Friday, July 15, 2011

Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Let's Get Cricky" Blog Hop!!

This month's hop is in support our fallen HEROES...  We will each be featuring special "Thank You" cards to be delivered during the "Run for the Fallen" in Maine...
"Run for the Fallen Maine is an organization dedicated to keeping alive the memory of our military heroes that gave their lives to protect our freedom since September 11, 2001.

On Sunday August 21, 2011 the 4th run to honor our heroes will be held. This is a 65 kilometer event with each kilometer being dedicated to the memory of one of our heroes that lived in Maine, had family from Maine or had some ties to our home State."
One of our Design Team Sisters, Rebecca of The Crafting Misfit, will be hand-delivering these cards during this very special event...  If you would like to help support this cause, we invite YOU to join us in making a card or two to say "THANKS"...  You can find the address to mail your cards by clicking HERE.  The organization is also accepting donations for the event.  You can find more information about donating by clicking HERE...

If you've hopped along from Kathy P's blog then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard, or reading this via email, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with K Andrew's blog (I wouldn't want you to miss a THING!!)...

I have some Blog Hop CANDY for one lucky WINNER!!!  

Since this hop is all about our Soldiers I thought it would be appropriate to give you all a chance to use these fabulous stamps and create some of your own cards for your fellow American.  One lucky winner will receive this stamp set.  Now remember, you can always go here and order your very own set and know that you are also donating to a charity when you do so.

Each of Kristal's stamp sets benefit charity. At least $1 per stamp set goes to benefit the charity noted on the stamp set package. Kristal is donating to the following charities: Cancer Angels, Storefront Shelter for Homeless Children, Intrepid & Fallen Heroes, Doorways Shelter for Women & Children (Domestic Violence), and Autism Research Institute. Kristal will donate $1 for every stamp set sold, retail or wholesale to the charity noted; and over time believes this will add up to some wonderful miracles for these special people. So you can feel good that each time you purchase a K Andrew Designs art stamp set, someone around the country is receiving some good help!

K Andrew Designs stamps are all made and assembled here in the USA, which is very important to Kristal. This ensures all product materials are safe and that jobs are being provided and maintained here in America.

I am featuring the "Freedom Isn't Free" Stamp Art Set for tonight's hop.  $1 from the sale of each "Freedom Isn't Free" stamp set is donated to Intrepid Fallen Heroes -- a non-profiit organization that provides rehabilitative services to US military members who are severely disfigured from combat.

I am so thrilled to be doing this hop because
this one hits close to home for me.

Both my grandfather's were military.  In fact, before
they knew each other they fought the same war on opposite sides.
My dad was Army, my youngest brother Marines, I was Air Force,
many uncles were in the Army and Marines.
My Son-in-law was Army
and my youngest wants to join the Air National Guard,
so that he can fly jets!!!
So do you understand why this is so important to me?
So let's get on with its.

Embossed background with stars cuddlebug folder
Hearts SVG file
Ribbon Tutorial in video below
Video tutorial for ribbon altering
My youngest is obsessed with Air Craft carriers
and he suggested this card.
Also used the Splashtastic-Summer stamp set.
for the You float my Boat.
Stand and Salute Cart

I also used the A Hero from the Amazing You stamp set.
Now this one is sold out, but I just might have an extra one to give away in the very near future.
So make sure you stay tuned to my blog if this one interests you.
If you want to stamp on shiny paper,
make sure you heat set it so it doesn't smear.
Stand and Salute Cart
Wiper card
Stand and Salute Cart
Stars are aluminum cans, embossed with the stars
cuddlebug folder and cut out individually.
USA is silver vellum embossed with the stars
cuddlebug folder and inked.
Using the dog tag stamp, I cut out and used part of the
God Bless The USA sentiment.  Added a ball chain
and pop-dotted to the Wiper
Stamped on great with the stamps
Stars are paperclay and embossed with UTEE
to make them shiny...and yes
it's a wobble.
Stand and Salute Cart

