Friday, March 19, 2010

Operation Write Home - Spring Bloghop 2010!

Hi Hoppers! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am honored to be a part of this 3rd bloghop for Operation Write Home. I have been involved with OWH for almost two years now, first as a cardmaker, then for a year as a shipper, and now back to being a cardmaker again! It is a great organization and I really encourage everyone to visit the website, there is a wealth of information available for you to browse and learn more!

The "mission" for this bloghop was to create a springy, thinking of you card. Being a bit of a rebel, I didn't do it. LOL! I actually created two cards, and really neither of them are springy or thinking of you-ey. But I liked them, and both themes fit really well for the types of cards that OWH is looking for.

Without further ado...


This fun little card was made using a JoAnn's $1 bin stamp, some assorted papers from my stash, some Prima flowers with Liquid Pearl centers (Thanks Diane!) and my Stampin Up Big Shot Top Note Die.

I wanted to feature this card as a reminder to think of our military kids! When I was a shipper, one of the top requests I would get was for cards for the men & women to send home to their kids. I thought this would make a cute card for that purpose - HA! Thinking of You!!!! LOL!


OK, so butterflies are springy, right? HA! This card was made using some found paper, but best of all - I used some OLD rub-ons that I found in my stash. I have NO idea where they came from, but I really loved the butterfly - just goes to show that sometimes found objects can make the neatest cards! There is nothing fancy about this card, just thought it came together really nicely and that someone would love opening their mail and finding this on a beautiful spring day!

I'm so honored that I can be a part of this wonderful organization, and watching it grow has been an enormous joy.

I will be choosing two random commenters to get a little care package/blog candy from me. However - there's a catch! I want to inspire you to find something in your own stash to use to make an OWH card. Preferably something old that you never thought you'd use, or maybe even landed in a giveaway pile. Type in your comment what this item is, and you will be entered to win! Spring cleaning! HA! Another spring reference. Enjoy the search for something fun and forgotten to use, and let Operation Write Home be the benefit of your spring cleaning!

OK, so enough yammering here....let's move on to the next blog!

Megan has a great story on her blog honoring her brother, and you can learn more about why she joined up with OWH! She has a FABULOUS Shabby Chic style, and I just love the cards she created for the blog hop! Check her out here:

Megan Bean

If you get lost on the bloghop, visit the Operation Write Home website to find your way! Happy Hopping, Happy Spring Cleaning, and thanks for stopping by!

Fabre

67 comments:

MarcyK924 said...

To my mentor - YOU ROCK!!!!!

Nancy Keller said...

Hello Fabre and happy blog hopping to you! I love your cards - especially that gorgeous butterfly! And JoAnn's dollar stamps are the bomb-diggity! I hope to dig into my box of JoAnn's dollar stamps myself and see what I can use to make some cute spring cards too. Thanks for the inspiration!

digirl said...

Marcy is right- you do rock! And glad you put the flowers to good use-- I am in awe of your skill-- and speed with the copics! you may convert me from a pencil colorer!!!
You are a rebel- but the cards work!!! Finding more in my stash-- everything old is new again!!! And I love the hop-- but it took me forever to get to you--- and I am not even close to the end! yeah-- lots of creative inpsiration-loving today!!!!! see you in April for another day of trash to treasure!

Tami B. said...

I don't think my card for the hop is particularly spring-y either, but it made me happy to make it. It would be a huge challenge for me to use up some stickers for cards. It's not easy for me to use stickers, so I'm taking your challenge today :)

Karen McAlpine said...

I have some green vellum that I haven't used yet. I think I should try something with that. Happy hoppin

...Darlene said...

Fabre,
I like your spring cards! The little chipmunk is toooo cute.

thanks for sharing,
darlene a

Operation Write Home said...

LOL! Another sentiment for the beaver... "It's gnawing at me that I haven't written lately..."

((groan))

Thanks for joining in the hop, Fabre!!!

Meg Bean said...

Thanks for the awesome blog love :)

I need to dig into my stash and use some more eyelets on my cards.

Loved your cards. They made me smile- Happy Spring!

Rhonda Miller said...

Fabre, your cards are great. I have some paper scraps that have just been sitting in a bin under a bed that I think I could use to make some cards for OWH.

Polly P. , MN said...

I found some cute polka dot ribbon I had bought and tucked away..it would look great on some spring and summer cards. Thanks for offering the blog candy!
Pollywol321 at comcast dot net

SuzAnn said...

love your kid card! Think I'll look for a way to use my buttons on kid cards since they generally just languish in the drawer.

Betty said...

Great job on the cards!

Paula said...

LOL, Fabre this post just cracked me up. Nice cards you rebel you! :)

Dawn said...

Fabre, that beaver card is so stinking cute. OMG, I just love it.

happy hoppppppin'

Jeanne said...

I love the $1 stamps at JoAnn and Michaels. It's amazing how much I can spend on $1 stuff!

