Friday, May 28, 2010

OWH Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop and Blog Candy!!!



Welcome to Operation Write Home  Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop!!! If you have come from Stars and Stamps Blog ,then you are in the right spot!!! I'm second on the list,so please start at the beginning here.
Front of Easel Card


Side View
  Well, I have been making cards for our troops for about two years now.....but, I recently heard about Operation Write Home and I knew I had to do my part!!! They are a great organization to be involved with. You make handmade cards (that are blank on the inside) to send to the troops so they can use them to send home to their loved ones. Also they encourage you to write a thank you note on a handmade card to give to any solider who is serving in the military!! I am currently adding to my box of cards....so it won't be long before they receive my very first box!!!! I need to get the OWH stamp to make it a little easier on the ladies ;) ....I hope to do that real soon!!! They also take donations,so be sure to check them out and get involved however you are able!!!!

  My dad served in the Navy during Vietnam. My step dad did too, he was a Green Beret. My grandpa was in the Navy during WWII and some other family members have served in various wars and at various times; including my little sister, Honey. So, I am proud of all service men and women who put their lives on the line to protect what is most precious to us Americans.....our Freedom!!! I am proud to be an American and I thank God for our liberties and the sacrifices our military takes in order to keep that!! So, however I am able to help, I will do so!!! Anything that might make living apart from their loved ones, a little easier for these brave men and women, I'm all for!!!
  Now,if you're ready to have some more fun you need to visit everyone's blog! Your next stop will be Kate. Her blog: Hello From Kate , is adorable and her cards are beautiful! Don't forget to leave some love along the way!! I know I love reading my comments.....it brings a smile to my face and warms my heart!!!

  I made a video of me making my card today,I know I'm a dork!! But if you want a good laugh,check it out at the bottom of this post!! ;)
  Now, I have a little challenge for you, if you want to play along! Alot of my cards are CASED from other stampers,or inspired in some way. So, if you would like to take Any of my creations and make it your own, feel free to CASE. Just leave a comment and a link so others can come check out your project!! ;)
  The theme was to use RED, WHITE, and BLUE ,with MISSING YOU!! I went for a vintage look to my card. I didn't do much stamping, instead I used my Cricut Expression!!! I hope you like it!!! Have an awesome Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy the hop and don't forget to sign up for my Blog Candy!!!

inside sentiment








front of card when mailed















BLOG CANDY
Good Neighbors set of 10 stamp set (retired from SU! Sale-a-bration 2010)
&
6 x6 DSP pack (retired SU! SAB 2010)



Blog Candy Rules :

1.Follow my Blog
2.Subscribe to my Blog
3.Leave a comment

I will pick a winner one week from today on Saturday June 5 , 2010 at 12 noon, using random.org. Shipping in USA only, please!!


Recipe for Card :


Card stocks : Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, and Very Vanilla
Swiss Dots Cuttle Bug Folder
Clear Circle and Scallop Circle Dies
Ribbon from Hobby Lobby Clearance
Designer Paper from The Paper Studio
3~D Star Stickers from The Paper Studio
A Child's Year Cricut Cartridge
Large Eyelets from Stash
Close to Cocoa Ink for sponging
Whimsical Words Stamp Set
Curly Label Punch



PS~ sorry I didn't talk louder on the video....my hubby was taking a nap ;)

149 comments:

Our Little Inspirations said...

Happy Memorial Day Holley! Your video is fantastic and so is this great Americana easel card! I love all the detail and watching you put it all together step by step. TFS!!

Kate said...

Holley! Thanks for the sweet intro! Very creative card; I love the vintage look. I also love your video. I've never seen the cricut before. Happy Blog Hop!

Betty said...

What an awesome card!!! I so enjoyed my visit :) Thanks for offering a little candy...

Michele said...

wow, fantastic card! Just love the PP and the embossing. thank you so much for the inspiration!!

Lost in Paper said...

WOW!! I just love this card!

Operation Write Home said...

Holley I just LOVE your card! Yummy! Thanks for the video too, I love your sweet drawl! :) :) :)

jackielwatson said...

I love your card, children, flags just go with memorial day. You rock girl. I don't have a circut machine one of these days it is on my list. Your video made everything look so easy. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Holley your card is awesome...I figured you had a cricut because you have the neatest cutouts. I have not invested in one of these but your video makes me want to and I enjoyed seeing how to make a easel card...I'm going to try that...also never thought of inking ribbon to get that tea stained look...great idea!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Awesome card, Holley. Love easel card! :)

Paula said...

