November 11, 2010


Happy Veteran's Day!!!  Welcome to the Land of the Free Because of the Brave Blog Hop!

You should have arrived from Rebecca at Creations With Becca Haven't the projects been amazing so far?!  wow!  She is also a SweetSassyDiva Designer!  You can see the 14 SweetSassyDiva Designers' projects here and there are new projects posted every day of the week!  This week we are featuring the Gypsy Smiley Card so, be sure to check the archives and stop by daily to see what these crafty ladies are sharing each day. 

I have the honor to tell you about Chris who served in the United States Marine Corps as an E-3 Corporal. I hope I can share the appreciation that I have for all the wonderful men and women that serve for our freedoms. For my layout, I wanted to give honor to those and I wanted to include a picture of when I lived abroad for some years and on my honeymoon we went to Paris. It was overwhelming, when I came across the Statue of Liberty in Paris, how much pride and love I had for our country. The emotions were overwhelming and I felt like I was home although I knew that this was a mini version of our beauty. I lived abroad for some years in Europe and I really missed home. I think you grow a greater appreciation when you are away from home. Chris says that being away from family during deployments is the hardest thing. I cannot begin to understand what all he and others go through to protect our freedoms and as Chris says ”freedom isn't free and every time they think about the freedom, they have to think about a service member who has lost their lives in order for us to have the freedom we have and love!” I will be doing this layout again and including the picture of myself and my darling husband with the Statue of Liberty behind us. Hopefully, we can go to NYC one day and see her in the full version.

Chris decided to join the service because he had a few friends join right out of high school and at that point in life, he did not see himself going anywhere. He knew that was what he wanted to do when he went to one of his friend’s graduation from boot camp in Paris Island. The best things about being in the military for Chris are the friends and the experiences which are something you can never replace.

For the most part, Chris feels that the military gets the respect that they earned and deserve. Although, some people still do not understand what they go through and what they have to deal with. He feels that the visual arts are one of the best ways to help people understand things.

For Chris, the time spent in the Marine Corps was a very special time in his life. Through the ups and downs, he wants people to know that he didn't just do it for himself. Chris says “I wanted to serve my country and make a difference. I just want people to understand that freedom isn't free and every time they think about the freedom, they have to think about a service member who has lost their lives in order for us to have the freedom we have and love!”

Yesterday was the birthday of the Marine Corps! It was founded in 1775! Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps! Also, a special Thank you Chris and all the wonderful Men and Women who are serving now and those that have served in the past for this wonderful country! Regardless of which branch of service please know that you are so very important and appreciated! Happy Veteran’s Day!

I made a layout in Red, White and Blue!  The heading is "Liberty" and it features the Statue of Liberty, Fireworks and Stars & Stripes! 

I made some embellishments using red stitched ribbon, brads and rhinestones.  I also added a hat pin with crystal beads for additonal bling!

I used the Stand and Salute cartridge for this layout.  On the dark blue firework cut, I used silver metallic ink and sparkling embossing powder.  It has a lot of shine and bling.  It really shimmers as the light hits it.   

Using red and white striped ribbon, I created folds and used rhinestone brads and adhered it to the bottom of the layout.  It is reminescent of the flag's stripes especially with the lace star background against the white cardstock.  

The word "Liberty" was cut out in dark blue using the shadow feature.  I also cut out the word 'Liberty' in red and white layering them over the shadow.  By layering it with pop dots, it gives it great dimension. 

I cut out a star frame to showcase the picture from 4th of July in white.  Using pigment dark red ink and clear embossing powder, I embossed "Those who reach, touch the stars."

Lady Liberty was cut out in red.  By using pigment dark red ink and sparkling embossing powder it highlighted her cuts and added shimmer.  She was also cut out in shadow using dark blue cardstock. 

Our amazing Blog Candy (2—count ‘em! TWO Chances to win!!) are brought to you through the generosity of Marlo, who created the marvelous Scrap’NTote and Anne, from Paper Patch Crafts.

The rules for entering are the same for both prizes: Hop along our path and leave a comment AND a way to contact you on each and every stop.  Be sure to follow as this is a safe way to leave contact information instead of writing out your email address.  On Friday, November 12, KarelJ will use to first select a blog number (1-20) and then a comment number from that blog for each prize.  We will post the winner’s name on her blog and here.  If there is no contact information available, she will choose another winner from the same blog. It is up to the winner to contact KarelJ at ksjennings(at)gmail(dot)com. If she has not been contacted by Monday, November 15, another winner will be chosen.

Our first prize is a wonderful Pink Scrap’n Tote to store your Cricut Cartridges in! It comes to us from Marlo, at ContainYaCrafts. You can see the wonderful way this binder system keeps all your carts together, and ready to go in a flash by clicking on the picture below:

Need more than one? Put it on the Christmas Wish List and have your loved one order NOW, as they are simply flying out of stock! That is probably because there is a limited time offer of a 10% discount code to use on your order of a Scrap'n Tote! And save more by buying more than one!  I love the pink one and that is the one that you have a chance to win today! We received one of the final donations for the year, and are so grateful to Marlo!
Marlo also has a giveaway on her site for a Cricut Imagine! wow!!!

Our second terrific prize is a set of Spellbinders Nesties in the Crown Circle Shape. It comes to us via the generosity of Anne, whose family has an incredibly strong military heritage. You can read more about Anne and her husband on Linda and Gina’s Blogs. You can also check out paper Patch Crafts here, to see what other incredible things Anne has to sell! WOW!!! Click here to visit her ebay store!

