Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Being Knighted and Earning It

Since knew my grandmother and grandfather would have a fair bit of gratitude from our very eventful weekend, I decided to use some of that paper from the stash and make a set of thank you cards.  These are simply made, but that doesn't diminish the feelings from the heart.  Here's the details:

  • The sentiment comes from a Close to My Heart stamp set from the stash and is stamped using their Moonstruck ink.

  • The frame is cut using my Spellbinders Labels 18 die. 
  • The inside is stamped with a Fiskars stamp set in both the CTMH Moonstruck and Buttercup inks.

How could you not feel an immense gratitude.  I can barely begin to count:

1. Grandparents
2. Family
3. Service
4. Recognition
5. Love

I could go on and on.  There's really no way to take it all in, just live it and give it out. I thought I'd share one last picture.  My grandfather's honor bestowed French "knighthood" on him.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sir Robert and Lady Burrows:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Honoring Those Who Served

I apologize for the not so crafty post, but my grandfather's birthday and subsequent honoring by the country of France was a momentous event in our family.  This post is dedicated to all those who served in World War II and their sacrifices, great and small.  

My grandfather and five other men were honored for their service to the French people during World War II.  They were honored with the Chevalier dans l'Ordre national de la Legion d'Honneur at a presentation ceremony in Denver during our recent trip there.  My grandfather was very moved by this honor, thinking he had not earned it because he didn't have hand to hand combat during his time in France.  However, he was a part of the support staff and the army would be glad to correct him- they needed all personnel, support and those on the front lines, to win the war.  My grandfather, like many other veterans, has experienced  survivor's guilt even though it has been more than 60 years ago.

Honorable Jeffery Richards, Esq., Bob Burrows and Col. Wesley West, USAF (ret)

Photos of the program- each honoree was graced with a summary of their service in the war and a special recounting of their effort and sacrifices.  Col. Wesley West was the master of ceremonies and the Honorary Consul General of France, Jeffery Richards bestowed the medal on each recipient.    The men were very humble about receiving the honor- mostly considering themselves nothing special.  Those of us in attendance who knew each man well disagreed and were very pleased to be able to attend the ceremony.  My grandfather was featured in a local news story about the event and you can watch that short video here.  I share this with you more as a memorial for me and my family, but hope that you, too, are pleased that we as a people have not forgotten those who served so long ago.
Thanks for looking through our family memories.  It is good to not forget- both in the long past, the recent past and these present events where we can see how very precious family connections are.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A 90th Birthday Party

I promised to get this post together and so here I am trying to get it done.  Remember that I told you I had a stack of that plaid patterned paper in the stash.  Here's one way to burn through about ten of them... flags for the table centerpieces.  Here's the details :

  • The nine and the zero were once again cut with my Quickutz Sophie dies, this time out of blue cardstock.
  • The frames were cut using my Spellbinders Labels 18 dies.  There is a solid cardstock on the back of each of these to add stability.
  • The sentiment was stamped with Close to My Heart Moonstruck ink.
  • The sticks are simply wooden skewers.  I placed a bit of hot glue on the stick and the cardstock and used foam squares to glue the patterned paper on. 
Here's what the table looked like:

I ended up printing photos of my grandpa throughout the years and die cutting them.  I glued them to the blue cardstock side and left the back plain patterned paper.  Three in a mason jar with some cellophane shred made a nice, small centerpiece so partygoers could talk over them. 

We sprinkled some confetti and peppermints around the table for additional effect. 

A few were also placed at the cake table and the buffet.  It was a good time had by all and I must say, simple enough to execute despite working full-time and from a long distance.  I purchased the jars on site the day before and had all the paper products shipped on site.  Easy, peasy.

This is my family that came.  My brother, his wife and two children are missing from this picture as they weren't able to make the trip.  My nephew, Jake, is standing in front of (left to right) my mom Sue, grandma Mabel, grandpa Bob, dad Roger, and sister Angela.  My family is in back with son Timothy, myself, husband Dan and daughter Katie  May God bless us with many more happy years together.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Celebrating 90 Rich Years

I had previously mentioned that we took a trip up to Colorado to celebrate by grandfather, Bob's, 90th birthday.  It is such a rare and special thing to be in your mid-forties and still have active, engaged and independent grandparents.  My grandparents still live on their own, though there are some of us who wish they would allow more help with the daily maintenence in their lives.  Not going to complain though because my kids still have an active relationship with their great-grandparents.  Precious!

I made this card as invitations to the big shindig.  It needed to be simple because I had to make 30 of them.  Here's the details:

  • The patterned paper is from the stash.  I'm going to admit to having that stack of paper for more than a decade.  Long story short- a local manufacture went out of business and had a garage sale.  All you could stuff into one bag for a low price.  I stuffed shrinkwrapped stacks of 25 pieces of paper into that bag- I probably have the majority of it in the stash to this day.  What was I thinking?!!!?  More importantly, why keep it this long? 'Course there's a big part of me that says- just for such an occassion. I know, right?!  It's a sickness.
  • The cardstock is a mish-mash of scraps and cardstock from the stash.  Here's a tip- those scraps went further than I thought they would.  Other than the glue tape to put it all together, I made 30 cards for the cost of the pre-made card/envelope set (with a coupon $6).  Everything else came from the stash...  Not all yellows were the same card to card, etc.  But no one knows the difference because each person only gets one invitation.
  • The nine and zero were cut using one of my ancient Quickutz Sophie dies.
  • The sentiment was printed out on the computer and die cut with my Spellbinders Labels 17 dies.  I cut the dark blue carstock fram by die cutting the Labels 17 of the same size as the yellow cardstock and triming the last 1/2 inch.  
The inside was a Word file printout to provide the attendees the majority of the information needed to attend.  My grandmother was very pleased with the invitations.  It was truly my pleasure to make these and send them out.

I also made table decorations and I have pictures from the party to share. I need to upload and edit those photos and I'll make a post to show all the details.  I'm trying to get them together and a special post about my grandfather.  Hoping that happens this weekend... thanks for sticking with me.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sixty-Five Years of Marriage

Friends of ours recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.  What a stunning tribute to marriage!  They celebrated with their local church and invited a few of us family friends to join them.  It was very inspiring and encouraging.  I made this simple card to show them our love and tucked a gift card to a nice restaurant inside.  This way they could enjoy a night out together sometime.  Here's the details:

  • I used an embossing folder with white cardstock to create the piece on the top, applied with foam squares to raise it off the card front for some dimension.
  • The board die was used to cut the same white cardstock making the eyelet piece applied under a piece of green ribbon from the stash.
  • The flower is a Heartfelt Vintage Floret cut from kraft glassine paper.  I just love how this looks when shaped- all crinkley with such dimension!  The flower is finished with a pearl accent for the center and a couple of pearl ended hat pins as accents.
  • The sentiment is stamped in black archival ink using Simon Says Stamp's Friendship Messages
What joy to celebrate such committment.  I pray that Dan and I might enjoy as many long years together!