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!


Apparently Creatures WERE Stirring

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
~Ben Williams





Hee hee . . . this is exactly what Pillow Pup would do with a Santa intruder: wag her tail and lick his face. Pillow Pup is the most affectionate (and yes, sometimes needy) dog we’ve ever had. She does this funny thing when she greets you, especially if it’s been a few days. She gets so excited she whimpers. It’s really a site to see her dancing in circles, jumping, wagging her tail, and yet whimpering at the same time. Do all golden retrievers do this? Or is my our Pillow just a little whacky (psychotic?). Anyway, it’s pretty sweet to get such a warm greeting every day.





I know! Seriously!? Christmas. Already? Hang with me, and you’ll see why Christmas in October isn’t such a bad idea.

First of all – it’s time for the Paper Garden Project Holiday Garden Walk.


The Garden Girls have all kinds of wonderful holiday projects to put you in the holiday mood. Grab some eggnog and take note of each designer’s name (mine is Linda) and their special Christmas decoration (mine is Mistletoe – be careful). Once you finish your garden tour, you can send an E-mail to custserv@papergardenprojects.com with the list of designers and their garden walk word for a chance to win an amazing set of digital stamps. You’ll have until Friday, October  22, to send your list – good luck!

Here is the garden tour guide list.

I hope you find some magical ideas, because October 30 is the deadline to get your handmade Christmas cards to Operation Write Home (OWM) for our deployed heroes. OWM’s mission is: “To support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.” They are doing amazing things, so if you haven’t checked them out before, here‘s their site. Be sure to read the guidelines before you start making your cards to keep your creations out of the “card hospital.”


Well, it doesn’t really resemble it that much anymore, but I started out with this week’s Mojo Monday sketch #160. I also took advantage of some of the great tutorials to practice colorless blender techniques on Santa’s shoes. Be sure to check out the Copic Challenge #37 for some great tips.


And, for giggles and grins, I crafted the card to allow Pillow Pup to really dance on top of Santa (like, you know, she would!) by putting a spring under her.


So, Pillow Pup doesn’t just sit on Santa – she wiggles. If you want to try this at home . . . just wrap some thin 22-guage craft wire around your needle nose pliers about 4 to 5 times. (You can find both the wire and the pliers at your hobby stores.)


Pull the wire off the pliers and trim the end – and you have a spring!


Now, use your spring to attach Pillow Pup over your original Pillow Pup. I used some thin strips of red sticky tape to both ends of the spring.

Here’s the rest of the recipe along with the Copic Markers.

  • Fibers: Stampin’ Up! Victorian Crochet Trim, The Girls’ Paperie Tinsel and Twig Market Trims, Jillibean Soup Red Baker’s Twine.
  • Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic  markers (see below).
  • Paper – Neenah, Prism Cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather paper pack.
  • Stamp: Eat Cake Graphics Santa’s Doggy Welcome cling stamp set.
  • Tools: .Nestabilities, Fiskars border punch
  • Embellishment: Matte Buttons
  • Misc.:  Ivory Flower Soft, 22 guage silver craft wire





It’s way past time for me to get to bed. This creature needs to NOT be stirring. Be sure to wander over to Andrea‘s for the next stop along the Holiday Garden Walk and tell her I said “season’s greetings.”