Saturday, March 20, 2010

OWH Spring Break Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Operation Write Home Spring Break Bloghop! I'm the second stop on the blog hop so if you arrived here from the STARS AND STAMPS blog then you are in the right place but if you've just happened along you will want to pull up a comfortable chair, grab your favorite beverage and head on over to the STARS AND STAMPS 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 enjoy making greeting cards check out the tips for cardmakers here and you are on your way! Please note that the deadline for sending in Mother's Day cards is coming up on April 1st.

For today's bloghop I created another card using the beautiful Tulip Trio digital image created by Tracey-Lynn Miller from Fred, She Said. If you haven't seen the gorgeous card and tutorial prepared by Darsie Bruno, Designer for Fred, She Said, you will want to stop by the
Stars and Stamps blog to check it out!


My Tulip Trio card base is Wild Wasabi layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI White cardstock then Floral Tapestry: Amethyst patterned paper. I added a strip of dark purple textured paper then wrapped white organdy ribbon around the card base to soften the look. My image is the Tulip Trio digital image from Fred, She Said printed on PTI White and colored in using copic markers. I paper pierced the edges and layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock before attaching to the card base with mounting tape. To embellish the card I added medium silver brads in each corner and a silver metallic bow at the base of the tulip stems.

And now on to the goodies! Did I mention that I was offering a challenge and some awesome BLOG CANDY!!! Here is a photo of the BLOG CANDY to get you inspired.


For a chance to win all this I'm asking for your help in coming up with more sketch challenges for the Stars and Stamps blog. I've prepared a bunch of sketches but still need your talent and creativity! So, for a chance to win my blog candy all you have to do is create a card using one of my sketches, that's it, super easy! To receive a sketch, simply send me an email with your name and if you're also a blogger, your blog name and blog URL and I will reply with a sketch. Don't blog... that's OK, you don't have to be a blogger to participate.  Everyone is welcome to play along for a chance at some BLOG CANDY!

Once you get the sketch, feel free to create as many cards as you like using that sketch then send me a photo of each of your cards!  I will enter your name in the drawing once for each different card you create using the sketch.  Please keep in mind that the cards should be A2 sized and have no glitter!  I'm hoping you will wait to post the card(s) on your blog until the same day we post the sketch and card(s) on the Stars and Stamps blog.  I will send you a confirmation email to let you know when the sketch and your card(s) will be featured on the Stars and Stamps blog. We will include your name, blog name and blog URL on the Stars and Stamps blog when we post the sketch and your card(s) so everyone is able to check out all your other wonderful creations!

You have until noon on Monday, March 29th to send me a photo of your card(s)!  Monday night I will put all the names in a bowl and have my wonderful husband draw a lucky winner. I will post the winner on my blog and also send them an email to find out where to send their goodies! Hope you all play along and can't wait to see what you come up with!

Before I go, I want to say THANK YOU to Sandy for not only coordinating this blog hop but for all the wonderful things that she does, without her all this wouldn't be possible; to the shippers for their hard work week after week receiving and sending out all the cards that arrive on their doorstep; to my fellow cardmakers for joining together to make a world of difference and most importantly, THANK YOU to all the heroes out there! Thank you for your strength and courage in serving and protecting our nation!!!

I remember all of you every time I think of the heroe living right here at home with me. My husband served in the army for four years while I attended college and we wrote to each other almost every day! Back then wonderful organizations like Operation Write Home didn't exist so we used plain writing paper but it would have been so wonderful to receive handmade cards from my husband knowing he had personally selected a specific card just to send to me! Now that I'm a stamper I love sharing my passion for creating cards with others and Operation Write Home is the perfect way for me to do so!

Well, that's it for me!  I better stop now if we are all going to make it through the hop sometime today, LOL!  Your next stop on the blog hop is DAWN, so head on over to her blog, THE CHATTY STAMPER, and enjoy the rest of the bloghop! I'm sure you will love her fabulous Watercolor Flower Tutorial and be just as amazed by all her wonderful card creations as I am.

Thanks for joining the blog hop today and I hope you all play along for a chance to win some blog candy!


