Saturday, May 26, 2012

Operation Write Home Blog Hop plus GIVEAWAYS!

Hello friends!
This Memorial Day Weekend we celebrate all of those soldiers and families stationed across the globe and here stateside, those serving now and all those who have served before!  We all here at Inspired Stamps want to say a special THANK YOU to all of you who have served, are serving, are about to serve, and of course the many families who have loved ones serving or have served!!

I have been an Army wife for 23 years and my Army husband and I  have raised two children who know what it's like to move!  We have moved 18 times in 23 years, lived in many states and 5 years in Europe, been through deployments before email was available and a phone call every so often was our only way to communicate except for snail mail! Most recently, 2 years ago, we got to experience Skype as my husband was deployed to Iraq for a year.  While there, he was unaware of Operation Write Home, but would have loved to have this wonderful organization's cards!

I was introduced to Operation Write Home last summer when Jan Hunnicutt (who does the Midweek Throwdown challenges over at the OWH blog) became one of Inspired Stamps very first Design Team members!  I love that they organize cards to go to the servicemen (so many don't get mail often from loved ones!).  But equally amazing is the cards that are sent to the service members to send home to their own family members!  I would have loved to receive one of these cards!!  What a special service this is!!

So today Inspired Stamps is participating in the blog hop!  And offering the 25%off special in honor of all who make cards for service members and their families at our online store.

We were asked to choose a sketch to follow and here is what we created using Inspired Stamps and sketch #26:
 I just found honeycomb paper at Archivers and Joann's and I LOVE IT!  I cut out a heart that opens up when you open the card!  Next to the heart is one of our Inspired Stamps military characters called His Little Ones: Soldier Boy.  I thought this would be a cute way to make the INSIDE of the card show it's from the soldier!  What a sweet surprise!
I wanted to add a photo from a tutorial I shared in coloring our military characters, but this post is going to get too long and you have lots more to see, so here is a picture of some of the $4.99 HLO characters followed by the Copic Markers I use to color the soldiers:

Would you like to win one of the Soldier Stamps you see above?  All you have to do is leave us a comment about which one you like BEST and we'll choose a few winners from the comments and announce them in Monday's Memorial Day Artwork Post here on the blog!  Be sure to come back then to see if you win and then claim your prize by emailing us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to head over to the online store and see all the military and Scripture stamps we have while our 25%off your TOTAL PURCHASE sale is still on:
www.inspiredstamps.com

Then head over to the OWH blog to see ALL the wonderful artwork that the many participants have created for this blog hop by clicking HERE


 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Blessings,
Antoinette
www.inspiredstamps.com  We ship MOST orders the SAME DAY they are placed! 

76 comments:

  1. That little sailor boy gets me every time. I just want to pat him on the head ... although when I see a real sailor, I'm more moved to hug him/her.

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  2. What an amazing card and these little soldiers toooooo caaauuute!! Thanks for making me smile.

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  3. great cause, nice cards, and thanks for a chance to win. I love the little guy with flag the best!

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  4. These little guys are so adorable! Great coloring.

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  5. Love, love, love the Army Guy Saluting. My nephew is on his second deployment to Afghanistan and I have 3 friends with sons deployed with the army. I probably NEED this stamp. Just perfect.

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  6. Beautiful paper on this card.
    Thank you for supporting OWH.

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  7. Fabulous card--I like the honeycomb heart inside. I like the little guy with the flag the best followed closely by the cute sailor.

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  8. Thank you to you and your husband for your service and sarifice!!!! Love your card....and that honeycomb paper adds the perfect touch! ;)

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  9. What a lovely card- I adore the sentiment on the front and the honeycomb heart inside is fantastic. All the little ones stamps are adorable but the saluting one is my favorite.

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  10. Antoinette,

    Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

    All of your little guys are adorable, But, I have to say the sailor is my favorite. Maybe because it reminds me of my Uncle Charlie. :)

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  11. Beautiful card, in and out! I love all of the stamps.
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  12. Thank you for supporting OWH. I love all the stamps, but I think the soldier with the camo helmet is my favorite.

