Monday, May 28, 2012

God Bless America

Hello everyone and Happy Memorial Day to you!
What a great way to start the week, honoring those who gave all so that we might enjoy the freedoms available in our wonderful country!

Before I get started with today's project, I just wanted to tell you all how much I have appreciated all of your kind comments about my recent dental work.  I loved every single sweet comment!  And, I as I write this, I am feeling so much better. It took several days for the soreness to go away, but I can finally drink COFFEE....yea....happy days are here again! Ok, here we go....

This week our "Challenge Me Monday" over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is all about Memorial Day.  Our challenge to you this week is to create a project using the color RED and anything that reminds you of Memorial Day, such as a flag, a military symbol, a poppy, etc.

I decided to try something a little different for this week's challenge.  During one of my online shopping sprees research missions, I came across a cute, unfinished, wooden flag at Oh My Crafts.  When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for this week's challenge....

I started with the wood cut outs from Oh My Crafts....

 (photo from Oh My Crafts Website)

I used my Tim Holtz Distress Stains to "paint" around the edges of each wood piece...

 Then, I flipped each piece over and traced it onto patterned paper.  I cut each section just a bit smaller than what I had traced and inked up the edges.  Using Mod Podge, I adhered the paper to each wood section.  Next, I used some "Tacky Glue" to adhere all the wood pieces together.

Paper info:
* The red stripes and the blue corner are covered with paper from the "Vintage Nation" paper stack by The Paper Studio.
* I just could not find the off-white paper that I was looking for to use on this project. So, I grabbed some Bazzill cardstock in an ivory color and used my stamps to add a little detail...
* Pink By Design - "Script" Background stamp
*Pink by Design - "Oh Boy" stamp set (that tiny little star!)

I also stamped the "Script" background onto another sheet of Bazzill cardstock and cut out 50 stars at .75 inches using the "Stand and Salute" Cricut cartridge. (It probably would not have looked so crowded if I had cut the stars at .5 inches. Oh well, live and learn!)  I inked up the edges and glued them into place.

The phrase "God Bless America" is also from the "Stand and Salute" cartridge.  This cut was made at 3.5 inches.  I used pop dots to adhere the phrase to the flag so that it would stand out a bit.

I really like the way this project turned out!  And, here it is on a shelf in my family room....

Please be sure to stop by FCCB and see all the amazing Memorial Day projects put together by our fabulous Design Team!  After you are completely inspired...go...get creative...then link up your project with us at FCCB.  I can't wait to see what you create!  Happy Memorial Day Y'all!

Until next time,


  1. Tanya, this is really nice!!! You did a fabulous job and I'm so glad to see that you used the stains. I have one or two of those but didn't quite know what to do with them. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  2. Such a cool how it turned out and it looks great on your shelf! I'm so glad you are back in the world of coffee makes life so much better, doesn't it?!?!

  3. That is so gorgeous...a real work of! Lee-Ann :)

  4. Nice project. Turned out great! TFS

  5. This is fabulous!! I had no idea it was made out of wood pieces. I was impressed before - and now I'm blown away! This is such a fantastic piece of decor and it's turned out wonderfully!
    I'm so pleased to read that you are feeling much better too. That's SUCH good news!!

  6. What a truly fabulous project. Love it!

  7. Wow Tanya! When I saw this at first I thought it was a card. This project is AMAZING! You really did do a fantastic job. I'm also glad to hear you can finally drink coffee again hehe AND I want to tell you I had a good laugh about your research missions, I think I need more of those to come my way LOL!!

  8. WOWZERS!!!!! This is awesome!!!! So beautiful!! I love it! :)

  9. Love this! You did a beautiful job!!

  10. I was totally blown away with this project. Love the vintage feeling. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. This is SO beautiful! I got a couple of those shapes a while back from OMC. I need to find one. My dad would love something like this for Father's Day for his office! You are always such an inspiration!!!

  12. Tanya what an amazing project. I love the way you decorated the flag and it came out amazing.

  13. First of all.... I'm sooo HAPPY to hear you're feeling better & that you can have your coffee again! YEA for you! :o) Secondly I LOVE this project.... Weird thing is... I actually have like 2 of these wooden flag thingys! I got mine a loooooong time ago from the $1 store.... seriously... and I was gonna paint them and stuff wayyyyy back when! Now I see your COOL creation and it makes me want to drag them out of the craft box and create what you made.... Of course we both know thats SOOO NOT gonna happen! LOL But at least now when I finally do take them out of that craft box I can totally "CAS" this idea from YOU! Have a wonderful day my friend & thanks for inspiring me yet again! :o)

  14. Fabulous project and so creative!! Love this and thanks for sharing:) Have a great evening!
    Sherrie K

  15. OMG, you had me laughing girl! Research missions... love it! Will have to use that one for sure when talking to my hubby about what I'm doing online. ;) You're so freakin' talented! I am not a huge flag person, but I absolutely LOVE this one!!! Wow! You rocked it! Those muted hues are gorgeous! You're so super creative, my friend. ;)

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  16. I love this! You are really creative. I love the feel of the papers and distressed look of it.

  17. LOVE how this turned out! Perfect!


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