Patriotic Stars and Stripes Thoughtful Banners Card

by Joanne James12. June 2016 09:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of my dear friend LeAnne to host our challenge this week and she has a great colour combination for you to play along with:


I thought these colours were calling out for a patriotic red, white and blue card. I toyed with creating something in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II who is celebrating her official 90th birthday this weekend, but in the end decided to go with something more appropriate for American Independence day as 4th July is not that far away. This is what I came up with:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Thoughtful Banners - I used the new 'Thoughtful Banners' stamp set to create my abstract stars and stripes card today. This set is all about the sentiments, with many combinations to choose from. It also has a useful stripe stamp, that can be used with or without the words and banners to create a striped pattern, as I've done here. This is a photopolymer stamp set too which makes it easy to line up without the need for a stamp-a-ma-jig - bonus! 

Duet Banner Punch - I could have used so many of the stamps in this set on my card today, however when I thought about independence and the armed forces both here in the UK and abroad, the one word that summed up how I felt was 'blessed' - blessed that so many men and women are prepared to serve our countries and protect the rights and freedoms we so often take for granted, so this was the word I chose to feature on the banner of my card. A banner that was easily created with the co-ordinating Duet Banner Punch. Buy this with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set as a bundle and save 10%; don't mind if I do!

Shine Like A Star - I backed my sentiment banner with a layered star, cut from silver foil with the Star Framelits and centred with a smaller one in Whisper White. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I hope this card is a fitting tribute to those who give of themselves in order to protect the freedoms of us all, for whom we should all feel truly blessed.

I'm linking up with the ladies over at SUO Challenges today where their current challenge is Summer Celebrations.

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 


I look forward to seeing what you create with our colour palette this week. We have basketball this morning then an afternoon of music practice for Rebecca who is singing in a concert on Monday evening, along with more practice of her lines in readiness for her stage performance as Dorothy in her school production of the Wizard of Oz in just a few short weeks time. 

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (10) -

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
6/12/2016 3:55:49 PM #

Beautifully done in red, white and blue! And the UK is also blessed to still have Elizabeth as Queen!  My mother is from Leeds and grew up in England......and is the same age as the Queen!


LaurieUnited States
6/12/2016 5:07:18 PM #

Your sentiment says it all..we are all blessed with our amazing armed forces! It's an awesome card to honor them. Great design Joanne!


jaydeeUnited States
6/12/2016 9:48:56 PM #

Joanne, I would have loved to have seen your homage to QEII - as a Brit that would have been fabulous!   However, I love that you took the US approach.  Your take on the stars and stripes is so striking - especially with the red card base.  


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
6/13/2016 12:47:56 AM #

I love this!  Perfectly executed..I am not sure I could line up those stripes as well as you did, even with it being photopolymer!  I love the little banner too...we are certainly blessed for sure!


Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
6/13/2016 9:46:35 PM #

A fabulous patriotic card, Joanne.  Love your abstract take on the stars and stripes.  So clever of you to use the banner from this stamp set as a stripe.  Clever girl!  Love the way you've layered the stars too.  Great card!


Sandy mathis
Sandy mathisUnited States
6/14/2016 11:05:14 PM #

What a terrific patriotic card, Joanne! I love the layout and the row of stripes, lined up so perfectly!


Julie Gearinger
Julie GearingerUnited States
6/18/2016 5:17:47 AM #

Joanne- this is fabulous!! Love the use of the patriotic colors with the new sets and we are all truly blessed by our military men and women for sure!  Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges Smile


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
6/19/2016 2:10:46 AM #

JoAnne, what a fabulous tribute to our country and we are blessed by our military!  I love every detail!  Such an amazing card, My Friend!  XX


Julia Quinn
Julia QuinnAustralia
6/19/2016 6:26:27 AM #

What a perfect way to show off that great stripe stamp from Thoughtful Banners.  Your card is amazing.  So glad you joined the fun at SUO!


Pam Staples
Pam StaplesUnited States
6/19/2016 9:24:10 PM #

Joanne, I love your patriotic card with the star, banner and stripes.  Great use of the stripe stamp from Thoughtful Banners.  Thanks for playing along with SUO! ~Pam


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