Showing posts with label Patriotic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Patriotic. Show all posts

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend in the US - 2016

Just stopping in to wish everyone in the USA - a Blessed Memorial Day (celebrated on Monday) the day we remember and honor all those in military service who gave their lives to keep us safe as well as all those currently serving wherever they may be stationed around the world.

There is a wonderful field of US flags set up over at the Boston Common - just blocks from where I work - and Friday I took a walk over there to snap some photos to share them here this weekend.
There are 37,000 flags in all - representing every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present. - Quite Impressive.  The display was put up by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund.
After walking through the Boston Common -  I crossed the street into the Boston Public Garden established in 1837 and snapped these photos.
The statues of  Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings from the Make Way for Ducklings children's book are there to greet us.
As well as a  new family of baby geese with mum and dad.
and the legendary Boston Swan Boats, established in 1877 - where the driver sits inside the swan and pedals the boat around the duck pond.
We also find George Washington on his wonderful steed.
To finish my celebration -  I thought I'd share a few patriotic cards I've made in the past.
From 2010 
Card details can be found here.
From 2009
Card details can be found here.
Another one from 2009
Card details can be found here.
From 2015
Card details can be found here.
Have a great weekend everyone! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop - Old Glory!

Today I'm participating in the Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop - the Theme is Old Glory.

I used stamps from two TE sets on my card - A Year of Sweets 2 and A Year of Sweet Sentiments.  I also used the Banner Day Die for my sentiment and Tiny Twinkles on the sentiment and fireworks.  I also added some dazzling diamonds to my fireworks so they look really sparkly IRL - I think you can see it a little bit on my pic.

Cuppie has hiked to the top of the hill to get a really good view of the fireworks this year AND he's waving Old Glory!!

Wishing an early Happy 4th of July to everyone in the US !  The long weekend will be here soooooon!!!

Stamps:  Taylored Expressions - A Year of Sweets 2, A Year of Sweet Sentiments.
Paper:  White, Enchanted evening - PTI, DP Red Vellum Swirls (no company name on the sticker)
Ink:  Memento Lady Bug, Cantalope, Danube Blue. Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky - SU
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds - SU, Banner Day 1 Die + Tiny Twinkles- Taylored Expressions, Copics: E40, E31, E19, B00, B37, Y13, R29., glossy accents, quicky glue pen, home made cloud template, pinking circles Nestabilities, 1 3/8" circle punch - SU, enchanted evening saddle stitched ribbon - PTI

Friday, June 17, 2011

June Friends of WMS Blog Waltz - 4th of July Americana

Today I'm participating in the Friends of Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz taking place in the Playroom of the WMS forum. You can check out all the details there. This month's theme is 4th of July Americana!  Get out the RED WHITE AND BLUE!!!  And.......... Uncle Sam!
I used 3 Waltzingmouse stamp sets on my card today -  Half Baked Gingerbread Joy, Frame It and Victorian Alphabet
I actually CASED one of my own cards from May 31, 2009 when I first stamped the gingerbread man as Uncle Sam. I thought he was SO cute - I just had to recreate him today!
One lucky participant in the Blog Waltz will win a Waltzingmouse Stamp set of choice!! whoo hoo!!  I'm off to check out all the other waltzers!  You coming???

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Half Baked Gingerbread Joy, Frame It, Victorian Alphabet.
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Adirondack Butterscotch, Memento Lady Bug, Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black.
Accessories:  Star Punch - McGill, tiny gems - Taylored Expressions, foam tape.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 1 - Waltzingmouse SoAP!

Welcome to Day 1 of the WMS DT Stamp of Approval Parade (SoAP)!  For the next 3 days the DT will be sharing with you more ways to use the May Release WMS stamps -  Say it Loud, Join Us, Gingham + Company, Dainty Doilies - Large and Dainty Doilies 2 - Small and on June 4th we'll be highlighting an older stamp set!

Today I'm parading the Dainty Doilies - Large set. 

I made these fun stars on a stick to decorate my table at my Memorial Day Cookout this past weekend!   I even made star shaped brownies to stand them in! (Yes- they were yummy and, yes, they are gone!)

