Site Meter

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Welcome to the OWH Blog Hop!

And welcome to the Paper Spa - a place where I hope you can relax for a bit with your favorite beverage, ink and stamps!
Today Operation Write Home is hosting a bloghop. If you have been hopping along, then I am glad you have made it this far, however, if you have found yourself here through another 'door' then might I suggest you go back and start at the beginning? I will be here waiting for your return.
Hello again - glad you made it back! :) While you were 'gone' I made a card with the bloghop theme - "Think Spring" - What do you think?
I used a DP from Stampin' Up that has So Saffron, Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss, and some other of SU's wonderful colors. I layered the DP on So Saffron cardstock. I used soft sky stitched ribbon and then layered panels with an image from the 'Simply Spring' set. I used my oval nesties to cut the sentiment shape and layered this on a scallop cut of the DP. This was then mounted with dimensionals over the panels.
When I think of Spring - I always think Yellow - but I didn't want to go too bright this time and I so wanted to use this DP - the So Saffron fit perfectly. I added the turquoise rhinestones for just the right finish.
As you probably know by now, OWH is an organization that sends hand-made cards to our troops over seas so they can send them home to loved ones. I have been involved with OWH for a couple of years now and recently the shipment of cards hit closer to home when my best friend's son-in-law was out to sea with the US Navy. A box of cards from OWH was sent to the ship he was on and he was able to choose a few cards to send home to his new bride and his mother-in-law. He shared the box of cards with the guys on the ship and they were thrilled to have them.
The shipments of cards to the troops happens throughout the year and cards of all sort are appreciated.
April 1 is the deadline for getting Mother's Day cards to OWH - so if you are interested in getting involved visit their website to get all the information. You will find much inspiration on the website, from video's of the troops telling how much they appreciate the cards, to letters that are written to the troops from 1st and 2nd graders thanking them for their sacrifice. There are tutorials on ways to make your cards fun - such as a recent tutorial on how to make leaves using a crimper. Take time at the end of the hop to really scroll around the website - and remember, our troops truly do appreciate these acts of love no matter how simple.
Now, on you go to Donna's blog -
where you will find even more inspiration.

Oh, and if you leave a comment with an email address there just might be some blog candy at the end of this hop, but you have to leave an email to get a chance for the mystery surprise. :)

Enjoy the rest of the hop and thank you for stopping by, I hope you had a relaxing time at the spa today - I know I have enjoyed the visit with you.

~Paula~

73 comments:

Operation Write Home said...

Paula I love your card! Bling's my favorite thing lately. Next to hero pics like yours!!! :) :) :)

Happy hopping!

...Darlene said...

I like your soft colors and use of the stones to pop the sentiment.
thank you for sharing,
darlene a

Karen McAlpine said...

Aren't our heroes great! Really like your background paper.
mcalpinekaren at hot mail com

Merry's Musings said...

Beauty...
Me too, yellow and spring just go together, but the saffron is just brilliant...the most awesome color, and a perfect card.

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. I love the tulip stamp. TFS.

rmpoohbear75 at gmail dot com

Meg Bean said...

I really love the soft colors of your card as well!

mgardiner_ttu at hotmail dot com

SuzAnn said...

I think of yellow too! Love your card and thanks for supporting OWH

Anonymous said...

I am new to OWH, sent my first envelope of cards 2 weeks ago. I'm loving all of the inspiration. Thank you! robinski6 at yahoo dot com

Polly P. , MN said...

Love your spring card...Thanks for supporting OWH.
Pollywol321 at comcast dot net

Kate said...

I love the soft yellow too. Happy blog hop!

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Paula, Your card is soft and lovely! It makes me want to buy So Saffron paper! It looks good enough to eat with the blending of the Cameo Coral ink. Thank you also for sharing the story. It IS a small world and we are all linked together one to another! Blessings,
Louise
trinitypaperarts at yahoo dot com

Paula said...

Love the way you used the same image twice on this card. I never would have come up with that in a million years. Fantastic inspiration, thank you!

Tami B. said...

Oh, thank you for sharing this photo of the guys with the cards. Wonderful. Your card is beautiful. thank you for supporting OWH.

Betty said...

Great card and the photo is priceless :)

TN Granny said...

Paula,
I love your card and am thrilled you design cards for the hero's.
God Bless you,
Jeanine #14 on the Hop

Julie Craig said...

Love this card! Those flowers are beautiful...you do great work!
Julie
ejej523(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jeanne said...

Beautiful card! I've been using a lot of bling myself recently. I like the sparkle that you get with bling - especially since glitter is a big no no!

jeanne706 at yahoo dot com

lavendarrose29 said...

What a great card. You rocked the colors on this one.

hiscreation2 said...

Simply lovely! I like the soft colors and the simplicity of this card. Well done!
hiscreation2@hotmail.com

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Very nice card today Paula, the colors and designer paper are very pretty. Thanks for sharing the picture of the guys that received OWH cards, that's neat!

Wendy said...

Paula, very lovely card! Love the soft colors.

AprilsL8 said...

Nice card! I love the background paper!


AprilsL8@windstream.net

Bekah's World said...

Beautiful card! And as a military wife let me say thank you for helping OWH keep families close in heart.

Anita said...

Cute card!

Marianne said...

I like the soft colors of your card. It really speaks spring.

JenMarie said...

Lovely Spring-y card...and great pic!

Dixie Cochran said...

Paula, your post was terrific! You explaine OWH so very well! Love the card!

I Love Cards! said...

I love the twin tulips! The layering of the card is beautiful and soft. I'm so happy to be seeing so many lovely cards on OWH! Keep them coming!!