Beautiful card! I love the Vintage feel is has and the fold really makes it into a work of art you can display.

Colleen said...

I love that card! I've never made an easel card before but you've inspired me! Happy Memorial Day!

Tink said...

Fantastic card!

Shari Winterstein said...

Wow! This is an amazing card and one that will surely lift the spirits of one of our heros. My friend and I are about to do a project for the small group of people in Iraq and Afghanistan who protect our military personnel. Her mom's boyfriend is about to leave for Afghanistan for a year. Never thought of these people who are every bit in harms way protecting our military. Even President Obama had to show his credentials to pass his station. It is amazing the support personnel that are also in harms way. Thanks for blessing my day! :)

Erika said...

I LOVE your card! Great job! I am now a follower!

Scrapping Mom said...

Absolutely wonderful blog. I love your card and video...
Happy Memorial Day!!!!
I am now a proud follower of your blog...
Thank you for the chance to win some wonderful candy.
Celeste
celestelombas@live.com

Anonymous said...

Great projects! Thanks for sharing! I love the card. Lisa stampgirl@embarqmail.com

JessicaLynn said...

Thank you for your post! THANK YOU SO MUCH :)
Have a great weekend! I am now following your blog too!
Jessica Lynn
http://www.jessicalynnoriginal.com

PaulaM said...

Your card is absolutely adorable. I have a cricut create, but I don't have this particular cartridge - thanks for sharing the video - you make the card so easy to put together, and inspire me to do more crative cards. TFS

Yolanda said...

This card is amazing! The sentiment and way you displayed it, the die cut, the colors--gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Great card! Thanks for the tutorial, too.

Jean B. in PA

pearx2 at zoominternet dot net

Lauri said...

What a beautiful easel card and I Love your video! Please do not enter me in the give-away, though!

Gina Thornton said...

This card has inspired me to give my bug a second chance to make cards! I love the design and the details! Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks for the blog hop and the chance to win some goodies!
Happy Memorial Day and thanks to all of our Service Men and Women and their families!

Karen Howard said...

OMG, Holley, this card is amazing! I LOVE it and the little boy is so cute!!! What a fantastic way to start off the bloghop!!!

Andrea said...

Thanks for blogging, Holley. What a stunning card! This is going to motivate me to use my cricut more for my cards!

mumgranny said...

Holley - what a beautiful card and your video makes it look easy BUT I bet it wouldn't be for me.

Anita said...

Stunning card!

Dixie Cochran said...

Oh, Holley!! I love that card! The vintage look really appeals to me. I've never made an easel card, but now I want to give it a try. Thanks for all the work you put into this post. Well done!! Thanks for making cards for our heroes!!!

Kim said...

Gorgeous card! I love the video tutorial, now I am going to have to put the easel card on my list to make.

Kim said...

I am following. Love your blog.

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Awesome card! I love the silhouette! We had a fire engine peddle car growing up! Thanks for the chance to win that cool set of stamps. I've been wanting some houses!

Toni said...

Holy fabulous batman! That is a great card!

Stampin_melissa said...

Wow, gorgeous job on your easel card!

Erica said...

Amazing card. It looks like it took hours.

cheryl said...

Holley,
You have inspired me to finally get out my cricut and try it with card making. I love the vintage look of your card. And I too have to ink the edges of everything. For someone new to card making the video was great. Now I need to start playing. Thanks so much for sharing!

Bev E said...

What a great card and you make it look so easy. I didn't have any trouble with the sound so you were talking loud enough. I guess I will have to get Cricut cart. now...LOL

Martha said...

Your card is absolutely amazing! The Cricut cut and the whole retro feel is yummy. Thank you so much for sharing your card and supporting OWH!

Charisma3103 said...

What a gorgeous card thank you so much for sharing it with us it's beautiful. I am a follower and subscriber

Janie Boots
boots3103@hotmail.com

Seongsook Duncan said...

What such a great job done! I love your wonderful card and your tutorial video that made me feel as if I was there watching you. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Robin said...

what an awesome card Holly!

my father too is a vet .. he was in the Korean War as were two of my uncles

Shannon Roberts said...

AMAZING; THIS CARD IS GORGEOUS!!!

Jamie said...

