Hi Crafters!! Can you believe September is already here?! My heart goes out to all those affected by 9-11. I can’t believe it’s been 12 years. Seems like yesterday, really. My husband had called me to turn on TV and my heart sank when the first tower went down. I knew in an instant all those lives were gone and I immediately wondered about their salvation. And then the other tower went down. I tried to call my parents for reassurance, and they were on the road on vacation, and had no idea. My father lost 1/3rd of his retirement that day, which is nothing compared to the people who lost their people, friends….family….loved ones. I spent the day flitting about my house because I didn’t know what else to do. And I prayed, cried and prayed. My husband told me to go fill my car with gas and it was complete insanity at the gas pumps. People forgot their manners, cut in line and acted as if they were the only ones there. Scary. And then those who gave their lives to save others…..the most unselfish gift of courage ever. One of my best childhood friends lives in a suburb and works in NYC. I tried to call her later, but she knew people who were in the towers and couldn’t function. Although, I have no one involved, I still can not sit and watch it on TV, or the movies, my emotions take over and all I can do is cry and sob. I have to leave the room. And all of the service men and women who have given their lives on top of that. So much courage, sacrifice and heart ache from the war. My children were both saved after mass tragedies involving children. Now that I’ve had my cry for today, lets get to the name tags.
I cut my cards at 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 inches to fit in the @TheOffice, clear vinyl name tag holders, from yellow card stock. The window was stamped in Memento Black and colored with peach and brown Bic Mark It alcohol markers. The pumpkins were stamped in StazOn Red ink and carefully colored in with Yellow and Orange Bic markers (as to not pick up the red ink with the marker…Memento ink would have been better here), the stems were colored over with dark green marker. The sentiment, month and owl were stamped with Ranger’s Archival Black ink. The leaves were stamped with Stampin’UP! Old Olive and Real Red. Then we just hand write our names with an ink pen, this month I used a Sharpie fine point black marker to write my name (I love this little marker).
I know, I was so surprised to get 2 whole name tags colored within YouTube’s 15 minutes, and then the red leaves that had to be added due to the extra mark left by the e from the September stamp. LOL I seem to have these errors when the project is almost complete!! And I’m too tired, or have too much time invested to start over, so I just ROLL ON. As a baby from the early 60’s, it’s how I Roll. haha Waste not, Want not, right? That is what I love about painting too, you can always cover your boo boos with more paint. Thank Goodness, the same holds true for stamping, in most cases.