August SOTM Blog Hop - School Year

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 

This month I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 21 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.  

The August Stamp of the Month is entitled School Year (S1708) (Set of  9).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:

I am a super busy Close to My Heart Consultant, so I try to create artwork that  can use in my classes or that I need myself.  I was in a time crunch and found that the August Stamp of the Month stamp set worked great to make a card I needed for my grandson.

I have a few special touches I want to tell you about.  The gold shimmer dotted piece came from the new Better Together Complements.  Complements work great with cards as well as scrapbooking!  The stripes in the patterned paper (from our new Basic Fundamentals collection) were Charcoal and I needed them to be black.  So I colored over them with our Black Shin Han marker and then added some gold shimmer with our Gold Shimmer Brush (wish you could see it in the photo).  I cut the stars with our Basic Stars Thin cuts.  The frame for the sentiment is stamped and fussy cut and is from the August Stamp of the Month.  I stamped the frame onto White Daisy and then cut out the middle and stamped the sentiment onto it, masking "School" and embossing Army instead.  With this technique, you can use this for the first day of anything, making it very versatile.

Here is my card.

My grandson, Austin, enlisted into the Army today.  We have become a military family.  With each generation, more of us choose to serve in the military.  My father was in the Air Force when it first became the Air Force.  I was an Air Force wife and my kids were Air Force brats.  My daughter married a man in the Air Force and my granddaughters were Air Force brats.  My son has served 15 years in the Navy.  I have another grandson and granddaughter in the Air Force.  And now Austin has joined the Army.

In my group of papercrafters  if you send someone a homemade card and they throw it away, they are not "card worthy".  However, if they keep it and treasure it for all of the thought and love you have put into it, they are indeed "card worthy".

Austin is "card worthy".  He has kept every card I have ever made him. So I wanted to make him a very special card to commemorate his first day at the Army.

I masked "School" in the First Day of School sentiment and embossed the gold Army.  I googled the colors for the Army and found out they are Gold, Pewter, Black, and White.  How cool that we now have gold foil paper and one of our new colors is Pewter.  I was able to stay true to these colors and make a very special card for a very special grandson.

I gave Austin the card today.  He loved it.  And then he handed it to his mother for safe-keeping because he was afraid it would get ruined in Basic Training.  Not exactly what I had in mind.  Guess I will be making Austin another card to send to him in Basic - one that he keeps with him.

Austin is the blonde in the lighter blue shirt.

My family and I just before Austin got on the bus to go to Fort Benning.

The August Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between August 1 – August 31, 2017.  

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 

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  1. I love reading your "card worthy" stories. This is a great card. Thanks to everyone in your family for their service to our country!

  2. So love how you edited this sentiment to suit this purpose. This card turned out so great! Praying for him!

  3. Great way to use the "first day of" in a more personal and unique way!

  4. What a beautiful card Melinda. I love the story and especially about his 'Card worthiness".

  5. Wow, I love this spectacular card, from its design to its message. How clever to mask out "school" and tofind another purpose for this stamp set. I also appreciate that you resisted the urge to make this military card red, white and blue, but rather, made it so beautifully black and white with a dash of Army green. Austin will cherish it! Please thank him, from me, for his service to our country.

  6. Love the card, the meaning behind it, and the design. The story you shared is amazing, and even though I'm in Canada, I do appreciate your families sacrifice and service to protect.

  7. Pretty card, I love the colors!

  8. First off, thank Austin for his choice to serve our country. Second, wow great card, I love it! Everything about your card is wow! I really love the card worthy....I have some family who are so NOT card worthy so I love that. Great job!

  9. Stars and stripes. Awesome card. love the touch of foil and TFS the measurements.

  10. Lovely design and sentiment for your card. Thabks for the clever way you have shared the measurements too.


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