Saturday, November 13, 2010

OWH Be My Valentine BLOGHOP

Welcome and I hope you've enjoyed hopping along and checking out all the great cards crafters from all around have made in honor of our troops.  Operation Write Home is an amazing organization that touches the lives of our Heroes and their families through handmade greeting cards.  If you haven't already checked them out do so HERE.

The challenge for the hop over on the Stars & Stamps blog was to make a Valentine's Day card.  The deadline to send your own handmade Valentine's Day cards to the shippers is January 7th.  Please do not send anymore Christmas cards since the deadline has passed!  They can always use your general themes and AnyHero mail!  No Glitter!!

Some of you may know and for those of you who don't, OWH made it into the final 3 for the Joann's Craft for a Cause Contest!  The winning organization will receive $50,000.  That's payment for a lot of boxes to be shipped to our Heroes!  Vote for them daily by clicking HERE.

OWH has also brought us a SPECIAL MISSION!  They teamed up with Archway and for every Valentine sent to your shipper by December 1st, they will match it with some sweet treats!  Read more about it on the Homefront Blog HERE

Okay, so enough with the chit chat.  Here's my card!


My Sweet Valentine
I used the Stampin' Up! Always set to create the hearts.  I used Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black cardstocks and Inks.  The embossing folder is the Sizzix Lattice from Stampin' Up! and the pearls and ribbon are from my stash.  I printed the sentiment off of my laptop.  Somehow, I have no Valentine's Day sentiments!

So you've read through my ramblings and checked out my card but now here's the fun part...BLOG CANDY!  
BLOG CANDY!

50 Sheets of Cardstock!
40 Loopy Brads!
1 Sheet of Rhinestones!
2 Clear Stamp Sets!
6yds of Ribbon (2ea color)!

This is my first time offering blog candy and all you need to do for your chance to win is to leave a comment here telling us all what OWH means to you!  OWH means the world to me.  Not only does it give me a reason to make beautiful cards, it also helped my Hero keep in touch with home.  My husband sent home beautiful cards to myself and my children. It brightened their days and it's a keepsake we will always cherish!  You have until Sunday at 11:59 PST to comment!  Winner will be chosen by random and posted on Monday!

Next stop, Karen at Slightly Scrappy!

76 comments:

  1. Thanks for your support of OWH. Your card is lovely and will be very appreciated by our Heroes.

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  2. love that card, I'm enjoying the new cherry cobbler color myself
    Thanks for sharing your talent with OWH, I enjoy using the hops to get inspiration to make cards for the troops .. I know I love to receive cards and I'm sure everyone who gets a card from OWH loves it too

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  3. Your card is simply fabulous! I think I'll have to get that embossing folder soon (note to self...)

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  4. So beautiful!! Love the his and hers hearts.

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  5. How special...I love your love note about OWH. I feel very patriotic and lots more worthwhile about my cardmaking when I make cards for such a worthy cause.

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  6. Beautiful card and we are a military family from years ago. I wish we had OWH back then as I know what it would have meant to us to have received these beautiful cards from our guys stationed away from us. OWH offers an opportunity for me to do something for the men and women now protecting my family.

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  7. Lovely card! I have only just found OWH but it makes me feel happy to be able to contribute in some small way to those who are out there keeping me safe here. I can only imagine how difficult it is for soldiers and their families to be apart and how much it means to hear from them or for them to hear from us. A heartfelt thanks to your Hero and to you <3 Lisa

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  8. Love the card, it's very elegant! I print sentiments sometimes too when I need just the right one :)

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  9. I just love your card. For me I just love the idea of helping these men and women who do so much to keep us safe keep in touch with their loved ones who are also sacrificing to have them gone. I'm happy to help them.

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  10. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your card. Very pretty.

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  11. Gorgeous card! All of you who support OWH with your amazing cards means the world to me coming from a military family! I know how much these cards mean to our soldiers and I thank each and every one of you who give your time and love to support OWH.

    Melissa
    www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

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  12. Samantha, I love the beautiful colors, stamping, and texture of your Valentine! That lattice ef is my favorite. Like you, OWH means so much to me, as a way to support our troops directly and a new purpose for my creativity. Thanks to your hero for his service!!

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  13. Beautiful card! I am so glad I found out about OWH. It feels really nice to share the cards I make and knowing that our soldiers are using them and appreciating them, because I surely appreciate their services for us.

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

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  14. Oooh, I just love your card. I just recently started making cards for OWH. My husband is a disabled vet and we support our ongoing service members however we can. Our guys and glas didn't get cards back then, but it is sure nice to be able to provide for them now in any way we can.

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  15. LOVE the 'his' & 'hers' hearts!!! Someone is going to be very very happy when they open their mail :)

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  16. What a beautiful card! Making cards for OWH keeps my inspiration flowing to help our service members stay in touch with their loved ones.
    Doris
    MomsBeenScrappin at yahoo dot com

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  17. I love being able to give back to our soldiers. I can share my love of making cards.

