Week 151

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 0 comments

And Casual Friday’s video (not linked here) had a simple purpose of showing you Heather’s video here:

Featured Friday Card Maker Michele S., New Albany, Mississippi

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 18 comments

Hello card makers and a very happy Friday to you!!!!  Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

Well let me tell you feta cheese and goat cheese are NOT the same thing by a different name and I like Kalamata olives. YUP!  Those are my discoveries for the week, the new things I learned. I subscribe to a recipe service which has many meal plans to choose from such as low calorie, low carb, portion control (Weight Watchers), Paleo, gluten free. classic, easy gourmet,  etc., there are plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  You can also choose from a family plan for five or plan for two, and some of the meal plans also let you pick which grocery store.  Those recipes for the week are based on that specific store’s sale items.  Currently I subscribe to the plan for two, low calorie and each Wednesday I download the meal plan for the week, 7 entrees and sides and the shopping list.  There is always a mixture of beef, chicken, pork, seafood/fish, vegetarian (pasta or some sort of salad).  This is so great because someone else has figured out that a pork loin roast can be a roast for meal 1 and pulled pork BBQ sandwiches for meal 4.  Sorta how Mom and Grandma figured out the weekly recipes.  Usually I skip the Mediterranean based recipes because those have Kalamata olives as an ingredient and I just decided I didn’t like them even though I’ve never tasted one.  Gee that’s great logic!  So I picked out the recipes I wanted to eat for the next several days and cooked up a storm on Sunday.  Do not read this list if you are hungry as I am dining on: Pasta w/Zucchini, Tomatoes & Bacon (to die for), Mediterranean Pasta Salad w/Shrimp (will make this again), Skillet Chicken Curry (found out I like coconut milk, this is a fave), Lemon Baked Flounder (easiest recipe in the world), Beef & Spinach Enchiladas (oh my granny, a fave), Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff (another repeat fave) and finally Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwiches—but I have to purchase more basil. I’ve been using this recipe service for four years and it’s the best thing since sliced bread.  Talk about getting me out of my box, experiencing new foods and trying new things—love it.  The recipes are easy to follow and don’t take hours to make.  The stroganoff was in the slow cooker by 10:30 and I was finally finished about 3:00 which includes washing dishes, pots and pans about three times, dividing the meals up into the correct portions and amounts and eating lunch. Enough about marathon cooking let’s talk about card making!!

The comments were great last week as always—thank you very much for taking the time to comment.  It really is appreciated. Michele has a blog,and you may leave comments there or in the section below.

As you will read, Michele has been making cards for about three years, to which I say “yeah right, sure if you say so”—her cards are great!!!!  I so like the blue shadow on the eagle card—I always think that technique is so cool and wish it looked good when I try it!  Soccer bear is just adorable, love the simplicity of the sailboat card, the scallop edges on the masculine deer card work and who knew there was such a thing as pebble paper that looks just like the embossing folders!!! Y’all sit back and get comfy as we are about to read about Michele in her own words…..

I was born and raised in Tupelo, MS, the birthplace of Elvis “The Pelvis” Presley.  Yep, he used to climb the fig tree in my grandmother’s yard and pick them.Now I live about 25 miles from Tupelo in New Albany, MS.

How long have you been stamping/card making?

I guess you could say I have been “practicing” for about 3 years. I am not a pro by any means but I learn a little something new with each attempt. The 1st card I ever made was for OWH! I have a photo of every single card and oh my gosh!! You know how I said I learn a little something each time? Those 1st cards are pretty much a disaster compared to the ones I make today. So thankful to Sandy and OWH for creating 100s of tutorials and sketches to help us improve our crafting and design skills. Pretty much anything you can imagine….there’s a tutorial for. If not, send OWH an email and I am fairly certain a tutorial will magically appear in the near future.

