Friday, May 28, 2010

Operation Write Home!


Hey there blog hoppers! Thanks for coming by today, thought I would start off with how I found out about Operation Write Home. Last month, OWH was a part of the blog challenge over at Elle's Studio. I participated and was so excited to send off my cards to soldiers who would put them to good use.
What a truly fabulous organization, I am already working on my next batch to send off.
My dad is retired Air Force and my brother was in the Navy, for me Memorial Day is both a day of remembrance and also a day that reminds me to give thanks to the brave men and women that are serving and their families that sacrifice so much.

This month's edition of Simply Handmade holds a very special place in my heart.

Like it says in the magazine blurb, I made this for Angie and her husband. Of course when I found out it was going to be published, I had to ask for it back!


By the way, he made it safely home from Iraq back in January!



Okay, up next in the this mega blog hop is Brenda!
Have a fabulous holiday weekend and have fun on the OWH HOP!




























































96 comments:

sweet craf-tea chick said...

love your card and your banner, samantha. i am a current follower :). i do not know too much about OWH, but i'll go check them out now. sounds like a wonderful organization! thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend! *hugs* steph :)

Natalie Elphinstone said...

I've been following you for the longest time and love what you do. But being an Aussie, I haven't heard of OWH before. Sounds like a good cause though :-)

Summer Braxton said...

A little RAK? This is huge and full of some highly desirable pieces (Melody Ross and Webster's Pages). I'm drooling already. I am one of your readers... have been for several months (less than a year, I know). I first heard of OWH last year when my MOPS group decided to make and send some cards in as our craft that month. It meant so much to me to make those cards for OWH because my husband was deployed for a year at that time.

LadyDoc said...

Good morning! I'm starting my hop early and you are my follow-up link!

You're work is fabulous and I can see why you have so many followers!

I discovered OWH when it was still Cards for Heroes before last year's Memorial Day blog hop.

Nancy Keller said...

Ooh! I am following! Love your work and your story about the article! Thanks for sharing! I have been involved with OWH for nearly a year - and have loved every minute of it! Happy Birthday on Tuesday!

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh, I love your card. Those BINGO cards are great. Your banner is fun too. TFS.

I am a follower.

Tink said...

Love your card!! Your blog is beautiful, I am following now..

helloholley said...

Your blog is beautiful,I just became a follower!! Your card is awesome and Happy Birthday!!!;)

Shell said...

Love the card.. congrats on being published! I'm following now... and I'm making 1 card for every comment left on my blog this hop, I made 82 for the spring hop!

loyaz said...

OK - I signed up to follow your great blog. This is my first intro to this awesome operation.
Thanks for this opportunity and for participating
DianeL
loyaz1@wbshi.net

Scrapping Mom said...

I absolutey love your ART...I have been making cards for OWH about a year and a half now.... I just love making cards to send to our troops.. Thank you so much for the RAK You are so kind
Celeste
I am now a follower.

Lindsey said...

I am happily following you as of today! The card and banner are simply spectacular. Thanks for posting today!

xoxo
Lindsey @ ScrapStreet

Cathy... said...

Wowza! Beautiful card and banner! I'm now a happy follower of your blog! Thanks so much for the inspiration and taking part in this today!

stampgirl said...

Following now! What a great blog tour! Just found out about OWH today and will be following there as well. As an avid card maker I am hoping to get some friend involved to send some card over. Thanks! Lisa

Operation Write Home said...

So many things to say - congrats on the pub, happy birthday, thanks for making such an adorable card, so glad you found OWH!! Yay Samantha! :)

Erika said...

Great card! You're so creative! And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

Samantha said...

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Melanie Montes de Oca said...

Of course, I am becoming a follower- with or without blog candy! Your blog is fantastic! I am very new to OWH. I have a digi stamp company and someone contacted me about sponsoring a challenge over there last month and that's how I heard about it!

Wendy said...

I discovered OWH last Memeorial Day. Now I've discovered your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!
Wendy

Kim said...

Your projects are gorgeous! Love your blog. I am following.