CREATIVE DESIGN:

Stamps: Tulip Trio (Fred, She Said);  Paper: Wild Wasabi, PTI White, Floral Tapestry: Amethyst (Scrap-Ease) and Dark Purple Textured Paper;  Ink: Copics V09, V17, BV11, G99 and YG63;  Other: Metallic Silver Ribbon, White Organdy Ribbon, Medium Silver Brads, Paper Piercing, Mounting Tape and Glue Dots.

101 comments:

Our Little Inspirations said...

This card does it for me! I'm a purple girl, so this one just calls my name! Beautifully done! I love the textured darker panel along with that pretty designer paper!

Operation Write Home said...

Karen WOW on your amazing offer of blog candy, that's incredible!

And your card is lovely - I used the same image for mine! GMTA, as they say :)

Thank YOU for all your help with the Stars and Stamps blog...it's been so much fun working on it with you! You rock!!!

Kate said...

What a wonderful idea for a challenge! Sounds like fun. :)

Happy blog hop, and thanks for what you do for OWH.

Dawn said...

Woo hoo, I'm so excited to be hopping today. Love the card, and of course I'm in for a sketch. I'll email ya later. have fun!!!!

Fabre said...

What a beautiful card with that tulip image! Thank you so much for sharing, Karen!

Kas said...

Your coloring is great. I sent a challenge request!

Melissa Bickford said...

What a beautiful card and what generous blog candy!! Your copic coloring is just perfect!

...Darlene said...

Tulips are such a sign of spring! You card is stunning and well done.
thanks for sharing!

txbluiz said...

What a beautiful card!!! Love all the details.

Tammy said...

Beautiful card Karen!! I love the colors you used and your papers!
Thank you for all the hard work you do on the SS blog!!
Tammy

purplepenni said...

WOW! That is so beautiful. I too am a purple girl! I love the way you brought the bling without glitter! Love the ribbon and the brads!

BonnieRose said...

THIS IS GREAT..... love your card...those stamps are beautiful!

Vieve said...

I sent you an email!

Love the stamp and coloring you used!

I AM NOW your 20th follower, congrats!!!

Kajikit said...

Love that shiny ribbon on your card! It really blings up the tulips...

Betty said...

Awesome card and great challenge for the blog candy!

~This Little Scrapper~ said...

This so very pretty the colours compliment each other well & the image you chose is perfect!

Seongsook Duncan said...

Karen,

Thanks for sharing your lovely card. I love purple, too, but I never thought about coloring Tulips in purple.

Thanks for all what you do for coordinating Sketch challenges.

Windy Robinson said...

Gorgeous card! Love the colors and coloring on that stamp:)

Christine said...

thanks for the beautiful card but your write up was the best. i also say thanks to Sandy for that she does. And thanks to you as well for your great sketches.

Merry's Musings said...

Delightful card and awesome givaway!

Meg Bean said...

What a great start to the blog hop! I love the purple color combination you chose and how you layered the colors to really bring out the image. Excited about creating a card for you challenge!

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Beautiful card Karen! Love the image and the pretty flowers. :)

Linda L said...

Beautiful card! I love the tulips. I just sent you an email. I am looking forward to trying your sketch.

TN Granny said...

Karen,
What a great way to start off the hop. I'm a woman of few written words so your blog told us so much and your card is beautiful. I'm down the line but I've made 70 cards this past week for OWH.
God Bless,
Jeanine

MarcyK924 said...

Beautiful card Karen! I love your blog! Thanks for all you do for OWH.

levelsoflight said...

Karen,
Such a lovely card! I haven't used digital stamps before, but it looks like they are a lot of fun to work with. You have started the blog hop wonderfully! You will be receiving an e-mail from me shortly! =)

PaulaM said...

Karen your card is absolutely stunning. I love the choice of the DP. I haven't ventured into the copic marker - but I love your coloring. TFS

BJ said...

Thank You for offering us the chance to hop today. And Thank You to All at OWH for all your hard work. I've just started card making so not too many of my cards have gone outside the family.But I think that I might be ready to join in with something like OWH. My husband is overseas & I've been doing the Marine Corps wife thing for a long time( 15yrs.)
So Thank You All again!!!!
And your card is very nice anyone would love to receive it. You have a nice soft touch with the Copics. I'm coming over from watercolors so I have some good days with the Copics and some real bad days. I'm in the middle of making my Hudbands Easter Card so I had better get on with the Hop

Marianne said...

