Saturday, May 29, 2010

Welcome...OPERATION WRITE HOME BLOG HOP

Hi there and Welcome to the Memorial Day weekend
Blog Hop!!

You should have arrived here from(newly edited, we have a fallen OWHomer): 
 The OWH Blog Hop starts Here:

 When you leave here, you'll head over to:
I'd like to direct you to my play list at the very bottom of this blog. There is significance in the reason I ask. The first song is called HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN by Darryl Worley and the second song is THE DANCE(Attack on America remix) by Garth Brooks.  I believe these songs...especially the first says a lot about how complacent a lot of Americans have become  about 9/11.  If you prefer to not hear it, but to see the lyrics:  Have You Forgotten


I have made 2 cards for today...One is Love you/miss you

this is an off center gate-fold card



not a great pic, but it shows it's open
Digi image by Stretch n Bubbles, sentiment by Sunday Sentiments, CS-Stampin' Up, DP by Michele Anderson "Pathways-Americana"
Ribbon and brads


and the other is WHY, as inFREEDOM is NOT FREE!...this one is dedicated to all the veterans in my family alive and passed on and to veterans the world over. Additionally to ALL the heroes...Police, Firemen, Paramedics etc.



This is a limited edition stamp from Club scrap, of that famous photo of the firemen at ground zero, the other stamp is from Stampin' Up, The corners were rec'd as a rak (handmade corners of ribbon), border and corner punch-Stampin up, CS-Stampin' Up, DP by Michele Anderson "Pathways-Americana"

Inside right, sentiment(digi) Sunday Sentiments

I hope you like them :) 

I would love it if any late visitors left comments. BUT as posted below...cut-off time for the blog candy was 9pm tonight (Mon. 5/31) EST.

Now for the fun stuff!  I have a very PATRIOTIC BLOG CANDY for ONE OWH PARTICIPANT/HOPPER; here it is:
 Patriotic reusable shopping bag, Patriotic fleece lap throw (perfect when sitting creating for long periods of time), The latest issue of Card maker Magazine.               
                                                                                
25 card bases and envelopes, with 25 + backgrounds, stamped, embossed and DP and 25 + stamped images--some with sentiments.            



















BNIP Embellishments; including 3D stickers, sparkle stickers, brads, ribbons, then some mixed embellishments,  and lace. 


Additionally, I am giving away up to 5*--6 X 9 envelopes stuffed with card making or collage goodies to regular blog hoppers that are NOT OWH participants. * depends on the amount of comments...it will be a minimum of 3


The rules are the same for both:


#1chance-- PLEASE comment--on how I did in setting up my blog for this blog hop and my cards. (if your comment does not cover these items, it will not count)
I'd love for you to become a follower, but I will not make you.

For a #2 chance...visit the OPERATION WRITE HOME  blog, watch a video and come back and tell me about it.

For a #3 chance...visit the STARS n STAMPS blog, check out any of the past tutorials, and come back and tell me what tutorial you viewed. 

I forgot to say I'll be drawing names Monday evening after 9pm est.(so that will be the cut off time for commenting)

84 comments:

Dawn said...

Your blog looks great, I really like the digi card it's super fun. The other card is really cool. I never saw that in a stamp and it's really neat. Have fun hopping thank you for supportin OWH!

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

Susan, I think your blog is set up great. Love the creative way you showcased your write-up! Keeps you focused.

Your first card is so dang cute, it made me chuckle and I love the off-center gate card. Your second patriotic card makes you stop and remember the horror of 9/11 and the loss of all those lives. And your third card says it all -- Thanks to all the men and women who make this country great.

TFS

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

Susan, the video on OWH about Mother's Day was awe inspiring -- made me tear up. Having been in the military and married to a retiree it brought back some of our own experiences. The music and words fit it so appropriately and seeing the men and women in the "homes" away from home made it all seem so much more real. Everyone across the country should see this one.

