Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day Blog Hop & candy

I was recently contacted by Cards for Heroes asking me if I would participate in their Memorial Day blog hop. What better way to celebrate the lives of those who serve our country than to show our support?

Cards for Heroes is an organization that provides blank, hand-made greeting cards to soldiers serving overseas who want to show their family how much they care. They don't have access to Hallmark stores, so they can't go buy their cards.

WE can help! Make general cards for all occasions and send them on to Cards for Heroes. The cards will be passed on to our servicemen and lovingly used for special occasions. Check out their blog for more information.

Meanwhile, post a comment on today's blog post and you are up for dibs on this patriotic stamp set I designed for Our Craft Lounge "All About the USA". (I'll also throw in a handful of Copic Markers- Retail value $40!!).

Then go visit the next blog in the hop, Sandy Allnock, president of Cards for Heroes, to see more ideas for Cards and the next link in the hop, then be on the lookout for prizes along the way. For the full Bloghop list visit here.

I made this very simple, manly card for my son to fill out and take to our local recruiting office (which is a few blocks away) as a Memorial Day thank you. (I have a hard time adding embellishments, ribbon or rhinestones to a man-card, which is part of the reason why this card is so clean and simple).

My 5-year-old son loves digi camo, so this Military paper by Reminisce will be a winner for him. The flag comes from the print on the backside of the camo paper. My son likes going in and talking to the recruiter, looking at all the neat stuff, and has stated many times that he would love to be a pilot in the military.

I used G85 and E47 Copic markers to make the square of paper and the stars match the dark brown/green from the camo print. Gotta love the ability to match any color!

For those of you who noticed that this set is different than the things/style I usually draw, that's because I designed this clear stamp set on the computer using Adobe Illustrator, rather than hand-drawing something and scanning it in. This set is perfect for scrapbooking, 4th of July cards, or cards to support the troops as I made above.


As I think of all the sacrifices made by servicemen over the years I need to stop and say Thank You!

My father, grandfather, and on back were all in the military. Here is a photo I found of one of my ancestors, Major General Henry W. Halleck. He was the General-in-Chief of all the Union armies before Grant took over during the Civil War.

His face is so similar to my father, it's hard to look at him and not think of all the stories my dad would tell about boot camp and basic training. My father was a teenager during WWII, and entered the service during the Korean War but never went overseas. My grandfather was an electrician for the Navy building the ships during WWII up in the shipyards of NY. All the hours of toil and struggle that these fine men went through so that I could be born in peace and prosperity and enjoy my country.

In February I had a chance to stop and visit the USS Alabama, which was built in 1940. Touring through the ghost of a ship was a sobering experience for both me and my husband. Thinking of all those men, away from their families for months at a time, sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific, always on alert from weather or enemies... It really helped me appreciate my freedom and peace here in my homeland. I thank every person who has served, does serve, or will serve in defending and upholding their country.

Please do your part this weekend. Make some cards, make some artwork, visit a memorial, or just tell a military person "Thanks!" Don't forget to appreciate their hard work and sacrifices. Have a great holiday weekend!

Keep checking next week for more Blog Prizes from the Copic designers. Don't forget to leave a comment!!

321 comments:

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Jackie said...

I've been following the blog hop this weekend and will check out the rest of it this afternoon. I also posted the Cards for Heroes website on my blog and plan to start sending them cards next week!

Sharon said...

great card thanks for showing it. Great blog hop also

ccriscat said...

I think what you are doing is a great thing..my friend's husband is a marine artist and will be going back to Afghanistan next week. ..I do believe we need to encourage our soldiers and make these cards from the heart.
Chris Rauth

JennK said...

This is a great opportunity to win an awesome prize and help out a great service to help out our servicemen and women. Thank you

Yvette said...

I really love you story about your family. You are a master in cardmaking too!
Thanks,

Lorie said...

What a great post you have today! Thanks for sharing your family and fun card!

Perky Nihilist said...

Great card! I really love your blog.

Sandy said...

This is a wonderful blog. After Sandy mentioned it, I just had to come check it out! lol
You are a very talented card maker too!!!

Alyssa said...

