Friday, May 22, 2009

Cards for Heroes Blog Hop

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Caution: this is a long post, but I think worthwhile! I hope you have an extra minute to read and participate!

Happy Early Memorial Day! What a blessing it is to reflect on what this day means to us as Americans--honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to live in freedom. I thank the Lord that there are men and women who are willing to serve in such a way.

I have been asked to participate this weekend in a Cards for Heroes blog hop! This is something new for me---but it is for a good cause, so I thought I would try it out! I hope you will visit some of the other participating blogs and see what is out there--lots of prizes, blog candy and patriotic samples to view. Here what they are all about:

Cards for Heroes' mission is to support our nation's armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them throughout their deployment. We are an all-volunteer group of crafters. To date we have sent over 140,000 cards to our heroes serving in the Middle East. You can find more information on making and sending cards here.

I hope that after reading CFH's blog, you will be inspired to send some cards! I have never sent cards to this particular organization, but my customers and I have sent cards to troops through a local chiropractor's office. However, in the class I am having today, I will be featuring a card that my customers can make and forward on to CFH!

So here are a few details:

  • If you are a regular blog reader of mine, or you just "arrived", you can begin your blog hop here. This will direct you to your first step at CFH, as well as give you a chance to check out incentives, RAKs and prizes!
  • If you are already on the hop, the next stop is Eva. Her blog is awesome--full of really fun scrapbook ideas! Fun and fresh is the way I would describe her style!
  • If you leave a comment on my blog and pledge to send a card to CFH, you will entered in my drawing to win the Stampin'Up! set Botanical Blooms, plus some other goodies I'll throw in the package! I'll leave it open until midnight, May 25. (Please be sure to leave me a link or email address so I can contact you!)

So on to my card:

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I just received "Hero" from Artistic Outpost. I think I first saw this image on Broni's blog a long time ago, and I really liked it. How timely! I love these vintage images, but when I go to apply them to paper, I sometimes struggle. I am not too happy with these colors, but I do love that little boy image! Isn't he cute? The star and sentiment are from a little Studio G clear stamp set. I do hope someone will like and appreciate the card.

Again, I hope you can participate and send in a card or cards! I'll bet you have cards just sitting around that you could donate today! A direct link to packaging and mailing instructions is here. You will feel really glad you did!!

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  • Stamps: Hero, Artistic Outpost; July 4th, Studio G, Linen (ret SU)
  • Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy, Naturals White
  • Ink: Rose Red, Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
  • Acc: Nesties, Dimensionals, Daubers, Star Eyelets, CAD, Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Punch, Designer Label Punch

138 comments:

  1. Great card. I have a patriotic set coming in the mail. I was hoping to get it before Memorial Day but will make cards later to send to troops.

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  2. Hi LeAnne,

    Thanks for sharing the creativity and participating in this awesome blog hop. Please enter me in the drawing - I pledge to send in a card to CFH.

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  3. You did a wonderful job on this card and thanks for the links! I love vintage and live in a city that houses the world's largest Navy base -looks like a "must" have : ) Count me in on being a part of this wonderful project!!

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  4. Love your card. My nephew is serving in Iraq and our family thanks you for helping to support our troops. They enjoy and appreciate our cards.
    Sandi
    sandisteacups2@yahoo.com

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  5. Great card, what a perfect set for the occasion. I only wish I had sent my brother more cards when he was in Afghanistan but at least I can bbq with him tomorrow.
    Count me in for sending cards to CFH I've got a whole bunch I'm getting ready to go!

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  6. WOWZER!! LeAnne, this is so gorgeous!! I love your images!! Thanks for sharing!! ;)

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  7. I love, love your card. What a great collage effect!!

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  8. Love your card and you I pledge to send a card to CFH. You can see mine on my blog.. I won't stop at one though. I think this is a fabulous organization and can't wait to be an active participant. Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Weekend ♥

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  9. Wonderful card! TFS! {{cheers}}

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  10. Love this! I got chocked up seeing the little boy saluting. My hubby is heading out on deployment soon and we have a 6 yr old boy.

