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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky: Pennants and Banners

Woot-Woot!!  Happy Sunday, everyone!!  Guess what Sunday means?  It's time for a NEW challenge at Getting Cricky with K Andrew!!  I sure hope you will pop on over there and enter the challenge (be sure to become a follower there and enjoy her super-motivating posts!)...  This week the theme is 'Pennants and Banners' -- We'd love to see your project (card, layout, altered art, etc.) using a pennant, a banner, or both!! :)  The challenge starts NOW and ends on Saturday, June 4th at midnight...
My project for this challenge is a 12x12 layout (I did create a second page for this layout, but I will post that later)...  I'd like to take a few moments and share with you the inspiration behind my layout...  Many of you know that I like to mull over the challenges to really get an idea of what I want to create -- Sometimes the picture in mind comes very quickly, while other times it takes a while for me to 'see' what I want to do...  This week, I had a little help from my wonderful mom who suggested a patriotic-themed layout that could be used for a Memorial Day picnic (thanks, Mom!).

Memorial Day is an important holiday to me...  Not only did my father serve in the Navy, but my cousin is career Army, and my son's best friend made us very proud when he joined the Marines...  For many people, the idea of a three-day weekend is reason enough to celebrate, but for me I believe it's important to also remember the reason behind the holiday...   I am so fortunate to have never experienced the pain of losing a loved one who has served in the military...  My heart breaks for those who have, and it is for those military families that I dedicate today's layout.  It isn't much here, but when the pictures are added from the memories shared on Memorial Day, I will only have those who so generously sacrificed to thank for my freedom...  And they are my inspiration...

 *If you cannot see the above video, or prefer to watch in on youtube, please CLICK HERE*
So tomorrow, as you meet with family and enjoy a burger on the grill, I ask that you would join me in remembering those who made this day possible...
The National Moment of Remembrance asks Americans to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute at 3pm (local time). The National Moment of Remembrance does not replace traditional Memorial Day events, but rather is an act of national unity in which all Americans honor those heroes for the profound contribution they have made to securing our Nation's freedom.
Thank you for allowing me to share this with you...  I hope that your Memorial Day is filled with wonderful moments shared with the ones you love.

A few more pictures and details about my layout...
The banner was created using the DonJuan, Accent Essentials, and Celebrations Cricut Cartridges.  Those fun flowers are from Stampin Up!s new triple punches.  The stars are also an SU! punch.  My 'top note' was modified on my gypsy (sorry, I do not know the cartridge) to fit to page, then layered with the white strips (distressed and inked with SU! Creamy Caramel).
I created the journal bar with a 2" strip of white cardstock that I 'edge-punched' (tutorial to follow later). 
I hope you have enjoyed my layout today...  I can't wait to see what YOU create for the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge: Pennants and Banners!!  :)

As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.  Please be sure to leave me your blog address so that I can visit you too!!  :)

Until next time,


Unknown said...

omgosh.. that is sooo awesome!! I love it.. MY grandpa, dad, uncles brother all served.. Thank you so much for the awesome inspiration.

Congrats on the DT :)

Your fellow DT member
Getting Cricky!

felkatz at gmail dot com

Kathy said...

What a wonderful layout, I love the red, white, and blue. Cute banner! Welcome to the DT.
Hugs :),
Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

Squirlygirl said...

Amy, Your LO is definitely inspiring and your post so well written! Thank you for sharing with us!
Getting Cricky DTM

burffrau said...

So...when are you sending that layout to me? hehehe Really, I love it. It is amazing. I am so partial to the Red, White, and Blue, you should come and have lunch and check out my dining room...hehehe
Brenda Getting Cricky DTM-Coordinator

SusanBluerobot said...

this is wonderful

Scrappymama Elaine said...

Amy, what a beautiful post and I agree with Becky "so well written". My two older boys are both in the miliatry. One is currently in Iraq and the other in Japan so Memorial day means much more to me now then ever. The layout is stunning. I love the punched flowers.

Your Getting Cricky DT sister,

Unknown said...

what a fabulous layout, and wow..great instructions on how to make it!
Wonderful job ;-)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great lay-out!

girlia said...


Charlotte said...

This is a beautiful LO and so inspiring. I am watching the National Memorial Day Concert from Washington now. How fitting to be viewing your LO at this time. I love all of the beautiful details.
Getting Cricky Guest Designer

JulieK said...

Awesome! I especially love the flowers on the banner!
Great post!

JulieK- Getting Cricky DTM

Crafty In Carolina Stamper said...

Wow! What an amazing layout and post for Memorial Day! I love all your details, it's just fabulous!

Debican said...

Amy, you did an awsome job on this. I really like it. TFS
Hugs, Debi

Unknown said...

This layout is absolutely beautiful. I just love it! Thank your family for their service; what a blessing!

Big Cricky Hugs,
K Andrew of Getting Cricky!

Rhonda Emery said...

this layout is so amazing all the details you really rocked this. love it. hugs

Laura Evangeline said...

Beautiful post!

Unknown said...

A very beautiful tribute and an equally beautiful layout.

Alyssa Leanne said...

Amy I love your layout! I feel like it just looks so clean and beautiful! I especially love your banner, you used simple elements to make something really gorgeous, I love it!

Also, giraffes are my FAVORITE animal so I am LOVING your blog!!!

Getting Cricky DTM

Amy said...

This is a spectacular layout! I love how you did the banner and the background of the flag is great!

Diane said...

Wonderful post...a beautiful layout!!

Kim said...

Hi Amy, your layout has got WOW factor all over it. Thanks for being the first follower on my blog! If you come back to TX for a visit, look me up!

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