Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop.  We’re remembering the brave men and women who have given their all for our country and its freedom by sharing cards made for the purpose of sending to our military members stationed overseas so that they may write home to their loved ones. Operation Write Home, a/k/a OWH, is a fantastic charity that has been supporting our military men and women since 2007.  However, because so many of our troops are coming home, OWH will be closing later this year.  All cards to be donated to them need to be sent in by August 1, 2015, so I’m helping to get the word out!

For my card, I knew I wanted to use my little superhero image.  I looked through the OWH Stars & Stamps sketches and found one that I hadn’t yet used – sketch #144.  I ended up flipping it mirror-image because that suited my card design better.  I had a piece of “smashed” cardstock in sky blue tones left over from a cardmaking session last fall (click here to find out how I did it), so I deviated a little from the typical patriotic red, white, and blue for my card.  To make it look more like a sky, I stamped some buildings along the bottom of it, so it would look like the superhero was flying above them.  I stamped the little superhero image on a scrap piece of white cardstock, colored him, and carefully fussy cut him.  Then I glued him onto the sky.  I added a sentiment that makes this card appropriate to give to pretty much anyone, although the image is kind of geared toward kids.  The white panel is dry embossed with clouds, making this card eligible for the current OWH ODBD challenge.

OWH sketch 144

What’s a blog hop without some “blog candy”?  🙂  I have a Priority Mail Flat Rate padded envelope ready and waiting to pack with some crafty goodies.  I’ll send it to one lucky person who comments on this post.  The more comments I receive, the more items will be in the envelope!  I will be reading every comment to ensure that spammers will not qualify for the prize drawing.  Since this is a pretty big blog hop, I’ll give everyone until 12:00 noon Eastern time Friday, May 29, 2015 to leave their comment. The winner will be posted later that day.  Be sure to include your email address when you leave your comment, so I’ll have a way to contact you.

This is my fifth Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop with OWH, and I’m a little sad that it’s going to be the last one.  However, it’s a good feeling to know that our men and women in service are going to be back home with their loved ones.  I’m glad that I’ve been able to help military families keep in touch, one card at a time, since 2010.

To see the rest of the blog hop participants’ creations, click on the OWH banner at the top of this post.  Thanks for stopping by!  All comments are read and appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and be sure to take some time to remember our heroes who have died in service in order to make our country and world a better place.

Stamps: Super Duo (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Real Red, Soft Sky, Glossy White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Soft Sky and Baja Breeze reinkers, Cloudy Day embossing folder (SU); silver paint pen (Zig)

Hello there!  This week is stash challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  That means we’re inviting our challenge participants to use particular items from their crafting stash to create a Christmas or wintry card.  I’m the challenge hostess for the month of May, and I’ve chosen ribbon as the stash item.  Most everyone has ribbon, and there are so many different ways to use it, so we’re hoping to see a lot of great cards this week!

I went through the OWH Stars & Stamps sketch challenges to find one that would work well with ribbon, and chose sketch #92, which I hadn’t used yet.  I modified it a bit by using the snowman image in place of the small block shape.  One nice thing about clear photopolymer stamps is that it’s pretty easy to line them up, like I did with the sentiment – the stamp has both words side by side, but I needed to use them one on top of the other to fit the available space.  After I attached my ribbon across the length of the card front, I cut another piece and looped it for a little extra interest.  The snowman is adhered with dimensional adhesive to accommodate the thickness of the ribbon.  It’s still a pretty flat card overall, and the ribbon loop will smush down for mailing.

52CCT 05-23-2015

What will you do with your ribbon?  We’d love to see!  Link your card at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 29.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team members’ cards for more inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Be Jolly (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Winter Wonderland paper pack (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Be Jolly die (Avery Elle); ribbon (Offray); dimensionals (SU)

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