Saturday, May 25, 2013

It's On! The Memorial Day Blog Hop for Operation Write Home!

It's Memorial Day weekend here in the States and that means it's a special time set aside to honor our beloved Heroes.  We salute those brave men and women--past and present--who have had the courage to serve our country.


Operation Write Home is a wonderful organization that supports our military (and their family and friends) by providing hope and encouragement in the form of some beautiful handmade cards (for our troops to send back home) as well as by sending Any Hero mail to those men and women who might need some love from home.  They also host an annual blog hop each year and you get to join in the fun!

To visit the many blogs participating (corporate and private) please click HERE!

2013's Blog Hop will focus on sketches again and also the theme is Thank You.  We really want to up the ante on Any Hero cards, so that's what I am focusing on this weekend.

It's late here and I was short on time due to celebrating another victory in our lives (congrats niece Britt on your graduation!) and so I made a simple Any Hero card to go in the next package.  It needs some punching up and I'll play with it some more and update when I can, but don't want to miss out on the fun, so here you go!



This card is based on the OWH sketch #32 and I used Bazill Moody Blue for the base, and top layer and Bazill Peanut Cluster for the image, middle layer and sentiment layer.  Inks are SU! Night of Navy and Real Red.  The stamped images are from Stampin' Up! (some older sets) and the patterned paper is from Authentique (Pride collection).  Technique, simply used DTP for the edges since the dotted paper looked "smudged" too. ~~ I need to go in and touch up the sentiment and I'm considering changing out that eyelet for a smaller bronzed star brad.  Hmm....

As I said, this is a cute but hurried card that needs a little love and I'll be posting more throughout the weekend if you happen to make it through the rest of the blogs and want to come back and visit. Again, you can reach those wonderful sites by starting right HERE.

Also, don't forget to sign up for your chance to win a 6x6 pad of Lost & Found from me!  Go HERE for the information!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and don't forget to thank a hero for their service!

Hugs,

110 comments:

  1. The bears are adorable. Only have 2 embossing folders from Stampin Up. I really have to get some of their stamps.

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  2. Oh how cute are those bears!! I love the touch of color on the image with that great background dsp! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  3. what happy little teddy bears in their wagon, waving their flag! this is so much fun! :)

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  4. I love those wonderful teddy bears and inspirational sentiment too! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

    :) Marie (OWH #119)

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  5. Adorable bears. I remember that stamp!

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  6. Love the DP you used. This SU! image has always been one of my favorites.

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  7. What a sweet card! I could see my 6 year old writing an any hero message in that card. (Beth F. OWH #114)

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  8. Sweet bears! Great job with that sketch!

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  9. Cute stamp. The paper is awesome.
    April

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  10. HI Tamara!
    Really love the sketch and the colors you used!
    Blessings,
    Antoinette

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  11. How fun! This will make a great AnyHero card!

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  12. Oh, those bears are adorable! Love it!

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  13. This is adorable. I like your selective coloring choices.

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  14. I love that background paper and the bears are adorable. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Such cute bears on a cute card. Like the eyelet you added too.

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  16. Such a sweet image, and wonderful papers!

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  17. Such cute bears and I like ho you only colored a few small areas of it. Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting Operation Write Home!

    Paula S.
    OWH Blog Team

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  18. Looks like a patriotic parade on a card. Those bears in the wagon are so cute. Thanks for sharing. Nice job.

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  19. Your hurried card is great and love that stamp--I have it too!

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  20. Your little bears just pop off the page. It's so cute now! Can't wait to see what it looks like after a little more love. LOL!

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  21. Very cute! The bears are adorable!

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  22. You did a nice job with this cute card!!! Thank you for supporting OWH!

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  23. Cute image and like the highlighting on bears.

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  24. Aww what a cute card...I like the way you only colored the clothing on the bears...just a pop of color here and there, but not overwhelming. Navy, tan and red are such a great color combo. Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH

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  25. adorable image.... love the colors with the teddy bears!

