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Saturday, May 24, 2014

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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This weekend Operation Write Home is celebrating all of our amazing men and women who are or have served in our military.  

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING TROOPS


I used sketch #184 to as the starting point for my card.



Starting with the sketch and some red/white/blue papers from my stash, I created this thank you card for our troops.  To keep the layers to a minimum (hard for me), I used thin strips of the navy cardstock on either side of the red print instead of adding an additional panel and again for the white strips on either side of the polka dot piece.  The navy panel across the bottom is mounted on Tombow Foam Tabs and for each of the other layers I used Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  The star has Xtreme Adhesive on the bottom half and Foam Tabs on the top to even everything out.  The "many thanks" sentiment is one of my favorites and it is from the Paper Smooches Word Salad set. 

Thanks for stopping by this weekend!  Be sure to pop by each of the blogs and leave a comment.  There will be some giveaways along the way and you wouldn't want to miss out!

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Kara said...

The tip about using the strips is a good one. Great way to make a solid paper last while still giving the look of layering.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

another wonderful star card! I think this one is my favorite so far!

Debbie McNamee said...

Love your combination of papers!! Great card!

Cindy's Card Co said...

I love your paper choices. The card turned out beautiful. I use thin strips also when I don't have enough for a full layer but want to use a certain color.

Melanie Rozwood said...

This is really nice. I like the muted tones.

Glitter Me Always said...

Love Love Love!

sherry varga said...

Oh My, just gorgeous, love your paper choices and the whole card is just awesome.

Celeste Goff said...

What a pretty card and I just adore the patterned paper you used!

scootingranny said...

Really like this card..conveys the message very well.

Lori Kobular said...

Love the papers you used on this awesome card!

Angela Bodas said...

Love the tip to use strips rather than a whole panel! I also love the little dots of red scattered about, and your pretty red background paper. Thanks for sharing!

conil said...

Good job following the sketch. Those papers you chose are perfect.

Jen R said...

I like the star and how you lightly colored it...adds texture and layering!

April Story said...

Great card. Love all the different papers you used. They look great together.
April

Kathy S said...

Cool paper, not typical for a patriotic card but you've really made it work by using the star and the dotted paper together. Thanks for posting on the OWH Hop.

Andrea T said...

Great choice of sketch. I like that you used a star instead of the circle.

Rosie said...

I really like this card a lot! I like the look of several papers and the whole thing works well.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Awesome card Melissa. Your choice of papers really work well too. And, love all the various sizes of the red bling.

Tammy said...

Beautiful card, I love the papers and your added enamel dots!

Anne Raymond said...

It's nice to see a pretty red, white & blue card. I appreciate the hint about paper strips too - I don't layer to excess but sometimes hate to use up too much of some of my solids.

coco said...

That lacy red and white paper behind bold polka dots and a star... so brilliant! With just the right touches in layers, inked edges, and bling... a beauty!

Esther E. said...

Have not made a card from OWH Sketch #184 yet. Thanks for the inspiration.

Karenladd said...

Love the combination of papers and that bold star!

Jessie said...

Pretty card! Love the papers and the little enamel dots pull it all together.

Valerie Doyle said...

Really like your paper choices.

Karen McAlpine said...

Love the papers and how the star just pops out!

Ann Marie said...

Great card - will definitely be CASEing this one! Thank you for the inspiration!

Cherie said...

I like your take on this sketch, using a star instead of a circle. Great use of those patterned papers, too.

Margaret said...

I often do the same thing to make it appear that it is a whole panel. Sure helps to save paper.

cghundley said...

Beautifully made
card and Happy
Memorial Day to
all.
Carla from Utah

Donna Nuce said...

Oh my gosh! This card is so beautiful. I love the papers you chose and your use of the enamel dots. Have a great day and thanks for your support of OWH!

Barbara said...

Love your choice of paper.

StampNK said...

This card is so amazing! I love the paper, the inking, the die cut star!

Tammy Pope said...

Love the idea to use just the strips. The red patterned paper is gorgeous with the navy. Yes, that sentiment is great. Thanks for sharing such a nice card.

Rufus said...

