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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Appreciating our Heros for the 5th Annual Operation Write Home Memorial Day Bloghop

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It's that time of year again for the Annual Operation Write Home Memorial Day Bloghop! I am proud to be participating again in support of all our men and women serving our great nation... including my little sister and brother in law. I have made this Any Hero Card featuring Uncle Sam declaring "I Appreciate You!". 



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A few quick details for my Any Hero Card. I used OWH sketch #26 turned vertical. I created a quick embossed background by applying Ranger Picket Fence, Faded Jeans, Broken China and Fired Brick Distress Stains to my Quickutz Star Embossing Folder and ran through my Cuttlebug with a sheet of natural colored cardstock. I painted another sheet of natural cardstock with the Picket Fence Distress Stain and heat set. Then I stamped my images on this whitewashed paper and heatset. I dropped my stamp after stamping Uncle Sam to give me a lovely smudging detail. I completed the sketch with a stripe of vellum and a double matte; all mounted on a navy blue card base. The Uncle Sam image is from Viva Las VegaStamps! and the sentiment and border are The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard.



As I said before - our family is especially proud as my youngest sister has now completed her 6 years of duty and is currently in school to complete her masters degree - and then she will continue on to medical school {HER DREAM}! She currently lives in Seattle with her husband. This photo was taken of Andrea last August right before she completed her service assignment.


This photo is of my Brother in Law, Charles {Andrea's Husband} on his last deployment at FOB Torkham in Afghanistan back in 2012. The gentleman he is with, Jeff Shipley, is a retired Texas police officer who was working as a civilian contractor through MPRI.

Thanks so much for visiting and for your support of Operation Write Home and our Men and Women in service. Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend! :) Sb

68 comments:

  1. I love this!!!! love the background, Uncle Sam, and the sentiment!

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  2. Nice card. I like the faded colors.

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  3. fun to create your own backgrounds and you did a great job - thank you to your family for their service - and thank you for supporting OWH

    Barb Housner

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  4. Great card and I love the Uncle Sam stamp!

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  5. Love this card and thank you to your sister and your family for your sacrifice. I am a military mom myself and know the pride and hardships that military families live with.

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  6. Great card! Love Uncle Sam stamp. Thx for sharing and a big hug and thank you to your sister.

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  7. Really like the technique you used for your card. So good to see your support of OWH.
    A big thanks to your family members who have served.

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  8. That card says it all...and your family seems to have done it all. May they be safe and sound as they continue to protect our nation.

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  9. Lol! GREAT! Love the background...

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  10. Wow, very cool background. I love how you did Uncle Sam too. Thank your family members for their service for me.

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  11. Inking an embossing folder is a technique I've never tried, but your use of several colors is just the nudge I needed. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I love the sentiment with Uncle Sam!

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  13. Great card! Love the background you created and the smudged stamp! Thank you to your sister and husband for their service! Have a great day and thanks for supporting OWH!

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  14. I like how you used the distress inks for the background. Great card.

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  15. Wonderful card design and thanks to you and your family for their service too.

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  16. What a great effect! Such a nice artistic quality to this card and a really clever idea with the Uncle Sam and sentiment combo in this. Thanks to your family for it's service and Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting OWH.

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  17. Thank you for sharing your family with us, id be very proud of them too. I really like the sentiment you used, adding it to my new wish list I stayed today.

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  18. Fabulous card, I love how you've created the background! Thanks to your family for their service!

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  19. Great AnyHero Card!
    I especially like the layering and sentiment!

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  20. wow- love Uncle Sam and the way you did it

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  21. Love that sentiment with Uncle Sam---so cute!!

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  22. Uncle Sam looks soooo good with that sentiment!

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  23. Love the "artsy" background of your card. OWH is even more special when you have loved ones serving. My son is a Marine in Japan so I know how you feel.

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  24. I am sure you're very proud of your family as you should be. Love Love Love your card. Thank you for sharing the technique. I plan on using it.
    April

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  25. What a great image to use with that sentiment! Love it!

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  26. Great AnyHero card! I love all the techniques you used to create it. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Love your stamp. It reminds me of all the posters I used to see as a child during WWII.

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  28. Thanks so much for your family's service to our country and for sharing this beautiful vintage themed card.

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  29. I absolutely love your card and must try your tie-dyed effect star background! Awesome! Thanks for sharing your talent at the hop and enjoy the weekend!

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  30. Gorgeous background paper! What a perfect AnyHero card. And thanks to all of your family for their service. We really do appreciate all they do.

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  31. Wonderful card! Love the Uncle Sam stamp!!

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  32. The background paper is perfect. The card is great. Thanks to your family for service to their country. Thanks for participating in this blog hop

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  33. Beautifully done - what fun! Thanks for sharing your photos, and thanks to your family for their service! Hugs to all!!!

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  34. My thanks to Andrea and Charles! Love your Uncle Sam..you rock! :)

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  35. I love this card...especially the background! How proud you must be to have to real life Heroes in your family! Hugs to them! Thanks for sharing your card!

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  36. Thank you to Andrea and Charles for their service and to your family as well. I love the card you made - that background paper you created is excellent!

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  37. Wow! Looks like you put a lot of time and TLC into this card. Phenomenal background work! I really like that stamp, too....trying to decide if I should order it for myself now....

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  38. Wonderful card, very unique and creative!

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  39. What a great Uncle Sam image, and what a great family to serve us so well! LOVE these cards!

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  40. lovely card love faded colors and uncle sam too it is so cool

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  41. Terrific background using the stains and embossing folder. I really like how you have used the Uncle Sam image. Great card!

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  42. Fabulous background! Please thank your family members for their service to our country.

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  43. Thanks to your family for your service to our country! Love your Uncle Sam.
    R/

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  44. I love the image you used on your card. Great job!

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  45. A special thanks to your family for their continued service! Great sentiment placement...so bold!

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  46. I love this. That sentiment is perfect. Thank you to your family.

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  47. Great card. I like the background and the Uncle Sam image.

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  48. Fabulous card! You were so successful at getting the "vintage" feel with your combination of stains and inks. Love it!
    Thank you to your family for their service to our freedom!

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  49. Great job! Love your focal image

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  50. Awesome background, love Uncle Sam. Great card.

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  51. this is fabulous! I love the use of the Uncle Sam stamp and the smudgy look, and the embossed background! THe vellum stripe is a great touch, too. TFS!

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  52. Love your creative background.

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  53. What a terrific card! I'm going to have to try stamp dropping-- sounds fun!

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  54. Love this card. The background is great, but Uncle Sam is the best. Give your sister and brother-in-law a big hug from my family -- my hubby and I both served int he AF and know what they have gone through. God Bless both of them.

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  55. I like the idea of inking an embossing folder and this is the first (only?) card of the blog with it!

    Thanking your family for their service....

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  56. Really cool card! Love the watercolor/splash look of the background. Is your sister at JBLM? We are. Thank her for her families service.

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  57. Love the Uncle Sam stamp. Great background paper you made. Thank you to your sister and brother-in-law for serving. Good job--Love the textured layer, it add so much. Thanks for being a hop stop.

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  58. Wow, I really like this card! That Uncle Sam stamp is AWESOME! Nice job on the background too :)

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  59. I like the Uncle Sam stamp

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  60. Thanks for sharing your card and thanks to your family and especially your sister for serving our country.

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  61. Perfect image and sentiment for an Any Hero card! Thanks for supporting OWH!

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  62. Love the background and the sentiment and stamp. The whole card is just to cute and thanks for taking us step by step through your process to create it

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  63. Such a great card and wonderful story about your sister and BILs service to our country.

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