The mission of Operation Write Home is to support our armed forces by sending them blank hand made greeting cards to write home on and cards of gratitude to encourage them. To find out how you can help, please visit their home page at http://operationwritehome.org. The deadline for Christmas cards is now past but Valentine cards are needed by January 7, 2011.
The expense to ship the cards to our military around the globe is very high. Right now, OWH is one of three organizations competing for a $50,000 prize in the Craft For a Cause contest. This would go a long way in helping to defray the costs of mailing the cards to our heroes stationed around the world. To help them win this prize, please visit this site and cast your vote. You have one vote per person/e-mail address in each 24 hour period (it must be a full 24 hours before you can vote again). Voting will end on December 4 at 11:59 pm EST. Tell family and friends to vote also. Every one will add up. Vote every day and help them come home the winner. Now on to my card.
I used the stained glass technique on the right side of the card. You take a piece of the Sticky Pages, peel off one side and add various size shapes of designer series paper to it. I used the Heart to Heart punch for the shapes and Lap of Luxury dsp. After adhering the dsp, I added silver embossing powder, made sure it was pressed onto the exposed sticky paper, shook off the excess powder and heat embossed it. It's hard to see in the photo, but it looks like the hearts are embedded in the silver. I attached this strip to a piece of Concord Crush which was embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder. I added Very Vanilla satin ribbon on the left side using mini glue dots to hold the folds in place. The image from Greeting Card Kids stamp set was colored in using a blender pen with Pretty in Pink, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz ink pads. I added crystal effects to the heart to give it a little dimension. This was punched out with the large scallop circle punch, the scallops paper pierced with the paper piercing tool and layered on Concord Crush and Pretty in Pink card stock that was cut out with the Circle Scissors. The image was added to the card front using dimensionals. Two filigree brads were added using two Pretty in Pink brads. The whole layer was adhered to the Very Vanilla card base. It's now ready to be sent to some sweet little girl back home.
I have been making cards for Operation Write Home for about 2 years and am always glad I do when I read the notes on the Heroes Blog from our service men and women and even family members back home saying how much it means to be able to send and receive these hand crafted cards. If you have a surplus of cards from postings on your blogs or you just enjoy creating, consider donating them to Operation Write Home. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you want but they must be hand made.
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To thank you for visiting today I am giving away blog candy.
You will receive the following retired items: Bashful Blue Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Sherbet Designer Buttons, and 14 pieces of 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" designer series paper that has Bashful Blue color on them. Just leave a comment telling me what your favorite technique is when creating your cards and/or projects. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you are the winner. The winner will be announced on Monday. All comments left before 5:00 pm EST Sunday will be eligible. I am sorry but this is open to US residents only. Thanks again for joining us on this hop.
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