Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Blog Hop - 2013



Hooray! Thanks for stopping by! Happy Memorial Day Weekend and welcome to my Memorial Day Bloghop post for Operation Write Home, 2013.

I made my card following the most recent sketch, #173. I love how detailed the newer sketches have become and all of the great possibilities that you can create. Here's the sketch:


I also immediately fell in love with the sample card by Linda. Outdoorsy cards are right up my alley. They're my favorite to make, because I live my life in such a beautiful outdoorsy place! In fact, I'm really looking forward to some camping real soon. Do you think that we'll run into bears like this?



I used some really fun new papers by BoBunny from the Camp-A-Lot line. How appropriate! I also used a stamp that I purchased inside Yellowstone Nat'l Park. The price was kind of crazy, but I couldn't resist a souvenir of my favorite things... rubber stamps and bears. A bear rubber stamp! Hooray! I also used a Sizzix embossing folder and some really cute canvas-like ribbon from Stampin'Up. I stamped the image and heat embossed using some Cocoa embossing powder by CTMH.


Although our theme today is Thank You - I did not add a "Thank You" sentiment to this card yet. I figure that masculine cards can be hard to come by and this one could be used for any guy - Dad, Uncle, Brother, Son.... for Thank You, or any other occasion. The writer will have to decide that for themselves  :) Then again, I would love to get an outdoorsy card like this myself, so maybe it will be perfect for someones' Mom or wife? 

Thanks for stopping by to see my Operation Write Home blog hop card.  I've been a huge supporter since 2009, when I first discovered OWH (Then "Cards for Heroes.") It all began when I made a patriotic card for the family of my friend who was deployed to Iraq. In my online search for patriotic cards, I discovered OWH quite by accident, but fell in love with the idea. It all began here and has now been my favorite hobby for the last four years! Looking back at my first OWH cards, I am ever amazed and grateful for all of the lessons that I have learned and encouragement I have been given by others. I've met so many new friends, and had so much fun along the way of supporting the troops in the best way that I know how.

Hey... fun - here are posts from the Memorial Day blog hops from 20102011! I missed the hop last year... I'm so glad to be back! :D

Be safe and have a very happy Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy the blog hop!


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105 comments:

Seongsook Duncan said...

Hi Nancy, welcome back! Thanks for your support and encouragement over the years with OWH. Happy OWH Memorial Day Weekend Bloghop!

Donna Hanley said...

The shade of green and the paw prints really give the feeling of outdoors. Very nice image and sponging. Enjoy your weekend.

madamewong said...

Great colorway. Totally masculine!

Kigz said...

Love the color and texture! :)

Robin said...

welcome back to the Hop! Thanks for sharing your card with us and everything you do for OWH

sherry varga said...

Nice use of different paper.

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Hi Nancy!
Really great use of textures! Love your card!
Blessings,
Antoinette

Cheri said...

Love your card, Nancy!! The stamp is awesome! (worth the $$$)

Melanie Rozwood said...

This is really pretty. I like the stamps.

Brittany Snoke said...

Great color, paper and stamp choices!

Sybrina K said...

Nancy,

What a great masculine card! It's wonderful that you have a stamp to remind you of one of your favorite places.

Thanks for all you do for OWH!

Nancy K said...

Lovely post and your card is wonderful! I love that your bear stamp came from one of our national parks, how special! As the mom of a Marine Corps veteran I appreciate your support of OWH!

Barbara Greenberg said...

Great card, I love the embossing you did on the one strip, It all comes together so well.

Jen R said...

Nice card!!! Like the bears but I do avoid them when camping!!! Thank you for supporting OWH!

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

great layers & a very nice image too, I bet some soldier will snap this up lickity split

Verna Angerhofer said...

I really like your card design. Great bears and this card has a great masculine feel to it.

Joan said...

Like you, I'd love to receive an outdoor themed card; they're not just for men! I love the mixture of prints and texture. Wish more places had souvenir stamps instead of t shirts! Thanks for sharing and being part of OWH.

Marsha said...

Great "outdoorsy" card. Really like the embossed piece. Great take on the sketch.

Tammy said...

Fantastic card Nancy! I love that bear image and your fabulous new papers!
Tammy x

Barbara said...

Well Bear Hugs to you today! Prints , texture and a bear and you pulled it all together in that sketch... good job!

reflections:0) said...

