Spring Break Bloghop: the hop starts here!

EDITED March 21: If you're hopping anytime from here on, you may run into links on blogs that go to the *top* of that blog. Which means that if the blogger added a new post since the hop, you might need to scroll down. The links on the bottom of this blog post are mostly linking directly to the blog post, where we're able to do so. Thanks, and happy hopping!

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the start of the hop!

This bloghop has been a while in the making, and we're so glad you're here! We have so many bloggers ready to show off their creativity and their love for our heroes. A few housekeeping details and then we can get started!

Hoppers:
  1. Each post should have a link to the next blog - look for a nice big link near the end of each post. Note that you *may* run into a broken link or two. Don't panic! Just come right back here and go to the list at the end of this post, and pick up where you left off. *You might scroll down the list to see any issues we've discovered in links—we'll update as the day goes on!
  2. Leave feedback! Be specific if you'd like - "nice card" is great, but "I love the way you use bling" is a lot more helpful to us as we learn what others appreciate about our work!
  3. Enter for candy! Some of the blogs are offering prizes, so read instructions to see what you need to do to qualify. The blogger will need to know how to reach you, so if you aren't a blogger, you may wish to write your email address in text ( name at server dot com ) so the robot spammers don't find your address but the blogger can locate you!
  4. Download freebies! There are some great free digistamps...save them safely somewhere!
  5. You may want to print out the list on this post, and make notes of which ones you want to go back and re-read, CASE, or follow tutorials. A piece of paper might do the trick too! 
  6. Have fun...invite your friends! Post a link on your FB page or Twitter, or on a message board!
Bloggers:
  1. Please doublecheck that your link goes to the right place. Lots of craziness over the last two days has confused a lot of us. The list on this post is the 'official' one, so hopefully it jives with the info you received!
  2. If you can, CHANGE your link to the long url for the next blog, rather than the short one, that would be very helpful. How? Go to the blog following yours, and click on the TITLE of the blog post. You'll see a longer url, and that's the one to change to. If we all do that, then we can hop anytime and find the specific blog posts and keep hopping along!
  3. If you notice others are getting a lot more comments than you are, check your settings. Sometimes people don't have an ID that will allow them to comment, so open your settings to "Anyone" for the day. (Note that those who are later in the hop list will get more comments as the day wears on.)
  4. Turn off music and scripts! Some folks are on dialup, and since we have so many blogs to see, let's turn off things that will slow our readers down today. Thanks!

A card share for you here is this little patriotic red white and blue card....it was a challenge to make a springy card that was also patriotic colors! (And no that wasn't part of the hop challenge, just a personal one!) The image is a Housemouse one.

This card is also an "AnyHero" card - meaning it contains a letter written inside for a hero. We love it when cardmakers include one or two of these - or more, of course! These can be handmade, storebought, or written on stationery or notebook paper...anything works, these are all about the sentiments inside.

As an added little bonus, here's a sketch made from this card design—it's a little backwards, usually the sketch comes first. But the way this week has gone, backwards is the way things are lately!


And now, without further ado,
click here or on the image below to get busy hopping!

The blog list:

