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OWH: World Cardmaking Blog Hop!


Ribbonista Jess Mutty:

I was so honored to be able to create these for the fabulous Operation Write Home!  My card set uses Pink Paislee Father Christmas paper, twine from The Twinery, Prima flowers, and of course a bit of May Arts twill ribbon.  I hope these cards will be small tokens of appreciation for all the dedication and service that our military folks give us every day. 


Ribbonista Charlene Driggs:

I created a Christmas card that I thought could be used by either male or female members of our Armed Forces.    It’s a simple design that I hope invokes the homey smell of gingerbread baking for our soldiers far from home and family.   I know how much my husband loved getting homemade cookies when he was in the military and how much I loved his letters home.    I’ve  used strong glue to attach all the elements and the Inside full sheet of computer paper, folded so that it’s full letter size when unfolded, so they can write a long letter home.   The stamp is Gingerbread Man from Impression Obsession by Alesa Baker.  I’ve used May Arts KB14 3/8 inch red and white checked ribbon for an extra homey touch.

I am so very grateful to our men and women in uniform.  They leave the comfort of their homes and families and risk all so that we may live in freedom.  Thanks Operation Write Home for the opportunity to help them say Merry Christmas!


Ribbonista Jen Shears: I don't think for one moment that MY freedom has been free. I am grateful beyond measure to those that keep us free!


Ribbonista Jingle:

I created this card with Melissa Francis papers and a favorite Skipping Stones Design stamp of mine.  I love the idea of using soft colors and butterflies for Christmas cards because they are just so pretty together and offer that stillness that we crave during the holidays.  The ribbon is the white crinkle ribbon from May Arts.  It is so neat to be able to offer these cards through Operation Write Home to get them to those who will consider them just a *bit* more special than usual as they come from family back home.


Ribbonista Mandie Wade:

To make my card I used some of the gorgeous My Mind's Eye Snowed In paper that I had in my stash. The glitter in the paper is embedded (doesn't flake off) so it is acceptable for OWH. I love this 1" Grosgrain Ric Rac because I think it looks like icing! To keep my cards somewhat simple so I could mass produce them, I simple stamped my gingerbread boy, matted the image and added some foam adhesive. A couple rhinestones was the finishing touch! I think that OWH is amazing because the soldiers who are sending cards home deserve to have something beautiful to send! It's just a little way that I can say "Thanks for All You Do for Us"!


Ribbonista Ellen Sosnoski:

I love sending cards in for OWH whenever I can. It is the least we can do for all of those amazing men and women serving our country every day to keep us safe and project our freedom.



  1. Julie

    Wow, what beautiful cards from your design team! Lots of great ideas in here! Thanks so much for supporting Operation Write Home!

  2. Sherry H

    What a beautiful array of cards; love them all, but I’m drawn to Jen’s combination of a border punched strip, folded paper & twine on her beautiful ornament card! Thanks for all the ideas on these fab cards!!

  3. Erika

    As a military wife, let me say thank you for sending your hard work to those who could use a pick me up. 🙂

  4. Ky Scrapacat

    Wow – what a lovely assortment of cards. They are all so beautiful, but the thought of a white butterfly on a Christmas card is so appealing. What better image for peace (aside from a dove, obviously!)? Thank you so much for sponsoring OWH, and for supporting our soldiers’ families. It means so much to me!

  5. Allison G in TX

    I love the vintage feel of the Father Christmas cards. I gotta get me some of that red gingham ribbon – simply one of my favorite ribbons as it does invoke a homey feel. All of the cards were marvelously crafted with love and gratitude for our deployed troops. Thanks for participating in the OWH blog hop!

  6. Michelle Single

    The cards are absolutely gorgeous!!!! Thanks for supporting owh!

  7. LaurieJ

    What wonderful cards – thanks for the inspiration and thanks for sharing with OWH!

  8. Penny Douphinett

    Absolutely wonderful cards! I particularly like the father Christmas ones!

    Thanks for helping those who serve.

  9. Carol E Brooker

    Such a beautiful bunch of cards, love all the different colors, thanks for sharing them and being on this hop.

