Sunday, May 18, 2014

Red Carpet Studio Challenge #70: Saving Private Ryan

Wow, I can't believe it's time for another challenge at Red Carpet Studios! If you're a fan of Bugaboo Digi Stamps, listen's our prize for one lucky entrant! Go over to the Red Carpet Studios Challenge Blog for all the details on how to enter your project! Then, go to Bugaboo Stamps and drool over all the great images to use on all sorts of paper crafts!

The movie playing for Challenge #70 is "Saving Private Ryan" in honor of upcoming Memorial Day and today; Armed Forces Day! So think about what your traditions are at this time of year. Do you have a picnic or BBQ? Do you attend parades? How do you celebrate FAMILY? That's what the movie is all about; bringing family home.

Using this great image from Bugaboo Digi Stamps, I created two simple cards. This image reminds me of my older brother who was in the army 30 years ago as a chaplains assistant. He was stationed in Fort Meade, Maryland and earned money to go to college. I was in high school and became obsessed with military "fashion". I loved to wear his camouflage jacket!

We Salute You Cards:  Easy to make, these cards are a matter of coloring. I wanted something simple to show off the soldier. This soldier would make good congratulations cards or even a nice Welcome Home card for returning servicemen/servicewomen. The soldier is printed onto white cardstock and colored with Distress Markers. I cut him out to attach to the card front.

The flag background is done on a 6.5 X 5" card. I used tape to mask off the white areas then added Distress Stain (Barn Door) in between. The blue star field is composed of strips of washi tape that I had in my stash. (I'm trying to use up some Washi tape as the adhesive on the back seems to be getting old and not sticking very well anymore!) A simple hand written "We Salute You" makes the sentiment in the corner. Simple but effective, I think.

Since I had the Washi tape out and several more soldiers printed, I went ahead and did this card as well. Just plain blue cardstock cut to A2 standard size for the base. The washi tape is added on the diagonal, then I added my soldier. The little "congratulations" was stamped and cut out on white cardstock then attached to the red banner. The sentiment is from a Stampin Up set; Little Banners and stamps with it's own banner outline. I thought it looked too feminine for this card so I cut it off and added my own banner.

I'm sure I'll be making more of this simple cards as I can envision a background of fireworks or stars. I can print out the soldiers in a smaller size and make my own army! Several in a line would work great for a "Great Job" card from "all of us".

Happy Armed Forces Day! Don't forget to share your cards or scrapbook pages for Memorial Day with us over at Red Carpet Studios! I'd love to see what you create!
"The Brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
their courage nerves a thousand living men."  ---Minot J. Savage

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful patriotic cards! Great image too!