Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop: Blazing Poppy Card
Hello, Friends! It’s time for the May Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop! You should be coming here from Emily’s beautiful blog. In honor of Memorial Day, I’ve created a Blazing Poppy card to share with you today. But before I do, here are the details on this hop.
To win a chance at a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations, all you have to do is the following:
- visit every blog on the hop, and leave a lovely comment before midnight on Friday, June 3rd.
- the winner will be randomly chosen from a random blog in the hop
- check back here on Saturday, June 4th at noon when I will announce the winner
- If you are the randomly chosen winner, you will have 72 hours to claim your prize by sending an e-mail to [email protected] (be sure to put May Alumni Blog Hop winner in the subject line.)
Easy, peasy! Just visit each of the blogs listed below:
Poppies and Memorial Day
When I was a kid, everyone wore a red paper poppy in his or her lapel on and around Memorial Day. This was a practice started by the VFW in 1922 and they soon became known as “Buddy Poppies.” In 1923, the decision was made to give the job of assembling the Buddy Poppies to wounded and disabled vets in VA hospitals. They were paid a small amount of money for each poppy made and the funds were used to help pay their medical bills. You can read all about that HERE. The poppy became associated with war veterans through the poem, In Flander’s Field. We had to memorize and recite this when I was in school. Does anyone remember this?
In Flander’s Field
by John McCrae
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead.
Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw,
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us, who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.
- Stamp Large Elegant Word Stamp onto a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of watercolor paper using Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Heat Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
- Use a foam blender tool to add Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple and Pumice Stone Distress Inks to the panel. Spritz with water. Spatter with Abandoned Coral Distress Spray.
- Stamp Poppy Corner in lower left corner. Heat emboss with Superfine Gold Embossing Powder. COlor in with re-inker and a water brush.
- Use the largest Spellbinder Opulent Ovals die to cut an opening, as seen in the photo.
- Back the opening with a piece of the poppy print paper from Blazing Poppies Paper Collection.
- Cut a 5 3/4″ square from the 6×6 paper. Cut a 2″ x 5.5″ rectangle from black designer paper and a 2″ x 4.5″ rectangle from the reverse side of the black print. Stitch this and the watercolor panel onto the 5 3/4″ panel.
- Fussy cut the poppy cluster from the designer paper. Cut carefully around the individual petals. leaves and the butterfly wings. Dampen lightly with water. Shape gently with Deluxe Flower shaping Kit. glue in center of die cut oval, as shown.
- Add black and white houndstooth ribbon bow, button and metal corner.
- Paint petals and butterfly with Stardust Stickles.
- Finish the inside of the poppy card with more designer paper.
Here’s a peeky at the inside:
I’d love to know if any of you wore red poppies on Memorial Day. If so, tell me about it in the comment section below. It’s always fun to share memories.
Thanks for stopping by!