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  18. Wonderful card...I love the HIS and HERS hearts.
    I just found OWH recently and it's a perfect way for me to show our heros how much I appreciate what they do to give me the freedom I enjoy. My husband was a Navy guy and I currently have a son at Clemson who is in the Army ROTC and is strongly thinking of continuing a military career after graduation. It's just an awesome way to show support.

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  19. I was introduced to OWH by a service member who wrote to me and several of my students when we sent letters to Heroes. We enjoyed continuing to write, and when she got home she asked me to start making cards for the organization. I had never done card making before, but now it has become a passion. My friends and family tell me how proud they are of me for doing this. Lots of FEEL GOOD moments!

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  20. Your card is just gorgeous! Oh, I love the colors and what you did with it. SO pretty! I love making cards for OWH! It means that I can make a difference in the lives of those that are fighting for me and my country. My uncle and cousin are in the Air Force, and we are so proud of them! Both of them are in the states right now, and it is wonderful to have them that close to home! But it means a lot to be able to send a little hope and joy and taste of home to those overseas!

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  21. Beautiful card! As an Army mom with a deployed son and another about to graduate from Basic, OWH keeps me sane. It helps me dwell on the positives of military life and gives me an odd kind of connection to my sons even in all this separation. I would probably be a mess without OWH.

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  22. Beautiful card. I was an Army brat. My dad was in the military for 25 years. I wish something like this would have been around then. People forget sometimes about the families of the military men and women that are serving and how lonely it gets for them when their loved ones are away on duty. Thanks for having this hop and for caring! I know this means a lot to a whole bunch of people!

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  23. I love your card. I just recently found out about OWH, and started sending in cards. I don't have any family in the service but I feel this is a great organization. I will be putting V-day cards together to send off once I finish up my x-mas cards. Thank you for being a part of the blog-hop. This is the first one that I have been thru, and I'm loving all the cards.

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  24. love the clean sharpness of your card, TFS and I'm glad you're part of the hop!

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  25. ooh lovin' your hearts! What a great idea!

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  26. Beautiful card... love your details!

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  27. Beautiful card. Love your colors and layout. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. I absolutely am impressed with your card. OWH means the world to me too and gave me something to do with myself during a very difficult time of my life. Tell your hubby thanks for his service!

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  29. I love your card...so elegant! My DH and I are retired military - 2 of our sons and 1 DIL have served - (1 son was in Iraq) Lots of our friends are still in an deploy on a regular basis...including several in our small group from church. I love being able to support them with a craft that I am passionate about. OWH gives me that opportunity
    mum2eight(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  30. Beautiful card, and I'm with you, OWH means the world to me. I received my 1st OWH card from my youngest daughter while she was deployed to Iraq. I had never papercrafted before in my life and now.... I'm addicted.

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  31. Wow, what a stunning card! Looks very elegant, love the embossing! Hugs, Karen

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  32. What a gorgeous card! Any hero would love to send this home to a loved one!

    OWH has provided me a way to "pass it on" to others that are serving overseas. I made cards for my daughter's unit before I knew about OWH, and was very pleased that I could continue this service when my daughter came home. I can never repay all of the kindness that was bestowed upon my daughter while she was serving in Iraq, but at least I can give this little bit of cheer to others...something that I know really means a lot to all of these soldiers!

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  33. OWH means support to me. Love and support.

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  34. Beautifully elegant card ;)

    And how wonderful that you were the lucky recipient of the wonderful submissions of other OWH card makers! (**note to your, uh, 'special friend': AWESOME JOB on the manly card!! Hope there's more to come!)

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  35. Gorgeous card, so elegant! I am always so excited to know that what we do really does make a difference to our heroes and their families. I have been lucky to hear directly from heroes/recipients about cards I've made and it's inspirational beyond words.

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  36. I love your beautiful card. OWH is a great gift to families. I love that the heros are given an opportunity to write to loved ones. The written letter or note is becoming a lost art and OWH is helping to keep it alive.

    annjerryk at aol dot com

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  37. Your card is amazing! I love that the hearts look like a suit and a dress...masculine and feminine. Very clever! I love hearing what OWH means to your family! Thank you for hopping with us today!

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  38. hi hon

    i wish we had something like OWH in Germany, I think it is a wonderful way to support the heros that are leaving their families to help people all over the world. i think taking part and making cards for that amaing organisation is a great possibility to support the troups, even if you do not have a beloved one at the military.. does that make sense? sorry, no native speaker here.. Keep uo the great work!

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  39. Your card is so sweet! I've been a follower of OWH for a while now, and I just love to keep up with all of the wonderful things that they do.

    ourchangeofart@gmail.com

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  40. Oooooh! I love the boy and girl hearts!! BRILLIANT!

