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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Operation Write Home: Veteran's Day Blog Hop




Operation Write Home (OWH) is an organization that coordinates the efforts of cardmakers all over the country in supplying our troops overseas with handmade cards that these heroes can send to their loved ones back home.  I've been a big fan since I became aware of them during the last blog hop, and I'm so excited that to be participating in the Veteran's Day Blog Hop! For more information on OWH, and to learn how to send your own cards, please visit their very comprehensive site.

If you need to go back to the beginning of the hop - click here to get started. Make sure you stop back here! :)

My grandfather Bruce was a veteran of World War II, serving as a pilot in the US Army-Air Corps. He flew over China, India and all through Europe. One of his planes malfunctioned while flying over Burma, and he was forced to parachute from his plane. Just before landing, his parachute was caught in some tree limbs, leaving him hanging in the trees. This proved to be quite lucky, as some tigers below circled him for several hours before help arrived. He went on to be a mechanic for Eastern Airlines, after declining an offer to become a mechanic for Air Force One. After retiring, he became an avid cardmaker himself! His specialty was calligraphy, and he made gorgeous cards that were sent to family and friends. Because he actually gave away most of what he made, I have very few examples - but I love that we have this in common.

Take a look at my post from yesterday, with some pics of the Veteran's Day celebration we attended at Florida National Cemetary. My grandmother and grandfather were interred here in September.

Here are my two cards, a simple thank you for my AnyHero card, and a fun little Valentine for a hero to send home! My photography seems to be getting worse and worse, rather than better - sorry about the pics. The thank you card uses a little Studio G Christmas wreath stamp that I colored blue and red Smooch -- making it a patriotic/thank you/Christmas card, LOL!  The froggy set in the second card is a retired Stampin' Up! set. All papers are Sassafras Lass.


NEXT STOP: Anita at http://cardsandcoffee.blogspot.com

55 comments:

Rose Petal said...

Hello Aimee. You cards are beautiful, so colourful and bright, they really do stand out. Well done.
Happy crafting.
Love Sandra xx

debb said...

Very nice cards!

Scrapping Mom said...

Wonderful cards. I love your blog. I just became a follower

Scrappycath said...

Really cute cards. Love that frog!

Operation Write Home said...

Awww thnks for introducing us to Grandpa Bruce!! What a super legacy - have you ever posted any of his cards? I love yours - and love how you photographed them with the patterned paper! Nice!!!! Thanks for being part of the fun of the hop!!

JPScraps said...

Lovely cards and thanks for sharing your story.

Dawn said...

I really think it's neat how you take pics of your cards. The cards are great. Thank you for supporting OWH!

Dana said...

nice!

Rhonda said...

Your cards are wonderful!!! TFS!!!

Cyn said...

Thanks for sharing the story of your grandfather - I enjoyed reading it! And that striped paper is great, love what you did with it.

Rhonda Miller said...

Thanks for sharing your cards. The frog is so cute and I love how you turned the wreath into a patriotic wreath. Great job.

Anita said...

Cute cards! The frog is amazing!

Paula said...

What a great story about your Grandfather. A World War II vet and a card maker too! Great post, thanks for participating!

Shelley said...

This is such a heartening venture. Here in Canada, the painting guild I belong to also creates and sends cards for our troops. They range from painted, thru to stamped and embossed cards in every style imaginable and are received with great appreciation. It's such a little thing we can do for our heroes!

~ Shelley

Merry's Musings said...

ooo Johnny Depp..no no I mean Wow your cards are great! Just love them. Thanks for sharing about your Granpa :)

jeanna said...

Oh..... i love those stripes on your card! very masculine look!

Dixie said...

Great cards, Aimee!

Kay said...

What a great story about your grandad - especially the part about the tigers! Just goes to show there really is a silver lining to most clouds!

Kas said...

Cute cards, great story!

Seongsook Duncan said...

Very nice cards. I like the way you took photos with the same patterned paper background. Good idea! Thanks for sharing your grandpa's story.

