OWH Blog Hop (and a giveaway!)

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s Operation Write Home (OWH) blog hop! This is my second year to participate. If you aren’t familiar with OWH, let me fill you in. It’s an awesome organization that sends handmade cards to soldiers stationed overseas so they can write home to loved ones. For more information about OWH, check out their website or blog.

*If you are reading this post through a feed reader, facebook, or by stumbling across it,  the blog hop actually starts here.

I am a huge supporter of our troops because I understand the sacrifice they are making. My father was in the army when I was younger. In fact, I was born in Germany. Mom was blessed to be with him while he was stationed there. Other times, though, we were forced to be apart. Us back home and him overseas. I have two sisters, and we are all close in age, so I can’t imagine how hard it was for Mom to go to the grocery store with a toddler and two babies.

So, thank you to all the troops (and their loved ones) who sacrifice time with family to guarantee my freedom. And, many prayers to those who have lost loved ones.

Now onto the card!


The theme was “Missing You” with red, white, and blue.

  1. Stamp a background onto red cardstock. I love the look of tone-on-tone stamping for a subtle background. It really makes the card look great without distracting from the other elements. Papertrey Ink is great for that because they have inks to match their cardstock.
  2. Cut patterned paper into strips of varying sizes. Adhere going along the side and the bottom.
  3. Cut a large star using the Silhouette (you can certainly use other die cut machines or punches). Adhere with pop dots.
  4. Punch two smaller stars.
  5. Add the sentiment.

If you are making a card for OWH, click here to read some tips.

Now onto the giveaway!!!

I absolutely love stamping because it is economical, easy, and always in style. You can use stamps over and over in many different ways. Ippity stamps are some of my favorites. They are a sister company to Unity Stamp Co. and are high-quality red-rubber cling stamps with many cute sentiments and images. I happen to be a representative for Ippity stamps, so if you are interested in purchasing, please visit my blog for more information. If you are unfamiliar with how cling stamps work, click here for my YouTube video explaining it.

The Regal Greetings stamp set is perfect because it provides different greetings such as “Missing You” and “Thinking of You.” I am giving away one set to a random commenter. Please leave a comment by Monday 11:59 p.m. CST to be entered in the drawing. I will pick a comment at random and announce the winner on Tuesday. Be sure to leave an email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

COMMENTS CLOSED. Click here for the winner.

Thanks for checking out my card. Here’s the next stop on the hop: Karen @ Creating with Kajikit.



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72 responses to “OWH Blog Hop (and a giveaway!)

  1. Great card, great cause too! I love that stamp set.

  2. Love your website, am marking to return. Wonderful card, bright beautiful and speaks volumes!

  3. Wonderful card! And that stamp set is beautiful!! So glad I stopped by!

  4. This is also my second year participating. 🙂 thank you for the sacrifices you have made for this country. I love the card you made as well as the awesome stamp collection you are giving away. Please include me in the drawing. 🙂 God bless, Tereza

  5. carisa

    what a beautiful card – i love how you spelled out miss you like that with those white letters! perfect. don’t you just love ippity? i think it’s awesome – i’ve met such amazing talented women since signing up. tell your mom & dad thank you for their service to our country – i think military wives/moms are some tough cookies — i can’t imagine not having my hubby around for such extended periods….*hugs*

  6. I absolutely LUV this card! Gonna’ have to to check out these ippity stamps! I’ve seen them on several blogs, hehe!

  7. Great card, loved it. Hmmmm, gonna have to check out those ippity stamps, way too cute.

  8. The card is gorgeous, and so are those stamps.
    Thank you for sharing with this awesome OWH project. It has been too fun so far!

    In case I win… (fingers crossed) makikam73 at aol dot com

    Have a blessed and wonderful Memorial Weekend!

  9. Christy,
    What a nice card. I will need to CASE this one.

  10. Pretty card! I’m glad you are an OWH fan! Thanks for sharing! Lisa 🙂

  11. WOW, this card is really really nice. I love the crisp big puffy white letters. the card is wonderful.

  12. Lisa

    Love your card! You put a lot of work into them.

  13. Beautiful patriotic card, love how you used three different widths of patterned paper, what a great idea!

  14. Love that big bold sentiment! Adorable card!

  15. WOW! What a beauty. Great design.

  16. BJ

    love the card…gonna have to check out those stamps they look awesome!

  17. Rhonda Miller

    Oh, I love your card. The background is great. TFS.

  18. What a beautiful card! Thank you and your family for your service to our country and may God bless you!


  19. Love your card, the letters are wonderful. Very nice blogspot also.
    God bless all our military, past and present.

  20. Marilyn

    LOVE your card – fantastic.

  21. Thanks for sharing with us during this blog hop!

  22. Fabulous card! I love that big bold star, and the clean lines of that sentiment. Nicely done!!!

    Happy hopping!!!

