Hi – It’s Lisa (ThePurplePlace), here today and I would like to start off by wishing all our U.S. friends and very Happy Flag Day! Flag Day is always celebrated on June 14th, and was established to commemorate the anniversary of the day that United States adopted our “Flag”, back in 1777. It also happens to tie in perfectly with our theme for this month, which is “Stars and Stripes” another name we use at times, to refer to our Flag.
Today, I have a few new cards to share, all of which I hope will inspire YOU to create something fun for our June Linky Party and to also help inspire you to donate some of your creative talent, by making some cards to send to “Operation Write Home”,the fabulous group were are focusing on this month.
I’m very honored and proud to be on the many “OWH Cardmakers” groups over the past 4-5 years now. I hope you all will consider sharing your talents and also create some card for this amazing cause. For more details, please see Elizabeth’s Post HERE or visit the OWH site directly and check out the fabulous videos that Sandy Allnock, the Executive Director, has created to assist you in getting started.
My first card was one that was created with our theme in mind, and was also inspired by today being Flag Day. My ideas of using both Stars and Stripes and the colors of our flag was my focus when I started this card by creating my very own “Stars & Stripes” using the wonderful “Stars Background Stamp”, which I stamped onto some white cardstock, and then heat-embossed with Hero’s White Embossing Powder.
Once it cooled a bit, I took my Ranger Distress Paints and colored one section in blue (Chipped Sapphire), left one section white, and then colored the last in Red (Festive Berries) and then quickly spritzed it with water, so it would blend a bit. I then cut each section into small strips and used my new Hero Arts Star Die set to cut out the starts. I added those to my card front and picked my Sentiment from one of the Hero Arts/Operation Write Home Stamp Sets, this one is called “Year Round Sentiments” and had the perfect sentiment for this card.
And for my next card stayed with the Red, White and Blue color combo, but created a different look, using one of my new favorite wooden stamps from Hero Arts – Big Star, which I stamped in Royal Red Shadow Ink and then die cut with the matching Die Set. I created my background with some random scraps and embossed the bottom red section in a tiny star pattern. The sentiment was also stamped in the same Shadow Ink and is from another of the newest Hero clear stamp sets – “Written in the Stars”.
That brings me to my last card today, where I wanted to show how you can use the Stars and Stamps theme in a totally different way and also in using any colors you love, in my case, that would be “Purple” of course, and another color I love which is “Teal” or aqua. I used the same “Big Star” stamp, but instead of inking it up on one color, I used some water based markers to color the stamp directly, and then lighted misted it with water, just before I stamped it onto white cardstock. I used my same dies to cut out the one start and then pulled out some “Purple” foil paper, along with some scraps of aqua/white stripped patterned paper and put them all together on a “Pool” card base to create this fun Birthday card. The sentiment was stamped in Hero’s Grape Juice Shadow Ink and is from the same “Written in the Stars” clear stamp set. I added a little bling and “ta da”, I was done!!
Before I sign off, I have one more little wish and it’s for all of the “Dads” who will be celebrating Father’s Day tomorrow. Whether you are a Grand Dad, a brand new Daddy, or even a Dad to be, I hope you all have a very special day. May it be filled with laughs, smiles, fun times and lots of love. ….and, to my Dad, in Heaven, I LOVE you and still miss you every day! XOXO