Saturday, March 20, 2010

OWH Spring Break Bloghop

Welcome to dustypenny designs!  I am so happy you have joined me today for the OperationWriteHome Spring Break Bloghop! To start at the beginning, please visit OWH Stars & Stripes!
I learned about OWH last year and sent in more than 400 cards. This year I am trying to go for 500 cards -- 200 down, only 300 more to go!  I really like that the mission of OWH is simple: "Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them." That is perfect for me since I love cardmaking. I am so happy to use my hobby to help heroes stay in touch with their families and friends at home.

Here is the card I made to share with you today! It is hard to tell from the photo, but this is a tag-shaped card! It opens up to reveal a message inside.

The two Hero Arts stamps I used were perfect for a springy card! The Hydrangea is just beautiful. It really makes a big impact when colored, cut out, and mounted to the card base with foam adhesive. I also shaped the leaves slighty to add to the dimension. If you look closely, the text background (very trendy right now) has the words "spring", "flowers", "blossoms", and more. Love that!


Stamp(s): Hero Arts (K5193 Flower Word Pattern, K5376 Hydrandgea)
Ink(s): Tsukineko (Tuxedo Black); Tsukineko (Rich Cocoa)
Paper(s): Neenah (Classic Crest Solar White); The Paper Cut (Fossil Folded Tag Card)
Other: Michael's (Ribbon); Copic (Assorted Markers); Sakura (Glitter Pen)

I challenge YOU to send some handmade cards to OWH soon! There is still time to send Mother's Day cards before the April 1 postmark deadline and you can send general cards (thinking of you, love, happy birthday, etc.) anytime! You can find all the pertinent details HERE.

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!

Hugs,


Please continue your hop at Hello From Kate.

 

85 comments:

Jana said...

Love this. Such gorgeous coloring!

donna mikasa said...

Gorgeous, Joy! I'm probably the only person who doesn't own that hydrangea stamp---yet! Very inspiring!

Dawn said...

Joy - you have a done a wonderful card. First I though it was a tag but then realise it was too big for that, Love the way you shaped the card.

Arlene said...

Beautiful coloring. And I still thought it was a tag until I read Dawn's comment above. That is such a clever idea. Wonderful vibrant colors.

Ayana Posadas said...

Your coloring is Amazing!!!
Very gorgeous card. Great Job!

Lucy Abrams said...

Wow - this is stunning. Gorgeous colouring too.

Barbara said...

This is just gorgeous Joy! You have made that beautiful flower sing!
:-)

Kate said...

I love that ribbon. And it's so clever that the whole card looks like a tag.

Happy Blog hop!

Operation Write Home said...

That hydrangea DOES pack a punch - wow! Lovely! Thanks for joining in the hop!!

Fabre said...

Oh my gosh, you are a copic genius! That hydrangea is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful card with us, and for participating in the blog hop!

Dawn said...

love the blog, your background is really cool, love the card you did. What an awesome crafter!

digirl said...

Your coloring is so inspiring-- I have been avoiding copics- if I go broke- it is your fault!!! I wnat the stamp, too!!!!

Merry's Musings said...

So beautiful1 The colors are just stunning. Amazing goals, I wish you good luck!!

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Just beautiful! Love that gorgeous hydrangea flower too! Love the tag shape and ribbon accent. :)

Rhonda Miller said...

What a beautiful card. I love that flower, it just stands out. TFS.

Meg Bean said...

I love the shape of the tag cards - so neat to see a new shape for a card. The flowers and shading are wonderful!!

MarcyK924 said...

Gosh I love that card Joy! I also thought it was a tag when I first saw it. It's awesome seeing you on the hop!

SuzAnn said...

Oh My! Such a lovely card; I just love everything about it and am very impressed with your coloring skills. TFS

Betty said...

Wow!! The lucky recipient of this card will cherish it I'm sure.

Paula said...

Great card. I love ever element of it from the tag shape, to the coloring and the colors you chose.

Wendy said...

What a cute idea for a card! I love the "text" background and the flowers are wonderful!

TN Granny said...

I love your card it is so beautiful, great blog.
God Bless,
Jeanine #14 on the Hop

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Love your tag card, the colors are so pretty! Also love your blog template.

Kajikit said...

I LOVE that hydrangea... so vivid and cheerful!

Tami B. said...

Such a gorgeous shape for a card and your coloring is stunning.

levelsoflight said...

Oh! I love the way that you cut the card! I'm always trying to play around with card shapes, I may just have to play around with your idea of cutting it into a tag!

Your blog template is lovely, too! =)

shelly said...

joy,

your card is soooo beautiful!!!

Shelly

Tammy said...

WOW this is gorgeous! I love that Hydrangea stamp!!

Libby Hickson said...

Wow Joy your hydrangea is gorgeous!

Jeanne said...

That purple and green really pops! Your card looks great.

lavendarrose29 said...

The colors on this card are amazing. I so need to invest in some Copic markers.

BonnieRose said...

you sure are a great colorer, is that a word? LOL ur tag card is beautiful!

kimberley martini said...

Your card is beautiful. I love how the flower turned out.

Bekah's World said...

