Jen is our hostess this week over in the Teapot Tuesday forum - our cards are going to a WWII vet to help him celebrate his birthday, and her theme is MMTPT558 Red, White and Blue.
Well, aside from the patriotic connotations that makes me think airmail, so that gave me my in to the card. I stamped the background, inking it in blue and red. Edged with a gold pen.
Stamped the plane, added a little colour, used a brad in the nose cap and an SN clear glitter pen on the prop, which I think you can't see. Matted on gold, as also the sentiment.
Jen's bonus cookies were to include something related to our grandfather. My paternal, Irish one, died I guess around 1950, I never met him. My maternal, Scottish one, lived in Canada and he did visit Ireland once but I'm too young to have any memories apart from photos I've seen of his visit. But I do know that he fought in both wars - he ran away and joined the Royal Flying Corps underage in WWI. I have the most poignant, sad poem written by my mother about how changed he was when he came back from the second war. She saw him as "old and faded, like an inside out shirt" - no longer an adventurer but taking to bridge, golf and safe investments, and he felt she had grown up without him and was no longer the child he loved and remembered and was now a stranger. Anyway, the plane is in his memory. I guess I could have used my cute husky stamp because part of the poem tells how, after the first war, he went exploring up in the Arctic and his lead dog was called Cerberus.
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Tue, Apr 02, 2019 @ 5:02 AM
I really like the postage bg for your biplane ....what a perfect card for a veteran. Your story and remembrance of your grandpa is sad and touching....it's hard to imagine what war does to those who have served. My dad was in WWII and rarely talked about what went on when he was serving...perhaps only about the camaraderie among the soldiers.
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Tue, Apr 02, 2019 @ 5:11 AM
First about your card, it's a beautiful card love the airmail stylish background and the plane image is fantastic!!
I didn't know my paternal grand father but my dad told me his dad saved him during the WWII from a bomb attack that's almost the only fact I know about him...You've got the poem written by your mother!!
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Tue, Apr 02, 2019 @ 7:11 AM
I think this is a perfect card for today's recipient. Your attention to all the little details you've added to this card really make it shine. Your story of your maternal grandfather touched my heart, Sabrina...
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Wed, Apr 03, 2019 @ 1:22 PM
I love everything about this! What a special card and a special (but sad) story. Your grandfather sounds like a brave and fascinating man! I really love the sky-writing heart behind the sentiment. Fabulous!
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Fri, Apr 05, 2019 @ 8:25 PM
Loved your back story about your Grandfathers. This is an awesome card! The BG is fabulous with the mix of colors in the collage! The plane is one of my favorite stamps! (hehe I have a lot of favorites.)
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Mon, Apr 08, 2019 @ 7:05 AM
This is so fitting for a WWII veteran having a birthday Sabrina. With all the postage on this card, Recil will feel like he is receiving birthday greetings from around the world! How neat is that! This is so sad about your grandfather Sabrina. War is a terrible thing and we will never truly know what these men saw and endured. And how sad for your mother too. Thank you for sharing this poignant story with us- it is a treasure! Hugs! ~Karen.