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

Susan, I watched the tuturial on making pansies by Darlene. Very informational and helpful. After the blog I'll be off trying these!

Marianne said...

Susan
#1 the way you set up your blog was very easy to negoiate. Setting up my blog for the hop was the hardest thing I think I did this week.
#2 I watched the video of all the kids (plus one dog) seeing their heroes come home for the first time. That video just made me want to stamp, stamp stamp.
#3 oh shoot I forgot what #3 was. I'll be right back. Oh ya the tutorial. The pansy one was on top to I watched that one. It looks very easy but I don't have that punch I will need to use something else to try it out.

stampgirl said...

Great setup on you blog and how generous with your blog candy. Thanks for spreading awareness for OWH. I did not know of them until today! Lisa

stampgirl said...

Loved the tutorial on making pansies. I have that punch and will soon try this technique!

Shell said...

I got goose bumps with the photo! I'm honored to be a part of this amazing group... God Bless Our Troops and may we never never forget.

Rhonda Miller said...

I just love how you set your blog up. Your cards are great. I like how you did the gate fold off center and that bird image is so cute. I love the ribbon corners on the second card.

Rhonda Miller said...

I couldn't view the vieos on the home page, but I went to their You Tube channel and watch a couple. I watched Sandy read some thanks yous from the heros and I watched the video of the heros sending love home to their moms for Mother's Day. What a tear jerker.

Jennifer Moore said...

You did an awesome job on the blog hop today. I like how you did the ribbon on your gate-fold card. That is a fold I need to try out.

Rhonda Miller said...

I watched the tutorial on making paper pansies using the SU butterfly punch. I will for sure be trying this out.

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

Hi Susan,

I love the way you set up your blog for the hop. Makes it easy to read...the various colors and different sections highlighted.

Your cards are awesome! I love that fireman stamp!

Your blog candy is awesome! Oh my, sure wish I had known about this hop so I could have joined to make cards for our fellow men and women.... and to be entered to win your fabulous blog candy (and so very generous of you.) and then to also give to those not in the hop itself. Wow!

BrendaLea

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

I watched the OWH video.... showing our sevice people withe cards they received, and the tons and tons of cards that were made and ready to send over. One man held a thermometer that showed the temp of 120+ (oh my!)... great video and I plan on watching the others as well.

I will have to get involved with this for two reasons. 1) to let our service people know that I care and 2) because I need to get back to my card making.

BrendaLea

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

Since I have never worked with Digis before I watch the video tute. I loved the way she paper pieced the heart together by printing also on red paper.

I'll have to go look at some more videos.
BrendaLea
prpldy (at) comcast dot net

TN Granny said...

I like two column blogs and yours is full of good stuff. Your card is cute and well made.
God Bless,
Jeanine

TN Granny said...

I loved Kate's tutorial of the pansies but it's the truth it only came out this past week but I love pansies and since I'm old Show & Tell (Video) does the old brain so much more.
Stampin hugs,
Jeanine

TN Granny said...

I couldn't view the video it came up black, so since I tried 3 times I quit.
Sorry I tried,
God Bless,
Jeanine

Erika said...

Great cards! Very fun. And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

And a great blog set up - btw.

Paula said...

Thanks for participating in the hop. The Home Tweet Home card and sentiment is simply adorable!

www.alittlethisandalotofthat.blogspot.com said...

Great cards and all the wonderful blog candy..... was just thinking about all the cards for our heroes that would make.....

angelandspot said...

I think your blog looks great. Thanks so much for the kind comment on my Muscovy family :) The giveaway looks amazing! Wow! I didn't know a thing about it until I came over here to say thanks for the comment. Your cards are beautiful!

Operation Write Home said...

Hi Susan! I love your blog - you did super in setting all this up! I love your gatefold card....CUTE!

Thanks for sharing your heart and passion!

Cathy... said...

