Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Let's get united using Unity!



Happy Hump Day Peeps! I hope everyone enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend.

As the banner says, it's OWH's Birthday this month and today we're having a Blog Skip. We're also being sponsored by the fabulous Unity Stamps. The link for Unity is here.You may have also guessed I'm one of the stops on the OWH Blog Skip. If you got here from Kristie's blog, you're in the right place. If not, go back to the beginning by going to OWH's blog, Stars & Stamps. The link is here.

My card is an "Any Hero" card and features a new set by Unity called Forever Grateful for Our Freedom, and I used all 3 stamps. I'll ask you to overlook my crooked sentiment on the largest banner. After umpteen tries to get the sentiment straight I decided, albeit unhappily, to just let it be.


I followed this past Sunday's sketch 187 to create my card using scraps in my stash. Here's the stamp set.


You're next stop on the Skip is the awesomely talented, and creative, Pam. Let me tell you, you're in for a treat! The link to Pam's blog, Airbornewife's Stamping Spot, is here.

Thank you for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit!

68 comments:

  1. Marlene.. I "love" your card. What a fun set you got to work with.. I hope to add that to my stash. Thanks for sharing ~ Pam

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  2. What a magician! You turned scraps into a lovely card!!!
    Mary, Wausau WI

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  3. I didn't realize that Unity had so many great sentiments. Perfect for OWH. This red, white and blue is a great alternative to the primary red, white and blue. Great work.

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  4. Love the round stamp put on a scalloped edge (I need to use scallops more, they are so nice looking.)
    :)

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  5. Great card, Marlene! This sketch was just perfect for this stamp set! Love the die cut scallops. Thanks so much for participating in our skip today, and for all you do for OWH!

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  6. Really pretty choice of papers and a cute die cut for the sentiment.

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  7. You made me grin, Marlene! I had to shoot today's OWHtv twice because the same thing happened to me in trying to get the forever grateful straight. LOL. Lovely card, I like the focal point you created!

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  8. Very pretty card! I love how you included all the stamps in the set. It made for great added details!

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  9. Love the layered pennants! They really set off the sentiment.

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  10. I actually like the sentiment a bit off centered, it draws the eye. This is the first card I've seen done with the round sentiment I like it and I like the card. Great job.

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  11. I love the mix of papers on your card. Everything pops.

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  12. Beautiful card Marlene! This set and this week's sketch were made for each other. I think we've all had the experience of stamping something over and over and then finally just giving up :) I think in this case though, because its position on a flag banner shape it's works just fine, and feels like it's intentional. Nice job!

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  13. Great choice of sentiments! Like how you made them interact with each other. Your colors and patterned paper are perfect. TFS

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  14. This really is a great sketch, and a beautiful card you made w/ it. Love your choice of papers.

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  15. I like the stamps you used, the sketch and your choice of papers.

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  16. I like your banners on your patriotic themed colored card. The second one is a fun take on the card, it's very cheerful.

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  17. Love your card! This week's sketch works perfectly with this set. The sentiment and the star border look great on the banners and that big circle sentiment element looks awesome, I really like the Lacey Circle die behind it.

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  18. Great card. Love the colors and what you did with your scraps!

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  19. our cards are just awesome! The 1st card has so many interesting layers, shapes and texture. That is my favorite, and will be thoroughly enjoyed by the person who receives it.

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  20. Love the way you used that circle stamp and made layers under it. I wouldn't let that crooked sentiment bother me one bit -- it's a beautiful card!

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  21. That is a nice card!!! I looked at the round part with sentiment to think if it would have been better in a matching blue, but decided it stands out better in black like you did! Good way to use up scraps!!! Radloff jen at cableone dot net

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  22. Marlene, I think your idea to use sketch #187 for your card was a super idea. I love all the layers you used on the base of your card and the circle medallion. Great card!

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  23. Fantastic. The papers are perfect. Love your take on the sketch.

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  24. Great card! Love that you can use scraps for this!

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  25. Love how you used the sketch to make your card, the layers, how you used scraps - Wow!! And the stamps you used are perfect for that card!!

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  26. Great card! Great colors, stamping, layout, sentiment! Thanks for showing us the stamp set you used today!

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  27. Marlene, what a terrific use of those stamps! And I always love polka dots. Someone's going to get such a lift when they receive that card!

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  28. Marlene,

    Your card is amazing. I haven't used the sketch yet and will shortly but the round sentiment on the side draws my eye and the upward sentiment makes me happy.
    I appreciate your saying you tried many times to get it straight. Sometimes I try until I wonder if I'm the only one, and now I know I'm not. Thank you!!!
    Lyn

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  29. Awesome card. Love that sketch. The paper you used it perfect...is that mini red hearts? Love it!

