Friday, May 1, 2009

Month of the Military Child

Did you know that April was Month of the Military Child? This month is already over but I wanted to tribute these children with a card using Stephanie Fizer's set from MFT-Nite Nite Nellie.  I did alter the image to achieve the thought of this card.

Being a child is hard enough with the learning and changes that naturally take place in their lives. But also being a military child comes with other life changing factors that are stressful on them.  They see their parent or sometimes both parents deploy overseas, train for weeks away from home, go on long business trips, and unfortunately, one that you would never wish upon any child having to see- the death of a parent, neighbor, or friend.  Of course being a military family ourselves, we have been through some, if not all, of what I have mentioned.  However, I see the children adjusting to such changes; sometimes easily and sometimes not.  They deal with their emotions in their own way and their way sometimes does not make it easier on the parent left behind.  What does make it a little easier is when they are surrounded by friends who are also military, such as living or going to school on a military installation, and the unconditional love by their family, explaining the events as it occurs.  It doesn't always take the sting away from the child not understanding everything and the why's of the job that has taken his/her parent(s) away.  But I do hope during the month of April, people will always remember that these children are also the unsung heroes. 

For this card, I stamped the image from the forehead down and drew in the kevlar hat and goggles.  I also drew in the American flag to look as though she was holding it from behind.  I wanted to keep the innocent look of the pajamas because I was thinking how my boys love to put on different pieces of my husbands uniform-usually in their pajamas.  (it just always happens when they are in their PJ's! LOL)  The Camo bg was printed from my computer just looking up a free graphic image from the web.  I then cut out the center using my Nestibilites petite ovals.  I colored in the image with Copics and sponged in a little color behind her.  I then cut out that image and pink bg with the petite oval nesties as well.  I tied little pink ribbons to the sides of the cut out oval and popped up that panel as well as the girl inside.  I punched out the sentiment 'Daddy's' with my 1"circle punch and then punched the bg scalloped with Paper Studio's 1 7/8" circle. The 'Little Girl' sentiment was punched using SU! WW punch.  All panels were then popped up with dimensionals.  

Upcoming: Do you have empty Prima Flower bottles and hate to throw them away? I will have a project soon to share!!  

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3 comments:

  1. This is so cute! We used to be a military family and we still know many that still are....this would be perfect for them!!!

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  2. Cute card. You went to a LOT of trouble to get everything just the way you liked it.

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  3. This is very sweet Deb. And thanks for making me cry before church... haha

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