You did an awesome job on your bloghop post today! Love your cards and excellent selection of songs!! I have NOT forgotten!!

Martha said...

I'm a gatefold fancier so I love your first card especially. Thanks for the work you did on your blog to make it fun for us to come by!

helloholley said...

I love the big pic on the top of your blog with the troops in it!!! So cool!!
Your cards are great,as usual!!! I love that crazy cute little bird!! And oh,my I have to have that stamp with the firemen holding up the flag!!! Awesome job!!! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!! Thank you for thinking of me,you made me smile!!!
Happy Stampin' friend!

LadyDoc said...

Your cards are wonderful- the first is sweet and whimsical and reminds me of a 1930's quilt. The second card is VERY powerful- that stamp is AMAZING!

PocketsOfInspiration said...

Your blogger header is great!

rstuck2003 said...

You did a awesome job setting up your blog! Your cards are wonderful. The OWH Mothers Day video is my favorite. My favorite tutorial is the pansy one! I just need to get that punch!!

Melanie Holzwarth said...

Your blog setup is wonderful and your cards are very inspiring. Thanks for hopping this weekend - have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Lelia Pierce said...

Awesome photo at the top of your blog! I love that ground zero stamp!

jackielwatson said...

Your cards are wonderful and thank you for sharing your artwork.
You did good setting up your blog,very creative.

Yolanda said...

You did a great job setting up your blog for the hop. I love your blog title. The fold on that bird card is neat. I want to try some like that.

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Your blog has a ton of info. Thank you.....
I like the digi stamp on your card, I have that background paper, but in green love it!!
I have to admit...no matter how many times I watch that mothers day video I cry....(marine mom)
and the tutorial was for the pansys using the SU punch.
Thank you..Jennifer

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow, I love the photo you have at the top of your blog post! Your cards are quite wonderful too, thanks for a chance to win blog candy!

Melissaward said...

I really love your cards you did some really great work! Thank you for taking the time to put so much work and effort into making this blog hop possible. I was unable to attend and I am so mad about it! Alas, my daughter was here and she needed some mommy love after having a little spat with her boyfriend. But THANK YOU!! For all you did and I am so sorry I couldnt be here!>

debb said...

Your cards are beautiful and you did a great job on your post for this hop. I loved the songs- they are beautiful and moving! Love the AO stamp!

cinmfoster said...

Your blog setup is great, easy to navigate. Love you cards, the gate fold is my favorite. Watched the video of the dog. Lastly bookmarked the site to I go back and check out more techniques, but watched the pansy video.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Your cards are all great cards! You did very well with your blog sep up - inspiring and informative!
I watched Sandy's OWH bedtime story video. I watched the tutorial on making paper pansies. Everything with the OWH is great inspiration. Making cards for heroes is a humble way of appreciation for their service and my privilege. Thanks for your sharing and inspiring.

mmwilken said...

What a wonderful weekend and wonderful ideas and cards. Blog looks great and proud to be apart of OWH. Something I've never felt before either. Keep up the great work!

Dixie Cochran said...

Love the sentiment you used. Thanks for posting on the hop, and thanks for making cards for our heroes!

Mary said...

You blog was easy to move around but quite honestly I found all the different colors of fonts a little distracting.

I like your cards - especially the fireman one and the Thank you card. I tend to go for the clean simple lines on cards.

I have watched the tutorials on pansies and the shirt folding.

Debby said...

The blog is awesome. I really like the grab you get when it loads with the photo. Great job.

You gate card is inspiring.

I love the Pansies Tutorial.

I can't seem to load the OWM videos but I will keep tring.

Wendy said...

I love your blog banner, don't know the jargon. Your cards are inspiring. I have watched all the OWH videos, mailroom being very helpful. I just recently watched the paper pansy flower tutorial...a really good one.

Cheryl said...