This is my 2nd favorite.  We live 1 mile directly across from the
airport and our Air National Guard flies their F16 almost daily
over our house.  When they fly over I know that is the
and I definitely sleep peacefully tonight because of them!!!
Stand and Salute Cart

Now see how many different cards you can make with just one stamp set?  Or you can even mix and match and also use part or all of the stamps to create whatever you desire.  So I hope you've enjoyed my card selections.  I'm not sure about all of them, but if you would leave me a comment and tell me which 3 you prefer I send to Rebecca to hand out; I will send her the top 3 everyone suggests.  The other 3 I may take to our local VA and pass them out...

Now you can hop on over to your next stop, 
(but before you do, remember to leave me a comment and do become 
a follower if you aren't already, please):
If you would like to see all of Kristal's stamp sets and learn more about the charities she is supporting, please click on the blinkie below...

Our special Guest Designer for this month's hop is Amy Chomas!!  Amy is the creator and designer of Chomas Creations.  Her family makes her products right here in the USA, and they ship each package out themselves.  Amy's mini gel pens and gel pen holders are the perfect accessory for any Cricut or Silhouette owner!!  She also features a mini marker holder and embossing kit that will take your crafting to new levels!!  To see more of Amy's incredible products, please click on her blinkie below:

In case you get lost along the way or need to revisit anyone, here's the entire line up!! :)

I hope you have enjoyed my card and will consider joining us with a card or two of your own...


  1. I love EVERY one of your cards! Thank you for your ribbon tutorial. I love your creativity!

  2. My lord girl, you did such a great job. I love all of these, how cool. Great job as always!
    Hugs :),
    Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM - SISTER

  3. Just wonderful, DH was in the Navy I must 'lift' that card TFS

  4. Wow Brenda! These are fabulous cards. I really love the sleeping peaceful tonight because of you card!! Just love it! Thanks for sharing

  5. Wow! So many different cards! I love them all, but I think my favorite 3 would be the top one with the embossed stars, the wiper card (I only first heard of those this week!), and the card with the boots. I'm already a follower. Thanks for the chance to win--those stamps would be great for an album I'd like to make of my dad's service in Vietnam.

  6. Oh my gosh, Brenda, all of your cards are absolutely fabulous! Wow, you did such a GREAT job on each and every one! I will be back after the hop to watch your video on ribbon altering :)


  7. I love the boots! Very sweet idea :)

  8. Love them all, but if I have to choose i would say 1, 4 and six, great job and thanks for showing more then one card and how they can be used with other stamp sets!!

  9. Like the patriotic cards. There's Military in my family background. I'm a follower of Getting Cricky with K Andrew.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  10. Wow Brenda put us to shame! Lol!! All of your cards are great.
    A big Thank You to you and your family for being part of the military.
    Jess :)

  11. Wow Brenda! Great job on all your cards, way to showcase Kristal's set :)
    ~Hugs~ your DT sister

  12. Great job on all your cards.
    DIANA L.

  13. Great job Brenda! I especially love the card with the hearts! Thanks for the ribbon tutorial!


  14. WOWEEEEE all of these are fantastic Brenda! I'm snagging them for the photoalbum!!!

  15. Oh my goodness Brenda, These are absolutely fabulous cards. Each and everyone of them are so special. Thank you for caring so much for our heros.

  16. Wonderful cards..If I had to pick three it would be the Boat, boots and jets because I think it is a great assortment for the different branches of the military..but I love the Uncle Sam hat and the embossed background of the first card too..

    I am a follower

  17. Brenda what a super AWESOME bunch of cards!! I just Loooooove anything honoring our soldiers!! Thanx for sharing!!:) Jennifer

  18. Great job on all your cards and thank you for your service!

    nanettemt at yahoo dot com

  19. All the cards are great, but my favorite is the 3 hearts. The paper used to cut the hearts made it look so neat. Plus thank you for sharing so many tips

  20. I LOVE all you husband was in the Army & deployed twice so I really appreciate this blog hop.

    jennykingham at att dot net

  21. WOW they are all amazing but if I had to pick 3 I would say: Sleeping peacefully with the planes, your wiper card and standing the watch with the combat boots.

