Friday, March 7, 2014

Operation Write Home - Die-Versions Blog Hop

Good Morning!


What a great day!  I love hopping with Operation Write Home, and I love working with my Die-Versions Dies, so today is 'Hop Heaven' for me!  This hop features a new set of dies that is to be an OWH fundraiser project!  

If you are not familiar with OWH, their mission is to support our armed forces by sending blank, handmade greeting cards to them, for them to write home on.  They also send "Any Hero" cards of gratitude to encourage them.  More info can be found HERE.  If you have just stumbled onto my post, and would like to start the hop at the beginning, you can start HERE.

When I hop with OWH, I always start with their wonderful sketches!  Below are the cards that I made (and will send OWH), along with the sketches that I used.  I have to share that the 'Camouflage' cardstock used in two of my cards was created by photocopying a hunting shirt of dear hubby's when I realized that I had nothing that would work.  I'm amazed at how realistic it looks - yay me! 

This card uses the Die-Versions 'Boots & Helmet' Whispers DVW-337 Die.  The ovals were traced and cut from an old plastic stencil. Cardstock is Authentique, Kraft, and handmade Camo!

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Die-Versions "Military Tags" Whispers DVW-341 was used for this card.  The fabulous tags were cut from some metal sheets that I had on hand.  Cardstock is Bazzill, Kraft, and handmade Camo!  The wonderful sentiment is from Creative Vision Stamps 'CVRR103 Dog Tags, and Perfect Layers Tools for my perfect mats (see sidebar for details)'.


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The Die-Versions "Thank You" Sweet Phrases DVPH-012 was a joy to work with on this card. I took the little star that punched out of the ticket, and added it inside the O.  Worked perfectly!  Cardstock is Kraft, Amuse Studio, and Hammermill 100# White.  Ribbon from my stash.  Ink is Amuse Studio Navy, and I used my Perfect Papercrafting Tools for the beautiful, even matting. (see my sidebar for details)..


You can find the Operation Write Home sketches HERE.
You can find all of the great dies that I used on these cards HERE.

The next stop on today's hop will be the incredibly talented


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy the hop - lots of inspiration, and some pretty awesome new dies to see!

Patti J.

108 comments:

Lori Kobular said...

Patti I LOVE your cards! They are Amazing! I love how you distressed the military tags die and your paper on the boots and helmet die is perfect!!

Lori Kobular said...

Patti your cards are AWESOME!! I love your paper choices!!

Donna said...

Beautiful cards, I like that saying: hero's don't wear capes, they wear dog tags.

Joan Smith said...

OMG your cards are amazing I have to say I am in awe of your two die cards I mean I don't know how you achieved your look but what you did sure looks like they are worn out pieces and your red, white & blue card is so beautiful. Girl you most certainly are one creative and super talented gal.

adele holcomb said...

Genius idea, Patti, to copy a hunting shirt -- love the camo effect in these great cards!

Becky S. said...

Love your cards and the fact you created your own camo paper! I especially love the ticket dies. On your entries, I really like that you included the OWH sketches...that is good for me to see how you "fleshed" it out. GREAT CARDS!

Lisa said...

All three of your cards are gorgeous, Patti!! I love the designs and details!! The sentiment for the Dog Tag card is absolutely perfect!! Love these!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Anke said...

I also love your paper choices. That came out fabolous!

sherry varga said...

Great cards and paper choices. Thanks for the sketch numbers.

Julie said...

Yay, sketches! Two of them were designed by me, what great taste you have, lol! Love the cards and the camo photocopying idea!! Thanks so much for participating in our hop today!

Patty said...

All awesome creations!! My favorite is the first...just love the colors, and that camo on the boots & helmet is excellent!!

Anne Temple said...

These are great. Fabulous idea to cut the dog tags out of metal!

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Great paper, especially the Camo. I have some metal sheets that would be great for dog tags. Great boot and helmet look. You've tied it all well together

Gabby Sews said...

Awesome cards! Using your husband's shirt to create paper was genius!! I really love the metal dog tags!!

Jen R said...

I love that you created your own camo paper.....it does make the card unique!!! Radloff jen at cable one dot net

just jill said...

What wonderful cards. I especially like the way you dented up the dog tags. Great job on each card!