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    1. You have a good eye Sarah. Yes, those are mini red hearts on the background paper. Thank you for the nice compliment.

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  30. Nice card. I like how you used all of the stamps in the card.

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  31. I like all the texture you achieved with the papers and stamps. Really great.

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  32. I too like your card. The fact you shared the Sketch number.But I think I like the fact you shared a picture of the whole stamp set. Since you are promoting Unity Stamps,it will be easy to pick out when ordering. Thanks for sharing and THANKS for making Hero cards for our troops.

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  33. What a nice interpretation of this Sunday's sketch. I love how you've used several layers of paper -- and a die -- to make your embellishment/sentiment the main attraction!

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  34. Very lovely mix of patterned papers. I just love the variety of banners with the circle sentiment stamp. Wonderful job!

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  35. What a lovely card. All you ladies are so talented! I love the way you made the circle sentiment pop with color. Beautiful!

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  36. Marlene, you rocked this sketch! Perfect papers and layering. You showcased the sentiments perfectly.

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  37. I really like that your sentiment is a little off- it caught my eye-like the flag blowing in the breeze-and I love that it conveys- this is handmade with lots of love- not some store bought card!!!! And way to go using this week's sketch! Thanks for all you do for OWH and our troops!

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  38. Both cards are so beautiful Marlene. I really love the one with the various colorful banners. That is a great sketch too.

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  39. Your card is awesome. Personally I love a crooked sentiment every once in awhile. (it happens to me) The Amish always include a humility block or design in their quilts, so when I have a crooked sentiment that I can't quite get straight, I let it be not perfect just like me.

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  40. I think the 'crooked' sentiment is just perfect for the card! It lets people know that these are hand made by humans...not manufactured by machinery!! And I love the stamp set!!!

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  41. Both your cards are so happy looking Nice job using the latest sketch. Thank you Charlsie

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  42. I just love that stamp. Beautiful card. TFS

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  43. Beautiful focal point, Marlene! I didn't notice anything was crooked until you pointed it out- looks good to me!

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  44. You know what Marlene? I actually LIKE the crooked sentiment! These are both great cards!

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  45. So patriotic in red, white and blue. Beautiful cards.

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  46. So pretty! It's a great card.

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  47. You made it with scraps? Wow, I'm impressed! Gorgeous.

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  48. Really like how you framed the round sentiment with scallops and made it the feature of the design

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  49. I love this card - especially the scalloped blue behind the round element. I have that set...I think...and have to see how I can use it with the one round stamp I have.

    Is the sentiment the stamp Sandy used in today's OWH Stamp Sandy? She lined up one of the words with the lines on the acrylic block and then lined up the edge of the block with the card. It really looked like the stamp itself was crooked, but the sentiment stamped straight. Check out the video. I wouldn't have thought of her solution.

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  50. Wonderful colors, love the composition of different scaled prints and the sentiments just pop out at you! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. We can buy a perfectly made card...but made with love, imperfections included, are priceless!

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  52. the 1st card has such rich colors! love it! the white with black stamping on the 2nd card really pops out at you. Great cards, thanks!

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  53. Very nice card, and the sentiment looks perfectly fine! I like the use of the heart background paper.Great use of scraps! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. I love this - the round medallion stamp is perfectly placed@

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  55. Thank you everyone for such wonderful comments on my card!

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  56. Love the 1st card! I always like the traditional red, white (or off white) and blue. Love the mini hearts paper. Do you know designer or manufacturer? I think wearing bifocals gets in my way of "straightness" and it can be very frustrating. I watched Sandy's video and never would have thought of lining up the paper on the mat, etc. like she did. Good job!

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  57. Marlene, I love your card! That is a great sketch for it! It is such a fun patriotic card!

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  58. Great use of the sketch! Love the papers and that stamp set! tfs!!!

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  59. I love your sentiments and your use of the sketch.

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  60. I actually LIKE the sentiment the way it is... it's cute :) And I love the heart background. It's not over the top "lovey" but very subtle and more appreciative!

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  61. I love love love your color combination and that stamp on your round cutesy embellishment is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. I adore that stamp set that you used. thats awesome how you used the stars on the ribbon fishtail tag piece. great paper too

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  63. Great card. I love the sketch and the paper you used. What a great stamp set and I like how you used it on your card. Thanks for sharing.

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  64. Don't worry about the crooked sentiment. It gives the illusion that the banner it is stamped on is waving! Great cards.

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  65. Love the banners and heart background paper. The sentiments Unity has designed are perfect for Hero mail. Thanks for your support of OWH.

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  66. I think the tiny hearts work well with the gratefulness theme. Nice job with the sketch, and good for you for incorporating all three stamps in the set into your card!

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