Saturday, March 20, 2010

OWH Spring Break Blog Hop


*If you are looking for my Sweet Stop post, please scroll down.

Hi there! Today I am so excited to be participating in the Operation Write Home Spring Break Blog Hop! If you've arrived here from Erica's blog, then you're in the right place. If not, please go back to the OWH blog.

This is my first time for the blog hop, but not my first time making cards for OWH. I think what the wonderful people at OWH is amazing. It's such a good cause, and I hope you'll consider donating some cards for our men and women to write home with. I love to make cards for our nation's heroes because I feel like it's the least I could do for them. My uncle served in Iraq at the start of the war, and even though I don't have any family or friends currently there, the soldiers there are somebody else's husband, father, wife, daughter, etc. They are doing something so selfless for our country and we should support them 100 percent. Sending cards to OWH is my small way of letting them know I care.

Have you ever checked out the OWH blog? There are lots of great things to check out there, but one of my personal favorites is the tutorial section. The crimped leave tutorial is so neat, and there's even a tutorial on shading with Copic markers. That's one tutorial I desperately need to study! The blog also has challenges, sketches, and much more, so be sure to check it out!

You can send cards to OWH all year long, but don't forget these upcoming deadlines:
Mother's Day - April 1, Graduation - April 19, and Father's Day - May 15. All other cards anytime! You can go to the OWH site for more details, as well as to get an address to ship your cards to.

Since this blog hop's theme is Spring Break, we were to make a springy thinking of you card. I used a butterfly from Unity Stamp Company's Bevy of Butterflies set. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions A Year of Sweet Sentiments. All of the papers are BasicGrey Kioshi, from my Taylored Expressions Easter Key Ingredients. I followed an older Sweet Sunday Sketch by Karen Giron. I love the look of so many different papers all on one card! I added pearls to the body of the butterfly and finished my card off with some white ribbon.

Would you like to win some blog candy?! I am offering some Autumn Leaves clear flower stamps by Rhonda Farrer - brand new - to one random winner. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on this blog post. For an extra chance at winning, simply become a follower of my blog. I will draw a winner Friday, March 26.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and joining in on the fun! Your next stop on the hop is Darlene.

Card Supplies:
Paper: BasicGrey Kioshi, Choice Snow White cardstock, Prism cardstock
Stamps: Bevy of Butterflies by Unity Stamp Company, A Year of Sweet Sentiments by Taylored Expressions
Ribbon: Offray
Embellishments: pearls by Recollections (Michael's stores)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

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107 comments:

  1. Candace those patterned papers INSPIRE me! Wow! And the bling on the butterfly body is just brilliant....beautiful work!!

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  2. love that butterfly stamp... your card is beautiful.. love those pearls..and omg.. u tie a bow so well! Love it Canadace! hugs xo

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  3. Beautiful card, Candace! I love the colors and the pearls on the "spine" of the butterfly. Thanks for joining in on the bloghop, I enjoyed reading your blog!

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  4. Candace I absolutely love your cards, they are so beautiful and inspiring. You do so many wonderful things for so many people. Your a sweetie! I love the pearls on the butterfly, and really must see if I can get that paper here!

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  5. I'm also a believer. How cool, I wonder if there will be a stamp store in heaven.

    Your card is really cool. Thanks for playing along.

    Blessings,

    dawn

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  6. Candice,
    I am honored to follow you. Your cards are so classy and inspiring.

    darlene

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  7. Love your blog...you have some fun cards! I really like how you used the pearls as the body of the butterfly!

    I am now a follower!

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  8. so this is the patterned paper everyone is talking about!! I love how you used in on this card!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Fun card Candace! Love the pretty papers and that pretty ribbon and bow! Beautiful job. :)

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  10. Happy blog hop!

    I love that butterfly. I need to get some of those pearls. Well, maybe not NEED. :)

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  11. love the colored paper - so lovely. The cards recipient will be very blessed.

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  12. What a great card. I love that butterfly. Your papers are great.

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  13. Pretty card. Your bow turned out sooo good too. I am now a follower.

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  14. Candace,
    very pretty love the butterfly. Thank you for joining the Hop and for doing all you do for the OWH.
    God Bless,

    Jeanine #14 on the Hop

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  15. I love how you used the bow and different paper patterns. Perfect for the butterfly and a spring card!

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  16. I love your use of patterned paper. I struggle with that. I also love the colors you have chosen! Thanks for the opportunity for the Rhonna stamps. robinski6 at yahoo dot come

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  17. Oh my... What a lovely card and I can so see me doing this with the bits and pieces I have after doing a scrapbook LO! Easy peasy then adding a sentiment or image after.

    Thank you! Oh and I'm following you so I can get more great ideas.

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  18. butterflies, papers and pearls - OH MY!!! this is a very very sweet card

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  19. Wonderful use of the striped background paper idea from that Sunday sketch a couple of weeks back and I love the big, beautiful ribbon.

