Friday, September 30, 2011

Operation Write Home Christmas Blog Hop



Welcome to our Operation Write Home Christmas card
blog hop/link party!
  
I really enjoy making cards for our troops to help keep them in touch with home. It's a very small way to say thank you for your service to our country and the freedoms I enjoy.


I've been doing a little reflecting on my blog lately, you know looking back to see how far along I am in my card making journey.  In November 2007 I did my very first tutorial on how to make a folded Christmas tree for a card and I thought it would be fun to try my tutorial again and re post the tutorial.  You can find it here.


Here's a side view of my card so you can see how puffy the tree is.  I used Basic Grey designer paper for this tree, it's a nice heavy text weight and made a substantial tree.  

If you aren't familiar with Operation Write Home I have links for you.  Helping Heroes Keep In Touch With Home -

To help cover the cost of OWH shipping -



Enjoy the rest of our Christmas link party and thanks for visiting my blog today!

Challenges:

Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Scrapalicious - Anything Goes
For Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes

52 comments:

Cora said...

Lovely card Jan. Thanks for the tutorial

Jo said...

WOW Jan! this is brilliant, I shall have to try this myself, thank you :)
Have a great weekend!
Jo xx

Bridget Larsen said...

I saw the fold on another card, unfortunately they didnt share the tutorial so I am so glad you did because I so wanted to do a card like that, it just looks so awesome

Cindy's Card Co said...

Jan I totally love this card. The colors are so woodsy. I checked out your tutorial last night and just may have to try it. Have a great day hopping.

April B. said...

I just love how your tree came out!

Lori B said...

As always I love your cards. The brown and green look great together. I think my computer has more of your cards saved to it than any others. I have copied many of them with great results. You are a master at coloring and color combinations. Thanks for sharing your work!

Jen said...

Gorgeous, Jan - I'm going to try that tree fold later today if the ankle biters cooperate!

Crafty Khandy said...

Love the tree, Jan!

Amanda said...

Love the tree, great job :) Thank you for sharing :)

Manda :)
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Kathy V. said...

Love your card Jan. That little tree is so darn cute and adds such dimension to the card. I would never have thought to use "camo" on a Christmas card, but it really works! Very creative.

Cathy P in AZ said...

Wow, friend - this is FABULOUS! Such a BEAUTIFUL card! There's a tutorial for that wonderful folded tree?! GOTTA HAVE IT. LOVE. :)

Anonymous said...

Love love love origami in cards. Haven't seen your tree so thanks for sharing! Nancy

Paper Love said...

Your card is very cool! Love the origami. :)

Lauren, Paper Love
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Paula S. said...

Cool tree Jan! I think this could be used for 'guy' cards all year long too. Thanks for the tutorial link. I don't usually have patience for paper folding but the steps look pretty clear and easy and I'm looking forward to giving this a try.

scrappernic said...

Love your tree, Jan!!

Marsha said...

Great card. Thanks for the tutorial. Will try it.

Michelle said...

That folded tree looks amazing! Going to have to try that one.

Leanne said...

Wonderful job, thanks for playing our Anything Goes Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks! TFS!

Stefanie said...

That tree is gorgeous! Love the dimension!

Rufus said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I've bookmarked it. Love the tree in the circle. Thanks for supporting OWH!
R/

ThePurplePlace said...

Hi Jan,

I just LOVE this tree and I tried it last night after I found the tutorial! I guess I'm doing something wrong on my folds, because mine won't work!!

Maybe you'll do a VIDEO?? That would be very cool!!

Happy World Cardmaking Day!!

Lisa

PS: I have BLOG CANDY on my home page too! Stop by!

Cindy said...

Very cool card. Love the dimension. Thanks for the tut--I need to try one now :-)

andrea said...

What a look! The tree adds an element of surprise to the card...thanks for the tutorial, it's been years since I've done anything llike this...time to try it again!

Lee Mae said...

That tree is awesome - thanks for the tutorial. Thanks for sharing another one of your cards. Into my CASE file it will have to go!

CARO said...

Love this 3-Dimensional card... the tree is just lovely... and thanks for sharing how to make it.

Kathryn said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Jan. This is a clever design!

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh, what a great card. I love the tree. TFS.

Nancy M said...

WOW--TFS this COOL technique for the tree--love that and hope I get to try it for myself!! You always do such a nice job!!

adele holcomb said...

Love this dimensional tree!

Jen Timko said...

I love making these trees and you have chosen the perfect paper! So elegant and the colors are lovely!

grandmalee said...

I've never tried one of these Christmas trees before, but they look great! You always have fabulous creations! It's hard to believe that you started with this intricate style! I was lucky to match papers back then! Thanks again for all that you do for OWH!!!

Ronda S said...

I can smell the pine trees in the woods!!! Can't wait to try your tutorial!

Tracey said...

Very cool, love how you made the tree, :)

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

love the tree.

thanks for all you do for OWH

Barb Housner

KellyRae said...

The tree is great (and what a great way to use up scrap patterned paper). Thanks for the tutorial and I will definitely be trying this soon.

Dixie Cochran said...

Beautiful card, Jan! I'm going to come back later for the tutorial. I like that it's poofy but will flatten to go in an envelope.

Laurie said...

Wow - that is so neat! Very creative.


Thanks for sharing with OWH!

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a great card- love the Christmas Tree and the link to the tutorial. I have never made a folded tree- love this!!! Great OWH blog hop!

ChickieChirps said...

This is a fabulously classic looking card Jan! Perfect for when you don't feel like colouring! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Arabella

Ann said...

Great card Jan. I love your tutorials, I have learned so much from them. Thank you!

Carol L said...

Your folded tree card is fabulous Jan! Now that I've seen this two times, I'm going to have to sit down and make one too! Thanks for the inspiration!

My Need 2 Craft said...

I love this. I am to watch your tutorial. :)

Megan O'D said...

Gorgeous card...great balance, colors, and texture! Thanks for sharing!

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Jan,
Love the card and love your passion for our troops!! So thankful God placed you in my life! Blessings!

Cheryl said...

Fabulous card! I love this oragami tree.

papertrails leaver said...

what a fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at Penny's for our anything goes challenge. :-) Amy

Shannon White said...

Wow Miss Jan! This is just Fabulous! Love your Wonderful Christmas Tree! And I checked out the tutorial too! Just might have to try this out! 8-) Love this!

Hugs
Shannon 8-)

Nancy Keller said...

Still slowly hopping along! I love your tree, Jan! I'm off to watch the tutorial and then it's bedtime for me :) thanks for sharing!

StampTramps said...

Great card! Thanks for the tutorial, I'm anxious to try this one!

Sherry Hickey said...

Hi Jan, I love that the edges of the tree overlap the circle in places. You're a great designer! This is a fab card for a guy or anyone who loves the outdoors!

Julie said...

Awesome tree, Jan! I have a feeling it will be coming soon to a tutorial near me :)

Yolanda said...

What a cool tree! I like the three pearls/brads too.