Saturday, May 29, 2010

Blog Candy, Blog Hop, and Stamping Away Memorial Day… Operation Write Home Blog Hop!

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Welcome, I’m glad you’ve taken a moment during your very busy Memorial Day Observance to visit my little blog!

As part of the Operation Write Home Blog Hop, we were asked to share a “Missing You” card for all the soldiers who are not able to be with their families during this holiday weekend.  I had to dig through my ‘collection’ to find JUST the right stamp!  Here’s a quick sneak peek of my card for all the soldiers, all the Hero’s who serve so proudly to protect the U.S.A.

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Remember the Faux Embossed Leather Purse Tutorial I shared a few weeks ago?  Today, I’ve embossed a pair of cowboy boots using the same technique and the Baroque Motifs Stamp Set!

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Isn’t this fun?  I drew the boots onto post-it notes and then traced them onto my creamy caramel card stock before stamping and embossing with the Faux Embossed Leather Technique (FREE Tutorial <<HERE>>)  I’ve decided I’m not really too good at drawing cowboy boots.. my cowboy must have very flat feet!

Couldn’t stop there… had to make the inside of the card just as special as the outside… complete with another flat footed cowboy boot… and a hand-written message stating :  No-one could EVER fill YOUR boots!

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The Designer Series Paper used on this card was left-over Sweet Slumber DSP from last year’s Idea Book and Catalog… The stamps:   Really Retro (miss you) and Sassy Sayings (For My Hero).

Here’s another simple card I made… I markered the stripes on the Ribbon of Hope Stamp set so that it was Red/White/Blue…

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Here’s a third hand stamped card… using the color blocking technique… simple design with an appropriate sentiment to commemorate the Memorial Day Observance.

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By now, you must be looking for the Blog Candy.  This weekend’s blog candy is a hand made Star Album in Real Red, Brilliant Blue, and Whisper White.  This album is a great way to store those special memories and photos of that special soldier you have known… or for a special Dad too (Father’s Day is right around the corner, isn’t it?)

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When completely opened, and tied secure, the album forms a beautiful star (hence, Star Album).  And has plenty of places to record your special soldier’s story and photos… (or Dad’s too.)

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But wait, there’s more!!  Two more lucky winners will receive one of the two cards shown in this post! 

So… what do you have to do to win this fabulous blog candy?  It’s quite simple:  Leave a comment and tell me the name of your very favorite Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set from the Current 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog!  For two entries, sign up as a NEW follower on my blog.

On WEDNESDAY JUNE 2ND, I’ll post the Winners’ names on my Wednesday June 2nd blog post… be sure to check back to see if you have won!  NOTE:  if you are commenting anonymously, please include your first and last name in your comment.

General Johan A. Logan in his General Order No. 11 of May 5th, 1868 Decoration Day:

“Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest of flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and asist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude, – the soldiers’ and sailors’ widow and orphan.” 

Hugs and prayers for all the soldiers, and their families on this very special Memorial Day weekend! 

Continue your Memorial Day Blog Hop with Operation Write Home… visit the next stop on the tour:  Loni Holt, be sure to leave her a comment too!

And Hugs, to all of you too!

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80 comments:

Marianne said...

Sharon,

Wonderful cards. You have a way with words I wish I did. Thank you for supporting OWH.

Erin of the Bears said...

I'll be back for the faux leather tutorial... those boots are fabulous, flat-footed and all! I've subscribed to your idea-filled blog. It's hard to pick just one SU favorite, but I'll go with the Always set. Thanks for sharing!

Yolanda said...

Love that crimped paper.

stampgirl said...

I have to pick one favorite!!! That is difficult but I guess Baroque Motif is one of my very favorite! Thanks for sharing your wonderful cards! Lisa Courter

Shell said...

How wonderful that you found that quote. Love your work

Peggy said...

I'm trying to to the tour but on a couple of blogs I have had a hard time finding the link - is there a full list somewhere?

peggy
http://stampinpegcadillo.blogspot.com

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

Hi Peggy... operatiowritehome.org has the complete list of bloggers participating in the Memorial Weekend Blog Tour.

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh, these cards are gorgeous.

Oh, it's so hard to choose just one fave set. I like the Service and Sacrifice set and the Flight of the Butterfly to name a couple.

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

oops... here's a better link: http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org/2010/05/memorial-day-bloghop-starts-here.html

Tammy said...

