29 May 2010

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop!

Hi there!

If you are part of the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop, you must have come here from Kimber McGray's blog.  In that case, you have arrived at the correct place!  However, if you are not a participant in the blog hop, consider starting from the beginning.  There are a lot of blogs ahead of mine that you don't want to miss out on!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Operation Write Home, please allow me to share with you some information about this wonderful program.  There are a few ladies around the United States (who are quite amazing and dedicated) who have devoted their time to collect cards and send them to our service men and women across seas.  As a card maker, you can send as many cards to them as you wish.  To date, Operation Write Home has sent 400,000+ cards overseas.  Isn't that wonderful?  Better yet, try imagining how many homemade cards you could donate to this wonderful organization.  What a great way to be creative and support our troops!

Without further ado, I want to show a new card that I made just for this blog hop:

Our theme for this blog hop was appropriately red, white, and blue.  However, I had to sneak in a little yellow to make the card pop.  Although you can't really tell from the card, the star has foam underneath so that it lifts above the card.  I distressed the edges of both the yellow and white sheets of paper.  The base of the card is also distressed with Close to My Heart's Chocolate Distressing Ink.

On a much more serious note, the reason that these cards are made is to help support our service men and women who protect our freedom in the United States.  I could not be more appreciative of their efforts that they put forth every single day.  Each person that enlists has a little something extra inside of them that gives them courage and perseverance.

In this day and age, it's sometimes difficult to connect to our soldiers.  During World War II, (according to our history text), our nation was very much dedicated to the war movement.  While not to say that in 2010 our country is not supportive of our soldier's efforts, other "breaking news" tends to get in the way.  Operation Write Home is a special way to indirectly make a difference in our soldier's lives.  My simple hour or two of crafting can make 5-8 different cards.  In turn, those cards can be used to brighten up the day of our soldiers and their loved ones.  I couldn't ask for a better way to make a difference and based on the testimonies that Operation Write Home receives, I know that I'll be making cards for this organization for a long time to come.

For those of you who took part of our previous blog hop, you may remember learning from my blog that I started Operation Write Home service events on my college campus.  I am happy to report that my fellow classmates and myself have made 200+ cards this spring semester.  I can't wait to see how many cards we will churn out next semester!

In the mean time, it's best to continue on with our amazing blog hop.  By the way, can we give a round of applause to Miss Sandy Allnock?  I am amazed by the efforts she has taken to put this hop together! 

To hear the dedication of another stamper, please click this link that will take you to Erin Sim's blog. 

Also, my challenge to you is this: if you have the chance, put your American flag out this weekend.  While it may seem like a simple challenge, we just don't see many flags flying outside anymore.  Let's make our neighborhoods flourish with a little bit more red, white, and blue this Memorial Day weekend.  It may just inspire others to do the same.  :]

26 May 2010

A Little Birdie Told Me...

This week, I have participated in the S&S Sketch Challenge #18.  You were required to use three small squares that laid underneath a larger rectangle.  I am very happy with the outcome and it should result in a nice "Thank You" card for someone special overseas. :)

My next post?  The Stars and Stamps Blog Hop!  Yay!  Not yet signed up?  Go to this link.  It's going to be a lot of fun and you will undoubtedly run into tutorials, challenges, and maybe a little bit of blog candy!

25 May 2010

Close to My Heart

Oh my!  I finally held the CTMH summer catalog today and got to page through all of its lovely contents.  It was very difficult to choose which products I wanted to purchase - everything looked appealing!  You will have to check back on my blog throughout the summer to see which items I picked. ;)

In the mean time, I have finally had time to sit down and create a card for the Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  The challenge was to create a card using a stamp as the background image.

If you wish, you can click on the card to view a larger image.  For this card, I used the stamp from the Felicity collection that was released in January (I believe).  I also used the "Hello There" stamp from the Twitterpated stamp collection.  All in all, this took me about an hour to make and I am very happy with the outcome.  It's a nice spring-y card that will hopefully please one of our nation's service men or women to use to send to their home!