Thursday, November 10, 2016

OSAT Blog Hop - Let It Snow

I am so pleased to be a guest designer on the OSAT Blog Hop again this month. If you are hopping along, you got to me from Kelly's blog.  Weren't her projects just wonderful!  The theme this month is Let It Snow, and the snowy hills and sledders on these projects are just so fun!  I sure do wish that I could see that much snow...but then again, not really.  Snow is pretty for a day, but then it is just a mess down here in the South.

I started with the awesome blue swirly snow background paper from my local scrapbook store, and then added a couple of snowy hills using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders.  The cute little sledder is from Impression Obsession Die108-F, and he (or she) looks to be having so much fun in the snow.

For my project this month, I decided to make a matching gift tag, using the same elements and the retired Simon Says Stamp Large Tags die.  The sledder just fits perfectly on this tag, and I can't wait to use this set at Christmas!

Blog Roll:
Anna Smith
Melissa Davies
Wynne Grob Kim Smith Kelly Acheson Kayla McGinnis - You are here! Marisa Gunn Maria Willis Renee Ondrajka Tina Rackley Riddle Megan Thompson Sara Levin Jeanna Bohanon
Rick Adkins
Lori Mueller Andrea Tracy-Tucker Pam Staples Justin Krieger

Have a good day.

PS - This would be an awesome card to use as a template for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  As a matter of fact, I plan to make more of these cards and get them in the mail soon!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Leafy Thanks - CYCI #140

If you haven't heard, Can You Case It is back!!  I'm so excited to once again be part of the team and do these challenges.  It is going to be an exciting time!  For my card on this challenge, I used the Carta Bella Crisp Autumn stencil with some white pigment ink and then the Tim Holtz Distress inks were stenciled just slightly off center from the white.  I then made the focal point with the stamp and die set from the Hero Arts September My Monthly Hero Kit (which is sold out).  Hero Arts has their next My Monthly Hero Kit going on sale tomorrow (11/7/2016), if you want to get in on that action.

Please note that you now have 2 weeks to participate in the CYCI challenges, and I hope to see you play along with us!

Have a good day.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween House

For my final project in celebration of All Hallows' Eve (or Halloween as most people call it) is all about the haunted house!

My card started with the two Impression Obsession border dies that I have been 'dying' (ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha) to use.  I added the Recollections house stamp on the card base, and Distress inked the background after I used a liquid mask to protect the moon and windows.  The liquid mask didn't come off the moon perfectly, but I think it added to the 'moon-ness.'  The border dies were getting a little lost in all the black, so I highlighted them with white, yellow, and then silver pigment inks.  And I finished off the card with a sentiment and some Nuvo drops.

Have a good day.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spooktacular Bats

I'm back to the Halloween Series today, with a batty, batty background.

I really love this background.  It simply amazes me what Distress Ink can do! I started by blending Carved Pumpkin, Seedless Preserves, and Black Soot Distress Inks onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol paper.  Then I stamped the Hero Arts Bat Background stamp with Versafine Ink to give this card a statement. The haunted house and pumpkin are from the Impression Obsession Halloween Set that I have used several times in this series. The Rolling Hills and Farm Fence are by Taylored Expressions, and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp set.

Have a good day.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Falling Leaves

I took a step away from my Halloween series to make a Fall card today.  I want to start by saying that I love autumn! It is absolutely my favorite time of the year! I love sweaters, boots, soup, football, falling leaves, crisp cool air, and every single thing about it!

As I have said before, I live in South Carolina, and we typically have long, hot summers. Well this year was no different. But it hasn't just been a long, hot summer, but a long and hot year! I had the air conditioner on for a Christmas Eve get together last December, and it broke, leaving us sweating while celebrating the wondrous winter holiday. So now that the temperatures are FINALLY starting to dip, I am in a mood to celebrate....with a Falling Leaves Shaker Card!

One of my favorite things about fall is the colors. I love changing leaves, the home decor, and orange (Go Tigers!)! So with changing leaves as my inspiration, I created this shaker card, and absolutely fell in love! I started by die cutting the tree from the Darice Tree die that I found at Consumer Crafts. This is a steal of a die at less than $9, so I wasn't expecting the best cut ever...but boy was I wrong! It cuts like butter!

