Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sweet Pea for a soldier

Given that it's Memorial Day weekend, I figured it's a good time to share my latest undertaking. I've joined Soldier's Angels. Soldier's Angels is an organization dedicated solely to supporting our soldiers, be they retired, wounded, or active. There's so many different groups within the organization. If you're not crafty, you can sign up to write letters to soldiers or send cards to soldiers needing additional support. That's just a few of the things you can do. I signed up for both of those groups, but I also adopted a soldier. That basically means I've agreed to send her a letter a week and a care package per month for the length of her deployment. I figure it's the least I can do, given that she is in some hellhole, sacrificing for us each and every day. I know that not everyone can afford to do that, though. I still urge you to look at the site and find some way to help a soldier that fits your lifestyle. At the risk of sounding like one of those latenight telemarketing campaigns, a stamp per week to send a letter costs less than one cup of coffee or one soda, and it touches the life of someone who has dedicated theirs to this country. Just think about it, ok?

Ok, enough with the salespitch. I'll get to the card now. I made this card to send to my soldier. I've already made her another one that will be sent out with her first care package, but I can't show you that one yet, since it's for Guylou's DT. This card I'm showing you here tonight is the second card I'll be sending her. As I've said many times, I am in love with Sweet Pea stamps. Lynette has introduced so many new artists over the last year or so, and I'm loving it.
I colored her with copics. I tried to shade it so that it looks as if the light is coming in from her right (your left as you look at the card), but I am having the hardest time with that lately. I added glossy accents to her lips and eyes, glitter to various places (although it's hard to see), and liquid pearls to the leaves and her hair. I got the idea to put them in her hair from Vicky's header on her blog. (I think she might have used a signo or similar pen, but it gave me the idea, so I am giving credit). Thanks for the inspiration! The patterned paper is K&Co and the cardstock is bazzill. The lace is from Hancock Fabrics and the frame around the image is a Spellbinders die. I think that about covers it!! As always, thanks for coming by. Please take a minute to remember our soldiers!

7 comments:

Larisa said...

She is so pretty!! And the lacy frame round of her looks great! Love this gentle card))

Kim Kelley said...

Good for you Gina! Love the card and you shaded very well. Love the pearls in her hair! Wonderful project and you are a wonderful person!

Brenda said...

Gina, as always your Sweet Pea cards are stunning. One of these days I will join you, I know it!! What a beautiful design. Love that you are doing this for the soldiers, no surprise here since you are such a giving person!!
hugs, Bren

Starla B. said...

Gorgeous as always. You have such a big heart...you are an inspiration to us all. Love and hugs.

Sara I. said...

What an amazing organization and thats so awesome and wonderful that you're a part of it!! Beautiful card girlie - love the liquid pearls in her hair and the softness to her face. Stunning!

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie this is gorgeous she looks so beautiful & your colouring is amazing hun. Thank you so much hun for the link I feel really pleased that I have inspired you in some way mmwah.

Huge hugs to you hun
Vicky xxx

Tracy S said...

LOVE what you did with the liquid pearls. That is super fab! I love this organization too and I am sure your soldier is overjoyed that you picked her...because she gets to see your wonderful work and I know you will spoil her... because that is how you roll!!