Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Memorial Day Flag Card

Memorial Day Flag Card from a Gold Star Mom



You can watch the creative video here:



Supplies:

Stamp Set -Sunshine Sayings, Timeless Textures, Sheltering Tree
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy
Cardstock - Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy
Designer Series Paper - Wood Textures

Measurements:

Card Base: Whisper White 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Cherry Cobbler
Layer 2: Night of Navy 5" x 3 3/4"
Whisper White or Wood Textures 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"

Instructions:

Begin by taking your Whisper White/Wood Texture DSP 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" and using the Timeless Textures stamp and Cherry Cobbler Ink your stripes.  For the first 2 rows of stamps start approximately 2 inches from the left border.
Fussy cut a star from a piece of post it note.  Place the star in the middle of the square in the top left corner.
Using the Sunshine Sayings Splash looking stamp and Night of Navy Ink stamp over the star.  You will stamp 2 times overlapping a bit on the first row and 2 times overlapping a bit on the second row.
Remove Star and ink the sentiment from the Sheltering Tree Stamp set with Night of Navy and place in the bottom white stripe area.
Assemble by placing Snail on the backs of all pieces.

Wishing everyone a Happy Memorial Day and thanking all of our Military because we know FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!!!

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53 comments:

  1. Love your card. God bless you and your family.

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  2. This is the first time I've seen a video of yours & you sure have touched me with your story! I sure felt your dignity & pride! Amazing card, along with your amazing story. Your son will not be forgotten through your heart & soul to others! Blessings & God be with you & your family!

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  3. This is defiantly a wow card. Happy Memorial Day and God bless you and your family.

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  4. What a powerful card and message. So thankful for your son's dedication to our country.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. You have chosen a beautiful way to share your son's story. Too many have given their all. God bless you.

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  6. My condolences on the loss of your son. As a military wife for 28 years, I lived in fear when my husband was deployed. Your son made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and he will not be forgotten. God bless you and your family.

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  7. Michele,
    This card is a beautiful work of art and a great tribute to your son. I'm so sorry for your loss. He will not be forgotten. God bless you and your family.

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  8. So sorry for your loss. My husband is a 100% Viet Nam veteran and we suffer every day for our country. He says he would do it all over again. We have been married for 51 years. He is my biggest critic in my journey of card making and scrapbookong. So this is a big holiday for us also. Your card is also amazing ! You did a wonderful job.

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    1. Thank you so much. You also have a Hero, make sure and thank him for his service from me.

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    2. I am so sorry for your loss, Michele. My sincere thanks to you for your son's sacrifice. I cannot imagine.

      My husband is also a Vietnam vet. I didn't know him then (I'm 10 years younger than he is), but he has told me many stories. They were not treated well when they came home. Still, he is very proud. He ordered a Vietnam 101st Airborne hat, and wears it with pride! He used to tell me that I wouldn't have liked 19 year old him, and that the army made a man out of him.
      My favorite story is the one when he came home. His transport was delayed, and he ended up flying in in the middle of the night. He took a bus, which dropped him at the end of the street. His parents lived in a row home just outside the Baltimore City line. As he walked down the street, all of the porch lights were on, and American flags were flying to welcome him home. It's making me cry now just to re-tell the story. It was his only welcome home, but it meant so much.
      I am sorry that you didn't get to hug your son when he came home.
      More tears for you, Gold Star Mom.

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  9. So inspiring...my nephew Shane O'Donnell was killed in action as well. So hard for his mother. When i saw this video I thought you used the painter's tape technique when you puled out Timeless Textures I gasped WOW. I also think sponging the edges of the Night of Navy layer and Cherry Cobbler layer is s much better than cardstock would have been. The flag seems to have been through the battle and overcome.
    Blessings
    patti moffett

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    1. Thank you Patti. Please pass my gratitude on to your family for your Heros sacrifice as well. Sending Hugs

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing your son and your story. You have touched my heart and soul and reminded me what Memorial Day truly represents. Your loving work of art truly embodies "fill your paper with the breathing of your heart".
    May God bless you today and always,
    Silvia

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    1. Silvia, thank you so much for your kind words, hugs!!!

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  11. First, thank you for sharing your story and the true meaning of Memorial Day. It gets confused by so many with Veterans Day. I am blessed to have my husband as a Veteran, as well as my father, brother, sister and nephew. So many have sacrificed so much for our country and to allow us to enjoy the freedom we have. Thank you to the Gold Star families for their sacrifice that they live with every day. Your card is a beautiful tribute to them all.

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    1. Thank you Debra a truly appreciate it.

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  12. Wow! This is an absolutely beautiful card, in every way. Thank you for sharing your son with us. Your angel/hero will never be forgotten, you are his voice in sharing your talents with the world.
    Personally, I am a great-granddaughter, granddaughter, daughter sister, wife, niece, aunt, friend, neighbor and soon to be mother of a veteran. I am HUGELY proud to be an American and related to so many brave people who have served, fought and have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our Nation and its freedoms. God Bless you and your family and Happy Memorial Day!
    Blessings,
    Valerie Martin
    PS I hopped over from Frenchie's blog and I am a new subbie.

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    1. Thanks so much Valerie, I hope you enjoy my blog!!!

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  13. Thank you for sharing a beautiful technique for such a meaningful project. Both of our sons are in the service, one is Navy the other is Army. Hugs and prayers of strength to you and your family.