Then to add the important part of a Falling Leaves Shaker Card, I distress inked a piece paper with Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, and Vintage Photo inks. Then I used the Impression Obsession Die201-K (Oak Leaves and Rake) to cut the leaves out.  After layering the foam tape, I placed each leaf in the shaker, and due to the thickness, they don't turn over!  I glued a few of them in place on the tree, and finished off the card with a sentiment.

Other product used:
Tumbled Glass Distress ink
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles Stackables
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles Stackables
MFT Fishtail Flags Stax

Have a good day.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

OSAT Blog Hop - Oh My Pumpkins and Pie

I am so excited to have been asked to be a guest designer on the OSAT Blog Hop this month. If you are hopping along, you got to me from Wynne's blog, and I'm sure you loved her projects as much as I do!  The theme this month is Oh My Pumpkins and Pie, and of course that sent me right down the path of Autumn and Thanksgiving.

I started by making a super cute pumpkin wreath card using some products from Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp.  That Hero Arts Wreath die is simply perfection, and I have been wanting to find the perfect occasion to use the SSS Stitched Pumpkins dies for a while. After white heat embossing the sentiment, I realized that the background definitely needed a little something to finish the card off. Luckily a friend pointed me towards gold when I suggested some splatters on the background. I used the Delicata gold ink on a stamp block, added some water, and flicked away with my Tim Holtz splatter brush. I love the end result, and hope you do too!

I also made some matching place cards for my Thanksgiving table this year. I cut some white paper to 3 x 3.5 inches and scored it in half on the long side to make the place cards themselves. Then I added some leftover strips of my patterned paper to ground a popped up stitched pumpkin. I also added some more of those gold splatters to finish them off. I haven't put names on the place cards yet, but I hope to use the new Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stamp set to make the names pretty (because my handwriting is simply atrocious!). I hope that I inspired you, and please don't forget to continue on the Blog Hop below.

Thank you for checking out my projects today.  Please continue on the blog hop by pressing the NEXT button below to go to Wendy's blog and see some beautiful creations by her.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


The next card in my Halloween Series is this super fun grouping card that I made for Can You Case It, but there is some sad news about my favorite challenge blog.  Eva has decided to stop running the CYCI challenge blog.  I am very sad to see it go, but so very thankful for the opportunity that I had to be a part of such an amazing group of card makers.

The sketch was to create a grouping on your card.  I was recently cropping at Scrapbook Creations (the best local scrapbook store around), and they had the Impression Obsession Die114-O (Halloween Set), so of course I had to pick it up!  I immediately thought of this sketch and set to creating a grouping with the dies.  As I was walking around the store, I found some really cute brads in the open stock area and decided to use 3 bat brads to add a little interest to my card.  The sentiment is from the new Taylored Expressions Boo to You stamp set.  I also used a SSS Stitched Circle die to create the moon, and a little Dusty Concord Distress ink on the card base to complete the card.

I think this sketch was so much fun, and am really sad that my time on this DT is over.

Have a good day.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Monster Boo - CYCI #139

In a continuation of my Halloween series, I have a BOO-tiful card for you today. The challenge at Can You Case It this week is a 'Rainbow of Color' and the theme was picked by yours truly! In that honor, I really wanted to go rainbow-rific, and I think this card does just that!

I have had Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (boy, what a mouthful!) for many months now and just never was pleased with how they colored. But then I saw that Strathmore Bristol paper is the key. I picked a pack up to try, and it makes a world of difference! I love how smoothly the Zigs blend on this paper. If you are having any issues with your Zigs not living up to the hype, please try the Bristol paper before you give up! I did some basic 2 color blending for these super cute rainbow monsters from the Lawn Fawn Monster Mash stamp set.  I framed the focal piece with some cardstock, glitter paper, and patterned paper from my LSS, and finished the card off with a rainbow of sequins.

I hope you will come play on the rainbow with us this week at CYCI!

Have a good day.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Spooky Shaker - CYCI #138

I have decided to do a small series of Halloween cards this year.  This is my first card in the series, and I'm kicking it off with a bang!  This shaker card for the Can You Case It challenge this week was a labor of love!

