Saturday, November 13, 2010

Operation Write Home - VALENTINE'S Day Blog Hop


PhotobucketToday, Operation Write Home is hosting the 'Be My Valentine' Blog Hop to gather Valentine cards that the troops can send home to their families and loved ones.

If you've come from Raissa Stamps' blog, you're on the right track. If not, please head back to the beginning at the OWH Stars and Stamps blog to start at the beginning. There will be lots of fabulous samples, some tutorials and even a bit of blog candy here and there, so make sure you see it all! For those of you that may not know, Operation Write Home collects cards from card-makers across the United States to send to our troops that are not at home - so that they, too, can send cards to family and friends. Today's Blog Hop is dedicated to Valentine's Day - something sweet to send to a sweetheart or a child here at home. Yes, they're that far ahead. It takes time to get the cards to one of the regional locale's to send them over to the troops. The deadline is set for January 7th, but I'd try to get them out even sooner than that. Please note, OWH has asked that no more Christmas Cards be sent at the present time as they have already gone postal to the troops. Please save them for next year.)


This first card used an image from The Stamping Boutique.  Tracey draws the sweetest images, available as digital stamps.  I've been lucky enough to have been on Tracey's Design Team since September and have loved every minute, as well as Tracey's images.  This one is Audrey collecting Valentine's.  I colored her with Copics and added some glossy accents to the dove's heart then some clear glitter gel pen to the sparkles Tracey includes.  I finished with a gingham ribbon, Hero Arts sentiment that was circle punched & Stickled before popping them up for dimension.


My second card was made with another digital image from The Stamping Boutique , AJ with Sign. He, too, was colored with Copics. I hand-wrote the sentiment. The tan background is dp that I ran through the Stampin' Up Textured Wallpaper embossing folder then sponged over with red ink. I used Nesties oval and oval scallop dies on the image, popped it up for dimension, then finished the whole thing off with some pink and red buttons.

My third card is yet another digital image from The Stamping Boutique, Valentine House, once again, colored with Copics.  I made the background dp by randomly stamping with red on white from the Stampin' Up's Elegant Embroidery set.  All layers were matted on real red.  I finished off with some crystal accents on the hanging heart and windows; a red satin ribbon and a Hero Arts sentiment punched with the Creative Memories Heart punch set.  There are some red rhinestones on the sentiment label and the corners of the image panel.

Thank you for stopping by ... I love to hear your comments.  As a plus, all those who leave comments will be entered into a random drawing for some BLOG CANDY!  Your choice of THREE brand new Copic Sketch Markers.  I will draw for the winner on Wednesday, November 17th and will post the winner here on my Blog.

Now, for more adventure ... please check out Genevieve's Petit train va loin blog to see what she's been doing for the troops.

Hope you have a sweetheart of a day!

55 comments:

Sandy said...

WOW Collette, these are just gorgeous! Super job with coloring the TSB images....very nice work!!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

Beautiful images and wonderful coloring - my coloring is a work in progress.

Thanks for supporting OWH.

Barb Housner

Shirley G said...

What beautiful cards, Collette. Very professional looking. Thanks for sharing.

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Lovely selection of cards! I especially like the 'sending smiles' one--who wouldn't want to live in a happy home like that?

Sharon said...

Such awesome coloring! Thank you for sharing and participating in this hop today!

Janet said...

Very cute....thanks so much for the inspiration!

Lisa said...

Oh these are adorable! They are beautifully done - thanks so much for sharing!!!

jennifer mitten said...

Gorgeous cards - I love your style!

Joanne Travis said...

What sweet little images and your coloring is really fabulous!

Julie said...

Great cards - I love that house image especially!

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh my goodness, these are fabulous. I just love how you colored the images. TFS.

Cleota said...

Your cards are precious! Love the scene of the first one.

stefeni said...

Great cards. All of them are beautiful. And the coloring..wow!

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Yvonne said...

You're cards are beautiful!

Lesley from WI said...

Your cards are beautiful and I love the coloring! Great job!

MomsBeenScrappin said...

Beautiful cards and fabulous coloring!
Doris
MomsBeenScrappin at yahoo dot com

Hetty said...

Colette, all your cards are lovely colors and oh so sweet.

Ruza said...

Love the cards! They are so beautiful. TY for sharing with us.

Shell said...

to be able to color that well! LOVE THE CARDS

Robin said...

wonderful cards! the images and coloring are beautiful
thanks for sharing with us

Yolanda said...

These are adorable! I am going to have to visit the stamping boutique! Thanks for taking part in the hop.

Attegirl said...

Those are really cute cards... you do beautiful work!!!

Bonibleaux Designs said...

So sweet and pretty! Love the inked embossed background!

Cheryl said...

Collette, I'm not worthy! Your cards are so beautiful. I love COPICS and would love the Blog candy. Thanks,

Ronda S said...

Super cards!! I especially love the house!
mum2eight(at)hotmail(dot)com

SuzAnn said...

love your images and how you layered them. So sweet! Copics are my weakness!

Karen Howard said...

OMG, your cards are stunning!!! I love the layout and images you used! Hugs, Karen

Ann said...

OMG!! These cards are fabulous!! Thank you for sharing them!!

Erica said...

Your cards are very sweet.

Judy Jackson said...

Lovely Valentines! OWH rocks -- and I voted!

Valerie said...

Those are great cards! I love the detail you put into each card!

grandmalee said...

Gorgeous cards! You've been busy! Thanks for sharing your skills with us! Your cards are beautiful!

Cindy's Card Co said...

Your cards are great.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Beautiful cards! Love your coloring. Thanks for the inspiration.

Paula said...

Fantastic coloring on al lof these. Very nicely done!

Lori said...

Love the variety of colors and textures!

Diane Clark-Sutton said...

Love the digital images that you used and your coloring with Copics.

Dixie Cochran said...

Three terrific cards! I think the second one is my favorite. Thank you for hopping with us today!

Samantha said...

Your cards are gorgeous! I especially like the coloring on the third card!

digirl said...

beautiful cards- and very impressive coloring!!

Lisa said...

These are gorgeous! Fabulous coloring!

njgramma said...

I so admire anyone who can color images the way you do! Your cards are just beautiful :)
Mindy

Lillian Child said...

I just discovered your blog (and am now a follower) and love your creativity! Thanks so much for sharing with us and it's so nice to meet a new crafter who is as passionate as I am about OWH (my husband is a decorated Vietnam veteran) and papercrafting. So nice to meet you! And please feel free to drop by my blog at http://lillianchild.blogspot.com/ sometime and say hi!

Cropaddict said...

Loving these cute cards. Your designs are lovely and the coloring is great too.

Jean B in PA said...

Super cards! You are very talented.

Sherry H said...

Hi! Your cards are fantastic. Love your skill at coloring, adorable TSB images and all the little details of your cards. Wow!

Lynn said...

I justlove that sweetheart house! All your cards are wonderful!

lori j said...

what cute and colrful cards love them!

Ann said...

I love the house. Could be a gingerbread house for Christmas too.

annjerryk at aol dot com

loyaz said...

Oh you have 3 priceless creations - the joy you are sharing - it's wonderful. TFS
DianeL
loyaz at wbhsi dot net
http://loyaz1.blogspot.com/

Ashley said...

adorable cards :)

handstampedbyashley.blogspot.com

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Hi Collette, your cards are just beautiful!

Disp6194 said...

Gorgeous cards with such sweet images. Thanks for the chance to win :)

~ Kendra ~ said...

BEAUTIFUL cards!!

Christine said...

your cards are beautiful... great job coloring and great Vday color choices - TFS also thanks for offering candy (got my finger crossed - LOL)