Welcome to our stop on the Operation Write Home Red Friday Bloghop! If you’ve gotten here without starting at the beginning, you’ll want to go HERE and start from the top. We’re turning “Black Friday” into “Red Friday” by supporting our nation’s heroes!
Operation Write Home is a charity that sends blank handmade cards to service members deployed overseas -- they’ve sent nearly 3 million cards! That’s a lot of letters and love heading home to those who are keeping the home fires burning.
November through February are the slowest months for OWH, and that’s something we as crafters can do something about! We all have a handful of cards in our stash — we don’t even need to take a break from our holiday preparations to just write Operation Write Home on the back and send them in, right? That’ll keep our heroes busy writing home during a long winter away from home.
Be sure to read the information on the Stars and Stamps post so you send in what’s needed (no Christmas cards, no glitter, A2, etc.) AND make a hero’s day by giving them a beautiful creation to write home on!
In addition to the blank cards, they send out “AnyHero cards” -- these have letters from folks across the country to thank and encourage our heroes! If you’d like to write to a service member, the deadline for them to get Christmas cards is December 1st…but if you send in a general-themed one without a Christmas message, you can send it anytime at all! There’s a lot more information HERE about AnyHero mail.
What’s a bloghop without prizes? See the Stars and Stamps post for the full list of goodies by the bloghop sponsors -- and go link up YOUR love card there, too! There are prizes for both those who comment on the blogs as well as folks who share their own creation!
My card today uses Hero Arts Operation Write Home ClearDesign Stamp set Winter Wishes:
To make that pretty red XO background panel, I die cut My Favorite Things Hugs & Kisses Cover-Up Die-namics from Bazzill Peppermint Card Shoppe cardstock. For intricate die cuts such as this one with an overall pattern, I suggest using a Metal Adaptor Plate with your Big Shot cutting sandwich, to ensure firm, even pressure and successful die cutting in one pass. I love these type of die cut backgrounds -- they give lots of interest and texture, without adding too much bulk to a card.
Inside, I stamped the sweet snowman, snowflakes, and sentiment with Hero Arts Snow Chalk Ink onto a Licorice Twist panel, to create a chalkboard effect. Some of the snowflakes were accented with more clear gemstones:
You can find Ellen's inventory of Operation Write Home stamp sets and dies HERE in the store, AND Hero Arts donates 25% of their profits from some of these clear stamp sets to Operation Write Home . . . a win-win for everyone!
The next stop on the hop is Seongsook Duncan. Thanks for joining me today! -- Sharon
I am thrilled that Sandy Allnock is joining us today here in the CLASSroom. It is my good fortune to have met Sandy not long ago and to have her living nearby is a double blessing! Over the past couple of months it has been my honor to get to know Sandy better - her loving kindness, immense talent, wonderful sense of humor and giving nature are so appreciated!
Sandy is the founder of Operation Write Home and has been responsible for sharing over 2.75 MILLION, YES MILLION, handcrafted cards with our troops who have been deployed around the world. There is a current call for help - the deadline is October 18th - so if you have any high quality Christmas cards please consider getting them into the mail pronto!You can find full details here.The images that Sandy has created together with Hero Arts for Operation Write Home are simply adorable - your purchase of these images helps to support this worthy organization! I fell in love with her latest images when attending Hero Arts event this past September and can hardly wait for them to land in our store - it should be any day now!
The Copic Markers for Card Makers at Online Card Classes in which Sandy was one of the primary instructors has wrapped up, but it is not too late to garner LOADS of information and sample materials to improve your coloring skills! With lifetime access to all the projects and files this is a class definitely worth taking! The wealth of information there makes my jaw drop!
Sandy's blog is also full of Copic colored treasures! This special lady can color to WOW you! Her posts are so informative and packed with fabulous tidbits to help you color better AND she has a video channel! I would like to invite you to head over to Sandy Allnock's blog now and help us thank her for sharing her creativity here in the CLASSroom with us! As our way of thanking you for taking the time to visit Sandy's blog we have a package of goodies awaiting you there. Please leave a comment on her post about being a guest here by October 20th to be included in the random drawing she will be hosting on her blog. You know you are in the right place if you see the following picture of our giveaway.
Thank you so much Sandy for sharing your talents with us here in the CLASSroom today and even more importantly thank you for your friendship! -Ellen
Hello everyone! I'm Sandy Allnock, and I'm excited to bring you a tutorial today using brand new fundraiser stamps by Hero Arts - your purchase of Arrow Messages and The Fox Says Stamp & Cut Sets generates a donation to Operation Write Home. I'm the founder and Executive Director of the organization...so I especially appreciate your help in fundraising!
In the video below, I'm sharing the Craft Assistant and Magnetic Masking Material exclusive here at Ellen Hutson LLC. I'll be using them with my Copic Airbrush System (made up of the ABS3 and a compressor), but you can use these tools for all kinds of masking with sprays and other ink applications.
There are so many uses for the masking products, I'm excited to explore more! Keep an eye out for more videos with ideas.