I started with the new Taylored Expressions Haunted Cutting Plate. When I saw this die on the shelf, I just knew I wanted some bats shaking around in the background of that frame.  That was way easier said than done!  It took me over an hour to get the shaker portion built because of how thin the top and sides of the die are.  Now, a smarter person may have moved on, but I am stubborn and persevered.  I'm glad I did, because I love this card!  I filled the shaker window with a die cut of a witch from the Impression Obsession Halloween Set, and plenty of ghosts from the Poppy Group of Ghosts die set.  I finished off the shaker bits with some purple bat confetti, white stars, and black and green sequins.  The sentiment is from a small Art-C stamp set that I found at Michaels.

I sure hope to see you play along with this shaker challenge.  The rest of the Design Team at CYCI have awesome shaker cards to share and provide inspiration.  Check them out and get to shakin'!  =)

Have a good day.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

New Little Peanut - CYCI #137

One of the first cards that I gave away was a baby card (check it out here if you want). I had made plenty of cards before that, but they were just playing around, and they never left my craft room. Since then, I have made a few other baby cards, but they always seem to be for little boys. So when I saw the color combination for the Can You Case It challenge this week, I thought it would be the perfect time for me to make a card for a baby girl. Now, I don't know anyone having a little girl, but it was too perfect to pass up.

I started by cutting the Impression Obsession Patchwork Elephant die with some music note patterned paper that I found in my stash. Actually, all of the papers on this card are just random pieces that I found in my stash. I then cut 3 tags from the Simon Says Stamps Large Tags, and layered them up to provide a focal point for the elephant. The precious sentiment comes from an A Muse Studio stamp set called Little Peanuts, which appears to be retired. I finished off the card with some Nuvo Drops in Silver Lining and Ebony Black.

I hope to see you play along with this awesome color challenge at CYCI!

Have a good day.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Rainbow Cake - CYCI #136

My card for this week's Can You Case It challenge follows the sketch almost exactly.  That doesn't happen very often with me lately, but as I was playing with the pieces, they worked  when laid out into the sketch.  I used the Greeting Farm Layer Cake stamp set, and cut it it out with a Gina Marie Pierced Fancy Nested Label die.  Then I used the new Avery Elle Pierced Rectangle dies to cut the patterned paper layers.  The sentiment uses the Taylored Expressions Happy Summer Banner die, with a piece of a sentiment from the Avery Elle Hanging Banners stamp set.

I hope to see you use the sketch to play along with us this week!

Have a good day.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Clemson Football - CYCI #135

I don't think I've mentioned very often, or at all yet, that I'm a Southern girl. I was born, raised, and live in upstate South Carolina.  Besides sweet tea, porch swings, and grits, one of the things that Southerners love most is college football. Now everyone has a favorite team, and in South Carolina, you are typically either a Clemson Tigers fan or a USC Gamecocks fan. Never both, and you pretty much always hate the know, rivalry and all. For me, I love the Clemson Tigers. I know their profile has been raised since they played in the National Championship game earlier this year against Alabama. (And what an amazing game it was!) Clemson did end up losing that game, but just barely, and it made me even more proud to be a fan.

My dad is also a Clemson fan, so I've been watching Clemson football for most of my life. I was a Clemson Tiger for Halloween when I was about 6. My dad painted my face orange and black, and I remember vividly how excruciating it was to remove the paint before bed. We've had that all along, and luckily I started getting into college football about 10 years ago. And really into in the last 5 years. I plan my weekends around when (and whom against) Clemson plays football, and try my best not to miss watching a game.

This week's Can You Case It challenge is Back To School themed, which includes School Pride, and with Clemson football season kicking off this coming Saturday against Auburn, I had to make my dad a card. Clemson colors are orange, white, and purple, and I found these awesome papers and stamps at local scrapbook stores and Clemson merchandise stores.  The card layout is the Papertrey Ink Comic Strip Cover Plate.

I hope you come play along and show us your school pride!

