Saturday, May 21, 2011

We Love Our Heroes Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Today is Armed Forces Day!  We are hopping to show our support for this day and to bring awareness to the works of Operation Write Home. You should have arrived from Jazmin's blog.  If you would like to start at the beginning, hop over to Misty’s, so you don’t miss any of the wonderful cards this talented group has created for OWH.

OWH, in addition to card makers making cards for service persons to send home to their families, has what they call ‘Hero Mail.’  These cards can be any size; not just the usual required A2. They also include a personal note to ‘Any Hero.’ We call them heroes, because OWH covers all branches of service. These are passed out to deployed heroes, who might not get much mail, or just passed around to enjoy news from home.  Visit the OWH website to get more information about this charity and to see how you can help.  Here is the OWH website:  Thank you to all of our heroes, past, present and those who serve on the home front as well!

For this hop, I chose to make a card for a soldier to send home to their loved ones using materials I don't use often enough.  I got out my heat embosser, white embossing powder, and a stamp to create the background of the paper.  I used a rub on for the sentiment and I used my paper distresser by Tim Holtz to rough up the edges.   I love the organic feel this card has. 

Materials used:
- Paper by Recollections and Bazzill
- Gems by Creative Charms
- Ribbon by American Crafts
- Stamp by Stampin' Up!
- Dove embossing powder by Martha Stewart Crafts
- Rub-on sentiment by Sizzix
- Paper distresser by Tim Holtz

Now for my GIVEAWAY!!!  I am giving away this adorable clear stamp set by Autumn Leaves.  To enter my giveaway, please become a follower (if you are not already) and leave a comment on this post.  I will announce the winner on 5/25/11.

Thanks for hopping with us!  Your next stop on the hop is Jan at

In case you get lost along the way, the complete hop list is below:

1. Misty...
3. Kristal..
4. Sally...
5. Amy...
6. Anita...
7. Kathie..
8. Rexann..
9. Vicki
10. Jenny
11.  Darlene
12.  JennyB
13. Linda..
14. Patti
15. Jazmin
16. Melanie
17. Jan
18. Gina


  1. Love your card - and the name of your blog! Thanks for sharing!
    I'm a new follower
    j dot berb at hotmail dot com

  2. Super card! I love the embossing!
    Thanks for being part of my hop.
    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  3. Love the card. So simple but yet so elegant. I LOVE to distress much fun! Nice hopping with you today!

  4. Pretty card! I love the heat embossing...thanks for the reminder to try this@@

  5. The embossing that you did was amazing. I never would have guessed that it wasn't bought like that! TFS


  6. How pretty!! I LOVE heat embossing!!!


  7. oohh! so pretty and elegant. TFS

    It was nice hopping with you today.

    desaucier at bellsouth dot net

  8. Great cards! I'm a new follower.


  9. Very nice card! Thanks for hopping; I'm a follower. RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot com

  10. I loved your card, I love your blogs name - I love the colors you used...what a GREAT hop this has been - Misty must be very proud I tell you.

    I'm Vicki part of the hop today.
    Great meeting you!


  11. This is a lovely card x

    I am on the blog hop team too and am hopping my way through x

    hugs sally x

  12. Beautiful card - and thank you for the inspiration....

    Patti Ross

  13. I love your card! Perfect for every occassion and I love the tactile feel of embossing!! TFS!

  14. Beautiful card Melanie! i love the idea of making cards for our heroes to send home in addition to making them cards for themselves. Thanks for the inspiration.

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  15. LOVE your card! REminds me i need to get some white embossing powder!! In a bad way~

  16. Beautiful embossing and a lovely card!

  17. Beautiful.I love the embossing.
    I am a new follower.
    Hugs, Anita

  18. Love your card and heat embossing is a very fun stamping technique!! TFS!! I am a new follower and Also One of the paticipant's of this awesome Blog Hop!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  19. What a beautiful card, Melanie!! I don't heat emboss enough either, and you've inspired me to do some today!! :)

    I'm a new follower and happy to have found ya on the hop!! :)

    Amy :) at
    scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Very nice--I like the white embossing. I am a follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  21. Love the white on the kraft.

  22. Oh yea...I am your newest follower! LOL You have a gorgeous site - I am so glad we did the Hero hop! I'll also be posting your blinky on my blog - thanks again for your comment and visiting me! See you soon ;)

  23. I think this was an awesome idea!! My friend Nati did this and I was so disappointed to find out after she was done already, so I would really love to do this some day. My brother was a marine and I know how much receiving mail means to our soldiers and I can imagine how much more it would mean coming from a stranger who cares!

  24. Great card. I haven't heat embossed for a long time:) I really should dig it out. I love the effect! TFS!
    Sherrie K