I've got tons of buttons, but I've never used them on cards (I'm a sewer too). I'll have to try them tonight!

jeanne706 at yahoo dot com

hiscreation2 said...

Great cards and finding jewels in your stash is always fun! I was Spring Cleaning even as I read your blog. The background paper is years old and the stickers are so old, I didn't know if they would stick. And it is a kids card, not my specialty but FOR the troops!
http://www.stamphaven.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-3387

hiscreation2@hotmail.com

lavendarrose29 said...

Love the cards. My kids and I are going to work on this next week. We will put some kids cards in. Thanks for the tip and for sharing your inspiration with us.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

I bit of a rebel huh?! Love it ;) thanks for the tip about kids cards. Your 2 cards today are fabulous!

Bekah's World said...

Beautiful cards! And as a military wife I must say thank you for helping OWH keep families together in heart despite being apart because of duty; and for all the work you did as a shipper!

Tammy said...

Wonderful card Fabre!! I love that little beaver...perfect for a kid! Joann's is such a great place to find the $1 stamps!!

TN Granny said...

Fabre,
A rebel huh, that's cute! Your cute are darling and I don't think anyone minds that they aren't springy there cute expecially the Butterfly I love them.
God Bless,
Jeanine #14 on the blog hop

JenMarie said...

These are totally CUTE!!

Marianne said...

Love the cards. I love finding stuff form my stash to use especially when I totally forgot about it. Thanks for all you do with OWH

rstuck2003 said...

CUTE cards...thank you for sharing.co

JPScraps said...

Hi Fabre..I just sent a bunch of cards using scraps & stickers.

Renee said...

Great cards! Just about every card I make I use some sort of scrap paper from the stash.

Stephanie said...

I really love your cards! The beaver is adorable. Thanks so much for your note on the blog- it was great to hear from you. Hope all is well and that you enjoyed the weather today!!!

Stephanie said...

I completely forgot about the blog candy- We have a lot of scrap paper similar to what you used that has been in a drawer for a long time! I will get some of it out and use it soon on a card for OWH! Thanks again. Hope all is well with you.

Marci said...

Cute! Especially love the butterfly card.

Kas said...

That little beaver stamp is so cute.

~Jeri~ said...

Your cards are adorable!! Love that butterfly!

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

grandmalee said...

What awesome projects on your blog! My daughter is a soldier, so after I started to make cards for her unit in Iraq, I found OWH & here we are today! I also make cards for a local veterans nursing home. We can't ever do enough for our soldiers, so I use anything that's not nailed down in my cards. I save the little corrugated cardboard out of lightbulb boxes to add texture, I make dollhouse miniatures & am always raiding that stuff to use. Nothing gets thrown away until I determine it real trash! lol

Seongsook Duncan said...

Fabre,
Thanks for sharing your lovely cards. I love your butterfly.
I have a lot of paper stashes and ribbons that I should clear up before I buy new stuff. Thanks for the challenge!

Whispers and Wishes said...

Fabre... glad to see you had time to get some cards made in addition to everything else you do. Your butterfly card is truly stunning. My stash... I'm working my way through cast off paper... I have a stack of paper about 6 feet tall about half of which came from others who were discarding paper they thought they wouldn't use. I've had a great time with the hop and am glad to be particiapting again this go round.

shelly said...

fabre
love your cards!! what I have been trying to do as I craft to use all of my extra pattern paper so I do not have extra little stuff hanging around. Trying to keep my stuff clean! Miss you too.. I will send you a e-mail later. Almost baseball season

Janice said...

I have been using my scraps a lot more than better just this week, maybe I'll add some long forgotten brads to the mix. Thanks for the push!

-- said...

beautiful cards. I absolutely love the butterfly.

Cyn said...

Love this blog! I would say for me..I need to use up old fabric that I have bought! I have always wanted to use some fabric on cards and have yet to do it!Thanks!

Merry's Musings said...

I want to just hug that fat fuzzy toothy guy. So cute!

Lyneen said...

Such cute cards! Thanks for all you have done for OWH. I appreciate you stopping by my blog during the hop and leaving your kind words. Good luck in my OWH giveaway!

You mentioned you like vintage... I have another giveaway going on until 3/31 you may want to enter here:
http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com/2010/03/ephemera-giveaway.html

Gloria Westerman said...

I was wonder about cards for the children.....and I love yours....for a dad or mom to be able to send something to the kids...that is what I want to do......
Found object....yes I just did a card with ribbon that I have won and another that I had to use something I found in my closet.....they both are really pretty....you can see them at StampTV.com
thank you for sharing with us....
gw0109@gmail.com

Cathy... said...

Fabre, I love your cute cards! The butterfly one is definitely spring, though;) I'm going to dig out and dust off more of my ribbon stash to use on cards.Thanks for the inspiration!

Lauretta See said...

great job.. love that butterfly..

hugs x

Melissa Rossi said...

