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!