Friday, July 2, 2010

Operation Write Home Blog Tour and Blog Candy!!!





Hello and welcome to the Operation Write Home Blog Tour!!! I've only done two blog hops in my crafty lifetime....so I'm very excited to be apart of this new Blog Tour endeavor!! We were given instructions to make any type of Birthday card!!! I made two birthday cards!!! One for America's 234th Birthday, and one for anybody's birthday!! I finally ordered my OWH stamp today,so once I stamp all the backs of my cards that I've made over that last few months,I will be sending my package off for the troops!!! Helping our soldier's keep in touch with their loved one's is the least I can do,after all they are fighting to protect our FREEDOM!!!

I made a quick little video for you to watch,it's at the bottom of this post (it's only 1 1/2 minutes long). It shows off part of my blog candy for today!! It does give a little hint to the surprise part of my blog candy at the end!!! The winner will be happy,I promise!!

Here's the rules in order to enter to win my blog candy:
1. leave a comment on this post,telling me which card I made for today you like the best!
2.Only shipping prize to USA addresses only,so you must live in America (sorry!!!)

You don't have to follow or subscribe to my blog to win, but I'd love it if you did!!!

Winner will be chosen on Friday July 9,2010, by Random.org.
Happy Birthday to America and have a fabulous July the Fourth Weekend!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Recipe for Circle Card:

  • Card stocks: Real Red,Old Olive and WW
  • Inks : Marina Mist,Real Red and Close to Coca
  • Real Red Stitched Ribbon
  • Scallop Oval Punch for Sponging the clouds
  • Basic Black and Creamy Caramel Markers
  • Scallop and Clear Circle Dies for Big Shot
  • White Gel Pen
  • Just Buzzin' By Stamp Set
Recipe For July 4th Card:

  • Card stocks: Daffodil Delight,Marina Mist,WW,Real Red,Brocade Blue and Cherry Cobbler
  • Inks:Real Red,Cherry Cobbler,Marina Mist,Brocade Blue,Daffodil Delight,More Mustard
  • July 4th Stamp Set
  • Red,White and Blue Wheel for the word 'America' cutout
  • Silver Brad from stash
  • Distressing Tool
  • Silver Stickles
  • Punches: Scallop Border,Word Window,Modern Label,Corner Rounder,Large and Small Star
  • Scallop Square Die for Bigshot

    81 comments:

    songbird cindi said...

    I LOVE that 4th of July card - so creative! I can't wait to try it!

    Marianne said...

    Holley,
    I feel like I am looking at the fireworks show with your card. It is so great.

    dstandard said...

    These cards are just adorable!

    JustYolie said...

    Both are beautiful so much detail! But I think the Bee one is my fave! Happy 4th of July!

    Melissaward said...

    Beautiful! I love them both!

    Ginger said...

    love the fourth of July card...

    Lori said...

    I can't choose. They are both fabulous!

    Paula said...

    WOW! These are both beautiful. The 4th of July card is truly a work of art. Amazing dimension to it.

    Jan Hunnicutt said...

    Holley your cards are fabulous! I really like the stair step card, I made my first one yesterday and wow, it was a real challenge! Have a wonderful holiday weekend my friend!

    Noelle's Corner said...

    It's a close call, but I think I like the 1st card the best. The bees are just too dang cute!

    Evinadas said...

    They are both awesome cards!! If I have to choose I would say the bee card I love the way you added the texture to the beehive and those bees are way too cute. You do a great job on all your projects.

    Adele said...

    I love the 3D effect of the Celebrate America card. I wish I knew how you did that!

    Anne said...

    Hi Holley! Wow, looks like I found another blog to follow!! What amazing work, can't wait to see what else you have going on here! OK, I have a soft spot for the bee card -- think the little bees are adorable and I love the texture you added to the hive!!

    Yolanda said...

    They are both gorgeous as always! But I'm going with the circle card. The shape is fun and different.

    Sharon (Sherry) Hickey said...

    A tough decision but my fave is the 4th of July card! It explodes off the paper like a fireworks display! Happy 4th!

    Dee in N.H. said...

    I really like both cards. But I guess those cute little bees would win for me. Great job with both!

    Brenda said...

    I like both cards. This is a tough choice, but I think I'm going to go with the bees -- I love this set and your card is really cute.

    Anonymous said...

    Awesome cards! both are stunning. When I saw the bee card I instantly thought of a hero picking that out for a loved one at home and "beeing" excited to send it and then I can picture the loved one "being abuzz" about receiving it. - Andrea M.

    Sandy said...

