Saturday, September 3, 2011

Operation Lean On Me

I had the opportunity to meet an amazing group of ladies a couple weeks ago.  They are a group of Army Wives in a small unit with a lot of heart.  They have several "sister" units stationed around the globe that are going through deployments and general rough times.  These ladies wanted to reach out and brighten the days of some of their sister wives.  They chose to first support a unit from Fort Polk, LA that has unfortunately lost several soldiers during their latest deployment. They asked me to help them make some very special projects to remind the unit that they are not alone in their fight.  We made all of the wives a card and decorated candle.

Both projects use a technique I enjoy.  To make the flowers look softer in nature, you break up the fibers inside and then peel them apart into two pieces.  You can break the fibers in the cardstock by crumpling or running it through a crimper several times.  We used the crimper as it leaves a wavy style design to the cardstock when finished.  The candle box is made from a 6.5" square that was scored like a tic-tac-toe board at 1-3/4" on each side.  The sides were then punched with the scallop trim edge punch before folding into the box bottom.
I had such a fun time helping these woman support their "sister" unit and look forward to more projects with them in the future.

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Word Play (mw #120308, cm #120651), Tiny Tags (wm #118091)
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers--Cherry Cobbler (#119681), Early Espresso (#119680)
Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: 5 Petal Flower Punch (#119880), Scallop Trim Border Punch (#118402), Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (#121812), Big Shot (#113439), Crimper (#), Framed Tulip Embossing Folder (#121809), Jewlery Tag Punch (#117190), Two Step Bird Punch (#117191), Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon (#124138), Lace Ribbon Border Punch (#122362), Boho Blossom Punch (#119858), Clear Rhinestone Brads (#113144), Gold Brads (#104337), Dimensionals (#104430), Sticky Strip (#104294), Linen Thread (#104199)

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