I absolutely LOVE this card Holly! Great job! The easel cards are difficult for me. You pulled it off very well. I also love the embossed character on the front.

Erica said...

Beautiful card! I am learning to make those right now and I am having a blast with them! Great work!

Rufus said...

Holley,
Don't enter me in the candy ~ just wanted to say that I like your card and I'm sure however gets it will LOVE it!
R/

BJ said...

amazing Easel! Love the coloring...Maybe one day I can make one that could compare... :)

Diane said...

Great video and card.

Tassie said...

Holly - absolutely LOVE you blog. Your card was so cute. Thank you for the video!!! It was nice to see how the card was created. Love how you ink everything. I think I am going to have to try that. Read your profile!! So happy that you are a Christian, too. I am now following and subscribing to your blog.... hope I win the candy!!!

Diane S said...

Wonderful blog! I'll be checking it out more thoroughly after I finish the blog hop.


Diane S

K. Joy said...

Wow!! What an amazing card! Love the great layering and deep colors! Thanks for sharing! :)

Julie said...

Yay, an SU blog! I'll be back after the hop! And I love the card - nice to see one with a different fold effect for a change. Thanks for sharing :)

Nicole said...

Love this card!! Great job with the challenge! :)

Rhonda said...

Wow, beautiful card. Going to have to case it. Good job on the video as well.

Melissaward said...

Your card is beautiful! WOW! Thank you for sharing!!

Janette Fuller said...

Beautiful card ~ I love the die-cut that you made with your Cricut Expression. Blessings to you and yours!

Melanie Holzwarth said...

This is gorgeous. WOW! Just stunning.

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/

Debby said...

I love your card...great job.

Karen said...

Wonderful, wonderful card! I just love it! I don't have that cart yet and this might just have pushed me over to the "must have" list! TFS!
Karen

SWEET PAPER TREATS said...

What a Fabulous card!!

Kajikit said...

Your card is spectacular! The Cricut makes it easier to be creative, doesn't it. :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sweetie...
I am your newest follower. Thank you for the little candy opportunity. Any one of us would be so lucky.

I love your card. The little car with the soldier is just precious. He is driving his way back home. Love it. I also loved the little belt look that has his family only a thought away. You did an outstanding job. I love it. Thank you for sharing.

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

debb said...

Holly what an awesome card! I love your video too! (I think I need a cricut!) I subscribed to your you tube and I am already a follower and already subscribe to you in my google reader. Awesome blog candy! I will take you up on your challenge at some point!!!

rstuck2003 said...

What a great card...I love it! I am a follower. Thank you for the chance at the blog candy!

Dawn said...

WOW, your card is really gret.

Cut n Paste said...

I love your card!!! Thanks for the video! I haven't made an easel card and you make it look so easy!!! Thanks for supporting our troops!!!

Denise @ kc242 said...

What a cute card! Your video is great! Easel cards are some of my favorite!
Denise

Lelia Pierce said...

Wow! Your card is amazing! I {heart} everything about it! I have followed along with your blog. :O)

jccats said...

Oh my! You are amazing! I have yet to do an easel card, but you have inspired me to do one for the 4th of July.... I'm starting late with this blog hopand I have a feeling that my google reader list is going to get longer and longer as I subscribe to these fabulous sites.
Thanks so much for these ideas!
Joanie

StephanieD2 said...

Hiya! What a fantastic card, I see why you are leading this parade! Goodness gracious, those layers, the colors the papers everything, just fabulous and super inspiring. TFS!
StephanieD

Marianne said...

Holley,
What a great card. I will need to watch your video later after I make it to the last on the list. I have never done a card like this and I would love to learn how.

PocketsOfInspiration said...

Oh Holly, this is STUNNING!

christy sheffield said...

What a cute card! I thought that looked like a cricut image, and I'm glad to see it was. Great idea for a card - never would have thought of that. Great video, too! Thanks for sharing.

buglvr2010 said...

Beautiful card....I have this cartridge. I should use it more often.

I'm glad I stopped by..

Shell said...

Love the card.. Your voice sounds GREAT! so, maybe mine won't be so bad.. LMBOROTFPIMP.... We're so Vain....

joscelyne cutchens said...

wow, what a fancy card! I love that die cut!

Melanie Montes de Oca said...

Outstanding blog post and card! I really enjoyed it! Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful holiday weekend! ;o)

Brenda said...

Love your card! I am a follower and subscriber now - your work is awesome!

