Saturday, May 24, 2014

OPERATION WRITE HOME MEMORIAL DAY BLOG HOP


Happy Memorial Day Weekend, America!  Monday is the day we set aside to remember those who have served and who are currently serving in our armed forces and each year at this time Operation Write Home has a blog hop - a BIG one.  

You can start the hop any where and you have the entire weekend to visit all the blogs in the hop.  Some are offering giveaways so pay attention and have some fun hopping.  

I'm offering a prize to one lucky hopper.  You only have to leave a comment, and include your email so I can notify you if you win.  I will randomly pick a winner on Tuesday, May 27. Good luck!!! 


This is a brand spanking new Hero Arts set made specifically for Operation Write Home.  

The instructions for this hop are to create a card using the colors red, white and blue in one of these themes; Love you, Missing you, Thank you, Birthday and any hero cards.  OWH also provides some awesome sketches for inspiration. The instructions and sketches are found HERE.  

I created two cards for this hop I'll note which sketch I used for each one.


Sketch #114 (I flipped it a bit). 


 Sketch #154

Enjoy the hop and thanks so much for stopping by!  



5/27/2014  Woohooo....we have a winner!!! Congratulations, Lyn Kaufmann!  Your stamp set is on it's way.  Thank you all for commenting on my blog...I wish I had a gift for each of you.  What a fabulous blog hop once again.  God bless our service men and women and we thank you so much for all you do for us.  







160 comments:

Jessie said...

Wonderful cards! Really like the rustic yet clean feel of first one. Thanks for sharing!

Ann said...

Cheri, I love your cards!I really like the wood grain on the thank you card!

Kathy S said...

Cheri - I like the use of the "wood" design paper in back of the star. Looks really cool. Thanks for joining OWH Blog Hop in support of our Hero's.

Tami B. said...

Both of your cards turned out great. Sketch 154 has always been a favorite of mine.

Diane said...

Good morning. Love both cards...the knot on the top card is a wonderful accent. You do not have to enter me in your drawing as I already the that set...but thanks for your generosity.

Patti J said...

These are wonderful, Cheri! I especially love the first one. It looks like a piece of wall art! Thanks for sharing...so happy we are hopping together today!

Debbie McNamee said...

Great cards, love the woodgrain in the first!

Beth Soler said...

Great cards I love the background paper on your second card.

sherry varga said...

2 very lovely cards. I am drawn to the first one as I love stars.

Mary-Anne V said...

I like how you layered the stars on the first and the use of different pp on the second. jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com

Rose Hackman said...

Beautiful cards! Did you crate the wood look or is that designer paper on the first one? I love the rustic feel of the thank you card and whimsical feel of the other one.

Esther E. said...

Now I have two great ideas for two OWH sketches. Thanks for sharing your inspirations and participating in the Memorial Day 2014 Blog Hop.

Lori Kobular said...

Both your cards are great, but I really love the first one with the woodgrain paper! There is just something really special about woodgrain paper!! The stamp set you are giving away is awesome too! My e-mail is: mulchlady@aol.com

A. Carpenter said...

These cards are just perfect! I love the layers, embossing, and the use of plaid...love plaid, especially red white and blue plaid!

Amy Andrade said...

Your cards are great! IMy favorite one would have to be the one with the white wash baording. It gives the card such a Cap Cod feel *I'm from MA teehe* Thanks for the chance to win ameliaandrade at msn dot com. I would love for you to check out my blog. I'm offering blog candy for followers. http://alllthingsbeautiful.blogspot.com

Sue Kinman said...

Love the cards. They will make great anyhero mail. I like the hearts within a heart. Looks great.

Cheryl Claycomb Anderegg said...

Such a sharp card, perfect for guys and gals. Really love the barn wood paper, adds a nice contrast to the r/w/b, and the use of jute twine adds to the country theme. TFS!

Melanie Rozwood said...

These are very nice. I like the papers you used.

Mary Locke said...

I really like the thank you card especially the background paper...it works so well with the colors! lockot27@gmail.com

Deborah Hackley said...

Love the faux wood look on the first card.

