Congrats to: Nancy M, Donna, Jan Brumbow, and Jen!!


CHA flashmob!

Well lookee here, the video is out! And to celebrate....we're giving away a bunch of these cute pink aprons, autographed by our very own Sandy - all you need to do is comment on this blog post by 3pm Pacific (that's 6 Eastern) TODAY! - and we'll pick winners!!! What do you comment on? What makes YOU crafty???
Thank goodness it's not dancing skills that make THIS chick crafty! :)

Tonight at the Crafty Carnival event, we'll be making AnyHero cards with everyone. Goal: 200! Wish us luck...and if you see friends posting from CHA on Facebook, tell them to register for the Carnival so they can come help us! The Fiskateers gathering at CHA is at our tables :) :) :)


CHA fun continues!

Today's CHA report is pretty random, so hold onto your seat! (Note: No sign of a CHA flashmob video yet - you know I'll post it as soon as I find its location!)

This first pair of pics is a bit of a riot....they had this giant frame, totally blinged out, and a glittered background - and a bunch of tiaras on a stick. They invited people to take photos in it, and we couldn't resist....though I have to say I was cringing and hoping nothing got on me!

This next item is ohmygoodnessdelish! It's not a card, but I can't resist showing it to you! It's all paper and bling, and took this artist 6months to make - it was crate-shipped in four parts.

I got a peek at the new simplicity border punches from Tonic (see more here), and they are AWEsome! They punch nicely, designs are cute, and they take up a lot less room than a lot of other punches.
This really blew my mind....stay tuned for more info, I've got some research to conduct:

And I found some new paper companies I really liked - this is from a new company called Kite Tails, and the line is "Man Cave" - lots of really fresh geometrics in great guy colors:
 And of course my eye was captured by the cool papers by Glimpses/Signify Pink...stay tuned for some cards made with a 6x6 pad on an OWHtv episode near you sometime:
This last photo is entirely un-CHA related....but I wanted to be sure no one missed it...are these not the cutest little kiddos who got cards from Dad in Afghanstian!!


Happy Monday from CHA!

With an empty spot on the blog today - and with me being awake hours before I needed to today, agh! - I thought I'd take time to let you all know what's been shakin' at CHA so far!

We arrived on Saturday, and our team met to set up our booth! CHA has an area set up called the Community Park - all the nonprofits are in this red-and-white striped section, which has lots of chairs and tables in the middle. There are faux trees, topiaries, and fake grass :) Yep it's a park!
Our booth is the second one in on the right, half of it showing in this view.

The early skeleton of our booth...we hung up a flag signed by our heroes, and added our banner in the back!

I'm really hoping we can all be at the booth at once, I was hoping our 'first' photo would be a full group shot...but this is like herding cats...once we think we have everyone, another disappears! :)

Sunday morning started with the FLASHMOB! I'm still waiting for the video - but what a hoot. It looked like about 75 people in the group to me...we wore our pink aprons (under our OWH ones til it was "time"....everyone else covered theirs with jackets etc). The music suddenly started, and we flung off the covering of our aprons —and danced our little hearts out!

Strike that "scissors" pose!

Yeah baby! I've now done a flashmob! Bucket list checked off!

And I wanted to share a crazy thing that happened in the last few days....remember me telling you we weren't going to bother to go vote anymore? of our heroes saw that post. And his reply to me: "No way. You can't quit. We got this!" So the link to vote has been going around Afghanistan and parts beyond, so guess what? We're back in first place?!?

Okay, back to CHA! We have six of us taking turns at the booth all week, in shifts of 2 hours, with three at the booth at any given time. With our goal of 1000 cards, we'd need to make 25 cards an hour all week—agh! So we've been sitting down with our visitors and making cards right along with them! We have all our prepared kits, and each card has its parts in an we place that and the tools needed in front of each crafter, and they go to town!

Volunteers Samantha and Debbi working hard!
Our guns are loaded!

A lovely donation jar on the counter, made by Sue. Leslie's manning the front desk.

One of Sunday's thank you card kits.

This card kit got a LOT of attention! Recognize that clock?

Mom, I love you! And your May Arts ribbon too.

I took a shift at the table! 
Debbie and Leslie: May we help you?

 I don't have many pictures from the rest of my day - I am so bad about remembering to get out the camera! But....I spent my time Sunday visiting existing OWH partners and delivering some love to them...thank you certificates and copies of our Annual Review! It was an 'easy' day for me that way....spending my time with folks who already know and love us, and sharing successes as opposed to selling them on the idea of playing along with us.

Of course Hero Arts was on the top of my list. They had our stamps prominently in their booth....this was taken during setup:

I had a wonderful chat with the man you all have dubbed "Mr Hero Arts" - and he was so thrilled with how our partnership has begun! I asked how sales were doing and he said it's going wonderfully. Wonderfully enough that he thinks we need some more stamp sets! So get your thinking caps on ladies, they welcome our ideas!! I'll be talking with him further when he stops by our booth....we'll see if we can talk him into making a card :) And I promise pics!

Lots of our other partners were so excited to see us, and are asking if we'll do another hop like the 11.11.11 one....I didn't realize just how much they liked that! So stay tuned for more...we might have to have a bunch of them so we can fit everyone in on short hops :) :) :)

I was passing by the Ranger booth and saw Tim demoing the new distress markers....I couldn't hear much from standing behind him, but I was more fascinated with the new paper he showed - it's not glossy but not dull - it's kind of a cross between them. It stamps SUPERclear detail, and takes alcohol inks...I'd love to try some Copics on it, so I might take some supplies over and see if I can do some testing. Will let you know what I learn! (And they're working on a Tim tutorial on the distress markers, so keep an eye on his blog.)

