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Home of the Free Because of the Brave

Hi there!!  Happy July 4th!!  This week’s theme is Patriotic at Always Fun Challenges.  This is my 2nd attempt at making a patriotic card.  The first one I made took quite awhile to make, but I didn’t like how it turned out.  I really wanted to use the fireworks stencil that was in the August 2016 card kit from Simon Says Stamp and it was going beautifully….  Until I put the sentiment on, and then I didn’t love it anymore.  Well, you’ll see.

I love how simple this one was though!!  Summer is a crazy time for my family and I so the simpler, the better right now.  I think I made this in 15 minutes maybe..?  Can you believe that??!!


I was making this in the wee hours of the morning and I was stressing out because I still had so much to do before I could go to bed.  I just couldn’t go with my first card.  As much as I still had to do, I had to remake something that I liked.


Ok, I’ll share my first card with you…  but don’t judge!!!  I liked it until I put the sentiment on it and then it was downhill from there.  I just don’t like the color it turned out.  I used Candied Apple Distress Ink but I wish I would have used something a littler darker.  I’m not sure that would have even mattered, but this is how it turned out.


See why I made another one?  It just doesn’t flow… or something.  I don’t know, I just don’t like it.  I love the fireworks though!!


Look how cool those turned out!!  Just wish the rest of the card would have turned out too.  Oh well.  We live and learn, right?

Check out the Always Fun Challenges website for more fabulous cards from the rest of the design team.

Until next time….

6 thoughts on “Home of the Free Because of the Brave

  1. Love that patriotic card with the sunburst pattern. Bold and lovely. YOur fireworks card is lovely as well…maybe if your sentiment banner was the same shade as one of your fireworks you might like it better.

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