I white embossed several of the doilie stamps on red and blue card stock and stamped them in blue ink on white card stock.  Then I die cut them using my star Nestability - sponged the edges and added the sentiments 'Party' and "Celebrate" from Free Spirit Sentiments.  I taped them onto the stick and added the wrinkled seam tape.

Here is a close up so you can see the doily stamping more clearly.

I had some left over stamped panels that I had cut too small to fit the star die (whoops!)  so I made cards out of them!!

Click on any pic to see it larger.  I embossed a rectangle Nestability frame on the card then adhered the panels inside the frame using foam tape.  The sentiment 'we had a wonderful time' on my cards is from Join Us.  If it hadn't been my own cookout - I would send one of these cards to the host and hostess to thank them for inviting me!! LOL!!

Here's a clean and simple card I made just by layering some doily stampings!  
First I embossed the Lacey Circle Nestability on the card -  then I stamped 3 doilies in 3 colors (2", 1" and 1/2") and punched them out layering them inside the embossed framing with foam tape.  I added a tiny gem in the center of the smallest stamping.  An easy peasy card that packs a punch don't you think?!
I hope you'll continue viewing the parade on these Design Team members blogs and please stop by tomorrow for Day 2 of our parade!!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Dainty Doilies - Large, Join Us, Free Spirit - Sentiments.
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Fired Brick, Chipped Sapphire, Versamark Watermark Inkpad.
Accessories:  Glue dots, white embossing powder, hot gun, Star Nestabilities, wooden stick, wrinkled seam tape, modern label punch - SU

Thanks Card:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Dainty Doilies - Large
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress - Brushed Corduroy, Dusty Concord, Memento Summer Sky, Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  2" + 1" circle punch - EK Success, 1/2" punch - Marvy Uchida, Lacey Circles Nestabilities, Tiny Gem - Taylored Expressions, foam tape.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Celebrate with Stars!

Today's Ways to Use it Challenge on Split Coast was to use stars!   So  - I am having a cookout on Memorial Day and wanted to make something to use as a festive decoration on the table.

I also just got this wonderful pinwheel die (you can see the tutorial and order them here)  so I decided today was the day to make some!   So I made a pinwheel on a stick with some stars that I can use to decorate - maybe tape them to bowls or stick them in brownies on a tray......

Notice my star shaped brownie?!?! Cool huh??! I have one of those rubber (silicone) star shaped muffin trays and it's the first time I used that too  - they came out great!
The banner  is from Bitty Banners and the sentiment is from Free Spirit Sentiments - both are from Waltzingmouse.

Happy Memorial Day to all those living in the US - I'm so looking forward to a 3 day weekend! (AND my niece is in the hospital as we speak - having her baby boy! what more could you ask for??!)  I am truly blessed.

Oh - and just a little heads up about what's coming up here on my blog for the next several days- 

 ON  5/28 and 5/30  I'll be posting some sweet peaks of new Sweet 'N Sassy stamps being released on 6/1

AND - You may recall that Waltzingmouse releases new stamps every other month and on the alternate month the Design Team  reviews the last release with a SOAP - Stamp of Approval Parade
SO on June 1st through June 4th the DT will be highlighting the May release sets as well as spotlighting one of the older sets.

Hope you can drop by!!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit Sentiments, Bitty Banners

Paper: White - PTI, DP My Mind's Eye/Bohemia/Bliss Love of my Life/Tiny Dots
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze - SU
Accessories: Glue dot, brass brad, pin wheel die - Lil Inker Designs, wood stick, star Nestabilities

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Patriotic Bird

My blogging friend Mary Marsh is hosting the Our Daily Bread Designs - In Time: On Assignment Challenge (SNTODBD16) The challenge is to use ODBD stamps and to use a bird with a seasonal theme.

So I thought I'd join in the fun! Since I have the "In God We Trust' ODBD stamp set - I made my bird card with a Patriotic Theme using red, white and blue.

Check out Mary's Our Daily Bread Designs challenge here: for all the details and to see what you can win!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs: In God We Trust
Paper: Vintage Cream, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy - PTI, DP Basic Grey/Infuse
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Worn Lipstick
Accessories: Fancy tags Spellbinders, foam dimensionals, copic E09, Sticky Pearl -Michaels, Tim Holtz Alterations Bird die, Nestabilities Big Scalloped circle & Pinking Circles, wrinkled seam binding.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Colors of the Fourth

A tricky Ways to Use it color challenge over at Split Coast this week - to make a Canada Day or 4th of July card without using red or blue!

