Saturday, May 23, 2015

OWH Memorial Day Bloghop: Finishing Strong!

Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. It is an organization that has become near and dear to my heart!

My father-in-law is a World War II veteran who flew bombing missions over Germany, and two of my uncles served during the Vietnam era. Operation Write Home has been a way for me to pay forward in honor of these special men in my life. On this Memorial Day Weekend, I offer my thanks and gratitude to all those who have served our country and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

So, I'm here to help get the word out that OWH is finishing strong and ALL cards need to be sent in by August 1st!


Please click here to return to the bloghop's home page.

The theme for this year's bloghop is to make cards featuring red, white, and blue. Of course, OWH-sketch-inspired cards are always welcome.  :)
  • Please click here to learn more about OWH's Finish Strong campaign.
  • Please click here to read about OWH's card guidelines. Cards should be A2 size, deliverable via USPS, and glitter-free. In addition, cards should fit the following themes: miss you, thinking of you, love, thank you, and happy birthday.
  • Please scroll down to see the two Any Hero cards I made for today's hop. Any Hero cards are cards that include notes written TO/FOR our heroes.

Loosely Based on OWH Sketch #27
Recollections blue; Distress  Ink fired brick; Core-dinations white
Unity ragged ol' flag image, heat embossed in SU white embossing powder using Versamark
Paper Smooches stitched die;,SU baker's twine
SU owl builder and small heart punches
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares
Glossy Accents applied to add shine to red heart


Loosely Based on OWH Sketch #110
Canson watercolor paper; Bazzill admiral; Distress Ink fired brick
DI fired brick stripes applied with decorative mask using Ranger blending tool
Unity ragged ol' flag sentiment, heat embossesd in DI black walnut on Core-dinations vellum over white cardstock
Fiskars and Marvy star punches; ??? corner rounder (for tiny stars); garage sale stash brads
base layer of blue embossed with Sizzix embossing folder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen; Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares
 


Blog Candy

So, what's a hop without blog candy?

Since both of my cards feature stamps from Unity's Ragged Ol' Flag set, please leave a comment below for a chance to win a $10 Unity Stamps gift certificate.
  • Comments must be left by 3:00 AM Friday, May 29.
  • Comments need to include a way to contact you.
  • The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be announced here on my Friday post.
  • And, if this lucky winner is a follower of this blog, I'll up the gift certificate value to $15!


Thanks so much for hopping along with me! To return to the hop's home page, please click here.  :)

46 comments:

  1. Love your deep blue card with just a few touches of red.

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  2. I like how both the cards have enough to keep your eye moving and to have interet but they don't feel busy. TFS and the chance to win!! I follow your blog; thanks again! RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM

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  3. Lovely cards! (You can contact me through Google, as seen here, or via YouTube as "Barclay's Mommy, Donna")

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  4. Love the distressed flag- stunning~ and I love how your sentiment is the focus on your second card- supported by great stars!

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  5. Hi Sybrina! I love how you used the Unity stamp with heat embossing! One of the great things about OWH was meeting "blog buddies." Hope you have a great day!

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  6. I really like the subtle backing of the red panel on the first one. Sophisticated touch.
    And the contrast of the bold image on a solid back that allows it to really pop. The twine ups the interest.

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  7. Love, love the quote on your second card and the heart is precious not the first. Tyfs.

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  8. Great cards. Love the stitched does and the embossed Unity heart flag.
    April

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  9. I love the distressed heart flag...beautiful card!

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  10. Two wonderful Any Hero cards...the first is really bold! Thanks for the op to win some candy lougheight fivefiveat aoldotcom

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  11. Both of your cards are awesome. Love the deep blue of the first card with the distressed heart flag really taking center stage and the awesome sentiment of the second card being accented by the background stripes and border.

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  12. Your first card is just stunning, Sybrina--love the navy blue & that wonderful flag image! Terrific background you created on the second one! Enjoy the weekend!

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  13. Great projects. Love the twine and the color.

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  14. Both of your cards are beautiful, but I really love the one with the Unity Flag stamp! That one turned out gorgeous!!

