Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hopping for Heroes





Welcome to this stop on the Operation Write Home blog hop. You should have arrived here from Celeste's blog here. If you didn't start at the beginning of the hop, or you need an explanation of the purpose and goals of Operation Write Home, please click on the Own Home Front link. They welcome handmade cards of all types for our nation's heroes serving in our country's military and your cards are welcome too. For today's hop I have two cards for Any Hero, to thank them for their service to our country and a Valentine's Day card for a service member to use to send home to their favorite sweetheart. From my blog, you will travel to see Karen's creations, her link is at the bottom of this post.

For the top two cards, I made a sheet of polished stone, using gold craft, Brilliant Blue and Riding Hood Red dye ink. You can use just pieces of a polished stone sheet to accent a card.

The card on top uses Papertrey Ink's Quilter's Sampler. I like a versatile set that suits almost any occasion, depending on the colors and layout you choose. I alternated a white shimmery paper with the polished stone, punched out some stars using a cuttlebug die. The sentiment is from PTI's button bits set.

For the second card I traced a star and used it as a template to cut them out of the polished stone paper, mounted them on gold moire and pierced around them. The white swirly paper was just a fancy sheet I bought once at Archiver's and finally used.

The third card is for Valentine's Day. If you would like to make Valentine's Day cards for the service members to use to write home to loved ones, the deadline for receipt of these cards is January 8th. For that card I used a Crafty Secrets set called 'Cherish,' embossed in gold. Then I used some of the newer SU shimmer paint in champagne but mixed in a droplet of Pretty in Pink reinker to get a slightly pink tone, painted on vanilla cardstock. I embossed the Manhattan Die on vanilla, mounted the pieces on Pink Pirouette and paired it up with prima roses dipped in champagne shimmer paint, some PTI buttons and blush ribbon.

I don't know anyone personally that is serving in the military, however I am a first generation immigrant and heard enough stories from my dad about living in a repressive society to really appreciate the freedoms we have in this country. Freedom doesn't come without sacrifice, and a handmade card is such a small way to show our appreciation. Many thanks to all who serve and to their families.

Thanks for looking, enjoy hopping and Operation Write Home looks forward to receiving your cards for heroes.

For the next stop on this blog hop you will want to visit Karen's blog here. She has such a pretty smile and a fine stamping talent, check out her skills with Tombow markers.

55 comments:

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

These are amazing, PS! I love the polished stone piece you created, it turned out awesome. Great work, and a great cause!

Leah said...

Beautiful! They will be so appreciated:)

CraftyFoody said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards!

Operation Write Home said...

Gorgeous cards, the embossing is so pretty!!!

Thanks for joining in the hop fun!!

Dixie said...

Wow. I like the quilted look.

Gina said...

Love the quilted card, but they are all great!

JPScraps said...

Stunning cards!!!!

Paula said...

The polished stone is beautiful. As a first generation American, I can relate to growing up with an immense sense of the value of Freedom. I hope that future generations are also taught that freedom, is not free. Thank you for sharing your great work.

Traci M said...

My jaw is on the floor...such a mix of styles and creativity...I love the shimmer with that champagne on your third card, and the polished stone is stunning on the first two.
So I made a card for the OWH, but don't know if I can enter it into the SIC Challenge this week, it is for a serviceman or woman to send to their child. Thanks for letting us know about this cause, too!

Patty K said...

wow! love your cards! the details is amazing! thanks for sharing!

grandmalee said...

AWESOME cards! I love that polished stone technique, but mine never come out as good as these! Thanks for joining in the hop & making this wonderful country your home too!

Cyn said...

Beautiful cards

Joanne (jojot) said...

I am in awe.....wow.....each is more beautiful than the other...and they are all stunning....wow, wow, wowza

Anita said...

Beautiful cards!

RiverDog Prints said...

So intricate and beautiful!

debb said...

Such stunning cards! WOW....

Tammy said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! I love the quilted look!

dawna said...

Beautiful cards! Your polished stone is exquisite!

Scrappycath said...

