Thursday, July 5, 2018

Celebrate America

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog today.
Hope all my American readers had a wonderful 4th of July celebration yesterday. We were over a friend's home for a cook-out and fireworks celebration. Then once it got dark and we were sitting in the backyard talking, we were able to see fireworks from 4 different communities. It was a great day!
And this card was part of the celebration. I made it for the Splitcoaststampers color challenge #694 with the intent of giving it to my friend. She uses my cards for her seasonal decorations. It's always such an honor when I see them on display. She had this one as part of the centerpiece on the food table.
So here are some details on how I created it. Stef was our hostess and she chose blueberry bushel, real red and whiteOptional this week is 4th of July or Americana. I love making patriotic cards, so this option was perfect for me.

I started this card with designer paper (not this one) and it sort of took on a life of its own. After I had my card idea figured out and laid out, it started changing. First to go was the original designer paper I selected, then the stamped sentiment changed because of that.

When I went to get the real red cardstock, I found this designer paper in my stash that had all the challenge colors in it. And I thought it had the Americana theme. So, I went with it. I couldn't stamp directly on the paper because it was a bit busy. I decided to cut a larger star and stamp my "celebrate America" sentiment there.

Added the July 4 die cuts. The July phrase is from CottageCutz and the 4 is from an MFT die. I cut the city landscape from brilliant blue- don't have blueberry bushel yet. It's coming in my July order.

I finished off my July 4th card by adding a scalloped star border cut in real red cardstock. This die is from the Verve scallop trim trio set.

Well, that's it for me for today. So until next time...……..God bless.

card details:
Stamps: patriotic cocoa (SNSS)  
Paper: brilliant blue, real red, dsp (imaginations)  
Paper Size: A2  
Ink: night of navy  
Accessories: city landscape die (Impression Obsession), calendar months die (CottageCutz), little numbers die (MFT), star framelits die (Stampin'-Up), scallop trio die (Verve)

I am also entering: 
1.  CraftaholicsRUs has an any holiday challenge.
2.  Crafty Gals Corner has a red, white and blue challenge.
3.  Simon Say Wednesday has a red, white and blue challenge.


  1. Wow! Gorgeous card. The starry patterned paper gives the appearance of bright fireworks in the sky. Beautiful layering! Thank you so much for joining us on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. xx Ankita

  2. Great card! Thanks for sharing with us at Craftaholics R Us.
    I have a new scrapbooking challenge blog if you are also a scrapbooker. Would love you to link up your layouts! Bimini Moose Scrapbook Challenges
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    LOVE your cityscape against the star-filled sky, a wonderful design!
    Thank You for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner :)



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