Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Blog Hop at Operation Write Home!


Hello! Welcome to my stop on the annual OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop! What a fun way to honor our heroes, kick off the summer, and round up some great cardmaking inspiration! Our challenge for this hop was to make a Thank You card using an OWH sketch; here's a link to the OWH Sketch Archive. Here's my first of two cards; I think this little fuzzy guy is so cute in his flight jacket and patriotic scarf! This is perfect for an AnyHero card; OWH President Sandy Allnock expressed her hope that everyone who bloghops today will make at least TWO AnyHero cards!
Card Recipe:
  • Image: My Favorite Things "Fred Bear in Flight" (one of the OWH fundraiser clear stamp sets)
  • DP: Bo Bunny "Liberty" 6x6 pad
  • Brads: Candi stick-on brads
  • Copic Sketch Markers: E59,E47,E44,E30,W10,BG000
  • Paper piecing (scarf)
  • Glossy Accents
  • OWH Sketch #31
 One more card for today! This stamp (Inspired Stamps) is so cute!
Card Recipe:
  • Image: Inspired Stamps "His Little Ones: Journal Girl"
  • DP: My Mind's Eye "Quilting Bee" 6x6 pad
  • Sentiment: Inspired Stamps "Labelmaker Alphabet"
  • Copic Sketch Markers: #BV00,E00,E11,R20,C10,C9,C3,C1
  • Paper piecing (dress)
  • Glossy Accents
  • Gingham ribbon, bow & button: Stash
  • OWH Sketch #152
Blog Candy Alert:
Thanks for visiting me; I will pick a random winner from everybody who leaves a comment here by next Thursday, May 27!  if you don't want to be in the drawing for a little grab bag of goodies, let me know but please still leave a comment!

Now Back to the Hop!!
Click HERE to return to the Stars and Stamps Blog and continue the hop. Thanks to the dedicated OWH elves behind the scenes that made this fantastic event possible! I hope this Memorial Day Weekend is happy and safe for you and yours, as we honor those Americans who gave their lives to protect us and our freedom.
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia



130 comments:

Cora said...

Your picture of Arlington National Cemetery is very touching.

Love the scarf on your first card. Sweet dress on your girl. You do a great job with paper piecing.

McCrafty's Cards said...

Both cards are wonderful Sherry,
Kevin xx

Cindy's Card Co said...

Hi Sherry, my fav is the first little guy, I love the background paper and how it makes it look old fashioned. Nice job.

sherry varga said...

I love the papers you used as they look vintage and your coloring is awesome.

Kathy said...

I especially like the paper used on the first card but the little girls "eyes" just drew me in. Great coloring.

Marsha said...

What a nice job you did on both cards. Great colors. Really like the embellishments you used.

Mary Ellen Driggs said...

Your picture of the Arlington National Cemetery reminds helps remind us of the true meaning to this holiday.

Let us never forget.

The cards you made are super cute and I'm sure the heroes who receive them will love them too.

hugs,
M.E.

Jen said...

Sherry, awesome cards. I love the paper piecing on the bears scarf!

Cyn Bell-Moores said...

Both cards are well done and inspiring.

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Hi Sherry,
The photos made my heart full! Thank you also for the beautiful cards...I haven't seen someone else use HLO: JOURNALING GIR so this was really sweet for me! You did a great job!
Blessings,
Antoinette

Tammy said...

Awww both cards are so cute Sherry! Fantastic coloring and I love the paper piecing!
Tammy x

Brittany Snoke said...

Great piecing & coloring! Cute all around!

Stacy B said...

That little fuzzy fellow from MFT is so adorable! I wish I had gotten him, so perfect for Any Hero cards! Thanks for supporting OWH and for the blog candy chance.

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

love how you picked your background papers to coordinate so well with your images! great coloring on both

Melanie Rozwood said...

I like the banner and layers. TFS.

Kara said...

Love Fred Bear as an aviator - super cute!

rlovew said...

Adorable cards! I especially like the background on your second card.

Susan said...

my son is out placing flags at the local cemetery. I like that it starts his weekend focused on why he gets an extra day off from school.
and your bear card is adorable! great combination of cute and serious!

Cindy Sartain said...

Love the layering and especially liked the pattern in the scarf on the first one. Very cute.

Andrea T said...

I love both your cards but I'm especially envious of the MFT stamp you used. Great job!

Joanne Travis said...

Your coloring is amazing! Beautiful work on both cards.
Thanks for supporting OWH!