    Wow I'm not sure which....maybe the bees because it's round? Oh but the patriotic one is so cute too! Agh!

    Jackie L Watson said...

    OMG Holley talk about a hard choice. Your cards are awesome. How did you do the detail on the bee card? My favorite is the 3d 4th of July card. I just love all the color and excitement of the card. I especially loved your video and blog candy.

    Marcy K said...

    Fabulous cards! Thanks for sharing!

    KarenS said...

    Your fireworks card is fantastic!

    2MuchFun said...

    Those are great cards, and thanks for putting the info on how you made them.

    Rhonda Miller said...

    I love your cards. They are both great. I think out of the two I would say I like the circle card better. TFS.

    Nancy Keller said...

    Aack! This is too hard! I love both of them! And I really love cards that have a different shape or size to them. Both of them fit that category too. Dang. . . Ok. . . I will choose the bees, because they are just too darned cute. :) Thanks for sharing both!

    Marlene Diefendorf said...

    Decisions, decisions!! Both cards are awesome Holley but if I could only pick one it would be the bees. It just makes me smile.

    Our Little Inspirations said...

    Of course they're both great cards, but I'm partial to stars, so I'll have to say the July 4th card is my favorite! Love the unique easel design! Have a great 4th of July!

    Kimberley Martini Young said...

    I love the America card. The colors work so well together and everything just pops on it.

    Caro said...

    I especially like the folded card because I am such a klutz that I have the utmost respect for anyone who can do them well.. which you definitely can! Thanks for the video! Both cards are cheerful and perfect for the 4th!

    Diana said...

    It's really hard to pick a favorite between the two. Each have their own unique style...sorry, guess I failed your request. I think both cards are wonderful!

    buglvr2010 said...

    Both cards are awsome but I think I pick the 4th of July card. I do love them both...beautiful!

    Virginia D. said...

    As always, your cards are fabulous making it so hard to choose! I pick the 4th of July card for today, and the Cute "honey" card for tomorrow! Hehe!

    Martha said...

    Wow! Amazing cards. I love the Honey card. It is so playful and sweet. (ok, groan a little, lol)

    Rufus said...

    I like both of them, but I really like the stars on the easel card! Not to mention that it looks like a fireworks display, all bright and cheerful!
    R/

    grandmalee said...

    Hi Holley! Great cards again! I love both cards, but the July 4th card really catches my eye with all of the bold colors and attention to all of the details! What a beauty! Thanks for the blog candy offer...it's yummy!

    SWEET PAPER TREATS said...

    Love both of your cards!! Awesome circle card and lots of detail on the 4th of July card!! Happy Independence Day!! TFS

    Jamie said...

    Both cards are super cute! but I love the bees best. they are super fun and I am big on shaped cards :)

    stampershirley said...

    Love both cards - but if I have to choose one, it would be the Star Easel card - for Independence Day ... and then the "just buzzin' by" card for later. Thanx for sharing, God Bless and Happy 4th of July to you!

    Kim G said...

    I love both cards but if I have to pick I'll have to go with the Celebrate America. Beautiful Card.

    HalfDozen said...

    I really like the circle w/ bees. It's cute & different.
    jessica_lee_mt AT yahoo.com

    Christine said...

    I really like the bees, but to me nothing tops some awesome stars - TFS they are both great!

    Nicolette said...

    I love both cards!! There are awesome!! Have a great weekend. Happy 4th of July.

    Nicolette

    rstuck2003 said...

    Oh Gosh..I HAVE to pick ONE? I like them both but if I HAD to pick...I'd go with the patriotic one! LOL Happy 4th of July!!

    Ola said...

    Beautiful cards, my favorite is Americas birthday card!!!

    Happy 4th of July!

    Thanks so much for sharing & the chance to win!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

    debb said...

    Oh Holley - these are both such beautiful cards- are you really going to make me pick? OK I am picking card A- ha! You have to decide which one that is! Your pamper project is fab! Thanks for the opp!
    Happy 4th!

    Cheryl said...
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    Cheryl said...

    I love both cards but the easel is my favorite.

    Have a safe & happy July 4th week end!

    Please stop by my blog and sign up for my blog candy.

    Cheryl
    http://shestamps.blogspot.com/

    Kajikit said...

    Wow! What a lovely elaborate patriotic birthday card you made! Whoever gets it will be sooooo lucky. :)

    craftymom205 said...

    Love the celebrate America card. Very patriotic.

    Dolores A. said...

    Both cards are wonderful, but my favorite is the easel....fits the 4th of July to a T.
    Thanks for sharing all the details too.