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Love your card. The overall design is awesome!

PaulaM said...

Following now - love your banner - very cool that it was published! I have been sending cards to OWH (formerly Cards for Heroes) for over 2 years now. It is such a worthy organization and I know of two deployed men that have had boxes sent to them and they are grateful!!

Martha said...

Such a terrific card! Love those tiny 'bingo' cards and the clear hearts. Thank you for supporting OWH!

Paula said...

Great card. I love the long shape and the min bingo cards are adorable. I'm glad you found OWH. I found this group a little over two years ago when it was Cards For Heroes and I'm proud to say I am coming close to having made 5000 cards for our heroes.

BJ said...

OWH just started a bit ago...almost have a box full....I just started following you :0)
I love your banner and love your card.

Karen said...

What a wonderful card! Love it! I love this blog hop and all it serves, but, also that I stumble upon new blogs (to me) !! Got you in my reader from now on! TFS!
Karen

Debby said...

Congratulations on your publication. You can tell it's a work from the heart. I really like your blog and I'm following now. I've only been aware of OWH as of this week and her I am blog hopping. Thank you.

Cassie_lu said...

what an amazing card and the banner you created for your friends is lovely. You are so sweet to help with this program. I just became a follower.

SWEET PAPER TREATS said...

Love your card and that banner is so awesome and generous of you!! This is my second year to participate in the Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop!! Last year I gave 108 cards and plan on giving again this year!

jackielwatson said...

I loved your card and the banner your made for your friend. I was not a follower or reader, but I am now. This is my first time doing a Memorial Day Bloghop. I have gotten alot of good ideas and I think everyone is awesome.
jackie, http://jackielwatson.blogspot.com

joanej said...

Happy Birthday, Samantha! Congrats on being published - how exciting is that!! I've been making cards for OWH since last Nov - I can remember, because we just missed being able to send in Christmas cards, and boy am I looking forward to making them this year! (I've already started coloring images...)

Dawn said...

This is a fantastic card. love the blog.

PocketsOfInspiration said...

BEAUTIFUL creations Sam.

Lelia Pierce said...

Beautiful card...the ribbon is to die for! Congrats on your publication...it's awesome! :O) I have been making cards for OWH for about 6 months or so...I know they'll get put to good use there!

I have followed your blog so I can come back and visit often! Happy early birthday!!!

Hugs,
Lelia

Dixie Cochran said...

Samantha, I'm so glad you found OWH. Your post today is terrific, and I have to admit, I got off task (from the hop) and looked at some of your previous posts! I'm now a follower, and I'll be back to get inspiration! Thank you for making cards for our heroes!

Marianne said...

Samantha,
What a great card and congratulations on being published.

rstuck2003 said...

Awesome card...thank you for sharing. I am a follower. Thank you for the chance at the blog candy.

debb said...

Awesome card- congrats on being published with you wonderful art- do tell where are those bingo cards from? I am following. I have been with OWH since last fall when I found their hop. Love it! Thank you for the opp!

Trevorstuffmammas said...

What an awesome story.....Thank you for sharing...I joined. I have been making cards for OWH since Christmas '09. My son is in the Marines. Stationed in Afghanistan.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Samantha Sweetie...
I am Country Wings your newest follower. I have never made a card, but you have so inspired me along with the other ladies on this blog hop journey. I love the made over bingo cards and the banner is so precious. What an awesome job you have done.

I have been confined to the house and in the hospital over the past month. I have been wanting something that I can do from my recliner that doesn't exhaust my lungs. I think I have found it. I don't have a lot of supplies, but am going to try and make a few cards from what I do have to submit for the soldiers. What a wonderful idea. I love it, and I too can be doing something to help out. Thank you for sharing with me.

Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Robin said...

your card and banner are just adorable!
love them

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Happy Birthday! Your card and published project is awesome! I've been making cards for OWH for about 6 months now I think. I'm a member of the OWH Stars & Stamps blog team, I get to do the Midweek Throwdown challenges. ;)

Staceykinz said...

