Sunday, June 21, 2009

Celebrating an American Summer

Vintage summer in small town America. I don't know if it is still the same because I now live in a metropolitan area, but I remember growing up in a small town. Summer was a patriotic time, a time of long, relaxed days sitting on a porch, fishing at the lake, eating tomatoes and sweet corn. Roasting marshmallows after a day of swimming...wonderful memories remembered with black and white photographs.

This card started out as a 4th of July card with a couple of teddy bears in a wagon waving a flag. But the more I worked on it, the more I remembered the summer days of my childhood and that sent me searching for stamps to put those memories on paper.

The springer spaniel holding the flag is a Whispers stamp I picked up last year and have used several times. The rest of the stamps are vintage stamps from The Artistic Outpost. I love these stamps and have used them a number of times also. The card turned out to be a collage type mock up of an old photo album. I distressed the edges and sanded some of the papers for a worn look. The papers are printed out from a digital download from Scrapbook Bytes. I fell in love with a number of digital scrapbooking kits by Designs by Krista at that site. The inside sentiment "Proud to be an American" was printed via the computer.

Here's the card recipe:

Stamps: Keeper and Home by Artistic Outpost, Whispers by Sugarloaf Products, SU Stars & Swirls, Lexicon of Love
Paper: Celebrate America by Designs by Krista, SU Whisper White, Real Red & Night of Navy
Ink: Stewart Superior India Ink, Creamy Caramel, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink, Real Red, Night of Navy, White craft ink
Accessories: Deckle edge scissors, Cuttlebug, Consentric Stars die, Spellbinders tag die, SU Brass Hodgepodge Hardware. sewing machine

What are your childhood summer memories?


Unknown said...

Oh goodie, goodie, I get to be the first to say "Wow, this is amazing!" I love the vintage images! Your card is incredible!
Kim xXx

Wendy Hall said...

This is simply stunning Linda, Amazing work as always!!

Dianne said...

This card is wonderful. Absolutely one of the best patriotic cards I have seen.

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda, I love this card! I've never created a patriotic card most likely because I could never create one as beautiful as yours:) Have a great day....Abby:)

Anonymous said...

WOw your card is gorgeous, i love how you've done the inside.
Very well done!
Hugs xx

Jane Wetzel said... this and your feeling behind creating it... :)

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