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  13. Great card! I love the surprise element the honeycomb adds to the inside of it. Thanks to your family for your service and sacrifice and for joining in the Memorial Day hop. It is always wonderful to know that so many military families are part of the OWH family.

    Paula S.
    OWH Blog Team

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  14. The little guy inside the card with the honeycomb heart just really makes the card! :) Your images are really cute, but I'm partial to the sailor because my husband served in the Navy before we were married. Thank you, and your family, for your dedication to our country.

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  15. Fabulous card! Love all the military boys but the sailor is my fav!

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  16. Beautiful card. All the little people are cute. I think I like the guy waving the flag is my favorite. Thanks for your support of OWH.

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  17. Beautiful card! I agree, all the people are cute, but the little girl holding the heart is my fav! Thank you for your support of OWH and our military! God bless!

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  18. I like the little soldier girl best since I was one! Thanks for a chance to win. Thanks for hoppin' with OWH. craftycolonel.blogspot.com

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  19. What a cute card, and I love that honeycomb paper popped up in the center of the card! I just adore that little saluting soldier, but they're all adorable with those big eyes! TFS the coloring tips too!

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  20. Great card and coloring tutorial too. Thanks for supporting this great organization!

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  21. All "the guys" are just too cute! Thanks for the hop with OWH!

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  22. Love the guys, they all are special. Cute card. Mary L Schreiber

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  23. Great card! I love those "guys" what awesome stamps! Thank you to you and your family for all your years of service-- it is greatly appreciated--thank you also for your support of OWH! How awesome are you!

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  24. I think I like the saluting soldier the best, he is tall like my Army dad. (still pretty tall now at 65). Good thing for me he came home frome Vietnam. Thanks for this!

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  25. Adorable card, Antoinette, and I love the little surprise inside!

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  26. I just love the "soulful" eyes of your characters. My favorite is the little girl you colored red, white and blue! Thank you for supporting OWH and for the sacrifices that you and your family make as a military family. :-)

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  27. How would you pick a favorite? Maybe the soldier holding the salute... thanks for supporting OWH. Pat K.

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  28. I love the little girl holding the red, white, and blue heart. Thank you for your support of OWH.

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  29. Beautiful cards Antionette! I'm honored to have been one of your first design team members, we had FUN! God Bless You!

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  30. Those lil heroes are the cutest!! I need to get a bigger wallet...lol!
    Thanks so much for hopping with us at OWH!

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  31. All of your projects are so cute!! My favorite is the soldier/Marine holding the flag.

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  32. You card is terrific, and I love that you put a little surprise inside. Well done!

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  33. They are all so cute but I just love the little one with the flag. Thank you for your support of OWH

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  34. What a great way to use the honeycomb paper and that little soldier...adorable!

    Thank you to you and your family for your service to our country. My husband has been in the AF for almost 21...I remember the days of waiting for that morale call once a week! God bless!

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  35. Beautiful images and awesome cards. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Hugs

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  36. What an adorable little soldier! Thank you for sharing!

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  37. What a darling card and I LOVE the honeycomb heart popup. DH is a navy boy, so I'm partial to the navy image. TFS and supporting OWH.

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  38. It's gotta be the sailor! :) Thanks for supporting OWH!!

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  39. Love your card, Antoinette!! It's perfect, and the honeycomb heart is gorgeous! Happy Memorial Weekend!

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  40. I love this card! I just had that scripture in my bible reading the other day! Your images are so adorable. I thank you for supporting OWH but also for the service and sacrifices your family has committed to over those many years. You are such a blessing!

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  41. I can't say a favorite they are all so darn cute;) and I love the honeycomb addition to your creation that stole my heart. Great job, thanks for supporting OWH;)

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  42. The cards are wonderful, but the little people stamps are just so adorable. Love them all.

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  43. Very cool card, I absolutely love your little soldiers. How cute.

