Saturday, May 25, 2013

Operation Write Home Memorial Day 2013 Blog Hop




Welcome to my blog to see the card I created for the 
Operation Write home Memorial Day Blog Hop!
I'm excited to be a part of this hop and
can't wait to see all the other cards shared !

Be sure to click the link above to be taken to the list of
 bloggers sharing their wonderful creations this weekend.

There are well over 100 of them !

If you've not heard of
Operation Write Home,
take a moment to read about this wonderful nonprofit organization.
It is so gratifying to make works of heart to be sent to the troops
overseas so they have something special to write home on.





Bloghop theme: 
Make thank you cards based on one of the OWH sketches.
 Cards can be thanks cards for our heroes to send –
or more in need of right now, AnyHero cards
with notes inside written TO them!








I used sketch #151 from the Operation Write Home web site,
altering it slightly (stars rather than circles).








Not the best photo to show the 
embossed background on the 
navy and burgundy card stocks
with the shimmery copper star accents.


Inside sentiment, printed from my computer:
We think of what it means to be free and what it takes 
to maintain that freedom. 
 We THANK YOU for your service, your dedication 
and the sacrifice you 
and your families have made on behalf of us, 
our Country and for Freedom.

           
Here is a slightly different version. 


Come back tomorrow to see how I made them 
(and how I fixed a mistake while punching)!
It was not simply punching out stars and 
gluing them to the top of the card fronts ......
My technique was more work, but worth it !





Because glitter is a no-no when making cards for our soldiers, 

I used metallic card stock covered with Crystal Effects 
on the small star punch to create "faux brads" 
to add a bit of shimmer - and not as much bulk so it is mail friendly !
 A Cuttlebug embossing folder adds textured details. 

(Yes, that is my new kitten in the background trying to help out!

I can't believe it's been one month since I brought her home!)





Below is a poem I found at this wonderful web site
http://www.thememorialdaytribute.com/


Memorial Day

- Theodosia Pickering Garrison

A handful of old men walking down the village street
In worn, brushed uniforms, their gray heads high;
A faded flag above them, one drum to lift their feet-
Look again, O heart of mine, and see what passes by!

There's a vast crowd swaying, there's a wild band playing,
The streets are full of marching men, or tramping cavalry.
Alive and young and straight again, they ride to greet a mate again-
The gallant souls, the great souls that live eternally!

A handful of old men walking down the highways?
Nay, we look on heroes that march among their peers,
The great, glad Companions have swung from heaven's byways
And come to join their own again across the dusty years.

There are strong hands meeting, there are staunch hearts greeting-
A crying of remembered names, of deeds that shall not die.
A handful of old men?-Nay, my heart, look well again;
The spirit of America today is marching by!











Keep on hopping, there are many, many, MANY more fantastic ideas being shared this weekend !

Please take a moment to leave a quick comment on the awesome projects that are being shared during this hop. It's always nice to know that you are inspired by our projects. Bloggers should have word verification turned off for the hop to make it easier to leave comments. 

THANK YOU FOR LOOKING =) 




144 comments:

  1. What an amazing card. I like how you use 1/2 of an embossing folder.

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  2. I'm glad you showed us a closed up, otherwise I would have thought that you just put the stars on top. Very nice technique. Especially love the colors of your first card.

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  3. What lovely cards! I really like the embossing!

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  4. Your cards are beautiful. I love the CAS style and you did a wonderful take on the sketch.

    hugs,
    M.E.

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  5. Wonderful cards. Stars are always appropriate for the Memorial Day holiday.

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  6. Heather,
    Love the embossing you used! Beautiful cards!!
    Blessings,
    Antoinette

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  7. Heather, I really love this sketch and your interpretation! Your shiny brads are a nice addition and just pull everything together nicely. (Amy A. #118)

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  8. Very nice detail, cutting out the stars, and using the embossing folder. Great cards.

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  9. Love the details. Punched stars and embossed backgrounds look great.

