Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy 4th of July USA

Hello and welcome! In the U. S. Independence Day is just around the corner and several challenges are honoring it through our country's colors, our flag {stars & stripes} or the holiday itself. So naturally I played along with Tip Top Tuesday's #79 and Just Us Girls #141 challenges to express my patriotism. My sketch inspiration comes from the one and only, Jen Shults, and her sketches are always a challenge {that's why I love them!}. You can see the current Deconstructed Sketch #56 plus visit the archives for past sketch inspiration. I believe most of them are open to link throughout the year so it's not too late. The Crafty Catz #137 Embossing was great to play with because it gave me another opportunity to use my Stars Impression Plate by Taylored Expressions to emboss my vertical navy panel.

Deonstructed Sketch No. 56

The colors of red, white and blue were established by the JUGS challenge and Independence Day or Stars & Stripes were challenge requirements of Tip Top Tuesday. I incorporated both on the TTT challenge and my stripes are represented by the red/white twine. The patriotic banner in the 4th of July Wreath set make my Picket Fence Border Die look festive. I punched three .5" circles using an EK Success punch and stamped the letters USA from You're My Type-Upper. Blue stars were strung onto red burlap string and red liquid pearls add another pop of color and visual interest. White brads anchor the four chomped corners and finish it off nicely.

Here's a Top Tip for you, to center your sentiments it is helpful to use a grid acrylic block and place all of the stamps & embellishments on it so you know everything will be centered properly. Also, It is much easier to stamp after punching but before when using a die. It just makes life easier! Another thing I did was to stamp my banners in blue ink so it would blend better. Seasoned stampers know this already but maybe it will help a newbie out there. :)

I'd like to welcome my newest blog followers and thank everyone for their encouraging comments. BTW, most of my recent posts have been CAS due to Father's Day and recent masculine birthdays but I'm happy to report that some "girl stuff" is on the way. :) Have a swell hump day {a.k.a. Wednesday}!

Note: I "Caught Their Eye" at Top Tip Tuesday with this Stars & Stripes card. WooHoo!

Ink: Memento Paris Dusk, ColorBox Chalk Ink Lipstick Red
Paper: Choice Snow White (TE), red, blue & white cs (Bazzill Basics)
Accessories: Take Note Frame 3 (TE); We R Memory Keepers 1.5" corner chomper, brads (PS); buttons (Hobby Lobby); red/white twine (Doodlebug); red burlap string (Maya Road); Copics B28 & R29; Ruby Red Liquid Pearls (Ranger)


Jen Shults said...

Oh this is gorgeous! Love the bold colors without patterned paper and the fabulous embossing! Great card! Thanks for joining us for this week's Deconstructed Sketch!

~Tammy~ said...

Love the bunting on the fence. So clever! A fabulous card for the 4th of July!


Hi Lisa
A fabulous card fab colour's thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
Hugs Dianne xx

DT Member

Anonymous said...

Totally Fabulous card and LOVE your interpretation of the stripes in the twine very clever! LOVE the Top Tip Too! ___ Don't forget to visit other Top Tippers leaving them a comment stating you are a Top Tip Collector (TTC) and thanks for playing along at Top Tip Tuesday this time hugs Samantha :0)

Mona Pendleton said...

What a fantastic Patriotic card Lisa! Love the star buttons and embossed layers! Thanks so much for honoring the United States :)

Lisa Minckler said...

I'm so happy about your card!! This is spectacular and your pride comes shining through. The fence with the banner (AMAZING) the embossing strip (GORGEOUS) the twine stipes (FABULOUS)'s incredibly patriotic and perfect for our challenge. I LOOVE the deconstructed sketches...but this one puzzled me. I'm inspired by what you've done with it!!
On a side note...YEAH girly stuff coming up!!! :D

Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
Remember you can enter up to 3 projects and 3 tips.
Have a great one!
Excellent TIPS you left too!

Pauline said...

This is a fabulous card for your celebrations, I love the fancy label shape, and I love the red white and blue combo.

ahlers5 said...

Love this card. So patriotic! Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Catz this week.

carol said...

lovely card, thanks fr joining in with CRAFTY CATZ x carol

RubberMAD said...

First thing I spotted on your card was the bunting on the fence... what a cool idea! And thank you for your tips - I am a TTC from TTT!

Margaret said...

I think you have managed to do an amazing job covering all of the challenges! Love the bunting hanging on the fence and the line of stars! Your twine border with USA is great too! A wonderfully patriotic card!!

Corrinne said...

Hi, Lisa! Your creation is spectacular! It would be just wonderful as decor for 4th of July party :) I am a TTC just like you - YEAH!


Lucia said...

What a great card Lisa!! I love those blue stars with a red string :)

Sue Lelli said...

Lisa, LOVE the bunting on the white picket fence! Super patriotic card!

HandmadebyTLC said...

Your reconstructed sketch is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing at Top Tip Tuesday this week~ feel free to join in 2 times more and best of luck
Tammy Louise

April said...

I love your card. I love the flag banners. Great job!

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

Brilliant tip there hun I am a TTC from TTT. x

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love your patriotic card and what a great tip for ensuring that all the elements are lined up, Elizabeth (Tip Collector)

Caroljenks said...

Gorgeous card and your LIST of tips is awesome! Lovin it all!

Thanks for joining in over at Top Tip Tuesday and don't forget to comment on other Top Tippers (stating you are a TTT Tip Collector) and you could win one of our surprise goodie bags!

Carol x

Bettina L. said...

Wow this is such a lovely card. Love the design and the use of strings and colours. Love the awsome tip too. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

Unknown said...

Fabulous card Lisa well done great work Hugs Elaine

Angela said...

Darling card! Thanks for the tip too...a TTC from TTT!

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