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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….

Cardmaking · Challenges · Handmade Greeting Cards

Happy Easter!!!

Happy Easter everyone!!  I made this card for the Always Fun Challenges blog’s 2nd challenge and the theme is…  Yep!  Easter!!  I hope everyone had a great Easter.  It was beautiful here, in Northern California.  My Mom is in charge of the Easter dinner at our church so my weekend was spent mostly helping her prepare and serve our community a delicious Easter dinner.  It was also my hubby’s Birthday so not only did we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, but we also celebrated his big day.

Ok, let’s get into this adorable card I made using Reverse Confetti’s Hippity Hoppity stamp set.  I still can’t get over how cute these images are!!  I also did a YouTube video showing how I made this card which you can get to by clicking here.


This was actually a really easy card to make.  The most time consuming was the copic coloring.  I’ll list the colors I used down below.  After I colored all my images, I fussy cut them out and decided where I wanted everything to go.   I used the Wavy Scallop Stitches border die by SSS to create my grassy area and Stitched Sentiment Strips die for my sentiment.  The polka dot paper is also from Reverse Confetti, but unfortunately it’s not available anymore.  For the white background I used We R Memory Keepers Quilted embossing folder and I absolutely LOVE how it looks.  It really is a next level embossing folder.  Once I glued everything down, I used some clear Wink of Stella on the eggs, the butterflies and also the flower.  And that was it!!  Easy peazy.

Thank you so much to those of you who are playing along over at the AFC blog.  I hope to see your entries there again this week.  And if you haven’t played along yet, please do!!  It’s open to anyone who wants to join in the fun!!  Click here to enter this weeks Easter theme challenge.  Even if you don’t have time to play along this week, you can at least check out all the inspiration from the other amazing design team members by clicking here.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Until next time….