Friday, May 28, 2010

Hoppy Memorial Day! Win Candy!

     Hey ya'll...Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop (hop begins here). Wasn't Rhonda's blog lovely and her cards are so unique...I loved the frogs...she really inspires!
     Today I'd like to acknowledge all of our deployed soldiers, military, and especially veterans and families of the fallen...I am deeply grateful and humbled by your incredible sacrifice. The freedom that we know in the US would not be ours without these brave men and women so today we miss them and remember them in our card making!
     First up is my red, white, and blue (and a few other colors) "miss you" card. I used this week's OWH Sketch # 18 by Kate. I colored this little sock monkey image which was a (cute cute cute) Bugaboo stamps freebie with regular markers ...no copics for me yet :(... then for a little pizazz I added  these over sized jewels I had in my stash as the centers for the little cut out flowers.
    This week has been full of technical difficulties for me...my computer's hard drive went unstable on Sunday and then subsequently crashed  on Wednesday causing me to lose some unbacked up recent photos...some of which were of a project I was working on to feature here. Fortunately I was able to save my collection of digi images onto a zip drive before my hard drive made its final click of death...In fact I saved my digis instead of some recent family photos...is that bad? That said... my tip o' the hop is backup your files!!

    ...but the HOP must go on so I want to introduce you to "Oscar" the camel located at the bottom of this post (update ~ scroll all the way down please) who was saved from extinction by my lil' ole zip drive. Oscar is my first attempt at drawing my own digi... he's free for the taking and he's anxious to be featured on your handmade card for a deployed soldier to send home to his/her family...what could be better than a little patriotic camel love from afar? So go ahead --- swipe him... of course if you make a card or project with him I'd love for you to give a shout out to my blog and basically follow the same angel policy as you would for any digital image! You'll notice the only difference in the first two Oscar's are his saddle...I just did that so that if you wanted to do a non-patriotic card you could color the afghan to match your chosen colors. You'll also find him smelling a flower and swimming... of all things!

 Now here is a little blog candy I put together for one lucky crafter.
It includes:
*Juicy Summer specialty paper pack
*The letter box (how-to) by EK Success
*Pop up and 3D cards (how to) book (some cute ideas in here)
*Assorted ribbons (20yards)
*Full set of wonky letter stamps
*Assorted rubber and acrylic stamps (5)
*Lots of embellishments, chipboard, brads, flowers... (you get the idea!)

Here are the rules and ways to enter for your chance(s) to win...
* You must live in the US (sorry I can only ship within the US).
* You must have a blog for the 10 "challenge" entries!
#1...leave me a comment on this post = 1 entry
#2...become a follower of my blog = 1 entry (present followers included)
#3...Challenge...use one of my Oscar freebies on a card for OWH then come back and link up to your post or gallery using Mr. Linky below= 10 entries

You have until Midnight Sunday June 6th! The winner will be announced here on my blog later that week so be sure and check back...I will also try and post an announcement on the OWH face book fan page as a reminder!

     Before you go... I wanted to share with you a few cards I made with Oscar and a little picnic basket I've been working on using two great value muffin boxes ...I wanted to find some way to recycle them since we go through 3 of them a week in my house and they seemed the right size to create a picnic basket which I have the idea it will serve as a monthly card sorter for a special lady! I will add monthly dividers but at this point it is still a  work in progress.
     Finally I want to say a  HUGE thanks to Sandy Allnock and Melanie Holzwarth  for creating their own sample cards with Oscar...their links are in my sidebar.

 

   


























Okay so now you'll be off to visit Greta's blog...Let a little sunshine in ...do not miss her recipe book... it is fabulous! Happy Memorial Day and thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to click on Oscar to enlarge then right click the large version and save to your hard drive. If you have trouble with the images you can email me at clkreider@bellsouth.net and I will send them to you!











88 comments:

Kate said...

Happy Blog Hop! I love your hop card. That little monkey needs a hug!

Wendy said...

Thanks for the inspiration!
wendylustathotmaildotcom

helloholley said...

OK,girl....you have totally out done yourself!!! Your cards are wonderful(as usual!)....I love the free digis of Oscar(too cute)....and your basket is stinkin' cute,cute,cute!!! Love everything ;)

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, great creations. Thanks for the inspiration and the free Oscar images. I can't wait to enter your challenge.

Melanie Montes de Oca said...

Loving all your cards and that basket is just waaaaay cute! Have a great weekend!

Tink said...

LOVE your card! Thank you for the digi images..

Operation Write Home said...

Morning Cheryl!! Love your sock monkey - what a cute card! The basket - WOW! You did fab on that too!

And the digis are adorable! I'll post that card of mine later this weekend - I thought you meant you wanted to post them here, so i hadnt wanted to spoil the surprise! lol

Hugs, and happy hopping!

