Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Good morning friends!!

Operation Write Home (OWH) is having a fundraiser. They are a not-for-profit organization that collects and sends handmade greeting cards to American soldiers so they can stay in touch with their families. They need to raise $13,000 to cover holiday shipping costs.

Two stamp illustrators, Katlyn from K ‘n K Stamps and my friend Deedee Anderson, have kindly designed 7 new digi sets exclusively for this cause. Each “set” includes an image and some greetings, in both JPEG and PEG file formats, all in a zip file.

100% of the proceeds from the sales of these stamp will go to OWH. These sets are available for just $2 each or get all for just $10. You can buy them at the K ‘n K blog (not the store) and all purchases will be emailed out within 24 hours of payment clearance.

Here is a sneak peek of some of the digis for sale:

Not a card maker? Donate to help with shipping! You can sponsor a box for $13, or any amount you choose – click on the yellow PayPal button on the Operation Write Home site to make a gift directly right now, or send in a gift with your box of cards!

For more sneak peeks, join in the hop and visit these other talented ladies. The hop starts here. If you have come from Michelle’s blog, you are in the right place. Your next stop is Deedee’s blog.

Two lucky hoppers who comment along the way will win 2 digi prize pack from K ‘n K Designs! (Be sure to check Deedee’s blog on Monday to see if you have won!) Blog hop ends this Sunday 10/23, at 8pm PST.

These soldiers and their families have given their lives to make our home safe. Now is the opportunity for you to support them. What are you waiting for? Do something meaningful today!

Challenges entered:

4 Crafty Chicks – marker it up

AI Factory Graphics – anything goes

For your inspiration – photo

Create with Connie and Mary – sketch

Forever Friends – anything goes

Shelley’s Images – anything goes

The Corrosive Challenge – flying things

Robyn’s Fetish – Animals

Karen Doodles – Animals

Scrappy Frogs – Things that Flies

Ruby’s Rainbow – Cute and Cuddly

Catch The Bug – Animals

The Stamping Boutique – Someone Special

Fairy Tale Challenge – Sympathy Card

Peachy Keen Stamps – Sketch


Tutorial – Making A Handmade Flower

Good morning everyone,

For today’s Creative Vision post, I am sharing a tutorial on how to make a handmade flower. You know those shabby chic cards you see with handmade flowers, I love them and have always wanted to learn how to make it. When browsing the web, I found this lady who makes these really nice scalloped flowers. Her site is here. Her flower is gorgeous but since I have 2 left foot, I adapted her flower and made it foolproof for me.

Here is my flower – easy enough for a beginner so anyone can do it really. All you need are some basic crafting supplies:

  • Scalloped punch (or scalloped die) – size of scallop determines size of flower.
  • Tissue paper
  • Twine


1. Fold tissue paper in half and continuing folding it in half until you get about 12-15 layers.

(doesn’t have to be accurate and tissue doesn’t have to be new and uncreased – you are going to be scrunching it up anyways – yup I’m lazy like that)


2. Punch out a scallop from your folded tissue paper.


3.Punch two small holes in the center and thread twine through the holes and tie a knot.


4. Flip the knotted scalloped circle over and start gathering each layer of tissue towards the center.


5. Once all the layers are gathered, start pulling layers down one by one (starting from the outer layer) to form a flower.

Tada!!! You have your handmade flower. See I told you, couldn’t be easier than that. And very cheap too – a flower that looks like you actually bought it.

Here is the card I made with this flower.

I used the “CV0087 Wishing You” stamp set from Creative Clear Stamps.

Have a fun and creative rest of the week! I sure felt creative after making a flower from some bits of tissue paper I had laying around.

Challenges entered: