Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Operation Write Home: A Challenge, A Sketch & Freedom

I have the ultimate thrill of having a card up at Operation Write Home for the Midweek Throwdown Challenge.  They selected this card as part of their clean and simple with a little texture challenge.    I hope you check out this challenge!

Besides being an amazing cause (that you should be sure to check out if you have lots of cards stashed away) they also go out of their way to keep it fun and challenging for all of us cardmakers.  Today's challenge is a CAS challenge.  On Sundays they have sketch challenges.  I used this week's sketch on these cards for a soldier to send home to a little boy and to a little girl.

Miss You Lots boy

Isn't this sweet little raccoon face just perfect for a Miss You card?

Miss You Lots girl

OWH challenges are nice in that they provide measurements.  It's not required to use exactly the same size, but it certainly makes for a quick and easy card.  Other than the diamond border on the boy's card, I cut everything else based on the dimension of the sketch.

I don't usually tuck multiple cards into one post, but there is another challenge this week that is just perfect for AnyHero cards.  Operation Write Home wants blank cards that they send in bulk to soldiers who then use them to write home to their loved ones (like the cards above) and they want AnyHero cards which are notes directed to the soldiers with personal notes of thanks and gratitude.  This week's challenge at CASology is "free" - a perfect chance for an AnyHero card.  I've made a number of these and will add personal notes before I send them to OWH to distribute.

Because of the Brave

Miss You Raccoon for a Boy:
  • Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps Deep in the Woods, Delicate Doilies (sentiment)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Midnight Muse, More Mustard, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 dsp
  • Ink: Memento black, Copics
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up woodgrain embossing folder, My Favorite Things Harlequin die
Miss You Raccoon for a Girl:
  • Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps Deep in the Woods, Delicate Doilies (sentiment)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Perfect Plum, Lawn Fawn Bright Side 6x6 paper pad
  • Ink: Memento black, Copics
  • Accessories: Papertrey Ink buttons: Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet
Land of the Free, Because of the Brave:
  • Stamps: Impression Obsession star and circle star, My Paper Moon Because of the Brave
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Night of Navy, Real Red
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Night of Navy, Real Red
  • Accessories: Basic Grey star stickers, Divine Twine Airmail, star punch, L'il Inkers stitched rectangles


snappy scrappy said...

All 3 are adorable!!

scrappingnana said...

Great cards. The little raccoon is adorable. I know they will be appreciated.

Carol L said...

OH, how cute! I agree with you on the Raccoon's expression and especially that cute Lawn Fawn dsp!! I love the card on the OWH site too with those colorful balloons! TFS!

Judy1223 said...

Kim, al wonderful cards! I'm so glad you mentioned Operation Write Home for the CASology card, I actually plan to do more "FREE" cards for the same send in as Any Hero cards with a personal note. Thanks for joining us at CASology!

Marjolein said...

Great cards!
My favourite would be the last one, very meaningful!


Lisa said...

Awww he is a cute little fella, sweet cards. Your last card is just perfection, love the sentiment.

Renee said...

Wow! these are all awesome cards! I love your style!

OH Babs said...

I too make cards for OWH and submit cards to CASology. This card is great clean, simple and patriotic.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations of being featured at OWH, Kim ... those balloons were fabulous! Love this sweet racoon ... perfect in little boy and little girl colours! Truly fantastic AnyHero card for CASology ... a sentiment that says it all and what a wonderful way to recognise those who help to protect the freedoms of all of us across the world. Anita :)

Sian Ridley said...

I love these cards and I'm sure the soldiers who receive them will love them too - OWH is such a good idea. I especially love your thank you card, it's so poignant and moving and beautiful, of course! :)

Paula S. said...

What cute racoons and your MWT sample card is just marvelous too! Thanks for supplying some beautiful inspiration for this week's MWT and for supprting Operation Write Home. You have a great blog that i'm adding to my reading list right now! :)

Paula S.
OWH Blog Team

Happy Dance said...

Truly wonderful cards. What an incredible way to say thanks to our military personnel. Brings on heart tugs to you for doing this. Having been a service brat with an often absent dad, these would have been so nice to have. Thanks for doing this. Your cards are fun and fantastic. And your CASology entry is a sure fired winner. Great cards! Love them. Bev

Linda Suarez said...

These cards are fabulous Kim! Deep in the Woods has been on my wish list for a while now and I really love your Land of the Free card!

cm said...

Kim, I'm adding to the applause for all three of these cards! The raccoons are darling (hope you don't mind if I case these for my niece and nephew!), and the Land of the Free is ever so thoughtful and heart-warming. You've inspired me to explore OWH, and once my 'skills' improve, I'd be delighted to contribute. A goal I plan to meet! Fantastic cards created for the most fantastic of reasons! They will bring joy to whoever receives them!

Tenia Nelson said...

Awesome cards, dearie!!

Kim Heggins said...

All 3 of your cards are amazing...but that does not surprise me, you always make fabulous cards. I love your "free" card, so beautiful and that twine, so fun with those silver stars!

Doris said...

Yes, that raccoon face is adorable! Thanks for showing me how to use my hexagon die in a different way. Now why didn't I think of that!

Melissa said...

Kim, those little racoons are the cutest! Thanks for the smile!!! :)
What a wonderful cause to contribute your patriotic card to and thanks so much for mentioning it! I need to contribute more cards to causes such as this!
Thank you so much for joining us at CASology this week! Your card is beautifully CAS and I love the sentiment!

Barb Murphy said...

awesome cards Kim! I love the patriotic card...just gorgeous!

Elena said...

Wow! Your cards are so amazing Kim! I really liked your raccoon cards. And your patriotic card is gorgeous!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Fabulous! Love the male / female versions ... but that cheeky raccoon is the hit! Great sentiment on your 3rd card. We don't seem to have any applicable for Australia! Must do a search! Hugs xxx