Lindsey said...

aw, Oscar is so cute!! Let's see, I'm following, commenting and Oscar is on my to-do list. Thanks for posting today!!

xoxo
Lindsey @ ScrapStreet

Paula said...

Great cards Cheryl and I love the box turned picnic basket card holder. So glad you were able to save Oscar from extinction and that you managed to participate despite your computer woes.

Erika said...

Great cards and, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

Yolanda said...

Sweet monkey stamp. Love your sentiment on the bottom Oscar card and the shiny stars. Thanks for sharing your cute camel.

Monica said...

That monkey is too cute! Your cards are great! All of the creations are wonderful!

Kim said...

Your card is so cute! Your digis of Oscar is adorable.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Cheryl,

I am sorry to hear about your computer crash. That happened to me before and I lost almost everything at once. Thanks for your advice.

Your creations are great as always. Thanks for sharing your images and the challenge. I will enter your challenge.

Stacy said...

Love your camel!!!
great job decorating the box..too cute

Martha said...

Your camels sure gave me some smiles! Thanks for supporting OWH!

Anita said...

Cute cards! Awesome image!

BJ said...

Love your cards...and your digis are cute as heck...just wish I had time to make a card before the deadline...*pout*

Rufus said...

Love your cards and that picnic basket is inspired! Thanks for your support of OWH and our Heroes!
R/

Melanie Holzwarth said...

Hey, Cheryl, your cards are just wonderful as usual, and I love, LOVE, your picnic basket. (I may need to scraplift this one!).

Lone Pine Designs said...

Loved all the cards you shared today...thanks!

Debby said...

Ocsar is certainly a handsome dude. thanks

jackielwatson said...

Oscar is cute and I love your card with the monkey. You rock girl. Thanks for sharing and inspiration this memorial weekend.

Dixie Cochran said...

Thanks for the terrific post! Oscar is awesome, and you've done such a nice job with him on your cards. He has personality!!

Dawn said...

I love the cards! I've been crazy and have not been able to play with oscar, but I will and I'll link you up and let you know. Hopefully this weekend after all the crazy is over.

K. Joy said...

Great cards!! The monkey is cute. :) I love the little picnic basket. It's so cool! Thanks for sharing!

Adele said...

I love your whimsical animals! I'm really into them.

thriftycrafter said...

Oscar is adorable, and perfect for the troups. I love the idea of having to eat all those muffins to make the picnic baskets too. The you'd have to get more muffins to fill it :)

Tammy said...

Cute cards Cheryl!! I love the fun bright colors and buttons on the Oscar Swimming card! TFS!

Lelia Pierce said...

Very cute! Love that box! :O)

Hugs,
Lelia

rstuck2003 said...

Love your card. Oscar is just too cute!!

PocketsOfInspiration said...

Cute cards. Love the camel.

Karen Howard said...

Awesome cards and love the altered project! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent with all of us!

debb said...

Thank you for oscar- he is adorable! I love your cards and am now a follower! Thank you for the candy opp!

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Your sentiments are as cute as your Oscar images! Love the "misses your kisses" one! Great basket project too! Have a fun weekend!

Kajikit said...

What a clever picnic basket you made! It's adorable... I'm not really into camels but Oscar's kind of cute too. :)

Cut n Paste said...

Your card is very cute!!! Thanks for all the free digi stamps...will try to get a card made for you!!! The picnic basket is also very cute!!!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Glad to see you can still hop with us, and very sorry to hear about your computer! Great projects today!

Sandy said...

Love your card and box! So creative! I'm following too!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Cheryl Sweetie...
I have been having so much fun at the Blog Hop. I am Country Wings your newest follower. You have so inspired me. I love the little Monkey he is so precious. Brings back memories of when I was a kid, my little brother had one. He was very loved.

I have been ill for about a month now with my lungs. I have been looking for something that I could do from my recliner in the bedroom. I would so love to win this eye candy giveaway, as I could make some cards for the OWH too. I have a few things, I am going to give it a try. It is something that I could do to make a soldiers life happy. I thank you so much for the inspiration.

I love your basket that is such a precious idea. You are very creative sweetie. Thank you again for sharing today.

Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Oscar is too cute. Thank you for sharing him with us!!

SuzAnn said...

Oscar is great and that digi of him swimming is probably my new favorite! thanks for sharing and supporting OWH.

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

Love your card and love Oscar -- he is sooo cute.

Started following you and will be entering a card. TFS

Kristen said...

Love your card! Sweet images, thank you for sharing!!!
Have a blessed Memorial Weekend!

Our Little Inspirations said...

Oh my gosh, I've seen these Oscar images before and wondered where they came from! Too cute and thanks for offering them for free!! Your cards are all so whimsical and fun, and I can't imagine how you turned that empty box into a picnic basket!! That's fabulous!!

