Thursday, July 4, 2013
America - Land of the Free because of the Brave!
Many of my family members have served in various branches of the U.S. Military. My dad actually served in the Navy in WWII. He volunteered for submarines. He then went on to have a career as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force where he was awarded the Air Force Cross, for distinguishing himself by extraordinary heroism in battle. It is second only to the Medal of Honor. I created this piece as a tribute to my him and my mom - because only really exceptional women can be military wives!
I used Spellbinders new Media Mixage line to create the bezels you see in the piece. I simply used the dies to cut some pictures of my mom and dad, sealed them with Mod Podge, then added Ice Resin. The small pearls you see on the top of each bezel are from Want2Scrap.
Authentique. The gold key is actually made from Want2Scrap chipboard. Amazing what a little heat embossing can do, don't you think?! .
Authentique releases it's collections in so many different sizes! If you were wondering where I got the cool red stones at the bottom of the bezel...well, let's just say I no longer have fish for the fish tank and those little rocks were just sitting around!
The President of the United States of America...takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Major Joseph B. Madden (AFSN: 0-23814), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Forward Air Controller and Pilot of an O-1 aircraft... Major Madden flew his unarmed O-1 Birddog aircraft in support of friendly forces engaged in defense of their beleaguered fire support base. Despite intense, accurately directed hostile fire which damaged his aircraft, Major Madden, with undaunted determination, indomitable courage, and superior professional skill controlled over one hundred close air support sorties that resulted in the neutralization of a hostile battalion. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Madden reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.