Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fourth of July!

Hooray for the red, white and blue! Eileen Hull here... 

The Fourth of July is a very special holiday to me. We are a military family with 20 years in the army, an army son (currently deployed in Afghanistan) and daughter and SIL both in the Coast Guard (who just had their first baby two days ago!).

Life in the military is hard to explain to those who have not experienced it, but it’s a very close community. We are family to each other when our own families are far away. Friendships are made very quickly because you only have a few years in one place before it’s time to move on.

The Fourth of July reminds me how lucky I am to live with so many freedoms and to celebrate all of the opportunties that we have living here.

Here's a patriotic ornament that I designed for Operation Write Home, an organization that "helps heroes keep in touch with home." They collect handmade cards and send them to soldiers to be used to stay in touch with their loved ones at home.


I used the Sizzix ScoreBoard Pro Die- House, 3-D to make my ornament. The bottom half of the house was covered with blue star paper and strips of red paper made stripes on top. I embossed the roof with a Textured Impressions folder and added a scalloped border strip around the middle. Added the logo as a hanger and that was it!

Here's a red, white and blue banner that I made using the Primitive Hearts die, my favorite Serif Essentials Alphabet and Buttons Galore and More buttons.

Many thanks to all who have served and for those who are currently serving in the military for keeping us safe and for all the sacrifices you and your families have made. Happy Fourth of July everyone!

Eileen
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23 comments:

  1. Love it! Thank You to you and your family for your service. And indeed to all those in the military and their families. Operation Write Home is a wonderful organization. Happy 4th!

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    1. Thanks Sharon! And Happy Fourth to you too!

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  2. My hubby is retired navy, after 27 yrs and we do a monthly class here at the scrapbook store and make cards for the troops..love the designs...shari w

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    1. High five Shari! Thanks for supporting the troops :-)

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  3. That is an amazing house! Thank you for your service and Happy 4th!

    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
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    1. Thanks Misty- good luck with your hop!

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  4. I love your projects!! Thank you to you and your family for your sacrifices and service! Happy Independence Day!!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Ann! Hope you are having a great day too... :-)

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  5. What a cute ornanment! Thank you and your family for your service to our nation. Pat K.

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    1. You are welcome Pat- thanks for stopping by!

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  6. This is just adorable! Thank you and your entire family for your dedicated service to our country and for your support of Operation Write Home and it's mission to serve those who serve us. Happy Independence Day!

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    1. Paula, so glad you stopped by the blog today and said hello! Happy Fourth :-)

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  7. Eileen thank you so much for honoring OWH with your darling house - so CUTE! And thanks for your family's service - you did something right to raise heroes!! Happy 4th!!!
    Sandy, Pres, OWH

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    1. Hi Sandy, I want to thank you for all you do for our troops! I think it's great and am happy to help. Happy Fourth to you too!

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  8. Love the house. A special thank you to Sandy, all the shippers and the card makers for keeping our service personnel in cards. You guys rock!

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    1. I second that Denise! It's a great organization...

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  9. thank you and happy fourth!

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  10. Awesome! Thank you and your family for your service! And, thank you for supporting OWH.
    Hugs from an Army Mom!

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    1. Hugs back Ellen! We army moms have to stick together :-)

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  11. What a fun ornament for the Christmas tree or any time of year. Thanks for sharing your talent and making more people aware of OWH!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn- love what OWH does. Glad you stopped by!

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  12. I love your house Eileen! And such a great idea to make it into a hanging ornament. The banner looks fabulous too!

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