  1. Stars and Stamps
  2. Karen, Feline Creative
  3. Dawn , The Chatty Stamper
  4. Lauri, Paperville
  5. Kathy, Pass It On
  6. Brenda, Rose Blossom Legacies
  7. Amy, Greetings!
  8. Louise, Trinity Paper Arts
  9. Joscie, OHScrap!
  10. Monica, Little Bit Of Life
  11. Sandy, A Colourful World
  12. Darsie, Crafting with Darsie
  13. Jeanine, Bucketlist Stamper
  14. Jann, She's Gone Stampin
  15. Melissa, Meljen's Designs
  16. Tara, Purple Princess
  17. Patti, The Erickson All-Stars
  18. Erica, Inked Up and Ready to Play
  19. Candace, Candid Candace
  20. Darlene, expressions by da
  21. Nora, Merry's Musings
  22. Heroes, Hero Blog
  23. Shelly, Create With Me
  24. Christine, Christine's Crafting Capers
  25. Joy, Dusty Penny designs by Joy
  26. Kate, Hello From Kate
  27. Dixie, What's Next?
  28. Alison, Stretch N' Bubbles
  29. Kimme, The Life of a Princess
  30. Seongsook, Sea Garden
  31. Anita, Cards & Coffee
  32. Debi, Card Making on a Budget
  33. Paula , Handmade By Paula
  34. Brittany, levelsoflight
  35. Erika, Bekah Jo's World
  36. Lee, Stamping With Grandmalee
  37. Caryl, Stamps and Stitches
  38. Susie, SA Scrappin Gal
  39. Shelly, life on altadena avenue
  40. Cathy, Monkeydreamz:Tales of a Paper Addict
  41. Stephanie, SR Cards
  42. Paula, The Paper Spa
  43. Donna, Donna Inks
  44. Kaere, Whispers and Wishes
  45. Denise, Stamping with Denise
  46. Kelli, KelliStamps4U...and U can 2!
  47. Rachel, Stamping by Rachel
  48. Vieve, PlaidPolkaDots
  49. Jillian, Welcome To Jillville!
  50. Tami, Dapple Designs
  51. Kelly, weekendstamper
  52. Julie, Handmade by Julie
  53. Kas, Art Loves Chaos
  54. Loni, Loni's Life
  55. Darlene, itsaninkinstampede
  56. Melissa, Delovely Scrapbooks
  57. Lori, Lori's Purple Giraffes
  58. Carolyn, P.M.S. etc...
  59. Tammy, My Craft Central
  60. Lora, Lora Stamps
  61. Lyneen, Dreaming of Castles
  62. Karen, Dreaming and Creating
  63. Nancy, Scrap Happens
  64. Karen, Creating With Kajikit
  65. Lainie, Scrappily Ever After
  66. Melissa, The Profound Brunette
  67. Fabre, Creating for a Cause
  68. Megan, Megan Bean
  69. Paula, Cut n Paste Memories
  70. Jan, Art Friendzy
  71. Corinna, My Scrapbook Life
  72. Brianne, Crazy, Beautiful Days
  73. Mary, Cr8ive ME
  74. Stephanie, SeaSteph's Creations
  75. Marcy, En Papillote Arts
  76. Marianne, Petunia's Paper Passion
  77. Windy, Card and Page
  78. Debb, Forget Me Knot Nonsense
  79. Cynthia, Cynzplace
  80. Sarah, Simply Scrapping, Simply Sarah
  81. Cheryl, Don'tworrybescrappi
  82. Caro, Scraps of Time
  83. Pat, PatQ cards
  84. Marci, More than Memories
  85. Bonnie Rose, A Life Unrehearsed
  86. JenMarie, Taylor~Made by JenMarie
  87. Maria , Ria Creations
  88. Holley, holley's hobbies
  89. Melissa, Just Dandy
  90. Collette, Heaven Sent For You
  91. Erika, Polley Crafts
  92. Betty, Simply Scrapping
  93. Homefront, Homefront Blog

Lauri  – (March 20, 2010 at 6:01 AM)  

wow! A HUGE list!! I am off to a workshop for the day but will be going through them all tonight!

...Darlene  – (March 20, 2010 at 6:03 AM)  

What a beautiful house mouse card! Thanks for all your hard work Team OWH!

Dixie Cochran  – (March 20, 2010 at 6:21 AM)  

Sandy, today you are MY hero! I can't imagine how you do all this! Many thanks for your dedication to our American Military Heroes and your dedication to the many crafters across America and beyond who make cards for us to ship overseas. You have inspired me to step out of my creative box in so many ways. Rock on!

Betty  – (March 20, 2010 at 6:26 AM)  

I LOVE the card!!! I think I might need that image...

Kajikit  – (March 20, 2010 at 6:31 AM)  

Wow! 94 stops on the bloghop - that'll keep us all busy today! Love your cute little Anyhero card. Thanks for including the sketch...

Seongsook Duncan  – (March 20, 2010 at 6:34 AM)  

Sandy, you did a great job again! I am so thankful for all what you do for our heroes and their families and for our card makers with your dedication and endless inspiration.

I love the image that you used in your card. Thanks for showing your Any Hero card message inside as well so that I get another idea of attaching inside papers.

Happy Spring Bloghop!

Merry's Musings  – (March 20, 2010 at 7:00 AM)  

This is going to be so much fun! What a great way to spend some computer time. Your card is a work of art!

MarcyK924  – (March 20, 2010 at 7:31 AM)  

My first bloghop and I couldn't think of a better place to start! Thanks to all of you at OWH for your hard work! I am proud to be a cardmaker!!