And here was the booth of my Glitter on the FLOOR! Aiyeeee, I tiptoed around it :) It was SO shiny! :)
Last night I had a very very special treat....while our team went off to have dinner, I got to see my little buddies, Lainey and her brother Jace!!! They came to Anaheim with their mom (Samantha) and grandma.....grandma is taking them to Disney, the beach, etc, while mom works at our booth. But I snuck in some time with them....Burger King, coloring images, and playing wayyyyyyy too much Plants and Zombies while snuggling up together. What a perfect evening!

During my lunchbreak yesterday I shot a superfast vlog....I'm having all kinds of connectivity issues here, so even posting the link on Facebook was a challenge. So if you missed it - here you go!

Today's plan: Lots of running around and meeting some new folks.....some of whom I've 'met' in email before but never face to face. I am soooooo looking forward to putting faces to names!

One last thing - our hotel has these really cute towels folded on our bathroom sink - I'm going to see if I can make a card inspired by this at our booth this morning. Let's see what I can come up with!


Sketch Challenge #106

Hello, cardmakers! Y'all are really bringing the beautiful each week with your sketch cards! I love visiting your blogs and galleries and seeing your take on the sketch. I hope you all visit each other and leave some encouragement - you might find a blog or two you want to follow while you're doing it!

This week's sketch challenge is slightly different in that our sample maker Sybrina also created the sketch itself! Thanks so much, Sybrina, I enjoyed having the week off, lol!

Here are Sybrina's beautiful samples. To see more of her work and to leave her some love, please check out her blog, Scrapping With Purpose. My favorite here is the big star - it's an AnyHero card, too!

What will you put in the big circle? A stamped image? A large sentiment? Or will you use a circle at all - maybe some other shape? Be sure and come back here to link up and show us!

To play along in this week's sketch challenge, simply upload a project using this week's sketch to your blog or online gallery then leave the link to that entry using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. And remember, you may use this sketch at any time. Feel free to re-post the sketch on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants. Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.


Featured Cardmaker, Lisa H., Rockport, MA

Happy Friday Everyone! I'm excited to be able to introduce you all to Lisa, this week's featured cardmaker. Lisa participates in lots of challenges and blogs over at The Purple Place where you can see more of her great work. I visit her on a regular basis and particularly like that she always has cards that show a variety of styles. So say hello to Lisa here in the comments section and  take a few minutes to check out her blog for even more inspiration!

How long have you been stamping?
I started in February of 2007, almost four years.

Do you have a craft room or specific area where you stamp/craft? 
Yes, I now have a wonderful craft room, which is where I spend the majority of my time. After craft supplies started to take over our upstairs den, we simply moved out that furniture, moved in my computer and headed to IKEA to buy bookcases, drawer units and a large craft desk.  It took us a few months to put it all together, but it was well worth all the time and I am very thankful to have it.

What are your favorite stamp/craft products?
I have too many favorites to be honest.   With so many wonderful products on the market, it's very hard to pick one.  I love them ALL and now have a wonderful collection of products to work with.   It's very hard to pick one favorite, but I can say that I've fast become a HUGE fan of all the Hero Arts products.  I was so impressed that they worked together with OWH to develop the new OWH stamp sets, which I love.    I also really love their stamp designs, as well as their papers and card stock.   I also love to color and Copics are by far my favorite markers.  I've already pre-ordered the brand new color collection, that is due out in February. 

 Do you have a favorite technique?
I like a variety of techniques and enjoy taking classes to learn more.  I've taken several technique classes at my LSS and also online with Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner and Suzanne Dean.   These ladies are three of my favorite desingers, but there are many more I admire and follow.

Are there colors you love to include on your cards?
Purple, Purple and Purple.  It's my favorite color and inspired the name of my blog - ThePurplePlace.

How did you hear about Operation Write Home?
I saw the OWH logo on craft blogs and had wondered what it was about.  Right about that time, I met Jan Hunnicutt in an online craft group and asked her what I needed to do to start donating cards.   Jan eagerly answered my questions and sent me links to the main site and also the Stars and Stamps Blog.

What motivates you to make cards for our heroes? 
The Heroes are my inspiration and I simply love to create.


OWHtv: Episode 42 Hero on my Wrist, Studio Calico

This is the last show for a little week Sandy will be at CHA, and the week after will be out on the high seas! Hopefully the show will be back Feb 16, but that'll depend on post-travel recovery :)


GlitterFREE Bling

 Thanks for a great challenge last week, your color challenge cards were beautiful

Our challenge theme this week is Glitterfree bling!  We challenge you to make cards that have bling without using glitter for our heroes to send home to their family and friends!  We can’t wait to see your card creations! 

Our sample card maker this week is Cara!  To see more of her awesome creations please visit her blog Crafting Adventures.

Thank you Cara for sharing your awesome creativity with us!

To play along in this week's challenge, simply upload a project using this week's challenge to your blog or online gallery then leave a direct link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post.  And remember, you may use this challenge at any time.  Feel free to re-post the challenge on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants.  Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create. 
Thanks for stopping by and hope you join in the fun!

To play along this week, please enter your name, URL and email address in the link below then press next step and select the photo of your creative project.  An icon will appear on the blog featuring the photo you selected.  If the photo doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will after the page has been refreshed.


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