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  11. I love your vintage style card, it's gorgious.

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  12. What a lovely card!! First time for me at your blog; what a treat. The blog hop has inspired me to send some of my "stash" in to bless another family's day.

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  13. Wow!!! Your card is just STUNNING!!! Love it!

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  14. Whoa, what a COOL card! I love that stamp set and you made an amazing card with it :) Thanks for your support!!!

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  15. Beautiful cards! I'm working on the 25/2 challenge more if time permits.

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  16. I adore your card, and your post was not long at all. I added you to my reader 'cause it's just so fantastic!

    Thanks for joining.

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  17. your card is just stunning! I adore the vintage images used! Thank you for supporting our troops and have a wonderful Memorial Weekend!ages used!

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  18. Fabulous card, love those images - Happy Memorial Day to you!

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  19. This card is amazing, LeAnne!! Love the vintage look and feel ...

    I'll be happy to participate in this; in fact, I'd be honored! I'm off now to check out the mailing instructions and stuff.

    (LOL, about your "double-post," ... don't feel too badly, I do the same thing!

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  20. What a great card! You did a beautiful job on it :*)
    TFS! Enjoy the rest of your hopping weekend!!!

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  21. I think you made GREAT use of those vintage images - what a lovely card! Thanks for participating in our blog hop today and for your support of Cards for Heroes!

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  22. Great card LeAnne! Have a good weekend!

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  23. I just love your card!! Such a beautiful design

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  24. Great card and I love the use of the khaki family of colors. Thanks for supporting Cards for Heroes. I've mailed my 25 + 2 in this morning!!

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  25. I am just LOVIN that kiddo stamp! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. what a beautiful card! I am sure someone will treasure it!

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  27. I am really enjoying the blog hop--I'll be making a few cards to send!

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  28. forgot to leave my email

    vicki.dalton@yahoo.com

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  29. Thank you so much for participating in the blog hop! Your card is really gorgeous!

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  30. Very nice card! I am working on cards to send and have done so in the past. This has spurred me on.

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  31. Lovely card! Thanks for sharing:)
    windyrobinson@gmail.com

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  32. This is such an exciting event!

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  33. What a beautiful card! Your creativity is just incredible and the person who receives them will just be thrilled, God Bless You for supporting our troops.

    Thank you for the chance to win, I pledge to send MORE cards to the CFH as I have already sent 1 set in :)

    Have a beautiful and blessed weekend!

    xoxo
    Sara

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  34. Beautiful card! I'm actually participating as a blogger in the blog hop, so I have one card ready to go. I spent some time today making some more cards to send. I'd like to make one card for every comment I receive on my blog.

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  35. Wow - awesome card. Love artistic outpost stamps!!

    This is such a fun hop! So happy to be doing the blog hop for such a good cause with such a great, generous group of talented peeps! *smile*

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  36. You card is really beautiful, very detailed!

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  37. Yeah. I just got my USA stamps so on to making a card to send to CFH.

    mkdrain@gmail.com

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  38. What awesome cards! Your post was very heartfelt. I am participating & have made 6 cards so far to send off. Have a blessed holiday

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  39. I love your cards. Thanks so much for supporting this event. I am the proud Mother of a US soldier!
    Thank you for supporting our troops.

    pls0818@aol.com

    I love the vintage images you used!
    I am a Blue Star Mother. We adopted a base in Afghanistan last
    year and sent boxes and boxes of cards for them to send back home. the Chaplain on the base built a special display cabinet for the cards to be displayed in. It is a blessing to support the troops and to receive a letter of thanks is such a blessing. Again. thanks for supporting our troops!!

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  40. Wow, what a fabulous card! I've been making cards for CFH for along time but don't have stamps of service people. I think I need to change that. Love the Artistic Outpost stamps!

    Thanks so much for participating in the CFH blog hop!