Karen,
Love the trio tulip card. I will to use that digi file to make some cards for OWH. You have a wonderful way with words.

Elisabeth said...

Beautiful card! And I love the way the image is colored. What awesome candy!

Jeanne said...

Love the card! I especially like the way you have the ribbon "around" the stems. Great blog candy too!

Rhonda Miller said...

Karen, your card is beautiful. I love how you have colored the tulips and that great ribbon. TFS.

Robin said...

pretty card
awesome giveaway!

Hannah said...

What a lovely card! I sent you an e-mail. I'm looking forward to this blog hop! Thanks for all you do!

Karen McAlpine said...

Very pretty. I like the piercing. I just picked a new piercing tool so I am piercing evrything. Lovely digi. I up for the challenge. I will be emailing later today!!

Cathy... said...

Gorgeous card! Love your coloring! I can't wait to participate in your challenge!

Darlene Plotinski said...

Karen,
I love the richness of the color choices and of course the tulip images are awesome! Great job!

Cathy... said...

Gorgeous card! Love your coloring! I can't wait to participate in your challenge!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Karen your card is absolutely stunning! The colors you chose are gorgeous together, your coloring with Copic's is wow, beautiful card!

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Carol, Love your card and the colors you used. The design is really nice with lots of dimension. Blog candy is super generous. Thanks so much. Blessings, Louise

Shell said...

Love your card, the colors and style. LOVE LOVE LOVE that I found OWH and I'm up for this challenge. Thanks so much!
Happy craftin' Shell

Rhonda said...

I had to go back and download this digi. Somehow I missed it. Love your colors on the tulips.

Purple Princess said...

Your card is gorgeous! My favorite flower is the purple tulip! I will have to check out that digi. I sent you an email to get a sketch! Can't wait to try it ou!

Monica said...

I love the tulips! Beautiful card. I emailed you for the sketch. Can't wait to try it!

Carolyn Bounds said...

Your card is GORGEOUS!!! Your beautiful tulip trio is colored wonderfully, and the papers add to bringing this beauty to life!!! Simply stunning!!!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

Cut n Paste said...

Love your purple card!!! Thanks for the sketch challenge!

Erica said...

Great card. Love the colors and the purples!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card...especially like the little bow on the bouquet.

Donna Inks said...

So cute! I love those colors!

That is a lot of blog candy!

D.M.RiceArtworks said...

Love the card, and you are so generous to offer all that candy!
Hugs, happy hopping! Debi

Tami B. said...

Love your card and the challenge for the blog candy is wonderful!

lavendarrose29 said...

This card is great. I love all the coloring with the copics. I sent an email for the challenge. Thanks for sharing.

Anita said...

Beautiful card!

Heather Lewis said...

I love the textured paper you used! I also sent n email for the sketch challenge.

Deonna said...

Beautiful card. I love the purple that you used and your coloring is great.

SuzAnn said...

the generosity of you bloggers is amazing. Thanks for your support of OWH

StampinSher said...

The warm colors of your card is comforting along with the embellishments that add to the texture and layering. Great card.
Thank you for being a participant in the OWH hop.

Dixie Cochran said...

Karen, what a lovely post! Your card is stunning! Thank you for all you do for our heroes and for the S&S Blog. You are an inspiration to me.

Gloria Westerman said...

You have inspired me to get involve in this program....thank you....also I would love to participate in your challenge....I absolutely love your card......thank you

Shelly said...

Beautiful card, Karen! The papers are perfect for the image.

Tammy said...

Another perfect bow maker...super pretty card.
smiles...Tammy

Maggie said...

Very pretty card, gotta love purple. Busy making cards here, sending you an email.

rstuck2003 said...

Purple is my favorite card and this card is gorgeous!!

Robin said...

Lovely card!! The copic coloring is so pretty.

Nancy Y said...

your Copic work is great - I really need practice on that! I love all the layers on this card, they really make it grand!

Renee said...

Beautiful card - love the colors and copic coloring. Thanks also for sharing the story about writing to your DH.

Jillian said...

Beautiful card! I love purple, but I find it very challenging to work with for some reason, so this is a great example for me! :) I also really like how you made the border using, I'm assuming, a pin?! It looks great! I am definitely interested in receiving sketches - I'll be back in touch with you about those. Great blog candy - I LOVE that tractor stamp set!! Happy Hopping! :)

JenMarie said...

