The year 2016 ended on a bitter note for geeks world-wide as we had to say “good-bye” to our beloved space princess and general Carrie Fisher. I will admit that her death hit me pretty hard. I had recently had my love of Star Wars rekindled by Rogue One and was looking forward to binging through all the episodes after Christmas. When I first heard that she had been hospitalized, I wasn’t too worried. “People survive heart attacks all the time, she’ll be fine.” I thought to myself. The next day when I saw that she had passed away, I was shocked. And I cried myself to sleep, mourning the loss of one I didn’t personally know, but who meant so much to so many.
I always say that Lord of the Rings is my first geeky love. The movies came out when I was in high school, and those films and books really opened me up to embracing my nerdiness. But Star Wars was really my first introduction to the world of sci-fi and fantasy. My parents had copies of the shows recorded on VHS tapes from when they had aired on television. I can still picture those tapes and sitting around together watching the movies. I didn’t enjoy sitting through “The Empire Strikes Back” because it was too sad, but “Return of the Jedi” always made me happy. I was too young to really realize that Star Wars was “geeky” as it was just something I grew up with. And Princess Leia was a strong, self-reliant, snarky, female bad-ass character that little girls could look up to and emulate.
So in remembrance of Carrie and my love of the franchise, I created a set of Star Wars cards on the Cricut this week.
I tried to come up with a fitting quote to go with each symbol and had the Cricut write the words and cut out the symbols on the white cardstock.
The Rebellion, Jedi Order, Galactic Empire, and Rogue symbols were simple clip art images I found online and imported into the Cricut design space. After the white was cut out, it was just a simple matter of gluing it down on the colored cards. They are pretty simple, but I like the impact of the cut-out color.
And as I raise a glass of blue space milk in a toast to Carrie, all I can say is, “thank you.”