Saturday, May 29, 2010

OWH Hippity Blog Hoppity!

Welcome everyone to my stop on the Operation Write Home - Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop! Whew! That was a mouthful. :) I'm so glad to be a part of this fun event once again. I remember last year. It was my very first blog hop and my blog hadn't quite transitioned over to a "scrappy" blog quite yet. Well, as you can see, the transition happened (I still share personal life posts) and I'm having a blast once again!

If you are just beginning on my blog, allow me to direct you to the beginning. Click there and you can hop alllll weekend! Seriously. There are over 100 of us!  If you came to my blog from Christy, then you are on the right path!

Check out the mission of OWH:
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.
That is exactly what has drawn me to OWH and has encouraged me to support it!  I support our troops and their efforts and so it makes sense to say thanks by using my gifts.  In the past I've sang at events and now I'm encouraging card making!  We all know that handmade is better than store made right?
The current need for cards includes love, missing you, birthday and thank yous.  And hey!  I happen to have a 'Missing You' card for your viewing pleasure along with some designer tips.


Red, White and Blue is such an appropriate color scheme for this weekend!  But what happens when you throw in some yellow and a touch of green??  These Pink Paislee papers from the 365 Degree line worked perfect for this!  I've also been on a handmade embellishment kick.  Why buy when you can use your scraps? Those stars are handcut!


Supplies:  Paper: 365 Degree from Pink Paislee, Cardstock: (Kraft) The Paper Company, Buttons: Bo Bunny, Letter Stickers (Thickers) American Crafts, Punch: (Threading Water) Fiskars, Other: jute, brads, sewing machine, pop dots

My other love is using my sewing machine!  I love how it completes the homemade/handmade look of my cards.  Don't be afraid of the machine!  My stitching is rarely perfect which, I think, just adds character to the project.  You'll also notice that the base patterned paper is slightly larger than the cardstock.  No rhyme or reason for that.

Here's a front view:


Can I be proud of my handcut stars?  I don't have the most steady hand so if they turned out resembling what I had in my head - I am extremely impressed!

Now... what Blog Hop wouldn't be complete without a prize??? None I say!!! So what the hey!  Want the chance to win something?

One lucky winner will win this fab stash of goodness:


I've already packed it all up so let me try to remember some items that might tickle your scrappy bone... Amy Butler papers, Thickers, Fancy Pants rub-ons, Scenic Route chipboard, Maya Road chipboard, 7 Gypsies journal cards, die cuts, Making Memories flowers, some ribbon and a bunch of other stuff!

Update:  The blog winner has been announced!  If you came here directly from the blog hop, click on my blog banner to see the new post containing the lucky winner's name! :)

Are you ready for your next stop on the hop???  You'll be traveling over to the wonderful Vera's blog.  ENJOY this weekend and I hope to see you again real soon!

hugs,

81 comments:

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Melissa, your card is awesome. The patterned paper combo you use is great. I just now learning to stitch and will try to follow your advice to not be afraid of the machine! :)

Shelley said...

Melissa, your card is gorgeous. The stars are perfect. Have a great Memorial day weekend!

Dawn said...

I really love your card. I really like the added color of yellow to it. Really stands out to me. Nice work!

Lone Pine Designs said...

Love the stitching and the hand cut stars...nicely done!

Bernice said...

Fabulous use of colour on the card.

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

Bee-Utiful card. Love the gorgeous colors that go so well with the theme of red/white/blue.

Fantastic blog candy -- would love to receive it!

Thanks for participating in OWH!

The Wired Angel said...

Your cards are beautiful Melissa... very creative. Thanks for participating in the hop today and for all you do for our service men and women.

Marianne said...

Melissa,
You did great with the stars.
I'm sure someone will be very excited to win your blog candy.

Betty said...

Awesome card! The stars look perfect to me :)

Karen Howard said...

Gorgeous card, I love the touch of yellow and green! The stars and big letters are a wonderful touch!!!

Shell said...

love the ink distressing on your stars!

Linda said...

Hi Melissa!

Beautiful card. I love the sewing technique and have yet to give it a try. Thanks for hopping!

