June 2, 2011

Paying it Forward: Patriotic Star

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This had to be one of the most rewarding projects I have made in a long time.  Scrapbook Etc is hosting a blog hop to pay it forward and thank those that have served our great country.  I wanted to make a card that would also be a keepsake for a soldier serving overseas and decided on a  3D Patriotic Star that a soldier could hang in his barracks.

I loved the inspirational cards on the Scrapbook Etc Hop, especially those dimentional stars which I used as inspiration to create my 3D Patriotic Star.  I kept one side of my card blank to write a little note of appreciation and then decided to personalize the card with a picture of our family.


  • Spellbinders S4-092 Stars Five
  • JustRite Stampers/Spellbinders Custom Nested Frames Die Template
  • Flourishes Tag Lines Stamp Set
  • Best Creation Glitter Paper
  • Scor-Pal
  • Adhesive Spray
  • Cardstock (blue and white)
  • Twine
  • Buttons


1. Cut 4 large stars from blue cardstock using the largest star die template.  Cut 4 medium stars from white cardstock. Cut 3 small stars from red patterned paper.  Adhere the polka dot star to the white star and then to the blue star. Repeat all starts are completed.  One star will have a blank white star to add journaling and a picture.
2. Score a line down the center of each star and fold along the scored line to form a crease.
3. Spray adhesive on the back of each star and adhere one folded side to the next star's folded side.  Before adhering the final star, rest a looped piece of twine in the center which will become the hanger.
4. Finish by stamping a thank you tag cut with a Nested Frame die and embellishing with buttons.

{Scrapbooks Etc. Craft It Forward Blog Hop}

Join in the fun and festivities during the Scrapbooks Etc. Craft It Forward Blog hop.  To catch up on all the details you can start here:

If you are following along then the next person to visit for uber inspiration is my friend, Heidi Blankenship's Blog:

Thank you for joining us today on this extra special Craft It Forward Blog Hop as we celebrate and thank all those that serve.


  1. Great project, Kazan! Love how you personalize it too :)

  2. Gorgeous Kazan! Love the dimension! Great idea to add your family picture and message!

  3. This is fantastic!!!! And thank you for the instruction on how to make one of these....I think I will give it a try....

  4. Wooow!!!! I love your amazing 3D Patriotic Star!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  5. love how you personalized this - just beautiful!

  6. This project is fabulous!!! Nice job Kazan! I will definitely share this one!

  7. WOW!! I love the project you created and the inspiration to all the rest of us!!

  8. What an awesome project. A treasure for sure. I am here from OWH. Thank you for sharing

  9. What a thoughtful project. I'm sure it will be appreciated. I'm here from OWH. TFS!

  10. Like the way you incorporated a message into a 3D project. What a lovely way to let our military know they are thought of by your family.

  11. GREAT idea to personalize it with a photo - WOW! Beautiful!!!

  12. What an awesome idea! To let the soldiers know who appreciates them with a picture inside. This would give the feel of having a new familyh who supports what they do for us!

  13. cute idea!! I love the star.

  14. Oh what a great card. I love how you made the star into the card and included a picture of yourself.


  15. I love the star! What a great personal touch also!

  16. That's a great idea for Any Hero cards for Operation Write Home. Love the stars.

  17. boy is this great - would be nice to have a bunch there for July 4th - IS THERE A ADDRESS WE COULD USE TO HELP

  18. What an awesome project! It's perfect for this occasion, but would be wonderful to send bunches to the soldiers at Christmas too. Adding the note and the picture of your family is a wonderful touch. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  19. What a great idea!! Beautiful star card! Love how you personalized it! The perfect card for one of our heroes! Thank you!

  20. That's a brilliant idea!!! LOVE IT!!

  21. Such a beautiful idea! This would be treasured by a hero far from home for sure. Very creative! I am so glad that Operation Write Home led me to this hop and all the wonderful inspiration to be found here.


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