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4th of July Party Planning

Hello Everyone!  I've been so inspired to papercraft  all things AMERICANA lately.  I guess because as Independence Day is just around the corner,  I get even more thankful & blessed to live here in our wonderful USA!!  Here are more of the patriotic papercrafting items that I've been having a blast making.  These are all geared toward dressing up your party table for the 4th of July!  Hope you like them.  You can find them at my Paper Blessings Etsy Shop.

It was wonderful having you visit.  Thank you!


God Bless America card

Welcome back!  You will see that I'm in the patriotic projects mode.  In my last class we made some patriotic scenes and from that project I've been so inspired to make other patriotic papercrating. 

I wanted to use a different shade of blue instead of the regular navy blue so I used this marine blue from Core'dinations to make this card: 

Here's how I made this:
-fold 4-1/4x11" marine blue cs in half.  This card will open from bottom up.
-on 4x5-1/4" white cs I stamped the row of stars on top and bottom.  Then I stamped the statue of liberty image &  the God bless America with fired red Distress Inkpad.
-to finish, stamped the splattered ink image with Tumbled Glass inkpad all over the stamped white cs.
-with my Mother's Day Cricut cartridge I cut the banner:  key 44, 1-1/4".  Isn't it cute?
-with my Graphically Speaking Cricut I cut the stars: key 16, shift, icon blackout.
-adhere stars to banner.  Adhere thread to banner then pop dot it at an angle to right the side of card.
-inside the card you will adhere 3-1/4 x 5" white cs panel and
 stamp a red star to bottom as per photo.

Tomorrow I will show you some different  patriotic banners and other goodies that I've been working on. 

May you be inspired to make your own red, white and blue goodness.  I'd like to see what you came up with.  Thanks for dropping by and God bless America!!

Patriotic Table Tent Card

My friend Meighen over at Scrappin' 3rdeeschick asked me to be her guest designer on her blog and the Table Tent Card below is what I shared.  Drop over to her blog and say hello!  She has a Beach Blog Hop going on right now you'll enjoy.

Here's how I made it:
-Fold 8-1/2" x 11" red cs in half, lengthwise. Set aside.
-Cut your white cs at 3-1/2" x 10". You'll stamp on this.
-Stamp your background image "We the people" with red inkpad.
  I had to stamp it 3 times to fill up the white cs. See close up
  on photo#2.
-Ink all the edges of white cs with sand beige inkpad.
-With Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge, cut  "freedom"on
  navy  blue cs: key 16, type, 1-1/2".
-With A Child's Year Cricut cartridge, cut "kids/flag" on navy
  blue cs: key 18, shift, 3".
-With pop dots, adhere the "kids" to left side of cs as per photo.
-With tape runner, adhere the words "freedom" to the right side
  of the kids.
-Now we will adhere the stamped white cs to the red cs.
-With red inkpad, stamp the "star" image on a metal-rimmed tag.
  Thread twine thru hole and adhere just under the letter "M".
  See photo #3.
Photo #2
Photo #3

Here's what I used to make this:
Stamps:  Various patriotic stamps. Email me if you want to know
              the company name on any of these.
Ink:  Memento paris blue; Distress Inks - fired brick and  old
        paper;  Versacolor Sand Beige
Cricut Cartridges:  Graphically Speaking; A Child's Year

BACK SIDE Patriotic Table Tent Card:

This side is just as easy and fun to make! 
Here's how I made this:
-With Old Paper brown ink, stamp "We the people" image at an
  angle to fill the  3-1/2 x 10" white cs.  See close-up photo #2.
-On top of this you will stamp with blue inkpad the flag, the bell,
  the eagle,  statue of liberty and fireworks as per photo.
-With sand beige inkpad, ink all the edges of the white cs.
-With Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge, cut the 3 red "stars":
  key 16, icon blackout, 1-1/2" .
-Pop-dot stars and place on white cs as per photo.
-With same Cricut cartridge, cut "usa" : key 16, 1-1/4".
-Pop-dot usa and place it in betweenthe bell and statue of liberty.-Adhere completed stamped white cs to red cardfront.
-Wrap twine around the card a few times to the  top of card and tie small bow. 
Photo # 2

Photo #3

Here's what I used to make this:
Stamps:  Various patriotic stamps. Email me if you want to know
              the company name on any of these.
Ink:  Memento paris blue; Distress Inks - fired brick; old
        paper; Versacolor sand beige.
Cricut Cartridge:  Graphically Speaking

That's it!  Your two-sided Patriotic Table Tent card is now ready to be used. If you wanted to dress it up more, you could add stars to the top of the tent card similar to these that are on this altered paint can:

Well, thanks for your time.  I am believing you enjoyed this post.  Any questions, email me.  You can find other patriotic things at my Paper Blessings Etsy shop.  I will be posting some other patriotic fun projects later this week.
Thanks again.  Remember to enjoy every single minute of your day!