Wonderful cards!! Love the look of the Faux leather! TFS!

Gail S. said...

My favorite set is Thoughts & Prayers. You don't have to use the stamps for just a sympathy card - it is a beautiful set.
Gail S.

BJ said...

I love your cards...awesome!
Love your star album....have to learn how to make one of those...lol
my fave set....A kind word.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Nice projects for the OWH blog hop today! Our fav stamp set out of this SU catalog, wow, just one?! I've been trying to keep an eye out for stamps to use on my OWH cards so it would be the Courage set. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

LadyDoc said...

Your cards are WONDERFUL!!! AS for my favorite stamp, it has to be the rose in the Fifth Avenue Floral set.

Erika said...

Great cards! And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

Anonymous said...

Love the Boots!! Love them all...congrats..wonderful post...and god bless.

Rosemarrie Gonzalez
thornsandroses@sbcglobal.net
LNS Member

Karen said...

Wow....what a bunch of fantastic cards! Beautiful! I think my favorite is the boot card....just fabulous! I will be back to see that tutorial!!! So neat! I think my fav SU stamp is Batty for You....so love it and want it!

Great cards and so glad to have found your blog! Got you in my daily reading! :)
Karen

maddenmom at gmail dot com

Operation Write Home said...

Fantastic projects! I'm going to have to go check out that tutorial...looks really interesting! Your star album is just WOW!

Thanks for joining in the fun of the hop!

Martha said...

Thank you for sharing your talents with us today! Lots of fun cards.
Thanks for supporting OWH and our troops!

Cathy... said...

What a cute card--flat-footed or not!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

www.alittlethisandalotofthat.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful cards.....

Shelly Schmidt said...

I am not sure I can pick just one set... I always seem to pick florals- Embrace life or 5th Ave floral....Thoughts and prayers.....I can tell you which one is my least favorite......lil sock monkey....! Love your cards and would love to win- fantastic star card project! WOW!

PocketsOfInspiration said...

Those boots are great! Great cards, love the "Stars" best.

helloholley said...

Your cards are fab! I think your boots turned out fine and I love your ribbon of hope!! Your star book is wonderful as well!! Good job!!!

rstuck2003 said...

LOVE all your cards...I don't have a favorite set as I don't have a catalog to look through! LOL

Thanks for sharing.

jackielwatson said...

Sharon, you are so awesome, I would have never thought of cowboy boots. You are so orginal. All of the cards are super. Thanks for sharing our ideas.
My favorite stamp set is Here for you, I just love birds and flowers. Have a wonderful Memorial Day

debb said...

Wonderful cards! I'll be back to see more of your blog! My all time fav SU is still Lovely as a Tree (still in the catty too!)

Lelia Pierce said...

Wow! Cards are awesome and that star album is to die for!!! Any chance you have a tutorial coming for it? ;O) I think my fave SU! set is Flight of the Butterfly.

aerobuyck said...

Wow, love your leather tutorial.. What a neat idea. Thanks,

Rhonda said...

I love the new little fairy stamps. Also LOVE the acrylic buttons!

Trevorstuffmammas said...

I enjoyed your cards some new tech for me!! whooo hoooo!! I do have several favorites...pick a petal (which I still do not own) bold butterfly, but my FAVE is using Service and Sacrifice with the Hero wheel. Thanks, Jennifer

Susan Carlson said...

My favorite stamp set is "For All You Do." Great projects! Thanks for sharing a blog hop, too!

ArtisticInkspirations said...

Lots of good ideas....love the boots and the star book!! Good job Miss Sharon!!

lisa808 said...

Sharon, your cowboy boots are so cute! You are such an artist. The inside of the card is so fun too. That star album is amazing. tfs such great projects. Picking a favorite stamp set isn't easy. I would say Upsy Daisy because I have seen so many gorgeous cards made using it.

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

Great cards and tutorial. Love the star book!

My favorite stamp set is Lovely as a Tree.

Dixie Cochran said...

Thanks for participating in the hop! Great cards!

grandmalee said...

WOW Sharon, you definately outdid yourself for this hop! I've been a follower for a while, but you always seem to go just a bit further with each project. All of those beautiful cards & then the star album must have kept you very busy! You want us to pick a favorite set...hmmmm, maybe the Baroque Motif or Thoughts & Prayers or, or, or! I used one of the retired wolves on one of my cards, and since my daughter's MP unit is knicknamed the Wolf Pack, it definately still gets lots of use! TFS!

