May 29, 2010

Operation Write Home ~ Blog Hop 2010


This Memorial Day weekend highlights the OperationWrite Home blog hop.

Operation Write Home is an organization which creates hand-made cards for deployed soldiers.   I happened across the site last year while visiting fellow crafting bloggers.   What a great idea to send a card to let our soldiers know that we are thinking about them and appreciate their courage and sacrifice.  "THANK YOU", from all of us to you.

As an added bonus to this special blog hop, I'll be selecting one lucky winner to receive a set of the "Seeing Stars" stamp set from SU!  To be eligible, you simply need to select the Follow Me on my Google reader or leave a comment here at this post by the end of the day Sunday.  A randow winner will be selected Monday, Memorial Day.  Take a look at all the fabulous stars included: 



If you've already been hopping along, then you've probably come from The Love of Stamping blog. If not, that's OK, you can start here and keep going. If you get lost, simply go back to the home page HERE.

Here's my first card, a sample using the Seeing Stars images.  With the 4th of July just around the corner, it's a great set to have and works equally well for Christmas, birthdays and backgrounds for collages.




I'm a big fan of patriotic colors, especially when they're folk art style.  Here I have some grungy stars and stripes paper layered with cheesecloth, dyed fabric and metal stars. 


A little close-up of the star and fabric piece.



Here's another grungy background paper with paper and fabric embellishments.  The text on the craft colored paper is the new 'Red, White & Blue" wheel from SU!.  It's wheeled in Navy ink.  The folk art star is an old SU! punch but I thought given then folk art colors, it would work best.  A little stitching along the stars (more folk art touches).


This lace strip came from the Dollar Store.  I stained it with walnut ink!




 



Now,  hop on over to Cindyscardco and check out her patriotic samples.  Enjoy the rest of the hop!

76 comments:

Alicia said...

I love that second card with the striped background and torn fabric look!

Anonymous said...

gorgeus cards. What a great idea.
marilyn2222 @ hotmail.com

Monica said...

Your cards are stunning! I love them!

Shelley said...

great cards. i love the folk art look.

Robbie said...

I love the first card. I miss my Joey, he's only been deployed for 3 months, but it seems like forever.

Virginia D. said...

Love these cards! Tried to pick a fave...just couldn't! Your creativity rocks!

Lone Pine Designs said...

I love the folk art style of you cards...gorgeous!

Dawn said...

I really really love these cards. Really coooool!

thank you for supporting OWH!

Carisa said...

omgosh, your cards are stunning! i love that grungy, shabby chic style - you've got it just right!

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

Nice cards, love the close ups.

Kristen said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous cards! I love the stamps that you used and the papers, all your added embellishments are fantastic!

Have a blessed Memorial Weekend!

Marianne said...

Melanie,
I like this look. I have never tried it myself I just may need to. Thanks for supporting OWH.

stampgirl said...

You are so talented! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. Lisa

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Fabulous cards Melanie, love all the texture and layers.. lovely tribute!!

Karen Howard said...

Wow, gorgeous cards!!! Love all the details you put into them!

amycatalogna said...

Wow -- I love these!! And, I would love to win the star stamps...thanks for participating in the OWH blog hop!

Julie said...

Beautiful cards! I love that vintage style!

joscelyne cutchens said...

i love the stitching.
thanks for supporting owh!

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow great cards. I love all the stars and lace and ribbon. Thanks for sharing and for a chance at some great candy.

Artyfax said...

HI Melanie, wonderful post and a great blog. Have become a follower, hoping for lots more inspiration

BJ said...

I love your cards...love how you gave each one so much depth.

Courtney said...

Your card are absolutely amazing...WOW!!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love all of your prjects- and especially the grungy ones with the lace and the sewing! What a fun blog hop to support the troops! TFS

Merry's Musings said...

The lace just adds so much to these cards. They are awesome.

marilyn said...

WOW - these are gorgeous, amazing cards!

Operation Write Home said...

Wow these cards ARE as yummy as the sneak peeks!!! You are so very talented! Thanks for sharing your gifts of creativity with our heroes :) :) :)

K. Joy said...

Your cards have a great vintage feel to them! I really like the layout of the first one. Thanks for sharing!

Erin of the Bears said...

your cards are so rich with texture and you've warmed up even the basic colors beautifully. Thanks, too, for the link to the Mixed Media Lab on maximizing supplies. Lovely work there.

Susan said...

GORGEOUS, wonderful cards!! love the cheesecloth,lace and printed fabric!
as a fellow OWHomer, I hope I win, LOL!
thanks for the opportunity.
Susan

rstuck2003 said...

Your cards are absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for the chance at the blog candy.

