Saturday, May 23, 2009

Welcome to my stop on the Cards For Heroes Blog Hop


Thanks Lisa!

I'm so thrilled to be a part of this special day and to help to get the word out about Cards for Heroes and their very important cause. If you happened to have stumbled onto my blog in the middle of the Hop, please visit The Memorial Day Blog Hop to start at the beginning.

I only wish CFH was around when my husband served oversees, I would have loved to have received a handmade card from him during our time apart. Not only am I a former dependent wife (USMC) but I was also born on Traditional Memorial Day. I've always held a special place in my heart for this holiday with it's rich meaning honoring our Military Personnel of past and present.

So for me, it's all about saying Thank You to those who serve! I made a card with a peek through window which has a star suspended by string. I strayed from the typical red white and blue by using rust, cream and blue instead. I hope you enjoy!



And here's a glimpse of the inside. I added a strip of paper vertically then added some fun details to hold the message, then I ran it through a quick stitch on my sewing machine.



Here's a close-up for you of the suspended star. I ran a string between the two layers of the star, then I poked a hole in the top and bottom of the circle, threaded the string and secured the ends with Glossy Accents. The paper rings hide the small holes.


Hero Arts Supplies:

Other Supplies
Blue Paper and Buttons: Basic Grey, Beige Dot paper: Bo Bunny, Corrugated paper: The Paper Company, Circles cut by: QuicKutz Silhouette, Journal Tag: Heidi Swapp, string and sewing supplies.

The next stop on the hop (which I happen to be very partial to) is the Hero Arts Club Blog. Hero Arts is doing a giveaway today PLUS on Monday we are having a very special treat! You've just got to check it out.



Happy Hopping!

174 comments :

Kerry said...

Your card is stunningly beautiful Shari! Thank you for sharing about what these cards mean to you from personal experience too.

Melissa said...

This is awesome. I love it.

jana said...

Oh man. What a cool card. I have SO been looking forward to your entry and you did not disappoint. :-)

sideoats + scribbles said...

Hiya Shari! I just KNEW your card would be in non-trad colors -- LOVE how you do that! :) Love what you did with the star + that second pic is fabulous with the shadow! Hugs! :)

Nancyljk said...

Beautiful card, Shari! I just love the unique creativity you bring to all you do. Thanks for your support of our military!
I'm a Marine mom; my son is currently serving in Iraq.

Sara said...

Gorgeous card!!! I love it :)

xoxo
Sara

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card, Shari. Love the spinning star!

AzKisses73 said...

Your card is amazing. You are very talented.. Thanks for sharing.. ♥

Karrie O. said...

Hi Shari,

Awesome card!! Love stars!! Keep creating and giving!!

Have a SWEET and SAFE Memorial Day Weekend!!

Sandy said...

Very unique! I have never seen a card like this. Love, love, love it!!!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOW!! Such a stunning creation!! Just love the dangling stars!! TFS!!

Lisa said...

I absolutely adore this card! I don't sew on cards (I'm sewing incapable), but this makes me want to learn! :)

Yvette said...

love the hanging star...great idea!

Karen said...

Wonderful card! Great job honoring our military! {{cheers}}

Karen said...

Love the card. I am always amazed at your creations.

Mrs. Incredible said...

Great; love the gratitude for those who serve!

KraftyKerilou said...

What a cute card! I like the non traditional colors! That star is adorable!
Kerilou

christy sheffield said...

This card is so beautiful and fun! Love the twirling star!

JPScraps said...

Fantastic card! I'll be trying the hanging star.

Purple Princess said...

Gorgeous card! Love it!

Merry's Musings said...

Beautiful, what a lot of work went into your beautiful creation. I am so glad I stopped by!Happy Memorial Day weekend

Lida said...

Love how you suspended the star very cute, awesome card Happy Memorial Day!

iring said...

Love the colors and the inside is just as nice as the outside! Thanks for sharing your card so I could hop in!

Cindi

Nancy said...

Wow! I really like your card!!

Martha said...

Brilliant idea of the suspended star in the window! I love the colors you chose and know this will be a card cherished by the lucky person who receives it.

Lisa Renéa said...

Your card is fabulous!! Many thanks to you and your dh for your service and sacrifice for our country. My own Pop, Gunny was a 20 year USMC. Semper Fi! Thank you so much for participating in the CFH program and the blog hop! BTW your 'Cede is one beautiful furbabe!

Stacy Milford said...

Very clever card!

Suz said...

What a great card! I love how you made the inside just as special as the outside

Dawn said...

