Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Our Challenge Featuring Operation Write Home

Hello and welcome to the Michelle Perkett Studios Tuesday challenge 45,

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in last weeks challenge, we had lots of wonderful entries!

And now, a little bit about Operation Write Home ~
Operation Write Home is an organization that sends blank handmade greeting cards for all occasions to deployed service members to write home on. They’ve mailed approximately 500,000 cards so far—and are still going strong! Our challenge to you is to make cards to send to them for our nation’s heroes.

Please read the basic guidelines here; it’s important especially to remember that glitter is NOT allowed (it’s a safety hazard to our heroes), handmade cards only, and OWH needs A2 sized cards. “Operation Write Home” needs to be on the backs of your cards—it can be stamped, handwritten, or printed on labels. Please include a packing slip inside your box or envelope, and mail them to any of their shippers listed on the Mailroom page. In your package, you can also include notes written to a deployed service member.

Now, for this weeks challenge: 

We challenge you to make a card birthday card for Operation Write Home and mail it to one of their shippers! 

Remember to use a Michelle Perkett Studio image on your creation.  If you don’t have any there are wonderful summer images in Michelle’s Etsy store and you never know what you might find at the Crafters Digital Art Center  group! 

 Our challenge is sponsored by Michelle Perkett Studio Esty store, the winner will be awarded one digital image of their choice from  Michelle's Etsy store!

We have a special treat today, we have a guest designer!
I’d like to introduce you to Christy, she’s made a beautiful card  for your inspiration today.

I asked Christy if she'd share a little about herself with us and here's what she had to say,
"G’day, my name is Christy Schackart and I am very honoured to be today’s guest designer.  I’m an Aussie now living in the USA.  My love of stamping began as a child, many years ago, when I was given a huge box of rubber stamps from a family friend, so it was really no surprise that I stamped and embossed all my wedding invitations 18 years ago!  I embossed them over the hotplate in the kitchen as I’m not even sure the embossing gun had been invented and even if it had, it certainly hadn’t arrived in Australia yet.  After I finished school, I was busy earning my teaching degree, getting married, and having two lovely children, and as a stay-at-home Mum I found other Mums who were eager to get together and craft....mainly stamping but I also scrapbooked, quilted, painted and made jewellery with them.  When I moved to the US 5 ½ years ago, I was very lost without these creative friends and took a break from stamping to make glass beads for a while only to return to my love of stamping, and this year I finally launched my blog...mainly to share my cards with family and friends so far away....only to discover a wonderful online community of crafters all eager to share and encourage.  I have friends and family scattered all over the world and I love sending them my handmade cards.....it's like sending them a little piece of me. When I learnt that Operation Write Home collects handmade cards to send to the troops overseas so they can send cards to their loved ones I knew I wanted to help."  If you’d like to see more of Christy’s art work and read more about her card please visit her blog Lone Pine Designs.
 Thank you Christy for sharing your awesome talent with us!

 We also have our fabulous Mermaids who’ve made more beautiful cards for your inspiration!

Mari featuring Polly, Dolly & William
Pauline featuring Sprout
Shelley featuring Polly, Dolly & William
Marilyn featuring Abby & Walter
Jan featuring Polly, Dolly  & William

I feel like making some cards, how about you?!

Our challenge time line is from today, September 14th  and ends Monday, September 20, 2010. 
A winner will be chosen randomly at that time and an announcement made!

We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the design team and other participants.  Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.
Thanks for stopping by and we hope you join in the fun!

To play along this week, please enter your name, URL and email address in the link below then press next step and select the photo of your creative project.  An icon will appear on the blog featuring the photo you selected.  If the photo doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry, it will after the page has been refreshed.

Edited to add:  For some reason our InLinkz closed early, if you'd like to add your entry please leave a link to your blog in the comments and we'll come by and visit you.  Thanks!


  1. I'm so thrilled that all of your birthday cards will be sent to our troops to send to their loved ones! I know they will loved sending all of your beautiful cards!! Thank you ladies for all of your gorgeous inspiration this week!! Such amazing birthday cards!! I cant wait to see all of our birthday card entries!!

    Welcome to Christy our guest designer!! I love your birthday cupcake card and I really enjoyed reading about you!!:) So nice to have you join us this week for such an exciting challenge!!

  2. What a fantastic cards you all made! They are so amazing en fabulous. I wish I could contribute in sending my cards. Unfortunally I live to far to do that. But I will enter this challenge to show my sympathy with the boys over there!

    Christy I love your cupecake with all the flowers with brads. Stunning work!


  3. The DT cards are all so great. I can't wait to get my card sent along with the ones I'll be making Saturday.

  4. Guess I missed the deadline. Oops.

  5. Thanks for the option... Here's the link to my card: http://dani2519.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/happy-birthday-boy

    Michelle, thanks for doing a challenge for OWH. Jan, thanks for the option of posting the link in comments!

  6. Hi ladies! Here is the link to my card:
    Great challenge!

  7. Fabulous cards ladies! Sorry I couldn't join you this week.
    Julie W x