Monday, September 13, 2021

CAS Christmas Plaid Challenge

Hello my crafty friends, I hope this Monday is off to a great start and that you had a good weekend. It was definitely an emotional weekend with the 9/11 20th anniversary. It seems like just yesterday and not 20 years later. I was weepy as I watched some of the specials and relived that day myself. My son, in the military already and trying to get in touch with him (thankfully he got into touch with me), my other son's in school scared, me offering to come get them but they decided to stick it out. Bret almost missing the bus for Kindergarten because I was glued to the TV after Dwayne called me from work and told me to turn it on because a plane flew into one of the World Trade Center buildings and they think it was on purpose. It was a terrible day for us Americans, but also a day where everyone came together. I pray no country has to go through something like this again, but I have my doubts. I know I will never forget that day or the lives lost. Or the change to my world as my 19 year old deploys soon after 9/11. A day that changed everyone. Dwayne and I kept the TV on all night long because Lance said he was "going away" for a while. Of course we knew exactly what he meant! I will never forget running into the bathroom as Dwayne was showering and said, "The war has begun!" when it was announced on TV. Chilling to us both as we knew Lance was already there. Yes, an emotional time for everyone in this country. Never Forget!

I love plaids, who doesn't right?! So I had to play along with CAS Christmas as they are asking to see plaids. Again, just a really simple card, but I love it. My little silhouettes of the tree's don't show well in the photo, but in real life it does. 

As always, I thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to stop by and visit me. Your comments always bring a ray of sunshine to my life and if I haven't been by to see you, I will be soon. Have a wonderful week!

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:

Gnome-Simon Says Stamps-NBUS
Plaid paper-Paper Studio @ Hobby Lobby
Snowy mat-AliExpress
Hill/snow-My Creative Time
Trees/sentiment-SU Happy Scene's-NBUS


Nstiz said...

Adorable card and love that little gnome in plaid. This one is really a fun card!

I Card Everyone said...

Oh Brenda I just love your sweet little plaid-dressed gnome! I only have to use my imagination to see those silhouetted trees that I'm sure look great IRL!
But I cannot imagine how hard it was to have a son in service during that frightful time.
It's a day, and terrible time none of us will forget. But also a good time to remember that our freedom, and safety comes at a cost. Those that serve are the bravest of all.

Bonnie said...

This gnome and plaid seem to go together perfectly! I love the snowy background and sparkly snowbank!

Colleen said...

We will never forget, you can count on that! Your gnome is just too adorable. I love his whole plaid outfit, including the hat!! And I see the trees with the glistening show on the branches! Thank you so much for playing along with our CAS Christmas Challenge!

Loll said...

It was an emotional day for the whole world. 9-11 changed everyone's life in a matter of minutes. The twenty years has gone by fast. The world needs to slow down!

LOVE your sweet plaid gnome, Brenda. Adorable! I can see the trees in the background of your night sky. Your sentiment is perfect for what we need right now. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas. xx

Jules said...

Hi Brenda

I remember that day like it was yesterday too.

It was our youngest Son's 18th birthday and I worked at a private hospital where I used to sell operations to people who didn't have medical insurance. All of the patients had their own rooms and during the day most would have their doors wide open.

Every morning as I started my working day I would go down the corridor and call in on the patients who I had built up a relationship with and just have a quick chat with them and see how they were doing. But this day it was different. Every room had a person inside simply "glued to their TV". No-one could believe their eyes and there was an eerie silence about the place. The news would be re-playing everything over and over again and there was none of the normal banter or even conversations.

The whole hospital was in shock and no-one could believe what was happening.

It must have been so awful for you and Dwayne, especially knowing Lance was already there. I'm sorry! I am sure everyone who was old enough to understand at the time will ever forget that awful day.

But now now onto your fun card.

I love that little gnome and I love plaids too .. ... .. so a perfect card in my eyes. I can see the trees too!

Hope your leg is still behaving itself Brenda?

Love Jules xx

Mac Mable said...

Sure was an emotional weekend Brenda and thank you for sharing with us....It must have been extra emotional for you, with what you knew, about where Lance was x.
Adorable gnome card and doesn't he look fabulous in his Plaid? x. Sending hugs x.

Carol L said...

