Archive for the ‘Patriotic’ Category

I am honored to be a part of Operation Write Home‘s Veteran’s Day Blog Hop. Operation Write Home is a fabulous organization. They are a group of crafters from across America (and beyond!) who make handmade cards for deployed heroes so they can keep in touch with their loved ones at home! They serve all branches of the military in all deployed locations, including those stationed aboard ships. Please visit their home page for more information on supporting this wonderful cause.

As part of the blog hop, I will be showing you two cards today. The first is an “Any Hero” card. It is a thank you card that will be going to one of our service men or women, in appreciation of the sacrifices they are making for our country. I wanted to make a patriotic card, but since Eve was writing the message for the inside, I chose a design that reflected that. It is both patriotic and kid-like. (The great shape at the top is made by turning the Top Note die cut 90° and running it through the Big Shot a second time.)


Stamps: Beary Best Friends, Beary Nice Wishes
Ink: StazOn Black, Night of Navy
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Jackpot Designer Series Paper (dress), Hostess Prints Pack Designer Series Paper (Night of Navy)
Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Top Note Bigz Die, Big Shot

Here is Eve’s note on the inside:


The second card I have to share with you today is one of the blank Valentines that will be sent to the troops. so they have Valentines to send home to their loved ones. It may seem early for Valentines, but when you figure shipping time abroad and back, it’s not too early. I wanted to make something that was not “lumpy,” so it would be easy to mail, as well as something that would be appropriate for a man or women. This is what I came up with:


Stamps: A Happy Heart
Ink: Real Red, Creamy Caramel
Paper: Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Jackpot Designer Series Paper
Other: Sponge Daubers

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on Operation Write Home‘s Veteran’s Day Blog Hop.

Your next stop is Cindy at Heart’s Delight Cards.

I can’t wait to see what she has made!


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Happy Independence Day! We were invited to one of my husband’s coworker’s houses tonight, so I wanted to make up a nice Fourth of July card for her. I tried a new technique today, Squaring the Top Note. Angela has a great tutorial for this on her blog. Basically what you do is cut out a Top Note with you Big Shot, then rotate it 90 degrees and run it through again. I love how it looks on this card! I used my white gel pen to make the faux stitching around the edges.


Stamps: Celebrate Everything
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy
Paper: Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Star Punch, Real Red 1/2″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Uni Ball White Gel Pen, Top Note Bigz Die, Big Shot

I hope you have a fabulous Fourth, filled with fun, friends, family and fireworks!

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Now Available! Stampin’ Up and Country Living have joined together to bring you the cutest BBQ kit ever!

For just $24.95, you’ll have what you need to throw a fabulous summer barbecue, including

  • Dig In stamp set
  • Die-cut table tents (two each of four colors)
  • Die-cut components, bamboo skewers, and envelopes to create eight shish kabob invitations
  • Die-cut coasters (three each of four colors)
  • Die-cut tags (four each of four colors)
  • 12″ x 12″ printed food wrapper sheets (12 each of two colors)
  • Printed recipe cards (four)
  • Linen thread (five yards)
  • Ruby Red Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot

(Tofu Dogs and Veggie Burgers not included…)

Here’s another look at the compononants:

You can see some other great ideas with this kit on Shelli Gardner’s blog. Contact me to order yours today!

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I’m down at my parents’ house for the long Memorial Day weekend, and am super excited that Kristina Werner posted her Color Inspiration #53. First, because I actually have all of the colors with me here, and second because I have time to do it while Eve plays with my mom! These are great colors for this weekend:


I am a little limited on stamp sets & supplies that I brought with, so I decided to make a Faux Pinwheel.  Thanks to Lyssa for the great instructions on her blog! The squares I used are 1 inch on each side. The little circle of Summer Sun card stock is punched with a random hole punch that my Mom had lying around the house.

pinwheelStamps: Heard from the Heart
Ink: StazOn Black, Summer Sun
Paper: Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Summer Sun, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Accessories: Pacific Point Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Real Red 1/4″ Grosgrain, 1/4″ hole punch

Happy Memorial Day! And thank you to all those who have served or are serving our country!

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