Linda L  – (March 20, 2010 at 7:40 AM)  

Wow I hope I can make it through them all. I have visited three and they are fantastic.
I love the way you tied in the red white and blue in the background of your card. Fantastic card!
I met a snag on #3 so I came back here I started and my friend Caryl #38. I have a busy day a head. I hope my fingers hold out.lol
Thanks for the great hop.
Linda

PaulaM  – (March 20, 2010 at 7:43 AM)  

Sandy, I have always had an attraction to House Mouse and then to add in my favorite bird too - wow - you did a great job. NOW I know how to do the any hero letters - duh!! lol This will be a fun day. TFS and thanks for all your hard, dedicated work.

Rhonda Miller  – (March 20, 2010 at 7:57 AM)  

Wow, great turnout. I'm excited to get hopping.

Sandy, I love your card. That image is so cute and your coloring is great.

Darlene Plotinski  – (March 20, 2010 at 8:07 AM)  

Great card shard Sandy! You did a great job on the hop....it really went smoother than you may feel it did on the blogger's side....honestly it did! Love your card!

Jan Hunnicutt  – (March 20, 2010 at 8:21 AM)  

Wow! 93 more blogs to visit, lol, this is gonna be so fun! Your card today is fabulous, the red, white & blue of the card base look great and the house mouse stamp is so cute. Beautiful job coloring. I definitely want to try your sketch too. Happy Saturday!

Carolyn Bounds  – (March 20, 2010 at 9:46 AM)  

Your card is FABULOUS!!! I love the brilliant way you incorporated the red, white and blue!! Your HM image is colored fabulously, and I am loving this sketch...it is already in my sketch book to use later;o) Thank you for everything you do!!! You are such an inspiration to me and many, many others!!!

Hugs!!!
Carolyn

Cut n Paste  – (March 20, 2010 at 9:54 AM)  

Love your HM card!!! And to incorporate the red, white and blue - well that's just awesome!!! Thanks for getting this hop together for us. We really appreciate all that you do! Thanks for the sketch also. Happy hopping!

Tami B.  – (March 20, 2010 at 10:14 AM)  

I'm so happy to be participating in my third hop with you! I started at my blog and went to the end. Now, I need to go hop in the shower before I finish. It's a wonderful wonderful hop. Thank you for all you do, Sandy.

Cheryl  – (March 20, 2010 at 10:17 AM)  
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Anonymous –   – (March 20, 2010 at 10:40 AM)  

This is the second comment, Sandy, as I don't know if the first one went through since I'm not a blogger.....A great job in setting this up...beautiful card as always.
The sketch inspires me to try one now. Thanks for your dedication to OWH.

lavendarrose29  – (March 20, 2010 at 11:33 AM)  

Great card. Thanks for sharing with us. I like how you gave us a sketch to work off of.

helloholley  – (March 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM)  

I've had a blast in my first ever Blog Hop,with you!! I just recently found out about you and I'm so excited to make cards for our heroes!! This is so wonderful!!

*Alison*  – (March 20, 2010 at 1:50 PM)  

Sandy,
I am so happy I am one of the LUCKY people that get to know you.. You truly are such a doll.. I LOVE your inspiration.. you are truly amazing for all you do.. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this.. I hope you will let me be a part of the next one as well.. and many more to come.. HUGS

Shelly  – (March 20, 2010 at 1:55 PM)  

Terrific job on the patriotic, spring card! Those aren't normally two subjects we think of mixing. You carried it off beautifully.

Paula  – (March 20, 2010 at 2:25 PM)  

This is the second hop I have participated in and I simply cannot stress to anyone who wants to but hasn't yet that this is SOOOOO worth your effort. Set up a blog soon, so you can be ready for the next hop. I promise you will not be disappointed. Thanks to everyone who participated for sharing your tips, stories, creativity and inspiration!

Tammy  – (March 20, 2010 at 2:28 PM)  

This certainly is going to keep me busy for a while....Lot on this list...Thanks for sharing...Love your sketch too...for the card.
smiles...Tammy

rstuck2003  – (March 20, 2010 at 2:52 PM)  

What a cute HM stamp! Also love that you incorporated Red, White, and Blue into it!!