Have a good day.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Purrfect Student - CYCI #134

My niece Lizzy just started back to school, so I wanted to make her a card.  She is in the 5th grade now.  (Boy, how fast they grow up, huh?)  The challenge this week at Can You Case It is a Pet Sketch Challenge.  This worked great because Lizzy is obsessed with animals.  When she was a toddler and even into ages 5 and 6, she would pretend to be different animals.  It made my heart happy for her to love something so much.  For the longest time, she said she was going to be an 'animal doctor' before she learned the word veterinarian.  Then she wanted to be a paleontologist, and most recently has started talking about marine biology.  She's only 10, so we have a long way to go before she really has to decide.

This card was made with the SSS Back to School stamp set.  I stamped and then colored the cat and book with my Copics.  Then I used the SSS Sunkist ink pad, Versamark ink, and a few of the stamps from the set to create the background using a technique from a Jennifer McGuire video.

I love how this card turned out and I hope to see you play along with us this week!

Have a good day.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Explore Nature - CYCI #133

I am a creature of habit, even when it comes to cards.  I pretty much always make an A2 size card using white cardstock as the base and building from there.  Other colored cardstock hardly ever makes it into the lineup, but this week's Can You Case It challenge was to use greens, yellows, and neutrals.  Now I could have gone standard-Kayla with this card, but I wanted to switch it up a bit.  So I made a card using Kraft cardstock and the A Tag For All die by Avery Elle as the base.  The vines are such a pretty die from Simon Says Stamp, called Clustered Leaves.  That die is really where this card started for me.  I wanted to use it by cutting out some green cardstock and layering them in with the vellum die cuts.  Then I found the CAS-ual Fridays Girlfriend stamp set had a great flower stamp and die to tie in the yellow.  It really needed a sentiment, and I found the perfect one in the SSS One With Nature stamp set and cut it out with the MFT Fishtail Flags Stax dies.  I finished the card by gluing it to a 10 inch card base, scored in half.  That allowed the hole in the top of the tag to be open for some jute cord and yellow and white baker's twine.

I hope to see you play along with us at Can You Case It this week!

Have a good day.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Mirror Thanks - CYCI #132

It's Sunday, so time for another Can You Case It challenge, and this week, we have a great sketch challenge! I flipped through my dies and found the SSS Thanks Card die (retired) that matches the sketch so well. I cut it out of Bazzill mirror cardstock in turquoise, and backed it with a piece of silver glitter paper. The die cut was smaller than an A2 sized card, so I placed it on a piece of turquoise cardstock that I embossed with one of the WRMK Next Level Woven Embossing Folders. I finished off the card with a few die cuts of the MFT Fishtail Flags, and some baker's twine from my stash.  I couldn't resist making this card with colors from a past CYCI color challenge.  This blue, turquoise, and lime green combo is still perfection for me!

I hope that you will come play along with this fun sketch challenge at CYCI!

Have a good day.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bee-utiful Day - CYCI #131

While I was at my local scrapbook store recently, they put out some new Elizabeth Craft Designs products.  I saw the bee themed items and snatched them right up!  Then when I saw the Color Challenge for this week at Can You Case It, I had to use them immediately.  I used the Beehive and the Bee dies, along with the Bee Sentiments stamp set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  To tie in the gray color from the challenge and to give the background a little interest, I used the Taylored Expressions Honeycomb embossing folder.  I finished the card off with some enamel dots made with the Nuvo Silver Lining Crystal Drops.

I hope to see you come play along with us this week at Can You Case It!  You can use bees or whatever else your creativity comes up with!

Have a good day.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hogs and Kisses Birthday - CYCI #130

Of all the kinds of cards that I make, birthday cards are what I need most.  So when I saw that the Can You Case It challenge for this week was to make a birthday card, I was all over that.  I had just bought a DCWV patterned paper pack from Joann's that was birthday themed.  As I was looking through the pack, I couldn't decide which paper to use, to I just used one of each color, and created my own background.  I cut half inch strips of each sheet, and then glued them down to a card front, cutting off the overhang.  I really wanted that paper piecing piece to take center stage, so I decided to make a small focal point in the bottom right of the card.  I used a few banner die cuts, and a really cute pig from the SSS Birthday Farm Animals stamp set.  The pig got a little lost on the background, so I added a vellum circle underneath, and a sentiment from the Taylored Expressions Green Acres stamp set to complete the focal point.  To finish off the card, I used my clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and Glossy Accents on the balloon, along with a few Doodlebug Glitter Sprinkles.