Jane said...

Both cards are brilliant but I love the card you made from sketch 114 I like how you flipped the sketch and the papers you used.

Kathy said...

I love them both but am partial to the wood grain look on the first one. Thanks for the giveaway, kathleen.f.king at gmail dot com.

scrapBugz said...

Awesome cards! Just love the first one. Thanks for a chance to win.

Mandy
mjbaker @ earthlink .net

Kari V. said...

I LOVE that wood paper on the first card, it really pops with the stars, too! Great projects!

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Penny L. said...

I really love that top "thank you" card! the wood paper, the simple elegant stamping on what could be a great masculine card = success! thanks for sharing with us!

Lisa said...

The wood and twine on the first card give it such an Americana feel! And I love the idea of splitting the DP for the sentiment on the second card. Thanks for the inspiration!

Tammy Pope said...

Great cards. The hardwood background on the first one has such a rustic charm to it, and the plaid paper on the second one is a great background to the heart focal point. Thank you!

kdnkdd said...

Beautiful cards. Love the wood grain paper.

Jean S said...

Great cards. Love the wood grain background on the first one.

Celeste Goff said...

What gorgeous cards! I just love the vibrant red, white, and blue theme in them all!

Andrea T said...

Beautiful cards. I like the wood whitewash for the background of the first.

conil said...

Well done. That background on your first card is perfect.

Brenda Hugar said...

Both cards are great. So vibrant! My fav is the top one, love that star! Thanks for the chance to win the stamp set. brendah1951 at gmail dot com.

Paula said...

Hi, Love the red white and blue theme for the hop! Both of your cards are wonderful but love the sketch 154 and how you used the heart as the focal point!
Thanks for all you do for OWH!
paulapoindexter@gmail.com

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

These are super patriotic samples!
Have a great Holiday as we remember!

Margaret said...

Love all of them, but the wood grain one is my favorite.

MaryAnnHT said...

Thanks so much for being a part of the OWH Memorial Day blog hop! I particularly like the card using sketch #114. Your use of the weathered wood background is absolutely brilliant and adds to the charm of this very patriotic card.

Ellen Smith said...

My favorite is the thank you card. Great use of patterned background.

JoAnn P said...

I love the distressed would paper, it works great with the star colors.

Dawn McDowell said...

Theses are beautiful cards. The star with the wood grain really draws me in. Thank you for sharing

Deb said...

These are both beautiful cards. Love the colors.

Marilyn Young said...

Beautiful cards! I LOVE the rustic wood background paper in the first card and the use of the twine around it too. You have definitely gotten my creative thinking moving. dmyoung823 at att dot net.

Jen R said...

Great cards!!! I like the way you put them together....

Verna Angerhofer said...

Awesome card designs. I always love a wood background and really am inspired how you used it on your patriotic card. And, looks like a wonderful prize you are offering too. Thanks for a chance to win it.

Korin Carter said...

Like both your cards. Love the one using sketch #114. It just jumps out and yells patriotic.

Sharon Cheng said...

I like the bold way you used the star on the first card.

Debbie Caldwell said...

I really like the look of the wood on the first card. Of course both cards are wonderful. Thanks for sharing and offering blog candy.
my email
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Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Thank you for wonderful prize giveaway. I like HA stamps. Wonderful wood fence background & use of patriotic red/white/blue colors. Email is, please sub symbols for words in parens and no blanks:
sunshine_honeybee2004 (at sign) yahoo (dot) com
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Rosie said...

I love the wood tone on the first card, just lovely. Thanks for the inspiration! Rosie motcm@verizon.net

Marilyn said...

Great cards but I really like the stars on the first one with the wood grain background.

Marsha said...

Really love the first cards. So classy. Beautiful star on the wood grain paper. Thanks for supporting OWH and also for a chance at the giveaway.

Ann Marie said...

Great rads Cheri! I love the rustic one. I could use my new Hardwoods stamp for it!

Aida said...

That star die or punch is just amazing, I just ordered one myself and I cant wait to use it!! Thanks for the inspiration and great job on the cards and thank you for being apart of this wonderful operation!!