    Sandy said...

    Cute cards!! I'm a sucker for a good easel card thought, lol! Thanks for participating!!

    Robin said...

    they are awesome cards Holly, but I like the easel card the best!

    Happy Independence Day!

    Erika said...

    Both cards are adorable - but being from Utah I'm partial to the adorable bee card!! (The bee hive is a symbol of Utah).

    ...Darlene said...

    Wow nice cards. I love them all.

    Bev E said...

    It's too hard to pick, but if you force me I'll go with the bee's. They are both so darn cute.

    treesawardincrafts said...

    Love your Birthday card...fabulous job with the easel card it is my favourite...great take on the red, white and blue theme...Happy Birthday America...I just put my card up, number 67 on the InkLinkz linky would you mind coming to see my Blog? We have Blog Candy and a Blog hop to celebrate the OWH Tour, you may be the lucky winner of my candy. Many thanks. Hugs, Teresa xxx

    GrannyCharlotte said...

    The Red,White&Blue is my favorite. It is AWESOME!!! TFS.

    Lone Pine Designs said...

    Super cards! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Julie said...

    So cute! I love that easel card - especially that firecracker DP!

    Marci said...

    Both of your cards are very cute! My favorite is the circle bee card. I haven't done a circle card before.

    Dixie Cochran said...

    Hello, Holley!! I've been eyeing that bee stamp set for ages! You nailed it on both cards! The colors on the America card are awesome. Favorite? The bees!!

    Courtney K said...

    your celebrate card is absolutely perfect!

    loyaz said...

    Hi Holley. Awesome job on both cards. While I think the Star card is outstanding and know it took way more time and materials, I am partial to the honey bees - probably because I love it and never did buy the set. Great job. TFS. Oh, and the Avon package you put together is really nice
    DianeL
    loyaz1@wbhsi.net

    jengd said...

    The bee card is cute but that stars one is just fabulous! LOVE it!!

    ScrappinCntryGrl said...

    For me...i love both but the 2nd one was my fave. It looked like fire works and I like the folding!

    Susan said...

    I love both your cards Holley! (as usual) I have to learn/try to make an easel card.
    the fireworks one blows me away...but to me it is too fancy for a card, it would be my CENTERPIECE!!! LOL
    Therefore my vote is going to go to that cute bee circle card :)
    I hope you and yours enjoy your July 4th weekend :)

    Hugs,
    Susan

    Anonymous said...

    I love them both!!!!!!! For the one I pick I'll go with the Fourth of July because it is SO bright. I LOVE bright cards! But I still think that the bee one is cute, too!:D

    ~ Gabby Smith

    Theresa said...

    Great cards. Love the July 4th card best. TFS!
    Happy 4th!

    Shirley said...

    What a dilemma to ask which one I liked best as I like them both but for different reasons. I think I'll have to go with the easel card for all the details you put on the front and back and the tremendous amount of 3D effect to it. Anyone would be delighted to receive either of them.

    treesawardincrafts said...

    I am contestant #67 on this fabulous tour for such a good cause. Please stop by my blog and sign up to win my blog candy that I Did It Creations is sponsoring for the tour. Hugs Teresa xxx

    lisa808 said...

    My favorite is the easel card.

    Carolyn Sharkas said...

    You know, I can't really choose. Both of these cards are absolutely gorgeous, and lots of work went into both of them. Thanks for sharing, now I am off to find a subscribe button.

    Joanne Gilch said...

    Awesome cards! thanks for the link, Holley!

    Purple Card Lady said...
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    Purple Card Lady said...

    Razzle dazzle...I love the stars easel card. Too cute.

    Meg Bean said...

    The Celebrate America Card is my favorite (love the other one too). I really like how you used the firework paper and the stars on teh top layer. Happy 4th of July!

    SalonD'Arte said...

    Thanks for your hard work. Both cards are fantastic - but my favorite is the Happy Birthday USA card! I love how everything pops out at you. Thanks for supporting OWH & our troops : ) Susan

    BJ said...

    I love America's B-day card...All the colors and how it looks as though fire works are blasting off the card it's awesome!

    Char- The Mad Shopper said...

    I love both cards, so choosing just one is hard. I pick the July 4th Card. Love the details.

    Lillian Child said...

    Both cards are so sweet, but my favorite is the HB USA card!! My husband is a decorated vietnam veteran and I love anything patriotic, and your layering of the stars is so cool! Love it!

    Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

    Such cute cards! I'm a sucker for easel cards, so I'm going to have to pick the July 4th card as my fave. . .