Susan Hi...its cheryl from over at http://dontworrybescrappi.blogspot.com -I'm sorry my digis did not work for you...I had one other person say they didnt as well and I'd still love to give them to you via email so please email me at clkreider@bellsouth.net and I will send them right on. Also I do like your blog layout..its simple...I have the three column and I'm thinking of switching back to 2 because it does look somewhat cluttered. Also your cards are really nice...I love the fold and the paper on the first one! Take care and happy hopping!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

I love your twist on the gatefold card, almost as much as I love the fab-o 'soldiers spell it out' banner you put up--what a great reminder of who we're stampin' for!

grandmalee said...

Wow Susan! You did such a totally awesome job on your blog! I'm so honored that you are in this hop and doing so much for OWH, especially since you just became involved with us after the last hop and I had a small part in encouraging you to join in! I don't tell you enough how much I love your wonderful creations, but they are absolutely stunning! I love all of these cards, but the one w/the firemen is my favorite. I had actually used this for my initial card for the hop, but I can't find it! aargh! I guess that tells you I have to clean up my mess! lol

I watch the tutorials & videos when they come out on the blogs & facebook, so I guess these extra choices are easy to me!

THANKS!!!!

grandmalee said...

I love so many of the tutorials, but probably the ones on flower making or coloring eyes would be some of my favorites (they're all GREAT!!!!)

Cheryl said...

I think you blog looks great. I love the picture at the top.

Your cards are wonderful and will really brighten some one's day.

Thank you for the tips on the songs. I don't have the one by Garth Brooks. I just listend on your player and now am all teary-eyed. I agree too many Americans still live like it is September 10, 2001 and the tragedy never happened.

grandmalee said...

I really love the viseo on the card parties. I've been reading & making copies of all of the stuff that OWH offers to make these events run smooth, but the tutorial really gets you inspired to do it NOW! I'll be having my own real soon!

Thanks again Susan for all that you do! Please don't overdo it & mess up your heath more. Drop me a line & let me know how you're doing...any news on the other diagnosis? Your still in my prayers!

Lisa said...

Blog looks great! Love the card!

Rufus said...

You did a great job of setting up your blog! I like both your cards, but esp. the second one. Wonder if that image is still available? I do a lot of OWH cards and that would be perfect. I also liked what you wrote. Freedom isn't free and we need to remember that and honor those that pay the price to keep us free. Thank you for supporting our Heroes and OWH.
THANKS ALSO FOR THE AWESOME PHOTO THAT HEADS YOUR BLOG!!!
R/

Rufus said...

The most recent video that I've seen on the OWH home blog was Sandy's bedtime video where she read 2 letters she'd gotten from card box recipients.
R/

Rufus said...

On Stars and Stamps the most recent tutorial I saw a day or so again was on how to make really nifty pansies from a butterfly punch! Have to try that.
R/

Rufus said...

Since you have comment moderation going I can do this, since this one shouldn't be counted for the candy draw (it's my 4th post) but I'm an idiot and forgot to tell you thank you for offering such patriotic and generous blog candy!!!
Thank you for your support of OWH and our Heroes
R/

Karen Howard said...

Gorgeous card, thanks for supporting OWH!

Robin said...

what a great photo
thanks for sharing your blog with us

Lynn said...

Your cards are fabulous! I like the use of the PP in the first, cuz you really have to look to notice it and the PP in the second one that you used the border punch on. I like looking for the subtle details...... makes ME think! Thanks for participating in OWH and this great blog hop!

Lynn said...

The OWH video was the Mother's Day one. How those troops must really miss home, eh? And the amazingly easy tutorial was on the pansies! I think I could really do that one!

Micki said...

Thanks for a great giveaway.

I always like to see a video that honours our servicemen, so I did enjoy that.

The tutorial that i loved was paper pansies.

Micki

Micki said...

I forgot to tell you that your blog and the cards look great.
Micki

StampinSher said...

Very cute cards! I really enjoy your support of OWH. Keep up the blogging!