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

Yes, my sweet husband painted an extra bedroom a beautiful shade of blue. It’s so soothing and relaxing, I can’t help but get in the mood! I have a kitchen table on bed risers so it’s waist high. I stand up most of my creative time so this helps eliminate back pain. All of my stamps, inks, papers and embellishments line each of the 4 walls so I am surrounded by inspiration! And if that’s not enough, I have vinyl wall art that reads “Do what you love, love what you do” which I read every day and think of our Heroes. They volunteered for this. They weren’t forced into it. They do it because they love this country and what it stands for.

Image by Doodle Pantry “Freedom Eagle; Sentiment by Hero Arts “Happy Birthday”  

Image by Doodle Pantry “Freedom Eagle; Sentiment by Hero Arts “Happy Birthday”

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

My name is Michele…..and I am a craft supply hoarder! I love them all and could never pick a favorite.  I have a variety of supplies ranging from whimsical for kids & silly cards to elegant for adult cards. I love a good challenge that gets me out of my comfort zone so I want to be prepared and have things on hand that I may not be particularly fond of but it works awesome for this particular challenge. Other than that…..anything on sale is my favorite for that  week!

Image by Stampavie,  Penny Johnson Clear Stamp “Sporty”; Banner strips DCWV Pebbled paper,  Circle Die by Spellbinders; Sentiment by My Favorite Things set unknown

Image by Stampavie,  Penny Johnson Clear Stamp “Sporty”; Banner strips DCWV Pebbled paper,  Circle Die by Spellbinders; Sentiment by My Favorite Things set unknown

Do you have a favorite  technique?

I love, love, love heat embossing. The texture that it creates really makes the card stand out. It doesn’t always turn out perfect but I will continue practicing. I did learn from Sandy Allnock in one of her fabulous videos that for best results, heat from the bottom first so the powder doesn’t get blown around.  I have also learned the huge difference layering your sentiment and image makes.  It really adds a quality finished look to the card.

Image by TPC Studio, “The Great Outdoors”; Scallop Rectangles Die by Spellbinders; Sentiment by Hero Arts “Happy Birthday” 

Image by TPC Studio, “The Great Outdoors”; Scallop Rectangles Die by Spellbinders; Sentiment by Hero Arts “Happy Birthday”

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

200+ sketches, 100+ tutorials….we don’t have enough time to tell you about ALL of the inspiration but let’s see if I can narrow it down to 1 or 2. I prefer not to make multiples of cards. When I send in a box of 200-300 cards, each and every one is different….just like our Heroes. This can take a lot of time to complete one box. The 1-sheet wonders and 6 x 6 pad templates were a wonderful way for me to make 10-24 cards at a time, yet they were all different! Love that!  The most recent spark of creativity was the inlaid die tutorials. What an awesome way to add a little something extra to the card but not add any bulk. I can’t wait to try this one!  Sketches? I printed the PDF of all sketches to date that OWH provided , put them in a 3 ring binder and now use it for just about every card I create. I put an OWH photo of our Heroes holding up the Operation Write Home signs on the front of the binder for extra inspiration.

 Do you prefer digis or stamps?

I prefer stamps because they give a cleaner, better quality look to my projects. I will admit that I have tons of digis pinned on Pinterest. There are some really great ones out there and the advantage is that you can resize the images to fit your needs. Of course, you can do that with stamps too. Simply stamp, scan to your computer and resize as needed but it’s quicker to stamp and go on to the next task.

Image from Pinterest (unknown source); Circle Die by Spellbinders; Sentiment by My Favorite Things, set unknown

Image from Pinterest (unknown source); Circle Die by Spellbinders; Sentiment by My Favorite Things, set unknown

Do you have a  favorite theme?

My comfort zone is sweet or inspirational but the Mid Week Throwdown, Sketch and ODBD challenges really helps me explore other areas that normally I wouldn’t have tried.  My awesome mother constantly provides me with ideas from something she saw in a magazine or read in the newspaper which really helps spark the ole creativity!

Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?

If I could have 1 wish granted….it would be to live on a tropical island. So….my go to colors are blues/teals/peach, etc. It depends on the image I am working with or the mood I am in that day.

Sentiment “Everything Love” by Unity Stamps

Sentiment “Everything Love” by Unity Stamps

How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?

