Friday, March 19, 2010

It's OWH Spring Blog Hop Time

Blog Hop day has arrived!! Whether you've found your way here as a visitor or fellow participant welcome! I know there are many stops to make so I will keep my post brief. First, if you haven't started from the beginning of the hop you've missed a lot of great stops so you might want to go back to the top of the hop at the OWH STARS AND STAMPS  blog. To any new card makers who want to send cards to OWH be sure to make a note of holiday deadlines that are posted at OPERATIONWRITEHOME.ORG. The next postmark deadline is  April 1st for any Mother's Day cards, and if like me you aren't sure you can make a specific deadline you can always stick to simple sentiments like "mom" and general themes that could be used at any time of year.

I've created two "Spring" theme cards for today's blog hop. Though I don't draw a lot anymore I make my living as a graphic designer and have drawn since I was a kid. With plenty of time for preparing and planning, I decided I'd draw a couple of "digital stamps" to use in my cards, that I could also give away as part of the blog hop. You can download the tulips and the ewe and feel free to use them in your cards and share them with your cardmaking friends. I've saved them in PNG format which can be inserted and resized in a variety of programs. If you have any problems just drop me a line. The "Miss Ewe" text is included in the image but I think I'll be using this little guy with a "Love Ewe" message at some point too.


Additionally, I have a padded envelope stuffed with the goodies pictured below and ready to mail to a lucky winner. Leave a comment, or email me to be included in the random drawing that I will make on Wednesday, March 24th.


Why do I make cards for OWH? Because of people like Jill Marie who made a recent Facebook post that just happened to call out a card I had made for OWH (the OWH stamp I had made for the backs of my cards includes by first name and state).


I just got a card in the mail today from husband that was made for Operation Write Home. I'd like to thank Paula in CT for such a cute and creative card and for all of you at OWH. Today was a day I didn't get a phone call and I came home from work feeling a bit worn out and lonely. Seeing his handwriting on an envelope amongst the junk mail and bills brightened my day. Thank you so much! You have no idea how much this meant to me.


Being able to use my creativity to Thank You in a small way to our heroes, and their families, by making cards for OWH is truly a blessing. Thanks for hopping over and now off to your next stop...




She's got some really nice cards and it looks like she's a new blogger  so I know she'd enjoy a comment from you!

Happy Hopping Everyone!
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109 comments:

Operation Write Home said...

Paula, I love that you created your own digis!! Those are so cute! I just might have to make some cards with them myself :) :) :) Thanks!!

I wonder if Jill Marie will visit the hop...it'd be great for her to know how she inspires you too! I love how the love just keeps going around and around!

Fabre said...

You are fabulous, Paula! I love the digi stamps and am downloading them both today! You are a talented cardmaker and a great friend! Happy hopping!

Debra said...

Paula, loved the "ewe" Already downloaded it and will use it to make cards for our heros. Thanks. Debbie, (cardkel@gmail.com)

Vieve said...

Love the sheep stamp! I downloaded it, thank you!

Dawn said...

That sheep is so stinkin' cute. It's cool to see how the cards make the days of wives, friends, family etc.. IT makes it all worth while.

Blessings.

txbluiz said...

Love your cards!! Thanks for the digi stamps!

...Darlene said...

Paula,
Thank you for the cute digi stamps! I just love the tulips and the ewe is darn cute too!

thanks again for sharing,
darlene a

Elisabeth said...

Beautiful Cards! Love the cuttlebug embossing on them!

Kate said...

That was you! I saw that comment and thought if that had been my card I'd probably bawl seeing that comment!

Happy Blog Hopping!

Cheryl said...

Thank You for the free digi -I love it. Your cards are great...I am a newbie so im still working on getting a style down...your candy looks tasty...thanks for sharing your talent and ideas!

Karen McAlpine said...

That miss ewe is so cute. Love the card.

Rhonda Miller said...

Paula, what great cards. I love your stamps, thank you so much for sharing them.

Meg Bean said...

Love your digis! I just downloaded the tulip. Thanks for sharing- I can't wait to make one of these cards for OWH!

Shell said...

Your images are so FUN! This has been a fabulous day of inspiration and gratitude for the love of our troops and country. I'm so happy I found it!

Trinity Paper Arts said...

