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Saturday, May 25, 2013

OWH Memorial Day Thank You Blog Hop!

Coffee of the Day - Chocolate Raspberry


Today starts the super fun Operation Write Home Memorial Day blog hop! The idea is to create thank you cards for the soldiers, either for them to send home or to tell THEM thank you for all they are doing for us here at home. I absolutely love everything OWH stands for, but it's been far too long since I've been able to send any cards to them. when I heard about today's blog hop, I knew then and there I wanted to play along if I was feeling well enough.

I believe that all participating blogs can be found at the OWH blog..... please stop by if you get a chance. not  only are individuals like me playing along, but you will find some businesses from the crafty community in the hop, too!


here is the sketch that I used for my card. you know me, I can't just 'use' a sketch, I have to twist it up a bit. so this one was flipped on it's side.


Main image is from Sassy Cheryl at Squigglefly. I did cut away the boots because I didn't want to give the impression of a sad card, and I'll be honest that I don't know enough to know if it would offend a soldier who is deployed. I thought better to err on the cautious side, so I've saved them for another project. sentiment is from Create with TLC, papers & embellishment stickers are Authentique Glory, embossing folder is Tim Holtz, buttons are from my stash. banner is a piece of clear packaging that was edged in acrylic paint.

I plan to get everyone in the family to sign this so that we can send it off. I realize that my card doesn't look like a typical thank you, but it's going to 'Any Hero' with a note of appreciation inside. my family intends to pour out our thanks on the inside, not to worry! :)

now let me get you a cup of this yummy chocolate raspberry coffee so you can start hopping! :)
love to you! Jennifer

Challenges:
Pattie's Creations - red, white, and blue
Inky Impressions - distress
Whimsy - anything goes
WAW - anything goes with encouraging verse
Celebrate the Occasion - Memorial Day
Crafty Sentiments - buttons
Ribbon Carousel - celebrations
Artistic Inspirations - cards for men
My Craft Spot - ribbon or twine
Paper Playtime - buttons or brads
Squigglefly - man up
Victorine Originals - buttons and bows
Great Impressions - celebrations
That Craft Place - makes for men
Little Scrap Pieces - red, white, and blue
Kraft Journal - celebrations

152 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

Awesome creation for such a special day and I love the shabby vintage feel.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

sherry varga said...

Nice paper and nice twine!

Adrian said...

Such a great card! Thanks for joining us this week at CTO!

Lisa M said...

Completely touching! You've done an outstanding job with this image. Beautiful work and for such an incredible cause too. :)

Teresa Kline said...

this is an amazing card, totally luv it..Happy Memorial Day to you!

enjoy *~*

Stef H said...

this is absolutely gorgeous! i love, love, love what you did with that embossing folder. gotta CASE this for sure!

have a spectacular, safe and fun weekend.

hugs :)

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is awesome Jen ... love the shabby design and that twine is just PERFECT! Well done my friend! Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you and thanks for poppin over to my blog ... always such a thrill to hear from you!
Enough already with this weather! Uuugh! I had to drag in or cover all my flowers AGAIN ... hopefully for the last time this year! And yes, it's nice to see the sun shining today ... hopefully it will warm up a little too!
Think of you often ... HUGS!

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Hi Jennifer!
I love the bible verse you have in your verse for crafters! Your card is filled with so many great details! Such a beautiful card!
Blessings,
Antoinette

Tigerberry said...

This is a really great card. It feels 3 dimentional. I love the idea of using the acrylic piece and edging it. I agree with you about the boots. Appropriate stamp for the occasion. The statue of liberty is a great touch. Thanks for sharing.

Brittany Snoke said...

Wow, what an amazing card! Great details!

Donna Nuce said...

Oh my! What an amazing card and the amount of love that went into it really shows! All the texture and the layers really bring out the focal point of the young boy with the flag. Thanks for supporting OWH.

Melanie Rozwood said...

This is gorgeous and very classy. TFS.

madamewong said...

Love the texturalness of the card - that banner accented in white is a nice touch

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

beautiful! I love what you did with the embossing folder then coloring parts in... clever girl

Tammy said...

Gorgeous card! I love the distressing and all of your added details!

Patricia Chalas said...

Great Card! Love the patriotic feel and the scripture used.

Holly said...

Jennifer this is fantastic! I really love the sun burst effect with the red and white stripes, and the texture and distressing is wonderful! Thanks so much for playing in Squigglefly's challenge this week - and happy Memorial weekend to you!

Barbara Greenberg said...

OH WOW !!!! That about sums it up. LOVE LOVE LOVE all the little details you added and the 3D look is great.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Fun, shabby-chic design! Love that your whole family will write inside...beautiful idea!

Stacy B said...

I love all the yummy layers and textures on this card. It's really beautiful.

Andrea T said...

I'm so glad you explained the banner. I was trying to figure out how you did that. It's so unique. I love the look of it and will certainly try it. Clever idea.

Rufus said...

LOVE all the details that you've put into this card! It's a perfect Any Hero card. Using the clear packaging to make the banner was a stroke of genius. Thanks for the coffee it's yummy!
R/

JPScraps said...

Wow! Fabulous card!

Jen R said...

At first glance, I thought this was too busy, but then realized that everything brought my eyes to the little child holding the flag. It does work!!! Thank you for supporting OWH!!!

Cindy Sartain said...

Love all the layers and texture in this card. Very fun!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a great card. Love the colors and love how you used the embossing folder too.

Debbie Caldwell said...

Yummy!! does that say it..this is a very nice card with a vintage feel and I like that everyone in your family is going to sign it..what a great idea. Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH...and I hope you get feeling much better so you can create more wonderful cards for OWH.

Dana D. said...

Your card is amazing. What wonderful details. Wow!!!

reflections:0) said...

Really great card and for sure it looks like a thank you card. Yummo' can't wait for that coffee. ;0)

reflections:0)

Jen said...

This is a really beautiful card! Love the embossing and distressing.

rlovew said...

I love the texture throughout the card!

byAnnette said...

Any Hero will love this card from your family. Authentique papers and embossed rays are perfect.

Jean M said...

Such a great job of embellishing and creating a real back home feel!

Joanne Travis said...

Love the rustic-Americana feel of the card, it is really warm and wonderful.
Thanks for supporting OWH!

Misty said...

Stunning Card. So many fine touches!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://delitefulsuds.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Susan Strawser said...

wow...wow

Awesome card. Love the embossing and then lifting the banner off it and matting it.

Fantastic job

Sylvia said...

Beautiful card, Jennifer, cute image, but I love what you did with your background and the embossing! TFS and have a wonderful weekend. #133

stampursocksoff.com said...

So many wonderful elements! TFS.

grandmax2 said...

I like how the tag is spotlighted.

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card Jen. I love the image and the layout.

Sybrina K said...

Love that everyone in the family is going to sign the card before you sent it to OWH. Great idea! TFS!

Cindy said...

Love your use of the plastic to create a see-thru banner :-)

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card-- love how it turned out and LOVE that you will have the family sign it before you send it off--that's a brilliant idea!

Operation Write Home said...

Wow, that's a patriotic party on a card!
Sandy, OWH Exec. Dir.

garnett said...

What a beautiful card.

inkydoodlecrafts said...

Wonderful cause Jennifer, love what you made. I adore your cards, I would know one of your cards amongst many, you have a unique, fabulous style. Mel :o) xxx

Jules said...

love all the wonderful elements of your patriotic card.

Amelia Andrade said...

So detailed...Great patriotic card! Thanks for joining the Blog Hop. (Amy A. #118)

postalorphan said...

Fantastic card - love how you've done the banner with acetate! Great idea!

Marilyn's Cricut Crafts said...

Your card is packed with so many wonderful embellishments. And how great that all your family members will be signing it! Great Any Hero card - thank you for sharing it today! ~ Marilyn

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love how you colored in the embossed layer. Beautiful card. TFS

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I really like the detail and all the elements you used for your card.

bumblebee creations said...

Thank you so much for playing along with Squigglefly--I love your card Jennifer!

Becca Whitham said...

It's tough to pull off that many layers and not overwhelm a card, but this does it beautifully. Thanks for participating in the OWH Blog Hop!

Annie Wills said...

Love how all of the different elements work together...gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing!

Elizabeth Hart said...

Jennifer - I am so in love with this card. I love every single detail - it really is quire stunning!!

Ann said...

Oh my goodness! All the detail, all the elements, all the texture, what a fabulous card!!

MaryS said...

great memorial day card - so patriotic - love the detail - thanks for sharing and supporting OWH

Patti J said...

Great card! So cute, and love that you were such a rebel, and flipped the sketch!

Nancy M said...

All the elements play so nicely together to make such a great card; TFS and supporting OWH!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful card! Such a sweet image and I love how you used that sunburst embossing folder!

Paula S. said...

Such nice detail in this card and I like the mixed media feel of it. Very artistic! I am sure the hero who gets it will appreciate the message of thanks inside but also all the nice little touches you've included. The RWB twine is now on my 'must have list’... I hadn't seen it before and I love it! Thanks for joining in the hop and for supporting Operation Write Home!

Paula S.
OWH Blog Team

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Wow, that's gorgeous work and perfect for Memorial day and the challenge this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Squigglefly. Perfect for the challenge!

Anita said...

I need that embossing folder. You did an amazing job. I wouldn't of thought of painting edge of a clear banner.

scrappingnana said...

Love the papers and colors in your card. Great images too.

JoAnn P said...

Great use of the acrylic with the painted edge.

Robin B. said...

Wow, what an amazing card! I love all of the embellishments and detail.

Sharon Cheng said...

Love how you made the clear banner! Great way to tie together multiple elements.

sarahstone said...

I love the lovely distressing and the quaint patriotic feel to your card. Very nice!

Heather Grow said...

This is a really cool interpretation of the sketch. I love all the details.

Jessie said...

Really nice card! I love the vintagey, rustic look to it. You brought a lot of elements together really nicely.

Penny L. said...

your banner had me so confused for a bit! I kept rereading your post until I finally caught that last little sentence and then I went "Wow, what an amazing idea!!!" great job!!!

Studio Diva said...

Someone will be very happy to receive this wonderful card!

msalmon said...

I really love the details, very interesting, Beautiful....

Pam said...

The details in this card are oh so grand! Great job with a beautiful card.

jessica said...

Such a great card! love the red/white and blue and your take on the sketch!
Thanks for sharing and linking this up over at The Kraft Journal for our Celebrations challenges! Don't forget, another challenge starts tomorrow so hope to see you play along :)
Jessica
TKJ~DT

Kathy Ashworth said...

Lots to look at--but I did notice how you matched up the DP on the banner and the background.

Leslie Hanna said...

Lots fo great detail here. I like to flip sketches, too. :) (leslie #113)

Ginny said...

Very nice! I like the banner cutout - nice adaptation on the sketch!

Mary Ellen Driggs said...

Terrific card. I love how you flipped the sketch. The way you colored the impression left by the EF is super cool.


Hugs,
M.E.

CreatewithTlc said...

This may be my most favorite card you have ever done. It is just perfection.
Paulette

Emma H said...

Fabulous card for such a great cause!

ajsdigishoppe said...

Great card :)
Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH!

Amanda :)
www.ajsdigishoppe.com

Laura Love said...

This is beautiful Jennifer! Love how you used the sketch and such an adorable image! I am sipping a coffee called Sinful Delights...Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel & Nut flavor - so yummy :) Thank you so much for playing along with us at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week! We hope to have you play along with us again soon :)

Camille Short said...

I love the paper. Wonderful card - you did a great job!

Bunny said...

This is lovely, Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments..and good luck.

Caz CSD DT

Sharon Russo said...

Nice paper combination.
Thank you for sharing.

snappy scrappy said...

Fabulous and patriotic!! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Playtime!! Lee-Ann :)

Margaret said...

What a wonderful card! I love the background and the fabulous embellishments!

cissymurphy.com said...

So many details! Your card is gorgeous and will be so appreciated by the hero that receives it. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

barbara macaskill said...

Thanks for the yummy coffee! Great card! I love the vintage feel to it! Great stamped image! TFS!

Kelly said...

First off, good choice of coffee!! second, I don't think anyone could get offended by such a nice card, but thank you for being sensitive to it!! then lastly, this card is so dynamic I can almost hear parade music while looking at!!

Barb said...

great card-loved how you used the sketch

Marybeth said...

Oh wow, this card is going to be treasured ! You outdid yourself and it shows. Love this one!

Crafting Adventures said...

That is a great collage!

lesleysoriginalthings said...

I like of how you shook things up with the sketch and your layering technique. I'm sure as heck the soldiers will appreciate this.

Dodge3670 said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm....I love coffee. thank you! Your card ROCKS. The details are sooo awesome. The buttons and the stamp are perfect embellishments. I don't know how you did those rays of color; but, it is totally awesome. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing.

Christy - www.hokiecoyote.com said...

Wow. One of the best cards I've seen today.

Cindy's Card Co said...

Gorgeous, so much detail, all the different textures, it's a winner!

April Story said...

What a great way to use that Tim Holtz Embossing folder. I just love that. April

Colleen Schaan said...

Very pretty details in the card!

Kelley said...

Great card. I like how you did the banner, I'm going to remember that. I agree with you on cutting off the boots. Not that I know anything. :)

Renee said...

This card is incredible! I love everything about it!

Patti said...

Your card tells a wonderful story. The stamp is a great touch.

Linda said...

Wowzers...lots of special details...I vote good move on the fussy cutting! Love that embossing folder! tfs!!!

Susan said...

love your awesome take on the sketch!! all the layers and textures make for an amazing card!

Barbara said...

So many cute details here making a show stopper kind of card! I know someone will love this!

Karenladd said...

Wonderful layering and great vintage look! Love the background!

Colleen said...

This card has some WOW to it! Love the acetate for the banner.

nwilliams6 said...

So wonderful! Congrats on winning the Squigglefly challenge - your card is spectacular!!!! Thanks for playing cards with us!

Carol L said...

I love how your card has an artistic look to it with your layering and elements! I just love that little "postage stamp" accent at the top!

Michele from MS said...

