Saturday, May 29, 2010

OWH Memorial Day bloghop with an Unscripted Challenge

What a beautiful day we have here in NH and I'm so happy to up with the sun and ready to hop a bit for the Operation Write Home Memorial Day blog hop! You should've arrived here from Pat but if you need to start at the top of the hop, then click on the banner and you'll get back to me soon.


My red, white and blue missing you card for today is fairly simple. I used today's Unscripted Sketch, though I forgot a beautiful stars and stripe ribbon behind my button bear...oops! But the sketches are unscripted, so that's okay! I love my star brads, perfect for anything OWH.



I discovered OWH last year (though they were Cards for Heroes then) on the Memorial Day blog hop and sent in my first cards by the end of the summer. I think this is my third hop now and it's so much fun. I love to make cards for Heroes to send home because I know my mother would've loved one from my brother when he was in Afghanistan a few years ago. I love stopping by the Facebook fan page to see what kind of encouraging comments there are for crafters and the thanks that has been left by heroes and by those they love. What a wonderful way to thank those who are serving. So THANK YOU to all those who are serving, or have served. And for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, take time to remember them this weekend.

My tip for making cards for OWH is DON'T WORRY! They can have some bumps and lumps so embellish 'em, they can be for just about any occasion (birthday, thinking of you, love, missing you, etc), and they are always appreciated. Head over to the Mailroom for tips and to get shipping addresses. And don't feel you need a full box before you can send cards in, get a small padded envelope and fill that up. Warning...you will want to send more! Shipping adds up for OWH so I always try to include a donation with my cards, even if its just $1 or $5. Every little bit helps!


I've got a challenge with some candy in honor of this weekend's hop.



The prize: a SU Sale-a-bration set (from last year I think) Polka Dot Punches. Due to shipping costs, US only please. Thanks!
Now it's time to continue on the hop by heading over to Betty at Simply Scrapping.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and don't forget to say thank you to those you know who serve and anyone you may see in uniform this weekend!

Smiles,

78 comments:

  1. Love that bear! Happy Blog hop. Enjoy the day!

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  2. I am never amazed at how that bear is used. I think it is the most used of all SU stampset. Now your card is wonderful. I am going to do your challenge and will be sending you my link after this weekend. Thanks for sharing

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  3. I love that little teddy bear, and the tag with the sentiment is perfect! Someone is going to just love sending this to their child!!!

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  4. Great card! Very cute. Thanks for the chance to win some candy.

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  5. Thanks for posting today, I'm the last blog on the hop! I have the sketch jotted down and will do my best to get 'er done! Love your bear - perfect to send comforts from home. =)

    xoxo
    Lindsey

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  6. There's nothing wrong gwith simple card. Your card is lovely. :)

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  7. That is a nice sketch. I also really like your sentiment stamp - who makes that one? Your bear is great. TFS

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  8. What a cute bear! Great card :)

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  9. What a cute card, love the bear image!!!

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  10. Caryl, I'm a bear collector, so this card really appeals to me. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a great cuddly bear Caryl. Thanks for reminding and encouraging me to remember that I don't HAVE to color every stamp I use. I often find myself avoiding stamps 'cause I'm juts not in the mood to color. I enjoy checking in on your blog regularly.

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  12. What a cute card so pretty

    Janie Boots

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  13. Your card is so sweet! Someone is going to treasure that little teddy bear. Thanks for supporting OWH!

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  14. Checked out your Mother's Day card too. As a 'wannabe' quilter - I love it. Will try and remember to come back here for your challenge.

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  15. oh yeah, I like your star brads too! I'll try to actually make something this weekend, but the browsing is so tempting! Thanks for giving us some time! Oh, and if your blog header is a picture of your work surface? It looks just like mine! Ha! Minus the fabric, because I have too much clutter for a sewing machine right now! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Cute card! That bear is adorable! :)

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  17. What a cute card! We used to have Button Bear, but I don't know where he went... He was so cute and fun!! I'll see if I can come back to play for your candy. Thanks for the chance!! :)

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  18. What a lovely card! I have always loved this stamp set. Great work.

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  19. thanks for the tip on donating to OWH for the shipping on cards. great idea

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  20. Beautiful card! I love that bear!

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  21. Oh Caryl Sweetie...
    I love your little bear card. It is just beautiful. Any one of the soldiers would be so happy to pull this one from the box. Thank you for sharing with me today.

