August 21, 2012

Cards for Operation Write Home

Welcome ~ Welcome ~ Welcome

I have started to accumulate cards to send to Operation Write Home so I thought I would share a few of them with you. OWH is a non profit organization that sends handmade cards to soldiers currently deployed so they can keep in touch with their family and friends.  I have seen so many testimonials and videos from the soldiers that really warm your heart....especially when they receive a new box! Seems the cards go really quick so there is never an end to the need.  
Sandy Allnock is the President and Founder and has done an amazing job! She recently received letters from the 1st and 2nd ladies of the United States commending her for the hard work and effort she has put into OWH!!! How cool is that??   Way to go Sandy!!

Stampabilities Stamp - At the Beach (I1092), Cryogen paper, Black embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers - TB3, TB5, CR11, CT2, TN8, EB1, Spellbinders - Labels Three (S4-189), The Scrapbooking Queen Stamp - Royal Friends, Inkadinkadoo Ink - Brown (39-252752), Studio G glitter glue, Starfish is punched from a textured paint chip
Inkadinkado Doodle Frames Holiday (98643), red and green embossing powder, 
Halloween cards are due in by August 31st!
Stampabilities Stamp - Dracula (D1202), Stampabilities Stamp - Stick Family (384008),  Inkadinkadoo Stamp - Halloween (60-30184), Spectrum Noir markers - CG2, LV2, LV1, Black, GB5, Studio G glitter glue, Paper - TPS - Four Seasons (864975), Action Wobble, Stickabilities, Halloween Icons Glitter (220277), Ribbon Trends - Candy Corns (884965), orange & black embossing powder
Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), TPS Stickers - (334243 & 579987), Viva Decor Pearl Pen - orange

Inkadinkadoo Stamp - All Hallows Eve (60-30184), black embossing powder, Ribbon Trends - Spider Webs (884940), TPS Stickabilities - spider & web stickers
Cricut - Life's a Party (2000870), Viva Decor Pearl Pen - orange, TPS - Four Seasons
Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), Inkadinkadoo Stamp - Gem Stone Cats (98982) & Marker Sketch Halloween (60-30184 discontinued), orange embossing powder, 
Fiskars Stamp - Latte Love (01-005511), Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles (S5-006), Green embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers - EB1, PP1, PP5, Cryogen paper, Inkadinkadoo Ink - Brown (39-252752), American Crafts ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder - Cindy Loo (2000415)
This is my 1st attempt at making a card with a detachable bookmark. I used the A2 card but added 2" (I think) to the length and scored with the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool.
Spellbinders - Blossom Two, Peachy Keen Stamp - Everyday Character (PK-490), Simplicity Ribbon - Metallic Braid, googly eyes, pink embossing powder

Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), Spellbinders - Picot Edge Circles (S4-345), Darice Ink - Turquoise (1027-12), Hero Arts Stamp - Always Thinking, Spectrum Noir Markers - CR8, TB6, Pop Dots, Studio G Glitter Glue
Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), Hero Arts Stamp, Stampabilites Ink - Royal Blue, Spectrum Noir Marker - CR8, Ranger Liquid Pearls - Rouge (LPL28222), Kaiser Craft Pearls - Snow (SB794)
Cards with dark backgrounds must have a light colored liner in them so the handwriting will show.

Paper - TPS Simplicity/Four Seasons (850982 & 864975), Hero Arts Stamp - Live Life (CL493), Red embossing powder, Hampton Arts embossing pad, Stampabilites ink - Royal Blue
Paper - Color Bok Pastel (61176) & Hero Arts, Studio 112 - Spring Flowers (567696), Blue Embossing Powder, Hampton Arts Embossing Pad
Inkadinkado Stamp - Tell it like it is (98709), Ranger Ink - Sepia (AIP06657), Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles (S5-006), Ribbon, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye (TIM19510), TPC Studio Aqua (2010256), Spectrum Noir Markers - BT2, EB2

Paper - TPS (347104), Fiskars Flower Punch, Stampabilities Ink - Baby Blue (711408), TPC Studio Stamp - Faith Greetings (ST93463), Stampabilities Ink - Royal Blue (504548), Studio G Glitter Glue, Spectrum Noir Markers - CT4, BT7, PP5

Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), Doodle Twine - Primary Asst (2982), TPC Studio Stamp - Faith Greetings (ST93463),Versa Magic Ink - Agean Blue (VG-78), Spectrum Noir Marker PL2

Heidi Grace Stamp  - Sweets (66009), Stickles - Cotton Candy, Staples - Gel Pens, Flower/Brad - Blog win from Colleen Hathaway, Papers - TPS Daydream Doodle (975300 & 347104), Spellbinders- Lacy Squares (S4-295), Hampton Art Ink - Lavender (SP7102)

This is how I keep up with my progress. The pink is a notebook that I record products used. The blue paper is a checklist of numbered sketches.

The proper way to send in your cards:
OWH will send you this stamp for FREE! All cards must be stamped on the back and it really helps them save time if we take a few minutes to do this.

Here are the guidelines to consider when making your card:  
If you need some inspiration, OWH has over 150 sketches so the hard part is already done! I have pinned a lot of card ideas on Pinterest from the OWH blog hop and misc postings.
Testimonial from a deployed soldier.......
I received the box of Operation Write Home cards this morning. You all are AMAZING! Not only did it bring a huge smile to my face when I saw them but it has already lifted the morale in this place! I sit in a busy office so I placed the box on the front end of my desk and offer them to everyone who enters. I can see the look of appreciation on every face and when they say how thankful they are for them I make sure to let them know exactly who they came from. It’s the little things that keep us going. Thank you so much, your selfless actions and pride for our country make you our heroes!!
Kandahar, Afghanistan
I hope you take time to consider making cards for OWH. It really is a worthy cause and means so much to the recipients. If you do, please let me know! Would love to see your creations ~ always looking for inspiration! Stay up to date with the OWH Facebook Page!  Have a crafty day everybody!! 
P. S. Scroll all the way to the bottom of my blog....see the ticker? That helps motivate me to continue making cards until I reach my goal of 150. Then I can reset the numbers and continue. Pretty neat!


  1. Oh my goodness - wow such awesome cards. TFS

  2. Michelle your cards are great. You might want to pull ALL cards for OWH that include ANY type of glitter. Glitter can be transfered to uniforms and enemies can see glitter reflections better.

    Please check the official OWC site regarding this.


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