This card rocks I can see it beiing a thank you card as well thank you for having my back. Stay safe on that camping trip. :0)

reflections:0)

Andrea T said...

Totally cool bears. Great outdoors feeling. TFS

Sandy Allnock said...

I like your bear card with the unexpected colors! Very striking!
Sandy, OWH Exec. Dir.

Rhonda Miller said...

Beautifully done. I love your take on the sketch.

postalorphan said...

What a wonderful masculine card - love the extra touches like the bitty banners and the canvas ribbon!

Leslie Hanna said...

Great papers, and yeah, you NEEDED that stamp from Yellowstone.

Kelli Acopan said...

love the colors! you're right, this could totally be used for any masculine occasion!

byAnnette said...

The bears look great on your card!

cinfulcrafts.com said...

Nice card! Love the canvas ribbon & bears!

JPScraps said...

Great image, great colors, great card!

Christine said...

great card - great use of several different papers
also thanks for supporting OWH

Sarah said...

Fabulous card---love that this stamp was a souvenir! That's awesome!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Awesome card. Love the colors.

Cissy Murphy said...

A souvenir with a purpose! I didn't know that could happen! LOL I really like the warm colors of your papers and the masculine look of the card. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jen said...

I hope you DON'T run into any bears! Gosh!!! Geez Nancy. LOL I love this card, though! Look at all of those layers!

Sharon Russo said...

Very nicely layered, and I'm glad you got to use you souvenirsamp.
Thank you for sharing.

Paula S. said...

Fantastic masculine design Nancy! I love the grizzly image but I sure hope you didn't run in to this guy while camping. Thanks for all you do as part of the OWH blog team.

Donna Nuce said...

Wow Nancy! Your card really takes the sketch to another level. Masculine and beautiful. Thanks for your support of OWH.

grandmax2 said...

Great card.

Rufus said...

A very nice masculine card! Those can be darn tough to accomplish. You did a great job. Have fun camping, but I hope that you don't run into this guy or any of his friends!
R/

Jules said...

This is a great masculine card.

Miriam Prantner said...

Great cards! So glad you could participate in the hop this year!

Stacy B said...

Nancy, I am not a camper...but that paper line from Bo Bunny is too cute. I love how your card came out. Thanks for joining in the hop again this year. I hope I make it around for the next several they are so much fun.

garnett said...

cute image. love the colors

Sheila said...

Cute card! You rocked the sketch. Have an awesome weekend.

Studio Diva said...

I like your outdoorsy theme, too. Nicely done!

Misty said...

Love the card, textures & colors. The stamp is awesome!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://delitefulsuds.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

stampursocksoff.com said...

Nice use of all the DSP's with the perfect image. Makes me want to go camping too!

Dana D. said...

Lovely colors you used for the card.

JoAnn P said...

I just warned my husband that there are stamps at Yellowstone. We plan to take the family next year.

April Story said...

Great outdoor theme. I like the paper with the bear feet prints. Great souvenir from Yellowstone - you can use it over and over.
April

Marilyn's Cricut Crafts said...

I really love all the texture in your card from the embossed background to the canvas bow. Great color choices for a masculine card as well. Thank you for sharing your card with us! ~ Marilyn

ajsdigishoppe said...

Great card I love the colors you chose:)
Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH!

Amanda
http://www.ajsdigishoppe.com

Mary Ellen Driggs said...

Your card is terrific. It reminds me of this cute hotel DH and I stayed in last summer it has bears incorporated in the decor.

Hugs,
M.E.

Annie Wills said...

I may actually have to go back to Yellowstone and get this stamp...I def missed it when I was there! Love the papers you chose too...beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

Debbie Caldwell said...

This is such a nice card, I agree it will be nice for any occasion while it appears to be masculine, the sender will know if appropriate for his wife, sister etc. I like the way you used the sketch, I looked at your start cards and was very impressed. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and supporting OWH.

Camille Short said...

GREAT Inspiration!!! Grea tcolors!

Lynn said...

This card is a work of art! All the little details like the paw print ribbon and the texture of the panel. I agree this is a really fun sketch to work with. Thank you for supporting OWH and have a great weekend!

Kim OConnor said...

Great masculine card! Love the colors you chose:) Thanks for sharing.

Ginny said...

The card is very nice- the bear stamp is beautiful!,

Becca Whitham said...

All your patterns and textures really work well together. Thanks for your participation in the OWH Blog Hop!

Barb said...

great card-love the new papers

Linda said...

