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Stars and Stripes Forever!


Hello crafters!

It’s Kelly here. I’m so excited to share to post today! Our readers are from all over but when I see Stars and Stripes it’s all American for me 🙂 Hero Arts has such great stamps sets for this type of project. Personally, I own all of the Operation Write Home sets so I knew I wanted to use one of them but it was so hard to make a choice! I finally settled on Happy Birthday.

Hero Happy Birthday

I just love everything about this set! There are so many ways to use these images. If you love it to you can get it here.

Before we start I’d like to add a disclaimer: There are no stickles on these cards but not because I didn’t want to add them :). I intend to send them to Operation Write Home and any kind of glitter is unsafe for our soldiers. Okay you know the drill. Three ways to use this stamp set . . .and GO!


For my first card I went pretty traditional. I laid down some red stripes directly to my card base. I used both star images from Happy Birthday to stamp on some navy dot paper. I heat embossed them in white. I popped up the navy panel with dimensional adhesive. I kept it pretty simple so it would be a uni-sex card.


I just love these little balloons don’t you? I stamped the balloons a bunch of times across the top of my card base. I masked the string part of the stamp and just drew in my own since I wanted them free and not tied together. I stamped them again on a couple of different colors of paper, fussy cut them out, and adhered them down. The same idea could be accomplished with masking but I wanted all my cards to match. I’m crazy like that 🙂


Last one and is definitely my favorite. That hot air balloon is so awesome! I see like a hundred different ways of using it!  I started with my background. Stencils are super hot right now but I didn’t have a cloud stencil. So I just made my own. I’m cool like that 😉 I stamped the cloud from the set multiple times on printer paper. I stamped it at all different angles right on top of each other until I had a very long line of clouds. I trimmed this out and coated the back with repositional adhesive. I used it as a mask and I rubbed on salty ocean distress ink until the entire panel was covered in clouds. The layout is a CASE of Jenny’s card here. i just love it! The balloon was paper pieced with the same papers as before.

That’s it for me! I hope you found something to inspire you 🙂 Don’t forget to link up your creation for the Stars and Stripes Linky Party! You could win a $25 gift card to A2Z Scrapbooking! If you need some supplies before the end of the month you can also use the code KELLYL15  to get 15% off your order 🙂

Thanks for joining me!



Author: Kelly Latevola

Hi guys! I’m Kelly. I’m married to a wonderful man named Craig and we have a gorgeous two year old son who is the light of my life. I can’t leave out our boxer/mastiff Molly who is my little one’s best friend. I’ve been cardmaking for about seven years and running my blog for around five. I am loving every minute of it! I’m a huge fan of clean and simple cards. I adore a good one layer card or building a scene. Also glitter, and lots of it

6 thoughts on “Stars and Stripes Forever!

  1. WOW wow wow!! You really are showing your Red, White and Blue Spirit in these cards and to me, they are all winners! I love how you used one of the fabulous OWH sets ! Your cards are always so fun and inspiring — thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  2. Good heavens! I have that stamp set, and have used it only once. You’ve given me oodles of ideas for more uses! Beautiful patriotic cards. Tfs!

  3. Three FABULOUS cards, Kelly! I’m amazed at all the different designs you created with the elements in this set…so fun! I love that you chose patriotic colors, especially since they are for our troops, and I just know they are going to love them, too! Thanks so much for inspiring me to put this set into my ‘faves’ at the a2z store 🙂

  4. Kelly, thanks for sharing each of these super creative ideas! Your cards are always so inspiring!

  5. Kelly you always blow me away but these are just even more fab!!!! LOVE them girl! 🙂

  6. The balloon card is super fun!

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