Great cause and great blog hop! Thanks for the chance and for always sharing your insight and inspiration! :o)

lauren said...

Gosh girl... LOVE the card you made! Great stamp set you are giving away! And my personal fav: the heritage photo! :)

resmith said...

Great card!! Since my family has been a military family it is hard to forgot all the sacrifice they do for their country and family. Thanks for sharing your story.

SueB said...

I just pulled together 25 or so of my cards to send to this great organization this a.m. and posted a fav Memorial Day card on my blog here:
http://sueblondin.blogspot.com/2009/05/cards-for-heroes-blog-hop.html

Thanx for the t'riffic blog candy opp! Have a great weekend!

Susie said...

Great post Marianne. I've been hopping all around looking at many great cards. I totally support this effort. What a cool idea to have your son take that card to the recruiter's office.

horsebroad said...

I also visited the USS Alabama one year after Katrina, and I agree - a very sobering experience, walking the deck where soldiers were killed in battle. It makes you stop and appreciate what Memorial Day is all about. God Bless them.

LeAnne said...

Marianne, thanks for this wonderful post....I too am participating in the blog hop for CFH! Thanks for the little peek into your own family's military history!
LeAnne

paradise45 said...

Happy Memorial Day weekend! What a great way to show our servicemen and women that we care. Thanks for the chance to win and this wonderful blog hop!

Laura Pierce said...

I have also been sending cards to soldiers and love the opportunity to be able to help them out in some way. Great blog hop - glad I tuned in.

Mary C said...

What a wonderful way to let our sevice men and women know that we are thinking of them and want to help them out. I'll be sure to donate my cards that are sitting doing nothing to them so they can be put to good use.

tjupton said...

I have been searching for somewhere to send cards to the military. Thank you for posting this so I can send out the boxes of cards I've collected.

AzKisses73 said...

Great card and great story. Thanks for sharing.. Thanks for the opportunity to win an awesome prize.
Have a safe and happy Memorial weekend.

lovingmytwoboys said...

I LOVE Copics and glad I found your blog through the hop! great job!

Karen said...

Wonderful card! Great job honoring our military! What a wonderful message to go along with it. {{cheers}}

Anita said...

Awesome stamp set! Beautiful card!
anitamocha@sbcglobal.net

Mrs. Incredible said...

Thanks for supporting our troops!

iring said...

Thanks for sharing your story and "manly" card! It was a pleasure to hop in. Thanks for the inspiration to go make some cards!

Cindi

leenda said...

What a great idea to take a card to the local recruiting office! I'm sure it made their day! I know I have cards I can send to Cards for Heroes.

Dawn said...

Wow, what a cool old pic! That is great to have! Happy Memorial day!

jmille7332 said...

Very nice card!

Carolyn Miller

Sandy said...

Wow, Marianne, what a great post!! Love your card, and glad to hear it's going to the recruiters office! I may have to drop off a thankyou note at one that's across from my fave paper store (a good excuse to go shopping, eh? lol) Thanks so much for supporting the cause!!

Nancy said...

great card! do the figurines go with it? ;-)
thanks for participating!

Angelartistok said...

Great card and stamp set! Thanks for all you do to help our troops.

jeffamy said...

Thank you!

Karrie O. said...

Hi Marianne,

Love the digi camo card!! Thanks for sharing your family story and giving an AWESOME give-away!! Keep creating and giving!!

Have a SWWET and SAFE Memorial Day Weekend!!

Sarah said...

LOVE your card!! Great camo!

Suz said...

Happy Memorial Day. Thanks so much for supporting this great cause. Your masculine card is fantastic!

christy sheffield said...

Great card! I love the camo paper - it's perfect for guys.

Heather said...

Wow that tan color scheme is really striking!! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself on your blog!

Susan said...

I'm lovin' the blog - thanks for sharing all the great tips! My granddad was military - anything we can do to support our military heroes is a very good thing!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

What a very lovely card and post!! I've just learned of this and will be sending cards in more often now!! :) Thanks for sharing and your support!!

Jan aka StampQn said...

Great cards, thanks for sharing.

Lisa Renéa said...