Jennifer said...

Love the card.....I need to come back and watch that video again! Thank you Holley. You gave me inspiration on Rebel Challenge day too. Thanks!!!

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

Holly,

What a great way to start the hop. Super pretty card and great video.

Thanks for sharing how to make the easel card.

Sandy said...

I love the Vintage feel! It is beautiful! TFS

SuzAnn said...

what an awesome card! Love the silhouette and the fact that it's an easel card. Very clever! I appreciate you posting the video as I kept thinking "how'd she do that?" Thanks for supporting OWH!

Kristen said...

Holly, this card is SO pretty! I am in awe of it! What an awesome creation!!! I donated cards through the non-profit I donate cards to, but now I want to donate more on a monthly basis to OWH!
I followed your blog, because the inspiration and talent is amazing. (but if I win your blog candy, please pass it on to another because I just got this set... I hope that isn't being rude) Thank you so much for sharing your AWESOME card.
And God bless you this Memorial Weekend!

2MuchFun said...

Impressive card.

JPScraps said...

Awesome job on the card! I really need to use my cricut! I'm happy to follow :)

sportsfan80 said...

Fantastic card. I love the texture and layers. It really pulled me in to see what else was there that my eyes didn't see at first look.

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh my goodness, your card is great. Thanks for the video.

Dee in N.H. said...

What a gorgeous card! Real eye candy. Your distressing is amazing. Really makes this card pop. I subscribed to your posts and can't wait to come back to visit.

Hannah said...

Cute card. I love the idea of making an easel type card!

Staceykinz said...

I've never made an easel card, so your video was really helpful! Love it!

Cathy said...

Holley, that card is amazing! I don't have that Cricut cartridge, but it's given me ideas for ones I do have. BTW, what were you using as a dauber to ink your card? It looked interesting.

Courtney K said...

wow ~ love your easel card!!

Virginia D. said...

Loved the detail on your card! Great tutorial, too! TFS!!

Theresa said...

Great easel card. Will be subcribing and sign up as a follower.

patm4180 said...

Imagine my surprize when I saw that you used A Child's Year cartridge and I have it.....can't wait to make this card......patm

Hannah said...

Awesome card... I really need to try making one of these easel cards-- they look so cool!

Joanne Gilch said...

Awesome easel card!! Gotta get back up there and watch the video

Jana said...

WOW. This card is amazing. Love all the layers. I just signed on to follow you.
Happy Memorial Day.

Christine from FL said...

Great Card, Im going to come back and watch the video!

Tammy said...

WOW this is gorgeous Holley!! You rock at easel cards! All of your creations are fantastic! Great video! TFS!

Courtney said...

This is a STUNNING cart. I think I need to get that cart for my Cricut! Thank you for supporting our troops!

~Courtney~

Sara (Chicago Girl) said...

What an awesome card. I love the color choices!!! I also would have never thought to dry emboss the main image, but it looks excellent.

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

StampinSher said...

Awesome video and your card is precious! Great Job! I was able to hear you just fine too. Thanks for participating and supporting our heroes!

Cheryl said...

I love your easel card! This silhouette image is wonderful. I didn't watch the video because my PC connection is slow. This was a great start to the hop.

Cheryl Kosakura said...

Wow, super cute easel card! I love it!
-Cher

3momph4755 said...

I can't believe how very cool your card looks!! Holly, you did an awesome job!

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

it's 1 am. Only now making the rounds to the beginning of the hop. Beautiful cards. :) thanks for participating.

Lisa said...

Looking forward to following your blog!

Susan said...

GORGEOUS, gorgeous card! I feel very humbled about my cards now LOL! I am a follower you know that, and I subscribe in google reader.
Cool Candy, thanks for the opportunity.

I hope you and yours are hanging in there! and please thank your sister and your dad. :)

gonna check out your video, because i haven't a CLUE on how to make an easel card.
Hugs,
Susan

Cindy said...

What a great card...Easel Cards are such fun.

Ramona said...

what am awesome card!!!

Hugs~
Ramona

Sherrie said...

I LOVE your card! So, so pretty! I have that cricut cart too and I love it!

CJ said...

Great card!! Thanks for making the video.

CJ

Amy Johnson said...

Oh wow! This is amazing! Fabulous work and so creative!

Shirley said...