Linda said...

Really nice cards, Melanie. Thanks for joining us today.

Lelia Pierce said...

Perfect cards! Love the 1st one the MOST! :O) TFS!

Les said...

Awesome card. Love it all.

Erika said...

Great cards! And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

helloholley said...

beautiful....all of them!! you've been busy!!! ;)

Paula said...

Gorgeous texture and detail on these cards...makes me wish I could touch them. Beautiful work!

Kim Venton said...

I love the vintage look of your colors in your cards very beautiful.
kventon2@cfl.rr.com

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Love these cards! Time for me to get busy and make some patriotic cards! Can't wait to get my July 4th stamp set.

Cynthia Ferenz
Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

P.S. Thanks for what all of you involved with OWH do to get cards to our young men and women overseas!

debb said...

Wow- what amazing cards- I will be back for a long visit later- your art and blog are fabulous!

cinmfoster said...

Beautiful cards.

Our Little Inspirations said...

Your cards are truly one-of-a-kind and so unique! I love the vintage Americana look, but I was particularly drawn to the pledge of allegiance flag with the twisted mesh and text!!! That's simply AMAZING!
TFS your talent on this fun blog hop!

jackielwatson said...

Your cards are work of art, unique and just plai awesome. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards this Memorial Day weekend

Erica W. said...

I LOVE the 2nd card! It's gorgeous! The folk art style, with the paper/pledge.. ooh it's just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy... said...

Your cards are simply gorgeous! Love all the details and that vintage look! The second one is my favorite-thanks for the inspiration!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Your vintage cards are so distinctive--and won't someone be thrilled to win your generous blog cand, especially after you've shown them what great cards can be made with it!

Toni said...

I love the rustic look of all of your cards. Beautiful!

LadyDoc said...

GREAT cards!!!!

Jennifer Moore said...

I love the folk art style of your cards, especially the first one.

Wendy Hawkinson said...

Your creativity never ceases to amaze me....beautiful, Melanie! :)

~Wendy Hawkinson
www.gotrubberwillstamp.blogspot.com

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Love the look to your cards....Great Ideas here!!
Jennifer

Playing with Paper said...

Breath taking! I just love what you did. Great inspiration!!

StampinSher said...

Terrific cards. I just adore both cards and they are so different. Your creations are really reflecting your pride and support of all our heroes and OWH. Thank you for sharing!

Rufus said...

Love those stars. You've got a much better Dollar Store than I do, that's for sure! Thanks for your support for our Heroes and OWH!
R/

Courtney K said...

love how you used fabric for the stars!!

Lynn said...

I loved your cards so much I became a follower!

Debby said...

I love grunge and you did an awesome job with your cards. I love the folk look. You didn't have to ask, but I followed you. Great inspriation. Thanks

Lillian Child said...

Absolutely stunning cards! WOW! My husband is a vietnam veteran and says he wished there had been an OWH program when he was overseas. Thanks for supporting our fellow patriots, and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Nancy Keller said...

Oh wow - fabric bliss! I love all of your work here! I am a new follower! Thanks so much for sharing and happy blog hopping weekend to you!

Tammy said...

Awesome cards!! I love the vintage feel! TFS!

Cheryl said...

I love all these cards! I love the vintage and distressed looks.

Cheryl
shestamps11-blogs at yahoo dot com

Seongsook Duncan said...

Wow~ such great cards! Love your star stamps. Love your folk art style that I never though of. Thanks for sharing.

Dixie Cochran said...

Both cards are a work of art! Well done! Love the folf art look too! Thanks for posting on the hop!

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Gorgeous cards, Melanie. thanks so much for sharing and caring.

Kim said...

All your cards are fabulous! I love how you incorporated fabric into your artwork.

Melanie Montes de Oca said...

Your cards are ALL amazing! I love 'em all!

MidnightCrafter said...

Great cards - I love the depth and texture! Thanks for sharing!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Gorgeous Vintage look cards Melanie. Hard to pick a favorite so I think I'll just enjoy them all. So glad to see another SU stamper participating in one of my favorite hops of the year.

Hugs and Blessings - Jean

Christine said...

great card with a not so traditional 4th of July colors - nice twist

Meg Bean said...

WOW! Beautiful cards! Your attention to detail is awesome!

christy sheffield said...

great cards! love those stamps and how you used them. thanks for sharing.

Theresa said...

Beautiful cards. TFS

Theresa said...

Great cards. TFS

Theresa said...

Great cards. TFS

Betty said...

Well done with your card :)

Cut n Paste said...

Love your cards...very nice!!!

Heather Grow said...

I love how you combined paper, lace and fabric. Great cards.