Skip to main content

Stars and Stripes Forever for the Monkey Challenge

I have to admit that before this challenge I didn't think I had a star or stripe in my body let alone the red, white and blue.  I enjoy vacationing in the US and have American family members but I am Canadian through and through!  But I pulled some out for this week's challenge at A La Card Monkey!  Aren't you proud of me?!

Now, to be fair, Terry and Shirley did not require that we use stars and stripes for our cards this week but I thought that I would stretch myself a little and see what I could come up with.  My son has a little friend who is turning four in a couple of weeks and I decided to get ahead of the game and make a card for him early.  I had a lot of fun with all of my star stamps (who knew I had so many!) and lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter....my house is now all glittery!  Man, that stuff gets everywhere!

Here is the Monkey Challenge sketch:

Red, White and Blue Monkey Challenge 62 Sketch

Here's my version:
Let's Celebrate; Stars and Stripes Forever

The colour scheme is Pacific Point, Real Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White with just a touch of Marina Mist.  I started off by sending the card base, in Pacific Point card stock, through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  Then I added some Bashful Blue DSP from the Subtles DSP collection and added some trim using my Decorative Label punch.

The Real Red stars on the front are all heat embossed using Dazzling Diamonds.  Start by stamping your image using the VersaMark stamp pad.  Then add Stampin' Up's heat and stick powder and heat until "dissolved", then quickly pour on the Dazzling Diamonds embossing powder, shake off excess and heat just a little until set.  Be forewarned, the Dazzling Diamonds powder gets EVERYWHERE and will be a presence in your home for weeks (if not months) after using!

Happy Birthday sentiment on inside
For the inside of the card, I used another big star, this time in Whisper White and Dazzling Diamonds (although it doesn't show up well here) and then layered Real Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White again.  Both sentiments on the card come from the "Family Phrases" stamp set (sad to see that one go!).

So, with the Stars and Stripes in mind, HAPPY 4th OF JULY to all my American friends and family, and HAPPY CANADA DAY on Friday, July 1st to all of you Canadians reading!!!  Enjoy the long weekend!

Comments

  1. Cute card. I wouldn't have thought of using the decorative label punch for trim. Great idea.

    ReplyDelete
  2. What an adorable card! I love the glittery star!

    ReplyDelete
  3. That is so cute! I love the glitter on the stars and the fact that you made it a boy's birthday card is perfect. Thanks for playing along with us!

    Terry
    A La Card Monkey

    ReplyDelete
  4. So cute, love the glittery star trail and the decorative trim! Good luck with the challenge :)

    Lucianna
    A La Card Monkey GD

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love how you used the punch to make the fancy edges. And I love how you put all the stars on it. Very Cute.

    Hugs
    Shirley

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Day 10: That's shiny ;)

So, I got side-tracked off my Twelve Days of Christmas Cards postings.   I got distracted on Friday by taking one kid to the doctor because of an endless cough and a little bout of stomach flu.  No worries, I'd have the weekend to catch up, right?

I was SO excited to have a weekend with "nothing" going on.  No parties, no places to go, no big errands to run.  I had a breakfast date with my son and then my lovely father-in-law arrived.  He not only brought us winter tires and put them on the car (THANK YOU, THANK YOU!), he took the kids away for a few hours!

Yay!

That's shiny!

Okay, so put aside stamping for a bit...let's go Christmas shopping for the kids and out for lunch.  It was great, we went to our favourite Indian place, then across the street to our favourite toy store and topped it off with a yummy holiday drink before heading home.

I fully planned on capping off my wonderful day by spending the late afternoon and evening stamping and watching a movie …

CAS Christmas

Here it is....my first Christmas card of the year!  I'm really liking Stampin' Up's new Winter Frost Speciality DSP.  I figure that I can use some of it for Christmas cards and whatever is left will be great for winter birthday, thank you and other cards.  Gotta love versatility!

I used the  CAS -Colours and Sketches Challenge #42 sketch for this card.  I really like the simplicity of the clean lines in this sketch. 



Here's what I did with it:

Love, LOVE, LOVE, Island Indigo and Pool Party together!  I'm so happy that Stampin' Up kept those two colours and used them in this DSP.  So great! I used one of my favourite, easy techniques -- "thumping" -- to create the look on the ornament.  The "Ornament Keepsakes" stamp set is still available by the way.  Here is a close up of the ornament:
While you can't see it here, I also stamped it again using the Illuminate ink to give it a bit of a shimmer.  To finish it off I used a little bit of S…

Thanks Grandma!

So here I am again apologizing for my absence from the blogging world.   And yet again I'll say something about "trying to do better"....especially for those of you, my faithful friends, who have expressed that you miss stamping with me and seeing what I'm up to.   I will do my best.

I have been absent because, honestly, I haven't been stamping!   The winter and spring were crazy busy...my husband, who is head of Music at his school, was helping to run a musical....my kids were busy....I was busy....

Excuses.  I know!

In any case, after months away from stamping I started again this week.  A lot of the stuff I've made, I've already passed along to others before taking a picture.  But I captured today's card before it gets put in the mail.

My daughter and I just spent a lovely day with my mother-in-law while the boys were away doing their thing.  A neighbour of ours was selling a little pink bike and, very generously, "grandma" bought the bik…