MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Yes, it is true.  Operation Write Home’s mission is accomplished.  What a blessing this organization has been to help our service people, selflessly fighting for our freedoms so far away from home, keep in touch with their loved ones.  Closing the doors of OWH means that many of our deployed heroes have come home or hopefully will be home soon. The card makers finished strong and Sandy, the founder of OWH, has enough cards to send to her contacts through 2016.  I feel honored to have been part of OWH and hope my cards brought smiles to the faces of the recipients.

What to do with my cards?  After researching a variety of organizations, I have decided to donate cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids, which is an organization whose purpose is to create and collect donated handmade cards to be distributed to children while they are inpatients at Children’s Hospitals.  I plan to make cards for birthday, cheer, and encouragement for the staff members to give to the kids, as well as cards for kids to give to their parents for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Because this is a time of transition with my card making, I thought it was a perfect time to update my blog and will be tweaking it in the next week or so.  I am excited to have a new focus for my cards and hope they elicit many smiles from kids.  Let me know what you think of my new design so far!

Need Colors?

 

Patterned Paper - Thank You

Patterned Paper – Thank You

Last week I worked on cards that were mostly white, so this week I needed some pops of color on my projects. Lively colors can help shake off the winter doldrums, if you ask me.

Patterned Paper - Birthday

Patterned Paper – Birthday

All of these cards are for OWH, and believe it or not now is the time to make Mother’s Day cards for them.  Below are three that I made using 6×6 patterned paper pads.  I love how well they mix and match.

 

Patterned Paper - Mother's Day

Patterned Paper – Mother’s Day

Patterned Paper - Mother's Day 2

Patterned Paper – Mother’s Day 2

Patterned Paper - Mother's Day 3

Patterned Paper – Mother’s Day 3

My favorite is the 3rd Mother’s Day card because of the retro feel to the colors and patterns.  I will be working on more pops of color this weekend with watercolor and will share soon.  TGIF!

Operation Write Home Blog Hop 2014

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OWH Sketch 179

OWH Sketch 179

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I promise to keep this short and sweet. This card was inspired by OWH Sketch 179 (turned on its side) and Little Yellow Bicycle papers called Vintage Summer which have soft, worn colors. The tag is also from LYB and bears the perfect sentiment for a love card. Although Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer, be sure to pause and remember all the heroes who died in service to our country. Thanks for hopping by, and click on the OWH flag at the top of this post to return to the hop.

OWH 2014 Memorial Day Blog Hop - Red, White, & Blue Love Card

OWH 2014 Memorial Day Blog Hop – Red, White, & Blue Love Card

Cards for Dads, cont.

Here is my second installment of Father’s Day cards I made for OWH.

Dad Card - Service Station Attendant

Dad Card – Service Station Attendant

I actually remember when service station attendants actually existed and it brings back such a nostalgic feeling. I can almost smell the gasoline and motor oil. The tire track stamp and diamond plate embossing folder went along perfectly with the theme. The stamps are by Tim Holtz and the embossing folder is from Sizzix.

Father's Day Card - Car Theme

Father’s Day Card – Car Theme

To continue the car theme (kind of near and dear to my heart since my own dad worked at Ford for many, many years), I used a car stamp – which I am SURE must be a Ford – with lots of gears and bolt stamps. I mimicked the gear shape in the two circular pieces and got a little more “mileage” out of the tire track stamp (pun intended). The car stamp is from a set called Dude, which was designed by OWH’s founder Sandy Allnock and is produced by Hero Arts.  Gear shape pieces are from Cricut’s Elegant Edges cartridge.

Dad Card - Fore My Dad

Dad Card – Fore My Dad

This golf card will hit a hole in one for many dads out there. I don’t remember who made the golfer stamp but the saying is from Unity Stamps.

Father's Day Card - Lovely as a Tree

This card uses Stampin Up’s Lovely as a Tree stamped in light gray, and I thought the masculine color combination set it off nicely.

Anyhero Card - Off the Charts by Stampin Up

Anyhero Card – Off the Charts by Stampin Up

Included in each box sent to OWH we include “anyhero” cards. These cards have thank you notes written inside and are dispersed to the military folks who sacrifice and work so hard to keep us safe and free. A big thank you to Judy for writing out half of the anyhero cards and saving my poor hand from aching. The stamp is from a retired Stampin Up set called Off the Chart, so I thought the eyeglasses at the top of the chart set it off just right. The glasses were made with my Cricut cartridge called Nifty Fifties.

Box of Father's Day Cards for OWH

Box of Father’s Day Cards for OWH

Lastly, here is what a box of 278 cards and envelopes looks like just before it is taped up and taken to the post office.

Now I am off to start a brand new batch. Thanks for looking and putting up with all my puns!