Archana Joshi said...

WOW, Wonderful cards Patti. TFS.
Hugs,
Archana

greggers said...

Super great cars and you are so ingenious, I would never have created the realistic paper for the helmet and boots, it blew me away! The dog tags look real too! TFS

Stamp S'More with Linda said...

Awesome samples of cards for our heroes. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Caldwell said...

Oh my goodness, these are so nice. I love that you used OWH sketches. Thank you for sharing.

Marsha C said...

Love all the cards, but the first one is probably my favorite. It gives me great idea for a feminine combat card. You inspired me!

Steampunk Suzy said...

Wow love sketches and that you've been inspired to make these great cards. Wishing the charity well from sunny England.

Pammy J. said...

The metal on the dog tags gives them a very realistic look, very nice!

Amy Johnson said...

Great masculine cards! What a creative idea to photocopy your husband's camo shirt! Love it!

clmelton said...

Wow. I am amazed at your creativity. Copying your husband's shirt. Clever. I don't know of any metal I would happen to have on hand but love, love what you did with the tags!!!

I appreciate you sharing the sketches you used. Nice job. TFS.

Dee Earnshaw said...

OOH I love the camouflage card stock, It really makes everything work so well. I am going to buy these dies:) because of your inspiration

Marie H said...

Lovely cards! The boots and helmet especially!

Donna Inks said...

Your cards are wonderful and I love the handmade camo idea! Love that ingenuity! Thank you so much for supporting Operation Write Home!

Shelley C said...

Love your cards. The boot and helmet really speaks to me. Just puts it front and center how much our heros sacrifice for all of us, and reminds me of watching John Wayne movies with my dad!

Elsie B said...

The star in the O and the home made camo paper are two touches that make your cards stand out! I also love that you start with OWH sketches...I must remember to do the same. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ann said...

Love them!! What an ingenious idea to photocopy your hubby's hunting shirt!I love the dog tags from the metal sheet and great idea to put the star cut out inside the O.

Andrea T said...

Thank you so much for posting the sketches. You did a wonderful job showing how they can be used. Great inspiration! TFS

Andrea T said...

Thank you so much for posting the sketches. You did a wonderful job showing how they can be used. Great inspiration! TFS

Barbra said...

Love how you used the camo party. Really adds a great touch.

Beth Norman said...

You are so creative. I love all of your cards, but esp the fact that you photocopied your husband's hunting shirt. Who would have thought!

Rose Hackman said...

Great job making your own paper! Love how all the cards turned out.

Aimee said...

Wow, some of the best cards yet! I love the metal dog tags; I've wondered if sending something metal is okay. Also, thanks for sharing the sketches - I always appreciate seeing how people use and modify them.

Jeanette Fincher said...

Great cards! I love how you created the camo paper!

Miss Marie said...

I really like the dog tag "Hero" card, the way you matched the saying with the diecut.

Sharon R said...

I really enjoyed your cards. Everyone on the bloghop are doing great. Thanks for sharing the sketch designs.

Sue C said...

It's hard to choose a favorite. The 'boots and hat' die gives such a sense of honor to use on a card. Wonderful ideas to incorporate the dies on cards for our servicemen to tell their loved ones back home they miss them.

I REALLY enjoyed the blog hop!!! I was SO inspired and anxious to make many new cards.

Thank you Patti, and the entire design team for all your hard work for our servicemen! I'm proud to participate.

Becki with an i blog said...

I would never have thought of photocopying fabric. What wonderful imagination! The dog tags are great. Always love the red white and blue

Becki with an i blog said...

I would never have thought of photocopying fabric. What wonderful imagination! The dog tags are great. Always love the red white and blue

Lynne said...

The hero card almost makes me cry. Wonderful

Irit Shalom said...

Amazing job! Great use of DV dies! Love it!

Tammy said...

Great cards. Love the boots and helmet.

Marie said...

Love your cards! What a creative way to make some camo paper! Great sentiment to go with the dog tags!

Cherie said...

Love how you used OWH sketches for your cards. I'm impressed that you thought to use your hubby's shirt for paper lol great idea!

*Vicki* said...

