Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Time" Served

As the end of May approaches we are reminded of the sacrifice thousands have made in country and over seas for freedom. I know that we are all thankful for to these young men and women, but as we go on with our lives we put the thought into the back of our minds. Memorial day is a reminder as it brings those thoughts to the front of our minds.

One thing that is sacrificed, which I never thought of before my sons entered the military, is the sacrifice of time. Just time...they give the "best years of their lives" to the military, whether they are called over seas or not. I read a sentiment once that read "the greatest gift you can give someone is your time". Now, I know the greatest "gift" is ones life for another, but our time has got to be the 2nd greatest!

One of my sons just  finished his time with the USMC Reserves the beginning of this month. My other son is due back from his 2nd tour in Iraq on Memorial Day. His time in the Army Reserves will be over before his unit will be called up again. Yes, we will celebrate his return this long weekend, but we also will be celebrating the fact that they both now can move forward. First stop for both of them is college, from which their peers have already graduated.

When I made this card today, this was one of the things that came to my mind. Wanting to send a THANK YOU to someone serving in the military for the "TIME" they have sacrificed.




Recipe:
Stamps: Miki Military from Sew Many Cards, Warmest Regards and Courage and Honor from Stampin' Up
Ink: Ink Jet, Night of Navy
Paper: Paper Temptress, Misc. Pattern Paper
Accessories: Nestabilities, big shot, dimensionals, stickers, shrink paper, heat gun, jump rings, ribbon, hemp twine, glue dots, Misc. vellum sentiment, copic markers
Copics Used: E 31, 33, 35, 37, 51, 93/ C 1, 5, 7/ W 3, 5/ G 21, 94/ BG 93, 96/ YG 91/ 00

Here are some close up pictures for you


 

Challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown: An image that needs coloring
Crafty Catz: Stars and stripes
Dare You To Digi Stamp: One for the boys
One Stitch At A Time: Furry Friends

HUGS...
 

25 comments:

Lauren said...

Sandy,

I absolutely love this! My husband is in the Army (reserves now, but active duty for 4 years). I love this image and the way you've colored it! The inside of the card is just as fabulous as the outside! Great job!

Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown. We hope to see you again next week.

Lauren

Ceal said...

cute card! thanks for honoring our Military and playing in our first challenge at Tuesday throwdown

Marlene said...

I love the card! Nicely done. Please thank your sons for their service to our country.

Ellie said...

This is just adorable Sandy. I agree with time being one of the most precious gifts one can give. Enjoy the time with your sons, I am so happy for you that you get to see them so soon!

Suzanne said...

A brilliant card and for a brilliant cause. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Catz and good luck
Hugs
Suzanne x

sam said...

This is just fab Sandy - well done hunny. Thanks for joining in the fun here at OSAAT once again.
Take care hunny
sam x

Cindy Coutts said...

Sandy, praise God that both of your sons came home from war. Your story touched my heart. Thank you for sharing this with us and your card is adorable. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us for our first Tuesday Throwdown challenge and we hope to see you again next week.

thread-bare said...

Sandy that is such a lovely idea. The card you have made is great & I love the way you have decorated the inside. Thanks for joining in with us at OSAAT this week xx Clare (DT) x

Sarah said...

Sandy this is a beautiful card, and the inside is fabulous too, a lovely thought making this card for the Guy's that give so much of there time Serving, Thanks for joining us over at OSAAT and hope to see you again soon Good Luck
Sarah xx

carol said...

This looks amazing, both inside and out, fantastic card, thanks for sharing it with us at crafty catz, x carol

Aunty Sue said...

oh wow love everythin g about this thanks for sharing with us this week at Crafty Catz

Dana said...

Well, as a former youngest child of a surviving WWII Marine (my Dad died 2 years ago) I applaud your sons. Your life and your time are INDEED the greatest gift.
Your coloring on this card is incredible. Thanks for playing along with TT!

Cheryl said...

oh love this gorjus image and colouring its brilliant thanks for playing at OSAAT love hugs cheryl xxxxxxxx

Leah said...

Wonderful card, I love it! Your coloring is fantastic, thank you for joining us at TT and thank you for your sons service.

Davi said...

My Father is a veteran and both my son in laws are in the service. Your card is a great tribute. Thanks for yours sons service. Wonderful coloring of the image also. Thanks for joining us this week at TT!

Tammy T said...

What a great card. I have a few friends with children serving over there now. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week.

Kim said...

Your image is so cute! Great colors too. I love the inside of your card. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown.

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Wonderful card, and all the thought that has gone into it make it extra special, what a great way to let someone know that you're thinking of them, and appreciate all that they're doing :)
Thanks very much for joining in with our Furry Friends challenge at OSAAT, don't forget to check back tomorrow for the new challenge and good luck! :D

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Wonderful card, and all the thought that has gone into it make it extra special, what a great way to let someone know that you're thinking of them, and appreciate all that they're doing :)
Thanks very much for joining in with our Furry Friends challenge at OSAAT, don't forget to check back tomorrow for the new challenge and good luck! :D

stitchy said...

Sandy, this is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out..gave me goosebumps to see how beautiful it is..I am truly in awe..thank you so much for sharing your awesome talent with us and your beautiful masterpiece..good luck hun

stitchy xoxox

Spyder said...

Yay!! Sandy!! Well done you're in our top three!!
(Lyn)

Lynnor Goodwin said...

Awesome card!!!

Chris said...

Fantastic card for a brilliant cause and such a great image! Love your colouring and design too. Thanks for joining us at DU2DS. Chris :)

Margaret xx said...

Fabulous card. My son is serving with the British Army and due to go back to Afghanistan in a few weeks.

Karen said...

This is just fabulous - a real work of art. Thanks for sharing this with us and also for joining us at DU2DS.
Karen x