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Friday, August 29, 2008

Blog Challenge #62 -- Patriotic



Can you believe that the "official" end of summer is really here?!! Labor Day weekend....WOW! Where did the summertime go?!! For me, summer just flew by....first getting ready for Convention, then family vacation, my son's engagement then his party to celebrate....and suddenly, here we are....summer is actually over! Of course, there were small things in between, but those were the highlights of the past season.


But, with Labor Day here, you know that Fall is quickly coming. Already the trees are beginning to show signs of their changing colors....I just LOVE Fall! The colorful foliage, the cool, crisp air......it's one of the prettiest seasons!...which is why my hubby and I chose this season to marry so many years ago, and I still love it!

OK, so back to the weekend at hand.......Labor Day evokes feelings of patriotism. How appropriate with the present political climate. Regardless of your political affiliation, with the Democratic Convention just ended and the Republican version about to begin, it's kind of hard not to feel patriotic! So, the theme of our Challenge this week is....can you guess?.....yup! that's right!....patriotic!!!


So, my card for this week is kind of a take on one I made a couple of weeks ago, using the floral branch from Eastern Blooms, but this time in Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White, with just a touch of Bashful Blue. (I actually had a completely different layout in mind when I began, but since it didn't work out, this is the end result!!) To achieve the 2-color look on the branch, I colored in the stamp with the Night of Navy and Real Red markers. Add in a few punched flowers from the 3 For You punch (I am so happy that that punch has stayed in the catalog!!) for dimension and added interest, a little ribbon, that cute little silver slide from the newest Hodgepodge collection, and of course some gingham ribbon and we're good to go!!

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Floral, Stem Sayings
Inks: Night of Navy, Real Red
CS: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red, Bashful Blue
Markers: Real Red, Night of Navy
Misc: Red Gingham Ribbon, Silver Slide (Hodgepodge Hardware--Silver), Scallop Edge Punch, White Gel Pen


Enjoy....thanks for stopping by....and have a fabulous, safe weekend! Oh, and don't forget to take a little time to stop by and visit my Blog sisters who participate in these weekly challenges....just click on the icon in the right column!

26 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Lovely Barb...your floral background is wonderful...subtle and a perfect base for this awesome image. Great job. One doesn't normally think of flowers as patriotic, but your card is stunning!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful way to turn that set into a wonderful patriotic tribute!

Connie said...

Oh, awesome card Barb! I love how you used this set to go Patriotic. I'm happy that punch stayed in the book, too! Congrats on making it thru the summer, it does sound like you had a busy one.

Basement Stamper said...

Very cute and I love that punch with the branches.

Robin Merriman said...

This is so pretty, Barb. I love how you've turned this set patriotic. Great job!

Patti Chesky said...

This card is lovely. I like the popped up flowers to bring so much dimension to this patriotic-colored card.

Chrissy D said...

Barb- This is GORGEOUS!!!! Love the colors and your design! TFS!

Beckie said...

I LOve it!! The colors just pop off of there. What a great card!!

Kerry D-C said...

This is truly fantastical! I love how you used this set to make a patriotic card. Looooooooooooove it!

Lisa Bohler said...

This is so pretty! Just love how you used this set to make a patriotic card! Wonderful!

Nikki Bond said...

This is gorgeous...the colors are so rich and bold! I just LOVE it! {SMILES}

Wendy Groszkiewicz said...

That is just GORGEOUS! Great job using those flowers!

Lori said...

This looks fantastic! I never would have thought to use this color combination for flowers. The punched flowers are a great addition to the stamped image.

Kathie Bailey said...

This turned out beautifully Barb. I am such a sucker for gingham, it's the perfect touch here.

thestampspot said...

This is a beautiful card and the colours make it even more striking. Great take on the challenge!

:) Marcia

Kimberly Gajewski said...

How pretty Barbara! This set looks lovely with patriotic colors! Beautifully done! :D

Regina Cornelius said...

this is lovely!!!

MJ said...

Wonderfully done Barb. Love it.

Donna said...

what a great card! love it

amycara said...

Great use of this set! Excellent card!

Jeannette Swain said...

Oh Barb, I love this card! May just have to case this one Chicka!

MJ said...

Barb, I forgot to let you know that I gave you an award on my blog yesterday.

http://technostamper.blogspot.com/2008/08/i-am-sooo-bad-and-so-sorry-too.html

Sheryl said...

This is so pretty. I really like this set and the addition of the punched flowers really makes it!

tonistamps said...

Beautiful card Barb! I love the gingham ribbon too!

Ida P. Krause said...

This is really pretty. Great embellishments.

Shirley said...

Very very pretty! Love your flowers and the middles too!

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