Paula - What a great post!!! You have so effectively expressed what it is all about! THANK YOU so much for the Digis. If you look at my body of work, you won't find one "cute" card; they are all florals or "serious" cards. I have just fallen in love with the Ewe digi and have wanted to do something a little more lighthearted, so thank you so much for that all important springboard!

SuzAnn said...

First can I just say how cheerful your cards are? They made me smile so. Second, thanks for sharing those awesome digi stamps...I really love the ewe. and last, what a great story about your OWH card and how the love just keeps on giving. Well done!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Your tulip card is simply gorgeous and the lamb is just sweet. The recipients of these cards are going to love them. Thanks for the digi stamps they are so fun!

Christine said...

Thanks for the digis and thanks for inspiring us. I might have to start signing my cards I send into OWH (everybody love a little recognition - Great Job!)

Tami B. said...

Oh, how I love hearing that you received an OWH card from your sweetie just when you needed a boost. That's why we do this. Love your card designs. Thank you for your husband's service and your kindness.

Betty said...

Thank you for the awesome stamps! Can't wait to use them :) Love the cards you made with them and reading your post...

TN Granny said...

Paula,
Amazing cards your quite an artist thank you for making all those cards you are wonderful.
God Bless,
Jeanine #14 on the Hop

levelsoflight said...

Paula, thank you for sharing your digital stamps. :) I love both of your cards. I really like the ribbon on the ewe card. It pops right off of the page and catches your eye.

Also, thank you for your lovely introduction to my blog. It was very nice of you. :)

Julie Craig said...

I love the circles around the "Ewe"! Those are so neat! You do wonderful work!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the digis. I'm becoming addicted to them! The ewe is my favorite. I hope that I'll see one of my cards in the pics from overseas or mentioned in a post. I'm jealous of you!

jeanne706 at yahoo dot com

Tammy said...

Beautiful cards Paula! I LOVE the little sheep...perfect image for OWH! Thank you so much for the digi stamps!

Seongsook Duncan said...

Paula, it is very touching story. Thanks for sharing. Your cards are beautiful with your own digi stamps. Thanks for free images.

lavendarrose29 said...

What a great story. You own digi stamps are great and the way you used them on your cards is fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

hiscreation2 said...

Paula, these are fabulous digi stamps and thank you for sharing! I am enjoying your site and your inspirations.

Karen Howard said...

Wow, beautiful cards and thank you so much for sharing the wonderful digital stamps. I can't wait to get in my craft room and play now!!!

Wendy said...

How cool to know someone received your card and thanked you!

Bekah's World said...

First off - thank you for the digi's I'm starting to become addicted and those are perfect to fuel that addiction!

And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

AprilsL8 said...

Love your stamps!! Cute cards!


AprilsL8@windstream.net

Wendy said...

Wow! You can DRAW! Thanks for sharing such lovely artwork with me. I will resize and use these images over the next few months. Paula, you rock!

Mrs. E said...

You are very creative! Love your digis (cards too)!

MarcyK924 said...

Paula, thanks SO much for the digi stamps!! I'm really getting into them - going to make Fabre teach me!! Thanks for all you do for OWH!

Kajikit said...

That sheep is too cute for words! Thank you very much for sharing the clips with us...

Anita said...

Amazing card! How fantastic to make your own digis. The sheep is so cute.

Marianne said...

Paula,

Thank you for the free digi's. I plan to make several OWH cards from them.

Merry's Musings said...

Kleenex alert, how wonderful to know what our cards mean to our enlisted and family. Your digi stamps are just adorable.

rstuck2003 said...

Thank ewe for the free digi stamps! They are greatly appreciated! Your cards are cute!

mtscrapgal said...

The first card is "Springy" lovely and the 2nd one is so clever. Thanks. How great to get a personal comment about a card you sent.Keep up the good work.

Hannah said...

I love your cards. Thanks for the images - especially the miss ewe! Can't wait to use it!

Dixie Cochran said...

Paula, your cards are wonderful! So crisp! So bright! Thank you for sharing your talent on the hop today!

JenMarie said...

Love your cards, beautiful tulips and darling sheep!
(no need to enter me in the drawing)

Martha said...

