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make do instead of new

Recycle, upcycle, diy, repurpose, use what you have, etc……..  These days it is all about taking what you have and using it instead of buying something new.  This is true – especially for paper crafters.  Each month we see  blog posts, pinterest boards, Facebook and twitter feeds from companies with their latest and greatest products.  Everything looks fresh and new but you don’t need an unlimited craft budget to get a similar look – just reach into your stash of craft materials!  I saw this wonderful patriotic card from Debbie Olson:

Debbie O star card

Love the look and the design, but I had none of the materials she used – most importantly was that star die plate.   BUT…..since I have the Silhouette Cameo I knew I could recreate this look – here is my version of Debbie’s card:

 Patriotic Star cardd

The star die cut background took a little bit of time for me – but only because I am still in the learning phase on how to use the Silhouette.  I started with a simple star shape, copied it a bunch of times to make seven rows of 5 stars each and cut it on kraft cardstock – perfect cut the first time!  I don’t know what I am going to do with all the cut out stars but I’ve saved them and will think of something!

star background

The patterned paper is from a digital patriotic paper pack I purchased awhile ago.  I just made a background of the different designs.  The stars on the front are the same shape as the die cut background – I just resized them and cut them out on some of the same digital papers.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday and the ribbon behind the sentiment is from Michael’s – I picked that up during their Memorial Day sale.

die cut stars

I am very happy so far with the Silhouette – but I know I have so much more to learn.   I think I am just about done with purchasing those steel dies – with a little work I figure I can cut just about any shape.

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in memory

America the Beautiful

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Birthday America! 

I hope  you are all enjoying this long holiday weekend.  Since it is so dry here there is a ban on burning and most fireworks.  Still, it is a wonderful day for celebrating, barbeque and just kicking back. 

Here are two cards I did for the holiday CAS challenge at SCS.

This card was made using one of the postal images from Rubber Monger – this particular set has 4 stamps, each with a phrase from America the Beautiful.  I love the set and don’t use it nearly enough.  It was colored with copics in the V and BG series. I mounted it on some lilac and black cardstock that was cut with pinking sheers.  The star image is from an Inkadinkado set called You Rock!  I was looking for a good star image and just happened to glance at the set to find the stamp.  The “America” stamp is from Mark’s Finest Papers “Regal and Proud” set which contains some great patriotic and masculine images.

This card with so quick and easy.  I used the same star image from the previous card and just stamped it 9 times.  I colored the stars with red and blue prisma pencils and mounted the panel with bllue cardstock.  The sentiment is computer generated because I could not find a good “God Bless America” stamp in my stash.

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Wishing all of those who are serving and who have served a Happy Veteran’s Day!

I kept the card simple by printing out the first part of the “Flanders Field” poem on vellum and overlaid that onto the stamped flag piece.  The flag is from Flourishes.  Silver brads were added at the corners.

You may have heard of the Flanders FIeld poem, but do you know the story behind it?  Here is the background behind the poem, taken from the Arlington National Cemetary web site:

McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres salient in the spring of 1915. Here is the story of the making of that poem:

Although he had been a doctor for years and had served in the South African War, it was impossible to get used to the suffering, the screams, and the blood here, and Major John McCrae had seen and heard enough in his dressing station to last him a lifetime.

As a surgeon attached to the 1st Field Artillery Brigade, Major McCrae, who had joined the McGill faculty in 1900 after graduating from the University of Toronto, had spent seventeen days treating injured men — Canadians, British, Indians, French, and Germans — in the Ypres salient.

It had been an ordeal that he had hardly thought possible. McCrae later wrote of it:

“I wish I could embody on paper some of the varied sensations of that seventeen days… Seventeen days of Hades! At the end of the first day if anyone had told us we had to spend seventeen days there, we would have folded our hands and said it could not have been done.”

One death particularly affected McCrae. A young friend and former student, Lieut. Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, had been killed by a shell burst on 2 May 1915. Lieutenant Helmer was buried later that day in the little cemetery outside McCrae’s dressing station, and McCrae had performed the funeral ceremony in the absence of the chaplain.

The next day, sitting on the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the Canal de l’Yser, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, McCrae vented his anguish by composing a poem. The major was no stranger to writing, having authored several medical texts besides dabbling in poetry.

In the nearby cemetery, McCrae could see the wild poppies that sprang up in the ditches in that part of Europe, and he spent twenty minutes of precious rest time scribbling fifteen lines of verse in a notebook.

A young soldier watched him write it. Cyril Allinson, a twenty-two year old sergeant-major, was delivering mail that day when he spotted McCrae. The major looked up as Allinson approached, then went on writing while the sergeant-major stood there quietly. “His face was very tired but calm as we wrote,” Allinson recalled. “He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer’s grave.”

When McCrae finished five minutes later, he took his mail from Allinson and, without saying a word, handed his pad to the young NCO. Allinson was moved by what he read:

“The poem was exactly an exact description of the scene in front of us both. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene.”

In fact, it was very nearly not published. Dissatisfied with it, McCrae tossed the poem away, but a fellow officer retrieved it and sent it to newspapers in England. The Spectator, in London, rejected it, but Punch published it on 8 December 1915.

Thank you to all veterans, especially my favorite one, my dear husband, Orvil.