Saturday, March 20, 2010

OWH Spring Break Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the Operation Write Home blog hop! If you are joining me today from Kaere's blog, Whispers and Wishes, you are in the right place, but if  you've just stumbled onto our hop today, you will definitely want to go back to the start of the hop to see all the amazing creations and blog candy chances along the way!

We are holding this hop today to inspire you to create as well as to raise awareness for and the need for greeting cards and words of encouragement for our troops stationed around the world. The wonderful and caring volunteers of Operation Write Home, work tirelessly to help make sure our troops have cards to write home on, and to make sure they themselves receive mail to lift their spirits and know that those of us back home appreciate ALL that they are doing for us and our freedom.

I am honored to take part in this event. I did so last year and I plan to do so each year as I am able. I think it's important that we do what we can for our troops, however big or small. Last year I sent OWH a couple boxes of old swap cards from when I was a Stampin' Up! demo, it was great to be able to recycle those cards for a good cause. I'm hoping to gather up enough cards to send another box this year too. If you would like to send some cards or have questions about OWH, you can find all the info you need by clicking HERE.

The theme of our hop is "Spring" so I've created this card using the Whimsy Stamps carousel horse Spring Stepping. I think this stamp is absolutely perfect for this time of year! And since today is the first day of Spring it makes it all that much more appropriate.

I've colored my image with Copics and added some Stickles glitter to give her some sparkle. The papers are BasicGrey Sultry with Stampin' Up card stock in chocolate and pink. I've distressed all the edges and stitched with the sewing machine. I've embellished with ribbon, lace, and Prima flowers and cherry blossoms.

To thank you for taking the time to visit my blog along this hop. In addition to sharing a card today, I am also offering some blog candy. You don't have to do anything special to enter, except leave a link with your name and blog address in the linky feature below. If you would like to help us spread the word about this hop, that would of course be greatly appreciated. My candy will remain open for this weekend and end at 9am EST on Monday, March 22nd. I will announce the winner later that day and he/she will have 48 hours to claim the prize. One lucky random person will win this beautiful Spring Stepping stamp set, deeply etched red rubber mounted on EZ mount foam!



ENTER BLOG CANDY HERE




Now, I hope you will continue with our hop today and stop at Kelli's blog, KelliStamps4U...and U can 2, which is the next stop on the hop.

Thank you so much for hopping with us! Have a great weekend!

Happy Stamping,

51 comments:

Fabre said...

Absolutely beautiful card - I love the shabby chic look but hardly ever do it myself, so I am inspired to try again this weekend! Enjoy the blog hop - thanks for participating!

Vieve said...

Love that you participated in the blog hop, so that I was made aware of your digi stamps! So cute! I am now a follower..

Love the horse!

Operation Write Home said...

Love your carousel horse, the pink and brown combo is fantastic! Thanks so much for joining in the hop!

Dawn said...

your card is really pretty. I love the images in your header!

...Darlene said...

This is a great stamp for using Copic markers and your choice of paper and embellishments really bring everything together.
thank you for sharing,
darlene a

Rhonda Miller said...

Denise, that is a great card. I love your flowers and what a beautiful stamp. TFS.

SuzAnn said...

what a sweet card! Thanks for supporting OWH

Paula said...

Gorgeous detail in your card and such a pretty color combination.

Tami B. said...

Fabulous detail on this card and I image some lucky little girl will treasure it always.

Betty said...

I Really like you card stunning!!!!!

Jeanne said...

That carousel horse is great! I love your card.

I don't have a blog, but if you can enter me for the blog candy, I'd appreciate it.

jeanne706 at yahoo.com

Tammy said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! I love the colors you used and your flower!

lavendarrose29 said...

Stunning card. I love this stamp set. You rocked it like Springsteen

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow, what a gorgeous card! The little girl that receives this on will save it forever!

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Denise, This is a really beautiful fantasy card. I can see some young girl receiving this and treasuring it for years. Love the colors you used as well. Thanks very much. Blessings, Louise

Wendy said...

So beautiful and brings back memories of being a little girl and the local fair. The stickles are a lovely accent.

Bekah's World said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for the chance to win, and as a military wife I must say thank you for helping OWH keep families close despite being apart.