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  26. Cute image. I like the partial coloring.

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  27. Oh, wow! That wagon filled with bears is so cute! I love your whole card design.

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  28. Awwww, beary cute ! I especially like that you ink distressed the edges of the stamped panel to coordinate with the "smudginess" of the decorative paper ;)

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  29. What a sweet card, very nostalgic. Love the bear stamp and the little details you added. Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  30. This is so cute, I love that fun bear image!

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  31. Everyone likes to cuddle with their Teddy bear. How cute.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  32. I love how you just colored in a few of the pieces of the image--it makes it really stand out! Thanks for participating in the OWH blog hop!

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  33. Sweet card. Love way you colored in a just a bit of the image!

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  34. What a sweet card. I love the cute image.

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  35. What a cute card! I like how you stamped did selective coloring of the image. Thank you for supporting OWH and have a great weekend!

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  36. Great paper choices...the yellow star provides punch! tfs!!!

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  37. That bear images is just precious.

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  38. Super cute card! Have an awesome day!

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  39. Cute stamp & love the paper choices!

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  40. I love bears and should use them more often. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Cute, country and patriotic. Love it.

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  42. Very cute card. Way to go Britt.

    reflections:0)

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  43. Love the image! Adorable card!

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  44. Cute card, Tamara, love the bears and that background paper! TFS and have a beautiful weekend. #133

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  45. Your teddy bears are adorable. I really like how you added just a touch of color to each one. It pulled my eye right into the image box.


    Cheri - John 3:16
    www.djssundries.blogspot.com

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  46. Love those cute little Teddy Bears. Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  47. Those teddy bears are just too darn cute - love how you only added touches of color to it to really draw the eye in. Thank you for sharing this adorable card & for your support of our heroes and OWH.

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  48. I like your card just the way it is even though you did hurry. I'd say it needs a "Now and Forever" inside. I used that same stamp with a different sketch. It's one of my favorite bear stamps. TFS

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  49. What a sweet card! Love the image and the selective coloring!

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  50. I love the little bears in the wagon...and the subtle pop of color on them instead of filling them in has such a sweet effect. Nice work.

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  51. That is so beary cute! Love the coloring, or lack of it on the bears!
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://delitefulsuds.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  52. Cute image. Very patriotic!

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  53. Cute image :)
    Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH!

    Amanda
    http://www.ajsdigishoppe.com

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  54. Nice card- like the distressed look.

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  55. This is super cute with these little bears! Love it!

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  56. Beary sweet card. That image is adorable.

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  57. Those bears in their wagon are so sweet. Like how you only colored part of the image. The background DP is great!
    Thanks for the support for our Heroes and OWH.
    Happy Memorial Day weekend,
    R/

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  58. Great use of the sketch and your image is soooooo sweet! Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Love those bears...I may have to scour ebay for that stamp set cause it's an oldie but a goodie. Thanks so much for sharing your card!

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  60. Love the bg paper on this one and those bears are just too cute.

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  61. The bear image is super cute! I also really like the red sentiment on the Kraft paper - nice card!

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  62. Have always loved and frequently used that stamp-great card

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  63. ahhh, cute! love the little bears!

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  64. great card! my favorite part is the star eyelet!! thanks for the inspiration to get my eyelets back out!

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  65. I love bears, and bears in a wagon with a flag is perfect!

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  66. This stamp set is so stinkin' cute! I think you could definitely keep this star and do another card with the other star you are thinking about :)

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  67. How cute are those bears in the little wagon?! I love that you added color to their accessories!

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  68. Love the patterned paper that used and how you colored only part of the image.

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  69. Great card, love how you tie the dp colors in with the stamp and sentiment!

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  70. Fun card! Such cute bears, and I love your smudges in the image panel to go with the patterned paper. It would be interesting to see if you try that different brad with the flag. Sometimes such a tiny change will have a big effect overall. Thanks for sharing!