What a lovely card, fabulous color combo!
(No need to enter me in the drawing.)

Stephanie said...

What a gorgeous card! the colors are awesome. I would love to help with sketches! I attached the blog to this but my email address is Steph648@aol.com
Thanks!
Steph

Tami said...

WOW what a blog hop. I don't know if I will make them all. Great colors. So pretty.

Marci said...

I love your image and the way you colored it.

Collette said...

Those are my favorite color combinations - purple & green. I love your bright, cheery card, lovely!

The Stamper's Touch said...

Absolutely and positively stunning card!!!! Love it!

Linda

Carmen O. said...

What a beautiful card! I love purple and tulips so this really hits the spot. Beautifully done!

Loni said...

Great card; thx for your work for OWH. Looking forward to my sketch and chance at the great Blog Candy. Hugs, Loni - Stop #55

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Whispers and Wishes said...

Sure enjoyed your post as much as your card... I love the purple tones and the little ribbon bow... I'm looking forward to coming back when I have more time to sit and read...
these blog hops are fast and furious...

~Jeri~ said...

Beautiful card!! I love how you put the ribbon to look as if it's tied around the Tulips. As a military spouse, I thank you for taking part in this awesome blog hop and in OWH!

Maria Levine said...

What a beautiful spring card. LOVE those tulips! Fabulous job.

Ardilla said...

Wow, I like the tulips and the colors you used for this card!!!!
Great work!

Ola said...

I LOVE all the purple in your card!!! I have never hear of OWH until this blog hop.... I'm so excited to get involved!!!

Thanks for Sharing!

xoxo
Ola
okj83 at live dot com

debb said...

What a wonderful card, candy and post! Great way to kick off the hop! Your sketches are wonderful!

lynn said...

wow! this is so gorgeous-love your copics coloring! thanks for adding the giveaway!

dustypenny said...

Lovely flowers!

Lauretta See said...

Beautiful card.. love purple.. :) Spring is in the air with this card.. love it ;)

Thank you for sharing!


Hugs x

Alex said...

What a wonderful and heartfelt post. I too greatly appreciate all the hard work everyone involved with OWH puts in.

Thank you for offering up some AMAZING candy!!!

lisa808 said...

Beautiful card and great coloring of the tulips.

Debbie (Frank) said...

Karen,
Absolutely beautiful card! I love the paper piercing around the tulips!

Cr8ive ME said...

Gorgeous card.

I just sent an email for a sketch. I LOVE sketches.

{hugs}
M.E.

Susan said...

Count me in, emailing you now!
Susan :)

Keira said...

I love your card it is simple yet elegant, I love the way you have coloured the flowers, I am still learning although I have picked pro-markers similiar techniques though. Thanks for showing. Keira

Nancy Keller said...

Hi Karen! I have dropped you an email as well. Always love the challenges and sketches! Thanks for sharing with the blog hop and big hugs to you and Buddy Cat. He does look so cozy. :)

Trinity's Designs and Photography said...

Love the card. Flowers are my favorite! Beautiful colours.

Nancy said...

Wow Karen,
Your card is amazing. I love that image and just finished a card with it myself.
I LOVE the colors you used for yours.
Thanks for offering some awesome blog candy. I plan on joining in your challenge.

Cheryl said...

Great thing you are doing. I just emailed you for a sketch.

Beautiful card. I love the purple and green together.

Lyneen said...

Just getting along on the hop... sorry I missed getting a sketch. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

Stampin Cats said...

card is beautiful.........purple is my favorite color.

nanavf said...

this is a great card. Nancy

Jeanette R. Burke said...

Your card is beautiful. The colors are wonderfull. My sister Heather and my mom LOVE purple. I will be going to check out the digital stamp as well. Ok time to Blog Hop.

Shannon said...

I truly love the colors they are vibrant and beautiful together.

TFS

I sent you an email for the sketch challenge.

Northern Girl Stamper

Shelly Schmidt said...

First- your card is absolutely gorgeous!!! I will try to get a sketch and get some soldier cards made- I send boxes to soldiers and have a box almost ready to go. Awesome idea!!!