Thank you so much for your inspirational post and the fab
man-card! Love the fact your ds will be giving to the local rec office! Thanks for supporting CFH!

Nancy said...

How interesting!
Your cards are awesome!

Crafty Creations by Cindy and Maria said...

Great card. Thanks for all the other stories on your post too!

Merry's Musings said...

Amazing digital photo, just super. Wonderful post, and yay, a givaway. Happy Memorial Day Weekend :0)

Kerri said...

Your card is just AWESOME!!! My boys also love anything camo and would go NUTS over a card like this! Thanks for sharing!!!

Renee said...

I really like your cards...and your stamp set is great....if I get lucky I see a lot of use for it in card making!

Have a great weekend!!!

Martha said...

Love your card and I especially love the idea of taking the card to the recruiting office. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Lida said...

Your card is so original and what a sweet gesture of your son!

mumgranny said...

Thank you for showing us your card Marianne and for the chance to win blog candy. I love making my cards for heroes.

Phinny said...

Fun! So happy to be doing the blog hop for such a good cause with such a great, generous group of talented peeps! *smile*

Annie said...

Great stamps ! Canadian soldiers are in Afganistan too! These stamps can be adapted for Canada's "support the Troops' programs.
Enjoy your long weekend - summer begins.

Sue McGettigan said...

Cute card - love the photo of your ancestor too! Happy Memorial Day to you :)

JPScraps said...

Thank you for sharing your story. I love the card you made.

.:liza:. said...

Great card & wonderful idea to take it by the recruiting office!

Margaret Kane Ward said...

My son-in-law is active duty Navy. I served in the US Army. Your efforts are appreciated and inspirational.

Connie said...

This is a fabulous stamp set! I just love patriotic cards - it is such a nice way to show love for our wonderful country. Thanks for the awesome chance to win and for your support for Cards for Heroes. They deserve the best!

Nancyljk said...

Wonderful post!
Thanks for supporting our heroes,
Marine Mom

scrappingnana said...

My husband is retired from the US Army & my son was in the Marines. I think it is wonderful that everyone is supporting our troops now. They definitely need it and our prayers. Thanks for the chance to win these great stamps and the copics. I haven't tried the copics yet and would love to win some.

Susan said...

The Cards for Heroes group works so hard to get cards to these men. How wonderful that you have posted it there too. Your blog is a continous source of great information for me. Thanks for all you do!

Eric said...

Cards are always wonderful for the troops. Thanks for doing it.
Cheryl (Marine Wife)

Lucy, England said...

Great card.

Stampin_melissa said...

Thanks for sharing about your family. I appreciate the gift of their service. My DH, DB (dear brother) and DS (dear sister) are all Army and I am a 10 year Army veteran so I always love the patriot cards. I do love this stamp set as well! I'm going to have to find that designer paper!! :D

Latisha said...

What a fantastic card and stamp set. My hubby is actually gone right now (helo pilot). This set is so perfect to make patriotic cards with.

DominoDebi said...

ike your card. I hope you make more. Thank you for letting us see your card. Love, Gigi Nolan (age 7)

[as typed by her Mommy, Deborah, at dominodebi.typepad.com]

Purple Princess said...

Wonderful card!!

TLHarwick said...

Thanks for taking the time and participating! As the spouse of a deployed solider (who just last week complained to me about standing in line at the makeshift PX to only find graduation and birthday cards), I can say with certainty that the cards they are sent are appreciated! I am definately planning on becoming involved so no other wives must be the receiver of a "made" card (DH said that since he couldn't get me a card, he made one! will be interesting!)

Thanks again for your time and effort!

Loni said...

wow, what a great Blog Hop... I may have to break down and get some of these nifty markers.

Melissa said...

I am so glad to have found your blog through this hop!

Mimi said...

I just asked my friends if they'd like to make cards for our troops after follow the link you have on you blog page. We just might do it. Thanks!

Lynn said...

Love your card! Thanks for helping with this event!

Nancy said...

What an amazing story, Marianne! We do well to remember our ancestors and our current service men who make the freedom we have possible. Thanks for the reminder! Great card!!

