Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Autumn Blessings Blog Hop


Welcome!

You are on the Autumn Blessings Blog Hop. You should have reached here from Angelina's blog. If not you will want to go back and start at the beginning with Lora's blog. You won't want to miss any of the creations that all the talented hosts of each stop has created for the blog hop. The hop goes along with the Autumn Blessings Crop over at CardSwaps. The crop is from November 16 - 19th. You have until November 22 to post your creations to the challenge threads and be entered into the drawings for prizes. Continue along the hop and at the end you will find a link to the crop at CardSwaps where I hope you will join us for fun, inspiration and prizes!

The theme for our blog hop is, "I have been blessed". While I have been blessed with many things in my life, I wanted to focus this post on certain family members in my life. Which is also the theme for my card. I have many family members who have served in the military. Great grandfathers, grandfather, my father, uncles, cousins, stepchildren and step grand children. All who have sacrificed to honor and protect our country. I have one particular cousin whom I am very close to that has made the military his life long career. In doing so he has had to make some sacrifices which include leaving his family every time he is deployed. Just recently he was deployed to Iraq shortly after the birth of his daughter resulting in him missing her first year of life and her first birthday. He is home this year for Thanksgiving and will be spending it with his family for which I am grateful.

I wanted to make a card to send to my cousin to let him know how grateful I am for all he does for our country and to let him know how blessed I am to have him in my family. So my project for this hop is a thank you card I made for him. I kept it clean and simple keeping in mind that it is going to a guy....so no flowers, pearls and other girlie embellishments. I knew I wanted an eagle on my card but alas I had no rubber stamp of an eagle. I started to search online for a digi image when I thought of something even better! An original piece of art drawn by my stepson. I was so pleased to use his drawing for my card. He also served in the military for 6 years. I then took two different brass stencils to stencil the stars around the eagle and to dry emboss on the card base. The ink I used is by Colorbox and I used a Krylon Gold Leafing pen for the fine thin line of gold. My sentiment on the inside of the card is computer generated. Using some of the same paper I used on the inside of the card I lined my envelope to coordinate with my card.

I feel blessed to live in this country. I am very grateful to all the men and women in our military who protect, serve and defend our country. Thank you to each and everyone of them.

Your next stop along the hop is Tina. You won't want to miss her post or the rest of the hop! So hop along and should you get lost, here is a list of the entire hop in order. When you are through hoping be sure to join us for the online crop over at CardSwaps on the CardMaker site!

11 comments:

Tina said...

Om my goodness!!! I love it!!! My dad retired out of the Army after 30 years and one of my closest friends has been depolyed to Iraq and just return from a little over a year in Afghanistan.

Your stepson did an amazing drawning....very talented!!

Lora Brinkman said...

WOW! An original piece of artwork... he is a fabulous artist. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I appreciate their service, as well... what a completely different world we would live in, if not for their sacrifice. Your card is gorgeous (even without the flowers, lace, and pearls. ;) ) Love the stencil embossing on the card.

Judy said...

Oh wow, Susan! This is GORGEOUS! I love everything about it. The embossing really sets it off. Great job, my friend!

Thank you for being you. You are a true blessing in my life. You help get through in more ways than you know. Hugs to you my friend - Judy

Teresa Arsenault said...

This card (inside and outside) is incredible, Susan. What a talented artist your step-son is; that eagle is amazing.
Blessings,
Teresa

Georgei said...

you say that your card is simple
but O MY GOD it is very beautiful
like every thing about your card
thank for showing

Traci said...

What a beautiful eagle! Your embossing adds such a nice touch.

terrie said...

what an amazing card...
everything is so perfect what a way to express the feeling behind it...
well done

Jane said...

Susan this is such a beautiful card! I am so impressed at how wonderful your son drew the eagle. Just an amazing card. I love it!!!

Golda said...

Susan, that is fantastic! Your step son really is an amazing artist and you know just how to incorporate his art into a piece of your own. Your cousin will love it. Thanks for sharing a bit of your family with us, too.

nanavf said...

Wow, you have some major talent in your family. What a special card to give to a special family member!

Becky said...

Girl, this is awesome! What a talented stepson you have! I think I am going to break out my stencils :).