Today I’m excited to be participating in Operation Write Home’s Bunny Blog Hop!  About 130 papercrafters are participating – it’s HUGE!  If you’ve come here from Corinna’s My Scrapbook Life blog, you’re hopping right on track.  If you just popped by because you’re my friend, and you’d like to start from the beginning of the hop after you’re done here, you’ll want to go to the Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps blog.

As I’ve mentioned before, Operation Write Home collects handcrafted cards to send to our military men and women stationed overseas.  Then our troops can use the cards to send messages to their loved ones at home.  I consider it to be a wonderful way to show support to our heroes and their families who must be separated for long periods of time.

Because of the time it takes to ship the cards to the Middle East to get to the troops, and then again for them to mail home, Operation Write Home sets deadlines ahead of holidays.  If you’d like to send them Easter cards, they’ll need to receive them by March 18, 2011.  Mother’s Day cards need to be received by March 31, 2011.

When I first started on my card for today’s post, I used a sketch from the OWH Stars & Stamps blog.  I love the Stars & Stamps blog because besides the sketches, they also provide other challenges to spark my creativity.   Unfortunately, I didn’t like the way that card turned out.  I’ll still donate it to OWH, but I didn’t feel like it was blog worthy – especially not for a big occasion like today’s hop!  So I went back to the drawing board and came up with this:

I used several papers from Basic Grey’s Gypsy paper pad and fit them into the spaces from Deluxe Cut’s Card Making Template 1-C.  (I don’t like that Deluxe Cuts went out of business a few years ago because I still think their templates rock!)  I added some sponging around the edges of each block.  The bunny is a digital image from Amber Ink.  I reversed him so he’s facing left instead of right, colored him with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits, and cut him out reallllly closely with my Cutterbee scissors.  He’s attached to the pink background with pop dots for some dimension.

Now, what’s a blog hop without some blog candy?  🙂  I’m offering up the following goodies:  Basic Grey’s Gypsy 6″ x 6″ paper pad (that’s been retired for a while!), a package of Making Memories white and pink paper flowers, some clear and some pink self-adhesive rhinestones, a package of pastel brads, a package of ribbon charms, and a package of jump rings.  Wanna see?

Disclaimer: the basket in the photo is just for background display purposes and is NOT part of the blog candy package.  If you had your heart set on it, I’m sorry!  The papers used on today’s card are in the paper pad, and the flowers on the card are the same as what’s being offered here too.  I’ll use to choose one prize winner from the people who comment on today’s post.  Because this is such a huge blog hop, you have until 10:00 pm eastern time Wednesday, March 9, 2011 to comment in order to qualify, and I’ll announce the winner on Thursday, March 10.

Now, I’ll send you to Penny at Penny’s Page so you can continue on the hop!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Here is the complete supply list for today’s card:
Digital Image: Love Bunny – Contemplative (Amber Ink.)
Stamp: Everyday Greetings Collection (Wordsworth)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); various papers from Gypsy 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Card Colorblocking Template 1-C (Deluxe Cuts); Wildflower spotlight Blossoms (Making Memories); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); dimensionals (SU);  sponge

110 Responses to “It’s Bunny Blog Hop time!”

  1. Patricia, beautiful work! I’m glad I was able to find your blog – I love looking and being inspired by others’ work.

  2. OHMYWERD! I love this card! I think I’m gonna steal it…the idea that is. Love it! Your coloring is FAB!

  3. What a great card – so serene!

  4. I’m still thinking he’d be cute in purple. ;0)
    Beautiful card!

  5. What a cute card, and what a great cause. I think I will start making cards for them also.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  6. Beautiful card, love the soft tones!

  7. Very cute card.. might have to try that!

  8. love the layout and colors of the card. Thanks for participating in the blog hop this morning. What a great cause. :o)

  9. Absolutely gorgeous card, Patricia–the colors are gorgeous, I love the composition, and the bunny is adorable!

  10. Your card looks so professional!! I love it!!

  11. Nice colorblocking! Cute card!!!

  12. What a pretty card! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win!

    lnorris21 at hotmail dot com

  13. Beautiful card. The papers are perfect for an Easter card. Thanks for hopping.

  14. cute card. I have some of those templates, I haven’t used them in so long .. you’ve inspired me to get them out and use them again 🙂
    thanks for sharing your card with us on the hop!