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  10. Our Heroes would love to receive this card... nice detail

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  11. What a cool technique. I would have taken the easy way out and placed the cut outs on top...so kudos for you for trying something better. I'll have to stop back to see your technique.

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  12. Heather your cards are beautiful! I like the way you embossed part of the first one. I am loving the stars as well, I used stars too, love them! Beautiful poem too TFS

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  13. Great cards! It must have been a challenge to get those punched out areas lined up!

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  14. great cards, I love the first one... the gold star instead of the sketches circles really make this card POP!

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  15. Thanks for sharing the poem and your card. Very lovely.

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  16. Nice interpretations of the sketch.
    Like the sentiments showing through the star on the second card.

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  17. Lovely! I love the embossing!

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  18. Love the mix of 2 papers and the die cut stars!

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  19. These are really pretty. I like the papers you chose.

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  20. Layering behind the card instead of on top. That's great!

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  21. Fabulous card am definitely going to try this.

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  22. the texture and depth created by doing it the "hard way" make the card extra special! Cute kitty. Thanks for supporting our Heroes and OWH.
    R/

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  23. I like all of your cards but the first one is stunning! Those colors together look amazing and that gold really makes those black stars pop.

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  24. Very creative - love the combination of embossing and cutouts - love the poem - thanks for sharing and supporting OWH

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  25. I can imagine lining up the punched images was a chore--but what a great result!!

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  26. Looking forward to hearing your tips tomorrow. I haven't used that sketch in ages; thank for reminding me of it.

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  27. What a beautiful card..I really like the embossing. Navy, Burgundy and Tan are such a great combination...thank you for sharing and supporting OWH

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  28. So lovely! You've inspired me to try this sketch layout today, I really love it.

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  29. Fantastic embossing! And I love the colors.
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://delitefulsuds.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  30. I love both of your cards. That punching technique is very neat, and I love the patriotic colors. Great job!

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  31. I like the way you pressure embossed and then did the cut-outs.....thinking of doing that myself now!!! Inspiring! And inspiring in a different way, thank you for including the poem.

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  32. Oh, how cool! Those punched out stars are really neat. I love your layout too.

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  33. Love that you used stars instead of circles. Also, I need to try that crystal effects on the star.

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  34. Your cards are terrific. Great color combos and techniques.

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  35. Very nice adaptation of that sketch - I really like the look the punches made and will come back to see your tutorial - thanks!

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  36. Very cool! If you had not told us and showen the close up I wouls have thought you layered the card. Loving what you did.

    reflections:0)

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  37. Great use of the sketch! I love the embossed thank you background!
    Beth F. OWH #114

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  38. Thanks for the close up on the first card. I couldn't tell that the embossing went across both panels in the first photo. I love this sketch, and I love what you did with it. Thanks for your participation in the OWH Blog Hop!

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  39. You really rocked this sketch with the stars. Fantastic card.

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  40. Like the embossing and the punched out star.

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  41. great cards and i love how you popped out the star with crystal effects! the poem was so appropriate to ...

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  42. Beautiful cards, love the dark colors used on the first card. Mary L Schreiber

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  43. Fabulous cards. Love the colors of each. I noticed how you did the stars - Great idea. Thanks for sharing your cards and also for the tribute poem.

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  44. What wonderful cards! Love those stars. Have a great weekend! And thanks for supporting OWL.

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  45. What great imagery you created. All wonderful

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  46. I love all the embossing on your cards. That faux brad star is fantastic (making note to self)! Great little details that made your cards outstanding. Love the printed sentiment that you are including on the inside of the cards. TFS! ~ Marilyn

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  47. These are great. I love the sketch you used.

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  48. Lovely cards, Heather! Love the colors and embossing on the first, the cut out stars on the second! TFS and have a wonderful weekend. #133

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  49. Beautiful use of the CS with the embossing folder. I studied closely for my CAS file! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  50. I really like both cards. The little star inside the cut out is really cute.

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  51. Love the embossed paper with the stars punched out.

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  52. Your take on the sketch is fantastic with these cards! I love the embossing and stars!