Hello my friend!! WOW!! I absolutely adore your design here Patti and such perfect dies for where they're directed too! I absolutely love this fantastic cause!! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

Patricia Meadows said...

Great cards! Can't pick a favorite.

Bounding said...

Photocopying a shirt goes above and beyond in creating. Wow! all of these examples amaze me as to what can be made from a sketch. The medal dies are wonderful, the patriotic thank you is always a good choice, love the combinations of red and white, and red, white and blue. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

Sue D said...

Awesome cards! Love how you made the camouflage paper

Sue C said...

Love the boots and hat die. Your creations are awesome! Cudos to Die-Version for making such unique dies for a great cause, 'OUR SOLDIERS' overseas. I'll probably buy a few.

I now have some great ideas to incorporate these dies onto my cards, giving the servicemen the ability to send letters to their loved ones back home and tell them they how much they miss them. And to make 'Any Hero' cards.

I REALLY enjoyed the blog hop!!! I was SO inspired and anxious to make many new cards.

Thanks you Patti, and the entire design team for all your hard work for our servicemen! I’m proud to participate.

Cheryl L. said...

Way to be innovative with our paper! Great job!

Jean Bullock said...

WOW! All the cards are wonderful. I love the dog tag card the best. The sentiment plus the shiny tags looks so cool. Wonderful.

Crystal said...

I'm going to have to go copy some of my hunting clothes! Such innovation...and worked do perfectly on your cards. TFS!

Mary M. said...

Patti, great cards. I LOVE that you included the OWH sketch... what a GREAT idea!

Rufus said...

Hey Patti J, fantastic job on the home made camo paper! Very clever of you. Super OWH cards and great used of the Die-Versions dies. Thanks for the inspiration,
R/

Cheryl W said...

You photocopied a shirt? That's an amazingly creative way to get the camouflage pattern you needed!You never cease to amaze me!

Colleen said...

I love that you incorporated the dies and the sketches! Fantastic cards!

Operation Write Home said...

Love that dogtag cut out of metal - looks fabbbb along with all your cards!

-Sandy, Exec Director/Founder, OWH
http://sandyallnock.com

TK said...

What nice cards. I really like using the multi-colored paper for the boots and helmet. Yep, looks like camo. And the silver paper for the dog tags and chain, genius! Thanks for sharing your cards.

Joan K said...

How fun that you were so resourceful in creating your camo paper! It is perfect for these cards - my favorite being the first one, though both are well done!

Nancy Keller said...

LOVE your awesome home-made camo paper! that was so smart!! Thanks for being my hop neighbor! I love your work!!! :)

Bert B said...

the camo paper is awesome! it really makes the boots and helmet stand out!
the dog tag card is cool, they really pop on that paper! The colors on the thank you card are sharp and clean and makes this a simply outstanding card! Great job!

Glittered Paws said...

Awesome - love all of cards and the dies are amazing. Ready for a play date real soon.

Lynette said...

Love your cards, Patti! How wonderful of you to make and send so many cards. What a great idea to use your husband's hunting shirt for making patterned paper@

Mary Locke said...

Your cards are wonderful and I liked the creative way you made your paper. Thanks for sharing!

Crafty56 said...

Love the camo cardstock and your use of the sketches.

KayC said...

Your cards are beautiful, love your ideas.

Kike' said...

You really rocked these cards...enjoyed creativity with the camo paper...using what you have...you go, girl!

Andrea La Vigne said...

Love, love, love these cards! Like how the camo came out--how creative! And the colors on the "thank you" card are just wonderful. Tfs!

Paula S. said...

Nice work Patti! I've gone the same route when I once needed 'denim' paper desperately and it worked well as it did for you. Love your realistic metallic dog tags too! Thanks for participating in the hop and for supporting OWH.

Annan said...

Kudos to you on your creative photo copying. Thank you for some great cards!

Marsha said...

Both cards are great and what a wonderful idea to photo-copy a piece of material! I had never though of that.

Jeanne Woody said...

Very nice cards, Patti! I will probably CASE a couple of them. You are so inventive, to come up with your camp paper. My favorite die is the boots and helmet, so that is my favorite of your cards. (Auto correct insists on putting CAMP in this post. LOL)

Misty said...