Jennifer said...

Awesome card and thanks for doing a RAK!

S said...

Clean and simple you say? I think not. The card is nothing short of fabulous.

Brenda said...

Great card! Thank you for all of your tips and inspiration. I love coming to your site to get all the helpful info you post.

Teresa said...

I enjoyed reading about your families involvment in the military and what a great photo! I have a bunch of cards made to send to Cards for Heroes, will get them out in the mail.

Andrea said...

what a wonderful thing that you are all doing for your soldiers. congratulations

KelliStamps4U said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your story!

TN Granny said...

Oh Marianne I have tons of cards and would love to donate them to the Hero's, the men and women of the armed forces. I love making cards for them and would love to be able to contribute.
God Bless,
JEanine

Ferah said...

Your card is great, and, even cooler, are the GI Joes hanging around it! This is a great hop. Thanks for being part of it.

LadyDoc said...

WOW- great post! Your card is terrific, the story about your son was nice, and the info about your ggfather was fascinating- thanks for sharing the picture!

I'm trying to do my little bit for CFH. I have added a link to this blog hop and embedded the CHF youtube video on my blog. I hope it brings many more people to participate in this wonderful group.

Thanks for all you do!

stampinwithblythe.com said...

Marianne, thanks so much for your inspiring blog entry. Question: if I can't color with markers/pencils very well now, will I be able to when I use the Copic Markers? That would make me one happy camper! :) ~Blythe, Mi Wuk Village, CA

Rebecca said...

I love the army guys posed around your card ;) My son loves camo, too. That's a great guy's card!

Jennifer said...

thanks for participating! great site.

sideoats + scribbles said...

Wow, love this! And love your blog! I'll be back! :)

Doris said...

What a wonderful story and card. TFS

PaperParadise said...

Love the color combo's!! Great cards for a great cause on a great blog!

Sammi said...

Great card and a very worthy cause!

Thanks for sharing about your fmaily too! :)
Sammi
xxx

mybugandi said...

Hi, this is my first time blogging! I saw your advertisement for the Cards for Heroes and had to sign up. I did not know we had this option. I think its a wonderful idea and will certainly be making cards soon! i also just learned about copic markers about two weeks ago on the MFT website. I purchased the flesh tone markers and found them absolutely wonderful. Thank you.

Yvonne said...

Simple card says a lot. No need for more

Cathy Indelicato said...

Awesome - love your work!

Victoria S. said...

Wow what an awesome story about your ancestor! You are so right - we need to remembern and thank those who have served for our freedom!

marilyn said...

Love the card and the stamps! We owe so much to our military!

scrapper al said...

Thanks for participating in the bloghop. Love the card you made.

Anita said...

What a great "man card"!

Daintry said...

How cool to have such a great picture of your relative! Thanks for sharing, and for the card idea's! I love the "manly" card!!

Cassie said...

I've heard really great things about the copic markers, but haven't had the opportunity to try them. I'll keep my eye out in the stores.

carpediem said...

Happy Memorial Day! Great idea for a blog hop!

Aimee said...

awesome card and stamps... loving the blog hop.

Britiney said...

Awesome stamps! Thanks for a chance to win!

{VICKI} said...

GREAT CARD

joscelyne cutchens said...

I'm glad I stopped by, thanks for doing your part to support our military! :)

Sara said...

What a great card and thanks for the opportunity to win!

I love CFH and am proud as well to be part of the hop-it's so important that we all get together and encourage those who serve our country!

Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend!

xoxo
Sara

Lynda said...

Great card, Marianne! Thank you to all those who serve or have served. We Remember!

Verda said...

Thanks for the info on the Cards for Heroes. Sounds like it might be a very nice way of helping those who help protect us. Love the stamp set.

Diane S said...

Thanks for being part of the blog hop!

Cr8ive ME said...

great card. I'm sure the recruiting office will definitely appreciate it.

And Thank God we are so blessed to be in a country where our soldiers defend our freedom.

M.E.

gettyg said...

Well done on your card!
I added your site to my Google Reader!
Long live our Heroes!
~ginny

Janice said...

