Saturday, May 28, 2011

Swimming in the Tropics for Operation Write Home's Memorial Day Bloghop



Welcome to this stop on Operation Write Home's Memorial Day Bloghop 2011. This is my third year participating...thanks so much for joining us in celebrating!!! Our family is so proud and grateful for all of our men and women serving in the armed forces. My brother-in-law was deployed to Afghanistan in April. So we are keeping ourselves busy making cards and sending care packages.

I have gone TROPICAL with this "Miss You" card. My "LITTLE Sister" was married Christmas of 2009 in Hawaii and is now officially part of Hawaii's Army National Guard unit. Since this is a 5 x 7 card, I mounted it to foldout pocket card that I stitched pages into. I sent this off to my Lil' Sister so she can write a special something to send to her hubby overseas. We actually got to spend Christmas with them and our whole family this past Christmas in Chicago. I describe more in length about this card later in the post...


My Little Sister is 10 years my junior and nearly a foot taller than me. This photo is from her deployment ceremony that was in Fort Lauderdale last January. A last minute surprise and change of plans by her unit -AND- it was so wonderful I was able to see her off from where I live.

**BLOG CANDY** I will be having a RAK giveaway of goodies from comments left between now and June 1st. Good luck!!!

Keep on hopping! The next stop is
with Laura at
Scrappin' Daphne


Have a happy & safe Memorial Day Weekend! If you have ended up here in the middle of the hop, click Operation Write Home Memorial Day Bloghop to get back to the top of the hop!!!

{{ artful hugs }} : ) Sb

ABOUT THE CARD...

I have recently joined the Design Team over at Unscripted Sketches. This is one of my favorite creations to date using Sketch it Saturday's sketch #106. I have been excited to use this Stampendous "Sushi Bowl Party" stamp set I got on clearance, and have left it out on the dining room table to remind me & this sketch was the perfect use. I combined this with flourishes from a tropical stamp set and sentiment from a dollar stamp set from one of the craft stores.

I stamped the fish bowl on patterned water paper and added more depth with markers blended with water brush pens. I also stamped images on recycled film {acetate} with Staz-on and colored the flourish with marker. I layered this on top of the blue fishbowl for depth. Between the layers is a fish and heart on hook from the same "Sushi Bowl Party" set. I added black embroidery floss coming out of the bowl to the top of the card.

The pineapple patterned paper is Basic Grey and is so fun and tropical. The stamped flourishes are accented with pink marker. This card just screams "PINA COLADA"!!!

67 comments:

KellyRae said...

Wonderful card! And I like how you added pages to it so your sister could write LOTS to her hubby.

Louise Fox said...

This is a wonderfully whimsical card. The colors are bright and happy. Really like your card. Blessings.

Redonna said...

Great card. I know your sister had to love it. Send my heartfelt appreciation to her and her husband for their service to our country.
TFS,
Redonna
rleckie911@gmail.com

Operation Write Home said...

Cute cute fishie card!!

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Love the card and your sharing about your sister! May God bless you both!
Blessings!

Brandy and Andie said...

You made a lovely card, but frankly the charming picture of you with your "little" sister steals the show. I pray that God will watch over her, bless her and keep her.

Misty said...

LOL! I love it & i am still giggling!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Yesterday's Echo Scrapbooks said...

Great paper choices!!!

Shelly said...

very cute! I especially like the fish!

Crystal said...

This card is so cute, I just love that little fish and the colors you used!

AllisonG said...

Love the colors and the fun feeling of this card

Jennifer Scull said...

I think this is such a cute card! perfect for your sister! :)

Amanda said...

Love the fish and the colors. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend :)

KarenS said...

What a fun card! Hope your sister stays safe and returns home soon.

Missy said...

Your card is wonderful, love it!

Tiffany Temple said...

How sweet! I loved the card before I knew the story behind it. Now, I'm bonkers over the card!! Thanks for sharing and especially thanks for sharing the touching photo. Blessings to you and your family! Happy Hopping!

Patricia H said...

Very cute! :)
Thank you to your sister and her husband for their service to our country.

sandy said...

So cute!! Love it!!

One Scrappy Gal said...

Cute card. But more importantly, thanks for your sacrifice. The whole family serves!

Rhonda Miller said...

Your card is so great. I love all the bright happy colors. TFS.

Trish said...

Cute card

Jan Hunnicutt said...

wonderful card! It was nice to see your photo of you and your sister too! Happy hopping and have a great Memorial Day weekend

Cheryl said...

Great card! I love this little fishy and your paper choices.



--Cheryl--

Kajikit said...

Very cute card. I'm sure your sis and her dh will love it.

...Darlene said...

Welcome to the tropics! Way cool fishy card...love the colors. Thank you for sharing on the blog hop.

Meg Bean said...