Wow! Scan a hunting shirt...who knew! Fun, fantastic cards!

sara said...

Oh how creative love those boots and helmet in camouflage!!

WhoMom said...

Very nice cards. I've photocopied fabric before! Mine was Dumbo...anyway, the cards are great and love that you showed us the different sketches you used. The dies add a wonderful element.

Diane Loughrey said...

Great sentiment and colors on the second card.

Ann Abrahamson said...

Your cards are fantastic! And the camo paper...cheers to you! I never would have thought to copy a shirt! Thanks for sharing:-)

PoJo said...

From one "Patti with an i" to another - You are GENIUS to make a photocopy of a camo shirt to use as paper! Thanks for sharing that idea! I will definitely be using that!

Each one of your cards is great!Love your layering and choice of colors and use of sketches!

-Patti T. from Gainesville, FL

lhalnan said...

Love your use of sketches along with the new dies!

MaryH said...

Patti, Enjoyed all these themed cards you've made for OWH (and thank you for supporting our troops). Die-Versions is really special to be making these themed dies, and I will be checking them out. Loved your camo too! Each card was so unique & well done. I think my fav would be the red, white & blue, but each one will be a welcome addition to OWH. TFS & Hugs.

rscholz said...

All three of your cards are wonderful. Great idea on how to make your own ds paper. It worked well on your cards. Thanks for sharing.

rscholz said...

All three of your cards are wonderful. Great idea on how to make your own ds paper. It worked well on your cards. Thanks for sharing.

Michele from MS said...

Wonderful cards! Love that you used OWH sketches. The camo paper is fabulous, love the shiny dog tags and what's not to love about red, white and blue! Great job!

Aundria B. said...

Love your wonderful cards, Patti! Your Hero card with the dog tags, camo and that sentiment (a must have!) is really beautiful. Really enjoyed the patriotic colors of your 'thank you' card, too. Thank you for sharing your amazing cards and for your support of of OWH.

Anne Slattery said...

Beautiful sentiment goes with a beautiful card. Thanks for the tip on the photocopy of the shirt. How creative. TFS.

Ute said...

Patti, wonderful cards. The dog tags one is especially well thought of and done, but also the other's are stunning. Thanks for sharing, Ute

Lynne in NI said...

These are fabulous Patti, I'm sure they will be much appreciated.
Did your husband think you'd lost the plot when you started photocopying his shirt? That's just so funny!! (and very clever!)

Karen Engelder said...

Amazingly beautiful and so clever to photocopy a design you needed. Thank you for sharing.

Curt in Indy said...

Such awesome cards for such an awesome project. Bless you and OWH for the wonderful work. Such perfect cards and I love the first two dies for these cards. Thanks, Patti for your support during my time away. It meant a lot. Hugs,Curt

Cindy's Card Co said...

I love the dog tags! Awesome idea. It really makes the card.

Cindy's Card Co said...

I love the dog tags! Awesome idea. It really makes the card.

Samantha said...

Beautiful cards! I especially like the RWB Thank You card!

chignon said...

I am flabbergasted at the fabulous ideas! The dog tags cut in metal are terrific but what I am excited about is how you made your own camo paper! I am off to photocopy my son's uniform! Thank you for such a great idea!!

Nancy M said...

Wow--fab ideas!! You are SO creative and clever!! Love the photocopy and metallic ideas!! Very nice layouts, etc on your cards, too!! TFS!!

Doudou said...

Beautiful cards

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fabulous cards Patti. Love those dies... those cards are just perfect for our solders.

Dotti Snell said...

I love, love, love the paper you created and how you used it.

Shirley said...

How absolutely wonderful, Patti!! They are all so special! Love the military tags, the boots, the helmet, the USA colors! All winners!!

Pam said...

What wonderful cards!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Robin said...

Wonderful cards!

crimsonowlcreations said...

I LOVE your idea of the metallic paper for the dog tags! It looks great! What a creative idea!

kzladie said...

What a great idea copying a camo shirt! My brain is now overflowing with ideas. Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

kathleen mansfield said...

All of your cards are great! Good ideas there. Very smart way to create your customer paper! And the metal tags...elements are so realistic.

Pam Sparks said...

awesome creations Patti!!! Very cool!