Great card, I loved the camo feel to it!

Pat said...

We wouldn't be living where we do and how we are accustomed with these heroes of yesterday and today. We need to remember them not only on the holidays but everyday! thank you for reminding us, and sharing with us Marianne!

Pat

mica said...

This is such a beautiful card! Love your blog!

Lisa said...

I looooove this card!! Wow! Just amazing work. Your post was superb and really illustrated why we're doing what we're doing today with the CFH bloghop.

primethyme said...

Love your card! Please keep on supporting CFH - they are such an amazing group. I am inspired by how all the bloggers support each other too! Have an amazing weekend.

Marcy Kaminski

Kathy said...

What a wonderful post! I'm loving this bloghop and have vowed to start making cards - what a great way we can all help out.

BonnieRose said...

thks for participating... happy mem day weekend!

Dani said...

Great masculine card. I think it's perfect!

Dana said...

love your card. It is wonderful!

ML Design Works said...

Great post! And a little boy will love getting this card from his mommy or daddy! Thank you so much for participating!

Bekah's World said...

I love the color scheme!

Stacy Milford said...

what a COOL camo card! Thanks for the chance @ scrappy goodies!!!

Christina Thomas said...

Great card! Thank you for sharing!

Roxie said...

Love the card and thanks for supporting our troops!

Angi said...

This is beautiful!! TFS, I love the way you did this image

Wendy said...

This is such an exciting event!

Diana said...

Love the camo paper! Too cool!

Pamela Gibson said...

wow fun, i'm not american but i love the stars

NanaBeth said...

Awesome card-I'm like you have a very hard time adding frillies to a guy card. This is perfect.
This hop is incredible-a very moving experience. Thanks to all of you for supporting our troops.

Paula said...

what a neat stamp set and what you are doing for the soldiers and sailors is wonderful. We also do a card making day every three months for our GI's. Thanks for sharing.

charli said...

That pic of your ancestor is awesome! And I love the "manly" card.

Whispers and Wishes said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us in addition to your cards. I love your cards and I spent a little extra time on your site as this one is new to me. Great Things and I will be back to see more.

NeseScott said...

I love the stamp set.I am retired Air Force and this set would be great for some of my scrapbook layouts.

Carole RB said...

I love your crd Marianne

inkedx2 said...

Love that designer paper. What a cute card it made. Thanks for sharing!

Robbie

Chris said...

What a moving tribute to military people and your card is wonderful!

paula said...

Nice card!!!! Thanks for supporting our troops!

StampinginKansas said...

Love the card! Believe it or not....but I don't own any copics!!! GASP! I hope to change that soon.

Lisa said...

Great post and the card is perfect. Have a happy & safe weekend.

Charlotte said...

I love your desert themed card for the hop! I think it looks great on a card ;) I also love that you live in Eugene where my sister lives. Thanks for doing what you do.

txbluiz said...

what a great stop for the blog hop!!!

Carolyn said...

I love the card, I love that it is different. The stamp set is great, too. Thanks so much for all you do.

ceashark at aol dot com

The Wired Angel said...

Marianne - thanks for sharing your story about your family. My son left for Boot Camp last Tuesday and this blog hop is so timely and gave me such a lift..

I hope you come to KC for cert classes soon!! I've been checking religiously! - An avid follower

Rebecca Ednie said...

Interesting stories about your relatives. Have a great long weekend.

Terra5 said...

My boys love the digi camo background too. I think it reminds them of my old Atari that my husband rebuilt!! I love your card and the way you staged it with the little soldiers.
Thank you,
Terry F.

danieldyment said...

Great Card! :_

Shirley said...

Am really enjoying the Blog Hop. I have visited your site many times for inspiration. Am so glad that you are participating for such a good cause. Thanks also for the blog candy.
Shirley L.
shirlee@surewest.net

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

Great card! I'm sure they'll LOVE IT!

Nazhiyath said...

Didn't know what a blog hop was - cool!

Shirley said...

I love your card, it is just perfect for a man and what a wonderful cause. We cannot thank our men and women enough for all they do for our country.

LyndenMomof2 said...

