Welcome to Make It Monday with the Kraft Outlet. Use this week's Memorial Day theme to inspire you to create a project and then link it up at the bottom of this post before 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sunday June 5, 2011. Due to the fact that our Memorial Day challenge starts on Memorial Day, feel free to back link previous Memorial Day projects you've created...just be sure they include Kraft cardstock or products from Kraft Outlet too! And remember, all participants in our challenges for the month of June have a chance to be featured on our "Feature Me Fridays" posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher! The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!
About Memorial Day
USMemorialDay.Org says that since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery and guard the graves through Memorial Day to ensure the flags remain standing. They go on to say that with few exceptions (like the one above) traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. However, to help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."
As a Veteran of the United States Army, I wanted to take the time to share that information with you today, as well as create a card that I felt best shows the traditional observance of Memorial Day along with Audrey's card. So rather than post my card like I typically do for our Thursday Trigger, we've switched things up a bit this week and instead on Thursday you'll see the projects of Kristina and Frances here at the blog, so be sure to stop by again.
Design Team Reveal Memorial Day Challenge
I created this card from Brown Kraft Coverweight Cardstock cut into a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 side-fold card and layered it with Buff Ivory Cardstock cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and adhered patterned paper on top of that cut to 5 x 3 3/4 inches. I wrapped the card with 7 Gypsies Victoria Seam Binding in cream and royal blue. A button tied with red and white Baker's Twine and Antique Jenni Bowlin Stick Pins top the bow. I printed the digital image/sentiment that I felt conveys the true meaning of this holiday onto Buff Ivory Cardstock to finish the card. A Buff Ivory envelope adorned with patterned paper completes the project. For more details visit my blog.
For this week's Memorial Day challenge, Audrey created a red, white, blue, and kraft patriotic card, for a bit of a twist on the traditional holiday color palette. A card base and panel of Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock embossed with stars forms a background for red patterned paper, a Large Grungy Prim Tag, lacy trim, and a vintage Americana image. Audrey layered the tag with Natural Twill Tying Tape, blue buttons, and topped it all off with sparkly chipboard, a bright red fabric flower, and a Red Baker's Twine bow. For more details and photos, please visit Audrey's blog.