I love the feeling of spring cleaning- I have tons of paper that I am trying to use up. I had to forbid myself to buy anymore until I work through my stash. It is great to see the stack getting smaller and smaller!

Kajikit said...

I've got so much stuff stashed away that I don't know what I'll use! But I'll think of something... :)

laurlynn said...

Ok, I accept your challenge - I have a whole thing full of fibers that I just had to have and have maybe only used one piece! I vow to use some of them this week to make cards for OWH, Mother's Day to be exact so I get it done this week. Thanks.

Rufus said...

Thanks Fabre for your year as a shipper! I can't even begin to imagine the effort that is! I'll take you up on your challenge. Not sure what I'll use, but heaven knows there is enough in the stash! I've made some kids cards, even had some kids make some in my monthly make cards for OWH party. (they are so cute!) There is still some space in my latest box to OWH, can't send a box that's not FULL! Thanks to OWH and you for all you do for our Heroes!
R/

Kajikit said...

I found something to use on a card! This pretty blue feather has been languishing in my 'miscellaneous embellishments' box for a decade... it was such pretty colours that I couldn't throw it out, but I couldn't think of how to use it. Now it has a home of it's own...
http://creatingforacause.blogspot.com/2010/03/operation-write-home-spring-bloghop.html

Kajikit said...

Oops! Wrong link!
http://kajikit.blogspot.com/2010/03/taking-up-challenge-challenges-from-owh.html

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Fabre, I like the way that your colors blend together for a cohesive effect. Very nice. I also love the way you painted the butterfly - it gave it so much dimension. Blessings and thanks, Louise

jengd said...

Great cards! Love your butterfly. As for my own spring cleaning, I have some silk flowers and floral chipboard pieces I yet to find a use for... this may be the time!

Martha said...

Fabre I am so happy to 'see' you! It is wonderful to know you are still making cards for our service people. I think of you often, especially at shipping time, lol. Thanks for all you have done and thanks for still keeping on cardmaking.

andyjay said...

Thanks for sharing! Beautiful work. I have some paper tearing rulers sitting in a drawer to giveaway. I think I'll take one out and try to utilize it somehow...

Chris said...

Great job using up your stash. Cute cards too!

gorotajo said...

Great cards, spring-y, or not! I am going to figure out a way to use some barrel buttons that wound up in my button collection from somewhere.

Tassie said...

Thanks for the reminder to make cards for the heroes to send to children left at home!
I think you have challenged me to use those funky ceramic words I see everytime I open that drawer.... thank you!!

Carolyn Bounds said...

Both of your cards are AWESOME!!! I will get to work on some cards for our heroes' children:o) And it is funny that you should mention digging out those neglected items that have not seen ink or love in quite some time...I found myself doing that last night as I was making my rounds on this wonderful hop. I found a few goodies...mostly stamps... that I will be making some OWH cards with:o) Thank you for all that you do and for being such an inspiration to so many of us!!! You are a gem!!!

Big HUGS!!!
Carolyn

debb said...

your cards are beautiful! I think you are being a bit unfair speaking of spring cleaning in your blog- I am trying to avoid it- LOL! But I will challenge myself to dig thru my old stash of vellum sayings and use some in OWH cards!

Shelly said...

Fabulous cards!!! I love both of them.

I found some long neglected Suzy Zoo images that would make some cute cards for kids. I can't wait to start on them.

Purple Princess said...

Your cards are wonderful! Thanks for the reminder that there is a need for kid cards!

Cut n Paste said...

Very cute beaver!!! Thanks for sharing your cards with us!!! I think we all probably need to "find" some things in our stashes...Thanks for all you do and have done for OWH - we appreciate you!

Susan said...

I plan on joining this amazing organization and wish I knew about it sooner. Your cards are lovely.

I have a whole lot of child like stickers and some foamies. I think I will make a stash of kid cards for the service people to send home!

Thanks for a good challenge :)
Susan

PS...now following your blog

Kimme said...

Great challenge. I am hosting a card making day for OWH, in somewhat of an effort to clear out some of my supplies. Old stuff being put to good use. :)

Susan said...

Ok, here's the first of many to come...cards for the heroes to send to kids :)
Hope you like it...the found item is a big adorable elephant sticker.
Susan

http://piecesoffatesusan.blogspot.com/2010/03/some-late-night-art-and-worthy-blog-hop.html

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Okay.....I found some "spring" ribbon in a drawer...only about a foot....but that still counts, right? I love using my scraps and LOVE the dollar bins!! I am very greatful for those...and my heros are too!!!

Collette said...

Sure they're springy and Thinking of you - I'm sure someone will snag them up to send one home immediately. Great cards - Thanks for being a part of the Blog Hop for OWH

Christina Lucido said...

Are you participating in the OWH Valentine's Day Blog Hop? I wanted to but I missed the deadline.