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  44. Fabulous cards! I so love the paper and verse in the sentiment card. Love these little soldiers to pieces. The eyes are so compelling. That's a nice touch adding the honeycomb heart to the inside of the card. I love them all but my favorite has to be the saluting soldier. I can't explain why, but he just touches my heart. Thank you for a chance to win one and for your support of OWH.

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  45. Beautiful cards!! Those soldiers are darling!! Thank you and your husband for your service and I will definitely have to check out your company!! TFS and supporting OWH!

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  46. I love the little sailor - you see so few stamps for them. The cards are just "perfect"! Thanks for supporting OWH

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  47. I think all of the stamps are so cute !

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  48. Thanks for supporting OWH. Love the Sailor stamp (my brother in law is in the Navy)

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  49. thank you for your family's service! Your cards are so cute and thanks for the helpful tips on how to color the images.

    SuzAnn
    OWH Board

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  50. I love the saluting soldier. All the cards are CUTE!

    Bonnie

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  51. beautiful card, and I love all your little army people. I especially like the army guy that's saluting.

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  52. I LOVE those strong colors and the sentiment! Thank you for supporting OWH and have a great weekend!

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  53. What a fabulous card!!I love the little army guy and the honeycomb heart is a great added touch! Thank you for your family's service and for all your support of OWH.

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  54. Thank you for your sacrifice and your service to our country. The honeycomb paper is fantastic. What a great idea. Thanks for all the inspiration.
    See that little girl holding her heart??? She is my fave! Speaks volumnes.

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  55. Cute card - the honeycomb heart is a wonderful surprise! Thanks for supporting OWH!

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  56. Delightful cards! I've been eyeing up the honeycomb paper at my LSS. What a heartfelt surprise in your card! Just love the saluting guy in camo fatigues . . .
    Mary, Wausau WI

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  57. Cutie cards! Love your little military guys. The little girl is my favorite followed closely by the sailor. So cute!

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  58. Gorgeous card--that is a really nice sentiment.

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  59. Don't you love that honeycomb paper? Cute cards.

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  60. Awww these are so cute and OMG the 1st one is going to make some lucky wife feel so super special!! Someone else in this hop used your images and I thanked her for introducing me! They are adorable and I would love to have the Army one for my son's scrapbook. TFS!!

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  61. Thank you to you and your family for serving! I love your cards and enjoyed seeing the little guys and gals colored. They are so adorable!

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  62. What great images! I really like the soldier with the flag.

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  63. I only found your stamps through the OWH blog hop and I have to say I LOVE them!!!! Your characters are ADORABLE!!!!!! I don't know HOW to pick ONE favorite, seriously! Well, if I were forced to I love the soldier you used in the card. I think I NEED that one... going to shop now! Thanks for being part of the OWH blog hop and thank you to your and your family for your sacrifices for our country <3

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  64. Great card...love the sentiment and the inside of the cards too. The little sailor is my fav...so cute.

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  65. These are great stamps and the card is fantastic. I love the girl stamp in the second picture.

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  66. What a wonderful card, especially the heart opening inside... great touch! I love all those hero characters really...
    though am partial to the sailor and my brother was Navy.
    Thanks so much for supporting OWH and being part of the hop.

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  67. I think I like the image you used best on the card...but they are all darling. I have not progressed to coloring people with Copics...a challenge for sure. Thanks for your support of OWH and great card...love the honeycomb heart!

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  68. Awesome card! Love the little boy holding the heart the best, he's so cute!

    momofcody1993atyahoodotcom

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  69. how cute! I am loving the little soldier. thanks for sharing your talent with others.

    blessings ~ Pam

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  70. I love those cuties! The honeycomb inside is cool, too. I think my favorite of the characters (it's really hard to choose!) is the one holding the flag. Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  71. Antoinette -

    You left a comment on my blog (www.stampintx.com) during the Blog Hop and I wanted to let you know that you've won the drawing! Yippee!

    Please contact me at beckc@rocketmail.com and I will send you your $10 Stampin' Up! gift certificate and I would also like to mail you a catalog.

    Thanks and congratulations!

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  72. gorgeous card! love the soldier images! I will be back to shop!

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