Memorial Day: Operation Gratitude

 Stampin up patriotic star card 1
SC139 The challenge from my "Stampin' Pretty Pals" downline this week (suggested by Pal Liz Hughes) was to combine this Splitcoast Stampers sketch with a Memorial Day theme. 

This card is headed for Operation Gratitude, military service members stationed overseas.  It's not too late if you would like to participate.  Sending cards from your "stash" is appreciated so that soldiers can send them to their families for birthdays, thanks yous and more. 

Here's the address:

Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA  91436

Here are guidelines to follow when sending cards to our troops:

  • any size card is acceptable
  • the cards cannot have any glitter on them
  • no candy or food items can be included or attached to the card
  • keep the message positive and stay away from politcal comments
  • do not seal the envelope that will be used to send the card to the military member; all cards are subject to screening and review
  • include your name, address and e-mail if you'd like to receive a reply back
  • it's nice to include another card(s) that they can send back to their family and loved ones (cards are difficult for our military serving in combat areas to purchase).  I'm sending a dozen 🙂
  • If you are sending more than one card, place all of your cards in a Ziploc bag with post-it notes on the cards that are to be sent for the service member to mail back.
This 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card was easy to produce using my Stampin' Up! Star Punches!  Riding Hood Red and Whisper White were layered over the center rectangle of Night of Navy.  It reminded me of a flag.  The star brads from Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware were a snappy, patriotic touch.

Relax and reflect this Memorial Day weekend!


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Paper:  Riding Hood Red Textured (111345), Riding Hood Red (111348), Night of Navy Textured, (108696) Whisper White (100730)
Cool Tools:  Large Star (110710) and Star Punch (109045)
The Perfect Touch:  Chit Chat Rub-Ons (111804), Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware Star Brads (111325), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430). 


  1. Thanks for this design. I have been looking for a patriotic card design, and this really fits the bill. I thought the Riding Hood Red and Night of Navy came together well, and the stars complimented well. the star brads were a perfect finishing touch. Also, thank you the info. on Operation Gratitude.

  2. Oh, wow! Your designing skills will never cease to amaze me. You an do so much with just a few selected accessories and cardstock. I love it!


  3. Love this card and right back at ya…thanks for all you do! Mary Jo

  4. Beautiful card! What a wonderful organization to support.

  5. Punchy, I love it! Thanks for talking up one of my favorite volunteer efforts-Operation Gratitude!!

  6. colleen kramer

    Loved this card! What a snappy take on the sketch. So great to see red-white-blue and I’m sure it will make someone’s day! I have planned a few hours of stamp time on Memorial Day…now I know I will spend it making some cards to send to this address. Thanks for a great way for us (and our kids) to do something positive for our servicemen (and women)!

  7. Great card and thank you for all you do! Thank you for the address – I, too will be sending cards on a regular basis. What a great cause!


  8. Awesome card Mary!

  9. Mary, I love the clean cut feel of this card and it’s boldness! Very nice! Some soldier will absolutely love it!

  10. Thank you for posting this address. I am going to get some cards ready for this. When my daughter was stationed at GTMO, I did a stamping event and we sent 10 cards each to 150 soldiers. They were so appreciative. Now she is in Iraq and I know all the soldiers appreciate this kind of thing. I am also a member of the SE Wisconsin chapter of the Blue Star Mothers and we also send cards and packages.

  11. Great card Mary! Great cause! I am going to start sending them cards on a regualr base.
    Thank you again for all you share with us.

  12. A great card. I’m so excited to find someone else who sends cards to Operation Gratitude! It’s such a worthwhile cause and the notes received back are so wonderful. Blessings.

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