  15. That card is really fabulous!
    I have loved the blog hop, and looking thru your blog!
    Mindy O.

  16. Adorable card! I love all the patterned paper you used on it!


  17. What a great card, I love the layout you’ve used and your colors are gorgeous!

  18. Your card is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  19. Oh darlin, your bunny card is precious. I hope you’ll play along with us some time at the Catered Crop challenge, your cards are adorable.

  20. That is such a sweet card. Thanks for sharing and participating in the blog hop.

  21. Super card, wow! Love that bunny! Happy hopping 🙂

  22. Super cute card!

  23. LOVE IT. Super cute

  24. Very cute colors of spring on your card, just love the bunny. He’s saying hug me.

  25. Awesome, though that poor bunny looks so sad.

    Hummer Hugs,

  26. The sad looking little bunny is so adorable!!! Thanks for being in the OWH blog hop!! And thanks for offering such a nice gift package!!

  27. Such a cute card! Thanks for sharing.

    rleckie911 AT gmail DOT com

  28. Such a pretty card. Love it

    shmi2 @ sbcglobal . net

  29. Love the colors used. Loved the blocking that you did. Just a great bunny card.

  30. I love how your second card turned out. Very nice layout, beautiful papers. I’m sure your first would have been “blog” ready also! 🙂
    Happy Hopping

  31. Awesome. This whole hop is awesome. Your creations are wonderful

  32. Great grid design, and such a sweet, little bunny!

  33. I love your card and the sketch too!!! Great way to use up extra scraps….gotta love that, LOL!!!!! 😉

  34. CUTE card and sketch, thanks for sharing and for the chance to win your awesome blog candy!!

  35. I just love your card. The layout is great. TFS.

  36. I just love this card. What a sweet image! You are so generous with your blog candy. Thanks for sharing! ♥ky

  37. Such a lovely card – that bunny is so cute!

    I do so enjoy the OWH events as I get to meet so many lovely and talented people along the way. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your creativity with us today! My husband is a decorated Vietnam veteran and this event always holds such a special place in my heart.

    And I just found your blog on this hop and am now a follower – so VERY nice to meet you! HUGS!

  38. Absolutely LOVE this card….my favorite of the blog hop so far!!! Thanks for sharing!

  39. I just adore your card. I love the colors and your cute little bunny.

  40. Your card is gorgeous!!
    Thanks for hopping with us!

  41. The papers all work so wonderfully together. I can never manage to get pieced backgrounds to look very good. You’ve done a fantastic job with it. Thanks for hopping along with OWH today.

  42. Awww!!! He’s such a wistful looking bunny 🙂 I love the quilted feeling of your card.

  43. Beautiful card! I love the papers you used. I used some bunnies from AmberInk for my hop card too.,


  44. Great card–would make a great sketch challenge.

  45. Adorable!!!!

  46. Cute! And as a military wife, let me say thank you for donating your creations to OWH!

  47. What a sweet, sweet card!

  48. Absolutely love the card, wish I had known about the template company that is neat

  49. That bunny is adorable! I love your card and the fab layout! 🙂

  50. This card turned out lovely and the bunny is colored beautifully.

  51. An absolutely gorgeous card!!! Love, love, love the layout!!!

  52. Adorable card. I love all the colors and papers!

  53. Great layout to this card and great way to use up small bits of paper.

  54. I hope you don’t mind I bookmarked your site to come back to the bunny card, I know it will give me much inspiration for a card similar to it I HOPE! I love that card!!!! What a super blog gift too! Much success wished to you for your blog!

  55. Love your card…..great way to use up beautiful paper scraps. Thanks for sharing your talent with OWH and with us hoppers! Have an awesome weekend!

  56. how stinkin’ cute! Very, very pretty:)
    Doris, stop #45

  57. That bunny looks so sad 🙁

  58. That bunny is so stinking cute and I love the color blocks! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  59. thanks for sharing your talents and blessing OperationWrite Home with your beautiful artwork. 🙂

  60. I still use those templates now and again and ALWAYS love the look of the cards I make with them. Love your coloring on your bunny, too!
    mallisonr at aol dot com

  61. Really loved this card. Hope I can do something similar.

  62. I love the effect the blocks of paper give on your card. Very nice! Thank you for sharing it and the opportunity for a bit of candy 🙂