Several years ago, one of my crafty friends on FB had posted a link to the OWH live broadcast that used to come on every week. I watched it to see if it was a real organization and have been hooked ever since.  I loved how down to earth Sandy was and that she was just herself whether it be serious or silly, she kept me entertained and motivated to “give back” to those men and women who were serving our country. At the time, OWH only had about 4,000 followers on Facebook. Now, there are over 15,000! Whoot whoot!

Image by La La Land Crafts “Koala Luka”; Labels 1 Die by Spellbinders

Image by La La Land Crafts “Koala Luka”; Labels 1 Die by Spellbinders

What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes?

My son enlisted with the National Guard a few years ago. I remember making him some stationary with the National Guard  logo for him to write home on. Some letters he sent home were just written on plain notebook paper. I have them all in a scrapbook, along with the envelopes, and will cherish them forever! I remember opening the mailbox and seeing a letter from him and immediately began crying before I even opened it!  I can imagine how the recipients of OWH cards feel when they see a beautiful card with an endearing message in it.  OWH does such a wonderful job of sharing feedback from our Heroes, you can’t help but get excited.  I especially love how OWHers respond to a call of duty when a special request is made by a Hero.  I don’t make cards for recognition, for a pat on the back or to make me feel better about myself. I do it because our Heroes have left their family, friends and country to protect us. That is time away that they will never get back. It’s the least I can do to help make their absence a little more bearable for them and the loved ones back home.

To Sandy Allnock, the OWH Volunteers, the Federal Way Postal Workers and the 1000s of OWH cardmakers….YOU ROCK!!!! Keep up the good work and let’s see how quickly we can get to the 3 Million cards sent milestone!!!

Midweek Throwdown: AnyHero with Stars

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Midweek Throwdown Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 2 comments

Wow, I loved your AnyHero Thank You cards last week. We’re definitely on a roll, so let’s keep it going! This week’s challenge is to create an ANYHERO CARD WITH STARS. That’s right, you can stamp, punch, emboss, embellish or do anything else you can think of with stars this week. Don’t forget to write a note to our heroes in the card. They love to get mail just as much as they love to send it!

This week’s sample card maker is Heather N. who blogs at Creative Blessings. I just LOVE the simplicity of her card! See the link below – she’s got a video to show how she made her card.

July 16-Stars-Heather N

Here are a few words from Heather about her card and what motivates her:

Operation Write Home holds a very dear place in my heart. My grandfathers both served during the Korean War and/or WWII. My dad and uncle served in Vietnam. Making cards for our troops is my small way of giving back to those who serve in our military as well as their family and friends back home. My friend Sherry P. introduced me to OWH and I am so glad she did. I’m so grateful that Sandy Allnock and all her volunteers have given me a way to serve those who serve our country.

My card was made using an inlaid die cutting technique. I even made a video showing how it is done. I chose to make a thank you card because I can either use it to write an any hero card or send to the troops to use. Hopefully it motivates others to join this fabulous cause.

http://www.heatherscreativeblessings.blogspot.com/2014/05/owh-blog-hop-video.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCETkHKKAPs

GRAB YOUR SUPPLIES AND MAKE AN ANYHERO CARD WITH STARS! GO ON…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

OWHers beating the heat

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Cardmaker tips, Stars and Stamps | 6 comments

We spotted some cardmaking party photos on Facebook in the last few days…thank you to everyone who gets together with friends to help our heroes keep in touch with home!

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Scarf challenge

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Challenges, Stars and Stamps | 8 comments

Just for fun and something completely different….CASE the scarf sent to HQ by a hero!


Sketch Challenge #233

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Sketch Challenge, Stars and Stamps | 2 comments

Happy Sunday Peeps! That was an awesome VCMP last weekend, wasn’t it? Where else, except OWH Stars & Stamps, can you get so much talent, creativity, and inspiration all wrapped up into one blog? There were so many really cool ideas that I ended up pinning them to Pinterest. I would never be able to remember those ideas if I didn’t have them pinned. I can go to my pins whenever I want and give my mojo a little boost.

