Friday, May 25, 2012

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Sketch Blog Hop 2012

This Memorial Day weekend Operation Write Home (OWH) is having the biggest, baddest blog hop on the net.  There are over 140 blogs to visit.  For this hop each participant had to use at least one of OWHs weekly sketches to make their card.  All the sketches can be found here.  To find a list of all blogs participating in this hop, please visit the OWH blog here and it contains a InLinkz to each blog. 

OWH is an organization that provides our nation's armed forces with blank handmade greeting cards to write home on as well as "Anyhero" cards of gratitude to encourage them.  If you are interested in making cards for this great cause, please visit the Operation Write Home webite here.

For my card, I used sketch #74 and the Hero Arts OWH set, All the Time.

Stamps Sets:  Hero Arts, All the Time
Cardstock:  SU! Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Midnight Muse
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Misc: Half Pearls, Scalloped Border Punch

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Please go back to the OWH blog , for the full list of blogs on this hop.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

VC_ROCKS Blog Hop #1 of 2012

Today VC_ROCKS is having its first blog hop of 2012.  The theme is Art from the Heart.  Each project should have at least one heart on it.  VC_ROCKS is a yahoo group made up of Stampin Up demos and non-demos to celebrate the release of the new Stampin Up catalog and  to have a virtual convention (vc) experience.  We have swaps, challenges, RAKs, games, contests, chats, Make and Takes, online classes, blog hops and more.  We are only active from mid-April until mid-August and only take new members until the end of May.  If you want more info, please visit the VC_ROCK blog at

You may have arrived here from Elizabeth's blog at  If you didn't and want to start from the begining, please start at

My card was inspired by the Twisted Tuesdays challenge ( this week.  The challenge was to chain items together on your project, so I chained some hearts together to meet the blog hop theme.  I did not make my card long (which was the twist), so I did not completely follow the challenge.

Stamps:  I {Heart} Hearts, Take it to Heart, Warm Regards
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Misc: Scalloped Border punch

To comtinue to the next blog, please visit Nancy at

Monday, May 7, 2012

Crafty Gals Monthly Challenge for May 2012

I must apologize to the rest of the Crafty Gals for being two days late posting my challenge card.  Tracie was our hostess this month and here is the challenge that gave us:

"Celebrating Those Who Love Us"This month's theme celebrates those who have sacrificed so much to help us become the people we are today. This could be mothers, fathers, friends, Jesus, or anyone you'd like to celebrate! On your project, include the following:
1. At least 3 layers
2. At least 2 embellishments
3. At least 1 sentiment

Well this challenge was very emotional for me.  I initially thought I would just do a birthday card for my husband since his birthday is May 5, the day the challenge was due.  But I decided that did not really fit the theme.  The person who sacrified the most and helped make me the person I am today was my mother.  She passed away last February from Pancreatic cancer so May is a very difficult month for me these days since both Mother's Day and my birthday are both in May.  When we were cleaning out her stuff, I found some images using her favorite Stampin Up set, Terrific Tulips, that she had already stamped.  She was planning to use them to complete some Operation Write Home cards.  So I took her already stamped image and completed a card following this month's challenge.  I will complete the rest of the cards later and send them all to OWH, as she had originally planned.  I hope you enjoy my card.

Stamps:  SU! Terrific Tulips, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Regal Rose, Rose Red
Embellishments: May Arts ribbon, Pearls colored black with a sharpie