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  71. Un-bear-ably cute!!! Thank you for sharing.

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  72. Adorable and festive card that anyone would love!

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  73. I love your little teddy bears in their wagon. Looks like they're headed to a parade! Your coloring on the bears made a nice focal point for the card. Thank you for sharing your card with us! ~ Marilyn

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  74. So I just read your previous post and as to what I would write inside this card...How about, We are unbearably proud of you and want to send a Parade of thanks to let you know how much we appreciate all you have done for our country"!!

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  75. Super cute! Love how you colored just a bit of the image! :)

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  76. I like that background paper

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  77. What a sweet card. I love the patriotic DSP you used.

    Hugs,
    M.E.

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  78. The bears in the wagon remind me of the wood burning I did for my granddaughters 1st Christmas. Mine only had one bear. So cute!

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  79. The bears in the wagon are soooo darned cute. Love the paper, the sentiment and the layering. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

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  80. Cute cute! Love the bears with their flag!

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  81. These little guys r Supercute and I can't wait to see what else u do with this card! TFS and thanks for the giveaway You rock!

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  82. What an adorable card. I love the image. It is just too cute. The papers are also so neat and work so well with the image. What would I write inside. Well. Since it is for A hero. I would have to say Thank you for all that you do and all that you have done. thanks for joining in the hop.

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  83. Your patriotic bears cards are darling. Thanks for supporting OWH!

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  84. I just knew that was an older SU! stamp. I have a few older bears, too. The card is great & I think replacing the eyelet would make a difference. I suggest a wide ribbon tied with a square knot under the small panel to break up the pattern some more. Great card and I also liked the next card you posted, too!

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  85. I do the same thing, finish a card then look at it and try to decide what else it needs, surprise myself when I leave it on my stamp table for a few days, come back to it, and 'snap' think of just what finishing touch the card needs! :-)
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

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  86. Cute card! LOVE the bears!!

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  87. Thanks, everyone! It was late and I was hurried, I've been coloring bears for two days now and think I have it. Third time's a charm, right? LOL. Look for the updated version tonight or tomorrow. And look for the drawing winner tomorrow! We have enough for TWO WINNERS!!!

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  88. Love the image with the bears - the sparing use of coloring really sets it off!
    BobbisTreasure at aol dot com

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  89. The bear image is adorable! I think I just might need it. :)

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  90. Love your style! Thanks for sharing!

    ptucker6 at cox dot net

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  91. OH my gosh...I LOVE the bears...they are just too stinking cute! I wouldn't use this for an any hero card...I would send it blank so a soldier could send it back to his son back home who is the "man of the house" while he's gone. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win your blog candy.

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  92. Oh what fun and so very cute.
    It might be after the weekend here in the UK, but I just wanted to support such a good cause.
    "Like the ivy and the wall, together we stand united we fall"

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  93. Awwwww. Those bears are so cute. Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  94. Awww I love this little image with just a bit of color. The polka dot paper really makes this a fun one. TFS!

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  95. The little bears are darling! I like the musical score print behind the image panel. I think the yellow star looks all right, but I do have to agree with you that a metallic brad may coordinate better with the rest of the card. I wouldn't rework the card just for that, though.

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  96. Very cute! I love the flower embellishment on the flag :) I would definitely use this card to write an AnyHero card, and I would tell them how much I appreciate all that they've given up so that I can enjoy what I have!

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  97. I really like the happy, celebratory look to your card with the bears in a wagon. Cute!!

    Since this is a card to a hero, I would write on the inside:

    (FRONT: You're my hero!)

    INSIDE: "So we made a little bear-icade of happiness for you!"

    This sentiment would remind the hero that he/she is not alone and that thought might bring some protection from loneliness and homesickness....like a barricade provides protection.

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  98. Love the dotty paper and the bears image is so sweet! Great card!

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  99. What a great card! I love the sweet bears and the vintage feel!

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