Thank You Friend

Thank you for being a friend
Traveling down a road and back again
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant.
~ Lyrics by Andrew Gold

Hey everybody! How’s Hopping? It’s a thrill to hang out and make Thank You cards with Sandy and her gang at Operation Write Home (OWH). We just never can say or do enough to thank our armed services heroes and she-roes, but OWH sure does try.


If you just joined the OWH Blog Hop, be sure to start back at the beginning, here. And, while you’re there, you can see all the amazing things OWH does.

Our theme for World Card Making Day 2013 is Thank You cards using one of the ga-squillion OWH sketches.

Thank You Friend

I inspect nursing homes and, seriously, every time I go into a new one, I pick out a room for myself in the lock-down secure unit. God knows I’m going to need one some day. In my regular dazed and confused fashion I failed to read all the instructions for the hop and didn’t use an OWH sketch. Oh dear. But, thankfully the sketch I used is really similar to these two sketches (if you squint your eyes and tilt your head a little). So, don’t lock me up just yet.


Operation Write Home’s posted guidelines say you should add a liner if your card is made with dark cardstock. And, don’t forget the envelope.

Fanciful Feathers Inside


Tips & Techniques

I love the look of burlap. Something about it feels like Fall. Don’t ask me why, it just does. But, burlap can be a challenge to work with because it ravels so easily. Try this. Adhere your burlap scrap to some Kraft paper using double sided adhesive sheets. Then run it through your die-cutting machine to cut out whatever shape you want. (I used a circle die.) You’ll get a perfect cut and the adhesive will keep the burlap from raveling.

Fanciful Feathers

I used some of my newest toys from i{heart}papers. Isn’t this Fancy Feathers set fun?

I inked up the feather stamps with four different stamp pads. The Memento Dew Drops worked perfectly for this because of their smaller size and shape. After you get the different ink colors onto the stamp, you can spritz the stamp with just a tiny bit of water to get the colors to blend a little. Then stamp away. But, tread lightly – too many different ink colors and two much water can just give you a muddy color.

Thank You Friend

Below are the ingredients I used for my card and that’s it for me. Now, off you go, back to the OWH Stars and Stripes blog to visit the next hop. Have fun!



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Sweet Comments

  1. i love the textures in your card- and thanks for the great tip on cutting the burlap! I too think burlap is fall-like! Great colors! And don’t worry- i have missed things on bloghop instructions too!!! I love the layout of your card- sketch or not! Thanks for your support of OWH and our troops!

  2. Thanks for sharing the tips on cutting the burlap. I too love that look & your card looks great!
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  3. This is beautiful, I love the subtle colors, and all of your accents!

  4. Your card is beautiful! I love the sentiment looks like it is on notebook paper (a fancy note book of course). TFS
    Jan Mougel recently posted . . . Operation Write Home Blog Hop 2013 WCMDMy Profile

  5. Gorgeous…love all the deets! Awesome colors…tfs!!!

  6. Love the colorway of your card and really appreciate the burlap cutting tip!
    Kara recently posted . . . OWH World Card Making Day BloghopMy Profile

  7. It’s lovely, Linda. And I totally think it is the first sketch you posted, you just added some elements to make it your own, and isn’t that what sketches are all about – a jumping off point? Thanks for the burlap tip!

  8. Beautiful! I love those multi-colored leaves.

  9. GORGEOUS colors, design & textures!! Your cards are wonderful!
    Patti M recently posted . . . World Card Making Day!!!My Profile

  10. Gorgeous card! I love all of those blues and browns together. Thanks for the tip about using burlap.

  11. Love those stamped feathers! Thanks for sharing your technique for them. Happy WCMD!
    Julie w/OWH recently posted . . . World Card Making Day Bloghop with Operation Write Home!My Profile

  12. I like the layers and colors and the use of burlap.

  13. Jen Radloff says:

    I have used spritzing, and you’re right!!! You have to be careful!!! YOU did a wonderful job with this card!