  10. Cheryl (Shestamps)

    Gorgeous cards! I love each of them.

  11. Cindy O

    Wonderful cards! My favorite is the gingerbread cookie card, so cute with the red gingham ribbon. Thank you for supporting Operation Write Home.

  12. Carol L

    these cards are all amazing! I love all the vintage cards too, but that crimped Christmas tree is genius!! TFS and for supporting OWH and our troops!

  13. Teri Merkins

    Awesome cards!! I love the ornament and may sneak your idea lol.

  14. Tini

    Very beautiful Xmas Cards…thanks for sharing these nice inspiration!

  15. Becky D

    Oh my goodness ladies! All such gorgeous eye candy! I love all these different techniques and ideas you have used! Thanks for the inspiration and for supporting OWH!

  16. Sue D

    Fabulous cards!!

  17. Nancy Keller

    Lovely!!! Those flags on the Santas are a perfect touch for the troops! I love them!

  18. Lee Tucker

    It’s amazing how much of a difference a card looks with such quality ribbon from May Arts! All of these fabulous cards are so stunning…the soldiers will be very pleased to be able to send any of them home to their loved ones! Thanks to all of you for your support of OWH!

  19. jenn zeeb

    What wonderful cards, really loved the old fashioned Santa ones at the beginning.

    Jenn Zeeb

  20. Dixie

    What a beautiful collection of cards! May Arts provides the bling for my cards! Thank you for supporting OWH and our Troops!

  21. Ms. Veronicas

    You’ve just encouraged me to go further with my stitched cards. Thanks.

  22. Ann Merkins

    Amazing cards!! The vintage feel is fabulous!! I also love the distressed one!!

  23. Carol Lewis

    Love all your cards but the gingerbread man is my favorite!

  24. Dolores A.

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful holiday designs and inspiration to support OWH ….especially like the simple Christmas tree card.

  25. Susan G

    OMGoodness! what a wonderful plethora of pretty cards and different ideas! I love all of them, but if asked to pick a favorite it would be ribbonista Jen’s single ornament card…it really speaks to me!
    Thanks for supporting OWH!!

  26. Anita A

    Stunning cards! I love the rhinestones on the gingerbread.

  27. Nancy M

    I love these delicious cards; great job!

  28. Terri

    What a lovely group of cards. 🙂

  29. Bunnyfreak

    Each of the cards is a gem. Love the variety.

  30. Ronda S

    I love all the cards but keep coming back to that adorable gingerbread man w/o a face but with a belly button!!! The red and white color combo is so crisp and the check ribbon is the cherry on top!

  31. Margaret

    Oh these are so darling … the butterfly is divine!

  32. Caro

    Wow! Your cards are spectacular… love the images, ribbon.. all of it.. thanks for supporting OWH

  33. Kathryn

    I’m off to CASE that last card. What a great use for that paper crimper I never use!

  34. Rhonda Miller

    Wow, these are all fabulous cards. TFS.

  35. Kathie Garyson

    Great cards! I especially like the way the tree was corrugated, a nice rustic look! I love the idea of attaching a full sheet of paper inside a card for lots of room for one of our heros to write home!

  36. Teresa D

    The cards are all so beautiful. And such details on the Father Christmas cards. The would have to be my favorites.

  37. Joanne Travis

    Great holiday card ideas, I love them all.
    Thanks for taking part in the OWH hop today!

  38. Susan L

    I love the pink paislee Christmas paper, wow, beautiful.

  39. KellyRae

    Beautiful cards, love the mix of styles and colors.

  40. Elizabeth C

    Beautiful cards! Very inspiring!

  41. Lee Mae

    Your cards are all great. I especially like the first Father Christmas cards. I will be CASING your design on those! I also especially liked the tree card with the distressing. I liked the embossed background and tree and, of course, the light distressing. A very nice, rustic card. Thanks for your support for OWH!

  42. Doris T.

    Wonderful cards!!!

  43. Cindy M

    Wow, so many beautiful cards! I love the butterfly one–so lovely! And the tree with the texture, it’s just perfect! The Father Christmas ones are so vintage and timeless!!