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  53. Love your card! The stars are great. I loved the poem too.

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  54. These cards are great-- love the punched out look and the embossing folder-- great idea!

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  55. Love the sketch you used. Great card.

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  56. I love the dark rich card as well as the more traditional colored one.

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  57. Love the embossing on the dark colors. Beautiful projects. TFS

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  58. Oh wow the dark card is just breathtaking! I love love love the contrast!
    Sandy, OWH Exec. Dir.

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  59. Great cards! I love your color choices and the faux star brads!

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  60. Love the embossed background...and the double-sidedness. Thanks so much for sharing your creations!

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  61. Fabulous cards - love the combination of embossed and punched backgrounds!

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  62. Love these cards. Stars are a favorite of mine. Great use of the embossing folder, I hadn't thought of using two colors that way. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  63. love the faux brads! gotta try that

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  64. Love the embossing! Also, punching out the stars and then putting them in from behind is a great effect! TFS!

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  65. I love the dark rich colors in the first card and the embossing is amazing!

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  66. Great cards! I like the added crystal effects star.

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  67. Thanks for the lovely cards, but especially for the poem you took time to share. Hugs!

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  68. TFS your CAS cards and for showing us about them.

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  69. Great cards! I especially like the first one with the embossing, subtle, but makes a big impact.

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  70. Tremendous take on this card pattern. I like how you substituted the stars for the circles. Nice going!

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  71. Awesome cards, I love the colors and embossing.

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  72. I love the punched stars. I am a punch-a-holic and highly favor a punched card. Love the colors and your kitten. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing!

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  73. I like of you substitute glitter. I'm trying to find ways to do that as well.

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  74. Neat idea using metallic card stock and crystal effects! thanks for supporting the troops and OWH!

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  75. I am really liking the way stars are cut out, going to have to get me some star die cuts.
    shanasewing@yahoo.com

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  76. I really like your take on the sketch. I look forward to seeing your tips and how you did it. The colors are fabulous!

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  77. Great idea making the fake brads they look awesome. Very nice job

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  78. Heather, I am so glad you introduced me to this! Your cards are fantastic and the embossing looks great! So glad kitty is helping you with this special project!

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  79. Both of these are terrific but I am hard pressed to pick a favorite because while I just love red, white and blue... the navy and burgundy combo is so elegant and classy looking. You did a great job with this sketch! Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting Operation Write Home.

    Paula S.
    OWH Blog Team

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  80. great cards! I've never used that sketch and love your interpretation of it...plan on trying to remember it and do some punching out the way you've done. thanks!

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  81. I do not see any mistake. Just see some beautiful cards. Thank you. Charlsie

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  82. The stars replacing the circles is perfect for OWH! Great cards.

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  83. I like both cards but my favorite is the first one. I love the color choice. Great job

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  84. What a great way to use the sketch. And great way to get around the glitter problem by using shiny paper for the bling!

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  85. Grand interpretation of the sketch!

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  86. Embossing adds such great texture.

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  87. Those are AWESOME---I'm a sucker for embossing!

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  88. Beautiful job! Love the way the embossing was done.

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  89. Oh I just love what you did with this sketch...gonna have to scraplift your cards!!! You did a great job...love that embossing!

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  90. Great cards - I love the punching and embossing! Thanks for the tip on the faux brads, too.

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  91. Great adaptation of the sketch I love the stars!
    Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH!

    Amanda :)
    www.ajsdigishoppe.com

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  92. Beautiful patriotic cards Heather! I love how you made your faux brads!
    Tammy

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  93. love the use of the sketch many ways-great cards

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  94. Super cards; love the stars. (ooh, that rhymes!)

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  95. Striking card. I like the way you used the stars instead of circles. Thank you for supporting OWH.

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  96. Your cards are a real inspiration and am going to get busy on some Any Hero cards like these.....thanks so much for sharing your star technique too.

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  97. Great card with partial embossing. You did a great job with this sketch! Thanks for sharing.

