Saturday, November 13, 2010

OWH Be My Valentine Bloghop


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!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
  • 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
CHALLENGES:

118 comments:

karlinchen50 said...

Hello a very beautiful card, the design is gorgeous.

Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge
Hugs Karla

Robin said...

pretty card Karen
I've loved the sketch challeges at OWH! I'm sorry to see you go but I'm sure Julie will do a fine job of filling your shoes

Jennifer said...

Great card! Bummed I never did one of your challenges; your cards are cute!

Bonibleaux Designs said...

So SWEET!!

Lisa said...

I love those little owls! Adorable card :)

Janet said...

Love, love the color combination's!

April said...

What a cute stamp and I love the colors!

Julie said...

Super cute card, Karen! And thanks for all the sketches. I have big shoes to fill, for sure!

Raelynn said...

Thank you for all the great sketches!

Jean B in PA said...

Thanks for all you've done, Karen, for OWH! I've just begun to enter some of the challenges and it was encouraging to get your comments.

ThePurplePlace said...

Hi Karen,

Your card is adorable and I'm so happy you are part of the HOP!

I wish I could have played too but Fibro makes it too hard to be on the computer!

I'm so happy you had so many entrants! BEST WISHES to you ALL!

Hugs,
LISA

Trisha said...

What a sweet little card! TFS!

Brenda said...

Beautiful card Karen! Love the turquoise blue withthe red and pink! Lovely colour combination. Sorry to see you go, but as you said, not gone completely! Take care.

Operation Write Home said...

Your card is so sweet as always Karen---LOVE it. And it has no hearts, DIxie will be thrilled to see it, LOL!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for kicking S&S into gear - can you fathom what this has all become!!!

Joanne said...

what a cute image and card! thanks for all your great sketches for OWH, I've enjoyed using them and I'm sure will continue to use them in future projects

K. Joy said...

What an adorable card! I love the colors and the DP!! I'll miss your sketches at the OWH blog! I didn't get to play very often, but they were easy to gain inspiration from when I did! :)

Rhonda said...

Thanks for the sketches that you've done. I don't participate in them but I do print and save them for inspiration later.

Adorable card!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

sweet card!

Bev E said...

Cute card! Thank you for all you have done for OWH!

Patti said...

Cute card and design. I'm an owl fan as you can see on my blog.

Nancy Keller said...

Oh Karen! Thanks so much for all you have done with the sketch challenges - I can't even tell you how much I have enjoyed them! I will be sure to support Julie in her new role and I hope to keep in touch with you - it has always been so nice to see your smiling photo in my comments at Scrap Happens. :) Thank you! Thank you!

Sandy said...

The stamps and colors defintely caught my eye right away!
Sandy
Friend of Scrapping the Magic

Amy said...

Beautiful cards, Karen. Thank you for all you have done for OWH.

Cleota said...

Very beautiful card! A big thank you for all you've done as the admin. I'm sure you'll be missed.

Lost in Paper said...

what a wonderful image... so cute.

Anonymous said...

Adorable card Karen.
Patty
sportsfan80 at aol dot com

Cre8tiveVet said...

Thanks for all of your sketches. I have printed them out and use them frequently when making cards. I also love your Feline Playful site.

Catherine said...

Awww! So adorable! Reminds me of that song we used to sing as kids:
"Janie and Johnny sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!" LOL!
Love the color scheme and paper piercing!

Esmommy said...

cute card TFS

JPScraps said...

Adorable card!

Sheila Smyre said...

Love your cards!

Paige said...

Adorable card! TFS!

FibreJunky said...

Hello!!! So cool to see you stamping!! I'm going to have to follow this blog, too, now! I got my box of goodies...and nearly cried. Some I will be sharing, because I have to pay it forward somehow...and I hope I can use some of it for OWH cards, now that I am more "in the loop". The spousal unit has never been sent overseas, so I guess that's why I've never really known much about the organisation, but now that I do know, I fully intend to do all that I can. Thank you SOOOO much! For everything!
Oh! And I love your card! I have this MFT stamp and it's never been inky. I have to remedy that...

jimlynn said...

SUPER!!! Love it all. And, as always, your paper piercing is wonderful!
Lynn

Samantha said...

beautiful card. I really like the paper piercing! I've loved your sketches..you will be missed!