SuprFoxDesigns said...

Beautiful cards. I especially love your Thank you card and the background and your star.... thank you for such great inspiration

Lee Mae said...

Both cards are terrific! I especially like the first one - the woodgrain paper looks awesome with blue and white.

Valerie Doyle said...

Love the rustic feel of the wood grain.

Teri said...

Nice cards, Cheri!

Robin Hoff said...

I love both of these cards but I especially like that wood background on the first card
thanks for the chance to win a little blog candy and for your support of OWH

rahoff9 @ hotmail.com

Kim Barrera said...

I love the wood look on the star card. These two cards are great. Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne said...

Your cards are wonderful! I love how you've interpreted the sketches! I really like the "wood" patterned paper in the background of your first card. So cute! Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful cards... I especially like the first one with the wood grain paper and your use of red, white and blue!
Thank you for the inspiration!

Cherri said...

The jute tie at the top of the first card is a nice touch. Adds interest.

Thanks for sharing your cards.

Carol McCready said...

Wonderful cards. My fav is the star card.

Michelle said...

Cute cards! My favorite is the first one. Thank you for sharing!

Becki with an i blog said...

I especially love your first card with the woodgraining. Thanks for being part of the hop and thanks for the chance to win some blog candy. becki

nancy y said...

I really like both your cards, but the wood grain one with the star just seems so Americana to me!

Karenladd said...

love love love the 1st card with that rustic wooden background! Beautiful contrast to the red white and blue!
kladd94803 at aol dot com

Karen McAlpine said...

Love that wood grain paper on the star card--so masculine!! Email is on my blogger profile

Gretchen said...

I love your first card. The rustic effect of the wood is perfect with the simple sketch. Great job!

PatQ's Cards said...

Great cards. Love the star.

Rebecca Tomczyk said...

The wood grain reminds me of my great grandfather's barn door, What a great card!

Michele Smith said...

I love the layered star on the 1st one and the "handwritten" font is so pretty! What fun papers you used on the 2nd one! Love the red layer and the sentiment stamped in blue! Great job! msmith38652 @ gmail.com

Mynn xx said...

I'm really loving that woodgrain paper! These are both awesome, though! HUGS and happy Memorial Day weekend! :) Mynn xx

Amy C. said...

Very pretty cards! I really like the woodgrain paper on the first card. (clayandamy@sbcglobal.net)

coco said...

You really caught a rustice, Americana look in your first card, and your second card is a patriotic happy dance-- love 'em!

coco said...

Your first card has a nice rustic Americana look, and your second one is a patriotic happy dance-- love 'em!

Jodie Heuser said...

Wonderful cards! My DH really liked the one with the woodgrain background lol!

irmz said...

I loved both your cards but the first one really made me smile, it has such patriotic yet looks like a piece of true Americana, that I could not look away with the wood "fencing/paneling" as a background for the star! Superb!

SHartl said...

Really love the look of the wood grained paper with the patriotic colors! So rustic!

Sybrina K said...

Both cards are great, but I especially love the first one. The design and paper choices are wonderful!

Doris said...

I find it impossible to chose between them--I like them both!

Colleen said...

I really like the look of the rustic wood with and star. It feels so hometown patriotic.Nice job.

Rhonda Miller said...

These are both wonderful. I love the papers and layouts you used on them.

Stephanie R/S said...

Luv the red white n blue n stars against the woodgrain pattern great cards

WhoMom said...

Nice cards. The wood and twine on the first look wonderful together. The second is one of my favorite sketches and I've tried it in red, white, and blue. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and for having a giveaway.
lyn@plkaufmann.com

Stacy B said...

Beautiful cards Cheri! I love the first one with the wood grain panel and the script font is great! Happy Memorial Day!

Barbara said...

I love the first card. The large star and rustic back round reminds me of Texas. Great job.

Rufus said...

I like both of your cards, but the first one really sings. The wood type background, stacked red, white and blue stars, the triple hemp...in fact just everything about it! Putting it in the CASE folder. Thanks for supporting OWH!
R/

Jo Ann Usey said...