I'm sure you could use another birthday card in your stash, so I hope you will come play along with us on the CYCI challenge this week!

Have a good day.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Anchor Birthday - CYCI #129

As I said last Sunday, sometimes creating a card takes a few days.  But I have found that other times cards are destined to work out.  You just find that perfect color combo, or the best layout ever, and the card is easy, breezy, beautiful (Cover Girl!).  Luckily, this card was one of those. The Can You Case It challenge for this week is a wonderful color combination that uses pinks, dark blues, and neutrals. And no matter what the layout or color combo this week, the card had to have anchors.  You see, my little sister, Beth, is obsessed with anchors, and she turned 27 on Thursday.  Between the anchors and color challenge, it was kismet.  A pink and navy anchor card!  Yes, please!

I started by stamping the pink and navy patterned paper for the background, using anchors from the Float My Boat by Lawn Fawn and Sail Away by Technique Tuesday stamp sets, with SSS Doll Pink and Lawn Fawn Deep Sea inks.  The Fishtail Banner focal point is from Gina Marie Designs, and I used the new Happy Summer Banner die from Taylored Expressions to cut out the happy banner.  I white heat embossed the birthday stamp, and it's an old standby.  I have found that I use this birthday stamp a lot, and it is a sentiment that I cut apart from the Big Birthday Wishes stamp set in the April 2015 SSS card kit.  I finished the card off with some navy and white baker's twine and glossy accents on the anchor.

I hope to see you play along with the CYCI challenge this week!

Have a good day.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Be You - CYCI #128

The challenge this week at Can You Case It is a Sketch Challenge.  I studied this sketch for a few days, and then inspiration hit.  First, I flipped the sketch upside down so I could make the top portion into the Town Scene die from Impression Obsession.  Then I decided to make the star into our closest star - the sun!  As I was laying the card out, I just really preferred the dimensions of putting the town along the longer end of the card.  I then used Tim Holtz Distress Ink minis to create the night sky, and then added a ton of stars using the Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush (a must have) with some watered down white craft paint.  I finished off the card with a sentiment from the Avery Elle So Happy stamp set, and some white Doodlebug Star Sprinkles.

I hope you will play along with this great sketch challenge!

Have a good day.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Perfect Color Combo - CYCI #127

It's Sunday, so time for another Can You Case It challenge. When I saw the color combination for this week's challenge, I literally shrieked with excitement, and then had this card done within 24 hours. With these colors, all I had to add was a Memory Box die, a birthday stamp, and a bunch of sequins. The idea came together easily, but the execution of the card took a little more work, since it is a shaker card. When I use dry adhesive to make a shaker card, the layers usually end up crooked, but when I use a liquid adhesive (Multi Medium Matte or Tombo Mono), I have a really hard time getting the acetate window to stick to the paper or the foam. I was at a crop with my friend AJ from RutabagaPie Designs when I made this card, and she uses a different kind of glue for most all of her crafting. The Beacon 3-IN-1 glue is a lifesaver!  So when my acetate separated from the paper AFTER I filled the window with sequins, I dabbed a little of her glue on...and AMAZING!!!! It gave me a little wiggle room, but once dry, held like Fort Knox.  I was not getting back into that shaker, but more importantly, nothing was getting out of that shaker!  I went and bought some of that glue the next day, and can't wait to play with it on other things.  Thanks so much for that tip, AJ!

I hope this perfect color combo inspires you as much as it did me, and I hope you play along with us this week.

Have a good day.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Life's a Beach - CYCI #126

The challenge for my first week as a Design Team member at Can You Case It is to use dies on your card. I started my card making addiction with a Cricut, so I eschewed die cutting for a long time. But I also never used the Cricut! Then I bought a better Cricut, and also never used it. Then I finally decided to buy some dies and use my Cuttlebug for the purpose it was intended. It took me a little while to get over busting up the perfect, plastic plates, but once I did, I never looked back. It didn't take me long to want a Big Shot, and now I love die cutting a whole lot.

I have been on an ocean kick lately, so this beach card practically made itself...well, if you don't count all the cranking I had to do to the Big Shot. I found this amazing sand looking paper at my local scrapbook store, and HAD to use it to make a sand castle! I hope to see you play along with the challenge this week.

