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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Land of the Free Because of the Brave Blog Hop

Hello all! You should have arrived here from Rachel's Blog here, if you just stumbled across my blog, you may want to go to Karel's Blog and start in the beginning!!!
We are doing this Blog today to honor all of the Veterans out there!

Because I have so much information, I decided to do this in a few posts. See the posts below to read about my veterans, and also a great charity, Operation Write Home! PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS ON THIS POST FOR THE CONTEST!! Thanks to the MILLIONS of men and women who put their lives and families on hold to ensure our freedom! We all owe them, for if it weren't for people like them, we wouldn't be free. How would your life be different with out them??? Think of that the next time you do something, the little things, that we all take for granted.
There are many different organizations out there that are looking for cards that they can send to the troops so they may send them home to their loved ones.Keep in mind there is no Card store right around the corner for most of the troops! What a great way to show some support - Send them some hand made cards!!!! We all have our favorite organization, and here is one that I deal with most often:
Operation Write Home
Now on to my projects! I added a few oldies that you may (or may not) remember. First is the USA card that I made for Memorial Day. It features the Faux Torn Mosaic technique.

Next up is bookmarks. I want to show how a little embellishments can make a difference. First Un-embellished:

Here is one of the bookmarks Embossed in Silver (kind of defeated the Red/White/Blue theme):

And in Red glitter (this one is not suitable for our troops because of the glitter):

My embossing powders weren't cooperating tonight, so these are not perfect, but you get the idea!

Here's the card I made for the hop. It is a no frills card, simple but it says a lot. It features the "Courage" set by Stampin' Up.

It didn't turn out at all what I had planned on, but I still like the result. I had planned on embossing the image, but after my issues with the glitter, I just left it go! For some reason I couldn't get the camera to get a good picture of the card. I really need to get a light box! Hopefully it is okay.

Now onto the nitty gritty information:
Our amazing Blog Candy (2—count ‘em! TWO Chances to win!!) are brought to you through the generosity of Marlo, who created the marvelous Scrap’NTote and Anne, from Paper Patch Crafts.
The rules for entering are the same for both prizes: Hop along our path and leave a comment AND a way to contact you on each and every stop. Please leave contact information in a safe manner ( ie, written out, rather than a direct link). On Friday, November 12, KarelJ will use random.org to first select a blog number (1-20) and then a comment number from that blog for each prize. She will post the winner’s name on her blog and notify the bloggers, so they can also post the winner. KarelJ will contact the winner, using the information left in the comment. If there is no information available, she will choose another winner from the same blog. It is up to the winner to contact KarelJ at ksjennings(at)gmail(dot)com. If she has not been contacted by Monday, November 15, another winner will be chosen.
Now, on to the good stuff! Our first prize is a wonderful Pink Scrap’Ntote to store your Cricut Cartridges in! It comes to us from Marlo, at ContainYaCrafts. You can see the wonderful way this binder system keeps all your carts together, and ready to go in a flash on this link: http://www.cricutcartridgestorage.com/index.htm Need more than one? Put it on the Christmas Wish List and have the hubs order NOW, as they are simply flying out of stock! We got one of the final donations for the year, and are so grateful to Marlo!
Our second terrific prize is a set of Spellbinders Nesties in the Crown Circle Shape. It comes to us via the generosity of Anne, whose family has an incredibly strong military heritage. You can also check out paper Patch Crafts here, to see what other incredible things Anne has to sell! http://stores.ebay.com/Paper-Patch-Crafts?_rdc=1

Thank a Veteran today!!!
Blog Hop List
1. KarelJ at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity http://karelj.blogspot.com
2. Celeste at Touched By a Butterfly http://www.touchedbyabutterfly.blogspot.com
3. Deb at Tidbit’s Place http://tidbitsplace.blogspot.com
4. Michelle at Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs http://peanutbutterandjellydesigns.blogspot.com
5. Jennifer at Young’s Scrapping http://youngsscrapping.blogspot.com
6. Diane at Crafting This Moment http://craftingthismoment.blogspot.com
7. Judy at Be Present Be Real http://bepresentbereal.blogspot.com
8. Marianne at Life From Marianne’s Table http://number1aunt.blogspot.com
9. Deb at If It’s Groovy http://ifitsgroovy.blogspot.com
10. Christel at One Scrappin’ Sista http://onescrappinsista.blogspot.com
11. Belinda at Queen Bee’s Musings http://queenbeesmusings.blogspot.com
12. Colleen at Col’s Creative Corner http://scrappycol.blogspot.com
13. Summer and Jennifer at Cricut Diaries http://cricutdiaries.blogspot.com
14. Rachel at Suburban Crafter http://www.rachelstampshappy.blogspot.com/
15. Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping http://ginathorntonstamping.blogspot.com YOU ARE HERE!
16. Becky at Sew in Stitches http://sewinstitches.blogspot.com
17. Rebecca at Creations With Becca www.creationswithbecka.blogspot.com
18. Bobbi Jo at http://sweetsassydiva-gspot.blogspot.com/ CORRECTED19. Angie at Gypsy Paperie http://gypsypaperie.blogspot.com20. Linda at The Tulip Collector http://thetulipcollector.blogspot.com


Karelj said...

What wonderful projects! I loved reading about your family Veterans...please give them a big hug and sincere Thank You for what they did for us! Thanks for being a part of the hop!

Michelle said...