JPScraps said...

Both cards are delightful!

Rufus said...

Just love your patriotic bear! The coloring is fantastic and love the paper pieced scarf. The layout and papers work really well with him. Thanks for your support of OWH and our Heroes and for including the picture of Arlington to remind us that freedom isn't free.
R/

byAnnette said...

Your Fuzzy Guy Card is Great!
Perfect for Any Hero
Love the coloring and background papers and brads are a nice touch.

Jen R said...

I really like the bear card....loved the patriotic colors with the browns to tie in the bear. Thank you for supporting OWH!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are fantastic and the coloring of your images is so well done.

sarahstone said...

I love your patriotic pilot bear and the beautiful card you made with him. Both your cards are fantastic!

Debbie Caldwell said...

I have that pilot bear also. YOu have inspired me to use it to make an Any Hero Card..thank you. The "His Little Ones" stamp is adorable and I love the papers you used. Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH

Misty said...

Great job on both cards Sherry. Your coloring is fantastic!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://delitefulsuds.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Dana D. said...

Adorable bear and the paper piecing for the little girl is so cute. Great details and colors.

reflections:0) said...

Fun, fun, fun that bear card is so cute and I love the paper you used for it. The little girl is super sweet as well.

reflections:0)

Marybeth said...

Sherry , I think these are both wonderful cards! The little girl is so cute and I love the stars on the first one.

Becca Whitham said...

I love that paper pieced scarf on the first card! Not only because it's just too, darn cute but because it takes the background colors onto your main image and ties the two together. Thanks for your participation in the OWH Blog Hop!

Barbara Greenberg said...

Love the cards. The dog looks like he is wearing a bomber jacket. Perfect for the Air Force

JoAnn Ross said...

Sherry, both cards are fabulous, as always! I especially love that darling fuzzy pilot bear and plan to get him for some any hero cards! As you know, I tend to favor more primary colors, but you have me thinking of ways to use my patriotic paper pads with more vintage look papers! Thanks for the super inspiration!

Dolores said...

TFS these darling cards with us on the hop...love the dp combo used with the little girl image.

Jean M said...

Fun and fabulous! THANKS

grandmax2 said...

Fun cards.

Susan Strawser said...

great coloring job - something I don't do well! Love your layouts.

Sylvia said...

Fabulous cards, Sherry, I really like the bear card, the background you used, but that image is so much fun! TFS and have a wonderful weekend! #133

Sybrina K said...

Sherry, Love both cards! I'm so impressed by how you've popped your little bear so well on that Bo Bunny paper. That's one of the papers in that pad that I struggle with and you've used it really well.

Thanks for all you do for OWH!

Rhonda Miller said...

These are both so cute.

Marilyn's Cricut Crafts said...

Oh, wow. Your cards are so seriously great. Love the paper piercing on the scarf on the first card. And the patriotic stick-on brads as well as all the layering. Oh, my. Love this card. And your little girl card is just too precious. Love the papers and the coloring! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! ~ Marilyn

Sarah said...

Wonderful cards--absolutely love the first card--he is so stinkin' cute! Great job as always--love your work! I am off to work on some Any Hero cards after the hop!

Amelia Andrade said...

OOOHHHH! That little guy IS so cute! I love the sentiment too! Very nice cards Sherry. Thanks for a chance to win!

Jules said...

I love that service bear! So great of a card!

Lisa Oliver said...

Both are great cards Sherry! The bear is adorable and I LOVE the patriotic papers! Thanks for all you do with OWH and all of the beautiful cards you share on a regular basis. Looking forward to meeting you in person, 11 months and counting :)

RoseofGold said...

Both cards are wonderful. I really like that bear.

postalorphan said...

Great cards - love the papers on both! And both images are just darling - you've done a fantastic job coloring both of them!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Great cards. I so love that bear image on the first one. TFS

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

sweet images! I love your paper piecing

Kathy Ashworth said...

The cards are great. Noticed the paper piecing on the bear--good way to tie the image with the DP.

Kikoandco said...

Thanks for sharing. Adorable a characters on both cards. Do you realize the red and white stripes look like the flag of Japan? Just a thought.

Annie Wills said...

Love the coloring on both of your cards...thanks so much for sharing!

MaryS said...

great use of your images - perfect for hero thanks cards - thanks for sharing and supporting OWH

barbara macaskill said...