I too am loving this blog hop. Thank you so much for making cards for out troops. After college, my son hopes to serve in out military and so this means a lot to me that total strangers would take time out of their busy lives to make cards. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

marshan said...

Loving the blog hop! Love that stamp set too. I've had your blog bookmarked for quite awhile, and was thrilled to see it in the blog hop.

Diane M said...

Marianne,
You've created a great set to honor the men and women in the military.

Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

Diane M
aka detour3 on SCS, PCP, & STV

AxeS DeSignS said...

Thanks for making cards for heros... I'll continue following the hop...

nsmerkt said...

Great card...digi camo. Never heard of such. I loved the old pic and the story behind it. Amazing men and women who have served our country. Thank you. Off to the next blog.

Donna said...

This is a wonderful cause, we can never show too much support. Thanks for getting the word out for Cards for Heroes- this is my first encounter.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

beautiful card!
Thank you for supporting CFH and have a wonderful Memorial Weekend! :)

Far North said...

Thanks for the inspiration! Your comments made me realize I could make a few thank you cards to drop off at our Vets office (in the building where I work) for them to use after all their busy activities this weekend.

Thanks so much for all your support to CFH and our miliratry.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Great card and thanks for a chance to win.

KraftyKerilou said...

WHat a great card, and a great idea to take it to the recruiting office!! The stamp set is beautiful, you did a great job with it, and so generous to offer it to a reader!!
Kerilou

Jerri Sue said...

our men ans women serving out country. I will start sending them cards soon as the PO opens up.

katrynka said...

Thanks for supporting such a great cause!

Alfred Gallardo said...

Wow, interesting Family history. Nice card BTW...

PaulaM said...

What a wonderful story of the sacrifices of your family members. The card you made is just perfect for our military men too. LOVE it!! And the set you created - wow! Thanks.

cgargus said...

My son-in-law is a Marine. I am so proud of him. Supporting our military is something we all have to do, especially now. The sacrifices of these men and women, and their families, is tremendous. They are all heros.

P Myers said...

What a great way to help our men and women in the service. I will be going to the Cards for Heroes website next so I can sign up.
I enjoy your blog and htanks for the cance to win.

dmurray407 said...

Cards for Heros is a great organization! My son spent a year in Iraq and mail was so important to he and his family and friends. Sometimes there's just not a lot of new stuff to talk about, but a card to just let someone know that you are thinking about them is great!

I love the colors in your card-my sone is now an ary recruiter and I think He would love something like that on his desk!

Becky said...

Thanks for what you are doing. I have been sending cards to soldiers for quite some time now (since my step-son was stationed in Iraq), both as cards of encouragement, and also for the troops to send home. I have a box to send now, so thanks for the reminder.

Maggie said...

Thank you for supporting the Cards for Heroes blog hop. You have a wonderful family military history. Sounds like your son might carry on the tradition. I enjoyed your card.

Krafty said...

This is a great cause. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. This will be my inspirational goal for the rest of the year!

And thanks for the blog candy too.

Faith said...

Thank you so much for sharing your card and the Stamp Set... It's a wonderful set!!! Love this blog hop that everyone is doing... It sure gets the message out....

Thanks again,
Faith

mclesliemom said...

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all. We saw the rehearsal for the concert that will be on PBS tonight. The concert is very moving and if you are home I highly recommend watching.

Tammy said...

What a wonderful card! Thank you for sharing your story. Fantastic stamp set for creating cards for CFH! :)

Scrappinangler said...

Great card for a great cause! My Father and my nephew both served in the military and I am so proud to have family that brave! What a beautiful set of stamps! I have a stack of cards I need to send them! :)

Alyce said...

My father was also a Navy man. I will be checking out the Cards for Heros. Sounds like something that I would like to partake in.
Thanks for the chance to win this great set of stamps.

Katie said...

Love the masculine card! The stamps you designed are great too! TFS! And to all those in the military or with family in the military, thanks for your sacrifice! Katie

Janet said...

Your card is so wonderful. What a great idea to use the camo colors!

SueD said...

