Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sneak Peek - Patriotism on Parade

Today's sneak peek set is a special one from Flourishes. A whole lot of heart has gone into this...read on.....

We feel very blessed that our children, and my husband are citizens of both the United States and Canada. And we try to teach our kids a love and respect of both countries, their rights, privileges and responsibilities of being American and Canadian. So this next set is really dear to me. I'll show you the cards and then tell you why it's also dear to Flourishes as well, and how you can make a difference!

In God We Trust

I find this to be one of the most profound statements that you could make of a Nation....that corporately its people Trust in God...not in things, not in prosperity or a lack of it, not in influence or might...but in God - because He is trustable! Oh that all of us could live that out!

I colored these American Flag swags with Copic markers and added a Stardust glitter pen to the stars. I popped one swag up in front. To achieve the pretty edging on the layers I used my Pierceabilities template to cut it, and then the Labels Four Die for the sentiment.

How did I do that ribbon? I took the white Organza Ribbon from SU and colored in 1/3 of the center section in stripes with my copic markers. A few rhinestones and it looks very patriotic don't you think?

And Lauren Pope didn't forget a thing when she illustrated this set....she added some Canadian elements too!

O Canada!

Part of our Canadian anthem sings "Oh Canada...our home and native land, true patriot love in all our sons command....(then further on) God keep our land glorious and free!" Now that's something to celebrate!

Now this fun children's parade is celebrating July 1st, Canada Day! I've embossed the children's parade in Real Red Craft and Clear Embossing Powder, as well as the fireworks. And then embellished them with clear rhinestones and gorgeous silk ribbon, like a flag is unfurling... This mirrors the pattern of a Canadian flag too: red white red.


And now for the special part: We know many see the Fourth of July in the US as a day of celebration to honor the United State's independence. But, as many military men and women will tell you - Freedom is not free. In times of war, soldiers come home wounded and are in need of a hand-up in life. Having deep ties to our country's military, Flourishes wanted to be a part of the solution. We are proudly donating a portion of the proceeds of our brand new Patriotism on Parade set to the Wounded Warrior Project. It's a not for profit who's mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. We believe in the work they do and we can't wait to support this group's amazing efforts. Please click on http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ to learn more.

All of us Flourishes girls feel very good about making a difference in this way, many of the girls have very personal stories of their connections to men and women fighting to preserve freedom.

To win this set today see the Flourishes Newsletter!

To see all the girls Patriotic creations: Cindy Lawrence, Faith Hofrichter , Julie Koerber - D.T. Coordinator , Latisha Yoast , Laura Fredrickson , Leslie Miller , Stacy Morgan

Recipes: In God We Trust: Stamps: Flourishes Patriotism on Parade; Ink: Tuxedo Black Momento, Brilliant Blue; Paper: Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, Copic Paper, Basic Grey DSP; Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Four Nestabilities, Organza Ribbon (SU), Copic Markers, Stardust Glitter Pen, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Pierceabilities Template, Ornare Piercer

O Canada: Stamps: Flourishes Patriotism on Parade; Ink; Real Red Craft; Paper: Real Red, Whisper White; Accessories: Big Shot, Labels 4 Nestabilties, Clear EP, Rhinestones, White Silk Ribbon (Flourishes), Dimensionals.

19 comments:

Diane said...

Both cards are beautiful! The ribbon is awesome! Looks like this is a must have set and for a good cause, too!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Awesome looking cards!

LeAnne said...

OOoh, I have been eying that parade image for several days now....love both of these. I'll check out their blog for the deets! Thanks for sharing with us! And how cool about that ribbon--you are so clever.

Our Little Inspirations said...

wow! what a gorgeous patriotic card! I just LOVE that ribbon and how perfectly it matches! Both cards are just beautiful, what a great stamp set!

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

These cards are beautiful! I'm loving this set. Well done.

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

These are both just amazing Christine! I love the way the pierceabilities make the background look like fabric! Love all the gems in the starbursts!

Julie Koerber said...

Love both your cards lady! AND... I actually said -- AH-ha!!! That's how she colored that ribbon??? NEVER would have thought of that but how fabulous is that???? You're just too creative for words!

Kimberly Crawford said...

Beautiful!!! Just gorgeous!!!!!!!

The Rubber Maid said...

Wonderful patriotic cards and the Flourishes people are just awesome to support such a wonderful cause. I love your layout on the American card and how those colors just pop.
My mother came from Canada so I have ties to Canada also. Lovely. Pat

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Both of these are awesome! I really love how you layered the swag and the sketch on the first one Christine. Your ribbon bow on the second is fabulous.

Stampin_melissa said...

What beautiful cards!! I just love that parade!

Markie's Mom said...

All you cards this week have been FABULOUS!!! I especially love the O'Canada card!

Judy Rozema said...

These are just beautiful and so well done, Christine!! I am definitely getting this one!

Connie said...

These are both so wonderful, Christine!! Love all the layers and dimension on each card!

Leslie Miller said...

Wow, Christine! You aced this set! Beautiful cards, and fabulous job with the ribbon!!

Latisha said...

I actually said out loud "holy crap" when I saw your cards! They are off the charts gorgeous!!!
hugs
Latisha

scrappingnana said...

Beautiful cards. The statement on the first one is so true. We do need to trust in God. This stamp set is awesome. What a great cause to support.

America said...

Holy smokes GF! These truly scream Patriotism!! I sooo love anything Americana & Patriotic and when I saw your cards featuring these new stamps, I jumped out of my chair! Love these creations!!!

Rose Ann said...

Both of your patriotic cards are amazing and perfect, Christine!! Such an inspiration...you are!!