Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Memorial Day Blog Hop!  We have a great line up of bloggers for you today that are all going to share projects relating to Memorial Day.   These ladies are great crafters!  I hope you will join us for the hop and leave comments for everyone with your thoughts about their project!   This is the first stop on the hop. 

Wikipedia says that "Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 30 in 2011).... it commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States".  I have had a few family members and friends that have served in the military.  I have not, however, had anyone I know die while they were serving.  That is the ultimate sacrifice for our country and I am grateful to all of those folks who put their life on the line to protect me, my family, and my country.  Thank you!

Based on what I read about today's holiday, I decided to make this thank you card:

I started with cutting my background papers.  This is a standard A2 card. 

Then I sent my blue sheet through my Cuttlebug, using the Stars folder.  I brushed white ink over the top of the paper to make the embossing stand out.  I like using the mini chalk pads from Joann's dollar section for this.

Next, I used ribbon from Michael's that I just picked up to adorn the corners of my blue page.  Shh, don't tell anyone but I just scotch tape it to the back of the card.  No fancy adhesives for this part!

I cut out the Statue of Liberty from the Stand and Salute cartridge.  I cut it once regularly and once on blackout, both at 4".  Then I used a brown marker to draw the lines that the Cricut cut as details and inked the regular image using two shades of green.  I tried to make it look a little weathered like the real statue.

I adhered the blackout cut to the card and used some dimensional dots to pop out the inked image.

Lastly on the front, I added a metal piece.  I bought these on clearance when I first started scrapping and this is the first time I have ever used one!  I used two red brads to attach it (I would have liked white but I didn't have any!) and I stamped thankful on the tag that slides inside.

The finished front:

I also saw the frame feature on Stand and Salute and really liked how it looked with the Statue of Liberty so I decided that would be what I put on the inside.  I cut the frame from the blue paper at 5.25".  I used my ATG to glue the white paper to the back and then again to glue the full piece into the inside of the card.

A close up of the frame:

I also have some blog candy for you!  To thank you for visiting, I am giving away your choice of either Twinkle Toes lite cart OR a $15 gift card to Michael's or JoAnns to one lucky person who leaves a comment on this post telling me one thing about Memorial Day.  It can be a fact about the holiday, something you do to celebrate, or anything else you would like to share!  It is not necessary for you to be a follower of my blog but I would absolutely love it if you decide to become one!  I am approaching 200 followers and am pretty sure I'm going to celebrate that milestone! *wink*wink*  Be sure to include a way for me to contact you!  I will select a winner Tuesday afternoon using

Be sure to follow along the hop by going to Laura's blog next!

Here is the complete blog list for you:
1. Michele <------- You are HERE!
2. Laura -
3. Kristen -
4. Rexann -
5. Jamie -
6. Dana - Paper Memories ( )
7. Cindy -
8. Brenda -
9. Roberta -
10. Renee -

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Memorial Day to you!


  1. Today I was at the National Cemetery with each grave site decorate with an American flag it made me sad and took my breath away all at the same time. Your card is a great tribute to those who have served to ensure our safety and out freedoms.

  2. Great card. Memorial day I usually call all of my family member and friends who are serving or have served and thank them.
    Justina1218 at aim dot com

  3. I love your card and the step by step you did! Fab job!
    Memorial day is spent down at my family cottage...eating, and more eating, swimming and boating. It is the kickoff to the summer!
    Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win...I am a new follower and happy to join your blog!

  4. This card is so awesome and I love how you chalked the embossed stars! It really adds a great dimension! A perfect Memorial Day card! I'm a new follower...thanks so much for sharing :)

  5. Very patriotic card! Memorial Day is always the sign of summer, picnics, and beach time.

    Thanks for the chance,
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  6. Great card! We just do the local parade & visit the cemetery.
    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  7. Very nice card Michele!! I want to thank you for Hosting this Very special Hop and Inviting me to join such Talented and creative gals! My husband and I usually go on a motorcycle ride to see all the decorated sites and cemetery's. But this year I am working so maybe after I get off we will go on a short ride! TFS!!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  8. Beautiful card Michele! I'm honored to be part of this blog hop with you and the other wonderful bloggers. Memorial Day is special to me because both of my brothers served in the military, as well and my Dad and my Grandfather and many relatives. It is a great time to honor them and all the military personnel who serve!

  9. Great looking card! My father and hubby served in the military, as well as several other family members and friends - so each memorial day I take time to remember all those that have served or are serving and their family members.

    Jess (aka Sparksgal)
    ncscrapper77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. you did an awsome job on your card! We normally stay at home and bbq and just be together as a family. I have family members from my side and my husbands side of the family that has servied in the military. Thanks for doing this

  11. Love that card! That Cuttlebug folder is one of my favorites! Memorial day for me is remembering our soldiers and for remembering my dad who passed away in 2008.