So I used browns, yellows and oranges on my Patriotic Statue of Liberty Bear today.

I also used this weeks Split Coast sketch for my card.

My patriotic images are from Rubbernecker Stamps Check out the 20% off sale Dave is running this weekend!

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps - Patriotic Statue of Liberty #57-11, Patriotic Bless America Text # 194-07
Paper: rustic white - PTI, DP Bo Bunny/Decaf Dot
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress ink - Tea Dye & Mustard Seed
Accessories: Long deckled edge rectangle nestabilities, Copics: YR02, YR04, YR23, E33, E35, E37

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Buddy

Quick note: I'm so excited! just found out I got honorable mention for my Papertrey Star Box seen in the post below - check it out on Nichole's blog!!!

Ok, back to earth now ----- This is a two-fer card today - it covers two challenges - the Split Coast CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge - and the Doubledog Dare Challenge I do with some SCS friends (see my side bar for the team names!)

For the CAS challenge we had a sketch to follow . I made my front panel larger than the sketch but used the same number of layers. I stamped my Cornish Heritage Farms toy soldier right on the Cosmo Cricket designer paper. I stamped the sentiment from The Greeting Farm (it's on sale check it out!) on a piece of silver card stock and punched it with the Stampin Up Key Tag punch - looks just like a dog tag doesn't it!! The chain is from Michaels.

Anne (jdmommy) issued the Doubledog Dare challenge this week to make a kids card. I know my son always loved to play 'Army' when he was little - and when he grew up he signed up to serve! (thanks Josh!) I think this would be a fun birthday card for a young soldier! You are welcome to join in on the DDC challenges - just use the keyword DDC when you upload your card on Splite Coast - Beverly even created a Doubledog Dare challenge thread in the forums for us. You can see all the DDC cards here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: soldier: Cornish Heritage Farms, My Buddy: Pup Star - the Greeting Farm
Paper: Aqua Mist: PTI, Tangerine Tango: SU, DP Cosmo cricket Lil Man: Mischievious Max, Silver card stock: Canford Card
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ripe avocado: PTI
Accessories: key tag punch: SU, edge distresser: Heidi Swapp, Crop a Dile, Silver eyelet, chain: Tandy Leather - Michaels, foam dimensionals.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Courage From a Bottle

I ended up making a second card for the Inspiration Challenge on Split Coast this week. I love patriotic stamps and was inspired by this pretty bottled water to get out this sweet little Statue of Liberty from Celebrate the Day set by H&M Stamps. It's on sale right now for just $4.00 so hurry over and snap one up - it includes some graduation images too!

The sentiment is from the Hoo Rah Sentiment set. I also did this weeks limited supplies challenge from Split Coast on this card which was to use only colors of water (blues, greens, sand etc), a ribbon, brads, and use piercing on your card. So I think I got it all!

Stamps: Celebrate the Day, Hoo Rah Sentiments: H&M Stamps
Paper: white, spring rain: PTI
Ink: Spring Rain: PTI
Accessories: oval nestabilities, spring rain party plaid ribbon: PTI, sugar coated brads: Doodlebug Designs, Ornare corner piercing template, piercing tool & Mat: SU, silver ice stickles, Copics: B21, N2, T2, Y06

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A New Look for Uncle Sam!

I can't believe that Roxie hadn't yet been the featured stamper on Split Coast! She is the hostess with the mostest for our weekly sketch challenges and her cards are always top notch!

Today I cased this ice cream card of Roxie's changing the stamps and colors and using a different embossing Spellbinder but I kept the layout the same.

I wanted to try my new gingerbread stamp from Waltzingmouse Stamps for a season other than Christmas. I came up with this gingerbread Uncle Sam! Don't you love his little vest and top hat? You really need to check out all the stamps in this fun set as well as Claire's other set "Oven Fresh". The sentiment if from the set Let Freedom Ring by Paptertrey Ink.

I used the star that was left over from the punched corners to adorn his hat. The bottom was cut and embossed using my new Pierceabilities from Spellbinders.
Thanks so much for dropping by - got to go wash some windows and so a little yard work - it's a beautiful 75 degree day here in New England!