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  41. I'm really enjoying the unity of all crafters in this blog hop! I can't wait to make some cards for our heroes! TFS!

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  42. Wonderful card! I just learned of CFH yesterday and I am committed to making cards for our troops!

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  43. What fantastic cards and what a terrific cause. Thank you for sharing.

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  44. Thanks for sharing your card, and creativity. I know after reading so much about this program, I will be sending more than one card in! :)

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  45. Adorable stamps on your card! I am hoping to get my MOPS group to make tons of cards for this group next semester, but I can promise you that I will be sending them some soon.

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  46. Thanks for your ideas and all you're doing to help the troops. I am glad to be an American, too!

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  47. What a great thing all of you are doing for them! I hope to create some things for them soon.

    jenniferlynnhansen at yahoo dot com

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  48. Love your card. The layout/design is so beautifully done. (I already have Botanical Blooms so no need to enter me into the drawing... Just wanted to comment on your awesome card!)

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  49. As a military wife, please let me say thank you for what you are doing. It's so good to know that there are others thinking of our loved one's when they're in harms way. What a wonderful way of showing your appreciation!

    I will definitely be participating in this program from now on!

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  50. Leanne, Love that little boy, too. I am participating in the 25+2 card challenge as well as being a blog on the hop.

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  51. You did such a great job on these, perfect colors, I love them. My first blog hop too. Fun!

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  52. Your card is beautiful and so patriotic. I am definitely pledging to send a card to Cards for Heros, and not just one. I am going to participate in the 25 + 2 Challenge.

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  53. What's not to love about your card! I am working on contributing to this cause because of this blog hop and in honor of all my friends with military connections. What a great thing.
    janicecarldesigns@gmail.com

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  54. Wow! Your card is amazing! Thanks so much for sharging!

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  55. Wowzers! Love this card - I just adore the vintage style, but also struggle with getting the vision on paper. You did a great job.

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  56. This card is stunning!! Love the vintage feel.

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  57. Your card is fabulous!!!! I love the vintage look. Thank you for sharing it, it's awesome.

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  58. Whoa! That's a work of art. Great job.

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  59. I have a bunch of cards I worked on yesterday. I will finish them today and send them out on Tuesday morning. This is a great idea and I will continue to support it. Thanks for your support of our troops!

    Robbie

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  60. Oh wow, beautiful card!
    Thanks for supporting our heroes
    Proud Marine Mom

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  61. I love your card! It has such a vintage look!! Gorgeous! Thank you for being in this awesome event! I love hopping!

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  62. Pretty! Thank you for sharing it!

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  63. What a great stamp set for anyhero cards! My cards for heroes are on my blog at secretagentstamper.blogspot.com!

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  64. your card is just beautiful!! i love the vintage feel of it!!

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  65. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Love love love your talent!

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  66. I'm really loving this vintage patriotic cards! This is really beautifully done and the image of the boy "soldier" saluting is just priceless.

    I'm already part of the CFH bloghop and have at least one card one the way, but I'm also planning to participate in the 25+2 challenge this summer. Can't wait!

    Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

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  67. LeAnne, LOVE your card with the vintage type images. Fun to run across another SU! stamper. I plan to go through my many many excess swap cards and pull out the nice ones for sending on to CFH. What better place to share cards!
    ~Blythe, Mi Wuk Village, CA
    blythe@stampinwithblythe.com

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  68. Your card is fantastic! going through this hop gives me bunches of ideas! I'll be sending in some for the Labor Day deadline!

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  69. Love your card! The inspiration I'm getting seeing all this creativity on the bloghop is fantastic!

    Isn't this bloghop an amazing event?? I had never heard of CFH before and I'm looking forward to celebrating Memorial Day with my kids as we make cards to send in to CFH. :)

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  70. absolutely gorgeous card, thanks for sharing and for supporting our troops.

    ceashark at aol dot com

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  71. What a wonderful card! Love the image!