Holley, this easel card is simply scrumptious. I don't think anyone minded that you went with diecuts and not stamps. I love this image and your card has that 1940's, WWII feel to it. Well worth the effort it took. Thanks for participating and supporting OWH.

dstandard said...

Such a fabulous card and I would love to subscribe and see more of your work!

Marlene said...

Wow! Gorgeous card!

Heather Grow said...

I love the easel card. What a fun cardshape. Thanks for sharing about your family members and their military service.

Cathy... said...

Wowza! Fabulous card and thanks so much for the video!

Alexandria said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card! I especially like that it stands up!!

paola said...

You girls are doing an absolutely fabulous job, well done, and i love that you used your cricut, mine never sees the light of day, just got a dust sheet over it in the hope that i may one day bond with it
smiles
Paola

Jeanne said...

Great card! Thanks for sharing. I have to try an easel card some day soon.

Lillian Child said...

Your card is absolutely delightful - the little boy and wagon - what says "America" mroe than that?!! 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!

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Really cool, Holly! Enjoying the blog hop!

gabyangel said...

This is a beautiful card. I have never made an easel card! thanks for the video.

ML Design Works said...

Beautiful! TFS! Lisa

Anonymous said...

Wonderful demo video... thank you for sharing the process. I must get one of those adhesive removers...as well as learn to make the easel card. Beautiful job on the card design.
Dolores A.

dm dot allnock at verizon dot net

Sue McGettigan said...

Following, check, subscribing, check, loving your card - check. Also, just love that little SAB set, would love to win it. Happy Memorial Day!

Pamela said...

WOW!!! This is awesome!!!

CRYSTAL said...

Oh WOW, Holley!! This is fantabulous! :) What a lot of work you put into this - great job!

grandmalee said...

AWESOME job Holley! This card is just too beautiful for words along with your other creations! All I can really say is WOW!!!! I didn't realize how much the Cricut could do. They had them last week at Big Lots for $129. Unfortunately, I need to eat this month, so I had to pass! I've been following you for a while & also subscribe in the resder.

BTW, I forgot to wish you & your DH a Happy Anniversary on my Grandma's birthday! Congrats! Your little people are so adorable too! I want to CASE so much of your stuff!

Stephanie *SP Diva* said...

Wow! Beautiful card and wonderful tutorial! Thanks for a chance to win this cute stamp set!
Stephanie @ SeaSteph's Creations
scrappinscout451@yahoo.com

Suz said...

Fantastic card... who says you have to stamp on a card. I love the Cricut too. Glad you are joining the OWH group of cardmakers & I know that box will be filled with cards the soldiers will be grabbing to send to their loved ones.

jengd said...

GREAT card! Love that image used in this way! And congrats for being the first blogger on the hop!!

Kimme said...

WOW! What a wonderful card.

Sharanda said...

What an amazing card...very detailed! Wonderful vintage look...TFS! :o)

Nancy Keller said...

Fantastic! Way to start things off with a bang! That is a beautiful card - and I am going to enjoy that video right now. :) Big hugs!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Beautiful card Holley. The vintage look is perfect for this holiday and your video is excellent - wonderful of you to share the tips and all the work as well as the candy. I'll be back to check out the rest of your blog another day now that I've subscribed and favorited.

Ola said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing the tips!!

Thanks so much for sharing & the chance to win!!

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

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Angie said...

Great card!! Loved teh video:)

cinmfoster said...

Beautiful card

Reflections with Coffee said...

Precious card -- with the unusual fold and the vintage kid-in-car.

Corinna said...

Love your card. These always look waaay too hard for me to try! LOL

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com

Purple Princess said...

Fabulous card and video!!

Jacilynn said...

Amazing card! Love this. I am happy to follow your blog!

Jennifer Moore said...

What a gorgeous card. Love the little boy.

About : sbartist said...

Love your card - it is gorgeous! Looking forward to future posts and to exploring your blog further. Thanks for all you do for OWH :)

mamawcindy said...

Holley,Your card turned out beautiful. The person who get's it,will love it.I really want to get the Childs Year Cartridge.So glad I found you on youtube.
It was exciting to see you were having a great giveaway. Thanks for showing that beautiful card and (I ink everything to). HA!!!!!

Anna said...

What a beautiful card and such a perfect sentiment for a card meant for our service men & women!

Michele said...

super cute card! Love the details, textures and colors!

Josephine Cox said...

Ditto to all of the above. Great card