Great card...wow, fantastic! Thanks be to your hubby for serving! God Bless you!

Kerri said...

This is SO cute! I LOVE how creatively you did the star with string. The non-traditional colors were a GREAT addition too.

Heather said...

Love, love, love the window in the front with the star-- so clever!!!

Bekah's World said...

That card is so creative! How fun!

.:liza:. said...

Such a fun card!!

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful card!

Renee said...

Fabulous card....love the detail on the star.

Daintry said...

Love it! The star is so cool! What a great idea!

Crafty Creations by Cindy and Maria said...

Beautiful!!

Marcy said...

awesome card! I've gotten such inspiration from all of you.

Marcy Kaminski

Phinny said...

Hi, Sheri! So good to see another kind of Hero(Arts) here, too!

Stunning card, as usual.

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

Judy said...

Great card, Shari! Love your style!
I happened to check your blog on Thursday.....so glad since I discovered the info about the CHF blog hop. I signed up for the hop, too.
Smiles,
judy

gettyg said...

Well done! And most important of all... Long live the Heroes!
~ginny

Tammy said...

What a beautiful card! I love the suspended star!

lauren said...

LOVES your card with the suspended star and thanks for all the close ups of details. More importantly, thank you for all you have done to support the military for our country!

DominoDebi said...

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

[as written by her Mommy, Deborah, at dominodebi.typepda.com]

Chelsea said...

awesome card ... love the spinner and your layout!

erin said...

Beautiful card and I love your personal connection to the cause!

TLHarwick said...

Love your cards! and as a spouse of a currently deployed solider I will say that I am sure someone will be very grateful to receive these! I will definately be looking into helping out, as DH just complained to me the other day that the only cards they have in their makeshift PX right now are graduation and birthday!

xoxo
Trish

Lucy, England said...

Wow - this is stunning. Love that star Shari.

Victoria S. said...

Love that card - love the stars and the spinning - cute cute!

Lynn said...

Happy Birthday weekend. Thanks for helping with this event. I am a military Mom. I know how something from home means to the soldiers.

LadyDoc said...

WOW! That is a fabulous card!

I have added a link to this blog hop and the CHF youtube video on my blog. I hope it brings many more people to participate in the wonderful group.

Thanks for all you do!

Loni said...

Great job; love the extra details.

Heather said...

Fabulous card! I love all the details!

Lydia said...

I LOVE your card - so warm and sweet.

My DH was USMC too.

:)

S said...

Thanks Shari for not only participating but also for teaching me the suspended star thingy. Very cute.

~Blythe said...

Very inspiring and interesting blog Shari. Thanks to this wonderful tour for introducing you to me. ~Blythe

Doris said...

I just love the non-traditional colors you've used. Realllly nice.

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous card! Have a wonderful memorial day weekend!

KelliStamps4U said...

Very creative! I love your card!!

Rebecca said...

I like the rust color and cream. It's a nice change up from the classic red and white. Beautiful card, and I love your words of inspiration!

Chris Millar said...

Such a fabulous card Shari!!! I'm so enjoying this hop!

PaperParadise said...

I love seeing all the beautiful cards! God Bless our troops!

HeathreP said...

Love the floating star! Great card - any hero will love to send it.

Cathy Indelicato said...

Awesome - what a great idea! Tfs

Anonymous said...

This is a really great card. I love the suspension of the star. Thanks for sharing.

Denise Wieger said...

Great Card. I loved the suspension of the card.

Jennifer said...

what a great card!!!

Anita said...

What a great card! I love all the added details.

Nancy said...

Such a pretty card!! Thank you for remembering our troops!
Now I've got to get creating!

Cr8ive ME said...

what a lovely card. Very stunning and I'm sure the soldier that receives it will truly enjoy it.

M.E.

mica said...

Great card! Love the stars on your card :)

Brit Swiderski said...

Your card is absolutely wonderful! I love how you cut out the window- I'm going to have to try that! Thanks for participating in the blog hop. :)

Adair said...

What a wonderful card! Great work!

paula said...

Your card is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

paula said...

great card!

Janice said...

Your card was so fabulous, great job!

Deb Neerman said...

Awesome card!!!

Sharron said...

Great card--very classy!

Diana said...

Darling card Shari!

Verda said...

Love the suspension card and the alternate colors are great.

Kathy said...

Your card is so wonderful! I love it!

Christina Thomas said...

Awesome card! Thank you for supporting our troops!

Dani said...

I think I remember us having the same birthday... May 30??? :) Happy almost birthday :) As a kid, I was always telling people my birthday was on Memorial Day, too. How funny! I REALLY like your card with the suspended star... going to have to try that very soon!