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  72. I love your card. I just happened to find this hop today and I am so glad I did. I am finding so many great and encouraging blogs. I plan on stopping here often. Thank you for sharing. My daughters and I will spend some time tomorrow making cards to send.

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  73. Great card!! Hoping to get some cards made this weekend for sending to CFH.

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  74. I love your card. Great stamp set. I will be making cards for CFH, I just got my first military stamp set in the mail.

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  75. Love your card. I'm working on my own next batch for CFH this weekend!

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  76. I'm definitely signing up and starting to send cards. Great cause! Thanks for letting us know about this!

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  77. Love the vintagey look of your card, is awesome!

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  78. love the vintage look of your card.

    M.E.

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  79. also I'm planning on going through my cards and sending them out to CFH.

    I can take them to work on Tuesday. I know nothing will get mailed out until then since I work at a UPS Store.

    M.E.

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  80. Your card is great and YES...i am going to participate. I have some cards on hand to go through and then several ideas based on what I've seen.....I think this is a great cause!

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  81. wow those are great images. I am a cardmaker for CFH and just completed a new set for the 25+2 challenge.

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  82. LOVE the Artistic Outpost folkes' stamps too - TFS! I'm pulling enough cards together to fulfil the 25+2 challenge and would love to participate in your drawing for the blog candy!
    slblondin at netscape dot net

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  83. Great cards.. thanks for being part of the cards for heros... please enter me in the drawing! I'll do the challenge 25+2 ;)

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  84. WOW- that's a terrific card!

    I have 20+ cards that I just collected up that I am sending to CFH this week.

    I am so happy to be part of this blog hop!

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  85. I am pretty sure someone will LOVE and appreciate this card. I know I do!

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  86. I have been inspired by this blog hop that I just happened upon. I LOVE to make cards and am often looking for a reason to make "just one more." Well now I will always have a reason to make a card and send them to CFH.

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  87. Beautiful card. I have been sending cards to CFH since last fall and am hosting a card night for the 25 +2 challenge next weekend! I've already got my 25 done!

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  88. Love your card! Thanks for supporting our troops! and yes i plan to do the 25 + 2 challenge!

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  89. Beautiful images and a lovely card!

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  90. LeeAnne -
    YES - that little guy is just way too cute! I have a package of cards that I have had ready to send for awhile - and more to package besides - maybe 100 cards, so I will be sending those out this week along with the +2 cards. Thanks for participating.
    mangumpc@hotmail.com

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  91. What a wonderful card! I will be sending in cards for our troops. Thank you for your support.
    srodrig854@aol.com

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  92. I had to quickly skim down to the bottom of your entry-my eyes were starting to water up. God bless you-I will certainly make a card. In fact I"m going for the 25/2! Thank you for supporting our troops.

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  93. Kudos on your card!
    Long live our Heroes!
    ~ginny

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  94. Happy Memorial Day! All of your cards are beautiful and thank you for your creativity and dedication to this great cause. : )

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  95. Lovely card. I am getting in the card-making groove with all of this inspiration and I plan to spend the day clearing out some of my stash and making some fun CFH with my DD. Can't wait. Thank you!

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  96. Love your card! Please keep on supporting CFH - they are such an amazing group. My husband is a Naval Gulf War vet. I am inspired by how all the bloggers support each other too! Have an amazing weekend. I made cards yesterday while hoppin'!

    Marcy

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  97. That card is awesome. I've already promised Fabre a package of cards (just as soon as I can unpack the box - yes, I moved this weekend).

    You can find me here:
    http://crazyscrapn.blogspot.com/

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  98. I am totally inspired and can't wait to make a few cards to send along. What a simple way to show our gratitude for the sacrifice our armed forces make daily. I am truly inspired!

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  99. Great card, I think the colors are great. I'm sending cards tommorrow.

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  100. Your card is terrific. Love those images. Thanks for sharing and for participating in the hop. Happy Memorial Day.

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  101. Love your vintage look. Thanks for participating and helping to spread the word about CFH. Enjoy your holiday!

