Thursday, September 27, 2012

CropChocolate's OWH Blog Hop

Welcome to CropChocolate's "OWH" blog hop hosted by the current Design Team.  You should have arrived here from Miwa's blog. If you stumbled across this blog hop, please feel free to go back to the beginning to Amber's blog to join us.  The blog hop will run from 8am MST September 28 to 8am MST October 8 so you will have lots of time to get some cards done. 

What is OWH, you ask?  OWH is short for Operation Write Home and they are an organization whose mission is "to collect handcrafted greeting cards for our deployed heroes to write home on".   So we decided to host a blog hop to encourage everyone to make and donate cards.  Here is the website with all of the information and requirements for making the cards .  There is lots of requirements, so please read carefully. 

FYI - Canadian participants can follow the OWH rules, too.  Some of our DT members are from Canada and we found a place to send cards to for the Canadian Armed Forces.  Feel free to contribute to both.   

Here's the info for the CANADIAN GIRLS:  
Corinne Brauun
6-300-108th Street
Sakatoona, SK S7N 1P8

Okay, on to the other stuff about our OWH blog hop.  Each individual blog will have a challenge for you to do to complete a card or cards. There will be a main prize from CropChocolate and some of the individual blog owners will also be giving away their own blog candy.  So please make sure to follow instructions carefully on each blog.  All cards to be linked need to be 50% CC products.  Once you get to the end, please make sure you have linked up each of your cards to the respective challenge/blog by using the Mr. Linky link that is provided for that individual challenge.   I will be giving away some of my own blog candy . . . actually three (3).  I will be drawing one name from those who do my 1st challenge and drawing another name from those who do both challenges and then another who posts the MOST cards/challenges for the blog hop. :)  (More info to follow).

I think that's all the important stuff . . .

This past month I've been going to a lot of weddings and my anniversary is coming up . . . so I decided to do a wedding themed challenge.  I came up with 2 challenges, but you only need to do the first one to be eligible for the main prize. 

My 1st challenge to you is to create a card by using "something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue".  Here's what I did:

CC Product
"The Good Life" collection pack by Fancy Pants
"The Good Life" brads by Fancy Pants
blue/gray cardstock (WinterPark solids) by Echo Park
Walnut Stain distress ink
OMC Craft Tape

My "something old" was a tool - my magnetic brad setter; my "something new" is "The Good Life"  collection pack by Fancy Pants; my "something borrowed" is the color combination (I got inspiration online); and my "something blue" is the blue/gray cardstock.  I like this paper collection by Fancy Pants so much that I'm now "stalking" the swaps section so I can get one or two more. :)

My challenge to you is to use "2 colors (black & white not eligible) and some bling".  (If you do this 2nd challenge, you will be entered into another drawing for some special blog candy.)  Here's what I came up with:

CC Product
"Festive" paper collection by Authentique
red/cream cardstock by Echo Park
red rhinestone by Scrappin Lot
Fired Brick distress ink
Peeled Paint distress ink
Walnut Stain distress ink
OMC craft tape

NonCC:  Misc. ribbon

Now for other blog candy I was talking about earlier.  To be eligible, please become a follower (if you aren't already) and leave a comment that you've done so or anything you would like to say . . . but please keep it clean.   All cards to be linked need to be 50% CC products. Also, please link up your cards with the Mr. Linky link that is at the end of this post.   You need to link up and use 50% CC products not only to be eligible for my blog candy, but also for the main CC prize.  As I said earlier, I will draw 1 name from those who do my 1st challenge and another name from those who also do the 2nd challenge (a goodie bag) and then for the one who makes & posts the most cards ($20 CropCredit from me).  NOTE:  I would prefer them to be all different . . . but if you do make duplicate cards, you will need to post a picture of all of them to have all of them count towards the CropCredit prize.  I will announce my winners on October 10 at 8am MST.

Thanks so much for joining us.  So now that you are done here, you can hop on over to Jenni's blog.  Following is a list of the blogs participating in this blog hop in case you get lost.



Love your papers Kathy.Great cards!


What lovely cards and hey, those are some pretty great challenges, friend! I look forward to taking them on! And yes, of course I'm a followed... :)


Your cards are GORGEOUS. Thanks for the inspiration!


Great challenges Kathy! Love the christmas card!

I'm already a follower!

Caryn S

That's quite a challenge! Hmm...I love what you did with it though!


Love your cards and I am already a follower :


Ok first off love love love the christmas card, and secondly what the heck is a magnetic brad setter?


just need some time to get crafty and i'm on this one!!

Katherine Clayton

Camerageek - it is a brad setter but instead of the different "heads" being screwed on they are magnetic instead. Does that make sense?

Julie Odil

Hi Kathy, I just linked up for your "something borrowed" challenge. I'm going to try to get your 2 color one done sometime this week.

Paula-Scrap Addict

okie dokie, I finally got mine done... took a while on that first one ;-)


Love your cards Kathy and the themes. I'm hoping all this hopping will get me going.

by belle

Kathy! Great challenges...I did the second one. Of course I am already a follower.


Project 1 done and linked.


Project 2 done and linked. I wasn't sure if you wanted them separated so I did two links.


I love your cards, Kathy! I am hoping to get to yours and a few other challenges this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Karen (karey2005)

Kathy, your cards are lovely! I finally got a few challenges done, so I'm all linked up to you!! Have a great day, lady! xoxo


All linked up Kathy! I made 4 cards for your first challenge and 8 for your second!


Hi Kathy, I just linked up my cards. I ended up making 20 cards for the Blog Hop and one each for your challenges. Thanks for the creative challenges, I loved them. And, I love the cards I made can't wait to share them with our troops.


P.S. I posted all the cards I made this weekend on one blog post so you may have to scroll down a bit to find the ones I did for your challenge.


Hi Kathy-Great challenges!
#10 is your first challenge
Old=MM Hole punch/Eyelet setter
New=Thinking of You stamp
Borrowed=card map
Blue=paper and brads

#11 is the 2 color challenge

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Great challenge Kathy,

something blue - paper
something old - stamps
borrowed - card fold
something new - paper from the last CC order

there are multiple colors and I sprayed the brown frame with some mist (doesn't show in the picture). I am also a follower


Great cards and challenge,
something new is the embossing folder
something old was the paper-Porobello Road
somehting borrowed is the flower, from Sara at Spring Fling and something blue was the brad.


Great challenge. old is the BG granola paper pack; new are the buttons and twine; borrowed is the inspiration from a handmade card I received; blue are the papers and buttons


Loved the challenge, and I finally got my post up and linked. I wish I could have made more. Thanks


Got linked up. Hope I'm not too late.


Oh man, such amazing cards! So much inspiration! I haven't had a chance to sit down and craft, but I still hope to (even if I can't enter them in the Blog Hop ;-) )

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