Yolanda said...

Sweet card. Your sketch challenges have taught me a lot about nice layouts and kept me making a lot of cards. Thanks! I look forward to more from Julie.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Love your card and the inspiration as always. I want you to know that you are really appreciated.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

thank you for everything you have done and enjoy making cards now.

Great card - I have some scraps of those same papers.

Barb Housner

Shirley G said...

Karen, thank you for inspirations. Though I am fairly new to OWH and participating in the I appreciate all you did for OWH and look forward to Julie's ideas.
Thank you again.

njgramma said...

What a lovely card. The colors and image look so good together.
I'm sorry I just found out about your great sketch.. You will be missed.

Valerie said...

Cute card! I really enjoyed your sketches! I

Laura said...

Hello Karen,WOW!I did not know you were an admin for OWH,You really had alot on your plate with SRU and who knows what else you had going.I think it's such a blessing you can send cards to our heroes.Im sure your beautiful cards put a Big smile on a beautiful face.

Patricia said...

I love your red, brown and turquoise color combo here!

txbluiz said...

Great Card!!! Thank you for all you've done with OWH!

MizDenise said...

Thanks for the sketches. As a newbie cardmaker, they have been invaluable! Seeing the way that different cardmakers interpret the sketches has taught me so much!

Ruza said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for everything.

Ann said...

Very cute card!! Thank you for all the wonderful sketch challenges. That's where i always start looking when I need inspiration. We are almost neighbors, I'm from Hutchinson.

Shell said...

Thank you for all you have done, are doing and will still do for OWH.. love the card!

Betty said...

Thank you so inspiring :)

Joanne Travis said...

What a delightful image and so beautifully colored!! Love it.

Bianca said...

One more very beautifull card from you! Thanks for playing with us at Fairy Tale Challenge. xx Bianca

Sharon said...

What a cute card, thanks for sharing and for all the time and support you have provided for OWH!

Rhonda Miller said...

Your card is so cute. TFS.

Attegirl said...

Cute card, like the color combination!

Sherry H said...

Karen, since I joined OWH, I often felt lost about what to make and then your weekly sketch gave me a guide and motivated me! Your cards are so wonderful and I'm glad we'll still be seeing your work at OWH!!

Bonnie said...

Love your card! Thank you so much for your work with OWH.

Ronda said...

Thank you for all you have done for OWH!! Blessings!!

andyjay said...

Really great card! Thanks for all your wonderful sketch challenges. Sorry to hear you're stepping down. Julie has some big shoes to fill, but I'm sure she'll do great!

Wendy said...

Great card! Thank for all your work on the sketch challenges. I hope you get to enjoy lots of card making time in the near future!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful card-your coloring is always fantastic and I love that you spread the word for this great cause!

Heather Grow said...

I love the colors on your card. Thanks for all you do for OWH. You are so generous and talented.

Marianne said...

Karen,
Thanks for doing the sketch challgenes for so long. I was inspired by them all.

SuzAnn said...

love your card! Thanks for all the great sketches and all the best to you.

Disp6194 said...

Very cute card Karen! I just love that image

Tricia said...

How did I not realize that you had another blog besides Feline Playful? I love your cards and I'm adding you to my Reader right now!

Patty said...

Super cute card, that image is just adorable!

grandmalee said...

Thanks for all that you have done to make the OWH S&S blog the success it is today! Your sketches have always been fabulous for the beginner & advanced cardmaker alike! I'm pleased that you will still be with us especially since we'll get to see more of your awesome cards!
THANKS!!!

Ronda Archangelo said...

Sweet card...love the colors and faux stitching!!

Shelley said...

Karen, your card is so cute!

Judy Jackson said...

Thanks for all you have done for OWH!

Lisa said...

That card is absolutely adorable! I've loved the sketches...appreciate you!

Paula said...

Terrific card Karen, as usual. Thanks for all the hard work you've done coordinating sketches and enjoy your extra crafting time.

Sharon said...

Beautiful card. Love the colors you used

helloholley said...

love your color combo and your card is amazing!!!
You've done an awesome job with the sketches ;)

Anita said...

Super cute card!

Cropaddict said...

Love your card. Thanks for all your hard work creating the sketches, etc.

