Hi everyone! Welcome to the Operation Write Home Be My Valentine Bloghop! If you arrived here from Sandy's blog, It's A Colourful World, 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 then head on over to the OWH Stars and Stamps blog so you can start from the beginning!
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. If you love making handmade cards and want to be part of a wonderful group of crafters supporting a great cause you've found your new home! We are passed the deadline for holiday cards and busy making valentine's before the January 7th deadline.
I first discovered Operation Write Home on the SCS Cards for a Cause forum and am so very glad I did. At that same time stampers were forming blog groups on SCS and I very much wanted to join a blog group with other stampers who were also making cards for Operation Write Home so I followed a link from the Operation Write Home main blog to Stamphaven where I pestered everyone about starting an OWH blog group. Of course it was just before the big holiday card deadlines and my timing was way off but the sweetheart that Sandy is she still left me a comment saying she would look into it after the holidays.
The holidays came and went and I started to forget about it then one day I recevied a newsletter from Operation Write Home announcing the OWH Stars and Stamps blog. I can't tell you how overjoyed I was to hear the news and have been a HUGE fan ever since! Shortly after that I happily joined the admin team and have been the crazy voice behind the sketch challenges ever since.
Although I'm not leaving Operation Write Home and will continue to play along in the challenges as much as possible after a lot of thought it is with a heavy heart I share with all of you my decision to step down from the admin team so I'm able to spend more time making cards again. I'm very honored that I was able to share all I have with OWH Stars and Stamps and am blessed for all the wonderful friends I've made! You are all the very BEST!!! A special thanks to Sandy for her heart of gold!
I also have the pleasure of introducing to you the new Sketch Challenge Coordinator but before I do so I have a HUGE favor to ask!!! Operation Write Home crafters particpated in the JoAnn's Craft For A Cause Contest and Operation Write Home made it into the top 3 for a chance to win $50,000. $50,000 would sure go a long way towards covering shipping costs, especially during the busy holiday season! You decide which charity receives the $50,000 by voting HERE. The other two organizations, Project Linus and American Cancer Society, are equally as wonderful but it would mean the world to me if you are not already voting for one of them if you would take a few moments to vote for Operation Write Home. You are able to vote once per email address per 24-hour period. Voting ends at midnight on December 4th.
And now I'm very excited to introduce to you the new Sketch Challenge Coordinator, Julie Fountain! Julie will bring lots of fresh new ideas to OWH Stars and Stamps as well as more sketches to inspire you. To see Julie's beautiful artwork hop on over to her blog, Handmade by Julie, and enjoy the rest of the bloghop!
Thanks for hopping by... hope you have a purr-fect day!
- Stamps: Owls and Bluebells (My Favorite Things), Basket O Flopsey (My Favorite Things)
- Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, PTI White, Heart Throb Stripe and Sweet Nothings Patterned Paper (BoBunny Press)
- Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics R20, R22, R24, E25, E29
- Other: White Lace, Red Fiber, Flowers, White Button, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, Metallic Silver Dew Drops, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape