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Saturday, May 25, 2013

THANK YOU! Operation Write Home's 2013 Memorial Day Bloghop



Hi everybody! It's that time of year again... time for the the Operation Write Home Annual Memorial Day Weekend Bloghop. I am thrilled to be participating and saying "THANKS" to all our men and women {past and present}, serving in our armed forces. I have family members in the Army and in the National Guard so this day is near and dear to our hearts. Click the image below to jump back to the beginning of the bloghop at Operation Write Home.



I have created this card using a "tweek" to sketch #25... just one of Operation Write Home's fabulous sketches. On a hand-painted paper, I used an Inkadinkado "thank you" clear cling stamp combined with a scene stamped using floral and bee stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps!; both stamped in brown Steward Superior Memories Dye ink; and then cut into this window frame background. Flower petals accented with Picket Fence Ranger Distress marker.

My sister Andrea {pictured on left} with her comrades headed out
to a field exercise on Schofield Barracks, in Hawaii.

My baby sister, PFC Cassidy will be reaching the end of her six years in the Army National Guard where she has served for the states of Florida, Hawaii and currently in Washington State at Camp Murray. Her husband is currently stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA.  She is finishing up her Master's Degree this year and will continue on with her dream to become a doctor. I am so PROUD!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a wonderful Memorial Day!  :) Sb

106 comments:

  1. TFS your pretty card as well as the story and photos of your sister! What an amazing, heartwarming story and I know you must be so proud! She's my hero too :) Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  2. Love the washed look of your card. As a fellow previous Army National Guard peep, I say congrats to your sister for her dedication to her education.

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  3. Nice washed backround, The story and photos, thanks for sharing

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  4. I love your card as I am a flower person! Nicely done.

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  5. Wonderful card creation! I love the warm scene you have created. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
    :) Marie (OWH #119)

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  6. What a bright cheerful card! Love that bee!

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  7. Hi Susan,
    Thanks to your family for their service! What precious photos! Your card is lovely and I totally relate to tweaking sketches ;o)
    Blessings,
    Antoinette

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  8. Simply beautiful. This is art, not a card.
    Love the technique. I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing your military hero with us.

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  9. Great card, I love that yellow hue and how you tweaked the sketch!

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  10. This is very pretty. I like the colors you chose.

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  11. And you SHOULD be proud! :) Don'y you love Viva Las Vegas stamps? Although you got flowers, where I buy their irreverent sentiments. heh (leslie #113)

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  12. Congrats to your sister on her service and her becoming a doctor. Your card is so pretty - love the bright yellow - very cheery.
    April

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  13. What a fabulous card. And, thank your sister and brother-in-law for their service.

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  14. Beautiful card! I love how it gives the effect of looking through a window pane into a warm, sunny day. Thanks too for your sister and her service. We are all proud of her and grateful too. Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting Operation Write Home!

    Paula S.
    OWH Blog Team

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  15. Love all that yummy yellow! :) And tell your sis congrats and thanks for me!
    Sandy, OWH Exec. Dir.

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  16. What a bright and cheerful card. I just love that fabulous yellow! Thanks for sharing your family with us. We appreciate their service!

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  17. Wonderful coloring with this card!!! Also, thank you for sharing about your sister! Thank you for supporting OWH!

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  18. This is a beautiful card! The colors are so cheerful.

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  19. I love this soft and subtle card! Thank you so much for your family's service to our country!

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  20. That paper you used and made the card with is absolutely stunning. What a beautiful card and thanks to all who served. They will love a card like this.

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  21. Beautiful card, I love the bright colors! Thanks for sharing your family with us!

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  22. This a really bright and happy card! Love that little bee and soft flowers. Wonderful to hear about your sister, all the best!

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  23. The hand painted yellow background is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. Yellow is one of my favorite colors. Great stamping you did on it.

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  25. Very cheery yellow card--love the bee.

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  26. Great card and great family!!! My niec, her husband and her brother are all serving too. Thank you for your family's service. We're so blessed that there are those who are willing to defend our freedoms.

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  27. What a great card. I love the bright colors.

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  28. Pretty card and thanks so much for sharing your family with us!

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  29. I think this is my favorite card so far. It is absolutely gorgeous! Nuff said.

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  30. I love this yellow card, it is Bee-u-tiful, Susan! TFS and have a wonderful weekend. Congrats to your sister! #133

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  31. Gorgeous card! Love the scene you created!

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  32. What a great card. Thank you to all of your family for all that they do. I too come from a BIG military family.

    reflections:0)

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  33. Your hand painted paper is amazing! Beautiful card! Thanks for your support of OWH and please thank your sisters for their service!

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  34. This is a terrific card! I haven't done this sketch yet but now have wonderful inspiration. Thank you for sharing your photo and story. Thank you for supporting OWH and have a great weekend!

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  35. This is gorgeous. I love the colors. Did you hand paint the paper? WOW! Beautiful combination.

    Cheri - John 3:16
    www.djssundries.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for hopping by Cheri - Yes - it was painted with acrylic paint using a technique by Traci Bautista. This was a paper I deemed to ugly to use in a handmade book I painted several papers for. I also wanted to say I stamped the scene as one larger piece the size of about 6" x 9", then cut it down to use on a couple of cards. Have a great Memorial Day! :)

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  36. Thanks to your family for their service to our country. Congrats to your sister! Thanks for supporting OWH and our Heroes.
    R/

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  37. Thank you to your sister and other family members for their service! And thank you for sharing your beautiful card!

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  38. The yellow just glows in this card. Love the way you used it as a window frame.

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  39. Your card is so pretty. Love the sketch. Have an awesome weekend.

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  40. First of all, please thank your family members for their service - love hearing about your family! Secondly this card is absolutely beautiful and a real work of art. The bright, cheery handpainted yellow has such an opaque and ethereal quality to it, and the hint of white on the flower petals is subtlety at its best. Thank you for sharing this beauty and for your ongoing support of our heroes and OWH.

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  41. What a yummy card! Very cheerful. Love all the layering of stamps. Thanks for sharing your card and about your sister!

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  42. I like how you made the flower petals white on your cheery hand painted paper. Congrats and thanks to your sister

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  43. Bright & cheerful card, loving the colors and the way it flows. Congrats & thanks to your sister.
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://delitefulsuds.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  44. What a beautiful card and the colors are great.

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  45. What a gorgeous background you created. It's really a stunning backdrop for your card. Nice work.

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  46. Love this sunshiney card. Great stamping!

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  47. Great stamping I love the window pane card :) Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH!

    Amanda
    http://www.ajsdigishoppe.com

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  48. Yellow and daises. My favorite color and favorite flower. To me they just say happy. And I'm sure whoever gets your card will be very happy to receive it.

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  49. Super-bright card! Congrats to your sister, I know you are so proud! :)

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  50. Beautiful stamping. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing about your sister... I would be proud too.

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  51. Love the colors - inspirational!

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  52. Nice card, just like looking out the window. Very subtle

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  53. Such pretty, pretty colors! Thanks for sharing your family's story and thanks for your service!

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  54. What a nice card...I never thought to stamp images on the panels..I will CASE this. thanks for sharing your card and your sister's story, I pray that all service men and women can return home safe and sound. Thank you for supporting OWH

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    1. Thanks for hopping by Debbie - I just wanted to say I stamped the scene as one larger piece the size of about 6" x 9", then cut it down to use on a couple of cards. Have a great Memorial Day! :)

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  55. Gorgeous card...I love the window idea and the stamping is just divine. Thanks so much for sharing this AND your sister's story!

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  56. Beautiful card - I really lie the accent of he flowers on the background

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  57. This really a neat card with the bee and the colors! Very pretty!

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  58. great card-love the yellow

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  59. pretty, bright, cheerful card! Love it!

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  60. Another very pretty card Susan! Thanks to your sis for her service to our country!

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  61. Great to see you participating and thanks to your sister!

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  62. great idea making that card into a windowpane!

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    1. Thanks for hopping by Susan - I just wanted to say I stamped the scene as one larger piece the size of about 6" x 9", then cut it down to use on a couple of cards. Have a great Memorial Day! :)

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  63. Wonderful card--love the colors :) A HUGE thank you to your sister and all of your family for their awesome service to our country!

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  64. Love the stamped scene you created

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  65. Your card is beautiful! I love the floral stamped image on the yellow paper.

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  66. Beautiful card - a real work of art! Love the feel of looking out a window on a sunny day and seeing bees and flowers. We are all so grateful to our men and women serving in the armed forces. Please give your sister our thanks for her service. And how awesome that she's on her way to becoming a doctor! You must be totally proud. ~ Marilyn

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  67. really pretty card. I like they way it is broken up in blocks.

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  68. Oh my your card is so beautiful. Thank you. Charlsie

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  69. Thanks for sharing your family with us. Your card is so pretty. Love that yellow...so happy!

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  70. Beautiful card, and thank your family members for us for serving their country in so many ways.

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  71. Thank you for your families service.

    I love your card. It reminds me of a picture window.

    Hugs,
    M.E

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  72. Great card. My husband is currently stationed in Oklahoma, far away from our home state of Washington. We are hoping to get posted to Ft. Lewis soon, so I am jealous of your daughter's station. You have every right to be button-busting proud of her. Thanks for your participation in the OWH Blog Hop!

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  73. Awesome card- TFS! And thanks to your family for their service! You have a million reasons to be proud of your sisters!

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  74. Please thank your sister for me--I so appreciate the service she provide for this country! Your card is lovely! Thanks for participating in the OWH blog hop!

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  75. Love the yellow and the bee. The background is awesome. I like how you divided the card too. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing.

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  76. Such a great card. I love the color and the image. So very proud to say Thank you for your families service. Thanks so much for joining in with us on this hop.

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  77. Your sister sounds amazing. I bet she's loved receiving your cards during her time time away. Thanks for sharing your lovely card.

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  78. Congrats to ur baby sister! I can tell that u r very proud! This card is very cute with the little bees! TFS and for joining in the OWH blog hop!

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  79. I love of how you done the panelling on the card. Very nice.

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  80. This a beautiful card. I love the hand painted paper. You must be very proud of your sister.

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  81. What a pretty card! I love yellow. :) Congrats to your sis!

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  82. Bee-utiful card!!
    Send Andrea a hug from me!!

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  83. Your card is a real standout-- so full of joyful spirit!

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  84. I like the sunflowers and the bee. I am proud to be a part of this hop. Samantha, age 7.

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  85. thanks for sharing your great card, love the bees! and thanks for supporting OWH!
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

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  86. What a beautiful scene you have created! I love the cheerful yellow. Hugs to your sisters! TFS

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  87. You used my favorite shade of yellow and so many lovely elements on your card! Thanks so much for sharing and for supporting OWH! I congratulate your sister! What a wonderful accomplishment!

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  88. Very pretty window card! thanks so much for sharing!

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  89. May your sister stay safe. Lovely stunning 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"

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  90. Awesome pic of your sister and a fabulous card! You have been quite busy on this blog hop! I loved your orange stamp too!

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  91. Beautiful scene and card made from it. Congrats to your sister. I hope her dream comes true.

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  92. I love the way your cut your image apart. Wonderful card. Congrats to your sister on completing her masters. Hope she doesn't rust in Washington after having been in Florida and Hawaii! (I'm south in Oregon, we rust not tan.)

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  93. Great card with the window pane look! I love the summery feel of it!

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  94. Love your style! Thanks for sharing!

    ptucker6 at cox dot net

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  95. the YELLOW really caught my eye!
    Thank your sister for her service for me:)

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  96. Beautiful card! I love the window look!

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  97. I can see why you are proud! WOW! And your card is lovely. The hand painted paper is beautiful.

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