Stamps: gingerbread man: - Half Baked: Waltzingmouse Stamps, Sentiment- Let Freedom Ring: PTI
Paper: white, pure poppy: PTI
Ink: memento Tuxedo Black, Butterscotch & Denim: Adirondack, Pure Poppy: PTI
Accessories: glue dot, foam dimensionials, celestial corner punch: Fiskars, Pierceabilities: Spellbinders

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Circle of Red, White & Blue

I made this card for the Limited Supplies challenge to make a round card and to use only one stamp set. I just received my May release Papertrey Ink order today so I cracked open the fun Star Prints Set. It includes a slew of sentiments so I had no trouble just using this one set.

This also qualifies for Sharon's no time to stamp challenge to use red, white and blue on your card. My dear mother-in-law is going to be 94 on July 6th so this will be our card for her birthday. We usually have a little cookout for her and decorate in patriotic colors so this will be perfect! and now I have it all done - early! Woo Hoo!!

Here's a picture of me, my dear MIL - Marjorie, and DH - Kent. This pic was taken at my niece's wedding 2 weeks ago. You can see - we arrived early before the crowd to get her in and seated!
Have a wonderful safe Memorial Day to all of us in the USA this weekend! And a huge 'thank you' to all the men and women who are in or are retired from the armed forces. I sincerely appreciate your dedication to protecting our country and our freedoms.

Stamps: Star Prints: PTI
Paper: Night of Navy: SU, Rustic White: PTI
Ink: Pure Poppy: PTI, Demin Dye: Adirondack
Accessories: glue pen, foam dimensionals, circle nestabilities, sprinkles: Taylored Expressions, pure poppy satin ribbon: PTI, curly label punch, SU, sponge, star punch: Fiskars

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A Patriotic Challenge and a Macintosh Tile

I made this card for the Limited Supplies challenge on Split Coast - the rules were: only 4 layers -only red, white & Blue colors - only 4 embellies or tools - any theme. I used my new Artful INKables stamp set Sunburst Dandies - for the flower on this card. I inked it with blue and red chalk inks then layered it on scalloped nestabilities.

I made a banner for my sentiment by making 2 score lines on each end of the white strip - 1/4 inch apart - and then folding - in and out - to make it 3D. I put 2 foam dimensionals under the word to hold it up off the card as well as using runner adhesive on the ends
I may have one too many layers on this card so don't count them ok???!!!

By the way - Kristin is offering 10% off all her stamp sets over at Artful INKables for the month of July - so go on over and take advantage of this great sale!

You can see all the cards I've made using Artful INKable stamps here.
Stamps: Artful INKables Sunburst Dandies Basic Salutations
Paper: White: PTI, night of navy, real red - SU
Ink: Color Box Chalk Inks - Warm Red & Blue Iris
Accessories: foam dimensionals, nestabilities, cuttlebug, scor pal

My next card was made for the Inspiration challenge over at Split Coast - a set of Macintosh Enamel Tiles - I chose one of the round ones seen here:
First I cut 2 circles with my Nestability dies- moving the top edge of the larger one above the fold in the card before I cut it so it would leave the fold intact. I used the fern stamp from the new Plant Prints stamp set by Artful INKables .
I'm on vacation with limited supplies but just happened to have Blue Bayou and Sage Shadow card stock that worked out perfectly for this inspiration piece. I stamped the sentiment, punched it out, sponged it and popped it up with foam dimensionals. I added the brads for a little interest. I sponged all the edges with Blue Bayou ink. I had to put this together quickly as we are going off to a craft sale at Gunstock Mountain! Maybe I'll get some pictures and post them here tomorrow.

Stamps: Artful INKables: Plant Prints, Basic Salutations
Paper: Blue Bayou, Sage Shadow: SU
Ink: Blue Bayou - SU
Accessories: brads: making memories, foam dimensionals, oval punch, sponge
Techniques: round card, dry embossing

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Pretty New Home, a Teapot and 10% off !

Hi Everyone! I have two cards to share with you today:

I made this card for the Color Challenge over on Split Coast as well as the Double Dare Challenge I do with a few friends on SCS.

