Operation Write Home – Memorial Day Blog Hop 2014

memdaybloghop_2014

I’m so excited to participate in Operation Write Home’s Memorial Day Bloghop for 2014!   I’m normally a participant, but this year I’m able to be a host because I just started my blog this year.  My son is a Marine stationed in Japan and I’m thrilled to be able to make cards for Operation Write Home.

My first card is an Any Hero card using OWH Sketch 12 and the hop’s theme of Red, White and Blue.  The stamp set is Close to My Heart “Freedom”.  The eagle is stamped with Tea Dye Distress Ink, then watercolored using Gathered Twigs.  Make sure to let your layers dry in between adding colors or they will mix too much without providing the shading you want.  The paper is Club Scrap, the ink is Hero Arts and Distress Inks, and the sentiment is Papertrey Ink.

Any Hero Card

Any Hero Card

Sketch 12

Sketch 12

My second card uses Operation Write Home Sketch B-1  – My apologies, I couldn’t pull the image off the site – but here is the link to the PDF for all the sketches.  The paper is from Farmhouse Paper Company called Fair Skies.  I paper pieced the balloon, embossed the background with a Darice Embossing Folder, added some faux stitching, and topped it off with some wood veneer stars.  Guess I was in a vintage mood when I created these two cards.  LOL.  I’d love to know which you prefer and why?

Missing You - OWH

Missing You – OWH

Now – on to the fun stuff – BLOG CANDY

Hero Arts Painted Poppy and OWH Stamp Set!

Hero Arts Painted Poppy and OWH Stamp Set!

For this hop I am offering a little blog candy for a random a commenter.   I’d also love it if you subscribed to my blog because I love sharing my cards and art journal projects!  Happy Memorial Day friends.

 

Here is the link back to Operation Write Home if you get lost.

About urrn4u

Hi! I'm Kathy, a Southern Californian native who has lived in the west coast, midwest, northeast and now the southeast. I'm a Registered Nurse who lives for the creation of Art. I am currently on the Design Teams of Cards in Envy, From The Heart Stamps, and Technique Junkies with previous design credits for A Blog Named Hero, A Day For Daisies, Creative Vision, From the Heart Stamps, Open-Minded Crafting, Repeat Impressions Stamps, Sketch Saturday, Send a Smile 4 Kids and Try Stampin' On Tuesday. I've also guest designed for Crafting By Design, Kenny K, The Alley Way, and Simon Says Stamp. I am married 25+ years to a wonderful man and have two very special grown sons, Dan and Matt.

Posted on May 24, 2014, in Operation Write Home, Operation Write Sketch and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 94 Comments.

  1. Wow! These are two totally different styles and they are both great. You have a lot of techniques in your repertoire! They look great!

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  2. Great cards Kathy, the first one really speaks to me, love the color scheme!

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  3. Your card is beautiful and I love the distress inking! Both designs are warm and vintage…which makes them perfect in my mind! I am following your blog now!

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  4. Ann Marie Robalik

    Great cards! Love the balloon!

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  5. While both cards are really nice, the colors and eagle image on the first one speak stronger to me. Your coloring with the distress inks is superb. The brown hues set off the red, white, and blue in a warm and pleasing way!

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  6. both card are beautiful my fave is the eagle with faded colors congrats

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  7. Both are lovely cards, but if I had to pick one…I like the Americana look of your first card. The eagle looks amazing in TeaDye!

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  8. While I like the first one, the second one is the one that really caught my eye. I love that balloon with the clouds and the map piece in back. Thanks for supporting OHW!
    R/

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  9. Your cards are very pretty and have a vintage feel to them. Great job!

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  10. Both cards are great, but I especially love your first card. The colors on it just pop… and it has such a nice vintage feel. Please thank your son for his service.

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  11. Elizabeth N. Anderson

    I really like the shading on the eagle. Thanks for the reminder to let one layer dry before putting another on.

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  12. Stephanie Allison

    I really like the card with the eagle.I have a similar stamp and it seems at times I’m not sure what I can do with it.Thank you for the inspiration.

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  13. Rhonda Miller

    These are wonderful.

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  14. love the dots and gingham together

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  15. lovely lovely cards!!!

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  16. Both cards are great but I really like the second one the best! Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  17. Great cards. Your images and sentiments work so well together. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Fabulous cards. I like the distressing on the first one and the paper piecing on the second. Thanks for the chance at this awesome blog candy.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  19. Sketch 12 is one that I’ve used a lot! I like the vintage look you’ve given it. I also like the balloon embellished with the wooden stars.

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  20. Both are sensational cards, Kathy! I love the vintage feel you created for them.

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  21. Wonderful cards, if I had to choose it would be the balloon card just love the layering and coloring.

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  22. Heather Blakely

    Vintage cards are beautiful…well done. Subtle but great impact!

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  23. I like them both but if I have to choose, I’d say 1, prob bc it’s so patriotic. I love OWH and am so very grateful to all who have given us so much, a debt we can never repay! TFS! I’m so very hopeful to win; I’ve been eyeing this set since I first saw it and wishing I could land it! RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM Nancy M

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  24. Those are two different but awesome cards! I love the distressed style of the first and the cuteness of the second. Nice job with two very different styles! Thanks for the blog candy giveaway–whoever wins it will love the set!! jen at cadydog dot com

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  25. Ellen Oliver Smith

    I’m a sucker for stars and stripes. Super cards.

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  26. Both cards are great! I really like the vintage look and the eagle on the first one! Thank you!

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  27. Teresa Godines #6857

    Love the distressed colors of your first card. Great projects, TFS

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  28. I like them both-I dont have a favorite. The distressing on the first is well done-very even. The piecing on the second is very clean and I like the paper choices.

    Thanks for making and posting!

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  29. Loved both of your cards. The styles are so versatile. I tried to follow you, but for some reason there was a problem with my email password — hasn’t happened before. I may try back later.

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  30. Love them both!!! Love the patriotic eagle card and also love the balloon. Good job. Thanks for being a hop stop.

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  31. Love both your cards. The balloon is so happy. I’m a follower now too. Can’t wait to see more of your creativity.

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  32. katendansmom

    i like both cards, but the first is my favorite, I think because I always love a good AnyHero card 😉 I also really like your use of the map paper in the balloon card.

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  33. I like the hot air balloon card

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  34. What a truly beautiful card! I love the vintage look and that eagle image with the patriotic papers! Your paper pieced hot air balloon card is just adorable…LOVE them all!

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  35. I am following your blog now and can’t wait to see what you create in the coming months!

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  36. Diana Newman

    Two terrific cards! Love that hot air balloon used on the second card!

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  37. Love your layered inking. Thanks for supporting OWH! BobbisTreasure at aol dot com

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  38. Heather Warner-Ferguson

    I love them both- and at first would say your first card grabbed me, but then I fell in love with your balloon and the piecing together of it and the bow that went down and it just has great colors and that vintage feel. So my favorite is the balloon but the other is just as great and either would be great for anyone to receive

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  39. Both cards are great but I love the vintage look on the first one and what could be more patriotic than the American Eagle? Great job. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at some blog candy.

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  40. paula poindexter

    Your Eagle is outstanding! Love the balloon too! Congrats on the new blog.
    paulapoindexter at gmail dot com

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  41. Hi Kathy,
    I’m sure you have chosen your giveaway winner by now but am wondering who won. I am LOVING all your awesome card designs by the way!

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    • It was Paula Spagnulo by Handmade by Paula. Thank you for your compliments – I’m glad you are enjoying my creations – that’s why I love to hear!

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