Saturday, July 30, 2011

Freedom Isn't Free

We so often in America romanticize war.  There is nothing romantic about war.  Just talk to someone who has experienced trauma in war.  My dad is one of those people.  He saw friends die, he was critically injured, spent over a year in the hospital, and has suffered physically, and emotionally since that time.  This sacrifice was his choice.  He lied about his age, and got his parents to sign for him to enter the US Marine Corp.  This he did after the US was attacked by Japan.

He will not talk, read, or watch any kind of television show or movie about WW II.  It is just too painful.  He is 87 years old and time still hasn't healed those injuries.  It never will.  So I say to our government, think long and hard before committing our men and women to the horrors of war.  Unfortunately, many of those so eager to involve us in war, are the ones who will do anything to avoid it personally.

Here is a card I made to say Thank You to our veterans.

This is a triangle fold card.  The card base is white card stock.  The blue paper is DCWV.  I added ribbon on the diagonal and made a tea bag fold medallion.  The medallion has a red glittered brad in the center.   
To make the medallion, I downloaded an American flag image from the internet.  I copied and pasted it into a word doc eight times.  The flag was 2" tall.   I then cut the flags into 2" squares, and then began the folding.    

And now, here's a look at the inside of the card.
The patterned inside paper is from My Mind's Eye.  The sentiment is one of KAndres's from her Freedom Isn't Free set.  $1.00 from the sale of  the stamps goes to the Intrepid and Fallen Heroes Fund.  
And to finish the card, I added a few glittered  stars.  

I am sending this card to Rebecca of the Crafting Misfit  to hand deliver to the Run for the Fallen event in Maine.  If you would like to know more about this group go to Rebecca's blog  and read how you too can make a card for the event.  

Getting Cricky Simply Sunday   Freedom Isn't Free  Thank You
Whimsical Wednesday   Fun With Folds


  1. Wow, Charlotte! Your card is gorgeous. I love that fold technique and the flag medallion is fabulous. Thanks for joining the Simply Sunday challenge this week.

    Kelly (Getting Cricky Guest Designer)

  2. Love this card Charlotte!!! It is really beautiful!!! First of all, huge thanks to your dad...a hero in my book! I served in the Air Force and my hubby just retired last month from the Army after 27 years and has seen lots of the Middle East! You're exactly right! Thanks for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesdays!!!!

  3. What a cool card! I love the Red, White, and Blue theme and the way the card folds. Thanks for playing at Whimsical Wednesdays!

  4. What an excellent idea! I am also playing along at Simply Sunday with Getting Cricky! :) Good Luck!

  5. Beautiful card! I'm playing along with you at Getting Cricky this week. Good luck!


  6. Hi again Charlotte~ this card is fantastic!!!
    A big thank you to your dad for his sacrifices. As a military wife, I can identify with some of the affects of that life.
    As always, your creations are inspiring & have so much meaning. It is one of the many reasons I love your blog.
    You are truly wonderful!
    Big hugs,

  7. This is such a beautiful card Charlotte! Such a special card, made with a lof of love. I am sure the person who recieves this will be so touched:) Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Whimsical Wednesdays challenge!
    Sherrie K

  8. Charlotte this is an absolutely beautiful card! What a great card for a great cause! Great Job & Good Luck in the challenge! I too am playing along in this weeks Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge!


  9. Charlotte, your dad has got to be a wonderful man! I love your card and you did such a great job on it!!!

    I have to say, I think the title of your post says a "whole" lot!!! LOL!

  10. Great card design! Nice details!


  11. Awesome card! I love the Red, White, and Blue theme and the way the card folds. Great job on the challenge and Thanks for playing with us at Whimsical Wednesday. :)

  12. Your card is beautiful. I love your teabag medallion, very neat and I love the way your pattern worked. I'm playing at Getting Cricky this week as well.

    Lynn B.

    P.S. I agree with your advice to the government.

  13. Super job Charlotte! I haven't seen this fold before. Such a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Getting Cricky this week!


  14. ohhh wowo.. that is soo neat.. love that!!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Getting Cricky's Simply SUnday Challenge


  15. This is cool, great job on the challenge. Good Luck!
    Thank you for playing our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky.
    Hugs :),
    Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

  16. What a cool card! I love it!
    Hugs, Jenni

  17. Charlotte, this is beyond gorgeous -- I so love the pinwheel on the front... You did such an amazing job!! Your words are very true -- When I think of how many of my son's friends have enlisted it's hard not to have mixed feelings. I'm so grateful they are willing to make such a sacrifice, but I fear what the consequences could be -- These boys have grown up before my eyes... I pray daily for God to protect their minds and spirits and to bring them home safely. My heart goes out to your father...

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent in the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge!! :)

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  18. Beautiful card. I am very thankful for your father's service to us all. I'm sorry he had such terrible times. Thanks for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesdays! Hugs, Cathryn :)

  19. WOW, this is truly fun with folds. This card is absolutely beautiful. I love the beautiful patterned paper and style. Thanks for joining us for the Whimsical Wednesday Challenge. Hugs- Glora

  20. wow this is really a stunner. thanks so much for sharing your fun fold with us at whimsical wednesdays :)

  21. Wow Charlotte...this is beautiful! I love the fold..and the medallion!
    Excellent job on this weeks challenge!
    TFS and playing along with us over at Whimsical Wednesdays :)

  22. Wow, Charlotte, this is so fabulous! I love the triangle fold and the flag medallion is stunning! I'm so sorry for the trauma your dad experienced. Those who serve our country are true heroes.


  23. WOW this is such a BEAUTIFUL card Charlotte!I LOVE your fold and all the great details,AMAZING job!Thanks so much for joining us at Whimsical Wednesday!!:)

  24. Beautiful card! I agree with you about war. My uncle lost part of his leg, my brother-in-law was KIA, and so was one of my best friends from high school at only 19 years of age. Not to mention the emotional scars it leaves. It is a bigger deal than people realize or the news portrays for sure. I'm glad you shared your gorgeous card. Thanks for playing over at Whimsical Wednesday :)

  25. Very pretty card with lots of details. Nice colors too. Thank you for joining us at Whimsical Wednesdays.

  26. Such a gorgeous card. I have never seen a fold like that! Love it. Thanks for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesday. x