Betty said...

Well done with the cards! I am all about sentiments at the moment so I'd have to pick Heard From The Heart... My all time favorite tho is Loads of Love :)

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Loved the boots - LOL! Being from TX (now transplanted in VA) what did you expect - LOL!

Thanks for a chance to win the Star album or a card that you made. All are great! I would love the Star album to put a picture of all my Retired and Current Military loved ones in. My father is retired AF, my DH is retired Navy and my two sons are currently in the Army. One is in Iraq now.

Cynthia Ferenz
Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers
stampindragon at verizon dot net

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Oops forgot to say - my fav stamp is "Courage"

Cynthia Ferenz
Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers
stampindragon at verizon dot net

stampinkari said...

Wonderful--can't pick a fav.

cinmfoster said...

Great cards, thanks for sharing.

Debby said...

wonderful cards, beautiful cards. i love the Service and Sacrifice set. thanks for the inspiriation.

missy said...

Wow! What beautiful cards and album! I just became a follower but I have been visiting your site for awhile! Just didn't notice the follow button! Guess your cards had all my attention! LOL! It's hard to pick my favorite stamp set but I know I have always wanted Lovely As A Tree & Teeny Tiny Messages! Both are nice! Thanks for being so generous!

Karen Howard said...

Beautiful cards!

Caro said...

Love the boots.. I bookmarked the purse tutorial to try sometime..always looking for something new. My favorite stamps that I use for OPW are the "FYI: three little words" set for words and Fifth Avenue Floral for flowers! Can't wait fo0r the new book to come out!

Cheryl said...

You have so many great cards here. TFS.

Nancy Keller said...

HOLY CARDS. . . I love everything here! That star album thing is fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful work - let me tell you something. I am a true stamp junkie. I love all stamps without prejuidice. :D I recently became a consultant for Close to my Heart but I CAN'T LIE. . .I just have to get my hands on a set of those tiny stamps and tag punches from Stampin' Up some day. I LOVE THEM!!! Shh. . don't tell. Hehehee!

JPScraps said...

Awesome cards! The star album is Amazing!

Rufus said...

Great cards and I loved the leather tutorial. A favorite SU set? Lots, but the one I drool over is the baroque swirl set!
Thanks for your support of our Heroes and OWH.
R/

dustypenny said...

Fun cards for OWH!

Kajikit said...

I don't need an entry in your blog candy draw... I just wanted to tell you that your cards are lovely but my favourite is the third one. :)

Robin said...

what cute cards! even the cowboy boots :)
I like the petal pizazz set from the current SU Catty .. and so many more! I'm eagerly awaiting the next retired list to see what I need to buy next.

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Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

I love your star card--it features my favorite set, Pocket Silhouettes!

Brenda said...

You have made some wonderful cards! By and far, I love the Medallion stamp.

Courtney said...

Your cards are all so great. And that star is Amazing. I love the Ribbon of Hope stamp set. Thank you for supporting our troops!

~Courtney~

StampinSher said...

Your cards are beautiful and I really love the very first card with the boot. Very touching! Thank you for being involved with OWH! Keep stamping and enjoy the smiles that your creations will bring to all of our heroes!

ArtisticInkspirations said...

Had to leave you another comment.. I think you've done the best job of the Memorial day blog hop. I keep coming back to your blog (you have the link to the next one too!!)..My favorite stamp set in the current book, I have to say.. Friends 24-7, it mixes a bit of vintage with traditional. And I'm already signed up as follower of your blog!

Merry's Musings said...

My hero is my favorite out of all your amazing cards. what a beautiful mix! Thanks for supporting OWH.

Cut n Paste said...

Your cards and star album are really beautiful!! Love the flat boots...very cute!! Thanks for the tutorial!

NicksMiMi said...

What beautiful cards. I am sitting here watching the special in Washington, D.C. and looking at your cards, how appropriate. My favorite is Petal Pizzazz. I have not seen a card made with these stamps that I did not love. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Cathleen cmcsor9101@aol.com

sherry said...

