Friday, November 8, 2013

Remembering Our Veterans

     Next Monday, November 11, we celebrate Veterans' Day here in the US and in other parts of the world it's often called Remembrance Day.  Whatever the title, it's a time for remembering and honoring those who served their countries.  So, our theme for the challenge this week at Delicious Doodles is "Remembrance."  For those of you too young to know the significance of the red poppies (and that's most of us out by now), they came to symbolize the casualties on Flander's Field in WWI.  I still remember getting little paper poppies in grammar school on November 11 and that was many years after WWI, and even some years after WWII, for that matter.

     My card today uses a new digi from Teri at Delicious Doodles called "Poppies and Butterflies," just perfect for remembering and honoring those service men and women of the entire past century.  Honoring them is near and dear to my heart.  My grandfather was a veteran of WWI, my dad served in WWII, my brother served along with many of my cousins between 1955 and 1975, and I have a wonderful grandson who is a career Marine, who has served two tours in Iraq and is currently stationed in Japan.  I'm grateful for each and every one of them.

     I did a spotlight technique by printing the image twice, then coloring a portion of one and die cutting it with a circle die.  I adhered that to the black and white image, being careful to line it up as perfectly as possible.  Then I used scissors to fussy cut the B&W image.  I chose to use a black card base because it really made the spotlight and the red bow 'pop'.

     I used a computer font to print the sentiment, outlined it with black marker and layered it onto the image piece.  Very CAS this week.  :-D

Catch the Bug -- Anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges -- Black, white, plus 1 color
Heck of a Challenge -- In the frame
Going Grey w/ Scrap Creations -- Give thanks
House of Gilli -- Thanks
LEJ Designs -- Monochromatic
Love to Scrap -- Anything goes
Male Room -- Remembrance
Mema's Crafts -- Anything with Thank in the sentiment
Oozak -- Anything goes with Thanks
Operation Write Home -- Any Hero cards
Party Time Tuesdays -- Thanks or Thanksgiving
Path of Positivity -- Thankfulness
The Paper Girls -- Fussy cutting
Whoopsi Daisy -- Monochromatic
Word Play Saturday -- Anything

     It's definitely fall around here.  The weather is getting chilly and I've added two blankets to my bed.  Both of the fur babies now think they should be allowed to sleep UNDER the covers instead of draping themselves across my feet or shoulder as I try to sleep.  I've dug out the sweatshirts and pants for lounging around or going outside, though I'm not doing much of either of those things the last few days, preferring to stay in and tackle the remaining boxes.  Soon, all will be unpacked and then I can truly get to organizing the craft room.  I might even take a few pictures and share them with you (the first and only time!)  In the meantime, Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Donna Hanley said...

A stunning card for remembering our veterans,Connie. I always liked the spotlight technique. I,for one, will love to see pictures of your new craft room. It's always nice to see how other arrange/organize all the "stuff" we have in these rooms. Enjoy your weekend and stay warm.

Benzi said...

Connie, this is a wonderful card to honor our veterans. I know you are so proud of all your family members that are serving and have served our country so well. They simply cannot be honored and remembered enough.

I haven't done a spotlight card in forever. You did it so well.

Cuddle up and stay warm with those kitties. It's getting to be brrrrrrr time again.

Anne Temple said...

This is stunning and the perfect image for spotlighting.

ike said...

Totally stunning - it's an awesome tribute to our Veterans and the spotlight is amazing :-)
I always sent a card to my Dad on Remembrance Day but I lost him a month ago, so that is no more. He fought in Burma in WW2.
I hope you get unpacked soon and settle in properly :-)
Strokes to the Fur Babies :-D
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Mema's Crafts said...

A very beautiful card and a great way to pay tribute to us veterans. Thank you for remembering us. And as always Thanks for stopping by Mema's Crafts and playing with us.

jimlynn said...

Connie, this is outstanding! Just the right amount of coloring for the poppies and love the CAS design.

Pat said...

As a veteran I appreciate any and all actions and thoughts for servicemen and women now and then. We have so much to be thankful for in this country, and freedom is most often overlooked but is paid for by the highest price. Your card is lovely in both its appearance and its intention.

Debbie said...

Gorgeous card!! This image is perfect in the spotlight technique!!

Stampsnob. said...

Beautiful card Yes remember our veterans...........Lis

Glenda Atkins said...

Beautiful card,love the spotlighting technique and the red with the black colour scheme. Perfect for honoring those who fought and those who serve today to keep us safe! Well done NanaConnie, bless you!

Teresa Arsenault said...

This is beautiful. I love your spotlight technique.

Sassy Raggedy said...

What a beautiful card for Veterans Day Connie. I love it...Hugz, joann

*Vicki* said...

WOW!! This is so so strikingly beautiful Connie!! Love your spotlight technique and tribute to Veteran's Day! :) Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug challenge my friend and hope you will join with us again tomorrow! HUGS

Desire Fourie said...

Beautiful. Loving the pop of red against the monochromatic background. This is so perfect for our THANKFULNESS theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
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Dawn said...

Simply stunning, I love the black white & red colour combo!
Dawn xx

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Connie. Both the technique and colors are perfectly befitting your Veteran's day remembrance. Your design elements are beautiful, and the black and white looks amazing! hugs, de

Lisa Mensing said...

What a beautiful card. Love the technique and colors. Thank you for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays.

Unknown said...

A Lovely Make, Thank you for joining LEJ Designs Challenge Good Luck, DT Pam xx

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Wow! Gorgeous! It's been awhile since I've done this technique. You make me miss doing a lot of creating right I continue cleaning and packing.

Crafting Vicky said...

Beautiful image and love how you have hightlighted some of it. Really makes it pop more!

SAMARA said...

Hi Connie: What a gorgeous art piece! I love the black and white and just a pop of color. It so typifies, today, November 11th. I really appreciate your post so much...and it is remembrance day here in Canada - I appreciated that you included that too - a wonderful statement of your inclusion! The history of the World Wars and how you brought that to your family is really rich. thanks for that. You sure did bring it home for our challenge at The Path of Positivity. Just a beautiful piece and post. Soulfully Yours, Samara, DT POP

Michele Duffy said...

I love your spotlight stamping! This card is beautiful, thanks for playing at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog!

jonim52 said...

Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at PTT.

Rocky said...

The spotlight technique on this card is great, it really makes it shine. Thank you for sharing it with us at The Male Room.

Louise van Vuren said...

Beautiful card, love the use of the spotlight technique. I like how personal this card is for you on veterans' Day - remembering those who served or are serving their country, so it's perfect for our challenge in The Male Room. Thanks for joining in.

Louise xx

Cristina said...

What a lovely card thank you for joining us at Heck Of A Challenge.

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