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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Operation Write Home Blog Skip

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.
~William Shakespeare

Birthday 2013 Banner Sept25-PLHey everyone. Welcome to Catered Crop and my little stop on the Operation White Home Birthday Bash Blog Skip with Perfect Papercrafting. If you’ve been skipping along with us from home base, you just joined us from Laura’s place at Perfect Paper Crafting. If you just found us, you’ll want to go just two hops back to the Operation Write Home so you don’t miss a thing (like some yummy blog candy).


I’m so exited to be part of the blog hop today because it lets me sing praises to two amazing ventures: the fabulous work of the Operation Write Home (OWH) volunteers and my favorite paper crafting tool, Perfect Layers.

Happy Sixth Birthday to Operation Write Home! Congratulations to you and all your volunteers.

If you’re not familiar with OWH, they support our armed forces and their families by sending blank handmade cards to the troops to send back to their loved ones. It’s as American as apple pie and a lot more healthy for you. If you’d like to know how you can donate cards (including guidelines and tips), just click here or here.

MME Chalboard Greeting

OWH is already taking cards for Christmas and even Valentine’s Day, so I made a couple of gender-neutral cards that would work for Valentine’s Day. Besides being a great organization that does great things, OWH is also a terrific source of inspiration. – like the current Sketch Challenge #191 I used for my first card.


That little hint of black framing in both the cards is all made with the Perfect Layer tool. This puppy stays on my crafting desk all the time because I use it with just about every card.

I love my layers, but I had to careful not to add so many that mailing this would create problems for OWH. That’s almost as big a challenge for me as not adding glitter – another no, no for OWH cards. They need our envelopes, too, so I made some to match my cards – just for more giggles and grins.

Friends Make Good Times

Below are all the ingredients I used in my cards and envelopes and that’s it from me. Thanks so much for joining me, and I hope you’ll consider making some cards to send to OWH.

Now . . . off you go to the next skip . . . Pam Sparks’ Expressions With Heart.



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Strollin’ at the (OWH) Hop

Well, you can rock it you can roll it
You can slop and you can stroll it at the hop.
~ Danny and the Juniors, 1957, “At the Hop”

MacIntires Bunny Suit

“Ah, let’s go to the Hop!” Welcome to all of you following the Operation Write Home (OWH) Bunny Hop. If you’ve started at the beginning, you’ve heard this now 131 times, but it’s worth repeating: OWM wants to remind you that the deadlines are coming up for sending Easter (March 18th) and Mother’s Day (March 31st) cards to our troops.

In honor of our troops, their families, and the good work that OWH does, I have some blog candy for you. Just leave me a comment telling me that you visited the OWH web site and what you liked most about the site. Was it the stories from the troops, the challenges, or the free digital stamps? Wednesday I’ll pick two of you to receive a Tissue Coozie I made to go with this card. Aren’t they cute?



Tip Junkie handmade projects


Thanks to the sweet ladies at Tomorrow’s Quilt in Waco, who didn’t laugh at me when I told them I was looking for fabric to match a paper project. They even took time to help me match the colors – hugs to you sewing sweeties. You can find the very easy instructions to make these cuties at Stitch Craft.


Now you’re all set to hop to the next blog in the OWH Bunny Hop. Have fun at

Carol Sisk’s Scrappin’ Heaven

where rumor has it, Carol’s got a beautiful, retired Stampin’ Up! set to share with a lucky hopper.

And, if you’re new to Catered Crop, be sure to come visit on Sunday when we announce the new Catered Crop Follow the Recipe Challenge. See you there!