If you read our CLASSroom blog you will already know about this worthy cause. If not I wanted to draw your attention to this wonderful organization - Cards for Heroes. To be invited to participate in this event was an honor. Unfortunately with our computers acting up in such a big way I didn't learn about this request until this morning. SO with a last minute effort I am trying to help.
I received this beautiful stamp set "We Remember" earlier this week and wanted to get a card made for J.J.'s best friend Jimmy. He is a full Colonel (I don't know the formal way of even saying this, so please forgive my lack of knowledge - he is just Jimmy to me) in the Marines and is working on a daily basis trying to aid in the care of our troops, as well as assist in bringing safety to areas of this world that still suffer the consequences of war. He also works on a daily basis trying to help determine the best way to bring our troops home safely.
I just received my shoes back from Creating Keepsakes and in the box was a complimentary copy of the magazine in which they appeared. The moment I laid eyes on the cover of this magazine I saw a card sketch - a fabulous layout for a scrapbook page and card alike.
I simply used the layout with slightly different proportions to create this card.
I stamped the images using Archival Ink on Natural White cardstock.
Using a Cut N' Dry Nib I colored the image with this custom inked "marker". The beauty of these nibs is that you can create whatever color you need, by simply inking them on one of your dye ink pads. In this case I used the Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo to create this "vintage photo" effect. I then used my Ink Blending Tool to add depth to the image. Inking the tool with Antique Linen, placing my image on a Non-stick Craft Sheet and applying the ink to the outer edges in a circular motion will bring you spectacular vintage results.
The Transatlantique collection from Graphic 45 has SO many papers suitable for use with this stamp set! I simply selected two of them and cut them to size. Using one of the embellishments from the tag sheet, a button from my "button jar" (yes, sadly I have no idea who this button is from because I dumped all the buttons in a jar - LOL!), some Baker's Twine (Sorry - we are currently out of the color grouping - this is a must-have item in my opinion and we will have more back in stock soon) and I now have a card to send to one of our countries heroes.
As we enjoy this beautiful Memorial Day weekend with picnics, gardening, family and friends - let's not forget to remember those who have helped us achieve this freedom. Let's send some positive thoughts, a prayer or two, or ten up, for those who are serving this country and do our best to let them know that we are thinking of them.