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Good morning, friends!

Last evening, Noah and I watched a movie called Taking Chance.   My son, Noah, is enlisting in the Marines in a few months and as hard as it is for me, I am very proud.   The movie is about a young man (a Marine), who is killed in action.   Well, it’s not so much about him as it is about the process of getting his body home to his family.   The movie has a documentary feel to it.    If you get a chance to see it, I highly recommend it…. but have plenty of tissues available!

So this morning’s Ways To Use It challenge is to make a 4th of July or Canada Day project without using Red, White and Blue.   That went against my grain.   I bleed red, white and blue.   But, I’m always up for a challenge, so I ran with it.   Here’s what I came up with:



I started by creating the flag background with a sharpie and copics.  Then I crumpled it and ran it through the cuttlebug with the star embossing folder.  All of the layers are distressed.    In my mind, I was thinking of the history of the song “My Country, Tis of Thee”.   It was actually written before the Star Spangled Banner.   Samuel F. Smith wrote the song when he was a theology student.   So, seeing that it was before the national anthem was adopted, we probably hadn’t adopted the red white and blue yet, either.


Here are my deets:

Stamps:  Our Craft Lounge Let Freedom Ring

Colors: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, GP White

Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, copics, Tim Holtz distressing inks in Tea Bag and Antique Photo

Accessories: Jute, star punches, star embossing folder, black sharpie, ruler, circle punch, dimensionals, hole punch


In case you haven’t seen yet, I am hosting the Our Craft Lounge blog this week.   Stop over and check out what I’ve been sharing, if you like!



7 Responses to “~ Sweet Land of Liberty ~”

  1. on 01 Jul 2010 at 10:17Cambria

    YOU are amazing! This card is AMAZING! Brilliant you are… totally BRILLIANT!

  2. on 01 Jul 2010 at 10:42Becki Jo

    Love the techniques you used. I’ll have to try that too. So many ideas you have with cards.

  3. on 01 Jul 2010 at 10:59Marisa

    Absolutely FABULOUS card, Holly! LOVE it! You knocked this one out of the ball park!! Love how you used the star EF in the BG and created a sepia flag. The distressing inks are fabulous. I’ll change the USA to Canada and I’m good to go LOL! Congrats to Noah on his desire to be a Marine 😀

  4. on 01 Jul 2010 at 12:33Cheryl (shestamps)

    This is gorgeous! I love the distressed/vintage feel.

  5. on 01 Jul 2010 at 15:03Dee

    WOW!! That is so stunning and you do an awesome job not using the common colors for the 4th. I love how you did you background flag, so creative! TFS 🙂

  6. on 01 Jul 2010 at 19:21Theresa

    Holly, your card is fabulous!! Love the “Declaration of Independence” look.

    I saw the movie and it was very moving. I think it should be a must see for everyone. It brought tears to my eyes.

    See you soon friend.

  7. on 23 Dec 2012 at 20:17joshua short

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