Sharon, I love the boot card and I'm it will be cased by many including me.If I have to pick a favorite it would be loads of love& loads of love acces.It is such a versital set. The last time I used it I did a flame job on it in honor of a friend of ours who was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.His truck is white with orange&yellow flames. frogy541948@yahoo.com

Meg Bean said...

Beautiful cards! I love the boots you made! My favorite stamp set is "Watercolor Trio - Clear-Mount Stamp"

Kim said...

Your cards and the star book is beautiful! I love SU's Fifth Avenue Floral set. I got to play with it from a SU demo I know and there are so many possibilities. Wish I have it.

MidnightCrafter said...

I will have to try out one of those star albums, what a neat idea! I loved your cards for the Hop, thanks so much for sharing!
Its hard to choose a favorite, when there are so many great ones - but my favorite SU set has to be Heard From the Heart, they are my very favorite sentiments.

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Terrific job as always Sharon and I love the flat feet boots. Reminds me of my New Mexico days. Favorite set...hmmm...Probably Friends 24-7 or En Francais.

Your star album is amazing. I really have to try making one of these.

Hugs and blessings my friend - Jean

jengd said...

Great cards! Your boots are a trip!! As for my fav set, I'm always amazed it's still hanging around but I frequently fall back to "Lovely as a Tree" for my cards.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Your cards are all great! Thanks for sharing your techniques. The star album is awesome. Thanks for inspiring.

Angie said...

Great cards and star book, Sharon! And nice boots! =)

Suz said...

I have had my eye on the set called on your birthday for a while perfect for cards

love your cards they are sure to bring smiles

Stampin_melissa said...

Wow! Wonderful cards! Just LOVE those boots! I love that sentiment because it is so fitting for my DS toward his Daddy! I signed up as a follower, I enjoyed the little bit of your blog that I have seen so far! As for my favorite SU set, I would have to say Lovely as a Tree, however I do have to give a shout out to Service & Sacrifice has some of the best sentiments! We are military and I snapped this set up as quick as possible! :D

Patty said...

Wow- I'm gonna pull up a chair and stay here for hours ..lol Your cards are fantastic, fabulous, beautiful. I'll be back. Fav stamp- hard to pick one but I have a special fondness for the bee set. Thanks for sharing so much with us.
Patty

cal8007 said...

Gracias Sharon! Me gustaron mucho tus lindas botas hi hi! Gracias por construir tarjetas para los soldados. Tengo dos sobrinos en Iraq!

Te diria cuales son mis sellos favoritos, pero no tengo el catalogo y el nuveo todavia no sale, pero de seguro te digo que me encantan todos los sellos, especialmente en espanol.


Hasta pronto,

Carmen L
cal8007 at aol dot com

mmwilken said...

Thanks so much for sharing your great cards!! Also, helping us with OWH, which is such a honor. I'm a stamper and love the stamps too and wish I could afford all of them!! Hope you had a great weekend! It is has much fun!!!

Ola said...

Your creations are beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! And your candy offers are amazing! My fav SU! set is Service and Sacrifice!

Thanks so much for sharing & the chance to win!

Happy Memorial Day!
God Bless our Soldiers & their families!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sweetie...
I am Country Wings your newest follower. I love your creation of love for OWH. Being a country gal from Oklahoma I don't have to tell you those boots are made for walkin. Love the design and so outstanding is the detail. You really outdid yourself, and gave this gal the inspiration to create.

I have never made a card, but boy am I ever on the road to BEGINNING. I have been shut in for a month and still have 2 weeks to go. Spent 8 days in the hospital with my lungs and chronic asthma. I am hoping that I can make a few cards over the next 2 weeks from my recliner. I cannot go outside so needed something to do while I recoop. Thank you for the inspiration, I am so thrilled over the top.

I have 2 stamps I really adore. I love the Heard from the Heart and ofcourse the Fairy stamps.

Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Bev E said...

Great cards. I like how you use that bit of ribbon on that one card. I save little bits but can never find a use for them. Now I know how to use them. Thanks

Martha Lucia Gomez said...

Sharon, your leather is amazing!!! As always your creations are wonderful. Thanks for share your passion with us!!
Martha Lucia Gomez
http://stampartpapel.blogspot.com

Jennifer Moore said...

Beautiful cards. Love the star album, so neat.

Jana said...

Your cards are ALL AMAZING.
Are you kidding! Pick a favorite stamp set. You are a joker, lady. No way can I pick just one.