BEAUTIFUL! Great color combo. And as a military wife I need to thank you for helping OWH bring families closer together through mail.

Anita said...

Stunning card!

Mrs. E said...

Really beautiful card! I love your blog too!

Marianne said...

Joy what a lovely card. I would not have thought of a tag shape card. Your coloring is fabulous.

Hannah said...

Gorgeous card! I love that stamp! thanks for sending cards to our heroes!

Karen Howard said...

The hydrangeas are gorgeous and you are right, they add a lot to the card. Love what you did with the leaves too!

rstuck2003 said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Dixie Cochran said...

Oh. My. Goodness! I must have that stamp! Your card is stunning!

Martha said...

Oooo, how pretty! You rock Hero Arts stamps! Thank you for the inspiration.

JenMarie said...

How gorgeous! That flower just POPS of the paper!!

Cut n Paste said...

The hydrangea is gorgeous and I love that background stamp!!! Thanks!

Renee said...

Beautiful coloring on the image and your background is very clever!

I Love Cards! said...

I have a similar hydrangea stamp and it never occurred to me to stamp it and then cut it out. That's a beautiful card!

Shelly said...

I love the tag card. The hydrangea is gorgeous!

GrannyCharlotte said...

Great colors. Love the hydrangea stamp. Best wishes on your goal for the cards. Thanks for sharing.

Our Little Inspirations said...

You have done a magnificent job of coloring this image! WOW!!! What a wonderful, stunning card!

Seongsook Duncan said...

I love your beautiful coloring. Thanks for sharing.

Windy Robinson said...

So pretty Penny! Love your coloring:)

Julie said...

Ooh! I love that hydrangea stamp! And you made such a beautiful card with it!

Cathy... said...

So pretty! Love the combination of stamps and that text background is great!Love your coloring too!

Linda L said...

I love hydrangea and yours is beautiful! My sister in PA has blue ones. The first time I saw them I thought they were fake. The color was so unreal. I have been looking for a large hydrangea stamp.

amycatalogna said...

Um, I LOVE THIS CARD. I love the creative shape and I love the hydrangea colors. WOW. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for supporting OWH!

Marci said...

What a beautiful hydrangea!

Purple Princess said...

Wow! Your card is stunning! Beautiful coloring!

Rufus said...

Love your card, the coloring is really pretty! I'm working on filling out the large priority box with cards for OWH. It's almost ready to go!
R/

Monica said...

Your card is gorgeous and your coloring fabulous! I really like the tag shaped card... may have to case that idea! Thanks for hopping with us today! I have really been inspired!

Kas said...

I love the 3D effect!

Gloria Westerman said...

This is so pretty....I love to pop it up too...I first I thought it was a tag.....then saw all of it .....thank you for sharing.....

~Jeri~ said...

WOW! Absolutely beautiful!! Your coloring is amazing! I love the nontraditional type cards, great thinking outside the box to make it like a tag!!

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

-- said...

WOW!! That is simply gorgeous.

andyjay said...

This card is absolutely exquisite! Gorgeous! TFS!

grandmalee said...

Gorgeous! Your colors are wonderful!

Whispers and Wishes said...

love the tag shape choice.

Jennifer Moore said...

Wow, the hydrangea does really pop. Absolutely gorgeous.

Collette said...

How VIBRANT your flower is - wonderfully done! Thank you for participating in the Blog Hop.

Shirley said...

The card is beautiful, but the coloring on the hydrangea is beyond incredible.

Thanks for supporting the cause. I want to send in lots and lots of cards too.

JPScraps said...

Amazing card! The flower...the ribbon...beautiful!

Lauretta See said...

wow this is beautiful.. i love it.. the colors and all...

hugs xx

Carolyn Bounds said...

Positively breathtaking!!! I love every gorgeous detail of this stunning creation!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

Jill said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

StampinSher said...

Great tag card with terrific color!
Thanks for contributing to the OWH org.
Sher

Kimme said...

Beautiful hydrangea. I have 50 cards in my box ready to be mailed tomorrow (I may try to sneak in a dozen more tonight.) Thanks for your hard work.

Tassie said...

Your card was beautiful. The hydrangea looked great. Thanks for the encouragement to send more cards!

Ola said...

Beautiful card.... that purple really pops!!! I'm so very excited to find out about OWH!

Thanks for Sharing!

xoxo
Ola
okj83 at live dot com

debb said...

Beautiful card- love that hydrangea!

Loni said...

Great card, love your cats!! Thx for support OWH. Hugs, Loni (Stop #55)

Susan said...

First i love your blog, and your sub-title...I am all about cats and crafts (mostly paper). I am now your 60th follower. I am planning on joining this wonderful organization!
Susan

aerobuyck said...

Great work with the copic markers. I love your first easel card. I'm going to also give that one a try. Thanks for all you do for OWH.

Cr8ive ME said...

Gorgeous card.

{hugs}
M.E.

Lyneen said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing and supporting OWH.

I hope you had time to stop by my hop post.

Nancy Keller said...

Oh wow, I just love cards with a different shape to them! Beautiful! Way to go!

Diana said...

Joy, love this is lovely! Just ADORE the tag. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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