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Itty Bitty Bits of Gratitude

Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.

I'm a sucker for the military.  The sight of my husband and children in military uniform sets my heart aflutter.  How could it not?  What you may not realize is that I wore the uniform, too.  When it comes to holidays that honor the military and their sacrifices, you'll find me front and center reminding folks that the freedoms that we all too frequently take for granted were, and continue to be, hard earned.  No matter how you feel about current world events, I will remind you that there are thousands of men and women (and their families) who are making sacrifices every day because they feel that it is their duty to "stand the post" for our great nation.  Every day, 24/7, no matter what.  It's what they do. We can never thank them enough.

So when the folks at Pals Paper Arts announced their Memorial Day challenge (PPA43), I just had to participate.  And when Gretchen Barron said that she wanted to celebrate her birthday by collecting greeting cards for the military, I just had to participate.  Here are the cards I'll be sending to Gretchen.


Here is the card I designed for the Pals Paper Arts Memorial Day challenge (PPA43).


As you can see, I combined some very simple geometric shapes to create a clean look with lots of interest.  I used the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set for the stars and heart.  The small circle punch from the Bitty Shapes Punch Pack was used to punch out the heart and stars which were then placed on piece of cardstock punched with the 1/2 inch circle punch.  These were placed, centered, on 1 inch squares of cardstock.  The squares were arranged with military precision on a piece of Whisper White cardstock matted with Real Red and Whisper White cardstock and adhered to the card base of Brilliant Blue.  

The sentiment comes from the Sweetheart stamp set, an extra stamp set that was released with the Heart Treat cups in January.  The sentiment was punched out with the Curly Label punch and then matted with the punch window center from the Movers and Shapers Curly Label die for the Big Shot.  This piece was tucked under the top center of the focal point.  A piece of Real Red 3/4 inch Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the top of the card front and knotted on the front.


The inside of the card was lined with Whisper White.  More Brilliant Blue stars and a single Real Red heart were stamped and punched and matted on 1/2 inch circles of cardstock.  These were lined up across the bottom of the card interior.


The envelope flap was decorated with more Brilliant Blue stars and a single Real Red heart.

As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, please keep the men and women of the military (past and present) in your thoughts and prayers.  If you happen to see one of our fine warriors in uniform, be sure to thank them and their family for their sacrifices on your behalf.  They'll appreciate it. 


Stamps:  Itty Bitty Bits, Sweetheart; Inks:  Brilliant Blue, Real Red; Cardstock:  Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Real Red 3/4" Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, 1/2" circle punch, Curly Label punch, Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Big Shot, XL Cutting Plates, Movers and Shapers Curly Label die; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


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Linda Callahan

This card is adorable - love all of the itty bitty bits! Also like how the heart stands out! Thanks for joining us at PPA!

Adriana B

Great card! A great big Thank You to your and your family.

Diane Simpers

Just wonderful! You have been so busy, and each creation is so unique and lovely! I love your geometric pattern with the red, white, and blue! TFS

Sue Lelli

LOVE all of the many and thoughtful details you incorporated into this card! Love the stars with the one heart on the inside!

Catherine Harwood

Wonderful cards Mickey -- such a nice cause -- and a reminder to remember he sacrifices of all veterans on Memorial Day -- or Decoration Day as my grandfather called it when I was a kid.

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