Cute card! I bet her husband loved it!

Nancy M said...

Very cute! Thanks to your family for the service and sacrifice!
and for the candy
RBBRRMQN at YAHOO dot COM (mine is easier to read in caps)

Sylvia said...

Love your card, too cute. Have a wonderful weekend.

Yolanda said...

Love those flourishes!

Shell said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful card. It really does scream Pina Colada!

Paula S. said...

What a fun, summery card. I like the colorful print and all the scrollwork. What an awesome pic of you and your sis too! Thanks for supporting OWH and hopping this weekend.

littlebitoftoto said...

Such cool colors....nice card..
Yippee...candy too...

tlfletcher at embarqmail dot com

Becca Sadler said...

Darling card! The whimsy will delight the giver and the receiver!

Diane Clark-Sutton said...

Cute fish card.

Linda said...

Great card. Love the colors...so whimsical!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Love the whimsy, too. . . .

Karen Howard said...

Wonderful missing you card! Thanks for sharing and joining in the bloghop! Hugs, Karen

Nancy Keller said...

OH! Thanks for sharingthe story about you and your sister. . . best wishes to her. . . I love your card too. Thank you for sharing!!!

Lillian Child said...

What a delightful card! And I am now a follower of your blog. So very nice to meet you!

This is one hop I look forward to EVERY year and I sincerely appreciate your participation. My husband is a decorated Vietnam veteran and it's such a pleasure to honor those men and women serving our country in whatever capacity. Our heartfelt thanks go out to them AND to their families at home. Happy Memorial Day!

http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

Sandi said...

I love this card it is so bright and full of energy! Thank you fo rsharing your lovely story!

Julie said...

Lovely card, Susan! I love the paper you chose.

newsonata said...

love the card and especially love the picture of you and your sister!

JPScraps said...

sweet card. Thanks for sharing.

Scrapacat said...

Awesome card, and terrific story about your sister. I put extra pages in my cards, too. Thanks for being part of the hop!

Seongsook Duncan said...

So cute and nice card. Love the images. Thanks for your sister's service.

Kelly said...

This card is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! =)

Marsha said...

Cute card and what a wonderful pic of you and your sister.

Joanne Travis said...

What a fabulous card!
May God bless and protect your sister while she is away and may He see her safely home to you again. Have a very blessed Memorial Day!

Sprytebyrd said...

This is a wonderful card! I love this stamp set, so much fun!
Hugs,
Dee

Heather Grow said...

Your fish card is so cute. TFS.

B-Jo said...

Please thank your sister for her service!!! Loving all the fun cards, your included!

helloholley said...

How cute.....love that lil' fishy ;)

Christine said...

great card - thanks for sharing and thanks to you, your sis and bro-in-law for your service

rstuck2003 said...

Please thank your sister and brother-in-law for me. Your card is great, thanks for sharing.

NanaBeth said...

What a great card-and I so enjoyed reading about you and your sister.Blessings and best wishes to both of you for long happy lives.

Juliana T said...

what a fun card! I love the goldfish image and the colors.

jonder at frontier dot com

http://julianaspapercrafts.blogspot.com/

SueB said...

that cute fish looks like he's straight out of Pinnochio - thanx for the inspiration!
- SueB of Blondin Blogs
sue dot blondin at gmail dot com

Ann said...

Wonderful card!! Thank you to your sister for her servive!!
bam7462 at gmaildotcom

Amy said...

Super sweet card!! LOVE that fish and fishbowl!! Wonderful design...

Thanks so much for sharing your card and supporting OWH!! :)

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
and Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog ($50 GIVEAWAY going on NOW!!)
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

Amy Macak said...

very cute card, I'm sure your sister and her husband will love it

sharon said...

I see a card for a sailor! My brother retired from the Navy, my nephew is a Marine and I am msrried to a former AirForce. Missed the Army. LOL! The card is adorable and your laying of color is wonderful.
Sharon L
sharon dot lemon @ sbcglobal dot net

Anonymous said...

thanks for taking part in the blog hop! your fishbowl card is CUTE and colorful!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Lisa - papergrace said...

Fun, bright & colorful! I'm sure this will be much appreciated. Please thank your sister and her husband for their service.

Adele said...

Beautiful work with a lot of detail. You are very talented.

Susan said...

LOVE that fishbowl! great card :)
Please thank your sister and BIL for serving from hubs and I!

Happy Memorial day!
Susan

lisastuf said...

Ahhh! I LOVE this card! So adorable!
You are very talented. I wish I could think of cool stuff like this!
Thanks for some great inspiration!
Please tell you Sister I said "Thank-you" for her service to this Country!
Lisa H.
lisastuf.blogspot.com
lisastuf at gmail dot com

Dolores A said...

Terrific card! Love that fishbowl, etc. Cleverly done!
TFS

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