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  98. Love your awesome card. The die cut stars, the metallic stars. Wonderful!

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  99. I am impressed by the idea of embossing. It always looks so much more professional and adds to the whole look of a card. The stars just make the whole thing come together.

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  100. Very striking cards, very patriotic

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  101. Great cards, thank you for sharing.

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  102. thanks for sharing thee great poem and love the design of both cards!
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

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  103. I love love love the embossed background! The cut out stars and metallic/glossy accent one is so pretty! Great job! Thanks for sharing your cards and that poem with us.

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  104. I love how much texture and interest the embossing adds. Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  105. Your embossing added everything to make the card interesting. Nice work!

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  106. I love your take on red and blue - burgundy adds such a nice richness. And metallic paper is a great idea for OWH - it;s hard sometimes not to add a bit of glitter, but your card is anything but dull! Thanks, too, for the poem - a great reminder that our WWII veterans were young and strong once and ready to give their all, as the wonderful servicemen and women do now. Thinking of my dad, gone ow, who fought in the South Pacific.

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  107. Two great cards. You did a wonderful job on them.

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  108. Thanks for sharing that poem. As I read it, I thought of the "review of flags" that marches for several blocks not too far from where I live. Your cards are awesome, a great interpretation of the sketch. :)

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  109. Beautiful cards with lots of interesting detail. I love the glossy accents and the punched stars. Nice color choices!

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  110. great cards. love the 1/2 embossed technique would love to know which embossing folder you used. I have to come back tomorrow tfs

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  111. What a lovely sentiment inside your card. I love those dark colors. Now I have to go find the tutorial. :-)
    April

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  112. This is a great card. I like the embossing technique. It's a super idea to give it a different look when not using glitter.

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  113. I never thought of using half of an embossing folder!! Thanks for sharing.

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  114. Cool technique on punching the stars. Looking foward to your tutorial on it. Thanks for your support of OWH.

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  115. your cards are adorable.....I love the navy / burgandy one!

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  116. Heather is awesome! You even made special one of a kind sentiments on your computer! Your cards are very very nice and I hope I can make some even half as nice. TFS

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  117. What beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing and inspiring

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  118. Enjoyed your cards and how you embossed the background. Thanks for sharing.

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  119. great cards--I like the embossing and the copper stars.

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  120. wonderful cards ...love the negative images of the stars.

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  121. Two wonderful cards...really like the stars on both...and of course the embossing! I may need to CASE these! tfs!!!

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  122. fantastic cards. The shiny stars are beautiful.

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  123. Wonderful cards and your idea of using metallic in place of glitter is a Fabulous one. Thanks for joining in.

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  124. Wonderful cards--I like the second one better because I'm drawn to bright colors. I am going to try your technique of using glossy accents on metallic paper to bling it up! great job!
    :) Marie

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  125. Beautiful cards! Love the color combos! Thanks for showing the close up! Great looking technique! Thanks for sharing your talent for this wonderful cause!

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  126. How fabulous!!! I love these cards and your technique. Love seeing your little kitty too.

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  127. I really like your use of the embossing! Great idea to replace glitter too! I have to try something like that! :)

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  128. You rocked the sketch! Awesome cards.

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  129. Love the sketch and love the dry embossing.
    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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  130. Gorgeous cards! Love the embossed background, and the first card is so bold & beautiful! TFS!

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  131. Great cards!! LOVE the stars!

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  132. All your cards are marvelous! Love your style! Thanks for sharing!

    ptucker6 at cox dot net

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  133. Great take on the sketch! The black (or is that deep navy?) and red is just so classy and the other is more fun version. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  134. Great cards, and the embossing with the star cutout really worked nicely. It wouldn't have occurred to me to cover the glittery paper with crystal effects. Thank you for the thought and for sharing the fun ideas.
    Lyn

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  135. I love both the cards and it turned out great.

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  136. Great use of the reverse die cut! And thanks for showing that sealed in glitter up close - good for newbies to see :)

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  137. Great cards! Love both color combos...but the patriotic colors really pop!

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