Jun 28 2010

Happy Independence Day, America!

Published by at 5:55 pm under Handmade Card,Independence Day

My sister and I were going through some boxes of old family photos when we discovered four manila envelops full of vintage postcards.  I was so excited … it was like Christmas had come early! 
quilled-july-4th-cardThere is very little correspondence written on them, but it appears that from 1912 to 1915, Miss Harriett E. Prizer of Brighton, Iowa, was being courted by a gentleman named Arthur residing in Becket, Massachusetts.  We are not sure where Miss Prizer fits into our family tree, but we are now very curious.


One card, postmarked 1915, pokes fun at Women’s Suffrage and depicts what those opposed thought might happen if women obtained the right to vote.  Thank goodness the 19th Amendment was proposed on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920.  I thought it would make a fun graphic for a July 4th card.  The postcard reads:
quilled-july-4th-card-insideThe sentiment inside the card …
For this card, I created a 5″ square top fold card out of white card stock.  Next, I scanned the postcard and resized it a bit smaller, printed it, then double matted it on red and navy card stock.  The “ribbon” is actually fabric from my stash that I tore into strips.  The red and blue buttons are tied with string and held on with glue dots.  I was going to just attach my quilled bottle rocket in the upper right-hand area, but it got lost in a sea of white, so I created a double mat from the same red and navy card stock and glued the rocket to it so that it would pop.
quilled-july-4th-bottle-rocket-fireworksThe rocket cone is a triangle made from a 12 inch strip of 1/8 inch wide navy paper.  The body of the rocket are C-coils made from 3 inch strips of red, white, and blue 1/8″ wide paper that are turned on end and glued coil side down.  The rocket “stick” is simply two strips of white paper glued together for added firmness.  To finish off the rocket, I glued a small piece of the the same white string used with the buttons to form the fuse.
A big THANK YOU to all who serve our country — both military and civilian — and who work hard protecting our many freedoms.
Have a happy and safe July 4th.
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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Happy Independence Day, America!”

  1. annon 28 Jun 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Not only was that a great find but great inspiration as well. That card is fabulous, I love it. Hope you discover how Miss Prizer fits into your family tree.

  2. Antonellaon 29 Jun 2010 at 12:31 am

    What a cute card and what a great find! The postcard is hilarious, just goes to show how irrational fear is 🙂

    Your quilled embellishment is so cute!

    Thanks for sharing, antonella 🙂

  3. Lisaon 03 Jul 2010 at 9:36 pm

    great story and love the rocket. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July. 🙂

  4. Gailon 07 Jul 2010 at 6:19 am

    How fun, looking at all those cards must have been. Great card you made.

  5. Adora Millon 08 Apr 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you so much for the free book! It’s lovely and interesting!!

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