Jillian  – (March 20, 2010 at 3:56 PM)  

I'm so glad to finally be able to sit down and get to the hopping part of the blog hop! :) Thanks so much for hosting such a good time! That card is very cute - thank you for sharing the sketch. And, thank you for the great reminder to send Any Hero cards - so important! BFN, and thanks again! :)

lakeslady  – (March 20, 2010 at 5:41 PM)  

Well done everyone for supporting all the armed forces.
I live in the UK but have been sending cards to American troops for a long time now.
" Like the ivy and the wall, together we stand and together we'll fall"
God Bless and keep everyone on active service safe and well.

Brenda  – (March 20, 2010 at 6:13 PM)  

Love your sketch, Sandy! Thanks so much for organizing this hop!!

Collette  – (March 20, 2010 at 6:49 PM)  

How sweet is this card? VERY! Love the way you colored this House Mouse. Too precious.

~Jeri~  – (March 20, 2010 at 8:28 PM)  

WOW! What a great blog hop! I'm glad I stumbled upon it. As a military spouse I love to see things like this! I would've loved to have been a part of it. Once I'm through the hop, I'll be back to check out all the details of OWH.
Love your House Mouse card! That is one of my fave stamps and always love seeing the RED, WHITE, & BLUE in all it's glory!!!

Ardilla  – (March 20, 2010 at 8:57 PM)  

Oh, this is a very big hop, hahaha...
I like the coloring in the card.

SuzAnn  – (March 20, 2010 at 9:39 PM)  

Another fantastic hop! Thanks to all who participated both bloggers and hoppers. Now to stretch those fingers out from all that clicking, go make a card for OWH :-)

Ola  – (March 21, 2010 at 12:37 AM)  

Your card is absolutely beautiful.... and I love anything Patriotic!

Thanks for Sharing!!

xoxo
Ola
okj83 at live dot com

CJ  – (March 21, 2010 at 5:51 AM)  

I am so glad I found this bloghop. I love making cards and who better to make them for than our boys and girls on the front lines keeping us safe. You guys are great. Thanks so much for thinking of our troops.

Speaking from experience, I can tell you they really appreciate what you are doing for them.

CJ

Kimme  – (March 21, 2010 at 6:15 AM)  

Love this little House Mouse stamp....So cute! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

Lauretta See  – (March 21, 2010 at 6:19 AM)  

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! incredible list .. i am going to try and do each stop and leave a message on all of them.. ain't sure i'll be able to that in a single day :)) But I really love your cards.. ( your blog is full of beautiful creations..) thank you for sharing it with us.

Hugs xx

dustypenny  – (March 21, 2010 at 6:20 AM)  

Thanks for hosting a fun blog hop! Great cards and sketches here!

Alex  – (March 21, 2010 at 7:03 AM)  

This is wonderful!!! Can not wait to see them ALL!!!

--  – (March 21, 2010 at 9:09 AM)  

WOW!! I just finished hopping around... quite the journey, but full of inspiration.

Cr8ive ME  – (March 21, 2010 at 12:22 PM)  

I finally have a chance to visit the hop. I just know I'll find a ton of awesome cards/projects.

{hugs}
M.E.

Susan  – (March 21, 2010 at 1:40 PM)  

the links to Oh, Scrap, are coming up as "dangerous" and my computer will not allow me to go there.
just letting you know
Susan

PS...you should advise the bloggers to turn off word verification it is also an item that slows everything down.

Gloria Westerman  – (March 21, 2010 at 3:31 PM)  

Awesome.....hop.....thank you so much....I did come back to see about going to Maria, mirs creations.and didn't see it....been to all others and saw some beautiful creations....thank you so much....
gw0109@gmail.com

Cheryl  – (March 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM)  

What a wonderful thing to do. I signed up as a follower and hopefully can participate in the future.

I love your card! I never thought to do the ribbons that way. It looks great.

Susan  – (March 21, 2010 at 7:33 PM)  

Can someone please tell me the cut off date for this blog hop? I just found it today and I am not even to the half way mark.
I also WANT to join, and start making cards for our service men and women!
susanscraps AT comcast DOT net

Thanks...I wish I knew about this organization sooner.
Susan

JPScraps  – (March 22, 2010 at 6:34 AM)  

It took 3 days but I did it. I left a comment on all the blogs because I think it's so wonderful that so many people make cards for OWH. Thanks to all!

Susan  – (March 22, 2010 at 2:27 PM)  

#72 has already closed down her post.
:(
Susan

Betty  – (March 23, 2010 at 1:24 PM)  

I was just at Brianne's blog hop post... You might want to try again :)

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