JPScraps said...

Really cute cards!

christy sheffield said...

cute cards and great digi stamp! I can't wait to play with it.

Grammykrob said...

I always enjoy the bloghops on OWH. It is a wonderful group and I enjoy being a part of it. Thank you for your part in the group.

Kathy
Pass It On
http://kathypassiton.blogspot.com/

Robin said...

love you hop card. Thanks for supporting our troops.

Jana said...

Your cards are great. Oscar is so much fun. Thank you for offering him. Your box is too cool.
Happy Memorial Day.

eddee1286 said...

Love these camels. My son brought home a stuffed one from Afganistan. Your cards look just like the stuffed one. Oh so cute.

Stampin_melissa said...

Wonderful cards & basket! Love your camel freebie! He's so cute!!

Cheryl said...

Great cards and that basket is awesome. Thank you for sharing your digis. Who would have thought a camel could be so cute!??

Betty said...

Wow WOW... Love Oscar :) The cards are all wonderful and that basket! WOW!!!

Courtney said...

Your cards are great! And Oscar it too cute...thanks for sharing him! I love, love, love what you have done to those muffin boxes! Thank you for supporting our troops!

~Courtney~

Virginia D. said...

So many wonderful cards! I'll have to come back to see more of your work! TFS!

Susan said...

I am a follower already, I have a blog, and I would love to try to make an oscar card...but none of the images are "clicking" for me :(

Great cards, and thanks for hopping, and for the opportunity to win some AWESOME candy!
Susan

sportsfan80 said...

Love the camel and his different personalities. Thanks for sharing.
Patty

3momph4755 said...

I love your cards!! I collect camels of every kind and absolutely adore your stamps!! I am enjoying the hop and have earmarked you blog to come back and get those stamps. I am looking forward to seeing more camel stamps and will be watching.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Darling images- great tutorial for a picnic basket! Have a safe and fun weekend!

buglvr2010 said...

Your cards are so cute...and I just love the picnic basket. Thanks for the chance to win some candy.

Corri

Cathy... said...

Your little sock monkey card is adorable! WOWZA on the free digis! Those are awesome! Thanks for offering them and keep making them!!You're really good! You've been busy with all those awesome cards and that basket is too cute! We'll have to try and meet up some time in June at Michael's one evening. Just let me know when you're going!

Heather Grow said...

LOVE the picnic basket idea. Great recycling idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

The Paper Princess said...

Dear Cheryl

Thanks for a chance to meet you and to enter your giveaway! I am a new follower and have added your candy to my sidebar at Create With Joy!

Enjoy your weekend and stop by when you have a moment - I'd be delighted to welcome you to my family of Kindred Spirits!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Suz said...

adorable cards! Wow that picnic basket is too cute

jengd said...

Cute cards with great images and that picnic basket is fantastic!!

Kimme said...

Oscar is very cute. Thanks so much. So glad you saved your digis....you can just look at your kids in real life, right? ;)

Nancy Keller said...

Well hello! I do love Oscar! I am following and I MUST check back about this basket thing. . . it's adorable!

Sharanda said...

Cute!! TFS :)

Pamela said...

Wow! Fantastic cards! And that basket is so cute!!! :)

Ola said...

I love all of your cards... and thanks for the freebies!

Thanks so much for sharing & the chance to win!

Happy Memorial Day!
God Bless our Soldiers & their families!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Jacilynn said...

great card.. love this hop

Bev E said...

Cute, cute, cute!

grandmalee said...

I love the cards & especially your wonderful digis!!! I sent you an email about my problems, but can't wait to play!

Playing with Paper said...

Oh I love your card!! Isn't that monkey the sweetest!!
I am new to your blog and have become a follower :)

southernscraps said...

Great cards and images.

Purple Princess said...

Super cute cards and basket!!

About : sbartist said...

Love the card and Oscar, too! Thanks for all you do for OWH & supporting the men in women in the armed forces.
: ) Susan [sbartist.blogspot.com]

ML Design Works said...

I love your images! Thank you! Lisa

Angie said...

Your cards are so cute, thanks for the freebies!

Sherrie said...

Great cards and I love that picnic basket!

Jennifer Moore said...

Great cards. Oscar is very cute.

Corinna Lyons-Revello said...

These are too cute. Love your camel!

Corinna
www.myscrapbooklife.com

Tazmadazz said...

Love the camel Digis!! He's too cute

Erica said...

Great blog. Thanks for hopping.

mamichelle said...

thanks so much for the adorable digis! Love your projects!

Susan said...

LOVE Oscar!! thanks again...I posted my card.

Susan

Cindy N. (aka nadci) said...

Lovely images. Thank you for sharing.