I'm so amazed at your talent and generosity! Thank you for the digital stamps and the inspiration. And thank you for making cards for our service people. Together we can do so much.

Lyneen said...

What Beautiful cards... thanks for sharing and supporting and Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind words. Good luck in my giveaway

I Love Cards! said...

The tulip card is so beautiful! I like the color choices and the simplicity of it. I'm fairly new to OWH and have only sent a few cards so far. But I love the idea of sending cards to help people get through trying times overseas. I make cards because I think they help to build friendships and I am so glad to be able to put my cards to good use! And I LOVE seeing so many wonderful cards in so many different styles from all over!

Erica said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful digi stamps. I love using them but I usually have trouble with the size. You have made it very easy for those of us that are computer challenged.

Renee said...

Okay - that ewe is just way too cute! Love his expression!

Our Little Inspirations said...

these cards are just super cute and fun! Ewe are something else :)

Brenda said...

I love your cards and am very impressed by how many you have made for the troops!!

laurlynn said...

Great drawings. I always wanted to be an artist but since I can't draw, this is why I create cards instead! Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Beautiful cards! I really love that tulip image.

silvia said...

Pretty cards!! LOVE the pp you used on the tulip card!!

Shelly said...

I love your cards, Paula. The colors and papers you chose are just perfect for the images.

Thank you very much for the images. They're going to make some awesome cards, as I can see by looking at your cards. ")

GrannyCharlotte said...

Thanks for sharing your talent with us and allowing us to use your digis. You cards are so colorful and springy. Thanks for supporting OWH. Happy Easter!

Cathy... said...

Great cards! The color combo on the tulips card is so pretty.Love the digi stamps too-thanks so much for sharing them!

Stephanie said...

What great cards! I really like the "ewe" one! We have a similar stamp that says thank ewe from Stampin' Up.

buglvr2010 said...

I love that "Ewe" stamp. Both your cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing the awsome digi stamps.

Marci said...

I totally love the Miss Ewe card! Super cute stamp.

Cyn said...

I love you miss ewe card. Adorable ;)

Kathy H said...

Cute!!!

Rufus said...

Thanks so much for both the digi's! I downloaded them and will use them for OWH cards. I loved your story about hearing of one of your cards being received! I haven't had that happen, but the thought of bringing a smile to a Heroes face while they write to a loved one, oh yeah! To brighten a family members day when they receive the card, yup that inspires me to create.
R/

Monica said...

thanks for the digitals! I love both cards.. Thanks for hopping today! I am so proud to be part of this wonderful cause!

Kas said...

LOVE THE EWE! too cute

~Jeri~ said...

What cute cards!! I love those digital stamps...great talent you have!!!

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

Janice said...

Love, love miss ewe! Thanks

Cut n Paste said...

Both stamps are very cute..love the sheep one especially! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!!

Gloria Westerman said...

These are adoarable....and I love them....thank you for the digital and I will use them for OHW cards....and you know about "Pass it on"....your RAK come back at you ten times fold.....thank you for sharing with us and your heart felt story...

Whispers and Wishes said...

love the Ewe... that is just wonderful! thanks for the digi stamps... just getting started on that.

grandmalee said...

Love the cards, so bright & springy. Your digis are adorable & so fitting for this organization! My daughter & her soldiers can't thank people enough for all of the cards & goodies they receive when they are overseas, so keep up this awesome work!!! TFS!

Jennifer Moore said...

Beautiful cards.

Melissa Rossi said...

So cute! Can't wait to work with these digistamps!

lakeslady said...

Thank you for the digital freebies, they will find a good home here in the UK.
Your cards are lovely and everyone has been wonderful to suport this great effort

shelly said...

your cards are beautiful! WOW more then 4000 cards, your good. I thought I was good with 1000 last year. I need to step it up.

Collette said...

These cards are adorable! I love them both. And I'm sure they'll go to good use. Thanks for participating.

-- said...

I love your cards. They are so pretty. thanks for sharing.

Shirley said...

The first card made me say WOW and the second made me smile. I love that ewe and sentiment. I also love the embossing.

Thank you for sharing your story with us and I love your quote at the top of your blog.

Purple Princess said...

Love your digis!! Tulips are my favorite flowers!! That sheep is adorable!

Heather said...

