Hey friends….before I even get started on today’s post, I want to preface my creativity with this thought because some of you have asked. Although I have been creating for 40 plus years (yes, I’m that old), and I have upped my production game in regards to quantity of creativity over the past few years, it still takes me at least 2 hours to get my juices flowing and, I work in the industry. Crazy. Yesterday, was no exception. How long does it take you to get it going? Anyway, I think I struggled a tad bit more than the usual. (Try 3 1/2 hours). Some days are like that. It generally revolves around what style or look I want to embrace. Ah, decisions! Today you will see I kind of went all over the place. (I say I’m A.D.D. but I am not). Once I get going though, I can’t seem to stop. Check out some of the designers dies that I stole, ummm, used :). Can you identify them before you get to the end of this post? Anyway, I am continuing with party decor for the 4th. I love summer and I love to decorate. I can’t wait for next Monday! It’s going to be a radical transformation of one die for the Fourth…step outs included! So without further delay, here you go…
I love this card base…swoon! (Hint) And I love this set of Stars, albeit some of the set is a bit kiddy wampas 😉 (hint). To embellish the card, I folded over an air mail envelope and trimmed it off on the back. The nice part of the trimmed envelope is that it leaves an opening on the backside. It’s perfect for a gift card or some goodies :). I wrapped twine and ribbon around the file folder and embellished the front with my tag and sentiment. TIP: I cut my “Hip-Hip hooray” stamp in half so that I could put it all the way across the banner. It was not designed that way. It was meant to have one sentiment on the banner and one on the tag however, I think it works great both ways.
Ah, this card is a big A.D.D. experiment. Ha! (Do you do that? You should see my trash can). Obviously, I love watercoloring. I cut the folder from watercolor paper so that the paper didn’t buckle when I applied the paint. Then I cut this designer’s rectangle die from corrugated paper and embellished with gold paint. The inside of the rectangle was a “layering” of different colors of paints. (Another hint). Once dry, I adhered them to the card front and tied a ribbon around the folder. (I put a tiny hole in the folded part of the folder so that my twine went through there and didn’t prevent the card from opening.) I cut out several of the stars from glittered foam felt and gold card stock. Before I adhered them in place, I misted the whole card with a bit of gold paint. Lastly, I put on the sentiment and added tiny little gold stars with a gold pen.
Here they are all together. The tall sparkler was one of those happy accidents. I put my straws in the center and then the light bulb went on! I cut some more of this designer’s stars and added wire to them and inserted them into the straws with some tinseled embellishments. Yay! One more vignette ready to go!
So, did you guess who’s die sets I used? I love thinking out of the box and problem solving. Seeing how to change a style or a look into something else fascinates and motivates me… but don’t ask me to do math. Bleh! Well, here are the answers:
Mini File Folder by Tammy Tutterow
Robo Bar by Seth Apter
Robo Star by Seth Apter
Happy Time by Debi Adams
I will be creating 4th of July projects on Monday for a few more posts so don’t forget to check back and see what you can do! Ah, and next Monday, cannot wait!