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  102. I pledge to send a card to CFH..I just joined the e mail list and visited the website.I have been looking for a site to do this with since the one i belonged to folded last year.Am inspired from all of you and happy i joined. Thanks for your support and appreciation of our military and blogging! hugs,Ina

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  103. oh i LOVE this card, LeAnne! kraft with the red white and blue just looks so good together! this is fabulous. happy memorial day! :)

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  104. what a lovely card...those stamps are perfect. I have my package of 25+2 ready to mail in the morning

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  105. Love these vintage cards. Thanks for participating.

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  106. I am at this moment in the middle of a stack of cards that I have decided to send to CFH... also have a few in mind to make.... THANKS FO RTHE GIVEAWAY!

    Great card on your blog... I think I must get that set of stamps... thanks for sharing and supporting our armed forces....

    Bless our troops this special day. Enjoy your Memorial Day.

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  107. What a STUNNING card! I've been torn this weekend with making cards or finishing the BlogHop and I think I'll finish out the bloghop but next weekend I'll be visiting family and there are several of us that are scrappers so I think I'll do some "recruiting" and get some cards made for the troops!

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  108. Loved your cards. Have a box half full of cards, hoping to fill it up with cards from my stamping group.What a great reason to make cards. thanks for sharing.

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  109. Your cards are beautiful. I scrolled down to see everything posted. I'm bookmarking you girl. Thanks for supporting CFH. I have too one time and I've been inspired to do it again. They are a great group.

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  110. Your card is stunning. I have a box of cards just waiting to go to CFH when the post office opens tomorrow. I love the vintage stamped images on the cards!

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  111. Love that little boy stamp! I've got a stack of cards waiting to be mailed to CFH and am thankful for this hop for getting the word out to so many!

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  112. I just brought supplies for cards today.

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  113. Wow!! The card is amazing! I must
    get the patriotic set.

    Thank you.

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  114. love love love your contribution to this wonderful organization. I will be joining in myself
    Thanks for sharing

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  115. love love love your contribution to this wonderful organization. I will be joining in myself
    Thanks for sharing

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  116. Your card is lovely. I will definitely send at least one card to CFH. Thanks for the inspiration!
    daquilapardo@gmail.com

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  117. Your card is amazing! This blog hop has been so inspiring today! I am excited to make and send cards to CFH for the first time! I WiLL be doing this, and I have a group of gals I stamp with that I will be recruiting too! I can't wait... this is an awesome thing!

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  118. I think you did a gorgeous job putting these stamps to paper, LeAnne! I LOVE this card!

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  119. I love love LOVE your cards and plan on sending several cards I've made to CFH. One only needs so many cards, I have tons that I've made and would love to share!! :)

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  120. Oh, that card is just darling with the little soldier, TFS! This my first time participating with CFH as well (through my Flickr page)!, and so glad to be hopping through now!

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  121. What a great card! This has been an amazing adventure and I plan on sending in my 25+2!

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  122. Nice card!! Thank you for sharing and supporting this great organization!

    P.S. Hope you don't mind if I leave an additional comment.

    Visit The Original Scrapbox and check out their product catalog and also please take a minute and cast your vote for me, my entry #257! I am in the running to win a scrapbook desk!

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  123. I just sent 35 cards through our local Stamp Group "Prairie Stampers" to be sent to Afganistan. Prairie Stampers is also working on getting the wives and children together locally to help them learn to make cards so they can send them to their loved ones. This past Christmas we stamped over 500 paper ornaments that families could send to the Soldiers so they could keep them their pocket (as anything religious cannot be seen)!

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  124. Precious card. I have gone through all my cards and pulled out 64 Christmas, Easter and happy everything cards. They are boxed up and sitting by the front door to go to the post office tomorrow. I know it is a small thing that I do but I feel good knowing that I have contributed. My husband was in the navy during Viet Nam.

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  125. Wow - stunning card - I love your style.

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  126. Congrats on a successful blog hop!!! I love your soldier card.

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