LOVE your doggie soldier card! It has a vintage feel to it! It also reminds me of Hogan's Heros for some reason! Oh the memories! macaskillbarbara at yahoo.com TFS!

Ann said...

Sherry, you are so talented! You are amazing at vintage and paper piecing. Both cards have a vintage but whimsical feel. I love them!

Patti J said...

Your card is just adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Jessie said...

Great cards! I love that little bear on the first one.

Nancy M said...

Nice cards; I love how well-coordinated all your elements are!! TFS, the chance to win, for and supporting OWH! RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful cards! I love that first image, he's so sweet!

JoAnn P said...

Both cards are cute but I love how you used the paper as the background in the first card and the scarf is so cute too.

scrappingnana said...

Great cards. Love the cute images on both cards. TFS

Robin B. said...

I love the vintage background of the first card and the images on both.

Heather Grow said...

I'm a huge fan of paper piecing. I love that you paper pieced both cards. So cute.

Ginny said...

Two beautiful cards!
Great job with coloring and perfect choice for color combos
I like the piecing that you did also!

Paula S. said...

My goodness is that bear cute or what!? What a perfect image for OWH cards and especially Any Hero cards. Love your paper piecing as always. Great job Sherry! Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting Operation Write Home.

Canadaindy said...

You did a great job on the paper piecing. I am always envy of how people can do that.

gabby2057 said...

Both cards are absolutely awesome.
I really like the background and the patriotic theme of the first one, but I also like the sweetness of the second one. Nice job!

Patricia H. said...

Hi, Sherry! :) On your first card, I like the contrast of the cute, cartoon-like bear against the vintage-y designer papers. You did a great job coordinating your designer papers on the second card.
Thanks for your continued support of OWH! :)

Colleen said...

Love your bear... terrific card.

Penny L. said...

love that first card! very nice how you paper pieced the scarf...looks great!

Studio Diva said...

Love both of your cards! You do a great job with choosing papers that will enhance your focal image.

Pam said...

Both cards are nice. The first card really struck a great job with me. I love the salute, the paper and the sentiment. The card is spot on with me!

Barb said...

wonderful cards-love them

Ira Huberts said...

Both your cards are darling Sherry, so pretty! It's a wonderful gesture to make these for OWH, so sweet of you. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, take care, Ira xox
http://craftymonster81.blogspot.nl/

Leslie Hanna said...

I love both of these cards. And man, now I need that Bo Bunny paper. Hops aren't supposed to be expensive, right? ;/ (leslie #113)

ajsdigishoppe said...

Great cards I think I need to pick up a paper pack.

Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH!

Amanda :)
www.ajsdigishoppe.com

Camille Short said...

The papers used in your first card are just grand!

Shana said...

I love that little bear but cant find him, would love it if you can send a link, thanks
shanasewing@yahoo.com

Cissy Murphy said...

I just got back from a D.C/Virginia honor club trip with my son and am more inspired to support our troops than ever before. Both of your cards are fabulous! I really, really like the papers in that first one and your coloring on both is great. Thanks so much for sharing!

Sharon Russo said...

I really like the vintage looking paper behind the bear.
Thank you for sharing.

Margaret said...

I LOVE the flag paper and the bear is so sweet! Such a wonderful card!
Your second card uses such pretty paper, and her paper pieced dress coordinates so nicely! Very pretty!

Kelly said...

Love your little bear card and the picture of Arlington cemetery! Thank you

Marilyn in Michigan said...

Love your cards, but the saluting bear really grabs my heart.

Mare said...

Love both of your cards. I love the bear! I need to find him.

Carol L said...

Your cards just leave me with a big smile because they're so danged cute! I just love that little soldier bear standing at attention! And the eyes on that little girl just steal my attention! Great paper piecing!
I hope you're enjoying a great Memorial day weekend!

Nancy Boyd said...

I love both of these cards. Normally when more than one card is posted I have a clear favorite but this time I can't choose

Beth F. said...

Both of your cards are great! The Liberty DP has been popping on all over this hop and it is so gorgeous!
Beth F. OWH #114

September Whisenant said...

I salute you for a job well done! Seriously tho, love the coloring and execution of your cards. Great layouts and paper choices. Thanks for supporting OWH.

Crafting Adventures said...

Love how you did the bear! Wish I had that one now!

Dodge3670 said...

Love the patterned papers you used. These stamps are really neat with a great job of coloring. The 'candi' stick on brads are cool. I am seeing quite a few of these lately. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing!

Tami B. said...

