I am proud to say that I am ex Royal Air Force (9 years) along with my husband (18 years) and wear my HMForces Veterans Badge and my Poppy with great pride.
Today we also start a new challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares and our theme is Remembrance. That doesn't mean it has to do with Remembrance Day, it could be how you choose to remember someone special or memories of a special time. You only have to check out what the design team have been up to, so why not pop along.
As I said earlier, I am a Veteran, although that word does make me feel rather old, but proud :-) So, I decided to create something as my way of remembering and supporting our troops and a tribute to those that died/survived by risking their lives for us.
I used a 7 Gypsies Solo Shadow Box in black, that measures 6.5" by 6.5", it was perfect for what I had in my head.
The focus is on the Flanders Field poem by Major (later Lieutenant-Colonel) John McCrae and around the edge of the box I took the one verse that everyone remembers of the Ode to Remembrance by Laurence Binyon.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we Forget
I found a template many moons ago for the poppy (I'm sorry I cannot find who it was by), used my Silhouette Design Studio to trace the template and cut in card stock. Then I shaped the poppy and the leaves and inked the edges. The poppy was inked with Distress Ink Pad Fired Brick and the leaves with Forest Moss.
For the centre of my poppies, I used the fabulous Flower Daisy Dot brads. I first applied some Black Soot Distress Paint and then also added some Slate Alcohol Ink, then popped them through the centre of my poppy.
Then I found a free clip art picture of a soldier head bowed by a cross and new it was the perfect silhouette image to add to my shadow box. I traced and cut it in black card stock, raised it up on pop-dots which adds the shadow effect.
I have to say that I am so pleased with how this turned out and has to be one of my all time favourite makes!
The Poppies stamp was coloured with Lyra Rembrandt Pencils and matched my made poppies perfectly. I did mask off the butterflies that are on the original stamp.
The font for the text is from my computer and is called Lucida Calligraphy, I felt it fitted perfect for this project.
Here is a photo of me in my Royal Air Force uniform many moons ago :-) Was 20 years old in this photo and just finished training :-) Sorry it's a scan from a photo!
All the edges of the paper layers were inked with Distress Ink Pad Vintage Photo.
And one last look at my finished creation.
Why not show us what you create to make memories and share with us over at Emerald Creek Dares. You could win a $25 gift certificate to the store!
I am entering this creation in the following challenges.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Create something beginning with the letter "N" - mine Never Forget, Always Remember :-) (closes 16 Nov)
Decorate to Celebrate - Challenge #113: Anything Goes (closes 24 Nov)
Crafting From the Heart - Challenge #85: Always Anything Goes (closes 15 Nov)
Craft your Passion Challenges - Challenge #287: Always Anything Goes (closes 15 Nov)
Craft Rocket Challenges - Challenge November Anything Goes (closes 30 Nov)
Sisters of Craft - Challenge November Anything Goes (closes 30 Nov)
Thank you so much for stopping by today.