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Passionate about flying!

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“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric time, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”    Wilbur Wright

This card is for a very special woman, my Aunt Frances.  Tomorrow, March 10th, is a proud day for the United States.  We are finally honoring a group of women who answered their country’s call during WWII.  They are called the WASP, Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, and my aunt is one of them!!  Tomorrow, one of my sons and I have the priviledge of going to Washington, DC to see these women get a Congressional Medal of Honor, one of the two highest honors that can be given a civilian.  I know you came to see the card but please stay for the history of these great women.  I’ll give you the card first.

I used the phrase from Inspired by Nature because it sums up my aunt.  The sketch is from Makeesha over at Inkspirations.  I knew it would be perfect with the butterflies and flying is, after all, the theme!  The colors came from a color challenge at Splitcoast, CC261, and are Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue.  These were hard colors for me but they are such a happy combination!  Of course with the butterflies and these colors, it feels like spring and meets the Spring Theme from Pals Paper Arts  this week (hopefully I meet their deadline).  I used some Celery DSP from a hostess pack (I love that it had a butterfly, too).  The butterflies from my Big Shot embosslit, Beautiful Wings, are the star of the show.  I added a Celery button from the Sherbet set and the new Celery satin ribbon to finish it off.

Inkspirations 19, CC261 - For Aunt Fran

Stamp:  Inspired by Nature; Paper:  Lovely Flowers (hostess), Celery DSP (ret), Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Bashful Blue; Ink:  Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Celery satin ribbon, White thread, Sherbet buttons

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Back to the history….

The WASP were formed around 1943 (there were precursors that were joined together) in order to train women to fly military aircraft.  This would allow the men to be moved into combat duties while the women would do ferry flights, target and spotlight training and other “behind the lines” jobs.  When applications opened, over 25,000 women applied for the job and only 1,830 were chosen.  Of those, 1,074 earned their WASP wings.  Most of the training was done in Sweetwater, TX at Avenger field.  After getting their wings, these women flew almost everything in the inventory at the time!  While they took the military oath, they were not given military privileges.  In fact, when a WASP was killed in duty, she was not allowed even a flag on her coffin.  After the WASP were disbanded, the files about them were sealed and classified…almost as if their flying had never happened.  It was only when the US was about to start training women to fly in 1977 that these files were unsealed and the WASP were given veteran status.  Tomorrow, our country will finally thank them properly for serving their country in a time of war.  It is only because of these ground breakers, and other early women pilots, that I had all the opportunities to fly in my career. 

Thanks for staying for “the rest of the story”!  I appreciate any comments, as always!

Ribbons and Bows

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As promised, today I’m going to do a tutorial on one of the bows I use a lot and a corner treatment.  The theme of today’s tying lesson is non-square knots!  As you know, square knots (left over right, then right over left or vice versa) lead to such pretty cards.  Today, however, we will make ugly knots!  They have a purpose, though, and the ugly part get covered up.  So grab some ribbon and let’s get started!!

Single or double bow 

First decide the size of your bow.  Wind the ribbon back and forth:  three times for a single bow, five time for a double.

Bow 1Bow 2

 

The first picture shows the single, the second shows the double.  Click on any picture to see it larger (sorry they are a bit blurry…still learning how to take good tutorial pics).  Cut your ribbon and set aside (you’ll have to fold it again in a minute).  Cut a second length a bit longer than the paper layer you want the bow to tie around.  Put the second layer down flat on your work surface, refold the “bow” and place it face down on your straight piece (the bottom becomes the front of the bow).

Bow 3

 

Now, start tying your knot except it will NOT be square.  In my case I tied it left over right then left over right again.  You’ll see that the knot is not pretty to look at. 

Bow 4

 

The reason you do this is to get the tying section to run parallel to the bow.  If you do a square knot, it will be perpendicular (that can have its uses, too).  If it doesn’t lay just like you want, you can turn one of the long pieces over to see if that helps. 

Now flip the ribbon over and you have your bow.  Use your bone folder to “fluff” up the bow as desired and put it on your card!!

Bow 5Bow 6

 

 

Of course, now that I have this bow I had to make a card for it!!  I used the Mojo Monday sketch challenge 127 again to make this fun little card.  I really do love this layout!!  Since the ribbon is Old Olive, the rest of the colors were inspired by the Color Throwdown challenge CTD81.  They chose Olive, Brown and Pink/White this week.  So pretty together!

Mojo127 - Flowers and bows

 

Corner Treatment

This one is even easier.  First, cut a generous piece of ribbon for your corner.

Corner treatment 1

 

Cut a second, larger piece (mine was about 9 inches).  Using the larger piece to tie, make another “ugly” knot.  Both ends will easily go one direction (see the next pictures).

Corner treatment 2Corner treatment 3

 

Just flip the ribbon over and the other side is pretty!!  Yea!!

Corner treatment 4

 

Using Mini Glue Dots, attach the knot to where you want it to be on your card, then tuck the ends under and secure with additional Mini Glue Dots.  You may have to pull and adjust the ribbon a bit to get it just like you want it (this is true with the bow, as well).  Once it is on your card, trim the ends.  Easy peasy!!!

Corner treatment 5Corner treatment 6

 

Corner treatment 7

If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll try to clarify them!  Thanks for dropping by to visit!!  Oh, and don’t forget to let me know if you try it.  I’d love to see your cards!

Card 1  Stamps:  A Flower for All Seasons, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Sweet Pea DSP (Occasions Mini), Old Olive, Pink Pirouette (ret), Chocolate Chip; Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron; Accessories:  Olive Taffeta ribbon (Holiday mini, ret), Blender Pen

Card 2  See Where, Oh Where, Is Spring

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Stampin' Addicts Birthday Blog Hop

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Mark your calendars!  One of my favorite sites, Stampin’ Addicts, is having its first birthday this month!!  They are hosting a Birthday Blog Hop featuring birthday themed cards and projects with Stampin’ Up! products.  I’ll be joining 24 amazingly talented stamping bloggers in this celebration on February 20th and 21st.  Don’t miss this fun event!!

Share the happiness!

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The wonderful Marie McClellan over at From Combat Boots to Rubber Stamps has passed on this very nice award to me!  Thanks for thinking of me, Marie!!  You should pop on over to her site and see her latest Inspiration Challenge…it will get you motivated for a beautiful card!

I’m supposed to list 10 things that make me happy.  My list may be a little specific to this week since I have been obsessed with snow and all things caused by lots of snow.  In no specific order:

1.  Hearing from my husband when he is on a trip and knowing he is safe.

2.  My husband actually getting home from a trip and getting to stay a while!

3.  My 4 year old son telling me “I very love you Mom!”.

4.  Waking up to my two sons giving me hugs (after they slept in).

5.  Finally clearing a path through the snow that the plows had piled on my sidewalk.  I live on a corner and my kids were having to walk in the street to see their friends…nothing more determined than a mother keeping her kids safe!!

 6.  Finally sitting down after the kids are in bed with a cup of tea and an old kitty firmly planted on my lap.

7.  Stamping a card that comes together exactly like I had in my imagination…and liking it!

8.  The joy of knowing I have amazing friends and family who will do anything to help me.

9.  The fun of meeting new friends through stamping!

10.  Realizing that I am blessed beyond measure as I look at the list above!

Thanks for dropping by!

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