Love all the layers and great tip to just use strips so it doesn't get so thick and heavy. Thanks for supporting OWH.
R/

Korin Carter said...

What a wonderful use of color and love your embellishments. I am going to have to try out this sketch soon.

Lisa said...

Paper Smooches is one of my favorites too, so I am loving the sentiment being prominent on the star! Thanks for sharing :)

Paula S. said...

What a great interpretation of this sketch. I love the big bold star as the focal point and the paper combo is fabulous. Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting OWH!

Michele Smith said...

Love the paper you chose, the PS sentiment and of course the little red gems are so perfect for this card!

Debbie Caldwell said...

yummy card, love the paper choices and the sketch you chose. Great job.

Patti J said...

You are ever the creative one! I love dropping by to see what you've been up to. Great card, Melissa, as always! Thanks for sharing :)

Jo Ann Usey said...

Great job with the sketch - love that big star with the sentiment inside!

Dawn Y. said...

What a beautiful card, Melissa! I love your paper choices and the sentiment!

Colleen said...

Love the papers you used. The idea of using just strips of paper as kind of a faux backing is great!

Jodie Heuser said...

Wonderful card Melissa and great interpretation of the sketch!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful card! I love the layering and the paper choices!

Amy C. said...

Very pretty card and I really like the papers you used.

byAnnette said...

Great Card!
Really like the papers you used along with the dots!

grandmato20 said...

GREAT mix of patterned paper in vertical stripes

Maria Matchell said...

Beautiful card. I love the red "lace" pattern paper, and the little red bubbles are just the right amount of bling.

Sybrina K said...

What a lovely card! Love your selection of papers and your use of that big, bold star.

Cheri said...

Melissa, you so rock! This was on of the sketches I was trying to create with....it would have nothing to do with me. I love what you did. Hugs my friend.

Robin B. said...

Beautiful card! I love the colors and patterns, thanks for sharing.

Becki with an i blog said...

I like the patterned papers you chose. Thanks for the tip about the small strips. Thanks for being part of the hop.

Ms. Craftin-ista said...

Awesome cover of paper. Your tiny red Embellishments are perfectly placed, which creates a nice flow to the card! Thanks for sharing!
Raeanna Smith

Rhonda Miller said...

Beautifully done. I love the papers and embellishments.

Sandy said...

I adore your paper choices -and the sprinkle if embellies!

Sandy, OWH Exec Director
http://sandyallnock.com

Shanta said...

lovely lovely card!!!

SuprFoxDesigns said...

Love the star and colors and love the sentiment. Great card

rstuck2003 said...

Thank you for the tip on using strips of paper. Love your card...thanks for sharing.

Heather Thompson said...

very stunning!!

Sue D said...

great choice of paper and I like the enamel dots.

Ellen Smith said...

I'm a sucker for stars and stripes. Your selection of papers was wonderful.

Kristie said...

I just love your paper choices for this sketch. Great tip about using the thin blue strips. Sometimes I get a bit carried away with layers on my own cards. Thanks for supporting OWH.

Waverunner said...

Lots to love here!

Thank you for showing the sketch and giving directions...really great for us beginners!

OMG-I was loving it when I thought it was layered...I cant believe you cut those thin border pieces! I will think about that...

Like the paper choices too

Thank you for making and sharing with us!

carolscreativepapers said...

Hi Melissa: I love the muted colors of the patterned papers which give a nostalgic look to your pretty card! The enamel dots really add a lot, too!

Diana N. said...

Love the red patterned paper, the red dots, and the fact that you used narrow strips of paper instead of adding layers of cardstock.

Jackie Watson said...

Awesome star card

WhoMom said...

Awesome card! Love the red background paper and appreciate the tip on the paper strip.

Michelle said...

Love your card! I like the paper you chose! Thank you!

Brenda Hugar said...

What a really beautiful card. I loved all the different designer papers. Great job!

BobbisTreasure said...

Beautifully done elements, coordinated perfectly!!!Thanks for supporting OWH!

Stacy B said...

Love your tips on keeping the layers thinner! It's such a great card.

Linda said...

Wonderful card...love the papers and sentiment! WTG!!!

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