Saturday, March 20, 2010
Operation Write Home blog hop!
It's blog hop day for Operation Write Home! The theme for this blog hop is spring, living in the desert we don't have major seasonal changes until the arrival of summer. From the beginning of November to the beginning of May our temperatures are very mild. Today the temperature here should be in the mid 70's, we begin planting our gardens the second week of February because the chance of having a "freeze" is past. I haven't seen snow here since 1989. I remember calling my boss that day to tell him I couldn't get from where I was to work because it was snowing and I just knew he was going to think I was crazy!
So anyway - butterflies are really popular right now and I can't seem to get enough of them. This butterfly is a Hero Arts digi stamp that I re sized, re colored to make it's outline nice and dark and printed it on Neenah super smooth white card stock. I used Tim Holtz distress inks and their sponge applicators to color the butterfly then applied SU Crystal Effects and black half pearls. It took a couple of days of the butterfly sitting on my desk to come up with a card to put it on. I looked through my stash of stamps and found the swirl from this Rhonna Farrar stamp set and thought it might be just the thing. I cut my Neenah white card stock to the size I needed and stamped, placed the butterfly with it and liked it! I thought more black half pearls would tie it all together and used a Verve stamp for the "you make me smile". Clean and simple isn't easy for me so I had to get used to it after I had the card together to be sure I was "done".
In my blog browsing not too long ago I came across the Operation Write Home blog and was truly inspired as I looked around. What a neat opportunity to bless other people with our gifts and talents. My dad was a WWII veteran and the 2nd anniversary of his death was a few days ago. I thought making cards for Operation Write Home would be a meaningful way to honor his service to our country and his memory. He always encouraged me in my artistic endeavors and for that I'm grateful. Below is a picture of my dad in Tokyo in 1946.
I've copied OWH's mission statement for you: OUR MISSION
Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.
I hope you are as inspired as I am!
...and now I'd like to introduce our next blogger Melissa, enjoy!