Saturday, May 29, 2010

It's bloghop time!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you all...


This entry is part of the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Weekend Bloghop. If you are following the hop in order you should have come to this blog from Christy's 'Wonderfully Complex Designs'. If you've come from some place else, you're welcome to join the hop - there are well over 100 blogs signed up, so there's plenty of beautiful cards to admire, ideas to be gained, and blog candy to be won. The official start of the hop it at http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org but it's a big circle so you can pick it up from here and not miss out on anything.

Speaking of blog candy... Last time we had a blog-hop I asked people to do a challenge - but I didn't realise that when you have 100+ blogs to get through in a weekend you really don't have the time to follow up on them all! My challenge was too complicated for the time-frame available, and my blog candy was unclaimed. So this time I'll make it easy for you. I have not one but two small patriotic grab bags of goodies to give away, so there are two things you can do to win - 1) Follow my blog. And 2) Leave me a comment on this entry. Don't forget to include your blog/website/email etc so I can get in touch with you some way if you're a winner.
If you do both you get two shots. On Tuesday I'll draw some lucky numbers from a hat and two people get an envy. Now that's not too hard, is it? :)

Your prize will contain various goodies to make beautiful patriotic cards, and they'd make great Any Hero Cards for Operation Write Home. OWH always needs notes and cards of encouragement to include in the shipping boxes... The message doesn't have to be fancy and complicated - just from the heart like these little ditties I created (feel free to borrow/adapt them to your needs).

Dear Hero
this I pray
God bless you
every day
 (OR God keep you
Safe today)
*****
To our Heroes

Thank you for your courage
Thank you for your dedication
Thank you for your willingness to serve
Thank you for your strength

Thank you from America

My other gift to you is is a sheet that I created to print patriotic cards. I made the frames from scratch in photoshop and added free graphics I found online. It was made to print on a standard sheet of paper. Just print it out, cut it into four and mount the images on a plain card and voila.
And in case you don't like the whole sheet, here's a single frame with a blank center you can use to make your own card from scratch.

When you're done with my entry, your next stop on the hop is Katlyn's 'Splashing with Joy. She's new to OWH so make her feel welcome - and she has a lovely free graphic to share.

71 comments:

Merry's Musings said...

Wow wow and wow. Thanks so much for the wonderful goodies you made up for us, I will certainly use them. I really love your card!

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

oh, these are great!! Awesome job and thanks for sharing them with us!! I have copied them and will make good use of them. :)

Carisa said...

cute card! this is my first time particpating and i present a "challenge" as well for blog candy, now that i'm thinking about it, maybe I shouldn't have! LOL oh well...it's done now! I left it open a week so hopefully that will allow more people to participate. :)

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

Really nice card.

Love the downloadable images and thanks for the chance to win some blog candy -- I'm a follower, too.

Virginia D. said...

Lovely card! Thanks for the freebie, definitely gonna use it!

Kristen said...

Great sentiments, great cards, great blog. I am having so much fun hopping around looking at all these AWESOME creations.

Thank you for the freebies, and chance at a prize as well.

Have a safe and blessed Memorial Weekend!

grandmalee said...

What a wonderful idea that you've shared with us today! I just love your card and love how easy this is to put together, but yet it definately fits the WOW factor! Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of art with us!

Marianne said...

Karen,
What a nice card. You did a great job creating it.

Dawn said...

Cute card. Having fun hoppppin' along. Thank you for supporting the heroes and OWH.

stampgirl said...

Awesome card. What a great set of goodies! Thanks for sharing. Lisa

Karen Howard said...

Super fun card, Karen! Love your patriotic card sheets, you are very talented!!!

helloholley said...

love your card....and thank you for the freebies...they are wonderful!!! I am giving away blog candy,but I know you worked hard trying to find everyone's candy giveaways....but like you said.....there's alot!!!I am following your blog,and thanks for the chance to win your blog candy!!!

Julie said...

Thanks for that free printable! Will make some really cute cards!

PocketsOfInspiration said...

Great card! Hope your Memorial weekend is great.

joscelyne cutchens said...

thanks for supporting owh! :)

BJ said...

Awesome Card!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. I love the image you used. Thanks for the downloads. Thanks for a chance to win some candy.

Scrapping Mom said...

Awesome card and great images you shared... Thank you so much..
I am already a follower
Celeste
celestelombas@live.com

Courtney said...

What a great card! Thanks for sharing your frames. And thanks for the chance at your candy!

~Courtney~

Martha said...

Well done Karen! Your digital art pieces are fun. Thakn you for sharing and for supporting OWH!

Operation Write Home said...

I was going to ask where you got the image from your card....and voila there it was! Thanks for sharing it, Karen!!!
Happy hopping!

K. Joy said...

Thanks so much for the free card sheets and poems! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog and set too. :) I liked the image on your card and wondered how you made it look like it popped right off the card, and Photoshop explains it!! Great card!! :)

TN Granny said...

Thank you for the poem and thank you for the download, your card is precious.
God Bless,
Jeanine
www.blstamper.blogspot.com

rstuck2003 said...

Adore your card...thank you for the freebies and the chance for the blog candy!

Lelia Pierce said...

Great card! TFS!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love the download- fun project! Great Blog Hop. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Linda said...

