Saturday, March 05, 2011

Operation Write Home Bunny Hop


Quick note - for my EtsyInspired post, please check here. Thanks!!

If you started at the beginning of the Bunny Hop and have made it all the way through 133 other blogs, I thank you greatly for sticking with it! If you've just stumbled upon my blog (or you're a regular reader) and you're curious, or lost, head on back to the beginning at OWH Stars & Stamps. You should be coming here from Angela's blog, Midnight Crafting. If so, then you are definitely in the right spot!!

Important information first - there are a couple deadlines coming up. For Easter cards, it is March 18. For Mother's Day cards, the deadline is March 31. Those dates will be here before you know it, so get those cards in the mail! Our soldiers and their families are counting on all of us.

Have you guys seen the new Saturday Seminar Series? I missed the first one while I was sick, but the second seminar starts in a couple weeks and it looks like it's going to be extremely helpful for any of us who are interested in bettering our card design skills. You can still read the information from the first "lesson" here, and while some of it may seem very basic, I think it's always good to get a fresh perspective.

Okay, I'm done being a blabberpuss. You came to see a card and maybe to think about some blog candy, right? I originally posted this to the Paper Maniac blog just over a week ago, and hadn't posted it here yet. The main image uses Heartfelt Creations stamps, which I coloured with Copic markers. I think it would work for either Easter or Mother's Day.
Yes, I did mention blog candy. I'll be giving away the {ippity} set Sing a New Song to one lucky commenter. I may have an extra Unity Itty Bitty to throw in there as well. I'll take comments until after class on Wednesday (noon, Eastern), after which time I'll let Random.org choose a winner.By the way, I've been very fortunate. I've been an Air Force wife for almost 20 years. My husband enlisted while I was still a senior in high school, and we didn't marry until he had already served for several years. His retirement will be official on 1 April - and, although he has served just over 24 years, because of his specific job he has never been deployed. We are lucky. Incredibly lucky. The children and I know it.

There are those who have not been so fortunate, and I thank each and every one of you for the sacrifices you have made. I also thank those of you who care enough to continue send cards and write letters and to do all that you do for the many families who are affected.

Your next stop on the hop is the OWH Homefront. Thanks again for stopping by my blog!!

86 comments:

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Oh, I *love* your iris card, FJ--my mother's garden focused on her iris collection, and now I've started an iris patch of my own.

Also, a big thank you to your DH and your family for his service--and best wishes to you all as this next phase of your life begins!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

beautiful iris - I love flowers - thanks for your families service -

thanks for bringing up the end of the hop - what a wonderful way to end.

Barb Housner

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Very nice card! This will be so appreciated!

Auntie Marg said...

what a beautiful card thanks for sharing your card and you story.
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Marilyn Webb said...

Beautiful card, love the colors!

Cindy O said...

Gorgeous rich coloring - I love irises, and you captured it beautifully. The deep green and purple papers are perfect with it.

Robin said...

beautiful card
thanks for sharing it with us on the blog hop

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow, what a beautiful card! Happy hopping this weekend!

Kimberly Johnson said...

TYFS your creations and participating in the OWH Blog Hop. :o)

AmyCatalogna said...

I love the iris card! How beautiful! Thanks for helping out OWH!

sharon1312 said...

Great Colors!

Paula said...

Fantastic coloring work on the Iris. Such a classy card! Thank you for your family's service too. I'm glad you hopped with OWH today.

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

thank you for your husband's service to our country. Thank you for the give away...I love stamps that have Scripture on them. :) Be blessed today. :)

My Angel said...

Beautiful Card~Nice job on the flowers!!


Thank you to your husband for his service to our Country!! Hope he enjoys retirement to the fullest!!

Thanks for the chance to win this cute set!!

~Marcy

campbelljudy1228 said...

Your card is beautiful and love the colors used.

Susan said...

love your card.

thanks to your husband, to you and to your family for your many years of service. Congrats on his retirement.

Operation Write Home said...

Your coloring is great!! Love the design too!
Happy hopping Carole!