I have gotten into the habit of saying, "Thank you for serving our country" everytime I see a military person. It makes me feel good and usually brings a smile to their face.
SueD

liannallama said...

wow! your blog hit a home-run today (as usual, LOL!) I love everything you shared--your card and stamps are wonderful and I adore vintage photos so I am in blog heaven!

Melissa said...

I love your card! can't wait to see what everyone else made.

Angie Marion said...

I love this new stamp set! and the card!

MomtoAngelEmma said...

What a great idea to send a card to the recruiting office. I am new to cardmaking, but I am going to check out Cards for Heros.

Dorrie said...

Great card and cause! Looking forward to checking out the rest of the blog hop.

myownplace said...

Thanks for the chance to win and for such a great cause, too.

Maskedwoman said...

What a neat card! I recently found the cards for heroes website, too, and plan on sending them cards as well. I think it's a great cause!

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

What a great thing you all are doing! Thank you!

jenniferlynnhansen at yahoo dot com

TammyT said...

I think it is great how you are supporting the troops. It is so important for us to let the soldiers know how they are appreciated for their sacrifice. Most of my family have been in the military at one time or another. Thank you.

Sheri said...

A wonderful opportunity to make cards for those who need them most. Thanks for the opportunity to win as well!

Lost in Paper said...

LOVE this card! I don't think I'd have thought of using these colors, but they're great!!!

Danielle said...

Thanks girl for doing this. My brother just left to go to Kuwait a little over a month ago, and left from Kuwait to go to Iraq this past week. You don't realize how many people over there have no one writing to them. No one to write to. I feel that if they are risking their lives to protect ours, then we should do what we can to help them. You don't have to support any war, to support our soldiers :) Hopefully, my brother will be able to call soon, and as soon as I get his address I will be posting it.

Thank you so much for raising awareness and participating!
Blessings~~~Danielle Wycough

msfreida said...

What a heart-warming post you have today! I am honored to share my cards with our servicemen/women. It is because of them I am able to continue my passion of card making. We owe each of them, and their families, so much! I pray for peaceful times around the world and a safe return for our heroes. God bless America!

knag said...

Thank you for sharing your family's story. What a wonderful card you designed, and the Cards for Heroes is a great service!

Sharron said...

I enjoyed your family stories.....thank you so much for sharing. We do need to be reminded of those who fought so that we could be free.
Great manly card too!

Elaine said...

Marianne, how lucky you have great information about your father's and grandfather's service history! that's wonderful and cool that you have a photo as well! :)

Carolyn said...

wow, I am loving the card and the stamp set. Looks like your ancestors really had patriotic blood. Thanks for sharing.

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Atticelf said...

The bloghop is an amazing event and my family will celebrate Memorial Day by making cards for CFH. I look forward to being a CFH contributor!

Sandy said...

I received great inspirations from your card, thanks.

reeree62 said...

Great card, Marianne. Thanks for a chance at winning this set. Memorial Day blessings to all!

Traci said...

Amazing card! I think this is such a great cause. As a previous military person I really understand what this cards mean to our military!

Diana said...

Thank you so much for your Memorial Day post...I can't thank our service men and women enough for all the sacrifices they've made for our country. Your words brought tears to my eyes.

craftyteaspoon said...

Thank you for sharing this. My daughter made several cards 2 years ago for soldiers at a military hospital but they were all returned because we sent them to anyone and not a specific person (I did not tell her they were returned, though, she put her heart into those cards and I'd rather she keep thinking she made someone smile). This will be perfect because we can make 2 people smile! The soldier and the recipient. Thank you again!!!!

Judy said...

I like your card, Marianne! Great camo colors.......of course matched with Copics. Love those markers!
Happy Memorial Weekend!

Peggy said...

I just found the blog hop this morning. I really love that this effort is out there.

Last year, I spearheaded card donations through an employee whose boyfriend was a serviceman who told her stories of the number of depressed military men who never got mail from family (That broke my heart!)

I decided to bring in supplies to the office and we made 150 cards over a few lunch hours to send to her boyfriend to anonymously address with a sad soldier's name.

He said the look of surprise and delight at finally getting mail was amazing. They never knew he was the one trying to cheer them on.

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