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  20. Lovely butterfly! I love peals, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Beautiful card Candace! I like the colors of designer papers and the bow you made with that ribbon is perfect!

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  22. WOW! What a beautiful card! Thank you for sharing with us and for making cards for OWH. (from a VET a new follower)
    hiscreation2@hotmail.com

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  23. What wonderful papers you use and especially the way you combine them. You are really talented. Really nice card.
    Hugs

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  24. Your card is really beautiful. I love the big bow at the bottom of the card, too. It's the perfect size against the patterned paper.

    Also, I noticed that you're an 8th grade English teacher. I actually just observed in an 8th grade Language Arts classroom last week to fulfill my hours needed to get my minor in Middle Level education. :) The kids are a lot of fun to work with!

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  25. I'm following your blog now! I see you use the Christian paper crafts site too... :) nice idea to use pearls for the butterfly.

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  26. Love how you tied the bow on this one. Gorgeous card.

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  27. Love your banner! Your card is super pretty too

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  28. I love how you did the butterfly body with the pearls. Such a neat idea!

    jeanne706 at yahoo dot com

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  29. WHat a rocking card. I love how you tied the bow and how you used bling for the butterly body. A girl can never have enough bling.

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  30. Beautiful card - I like all the different patterned papers together. Where in Mississippi are you? I grew up there and still have family there!

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  31. Beautiful card - I love the extra detailing the pearls add!

    As a military wife I want to also thank you for your service and sharing your creativity to help those who are separated by duty to feel a little bit closer to home.

    (I'm also following your blog now. :D)

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  32. I love the pearls on the butterfly.

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  33. Love your card. great colors and I love the ribbon going down the middle.

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  34. Love all those strips of designer paper! I might have to CASE this card :)

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  35. Gorgeous card, love everything about it! Thanks for playing along in the blog hop!

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  36. Selah plays as I gaze on a really amazing card...what a great break in my weekend to stop by here! ditto on the butterfly, it is so lovely!

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  37. love everything about your card! TFS and supporting OWH

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  38. I love the paper you used!Very pretty!

    AprilsL8@windstream.net

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  39. What a cute card! I love the butterfly. Your blog is also very cute!

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  40. Fabulous card! LOVE those Kioshi papers...I'm waiting on mine to arrive this week! Those pearls are such a perfect touch!

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  41. Candace,

    This is a wonderful card. That butterfly is so cute.

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  42. Stunning card! Great paper choices to set off the butterfly!

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  43. I really need to check out Unity!! Love the card...wish I could do a bow that good!! I just became a follower :)

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  44. Great idea to post the links to different areas on the blog! Thank you sharing your card and ideas with us.

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  45. Love those papers and that bow is impressive! Welcome to hopping!

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  46. Beautiuful card I love the butterfly. I was happy you said something about the leave tutorial. I checked it out and it is great. I am finding so many new things on this hop but it is going to take me all weekend. Well worth it.:)

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  47. Love how the many dsp's work well together for this card! I'm gonna have to check out that paper, it's nice to see it all "in person."

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  48. Oh and I'm now following your blog! Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Isn't Kioshi the best? I had to use it for my card today as well! Your card and mix of patterns is beautiful!

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  50. Such a pretty card! Love the pearls on the butterfly!
    (no need to enter me in the drawing)

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  51. I love how the patterned papers work together-beautiful!! Enjoyed your playlist also, I am a believer and now will be following your blog!!

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  52. I love how all the patterns and colors work together- and the pearls on the butterfly- gorgeous!!

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  53. You have mad pattern matching skillz! You can mix patterns like nobody's business.

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  54. Oh the embellishments of the pearls and ribbon are beautiful. Thank you for participating in the OWH Spring Blog Hop.
    Sher

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  55. Great papers. Love the muted colors. Your use of pearls on the butterfly is a very nice touch.

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  56. Your card is beautiful, Candace. I love that butterfly with the pearls and you used a gorgeous selection of papers.

    Blessings & hugs to you.

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  57. Your card is so elegant and beautifully done!! I just love the bow and ribbon treatment! It's a perfect and lovely accent.
    I'm so glad you found the crimped leaves tutorial useful! I learned to do that a long time ago and soon realized that it wasn't common knowledge to those who are new to cardmaking! I wasn't the originator of that idea, but I'm glad I passed it on for so many others to enjoy! :D Thank you!!

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  58. That is a really cute card!!! Love that butterfly fr spring:)

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  59. Pretty card!! LOVE the bow!!

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  60. LOVE what you did with Kioshi! Beautiful card!!

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  61. Love the papers you used on your card...very pretty!

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  62. Absolutely gorgeous - I love the designer paper! Everything about this card is gorgeous! I very much enjoyed your blog.

