Saturday, May 29, 2010

What Memorial Day Means To Me




Good Morning! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! If you are following the hop in order you just came from Heather's blog Stamptastic Creations. To start at the beginning of the hop, please start at the Stars and Stripes Blog. 

If you are just learning about Operation Write Home, you are in for something! I am so proud to be a cardmaker for OWH and help give our servicemen and women something to send home to their loved ones. We are a group of cardmakers focused on making hand made cards for our troops to send back home to their loved ones. We make cards for all occasions: all the major holidays, birthdays, thinking of you, and Any Hero cards which are cards we send to the soldiers to thank them for their service and send encouragement to them while they are deployed. You can find a wealth of information on the Operation Write Home website. They also have a Facebook page and two blogs.

My daughter is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps. My husband is retired from the Army. My Grandfather was a Colonel in the Army during WW2. My brother Stephen served during the Persian Gulf War in the Army. My Uncle Wayne served his whole career in the United States Coast Guard. My cousin Jim served in the Navy and Air Force. My brother in law Jim, served in the Air Force.

As you can see I have a strong line of military pride in my family.  Memorial Day is an important day to our family as we remember the fallen heroes that have made our country the best place to live on earth. I am grateful for all of the branches of Service that defend our freedom and ensure that my family sleeps safely every night.  The pride that I feel as my daughter serves as one of the Fewer and Proud is indescribable. Thank you to all of the past, present and future servicemen and women who defend our country and serve it so well!

The theme for our blog hop is " Miss You".  My card is dedicated to the memory of my brother who passed away in 2007 and to my daughter who I miss everyday as she is away from home serving our country.


My card is made with the Red White and Blue theme with a Tilda stamp from Magnolia. I colored this cutie with Copic Markers. I cut out Tilda and popped her up with dimensionals to give the card a little extra zip.

We would love to recruit some new card makers for OWH. Even if you are new to card making, please think about joining us in this great cause.  Our soldiers LOVE cards of any kind! There are some wonderful tutorials on the OWH website and especially on the Stars and Stamps blog! The Facebook site is a great place to ask questions and get answers from all the cardmakers. Don't be shy... we'd love to have you join in our passion to make these cards for our troops!

The next stop on the hop is Deborah at Thoughts of a Grasshopper. I know you'll enjoy her creation! She does fabulous work! Please leave a comment if you stopped by today. I'd love to hear from you!

Have a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!



64 comments:

Stamptastic said...

Great job on your card, Monica! I love how you colored your images and how you popped up the cute girl image.

Thanks for sharing about your family's service. THANK YOU!

~Heather
http://StamptasticCreations.blogspot.com

Shelley said...

beautiful card, Tilda is so cute!

Virginia D. said...

Lovin' Tilda! Please pass along a BIG Thank You to your daughter for her service to our great country.

Lone Pine Designs said...

This card is adorable!

Dawn said...

Monica, this card is so cute. I love it. Thank you for supporing OWH!

Kristen said...

I love your patriotic Tilda. She is too cute. She looks like a sister waiting for a brother to get home. i am so proud of your families extensive service to this country. I am proud of you daughter too. Good for her!
Your card is amazing, and love that I could share with all of you ladies in supporting our troops in such a fun way!

Have a wonderful and blessed Memorial Day.

xxx

Hi, I'm Brenda. . . . . . . . . . . said...

What a great card. So bright and cheerful.

OK, you convinced me, I'll be helping out OWH with cards for the troops!

Marianne said...

Monica,
Great card. I am sorry for the loss of your brother. I will be praying for your daughter. Please thank her.

Melissa Elsner said...

Oh that image is so adorable and you did a great job coloring it in. Someone will really be blessed by that card.

amycatalogna said...

Thank you to you and your family for the sacrifices they have made! Great card!

Karen Howard said...

Oh my, this is SUPER cute! Love the flowers and Tilda! Gorgeous background paper and the flower is wonderful finishing touch!!!

Caro said...

Just getting started with Magnolias and this card is an inspiration to work on them.. it's so adorable. Thank you for your family's service to our country...

Jana said...

Thank you and your family for all of the sacrifices you have all made over the years. Me and my family are very grateful.
Your card is adorable. I love that you added the Poppy in the corner.

Julie said...

Super cute card!

Please thank your daughter for her service from all of us!

Dawn B. said...

This is so sweet.. What a great miss you card.. I love Tilda.. Super job.

Rhonda Miller said...

Thanks for sharing about your family and their service.

Your card is great. I love that image. TFS.

Courtney said...

Beautiful card Monica!

I want to thank you and your family for the service to our country. I know what it's like as a wife having my husband overseas, but I could not begin to image it as a mother. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you and my God bless you and yours.

~Courtney~

grammiej said...

Love your card. I also have a daughter in the military. She is a LT. in the US Army. I understand how you feel as you shared about missing your daughter.
God bless all our military, past and present.
jashmore_1944@hotmail.com

Merry's Musings said...

