Saturday, May 23, 2015

Finishing Strong for OWH Blog Hop




Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I'm helping to get the word out by participating in the OWH Memorial Day blog hop.

To start at the beginning of the hop, just click the badge above.



I've made a thank-you card in honor of Memorial Day. I cut a MFT stitched quilt die 3 times, using red, blue, and white cardstock. I had fun switching the stitched quilt pieces to make different patterns and designs, and added a couple punched flowers and a navy star brad to the center. The sentiment is from MFP and was stamped with blue ink.

I had enough pieces left for a second card, so I just added different punched flowers and a mini star brad to the center.


 I'm really going to miss making cards for OWH; but at the same time, I'm happy knowing that more of our servicemen and women are back home with their families, and are able to express what they're feeling in person, instead of in a greeting card. I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to support OWH for so many years; and knowing how many lives have been touched with a hand-made card have enriched my life in many ways. Thanks OWH!

Happy Memorial Day to all of our wonderful military, and thanks for serving!

Carol



50 comments:

Beth F. said...

I love anything sewing related, so this card really speaks to me. LOVE it!

Diane said...

Hi Carol- fabulous cards-- I now want that die- LOL! I will miss the OWH community of generous, kind and talented card makers- a truly warm and fun group! I will continue to visit your blog- your creations always inspire me!

Cindy O said...

The beautiful quilt pattern is very striking in red, white, and Blue! Love your center elements with the little stars.

Nancy said...

Both cards are so pretty! Simple and elegant!

Linda said...

I totally agree with you regarding OWH! Two wonderful cards.

Lori Kobular said...

Love your red, white and blue quilt block cards! The design is awesome!

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Carol! Your card quilts are pretty! I too will miss OWH but am glad more of our troops are home. Have a great day!

Waverunner said...

This die is in my wish list! Every time I see it I want it more!

It really worked well here with your paper choices! It's clean and crisp.

Ruby Craft said...

Love your Red, White and Blue quilt.
To me it is very patriot and reminds me of home and love. The flowers in the center are perfect.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome inlaid effect! OWH was such an amazing support to our troops!

Paula S. said...

Wow, that's a marvelous die! I could see sitting for hours mixing and matching patterns and colors. Perfect for the quilt lover (like me) who doesn't quilt. LOL You always do such nice work Carol and have been such a loyal supporter to OWH. Thank you.

StampinCarol said...

Great cards! Fun to see the same design in different color combinations like this!

Grancy said...

I think I may be needing this die! What a great job!

Trish said...

The colors are so bright and everything is striking.

Beth L. said...

Beautiful cards! I have been wanting that die and you did a great job with it.

jimlynn said...

LOVE the quilt cards!!!! Great cards Carol and love the red, white, and blue.
Lynn

Linda said...

I do not see my comment...I so agree with you on OWH. I am so going to miss the community. I feel lucky to have OWH which provided me the tools to grow and meet dedicated card makers such as you!

Lee Mae said...

Love that die cut and the red, white, and blue really make it pop off the page. Both cards are just gorgeous. Enjoy the weekend!

cotnob said...

Fabulous cards Carol, such a wonderful technique.
Pauline
x

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Carol! Wow, your cards are fantastic! I am sure there's going to be a run on this quilt die at MFT, myself included. It might be the closest I come to quilting, lol. It has been great working with you for OWH and I hope we will all keep in touch!

Bunny said...

I love quilting. This is a great card.

Lisa D said...

OMG! This is stunning! I adore the quilted look!

sherry varga said...

I love your cards, so neat and clean. I two will miss OWH.

Donna Hanley said...

Outstanding job with your Quilted die, Carol. Both are just gorgeous, especially for Memorial Day. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Carolyn said...

Lovely cards!

Sandy said...

Oh man. Everyone is making me want to buy this die. Your card is so beautiful, Carol!!

Michele Smith said...

I have had this die on my wish list for a long time...always out of stock lol. Love what you did with it and especially the flower in the center. So pretty! Thanks for sharing

scrAPpamondo said...

I love so much this quilt pattern...! :D All the cards you made with this die are wonderful, and also these last two!!
You have made a great work with this OWH, in these years, congrats! But you will be happy for all the families that now will be toghether and that will preserve your creations as precious memories!

LesleyG said...

I echo your sentiments and love your quilt inspired cards xxx

Tammy said...

Beautiful cards, I love the quilted die you've used!!
Tammy x

Sue from Oregon said...

This is so dramatic and eye catching Carol!!! Great creation!

Lucy said...

What a gorgeous quilt card!
That pattern is really pretty.

Sybrina K said...

Carol,

This is lovely, as always! Love your red, white, and blue quilted pattern.

In case I've never told you, yours was one of the first blogs I ever started following. You've been such an inspiration. And, I hope we stay in touch.

April Story said...

What a great die set. Love the different colors combos.
April

Brenda said...

Oh Carol, these cards are just beautiful! I have seen this quilt die around, and just love it. It makes the prettiest cards and your are really beautiful Carol. I love anything red/white and blue! And I've love our country's colors way before my son join the military. I love my country and I'm especially proud of my soldier, of all the soldiers! And I know they have enjoyed having these cards available to them to send home to family. As sad as I am to see OWH close up, I know that it's a good thing because that mean less deployments for our soldier, which in turn means they will be home some with their families. Thanks for all you did for our soldiers by making your beautiful cards Carol! You are awesome!!! Hugs, Brenda

Dixie Cochran said...

Carol, you created two pretty cards! They're so crisp. I love the quilted look.

Andrea La Vigne said...

Striking cards! Love the clean, graphic look from the die cutting. And the scripty greeting provides a nice contrast. I'm also going to miss OWH. Tfs!

Gina said...

Simple, elegant, lovely! Great Craft-Appeal - with quilting and card making so beautifully represented.

Kathy S said...

This is a really "homey" card. I'm sure someone will really appreciate it. Thanks for your support to OWH.

Ann said...

What beautiful cards! MFT makes some wonderful dies and you did wonderful things with them.

heather said...

Simply wow !

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning creation, gorgeous colours here my friend.
This is a wonderful image too..
♥aNNie{aNNie My Personal Blog}

Debbie Caldwell said...

What a dramatic card...love the faux stitching

WhoMom said...

Love to quilt and love the quilted look on your card. I'm not sure what MFT stands for and would love to know. Anyway, fabulous look.

Marybeth said...

Hi Carol! What a fun way to use this die. I have made a set of coasters with this die and next on my list is a set of red, white and blue just like your card. Love it!

Sue D said...

Love the quilt designs!

Ronda S said...

I'm a card maker and a quilter so this card just screams LOVE to me!! Wonderful idea and I wish I had been with you to "play" with all the pieces!

Sarah said...

This card is absolutely stunning! Love what you created!

JD/ Jill said...

Wonderful cards, Carol, really like that quilt die!

Lisa :) said...

LOVELY cards, so perfect for OWH donation OR AnyHero cards!