Sunday, February 1, 2015

With Love from Baltimore - National Symbols at UnstampaBelles

The UnstampaBelles February challenge is National Symbols: Make a project using a symbol of your country with the optional twist of incorporating your country's flag colors.

You can link up your projects until the end of the month, but remember that you can't use ANY STAMPS (digi or otherwise)!

My inspiration for this card came from an article I recently read about a new city slogan for Baltimore, my home for the past 18 years. The new slogan is to be "Baltimore: Birthplace of The Star-Spangled Banner," and everyone's very excited that it's pretty pun-proof! 

Baltimore is indeed the birthplace of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner". I must admit getting a tug at my heart the first time I crossed the Francis Scott Key Bridge and saw the lighted buoy out in the dark waters below, which represents the ship from where Key witnessed that "our flag was still there" on the Baltimore hillside after a night-long bombardment. And you gotta love that he put his patriotic poem to the tune of a drinking song.

I used the Silhouette cutting file Vintage park bench single fold square card by Jamie Koay, adding a layer with Silhouette's City Buildings cut file. I added the sentiment in a stencil font, and made some tiny daises with yellow paper & black Liquid Pearls (specifically, Black-eyed daisies, Maryland's state flower). Maryland's state colors are yellow, black, red, and white, and I added purple and orange to represent our football & baseball teams.

The American flag is a sticker. I added a border to the frame with gold Stickles.

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teamies and hope you'll join us this month at UnstampaBelles!

Thank you for visiting,


  1. a very pretty card and nice to read about the background story. beautiful colours too

  2. I loved reading about your choices and the history behind the Star Spangled learn something new every day....well I seem to. Great layout and creation. Wynn xx

  3. How interesting. I didn't know the story of the flag or that it's tune is (was) a drinking song! My granddaughter Lily learnt to sing it at school in Colorado, and used to sing it in a broad American accent that faded dramatically on return to Australia! We were often treated to it over the phone on weekly calls! She was born here but her brother who was born in the USA has always had a broad Aussie accent! I love this card -so rich and full of story. AND I want a cut file machine!!!!!


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