Lissa said...

Congratulations on the upcoming retirement!

Love the depth of color on the iris - what a beautiful card!

I'm a fellow military spouse in the midst of our sixth separation (deployments/unaccompanied tours) in 22 years together.

Love what OWH does for our troops!

Dixie Cochran said...

Your iris card is STUNNING!!!! The background papers are a brilliant choice! Thank you and your family for your service to our country. Deployed or not, it's a tough job!

Lillian Child said...

I do so enjoy the OWH events as I get to meet so many lovely and talented people along the way. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your creativity with us today! My husband is a decorated Vietnam veteran and this event always holds such a special place in my heart.

I've
http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

rstuck2003 said...

Beautiful card, thanks for sharing. Thank you husband for me and Happy retirement. Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy.

silvia said...

Beautiful card!! I LOVE the coloring of the iris. Thanks and a very Happy Retirement to your DH

silvia said...

Beautiful card!! I LOVE the coloring of the iris. Thanks and a very Happy Retirement to your DH

Linda Dale said...

The card is gorgeous, I love the coloring in the flower, Awesome

Linda Dale said...

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2MuchFun said...

Your card is beautiful!!!

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

Beautifully colored and lovely card!

Thank you for your service to our country...deployed or not!

Teresa said...

Beautiful card!

Stamp Addict Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer

http://www.facebook.com/thestampaddict

April B. said...

Pretty card!

Redonna said...

Pretty! TFS

Amy Macak said...

I love Iris's-- beautiful card
I appreciate your family and all the other families that serve. That is what has drawn me to this group!
ajmacak at gmail dot com

Sheila said...

Beautiful card!!

Lisa said...

Beautiful!!!! Wonderful coloring....

JPScraps said...

Stunning card!

Janet said...

Awesome card! No matter whether your DH was deployed or not he deserves the same thanks for his military service!

Janet at scrappingthemagic dot com

Lisa Oliver said...

beautiful coloring! Thank you for your service and for sharing today! Congratulations on the retirement, too.

Erika said...

Cute! And as a fellow military wife, let me say thank you for donating your creations to OWH!

Cyndi S said...

Your card is gorgeous.
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ScrappnBee said...

Beautiful card! Congrats on your impending retirement!!! (we are currently at 16 and headed back to the sandbox this fall). Thanks for helpong OWH! Happy blogging!

elizabeth said...

Hello Carole!!! We "met" at a prior OWH blog hop--but, at that time I was not with a blog---this time I have one and I was just a few stops before you on the blog hop!! Your Iris card is the kind of thing that gave Copic a good name!! Beautiful!! See you sometime soon--
http://wilmafernsgirl.blogspot.com

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card!


--Cheryl--
shestamps11-blogs at yahoo dot com

Scrapacat said...

Gorgeous coloring, Carole! I am so glad that you guys missed the deployment wagon. It's really hard - did it myself and I don't recommend it. Glad to see you still plugging along - I need to come by more often! ♥ky

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

Thanks for doing this Hop for OWH
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scrappinheaven said...

Beautiful coloring work on your card. Thank your husband for his service. Even though he was never deployed, I'm sure his position is essential to the safety and freedom of all American citizens!

Carol
scrappinheaven at yahoo dot com

Brittani Nguyen said...

Beautiful card, and thanks for all your husband and your family have done (even if he was never deployed)!

Have a lovely day!

Nicki121986@hotmail.com

Michelle Single said...

Love the richness of these colors! So beautiful!

Sue D said...

Beautiful card and awesome coloring!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Misty said...

Fantastic Iris card! Love the colors!

Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Monica Hunter said...

Wow - such a beautiful iris! I love the rich colors of this one. Thanks for sharing! :)

The Stamper's Touch said...

Wowza, this is one stunning card!!! Love your coloring of this iris, it looks so real!!!!

Linda

Lynne said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for the chance to win.

SueB said...

Great card, and that Ippity stamp set is to die for! I'll have my fingers crossed - Thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!
- sue dot blondin at gmail dot com

Desert Rose Stamper said...

