Saturday, March 20, 2010

Operation Write Home -- Bloghop!

If you are not yet familiar with Operation Write Home, this awesome organization collects handmade greeting cards from crafters all over the United States and ships them to troops overseas for them to use to write to their families back home.


If this is your first stop in today's bloghop, please take the time to return to the start of the hop HERE.

Welcome! The new Kioshi line from Basic Grey has been calling my name since it arrived last week. The colors and patterns are perfect for spring! I used four different patterned papers as well as chipboard embellishments from the Kioshi Collection for this all-occasion card.

My reason for making cards for OWH is simple: I would love my husband to send me cards when he is deployed so I am sure that there are many other family members who feel the same way. I especially love to include Any Hero notes with each package as I want to do my part to make sure that every service member knows his/her sacrifice and devotion is very much appreciated.

Here's a picture of my hero and I from his commissioning ceremony a few years ago. He has proudly served our country for the past 13 years and is currently training away from home to prepare for an upcoming deployment. Love you!


Now time for some Blog Candy! These are a few of my favorite things--Tombo liquid glue, American Crafts envelops, brads, buttons, glazed brads, paper frills and chipboard!!! To enter to win, just leave a comment. Easy! If you follow the blog, leave a second comment and if you decide to become a Facebook Fan, leave yet another comment. The winner will be chosen using random.org on Monday!


If you'd like to help by making some cards of your own and sending them to OWH that would be great! Keep in mind that the deadline for Mother's Day cards is April 1--this is the date that they must reach the shipper.

Next up is Lori's Purple Giraffes. I LOVE Lori's card. She has included a step-by-step video demonstrating how she made her card. I need to learn a few techniques from Lori!

115 comments:

Darlene Plotinski said...

Hi Melissa! I'm the stop before you on the hop. Your card is beautiful! I'm going to have to go shopping for some Basic Grey now LOL! Such a nice blog post and wonderful pic of you both :-)

digirl said...

Thanks to you and your hero for all your sacrifices! Very much appreciated! And you card is awesome!

Vieve said...

Love the card, that bird is fantastic...matches the patterned paper perfectly!

I am now a follower and fan on facebook...love that blog candy! Thanks for the chance to enter...

And a BIG thanks to you and your hero! I appreciate your courage and will to serve!

Tami B. said...

Thank you for all you do and to your husband for his service. I adore what you did with the new BG line. Such a cutie card.

txbluiz said...

oh there's that beautiful paper again... I think it's calling my name now :-)

beautiful card and thanks for the inspiration!!

Windy Robinson said...

Cute card Melissa! Thanks for the inspiration:)

Karen McAlpine said...

Basic Grey paper is so cute!! And I am still loving all things birdie this spring

Karen McAlpine said...

I am a follower now.

...Darlene said...

The cards just keep getting better and better. I love this cute birdie.

Thank you for sharing your Hero with us!

darlene a

Operation Write Home said...

Cute card - I can see why the BG set called to you!

What a great picture of you and your hero - thank you for your sacrifices for us all!!

Erica said...

Great card. I am a huge Basic Grey fan too!

Meg Bean said...

What a wonderful card - I can't wait to get some of that BG paper now!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. I love the pic of you and your hubby. Thanks for sharing your story.

Rhonda Miller said...

I am a follower.

SuzAnn said...

I adore Basic Gray and you rocked this card! Thanks to you and your DH for all the sacrifices you make.

Anonymous said...

I struggle using patterned paper and you make it look so easy. Thanks for the inspiration! robinski6 at yahoo dot com

Paula said...

This is a stunning card! I can see chipboard in my future :) Your hero is a hero to all of us too. Thank you for your sacrifice. Nothing is more exciting then knowing how much a simple card can mean to the family members of those who serve.

Nadine said...

operation write home looks really interesting.

Dawn said...

First of all a huge Thank you, to you and your husband for all you do to keep us safe! Thank you so so much!

second, your card is adorable, I love that bird.

and third, best blog cany i've seen so far. Yummy!

Jeanne said...

Great cards! Thanks to your husband for his service.

jeanne706 at yahoo dot com

Jeanne said...

Now I'm a follower!

Jeanne said...

...and a facebook fan. :o)

Thanks for the blog candy.

Betty said...

Great job on the card :)

Lori said...

Hi Melissa!
Your card is adorable...I love the colors and that bird is just awesome! Thanks for ths nice comment on my blog...and thank you to your and your husband for your service. It is very much appreciated!

levelsoflight said...

Your card is really beautiful. The patterned papers in the background really work well together. I love the bird, too! Very creative! I'm inspired!

AprilsL8 said...

Love your bird!! Cute card!


AprilsL8@windstream.net

lavendarrose29 said...

Your card is gorgeous. I love Basic grey. You cant go wrong with it. Thanks for sharing and tell your husband thank you for my freedom. I am so aware of how n=much I have because of Brave Men and Women who serve so I can be home with my family. My kids and I are going to work on cards this next week to send. I just became a fan and follower

hiscreation2 said...

