Friday, July 4, 2014

~Proud to be an American~

Hello blogger friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's the 4th of July and we are getting ready for a celebration this afternoon at a friend's home. Tonight we will attend a Fireworks display in our community.
It's a wonderful way to celebrate our American heritage. And, despite the things that are wrong in our country, I can still say that I am proud to be an American. In fact, our church has joined in with a national movement to pray for America for the first 7 days in July.  
Pray! in the 7th month, July
Pray! on each of the first 7 days of July
Pray! and fast on July 7th for 7 hours.....
Now onto my card for today. This is another attempt at mixed media. I was happy with how this one turned out.
For this card I did a mixed media piece using a “faux tile” technique. I picked 3 colors of paint -I chose Ranger distress chipped sapphire, fired brick and a white acrylic. I cover my mixed media paper with bold strokes of the blue and red.

I used an MFT die to cut some chevrons and taped them to my card. Over the chevrons I laid some some drywall tape. I painted my white acrylic over that. This became my “grout”.
I like the texture that the painters tape gave. I was going after a flag look and I think I captured that with my background.

When the acrylic dried I carefully peeled off the chevrons and tape to reveal the background. To speed up the drying process I laid it in front of an open window. We have a good breeze going.

My images and sentiment are a stamp set from Flourishes “patriotism on parade”. I die cut a red frame with a Spellbinders rectangle die and  added stars to complete my card.
Well that's it for me for today so until next time.......God bless.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: patriotism on parade (Flourishes) 
Paper: real red, night of navy, ww, Strathmore mixed media paper 
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: night of navy, real red 
Accessories: Ranger distress paints-chipped sapphie, fired brick, white. MFT Chevron die, drywall tape (home Depot)
I am also entering:
1.  Mixed Media Mojo wants us to think patriotic
2.  A Creative Romance wants us to use the colors of our national flag.
3Bloggers Challenge is to use red, white and blue.
4Crafters Café is a red, white and blue challenge.
5.  Country View Crafts has a stencil it challenge.


  1. Wonderful textured background! Hope you enjoy the fireworks display. That is one of my favorite things. Happy 4th!

  2. Happy Fourth of July! Love your patriotic card and post. Need to check out that stamp set, I really love the silhouettes.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Fabulous Mixed Media card Mary - love the textured background and lovely patriotic silhouette image! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

  4. This is just gorgeous,thanks for sharing with us at Country View

  5. Happy 4th of July Mary! Great DP, image and I really like how you added USA in the stars. Enjoy the fireworks!

  6. Beautiful card Mary! Love the faux tile technique. That stamp set looks vaguely familiar, lol!

  7. Love this Mary!! I love that stamp image and the fun background you created, thanks for playing in our Mixed Media Mojo challenge!

  8. This is fantastic! Love what you did! Thanks so much for playing along with Mixed Media Mojo!

  9. This is so cute and colorful! I saw this on a challenge blog and just had to pop over and say HI! :)

  10. sweet patriotic card! thanks for sharing your process!

  11. Brilliant card! Many thanks for playing at The Crafter's Cafe challenge blog.
    Fiona DT xx

  12. Such a fantastic patriotic card! Hope you had a wonderful 4th with your family!

  13. I love it - the texture is brilliant and the design is so eye-catching.

  14. Wonderful patriotic card design. Thanks for joining the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge!



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