Saturday, May 23, 2009

USA Memorial Day May 26 2009 Blog Hop Tour

The tour has ended but the links are still up at the end of this post,
 feel free to browse through them at your leisure.

I came across these websites that you may want to view
or choose not to that remind me of
Memorial Day.

(the above is very sad and made me cry the whole way through)

(the wife of a serving commander who deals with daily
living while her husband is away and makes some
awesome scrapbook layouts)

These are my cards I made in honour of 
that I will be sending to a serving Hero/Heroess 
somewhere in a war torn region which is sponsored by 

Stamps: Circle Circus, Warm Words
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point
Paper: Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red, 
Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: Whisper White, Night of Navy 
and Real Red grosgrain ribbons

I chose the Circle Circus Stampin' Up! stamp set
which is exclusive to the Australian market
This particular stamp has dots that make
up the circle. 
Like the armed forces each
dot represents a person who all work 
together to make it all happen.

Why am I participating in this US Memorial Day 
BlogHop Tour you may ask? 

My husband is a medically retired 
US Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer. 

I have always felt a connection to the 
Men and Women from all countries who selflessly
give up their lives to help try and save our world.
 They devote their lives and family 
making it a better place for us to live in.

I try and contribute in any way
to make their lives, during their service, happier.
My contribution is to make a card and 
enclose a letter to boost morale. 
I also make extra cards so the Men and Women 
of the armed forces can send
to a loved one back home.

My brother serves in the 

My future cousin-in-law is also serving in the 

Read all about how they feel when they receive our cards here, 
as you can see they truly appreciate all our efforts.

When the Australian troops were first sent over to Iraq
I also sent letters and cards and the feedback I got
showed how much they appreciated that folks back
home cared enough about them to take the time to create 
or write to them, it made their sacrifice and 
commitment all the more bearable.

The card above was made for a female
and the card below is made for a male

The tour starts 

12noon Saturday May 23, 2009 in US/Pacific converts to
5am Sunday May 24, 2009 in Australia/NSW

To see the next card on this blog tour, hop on over to 
She's used an awesome watercolour technique.
There will be a link from Lisa's blog to the next
blog. There are over 100 blogs participating.
The beginning of the tour starts here.

(click on the above paragraph to find out why)

Cards that are needed the most are:
and of course CHRISTMAS CARDS will be needed soon

If the BlogHop gets stuck along the way 
the blogs listed below are
taking part

  1. A Country Life, Keri
  2. The Paper Spa, Paula
  3. The Thrifty Scrapper, Tereza
  4. A Life Unrehearsed, Bonnie Rose
  5. Peachy Papercrafting, Martha
  6. Sideoats & Scribbles, Lisa
  7. My World, Shari
  8. Hero Club Blog, Hero Club Blog
  9. Jennifer McGuire Ink, Jennifer
  10. Tattered Tiara, Lisa
  11. The Wired Angel, Peggy
  12. Merry's Musings, Nora
  13. Just Dandy, Melissa
  14. There's No Place Like Gnome, Chris
  15. Prima, Prima
  16. Lilacs and Lupines, Karen
  17. K's Card Creations, Kathryn
  18. Riverview Stamper, Monica
  19. Kasmello is Scrappin, Kas
  20. Amy Catalogna, Amy
  21. Secret Agent Stamper, Anita
  22. I Like Markers, Marianne
  23. It's A Colourful World, Sandy
  24. Thinking Inking, Debbie
  25. My Little Inkspot, Lisa
  26. Diary of a Crazed Redhead, Sherene
  27. KJ's Stamp Pad, Kelly
  28. Understand Blue, Lydia
  29. Card and Page, Windy
  30. Welcome to My World, Erin
  31. Confessions of a Craft Addict, Sandy
  32. My Scrapbox, Donna
  33. The Chatty Stamper, Dawn
  34. Simon Says, Simon Says Stamp!
  35. Welcome to My World, Lisa
  36. Sweet Paper Treats, Karrie
  37. All Sam's Idea, Samantha
  38. There is a Stamp for That, Rebecca
  39. Crazy About Scrap'n, Laurie
  40. Papers & Polkadots & Paints, Susan
  41. My Craft Central, Tammy
  42. Vintage Papers, Nancy
  43. Deckle Dana, Dana
  44. Adorn It, Georgana
  45. In CASE You Missed It, Angela
  46. Paper Fun by Lysa, Lysa
  47. Creating for a Cause, Fabre
  48. Society of Stamp- and Scrap-aholics, Deborah
  49. SB Artist: Painting in the Dark, Susan
  50. Salon d'Arte, Susan
  51. SMB Design, Susan
  52. Bits & Pieces, Cathy
  53. Bethie J's Blog, Beth
  54. I am Dreaming of Castles, Lyneen
  55. Whispers and Wishes, Kaere
  56. Axes Designs, Magdelena
  57. The Profound Brunette, Melissa
  58. My Scrapbook Life, Corinna
  59. Dapple Designs, Tami
  60. Rusty Pickle, Rusty Pickle
  61. Imagination Starts Here, Tamatha
  62. Oh Bumble is Me, Margarita
  63. Finding the Joy in Each Day, Laura
  64. Stamp your Heart Out with Carollee, Carollee
  65. Scrap Happie, Sarabeth
  66. Chelsea's Creative Corner, Chelsea
  67. Creating Treasures, Tereza
  68. Firecracker Designs, Pamela
  69. Libby's Little Addiction, Libby
  70. Sunflower Studio, Leigh
  71. {2H Design}, Lauren
  72. Life on Altadena Avenue, Shelly
  73. Scrap Therapy, Dana
  74. Purple Princess, Tara
  75. Nichol Magouirk, Nichol
  76. MB, Melanie
  77. Amy Teets Designs, Amy
  78. That I Would Be Good, Deena
  79. Patty's Flickr Site, Patty
  80. Delovely Scrapbooks, Melissa
  81. Lucy's Cards, Lucy
  82. Simply Scrapping, Sarah
  83. The Blog of One Happy Mama, Kristina
  84. "Bill is Home", Kimber
  85. Wee Inklings, LeAnne
  86. Eva Marina Scraps, Eva
  87. Rainbow Crafter, Lida
  88. Life is Beautiful, Megan
  89. Oh Scrap!, Joscelyne
  90. Scrap Creations, Regina
  91. Inkerbelle, Isabelle
  92. Scrappin Out Loud, Angi
  93. This Little Card of Mine, Jana
  94. Back to Allen, Lisa
  95. Cards and Coffee, Anita
  96. Paper Grace, Lisa
  97. Jan's Art Friendzy, Jan
  98. However Although Thus Several Several, Mandy
  99. Kodiak Stamper, Cindy
  100. Stampin for the Soul, Pamela
  101. It's Me, KP!, Kelly
  102. Untamed, Sandra
  103. Pagemaster Designs Online, Michelle
  104. Wandering Star, Susan
  105. Scrappin Everyday Life, Stacy
  106. Art is My Sunshine, Brit
  107. Scrappin Along, Lucia
  108. Read, Write, Create, Lynsey
  109. Stampin with Blythe, Blythe
  110. Creating…My Style, Judy
  111. Tales from the Laughing Llama, Lianna
  112. Stamped Smiles, Vicki
  113. Stamping With Denise and Whimsy Stamps, Denise
  114. The Weekend Stamper, Kelly
  115. Kelli Stamps 4 U…and U can 2!, Kelli
  116. My Time, My Creations, My Stampendence, Lauren
  117. My Life in Collage, Mou
  118. Oodabug Alley, Charmaine
  119. Stamping Is My Therapy, Charlotte
  120. Creating Every Day, Suz
  121. I Just Wanted to Say…, Liza
  122. Pretty Pressings, Claudia
  123. Crafty Thoughts, Cathy
  124. Loni's Blog, Loni
  125. A Life So Simple, Heather
  126. Addicted to Creating, Christy
  127. Stamping Up a Storm, Bridget
  128. Splendiferous Creations, Lisa
  129. A Little of My Life, Anam
  130. Scrapbook Calls , Anam
  131. Greetings from Bufordsburg, Kathy
  132. The Crap that Goes On in My Life, Bethany
  133. All Things Alicia, Alicia
  134. Tartan Magnolia, Kay
  135. Dawn…A New Day, Dawn
  136. Homefront Blog, CFH
Latecomer List...these aren't part of the daisy-chain of the hop, but we don't want you to miss out on these!
  1. New on Monday: Hero Arts Challenge!!!
  2. Capture & Create, Ali Edwards
  3. The Classroom, Ellen Hutson
  4. Unity Stamp Co, 30% off SALE!
  5. Bits & Pieces, Cathi Zielske
  6. Stamping by Rachel, Rachel
  7. My Life with My Love Bugs, Christina
  8. Encouraging Impressions, Sarah
  9. Sea Garden, Seongsook
  10. Crafting in Croatia, Nina
  11. Karen Pedersen, Karen
  12. LMac's Catered Crop, Linda
  13. Blondins Blog, Sue
  14. Andi's Perfect Gravy, Andi
  15. Tilting at Windmills, Teresa
  16. Stamp Studio H, Holie
  17. Expressions by DA, Darlene
  18. Hooked on Stamping, Helen
  19. Troop support article, Beth
  20. CR8IVE ME, Maryellen
  21. Stampin with Serendipity, Pam

other Memorial Day cards I have seen

If you have designed a Memorial Day card 
and would like to be linked from this page, 
and I will link it to your blog

Laycock Designs made my signature

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Sandy said...

It works perfectly now, I'm so glad I checked all the blogs! People will be wanting to leave you comments. :) Thank you for supporting our American guys....we have a number of "foreign" crafters who send in cards, and I am just blown away by that---THANK YOU!

Evelyn S. said...


Jean from jlfstudio said...

Hi Bridget,

Very cool cards. Ever since I saw a picture of this Circle Circus set on one of your fellow Aussies blogs I've been craving it. I was so hoping it would appear in our upcoming USA new catalog. Now my hopes are dashed since you said it was Aussie specific. ARGHHHH! You guys get the really cool stamps! Oh well I guess there is always eBay Australia! At least whoever gets these cards is going to know that they too are very special and much appreciated.

Thanks for sharing your time and talents so generously.

Hugs and blessings - Jean

Chris said...

Wow, I love the circles. Your cards are great, thanks so much for participating.

Anonymous said...

Love your cards!! The circles are so fun and the ribbons just yummy!! Your idea is very clever!! TFS! :)

Angi said...

These are really beautiful cards, great idea and thanks for being part of such a great cause!

lauren said...

Girl, you are on TOP of things! What a fantastic post you put up (and a good reminder about the glitter too). And thank you for supporting the American troops, it's wonderful!

But I must know, how do you tie such perfect little bows????

Tami B. said...

Love the interlocking circles. Such a beautiful post.

Karen said...

Wonderful card! TFS!! And great stamps too! {{cheers}}

Nancy Maxwell James said...

your cards are fabulous! such beautiful details! Thank you for supporting our troops!

Sarah said...

Wonderful cards!! thanks for all the additional info too!

AzKisses73 said...

Great Cards.. Thanks for inspiration. Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Weekend ♥

Lisa Somerville said...

Great cards!

JPScraps said...

Very beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing!

Dawn said...

WOw, your all the way on the other side of the world, and you honor us...Your very kind, and it's amazing to see, I wish americans were so thoughtfullll! your a blessing thanks for sharing. your cards and work are lovely!

kasmello said...

Thanks to all your family serving. These are beautiful cards.

Sue McGettigan said...

Great looking cards Bridget! Happy Memorial Day to you :)

Windy Robinson said...

love the symbolism

{VICKI} said...

enjoying the hop

Loni said...

Terrific cards; reminds me of the Olympic rings. Thanks for supporting Cards for Heroes.

KelliStamps4U said...

Beautiful cards! Thank you for particiating on behalf of the American holiday :)

Sandy said...

Okay all the fun additions at the bottom of your post made me GRIN! Making shapes out of all the words? CUTENESS! You're a doll, glad to meet you...and thanks for joining in!!

Phinny said...

Great cards - love those circles!

This is so much fun! So happy to be doing the blog hop for such a good cause with such a great, generous group of talented peeps! *smile*

Jennifer said...

Cute cards!

Yvette said...

love the rings! TFS!

Lisa Renéa said...

Your cards are beautiful! Thank you for your support and inspiration! Have a lovely week!

Lynn said...

I love your cards. Thanks so much for supporting this event. I am the proud Mother of a US soldier!
Thank you for supporting our troops.

Heather said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Your cards are beautiful-- the circles are so different! You are very clever!

Martha said...

These cards are beautiful! It is fun to see one of the Australian only SU! stamps. I love how you used it.

Thank you so much for participating in the CFH blog hop!

Fabre said...

Thank you so much for joining our blog hop from down under! I love what you did with the circles - looks great! Have a wonderful weekend, and thank YOU for your support of our heroes!

Merry's Musings said...

Beautiful blog post, lovely blog, many thanks to your fam who serves and has served, Will be back. Happy Memorial Day weekend.

Nancy said...

Beautiful cards!
Thanks to your husband who served!

Bekah's World said...

As a military wife, please let me say thank you for what you are doing. It's so good to know that there are others thinking of our loved one's when they're in harms way. What a wonderful way of showing your appreciation!

Purple Princess said...

Love your cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

eddee1286 said...

Thanks so much. Loved the circles. Great cards.

Rebecca said...

I agree with you: no matter the country or branch of service, there are so many military personnel that deserve thanks and recognition!

Carole RB said...

Love your card Bridget

mica said...

Your cards are soooo pretty! Love the rings. I am enjoying this hop :)

christy sheffield said...

Beautiful cards! I adore the circles - great job!

Wendy said...

This is such an exciting event!

Lisa said...