This week’s sketch has more rectangles for you.

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The inspiration for this week’s sketch is this terrific masculine card by the wonderfully talented Ann Abrahamson. You can check out her blog, Pawsitive Thoughts by Annie, by clicking the link Here.

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Well Peeps, I’m going to go finish up a couple of cards. Then I’m grabbing my fur baby and going for a little drive in the country. Enjoy your day… and have fun!

 


OWHtv Week 150 – and updates!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in OWHtv, Stars and Stamps | 4 comments

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!

Sandy

OWHtv!

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!





Featured Friday Card Maker Sue C., North Royalton, OH

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Featured Friday Cardmaker, Stars and Stamps | 20 comments

My Mom, God bless her, has taught me many things, shared her passions with me, and encouraged me to find my own.  I know I inherited her sense of humor, (yeah, I know TWO of us!) her creativity was expressed in sewing, knitting, needle point, cooking; mine in sewing, cross stitch and card making.  One passionate love we share is reading.  When I was growing up in south Florida the library system sponsored a summer reading program, I was always enrolled and was at the top every year.  I also suffered from asthma/bronchitis/pneumonia in the winter (like clockwork all through elementary school and into middle) missing school for two weeks.  Mom would take all the library cards and check out 30 books for that two week period.  When I was strong enough to hold a book, the reading began.  As I recouperated Dr. Mom would bundle me up in bathrobes and blankets, park me on the chaise lounge by the pool for an hour or so and let me soak up the healing rays of the sun making sure I had a book in hand. (Remember I’m in south Florida, winter temps are in the 80’s)  That love of reading continues to this day, mainly murder mysteries, cop thrillers, and fluff every now and then.  Currently I reading James Patterson, devouring the Alex Cross series—which are quite frankly, OH MY GRANNY are the BOMB!!!!  Usually after reading a few books in the series you catch on to the author’s style and start to figure out whodunit—not in this series.  All I can figure out is there’s going to be a mind blowing twist and I might have an inkling about a character but never have I figured out the plot.  This series is amazing, fantastic writing, just WOWZA!!!

Y’all were great at leaving comments for last week’s FFCM as usual-thank you so very much!!  Miss Sue has a blog so you may leave comments there as you check out her creativity or in the comment section below.  This is the part where I mention different aspects of the cards—teasers as you will, but not this time.  I have no words, just LOOK Sue’s creativity and enjoy reading her story.

I was born in Cleveland Heights Ohio then later moved to Parma Heights, a suburb of Cleveland.  When I married we lived in Parma, Ohio then North Royalton where I currently live with Tim my hubby and Sarah Annie who just graduated from High School.

How long have you been stamping/card making?

I caught the stamping bug in 2003 when my daughter’s first grade teacher, who was also my friend, asked me if I’d like to come to a workshop at school and make cards.  I accepted and had a great time.  I felt so awkward and inadequate stamping with all these experienced stampers all around.  My cards had all sorts of mistakes, but I enjoyed stamping and thought I’d try it again the next month.   Being a teacher I knew that it would take practice to make them look like the samples. Before I knew it, I was hooked!   So thanks to Emily I’ve been stamping 11 years!

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

Oh yes, I have converted our dining room to my stamping studio.  I used to be in the cold, unfinished basement when I first started stamping.  When talking with my husband about how cold it was down in the basement, he suggested, yes, HE suggested I move to the dining room where I’d be more comfortable!  Our dining room was only used for holidays and we easily could eat in the kitchen. So I moved to the dining room with all my stamping supplies.  When I retired last year, I moved my L-shaped desk here and love how all my stuff is so accessible!   I like to have most of my supplies behind closed doors  or drawers so I have several cabinets where I store my stamps and supplies.  Our basement’s been finished now for some time and my husband asked if I wanted to move back down there.  I said, “No way!”  “I’m happy where I am with access to the kitchen, bathroom and the great outdoors with windows to let the sun in.  Not going back, and ya can’t make me!”  LOL

SU! Lighthouse image “Coast to Coast” , Map image “World Map”;  Sentiment by Inky Antics “Simple Sentiments”;  Mesh embossing folder by  Tim Holtz

SU! Lighthouse image “Coast to Coast” , Map image “World Map”;  Sentiment by Inky Antics “Simple Sentiments”;  Mesh embossing folder by  Tim Holtz

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?