  23. Erin Sim

    I love to see little details that make all the difference, such as the way you highlight those balloon letters with a little white. Thanks for sharing your story. Erin at bearingupnicely@gmail.com

  24. AWESOME card and GREAT candy, thanks for the opportunity.
    Susan (fellow OWHomer)

  25. Shelly Schmidt

    I love your card- the highlighting on your letters makes them look dimensional! Thanks for the oppertunity for candy too! TFS
    Shellymc2@comcast dot net

  26. I love your card! The layout is great! Thank you to your Dad and your family for all of your sacrafices! I have three boys (5,4 and 8 months) and my husband works out of town, so I can tell you that it is NOT easy to care for three young kids on your own! Kudos to your Mom!!

    marriedsinglemomof3 at yahoo dot com

  27. You card is precious, I like the large letters.
    God Bless

  28. Renee

    Beautiful card, thank you for sharing. Love that stamp set you are offering as blog candy!

  29. LOVE your card! The background is perfect! :O) Thanks for sharing and for the candy chance!


  30. Linda

    Beautiful card! I love the puffed lettering. Would like to know how that’s done. Thanks for offering blog candy!

  31. Love your card!! Love the Ippity stamp set!! wuv2create@yahoo.com

  32. very nice card!! Great Blog candy too!! thanks for sharing your story!!

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

  34. Terrific card. I love the boldness of the miss you and how the strips of paper are crisscrossed int the corner. Beautiful job!

  35. Fab card- love those white letters!

  36. Neat card–I love the tone on tone stamping too!

  37. Erica

    Love the card.

  38. Cathy C.

    What a fun card! Love that big bold sentiment too! Thanks for offering such awesome blog candy too!

  39. jackie

    I love your beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your lovely artwork . Have a wonder Memorial Day weekend.

  40. Stunning card! and so easy… I love UNITY stamps 🙂 I so am not going to win but just in case ersehnen@gmail.com

  41. Great card. Love the bubbleness of the sentiment.

  42. Terrific card with a clear explanation- thanks!

  43. Beautiful card. Love the shiny sentiment.

  44. I love the patterned paper set up that way….Great idea. Thanks

  45. Brenda

    I love your card – it’s so bold and pretty!

  46. Rufus

    Love your card. I do that and weave the ends over and under for a different look. Thank you to your family for your service to our country! Thanks also for your support of OWH.

  47. I love how you cut the stripes and separated them! Thanks for participating in OWH!

  48. I really like your card and the puffy white letters are just perfect. Thanks.

  49. JPScraps

    I love how you did the whole card but the background makes it so interesting.

  50. DianeL

    Your cards are awesome. I am blown away by this blog hop. Had no knowledge of OWH before today. Makes me real proud to be an American Stamper. Keep up the good work gals.

  51. That is a great card! I love the PP strips and I love the letters that you used for your “miss you” sentiment. Thanks for sharing! And for the great tips!

  52. I love your card! The big star and the lettering are so eye-catching and pleasing. Thank you for sharing the step by step instructions.

  53. Your card is so nice – simple – I like that. TFS

  54. Dixie

    Love this card! I just got my first set of Ippity stamps! Love them. Thanks for such a nice post for the hop!

  55. Great card. Love the large star and the fact that the sentiment takes center stage.

  56. jengd

    Cute card! Love all of those patterns!!

  57. Wow, I love your card for the blog hop today! The Silhouette machine is an awesome tool, I have one too & need to use it more. I did use it to make my blog candy for this hop though. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win yours!

  58. Libby

    Thanks for the info about Papertrey ink – I don’t stamp often, but this bloghop is making me think about getting more ‘professional’ stamping supplies! Thanks for supporting our troops!

  59. Kim

    Your card is fabulous! I love the background you’ve created.

  60. Great card. Love your stamping techniques and papers. Sentiment is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  61. Your card is nice and simple and gets the point across! I think the soldiers will love it.

  62. What a beautiful bold card! Love it! Thanks for sharing your talent and have a wonderful week!

  63. Marsha D

    Love your card – the layout, colors, sentiment. Great.

  64. Thanks for sharing such a fun card and adding the details. All the layering adds so much texture and presence to a basically simple project. Very cool stamp set too and generous of you to gift it.

  65. Great card! I really like the big letters you used for “miss you”

  66. what a great miss you card ~ the alpha stickers are perfect!

  67. Theresa

    Great card. TFS

  68. Sue D

    I like the big letters on your card and the layout of the patterned paper.

  69. Carmen Lucero

    Thanks for sharing your video on how to make paper flowers. Your card is wonderful! I’m sure the recipient will love it! Thanks also for making cards for the troops!

    I just learned about Ippity stamps, and like them very much! Thanks for a chance at the blog candy!

    cal8007 at aol dot com

  70. Hi Christy Sweetie…
    OMG I so love this card that you have designed with such love. Love the layering, and the letters
    of MISS YOU are so perfect. Lovin the stars. Your choice of paper was perfect. Any one of those
    soldiers reaching into the box would be so thrilled to pull this beautiful gift of love.

    I have never made a card, but this blog hop has so inspired me to create. I am going to give it
    a try while I am locked in doors with lung and chronic asthma problems. I spent 8 days in the
    hospital and have 2 more weeks in the house. I am going to spend some time searching to see
    what I can come up with to create, as I am not allowed outside for any shopping, only Dr. appt.
    lab and x-ray. Bummer hu? I have so missed Michael’s.

    Thank you for your inspiration sweetie. Please stop by and say hi. I would so love to have you
    visit. Country hugs sweetie…Sherry

  71. cut n paste

    Your card if gorgeous!!! Thanks for the detail instructions!!!

  72. I love your clean, modern design. TFS