Thanks for your Service

Memorial Day has always been a somber sort of day for me.

I know it signifies the beginning of summer and many open their pools and enjoy barbecues and parades on the day off work.

I like all of that, too, but I can’t help but remember what the day means. I was married to the Navy and my son is currently serving in Guam. I understand the sacrifices servicemen and women make for us. So, when Glue Dots® asked me to create a project for Memorial Day, the first thing I thought of was a gift that can be given to a veteran as a small token of appreciation. This is what I came up with …

The box is an Accu-Cut design using paper from Creative Imaginations. I placed a piece of acetate in the window and used Glue Lines® to hold it all together.

Next, I painted Maya Road chipboard letters with a Paint Dabber and, when dry, covered the letters with Diamond Glaze. I love the look it gives the letters. I used Micro Glue Dots® to adhere them to the box.

Then, I cut out stars from QuicKutz, now Lifestyle Crafts, out of white cardstock, painted them gold and then attached them with Mini Glue Dots®.

For the final touch, I took metal adhesive paper from QuicKutz, backed it with cardstock, and then cut out two dog tags using a QuicKutz die. I added a little Alcohol Ink to add some dimension and a bit of chain. I used Glue Lines® to attach it to the top of the box.

Inside, I added a white doily by Little Yellow Bicycle and then some no-bake cookies, my husband’s favorite.

I know it isn’t much compared to the sacrifices made by a vet, but at least they will know we appreciate them!

I wrote this while serving on the Glue Dots® Design Team.

I made plaid — Wendy Vecchi Style!

I hate to sound like a broken record, but I was inspired, again, by Wendy Vecchi.

She came up with this amazing idea to make plaid using Tissue Tape. Here are her instructions … http://studio490art.blogspot.com/2010/11/tissue-taped-color-washed.html

I decided to try something a little different and I used Distress Ink to come up with this …

It began life as a plain 12×12 sheet of white cardstock. Using Wendy’s technique, I created the plaid by adding different layers of tissue tape and Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.

I cut out letters out of Tim Holtz’s seasonal paper pack for the title.

The turkey is a die cut from the Accu-Cut Center at Scrap Tales, inked with several shades of Distress Ink. I love how the colors blend! I used 3D Dots to add a bit of dimension to Mr. Turkey.

And, since I couldn’t find matching cardstock, I used some light colored scraps and inked them in Distress Ink to make the photo mats and journaling block.

Thanks, again, Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz! You’ve helped me create an awesome scrapbook page.