Welcome to the 11.11.11 bloghop – a crafty way to celebrate hereos of yesterday and today on the Veteran’s Day weekend!

If you’re new to Operation Write Home, a little about us:
We make handmade cards to send to deployed heroes, so they can in turn write home to their families. It’s one small way we can serve them as they serve us – and by the notes they write back to us, they love writing on them as much as we enjoy making them!

If you’d like to join us, visit our website and spend some time learning. We have guidelines (like no glitter, and making A2 sized cards); deadlines that are far in advance of holidays (ie Christmas season is finished already); and a great gallery full of ideas that show the kinds of cards our heroes really love! There are ideas to get your kids, churches, and other groups involved writing letters, ways to make donations and go shopping with discounts and buy products to benefit the cause.

Our blogs are chock full of information too! This blog, Stars and Stamps, is our creative nerve center, where we post challenges, sketches, tutorials, and more to inspire you. The Homefront Blog reports what we’ve sent out (Mondays) and what’s come in (Thursdays) along with special projects. The Hero Blog hosts letters from our heroes – and is worth spending some time on! We recommend subscribing by email to get these posts sent right to your email so you know when something new is posted.

Ciara was tired after all the
Christmas shipping got done!

The largest OWH community gathers on Facebook, where we post daily card shares every morning; chat about cardmaking, products, and techniques; news about the project, stories we hear from heroes, mailroom adventures at the post office, and get to know our little mascot, Ciara, pictured at right. You can also subscribe to our email list here – we don’t spam you, we just send out the important stuff 🙂

We have a little candy of our own to give out! Leave a comment on this post by Sunday night, preferably AFTER you finish hopping, and let us know what inspired you most – a company you didn’t know about before? A technique or color combo that blew your mind? A product you bought because of the hop or plan to get because it’s a must-have? A story or comment that really touched your hearts? We’ll draw a random winner for a prize of one THOUSAND envelopes! The catch: we’ll check to see if the winner commented on all the blogs! (If any blogs have ID issues, we’ll give grace for that.)

So….enough about OWH, how about this bloghop? We have some fantastic corporate partners joining us for an exclusive hop for Veteran’s Day…they’ll be showing off some amazing cards (we’ve seen a few – and oh WOW!) and inspiring everyone with their posts. We are SO grateful to have such a quality roster listed below. You might see some candy along the way, so be sure to enter for it by leaving comments as directed! And be sure to read the posts, not just look at the pics…there’s a very special announcement slipped into one of these blogs!

Without further ado….the bloghop! Go go go! Note that they might not link to each other, but should open in a new window so it’s easy to get back here for the next link!

  1. Hero Arts
  2. Sizzix
  3. Tombow
  4. Prima
  5. Ranger
  6. Studio Calico
  7. Tonic Studios
  8. Basic Grey
  9. Copic Marker
  10. SRM Stickers
  11. May Arts
A PS to our participating corporate bloggers: I made a special card for you…it’s so little compared to all you’ve done….but know you are appreciated! Click here to see it.