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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Operation Write Home Blog Hop





Welcome to Memorial Day Sketch BlogHoppers!  This is the first time I have participated in this and I am excited and happy to be part of this event.
About two years ago my oldest grandson, Nick, a Marine MP, returned from duty in Afghanistan. 
After months of anxiety this grandma could hardly wait to get my arms around him and hug his neck! So proud of you Nick!                     
This stamp by Art Impressions reminds me of that time when we all welcomed our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, home. The original image was stamped, colored with Copic markers and then reduced by 30% in order to fit the sketch.  I used sketch #43.
Thank you for bloghopping with OWH.




Recipe:
OWH Welcome Home
Stamp: Art Impressions Uptown Girls Set 4129 (Girlfriends)
             Paper Smooches Circle of Honor M25099
Punch:  Punch Bunch (small flowers)
Memento Ink Tuxedo Black
Paper:  TPC Studio Spring Break Printed Pad P62130
             Bazzil Cardstock Pauly Poo (blue) Grasshopper (green)
Copic Markers:
E000, E02, R02, R14  (skin)
B60, B63, B66
RV000, RV00, RV02, RV06, RV09
BV000, BV00, BV02
BG000, BG02, BG05
YG25, YG11
YR14, YR18, (hair)
Y32, Y38 (hair)
E21, E13, E19 (hair)
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85 comments:

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    1. Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I am glad you like my card. Art Impressions has some great stamps. Love all the girlfriend ones!

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  2. Such a fun image and you did a great job coloring it! Thansk for being part of this hop!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comments. The hop was awesome! Loved all the cards.

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  3. I love the papers and the colors, and that image is one I need! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Monica...yep, I am known for my enabling!

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  4. I'm so glad your DGS returned home safe and sound! I love how you colored this image and created such a happy card! NJ

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. Nick did not have it easy, went 3 months without a shower and we had no way of sending him mail. I guess that is why I believe in OWH so much.

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  5. What a fun image and so beautifully colored too! Great card! Thanks for joining in the Memorial Day hop and for supporting OWH.

    Paula S.
    OWH Blog Team

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    1. Thanks Paula, I love Copic markers. The hop was great! So much inspiration.

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  6. Great effort. Coloring is super, and your idea to reduce the image prior to coloring, so it would fit your card was genius. I'll have to remember that. The image fits the celebration occasion and background papers are just perfect. TFS

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    1. Thanks Mary, you always make me feel like I am wonderful! (But we know the truth, right? ;-) Always appreciate your kind words

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  7. Hi Mary,
    So happy your grandson, Nick, is home! What a lucky guy to have such a sweet grandma!! Your card is so much fun, I feel like I got to know you a little here in your artwork! Blessings!!

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet words. He is a gem and I am so thankful that God returned him home to us. Being a grandma is the icing on the cake!

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  8. Welcome to your first Blog! Love the card!!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I am so glad you liked it.

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  9. Welcome home indeed. LOVE the bright happy feel to this card. Your coloring is amazing. TFS and your support of OWH.

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    1. That welcome home was an amazing experience. All those boys coming back here after being deployed. Seeing all the families welcoming home their loved one. I love working with Copic Markers and how they make me feel like an artist. I appreciate your kind comments.

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  10. Fabulous job on the card. I thank your grandson for his service.

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    1. Donna, thanks for your kind words and I will certainly relay your words to Nick.

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    1. Thanks Margaret...I love the Girlfriend series from Art Impressions.

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  12. Great card! Thank you to your grandson for his service.

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    1. Thanks Sarah and I certainly will tell Nick.

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  13. I am so in love ♥ with this image, you rock!
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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    1. Thanks Misty! And thanks for making this grandma smile...I rock...really? Cool!

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  14. What a great card! Many thanks to your grandson for his service.

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    1. Thanks Carmen and I will relay to Nick your thanks.

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  15. I love this card! It really made me smile. I'm so happy that your grandson returned safely and I am so VERY grateful for his service. I pray that God will bless him all the days of his life for his sacrifice! Thank you for your support of OWH.

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    1. Thanks Sherrie! I am glad it made you smile. Thanks so much for your kind words. OWH is a wonderful organization.

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  16. Great card. Love that happy image. Pat K.

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  17. OH, MY! That image is so fun! I can see a lot of uses for that one!

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    1. So glad you liked it Dixie! I love the Girlfriend series from Art Impressions. Have you seen them in the hot tub? Love it.

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  18. What a fun image! I've been thinking of getting it for a group of us who go to lunch once a month. Great card, super coloring, and please thank your grandson for his service.