Julie said...

Love that card! One of these days I will be brave enough to try stitching on a card!!

Jana said...

Love that you made the embellishments yourself. Those stars are wonderful.

Courtney said...

Beautiful card!!! Your stars are AWESOME!!! Thank you for the chance to win your yummy candy!

~Courtney~

joscelyne cutchens said...

what a great card! I agree, machine stitching adds a great touch!

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh, I love your card. The stars look great. TFS.

Brianne N. said...

Such a beautiful card! I LOVE IT!!! Thank you for being a part of such an awesome hop! (and thanks for your awesome comments!! <3) HAVE a GREAT day!

Enjoy the Ride said...

Melissa, this card is awesome... I love it. I especially LOVE your hand cut stars... and the jute. I need to get more jute in my stash because I love when I see it on cards and layouts. Thanks for letting me hop by. :)

BJ said...

I like that you didn't leave the all the sides of the card straight...the card looks great!

Cassandra said...

Thanks for supporting OWH and for the chance to win!

Erika said...

Great card! I love the colors you've added to it. And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

TN Granny said...

Melissa,
I love your blog the whimsey of it all but your card is precious.
God Bless,
Jeanine
www.blstamper.blogspot.com

Tiffany said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the card! Thanks for sharing....

Susan said...

AWESOME card and great candy, thanks for offering it.
Susan :)
a follower, and a Fellow OWHomer

Seongsook Duncan said...

What a lovely card. I am so impressed by your hand cut stars. If you didn't say, nobody even guessed. You must be proud of yourself. Thanks for sharing.

grammiej said...

Love your card, you are so very creative! Thx for great giveaway also, would love to win that one!
jashmore_1944@hotmail.com

Scrapping Mom said...

Absolutely wonderful blog and candy
thank you so much for the chance to win some wonderful candy
Celeste
celestelombas@live.com

jaydee said...

Love the pop of yellow and green and the touch of string.
tfs
jaydee - blog 69

Operation Write Home said...

That card is so dang cute - and handcut stars!! They're adorable!! Well done on all fronts!

Thanks so much for making the hop more special!!!

Operation Write Home said...

That card is so dang cute - and handcut stars!! They're adorable!! Well done on all fronts!

Thanks so much for making the hop more special!!!

Erin of the Bears said...

You're right... our scraps are a fabulous creative resource... and your work is the proof! Thanks for sharing.

Martha said...

Great job on your card. And the stars rock. ;-)
Thanks for supporting OWH!

rstuck2003 said...

I love your card...the paper is wonderful. Thanks for the chance at the blog candy.

Merry's Musings said...

Oh so perfect enhancement of red white and blue.! Awesome card.

Rach H said...

Love how you turned the edges up on the stars!!!

SuzAnn said...

amazing cards ~ love the sewing on them.

Lelia Pierce said...

Awesome card! I love everything about it! :O)

LadyDoc said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your card!! There is so much going on yet it looks clean and focused. WOW!!!

helloholley said...

I love this card and your blog rocks!! I love your little personality....you seem so fun!!! Your 'attitude' brought a smile to my face!!! Keep up your awesome work!!! ;)

Jennifer Moore said...

I love your stars.

jackielwatson said...

Awesome card just gorgeous

Paula said...

Terrific card! I love the other color you incorporated with the red, white and blue and it's great how you scalloped the top and bottom edge.

Melanie Montes de Oca said...

What a FANTASTIC card! I love it! ;o)

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Awesome job!! I too like to empty out the scrap drawer....
Jennifer

eddee1286 said...

Love your card. Love your site. Love the star and scallope.

debb said...

Stunning card! Love all the details! Thank you for the candy opp!

Playing with Paper said...

Great card!!! I love the sewing and the stars are perfect!!

cinmfoster said...

Beautiful card.

Cathy... said...

Just beautiful! I love your handcut stars too!

www.alittlethisandalotofthat.blogspot.com said...

I love your card and love the stars....

Harriet

Mary said...

I really like all the detail in your card. The finished product is so put together.