Love the wood grain texture feature in the top card and the papers in the second are just so fun and patriotic! Great cards and great stamp set!

Andrea La Vigne said...

Love your card with the woodgrain and star especially--so rustic and homespun! The other is such a contrast--so bright and great! Tfs!

Camille Short said...

Ahhhhh!

Dawn Y. said...

Beautiful cards, Cheri! I'd love to try the techniques on your first card. Thanks for supporting OWH.

Aimee said...

I really like that first card. The use of the wood pattern with the matted stars is really striking, and easily appropriate for masculine or feminine card-writers! I know OWH is always looking for masculine cards, so this is one I'm going to CASE!

Melanie said...

I like both but my fav is not the thank you! I like the squares with the heart - show some love!! Thanks for sharing! Melanie803@aol.com

chignon said...

I love the nestled stars using the red, white and blue coloring. they truly pop!

thescraptree said...

I love the look of the faded wood paper! It truly pulls the card together. You made a fantastic card!- Kristal

Kerry said...

The little fireworks on the second card are so cute! Great combination of papers. I love the fence background on the first card.

Marilyn said...

Wonderful cards and great giveaway!

Shanta said...

Lovely lovely cards!!! slnewby at gmail dot com.

TexasGramma said...

Love your patriotic cards!

Jamie Coutu said...

I just love the papers you used! Great card designs! And an awesome stamp set! :)

StampNK said...

I love the wood paper you used with that big bright star as your focal point! WOW!

Waverunner said...

Gee I usually have a favorite when shown more than one but I like both of your equally!

I like the wood DP and the idea of changing up a sketch to make it fit an idea.. I had to zoom in, I thought you had inlaid the stars. Cool looking!

The second one is pleasant on the eye because of the same color tones.

Thanks for participating!



Jess said...

Great cards! Love the weathered woodgrain mixed with the bold stars on the first one!
jesmoyer@gmail.com

Crystal said...

I love to see the different takes on a sketch. Your first card with the wood background & layers stars is my fav. I love wishes backgrounds to get a more masculine appeal. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Unknown said...

Nice cards, but I like your stamping buddy even more! We all need stamping buddies. :-) From Laura Pervier; laurap@UnderKittySupervision.com

Jana Marie said...

Thank you for sharing!! I love both cards, but the window look of the second is too cool!! I love the firework paper and how perfect it fits!

grandmato20 said...

great wood grain design works wonderfully with the star!
THANKS!

Cheryl Schmitke said...

Love all the cards but especially love the one with the plaid background!

Anne Johnson said...

Wow these are both gorgeous. I love the unusual heart card..and that star stamp is awesome. It has such a nice balance to it. I find sometimes getting things sized right is the most difficult thing, in placement on a card. Annie@innrealty.com

Pammy J. said...

Love the wood background on the star card, it really makes the star stand out!

Ronni Unger said...

just lovely!

Cathy Homan said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for supporting the troops!

Jan Kimbler said...

Very nicely done! I like hearts so that is my favorite. Especially like the depth it shows.

Jan Kimbler said...

Love both of these, but hearts are my favorite. Love the layering of that one too.

Patt H. said...

Love both cards, especially the woodgrain background on the first one!!

Paula S. said...

Beautiful! I absolutely love the bold, simple effect you got with the stacked stars (and will most certainly be CASEing that idea :) and the way you used the cord too. Great work! Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting OWH.

Jackie Watson said...

Awesome cards, hard to chose but I like the first one with the star the best. Love the stamp set it says so much of how we all feel.

Kristie Goulet said...

I absolutely LOVE the first card with the stars and the woodgrain background! Perfection!

Beth F. said...

Great cards! I really like the rustic feel to the first one.

Heidi said...

Awesome cards. Love them both, but love the symmetry of the second one.

Judi said...

Loved the first one as my taste runs more to country theme. Tried to see tutorial but when I clicked on "here" it took me to the home page for OWH ????

Pam Crusberg said...

Really pretty cards, Cheri. Thanks for participating in the hop.

pcrusberg at aol dot com

Crystal said...