Thanks for the shoutout...great image (I would have bought it also), ribbon...and papers! Keep up the great work!

Susan Strawser said...

love that bow

paula said...

Very nice masculine card! Thank you for supporting OWH!

Kelly said...

Very outdoorsy!!

MaryS said...

love your papers - thanks for sharing and supporting OWH

Renee said...

Love this!! You did a great job on this card!

Christy - www.hokiecoyote.com said...

What a great card. It's a nice change.

Jessie said...

Your outdoorsy card is great! I love the animal print paper. I tend to lean my cards in the nature/outdoors style.

Cindy said...

Great masculine card. I love the different patterns and textures.

Anonymous said...

such a BEARY-nice card.. (sorry)
love the papers and this image is great!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Susan said...

great take on the sketch!! I was struggling with this one but you did a terrific job! thanks for the inspiration!

Patti J said...

Great job! I looked at this sketch, and couldn't figure out what to do with it...you totally rocked it! Thanks for sharing!

scrappingnana said...

Great card. Thanks for sharing.

Sue D said...

Love the outdoorsy scene!

Pam said...

Love the bears

Diane said...

love you 'nature' card! The bear stamp was worth the slurge! Once I finish this HUGE hop- I want to go back to your beginning! I also started when OWH was cards for heroes- but did not blog back then! Making cards helped me get thru a long deployment-missing my man in 2010! Thanks for supporting our troops and all you do for OWH!

Carol L said...

Fun card with the bear and those paw prints too! Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Margaret said...

Such a great guy card! I love the footprints paper and the bear image is wonderful!

Crafting Adventures said...

Cute image!

Lynn. G. said...

Wow....I love the bear stamp and the Sizzix embossing folder. Fabulous. Great Job! Thank you for sharing.

Heather Grow said...

Love the bear theme. Perfect for an outdoor lover.

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

Oh.. I really love this. Everything is wonderful. The image, the texture, It is so great looking. Thanks for the idea's and joining in the hop.

lesleysoriginalthings said...

I love the bear stamp and how you chose the colors and the pattern. It went very well together

Karenladd said...

Love your outdoorsy card and thanks for supporting OWH!

Ann said...

I love everything about your masculine card! The layers, the image, the embossing, the papers....

Michele from MS said...

I love that Bo Bunny paper pack too! The earth tones on your card are so pretty! Thanks for sharing ~

silvia said...

Cute!! LOVE the bears!

BobbisTreasure said...

Love how your image echoes the papers. Great job!!!

Julie said...

Great card, Nancy! I love all the texture!

Marilyn in Michigan said...

What great masculine colors. Love the texture panel.

sarahstone said...

Super cool outdoorsy card. I love that bear stamp!

Anonymous said...

Stunning card! I'm forwarding this link to a friend of mine that loves bears. Laura P

lakeslady said...

Lovely nature card with the bear, and it looks so tactile.
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"

Marybeth said...

Nancy I love your bear card! What a great job! I have a daughter named Nancy.

Ruza Rebel said...

Gorgeous card! Love all the textures and DP you used that are a perfect match for the bears! TFS!

Angelica Chambers said...

Nancy, I have picked like 10 favorites today and urs is amongst them! I don't know where to start! From the plaid background to the cute little footprints and pawprints to the pawprint ribbon with the canvas ribbon on top through eyelets, to the embossed paper that now looks like burlap or canvas and finally to this preciously embossed bear stamp from Yellowstone! I know many many people (men and women) who would love to receive this! FANTABULOUS, my dear! TFS

Paper Blessings said...

What a really neat card! It's clean and yet woodsy and the bears, hey, they were worth the price you paid if this is the artwork coming from them! :) I had to chuckle though, I've done the same thing...stamps and favorite things, well, sometimes you just have to splurge! LOL Great work!

PoJo said...

Love your style! Thanks for sharing!

ptucker6 at cox dot net

heather said...

I really like the way you used the sketch. The colors you chose and bear image are awesome, too.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Great masculine card! Love the colors, all the layers, and that awesome image!

Lyn Kaufmann said...

Great card, love the bears! Thank you for sharing. I just found the OWH and love it.
Lyn

Dotti's Hobbies said...

Wonderful bear - and I like the way you highlighted him by inking the edges of the paper. Thank you for everything you do to support OWH, Nancy! I really appreciate and enjoy your involvement. ~Dotti H., OWH Board member

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