The color challenge was to use Pomegranate, Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi. I am presently on vacation and have limited supplies with me (!) so the card stock is Wild Wasabi and I used colors as close as I could to the challenge to color the house.

Francie G was the hostess of the Double Dare challenge this week and her instructions were to make a card with an outdoor scene. You can see all the challenge cards here.

I needed a card to send to some friends that just moved into a new home - so I inked up my new PTI set Boards and Beams - I just LOVE this house stamp. I masked the fence and stamped the tree over the mask so it looks like it's behind the fence.
I used one of the dies from the Spellbinders Tag Trio to cut and dry emboss around the sentiment. I mounted it to the card with foam dimensionals.

Stamps: PapertreyInk: Boards and Beams
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black - SU, white - PTI
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine
Accessories: Foam dimensionals, Prismacolor markers: sky blue light, dark brown, sand, sunburst yellow, dark olive green, taupe, french grey, raspberry, green tea, Spellbinders tag trio, cuttlebug

I made this card for the Teapot Tuesday challenge Mothermark (Cindy) has on her blog every Tuesday. She shows you a teapot from her collection to inspire you to make a card.I am on vacation so don't have ALL my supplies (!) and didn't have any stars with me - so I improvised and used a stamp from Artful Inkables Dandie Sunburst set that looks like a star or maybe fireworks (?!!).
This fun stamp set is a new release and is available now - Kristin is offering a 10% discount during July on all her sets so be sure to check it all out here!
I folded a cute banner strip under my sentiment that I learned from Lauren Meader at a class I took of hers recently at The Paper Tree in Manchester, NH. You just score 2 lines on each end close together then fold one down and one out - and cut the ends as shown. It makes a nicely popped up sentiment and looks kind of festive I think!
Thank you for stopping by!
Stamps: artful Inkables: Sunburst Dandies, Basic Salutations
Paper: Very vanilla, night of navy, bashful blue: SU
Ink: Color box chalk ink: warm red, blue iris
Accessories: scor-pal, brads: making memories, foam dimensionals, prismacolor markers: crimson red, sky blue light, indigo blue

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Pretty Dress and a Proud American

I had a really busy weekend but just had to do the Inspiration and Featured Stamper Challenges on Split Coast!

Stef gave us the inspiration of Movie Dresses and I chose this picture to be inspired by (the girls from the Sex In the City movie).

I just had to make an origami dress for this challenge card - and I used this beautiful designer paper I just got from 7 Gypsies (from my shopping spree at The Papertree where I took Lauren Meader's Workshops as shown in my post below!). I tied a satin sash around the waist and added half pearl stickers as buttons. You can find the pattern for the origami dress in a book titled: Minigami by Gay Merrill Gross published by Firefly books. I got mine at Borders but you can find it on also. The Sentiment is part of a birthday set by See D's. I used my cuttlebug to emboss the script background.

Stamps: See D's birthday set
Paper: Sage Shadow, Groovy Guava, DP: 7 Gypsies
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Sage Shadow
Accessories: oval punch, foam dimensionals, green satin ribbon, ticket corner punch, Crystal sticker pearls, sponge

And here is my card for the Featured Stamper Challenge.

Todays Featured Stamper is Maren (MMBC) and you really must check out her gallery - you will be SO inspired. Every single card is a gem! The card I chose to CASE can be seen here. When you CASE a card you need to change things. I changed the colors and stamp. I loved her simple yet stunning design. I used a great DP I just got (at the Papertree again!) by My Mind's Eye and made this a Patriotic card using non-traditional colors based on the colors of the designer paper. The sentiment by Stampendous (yes - I just bought it at Papertree! I came home with 2 bags full of stuff!) is stamped in Versamark ink and then clear embossed. For some reason I felt the need to fill the space to the left of the sentiment (!?!?!) and so added 2 cut out stars from the designer paper.

Well - once again - I'm up late and really have to hop off to bed - now that I've been able to stamp and get my cards done I can sleep KWIM??!!

Thank you so much for spending part of your day with me here!

Stamps: Stampendous
Paper: Really Rust, Mellow Moss, DP: My Minds Eye 20th St. Market
Ink: Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
Accessories: clear embossing powder, hot gun, grosgrain ribbon, foam dimensionals.