Wow! SO many elements and details and yet the sentiment stands out so very well! Love the clear banner with just a touch of paint. What a great idea. I think the image is just perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Sue D said...

Wonderful details on your card.

Vicky said...

A gorgeous card, thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions this week

hugs Vicky xxx

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow awesome card...love the star burst background.

Angelica Chambers said...

Yum! Save me a cup of that coffee and we'll make more cards! I'm glad u made it your own and spruced it up a little! Its an awesome card! Always best to err on side of caution like u did with the boots. U neveer know... Cute cute card! Nice techniques!

I'm a Little Teapot said...

Completely amazing card! So many neat details. The colors and layout are fantastic!

heather said...

I just love all of your beautiful, shabby layers and details. by far my favorite: the clear packaging being repurposed !

Lynn said...

This card is terrific! All that tweaking paid off. I love the red sunburst and all those yummy details. Thank you for supporting OWH and have a great weekend!

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Wow.. Your card is amazing. I love all the texture and your details are great. Thanks for supporting and joining in.

Sandi said...

Jennifer - So patriotic! Love all of your elements on this creation!
Thanks for playing in our 'Red, White, and Blue' Challenge #68!
Sandi ♥
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Nancy Boyd said...

Great card. I love the sentiment it is perfect for this occasion. I really appreciate you giving the information on the stamps and papers etc that you have used.

Marilyn in Michigan said...

What a sweet image and you colored it so beautifully.

BobbisTreasure said...

I love how unique your card is - and I am sure that our heroes will love it too! Beautiful work!

Sammantha said...

beautifully patriotic card. Love how you put lyrics from God Bless America on the card.

Sheila said...

Fabulous card. Love all the colors.

GiGi said...

AMAZING card! The whole thing is fabulous and I just love the stamp in the corner! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

Kigz said...

What a great combination of elements, Jennifer! I really like the little stamp you added at the top right! :)

Beth F. said...

Beautiful embossed background! Love it!
Beth F. OWH #114

silvia said...

AWESOME!! LOVE the embossing!

Kerry said...

Your card is Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.
Kerry

Cheri said...

Jennifer, you are so thoughtful by removing the boots...your card is completely uplifting and reassuring. It's an amazing work of art and I love it!!!! Hugs.

lakeslady said...

Lovely different design, super card
It might be after the weekend here in the UK, but I just wanted to support such a good cause.
"Like the ivy and the wall, together we stand united we fall"

Ruza Rebel said...

Amazing card! Love all the different elements you used! TFS!

Lucianna Dilsaver said...

I love how you have matched the banner up and the distressing along with all your other touches have made for a fabulous card! Thank you for joining us this week @ CTO for our "Memorial Day" challenge :)

Paper Blessings said...

Beautiful work, creative take on the sketch, Jennifer and mmm, thanks for the coffee. Virtual coffee, the only one I drink, lol. :)

PoJo said...

Love your style! Thanks for sharing!

ptucker6 at cox dot net

Robin Clendenning said...

great card! love all the Americana!

DIANA L. said...

This is so great I love the effect on the card. nice technique
Thank you for joining us at Little Scrap pieces.
LSP--DT member
DIANA L.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Houses Built of Cards said...

So beautiful! LOVE all the layers and details!!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at My Craft Spot!!!

housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Charlene Mitchell said...

Congrats on your win at Squigglefly with this fabulous card! I'm sure whoever receives it will be so touched, especially with a bunch of your family members signing it! Beautiful Jennifer! And I'm enjoying Butter Pecan coffee today (one of my favs!!)

Julie said...

Ooh, I love the clear banner! Let's you show off the beautiful background! I'm going to have to swipe that idea :)

Erin said...

What a perfect patriotic card! Love the twine and buttons. :)

Thanks for joining us this month at Great Impressions Stamps!

rockpapercricut said...

Awesome card! Love all of the texture! Amazing! Thanks for joining us this week at My Craft Spot for the Ribbon and Twine challenge. :)

Ally

Tanya said...

absolutely perfect card!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great card, love the texture and layers! Thanks for joining us over at Little Scrap Pieces! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

croppinmama said...

Love your card design and how you make all of the elements work together. The distressing gives it a casual, comfy feeling, too. TFS and supporting OWH.

Shelly said...

Wow, what a neat card! The texture is fantastic!

Thanks for joining us over at Little Scrap Pieces!
Shelly

paula said...

Beautiful card! So many elements and you made them work so well together. I love it!

Karen said...

wow great vintage look reminds me of all the great parades I saw as a child. thanks so much for joining the lsp challenge this week. Karen

kateri said...

This is an awesome card. Great work!

Pattie G said...

This is perfect for our current challenge “Red, White and Blue” at Pattie’s Creations. Thanks for joining us!
Hugs
Pattie ♥
Artist
at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge!