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

It’s a Pet-Pourri at the Heart2Heart Challenge

If you’re like me, you probably have phone full of pet photos and a stack of pet-shaped stamps.  87504779_10157306730953089_7096549616794992640_nWell, my friend, it’s time to dig all of those out of your stash, and start creating for our Pet-Pourri challenge.  Our Design Team has created quite a few pet-loving projects for you to enjoy at the Heart2Heart challenge blog.  Before I show you what I made this week,  I want to remind you that this challenge is open all month long.  Just make sure to link your project before April 30th

Remember how I said that I have a phone full of pet photos?  My kids will vouch for the fact that there are more photos of this sweet fur baby than there are of the humans. 🤣 Now that the kids are grown and not around as much, this little pup gets most of my attention, which would account for all the photos of her.  These are some I took of her last summer when we took her fishing. 

Our little miss is quite the character.  She was fascinated with the crayfish in the mud and equally curious with the fish wiggling at the end of the chain. When I decided to start recording these memories, I was searching for a new technique to try and, wouldn’t you know it, SG Scrap Squad was doing a challenge this weekend. 

The inspiration for that starburst, came from a sketch they published for the challenge from the November 2015 issue.  I chose to create mine from some These are My People papers & a few patterns from our Mix-Ins

After creating the starburst and adding the photos, I began looking for embellishments.  I knew that I had a crayfish (lobster) from an older collection, some fish from the Seas the Day stickers, and some elements from These Are My People – what I didn’t know was how I was going to pull all those pieces together.  

I decided to grab some Kraft paper and add it behind the starburst then frame the photo in Sapphire Blue. This matched both the crayfish and the sentiment stickers. 

To tie the whole layout together, I added that large torn paper sticker from the These Are My People sticker sheet.  To me it looked like water, making it the perfect addition to the layout.  I added a few elements to the top of the page for the title and the layout was complete. 

I hope that you were inspired by this Sweet Furry Fisherman layout and that you plan to join us for our Pet-Pourri challenge at Heart2Heart.  

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