Monday, November 16, 2009

OWH Blog Hop Winner

Thanks so much for all the kind comments on both of my hops. There was only one prize though...Smiley from (that's the drum roll!)

I asked my veteran to pick a number and he said 45, which makes the winner Night Shift Nancy! Nancy, please contact me so I can get your "God Bless America" set in the mail.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Angel Art Blog Hop

I know!! Two hops in one weekend... I didn't realize when I signed up that they would be so close together, but I made it.
This hop was put together by my fellow Angels and it's just perfect for this time of year - the theme was "Holiday Cards and Tags in 10 minutes or less" - who couldn't use some inspiration of that kind?

Because this is an Angel Company blog hop, most of the products youwill see used are from TAC. My first card uses the set Simple Joys and it truly couldn't have been simpler! It was inspired by a card I received in a recent swap which was made by Shirley Hotop. I tweaked it up a little, but the concept is all hers - thanks Shirley. I stamped the image with versamark, embossed it with gold and silver embossing powder, "stickled" it with icicle stickles and mounted it on a scrap of gold card (non TAC ) then mounted that on to Cuttlebug embossed cardstock. Simple!!

Easel cards are so cute and so easy! Under 10 mins, really :) I stamped the main image from the Vintage Santa set in Palette Burnt Umber on TAC Ivory cardstock, distressed it and ran some Brilliance Galaxy Gold around the edges. ( I didn't notice it had smudged in to the image until I edited it in Picasa..... oh, well!) He was mounted on TAC green cardstock. The paper is from TAC's Reece collection, the sentiment comes from the same Vintage Santa set and the ribbon is also TAC.

The last card was the easiest of all! It actually looks better IRL but regardless of how many pictures I took, it always came up looking a little blah. I'm sharing it anyway... The paper is from TAC's Amelia collection (one of my favorites!) and it uses one of the labels that is included. The sentiments are from two retired sets, JustBe 9another of my favorites) and Trendy Holiday Tags.

Melisa is next on the hop and I know you are in for a treat! She does some fabulous work and has been featured in the Angel Company catalog.

Here is the complete list of bloggers, just in case some of the links are broken.

Laurie W
Laurie U

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Welcome hoppers! If you've been following the hop from the beginning you should have landed here from Caryl's blog. If you just dropped in randomly from cyberspace, you caught me participating in Operation Write Home's Veterans Day Blog Hop.

Operation Write Home is a group of crafters from across America (and beyond!) who make handmade cards for deployed heroes so they can keep in touch with their loved ones at home! We serve all branches of the military in all deployed locations, including those stationed aboard ships.

We also make "Any Hero" Cards. News from the homefront—even from strangers—is a treasure to those far from home. "Hero Mail is great," says one Chaplain. "I go out and pray with the soldiers before missions and I hand out Hero Mail." Letters are distributed to those who rarely get mail, or to those most in need of encouragement the day the box arrives. "It helps to know that we are remembered!"

The challenge for this hop was to create an Any Hero card and a Valentines Card (the next big holiday we are all frantically making cards for) I spent last weekend creating, and got so caught up in it all that I forgot to take pictures of the Valentines cards so I'm sharing two of my "Any Hero Cards instead. These cards were made with paper from K&Company's Army Collection and the sentiment is from The Angel Company's "God Bless America" set. It's got a bunch of sentiments which are just perfect for cards or scrapbook pages with a military theme and I'm giving one away today. All you have to do is leave a comment by midnight on the 15th and I will have my veteran pick a number at random to decide the winner. Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you and thanks for stopping by!

Now hop on over to see what Dawn has been up to! I "met" Dawn on the last OWH blog hop - you will love her blog!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

We will remember them.....

I grew up in Scotland, where Veteran's Day is called Remembrance Day, sometimes even Poppy Day, because we all wore red poppies in remembrance, something I don't see in the US but if you are interested, the history can be found here.

It falls on the same day, the 11th of November, and if it fell on a weekday, all the schools attended a church ceremony and we observed a two minute silence at 11am to honor the fallen. As a child, I probably fidgeted a lot during that two minutes, and didn't appreciate the symbolism of it. As an adult, who became part of the military family, who has friends serving overseas and who has lost friends to war, I fully appreciate it now.

Life has become so busy now, I can't imagine it stopping for two minutes during the work week, but if you take two minutes to watch this video, as you do so, please send out good thoughts and prayers to all our heroes of every nation serving in harms way. The video shows the very moving part of the annual ceremony of remembrance at the Albert Hall in London where poppies are released over representatives of all branches of the British armed forces to symbolize the fallen. I remember hearing once that there was one poppy for every fallen British hero, which makes it even more sobering to watch.

Until everyone comes home, we should remember.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Christmas is coming......

......the geese are getting fat! Do you have that Christmas song here in the US? I have lived here so long now that I can't always remember what is from where so if that first sentence sounds totally random, just take my word for the fact it's actually a Christmas song.
Today is the postmark deadline for Operation Write Home Christmas cards and I have 50 all safely in their priority mailer ready to go. This is one of them. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It was really easy to do - the thing that took the longest was waiting for the Stickles on the lettering to dry. You can't use glitter on OWH cards, but you can use Stickles (because it doesn't flake off) and really, what's the Holiday season without a little sparkle? This is an SU set that I don't remember the name of - my aunt let me stamp a bunch of images with it when she bought it last year - colored with Copics and Stickles, then mounted on red mirrorcard. The snowflake is a MS punch and the gem in the center of it came from the $ spot at Michaels.
I'm heading to the Post Office today to get my stash in the mail. I tried last week, only to be rejected because I had tape on the priority mailer - what is the deal with that? Is it just me, or is the Post Office getting really picky?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall Back!

I am just loving the extra hour! Don't you wish we could have one every week? For some reason it seems to be lasting way longer than 60 minutes...
I had every great intention of making a bunch of cards today but then got sidetracked by the mess in the craft room so I have spent most of the afternoon in there tidying away all the Halloween paper, glitter, ribbon etc in readiness to bring out all the Christmas glitter and gloriousness so instead of a card you are being treated to a picture of the spooky seven layer dip I made as an appetizer for last nights Halloween dinner party. Look really carefully and you will see the wine glass markers are toe tags (complete with gummy toes in them) and the wine on offer was a Pinot Noir called "Vampire". We had a perfectly splendid evening.... I have the best friends!

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