Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2012!!!!! What a year 2011 was - and 2012 holds nothing but promise on its first fresh day!

Our blog team is ready to bring you much inspiration, too. We have a few changes, and a couple reminders for those who haven't been following us for long.

Sunday Sketches: Julie is staying on the job for another year of sketches!

Tuesday Tutorials: Kate's retiring from being our tutorial wrangler (but she has one more treat in store for you this week!)....thank you Kate for 2 years of fabbbbulous tutorials, we've learned so much from you! (Go leave her some love on her blog!) Kate's shoes are being filled by Nancy, who you've seen tutorials from before on our blog. She's excited and ready to roll - leave her a message over on her blog if you have something you might be able to offer! Note: we'll be switching to a biweekly rather than weekly tutorial. 

Wednesday Midweek Throwdowns: Jan's going to continue motivating us every week with a new challenge...did you know she bases them on the OWH calendar? Stay tuned to them so you know what's coming up!

Thursday OWHtv: Sandy's back on the job starting this coming Thursday - the show this week is sponsored by LaLa Land Crafts, and you won't want to miss watching the show live. Can you say GIVEAWAYS! Plus the show will be a live coloring tutorial, using the cute images LaLa Land is selling as a benefit for OWH - Marci and Luka!

Featured Friday Cardmakers: Paula will continue for another year of interviews with cardmakers. She has such a great job, finding out all about you and why you support our heroes!

Weekend vlog: It's a vlog, not a flog - and it's usually Sandy getting pretty silly! Click the link in the sidebar to watch past vlogs; they're short, about 4-5 minutes, and contain 2 things and a rant....vlogs return to the airwaves on January 7!

Sponsorship Coordinator: Yes, we actually need one now! So Dotti is joining the team to match up sponsors who wish to offer prizes for our challenges. She can be reached at dotti@operationwritehome.org if you're a company owner wishing to sponsor a challenge.

Card Drive Coordinator: Yolanda will be stepping up to figure out the right times and ways to host our card drives....and asking you to help promote them! Hint hint, keep your eyes peeled in February!


Our blog events:

First Saturday Our Daily Bread Designs Challenges: These will be continuing! Be sure you make a card and link it up for the Get Sentimental challenge - winner will be selected Friday night, and if we get 50+ entries, two boxes of cards will be sponsored by ODBD! New challenge goes up on Saturday.

Memorial Day (May 26) and World Cardmaking Day (Oct 6) Bloghops: These two HUGE hops are open to all bloggers - stay tuned for announcements when signups begin.

Virtual Cardmaking parties: At random times throughout the year. Bloggers submit ideas, and every 2 hours one of them goes live - and we all play along! It's like a nationwide cardmaking party!

Some ways YOU can help:

  1. Visit our blog, and leave comments...the more comments we get regularly, the more the search engines will believe we have great content - and they'll suggest our site to more people!
  2. Visit our bloggers - when folks join in the challenges, check out their creations and leave them some love too!
  3. Follow, subscribe - again, the more folks we have following us around, the more folks will be directed to visit us! Did you know you can subscribe by email to this blog? Then all the posts are automatically emailed to you (sometimes 12 or more hours later) so you don't miss a thing.
Now get yourself back to the bloghop that started yesterday...we keep getting more and more blogs added, so there's plenty more inspiration to start this year off right!

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