Home and Country Memorial Day Greeting Card with Authentique Honor Collection
Hello, Friends! Happy Memorial Day! I’m proud to be participating in a special Memorial Day Group Post over on the Authentique Blog today. One of the things I really love about working with Authentique is their love and support for America’s soldiers! This For Home and Country Shaker Top card honors all those who have served in our Armed Forces. And while I’m at it, I’d like to salute the wives and family members, too!
This vintage image speaks to my heart. I’ve surrounded it with a cluster of die cut stars and a star-spangled shaker element, too.
The card is a 5″ x 7″ top fold made with Authentique’s gorgeous “Honor” Collection Kit.
For Home and Country Memorial Day Shaker Top Tutorial
To create the shaker element, I used a nesting star shaped die. Here’s how I did it:
- Cut the largest star from Spectrum Antique Lace 2 Cardstock
- Place the 2nd largest star die in the center of the largest star die. Use a small piece of tape to keep the dies from shifting. Die cut from Spectrum Old Glory 2.
- Now remove the star center, and keep the frame.
- Die cut clear acetate cardstock (or clear packaging) using the largest star die.
- Then adhere the clear acetate to the back side of the star frame, wiping away any excess adhesive.
- Cut small foam tabs in half and line the edges of the white star base so that you have no gaps between tabs.
- Fill the center of the white star with sequins, beads, glitter….whatever you like.
- Remove the liner tape and add the prepared frame.
- Now shake it up, baby!
For Home and Country Memorial Day Card: A Peek Inside
I carried the star theme over to the inside of the card, adding a pocket and patriotic tag.
While I’m thinking about it…several of you asked me where you could find the rosette die that I used in my last patriotic project. You can find the mini rosettes die HERE.
Memorial Day Memories
I have such happy memories of my childhood Memorial Day celebrations. Mom and I would get up early, while the dew was still on the grass. Then we’d walk into the wood and pick lilacs, which grew wild all around our house. I can still smell the amazing fragrance of those showy blooms!
Once we had more lilacs than we could possibly carry, we trotted on home to arrange them in large, fan shaped silver urns. These were then taken to the family cemetery plot to decorate the graves. Flags were placed on the headstones of family members who had served in the military.
Then Dad took us downtown to watch the Memorial Day Parade. We were a small town, but managed to muster up a few floats and a couple of marching bands. At the end of the parade, we all walked up to the park where a trumpeter played “Taps”. Dad would remove his hat, place his hand over his heart and you could not hear a single sound anywhere except for the clear, bell tones of that trumpet. It always gave me chills.
I’m glad I had the chance to grow up in small town where we celebrated in such a meaningful way. And of course, there was always a picnic after all the solemnities were over.
Whatever you do today, where ever you are, I wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day. And I offer my heartfelt thanks and full measure of gratitude to all our military families, past, present and future.
Some gave all…all gave some…and I am so grateful!
Happy Memorial Day!
- Authentique 12 x 12 Honor Collection Kit (includes stickers) (retired)
- Spectrum Cardstock: Old Glory Blue 2, Antique Lace 2, Lady Bug 1
- My Favorite Things Die-Namics Stitched Star STAX
- Prima Parisian Lace Doily Die
- Lilac Lane Stars and Stripes Premium Sequins
- Tim Holtz Mini Paper Clips
- Graphic 45 Regular Tag
- Graphic 45 Regular Tag and Gears Die
- Red Poppy Print Satin Ribbon
- Vintage Button from my stash