  63. Really beautiful card, Patricia! That’s a complex sketch but you made it work perfectly! Happy Hopping!

  64. Beautiful cards, and awesome blog candy TFS!

  65. GORGEOUS card!! I love the colors!

  66. What a wonderful color-blocked card design! Very pretty–thank you so much for sharing your ideas for the Hop!

  67. Love your card and really really love the layout! Thanks so much for sharing! Truly inspiring!

  68. Darling card. And thanks for the chance for your wonderful blog candy.

  69. Love the card.

  70. Thanks for doing this Hop for OWH
    Have a wonderful Day… HOPPY Easter to You!

  71. Love, love, love those DSP blocks–and your little bun-bun is just too cute!

  72. Pretty! Thanks for sharing!

    amidkmpr at msn dot com

  73. ADORABLE!! Love your PP and soft colors. Are you sure you don’t want to part with that basket? LOL!
    Blessings Bernie
    Bernietom47 at yahoo dot com

  74. Great card and I’m lovin’ the coordination of the DPs you’ve used – Thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!
    – sue dot blondin at gmail dot com

  75. Beautiful card, I love everything about it!! Great inspiration!! TFS

  76. Love the bunny and all the paper….what a cute idea. Wonder what the other one looked like????

  77. Great card! TFS!

  78. Beautiful card! I love how the sponging sets everything off.

  79. Beautiful card: love the soft colors, sponged edges and that sweet bunny. Great job on the design; I have the hardest time cutting tiny pieces straight, lol! TFS. Enjoy the Bunny HOp!

  80. Great card. I like the way you inked the edges — and the bunny is just adorable. Thanks!

  81. great use of the template on your cute card! thanks for a chance for the blog candy!

  82. Love the cute card. Thanks for sharing

  83. Very pretty! Love using all those little scraps of paper!

  84. I love your color blocked card!

    Thank you for the chance at your blog candy as well.

  85. Love it! Would you put together a sketch for it? Thanks!

  86. Your card is too stinkin’ cute! I love your blocks of color. Thank you for sharing.

  87. Darling bunny and I love all the papers! I support OWH, too.

  88. I think your design is brilliant! I’m going to try that! Thank you!!

  89. Love that card, great papers. Your giveaway is very generous (and beautiful)!

  90. Love x 1000 the way you pieced the background. This is such an awesome way to slowly use beloved papers or salvage some scraps before they hit the recycling bin. Thanks for sharing!

  91. Darling card- love the background paper pattern. Great OWH Hop

  92. I love your card, and I agree about the templates…I have a few for Scrapbook pages also. The papers coordinate great and that bunny is cute! Yummy candy also 🙂
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  93. oh, I love the layout! Great job with all those small pieces! And that bunny is too cute 🙂

  94. Really love your card!! The colors are perfect, and that bunny is darling!! Thanks so much for sharing it in the OWH Bunny Hop!!

    Amy 🙂 at
    scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

  95. I LOVE your card! It’s beautiful. You did an awesome job with the Deluxe Cut template.

    Thank you for a chance to win your yummy blog candy.

  96. What a marvelous card! The layout, colors and coloring are all just beautiful! That one is going to bring lots of smiles all the way around!

  97. Very cute card. Thanks for having blog candy too. And thank you for being a part of this hop! I’ve loved seeing all the different ideas.

  98. what a cute bunny on that card. great hop entry.

  99. I love the colors in your card. What a great way to use up bits and pieces, of which I have a lot!

    Ann K
    annjerryk at aol dot com

  100. I have to find that sketch! so cute. The sad bunny goes really well with your sentiment. Thanks for the chance to win your blog candy!

  101. You card is so cute!! Thanks for the chance to win!!


  102. What a stunning card! I just adore the colors and layout! That bunny is adorable! Your blog is fabulous! I must come back & drool some more! Thanks for your offer of blog candy and helping to spread the word about OWH! You rock!

  103. Your card is really pretty. You have inspired me to dig out my card template! Agree-they are great card starters and I’m sorry they went out of business.

  104. I didn’t make it through all the hops, but sure am glad I made it here 😉 This is going to make someone smile, including ME. PS…putting you on the AmberInk “look” button right now.

  105. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us and OWH!

  106. Cute card, I became a follower. Great blog hop.
    Thanks for sharing
    karen k3 at ameritech dot net

  107. That image is so adorable. I love the colours and great work on the colouring. Keep up the fabulous work =)

  108. I adore your card – the coloring is fab and the pieced background is so pretty! I’m slow to finish the hop but glad I’m not the only one! 🙂
    jencuthbertson at gmail dot com

  109. very very pretty card – love the color combo… and I agree that the deluxe cuts templates rock and I still use mine too =)
    glad you have an extended deadline cuz I am slow at getting thru this whole hop….

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