    Precious Hugs

  22. OMG Brenda, you di such are great job on all of your cards, you have been one busy lady. They are all so nice and perfect for this hop.
    Getting Cricky DTM

  23. seriously girl those are awesome!! dang.. and i'm after you!! LOL love them all


  24. First thank you so much for your service and that of your family. I liked every one of your cards. Each one spoke volumes. If I were to choose 3 they would be: The red,white,& blue hearts, The boots, and the God Bless the USA. Hugs, Pam at

  25. Fantastic cards. Great job. Thanks for your service and your family too. The Sentiments are perfect. It's an honor to be a part of this and I am going to make as many cards as possible to send.
    Thanks for everything.
    Dee B

  26. Wonderful projects :) TFS

  27. WOW WOW WOW! What a great bunch of projects!I don't know where to start! Love them all but I love the hearts and textures best :)TFS I am a new follower and I would be honored if you would check out my blog at

  28. Great cards brenda!

  29. They are ALL wonderful, you'd be crazy not to send them all off. Absolutely love how you used so many ideas. Lovely that you can do this, having had the experience of military grandfathers! Thanks for sharing Brenda.

  30. Brenda your cards a fantastic! I love all the texture!!!! I especially like the dog tag!!! Great job!

  31. WOW you did alot of great projects! I really love the sentiments and they are all very special! Thanks for sharing with us all.
    Deb C

  32. WOW GIRL!!! What an Amazing Job! I love them all. You ever receives these is going to Love them. Thanks for Sharing! :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

  33. Wow all your cards are them all!!

    mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

  34. Absolutely amazing cards. Thank you so much for sharing them with us...and for your service!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

  35. I like the boots, the 3 hearts and the boat.
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

  36. I love the boots....Great job. I did not get to play along yesterday. Thanks for the blog hop.

  37. Great job on all of the cards. Love the boots, wiper card and boat.
    ~~Jen H~~

  38. Great cards TFS!!!

    Justina1218 at aim dot com

  39. They are all so great! I think my top three favourites are the air craft carrier, God Bless the USA, and the F16s. Thanks for sharing!

    cmille8 at gmail dot com

  40. I LOVE all of the cards you created! You did a great job! I also enjoyed the ribbon tutorial! TFS

    rlhamm1 at gmail dot com

  41. All your cards are awesome! I have family that actively serves in the military, a son-in-law about to join the Army and a son that wants to join the Marines as soon as he graduates high school.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog, I am now your newest follower!!

    Rachel Miller

  42. love your cards! amazing~Thank-you love for sharing your creativity with us all :-)

  43. very nice cards. thanks for the tutorial.

  44. Wow, wow, wow! You have been a busy card maker, Brenda! They are all fabulous, but my favorite 3 are: Hearts - Serving one's country, Aircraft carrier, and Wobble card. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas (and the video tutorial as well).


  45. Beautiful cards and such a great cause!! I love them all but my favorite is the boots one. Tfs and have a great day.:)
    stars paper passion at gmail dot com

  46. Wow! YOU HAVE DONE AWESOME!!!! I love them all!


  47. Awesome use of the stamps, Brenda!! I see why you wanted to post all of them -- They are ALL wonderful, and I would have picked them all too!! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent in the "Let's Get Cricky" Blog Hop!! :)

    Your GCDT Sister,
    Amy :) at

  48. Thanks for sharing your cards with us. I can see why you like this stamp set with so many family members having a military background! I love the Stand and Salute cart as I have a few military family members, as well. I like all of your cards, but my 3 favorites are the first one (hearts and ribbon tutorial -- thanks so much for the video tutorial on that) and the top hat one and the jet fighters card.


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