Renee said...

Love that you added in the pattern paper to the Red, White, & Blue. sometimes, I am too literal. Your card is a great reminder to think outside the obvious!

Dixie Cochran said...

Melissa, I love your patterned paper choices! I need to try sewing on cards...haven't ventured there yet. Thanks for a terrific post on the hop!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

I love those stars on your project--they look like they're reaching out to give the recipient a big hug!

Denise said...

Handmade embellies are huge right now. Cute stars girl :) Love your card border too.

Cheryl said...

Great card! I love the stars and the LO.

Rufus said...

I like the card, stars and sewing included! Thanks for supporting OWH!
R/

Hannah said...

OOoh, I love the colors on this card! Thanks for sharing :-)

Lynn said...

When you said a touch of yellow or green I looked at my cards and said, YEAH! Thanks for the tip!

StampinSher said...

Fantastic card with the layering and embellishments. Having the card pop-out with those stars are terrific! Thanks for being involved with OWH.

Debby said...

I love your card. I agree sewing is my thing as well. Perfect added touch to any papercraft project. Thanks

Nancy Keller said...

Wow what a great card! I remember your blog from before - it's fun to see things on others' blogs that you have in common - Kevin & Amanda is one of my faves too. Thanks for hopping - great to stop by again!

loyaz said...

I love your card creation. I'm just learning about OWH and I am so thrilled with all you gals. What an awesome project.
DianeL
loyaz1@wbhsi.net

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Melissa you made a fabulous card! Those stars look like them came from your Silhouette! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Robin said...

love your card
you're right the stitching adds a lot to it

PaulaM said...

Melissa,
I like your stars - hand-cut you say? GREAT JOB!! And, another seamstress too - or at least another crafter with a sewing machine! :) TFS

Vicki said...

Love your color combos---tfs!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love sewing on cards- your stitching is outstanding!!! I love the addition of the yellow and green to the R/W/B card and your stars are awesome!!! TFS

Theresa said...

Loved the stars! Great Card!

Theresa said...

Great colors and card...TFS. Have to do more homemade embellies

Kim said...

Beautiful card. I love the embellishments you used.

LibertyinmyLife said...

I love that you left the stars partially detached so they could curl up, it gives the card such a great 3D quality. Thanks for supporting our troops!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Love the colorful cards that are filled with personality and pizzazz. Bet the troops will love them too!

Jean B. in PA said...

Melissa, I really like your card with the yellows and greens added. I am also encouraged by the hand cut embellishments and sewing - It is hard to do this perfectly and it helps to know they don't have to be perfect. pearx2 at zoominternet dot net

Wendy said...

I've been making cards for OWH since I discovered them during the blog hop last year! Thanks for the inspiration!

Cut n Paste said...

Your card is great!!! Love the border punch! And the color combo looks perfect!!! Thanks for supporting OWH!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Melissa Sweetie...
I am Country Wings your newest follower. I am so thrilled to have found your blog through this blog hop.

Your card is so beautiful. It has a little touch of country look and that is what I love most. I love the layering. The stripe on the blue and the yellow on the stripe. I also love that the stars are only centered through the button so that they stand out. So creative. The star brads are the element of surprise. Love it.

I have never made a card, but this blog hop has so inspired me. I have always wanted to feel like I am doing something special for the troops and now I can. I have been confined to the house for a month with lung and asthma issues, even spent 8 days in the hospital. The Dr.s will not allow me outside right now, and this is something I could do from my recliner. I am going to search the house for supplies today and see what I might have that I could make some cards for the troops. Thank you for inspiring me.

Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well. I love meeting new people and learning about new hobbies.

Thank you also for the wonderful opportunity to win some eye candy supplies. I am crossing my fingers. What a start this would be.

Have a Happy Memorial Day. Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Heather Grow said...

I love your card. You did great hand-cutting your stars.

Kajikit said...

Congrats to your candy winner... you did a great job on those stars - they don't LOOK handcut! Lovely card...

Stampin_melissa said...

Wonderful card! I'd never have guessed that your stars were hand cut! Love the scalloped edges too!