Happy Independence Day!!

Hello Crafty Friends,

It is Independence Day here in the U.S.A so what better time to make a patriotic themed card?

I made this card thinking it could be used for many types of occasions that may fall near the 4th of July.  I was trying to make something a bit out of the ordinary for me.  It was really fun to play around to see what I could come up with.  I started with a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and then I used washi tape to make the stripes.  I kept a rectangle un-taped on the upper left corner to have room for my stars.  This card does not have a perfectly accurate flag, of course.  To make the flag I used a few stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set. I stamped the red stripes in Real Red and the blue background for the stars in Blueberry Bushel.  I carefully peeled back the washi tape once I finished stamping. I then used versamark and a stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set that had some stars in it. I then heat embossed this with white embossing powder.  I wanted this to have a rustic, weathered look so I used a Sponge Brayer with Sahara Sand Ink to go over the card multiple times. To make it look even more weathered I took my scissors and carefully roughed the edges of the stamped cardstock.  I did the same thing with the layer of Real Red cardstock. I used a stamp from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set to stamp the Celebrate sentiment.  I wanted only the Celebrate word from this stamp so I cut around the word to omit the other part of the sentiment. I then used the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies to cut an oval in Real Red. I added some Blueberry Bushel Ribbon and a few rhinestones to finish things off.

Now I am ready to go if I have a birthday, anniversary or really any occasion that happens near the 4th of July.

I hope you are enjoying some fun with family and friends today if you can!

Happy 4th of July!

~Kristal

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It’s Graduation Time – Do you have your card ready?

Hi Crafty Friends,

Who else besides me has a bunch of graduations coming up?  I sure do!!  I think I figured out I have 5 family members graduating in the next month, whew! I got to work looking through my supplies to see what graduation idea I could come up with and realized I didn’t have much that specifically said graduation or graduate.  Not to worry, there are many sentiments that will work and here is one I came up with:

When I looked at the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set it seemed like the Cue the Confetti sentiment would be perfect for a graduation card.  I added the appearance of confetti by using the stamp that looks like confetti in that same stamp set.  I chose the colors of Basic Gray Silver Foil, Whisper White and Pool Party because I am not sure who will receive this card.  I thought these colors could really go to anyone.  I used the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder.  You might notice the small line in the top corner of the card.  Since completing this card I learned a good trick to use when something like this happens.  First, it is a good idea to lightly spritz your paper with water before running in through the big shot. This will help it keep the impression crisp. But if you are still getting a line where you don’t want it or possibly cutting the paper rather than embossing you can also try adding a piece of vellum over the top of your paper.  Hopefully this will help! I also spritzed the card with a light pool party color and added in some rhinestones.  I wanted all these little additions to make it truly seem like I was ready with the confetti!

I hope this gives you some new ideas of what to come up with when making your next graduation card.

Happy Crafting!

~Kristal

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