  14. Love your tip on the burlap!! I am so going to have to try that :) And the inking on your feathers is just so sweet!
    Happy WCMD!
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  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi Linda , the thrill is looking at this gorgeous card! You made me smile because I kinda did the same thing, I found a sketch that would go with what I had in mind. Hope thats not bad. Well, back to that gorgeous card! Wow! Love the colors and your layout, the feathers and twine just beautiful Happy World Card Making Day!

  16. The above is me I forgot to fill this out

  17. Gorgeous colors on this card…love the feathers too!

  18. Your card is lovely! Such a beautiful design.

  19. Such marvelous detail and texture throughout this card and the color combo is wonderful too! Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting OWH.

    Paula S.
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  20. Barb Housner says:

    I think lots missed the sketch part – but I titled my head, crossed my eyes and yes I can see the sketches (insert grin) the card is gorgeous – thanks for sharing – thanks for supporting OWH

    Barb Housner

  21. Stunning! Your cards are so full of color and texture and simply lovely. Thanks for the tip on cutting burlap. I will definitely try that soon!
    Cissy M recently posted . . . World Card Making DayMy Profile

  22. This is such a stunning card, Linda. I love all of the layers and texture to your card. Thanks for joining in the hop today and sharing your inspiration.

  23. Love these cards! I’m addicted to all things feathers right now and NEED all the different sets that are released. Haven’t been able to get my hands on those Fancy Feathers yet, but they’re on my list! And thanks for the tip on working with burlap and stamping! Happy WCMD!

  24. Love your card Linda – the colours and textures definitely give an autumnal feel 😉
    Those little multi-coloured feathers are really sweet 😉
    Hope you had a happy WCMD, Rx
    Ruth S recently posted . . . Blog candy to celebrate World Card Making Day!My Profile

  25. Oh, I don’t think they will lock you up. :) Your card is so pretty. Love that touch of burlap and the loopy bow. Thanks for supporting OWH.
    JoAnn B. recently posted . . . Happy World Card Making DayMy Profile

  26. cdebbie672 says:

    Lots of tips and techniques and great embellishments! I really like how they all come together to create a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH.

  27. Kathy Stacy says:

    You are too funny with your sketch comment. I do love that stamp and in fact have already bought it. I love your multicolor stamping, great idea. Makes the feather come to life. I’ve seen people emboss this stamp with multiple colors like gold, bronze and silver. Very lovely.

  28. Such a beautiful design on your creation! Love the colors and your texture elements! Thanks for sharing this for World Card Making Day! :) HUGS
    *Vicki* recently posted . . . It’s World Card Making Day! Let’s Stamp Smiles!My Profile

  29. Love the feathers and the burlap! Thanks for the great burlap tip, makes perfect sense. Find me an adjoining room next time!

  30. The feathers and the burlap are amazing! This is such a pretty card… and the envelope, too. :) I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t quite read all of the instructions before I started creating!!

  31. That is *absolutely* sketch b-25! Those feathers are fabulous (adds to wish list). You did such a wonderful job layering elements and wound up with a warm, gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing. Save a spot in that lock-down ward for me!
    Tanya W. recently posted . . . Operation write Home’s World Card Making Day Bloghop 2013!My Profile

  32. Great tips on using the burlap and inking the feather. I’ll have to try them.

  33. I love your card! especially the burlap and the feathers. Thanks for the great tip with the burlap.

  34. What beautiful colors! I especially like the feathers and burlap ~ very unique touch! TFS
    Michele Smith recently posted . . . Operation Write Home ~ World Card Making Day HopMy Profile

  35. Love the colors and the loads of texture – I especially love the multi-colored feathers. Thanks for the tip to spritz the colors to help blend before setting to paper.
    KellyRae recently posted . . . Giving thanks on World Card Making DayMy Profile

  36. Love both cards!
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  37. Love the feathers. Thanks for your support of OWH.
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