Your cards are beautiful, and I really loved that you listed all the participants. Thank you :)

Atticelf said...

That's wonderful that you're participating (and I love that stamp set). :)

Nancyljk said...

Love your blog and all the info you included about the blog hop and CFH! Your card is wonderful, so pretty..
My son is a US Marine, he's in Iraq now...2 years ago he was in Australia, training with the Aussie Marines, he said it was the best experience of his life and he would love to return to Australia.
Blessings to You!

Kay said...

Such pretty cards and what a great post! So informative. Thanks for sharing

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

Great cards! thanks for sharing about the 'no glitter' thing. I would have never guessed! i put glitter on EVERYTHING! lol

Suz said...

Awesome cards thanks so much for sharing. Thank your hubby for his service & sacrifices. Also to your family members. Your post was so heartfelt & inspiration filled.

Daintry said...

Oh that is so unfair! What a cute stamp. I love it! Wish we had it here. Thanks for sharing your cards, they are amazing!

Carolyn said...

wow, Bridget, those are great cards, love the set, hope we eventually get it here in the US. thanks for supporting our troops, we appreciate you and your troops as well.

ceashark at aol dot com

Whispers and Wishes said...

wonderful cards and thank you for supporting our troops.

Cr8ive ME said...

Love your cards. I wish we had that stamp set here in the US.


leenda said...

FABULOUS artwork! Please thank your husband for his service to our country!

Dana said...

how wonderful for you to help out and your cards are great!

Lisa said...

What beautiful cards! And such an eloquent post.

Please extend my gratitude to your family for their service to their countries.

Lost in Paper said...

Bridget, thanks for your support of CFH!!! your cards are lovely!!!

paula said...

Beautiful cards!! Thank you for supporting our troops!

AxeS DeSignS said...

beautiful cards thanks for your support and for all the things to remember...

Maggie said...

Love your cards, how nice to make both a male and female one. Thank you for supporting our troops.

NanaBeth said...

I wanted to say how grateful I have always been to the wonderful people of Australia for their support of our country. May you be blessed always,

PaulaM said...

Great cards. I love the rings. TFS

About : sbartist said...

Happy Memorial Day! Your cards are beautiful and thank you for your creativity and dedication to this great cause. We are grateful and proud of your family members service in the armed forces. : ) Sb

ML Design Works said...

I love the circle stamps! TFS!

Tammy said...

What wonderful card!! I LOVE the circle stamps~very cool! Thanks for sharing!

nsmerkt said...

Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing!

LETUMom said...

Cool cards. Thanks for sharing.

SuzAnn said...

Beautiful cards and thanks so much for your support of our troops!

Victoria S. said...

WOW! What wonderful cards! Thanks for supporting our troops. And please thank your husband for his service.

Doris said...

I love the circles & ribbons with these wonderful cards.

LadyDoc said...

Those are terrific cards! Thanks to your husband for his service and to you for all you do!

Day 3 and I am still hopping- I want to see and comment on every blog in this wonderful event!

Regina said...

lovely cards...thank you so much for participating with this wonderful organization

Kerri said...

Your cards are BEAUTIFUL!!!! I absolutely LOVE the circles. When I first glanced at the cards I said, "Oooooohhhh"

The Wired Angel said...

Lovely cards.... thanks for sharing your creativity and for participating. Enjoy your day! - a Military Mom

Grace said...

Your cards are fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

...Darlene said...

Thank you for sharing your great cards from downunder. It is so neat that we can all be connected via the computer in one common cause working together.

Anonymous said...

Your cards are wonderful. Thanks for sharing and for the service and sacrifice made by you and your family. Happy Memorial Day.

jaemom said...

whoa, I didn't know about all those latecomers, thanks for the link! wonderful cards, thanks to all your family and friends who serve our country selflessly. TFS.

Seongsook Duncan said...

Hi, very nice cards. Thanks for sharing it. I am so happy to see you are from Canberra, Australia where my daughters have been living for about 13 years.

Lyneen said...

Great cards.. thanks for sharing the links and for sharing your family story.

Bless all troops from around the world this special day.

Patti said...

Thank you for your dedicated support of all Troops everywhere.

Also, for adding the extra links to other participators.

Love your work.

Blythe Klipple said...

I'm so glad I've pushed on into the evening on Monday. A birthday party (now 5 yr old grandson) occupied my day---prep, party, clean up with his Mommy and Daddy. Anyway, your blog is great, fun, attractive, etc. If I moved to Australia can I get that Australia only SU! stamp set? It's great! Lucky you. :)

~Blythe, Mi Wuk Village, CA
SU! Demo since 1996

Lucy, England said...

Love your cards - the circle theme is very striking.

sandi maciver said...

wow, love the cards, what a great blog hop

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