What a fabulous card! Big thanks from a VET with a neice currently deployed.
hiscreation2@hotmail.com

hiscreation2 said...

Following you!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

HI Melissa, Your card today is so cute! I love the bird you used and the panels behind it are not easy to do! I also loved the picture of you and your hero, thanks to you both for your faithful service to our country.

Wendy said...

Thanks for showcasing the new paper. Just lovely cards!

Wendy said...

Melissa your card is toooo stinkin' cute! I also love Basic Grey! The chipboard embellishments are so fun! Please pass along a personal "Thank You" to your hubby for doing what he does. I pray for his safety and that he gets to come home soon.

TN Granny said...

Melissa,
I love Basic Grey papers and I especially love your card so cute.
God bless you and your husband.
Jeanine #14 on the blog hop

Bekah's World said...

Beautiful card - you're right that set is so fun! And as a fellow military wife I must say thank you for helping OWH keep families together in heart despite being apart because of duty.

Bekah's World said...

I am a Facebook Follower.

Bekah's World said...

I am a Follower on your blog.

Fabre said...

OK, first of all THANKS for enabling me to go buy the Kioshi line of BG, it is beautiful (as is your card!!!). Big thanks to you and your husband for your dedication and service! I'm following your blog!

Anita said...

Beautiful card!

Marianne said...

Love the chipboard bird.
Thanks for the blog candy I'm sure someone will be very surprised in winning it.

JenMarie said...

Oh how CUTE, love that birdie!!
Great pic!
(no need to enter me in the drawing)

rstuck2003 said...

Love the card and the paper!

rstuck2003 said...

I am now a follower of your blog!

rstuck2003 said...

I just became a fan of yours on facebook!

Erica said...

Great card. Thank your husband for his service and thank you too. We know you make sacrifices too.

Renee said...

Love the rounded edges on the background strips and that bird is too cute!

Julie said...

I love the way you rounded the corners on those vertical dp strips. Totally gonna CASE that!

Be sure and tell your husband we all said "thank you for your service!"

silvia said...

Fun card!! LOVE the bird!! Hugs to your DH.

Dixie Cochran said...

That's a "Delovely" card! That's a beautiful paper collection, and you've done a clever job creating this card. Thanks! Thank you too for sharing your hero with us!

Hannah said...

Thank you and your handsome hubby for your sacrifice for this country. Cute card too!

Marci said...

This is so cute!!!!

~Jeri~ said...

What a great card!!! I love that little bird!!!

Please pass on my family's prayers and thanks to your family and husband for your service and sacrifices!!

As a military spouse and someone new to OWH, I thank you for taking part in this awesome blog hop and in OWH!

~Jeri~ said...

I'm now a follower of your blog as well!!

Kas said...

Great picture of you and hubby!! love the background on your card!

Melissa Rossi said...

Hi Melissa! I'm Melissa too, and also a Navy Wife. Your card is adorable- I love the colors

Martha said...

Whoa, such cool papers! Basic Grey does it again, lol. You used them so effectively. Thanks for the inspiration...and the enabling lol.

grandmalee said...

Thanks to you & your hubby for all you've done for our country! My daughter is in the Nat. Guard, & will be deployed back overseas to Afghanistan this time, so I understand your feelings for OWH. I just adore your card & all of those beautiful colors! You really have such a talented eye! Thanks for joining in the hop & getting the word out about OWH!

Whispers and Wishes said...

really a beautiful card and such a nice RAK. thanks for sharing your story with us. Your Husband's service is deeply appreciated.

kimberley martini said...

Thank you for your service. I think I will have to check out the Basic Gray paper now.

Sanwanya said...

what a beautiful card,love the basic grey!!

Janice said...

What a great card, the chipboard bird is so cute. Also thanks to you and family for serving. The display of the flag and your son's photo is awe-inspiring.

shelly said...

love your card, i just bought some of that paper. thanks for the great idea. i hope your hubby stays safe!

Lynn's Magnolia Haven said...

I just wanted to say your cards are lovely, My son is overseas and my husband is retired Army, so we know what its like to be apart from one another, Im totally getting involved with this, and I'm very excited
Thanks for inspiration
Lynn in Lancaster Ca

-- said...

Your card is very pretty. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Cyn said...

Thanks for sharing your story..and I am thankful for people like your hubby that keep us safe!

Gloria Westerman said...

Love your card and that DP is awesome....thank you for sharing.....and a big thank you to your DH for protecting us....

Gloria Westerman said...

And I became a follower of your blog....

Cathy... said...

Melissa, this card is absolutely FAB!! I love every little thing about it and those Kioshi papers are making their way to my door as I type this. Thank you so much for your family's service and the sacrifices you all make on a daily basis.Thanks for being a part of this hop too!

Cathy... said...

I'm following your blog now too:)

Merry's Musings said...

what a wonderful blog post, thanks so much, I loved reading about your hero. Please tell him thank you for his service to our country, I do admire our military so much! Your card is just perfect, someone WILL LOVE to get that card.

buglvr2010 said...

Your card is beautiful...love the patterned paper and that little bird is so sweet. Thanks for the chance to win blog candy.