Oh my goodness, this is just the cutest Christmas card ever! I love that gnome, and of course I love the plaid and I can see those silhouettes of the trees in the dark sky! A wonderful CAS card!!
I never knew you had a son who deployed shortly after 911, but that had to be a gut-wrenching time for you! I trust he made it back home afterward, but I think everyone in this country was in a state of shock 20 years ago whether they had a son in the military or not. I was at work and heard it over the radio. 20 years later, it's still disturbing and incredibly sad to see it all being reviewed again on the news. Back then our country was united, but today we are sadly divided over a different issue. May you move forward with a sense of peace and calm in the days ahead.

Marilyn said...

Cute card and love the cute gnome! 9/11 was a sad day. Not sure I would have handled it if I had a son over there. I probably would have been hysterical. I pray for all of those families who lost love ones
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I think a day we all remember Brenda, I was in work and rung by hubby to be told to get to a TV, I got there just as the second Tower was attacked. A Shock to everyone in the room I was in, and I think that everyone involved will remember for ever.

I love your tartan Gnome and the wonderful sparkly background. A Super card Brenda.
Faith x

Sue said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Brenda..I can remember walking into my lounge on that day and just took a quick look at the television thinking it was a movie???? then when I realised oh my goodness such a shock and I can't begin to think what you were all going through especially with a son in the military...take care and lots of hugs Sue x

R's Rue said...

So pretty. I love it so much. I hope you’ve had a wonderful day.

Christine Alexander said...

I couldn't believe it's been 20 years, I remember walking into the patient waiting room and seeing it on the TV :(
Love your happy plaid clad gnome he's such a cutie, thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas XX

Irish Cherokee said...

Love the creative thought that went into this card. love this card a lot.

As a vet myself memories of watching that day unfold will always be vivid in my mind. I pray our country will akways be a strong Chritian based republic. Thatb has always kept us safe, strong and caring.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,

Maria said...

Oh, I love gnomes and I love your plaid gnome!! A super cute card!! It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since 9/11. And, to have a son in the military can be very stressful. My husband was in the army, but not during active war. Sadly, to say, my nephew was deployed to Afghanistan several years ago and now suffers from PTSD. Thank you to your son for his service and to all who serve to keep us free!

Tina Campbell said...

Super cute card Brenda :)
Our son went into the service because of what happened that day so long ago

R's Rue said...

Beautiful card. A day not to be forgotten

Papercraft Boutique said...

I clearly remember watching breaking news on TV at late night in Tokyo 20 years ago. My husband and I were glued to the TV until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning and we were not able to sleep at all that night. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. I can imagine how hard that time was for you.
Your gnome dressed up in plaid is so adorable! The night sky highlights the plaid colors so well. I can see the tree silhouettes with pretty sparkling snow. Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS Christmas!
Hideko xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Brenda,
yes last weekend was a very sad time for you all such a tragic loss of life will never be forgotton that's for sure.
I can't imagine how you must have felt with a Son off to war.
I too love to see plaid on Christmas cards and yours is such a super one.
Love that cute gnome and the great winter scene you have created.
A beautiful sentiment for such sad times as well.
Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

Sue - said...

I remember 9/11 well. We were on holiday in the south of France and had gone up into the mountains for the day with some friends, so knew nothing about it till we got back to the hotel in the evening and turned on the TV. It must have been so worrying for you with your son already over there. My middle son went to Afghanistan as well and Iraq. Worrying times!
On to more cheerful things - your card is so sweet, love the plaid outfit! xx

JD/ Jill said...

Really cute card.

Yes, I remember that day as well. A day I will never forget! I was at work in a basement, No TV or radio... Just someone calling from outside the hospital saying that planes were hitting the tallest buildings. And there I sat in a basement in the tallest building in our town. Not knowing what was going on.
It definitely would have been super scary having a family member in the service at that time.
Our grandson is in boot camp as I am typing this. And I just pray that he never has to experience something like this.

Inkyfingers said...

I too remember the day so well and finding it hard to believe that it was all really happening. I watched it in the hospital where a family member was very sick and she passed away later that night. It must have been so terrible for you to have a son in danger afterward too. Too much sadness for everyone.
On a lighter note, I love how you used the plaid on your lovely festive gnome card.
Take care.
Carol x