I mostly use Stampin’ Up products because I become a demonstrator in 2005 in order to start a Card Ministry at my church.  Whatever money I made selling Stampin’ Up products went to the Card Ministry so the church didn’t have to supplement the ministry.  Today I continue to do this.  It has enabled me to donate cards on a regular basis, to a nursing home, an assisted living facility, The Cleveland Ronald McDonald House, Cards For a Cause on Splitcoaststamper, and Operation Write Home. I also donated cards for Veterans each year for Veteran’s Day, that my special needs students made.

Do you have a favorite  technique?

I love to sponge backgrounds on cards but really love to learn new techniques. I keep my paper cut outs handy so when I’m making a background I have torn cardstock ready to make clouds, water and land, etc.  I used to make these each time I did a project.  Then a light bulb went on in my head and I started to store what I had made so it could be used over and over again.   I participate in daily challenges to continue to learn and grow as a stamper. I love learning new things every day.  Must be the teacher in me!

SU! Image “Perfect Blend”, sentiment “Perfectly Penned”

SU! Image “Perfect Blend”, sentiment “Perfectly Penned”

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

I can’t name just one, but love to get new ideas for layouts to keep things fresh, ya know?  I love watching the coloring videos so I can learn to shade with more detail when using my alcohol markers.

SU! “Serene Sunflowers”; Sentiment Technique Tuesday “Missing You”

SU! “Serene Sunflowers”; Sentiment Technique Tuesday “Missing You”

Do you prefer digis or stamps?

I’m a stamp girl through and through.  I have digis, but often forget I have them since I don’t see them in front of me like my other stamps! LOL I hope I’m not alone in that one!  I need to get back to printing some digis so I can color them and get them used!  I have some really cute ones!

Do you have a  favorite theme?

I love, love, love flowers! Many of my cards are flowers.  I do like coming up with masculine cards as well which is becoming easier to do the more I practice and check out other sites like Pinterest, OWH or Splitcoast.

SU! Images “Secret Garden” and framelits ,  Sentiment “Express Yourself”, EF “Decorative Dots”

SU! Images “Secret Garden” and framelits ,  Sentiment “Express Yourself”, EF “Decorative Dots”

Are there colors you love to include on  your cards?

I love pinks and yellows for feminine cards and blues, greens and browns for masculine cards.  I usually look at the stamp I’m going to use and decide what colors of ink then add paper.

Deer die by Memory Box;  Birch Tree Border by Taylored Expressions; Sentiment by Technique Tuesday

Deer die by Memory Box;  Birch Tree Border by Taylored Expressions; Sentiment by Technique Tuesday

How did you hear about Operation Write  Home?

I saw it on someone’s blog I visited from Splitcoaststampers.  I went to the website and after reading all the guidelines thought, “I can do that!”  So from then on I had my Card Ministry make cards now and then and I make daily cards using different challenges I find.  I love to make Miss you, Love, Thinking of You and Blank cards for Operation Write Home. 

SU! “Hardwood”, “Sunflower BG”, sentiment  “Remembering Your Birthday”

SU! “Hardwood”, “Sunflower BG”, sentiment  “Remembering Your Birthday”

What motivates you to make cards for our  heroes?

When I was 13 I wrote to a friend’s brother who was in the Vietnam war.  He would often write back that my notes and cards were so appreciated.  They would take his mind off of the job he had to do, and take him to a quiet, place where someone cared about him.  He got a reprieve from the horrors of war for a little while.  He also said he didn’t feel forgotten while being over there and away from his family.

Thinking of how far away these soldiers are from their families breaks my heart.  They miss so much by serving their country, yet they go willingly.  I think the least I can do is make cards for them to use and write Any Hero notes to support them.  It seems like such a small thing to do, but I know it makes a difference.