Corri

buglvr2010 said...

I'm a follower now!

Corri

Lauretta See said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh that is such a TWEET card :)) love it.. great color combo also..

hugs x

laurlynn said...

Hope your dh will be able to write home more often. Thanks to him and all serving!

laurlynn said...

Following your blog too!

laurlynn said...

FB fan too!

Kajikit said...

That card is so fun it made me smile to see it... :)

Kajikit said...

I added you to the list of blogs I follow...

Rufus said...

Ohhhhh, another thing to add to the want list! Now I WANT that paper! Love BG papers, but hadn't seen this one yet. What a great pic of your and your hubby. Please thank him for his service and thank you too. Since the families serve also! That's why I send as many cards as possible to OWH. Thanks to you for your support of OWH and the rest of our Heroes. (Even if you are married to one of them!)
R/

Anonymous said...

Great work as always!

smilee1079 at aol

Anonymous said...

I am a facebook fan too.

smilee1079 at aol

Christine said...

Hello - love your card, the paper is super cute.
A big thanks to you and your hubby for your service - I am a Navy Vet myself so I get it... May God Bless and Keep You Both.

jengd said...

What a great card! I love those colors and chipboard pieces together!! Best to you and your husband!

jengd said...

I follow you!

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Melissa, Really like your card - it is so refined and beautiful! AND believe it or not I looked at the Kioshi collection earlier today and wondered if I should get it. After seeing your card, I have my answer. Thank you! Blessings, Louise

StampinSher said...

Melissa,
Beautiful card for this Spring Blog Hop. I certainly do hope that your HHH (Handsome Husband Hero) does in fact gets a package of cards from OWH!
Stand strong, Melissa. I know you miss your husband. I just hope you know how much we all appreciate the sacrifices that you and our heroes our doing for us. Yes, you are also sacrificing. A big HUG to you! And your husband too.
Sincerely,
Sher

andyjay said...

What an adorable card! Love it - TFS! My gratitude goes out to your husband for his service to this great country. I'm now a follower and a fan of yours! Blessings to you and your family. :)

andyjay said...

I'm a follower!

andyjay said...

And I'm a fan!

mtscrapgal said...

Such a sassy bird on your cute card. Thank you to your hubby and to you for your support of OWH.Thanks for being generous with the candy too.anghall2@windstream.net

Carolyn Bounds said...

Your card is FABULOUS!!! I have been eying that lovely line of Kioshi products!! I think you have finally pushed me over the edge cuz I see a purchase in the very near future;O) I thank you and your husband for all your sacrifices you have made for all of us!! God bless you both!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

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Carolyn Bounds said...

Oh..and now I am a follower of your fabulous blog!!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

Shelly said...

Fabulous card!!! I hadn't seen the BG Kioshi line yet. It's so pretty.

I big thank you to your husband for serving our country and to you for standing by his side.

Shelly said...

I'm a follower now. :)

Cut n Paste said...

Love your card - can't help loving anything BasicGrey ! :) Thanks to your husband for his service - it is greatly appreciated!!!

gorotajo said...

What a great card. The bird is fantastic!

Tassie said...

Great card - love your use of chipboard!

debb said...

What a great card- and super paper (of course it's hard to go wrong with BG!). Thank you to your husband and family!

Purple Princess said...

I love that little birdie on your super cute card!

Thank you so much for all you and your family do for our country!

Purple Princess said...

I became a follower of your blog! :)

Purple Princess said...

Also became a fan on facebook!

Lyneen said...

Thank you and your family for your service to our great country. Your card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing and supporting OWH.

Susan said...

Melissa, Please thank your husband for serving from the Guzy family in Southern NJ! (pronounced Guzzy) we are firm supporters of our service men and women. I am surrounded by vets both living and passed on, and am very proud of their service! The card you made is adorable, and now you have totally enabled me...I have to buy that set also!!! LOL
I hope to be with you all on the next blog hop!
Thanks for all you do,
Susan

Susan said...

following...

PLEASE turn off word verification, if you moderate your comments no spam will get thru

Susan

Susan said...

fan on FB

Susan

JPScraps said...

Thanks to you and your hero. Your card is so adorable!

Rebecca Blomer said...

I love this card! You always do such amazing work. Hopefully I can come to a crop soon.

Rebecca Blomer said...

Oh, and I figured out how to follow the blog, too. You know I am already a fan on FB. :)

Melissa said...

I want to win!!! I love your site.

Melissa said...

I am a facebook follower!!!

Melissa said...

I am also a blog follower. I get super excited when I see you have an undate on my dashboard. Yeah you!!!

Kimme said...

I am a BasicGrey junkie, love this card.

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Love the patterned paper....The time they spend away if very difficult. My son is being deployed in April....dreading it!

Collette said...

Gotta love Basic Grey - I love your card & the chipboard just completes it. Thanks for sharing your personal story and for being a part of OWH!

Summer Rose Scrapbooks said...

Your card is adorable. Love that birdie! And what a nice photo of you and hubby.

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com