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  63. Wow -- I am seeing so many butterflies...all different, and all beauriful -- great job!! Thanks for your support of OWH!

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  64. I love the combination of the cute stamp, the paper strips, and the ribbon.

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  65. Thanks for your support of OWH. It's such a great cause! Love all your papers and that bow is so well tied!
    R/

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  66. Lovely card! I really like how springy it is.

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  67. Oh I recognized that butterfly stamp right away! Bevy of Butterflies is one of my favorites! Love all the colors of your beautiful card!!

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  68. From one Mississippi girl to another, you done good. The card actually gave me the impression of a quilted effect. Love the layering of the papers.

    Thanks for participating and doing your part to spread the word.

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  69. Beautiful card, Candice! I'm also a believer! Thanks for the chance at some blog candy!

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  70. What a fabulous card! Lovin that big bow and the butterfly is awesome. Beautifully done!

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  71. Oh this is so pretty....I love it....thank you for sharing.....
    and I became a follower not just for the candy....but I've enjoyed my stay here.....

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  72. Breathtaking card! I've seen your work on SSIC & S&S, but I don't know how I've missed your blog before, especially since I follow Darsie so closely. I'm a follower now, so hopefully I can stay on top of your work now. Thanks for being involved w/OWH! My daughter & her soldiers can't give enough thanks to the people that are involved w/helping the soldiers in any way. You are such a blessing to all in your card ministry, & I hope you continue w/OWH for a long time! Thanks for your offer of blog candy too!

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  73. I love your card background!

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  74. What a beautiful card!!! The butterfly is amazing and your bow tying skills are miraculous!!!

    As a military spouse and someone new to OWH, I thank you for taking part in this awesome blog hop and in OWH!

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  75. The patterned papers are quite lovely on your background, definitely feel spring in the air. Thanks

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  76. LOVE the pearls for the butterfly body.

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  77. great use of pattern... really beautiful card. I'm looking forward to coming back to read more of your blog when time allows.

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  78. Candace,
    I love your card - it is neat to see all the different DP's on the card. TFS

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  79. Oh, yeah, who wouldn't love some blog candy? Love your card Candace -- and love that you are doing OWH -- I am working on filling a box right now! (BTW -- I follow you).

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  80. Beautiful card - love it's colors!

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  81. Wow beautiful card... great use of patterned papers. I seem to be patterned paper challenged. Love it, buy ons of it, can't seem to use it.

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  82. Fun card! Great mix of patterned papers. Thanks for sharing!

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  83. I love the variety of colors you used on your card!

    halewis1213 at yahoo dot com

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  84. Beautiful card.. love the silk ribbon ;)) so elegant..

    Hugs x

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  85. Love the butterfly, the papers, all of it!

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  86. How very gorgeous!!! I love the wonderful papers and the way you made the card look like a beautifully packaged gift...which it is:o) So very lovely!!!

    Hugs!
    Carolyn

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  87. Beautiful card. I am a BasicGrey junkie and use it on as many of my cards as possible :)

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  88. Beautiful card! Love your variety of papers!

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  89. Thanks for sharing the beautiful card and listing sources of your material as I definitely must get more butterflies....your idea of putting the pearls on the body is wonderful! dmdotallnock at verizon dot net ....Thanks! (Sandy's Mom)

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  90. Love your card... the butterfly w/pearls is gorgeous!!! I'm so excited to have found out about OWH on this hop.... and I can't wait to start sending cards!!!

    Thanks for Sharing!

    xoxo
    Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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  91. your card is lovely - the pearls on the butterfly are a lovely touch

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  92. Beautiful card- love all those Springy prints!

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  93. Great papers!! Thanks for sharing, and the chance to win some great candy!!

    Pamela B.

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  94. I love your card, especially the colorful papers and the pearl dew drops you used for the butterfly's body! excellent card for an excellent cause!

    Thanks, Susan

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  95. PS...I am your 100th follower :)
    Susan

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  96. Gorgeous! Thx for supporting OWH. Hugs, Loni (Stop #55)

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  97. You do great work on digi stamps. Thanks for what the work you do for OWH.

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  98. What an adorable card. Love all the paper piecing.

    I also just became a follower of your blog, it's just so lively.

    {hugs}
    M.E.

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  99. AWESOME CARD! Thanks for sharing and supporting OWH. LOVE to win blog candy. Especially Flowers! Thanks for your generosity.


    I hope you had time to stop by my hop post.

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  100. As usual, another awesome card Candice! Thx for supporting OWH!

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  101. Fabulous job! Love that butterfly and papers u used!

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  102. This card is awesome! I love the big beautiful bow. Thank you so much for sharing your card!!!

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  103. Great idea about the pearls as the body.....
    Thanks for the great idea....

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  104. Your card is so pretty! And so is the one you showed in your next post.

    Corinna
    www.myscrapbooklife.com

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