Great job on both of these. I especially love Fred Bear & the sketch you used for him.

Patti said...

Fred Bear is looking pretty smart in his flight jacket! Really cute card. Great paper, too.

Kelley said...

Love Fred Bear! He is perfect for your card. Great job paper piecing on the second card. The photo of Arlington brings home just how grateful we should be.

Colleen Schaan said...

Fred the Bear is awesome! Great card.. thanks for supporting our troops.

Michele from MS said...

Love love love those papers on both cards. They are just perfect for these sweet little images. I keep forgetting about paper piecing but I love the effect it adds to the image. Will have to remember to do that next time. Thanks so much for sharing!

April Story said...

A agree with you - that fuzzy bear is adorable. Great looking cards. I love the coloring you've done with your Copics.
April

BobbisTreasure said...

The detail on the corner of the colored is a great, unexpected detail!

Renee said...

Such a cute card ! I love it!

Dotti's Hobbies said...

Sherry, your cards are great! I like the papers together and the layouts you did are wonderful! Thanks for supporting OWH. ~Dotti H., OWH Board member

Barbara said...

Just wanted to say your cards are sweet and cute! I like that bear card best (love bears). No blog candy for me had to down size the craft area ...let someone else enjoy this time!

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Sherry! Your bear saluting is totally cute! Both cards will bring a smile to someone's face. Thanks for your support of OWH.

Karenladd said...

That saluting bear is sure to be a hit with anyone who receives it! Thanks for supporting OWH!

rstuck2003 said...

Both cards are cute but I like the one with the little girl the best...there's just something about her eyes! Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win your blog candy.

SHartl said...

Your cards are adorable! Love the cute bear and the little girl. Wonderful coloring!

Angelica Chambers said...

Ur cute little Flying Ace up there is adorable!!!! Love his background too! Ur sweet sweet girl is lovely and the little blue flower on the side makes me think of a forget-me-not flower and seems to fit perfectly on that thank u card! TFS and thank u for adding a giveaway on top of everything! AWESOME!

BrendaB said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the background papers on your cute little flying ace card!

heather said...

I like the paper piecing details on your lovely cards, I really need to try that.Thanks for the inspiration and making cards for our heroes !

Sue D said...

Cute images and papers on your wonderful cards.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Linda said...

Too great cards...the first card is absolutely perfect...WTG!!!

Mary-Anne V said...

Sweet cards...love the image on the first.

Sammantha said...

Your cards are perfect. Love the images and patterns.

Courtney said...

Beautiful cards. That bear is just the cutest! The papers and embellies match so well together

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Your cards are adorable. The images are so cute and you chose the perfect patterns and colors. Well done. Thanks for joining in on the hop.
I would love to be in the chance of winning a lil bit of goodies. Thanks so much. HUGS

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Your cards are adorable. The images are so cute and you chose the perfect patterns and colors. Well done. Thanks for joining in on the hop.
I would love to be in the chance of winning a lil bit of goodies. Thanks so much. HUGS

Shaughn Woodruff said...

Oh my goodness, sweet MFT image, I love the paper piercing! Lovely cards! Thanks so much for sharing your talent for this wonderful cause!

Judi Go said...

love the cards love the colors you used

Sheila said...

Your image is so "beary" cute!! Awesome job.

Kigz said...

You really make me want to color more! I love your pics. That is a fabulous patriotic paper in the first one! :)

silvia said...

Great cards!

Cheri said...

I am totally in love with the bear!!! What great cards and tribute to those who have served. (please don't include me in the candy..but thank you for offering)

lakeslady said...

Both great cards but I adore the cutie in the flying jacket.
It might be after the weekend here in the UK, but I just wanted to support such a good cause.
"Like the ivy and the wall, together we stand united we fall"

Ruza Rebel said...

What awesome cards! Love the bear and the background behind him is amazing! You second card is simply adorable! Great job with the cards, and love the picture of ANC!

Paper Blessings said...

Both of these cards are sweet in their own way. The bear, well, he says it all with his salute and the big-eyed girl, just too precious. Great job! Thanks so much for sharing.

PoJo said...

Love both cards! Love your style! Thanks for sharing!

ptucker6 at cox dot net

NJ Stamping Queen said...

Both are great cards--my fav is the flying ace. thanks for your support of OWH.
:) Marie

Julie said...

Adorable cards, Sherry! Love how you paper pieced on them, that's one of my favorite techniques!

paula said...

Both cards are very cute! Love the paper!

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