Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sweet Strawberries

I've had this card waiting to be posted for awhile now and I just keep forgetting. This was my 1st attempt at a water pen and I've been using the pen ever since.
I used some October Afternoon paper and the Friendly Fruit stamp set from Skipping Stones Design. I added some of this fun ribbon and some pearls and called it good. The inside has the B side of the paper showing.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Deployment Survival Kit

My friend Ciera's husband deployed on Monday for 6 months.
(Aren't they just cute?!)
We all know how sucky deployments are regardless if your military or not. To cheer her up (and apparently make her cry) I made her this Deployment Survival Kit. I made the card out of The Greeting Farm military guy stamp and some camo paper from my scrap box. The can I made more patriotic with red, white and blue.
Here's the can with the stuff in it. I've posted the contents below and what each item was for.
Paperclip to help you hold it all together
Flashlight to remind you that there is light at the end of the tunnel
Stationary for all the letters you’ll be writing
Pens to sign your X’s and O’s
Envelopes to be sealed with a kiss
Hershey Kisses to remind you of your soldiers kisses
Marbles for when you’ve lost yours
Worry Stone to take your worries away
Life Savers to remind you that you are one
Laffy Taffy to remind you laugh
Mounds Bar to remind you of the “mounds” of love and support you have from family and friends
Kleenex to wipe away the tears
Sucker because deployments suck

I also added this cool poem I found here

The Silent Ranks

I never wore the uniform,
no medals on my chest
The band, it doesn't play for me,
I am not among the Best.
I do not march in cadence,
I do not rate salute.
I stand among the silent ranks,
our devotion absolute.

If you've not worn my shoes,
you do not know my story.
I live a life of sacrifice,
my reward a private glory.
I've wept many silent nights away,
I've kept the home fires burning.
I've worried and I've waited,
as world events were churning.

I've moved more times than you could fathom,
left more people than you known.
I've planted gardens round the world-
very few that I've seen grown.
I've grieved with new-made widows,
and had my share of scares-
when a ship or plane or man was down-
and all I had were prayers.

I am not asking for your sympathy.
(although appreciation would be nice)
I did it quite on purpose though-
I chose to sacrifice.
I'll tell you a secret now,
one you'd never guess.
About the glory that is mine,
it's just enough, no more, no less.

When you and I stand together
as our national anthem plays.
I'll fill with reminiscences
of how I spent those days.
I'll know the pain and joys again,
I'll know freedom isn't free
I'll know I've helped to pay the price
and that the anthem plays for me.

- Elizabeth Soutter Schwarzer
Wife of a United Stated Marine

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fussy and Fancy challenge #40

I adore this sketch from Fussy and Fancy this week! It was so much fun! Plus on top of the great sketch, I got to use a great image from out sponsor this week, Simply Betty Stamps. Without further adieu, the sketch:
And my card:
All my paper was scraps so I'm not sure where it came from. I used cute little rocker girl Jude from Simply Betty Stamps. I inked the edges so she looks like she's in the spotlight. Added some glitter to her hair and skull on the front of her shirt cuz it's just not finished without a little sparkle.
I used the Tim Holtz  ticket die to make my tickets and then stamped my senti on them. Used the Martha spiderweb boarder punch and added some ribbon and pop dots and called it done!