Friday, July 5, 2013

July 4th Independence Day

Yesterday we celebrated Independence Day. When I visited Washington, DC a couple of years ago, I was impressed by the number of references about God on monuments and buildings. Our founding fathers recognized the importance of God's leadership and protection in establishing our nation. My prayer is that our leaders today will acknowledge the importance of making decisions with God's guidance. His Word, prayer, and His Spirit continue to give us a blueprint for life on an individual basis as well as nationally.  The card I made yesterday uses a wonderful, encouraging verse, 1 Corinthians 15:13, New International Version (NIV):
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
I used the image and verse from the Our Daily Bread Designs stamp set, "Not Forgotten."

The paper is from the Bo Bunny "Anthem" collection. I used scissor distressing on the edges for a rough, masculine-type appearance. The twill, kraft corrugated stars (inked with CTMH Moonstruck), and metallic Durables are from Close To My Heart. I cut the blue and white star and the two Bazzill sentiment mats using Cricut Art Philosophy. I used Copics to color the image: B26, B28, R89, W1, N2, E00, E43.

May God give you direction, courage, and strength in all you do as you seek to follow Him. May you also pray for the leaders and military of your own country to be directed by God in their decisions.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Crafting by Designs - Show the colors of your country
DL Art Thankful Thursday #112 - Patriotic
Inky Impressions #115 - Red, white, and blue
Little Miss Muffett #64 - Seeing Stars
MilkCoffee - Use the colors of your flag
Our Daily Bread Designs SLC #160 - Red, white, & Blue or patriotic
QKR Stampede #46 - Rock the Red, White, & Blue
Simon Says Stamp - Patriotic
Sweet Pea Stampers - for the men/boys
Totally Papercrafts #174 - for the boys
Word Art Wednesday #87 - anything goes with Scripture or encouraging verse

These words written by Thomas Jefferson on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial are part of the beginning and end of the Declaration of Independence.


Marsha said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Vickie. I have this set so always on the lookout for new ways to use it. Will CASE this one for sure. Wonderful post today.

Hazel said...

Great card to celebrate 4 July - thanks for joining in The Sweet Pea Stampers 'for the men/boys' challenge x

Jenée said...

Oh, wonderful, wonderful patriotic card! Having come from a military family and a military town, this card really "spoke" to me. Beautifully done. Thank you so much for sharing it with us this week at Inky Impressions.

Granmargaret said...

Great card Vickie. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers.

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

You have made a wonderful card here. It is a perfect tribute for Independence Day. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month of “for the men/boys” and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

Michelle Klieber said...

I love your card Vickie! I like the vintage feel with the soldier and distressed edges. Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge and good luck!
Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team

Alexandra said...

Great patriotic card Vickie!
Thanks for joining Totally PaperCrafts challenge!
Hope you'll play along with us in the upcoming challenges too.


Nathalie said...

So gorgeous patriotic card. Thanks for playing with us at Little Miss Muffet challenge.

Jan Marie said...

Such a striking card! Love the masculine elements. . .the twill tape, the furniture nails/hex brads, and the overall design!! Great job! Thanks for joining us at ODBD for the Shining the Light Challenge!

stampqueen said...

Love your card - both stamps are perfect and of course you can never go wrong with that color combo!!!

Donna said...

Fab, patriotic design and perfect for the occasion...thanks for joining in the fun a Little Miss Muffet this week :) Donna x

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Fabulous card!! I love that great image! It doesn't get any more Patriotic than that!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


Sharon said...

Fantastic card. So Patriotic. Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs.
Hugs - Sharon DT Member

Vicky said...

A super patriotic card!! Thanks for joining our Red, White and Blue challenge at Inky Impressions this week

hugs Vicky xx

Olivia said...

A fabulously inspiring and touching card. Thanks for joining us at TPC.

Bettina L. said...

Oh this is fantastic. Love the design with the stars, currogated cardboard and papers. Thanks for playing at QKR Stampede and good luck. Hope to see you back friday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at QKR Stampede!! xx

mixamatoasties said...

What a fabulous card.

Thanks for joining us at TPC this week.

Susan x