Martha said...

Your card makes me think of a Spring sunrise!
How cool that your DFF's son was able to receive and distribute OWH cards. I love the sense of connection I feel when I read this kind of story. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Hannah said...

Your card is charming. I love that soft buttery yellow too! Thanks for the clear directions.

Renee said...

Your card has simple elegance to it. Thanks for sharing pix of the heros with the cards, too. reneeh55304 at yahoo dot com

Dawn said...

great card. Happy hoppin'!

Kajikit said...

I love your soft pastels... they make a beautiful delicate card.

Cathy... said...

What a pretty card! Thanks so much for sharing the pic and story too!

chapdelaine17@comcast dot net

Stephanie said...

What a lovely card! I really like the colors. Steph648@aol.com

Kathy H said...

Lovely!

jellychick@yahoo.com

laurlynn said...

Love your background paper - very spring-like! Can't wait to check out your blog some more. The last two posts had really great cards on them too!

laurielehnertz at comcast dot net

Marci said...

What a beautiful tulip card!

rstuck2003 said...

love the tulip card!

Monica said...

Love your card! Thanks for hopping with us today! I love the photo you shared of the seamen holding the cards! This is what makes this cause so worthwhile!

~Jeri~ said...

Beautiful card!!! Please pass on my families thanks and prayers to your best friends son in law as well as their family, for their sacrifice and service!!

As a military spouse and someone new to OWH, I thank you for taking part in this awesome blog hop and in OWH!
Jeri@SewManyChallenges.com

Kas said...

Very nice!!
kasmello@yahoo.com

Gloria Westerman said...

Your card is soft and soothing...and I love the color (its my favorite)...thank for sharing with us with your awesome creations....
gw0109@gmail.com

Whispers and Wishes said...

thanks for sharing your story as well as your card. Love the delicate cream colours...
looking forward to having more time to get back to your blog when I can read in peace instead of at this frantic pace.
fourwalls.nowindows at gmail.com

Melissa Rossi said...

love the soothing colors- beautiful card!

grandmalee said...

What a great idea to have two of the same images on the card. What a great layout! Thanks for your work w/OWH! My daughter is a soldier, so it really means a lot to me (& her!). grandma_lee_tATyahooDOTcom

Janice said...

Your card is so soft and lovely. Beautiful! I read in your blog a comment about making leaves with a crimper, now I have to go look...thanks!
janicecarldesigns(at)gmail(dot)com

buglvr2010 said...

Beautiful card.
buglvr2010 at gmail dot com

lakeslady said...

Paula thank you for the pleasure of sharing your blog. I like many of the colors you have chosen to use.
Kind regards from England
jpetty@talktalk.net

-- said...

Gorgeous card. It's amazing how attached we become to not only our own children but those of friends, as well. So nice to hear how OWH is touching many lives.

Lauretta See said...

gorgeous card :)) love that pic with the men holding up some cards :)))

Hugs x

lisa808 said...

Such a pretty Spring card. Thanks for participating in this amazing hop.

lisawhs808 at aol dot com

Rufus said...

Great spring card! Really like that DP. I've been involved with OWH for a long time too. Love the thought of putting smiles on our Heroes faces. Not to mention the faces of their loved ones when they get their mail!
rufus704 at yahoo dot com
R/

andyjay said...

Very nice card! Love the soft colors! TFS!

jengd said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
StampinSher said...

Very soft colors with a beautiful Spring card. I really appreciate knowing that your girlfriend's son received a box of cards from my most favorite organization, OWH. Thanks for sharing and contributing to the effort that we all have a passion to support. Go OWH!!!
Sincerely,
Sher

Carolyn Bounds said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Shelly said...

Your card is so pretty. I love the dp you chose and the rhinestones are a perfect accent.

Hearing about your friend's son-in-law and his friends receiving the cards was so heartwarming. That's why we all do this. Thanks for sharing.

webe34him (at) aol (dot) com

mtscrapgal said...

I love your simply elegant card. The pale yellow is just right.Thanks for your support of OWH.

Cut n Paste said...

Lovely card...love the soft colors!! Thanks for supporting our troops and OWH!

Loni said...

tulips so springy! Thx for supporting OWH. Hugs, Loni (Stop #55) loniholt at gmail.com

JPScraps said...

Definitely a spring card. Beautiful!

Purple Princess said...

Very pretty Spring card! I love the scalloped oval!

debb said...

Your card sure says Spring! Love it- email found on profile!

jengd said...

Great card- very springy with the pastels! jgerwigdively at hotmail dot com

jengd said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Susan said...

wonderful card, and I too think of yellow...i think it is mostly because of Daffodils. I am going to be joining you gals! what a wonderful organization, wish I had known about it sooner. Thanks for sharing that picture also :)
Susan

susanscraps AT comcast DOT net

Lyneen said...

Love your card. It is nice to hear the stories of the cards reaching those in the service. Thanks for sharing and supporting OWH.

Collette said...

What a great card. So glad you played in the blog hop!

Kimme said...

What a great card. Very nice and springy!

Anonymous said...

Love your pastel card which is so springlike...thanks for sharing all the details as I am a newbie and have lots to learn. This blog has been full of inspiration.
Hope I'm not too late to include for your blog candy, as I've just gotten this far and have lots more to check out....am really soaking up all of this. dmdotallnock at verizon.net .... Thanks.

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Great color selections....I agree with your color choice...not too bright. Had a fun visit.

Summer Rose Scrapbooks said...

Love that you showed a photo! And I especially like the softness of your card. Love the flowers.

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com