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    1. Blessings to you as well, having our own HERO or two is a wonderful thing. Thank your sons for me for the sacrifices they and your family make as well, Hugs

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  14. I'll be thinking of David and so many other heroes who make it possible for our Monday cook-outs.Thank you for sharing this meaningful card. My husband and I pick up the tab for any serviceman we see at a restaurant this week...and I am going to use your card idea as well.

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    1. Thank you so much. I love that you pick up the tab that's awesome. Please use away that's the biggest compliment I feel I can receive. :)

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  15. I saw yor blog mentioned on Frenchie's blog and I'm so glad I took the time to visit. Thank you for sharing your story and your card. Your son will never be forgotten along with all the other service men and woman who gave the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless you and your Family.

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    1. Thanks so much, I truly appreciate your kind words.

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  16. I saw your blog that Frenchie had shared. God bless you for sharing your talent and your son. He indeed was a hero. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Gaylene, he is definitely my inspiration.

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  17. I also came from Frenchie's blog and am so glad I did. My husband had four years in the Navy, went back in the Army to fly and ended up in Viet Nam. But he came home. I'm proud, though, because of him and his helicopter, many boys were picked up and got the help they needed or got out of harm's way. I'm so sorry it did not end well for your son. I can say I understand what this holiday is about but I would be wrong. I can relate to Veteran's Day because mine came home. Being a gold star mom is overwhelming to me. How do we say thank you for what you've lost. But thank you, we do.

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    1. Thank you very much Myra for your kind words. Please thank your husband for his and your sacrifices as well.

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  18. Hello , This is the 1st time I've heard of you.. Thank You What a great card .. I am a military wife to a lifer..last tour was West Point We lived through 911 in New York and Our youngest Son Stephen has had a tour in Iraq .. . He is not at all what he was .. I Pray He gets through this ..I wanted to say to you .I'm sorry for your Huge loss . , A True American Hero .. I hope to talk to you one day .And if your ever in Indiana ..I work for the USO . I would love to meet you .. I'm thinking of you today and your son and his selfless duty of protecting us.. GOD BLESS HIM ,GOD BLESS YOU ! And God Bless America .. your new friend , Anne

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    1. Thank you Anne, say thank you to your HEROES for me!!!

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  19. Thanks for sharing the card in honor of your son and all Veterans. My husband is a Vietnam Veteran and they all deserve recognition. I am lucky because he is still with me. Great card.

    Linda D.

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    1. He sure does, tell him thank you for me!!!

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  20. This is my first time at your blog, and I just want to extend my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Thank you for raising such a brave son that he would make the ultimate sacrifice for our country. God bless you all. I come from a long line of service men and I have raised our own children with that phrase.. freedom is not free.. Your card is a wonderful celebration of Freedom .. (((HUGS))) pjs-projects.blogspot.com

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    1. PJ thank you very much for the kind words I truly appreciate them. I'm glad you found my blog. I hope you come along on my journey with me and invite your friends too. Hugs

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  21. So very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful way to commemorate. Wonderful video. Thank you for sharing your hero with us.

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    1. Thank you so much Joan, it was definitely Angel inspired :)

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  22. I'm sorry for your family's loss Michele. I cannot even begin to understand losing a child. He made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country that he loved. By sharing your card you are sharing your heart and your son. I would like to ask if you would mind me casing your card. I make cards of thanks and send them to a veterans nursing home thanking them for their service. Many of them don't have family and this is a way for me to thank them for their service and hopefully put a smile in their day. Thank you once again for your family's service in keeping our country free.

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    1. Linda, thank you so much for the kind words, as I said in the video all the credit for this card goes to my Angel. As far as CASING the card please DO!!!! Cards for Veterans is a wonderful project. Hugs

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  23. This is the first time I've seen your site. What a wonderful card to make in honor of your son. I'm sorry you lost your son. I lost a brother that served in the Navy 56 years ago and I still think of him often and tear up if I see a picture of him. Our memories DO stay with us and they aren't forgotten. I need one of the stamp sets to CASE this card, but I will order it and make some for another time. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiration with us.

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  24. Michelle, thank you for sharing your story, and I am so very sorry for your loss.
    When I saw this card my first thought was , I have to make this card and give to the Veterans at the hospital my husband gets care at ( he is a Vietnam veteran) I made small gift boxes filled with life savers and chocolate kisses with a tag last fall in honor of giving thanks to our veterans the smiles and thank you's I received from them was enormous, but I wanted them to know how much we appreciated them! I was looking For some inspiration to make cards for our veterans and was guided here ! Your angel son spoke to you to speak to us. Thank you.



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    1. Thank you so much Rita. You brought happy tears to my eyes this morning and for that I thank you!!! Hugs

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  25. What a beautiful card and so meaningful! My son was KIA on Memorial Day in 2004 in Iraq, so I share your pain. Thank you for educating people about the true meaning of Memorial Day.
    From one Gold Star Mother to another- sending hugs!

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    1. Karen as I read your comment this morning my heart just ached. Many will not understand what I mean but I know you will. I'm so glad you're angel led you to see this card video and help connect two card making Gold Star moms. I'm sending giant hugs to you and thank you and your son for your sacrifices. If you don't mind sharing, I would love to know your sons name as he deserves to be honored as well :)

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    2. Sending more hugs backatcha, Michele! My son was iLT Ken Ballard. He was KIA 5.30.2004 in Najaf, Iraq. He was my only chid. :-( Ken was 26 when he was killed.

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    3. Our heroes had so much in common. Sending you hugs and thanking 1Lt Ken Ballard for keeping us free and making the ultimate sacrifice to soap. Hugs

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