A few other things I mentioned in the video that I wanted to link you up to:
Stamp storage: I showed you my stamps in Stamp Storage Pockets. I love this system - all my stamps are now in consistent, clean and tidy, sortable matching packaging. Brilliant! And I also wanted to make you aware that Ellen Hutson LLC now has Storage Envelopes - these are the same size as the stamp pockets, but are way thicker. If you've ordered anything out of the new line of Essentials by Ellen, then you'll know just how fabulous these are.
Copic Airbrush Buyers Guide: Great info to help you decide at what level you want to jump into Copic Airbrushing.
Operation Write Home: If you've not heard of the charity before - we send beautiful handmade cards to deployed service members so they can keep in touch with home. Our website is filled with all you need to know -- guidelines, holiday deadlines, accepted themes, packing and shipping your cards, and even info on writing AnyHero letters <-- a way that anyone can join in and encourage a service member.
Hope you enjoyed what I've shared...please feel free to leave questions and comments. And be sure to click that "like" button on YouTube in honor of my Ciara :)
Wishing each of you a VERY happy 4th of July! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who are in our military forces, as well as those who have family members enlisted - thank you to each of you for helping to maintain the freedom we treasure!
This card was a happy little accident. My first idea was to use the largest star in the STAX to create an opening in my card front, but the star was too close to the overall size of the card and so I scaled back to the next size in the My Favorite Things Star STAX. Awww... perfection, as I could now add in a side strip to replicate the stars AND stripes of the American flag.
Cut a star opening in to the front of a 3 1/4" x 5 1/2" strip of Neenah Solar White cardstock.
Design Adhesives make for extremely quick and easy projects. Cut out a sentiment that suites the scale of your project and apply it to the lower portion of this same piece of cardstock.
The cool thing about Design Adhesives is you can use glitter, flock, foil AND even embossing powder to create different looks. I used Adirondack Stream embossing powder because it coordinated perfectly with this oh, so cute Authentique Celebrate paper.
I also cut out one of the tiniest stars from my Star STAX and applied embossing ink to one side and added the same embossing powder to create a coordinating embellishment.
Apply strips of decorative paper to your card front as shown in the photo above.
Wrap baker's twine around the accent piece and pop it up off the card front using dimensional foam squares.
Finish it all off with the tiniest little red gemstone atop the popped up embossed star embellishment.
Let's all celebrate our freedom together on this special day!
I was so excited to learn that I was invited to participate in this worthy blog hop started by Cards for Heroes. Unfortunately our computers have been giving us nothing but grief this week and so I didn't receive my email and respond until today. A day late a dollar short they say... BUT that doesn't mean that I can't just link you up and share this wonderful cause with all of you and still do my best to try and help!
The great news with the "downed" computers is that I opted for some stress relief - card making and I started with the latest release from Cornish Heritage Farms - We Remember. This set is so inspiring. Part of it is the story behind the set that brings a smile to my face. Lisa Silver has absolutely done a phenomenal job in the creation of this set. Using memorabilia from her grandfather's time in the military she created this beautiful and inspiring set. Thank you Lisa for such a meaningful stamp set!
As I created this card I thought about the many men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedom and bring safety to our country and homes. It saddens me to hear the stories of others in the world who are not so fortunate.
One of my husband's best friends from high school has put himself in harms way repeatedly since those high school days. He leads and aids in trying to provide a safe environment for us, and others, in countries around the world. My heart ached as I heard and read his stories of the tragedies and tears that have fallen for his comrades and "enemies" alike. As a Colonel in the Marines he has held small children in his arms as they take their last breath. It is something I find incomprehensible. As he stated these individuals are not our "enemies" and the loss is enormous. Thank you Jim for all that you have done and continue to do, to help provide us with an environment that is not being bombed or in which we need to run and hide on a daily basis. Thank you for helping make certain that we can raise our children in a country that values freedom so very much.
I do not want to draw away from this worthy cause with a lot of explanation as to how this card was created, so I am going to opt to put that in another post on my personal blog. If you are interested in learning more, then please feel free to visit my blog Simple Dreams for further explanation.
What I do want to do is provide you with an opportunity to win this beautiful stamp set - We Remember!
I would like to encourage each and every one of you to make some cards, make a small donation to help ship these cards, or simply send a card to someone you know who has lost a loved one in the military, or is currently putting their life on the line to protect our freedom. Please contact Cards for Heroes today with your contribution.
Simply leave a comment here by Monday at 11:59pm PDT in which you express your gratitude to someone you know who is in the military, to the troops in general, or simply share a story that has touched your heart and you will be eligible to win this We Remember stamp set. We will use a random number generator to select our winner on Tuesday.
So start hopping ladies and see what beautiful and inspiring creations others have come up with - click HERE to get started.
Again a HUGE THANK YOU to all those men and women, spouses and children, mother's and father's, brother's and sisters who give so much of themselves! Life is put into perspective as we celebrate our freedom on a daily basis - thank you!