Four Memorial Day Military Cards

Memorial Day is right around the corner and many of you will be remembering loved ones on this day. One way we can honor those whom we have lost is through supporting those who are currently serving. In my video tutorial, I share a few ways you can alter these cards to send to active military personnel, but many of you might know someone who is serving locally or someone who has recently served who would also enjoy these cards. I hope that you are inspired by these creations and show your support to those who are currently serving.

These four cards are being debuted for Memorial Day because I wanted to honor those who have been lost, but you could also recreate these for the Fourth of July or Veterans Day.

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day? Due to so many lives being lost during the Civil War, more lives than any war in U.S. history, there was a need to create our first national cemeteries. Decoration Day was a springtime tradition spent decorating fallen soldiers’ graves, reciting biblical scripture, and singing hymns.


All four of these cards were created using our Sunburst Background thin cut die and the Because of the Brave stamp set. The minute I saw that stamp set and the Stars & Sparklers papers, I knew that I wanted to create some cards I could send to our local base.

I created each card a little differently from the rest and made a few feminine cards for some amazing women who are currently serving. The card with the female officer was a very simple one to make.

After creating the background, I layered two circle shapes behind the stamped image, then completed the card with a floral sticker, gold thread, and a simple sentiment.

The floral card was inspired by so many cards I have seen with sunburst backgrounds. I just fell in love with that floral paper pattern in the Stars and Sparklers collection and wanted to compliment it with a simple red, white, and blue element.


Here is another little Memorial Day tid-bit for you. Did you know that one of the earliest commemorations was organized by newly freed African Americans? Over 250 of their fellow freed soldiers died in a prisoner camp in South Carolina and the bodies were hastily burred in a mass grave. In May, after the war ended, a new, proper burial site was created decorated with flowers and showered in hymns. This was considered one on of the first Memorial Day ceremonies of remembrance.


I am a bit partial to the red, white, and blue and these last two cards just scream Fourth of July and Memorial Day, don’t they? A friend of mine told me that one of the cards reminded her of a firecracker.

To create the multi-colored “Brave” sentiment with the Because of the Brave stamp set, I used a technique where I create a simple mask with a sticky note. It is very easy to do and creates amazing results.

In my video tutorial, I walk you through the process to create each of these cards. I share tips for designing a Sunburst background, show you how to create a masked stamped image, and share a few fun cardmaking tricks. I hope that this project inspires you to create a few red, white, and blue cards of your own.


For those who are remembering lost ones they love this Memorial Day, I send prayers of peace and gratefulness. For those who are currently serving, I want to send you blessings and thanks. May you remember those who have been lost, support those who currently serve, and honor those who have given so much for our country.

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** more information about Memorial Day can be found at https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

Daddy’s Boy Layout | Five Simple Embellishing Tips

Do you struggle with embellishment placement on your projects? If so, then you are going to love this month’s Creative Design Team video collab. This week, we are sharing ways to easily add embellishments to your projects. If you have not had a chance to meet our Creative Design Team, you can learn more about them here.

Our theme this month is Embellishing Made Easy with a focus on creating balanced clusters on your paper crafting projects. In my video, I am going to share five simple tips that I use when I am adding elements to my pages.


With Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to inspire you with a masculine layout you could recreate using some of our new Mix-In papers. I just love these photos of my son and husband working on a late-night project together and I wanted to be able to record all the memories using a variety of embellishments that would showcase the emotions shared on this page.

Before I share my process video with you, let’s talk about embellishments – those collections of stickers, die cuts, ephemera, and more laying in various spots of your craft room. How do you use them all and make your page not look like a pre-schooler adding stickers to a coloring page?

When adding elements, to a project there are five things that I consider when I am creating – Repetition, Size, Balance, Number, and Cohesiveness. I talk about each of these in the video, but I want to go over them in a little more detail.

Let’s start with Repetition of Color, Shape, and Pattern. Repetitiveness brings rhythm. Think about your favorite song. Is there a drumbeat that plays over and over again? That repetitiveness is the flow through the melody that brings a smile to your face and you can feel it when it’s off, right?

Creating rhythm or flow through a scrapbook page also requires some repetition. On my Daddy’s Boy layout, you are going to see the repetition of the color, shapes, and patterns found in the Mix-In papers and tags that I used. Bluebelle, Toffee, and Black are duplicated multiple times on the page.

You might also notice multiple hearts on this layout and plaid patterns. The heart shapes in the tags, papers, and embellishment complement the theme and by repeating this shape throughout the layout, it brought cohesiveness and balance. The plaid pattern is also duplicated multiple times on the papers, a tab at the top of the page, and a die-cut heart above the focal photo.

Not only are the hearts duplicated on this layout, but they also differ in size. When adding embellishments to your pages, vary the size of the objects and be aware of how much weight they add to the page.

The asymmetrical design of this layout requires that I have some weight around my focal photo which is why I placed the flag banner at the base of the page. Since the banner carried so much weight, I needed to add smaller objects to the rest of the layout to balance the design.

You might also notice that I added white elements to the page in a triangle pattern and divided up my page into thirds.

Creating a visual triangle is key to achieving Balance. In my video I explain the Visual Triangle, but, for those who do not know, it is an invisible triangle created with elements to help your eyes take in all the aspects of the page. Designers use the idea of a visual triangle to create balance in an advertisement or home arrangement.

When you are adding Balance to the page, odd numbers work best. I always count the number of items I add to my clusters. Whether I am adding die cuts, stickers, little gems, or a combination of items – I use an odd number of objects to achieve balance.

The last little tip I have for you involves Cohesiveness or Unity. Both of these can be accomplished through repetition and varying size, but they are best achieved by adding layers that are touching other elements on the page.

In other words, don’t just have something floating out there on the side. On my page, almost all the elements are layered atop another element or are touching another object on the page. This creates a flow throughout the page and adds unity to the embellishments I chose.

Now that you have read about the little tips and tricks I use to add embellishments to my projects, take a look at how it all came together.

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How easy was that? Adding embellishments to your page does not have to be complicated. You just need to remember a few simple little tricks to help you achieve balance.

Make sure that you check out all of the Creative Design Team videos this week. These ladies have some amazing Embellishing Made Easy ideas for you. At the end of my video, I had added a link to the playlist just in case you want to sit and watch all eight videos in one sitting. You will learn so many wonderful ways to add embellishments to your projects.

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Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop

Our new catalog has been out for a few weeks now, and our blog hop team has been working on some designs featuring products in this May June idea book. There are so many amazing items this season and we can’t wait to share a few of them with you. If you have not had a chance to see the new catalog, yet, you can view a walk-through video here

Our monthly blog hops are a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for future projects. Feel free to Pin these projects directly from each of our blogs and save them for later.  You may be just starting here or you may have come from Haley Dyer’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Memorial Day Military Cards, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


When I first opened the catalog, three new products caught my eye — the Stars & Sparklers papers, the Sunburst Thin Cut die, and the Military-themed stamp sets. I knew right away that I needed to create a series of cards for Memorial Day. This is just one of the cards I made for my upcoming video.

The background for the card was created using the new Sunburst Background thin cut. This metal die has been designed to help you easily create a starburst background without any extra measuring.

I love how simple it was to put the background together. If you choose to make a stack of these cards, as I did, I suggest you get yourself an organizer to place all the like-sized pieces into. I used a magnet board for mine, but my friend Jayma use a muffin tin and it worked great.

Since these cards are military-themed, I chose the Stars & Sparklers papers for my sunbursts along with some Sapphire and Kraft cardstocks.

I cut out all the pieces at once, organized them on my scrap’n easel, then started to arrange the patterns onto the cards. The designs on each card have colors, patterns, and images that repeat throughout the sunburst. This helps draw your eye to each of the images I added.

On this specific card, I chose to only use the patterns with stars and stripes with a kraft-colored background. I wanted it to replicate the flag and hero image I used on the project. I also duplicated the circle-shaped background with a stitched shaker circle frame. This not only draws your eye to the central images, but it adds a little texture to the card.

The stamped images were created using the Because of the Brave stamp & thin cut set. I am so glad we have some more military images I can use on cards and scrapbook pages. If you are in Canada, there is a set for you, too, called We Stand on Guard for Thee. There are a few images on this stamp set I would also like to use, so it is the next purchase on my wishlist.

I hope that this Memorial Day Hero card has inspired you to use a few products from the New Catalog. I will be posting a video tutorial on my YouTube channel later this week showing all four cards I created for Memorial Day with step-by-step instructions. 


Now head on over to Krista Hershberger’s blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the team blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas using products from the May June idea book. Remember, the items in our season catalogs are only available while supplies last. If there are any products currently on your wishlist, you might want to head on over to my site and grab them sooner than later.  

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