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Monday, June 10, 2013

Living In America - Greetings Challenge -The Outlawz

LIVING IN AMERICA
Create A Project Using Stars and/or Stripes

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
 Back in October of last year, I found myself engaged in a wonderful conversation with two fellow crafters. We met, casually, at the fabric cutting counter of Hancock Fabrics. They were curious about my purchase of so much burlap in different colors and were fascinated when I explained that I planned to use it to embellish greeting cards.

One of the ladies, a wonderful woman named Gloria P., invited me to do a class at her church. They had a group that was planning to make cards to send to the soldiers in Afghanistan. At the end of the second day of class, Gloria gave me a container full of  wonderful pieces of fabric saying, "I'm sure you will make something pretty with these".

When, I saw the theme for this week's Greetings Challenge, I knew it was the ideal time to use some of Gloria's wonderful fabrics.  As I sifted through the container of materials,  the idea for this project took root and all the elements seemed to arrange themselves with very little effort.

 My husband has declared this his favorite of all my cards to date. I rather like it, too, but I think that is  because we are both ex-military and this card strikes a special cord.  I have other fabrics that I may try to use for the 4th of July, we'll see!

I had only this one square of material with the anchor.  I could only trim one side and my hands were shaking as I cut it.  I remembered that Gloria had offered me more and that I had refused because I felt guilty about the fabric I had already accepted from her.  As I cut, I was wishing I had accepted at least one more piece. :D)

The words Valor and Honor, Liberty and Justice and USA were cut from different fabrics.
  I was very fortunate to find the words I wanted to use on the edge of  all the materials and
I was able to perserve the integrity of the remaining fabric for future projects.

 Once the tag is removed, this is what you see!
I love working with acetate windows.  It is possible to create so many interesting visuals. 
"Valor" is on the outside of the acetate.  Notice how much darker Courage appears.  Cool!
I cut the American Eagle from the same cloth as the words Valor and Honor.
I glued the Star Spangled Material to the back of the pocket card and then glued the
Eagle Material on top of it.  I used a very thin layer of Fabric Fusion

I think it is just amazing that these four different fabrics were so complementary to each other.
I am so happy that I was able to make this awesome project because of the kindness of a fellow crafter.
One day, maybe I will showcase some of Gloria's extraordinary embroidery projects!

I should have the step by step tutorial up for this later in the week!

Thanks for Stopping By!
Hugz,
Chana

22 comments:

  1. OMG these creations are magnificent, eye catching and very patrotic. Simply a statement of the USA.
    Hugs

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  2. Absolutely magnificent, Chana! Incredible way to use those fabric pieces. Thanks so much for your service to this great country. I salute you. :-D

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  3. fantastic and creative! Love what you have done! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Creative creations Challenges with our fathers day/masculine challenge - good luck and we hope to see you again soon x

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  4. fantastic and creative! Love what you have done! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Creative creations Challenges with our fathers day/masculine challenge - good luck and we hope to see you again soon x

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  5. Love the way these came together. Fabulous. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Created with Love Challenges.

    ~~Chris

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  6. I have never made a card using fabric and I am in awe of your creation. It is stunning, Chana. And thanks to you and your husband for your service to the USA.

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  7. Wonderful and very creative! Thanks for joining 365 Super Sketchy Sunday this week!

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  8. Gorgeous card/Tag and beautiful colors Chana.. I saw this on MIM..Loz

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  9. These really really caught my eye
    Great creations and these are really awesome!
    Thanks for playing at Kaboodle Doodles!
    ~Michelle

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  10. Very creative! Love the colors and the great use of the fabric. Thanks for joining Brown Sugar fabric or felt challenge!

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  11. WOW Chana these are fab!! wonderful job so creative. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Created with Love Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

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  12. This is just super!! Thank you so much for joining us at Craftin Desert Divas “Red, White & Blue “ Linky Party. Be sure to check out our FaceBook page your project may be shared on our page!!

    Tara
    Craftin Desert Diva's

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  13. Oh this is lovely.

    Such a nice card to make.

    Well fitting for our challenge this week. Thanks for joining us at Brown sugar.

    Good luck

    Tracey DTxxx

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  14. This is a wonderful creation with great details. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
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    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Senior DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  15. beautiful creation. Thank you for joining us at Creative Creations Challenges this week. Shelly DT

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  16. beautiful creation. Thank you for joining us at Creative Creations Challenges this week. Shelly DT

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  17. Love it, thanks for joining our weekly challenge at CWLC Blog.

    Chris B - DT

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  18. well aren't you the clever one!!! this is awesome girl :)

    So glad you joined us on 365 Cards for our Sunday sketch this week.


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  19. oh wow...

    What an awesome card. LOVE!
    Thanks for joining us over at 365cards.

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  20. Absolutely STUNNING!! Thanks for linking up with Linky Party #8 at Craftin' Desert Divas! So happy you shared your beautiful work!!

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  21. wow wonderful card!!!! sooo glad you joined us at 365 Cards!!!

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  22. Brilliant card well done
    Thank you for joining in our challenge on Cards for Men. Hope you can join us again soon, Good Luck

    Hugs Katexx

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Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments, they keep me motivated!
Hugz, Chana