BonnieRose said...

what a neat card.. u inspire me!

ML Design Works said...

Very nice--I like the Kraft paper!

Dana said...

oh my word! What a beautiful card!

Roxie said...

Great card, so fun! Thanks for supporting our troops!

Susan McRae said...

Great card!

Sarosa said...

I love your unique color choice for your hero card. Really classy!

And as a new Navy mom, I especially appreciate your contribution!

Chris said...

I love your card. It's a wonderful tribute to some special people giving their all!

NanaBeth said...

I am totally blown away by all the creativity on this hop. What a wonderful use for your talents-blessings to all.

Carole RB said...

Nice card Shari

Whispers and Wishes said...

Shari,
Thanks for sharing your story and your card. That is really creative.

liannallama said...

wow! You have made an awesome card! Thanks so much for the idea and construction tips. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Lisa said...

WOW--your card is amazing and so unique! Love it.

nsmerkt said...

Awesome card! I have never done one with a window or used string like that and LOVE the look. Must try something similar. Thanks for the inspiration! Off to the next blog! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Terra5 said...

Great idea suspending the star like that. Thanks for the inspiration.
Terry F.

The Wired Angel said...

This card is beautiful.. I might have to try this myself. Thanks so much for participating and sharing your story. Enjoy your holiday weekend

PaulaM said...

This card is AWESOME!! I especially love the suspended star. Thanks for participating in the hop. Blessings.

LyndenMomof2 said...

That is a beautiful card. Thank you.

AxeS DeSignS said...

Your card is so beautiful.. thanks for make cards for heros!

paliku said...

Shari,

I am enjoying the hop so much, and
getting to see such talented ladies in their work and blogs. I am a twice USMC Mom. I can relate to your sentiments for this good cause. I love the change up in colors of the flag, and how you hung the main star to have movement. Also the message inside and techinque is high-five! great.

Thank you,
Patti

Aliceh83 said...

Fabulous card, love the shadow that the spinner gave in the 2nd shot.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

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

Far North said...

Fabulous card Shari! Thanks for the inspiration...I think it is time to try a suspended card! Thank for all your support over the years to the military!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Really nice card!

Maggie said...

Great card. Our son is a Marine, home this weekend for a four day leave......yeahhhhh. Thank you for making cards for our heroes.

katrynka said...

Lovely card! Great cause.

I was just going through my craft stuff this am, and I think I have some cards to donate for this cause.

Nichol Magouirk said...

Girl, your card ROCKS! absolutely stunning (as if there was ever any doubt! ha!) Love you girl! WORD! ;)

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastci card! Love the spinning star! Very creative. Thanks for sharing!

Janet said...

That suspended star is so cool!

Kimberley Martini said...

I like the non-traditional colors that you used.

StampinCathy said...

This is one awesome card and just love the details you added.

Carolyn said...

absolutely gorgeous card. thanks for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

Atticelf said...

I'm a huge fan or your style. You make beautiful cards. (BTW, I was the Hero Arts winner that received your "Layers" book. Love it and the card you sent is wonderful!)

I think the blog hop is an amazing event. My family and I will celebrate Memorial Day by making some cards to pass along to the troops. Love this!

Faith said...

I LOVE your blog. First time here and I am coming back to check on more of your projects. Thanks so much for supporting the cards for heros....

Faith

Pam said...

Awesome card! Applause, applause!

shelly said...

Super pretty card. Love the star that moves!

vimill1 at aol dot com said...

Very pretty card. Love the suspended star!

lyndarmt said...

Love your card. The attention to detail inside and out is wonderful. Must try the floating element - thanks for the instructions. And thanks for your contributions to our service men and women.

Lysa said...

I love your card- that Stars set has just officially made it to my "must buy" list :)

Thanks for sharing!

sondra said...

Thanks so much for sharing!
Love love love your talent!

jtvakmt said...

Love the suspended card. Thanks for participating in this special project.

HoweverAlthough said...

WOW! I love it and truly admire the details. Great job!

Arlene said...

Great card - love the non-traditional colors too.

LETUMom said...

This card is awesome! Love the suspended star!

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Lots of fun with stars. I've always loved this hanging trick - it's always a big wow! Thanks for participating in the hop. I always find your blog inspiring. - Jean

Inkerbelle said...

Love your creation!

Beth Redding said...

Love this card! Very creative inside and out :)
Blessings,
Beth

kelly said...

LOVE your card!!!!!!!!!

kasmello said...

wow, that's a great idea. thanks for sharing

FibreJunky said...

