Wednesday, October 2, 2013

OWH Hop!!

Hi everyone!  I'm not gonna take up much chatter time here since I'm participating in a very special blog hop today and I'd rather you spend the time hopping...or creating a project yourself!  If you need more to read from me (bwahahaha) I have a fun new post on my OTHER BLOG HERE as well!

Hello Hopping Friends! Thank you so much for coming by! 
We brought our creativity together in the hopes that we would inspire you to join us (DT members) in doing a good deed!
Most of you know our men and women from the armed forces are deployed all over the world. Sometimes these men and women are in places that make it very hard,or they’re far away from where they can pick up a sweet card to send a quick note home. Luckily,they have OPERATION WRITE HOME (OWH). OWH is a non-profit organization that sends special boxes filled with cards to soldiers all over the world. How can you help OWH keep the good deed going? By creating cards!!! Yes! OWH angels receive tons of handmade cards from crafters all over the world,then they check and organize cards to be sent out to our soldiers. 

Now we would love for you to join us to help OWH. We thought it would be amazing fun to do a blog hop to inspire you! Design Teams from Paper TemptressOozak and Color me Creative Classroom have joined together in one amazing Card Drive HOP. The fun just gets better! You can join in by making as many cards as you possibly can..the more you create the better your chances are to win one or more prizes.  Here are the guidelines on how to enter and win!  PLEASE remember that…IMPORTANT….OWH guidlines MUST be followed to be entered to win a prize.
 Once you create as many cards as possible enter a picture of ONE of the cards you have created on the hop inlinkz then mail all the cards you created  to the address below. Send as many cards as you can create so you have the best chance possible to win one or more of the 14 fabulous prizes by November 7th.
YES!! You do a good deed and you also can win a sweet gift!!!

Please visit the Hero Blog to see how much they appreciate the cards 

**WIN!!-You can join in by making a project (following OWH – size and safety guidelines), entering a picture of the project on the hop inlinkz (one project linked per person please) then mailing the project to us. We would LOVE it if you could send as many as you can by November 7th (we will screen them and send all of them to OWH) . You could win super prizes from amazing, super generous sponsors!!! YES!! You do a good deed and you also can win a sweet gift!!!

Thank you to our sponsors-

I created two seasonal cards with more generic sentiments.  I didn't want them to look too girly or too manly depending on who used between works great!  I kept the layout similar so it was easy to cut and create both but make them each special in their own way.  This is about as CAS (clean & simple) as I get folks...I tried for less but I'm a more-is-more kinda girl but the layers all lay pretty flat and aren't very heavy.

Cardstock was a mix of Paper Trey Ink and Paper Temptress and I used a fall theme for this one.
The patterned paper is from BoBunny..I just used a circle die to trace and cut the round hills out.
Then distressed and inked them well.  The dark cream cs got embossed with D'vine Swirls embossing folder that I love and is great for fall/wintry backgrounds.  Sentiment is by PTI and then a few pearls and ribbon finished it off.  I glued everything done well and nothing on here would get hurt or damaged if smooshed flat which is important when creating for the OWH.

Inside both cards I created a "card within a card"...that way whomever gets this has plenty of space to write a letter or note home.  The cards can only be 4.5x5 so that doesn't give you a lot of writing space..this just adds a little more without making it bulky.  I stamped some leaves from a PTI set inside to decorate a bit more.

I changed the colors up for a wintry theme and added some snowflakes done with my punches. I embossed the aqua background with a CB embossing folder and inked the edges.  Sentiment is from PTI along with the ribbon at the bottom.

The beautiful white, shiny cardstock is from Paper Temptress and is called "Vintage Silver Lustre".
It KILLED me to not use glitter (a no-no for these OWH cards) so I went with a shiny, pretty paper instead, perfect for a snowy-wintry effect.
Isn't it gorgeous?  And its 25% off right now too...perfect for the holidays!

Hope you liked both and now I would LOVE for you to hop, leave comments and join in on the fun!
Its a great way to show you support and care for those overseas and missing home!

Now it’s time to HOP around. Leave a little note as you pass by all these lovely designers’ blogs! Don’t forget to add your project to the Inlinkz at the end of the Hop! 
You will also find the address to mail your cards at the end of the hop. You can Hop throughout the month of October. This way everyone in their own time can hop and join in!

Make sure to add your card to the InLinkz (last blog on hop) so you get an entry for participating!

Blog Hop list directory

  Suzanne J Dean ~ you are here thx

Make sure to add your card to the InLinkz so you get an entry for participating!


  1. Fabulous cards with wonderful colors Suzanne! I love this wonderful cause and will be doing something for sure this Saturday!! Thanks so much for the information! HUGS :)

    1. Thanks Vicki, we sure hope you do and make sure to enter for a chance to win too! Hugs!

  2. very lovely cards you created to mail to the soldiers. Thanks so much for all your work. Cheers, Holley

  3. Beautiful cards for our Heros, Suzanne. I would love to participate in the OWH hop and card drive. After reading your post I can't find where I'm suppose to send my OWH cards for this card drive/contest. Help!

  4. Beautiful cards for our heroes, Suzanne! I would love to participate in the OWH hop and card drive. After reading your post here I'm not sure where to send my cards. HELP!

    1. Judy you can find the address at OWH here:
      Make sure to enter your project if you wish at the InLinkz (found on Paper Temptress blog at end of hop list) Thanks so much!

  5. What a fun idea to make seasonal cards, Suzanne. Love how you put them together with the embossing and the card within a card idea. So thoughtful!
    Hugs- Cathy xx

  6. Very cute. I love both cards, but am partial to the fall one. The colors and paper combination are just fantastic. Thanks for joining in the hop.

  7. Love how you embossed these seasonal cards Suzanne! It was difficult for me not to use glitter too! I had to start over at one point because I thought a shimmer gel pen would be okay, but turns out that sparkle rubs off so I had to toss out and start again. :0)

  8. yummy papers, great embossing and distressing, fantastic cards. Thank you for sharing them and for supporting OWH a great cause

  9. Oh, Suzanne, these cards are fabulous! What a great idea for the hills! That paper is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  10. Love love love!!!! These are great!!!


I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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