Thursday 14 May 2020

VE Day 75th Celebrations

On Friday it was a Bank Holiday in the UK to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE day. 
Before the Covid-19 outbreak we were due to celebrate as a nation by holding street parties and all manner of different events. Due to the lockdown situation this was somewhat curtailed.

The neighbour opposite me had put a flyer through the doors to suggest we do something like have our lunches at 1pm at the end of our drive so we would all be able to celebrate together whist maintaining social distance.

Many of our neighbours put bunting up on the Thursday night and I didn't have any so I made some from cardstock and string and put it up on Friday morning. It was an amazing day spend with people who we have missed seeing properly for the last couple of months. The weather was fantastic and many of us were still out at 1am having imbibed a few alcoholic beverages. I think it was the blowout we all desperately needed after so long being cooped up.

The UK Prime Minister was due to make an announcement on the Sunday about the next steps and we were all fully expecting to be told that the lockdown situation would not change (and we were right!, not much has changed)

Anyhoo, I wanted to make a card for our friend to say thank you for organising it. I had used an embossing folder to make some Union flags, intending to cut the sections and piece together. I didn't have time to do them in the end but I thought it might work to make a card from.

I found this sketch from Feeling Sketchy and my plan came together.

The embossing folder is from the Portobello Road collection by Papermania. It is the first time I have used it so felt good to actually make use of it :) I embossed Red, White and Blue cardstock. White is the base layer and I then cut the blue and red sections to make the flag.

Using offcuts of card from my bunting I made a miniature version and added it to red white and blue bakers twine. I then added a sentiment. 

The card base is a pre-bought one, I feel they are too flimsy for card bases so I usually put 2 of these together to strengthen. This was perfect for sandwiching the twine between the 2 cards.

We had been asked to keep our bunting up for a few days as a neighbour up the road had passed away 4 weeks before. Her husband had said she would have loved the celebrations. Her funeral was on Monday and many of us were outside in our driveways to send the car off, all clapping. It was a great sense of solidarity at a sad time for Terry and his family.

I popped the card through the door for on Monday afternoon and a short time later got a lovely text from her saying how much she appreciated it and that she would be keeping it on her dressing table. That is a great compliment to me.

I am linking this card to The Card Concept challenge 135. This image of patriotic Red White and Blue with flags is absolutely perfect inspiration for this card

Card Details -

Size - 7" x 5"
Embossing Folder - Union Jack from Papermania
Embellishments - Bakers Twine
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Fantastic Holiday card, very pretty, thank you for playing along over at IKE's World Challenges, hugs, Lori m

  2. Great card Mandy and love the bunting on the card too.Sounds like you all enjoyed yourselves
    Carol x
    Thank you for joining us at A Place To Start
    Carol DT x

  3. This card stood out in the challenge page and I HAD to come and see it, and I love it and the fabulous story with it. Wish our street had been so enthusiastic, after I printed out and gave posters, just half put them up and only where you could just see it. I had the lot on my window, so good for you in getting it done. A fabulous card and I'm sure she will be thrilled. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Good Luck and looking forward to see you again in our next challenge.

    Faith QKR Stampede DT

  4. A really great patriotic creation, glad you all had a good evening. Thank you for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Allsorts.

    Kath x

  5. It's a fabulous card and design! Loving the banner!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  6. I'm so sorry you had to miss out on the big celebration, but awesome that your neighborhood was able to create your own celebration. Your card is fabulous!!! The flag turned out perfectly and I love the little bunting! Thanks for playing with LTSCB.

  7. Great project here, perfect way to showcase ve day ..,thanks for sharing with the Polkadoodles challenge; hugs Nelly DT x

  8. Wonderful card and beautiful way to honor those who served to provide us the lifestyle we live. Thanks for inspiring us at The Paper Funday Challenges. Donna - DT Member

  9. Great card and so patriotic, we had a great distanced street party to celebrate!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  10. Lovely card Thank you for joining the Feeling Sketchy challenge. Hope to see you again next time

  11. What a fabulous thank you for such a fun event! Love your use of the sketch along with our Red, White and Blue Challenge- thanks for sharing with us at The Card Concept! We hope you can join us again soon :-)

  12. Lovely card. Thanks for playing along with us at Feeling sketchy

  13. wow, great design, I love it.
    Thank you for joining the challenge at Feeling Sketchy.

  14. What an awesome card and it sounds like you had a great time celebrating with your neighbors! Thanks for playing along at The Card Concept this week!

  15. What a beautiful card you made :-)) I like how you use our sketch!
    Thanks for playing with us at Feeling Sketchy.

  16. Wauw beautifully done! Thanks for sharing at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog!

  17. Wonderful creation. Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in.

    Maritza DT

  18. FANTASTIC!!! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at Mix It Up!
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  19. Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges.
    I hope you and all your family are well.
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  20. What a moving story that shows the strength and goodness of people to make lovely memories even during the most stressful times! Your card is so clean and bright; it is a fitting tribute for VE day! Thanks for sharing your day and thoughts with us as well as a brilliant card! We are so glad you played with us this month at Ike's World Challenges! Nan ~ DT for Ike's World Challenges

  21. Beautiful creation!
    Thanks for playing at Crafty Creations Challenge.

  22. A great card and lovely to read about what you've been doing - isn't it great how we've all got to know our neighbours so much better?

    Thanks for joining us at the Love to Craft Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

  23. Congratulations! You were chosen as a Top Rocker at 613 Avenue Create for the week: May 10, 2020 - May 16, 2020. Please stop by to grab your badge. The Resident Designers

    I apologize for the tardiness of this notification. Chana Malkah, Owner

  24. Great card! Thanks for playing at Feeling Sketchy. Sorry for the late commenting.


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