  12. Your card is amazing! My husband is a decorated vietnam veteran and I am always on the lookout for patriotic inspiration as I love making cards for our local VFW to help raise a few dollars for special events, etc. Happy Memorial Day!

  13. Pretty card. This is a special remembrance day for me. My dad was a WWII veteran. Flying my flag high in NC. dreama 1947 at yahoo dot com

  14. Beautiful card! I just ordered this embossing folder today!

    Memorial Day is a day to honor all of the men and women who have served and who continue to serve our country. I have the utmost respect for these individuals, who so freely give of themselves for our country! I hope that during all of our celebrations today we remember those still fighting.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    karenskapin at yahoo dot com

  15. very nice card. we always have a gathering of friends and family on memorial day to observe this holiday.

  16. I love Memorial Day! It's so nice to have a day set aside to remember those who served. It's the ultimate sacrifice and I think it deserves recognition.


    PS I am a follower but the only way I have been able to post was anonymously. SO I apologize for this.

  17. Very nice card. Usually on Memorial Day our family gets together with my uncle who was a vietnam vet and we get together with his friend who served with him as well. Its a day of rememberance.


  18. You can delete this comment so it won't be a duplicate, but I wanted to let you know that I could not comment on Renee's blog and a few others as Google is still having issues with comments. But I am a follower of ALL of these blogs and what talent these ladies have. Thanks for the hop!

  19. Just wanted You to know that I posted another card on my blog for the blog hop...if you get a chance swing by an check it out!


  20. Your card is great. I really like the embossed stars and the finished product. It came together really good.

    Thank you for hosting this hop.

    I went to Michaels, Joann and Hobby Lobby today.

    skydolphin on the cricut circle mb

  21. Your card is wonderful. I'll be celebrating with a bar-b-que dinner. Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Michelle, thanks for hosting this wonderful blog hop, I'm so excited to be a part of it.
    My family has served in the military and we spend part of Memorial day at the cemetery. In our town the American Legion puts flags on all the servicemen's graves and lines the road to each cemetery with flags so it's quite a site driving up to the cemetery. It truly humbles your heart in Thankfulness for all they have sacrificed on our behalf.

  23. I love your card!! I have to work on Memorial Day so, I can't really say I "celebrat" but I do take a moment out of my day and pray for the families of those who are in the military and for those who have lost loved ones in the military. My brother is the only one in my imediate family who was in the military and I am very thankful to be able to say he is still here with us. God bless all of those who serve our country.


  24. Love your card. The embossing looks great. Memorial Day is the time to remember those who have served our country so that we can enjoy being with everyone we love. Thanks for the chance to win!

    jenlovcarr at aol dot com

  25. Great card and great hop!! Love the inside of your card.

  26. Your card is really terrific and I love the chalking technique over the embossed paper. It creates a whole new paper! Thanks for the step by step instructions. I can tell you are an educator :)

  27. I joined as a follwer and wanted to say thanks for hosting this hop. I really love your card.
    Fact:This holiday was first call "Decoration Day."

  28. I am a new follower to your blog and love the card you created. Congratulations on all of your followers. I just started a new blog and am inspired by yours.

    For me this is a day to honor those that serve our country in the past and present so that we can appreciate all that we have because of them.

    scrappindhilly at gmail dot com

  29. When I first started crafting, I didn't understand blog hops so someone had to explain it to me. Nowadays I love 'em because I get to visit blogs like yours that I never would have come across in the first place! I am a huge fan of the card you made for Memorial Day! I can't even comment on just one aspect because the whole thing is great.

    Although I do not have any immediate family members serving our country, I still find it extremely important for people to respect and understand why we have this day off. When I first started writing on a Disney message board, I got to know a few girls my age who had husbands in the military. From that point on, I had more respect for those in the service and those who have to stay here and wait and pray each and every day. That's why I stress the importance of respecting and praying for those serving and respecting and honoring those who served with my middle school students. This is especially true with my 6th grade ELA class. We're actually in the middle of reading a book called Stepping on the Cracks that takes place in the US during WWII (the older brothers of the characters in the book are fighting in Europe). I hope that I can help open the eyes of my students to see past their own everyday lives.

  30. what a great card. I spend Memorial Day with my family (all men are servicemen). It's a day to remember all that the men and women have given for us.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  31. Bee-utiful card. My father served in the Army in WWII and when he died his service was held on Veteran's Day and that was the first time I heard Taps played at a funeral. My hubby served in the Air Force during Vietnam war. As a family (hubby, daughter & I) celebrate Memorial Day by giving thanks to the men & women who serve and we put out flags along our sidewalk. Thank you for chance to win something.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  32. Happy Memorial Day, your card is beautiful. We love to go watch the parade on Memorial Day.

    Smiles Sher

  33. Fabulous card!!!! LOVE it!!!

  34. Thank you so much for hosting this Memorial Day Blog Hop! Your communication and direction were excellent!

    I love the way you used the frame as the inside of the card. It looks great!