I just found OWH a few weeks ago, and I just found YOU today! I'm from San Diego, so following a past neighbor is great. :)

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

Great card. Love your published project and banner and I bet they did too. I am soooo glad he made it home.

I've known about OWH about a month and plan on becoming more active. I'm a Vet and know what it means to get mail while you are away from home, and about sending mail to loved ones who are deployed (DH was deployed numerous times before he retired).

Thanks for the opportunity to win that fantastic blog candy.

Butterballfeather said...

This is such a cute card! You did a great job!

XOXO,
Greta

Grammykrob said...

I always enjoy the bloghops on OWH. It is a wonderful group and I enjoy being a part of it. Thank you for your part in the group.

Kathy
Pass It On
http://kathypassiton.blogspot.com/

Robin said...

FOLLOWING, GREAT BANNER!!

JPScraps said...

I found OWH about a year ago. I've sent cards in a few times. I love the banner & card that you made. I'm following so I can come back! Happy (early) Birthday!

Hannah said...

Following! :-) I'm planning on making OWH my summer project... thanks for sharing your cards!

Meg Bean said...

Really enjoyed your card and some of the other projects you have shared on your blog. Just became a follower :)

Theresa said...

Congrats on being published. Great banner. Now a follower

Lynn said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog but so glad you joined the hop so I would find you. Wonderful cards! Just became a follower.

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Love your banner project. Congrats on being published! I've been with OWH since they were Cards for Heroes. Drifted for a little while and recently started participating in the sketch challenges. I signed up to follow you!

Heather said...

Became a follower today! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card.

Cut n Paste said...

Cute card! Congrats on the publication!!! Thank you for supporting OWH!

Susan said...

great creations, congrats on being published :)
I am now following.
I have been with OWH since their spring break blog hop.
Susan

Sandy said...

Love your projects!!!!!! I'm following now and this is my first seeing OWH and following the blog hop. I am so glad I did because now I can participate myself :)

Marlene said...

Wow - this is absolutely gorgeous! I'm a follower!

Cheryl said...

I love the card and the banner! You are so creative. Congrats on the publication.

I am now a follower. I am happy I found your blog - you have lovely work.

I recently found OWH. I am starting to make cards (trying to fill a small box) to send to OWH and am trying to plan a card making night with my girlfriends to make some cards to send.

Happy Memorial Day!

Cheryl said...

Okay im a follower...thats a cute little bingo banner and the card too. Would love to win that candy...looks yummy!

3momph4755 said...

I love your projects and esp the banner. I had never heard of OWH until playing in the blog hop. What a wonderful idea! I have become followers of everyone on the hop and plan to join and start sending my own cards.

Courtney said...

Your card and banner are amazing! Congrats on being published! I just recently learned of OWH and am currently working on my first batch of cards to send in. Thank you for supporting our troops!

~Courtney~

Courtney said...

oh yeah, I am also a follower now...and happy to do so, your blog is amazing!

~Courtney~

Caryl P said...

Beautiful card and how exciting that your project was published! I discovered OWH during last year's Memorial Day blog hop. It is so rewarding and I love knowing that I can help by making a card. I'm following now and can't wait to see what else you'll be creating.

Julie said...

Love those clear stars! Great card!

Brenda said...

I am definitely following - you are a fabulous artist! Congrats on the publication!! Great work!!

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Happy birthday on Tuesday, what a wonderful surprise to get published, and well deserved too!

K. Joy said...

Very nice card! I like the somewhat vintage look to the card and the clear stars. :) Thanks for sharing!

Lillian Child said...

What a fabulous creation in honor of those that protect us. My husband is a vietnam veteran and he says he wished that the OWH program would have been in place back then as there's nothing better than a card from home. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us! And I am now a follower of your blog! And kudos for being published! How fun is that!! And happy birthday - hope your day is filled with friends, family, fun ... and CAKE!

Tammy said...

Awesome creation!! Love the bingo cards!! Congrats on the publication!!! I have been making cards for OWH a little over a year!

buglvr2010 said...

