{7.4.2013} happy fourth…

Unity Thursday

Happy 4th of July to my American Friends.

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It is a special Unity Thursday hop today.  We are releasing a few military sets in order to send our love to our troops.  They do so much to ensure our freedom, a little card is the least I can do to show my support.  If you have been hopping you should have arrived from Joslyn‘s blog, if not, all the action starts on the Unity blog.

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There are several little sentiments being released.  You are sure to find the perfect one, or two or three.  This one is just simply perfect.  The background is from a digital kit by Echo Park.  I just spaced out the star lines (leaving a little space for the sentiment) in Photoshop and then printed out my card.  I stamped the sentiment directly on the card.  Then I stamps the stars, cut them out and popped them up on the card.  I couldn’t help but add the sequins.  I know, I know… probably too sparkly, but I thought it would mimic shining stars or fireworks.  And they are gold… told you I couldn’t put them down.  Heehee.


Next, I combined the HERO sentiment with the dog tags from the other set.  Super quick simple card, but love how it turned out.  I refrained from the bling this time.  🙂

I’m also linking these patriotic cards up to the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 3 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

Hope on over to see Renee next…

Here are the list of blogs hopping today.

Lisa A.


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  1. Kris

    Just fantastic cards. I love the simplicity of both yet how perfect they are for this holiday.

  2. Emily Leiphart

    Beautiful cards, Lisa! I love the sentiment on the first one and especially the tags on the second. Happy 4th!

  3. Laura G.Turcotte

    Very beautiful cards!

  4. Ruby M

    Lovely cards.

  5. rose p

    Oh I love that one with the stars! Great job and Happy 4th! 🙂

  6. Kris B

    Wonderful cards! I’m loving all the new military sentiments! Have a blessed 4th! TFS

  7. Lucy E.

    Great cards! I like the sequins and I don’t think a guy would really mind them 🙂

  8. Heather - housesbuiltofcards

    GORGEOUS cards! LOVE the clean and simple design and all the white space!!!

  9. Gaylynn

    Wow, these are wonderful tribute designs Lisa. The bling works so well too. Thanks for sharing ways to use these amazing new release designs. 🙂

  10. Sue Morris

    Just lovely!! I love the CAS designs!

  11. Pam Sohan

    Love your cards. So clean and lovely ! Love the sequins on the first one.

  12. Angeline

    Lisa I love both your cards! My favorite has to be the stripes of stars

  13. Christine Dring

    Wonderful cards Lisa! They are both so different but both fabulous!

  14. jpscraps

    Fabulous cards! Love how you stamped the dog tag one.

  15. wendyp

    FABulous cards! Love the layered stamping in the dog tag card!

  16. linda Littlepage

    your star card for 4th is just a shining I love it!

  17. jules

    i love this design and the way you worked the stamps!

  18. McStamper

    Love your cards.

  19. Lindsey

    Love both cards, but the second one is a real WOW card, Lisa!

  20. Julie Odil

    Happy 4th! I really love that first card.

  21. karen conner

    Love your cards! Hope your having a happy Fourth of July!

  22. Marsha D

    Absolutely love both cards. (and love the sequins!) So glad for these new military stamps.

  23. Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B

    Great cards! TFS!

  24. Shannon

    Love both of these cards. Do the stars work with any of the star dies that are out there?

    1. Lisa Arana

      Hi Shannon, I can tell you they were not designed to work with any specific die out there since I designed them. But, I just checked with the Spellbinder Stars Five that I have and they would work. They may not be perfect, but could definitely be used together. Hope that helps.

  25. stampnk

    Having just recently started making cards for Operation Write Home, these cards you made are great inspiration! I love the new sentiments.

    1. Lisa Arana

      Thank you so much, that really makes me happy as OWH was my inspiration for these cards. Hugs.

  26. Mary-Anne V.

    Love these clean cards…the stripes look great and I like how you created the little extra room for the sentiment.

  27. Denise Bryant

    Great cards! Happy 4th! Love the sentiments and the sequins!

  28. Beatrice

    I love your cards, and the touch of bling on the first one is very nice!

  29. shartl

    This is just the perfect set of cards to thank our military members this year. So happy to see Unity coming up with these stamps.

  30. Therese

    Fabulous designs and great stamps Lisa! Love those stars!

  31. Janis in ID

    Wonderful cards and I like your use of sequins. Not overdone at all. <3 J

  32. Riti

    Such Fabulous cards there.
    Love them.
    Happy 4th !

  33. Miriam Prantner

    These are wonderful! I love all the stars on the first and I LOVE those dog tags!

  34. Emily Hauschild

    Stars and stripes perfect

  35. Jessi

    I was so excited to see these on FB & the Unity blog – fabulous job, Lisa!!

  36. Jessi

    ANd, I didn’t realize until I was scrolling down to comment that your replies end up in the comment thread! So thank you for answering my sketch question from way back (I wasn’t ignoring it, I swear!)

  37. Sav O'G

    OH Lisa– these cards are amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that second card! Great colors! These are perfect for our troops! <3

  38. Mandy

    Fabulous CAS cards Lisa, I love the little sequins, just perfect for our challenge.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp for our Patriotic challenge
    Mandy xx

  39. Mary

    A little late going through the hop but glad I did, wonderful blog, really nice cards, love them

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