Lovely cards! I especially love the red, white and blue star over that wooden fence paper.
Crystal_hubbs at hotmail dot com

byAnnette said...

Nice Cards!
Especially like the first one with the wood background

Devy Collins said...

What great cards! The fence is great!
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Penny Ward said...

Your cards are wonderful. The Star against the woodgrain is so striking!!! I too have joined your blog! :)

Cynde P said...

I like the wood grain thank you card the best. Thanks for offering a prize! Cyndeparker@gmail.com

Sandy said...

Love your awesome wood grain background!

Sandy, OWH Exec Director
http://sandyallnock.com

BobbisTreasure said...

I love the second card - that sketch was based on one of my cards - so I am a little biased... :-) BobbisTreasure at aol dot com

Ms. Craftin-ista said...

Wow!! Your first card is eye catching! The awesome yummy wood grain paper is perfect for this card. Great execution of both sketches!
Raeanna Smith
Raeanna25 at yahoo dot com

rstuck2003 said...

I love both cards...I think sketch 154 might be one of my favorites after seeing this card!

Louise H. said...

I really like both of your cards - creative and very colorful,

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

fantastic cards...love the pattern paper on the first one!

Heather Thompson said...

two beautiful cards, love it!!!

heifer21 at hotmail dot com

Karen Wyngaard said...

I like your inclusion of the wood grain paper with the red, white and blue. Neat touch!

mplsbetty said...

Both cards are fabulous. Love the woodgrain paper with the red white and blue. TFS!

Tammy said...

Wonderful cards, I love that layered star and the woodgrain background!
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carolscreativepapers said...

I love the rustic woodgrain paper on the first card but both are terrific! owhcarol at gmail dot com

Nancy M said...

Love the woodgrain of the 1st and the 2nd is so well thought out, meaning papers blend so nicely and fit the sketch! TFS! RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM Nancy M and thanks for the chance to win!!

Sue D said...

Great choice of papers and design. I really like the wood grain paper.
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J Reece said...

great cards! I love them both!
jen at cadydog dotcom

Ann Kulseth said...

The first card caught my attention - I love the wood grain in the background. and you can't go wrong with stars!!!

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Cheri! Just "seconding" what everyone has said: two beautiful red. white & blue cards! Fyi, I loved paper dolls, too; I think that's why I love paper piecing cards now! So nice to meet you on the hop!

Michele said...

I like the layered red, white, and blue stars.

Tracy Hughes said...

Nice cards the first card great example of a masculine card the second is a great example of love with a patriotic twist thanks for sharing

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Great cards. I love the star against the wood grain background. TFS

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Lynne said...

Love how you put the heart in the center of the 4 squares.

Blythe said...

I like the layered stars, One of my "new" favorite things is layering shapes

Patricia H. said...

Two very nice cards! I like the plaid paper on the second one. I have to admit I prefer the first one - the woodgrain background is great behind the layered star, and I also like the script sentiment.

Linda said...

Two awesome cards! I esp like how the heart ties everything together on the second card. I have that set so I am going to have to pass on the candy.

Sandra Rieder said...

I love the backgrounds on both of them. The wood background is very cool.

Vicky Scheiber said...

I like your wood grain background for the star on the first card. Thanks for sharing your talent! My email is vscheiber at charter dot net. Thanks for offering the wonderful candy.

April Story said...

Love the cards. That wood paper is one of my faves. Gives dimension without making the card thick.
April

Donna Nuce said...

Great Cards Cheri. I love how bold and bright they are. If you pick me for the stamp set -- pick someone else. I have that stamp set. Would like to see it go to someone who needs it! Have a great day and thanks for supporting OWH!

NJ Stamping Queen said...

I really like your first card with the bright colors contrasting with the workstation background. Thanks for the opportunity to win that cool stamp set!
:) Marie

Gina D'Urso said...

Really love your cards, and the wood background is perfect.

Sparkle Smith said...

Such darling cards!

Crafting Adventures said...

Those are great cards! Love the colors and the layouts.

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