Happy Flag Day Greetings

Carta Bella God Bless America Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Happy Flag Day Greetings with Carta Bella God Bless America

Hello, Friends!  Happy Flag Day to all my American followers.  This is the day when Americans celebrate the Stars & Stripes.  I was thinking about this yesterday morning, and decided to pop in the studio to make a quick card to share with all of you today.

Flag Day and My Childhood

Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s in rural Vermont, Flag Day was a true holiday. Everyone flew the flag in one way or another.

Since our elementary school didn’t start summer recess until the last week of June, we were still in class.  If Flag Day fell on a week day, we observed it with some lovely traditions.

Preparations were made well in advance of the day.  We made American Flags from red, white and blue construction paper. We learned about Betsy Ross, and knew that we celebrated Flag Day because the Stars and Stripes became our official national flag on June 14, 1777.  The meaning behind the colors was always reviewed (red for courage, blue for vigilance and justice, and white for purity.) 

We practiced “bringing in the colors” with small American flags on sticks.  Some lucky child was picked to lead the rest of the class in the Pledge of Allegiance.  And we always sang our favorite patriotic songs like the chorus to  You’re a Grand Old Flag, This is My Country, There Are Many Flags of Many Lands, God Bless America, and My Country ‘Tis of Thee,   The grand finale was always The Star Spangled Banner.  We knew all the verses, and we sang them all, too!

The portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln smiled down on our enthusiastic renditions of these tunes, our little hearts swelled with pride in our nation, and we all felt like one big happy family.

I miss those days.  How about you?  Every nation should have a day that celebrates their country’s colors and history in such a meaningful way.

About the Card

This is a simple layered 5 1/2″ square top fold card.  Here’s how it came together:

  • Begin with a 5 1/2″ x 11″ panel of navy cardstock. Score it in half at 5 1/2″ to make a to fold card base.
  • Next, center a 5 1/4″ square panel of white cardstock over the navy blue and adhere.
  • Now mat a 4 7/8″ square of the blue floral paper on a slighlty larger square of navy blue.
  • Then mat this on a 5 1/8″ square of red cardstock.
  • Now mat a 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ panel of the plaid paper on navy blue cardstock and adhere on the left hand side of the card.
  • Next, mat the 3″ x 4″ image on slightly larger pieces of navy blue and red cardstock.  Center and adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Next, adhere banner flags from the ephemera pack under a pinwheel and attach to the image.
  • Finally add a bow and flowers in the corner.  Tuck glitter stars in between the flowers to finish.
A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside.  I almost printed out the words to the Pledge of Allegiance and added them on the top.  But then I thought a sentiment panel was a better idea.

Thanks for letting me share my childhood memories of Flag Day with you today.  I’d love to hear about yours in the comment section below.

Happy Flag Day, my friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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11 thoughts on “Happy Flag Day Greetings

  1. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, it’s always so enjoyable to read stories about your childhood. I love that we were such a patriotic society back in those days. I wish we still were. Your card is absolutely gorgeous and incorporates so many fabulous patriotic images. I LOVE the red, white, and blue. Thank you for reminding me what they stood for and thank you for sharing this wonderful card! Hugs!

  2. Susan Steele

    Perfect patriotic card Kathy …luv it! Inside and out! And luv your class stories. Your stories always jog my old memory…I can’t remember as good as I used to.
    But sure wish their was a whole lot more patriotism going on today …especially for our children! They need it so much! Respect is totally missing …in our country today! Thanks again for the inspiration! Hugs, Suzy Q

  3. MaryH

    A beautiful card and glad we grew up in that generation where we were given a foundation for love of country and those living here. This is a lovely reminder so meaningful Kathy

  4. Martie Rollin

    I, too, am of this same era…when all of us joined together to celebrate the symbols of our country. Oh! I do remember all those songs! Whatever happened to this unabashed display of patriotism and devotion to our country? This card is so beautiful! Red white and blue remains my most favorite color combination! Thanks for taking the time to create this lovely project…much appreciated, Kathy!

  5. Cheryl Wells

    Oh, what glorious colors – red, white and blue!!! Love this Patriotic card – gorgeous!!

  6. Lillian Lumachi

    I have similar memories of growing up where we celebrated our flag and the meaning behind it. Not much patriotism any more and that’s a sad thing …I love your card, the pinwheels are adorable!

  7. Priscilla Hughs

    Love the bold, crisp colors of this card…Carta Bella is wonderful for these kinds of papers. You certainly did it justice and definitely spurs me on to go through my stash and see what I can come up with! Thanks!

  8. Claire Gagne

    Love this card Kathy. Very patriotic for the season. Be well & hope that Dale is much better. TYFS

  9. Jo

    Stunning. Yes, I miss the nation being so proud of our country. We are still a nation of independence and I will always be proud of the USA. Your designs show that love. Thank you.

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