Operation Write Home

I am currently making cards for Operation Write Home, which sends blank handmade cards to deployed servicemen and women. OWH is an amazing organization that ships thousands of cards each month to our nation's Heroes so they have something to write home on. Please check out the tag on the sidebar for more information on this inspiring mission. Please join me in supporting our men and women who sacrifice for us all.

Friday, July 25, 2014

OWH Sketch #18 and LSS I will miss you!

First let me say this is from OWH Sketch #18.  And then..........I received some sad news this past Sunday.  My ONLY LSS is closing!  It is over an hour drive away from me so I usually only visit when I am going to be in the city.  I stopped by yesterday and it is already almost like a ghost town.  One of the long time employees came up to me and said, "no crying!"  She knows I make the cards for OWH and made sure to point out some rick dark blue paper that was still there.  How very sad.  No more yummy papers, no more fun stamps, no more really really nice ladies to visit.  :(

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OWH - MWT - Red, White and Blue Any Hero Card

The challenge for this week is a color challenge of red, white and blue and to make an Any Hero card.  This is one of my favorite sentiments by Paper Inspirations.

OWH - Christmas and a tip

I don't normally post twice back to back in a day but I had made this card and thought the new OWH card makers might like a tip.  It is on embellishment thickness. 

The sentiment is mounted on a chipboard piece which is ok to use although I found it rather thick so I thinned it by tearing off 1/2 of the thickness.  The visual of layers is still there but with much less bulk.  OWH cards can't be too thick as we don't want the Heroes to have to pay postage for bulky cards.  I hope that tip helps.

First Fall Cards

While I was working on the Christmas cards it realized I had not made any fall cards.
I started making these backgrounds while watching show.  It is amazing how relaxing that is.
And I had these beautiful stickers from Recollections that are shimmery with foil edging and accents.  I mounted them on cardstock and then cut them out.  The swirly things are thin chipboard that I distressed with 4 colors of ink.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

OWH - Christmas Cards for the July box.

I'm going to be adding some Christmas/Winter cards to the next box that I'm sending out.  Getting them to Sandy a little early helps her with getting prepared for the avalanche of cards that come for Christmas and winter. 

There are 2 additional reasons for sending some now...... #1 is that I get to work on a totally different theme and that helps the mojo not get in a rut.  #2 is that I don't get in a panic to make a bunch of cards towards the end of the deadline.  This way hopefully, it is less stressful for all.

These mistletoe was cut with the Cricut and I glossed all the berries with Dimensional Magic. 

The sentiment for this was made from a clear sticker and is wonderfully shiny and slightly popped.  Yay!  7 more for the box!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cleaning out the basket

Here are a few I made when cleaning out the basket. 
It is surprising that these bits can make interesting cards.
These two were made with a free digi sentiment from Create with TLC.
That dark purple ribbon is velvet.  And now on to cleaning up a bit more!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

MWT - Any Hero Card with Stars

I think pretty much the Any Hero cards I've made lately all have stars on them.  It just seems right to have some stars for our Heroes.   Check out the glossy gel letters!  :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Missing You cards

Here are some Missing You cards.  I think that of all the things our Heroes may want to say to family and friends back home, Missing You is most true.  They are far away for long stretches of time. 

I liked this beautiful K& Co paper and I added 3-d bugs and butterflies and glossed them up for interest.  I had enough to make 4 different cards. 

This 2nd one was made with the Cricut.  I got 6 of these done.  Kind of makes the point, eh?
These two use K&Co chipboard embellishments.
This last one is also a K&Co 3-d embellishment and uses up some of that photo paper I had laying around.