LOVE your cards. I' have got to find the embossing patterns you used. Awesome. Thanks too for sharing your story!

The Wired Angel said...

Lovely cards.. Thanks for participating in the hop and making it a success. Hugs, Peggy

Dawn said...

I think these are my favorite cards so far on the whole hop. They are gorgeous!!!

shelly said...

such well done card! every detail is so pretty!

Shelley said...

This is such a heartening venture. Here in Canada, the painting guild I belong to also creates and sends cards for our troops. They range from painted, thru to stamped and embossed cards in every style imaginable and are received with great appreciation. It's such a little thing we can do for our heroes!

~ Shelley

Kay said...

Love your cards - they are all so pretty it would be hard to pick my favorite but I really love the Valentine card and the vintage feel of it. Beautiful work as always!!

MarcyK924 said...

Super gorgeous cards! Thanks for supporting OWH!

Carmen O. said...

Your cards are GORGEOUS! Any recipient would be thrilled to receive these beauties.

Rhonda Miller said...

Great cards.

Karelj said...

What fascinating cards! I love the polished stone...I'll have to look not that. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Grace said...

Wow!!!! These are all awesome!!! Love them all! You have inspired me to pull out my Papertrey quilt set and I have that swirly paper and am hoarding it so I need to get that out too! Such beautiful cards for such a good cause! God bless!!!

Grace said...

Wow!!!! These are all awesome!!! Love them all! You have inspired me to pull out my Papertrey quilt set and I have that swirly paper and am hoarding it so I need to get that out too! Such beautiful cards for such a good cause! God bless!!!

Bekah's World said...

Thanks for sharing your cards! They're beautiful! I love the textured paper.

BethieJ said...

FANTASTIC Cards Peggysue!!! and such a GREAT blog hop!!!
Have a WONDERFUL weekend!
P.S. I LOVE Your photo at PTI- It is GREAT!!!

Carla Gade said...

Awesome cards! What a wonderful crafty and supportive thing we can do for our troops! God bless them, and you!

Kas said...

My word...are your cards beautiful!!

Merry's Musings said...

Me too...WOW. Your cards are just amazing. A treasure.

GretaB said...

Your cards are beautiful; the embossing and details are wonderful. The quilt card definitely caught my eye and just has a warm homey feeling that will surely make someone's day.

It's great to hear a little bit about how as a first generation immigrant you value the freedom and values here and that you are supporting our troops. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Cr8ive ME said...

gorgeous cards.

{hugs}
M.E.

Lee said...

Beautiful cards for a great cause.

Loni said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!!!
Thanks for supporting OWH. Hugs, Loni

Cindy said...

Beautiful! gotta try that polished stone technique...

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

WOW! I love your cards! Such detail and care in the making. I know the heros will love to send those home!
~ky

Night Shift Nancy said...

WOW those are really some lovely cards! Your blog is really pretty. Thanks for sharing!

inkpaperstamps said...

oooo, love how you used the polished stone on your cards--bet the heroes think that's funky cool too!

Holly

Belinda said...

So amazing! Love the stone piece and the fun embossing!

Sherry said...

Beautiful cards!

ashjoy said...

Wow, you really got inky this week. Beautiful cards.

Maggie said...

You cards are really beautiful. Thank you for supporting OWH

Mrs. E said...

Beautiful cards!

Dana said...

Amazing cards. Thanks for supporting our troops!

Michelle's Inky Fingers said...

Simply beautiful cards! I love them all!!! I am proud to be a neighbor of yours on this great hop!!!

JazzyH said...

Pretty!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

I love all your cards, especially the embossing.

Immigrant? From where???

Stephanie said...

Peggysue - that quilt card (first one) is absolutely breathtaking!! what a treasure to receive :)

Diane said...

Even though you have a ton of comments on this post, I'll add my applause. These are beautiful creations. What a wonderful cause. The polished stone one is really beautiful but all are gorgeous.

The Mama Monkey said...

Wow...the polished stone technique is amazing on the first two! Those stars are just breathtaking! My husband thanks you for your words, by the way. :) You are so right...freedom is not free.