Category Archives: Operation Write Home

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop


Hello Friends.  It’s time for the annual Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop.  This is a special hop as our mission this year is finishing strong because Operation Write Home is closing it’s doors!  I’d love for you to help me get the word out that we need to finish strong.  That means we still need cards, but they must be sent in no later than August 1, 2015.

For your participation in the hop, if you leave a comment on my blog I am giving away a brand new Dylusions Paint jar in Bubblegum Pink!

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So let’s get to a little inspiration.  For my card I broke out my old tools of dry embossing, the light table and stylus.  One thing I had forgotten was you have to reverse the stencil so the image comes out in the right direction.  My first go had my flag facing left and that just won’t do!  HAHA.

I inked the edges with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo to create the distressed look.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink “Military Hero” stamp set.  Paper is from Farmhouse “Fair Skies” collection.

Please leave me a comment and if you like what you see, sign up to get my e-mail notifications for more inspiration.

Happy Hopping and don’t forget, please continue to send your cards into OWH until August 1st!


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ODBD Monthly Challenge: Embossing

Lisa Somersvilles: Bloggers Challenge

Our Daily Bread for Operation Write Home

Every month Our Daily Bread holds a monthly challenge on the Operation Write Home website.  For every 25 cards that are entered, ODBD offers to ship a box of cards to our heroes.  If there are 50 entries, which is the OWH goal, then 2 free boxes are offered.

This month the theme is a sentiment.  I’ve taken a Club Scrap stamp and heat embossed it with white.  I then took some distress inks and applied them to an acrylic block (see my tutorial on The House That Stamps Built), to create a background. I finished off the card with some sequins.

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ODBD for OWH: Sentiment

Virginia’s View – Embossing


Operation Write Home Sketch 244 & Our Daily Bread December Challenge

Happy Saturday!  I’ve finished the majority of my Christmas cards and now able to get back to some generalized crafting.  Today I am using Operation Write Home’s Sketch 244 for the December Our Daily Bread challenge that calls for primary colors.  Love cards are always needed at OWH so I used some Lilly Bee design paper and a Paper Smooches sentiment to make this card.  The wood elements are Studio Calico and painted with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Magical’s (non-shimmer).  Each entry in the ODB challenge will help with shipping costs so please join us in this challenge.

Dec ODBD & Sketch

Operation Write Home Blog Hop Entry

This weekend, Operation Write Home is celebrating “Black Friday” with “Red” Friday by having a blog hop and prize give away.  Please support OWH by both going to the blog and doing the hop.  It would be extra special if you could make a card and send it in to OWH.  This time of year is the lowest donation time and the need remains for cards.  The blog focuses on love cards today, so my entry uses a Rubbernecker Stamps set called “Field of Poppies” with a sentiment from the “Love Quotes” set by Clearly Besotted.  I used distress inks and the spritzer tool.


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Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Shop your Stash: Free (I actually received the clearly besotted set free from a winning card)



Operation Write Home Sketch 238 & Our Daily Bread October Card

I combined the Operation Write Home Sketch #238 with the Our daily bread October challenge listed on the OWH Blog which calls for a winter card that is non-Christmas.   My first thought was to do white on white snowflakes, which I should have stuck with, but decided to break out my Wink Of Stella silver pen and colored the snowflakes.  Then I remembered NO GLITTER on an OWH card – so I covered it with embossing powder and melted multiple layers, then froze it so it would crack.  The silver snowflakes now look grey.  Oh well, it’s the thought that counts!  The paper is one from a few years ago by Little Yellow Bicycle called “Winterings”, I do really like it.  My sentiment is from My Favorite Things and the sequins in pretty pink posh.



Winter Snowflake Sketch


Winter OWH Sketch Close

Close up Embossing that was frozen and cracked

Operation Write Home Sketch #237

You are my everything-OWH

Happy Sunday Friends.  Here is my go at the Operation Write Home Sketch #237 using Glitz “Black and White paper pack, Winnie & Walter Sentiment and American Crafts heart chain stamp.  OWH can always use LOVE cards to send back home so you can’t go wrong with these.

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Operation Write Home 237

Simon Says Stamp August Kit – Card 3


Card three is based on Operation Write Home’s Card Sketch #235.  I also did some stamp alteration again for this card.  I wanted to make this a love card and not an ice cream one, so instead of cutting up my stamp, I used scotch tape to selectively block off words on the stamp allowing me to ink it up, then pull off the tape and only stamp the words I wanted.   The background was embossed with the new Tim Holtz texture fade called “waves and bubbles”.

Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It

Operation Write Home Sketch 235

Birthday Boy


I just bought this Mo Manning digital image and think he is so adorable.  I used the new Carta Bella “Boy oh Boy” by Carina Gardner, which is perfect for boys and teen males.  The wonky shaped die is My Favorite Things Blueprint 11.  The sentiment is part of a Paper Smooches “Happy Birthday” stamp, but I only inked it up half way.  I really like to use my supplies in ways they weren’t intended.  It makes me feel like I’m getting my monies worth!  I colored the image with Copics and inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Inks.

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Mo’s Digital Challenge: #233:  Birthday Boy

Shopping our Stash: Can’t put it down challenge (my distress ink)

Curtain Call: Anything Goes

OWH: Midweek Throw Down: Anything with Stars

Simon Says Stamps: Spots or Dots

Crafting by Design: Use a Sentiment


VCMP – Transportation


This card challenge for the Virtual Card Making Party called for a mode of transportation.  I chose this very cool Penny Black stamp called “Hot Rod”.  I used a technique called Burnt Edges, which is from a great newsletter called Technique Junkies.  I encourage you to check it out. They send fresh new techniques using ink every other month.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Type, which was white embossed along with the image.


Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit #4

Sending My Love

Sending My Love



Back to playing in my July Simon Says Stamp Card Kit for July.  This card uses this weeks Operation Write Home Sketch 231.  I colored the envelops with Copics in B14, B05 and B37 and used one of the stickers that come in the kit.  The “love” stamp is part of the “Lots of Love” stamp, only partially inked.  Don’t forget to stretch your stamps by using portions of sentiments or even cutting them if needed.  You can always put them back on the block the way they were intended.

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