Saturday, May 23, 2015

Operation Write Home: Finishing Strong Bloghop



Hello Friends and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!

It’s time once again to celebrate Memorial Day with the biggest bloghop on the block! We’ve held this hop year after year, and it’s always full of such great inspiration. 2015 is a little different for us: we’re asking all of YOU to help us share our final campaign with the crafty world: Finishing Strong!  Operation Write Home is nearing the finish line of our mission, and all cards must be received by us before August 1st 2015. We want to spread the word to everyone who’s got cards they’ve been meaning to send in! We will be closing after that date, so if they’ve always wanted to help our service members, it’s now the time to send in cards.  Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year.  All cards need to be sent in to OWH before August 1st, 2015, so I am hoping to get the word out!!  You can help by passing this along to any card makers that you know!!

The theme for this Blog Hop is to make a red, white and blue card using one of the following themes::

    *  Love cards
    * Missing You cards
    * Thank you cards
    * Birthday cards
    * Any Hero cards with notes inside written TO them!

We encourage using one of the OWH sketches here.  Please follow the guidelines posted HERE.

For my first card I used OWH Sketch #254 and just tweaked it a bit!


For the rest of my cards I used a bunch of different dies that I have to make the cards and I didn't follow a sketch.  If you have never tried a sketch ~ YOU really should try one of the OWH Sketches because they are wonderful and free!!  Now here is the rest of my cards:







 
 
So what do you think?  Will our heroes like sending any of these cards home to their loved ones?  Do you have a favorite one?  Do you want to know what dies I used for one of the cards.  Let me know in the comments area and I will get back to you!

I hope I have inspired you to make something beautiful today!  And please spread the word that all cards for OWH need to reach them before August 1st!!

Please be sure to go to the OWH Stars and Stamps blog to see the list of participants and be sure to leave the creative ladies some LOVE on their blogs.

Thank you to all our Heroes (past and present) and their families for all that they do for the USA!

Happy Memorial Day!!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Lori

39 comments:

  1. Love all your patriotic cards!

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  2. oh my- what a wonderful group of cards!!! I love the fox-and your use of kraft with the red, white and blue. Thanks for the great inspiration to use more dies!

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  3. Cute cards - my favorites are the basket of flowers and the box with Love balloons. I use a lot of dies in my card making too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Great card! I love the "I love you to pieces" with the adorable quilt piece on it! Have a great day!

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  5. On the first one-at least on my screen...that bit of white around the edge is looking illuminated which is very cool.

    I also like your using kraft in this color combo.

    I am very into hexagons right now so you know I am liking all the cards!

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  6. I like all of them, but the thanks is my favorite hands down! Love the mixed media feel to it.

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  7. Loving all that red, white, and blue!! Great cards Lori!
    Lynn

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  8. Your last card is my fave...I like all the textures, both visual as actual!

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  9. Great group of cards. It's hard to choose but I think I'd have to say the flower basket is my favorite. Gorgeous detail in that die for sure!

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  10. I love how you put those dies together. I don't have one of those machines, but when I see cards like yours it peaks my interest! Your cards look fun, and if I were a deployed service member I would be honored to send one home!

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  11. Great cards. Love all the different die cuts.
    April

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  12. Great take on our current sketch - love the chicken wire element on the first card. Every card is so interesting to look at, difficult to choose, but I like last card best - the papers with the thanks die and that mesh die is something else!

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  13. Oh my goodness--what a terrific group of cards! The first one makes me think Navy as I see a porthole & the last one is so gorgeous with all the beautiful elements! Thanks for noticing my balloon card & enjoy your weekend!

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  14. Love you to pieces is my favorite. I actually made a quilt like this. Great card.

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  15. Hi Lori! Who could choose from all these gorgeous cards you've created! But I am partial to the card where you used the red bandanna print for the word die. I love that! You have done so much for OWH and can always be proud. I hope we all continue to stay in touch!

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  16. Lori your cards are excellent. Each one is prettier than the next. Great job. Thanks for your support of OWH.

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  17. Truly beautiful! I'm glad to have found you!

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  18. It's a veritable parade of red white and blue! Thanks so much for sharing, Lori! :) :) :)

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  19. Your patriotic collection is fabulous!! I just love all the different ways you've used the red, white, and blue to make cards! I especially love those hollyhocks!! NJ on all!

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  20. Wonderful patriotic cards! The fox is my favorite!

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  21. Wow, Lori, you did such an amazing job with each card!! What a fabulous assortment of cards!! I love them all!! The designs and papers are so beautiful!! You did an awesome job my friend, and for such a great cause!! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  22. Fabulous cards, I love all of the different designs and papers!

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  23. Wow you have been busy! They are all wonderful but I especially like the one with the poppy die cut. So pretty ~ thanks for sharing

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  24. Oh my gosh, Lori, you've been busy! Just love what you did with paper collection -- one of my all-time favorites, by the way.

    Thanks for all you've done for OWH. Going to sign up to follow your blog to keep up on your crafting adventures. :)

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  25. That's a terrific collection of cards, and I know our heroes will love sending them back home. Well done!

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  26. I have that love-balloon die - and never thought of using it that way! I've just gotten another great idea!!!
    THANKS!

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  27. MY GOODNESS you are a busy crafter. A master die cutter I see! Love how you inlayed some of your dies - really makes them great to send in the mail but gives them such a pop.

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  28. Lori, These are fantastic cards. Your patriotic collection is fabulous. I was so sad when I found out that they where not going the cards anymore. My friends and I have been doing this for a long time and have a box. Glad their are not as many troops to send them to but will miss doing them.
    Hugs, Pat♥

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  29. Lori, what a bunch of fabulous cards! You have some awesome dies! I LOVE the chicken wire die. Will you share who makes it? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Ann ~ that die is a La La Land Diamond Wire die: http://www.scrapyland.com/La-La-Land--Dies--Diamond-Wire_p_67194.html

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  30. What a fun assortment of patriotic cards. Those die cuts are perfect for OWH cards. Thanks for your support of OWH.

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  31. Wow, your set of die cut cards are wonderful and will certainly be appreciated by many !

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  32. Awesome cards!
    I love the red, white and blue on the Kraft-it really highlights the colors.

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  33. You certainly have incredible talent. I simply adore that last card...beautiful. The basket card looks divine...love the dies

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  34. Oh my goodness Lori, these are all truly amazing and such a work of love! I know these will all be loved!

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  35. What wonderful cards, love the hexies! They make such playful, fun designs.

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  36. SO MANY beautiful cards!! The last one is my favorite :D

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  37. Wonderful cards. I like your use of dies.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment! I love reading them!!