What makes a hero?

OWH Memorial Day Weekend Bloghop

Hi Everyone and welcome blog hoppers, I'm so pleased you stopped by today.  

At any time on the blog hop you can always go back to the OWH page to visit any one of the great blogs on the hop, all you need to do is click on this link to go to OWH home page   You probably came here from Karrie's page.  If not, you can click on her name and go back and check on the projects that she has for you!

Brenda is the next stop on the tour and she has a fabulous card lined up to show you and a great layering tutorial for you.  To see what she has for you, all you need to do is click on Brenda's link.

This weekend is a special weekend as my blog is part of the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Weekend Bloghop.  OWH's motto is ""Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them."  My readers and I have already donated 1000 cards for our service men and women and we are in the midst of another card drive for this wonderful cause.

Visitors to my blog during the blog hop, who leave a comment with their details, will be entered into a drawing to win stamps and accessories from Stampin' Up - the value of the package is over $50!  All you have to do is leave a comment and you will be entered into the draw.  It's my way of saying thank you.  I've placed a picture of the blog candy, with a description at the bottom of the post.

The challenge put to us from OWH was to create a red white and blue card that featured the words "missing you".

Clean and simple is my style and this stamp was the perfect stamp to use.  It allowed me to keep the focus on the sentiment with very little distraction.  However, i couldn't just create one card - I had to create two!

The same "Hero" stamp has been used for both cards. The only difference is that I used my marker pens on the first one and only inked up the word Hero.


I used three stamps for this card:

Hero - from Paper Inspirations

Flag Star - from Stampabilities

and the "I miss you" is from the Stampin' Up! set called FYI.

I used three colors of paper for both of these cards and they are all from Stampin' Up:  Night of Navy, Real Red and Whisper White.

tip #1: scoring card stock is a great way to add detail and dimension in a subtle way.  All you need is a cutter and a bone folder or stylus.  You can see that I added two scored and indented lines below the Hero.  

tip #2: using marker pens to ink up stamps instead of ink pads works wonderfully to create a stamped image that has 2 - or even more - colors from the same stamp

For the next card, I took the same Hero and Flag Star stamps, which were inked up using markers.


I used an embossing folder from Stampin! Up! called "Square Lattice" to create the background. 

tip:  An embossing folder is great for creating texture on both background or foreground images and can be used for the entire card base, or just portions of it.  You can see here that the texture really helps to make the focal point - the sentiment - pop from the background page.

I'd like to say thank you to all the past and present servicemen and women and their families - for everything they do. 

You too can help out this great cause.  All you need to do is donate your hand crafted cards.  OWH and the servicemen and women they support will be very grateful for your donation. You can see stories and pics from servicemen and women who have been able to share a little love with their family and friends through a handmade card - and get details on how you can help - at this link.

If you have any questions on the projects I made or card making in general - just leave me a comment, or send me an email at jaydeestamping@charter.net

Have a wonderful, safe, weekend and spare a thought for those brave men and women and their families.  Thank you so much for visiting.

Don't forget to go visit Brenda next!



P.S. here's your blog candy.

Blogcandy (1)

This is perfect for the beginner or experienced stamper.

  1. 1 brand new Stampin' Up! Level 3 Hostess set - Hand Drawn Bundle.  Consists of 4 stamps, 2 sheets of rub-ons and 9 sheets of double-sided designer series paper.  All designed to co-ordinate with each other.  You could only win this package with a $500 workshop.  So, it's a great prize!
  2. 1 x Stampin' Up! Pendant Notes kit, ready to be stamped, decorated and placed in the accompanying envelopes.  Contains note cards and envelopes.  (Designed to be hand delivered, included in a package, or placed in a larger envelope for posting.)
  3. 1 packet of 20 "hugs" die-cut notes cards and 1 packet of glassine envelopes to fit.  These make great little cards to stamp a sentiment, add a rub on, and include with a gift.
  4. 2 sets of ribbon - one Certainly Celery (soft green) and the other So Saffron (soft yellow)
  5. 1 "Note of Thanks" mini note kit.  Includes 4 gift notes and envelopes, stamps and a inking spot
All you have to do is leave a comment and your name will be entered into the draw.  It's my way of thanking you for supporting Operation Write Home.