Products used:
Impression Obsession Die182-K (Mini Beach Fun)
Impression Obsession Die078-F (Sea Birds)
Impression Obsession Die190-C (Beach Chair and Flip Flops)
Memory Box Stitched Clouds
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles
My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags
My Favorite Things Stitched Basic Edges
Art Impressions SC0653 (Beach Babes)

Have a good day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Birthday Surprise

You know how, as a child, you would look forward to your birthday all year, and when it finally came, it was all you imagined it would be.  You would receive gifts, and have cake, and all your relatives would gather to celebrate the mile marker that is another birthday in your life.  Then as you grow older, the party dies down.  You still receive gifts, maybe have a little cake, and sometimes go out to dinner for your birthday, but it doesn't hold quite the same magic as before.

Well, not for me, not this year!  Today is my birthday, and not only have a turned a year older, I have a surprise to announce.  By coincidence (or fate, if you will), I am being announced today, of all days, as a new Design Team member for the Can You Case It Challenge!

I am so looking forward to working with this group of very talented crafters, and I hope that I can inspire others to create!  I hope to see you play along with the challenges over the next few months! And I hope that your birthday will be as exciting as this one is for me.

Have a good day.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

CYCI #125 - Untraditional Baby Card

The challenge at Can You Case It this week is to use red, gray, white, and black. When I looked at the challenge, for some reason, I knew I had to make a baby card. Now those are very un-baby-like colors, but I was determined. I took out my supplies, and for a few hours, my determination felt futile. I stamped the onesie on white cardstock and the images with colored ink, but that felt so dull. Then I cut out layers of cardstock, but that was a no go. Then I tried to find some patterned paper in the right color scheme, but I couldn't make anything work. I kept getting more and more frustrated with this card, so I took a break to go shopping with a crafty friend. When I came back to the card, I was refreshed and even more determined to finish it.

Thankfully, sometimes determination brings great triumph. I found the right combination of layers, die cut the images and placed them on Distress sponged onesies, and hung them with mini-clothespins on a clothesline of black and white baker's twine. This will definitely be a hand delivery card, but the clothespins are the finishing touch it needed. So after struggling for 6 hours, the card came together and I simply adore the end result.

Products used:
Clearly Besotted Little Onesie stamps and dies
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Candied Apple and Hickory Smoke
Tim Holtz silver Deco Sheets
SSS Cardstock - Black, Slate, and Schoolhouse Red

Have a good day.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Guest Designer for CYCI #124

For the first time ever, today I am a Guest Designer!  EEK!!  The wonderful ladies over at the Can You Case It blog have asked me to create a card for the challenge this week, which is a Watercolor Sketch Challenge.  I'm so excited to play along.

I started by stamping the flowers with the Lawn Fawn Flutter By stamp set with Versafine ink, and clear heat embossing it.  I then used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint in the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment is from the MFT Birthday Sentiments stamp set, and fits quite nicely.  I finished off the card with some Simon Says Stamp Moonshine sequins.

I hope to see you come play along with the Can You Case It challenge, and as always,

Have a good day.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

CYCI #123 - Star Glittered Banner

The theme this week over at the Can You Case It blog is a color challenge to use red, white, and blue. Of course that pointed me right down the 4th of July path, so I followed. I went to my inventory and looked for anything patriotic or 4th of July themed, and I have nothing! Ohmygoodness! What is a girl to do? 

After thinking for a little bit, I remembered that I had a background die from Memory Box called Star Garlands, that has stars hanging from strings. Ok, so that's a start. How do I get the red, white, and blue colors in? Distress ink the background, of course. So I used the Candied Apple and Blueprint Sketch distress ink minis to add color to the background, and placed the die cut out of Tim Holtz silver glitter paper. (Side note:  Do you know how difficult it is to die cut glitter paper?) 

So, the background is done. Now to find a focal point. I scoured the internet for patriotic digi stamps, and found a freebie at Whimsie Doodles called July4Day, and she is really cute! I colored her up with my Copics, and used the Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Oval diesSSS Stitched Oval dies, SSS Blue Violet cardstock, and SSS Lipstick Red cardstock to mat the image. I finished off the card with some star confetti and Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins.

Have a good day.