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Friday, March 19, 2010

Welcome to the Operation Write Home BlogHop

If you've somehow made it here by accident, and would like to start from the beginning at Operation Write Home just click the coloured text
Hi y'all... It has been so long since I've been an active blogger that I'm really testing my skills here getting up and running on time (and I think I'm late: the curse of being a middle aged mommie with a full time job and a part time crafting business). I'm really glad you've made it this far and hope you've seen some things that have inspired you, awed you, and encouraged you to participate with operation Write home in whatever manner suits you. I have set up a donation bin for cards at my local Michaels Arts and Crafts store. I really can't tell you why this cause hits my heart, but it does. I was a little stuck as to what to do for a "spring" card... I tend to work in distressed media (or the total opposite and do very cutesy baby things) and a simple Spring idea was giving me fits... but I had this great striped paper from Pink Paisleee and thought it would make cheerful flowers. (click on the photo to see a larger version). The flower stems are ribbon and of course, tombow mono adhesive. The flower centers are Making Memories snaps, which I attached using my crop-o-dile. Once I figured out how to use that thing it sure has come in handy. You got here from Donna's site where I hope you enjoyed her cards as much as I did. I really love when a crafter can get specific with her theme and keep the project clean and simple but still eye catching. From here you'll go to Denise's site (just click the coloured text) and wow, she does some fantastic inking doesn't she? I love her designs and can't wait for a chance to get to check out her store. (I confess that I mostly use stamps to impress on polymer clay. I WILL have a little RAK though I haven't had time to choose the items yet... I'm thinking a Martha Stewart Holiday Punch, a few Christmas rubber Stamps and some assorted embellishments and I'll include the some of my the flower beaded brads that I make (see earlier posts for a picture of these). I'll post a picture during the day tomorrow. Please leave a little love... there's nothing so disenheartening as having no comments : ( . Remember to leave an email address or a link to your site so I can contact you if you've won. The craft projects have taken over much of my "free" time and you can see what I'm doing these days at Shophandmade Enjoy the rest of the hop!

67 comments:

Fabre said...

Hi Kaere! Thank you so much for all that you do for OWH and for setting up a bin in your local Michaels store! Have fun hopping on the blog hop today!

Donna Inks said...

Cute, cute, cute!

Operation Write Home said...

This IS a lovely spring card - the paper flowers are so cute! Great job!

Thanks so much for participating in the hop---and for encouraging others in your community to donate, too!

Dawn said...

cute card.

...Darlene said...

This is a really cute way to use punches work for you.
Thank you for sharing,
darlene a

Karel said...

Love the card. What a cute way to use punches.
karel2006@comcast.net

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. Those flowers are great. TFS.

rmpoohbear75 at gmail dot com

Meg Bean said...

I like your use of patterened paper for the flowers. So pretty!

SuzAnn said...

I like your take on the spring theme! thanks for your support of OWH

Paula said...

No better way to say spring then with a pretty bouquet of flowers. Well done!

Tami B. said...

Love the ribbon stems on your fun flowers. Thank you for supporting OWH.

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Kaere, I am happy to have found your blog. Your header is wonderful! Your card is wonderful! Using that particular ribbon for the stems is so clever! I also am making a note in my idea journal regarding your flowers and switching the order of the paper on some of the flowers. I liked that idea a lot! Thanks and blessings, Louise

Julie Craig said...

Great card! Love the boquet look!
Julie
ejej523(at)yahoo(dot)com

TN Granny said...

I love the card and your amazing use of the punches,
God Bless,
Jeanine #14 on the Hop

Betty said...

Really like the flowers and colors you used.

Jeanne said...

That's a great bouquet of flowers that you've created. Thanks for sharing!

jeanne706 at yahoo.com

lavendarrose29 said...

This card is so great. I like how you used the ribbon as stems for the flowers.

hiscreation2 said...

Wonderful card! I love the PP used for the flowers!
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Jan Hunnicutt said...

You did great making a spring card for the blog hop! I like the distressed vintage look too. I loved your comment about being a middle aged mom. I had my last 2 children at 40, it was challenging at first but the older they get the easier they are!

AprilsL8 said...

cute card! I just got a crop o dile & this inspires me!


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Wendy said...

Very cute card! I love the stems of the flowers.

Wendy said...

Love the colorful flowers - stripes were a great idea!

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Bekah's World said...

Great card! And as a military wife I must say thank you for helping OWH keep families close despite being separated because of duty.

Anita said...

The bright flowers is so cute.

Marianne said...

The striped flowers are perfect on your card.

JenMarie said...

Lovely card, such pretty flowers!!

Dixie Cochran said...

Ribbons for stems! Terrific idea! Thanks for the scoop!

