Thursday, June 16, 2011

Today our community mourns

 With a war that’s lasted longer than any other, the reality is that if you wait long enough, sooner or later the statistics will catch up with you. More than 250 Illinois soldiers have given their lives for our freedom. Now that number has grown by one.

Pfc. Michael Olivieri and four others belonging to the 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kan., were killed in Baghdad when insurgents launched an attack on their base, division officials said. The soldiers deployed to Iraq in November 2010.

They were part of the 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, supporting the development of Iraq forces and the improvement of civilian life in central Iraq.

Each of the soldiers had served less than two years and each was on his first deployment.

Homer Glen is a small but close-knit community, where plans are already being made to honor Pfc. Olivieri in the form of a special memorial at the Homer Township Public Library, where his mother Jody works. They are creating a “Heroes” quiet reading room as part of a library expansion to honor the 26-year-old soldier and others in the military.

Olivieri was due home on Monday June 13, which would have been his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife Sharon, and was also due to attend his sister’s wedding on the 25th. All of this makes his death especially hard for his family and friends to take. From all accounts, however, they have been nothing but proud of his service to his country.

Olivieri was a 2002 graduate of nearby Lockport Township High School  and attended Southern Illinois University. He also started and played in a local band called The Moops. His friends called him, “The glue that held us together.”

Hundreds of mourners of all ages turned out this morning to honor U.S. Army Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri during the soldier’s funeral procession through Homer Glen en route from the Modell Funeral Home to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

The funeral procession included about 200 vehicles. En route to the cemetery, it passed by crowds of supporters gathered on all four corners at all the major intersections along the route in Homer Glen. Other towns took part in paying tribute, too, with fire departments using their ladder trucks and flags to form arches across the roads.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fathers Day card

I created this Father's Day card using this weeks challenge sketch from Mojo Monday

Paper: Bazzill, SEI, Recollections, Graphic 45, Stamp: Rubbernecker stamps Ink: Distress Ink

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Mojo Monday Challenge #194

Lexi's Creations Challenge #45 Father's Day

Woodware USA Clear Stamps Challenge #30 Masculine cards

Hand-Stamped Sentiments Challenge  #70 Father's Day (Masculine)

Ladybugs Craft Ink Challenge #31 It's all about the males

PaperTake weekly Anything goes

Paper Play Challenges week #23 Father's Day/Masculine

The Paper Variety For the Guys

CRAFT Challenge #106 Father's Day

Craft Us Crazy Challenge #10 Fathers Day

Delightful Challenges Fathers Day

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another card using Rubbernecker Stamps

I fell in love with this weeks sketch(#87) at J.U.G.S  and created this card

 Paper: Fancy Pants, Tim Holtz and Paper Studio Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps Dandelion Garden Border , Rubbernecker Stamps Imagine with All Inks:Studio G chalk ink, Staz-on
The Dandelion Border sztamp didn't photograph as well as I would have liked.I double stamped~1st with white and then with apple green

I am entering this card in the following challenges

J.U.G.S. Sketch #87

Critter Sketch Challenge Blog~ use Kraft

Craft Your Passion~ Anything Goes

Friday, June 3, 2011

I am entering this card at the Sisterhood of Crafters for the "Button Box" challenge (use buttons on your project) In addition to my buttons, I used stamps by Rubbernecker Stamps,Colorbox ink, Viva Pearl Pen and a MLYB fabric border.

The mammographer in me

I made this card for a Challenge at Simon Says Stamp using my favorite stamp. It must be the mammographer in me that makes this Rubbernecker Stamps stamp my favorite. I stamped the image on velvet paper and heat embossed it using Stampendous silver embossing powder and colored parts of the image with Copics and added Pearl pen accents.I used Core'dinations cardstock and dry embossed it with Sizzix ribbon plate and mounted it on MM paper.

Blanketflower card

For the Center image ~I used a Rubbernecker daisy stamp but colored the daisies to resemble blanketflowers.

Products used:Stamp~Rubbernecker Stamps  Daisies 506-05  Paper:Paper Company,Fancy Pants, Wausau,and Heidi Swapp Ink~Colorbox and Staz-on Markers:Sharpie and Copic Brads: MM alpha brads Tools: Spellbinder Beaded Oval,Martha Stewart double loop Border punch

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts 4  Eternity  Challenge #22 (Sketch)
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge #11 Anything goes
Paper Play Challenge Week 22 Citrus splash~green,yellow,orange
Fab-n-Funky Challenges What'eva challenge
Woodware USA Clear Stamps   Challenge#29~Use a forgotten embellie (I used alpha brads)