Nancy Keller said...

Oh wow - your blog is great! I love your cards! But the very best part is that photo in the header - I spent a long time squinting and trying to zoom in and see if any of those awesome heroes are holding up ONE OF MY CARDS! LOL - thank you so much for sharing - and happy blog hopping to you!

loyaz said...

Your blog is set up in a neat, logical way and has great links embedded to make it easy for us. Your cards are AWESOME. I'm just learning about OWH and have to tell you - it makes me proud to be an American Stamper.
I did Watch the Spread the Happy video and printed out the terrific Pansy from Punch tutorial. Great stuff. Signed up to follow that via email. Wish you had an email subscription button. Loved your stuff. Thanks for sharing.
DianeL
loyaz@wbhsi.net

Courtney said...

I think you blog is great, and your cards...AWESOME! That picture on the top is perfect! Thank you for supporting our troops!

~Courtney~

Courtney said...

I had to go back and refresh my memory on the videos...I really like the Mothers Day video and the Paper Pansies tutorial is one of my favs!

~Courtney~

Shelly Schmidt said...

Blog set up was fine- not difficult to navigate in any way. I have the Club Scrap stamp- i bought it on line- I did not know it was a tribute to 9/11..... Hmmmm the video make we well up- the cards the guys sent home for their Mom's was awesome! And, I also saw the pansy tutorial- I do not have that punch, but......

Betty said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the cards :) Your set up was just fine...

Merry's Musings said...

You are such an awesome caring creative Operation Write Homer! Your cards are just wonderful and will be greatly loved. Excited to become a follower! Great Job.

Kim said...

Your blog set up is great. I love both cards. I love the ground zero image.

Kim said...

I love the pansy tutorial. It's so amazing using a butterfly punch to create the flower.

Cut n Paste said...

Love both of your cards!!! The stamp for the second card is really awesome! Really like the photo at the top of your blog. Thanks so much for participating in this bloghop and for supporting our troops!

Carisa said...

i think you have a great blog! i love that ground zero stamp & card. amazing. very sweet of you to offer to stamp images of those.

Meg Bean said...

I really like how you used the gate fold card with your design.

Sprout said...

Great card & love the photo at the top. Your site is easy to navigate but these old eyes had a hard time with all the different colors (thought you would want me to honest). Thanks for all the neat candy you are offering. This is better than Halloween.

Teepee said...

Susan: Your blog is so fun and informative. I like your sense of style and whimsy. I watched the pansy tutorial and plan to make them soon. That patriotic stamp reminding us of 9/11 is just beautiful. I didn't know that the picture was made into a stamp.

Tammy said...

Awesome cards Susan! I love the gate-fold style! Happy Memorial Day! TFS!

Suz said...

awesome cards thanks for the inspiration. Hope you had a great weekend.

Heather Grow said...

Your blog is great. I get nervous about strange text colors but you kept it minimal so it wasn't too distracting. I LOVE the songs that you put on the player and I'm glad that you told a little background about them. I am loving the ground zero image stamp. I'm hoping that I win stamped images from that stamp.

cal8007 said...

So happy to be here and look at your creations! Love the off set gate bold card AND, you id a great job on setting up the blog for the hop! The font was just the right size and didn't have to squint!!

Thanks for the chance at the blog candy!

Carmen L
cal8007 at aol dot com

Stampin_melissa said...

Wonderful cards! Yes, the music is so poignant.

Jamie said...

Your blog was set up wonderfully :) I really like your cards. The first one is silly and is sure to make whoever receives it smile :) The second card is an important reminder of why they do what they do and mean so much to us.

mmwilken said...

I know I'm late getting here, but wanted to tell you how great your site is and the cards. Thanks for being apart of OWH - my first choice for doing cards! I love it and wouldn't want to do anything else!!

Jana said...

Your cards are wonderful. Thank you for such a great tribute to all of America's HERO's.