Martha said...

Way cool ribbon stems! I like how it feels like they have life in them. Thank you for the inspiration!

Hannah said...

Cute bouquet card! Very clever and very spring like!

Renee said...

Great bouquet! Love the use of ribbon for the stems!

Kajikit said...

Your photo's pretty dark but I can still tell that's a very bright and cheery card... clever idea to use ribbon for the flower stems! I love my cropodile too... in fact I wrote my bloghop entry about it.

silvia said...

Fabulous card!!! LOVE your flowers!!!

Kathy H said...

CUTE!

Marci said...

cute flowers

laurlynn said...

Love how you used the ribbon for flower stems...never even thought about that! Thanks for sharing.

rstuck2003 said...

What a neat idea to use ribbon for a stem...thanks for sharing!

~Jeri~ said...

Awesome card!!!! Love the colors!

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

Kas said...

Great card. Yes middle aged mommy-ness...ugghh!

Gloria Westerman said...

Love your card.....thank you for sharing with us on your awesome creation......
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Melissa Rossi said...

cute cute flowers! Love the ribbon stems- great idea!

grandmalee said...

What a fantabulous idea to use the ribbon as flower stems! Awesome card here & on your blog! Love how you protected your little ones dignity in your scrappin'! Too cute!
caneygrandma_lee_tATyahooDOTcom

Tammy said...

Wonderful card! Love the papers you used for the flowers and your ribbon!

Cathy... said...

What a cute card! I think that Pink Paislee paper is perfect and I love how you used ribbon for the stems. Lots of dimension here! Thanks for sharing and making cards for the troops!

buglvr2010 said...

I love the patterned papers you used for the flowers and the ribbons for stems is a great idea.

Corri

lakeslady said...

Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of visiting your blog
Kind wishes from England

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shelly said...

love your card! cheerful flowers

-- said...

ribbon stems! How clever!

Julie said...

What a pretty bouquet of flowers!

Lauretta See said...

beautiful card :)) great job!

hugs x

Lyneen said...

Your card is perfect for spring. Thanks for sharing and supporting OWH. I appreciate you stopping by my blog during the hop and leaving your kind words. Good luck in my OWH giveaway! I would love to win your giveaway... the beaded brads sound so enchanting.

You mentioned you like the more distressed look in your cards. I have another giveaway going on until 3/31 you may want to enter here:
http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com/2010/03/ephemera-giveaway.html

lisa808 said...

What a great idea to collect cards are Michael's!!!

Thanks for participating in this amazing hop and for offering blog candy.

lisawhs808 at aol dot com

Rufus said...

Your card gave me a big smile, bet it will our Heroes too! Love your flowers and that you used ribbon for stems. What a super idea to set up a collection bin at Michael's! Thanks for your support of OWH and our Heroes!
rufus704 at yahoo dot com
R/

andyjay said...

Cute card. Very springy and I love the ribbon! TFS! I like the idea of setting up the bin at Michael's.

jengd said...

Wonderful flowers! I love those layers and stems! So springy! And what a wonderful idea it is to set up a bin at Michaels!

StampinSher said...

Grand job on your card. A lot of detailed work and it shows.
Thanks for sharing your card and passion in support to OWH.
Sher

Carolyn Bounds said...

What a wonderful card!!! I love the fabulous bouquet of flowers...soooo beautiful and springy!!! I also went by your shop and noticed you are from Monroe...much of my family from my dad's side resides in West Monroe. Talk about a small world. Thank you for sharing your creativity and for supporting our nation's heroes!!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

Merry's Musings said...

Deeelightful!

Shelly said...

I love the beautiful spring bouquet on your card. The ribbon stems add the perfect touch.

webe34him (at) bellsouth (dot) net

Cut n Paste said...

Love your card!!! Thanks supporting OWH!

Loni said...

what fun flowers! Thx for supporting OWH. Hugs, Loni (Stop #55)

Purple Princess said...

What a wonderful bouquet of flowers!! Beautiful!!

debb said...

Such a cute card- love those flowers and very clever ribbon stems!

Susan said...

Superb card! thanks for doing what you do. I am going to be joining :)
I am now a follower.
Susan

Kimme said...

A very nice springy card.

Anonymous said...

What ingenuity in using ribbon for the stems...I'll have to remember that! Thanks for sharing all the details for this newbie.
Hope I'm not too late to include for any blog candy as this is only how far I've gotten through this blog hop. dmdotallnock at verizon dot net (Sandy's Mom) ... Thanks

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Love the use of ribbon as stems!! Thanks

Summer Rose Scrapbooks said...

Your flowers are so pretty! And I love the ribbon stems. Way to work outside your box! LOL

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com