Beautiful colors on the Iris. I'll have to buy some of those markers and try it out. Very nicley done. Thanks for sharing and thank your husband for serving -- all our service members serve an important roll in keeping our great nation safe and secure. Have a great day!

Tammy said...

Gorgeous card! I love the colors!!

Ann said...

Lovely card! Your coloring of the iris is fantastic! Thank your husband for all the years of service!!

Heaven said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing
mishona2 at yahoo dot com

Mindy :) said...

I have had fun looking thru your blog! great card!

Mindy O.
mindy trl at yahoo dot com

Amy said...

Your card is beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing it in the OWH Bunny Hop!!

I am now a follower :)
Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

shersl84bed said...

Beautiful card. God Bless your family for dedicating your lives to our country.

ShersL84bed@aol.com

Rhonda Miller said...

Your card is gorgeous. TFS.

AllisonG said...

Love your card - purple is my favorite color!
mallisonr at aol dot com

ediehardy said...

Beautiful card! God bless you for all you and your family have done! Have a wonderful, creative week!

Mindy said...

Your card is the perfect ending to a truly fabulous hop!
Mindy

grandmalee said...

First, please thank your hubby for his service! I adore this card and your fabulous coloring! I would love to see some gorgeous flowers like this now since I'm tired of this long winter here! Thanks for offering such a wonderful {ippity} set! There stuff is truly fabulous! Thanks for supporting OWH!

Linda McClain said...

Your card is stunning. You colored it to beautifully. Deployed or not, thank you and your family for your service, and congratulations on his soon to be retirement. I hope you'll play with us at Catered Crop challenge soon - your creations are gorgeous.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Beautiful card! Love the coloring.

Thanks for your family's service for the country.

LesleyfromWI said...

Wow your card is gorgeous! The colors are amazing!
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Kathryn said...

I'm very impressed by your coloring and I love the choice of a deep purple for the card base!

Nancy said...

What a beautiful card. Thank you so much for sharing your talent in the Bunny Hop.

Dolores said...

Well, am glad I made it here to the end! and thanks for making it such a beautiful ending to this bunny hop. Your coloring on the iris is great.

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Donna S said...

Gorgeous card! Love the deep purple!

Nancy said...

Your card is so nice! Congrats to your hubby retiring and hope he gets a great job soon. Thank him for me for his service to our country and thank you and the rest of your family as well.

ps. Great blog candy! I LOVE Unity!

doverdi said...

Beautiful card, love the colors!

Disp6194 said...

I love your card, the purple is so vibrant . . it just jumps of the screen! Thanks for the chance to win :)

GrammaR said...

Your iris is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it.

kelley at sevenmilenursery dot com

Sherry Hickey said...

What a beautiful iris! It has a special place in my heart because my Dad grew them. I went back to college after I retired (and older than you, lol). Good luck! Congrats to your hubby on his retirement and his service to our country. I signed as a follower to keep in touch with your projects; hope you had time to see my blog too!

Ann said...

I love the iris. One of my favorite flowers. My mom always had them in the yard.
annjerryk at aol dot com

gbinion said...

your card is so pretty! i love the purple!! thank you for joining the hop!!

Yolanda said...

Beautiful! My irises will be up before too terribly long. Can't wait!

Susan said...

Please thank your husband for serving!!

Your card is very pretty!
the candy is yummy :)
Thanks for the opportunity.
Susan

Cut n Paste said...

Beautiful card! Your coloring is awesome! Thanks to you and your family for service to our country. We really appreciate it!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wonderful card, great coloring! Thanks for sharing it with us and OWH!

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Patricia said...

You did a terrific job coloring the iris!

Please accept my apologies if you end up with two comments from me. Blogger gave me an error message on my first attempt. :(

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Lynn said...

Such a very pretty card! I love the green accent! Please express my gratitude to your service members, from a proud Vet, as well.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Your iris is so beautiful! Thank you for supporting OWH with your talent!

jencuthbertson at gmail dot com