Dixie Cochran said...

Thank you, Karen, for your dedication to OWH! You have such a huge talent!

Courtney Johnston said...

too cute! I love them!!

Collette said...

Very sweet card! Love it.

Cheryl said...

I just made 40 cards using one of your sketches. Thanks for all you've done. LOVE the card.

Rufus said...

Thanks for all your work with Stars and Stamps!
R/

Kris said...

I love your sketches! Thanks for sharing them with us, they're an inspiration not just for cards but scrapbook pages as well. :D

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great card!

mforquer said...

Beautiful card! Love the wonderful colors - I'm sure you will be missed at OWH. Thanks for all your efforts - and thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations this week!
Melissa

Just Me said...

Those owls are absolutely adorable.

Saskia said...

Beautiful card!

Great to see your work at Crafty Creations Challenge! Thanks for joining us and good luck!

Sweet greetings, Saskia :)

Cathy said...

Karen, I love the paper piercing around the edges. It adds such depth!

Carrie said...

this is so cute, you use the best dp! love it

Annette22 said...

so cute love your colors and papers

thanks a lot for playing with us at our very first Fairytale challenge

hugs

Annette

Donna Heber said...

Karen,

A wonderful card and for a great cause. Love those owls and designer paper!

Shelley said...

The collective creativity on this bloghop is truly stunning!
Shelley
scrapshopinaboxabagandabasket.blogspot.com

KarenS said...

Your card is beautiful. Have fun making cards and thanks for all you've done for OWH!

Brenda Hugar said...

Great card, love those birds with the heart faces. We'll miss you and your creativity, but wish you the best in the future. Take care and thanks so much for making OWH the great organization it is!

loyaz said...

Great card! And I want to thank you for all that you do!
DianeL
loyaz1 at wbhsi dot net

Lori said...

Love these colours together, thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations, we're happy to have you!

Sara said...

Hi Karen, Beautiful card! Love the color combo, thanks for playing along with SSD!

§hawnie® said...

Karen;

Thank you for creating such a beautiful card!

Blessings;
~§hawnie®

Christine said...

great card as always, thanks for your work on the S&S blog sorry to hear you are stepping down...

lindy said...

Your sketches have been very inspiring. We'll miss them but wish you lots of creative card making time.

darling Ho said...

What a lovely card! The color you used is pretty!
Thanks for you join our 1st challenge at Fairy Tale Challenge.
~~darling Ho~~ FTC DT

JessicaLynn said...

Great card.

Please come and visit my blog too!
Jessica Lynn
http://jessicalynnoriginal.blogspot.com/

pennyd said...

I have really enjoyed using your sketches and have kept them for inspiration. Thank you for all that wonderful creativity.

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Your owls are darling! And thanks for all you've done for OWN on the admin team, Karen--enjoy getting back to the cardstock trenches. . . .

PokSa said...

I looks fantastic.
Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.

Diane Clark-Sutton said...

Karen,
cute card. Love the owls.

Nancy F. said...

Karen, this is such a cute card and it inspired me to get out some lace I've been saving and actually use it! Thanks also for all the work you've done for OWH.

carol said...

I've been inspired by your sketches- THANK YOU! Enjoy your time making cards. I know they will be full of love.

Dawn said...

A BIG thank you for all you have done for this OWH.
You will be missed-
Thank you for joining us this week at
Craft Your Passion Challenges
Hope you join us each week.

Card Crazy said...

Love your card - love this hop. Love OWH!
Sue S.

Ashley said...

what adorable owls...tfs :)

Vieve said...

Thanks for the time you spent creating sketches! Glad to hear you will still be participating though!

KER said...

very cute card...thanks for all you've done

Ola said...

This is such a stunning card!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Hi Karen, I love your Valentine card today! Thanks for all you do and have done for OWH and for helping me learn all the blog admin stuff too! Without you I'd have been lost ;) I so appreciate you! I'm off to welcome Julie now ;)

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Thank you for sharing your very cute card.

Pam~ said...

Beautiful post and I'm heading over to vote. Your card is so cute and I know someone will really enjoy receiving that to send to someone special!

Anonymous said...

i have voted twice! hope to keep going once a day!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Лисёна said...

What funny owl! =))))))