I'm following you now....I love the banner. Congrats on being published.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Thanks for sharing your great creations! Congratulations! Thanks to your family's dedication. I have been making cards for heroes since Jan. 2009. It is my humble way of appreciation for their service and my privilege. Thanks very much!

Julie said...

I love that banner - what an honor to be published! I'm following your blog now, so I'll be back after the hop (which will take me a while yet!). I sent my first batch of cards to OWH in January this year, I love having a purpose for my cards instead cardmaking just for my own fun.

Virginia D. said...

Following!! Your card is amazing! Congrats on the publication too!
I just found out about OWH a few weeks ago. I am so glad I participated in this blog hop!
I can't wait to send out my first batch of cards. TFS!

cal8007 said...

I'm following you as of today! Great card and congratulations for being published!

Thanks for the chance at the blog candy!

Carmen L
cal8007 at aol dot com

christy sheffield said...

Cute card and congrats on making it into Simply Handmade! I'm following your blog in my feed reader, too. Also I've been with OWH for over a year now. Love it!

Heather Grow said...

Great card. Congratulations on getting published. I added you to my blog feeds. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jeanne said...

That's an amazing banner! I just became a follower. I've been making cards for OWH since January!

Suz said...

Beautiful card & banner!

I just became a follower - such a great blog

mmwilken said...

Thanks for sharing with us on this wonderful weekend to honor our heros! I have been with OWH for over a year and get more excited about it every month!. Love your blog and card!! Have a great weekend!!

tina... said...

Congratulations on being published, Samantha. What a sweet banner! I'm not a part of OWH, but I'm anxious to go see what it's about.

Betty said...

Awesome cards! following you as I can't wait to see what you come up with next :)

Pamela said...

LOVE this!!! And congrats on the pub! :)

Marsha said...

Love those Bingo Hero cards !!! I have been involved just a year. Sent 80 cards after last Memorial Day blog hop - was so inspired by so many ladies.

Bev E said...

Oh I am so happy to become a follower of yours. Great cards & ideas you have. And I am so glad you found OWH!
I have only been making cards for the past year, but I have been scrapbooking for about 5 years. Now I seem to be making more cards than pages.

Ola said...

I love your card & banner! I'm a follower & have a feeling I will learn a lot from you!!!

Thanks so much for sharing & the chance to win!

Happy Memorial Day!
God Bless our Soldiers & their families!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Jamie said...

I just added myself as a follower to your blog. I love the card and the banner too! Those little bingo cards are so fun! :) Congrats on being published!!!! That's always exciting.

I just sent my first cards to OWH for Father's Day right before the deadline.

Katherine said...

Great banner! Congrats on being published :)

southernscraps said...

Great banner- congrats. I just became a follower. I've known about OWH for a while but just sent off a batch of cards at the beginning of this year.

grandmalee said...

Congrats on being published! They definately picked a winner! Your blog is totally awesome! I'm proud to be a follower & can't wait to see more!

I found out about OWH from my daughter that was serving in Iraq at the time. One of the other units had gotten a batch of cards from them. I had been sending her a box or so every month for her unit, so when she came home I couldn't stop making cards for our heroes!

Purple Princess said...

I have been a follower of your blog for a while now. I have been making cards for OWH for a few years.

Your card is wonderful!!

Sandy said...

Hi! Congrats on being published. It's my first time here, but I'm already a follower (as of today)! I have been participating in OWH for 2 years.

About : sbartist said...

Love the card! Can't wait to read my digi subscription to see your article! Thanks for all you do for OWH & to your family members serving, and for supporting the men in women in the armed forces. I am a new follower - great blog!
: ) Susan [sbartist.blogspot.com]

Angie said...

Love your card & banner! Congrats on making it in the magazine! I am a new follower, your blog is awesome! I have been a part of OwH for about a year now.:) Oh, Happy Birthday!

Jana said...

Gorgeous card. & love the banner too. What a wonderful thing to make for your friend. :-D

Corinna said...

Love your card and the banner. I'm loving this month's issue too because I'm also in it! But I haven't gotten my copy yet so haven't seen my project. BUMMER :)

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com