July 4, 2011


Happy Fourth of July ya'll!! 

A huge thank you to all of those who serve, and their families.  I am grateful for the sacrifices you make.  How has your holiday weekend been?  Have you celebrated?  I was bummed that I wasn't able to make it to any of the fireworks on Saturday or Sunday, but I'm hoping to make it to the fireworks tonight.  Guess we'll see how that goes. lol

I have another Christmas card for you today.  This card was inspired by my sister, who chose the colors.  Here is what I came up with.

Totally non-traditional.  Totally loving it!  I have to say, everytime I break out the distress inks, I fall more and more in love with them.  I'm going to have to figure out how to create a spot on my desk for them so that I can use them more often.  I think the background stamp is one of my new faves from Hero Arts too.  I absolutely love this!  I've combined the following challenges into this card.

Anabelle Stamps - Say it with Frames
Stampin B's #117 - 2 Die Cuts & Paper Piercing
Last But Not Least June Challenge - Create your own stamped background paper
Our Creative Corner - Christmas In July
CHNC #27 - Pink and or purple (hopefully I used enough pink)
Clearly Inspired Challenge #31 - Die Cuts, Punches, Cut Outs
Prairie Fairy #56 - Swirls & Pearls

I hope you have a great time enjoying the fireworks in your area!


Sparkle said...

Such a gorgeous card!

Hazel said...

This is beautiful - I too love distress inks more and more - and I like the look of that Hero Arts stamp (must look out for that). Thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 27 - hope to see you again soon. x

Kathy D. said...

OH that bg stamp is beautiful. very pretty card.
Thanks for punching and die cutting with us at Clearly Inspired Challenge #31 at www.clearlyistamp.typepad.com
Hope to see you again on the 16th when the next challenge is released.

CardArTart said...

Lovely card Steph, the background looks awesome and that frame is sweet as. I like your twelve step program, I might have to adopt the principle of staying 12 steps from my own craft room! any excuse lol.

Crystal said...

WOW Fantastic creation!!!

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog said...

Simply beautiful card! I love Distress Inks as well, and these colours are so pretty!
Thanks for sharing with us this week :)

dj said...

Christmas in July!!! Yippie!!! I love your stamped back ground...thanks for playing along with my challenge!!!

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow, this BG is so gorgeous with those soft colors and the white swirl design! Great non-traditional Christmas card!

Sue Kohler said...

STUNNING!!! love the colours and the gorgeous background!
thanks for sharing at AnnaBelle's this week! :)

Cassie said...

Ooo I love these non-traditional colors! Thanks for joining us for CIC31 :)

Tracey Brossart said...

What a lovely clean and simple card! Love that beautiful swirly paper!

Thanks for joining us this week for "Fairy Fun Fridays"-Swirls and Pearls challenge! Good Luck! :D

xx Tracey xx FFF/DT

pam124 said...

Wonderful job on the StampinB challenge this week. Hope you'll come play with us again next week. Love that you made a non-traditional holiday card!

Sharon said...

love the card its beautiful! thank you for playing along with us @ OCC

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Steph - what a gorgeous stamp - definitely a case of 'less is more!' I love your bacground stamp and your sentiment - fabulous! Love your take on this weeks challenge! Thank you for playing along with the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge this week - we always love to come and see your wonderful creations! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

Kelly said...

What beautiful, soft colors, I will try out this layout for sure. Thanks for joining us at FFF, we look forward to seeing your future creations.

Kylie said...

WOW Steph!
What a STUNNER of a card! LOVE the colours and your design is stunning, LOVE this as a Christmas card, Stunning!!!
Thanks for playing along with us at Annabelle Stamps Blog!

Take Care,
Kylie X

bettand said...

This is completely gorgeous:) Love it. Thanks for playing at Card and Scrap. Hope to see you again next week. Bettina

Ruth said...

Beautiful card - love your color combination and the stamp.

majsan said...

LOVED IT!!Loved the colors and the design. So "easy", but oh so beutiful!!
Thank you for joining us at CARD AN SCRAP