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  15. Great cards, love the background, distressed heart flag and the twine. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Hi Sybrina! Your cards are beautiful; love the vintage feel of the stamp set and the contrast of navy and white on your first card. It has been so much fun to work with you and get to know you through the OWH family and W2SB!

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  17. Love both cards, but the first one really is an eye catcher. The color is beautiful.

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  18. Your card is absolutely beautiful. I love the white heart. Sybrina thanks for supporting OWH.

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  19. Lovely cards! I really love the heart - it is very striking! Thanks for sharing all the ingredients!

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  20. This is a breath-taking card! I love the colors, and you're a genius to think of using white embossing powder that way! As retired English teacher, I understand your appreciation of time to craft!

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  21. Oh my gosh the navy card stole my heart! Dramatic and beautiful!!!

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  22. I adore the flag heart! Beautiful!

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  23. Gorgeous cards, I love the stamps you've used!

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  24. I love that beautiful blue with just a hint of red on the 1st one. The heart stamp is awesome and the twine is the perfect compliment. The subtle stripes with the blue stamping on the 2nd one is so pretty. Great job on both cards! Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH :-)

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  25. Sybrina - thanks for visiting my blog today and signing up - I've reciprocated. I also joined the FB group as I don't want to lose touch with all the lovely OWH friends made over the years. Love your cards as usual.

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  26. Thanks for your thoughtful comments you left on my blog today! I'm beyond flattered to know that I've inspired you in any way, so thanks for the vote of confidence! I've always loved your OWH cards, because they're always patriotic in one way or another, including today's fabulous creation! I love how the red background peeks out around the edges of the image panel, and I love that tattered heart flag image! I'm now signed up for email updates so we don't lose touch once OWH closes their doors! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  27. Oh my Sybrina, both of your cards are just beautiful! I am a huge fan of the red/white and blue, always have been because I've always adored our country. But my love for our country became even bigger when my oldest son sign up to serve our country. He has been deployed more than I'd like, of course when you are a mom, one deployment is one to many. But now he is a father to 2 and as bittersweet as it is to see OWH close the doors, it is nice to know that my son and other soldiers will be home with their families more. Thanks for all you have done to help out soldiers keep in touch with home Sybrina. You rocked!!! Hugs, Brenda

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  28. Two pretty cards! Your card designs are striking.

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  29. Love your take on the sketch!
    Princessjenny84@gmail.com

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  30. Heat embossed vellum - a process I've not seen done in forever -
    and the exact one that got me started with Cardmaking!!!
    Thank you!

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  31. thanks for sharing your cards and thank you for everything you have done with OWH over the years

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  32. Two perfect Any Hero cards ! Thanks for all you've done for OWH

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  33. Oh my goodness, that embossed heart in white is awesome. I just love the stitched die cut detail and overall design. Thank you for your continued support to OWH.

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  34. Amazing cards!
    I love that blue card with the heart/flag!

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  35. The card with the flag heart is beautiful...the paper you used is so rich and luscious looking...it looks like leather with the faux stitching...very nice

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  36. I adore the navy blue card with the stitching. That flag stamp is absolutely gorgeous!

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  37. Beautiful post, Syrina! You must be so proud of your grandfather, I know I am of mine. Absolutely beautiful cards!

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  38. Love the vellum & brads! The blues are beautiful. Your heart/flag is fabulous.

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  39. I love both of your cards but the second one really caught my eye with its simple design and the vellum overlay. I have been a supporter of OWH myself over the years and am proud to have been just a small part of it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful projects! I am following you by email.
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  40. I love how you used the Johnny Cash quote on this card. Very touching.

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  41. I just love the distressed look of the Unity stamp set that you used and that you made your own striped background with a stencil. Wow! Thanks for supporting OWH! I'm an email follower!

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  42. Wonderful cards. My favorite is the one with the hearts.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  43. Both cards are fabulous but that first one is SO eye catching!!!! Love your cards and blog!

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  44. Ooops forgot contact info--you can find me on my blog http://royalpumpkinart.blogspot.com and on twitter @magicrainbows! :D

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  45. I must dig through my Unity stash to find out if I have this card--it's sooooooo fabulous!!!

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  46. Both cards are amazing... the designs are so beautifully done. Love!

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