Thursday, September 22, 2011

Operation Write Home Challenge!

Today we're offering up another challenge that involves making cards for Operation Write Home.  Here's a little bit about them from their website:

Our Mission:
Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.
This merry band of thousands of cardmakers is made up of Americans - and citizens of other nations too - who care about our military, and want to support them through creativity and encouragement. Crafters of all ages and levels of experience have participated since 2007...and are on the way to a landmark one MILLION cards!
Care packages filled with hundreds of handmade cards are sent to our contacts, restocking every 6-8 weeks, and are sent in time for the long journey back home to loved ones. Each box is packed with great care, alternating styles, colors, and cardmakers from all over the USA, creating "eye candy" for heroes who see only khaki around them. The topper on each box is a plastic bag filled with 20-30 letters from adults and children across the country, letters handed out especially to those in need of a positive word from the homefront.

This is such a great cause and we wanted to get involved!  For the next two weeks (until October 6th) we challenge you to make cards for Operation Write Home.  There are some guide lines (check them out first) for your cards, so be sure to follow those.
We have a sketch to inspire you and we're challenging you to make fall-themed cards using this fabulous sketch by Sassy Lil' Sketches!

Dt member Angela made this great card based on the sketch...


"I used the Sweet to the Core set again and the Thanks set, and then I used the Build a Paisley set to "kiss" the pear stamp to get that great pattern on the orange pear. I then covered it with clear crackle paint.
The Thanks sentiment was stamped on twill tape that I had painted with shimmer spray and the button flower was made using one of Cosmo Cricket's enormous "Gluber" glue dots.
The paper is from Pink Paislee."

Here are some samples I made...

I use the Many Thanks set to add a sentiment and used the dragonfly from the Big and Wild Things set on the main paper strip.  I used my Xyron to cover the card in paper and all the patterned papers are by Bo Bunny.
This one was a little fancier, but I was having fun with the sketch :)  The next one is a bit more simple.

I used those same papers by Bo Bunny and my Xyron again, but I added some interest to those die-cut hearts with the flowers from the big and wild things set.  I added some lighter stamps to the paper strip again and a few misted leaves and and some foam adhesive finished this one off.

Want to get involved and enter to win a prize?  Here's what you can do:
1.  Make your cards (using gel-a-tins stamps isn't necessary, but we'd love to see them!)
2.  Take a photo of one and link up here with the Mr. Linky
3.  Send those cards in to Operation Write Home (info is at that link)

We'll choose one of the entries at random and that person will win our great Witchy Poo stamp set and our orange embossing powder!

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Jessica said...

What a great idea! Well work on it this weekend!

ashjoy said...

I linked:)
But will do more for the challenge.

MizDenise said...

Thanks for your support of OWH! I hope to enter a card later in the week!

airbornewife said...

Thank you for supporting Operation Write Home. Great sketch layout.. I'm going to get working on a card now. thanks for posting.
blessings ~ Pam

Sandy said...

Superfun Sketch, I loved using it. THanks so much for supporting OWH!!!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

thanks for your support of OWH - gave me an excuse to use my new fall paper collection and show some love to old stamps.

Barb Housner

SuzAnn said...

I like your sketch and challenge for fall theme cards. Thanks for supporting OWH!

airbornewife said...

sorry that it posted a blank image beside my name.. it said it didn't open the page because of the pop up blocker.. I guess it did anyways. I did do it again and then seen that it had already done one. If you can remove it that would be wonderful... again, sorry about that. Thank you again for supporting Operation Write Home. ~ Pam

Jen said...

This was a really fun sketch! Thanks so much for supporting OWH! :)

Kathryn said...

Thanks for hosting this challenge for OWH. This is such a great sketch!

Barb's Boys Inspired said...

Great sketch! Thanks for letting us play along!


What a wonderful sketch. Thank you for supporting OWH.