Friday, June 21, 2013

Celebrating the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop - June 21-23

It is my pleasure to participate in the first-ever Blog Hop co-hosted by Carter's Crafting Corner and C'est  La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC.  

Their theme is a patriotic one, in time for you to be inspired to create your own projects for your Independence Day celebrations.  That's right, we're Celebrating the Red, White and Blue, with a group of talented crafters.

First, some Hop Business:  
  • You should have arrived here from Charmagne's blog. If you joined us from my blog, be sure to go back to the start of the Hop (Carter's Crafting Corner) so you don't miss a thing.
  • There are some prizes to win if you follow and comment on each of the participants' blogs.  Some bloggers have their own blog candy too, with their own set of qualifiers.
  • The Hop runs the whole weekend, from Friday June 21 at 9 a.m. through Sunday, June 23 at 6 p.m. (Central Time), so you have plenty of time to visit/comment.

Now, onto my project for this Hop:


I made a patriotic TriFold Shutter Card. If you've never made one before, I highly recommend a tutorial by Bonnie on Splitcoast Stampers. (Click HERE for the tute!) 

To decorate the card, I used my new Close To My Heart "Home of the Brave" stamp set, shown here: 


... combining it with the "True Thank You" sentiment that's a special CTMH stamp where the profits from sales of this stamp benefits the American Red Cross for relief/aid to those affected by the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. 

Several people have asked me how I made the stars paper as well as the banner.  For the stars paper, simply repeat the small star stamp over and over as many times as you like. I used CTMH's Exclusive Ink in "Outdoor Denim", stamped on CTMH's Colonial White paper. 

For the banner, I used the straight edge of the striped flag stamp and repeated it over and over in a straight line on a strip of paper that was 1.25" high x 12" wide. Then, masking the stripe, I stamped with the straight edge of the star stamp. I cut the banners from the strip of paper, with the top of the banner measuring 1" wide. 

BLOG CANDY:  How would you like to get that cute THANK YOU stamp for free?!  Well, here are two chances:
  • One winner who both comments and follows me here will be selected at random to win CTMH #M1029 "True Thank You" stamp and a $10 gift certificate to my Close To My Heart store!  No purchase necessary to be eligible to win!

    and....
  • EVERYONE who purchases the beautiful "Home of the Brave" CTMH stamp set or its companion stamp set "Courage" CTMH stamp set from my CTMH site from now through July 31 will receive from me a "True Thank You" stamp for free!  To purchase, you may use the link provided above BUT THEN let me know (cardmonkey@comcast.net) that you've done so, so I can send you your reward as your thank you!  This gift is from me personally, and not from CTMH, and will arrive separately from your ordered stamp set.
Sales of the "Home of the Brave" stamp set benefit the USO and our soldiers everywhere. I think these stamps are beautiful to use year-round, especially on cards for our soldiers that you may make through Operation Write Home. Please consider volunteering your time and talent for this wonderful cause!

Remember... We live in the Land of the Free because this is the Home of the Brave.

Your next hop stop is:
http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com

 Thank you for visiting!!




29 comments:

Golden Goddess Designs said...

awesome card! very patriotic!

Treva said...

Love your card, great stamp set too; tfs!

danita k said...

Love it!!! You did great with that stamp set!

Lyne Blodgett said...

Great techniques Ellen - so happy to be hopping with you!

SanuraScraps said...

Loving the stamp set. Very nice.

Cropalcoholic!! said...

Beautiful card! Very talented thanks for sharing! Plus I am a new follower of your blog!

Kathy Gayhart Carter said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that stamp. I have had my eye on it for a few weeks now. I think you just got a new customer :-)

Snaps Scraps and Stamps said...

I like that trifold effect. Nice.

C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC said...

Thanks for participating in our first hop! You did a great job! I'm headed over to check out the "tute"!

La-Vie B. – Co-organizer, Celebrating the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop
Follow me at C’est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC

Traci Cooley said...

This is one of my favorite folds, I found it on SCS as well. Your card is beautiful.

Sue D said...

Fabulous--love the fold and the stamps you used.
I am a follower.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Quattro said...

That is so cute! Never made one before so heading on to the tute :) Thanks for sharing!

Brenda said...

I love your card! I love shutter cards and you made an amazing one!
thanks for sharing!

brwneyes46@gmail.com

Christine Kiehl said...

Ellen, Love the tri-fold card you crafted and chose to share on this new hop, Thank you! What a fantastic Thank you stamp too! I love it.

Shanta said...

Such a great card! What a way to share your love for this country!

Sarah Biswabic said...

What a wonderful card! Love it!

AFMomXs2 said...

Love the card and LOVE the STAMPS!!!
I gotta order these!

Felisa Montee said...

Awesome I have never done one of those cards but I really need to beautiful

Evila said...

Love what I c.

Mary Ann said...

WOW!BEAUTIFUL CARD!!!

Karenladd said...

What a wonderful card! I just love that gorgeous statue of liberty image!

Rexann Menz said...

Nice card!! I love making these!! I have followed you for 3 years now!! TFS!!

Rexann

Cindy said...

Fabulous card! Love your use of the stamps!

Beth said...

Wonderful project as always friend! I like this fold & will have to check out the details. Thanks for sharing our country's patriotism! Still a follower of yours on GFC! =)

~Beth
http://thecraftyscrapyard.blogspot.com
mddesigns_11@yahoo.com

Angelica Chambers said...

Um, wow! Check you out totally working that flag stamp to make an awesome banner! I want to fo that but I'm afraid mine would NEVER look that good... Thanks for the linkup on the card tutorial! Thanks for the extra blog candy giveaway opportunity! I'm a follower!

Scrapsbygracie said...

Love this card. Great job!

Theresa aka Scrapsbygracie

Donna Boyce said...

Awesome card!! I have used that tutorial to make other cards and this one is too cute. Love also that you are supporting Operation Write Home.... I have sent cards to them as well!! Also thanks for the opportunity to win the stamp set !!! I've been seeing that one and think it would be great to use!!

Shirley Mijares Mascarina said...

Love the fold! Very creative!

MMDesi9ns said...

I Love this card great job!!!!