Monday, May 28, 2012

Honor

"As we contemplate the comforts and blessings of our lives and the well-being of our Nation, I ask you to pause just for a moment to remember those who gave their lives to protect the values that give meaning to our lives." (Former Pres. Bill Clinton, May 31, 1999)

In honor of Memorial Day, I decided to use some of my favorite stamps to create a tag using Tim Holtz' Brushless Watercolor technique, which is what the lovely Linda has chosen for this week's Compendium of Curiosities 2 challenge. I love both the Americana Silhouettes set by Tim and the She-roes collection by Artistic Outpost. They combine beautifully and I think it's always nice to remember the women that serve our country, in addition to the men.

Here's a little trick I just discovered - the Sizzix Harlequin Border die can be used to make a mini banner. Just cut your paper and use the outside cut piece (what would normally be the waste) from the strip. How cute is that?! To get the star pattern on it, I inked the AO stamp again with the Faded Jeans Distress Stain, and stamped it repeatedly on a manila scrap. I cut the scrap into a strip and then cut it with the border die. To give it a little extra depth, I added another banner that was cut from a scrap of red Kraft Core cardstock.

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We were very lucky to have a surprise visit from my hero - my son Luke - this weekend. He is in the Air Force and based in Missouri. We haven't seen him in over four months, so it was really a treat to have him home for a few days - definitely not enough time!

Thanks so much for visiting today. Make sure you check out all the wonderful submissions for this week's CC2 challenge, sponsored by Eclectic Paperie!

25 comments:

  1. Shelly - love the way you used the rosette die to create the patriot bunting!

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  2. Fabulous patriotic tag Shelly. Enjoy your special time with your son. x

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  3. Shelly, your tag is stunning, I love how the colours are muted but still striking, love the bunting and the rosette and the image is perfect too. Lovely Son you have there too.......crafty hugs, Anne x

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  4. Love seeing your son at home, even if for a short time! Your tag is gorgeous....really stunning!

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  5. Fabulous tag Shelly, I love love the images and very clever use of the waste from the Harlequin die. Lovely layout and great way to commemorate. Tracy x

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  6. Great tag Shelly ! Aah thanks for the banner tip too !

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  7. This tag is really gorgeous Shelly..love the details!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  8. Hi Shelly! I am so glad that your son had the opportunity to come home for the holiday weekend! That's wonderful! Your tag is beautiful! Your brushless watercolor technique looks great and I really like the design of your tag. Enjoy that good lookin' boy! Love, <3 Candy

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  9. This is a wonderful tag Shelly! I love all the details. What a treat to have your son home too. Please thank him on my behalf for his service to our country!

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  10. Love your tag! And there's nothing better than a surprise visit from a son. Enjoy your time together for a safe and wonderful holiday.

    Linda

    We'll be "down South" in Nashville...slightly closer to ya'all!

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  11. Shelly -

    Always love your work. This tag is such a lovely tribute to the men and WOMEN who serve our great country.

    Enjoy your visit.

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  12. What a beautiful tag Shelly! Great use of the Brushless Watercolor technique. I love how it turned out with the soft red and blue on the tag!

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  13. Soft, lovely, wonderful and inspiring! Love the banner idea!

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  14. Fantastically patriotic... You have worked the technique so well.

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  15. I am so happy for you. Getting to see your son. My son is in the Navy and I only get to see him about three times a year. Love your work!!!!

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  16. OH, this is awesome, Shelly! Gorgeously vintage and such a cool design. Your brushless watercolor is perfection! Every time I visit your blog I learn something cool, and your tip about the Harlequin scrap is great-- thank you!!! I'm so glad you got to see Luke! He's certainly a hero, and his service is appreciated beyond measure.

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  17. These stamps go together so beautifully, Shelly. I love your soft colors and all the bits of distressing. Great idea on making bunting from the border die. I'm so glad you had some time with your son... wish it was more!

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  18. This is such a beautiful tag and love how you have put it together. will be back to visit more of your work again and have become your newest follower
    x catherine

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  19. Fabulous tag. I love the vintage style of it and everything goes together so well.

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  20. Beautiful tag, great design!

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  21. Gorgeous and I love the feeling I get just looking at it!

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  23. I decided to go through and see what else you had done efore I discovered your greatness…..Air Force huh? My husband was in Active Duty AF for 10 years- he flew F15E's before getting out and joining the Michigan Air Guard where he flew A10's during the war and up until about a year ago. Now he flies C21 and he's a Lt. Col. I never thought he would stay in this long. His day job is with Fed Ex. I miss the AF and the AF life so much. We stayed in NC the entire time (well after pilot training) so I joke "join the AF, See NC".

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  24. Beautiful tag and so happy you had that surprise visit. Be proud!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate your comments so much!