Saturday, July 2, 2011

An Old Fashioned 4th

Welcome to another Saturday post for Our Creative Corner.  We have a new challenge going plus our design team call is open for another week.  This week's hostess is Sarah Gough and the theme she has for us Seasonal Celebration - create a card that celebrates the 4th of July or Christmas in July.  It sounded like a fun challenge for me and I absolutely LOVE vintage holiday images.  Isn't this one adorable?  It's from a Luna Girl holiday CD that I invested in a few years back.  

I started by making a red and white bunting out of crepe paper.  The red crepe paper is the same old kind we used back in grade school and the white is that amazing vintage crepe paper by Melissa Frances.  Let me tell you, there is no comparison.  I haven't checked lately to see if she has it in other colors.  I purchased a pack of pastel colors so only the white worked for this project.  It's so nice and stiff/crisp and easy to mold, while the old kind is limp and flimsey.  So I had a hard time with the red but the white was wonderful.  In the end I was really pleased with how it came out.  I cut strips and ran a basting thread along one edge to gather it, which made it form easily into a semi circle.  

I was happy that this week I found a nice muted red gingham to work with.  It makes me want to go back and swap out last week's blaringley red gingham on that card.  The frame was cut with Spellbinders dies, stamped with an SU woodgrain stamp and then run through the Cuttlebug distressed stripes embossing folder.  

The red strip was border cut with a Martha Stewart border punch and run through the Tim Holtz BINGO folder.  The blue jute strips are from May Arts and will be in my Etsy Shop soon.  (I just haven't had time to photo and list them).  

I made a cluster of stars by cutting the corrugated cardboard with the star die, smearing a bit of gesso on it and then rubbing them on a blue stamp pad.  I clustered them together and then wrapped them with the burlap string (from my Etsy shop).  This week I'm very happy with how my sample came out.  

I hope you will stop by Our Creative Corner to play in our challenge this week.  And how about trying out for our design team.  We would love to consider you for our team.  

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Challenges Entered:
Tuesday Throwdown - Red, White and Blue
Cooking it Up With Katie - The Colors of Your Flag
Little Red Wagon - Patriotic
Speedy the Cat Friend's Challenge - Patriotic
Pixie Dust Studio - Be Proud (celebrate the 4th of July)
Craft Your Days Away - Vintage
Sugar Creek Hollow - Patriotic, Celebrate With Your Country's Colors


Marjie Kemper said...

Great project, Linda! Love all the layers especially those cute stars.

Anonymous said...

Fab card Linda, the stars look great! Gorgeous image too. Happy 4th July to you ! Sue C x

Patti P. said...

Wow, Linda, what a fab card....I love the patriotic vintage images and there are so many out there at the moment on the freebie vintage sites. Your bunting is so pretty and I am loving that gingham paper. Thanks for the inspiration, as always.

Payne Holler Cards said...

you have the most gorgeous vintage! love that muted paper also!
happy 4th to you (-:

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

Wow, this is awesome! I love it!
Hope your weekend is good and that you have a good summer too!

Hugs, Hege

Beth aka BR-T said...

Wow this is amazing!

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Linda this is absolutely fabulous what a beautiful design and all those lovely embellishments this is totally ACE. Hugs
Lorraine x

BrossArtAddiction said...

WOW, WOW! Amazing creation! You did an amazing job on this card! Love everything!! :D

xx Tracey xx

Unknown said...

Love it Linda! You have such a flair for vintage! Hope you are having an awesome vacation my friend!

True :D

Netty said...

Looking at your wonderful card Linda really took me back to Christmas cards as a child, although they weren't so embellished. Beautiful card with lots of wonderful textures. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Lori said...

Gorgeous Linda! Love all your layers, of course! lol!

Vicki Burdick said...

So loving this Linda!!! That crepe paper bunting is amazing as is the image, the stars the gingham, just all of it!!! Your cards are always amazing and the attention to detail is fabulous!!!

Winnie and Patty said...

Linda--this is a fabulous card!!!! I love the old fashioned look! Thanks for playing along with us at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week! Happy 4th of July!

Janeen said...

This lovely work of art literally took my breath away. WOW! Thank you for entering this in Speedy the Cat's Friends Patriotic Challenge. Good luck to you in the drawing.

Doreen said...

A gorgeous card,love the design.Thanks for sharing with us at

Janiel/ janny said...

Linda, I had to get over here to let you know just how WONDERFUL this card is!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG I am just gaw gaw over it!!
hugs, Janiel

Carol Hurlock said...

Linda this is so darn cute I can hardly stand it. I love how you did your stars and of course, that vintage image is just out of this world. This is a master piece. I just love it! Thank for playing along with Speedy's Friends Challenge. It is a pleasure to visit to see your work. Hope you can play with us again next week.

Heide said...

Fantastic card, I am a big fan of your work! Thanks for joining us at SCH.
Hugs, Heide

Katie said...

Supper cute card!
Thanks for Cooking It Up With Katie this week :)

Kathy said...

I LOVE this card =it is just perfect!! -Thanks for giving the "recipe" for making this adorable card -I think it should be framed .

Conniecrafter said...

Awesome, love that image, too cute and such great texture and layering!

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales said...

What an amazing card!I love the pic and all the details to it! Beautiful job :)
Thank you for playing along with the Pixies this week!
hugs, margie

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Ooh Linda- I'm swooning over that gingham! I know I say this all the time, but your vintage look always impresses me...I could never do what you do!

Shelley said...

I really love this. Thanks for joining in the vintage Craft Your Days Away Challenge. Hugs Shelley xx

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