Your card is just so adorable! Many thanks to your daughter for the hard work she does for all of us. What a wonderful heritage you all share!

marilyn said...

Your card is wonderful!! Love the magnolia stamps!!

Operation Write Home said...

Monica, we're all SO proud of your daughter....and your brother! I'm so grateful for so many families in this country who have such a lineage of patriotic service :)

Love your Magnolia card, too - it's so darned sweet!!!

Susan said...

Lovely card! and your family sounds like mine, with the exception with having a child serve...sometimes I am sure that is scary. please thank her for all of us!

Enjoy the rest of the hop.
Fellow OWHomer,
Susan

Erin of the Bears said...

such a sweet image, and the colors really pop. I suppose this means I have to succumb to the lure of Copic markers? EEEEK!

TN Granny said...

Monica,
I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Magnolia's and you win my vote for best card on the blog hop because of Tilda and your get coloring.
God Bless,
Jeanine in TN

Shelly Schmidt said...

Delightful Magnolia image! Beautifully colored too. Hats off to your daughter and loved ones who so proudly serve our country! Bless you!

rstuck2003 said...

Tilda is absolutely adorable...one of these days I'm going to have to break down and buy me a couple of Tilda stamps! LOL

Linda said...

Hi Monica!

Adorable card! Thanks for Hopping.

Lelia Pierce said...

Such a sweet card! I love that Maggie image! :O)

Paula said...

What a sweet card. I especially love the row of flowers behind her. My undying gratitude to all the heroes in your family.

Les said...

very nice card and playful blog!

Erika said...

Cute card! And, as a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

helloholley said...

too cute,I love it!! and thanks to you and your family for their service and sacrifies!!

levelsoflight said...

Aw, I hope that your daughter is safe and that she can return home soon. :)

debb said...

Monica- your card is so cute- I love that Tilda! Thank you to your family for serving our country!

cinmfoster said...

Monica-what a sweet card. Thanks for sharing.

Erica said...

I love how the girl is popped off the card. Great card.

Please thank your daughter for her service.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Oh, what a cute image. Your card is beautiful and it is perfect to the sentiment. Love your coloring.
Thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing about your family's service, too. Really appreciated it.

jackielwatson said...

Simply adorable

Cathy... said...

Oh, this is SO sweet! I love it and your coloring is fabulous! Thanks so much for your family's service and send hugs to your daughter!

inkpaperstamps said...

Darling card--love how the embellie goes with the stamped flowers!

Please thank your daughter for her service to our country--and at your next family dinner, I hope you'll raise a toast to all your family's service member and veterans on our behalf!

Playing with Paper said...

I just purchased my first Tilda stamp and just got it the other day. They are soooooo cute. I love your card! Thank your family for all they have done are doing to keep us safe.

Toni said...

I'm not usually a Magnolia fan but your card has definitely changed my mind. Very cute!

LadyDoc said...

BEAUTIFUL card! Thank you for your family's devotion and service to our country!

Jennifer Moore said...

What a gorgeous card!! Thank you for your military pride.

Trevorstuffmammas said...

Semper Fi....Marine Mom....
from Jennifer (Marine Mom)

Dixie Cochran said...

That's the sweetest card! Perfect image for the sentiment. Thanks for posting on the hop, and thanks for making cards for our heroes!

StampinSher said...

Thank you for all of your family's contribution for our Nations Freedom and keeping us safe!
I just love, Tilda!!! I'm fortunate to have one of her images too. Your card is absolutely adorable! She does make everyone smile. Thank you for sharing and being involved with OWH.

Rufus said...

Please thank your daughter for her service! She is appreciated.
R/

Debby said...

Salute to your entire family and the tradition that lives on in your daughter. Thank you all very much for serving our country and maintaining our freedom. Your card is awesome. Thanks

Nancy Keller said...

Wow Monica - thanks for sharing your story and your adorable card! Your site is new to me so I am following! Big hugs to you and I hope that your weekend is great. :)

Betty said...

Cute cute cute... Well done :)

Cheryl said...

Adorable! YOu colored her so sweet.

PaulaM said...

Very cute image. Nice coloring too - I have considered Copics - strongly lately as I see such wonderful images using them. I appreciate the history of military service in your family too - thank them - and may God keep your daughter safe as she serves.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Oh, I just love your card! Cutting her out and popping her was a great idea!

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Your card is so adorable!

Melanie Montes de Oca said...

Aw... What a sweet card! Said a prayer for you and your wonderful family! Thanks for sharing your talent! :o)

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Meg Bean said...

Great card! The little girl image is so sweet!

christy sheffield said...

cute card! thanks for sharing. and special thanks to all your family and loved ones who have sacrificed so much for our country!

Cut n Paste said...

Very cute card!!! Thanks to your Marine... I know you are very proud of her!!! Thanks for supporting OWH!!!

Heather Grow said...

Awww. Your card is soooooo cute. Thanks to your family for their service. God bless.

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Monika/Buzsy said...

Great card Monica! Love the cute Magnolia image! What a great cause.

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