Saturday, November 14, 2009

OWH Veterans Day Bloghop

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Operation Write Home Veterans Day Bloghop!! If you arrived here from Peggysue's Blog, Roses By My Window, then you are in the right place but if you've just happened along you will want to grab your favorite beverage then head on over to the Homefront Blog so you can start from the beginning!

For those of you who don't already know, Operation Write Home supports our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards for them to write home on as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. So if you are a papercrafter, stamper or scrapbooker and enjoy making greeting cards check out the tips for cardmakers here and you are on your way!

For today's bloghop Operation Write Home challenged the cardmakers to create an "Anyhero" or Patriotic card (with a message inside for a deployed hero) and a Valentine card. For Veterans Day I made a Patriotic card in memory of my husband's grandfather who served in the US Army Air Force during World War II (to view that card scroll down to my previous post). I made this Patriotic card for the Operation Write Home Veterans Day Bloghop in honor of all the heroes out there proudly serving our nation... Thanks to all of you for your strength and courage in serving and protecting our nation!!!



Card details... the Patriotic card base is Real Red layered with slightly smaller pieces of Ballet Blue then Basic Black cardstock. The flag was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the God Bless America stamp set and colored in using Tombo and Stampin Write Markers. The eagle was also stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White but was cut out and mounted over the flag to give it the appearance of soaring!!! The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Kraft cardstock and embellished with a small black brad.

Next is the Valentine card I make for the Operation Write Home Veterans Day Bloghop. It is different from my normal style in that I used patterned paper for the main image rather than stamping it. I also couldn't resist using this gold foil glossy cardstock.



Card details... the Valentine card base is Pink Passion layered with a slightly smaller piece of paper pierced gold foil glossy cardstock. Next I attached the strip of patterned paper and the sentiment. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White cardstock. I rounded the corners using a corner rounder punch. The heart image was cut from a different sheet of Creative Imaginations patterned paper and layered onto a thin piece of cardboard. I rounded the corners and sanded the edges before attaching it to the card base. For embellishments I painted a chipboard flourish with Ashphalt Liquid Acrylic Paint and arranged it on the card nestled under an arrangement of paper flowers. To finish off the card I added a couple small gold brads along the paper strip and one at the center of the flower arrangement.

Well, that's it for me! Hope you've enjoyed my card creations. And now it is truly an honor for me to say that your next stop on this bloghop is the fabulous Sandy Allnock, founder and President of Operation Write Home (formerly known as Cards For Heroes). I'm sure you will enjoy her wonderful creations as much as I do. Sandy is truly an inspiration and a hero to us all. Thank you so much Sandy for making all this possible!!!

Without further ado... head on over to Sandy's Blog, It's A Colourful World, and enjoy the rest of the bloghop!

Thanks for stopping by!


CREATIVE DESIGN (PATRIOTIC CARD):
Stamps: God Bless America (Our Daily Bread Designs) and Eagle (Heartfelt Creations); Paper: Real Red, Ballet Blue, Basic Black and PTI White; Ink: Real Red, Ballet Blue, So Saffron and Tombow Markers 977, 990; Other: Small Black Brad and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.


CREATIVE DESIGN (VALENTINE CARD):
Stamps: Say It In Style (Close To My Heart); Paper: Pink Passion, PTI White, Gold Foil Glossy Cardstock and Patterned Paper (Creative Imaginations by Christine Adolph); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Other: Bazzill Flower (Teal), Prima Flower (Pink), Gold Brads, Corner Rounder Punch, Chipboard Flourishes, Asphalt Liquid Acrylics (Making Memories), Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

47 comments:

Scrapping Mom said...

Wonderful blog and amazing cards.

Operation Write Home said...

Beautiful cards!! Wow. Love your style! Thanks so much for joining in the hoppin' fun!!

Jackie said...

Love your cards Karen....tfs!!!

JPScraps said...

Amazing cards!

jimlynn said...

These are just wonderful!

Gina said...

Great cards, I love the two different styles that you have represented here. The patriotic one is great, I love the way you did the eagle.

Dixie said...

Great cards. I REALLY like that heart card. The colors make me happy!

Patty K said...

sweet cards, thanks for sharing!

Maggie said...

Great cards and coloring!

Cyn said...

I love the stitching on this card! Simply Beautiful

Anita said...

Beautiful cards!

Cyn said...

Love the colors on the valentine!

debb said...

These are beautiful!

Tammy said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! I love the Valentine one...and the colors are beautiful!

Scrappycath said...

Your cards are stunning! TFS!

peggysue said...

You have such a talent for coloring with markers, wow! And the eagle does look nice soaring over the flag. Just beautiful cards, both of them.

The Wired Angel said...

Lovely cards..Love that eagle card especially. Thanks for participating in the hop and making it a success. Hugs, Peggy

Dawn said...

I love that second card with the asian letters in the heart, fab idea!

shelly said...

love, love your valentine card! your cats are also too cute!

Shelley said...

This is such a heartening venture. Here in Canada, the painting guild I belong to also creates and sends cards for our troops. They range from painted, thru to stamped and embossed cards in every style imaginable and are received with great appreciation. It's such a little thing we can do for our heroes!

~ Shelley

Kay said...

Great cards - both so different in style but both wonderful. I really love the style of the Valentine card - beautiful work!

MarcyK924 said...

Super cute cards! Thanks for supporting OWH!

Sue Stampin Daly said...

Very pretty cards, I especially like the one with the heart.

Carmen O. said...

Your cards are FANTASTIC! Love the stitching. Fabulous work!

Rhonda Miller said...

I love your patriotic card and the one from Wednesday as well. Great job.

Karelj said...

Your cards are stunning! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm getting so many great ideas!

Bekah's World said...

Great cards - Thanks for sharing!

Carla Gade said...

Awesome cards! What a wonderful crafty and supportive thing we can do for our troops! God bless them, and you!

Cindy said...

What a great idea! I've never heard of the OWH before. I will have to check into it!! Love your card!!

Kas said...

Your cards are beautiful

Merry's Musings said...

Thank you so much, wonderful cards all those tips and a beautiful blog.

Cr8ive ME said...

your cards are phenomenal.

Love that AnyHero card.

{hugs}
M.E.

Carolyn Bounds said...

Your cards are stunning!!! WOW!!! I love everything about these beauties!!! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the rest of us and for spreading such joy to our soldier's abroad and the ones they love!!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

Vicki said...

Beautiful work, Karen! Awesome coloring! Blessings to you!

Loni said...

Amazing cards and great color combos. Thanks for supporting OWH. Hugs, Loni

Cindy said...

Such beautiful colors!

Michelle Forrest said...

Wonderful cards!

Night Shift Nancy said...

Holy cow. . . Love those cards, And I really love that eagle one in the next post. . . Thanks for sharing! I am going to follow!

Holly @ InkPaperStamps said...

Such pretty cards! I especially love the colors of your valentine--bet the heroes find your design quite refreshing!

GretaB said...

Stunning cards! I really really love that first one with the flag and eagle. Great coloring work and design!

Maggie said...

You cards are very nice. You did a great job. Thank you for supporting OWH

Mrs. E said...

Love your Valentins's cards.

Dana said...

Your cards are awesome. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Michelle's Inky Fingers said...

Great cards!!! I am proud to be one of your neighbors on the hop!!! Have a great one! ~Michelle :)

Susan (peebsmama) said...

The patriotic card is so vibrant. I like how the eagle is placed over the flag. Your second card is very pretty and I'm sure both will be appreciated.

Loretta Rodger said...

Very beautiful

Michelle said...

Gorgeous cards! Thank you for making them for the soldiers. :)