Thursday, September 27, 2012

Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Greetings and Salutations!  
(I've always wanted to say that.. :))

Thanks for joining me and the Design Team as we start World Cardmaking Day early, and support a fabulous organization, Operation Write Home.  They send thousands of cards to the troops each week, helping them keep in touch with home. 

We decided that it would be fun to do a challenge hop, and see how many cards we could get made for these deserving people.  If you choose not to send your cards off to OWH, don't fret!  There are hundreds of thousands of public servants (teachers, police officers, firefighters, etc.) that would love to receive a card. So, get your paper and glue ready and let's get supporting these amazing people!  

Before I announce my challenge, I'd like for you to familiarize yourself with some of the OWH guidelines.  Their first and foremost priority is the safety of the Troops.  You can find those guidelines here.  Please, please, PLEASE read that before proceeding.  You can also see here what will happen to your cards if you don't follow those guidelines. :)  We want to help, not hinder, this process so please do your part!  

Now that my "follow the rules" speech is over, let's get crafty!

I'm going to make my challenge pretty simple.  

Here is a list of Desired Themes:
Thank You
Missing You
These are cards that will be needed during ALL times of the year.  

Here are the ingredients:
an embossed solid paper
at least 2 different printed papers
twine or ribbon or a trim of some sort
(if you have questions whether something you want to use (ie button, etc.) is appropriate, you can check out their gallery here.  I found this VERY helpful!)

Here's the sketch:

Using the sketch and ingredients, I want you to make as many "Desired Theme" cards as you possibly can!  You can rotate the sketch, use as is, or create your own interpretation of it!

Once you've done your card, you will want to link up AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!  
(for whaever reason, the cards are not showing up on the blog, but they ARE there in the back screen. :))

The person who has the most entries linked by October 8th @ 8am MST time, will win $10 in crop credit.

After your cards are all done and you're ready to mail them off, you'll want to go here to get the closest address to send your cards off to.

Canadian Girls!  Here's the address to send yours to:
Corinne Braun
6-300-108th St
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1P8

Since I'm the first stop on this hop, you're going to want to swing by By Belle/Michele's blog and see what challenge she has in store for you!

Now what are you waiting for?  GET BUSY!!
PS - if you're not a follower, please become one!  I may send a few Unity Stamps to a random follower as well. :)

xoxo Amber :)


  1. Wow! Easy sketch and I love it. Better get busy and follow your links to OWH

  2. And away we go!!! Gonna be so much fun!!!

  3. lol, I really like this sketch, I just used it not terribly long ago. Hope it was ok to change the circle to a big butterfly :-)

  4. Sounds like a great challenge and a fun sketch to work with! Can't wait to get started!

  5. Ok now I am following. This one I believe I can even handle.

  6. Great sketch choice Amber!

    I already follow you, fearless leader..... ;)

  7. OK I have posted,but I posted the wrong one first Amber can you delete it?

  8. i've printed your sketch and when (hoping tonight) i get to get crafty, it's #1 on my list! :o)

  9. Great challenge I am hopefully getting started on this today !

  10. Hi Amber, just linked up. Loved your challenge!

  11. Well I'm on my way! Now I just need to find some more envelopes...

  12. Great sketch, I'm hoping I can finally get creative here.

  13. I did it, I wish I would have taken a better picture, but...I am moving on:)I need to try to get more done.

  14. just posted 4 cards! i'm hoping for more, but these 4 took longer than i expected! LOL On to the next!

  15. Your sketch was great!! I uploaded one card I had a hard time with this one I don't have much embossed paper and nothing to emboss myself .

  16. OK, finally got it linked up....I used Lush paper as my embossed paper, thought that might be fun. not sure if I can use the one with the ribbon flower for OWH as it is a little bulky, but SO pretty....

  17. Thanks for the easy sketch :) I plan on getting at least one card done for each challenge this weekend.

    1. I got one card done for your challenge-not what you had in mind, but I wanted to try as many different challenges as I could. Thanks for the hop!

    2. Ooops-Accidentally deleted my picure so #16 is blank.

      #19 is my real picture (1 card)

  18. My first link up is not working. I linked my project again. changed my name on the link to Anne(Bo). Hope it works now.

  19. Got it done. Hoping the link will work. Thanks for the fun sketch!

  20. I'm all linked up and done with all the challenges! What a fun HOP!!

  21. I have one more card I linked up this evening. The post looks like there's 2 there. One I used for this week's challenge on CC. The other I'm entering in your challenge. It's been a great week of hopping and card making. Thanks for organizing all this!

  22. Fun challenge. Hope I got mine linked up correctly.

  23. I like the sketch used for this challenge; actually made 5 cards for the HOP - a lot for me!

  24. Just posted my link for 4 cards - it was a bit of a challenge for me but I am so glad I did this. I'd forgotten how awesome embossing can look! Thanks, Amber!

  25. Love the sketch and your cards. Thanks. Sorry for the hour entry, but I finally got my post up and running.

  26. Finally got my entries loaded---hope it's not too late!

  27. Love the sketch and recipe! Hope to still get one done, even though I missed the deadline (I wouldn't have had the most, anyway ;-) )


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