    I am your newest follower. I can't wait to see what you share next. Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well.

    I am home recooperating but hope maybe when I can shop again to be able to make a few cards to send to the soldiers as well. I would love making someone happy.

    Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

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  22. That bear is adorable! Thank you for sharing.

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  23. Your little bear card is adorable!!! Thanks for supporting OWH!

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  24. Your bear card is adorable! Thanks for sharing and have a great holiday weekend! ;o)

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  25. Cute card! And special thanks to your brother for serving our country. Love the challenge - will be coming back!

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  26. Great card -- you can never go wrong with that bear!

    I'll be working on that challenge, so see ya around.

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  27. I love your card! It is wonderful! TFS. Have a blessed Memorial Weekend!!!

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  28. Cute card !! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. NH weather is amazing today! and so is your card. That cute bear goes so well with that paper.

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  30. Cute card.
    I am now a follower.

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  31. Nice card! Love that teddy bear!

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  32. Hi Caryl,
    What a cute card. Love your image and background paper. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Just Imagine a Red, White and Blue bear, how cute is that..........patm

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  34. Very sweet bear card. Happy Memorial Day to you.

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  35. Cute card! Going to try the sketch-TFS!!

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  36. Adorable card. Thanks for sharing and being a participant with OWH.
    Sher

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  37. Great card! I love the bear.

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  38. Awesome card! I love the sketch challenge too.

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  39. great card, great sketch and good candy...I have that set, so please do NOT put my name in for it :)
    Susan

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  40. What am awesome card!!!

    Hugs~
    Ramona

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  41. What a cute bear! Your card is very nice!

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  42. What a sweet and adorable card!

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  43. I absolutly love the papers that you used for this card. Like getting a big hug! Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  44. What a sweet card! Love that teddy bear!

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  45. Love your card! Now I wanna go buy star brads to put on all my OWH cards - great idea! Thank you!
    Oh and I'm a stamper, cross-stitcher and crocheter too! LOL

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  46. Caryl, thanks for being such a loyal supporter and encourager to cardmakers. Love the star brads and that adorable bear.

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  47. Good call on the brads. I always forget to use my stash of embellishments. Thanks for the adorable reminder.

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  48. Thanks for letting us see your cute card!! I didn't notice it didn't need the ribbon! LOL The brads say it all and such a cute bear. Love bears. Keep up the great work with OWH.

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  49. Wonderful card! TFS!
    Stephanie @ SeaSteph's Creations
    scrappinscout451@yahoo.com

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  50. Such a great card! Hope you have a blessed Memorial Day weekend.

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  51. I love the bear and your card is darling.
    Stampin hugs,
    Jeanine

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  52. Great job! The bear always brings a smile :) I'm going to try to make a card using that sketch but not holding my breath...

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  53. Button Bear was the stamp we used at the very first SU! workshop I attended over 10 years ago. Still love that little guy. Great card.

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  54. Hi Caryl! Glad to find you on the hop! Thanks so much for sharing your cute work! I love it! I will follow you!

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  55. How cute is that bear??!! Very cute card...TFS! :)

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  56. Hi Caryl, I love your card. That bear is adorable! I love your challenge. I hope I will get some time tomorrow to make a card. I would like to get more involved in OWH when school is out. I only have four days with students. Our school is going to have two teachers and 30 first graders in a room that was built for 15-20 students and one teacher. This is to keep it 15 to 1 but 32 people in one room can be very loud. Not a great learning environment . I hope you last few days are going well.
    Hugs,
    Linda

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  57. I love your card.... those star brads are great!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Happy Memorial Day!
    God Bless our Soldiers & their families!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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  58. Your card is so cute!! Love it!

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  59. Wonderful! Hopefully I can join your challenge.

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  60. Love the card! Bear's are so Adorable anytime. Thanks for all you do for OWH & supporting the men in women in the armed forces. Love unscripted sketches in my inbox every sat. afternoon - I will take your challenge.
    : ) Susan [sbartist.blogspot.com]

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  61. Pretty card and a great sketch! You have a great story, too! lisa

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  62. What a pretty card. Love that little bear.

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  63. Aw, this is super cute! I'm a facebook fan of OWH but I never realized there are heroes leaving messages on there. Will have to go have a closer look!

    Corinna

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