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Sunday 11 November 2012

Dream Valley 45 – Anything Goes

DV 45

Over at Dream Valley today our challenge is an nice easy one, Anything Goes, we are sponsored by Joanna Sheen with a £10 for her fabulous online store.

When I saw we had an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge coming up at Dream Valley and it was due to be published on Remembrance Sunday then I knew I had to make this card, not only in remembrance but as a thank you to all our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price. The poppies are one of Sheena Douglass’s beautiful stamps, and I coloured them with Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks. The poem was written by my Daughter when she was only 14. They had just covered WW1 in history and it clearly affected her deeply as she came home and wrote two poems which, to my mind, beautifully sum up the horror, sadness and losses of war. I have to admit to being proud that she has such a sensitive soul. Please respect her and do not copy the poem.


My Father was unable to fight in WWII due to having had an horrible accident with fire a couple of years before, but he was one of the many people who worked the land, working for the Surrey WarAg to keep our people fed, and my Grandfather, again too old to fight was stationed in London as a Fireman. His eyes would glaze over on Remembrance Sunday and I know he was reliving the horrors that he had witnessed during The Blitz. My Mum used to tell me how they would look out of their bedroom windows in their Surrey home and could see the sky bright red as London burned following a bombing raid.

Last year I was absolutely horrified when our local Poundland store forbade their members of staff to wear a poppy! They said it was unfair on the many religions that frequented the store. Utter poppycock, the remembrance poppy transcends religion, it’s a symbol of sacrifice and remembrance, not of any specific religious belief . When I look around me today I sometimes wonder why these brave men and women gave their everything as we seem to become less and less caring and respectful of our fellow human beings, but I am grateful for the many sacrifices these men and women have made.

I shall also be remembering today the people who are no longer here, but who have had an influence on my life.

I am entering this into the following:-

Amusing Challenges – Thank You

Card Crafters Circle – #48 We Remember

Card Makin’ Mamas – Thanksgiving/Thank You

Crafts and Me – #108 Reds

Crafty Sentiments – Poppies

Critter Sketch Challenge – #140 Veteran’s Day/Remembrance

Daisy Doodles – Remembrance/Veteran’s Day

Delicious Doodles – #10 Remembering

My Sheri Crafts – Give Thanks

Paper Pretties – PWC231 Thank You

Party Time Tuesday – PTT93 Thank You

Poodles Parlour – Thank You

Scrappy Frogs – Give Thanks

Sentimental Sundays – 128 Thanks/Thanksgiving

Sparkle and Glitter The Rick St. Dennis Challenge – #3 Remember

That Craft Place – Red for Remembrance

The House That Stamps Built – DCC117 Anything that Gives Thanks

The Outlawz (PAM) – Thankful

The Paper Girls – #19 Thank You

Wags N Whispers – #92 Be Thankful

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  1. Just beautiful! Nothing else needs to be said xx

  2. Beautiful card and peom Lin well done thank you for joining us for our POPPIES Challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs Hugs Elaine

  3. Simply stunning sweetie!
    Hugs xx Cara xx

  4. Stunning.......gorgeous card and the moved me to tears.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and no.....I don't have THE sofa anymore although it did last another 2 years for when I had my youngest Son lol!
    Hugs Jo x

  5. A truly beautiful card and verse which has given me goose bumps. They sacrificed so much and thank goodness we still appreciate that so many years later.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  6. Hi Lin Stunning and the sentiment is lovely,brings tears to your eyes.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Hugs Julie x

  7. A beautiful tribute card. The poem says it all.
    Yvonne x

  8. A beautiful card and truly beautiful poem, very talented, I remember my dd doing the same when she was 13 in English, I'd forgotten it til I read your post and I made a digital scrapbook page of the poem. I love how their young minds work and understand. I've added the page to my blog if your interested. thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week.

  9. Well said Lin, thanks for expressing what many of us feel and you must be so very proud of your daughter, thanks for sharing her poem with us. Love your magnificent poppy card!

  10. Such a beautiful card, and that peom is so touching. Thank you for joining in this week's Crafty Sentiments Challenge.
    Cathy xx

  11. Stunning card, beautiful coloring and touching poem written by your very talented DD. I recall my DD writing beautiful, heartfelt poetry when she was that same age -- a true gift! Thanks so much for sharing your card with us @ My Sheri Crafts.

  12. Beautiful card
    Thank you for joining us this week over at Crafty Sentiments
    Love Jan

  13. Your beautiful card along with your daughter's heartfelt response to her studies create a very touching piece! Thank you for joining us in the Sparkle and Glitter challenge this week!

  14. gorgeous card, gorgeous poem too
    thanks for joining the sparkle and glitter challenge this week

  15. Very beautiful quote. Thanks for playing with us this week at Party Time Tuesdays!

    PTT DT

  16. Breathtaking! Thanks for sharing with us in our Remembrance challenge at the Card Crafter's Circle!

  17. Beautiful! Love how you've coloured the poppies! Thanks for joining us at Card Crafter's Circle!

  18. Gorgeous card and such a beautiful poem. Your daughter has written so movingly, with such depth of emotion.
    Debs x

  19. Great card.
    Thanks so much for joining us at CMM. DT Member Shannon/Shannon83k

  20. A lovely card and abeautiful poem thank you for joining us at Delicious Doodles
    Hugs xxx

  21. Beautiful. Thanks for playing with us at Sparkles and Glitter.
    Hugs Nataliya

  22. Lovely card! Your coloring is wonderful! Love the shape of this card too! Thanks for sharing it with us at My Sheri Crafts! :)

  23. Beautiful, your coloring and the poem. Thanks for joining us at Sparkle & Glitter.

  24. fantastic thanks for joining us at daisy doodles and good luck emma xx

  25. Beautiful card card design. Such a touching poem by your daughter. Thanks so much for joining us Sentimental Sundays!

  26. Beautiful..... very touching poem by a very talented young lady. Perfect for our challenge at That Craft Place. Thank you for sharing with us xxxx


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