    That photo of the two of you is my favorite part of your blog! I remember how stressful it was to have both our nephews doing multiple deployments. So much so that I ended up going to NY to explain to my publisher and agent why I had to stop writing military thrillers. Those stories were too close to home when our boys were in those same places I was writing about. SO GLAD your grandson returned safe.

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  19. These girls are great! What a fun card, surely to make someone smile!

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    1. Glad you liked them and thanks so much for leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

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  20. Those girlfriends are great - I wanna go where they're going! That's a really fun card. Thanks for sharing and thank you to your Nick for his service!

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    1. So glad you liked the girlfriends. Check out the rest of the line of stamps at Artimpressions.com I especially love the one where they are in the hot tub. Fun stamps. I will pass on your thanks to Nick.

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  21. What a fun card! Great job on the coloring! Happy to hear that your grandson is home safe and sound.

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    1. Thanks Julie, glad you liked it. And thanks for leaving such a kind comment.

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  22. that is such a great image for the sentiment.

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  23. Let's have some fun. So sinking adorable. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Hugs

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  24. Let's have some fun. Awesome. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Hugs

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  25. I love what the image reminds you of, beautiful card!

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  26. Mary,

    Thank your grandson for his service.

    Great card! Love the image -- and the watercolor feel to your coloring.

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    1. So glad you liked it and took the time to leave a comment. The original image was lots brighter but after scanning and reducing it...your right, it does have a watercolor look. Thanks.

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  27. This is such a fun card and the perfect way to welcome our soldiers home. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Stacy. Hope we can welcome them all home.

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  28. Mary, this is so fabulous!!! I love the ladies! Your card brought a huge smile to my face as did your tribute to your grandson. Thank you, Nick!!!

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    1. So glad you liked it and if it made you smile you made my day! Will give him your thanks.

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  29. What a perfect use of that adorable image with the sentiment you chose. Please thank Nick for his service. The card and the picture of the two of you together made me smile. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for your continuing support of our troops.

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  30. that is one of my favorite images and now every time I use it, I'll think of you and your grandson!I agree, it does look like some happy moms/wives/grandmas welcoming home loved ones. Tell your grandson "thank you" for his service from this crafter and thank YOU for supporting OWH.

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  31. Great card! The image is so fun!!

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  32. That image is way fun. Your card is so happy with it's bright paper and coloring. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Fantastic image! Great coloring!

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  34. What a fantastic card and so happy that you have your Nick back in your arms!

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  35. That is just the cutest card in the world. Love your choice of colors.
    Welcome home to your grandson.

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  36. What a fun card, love it;)

    Welcome Home Nick and thank you for your service;)

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  37. Great card I love the image :)

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  38. This card made my day...Love the colors and the image and the way the card is put together. I can offer no suggestions, only praise...Awesome stuff:)

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  39. Love the ladies!!! My nieces and nephews would say - - "Oh no! It's the Aunts!!!" :)
    Mary, Wausau WI

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  40. Your card totally made me smile - love the image! Happy to hear that your grandson made it home safely too.

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  41. What a great card! Love the colors and the image is just the best! Awesome use of the sketch too.

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  42. Absolutely lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  43. I love your image and the colors you used on your card. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  44. What a super fun card! Great papers and the coloring is fabulous! So glad he made it home safely!!

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  45. So glad you are participating in the blog and sharing this terrific card with us. Great great job with the sketch.

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  46. I love these Art Impressions stamps. I have recently purchased about 5 of them. They are so funny. I love how you colored them.

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  47. Darling card, Mary!! Those are some happy ladies....glad their menfolk returned :)
    Thanks so much for joining us for the hop!! Excited to be getting to know you more too!

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  48. THANK YOU!!! I love the idea of stamping, coloring, and then scanning/reducing the focal image!! So many lovely stamps are just a bit too big for an A-2 card front, if you have any matting or other embellishments. Now I know how to use them!! Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  49. Great image for a welcome home card!

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  50. Great card, absolutely love it and the coloring is super. Cute pic of you and your grandson.

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  51. Fun fun fun ! Love the colorsing and papers! TFS!!!

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  52. So happy for your grandson's safe return! Your coloring is beautiful on the card. Very nice with the background paper.

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  53. Great image and very nice card! Love the bright colors you used!

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  54. Very fun card. Nice coloring

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  55. Love that stamp! and I love the picture of you with Nick too. Thanks so much for supporting OWH

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  56. Don't you just love AI stamps? I have several of the girlfriends stamps but I'm missing this one. Hmm, time to go to Archivers?

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  57. That stamp is a hoot. You did a beautiful coloring job--I'd like a pair of those aqua capris. I love that picture of you and your grandson too.

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  58. I'm a little late in getting around, but your card is adorable!

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