Beautiful card! And, thanks for the free digis!

Paula said...

Great post. Thanks for joining in the hop and sharing all the goodies!

Erika said...

Great post! And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

Susan said...

I was going to ask about your card (same as person above) WOWZA!! Thanks for sharing that with us. :) I appreciate it.
Love the little verses also. I am a fellow OWHomer, and a new follower.
Thanks, Susan

debb said...

Thank you for the wonderful freebies! Your card is terrific. Thank you for the candy opp!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Cute card, neat poems and terrific digipaper! Girl, you sure know how to host a hop stop!

Wanda M. said...

Welcome to America girl! I love your kitty (he can't be a monster!) - and he looks just like my precious Gizmo who is a skittish one - but he's my baby! Thanks for sharing all your patriotic cards today! Happy Memorial Day to all!

Marlene said...

Fantastic work! (I remember you from VJ.) :)

Cathy... said...

Great card! I love the sentiments and images too!

jackielwatson said...

Awesome card I just love it. Thank you for the digi and a chance to win some blog candy, yum yum.
jackie, htpp:jackielwatson.blogspot.com

LadyDoc said...

You are very generous to share your work- thanks!!!

Jennifer Moore said...

Great frame. The card turned out cute.

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Love the card.....And now I have the digi thanks to you!!!
Jennifer
Marine Mom

Toni said...

Awesome card and awesome graphics!

StampinSher said...

Terrific Patriotic Card! Thanks for participating in the Memorial Weekend OWH blog hop.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Great card! Thanks for the cardsheet. You are so talented.
Thanks for sharing.

Rufus said...

Love your card and THANKS for the digi's to create one! Thanks for supporting our Heroes and OWH.
R/

Lynn said...

Karen,these graphics are awesome! Perfect for OWH! Thanks for making them and for supporting OWH!

Debby said...

You've done a wonderful job. Thanks for much for all you do for our heroes.

Cheryl said...

I love these...copied and pasted...I can't wait to start making cards tomorrow!

loyaz said...

I love your creations and appreaciate those that you were generously sharing with us. Thank you for participating in this awesome cause, and for this opportunity
DianeL
loyaz1@wbhsi.net

Nancy Keller said...

I am loving that patriotic frame! What a fantastic gift you left for us! Hope your weekend hopping is lots of fun!

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful, patriotic card! It will surely brighten some one's day.

Dixie Cochran said...

Great card! Love the frame! Thanks for posting for the hop!!!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow Karen, thank you! I was going to tell you how much I loved your card and ask where'd you get that stamp. Now I know! I've been looking for patriotic paper packages that are digital and haven't found anything I really was crazy about. I'm crazy about your stars paper, thanks!

Kim said...

Your card and graphics are awesome!

Tammy said...

Wonderful card! Awesome patriotic frame! Thank you!

Jean B. in PA said...

Thank you for the designs! I will surely use them for Any Hero cards.

Melanie Montes de Oca said...

Great card and freebie! Thank you! ;o)

Tassie said...

No more excuses not to make a card!!! Thanks for the freebies... they are sooo cute!!

Marsha said...

Your give aways look wonderful. Thanks for the chance.

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Thanks Karen for sharing the free files and the lovely card. You did a beautiful job crafting them all. Looking forward to exploring your blog another day.

Wendy said...

I've been making cards for OWH since I discovered them during the blog hop last year! Thanks for the inspiration!

Meg Bean said...

Great card and goodies!!

Christine said...

great card and thanks for the goodies

Betty said...

Love the card and LOVE the freebies. Those will make awesome cards! Betty ersehnen@gmail.com

Betty said...

Oops forgot to say I'm following you now :)

Theresa said...

Am a follower bow. Thanks for the goodies...great for OWH cards. Love your card. TFS

KarenS said...

Thanks for the great patriotic frame. I am happy to follow your blog and check out your other cards :-)

cal8007 said...

You are right, visiting 130+ blog hop is quite tiring! It is 9:45 pm on Monday, and I still have a few more to visit!

Thank you for your freebies, they will be used for cards, of course!

Hugs,

Carmen L
cal8007 at aol dot com

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Kajikit Sweetie...
I am Country Wings your newest follower. I cannot wait to see what you share next.

I love your card creation. The ribbon down the side, the stars and the flag heart is the element of surprise. How very beautiful.

Thank you so much for the graphics and the card outline you have shared. How wonderful for someone like me who has never made a card, but has been so inspired by this blog hop. I too want to make some cards for OWH. Thank you for sharing.

I have spent a long month (8 days in the hospital) with my lungs and chronic asthma. I have 2 more weeks of being locked up in the house, cannot go outside, so this is something I could possibly do from my recliner and be helping at the same time. I am so excited to search the house for possible scraps that would allow me to create. I am thrilled.

Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well. I love meeting new friends.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Cut n Paste said...

Cute card!! Thanks for the freebies..they are really cute! Thanks for supporting OWH!!!

Heather Grow said...

You are so sweet. Thank you for being a part of the blog hop.

Jana said...

Love your card. Thank you so much for sharing these card fronts.

Corinna Lyons-Revello said...

Great cards and freebies. I like that empty frame you offered. I also like the lion card you showed above this post. super cute!

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com