Happy 4th of July! I'm grateful every single day for the freedoms I have living here. It's an extra-special day for us because we're celebrating my mother-in-law's 85th birthday today. Tomorrow is the actual day, but everyone is coming here for dinner and then we're headed to Canandaigua to board the Canandaigua Lady for a tour on the lake and to watch the fireworks. It's quite cool here this morning, but clear and sunny!
I have three red, white, and blue cards to share. I'm entering all three cards in the Fusion Challenge this week: Red, White, and Blue. The last one fits both the color and the sketch challenge.
The first is the birthday card for Ellie. Once I created the anniversary cards here, I knew this die would make an awesome shaker card. I ended up taking the first card apart and redoing it. I folded a piece of clear cardstock, sealed two sides with Washi tape, and dumped the star sequins inside. Then I sealed the top when I adhered the white background. It makes for a much flatter and neater card.
The die cut and sentiment are both Papertrey Ink, and the cardstock is Simon Says Lipstick Red and Soft Navy. I think I found the stars at Michaels, but it was awhile ago.
I'm entering this one in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Shake It, and Virginia's Die Cut challenge.
The next two cards use the July Simon Says Card Kit. This kit is going to get a lot of use! The first one is for friends who received some tough news this week. We're hoping it will all work out, but I wanted to get a card of encouragement out to them ASAP.
Absolutely everything on this card came from the kit. I love all the patterned papers, and managed to get five of them on this card!
Even the inside message came from the kit.
The last card was inspired by the Fusion Sketch and this card by Shari Carroll.
More yummy patterned papers from the kit, as well as a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder (never used before) and a die cut from Papertrey's "Bubble Talk" with an embossed sentiment from PTI's "Faux Ribbon" (one of my oldest PTI sets).
If you're celebrating today, I hope it's a wonderful and safe holiday!