Sunday, February 16, 2014

As You Serve our Country!

Happy Presidents Day to those of you from the USA!

Today I have a card I created for my son in law, who is in the US Navy. He left for a 9 month deployment this past weekend. Nine months is a long time. My daughter is quite proud of her sailor, but she is also heart broken over the separation they are facing. They've only been married a little over a year. The sacrifices made by our military families is really hitting home for us.

My card features the Navy Seal and of course I had to use red, white and blue!

I started with a white card base and sponged real red ink around the edges. Next I cut three panels in red, white and blue CS. The blue panel was stamped with the interlocking star background in VersaMark ink. The red panel was stamped with the Mini Ribbon in VersaMark ink. The white panel was stamped with just the firework part of the Freedom Cannon image in real red ink and sponged with Versafine Majestic Blue ink. The Navy Seal was stamped in the same blue ink, die cut and layered on a scalloped red circle. The sentiment was also stamped in the blue ink and cut with a nestie banner die. Some tiny red star brads were added after sponging real red ink around the edges.

This card will be on its way to my son in law soon.

I've been wanting to try something and this week's Merry Monday Challenge #96 to use holly gave me the opportunity I was looking for. DRS Designs has some stained glass stamps and today I printed off a holly image on the computer and then stamped the Oval Stained Glass image over it and colored it with my Copic Markers. I really like the look.

After coloring the holly with Copics, I fussy cut it and added some red rhinestones for the berries. The lighter green square was die cut with nesties and the sentiment was stamped in black ink. The holly is attached with some pop dots. The card base is dark green CS with a real red panel that was embossed with a CB herringbone folder. The holly ribbon completes the look.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time,


  1. Thank you for your tribute. I am ex Navy and it is always appreciated. I was in Cuba during the Cuban crisis on a destroyer protecting the USS Enterprise. VERY nice card.


  2. Oh Mom! It's beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. I LOVE it and so will he. You do such a good job on all your cards, but this might be my favorite!

  3. These are both great cards...but I especially like your first card...and I'm sure your son in law will too.

  4. I really like the mosaic look of your holly leaves, that embossed background is great, too! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Merry Monday!

  5. What beautiful holly, Shelia! I love that stained glass look! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday! God bless your SIL and DD! I'm sure he will be very proud of this card!

  6. Oh my goodness I love the card you made for your wonderful SIL. I thank him and your daughter for their service to our country! God Bless them both!
    Your holly is so pretty I have never seen one like that. Beautiful cards today Shelia TFS

  7. A lovely card for your SIL - and please thank them both for their sacrifices for our country's security!

    What a great look and creative idea for your holly!

  8. Both cards are lovely, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  9. Oh I love this shelia. Made me teary too. We are all blessed by KCs service to our country and Kristen's full support. I hve always loved your cards and my heart does a little jump when I receive them. Love you. Thank you.

  10. Gorgeous cards, Sheila! Love your "stained glass" looking holly! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week xoxxo

  11. Your cards are just beautiful, Shelia! You did a wonderful job of adding color to your holly leaves! Love the stained glass images!