For Home and Country Memorial Day Greeting Card

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!

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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.

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 02The 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

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 03

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

For Home and Country Memorial Day Card by Kathy Clement Photo 04

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!




12 thoughts on “For Home and Country Memorial Day Greeting Card

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    Really one of my favorites from you, Kathy! I love that shaker element, and that wonderful image on the front. Of course I always am thrilled by those special Kathy details like the stitching and your wonderful bows! That doily is the perfect foil to all that wonderful patriotic color and pattern going on! And I really, really enjoyed reading your Memorial Day memories. What a wonderful tradition! Sending hugs!

  2. soozyb2013

    Great card Kathy! I do like the papers used, the shaker front and, well, everything about it! Great work. Enjoy your holiday! We had our Victoria Day last Monday and it was lovely weather for it!

  3. Helen

    Great Memorial Day card, Kathy. Love that shaker star on the front and the star theme continued on the inside. Decorated tags make great inserts, don’t they? They make such a versatile little gifts. As always tfs.

  4. Pattie Jns

    Good Morning, Kathy, what a beautiful card. , I remember Memorial Day parades, then decorating the graves, and family picnics to celebrate an remember what was given an what we have. I feel so bad that children in many places in America won’t have these special memories that give you a since of belonging and what we stand for. to much political correctness. Patriotism holds us together. Being a military family, self, and husband, an son, gives perhaps a different view but one of proud service and honor, sometimes even tears. God Bless America and God Bless all that have served , serving, ;and families.,

  5. Pam Bray

    Beautiful Card and such special memories that you shared with us today! Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  6. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, that is one of the most beautiful, patriotic, American cards I’ve ever seen. I love everything about it! I wish my Uncle were still alive, I would give him a card like this. He served in the Marines and was at Pearl Harbor. Thank the Lord he survived. Thank you for sharing your love for our country through this awesome card! Have a safe Memorial Day!

  7. Suzy Q

    Luv, luv, luv this patriotic theme of this card! It’s just gorgeous inside and out! And a shaker too! Amazing! I clicked on last year’s patriotic album and absolutely luv the album too! All of those vintage papers are awesome! Thanks so much for all the inspirations Kathy! Hurray for the red, white and blue! Happy Memorial Day! to you too! Hugs to you from Suzy Q

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