4x4 Flower and Music Notes

As I promised in the post below, here is the second 4x4 card I made with my Penny Black stamps.

Here's how I made this one:
-Stamp music note image on white cs with brown inkpad.
-Ink the edge of white cs with light brown ink.
-Adhere this to your brown cardfront (4"x 8" folded in half).
-Stamp flower image on brown cs with emobssing ink using white embossing powder.
-Cut out flower and adhere with pop cots to center of white cs.
-With Cricut, I cut two sets of leaves and adhered to back of flower as per photo.  Cricut recipe below.

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Penny Black - To You; Clearly in Love
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Ranger - embossing
Cricut: Storybook - key 27 (fern), shift, 1-1/2"

Again,I found this website that has great pricing for PB stamps! Look here for their info and you'll find that the owners are the best in accomodating your needs! Very friendly.

Thanks for joining me in making these quick 4x4 cards!  Would love to see what kind of 4x4 cards you've made. Bye for now.  Enjoy every minute of your day!

4x4 Enjoy Your Day Card

Hello friends!  I love square cards but it's hard to find the envelopes to match.  Because I mostly make A2 cards and I can find those envelopes ALL the time, I thought why not make 4x4 cards? ...they will fit in the A2 envelopes! So I wanted to share  some fun 4x4 cards I made with Penny Black stamps.

Here's how I made this one:
-Stamp image on white cs and color it in.  I used copic markers.
-Stamp image again but only color the balloons...set aside for now.
-Cut pink frame using Cricut Accent Essentials, key 47 (scallop frame).
  TIP:  I used the Shadow feature so that I would have a more substantial area to dry emboss.
-With my Cuttlebug I embossed the pink frame using a squared   circle embossing folder.
-Adhere the stamped image to back of pink frame.
-Ahdere the pink frame to front of your patterned paper cardfront.
-Cut out the balloons, use pop dots to adhere to top front of pink frame.
-Stamp sentiment and adhere to lower right corner of pink frame.
That's it! 
TIP:  To get rid of those white areas around the balloon where I scissor-cut them, see picture below, use a black marker to edge around the balloons.  It will look more tidy & professional looking. I forgot to do that as you can well see.  oops!


Here's what I used:

Stamps:  Penny Black - Betsy Bluebell
Ink:  Memento Black
Copic Markers:  E00, E02, RV11, RV23, B00, G00, Y23,Y35
Embossing Folder:  Darice squared circles
Cricut:  Accent Essentials

I found this website that has value pricing for the PB stamps! Look here for their info and you'll find that the owners are the best in accomodating your needs!  Very friendly.

Hope you enjoyed this.  I will do the other 4x4 card on my next post.  Thanks for looking.

Digi Papers - Etsy Greetings Team June Challenge

As a member of Etsy GreetingsTeam (a team devoted to the promotion of handmade greeting cards), we have challenges thoughout the year within the group.  We decided to use digi papers for this current June challenge.  I have to say this is truly a challenge for ME as I am just getting used to digi papers.  I found though that the papers are amazing!  And they are so convenient as you can get the designs you like WHEN you want them in 8.5x11 or 12x12---6 designs for $3!  Here's the link to the digital paper we used by Katies Wish.

TIP:  I found that to save on printer ink (I still am getting used to that aspect of digi papers) instead of printing a whole page, I just print out 4x6 size paper at a time since most of my cards are A2 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2").  If I have a larger project, say scrapbooking, I can then print the full page.

Here is my submission  for our June digi paper challenge:

Here is another card I made with this paper set:

You can read about our team on our blog here.
Want to join us, read here.
See my cards here Paper Blessings Etsy Shop here. 

Any questions, drop me a note.  Thanks for dropping by and have a super blessed day!

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