I love your courage card. Like you said it's simple but it packs a punch.

I'm a new follower to your blog.

Josie0602 said...

Loved the bookmarks and your card!


Jeannie said...

I'm so impressed! My Veteran, my DH, is currently retired from the Air Force, but he is and always will be my hero. He spent many months away from home serving our country. Thank you so much for recognizing these self-less individuals!

Summer said...

Great projects, I love the card you made, that stamp set has been on my wish list!

Jennifer said...

Love the stamp, I have been wanting that one!! Yourr card and bookmarks look great! Thanks for joining us on the hop!!!

Scrappin' Sista said...

I really like your projects. They are cute. TFS!

Blog Hop Sista

Terri said...

As always I just love your stuff!!! Great job and perfect idea for bookmarks!!! I want to thank everyone that fight for our freedom in this country!!


Melanie Holzwarth said...

Lovely projects, thank you for sharing.

Scrappily Ever After Blog

Liza Henderson said...

These are great!! I love the bookmarks!!


johnnysgirl said...

Love the courage card, thank you

Marlene said...

Your projects are all amazing. Thank you for participating in this very important blog hop. I thank our veterans for their service...and my personal freedoms.

Off to read your second entry now. :)

Tammy said...

I love all of your cards! also the bookmarks. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading your Family's stories, thanks for sharing those as well.
Tammy (a Military Wife)
otrbanks at earthlink dot net

TR said...

All the pictures and stories on this blog hop
are just wonderful......
Thank you for acknowledging and honoring
our veterans. They are a brave troupe.


scrapperbecka said...

great projects! Thanks for sharing

~*Jen*~ said...

Loved your projects and the stories you had below!! thanks so much!!


Queen Bee said...

Such wonderful projects and great info!

Laura Lee said...

Wow i love your cards and bookmarks.. the second card looks great to me...

Cindylu2u said...

I like them all but especially the courage card, thanks!!

Granny Anne said...

love your cards and book marks.


Marionment said...

Your "simple" card says a lot. That's what counts. Thanks for sharing.

Cherylann's "Outta-My-Mind " said...

I love your "courage" card. I read your post below this one. Loved reading the interview you did with your mother.
Cherylann (prinkles)

Brenda said...

Great projects and story. I love it

Burffrau @ aol dot com

Tammy said...

Cute card and bookmarks! Thanks for sharing your stories too!!!

tammy (at) iplanitmeetings (dot) com

Stephanie said...

Love your projects. A big thank you to all the veterans.
stuff at gt dot rr dot com

Kathy Balman said...

Beautiful projects thanks for sharing your talent kathybalman@gmail.com

Angie said...

I like all your patriotic projects. Thanks for sharing your interviews. It's wonderful that you have people in your family that have served.

pattyk said...

wonderful stories and great projects thanks for sharing millierose651@aol.com

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Gina thank your for sharing the stories of your family. I loved reading them. I love the "Courage" card the best, that image is just so striking and emotional. Thank you for doing everything yo udo for the military.

pattyk said...

wonderful stories--thanks for sharing --your projects are very nice. millierose651@aol.com

Esmommy said...

Great projects. TFS
NYGIRL1994 at yahoo dot com

Tonya said...

What great projects. Thank you for sharing about your family Veterans. Thank you for being part of the hop.


tleigenheer at yahoo dot com

Patricia Hurlburt said...

Love the card and bookmarks. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing!

eric said...

great projects!! loven this hop


Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

Thank you for sharing your cards and bookmarks. I will go on now and read "the rest of the story" on your other blog posts.

Groovy Deborah said...

Operation Write Home is such a good group! Wish we could glitter up our cards over there but understand. Still nothing punches a card or lo into high gear quite as much as some shine! Your projects turned out great and very American!!!

TFS, HVD, Groovy Deb♥

ScrappingDeb said...

Love your projects. I think my favorite is the courage story. Thank for the story.

Penny said...

Great projects. Thank you for doing this and for the opportunity to win.

pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

SweetSassyDiva said...

wonderful! I'm so honored to be part of this blog hop!

Gina Thornton said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by, and leaving comments.

And more importantly, thank you to all of the men and women in the Armed Services!

Thanks for hopping along with us!
GRKIDDO at Verizon.net

Dana said...

I absolutely LOVE the card! The bookmarks turned out great too!


stefeni said...

Great projects! Thanks for sharing.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

Stacey said...

Fantastic projects! Thank you for sharing these and your stories.


cdm317 said...

Thanks for sharing your family stories. I really enjoyed your blog. Your card is just beautiful! I liked your explanation of embellies.

CyndiU said...

Great looking cards. Like what you did with the bookmarkers.

Thank you for sharing your family with us.

cureta2 at yahoo dot com

Clara said...

Great cards & bookmarks! Loving this blog hop!

Vicki said...

Love the card and bookmarks. Thanks for sharing.

vwilson577 at yahoo.com

Becky said...

Your cards and bookmarks are delightful! I have been hopping through tonight to see what everyone else posted. good stuff here.


Loved the bookmarks and your card!
Thanks for doing this hop my husband is a VET.
Rebecca Minor

PinkBlingCrafter said...

Great project and thanks for sharing:)
I'm now a new follower

doverdi said...

Wonderful projects. Thanks for being part of the blog hop & sharing the stories about your family veterans. God Bless all of the veteran's & military personnel for their sacrifices for our countries.