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Friday, May 23, 2008

Blog Challenge -- Red-White-Blue

It's a holiday weekend! That means celebrations, picnics or BBQs, time with family and friends.....maybe even a parade!! Of course, we shouldn't forget the REAL reason for this holiday and there will be observances all over the country to help us remember our fallen fathers who have helped preserve our freedoms. They paid the ultimate price for us.



So, since this is such a patriotic holiday, I just had to make this week's Challenge Card a patriotic theme!! Memorial Day weekend is really the official kick off to summertime. So, let the celebrations begin!


This is a fairly simple card with not much stamping (gasp!!). Used the Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel and rolled it in Brocade Blue onto Brocade Blue CS. The "Celebrate" is from Fundamental Phrases, stamped in White Craft, embossed, and then punched with the Word Window Punch. The stars are all punched....and I used the same punching technique that I used a few weeks ago on the graduation card. (See below for more info.) The white portion of the card folds up to reveal the saying inside....the Hodgepodge Hardware holds the flap down. See? Fun AND easy!!

My brother has a birthday coming up...he's a July 4th baby....so, I think this will be his birthday card. Don't you love when you actually plan ahead?!!

Stamps: Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, Fundamental Phrases
Inks: White Craft, Brocade Blue Jumbo Cartridge
CS: Whisper White, Real Red, Brocade Blue
Misc: Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, Large & Small Star Punches, Word Window Punch, White Embossing Powder, Brocade Blue Grosgrain Ribbon*, Paper Piercer (Tool Kit), Rectangle Punch
*Retired

Ok, when I posted the Grad Card, I was asked how I made the star "frame." Since I used the same technique again, it is definitely time to explain!

You know that SU punches are the best, right?!! They have that wonderful lever handle, making it ever so easy to punch out any shape....and they are often used up-side-down. That's the case with the star "frames."


Step #1: Punch out Small Star












Step #2: Then using your Large Star punch up-side-down, center the punched out star in the punch.












Yup! It's THAT easy!!










And check out the photo to the right.....
You can do the same thing (almost!) with the Scallop Punch and the Round Punches.

(Left: Scallop & 1 1/4" Round; Center: 1 3/8" & 1" Round Punches; Right: 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" Round Punches)


Hope you have a fun, relaxing, and SAFE holiday weekend! And don't forget to visit the other Bloggers to see what they've all been up to....see you there!

19 comments:

Connie said...

Love it! Would make a wonderful grad card, too! I forgot I had my jumbo star wheel!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Great card...I just love the stars and the who layout. Great job!

Sheryl said...

Great card, Barb! I like that it works well for a birthday or for Memorial Day/4th of July.

KimberlyG said...

Love all the stars! Thanks for sharing how you made them! What a delightful card! :D

Tara Kieninger said...

Love the card, especially the hollow stars and the hodgepodge. The tutorial is nice too...as experienced stampers/crafters, it's easy to forget that some of our readers are just starting and need these basic instructions.

amycara said...

Wonderful card, Barb! Great job with the challenge!

Basement Stamper said...

Very cute Barb, I love the stars. My BIL is a July 4th baby, my hubby Feb 14th. He'll love the card you made for him.

Nikki Bond said...

Super cute! I love all the stars and thanks for the tutorial too! {SMILES}

MJ said...

What a fun card. I so love stars. Great job on this challenge.

Lori said...

Nice! I like how you used the hardware.

Beckie said...

Great card!! I love the layout and the crispness of it. Love it!

Ida said...

Great card. Love all the different stars on your card.

Lisa Bohler said...

Your previous posts of stars were inspirations for my card this week! Your card is awesome, too!

Kerry said...

Super FUN card, Barb! Great job!

Kathie said...

Barbara, this is wonderful! Love the stars and the layout.

Chrissy D said...

Oh this is wonderful! Love how you did the stars and the lay out. Perfect for the holiday too! TFS!

Regina Cornelius said...

love it!!! i love what you have done with the stars...very cute!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Oh my gosh!!! So cute!!!

Vicki

tonistamps said...

Great card Barb! Now I'm going to have to get that danged large star punch too now. Thanks! :)

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