  44. Sharon Gullikson

    Oh my gosh, so many amazing cards. I love how you made the christmas tree with 2 pieces of scored papers. And the santas–I’m not usually into santa, but these are just too much!!! LOVE them–especially the one with the flag. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

  45. Kris Whittaker

    Stunning cards! I love the way the twine was used on the first two cards…I’ve never seen it done that way. Thank you for supporting OWH!

  46. Kim H

    Great cards, love the techniques and ribbons on them all. Thank you fo rsharng and supporting our troops.

  47. Paula S.

    What a fabulous group of cards! So nice to have such a wide variety of styles for lots of inspiration. Many thanks to May Arts for joining in the hop and partnering with Operation Write Home to support our military.

  48. Rufus

    Love the cards, the butterfly is amazing. All of them will be VERY appreciated by those lucky enough to get them! Thanks so much for supporting OWH and our Heroes!

  49. Stefanie

    All of those cards are amazing. That Father Christmas paper is gorgeous! I need me some!

  50. adele

    How cute is that corrugated tree!! Beautiful cards one and all.

  51. Kim Thomas

    These are such lovely cards! Thank you for posting. I really enjoyed them. 🙂

  52. Mary H

    Such great cards!! Thank goodness for OWH! My nephew served and loved receiving the box of cards. Thank you OWH

  53. Raelynn

    What beautiful cards!

  54. Fabrizio

    Great cards, so lovely

  55. Margaret Gilmer

    The Father Christmas cards are positively the greatest.

  56. Beth

    I love all the cards but my favorite are the 2 gingerbread cards. I love the colors and ribbons.

  57. Sandy L

    Love every one of the cards! They will all make a family very, very happy. I am the wife of a retired Navy Submariner who spent long times at sea, so I have a bit of understanding of the separations. It is, as it always has been, my pleasure to help ease the loneliness a bit by participating in OWH.

  58. Lauren, Paper Love

    Very cute cards! Love the buttons on the poinsettias.

    Lauren, Paper Love

  59. Susan S

    Love these cards – especially the vintage santas. My husband wants me make some like these for our cards this year!!

  60. Michelle

    Wonderful cards! The first two are my favorite. So classic and just gorgeous. Gives me the warm fuzzies 😀 Thank you for sharing.

  61. RobinH

    beautiful cards! thanks for sharing with us and thanks for your support of OWH

  62. Amanda

    Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Manda 🙂
    [email protected]

  63. LynnR

    All of the cards are wonderful! I love the Santa cards for the old world feel to them. And I did read the note on adding a full sheet of paper to the inside, I will have to try that. TFS!

  64. Tracey C

    So many great cards!!!

  65. Karen

    What wonderful cards. I love the vintage Santas. Your beautiful ribbons are the perfect finishing touch.

    Thanks so much for supporting OWH!

  66. Kristie M.

    I absolutely love the ornament card! The ribbon detail is beautiful, making it a very elegant card.

  67. Jan Hennings

    Beautiful cards!

  68. Jamie

    I love the white card with the butterfly! I love Christmas cards that have non-traditional colors and themes!

  69. Lori B

    The Santa cards are beautiful and they definitely can be used by men or women in addition to the gingerbread card.

  70. Linda

    Love all the cards. A feast for the eyes.

  71. Jen m

    Oh my gosh, I can’t pick a favorite card! These are all gorgeous!

  72. JenN.

    That gingerbread man is cute cute cute!

  73. Debstamps

    So much beautiful work by all you talented crafters! Love that Father Christmas paper with the twine…the bold, simple color and textures used in Ellen’s card…the gingerbread men to remind everyone of home and holiday! Well done!

  74. Barb Housner

    gorgeous cards – now I want gingerbread men for breakfast – thanks for supporting OWH

    Barb Housner

  75. debb

    Such beautiful cards all! Father Christmas does create wonderful home-y thoughts!!

  76. Bridget Larsen

    Love that paper, so antique and the layout is so nice with the string effects and the pointsettia is my favourite flower for the holiday season

  77. Sandy

    Ohmygosh! Such delicious cards!!! That butterfly just took my breath away! Super super beautiful job everyone!
    Sandy, President, OWH


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