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  41. Great card! Love how you used the stamp set!

    thanks for stopping by my blog too! OWH means I can share my love of card making with our heroes and it will bring a smile home while they are waiting on their return. When I learned of this organization I just had to help!

    luv2scrap44 at yahoo dot com

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  42. Thanks for supporting OWH! Fun blog! I love trying new techniques, and OWH challenges help me do that. Sending the finished cards allows me to give back.
    BobbisTreasure@aol.com

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  43. Your card is great. Thanks for supporting OWH, I am glad your hero got to send you cards home. From a family of generations of service I love that OWH gives them a little something to smile about when they are missing their families so much.
    Thanks!
    suly312@gmail.com

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  44. What a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your story as inspiration.

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  46. An absolutely beautiful card! TFS! OWH gives me (an USAF Vet) the opportunity to share my hobby with families separated by serving our great nation. They need to know they are not forgotton.

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  47. Thanks so much for sharing with us and it's so nice to meet a new crafter who is as passionate as I am about OWH (my husband is a decorated Vietnam veteran) and papercrafting. These men and women make the ultimate sacrafice in putting their lives on the line for all of us.

    So nice to meet you! And please feel free to drop by my blog at http://lillianchild.blogspot.com/ sometime and say hi!

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  48. I love the card and I am a fan of stampin up also. To me OWH means that even I get to do something that supports our troops. I will never be in physical shape to support our county as I have a genetic bone issue. I love to create, so this was a great way that I can share my love of cards but give those supporting us a way to send home a hug or a smile to those that are waiting for their return from defending our country.

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  49. What a lovely card. I enjoy making cards for OWH because it so much more enjoyable making cards for others.

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  50. what a beautiful card love the colors! i am a daughter of a veteran, and a mom of a soon to be deployed son. i have seen the outpouring of love,talent from OWH and proud to be part of this organization. ps i told my son his unit will be getting boxes of cards so no excuses lol

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  51. I'm a newbie cardmaker, having heard of OWH and wanting to be a part of this. We live near Ft Gordon in Augusta, GA and have met many current and retired military and contractors. Because of health issues, I don't work, but find great fulfillment helping others with my crafting skills. Today, our church signed over 490 AnyHero cards that I created digitally and printed out. We all want to help, we just need the opportunity. Please pick me, as I am just building my card-making toolbox and would love these goodies!

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  52. You have made such a classy valentine card :)
    I was so happy to have heard about OWH from Doris. It has given me a reason to keep making my cards and now have a place for them to get used !

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  53. Hi Samantha! First of beautiful card! What a neat idea to ask your readers about OWH and what it means to us, very cool! I'm so glad you received cards from your deployed hubby too, how neat!

    I have a passion for OWH because I love to make cards and it's such a great way to give back a little something to our troops. I challenge myself to send a box a month. No special number of cards just send a package each month.

    Have a great weekend, it was fun visiting your blog today!

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  54. Your card is beautiful and so is your note. I love making cards for OWH because it's a way to give our own a little something back. Thanks for the chance to win and God Bless :)

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  55. What a pretty card, very sophisticated.

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  56. Love your classy card!! Very pretty.

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  57. This is one of my favorite cards on the bloghop. OWH gives everyday citizens the opportunity to honor our heroes and to help them stay in touch with their families, strengthening bonds. It doesn't get any better than that!

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  58. Someone will be very proud and happy to receive your special valentine card - great job. To me, OWH is just another wonderful way that we can say thank you and show our support to our service people. It is a great organization.
    DianeL
    loyaz at wbhsi dot net
    http://loyaz1.blogspot.com/

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  59. I too realized as I was preparing for this bloghop that I don't have Valentine sentiments.

    Beautiful card. I love the textures.

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  60. Your card is beautiful. I love OWH because I dont have a lot people to send cards to but this enables me to make more cards and people will be able to use them :)

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  61. Love your his and hers hearts--so romantic!

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  62. Your card is great! OWH, of course, is a way to show support to our troops. They know we are thinking of them, that we care about them and their families. Making the cards also is a way to consistently keep the heroes in MY thoughts and prayers. Not just cards are sent, but love also.

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  63. New follower here. Your card is just beautiful. My son is in the Army and has been deployed 3 times, my grandson is in the USAF and has deployed several times so you can see that I have a huge soft spot in my heart for OWH.
    bjohn3237@aol.com

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  64. Hey there girly!!!

    Love your card....it's so elegant and beautiful....as I knew it would be!!! I'm so glad we met from OWH....that means alot to me......but, of course I want to give a little bit of home back to each solider away from his/her home!!! Keep up the gorgeous work ;)

    Talk to ya soon,

    Holley

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  65. Beautiful cards! I love the two hearts.

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  66. Love your cards. thank you for sharing and being a part of this blog hop.

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  67. Love that heart stamp and the colours your used on your card Samantha! Beautiful!

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  68. I've always loved this SU heart stamp, and LOVE what you've done with it! They are all dressed up as bride & groom - so clever!
    (((Hugs))) to you & your family, and THANKS to your husband for his service!

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  69. Your cards are beautiful and very inspirational! I enjoy looking at them!

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  70. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your work with the troops.

    business@circlebenterprises.com

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