Happy 4th of July!

Bob the Builder served in the USAF for 23 years.  We lived in Honolulu, Hawaii for 4 of those years and that's where I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  

I joined Stampin' Up! in September 1998 and nearly all my customers were wives of active duty service men.  Some of my very best customers, who became very dear friends, were Navy wives.  

Early one Saturday morning I remember getting a phone call from one of my customers named Diane.  Her husband was the COB (Chief of the Boat) on a Navy submarine.  She said, "Lisa, my husband's sub is in port at Pearl Harbor and he wondered if you and your family would like a private tour – today!"  

I couldn't say yes fast enough!  We hurriedly got dressed and headed to Pearl Harbor where we met Diane's husband.  We were excited – that was until the COB opened up the sub hatch.  Boo, who was 8 at the time, looked down the dark hole.  All you could see we very (and I mean VERY) narrow stairs.  She was no longer excited and promptly told us that she had changed her mind and didn't want to go inside.   

The COB was a very tall man, about 6'3", and although he sported a fit physique, he wasn't a small man.  He convinced Boo that he fit down the hole and offered to go first to guide her way.  Bob the Builder and I followed.  Once inside, her fears were gone.   

As long as I live, I will never forget that experience!  It was by far, the 'coolest' thing I've ever done.  I've never been claustrophobic but living on a submarine for months at a time – ahhh, no thanks!  BUT, huge thanks to our Navy men and women who do!  We have them to thank for the freedom we enjoy every single day!

Today's project is centered around my submarine experience.  I created this porthole window card using Window Sheets and the new Layering Circles Framelits.  

Be sure to scroll down past the video where I've included pictures and cutting dimensions. 


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Week 122 Porthole Window collage WITH banner info

Original design using Circles Collection Framelits and Dotty Angles stamp set (retired May 31, 2016)

Week 122 original porthole card

This layout uses the new Playful Backgrounds stamp set and the 2016-2017 Layering Circles Framelits

Week 122 port hole 1

Week 122 port hole 2

Week 122 port hole 3

Cutting Dimensions

  • Whisper White cardstock (inside) is cut 4" x 5 1/4"
  • I used the Layering Circles Framelits #1 and #4 as outlined in the video
  • Window Sheet is cut 3" x 3" 

Week 122 port hole 4

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