I adore the details in your card!! I'm really going to have to try suspending a shape and I love the extra you did on the inside. It makes the card that much more special.

naomi_m said...

I love the way you suspended the star.

Chris said...

Fantastic spinner card...love your card and I know someone will really appreciate it. It's a great mission/service you are doing. Thanks!!

Sandy said...

WOW! I just love love love the star in the window Shari! This is so very beautiful, I love the idea of hiding the string with a ring too, how cool is that!

Thank you for your husband's service - and YOURS! The families at home serve and sacrifice too. We appreciate you!

Thanks for joining in this crazy wonderful bloghop!

Tami B. said...

Gorgeous card. So many special touches and I love your color scheme.

Caryl P said...

This card is absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing your story as well.

...Darlene said...

Love the card!

Leesa Berry said...

Thanks for sharing what this cause and the holiday means to you, it was very inspiring! Beautiful card for a great cause. We can never express our gratitude enough for these Brave Men and Women who serve!

Kay said...

I have found so many new blogs through this blog hop. Love your card and love your blog!

SuzAnn said...

very eye-catching card; love the non-traditional approach you took.

leenda said...

Most EXCELLENT artwork!! Love it!

stampscrapnbowl said...

Very nice! I like the interactivity of the card.

Anonymous said...

Great card! Love that is is 'nontraditional'

melody b

Regina said...

beautiful card!

Nena said...

Love, love, love your card! A very
blessed and worthy service person
will receive this. Thanks for the
extra special creation...makes you
want to make a card with that much
heart!!

About : sbartist said...

Happy Memorial Day! All of your cards are beautiful and thank you for your creativity and dedication to this great cause. We are proud and grateful for all who serve in the armed forces. : ) Sb

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Totally awesome! It's been a long time since I've made a card like this. Very cool!

Ina Ftacek said...

Simple beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your blog with us and blessings to you and the soldiers.Ina

Fabre said...

I LOVE your card in the non-traditional colors! I am so inspired to use some of those colors to make my own creations. We're so glad to have you on the hop today, and thank you for your support of Cards for Heroes! Hope you are having an awesome memorial day weekend!

Sue said...

The suspended star is really cool!

Cathy said...

Love that suspended star!

Seongsook Duncan said...

I like your star window. What a great idea! I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing it.

Sharon said...

love it the heart is wonderful

Princess of glitter said...

Love your card, that is great! Thank you for doing the cards for heros!

jaemom said...

Always love your work, Shari! Love the earthy tones and the star spinner! Thanks to you and your husband (and all the other heroes and their families) for your sacrifice on behalf of our country.

Faye said...

LOVE THIS CARD! You did a wonderful job!

Anam_Kihaku said...

love the twirling star.

lsims said...

What a great card. Thanks for sharing it.

Lisa C said...

Shari, this is AMAZING! Love the interactive spinner... sure to put a HUGE smile on a soldier's face! :)

Jenny B in Indy said...

Stunning!!!

Susan Timmerman said...

I LOVE your card! I am always attracted to cards the either "do" something or have some sort of 3-D element to them!

Net said...

Great card and what a fabulous cause. We've had a similar thing running over here too.

Nancy said...

Your card is beautiful. I love the non-traditional colors, the spinning star. TFS

Sandi said...

Shari

Lovely job on your card. I love how you used the star in the middle.

Your Cornerstone friend,
Sandi N.

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

Fantastic card for a fantastic cause.

d'Dragon said...

Wonderful card!

Kelly Booth said...

WOW Shari...your carst amazing...Love it!! I really need to get aome stars...am seeing them pop up everywhere.....

Jenn J said...

very cool card! This blog hop ROCKS for it's purpose and content!! Thanks!

Elaine said...

SUper cool! I really like that style and it's done in the perfect color scheme!

Fabre said...

Happy Birthday Shari!

michelle t said...

Happy Birthday Shari! Love your blog. You are so talented. Saw on Jen McG's that you are having a big birthday. I turn 40 next Sat. I don't know abt. these big birthdays. But really I'm just happy to be here. Hope you have a fabulous day!!!

Cathy A said...

Love your cards Shari, also hope you have a great birthday :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Denise,
I did a google search of your name when I recievied a box of cards from Operation Write Home at my deployed location. My favorite one in the box was yours. It had a pair of cherries on it with the caption "sweet treats." I thought I'd try to find you online to try to thank you for taking the time to send in a handmade card. It's beautiful and I am inspired and looking forward to volunteering for OWH when I return. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

SSgt J Ford.