March 19, 2017

A Masculine Thinking Of You Card!

My husband Dave belongs to two local volunteer fire departments. He's a truck driver or as he calls himself "the water boy". A few weeks ago, he had a monthly meeting at one of these departments and when he arrived home after the meeting....informed me that he had volunteered my services. I only had 24 hours to get this special project done. I had to think how I was going to approach this project because you see, the project was for someone dear to the department, someone that volunteered his time with this department, someone who has a young family...a wife and 3 kids, someone who is a Forest Ranger for the State of Maine and someone who is losing his battle with cancer. Very soon.

I knew instantly that I wanted to feature someone with some type of nature scenery. Jeremiah, being a Forest Ranger would probably love that, I thought. So I grabbed my In The Meadow stamp set and everything just came together quite quickly.

The card had to be created as a money holder as the fire department was donating cash funds to help the family. I started by taking out a dollar bill, measuring it and making the card a little larger so I could add a pocket. Once the card base was all figured out, I made this envelope from the Neutrals Paper Stack and lined it with a Silver Foil Sheets layer:

I then closed the envelope and created a belly-band to keep the envelope closed. I do not have measurements for you as I whipped this up quickly so that the guys could get the card delivered to the family immediately. And didn't not take the time to write notes about my project.The belly-band has a layer of Silver Foil Sheets that was cut with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies and this little scenery that I stamped and water colored. I cut the scenery with the circle dies and layered with Stampin' Dimensionals:

For the card, the Early Espresso Cardstock base is layered with Silver Foil Sheets, a layer of Old Olive Cardstock and the stamped scenery layer on Whisper White Cardstock. I decided to match the scenery on the card to the scenery on the belly-band. The sentiment is from the Sending Thoughts stamp set. It was hard to figure out what to add as a sentiment and I thought this one was appropriate:

For the inside, the fire department wanted a simple insert that I hand-typed on cardstock and printed with my printer and cut to the size I needed. I glued it to the flap of the card:

I added two little Silver Foil Sheets circles on each end of the pocket to make sure it didn't come apart after I glued it in place. And then the guys could add whatever the donation was inside the pocket:

I received a phone from one of the officers from the fire department a few days later and he thanked me for the card and how much they appreciated what I did for them. He said Jeremiah loved it. Having just lost my Dad a month ago, this was something I was honored to be a part of.

Make sure you come back and visit at 8:45 tonight as I show you some projects for the Control Freaks Blog Hop!

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  1. This is beautifully done and so meaningful. You are the energizer bunny girl.....I don't know how you do all you do!

  2. Oh such a sad story Deb. Your card is beautiful and perfect. My prayers with the family.

  3. Wow you really met the challenge in such a great way. It's never easy making sympathy cards or gift donation cards of this type, but the caliber of the design and the thought that you put into it really shines. My sympathy and heart felt feelings for the Crockett family in their time of need and to the Linneus Fire Department for their support.

  4. You always amaze me with your creativity, and under the very sad circumstances and such a short time limit....Sending best wishes to the firefighter and his family! I have a nephew who is a firefighter/paramedic (Sooo very proud of him!) so understand how the other firefighters feel....and Dave is anything but a "water boy"!...engineers are very important to the fire fighters team.....go Dave! Blessing to you both and to the family, TFS, Deb!

  5. Very creative for an under pressure project, I will always remember that someone else has bigger problems than myself, will send loving thoughts to the fireman and his family...

  6. Fantastic masculine card. You put so much thoughtfulness and caring into it. You are always so creative, even under pressure.

  7. You are amazing to have put together a card that has so much meaning and love in a very little time. Condolences to you and your husband on you personal loss as well as that of a family friend.

  8. What an amazing project you whipped up in no time. That silver lining is the icing on the cake. Your card and matching envelope are masculine and perfect for the nature lover. That Meadow set has long been on my wish list and never seems to come to my house.... Maybe in April!


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