More Critters

Because I love Cricut’s Create-A-Critter cartridge so much, I am sharing a few more of my favorite cards made with it.  Most were created for OWH except for the giraffe baby card, which was made for my sweet friend Pat when her granddaughter was born.  I took the liberty of using glittered paper on that one (a no-no for OWH) so of course I had to take a good picture of it!

Missing you is ruff

Missing you is ruff

G'day Koala

G’day Koala

Monkey card topper

Monkey card topper

Owl's it goin?

Owl’s it goin?

Tons of Thanks

Tons of Thanks

Giraffe baby card by special request

Giraffe baby card, by special request

Giraffe baby card close up, glittered paper

Giraffe baby card close up, glittered paper

I wish I had taken a better picture of the completed monkey card but forgot before they were all boxed up and sent, so I will just have to make more so I can get a better photo.  I was happy that some of my punny sentiments went right along with the critters.  TGIF!

Hickory Road Inn, Batesville

This past weekend some crafty friends and I tried out a new crafting B&B, the Hickory Road Inn, in Batesville, Indiana.  Unfortunately, Traci is recuperating from being very ill and hospitalized with pneumonia and other issues, and we missed her smiling face and crafty inspiration immensely.  Get well, Traci!  Take good care of yourself because we have lots of creating to do in the future!

The Hickory Road Inn was very comfy and cozy, and the innkeepers Leacarol & Jerry prepared delicious breakfasts for us and made our stay extra special.   Here are some pictures of our accommodations:

Kitchen - Hickory Road Inn

Kitchen – Hickory Road Inn

Bedroom downstairs

Bedroom downstairs

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1

Barb is so talented with her embroidery machine and made these very special wine glasses for each of us with our embroidered initials.  Thanks Barb!

Wine glasses that Barb made

Initialed wine glasses that Barb made

Terri finished her Hawaii scrapbook and Lisa finished her 12 Days of Christmas embroidery panels, both of which have been works in progress for a little while.  They turned out so beautifully!  Ronda and Teresa continue to amaze us with their natural card-making talents.  Kim worked on cards and her scrapbook, Judy got lots of cards marked off her long list, and they both have a new-found love of Versafine ink.  Such a productive weekend!

I focused on making some thank you cards for my daughter-in-law who works with the deaf community, birthday cards to fill special request, as well as some Mother’s Day cards for Operation Write Home.  I finished enough cards to fill a large-sized priority box which will be sent out to OWH this week, and about 25 Anyhero cards will be included thanks to Ronda writing out so many.  The Anyhero cards go to the deployed service men and women and thank them for their service, sacrifices, and dedication to keeping us safe and free!

Thank You card

Thank You cards for Maura

Mother's Day with Butterflies

Mother’s Day with Butterflies on Embossed Background

Mother's Day Pastel

Mother’s Day, Pastel

Hero card

Anyhero card

Hero card - close up of embossing

Anyhero card – close up of embossed stars

Crafting in progress

Crafting in progress

Craft Room

Craft Room

Craft Room - Terri and Judy

Craft Room – Terri and Judy setting up

We had cool weather on Friday and delightfully warm and sunny weather on Saturday, which we took advantage of by walking through the woods on the property.  Saturday’s weather was such a special treat because we knew Sunday was forecasted to be icy and snowy.   Unfortunately, the ice arrived earlier than expected so we headed out bright and early Sunday morning so we could get home before more ice and snow crusted the earth.  We had hoped to stay until 2:00 in the afternoon or so but oh well, better safe than sorry I guess.  Mother Nature has caused us to leave our last two crafting retreats early – first for thunderstorms and tornadoes and this time for ice and snow.  I think Mother Nature must be going through menopause and I sure hope she snaps out of it soon!!  Bring on spring!

A Box of 327 Sent, Thanks To Friends and Family!

Hurray!  The large flat rate box was mailed to OWH last week and included 284 love/valentine cards and 43 Anyhero cards.  It seems that I get writer’s cramp so quickly these days, so I am thankful to those who helped me write out the Anyhero cards!  I am also thankful to my friends who, at our previous girls’ weekend, helped me assemble the last of the bunch of regular cards.  Without all this extra help, I would not have been able to get the box sent in soon.  Thank you!!

Valentine card, silver embossing

Valentine card, silver embossing

Valentine card with patterned paper\

Stampin Up Language of Friendship

Stampin Up Language of Friendship

Full box of cards

Full box of cards

Anyhero Card, Snowman

Anyhero Card, Snowman

Anyhero Card, Christmas Tree

Anyhero Card, Christmas Tree

Full box with Anyhero cards added on top

Full box with Anyhero cards added on top

There were also some cards geared toward children; maybe I will upload those at a later date.  Now that it is snowing like crazy, I might get to write a few more posts this weekend.  Be safe out there!