The ewe is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

halewis1213 at yahoo dot com

Lauretta See said...

nice cards.. i like theme both ;)) great job!!

Hugs x

Lauretta See said...

eweeeeeeeeeeee and thank you for the cute digitals :))

Hugs xx

lisa808 said...

Thanks for the tulip digi. Your coloing and card are so pretty. Also, thanks for participating in the hop and for the chance to win your candy.

Carolyn Bounds said...

I love both of your fabulous cards...but your adorable sheep has simply touched my heart:o) He is soooo CUTE!!! Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us:o) I am just itching to make a card with this precious cutie!!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

andyjay said...

Your cards are terrific! Thanks for sharing your wonderful digi stamps, as well! Bless you!

StampinSher said...

Very generous of you to share your designs of digi stamps you used today for the blog hop. Your cards are cute.
Sher

jengd said...

Great images!! Love your cards and esp. that sheep!! I've downloaded them and am already cooking up ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

JPScraps said...

Your cards are adorable! Thanks so much for the digis

amycatalogna said...

How cute is the ewe??? I love it! Thanks for your support of OWH!

Sandy said...

Paula - love your cards, especially the EWE, how adorable is that? thanks for sharing with us on this blog hop!

gorotajo said...

I absolutely love your "Miss Ewe" card! The colors are great, as well as the image. I like simple but adorable and this definitely is.

Tassie said...

I loved what you did with the tulip. I've seen some others through the hop, but, yours was unique. Also, thank you for the little ewe. I loved him, and can't wait to use him!
Also, the quote from the military wife made me cry.... thank you so much for sharing... I keep saying I'm going to start making cards for this cause... I think that you have pushed me over the edge... thank you!!

debb said...

Paula- Thank Ewe for the beautiful images! Wonderful cards and wonderful post!

Loni said...

Cute, cute, cute! I am a knitter, so I Love to see Sheep images. Thx for the images and for your support of OWH. Hugs, Loni (Stop #55)

Ola said...

Your cards are beautiful!!! Thank you so much for the free digis also!!! I'm so excited about OWH & becoming involved with it!!

Thanks for Sharing!

xoxo
Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Susan said...

those cards are STUNNING, I am going to start doing this also, what a wonderful organization, wish I knew about it sooner!

I am also now a follower of your blog.
and Thanks for your generosity in doing a giveaway!
Susan

aerobuyck said...

Thanks so much for the digi. You have beautiful cards and wow, a bunch of them sent too. Thanks for all you do for OWH.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing your own digi images... they are darling... can't wait to use them. As a new cardmaker (Sandy got me hooked into this), I really appreciate all the inspiration I am getting on this blog hop from folks like you. dmdotallnock at verizon dot net.

Nancy Keller said...

Wow - my very favorite thing is that ribbon through the mat with the flowers - what an inspiring idea! And I love the ewe. :) Thank you for sharing! I am so glad that I hopped by!

Kimme said...

I will be using your images for the card blitz that I have coming up. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and for all the cards you make.

Summer Rose Scrapbooks said...

That little ewe is too cute! How cool to get a shout-out on Facebook!

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com

Trevorstuffmammas said...

loving the miss ewe!! Thanks for the inspiration....

Martha said...

Paula I wanted to say thank you again for the pot of tulips digital stamp. I've used it and enjoyed coloring it so much! If you would like to see my card it is here- http://www.stamphaven.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=0

TK Cat Herder said...

I snagged this cute little lamb last spring and printed out a bunch, but hadn't used them until now and luckily, I found your blog again and wanted to say Thank You for the free digi. I made several cards using this cute lamb for OWH and am going to send one to my son, a sailor off in Afghanistan right now. I'll post pics tomorrow on the S&S Blog and give you credit!

Jen said...

Beautiful cards Paula! I'm going to download your images to make for the Spring Thaw challenge. Thanks for sharing these images.

weva said...

Thank you for the free bee!!

Laura said...

the digi's are great TFS!!
Laura
tnlani@cox.net

Melinda said...

Your digi's are OUTSTANDING, Your cause very inspiring! Thank you!!

Borqna said...

Beautiful cards, Paula!
Here is my card -
http://borqna-venkova.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-birthday-card.html
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Thank you!
Good luck!

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