Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ragged Ol' Flag

Hi, everyone! Hope the weekend is going well.

Is anybody else on basketball overload? I absolutely love the NCAA tournament, but even I had to take a crafting break. Okay, a crafting-while-listening-to-the-games break. Does that count?

Ragged Ol' Flag

A couple of weeks ago, Unity Stamps released this gorgeous stamp set and partnered with Operation Write Home for a new-release blog hop.

Unfortunately, logistics issues during my island get-away prevented me from joining in the hop. But, I couldn't wait to ink up these beautiful stamps when arriving back home. Oh my gosh, these stamps are going to make such wonderful Any Hero cards!

And, the current Operation Write Home Mid-Month Red-White-and-Blue Challenge is the perfect opportunity to do just that. The triple-fold card that Sandy posted for the Unity/OWH blog hop inspired the tri-fold card shown below. :)

Front of Card
watercolor paper; Bo Bunny liberty; Bazzil admiral
Ragged Ol' Flag Unity image in Distress Ink fired brick and chipped sapphire (misted with water)
Ragged Ol' Flag Unity sentiment heat embossed in American Crafts Zing copper powder
Stampin' Up! banner die; ??? corner rounder (for tiny heat-embossed stars)
inking in DI chipped sapphire and vintage photo with Ranger blending tool
adhesives: ATG runner; Recollections foam squares; micro Glue Dots; Zig 2-way glue pen

Middle Flap
watercolor paper; Bo Bunny liberty; Bazzil admiral; DI fired brick
Ragged Ol' Flag Unity sentiment in Distress Ink walnut stain
??? corner rounder (for tiny heat-embossed stars)
inking in DI vintage photo with Ranger blending tool
adhesives: ATG runner; micro Glue Dots; Zig 2-way glue pen

Inside of Card (for handwritten Any Hero note)
watercolor paper; Bo Bunny liberty; Bazzil admiral; DI fired brick; Cardstock Warehouse white
Stampin' Up! banner punch of copper-heat-embossed paper

The flag image on the front card was created by misting the inked-up stamp before stamping on watercolor paper, cut out, and adhered with foam squares. The U.S.A. strip was also applied with foam squares. This double layer of foam squares would be too thick for OWH cards that our deployed troops mail back to the States. However, it is just fine for Any Hero cards.  :)

Our uber-talented crafting and blogging friend Darnell just launched NBUS Challenge #4! (Congrats, Darnell, on this remarkable milestone.) Going to link up this card for her challenge.

Parting Thoughts

Going to an OWH card-making gathering this afternoon. Guess my favorite NCAA teams will have to carry on without me.  :)

Enjoy your Sunday. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. Your triple fold card is fabulous! I love the watercolored look, and especially like how you printed the quote on the inside! Patriotic, and very thoughtful card for one of our heroes. You can have my share of the basketball - I'm just not into it :)

  2. Love your card! What a clever idea to allow more room for the message home! This stamp set is on my wish list, and your card has inspired me to do possibly do a little online shopping today! :)

  3. Very nicely done card with that great stamp. I also like that neat fold!

  4. Wonderful stamp set for such a beautiful cause ~ your card is simply amazing! TFS

  5. We are watching the tourney, depending on who is playing. They are incredible to watch! We have allegiance to Gonzaga and Stanford and the Iowa and Wisconsin teams when they play, but all the teams are remarkable athletes! Now let's talk about this card of yours. It is a patriotic masterpiece, Sybrina!! Such a practical and awesome fold!! Thank you so much for your kind words and for playing in my NBUS Challenge #4!! Hugs, Darnell