Your next stop is with Angie at Gypsy Paperie
I hope you remember our Veteran's and active duty soldiers!  Thank you for all you do!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Veteran's Day Blog hop today!
1. KarelJ at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity  

2. Celeste at Touched By a Butterfly

3. Deb at Tidbit’s Place

4. Michelle at Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs

5. Jennifer at Young’s Scrapping

6. Diane at Crafting This Moment

7. Judy at Be Present Be Real

8. Marianne at Life From Marianne’s Table

9. Deb at If It’s Groovy

10. Christel at One Scrappin’ Sista

11. Belinda at Queen Bee’s Musings

12. Colleen at Col’s Creative Corner

13. Summer and Jennifer at Cricut Diaries

14. Rachel at Suburban Crafter

15. Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping 

16. Becky at Sew in Stitches

17. Rebecca at Creations With Becca

18. Bobbi Jo at Sweet Sassy Diva  YOU ARE HERE!!!!

19. Angie at Gypsy Paperie

20. Linda at The Tulip Collector


~*Jen*~ said...

Love the layout!! The ribbon along the bottom is my fav part!! Wonderful work!

Josie0602 said...

What a gorgeous layout! I love the ribbon and how you added them to the page!

Summer said...

The LO is beautiful! So happy to have you on the hop with us!

Jennifer said...

Love your LO!! It looks amazing!! Thanks For sharing!!!

scrappymama said...

wow! What a beautiful layout! Lovely way to remember our veterans! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win too!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful layout....Beautiful....

Liza Henderson said...

Love the use of ribbon. Great layout Bobbi Jo!


Michelle said...

What a cute layout thanks for sharing!!!

johnnysgirl said...

Love the layout so much detail

Marlene said...

Thank you for participating in this important blog hop, and for sharing Chris' story. Please thank him for his service to our country. I appreciate the sacrifices our veterans and service people have made to ensure our personal freedoms.

Your layout is gorgeous. You should definitely see the Statue of Liberty. I'm lucky I only live about an hour and a half away, so I've seen it a few times. :)

TR said...

All the pictures and stories on this blog hop
are just wonderful......
Thank you for acknowledging and honoring
our veterans. They are a brave troupe.


Tammy said...

I love the fabulous layout, I think I am going to scrap-lift it! tee hee
otrbanks at earthlink dot net

scrapperbecka said...

Great layout it is beautiful

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Milamemories said...

That is gorgeous, i just love everything about it!!


Marionment said...

Love the layout. The ribbon is amazing.

Queen Bee said...

What a beautiful LO and such amazing details.

Scrappin' Sista said...

Awesome LO. I love all the details. TFS!

Blog Hop Sista

Anonymous said...

Love the lay out.

Cindylu2u said...

Fantastic LO!! I love how you used the ribbon!!

Tammy said...

I love your layout. I love the extra detail you did with the shading on Lady Liberty to make her stand out! Beautiful work!!
tammy (at) iplanitmeetings (dot) com

Cherylann's "Outta-My-Mind " said...

Wow, what a fantastic layout. Last year I got to see the Statue of Liberty in person, words cannot express how I felt seeing her, she is so beautiful
Cherylann (prinkles)

Stephanie said...

Wonderful story. I love your layout. You can tell you put your heart in it. Thanks for the chance to win. I am a follower.

Brenda said...

Fabulous ribbon and layout. Love it

Burffrau @ aol dot com

Lesley from WI said...

Your LO is wonderful! Love the embellishments that you made!
lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

Anonymous said...

I knew it would be great!!! thanks you for sharing the story and the great project.

Kathy Balman said...

Great layout love the detail

Juicy Creations said...

great layout.. thanks for sharing..

Angie said...

Beautiful layout! I like a the shine.

pattyk said...

Great layout! thanks for sharing Chris story and thank

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Thank you for sharing Chris' story. I love the layout! Gorgeous!

Esmommy said...

Very pretty LO, love the embellishments and the ribbon detail TFS
NYGIRL1994 at yahoo dot com

Patricia Hurlburt said...

Awesome layout! Thanks for sharing!!
lilbitee1971 at hotmail dot com

Groovy Deborah said...

What a wonderful quote from Chris about wanting to make a differnece. How amazing he is! Thak you Chris!!!

"Love" that cutting for "Liberty" WTG!!!

HVD, Groovy Deb♥

Laura Lee said...

Your layout is amazing!! love what you did with the ribbon!!!!

ScrappingDeb said...

Love the different projects - thanks for sharing the stories

ScrappingDeb said...

Love all the projects - very different. Thank you for sharing the story.

Penny said...

Great layout. Thank you for doing this and for the opportunity to win.

pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

Gina Thornton said...

OMGosh! Love the layout! Love the fabric and beading! Very very nice!

Thanks for hopping along with us!

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

Your LO is absolutely beautiful! I love all of the pages and cards I am seeing with Stand and Salute! Thank you for sharing your story and the story about Chris and his military experiences.

Dana said...

Thanks for sharing the story.


stefeni said...

Great layout and ribbon techniques!

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

Stacey said...

Love the layout!


cdm317 said...

What a fun layout! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing your story and the story about your friend Chris. It made me realize how lucky we truly are to be here, Free, because of our Veterans and Service Men and Women.

Clara said...

Love your LO! Amazing blog hop!

Vicki said...

Beautiful layout. Thanks for sharing.

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Becky said...

Love your Liberty card!!! I have been hopping through tonight to see what everyone else posted and I can't get over all the beautiful crafts! and thanks for sharing Chris' story.


What a gorgeous layout! I love the ribbon and how you added them to the page! Thanks for doing this Blog Hop my husband is a VET.
Rebecca Minor

PinkBlingCrafter said...

OMG I loved the layout. Great hop and god bless all our soldiers.

doverdi said...

Beautiful layout. Thanks for participating in the blog hop & sharing the stories. God bless all of the veteran's & military for the sacrifices for our countries.

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