Friday, May 28, 2010

Welcome Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Some times words fail me and sometimes, I realize just how lucky I am.

Memorial Day is one of those times where both hold true...For those who have died in war times, and to their families and friends I am truly grateful. There are just no words to express 'thank you'.

May God Bless You.
I treasure my freedom and enslavement of any kind just rouses my anger and my fear as well. We are so lucky in this country to have our democracy. Because people were willing to fight and die for freedom, I am able to treasure mine.
I was so happy to find Operation Write Home, it has allowed me to give to those who put their life on the line for the cause of freedom. Freedom is never free.

In keeping with the theme I made a red white and blue card keeping it simple.

My red white and blue card is a mix of layered rectangles with thinking of you stamped in blue and is lined.





I loved this cupcake graphic, so I wanted to use it on a card.

I used the idea found here to make the template for the border, and layered the stripe below the curve ...and assembled with layers of color matching stripe, square and polka dot paper. ‘You’re so sweet’ is hand lettered with green watercolor marker and black ink.



I like to line all my cards, just in case the card sender has the time to write down their thoughts. I use a full sheet of paper, fold it in quarters, and use just a smidge of glue so they can rip out the page if they want to and write on it separately from the card and just tuck it back in when it gets mailed.



When I write my anyhero cards I express my gratitude to them and the work they do, and I like to enclose a couple of jokes as well. I print them off of the Internet and attach them to the card and fold it up separately from the main body of the letter.

I always send in a little cash donation, and I always get a big thank you back. I really like that.

In support of this awesome group, I wanted to offer a little hop candy. My main online endeavor is handmade soap, so I am offering the bar of your choice to three separate winners...my treat! I realize a person can get mighty dirty making cards.

If you wish to enter the drawing, just say soap at the very end of your comment.

The names will be drawn from a hat by...
 <-- random mess generators  -->
and announced one week from today.

(I will contact winners personally by the link to your blog.)





*****Next on the hop*****

Alexandria at

 http://readycraftcreate.blogspot.com/2010/05/owh-memorial-day-weekend-blog-hop.html

46 comments:

grammiej said...

Great blogsite! I am following now, and look forward to keeping up with your posts and creations.
Have a safe and great week-end.
God bless our Troops!

Tricia said...

Beautiful cards! And that's a great tip about the extra paper in the cards.

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

I love the tip about the jokes. I bet the heroes are blessed out of their socks with your cards. :) and I love your messy generators!! LOL I got 4 of my own in my house. :)

Shelley said...

your cards are great! it brings me a lot of joy making cards for OWH too! SOAP

Virginia D. said...

Love the simplicity!

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

Great card. Love your tip about the extra sheet of paper, too.

Your Random Messy Generators are cute, cute, cute!

SOAP

Kristen said...

Ooh, I LOVE homemade soaps! I love your ideas of what you put in with your cards. I made a bunch of blank cards, I hope they are enjoyed by the troops. Your mess generators are too cute!
Have a blessed Memorial Weekend and God bless our troops!

Marianne said...

Merry,
What cute mess makers.
I like how you used the ribbon on your card.

stampgirl said...

Awesome cards! What a great thing you do for our troops! SOAP

Julie said...

Very cute cards and super cute random mess generators :)

Dawn B. said...

Terrific cards...What wonderful pictures of your sweeties.. I think they need lots of SOAP...:)

PocketsOfInspiration said...

Great cards. I agree, we are very lucky. Thanks to all those heros.

joscelyne cutchens said...

thanks for supporting OWH! :)

BJ said...

your blog is great..I like the extra paper tip...and your extra mess genarators are cute!
*soap Please*

Rhonda Miller said...

Great cards. I love the idea of attaching extra paper for a note. Thanks for sharing that tip.

soap

Courtney said...

What great cards! Thank you for supporting OWH.


"soap"
~Courtney~

Operation Write Home said...

Such a great post! Love your card - and your tips for what you put inside your letters!

Your random mess generators are CUTE!!! LOL!

Happy Hopping, Nora!

Susan said...

AWESOME post! GREAT cards! GOOD tips! HAPPY random mess generators! :)
Loved visiting you today.
Susan...fellow OWHomer

SOAP!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Darling kids! Looks like you have somthing to smile aboutt for sure! Great cards and bet the troops like the jokes! TFS

Lelia Pierce said...

How stinking cute! Random Mess Generators! Too funny! Great cards! SOAP!

helloholley said...

cute cards!! and your boys are sweet too!! I would love a chance to win some handmade soap!!!

Paula said...

Great post and tips too. I must say those are the most adorable Random Mess Generators, LOL!

debb said...

Great cards and thank you for the candy opp!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Fun, fun, fun cards--and I love your tip about liners for the cards! But those random mess generators, they steal the show. . . .

Cathy... said...

Great cards! Great idea too sending jokes to the troops!

LadyDoc said...

Your cards look great! Thanks so much for the offer of SOAP!

Jennifer Moore said...

That is a great idea about including some jokes. Your random mess generators are super adorable. soap

Wendy Hawkinson said...

Great cards and absolutely great blog hop!

I have a little mess generator that could use some soap 90% of the time. LOL

~Wendy Hawkinson
www.gotrubberwillstamp.blogspot.com

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Great card, Love the pictures!! Are they your "helpers??" haha
Jennifer
soap

Debby said...

I love your added touch to all your cards going to our heroes to use. It is very thoughtful. You cards are great.

Nancy Keller said...

I love your idea about leaving more paper in for them to write home on! Thanks for sharing your great cards!

Cheryl said...

Wonderful cards! I love the cupcake one - yummy! Great idea about the paper - I never thought of that.

*** Soap! :) ***

Dixie Cochran said...

Your cards are terrific! Your post is so informative, especially for the hero mail. Awesome suggestions! Thanks for making cards for our heroes! Your random generators are WAAAY cute!

Mary said...

Your cupcake card is very "sweet." Soap.

jengd said...

Cute cards! Love that cupcake! ... and your random mess generators are a hoot! :)
Soap!

Melanie Montes de Oca said...

LOL I have random mess generators too! Thanks for the great tips and cute card. Enjoyed your post! :o)

Kim said...

Love your blog. Your cards are beautiful.
Soap

MidnightCrafter said...

Love your post! I have a couple of mess generators myself! That tip about the paper lining is great - thanks for sharing!

Marsha said...

I, too, put paper in my cards. Thanks for all you do.
Would love a chance at the SOAP

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Thanks for sharing the inspiration and and all the terrific tips. Cute little random generators too!
Soap!

Wendy said...

I've been making cards for OWH since I discovered them during the blog hop last year! Thanks for the inspiration!
soap!

Meg Bean said...

Great red,white, and blue card!

cal8007 said...

Thank you for supporting our troops with your cards!

I will have to come back here later and take my time looking around - I have 30 more blogs to go :) SOAP

Carmen
cal8007 at aol dot com

Cut n Paste said...

Your cards are very cute! Thanks for sharing your tips on your any hero cards...great ideas!!! Loving your random mess generators!!!

Heather Grow said...

Thanks for all the tips. I'm new to OWH so I am really happy to get any info I can. Your soap looks yummy too.

Seongsook Duncan said...

What a great cards! Thanks for the link. I do also attach the inside paper to every card so that heroes can have more space to write. Thanks for sharing.

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