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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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Stampin’ Up just announced their final Deal of the Week for July. Whoo-hoo! Another punch on sale! I love this punch! This a fantastic punch! I used it last Valentine’s Day over and over. And for only $10.99, how can you go wrong?

heartYou can take a look at a few of the projects I used it on. Also, it coordinates perfectly with the three hearted stamp in the Love You Much stamp set. This deal is good through July 31st. Shop now or contact me to place your order today.

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For today’s Mojo Monday sketch, I started by looking at my Designer Series paper. I came across the great gingham in the Bella Rose pack, which happened to be next to the Chocolate Chip polka dot piece. This reminded me of a super cute card I had seen made with these and the bear from Under the Stars. Since I hadn’t used that bear in quite a while, I decided to ink him up! Here is today’s sketch:

mojo80sketchAnd here is the card I came up with:

cimg7666Stamps: Under the Stars, Family Phrases
Ink: StazOn Black, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Bella Rose DSP
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Gold Brads, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch

I love this bear! I really need to use him more. Thanks for looking!

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Here is one last valentine, for this year at least. This is another one that Eve made. We are down at my parents’ house this weekend, so Eve gave this one to her Sabba & Savta. She stamped the largest heart in Pretty in Pink randomly on the base to create the background. She stamped the tic-tac-toe board in Riding Hood Red, then colored in parts with the Pretty in Pink Stampin’ Write Marker.

cimg7404Stamps: A Happy Heart
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White

Thanks for looking! Hope you had a good Valentine’s Day!

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I am almost over the whole Valentine’s Day card thing, but Kristina Werner’s colors for today just screamed “Valentine,” so I had to make one more. The colors are:


I decided to go for a fairly clean and simple look. Hope you like it!


Stamps: Love You Much, A Happy Heart
Inks: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, VersaMark
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, White Embossing Powder

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The head of the Lower School LOVES pigs. She has pigs everywhere in her office. So after making these Valentine Owls with the second graders on Tuesday (which went really well, by the way), I decided to attempt a Valentine pig topper. I used up all of the small cello bags with the second graders, so for this one I used a medium cello bag and folded the Top Note die cut the long way. The colors are a little off in this picture, because I took it with my phone, but I think it came out super cute!

piggiePaper: Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Full Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Top Note Bigz Die

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When Eve saw that I was stamping, she of course wanted to jump in as well. I was playing along with the Mojo Monday sketch, so she came up with her own version. She made a Valentine for her dad. She made the truck blue, like his, and colored his sweatshirt green, like the Applewild School sweatshirt he loves. I did the cutting for her, she came up with the colors and all the rest herself.


Stamps: Loads of Love
Ink: StazOn Black, Stampin’ Write Markers
Paper: Real Red, Glorious Green, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Brilliant Blue Brad

I really think doing these sketch challenges are great for both creativity and math skills!

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