Saturday, May 29, 2010

Operation Write Home
Memorial Day Bloghop



Welcome "Hoppers" to my page SMBdesign - which is a blog for my shop on Etsy. My name is Susan and I am so proud to participate for the second year now.

Operation Write Home began in 2007 with just a few cards made by friends on a message board; what began as an outlet for a hobby has become a much larger mission to help heroes keep in touch with home - and the effort has been joined by thousands of cardmakers!

OWH receives handmade cards donated by crafters across America (and beyond!). Cardmakers range in age, location, and level of skill; cards are provided by individuals and groups, schools and scouts, companies and churches. All have one primary thing in common: a desire to serve those who defend our nation!

Cards are mailed to one of our volunteer shippers in quanities both small and large. The shippers process, sort, repair, and document each donation, and then pack and ship boxes of over 300 cards each to our contacts. Our heroes request cards (families may also request on their behalf; we serve all branches in all deployed locations. Click Here for info on how you can participate.


My youngest sister is in the National Guard [for 2 years now] and was officially deployed on Jan. 5, 2010 from Ft. Lauderdale to report to Fort Hood for preparations to Iraq. I spent the day with her on New Year's Day in Orlando and then at the Deployment Ceremony in Ft. Lauderdale - it was such a treat!

I am so proud and grateful to all the men and women serving our country, and to their families, too - my thoughts and prayers are with you. Happy Memorial Day everyone! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit, please take the following link to the next blog on the hop:

SR Cards by Stephanie... go up, up, and away in a beautiful balloon!

I'm Hosting a Challenge!!! I will create as many cards as comments recieved on all three of my participating blogs [ sbartist : painting in the dark and Salon D'Arte, SMBdesign ]. I am still completing my challenge from last year's hop to make one card for each comment left on each of my three blogs participating [over 300]. I am making cards and collecting cards from friends to send in that will be directed to my sister's deployed location - this is so cool.

I am challenging hoppers to make cards too! Please make your pledge to create on my facebook page and I will organize a gallery of everyone who wants to participate - and - host a card swap, too. I encourage you to join in the fun! To take you back to the "Top of the Hop" click here.

Thanks again : ) Sb

43 comments:

Linda said...

Hi Susan! Very informative Blog. Thanks for participating! Enjoy the weekend.

Dawn said...

Thank you to your sister from me. It's nice to know how OWH, closes the gap of people who are far away from home. God Bless her!

Courtney said...

Thank you to your sister for her service! And to you & your family...I know the sacrifice. My DH is on his 2nd deployment...His first was Iraq! What an amazing challenge you are doing. So AWESOME of you!!! God bless!

~Courtney~

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

Great blog and card.

Give a big thanks to your sister and those she serves with. Without their personal sacrifices America would not be as great as it is. And a special thanks to you and the rest of family for "giving" up one of your own to serve our country.

God Bless all of you!

Marianne said...

Susan,
Great card. When I have more time I will return to your blog to take a look around. Big thanks to your sister for defending our country. You have such a way with words in describing OWH and what are heroes current and past have done for this great country. Thank you.

Shell said...

God Bless your family and may He watch over your sister and every other member of the military!
I too am creating cards for each comment left on my blog... :)

Julie said...

Great card!

Thank your sister for her service from all of us!

Jennifer Moore said...

What a neat card. I like the paper you used on the left-hand side of it.

Susan said...

PLEASE thank your SISTER! Loads of info here, good luck with your challenge.
fellow OWHomer...
Susan

Erika said...

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

TN Granny said...

Susan,
Your card is so nice, wow you have 3 blogs participating your one busy chick!
Stampin hugs,
Jeanine

Paula said...

I am so excited to see so many crafter's pledging to make cards for each comment they get. Wonderful post!

Operation Write Home said...

Great job on combining all those elements into your card, Susan - love it!! And I'm so glad to see the challenge making a card per comment---you guys are all bolder than me! lol.

Martha said...

I have a passion for the recycled- or upcycled as you call it! I love all the cool stuff you used on your card. Well done.
Thanks for so actively supporting OWH!

Erin of the Bears said...

wonderful challenge idea... count one more for this comment! And I'll click over to your FB site to join your challenge for me. Your card for today was beautiful, and I'm eager to check out your other work on Etsy.

PocketsOfInspiration said...

Very nice card!

rstuck2003 said...

Great card, thank you for sharing

levelsoflight said...

I wish your sister all of the best while she serves!

I like your challenge! You will have 18 comments including mine. I am sure that you will get many more throughout the weekend! :)

helloholley said...

Great card,awesome blog!!!

Lelia Pierce said...

Great card! TFS!

jackielwatson said...

wow, what a beautiful card and thanks for sharing.

debb said...

Beautiful card!

cinmfoster said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

Dixie Cochran said...

You can keep 3 blogs going? Amazing! I can't keep ne current! Love the distressed card. Thanks for making so many cards for our heroes!

Renee said...

Thanks to your sister for her service. I love the corrigated heart wrapped up with the missing you tag. Very clever.

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Love that crimped heart! You must be so proud of your sis--please thank her for her service on our behalf.

Debby said...

Your card is awesome. I love the whole style of it. Thanks for you encouragement to make cards for our heroes. Please give my thanks to your sister for all she does serving our country and securing my freedom. thank you

Cheryl said...

Wonderful card! I love seeing so many crafters pledging to make cards for your troops.

grandmalee said...

Your card is so amazing! I love the texture...did you make the paper? Thanks for your challenge & being brave enough to post it on fb! I'm hosting a card party soon & can't wait to see the faces of the others when they realize how easy it is to create cards for our awesome soldiers!

Rufus said...

3 blogs?? No wonder I was getting I was getting that "familiar" feeling! OK here's another card you need to make for OWH!

Karen Howard said...

Gorgeous card and keep going, you will last years goal as well as this years!!!

Kim said...

Your card is beautiful. I love the background papers you used.

Cut n Paste said...

Your card is beautiful!!! Thanks for your commitment to making cards for OWH!!!

MidnightCrafter said...

What a beautiful card, heres a comment: Please make more! :-) Thanks for sharing!

Meg Bean said...

I love the textured card that you made! Also love the bright but muted colors.

Christine said...

wow three blogs!!! I can't even keep up with one... LOL
May God Bless and keep your sister and her whole unit. Thanks to your family for their sacrifice.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Very nice card. Love your layout. Thanks for sharing and for your commitment to make a card for each comment. Thank you!

christy sheffield said...

cute card! thanks for sharing. many prayers and thanks to your sister for the sacrifices she is making.

Bev E said...

Thanks for your cute card. So many great cards.

Suz said...

Thank your sister for her service & prayers for her safety always.

Great card thanks so much for inspiring us

Betty said...

Your card is lovely :) I enjoyed taking a peek around your blog - so much info...

Stampin_melissa said...

Please give your sister our thanks for her service. Thank YOU for your service in supporting our troops! Your card is wonderful, I love the feeling of texture!

Jana said...

Very cool that your cards are going to your sisters unit.
The card you made is very pretty.

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