Let Freedom Ring!

I have another July 4th card today. This card uses some of the same stamps as my last card. It is for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge - the right column down.  I also threw in a few more elements just for fun!

I was originally going in another direction but couldn't quite get there.  It was also a July 4th card but using different stamps and dies for a shaker card. Well, after a couple of hours I had one thing done for the card (that I didn't even care for) a large quantity of dies and paper out and NOTHING seemed to work.

When I have what seems like half my craft room out and I still can't decide what to do I know it's time to change course altogether. What's interesting is that I was really stuck on the idea of a July 4th card but in looking at the board I did not have to stay with that theme.  Since I don't make many patriotic cards I think that would have been easier. Oh well - that's why this is a challenge!

This is a flip-it card.  I love interactive cards and I really like how this one turned out.


Products used: all The Stamps of Life

  • Stamps/dies: fireworks4squirrel
  • Dies: Triple Square Flip-It Card, Let's Celebrate
  • Paper: Laugh Collection

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Happy 4th Eagle Fold-It

I have an extra card this week just for fun! I've been making patriotic cards for some challenges and I had a tropical bird fold-it card on my desk. I had an aha moment - wouldn't that bird be cute as an eagle?

And so my eaglet was hatched. I cut him three times - from white, brown and yellow cardstock. I cut the various pieces apart and pieced them back together like a puzzle. I free handed the white head. First I lightly drew in the "feathers" then used paper snips to the head from the body.  I also removed the beak from the white head so there was a hole for the yellow one. Both were glued on top of the brown bird.

I used the top hat from Little Peeps Racoon and drew in the stars and stripes. To add some sparkle I used red foil and white glitter paper.

This card was actually fairly easy to make. I love this bird fold-it so much; I already have ideas for more birds!

Products used: all The Stamps of Life

  • Dies: Bird Fold-It, FourthofJuly2stamp dies
  • Stamps/dies: Little Peeps Racoon

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Fireworks for Squirrel

Hello everyone! I'm finally back! I was on vacation in France (my last card was a hint) and then I got sick when I returned. I am now ready to go.

This card is for the color challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers - Blueberry Bushel, Real Red and White with Patriotic as dessert. I do not make a lot of patriotic cards. I just don't know who I would give them to; however I do like making cards that I can display for holidays so I thought I would do that here.

I used a stamp set I've had for quite a while but never inked up. Stephanie at The Stamps of Life has several sets featuring this adorable squirrel and I had to get them all because he's SO cute. But that means I'm more of a collector than crafter, right? LOL!

In the pursuit of being a crafter not collector, I decided to use this set! He and the fireworks are colored with a combo of Copics and Stampin' Blends.  I used a three part background die from TSOL and added a heat embossed sentiment and some thread. I photographed just the card front.  I will be making this into an easel in the next day or two so I can display it for July 4.  I'll post it when I do.

I hope you will join us for the challenge this week!

Products used:

  • Stamps/dies: TSOL fireworks4squirrel
  • Dies: TSOL TriBackground Basic
  • Markers: Stampin' Blends - Real Red Light & Dark, Blueberry Bushel Light; Copic markers - R32, B21, B23, W00, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, N7, N9, N4, C00

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Paris in the Spring

I'm the hostess this week at Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I hope I created a fun board for you. It can be challenging sometimes to think of themes, techniques, etc. and put them in an order that makes sense from each direction!


I chose the diagonal down from the left - travel, die cut, antique. I've often thought that it would be easier to create the board if I just made a card and THEN came up with the elements but I'm afraid I'm not that organized! I did however, have a vague notion of making a card like this when I thought about the board elements.

My background was made using a wash of two colors of pink on mixed media paper.  The Eiffel Tower is cut from a brushed brass cardstock. Although it should be silver I liked the antique look of the brass. I think I have every element on the board here except for stencil!

I hope you will join us this week!

Products used: (most are retired)

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Parisian Beauty and Very Versailles
  • Dies: Stampin' Up! Deckle Edge Rectangles, Parisian
  • Ink: Blushing Bride, Blush Blossom, Pecan Pie, Soft Suede
  • Cardstock: Strathmore Mixed Media, Merry Merlot, Soft Suede, Brushed Brass, Vellum
  • Accessories: Brass butterflies, Linen Thread, gold embossing powder.

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