Sunday, January 15, 2012

Helping our heroes write home

Finally, Mr. Nasty Cold has decided to vacate the premises. I felt much better today, but still didn't really have the energy to run the errands I needed to run. I did sit down to make some cards for Operation Write Home, though. For those of you who aren't aware, OWH is an organization that collects handmade cards for our deployed military to use to write to their loved ones at home. I have been so busy with Soldier's Angels lately that I've been neglecting OWH. Granted, I send each of the soldiers a blank card when I write to them each week, but that's no excuse. So, I decided that I need to get a bunch of cards together for OWH. So far, I'm up to 14. I'm hoping to make a few more before I send the box off.

I made these two cards tonight:

 As you can see, both are rather flowery and feminine. I decided I wanted to make a card that could be sent to a child, since many of our military have children at home that miss their parents something fierce. It's also a bit more masculine than the above cards, so it could be sent to an adult male relative who isn't skeered of a few hearts. I went to OWH's Stars and Stamps for some inspiration, and found it in a sketch. Go check it out! My card doesn't follow the sketch exactly, but as you all know, I have a really hard time with that. I tend to use a sketch as a jumping off point more than a strict map to follow. Here's what I came up with:
 I thought that a House Mouse image would be perfect, since they're just too cute. Thanks to my friend Tracy for the sentiment, which I have used several times now. Ok, now you've seen what I've got for tonight. Now how about giving it a shot...make some cards to send to our soldiers, so they can connect with home. I know, I'm bossy, but hey, it's a good cause!

17 comments:

Carol L said...

Your cards are all beautiful, but the sketch card with the House Mouse image just melted my heart! It's adorable and I love those 3 teeny heart buttons!

Kathryn said...

Gorgeous details in your cards! Thanks for playing with this week's sketch!

Linda said...

OMG that sketch card is way too adorable! esp the felt embellishments! Will Tracey share that sentiment? Thanks for sharing this card!

Lee Mae said...

Really cute card. I love the felt so it ties in with the warm fuzzies.

Donna Hanley said...

Oh so very special. I'm a House Mouse lover so this one is definitely a winner with me. I love the sentiment and you three heart button. Your center square reminds me of a nice family quilt. Thanks so much for sharing.

Jen said...

That felt heart with the buttons is really adorable! Nice job!

Berni said...

Your card is so cute and adorable. Lovw thw image of the mouse. Nicely done.

Nancy Keller said...

House mouse is so cute! Love your sketch card!

Marlene Diefendorf said...

All your cards are beautiful and the first two are so girly-girl. I must say my fave is the OWH sketch. House Mouse is one of my favorites and how can you not love them. Fantastic how your squares tell the emotion... image, embellishment, and sentiment! Just adorable!

Lee Ann said...

This card is amazing and from looking at your blog, all of your work is wonderful.

Dixie Cochran said...

3 beautiful cards! I love the felt on your sketch card! Cute!

Paula S. said...

Great job on this week's OWH sketch challenge! I love the depth and texture the felt adds without adding major bulk. I need to try that on some cards. This came out beautifully! Thanks for supporting OWH.

Paula S.
OWH Blog Team
operationwritehome.org

Naomi said...

Your cards are lovely, Gina, and what a great cause! I donate cards to the local Children's Hospital when I can.

Thank you SO much for you sweet comment on my blog post over at TGF. I am so glad that you liked the orange hair! I haven't tried pink or blue yet but, I will have to do that, it sounds like FUN! This was actually my first time ever using an unnatural hair colour...I tend to gravitate towards natural hair and makeup for myself so, it's only natural that I do the same on my cards but, I have to admit that it was A LOT of FUN and I will be trying other FUN and funky colours FOR SURE!

Naomi (TGF Showcase Farmer)
xoxo

Cindy O said...

Very nice with the squares, the square-patterned paper, and the fuzzy felt embellishment. You did this sketch beautifully!

Kim said...

These are all absolutely adorable and you are truly an amazing person! I know the military men and women LOVE receiving cards to send home! My sister's boyfriend is on his 4th deployment in Afghanistan and will be on his way home this week! We are all so excited that he's finally coming home...so from a family who has a loved one in the military...we thank you from the bottom of our heart for all you do!
Hugs~
Kim

Julie said...

A jumping off point is just what our sketches are meant for! Love what you did with it, especially that sweet little felt heart. Thanks for joining us in this week's OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge!

Brenda said...

Wow, I love them all!! You have really been on a roll lately. I need some of your mojo!!