Anita said...

Cute card!

Jo said...

Absolutely stunning card as usual Denise. Sorry I haven't been commenting lately but have been watching all your up-dates. I love all your new stamps you have out and have in fact, just ordered the Wings of Hope one today from a UK store ($/£ not so good now!!). Hope you and your family are all well xxxx

JenMarie said...

Oh how pretty, love the sparkle!

Dixie Cochran said...

Your card is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Thanks too for telling us how you did it! Very helpful.

Crissy Armstrong said...

Hi Denise! I feel honoured that one of my "babies" is being used for this worthy cause! I love those frilly ribbons and the sewing and distressing you did too!

Renee said...

Love all the layering on your cards! You've got mad pattern paper skillz.

Martha said...

That is a cool stamp and I like how you layered it on all those textural layers. Thanks for sharing your card with us!

Kajikit said...

What a lovely romantic springy card you made... love all those ribbons.

Nicole said...

Pretty Card and that stamp set is adorable!

Marci said...

What a pretty sparkly horse

rstuck2003 said...

love the card!

~Jeri~ said...

Beautiful card! Your coloring is amazing!!!
As a military spouse and someone new to OWH, I thank you for taking part in this awesome blog hop and in OWH!

grandmalee said...

What an absolutely fabulous card! You always are such an inspiration & this card is just another example. My daughter will be going to Afghanistan soon after already serving in Iraq, so I know firsthand how much these cards mean to the soldiers! I love what you did with your WOH carousel horse, so maybe others will also join you in this awesome card ministry. Thanks for helping with this organization & I'm really looking forward to your future releases!

Kas said...

Oh my this card looks like so much work!! Great job!+

Whispers and Wishes said...

your inking is totally fantastic... I'm seriously in awe!

Cathy... said...

Wow! Just gorgeous! Love all the little details and that image is so sweet! Thanks for sharing, making cards for our heroes and offering the chance to win such fantastic blog candy!

Gloria Westerman said...

Totally beautiful....love your creations.......thank you for sharing....with us...
gw0109@gmail.com

-- said...

I just keep saying WOW... love the card.

Lauretta See said...

stunning card .. i love the stamp... colors .. flowers and all.. :))

great Job!!

hugs x

Rufus said...

Just love what you've done with Crissy's Spring horse. Did you get the one that she did for Hati? I put my name in Mr. Linky, but since I'm blogless I used your address. Hope that is OK with you. I've never gotten around to setting up a blog. To busy making cards for OWH and reading other folks blogs! Thanks for your support for OWH and our Heroes!
R/

StampinSher said...

Great card with the carousel horse. Love the colors and I have always enjoy sparkles and glitter.
Sher

Carolyn Bounds said...

A truly stunning creation!!! I love all the beautiful stitching...the wonderful distressing...and your image is colored gorgeously!!! So very breathtaking!!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

Merry's Musings said...

Pure Joy!

Shelly said...

Gorgeous!!!! What more could a card need than a lovely image, lots of pink and glitter? :)

Cut n Paste said...

Wow!!! Really awesome!! Thanks for sharing this with us! Thanks also for supporting OWH!

Loni said...

Cute card. Thx for supporting OWH.Hugs, Loni (Stop #55)

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is stunning Denise!! I just love your coloring, the choice of papers, the sewing and all the glitter!! Gorgeous layout and design!
hugs,
Chris

Purple Princess said...

Gorgeous card! I love the added stickles!!

debb said...

Beautiful card - such a great image! Love the flowers and ribbon!

Susan said...

the guys will be fighting over who gets this card!(to send to their mom's or wives) it is gorgeous!
thanks for doing what you do, I hope to be a part of the next blog hop.
and thanks for the generosity of a giveaway!
Susan

PS...I am now a follower

Lyneen said...

LOVE YOUR CARD! Thanks for sharing and supporting OWH.

*Vicki* said...

Denise, this is such a gorgeous card hun!! Love your coloring and fab layout girl!! HUGS

Kimme said...

Your card is beautiful. That carousel horse is amazing. Great job and thanks for joining us on the hop.

Summer Rose Scrapbooks said...

Love your card. I like the way you tied some ribbon on there and made parts of it sparkly!

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com