Patty K said...

you cards are adorable!

Tammy said...

Wonderful cards! I love the frog! Thanks for sharing!

Carmen O. said...

Love your bright and cheery cards!

Karen Howard said...

Beautiful cards Aimee... and I love the pic of your grandfather. My husbands grandfather served in the US Army Air Force during WWII and I posted his story and photo on Veterans Day!!! TSF!

GretaB said...

Thanks for sharing the story of your grandfather and thanks to him for his service. And how cool that he made cards! I'm sure the calligraphy was incredible. Great cards that will be sure to make the recipients happy with the bright colors and sweet designs.

dawna said...

Beautiful cards. I really love the striped thank you card. It looks so rich!

MarcyK924 said...

Adorable cards! Love your story.

Catherine said...

Thanks for sharing about your grandfather! I've thought about the sailors dealing with sharks, but tigers never occurred to me! Glad he made it and went on to a wonderful life!
You're cards are so cute! Love the idea of a patriotic Christmas - genius!
TFS!

Bekah's World said...

Beautiful cards! I love the froggie too! What a great thing to have in common with your grandfather, and what a great story to have. I LOVE the picture too!

dabhug said...

Great cards! Thank you for participating!

Thank you for your grandfather's service. Lovely pics.

The Wired Angel said...

your cards are terrific and I love your blog. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creativity. Hugs, Peggy

peggysue said...

Wow, thanks for sharing your story about your grandfather. And he was a cardmaker too, fascinating! Your creations are so cute, I've always been a big fan of Unfrogettable.

cdm317 said...

My Dad was also Vet. Thanks for doing this.

Karelj said...

Love your cards! The frog is darling! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Sharon said...

Love your cards! Thanks so much for the story of your Grandpa. How neat that you and he both share a love of cards and keeping in touch with family and friends.

bumblebee creations said...

gorgeous cards!

Carolyn Bounds said...

What fabulous creations!!! Thank you so very much for sharing your talent with all of us, and for spreading heartfelt cheer to our nation's heroes!!! It was also nice reading about your grandfather. He sounds like he was an amazing man!!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

Carla Gade said...

Awesome cards! What a wonderful crafty and supportive thing we can do for our troops! God bless them, and you!

carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

MiamiKel said...

Beautiful blog and wonderful post! TFS your story and darling cards -- blessings!

Linda L said...

Beautiful cards!

Cr8ive ME said...

lovely cards.

{hugs}
M.E.

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

Wow! Aimee - I love the heritage that you embrace! I will be checking back on your blog!
~ky

Loni said...

Aimee, Great colors and layouts. Thanks for sharing your story about Grandpa Bruce and for supporting our heroes.
Hugs, loni holt at gmail.com

SugarBeanz said...

Great cards!!! Thanks for sharing!

Maggie said...

Love how your grandfather also made cards, I bet they were beautiful. Great Vet. Day pictures. Your cards are really cute. Thank you for supporting OWH.

Cindy said...

Intersting post about your Grandfather....tigers circled under him??? WOW....great cards too!

Stacie said...

Sweet cards!

Night Shift Nancy said...

Oh my gosh. . . that story about the tigers!!! Eep! Thanks for sharing, and for sharing your cards. Love them!!!

Mrs. E said...

What bright and happy cards. Just what our troops need. Neat story about your grandfather; thanks for sharing.

Caryl P said...

Thanks for sharing a story of your own, and a picture too. Beautiful cards, I just love the "punny" frog!

SuzAnn said...

love that toad and the striped pp you've used. What a great story about your Grandpa and I'm sure you treasure those calligraphy cards he made!

Andrea said...

Very nice cards!

Michelle's Inky Fingers said...

Great card and picture of your Grandpa! Glad to be on the hop with you! ~Michelle ;)

Jessica said...

Great card and TFS part of your life history!

paula said...

Thanks for sharing your talent and for sharing your story about your grandfather!!! I'm sure he would be proud to know that here you are making cards for our military!!!Thanks a bunch!