Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy July 4th!

Coffee of the Day - Moon Pie (it's about as all American as I can get!)

Happy July 4th to my friends here in the USA! I hope you have wonderful things planned with your family and friends! my day will be a quiet one with my dogs, but that is okay. we have fun together! they are my buddies! I made a pitcher of homemade sangria yesterday that is quite tasty, so will enjoy that later in the day, perhaps with a hot dog or something else fun on the grill. I'll see my family Saturday afternoon, so I'm really looking forward to that! :)

Before I get to my card for today, I want to share with all of you a little something I found over on the Inky Antics blog. There is a call to help get the bells of freedom ringing today to help celebrate our wonderful July 4th. you can read more about it over on the blog.

“As grateful Americans, we hope to resurrect the tradition of the ringing of the bells. Let us be in tune with each other and our history by ringing bells at 2 p.m. on this July 4th in honor of the 237th Anniversary of our independence, thanking God for his blessings on our land.” 

I know I'll be shaking my keys or whatever else I can find!

I realize I haven't posted a great deal here on my blog in the past few days, but I have been busy crafting in the background. lots of fun stuff coming up, just not able to share with you yet. don't you hate it when someone says that to ya?! sorry, but it is true.... not a lot of time for 'me' crafting right now.

I did manage to get a card made to help celebrate our wonderful 4th of July holiday though. this image and the fabulous 'America the Beautiful' sheet music were both freebies from Crafty Secrets. papers are from the Authentique Pride collection, one of my very favorite for patriotic goodies. the rose is Prima, buttons & lace trim from my stash, and stamps are some I saved from envelopes. I love to use them on projects like this. :)  a piece was cut from an air mail envelope and a little red ticket added. faux stitching with my white gel pen completes the card.

I am entering my card into quite a few challenges, since so many are tailored to the holiday right now. one challenge, As You Like It, wants to know why some of these embellishments are my favorites. I happen to know the 2 lovely ladies that own the blog, so I think Samantha is probably thanking her lucky stars that there is no pink on this card! tee hee! but really, there is something about vintage buttons that makes me weak in the knees. and if they are a bit dirty and the threads are still tied in them, oh my gosh, I am in love! as the title of my blog says, ribbons and trims rank right up there at the top as well! I am not one of those who use lots of paper flowers, but I do like to add one or two on my projects. I guess the main reason I don't go all out with them is that I don't have a lot, so I tend to hoard the ones I have. ;)  another embellie I love to use is 'found' items such as the stamps. it gives me quite a thrill to be able to give a new life to something that would otherwise end up in the trash. it's almost a challenge to try to find new ways to use little goodies!

Crafty Secrets - linky party
Crafting By Designs - show us your country's colors
Crafting with Dragonflies - vintage with layers and lace
Inky Impressions - red, white, and blue
Paper Pretties - red, white, and blue
Stamping Chef - red, white, and blue
Crafty Sentiments - red, white, and blue
Creative Craft - a stitch in time
LEJ Designs - recycle, upcycle, or use household items (stamps, envelope, ticket)
Our Daily Bread - red, white, and blue or patriotic
Party Time Tuesday - patriotic (badge is about half way down sidebar)
Tuesday Throwdown  - stars and stripes (bg paper is also little stars)
Craft Your Passion - red, white, and blue
Digi Darla - stars and stripes, red & white or red, white, & blue
Eureka - stars and stripes (bg paper is also little stars)
Get Inky - red, white, and blue
Kaboodle Doodles - national day or flag colors
Mema's Crafts - paint your patriotism
Paper Playtime - red, white, and blue
Simon Says Stamp and Show - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - July 4th
Clearly iStamp - red, white, and blue
Simply Create Too - flag colors
As You Like it - fave 3 embellies (vintage buttons, paper flowers, and trims. I do love the little tidbits I save to use on my crafts like the stamps, too. it's fun to repurpose things!)
Natalie and Amy - trash to treasure (stamps, envelope, ticket)
Sparkles - steampunk or vintage
Simon Says Stamp - patriotic
Sassy Studios - red, white, and blue
DLArt - patriotic
Scrap It Girl - red, white, and blue


Elizabeth Hart said...

Jennifer - this is a fabulous 4th of the July card - your composition of all the elements here is perfection. A happy 4th of July to you!

Dawn Frost said...

Beautiful July 4th card, I love all the dimension! Thanks for joining us at Clearly iStamp for the colour challenge. Dawn Frost guest DT.

MommyScraps said...

Adorable! Love the little George Washington tucked away! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion!

Jacquel said...

This is awesome! Love the layout, vintage image & of course the patriotic theme! Thanks so much for playing along with us @ Simply Create Too & hope you join us again for our next challenge!!!

Laura Sterckx said...

Such a great card! It looks very vintage and I love that!

Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog!

Sandy said...

What a great Patriotic card! Love the vintage. Thank you for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays. Hope to see you next week. Sandy =0)

Laura W said...

Great card for the challenge. Lovin' all the little embellishments :) Thanks for playing along at the Digi Darla Challenge Blog!

Gerda said...

What a fabulous card! Love it! Thanks for joining us at “Simply Create Too”, hope to see you next time again.

DT-Member SCT

Rachelle Olaridge said...

Totally beautiful LO. Love the design. Awesome work! Thanks for joining us at Scrap It Girl.

Unknown said...

Fabulous card!!

Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week.

DIANA L. said...

SUPER SUPER card great papers and design I love it. Happy fourth
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes July Linky Party

Susan Hogan said...

Happy 4th July - hope those keys got jangled well! Your card is beautiful and that image is very sweet. Thanks for sharing this with us at Crafting with Dragonflies.

happyglitzygirl said...

Great card, lots of details, thanks for playing with us at Crafting with Dragonflies, blessings Hilde

Isobel said...

Great cards thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck x

Kathy D. said...

what a beautiful image and card fits it perfectly.

Thanks for playing in Clearly iStamp Challenge #1 - Red, White and Blue Color challenge. Hope to see you tonight when Challenge #2 will be posted.

Kathy D.
Clearly Digi Stamps DT/Clearly iStamp Challenge Coordinator

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Thank you for joining us for our latest challenge, No. 60 - Recycle, Upcycle Or Use Household Items, over on the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog.

This is stunning. Gorgeous vintage colours and I love your use of the stationary elements in your make, especially the stamp. All the different elements mount up to a very wonderful project.

I hope that we will see plenty more makes from you in our future weekly challenges. There are always great prizes up for grabs, from LEJ Designs themselves, as well as our wonderful sponsors.

Hugs Lisa xxxxx LEJ DT Member

Ann said...

Lovely card, love the vintage feel.

snappy scrappy said...

So pretty...thanks for playing along with us at Paper Playtime!!

Unknown said...

Fabulous card hun hope you find some more me time :) thank you for joining in at LEJ Designs hugs LEJ DT

Kim Kelley said...

What a pretty card Jennifer. Love the soft feel you created! THank you for joining us at Sassy Studio Designs! HUGS


Mojca said...

Oh waw this is so very gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. hugs! MOjca

Bonnie Irvine said...

Lovely layers and details in this beautifully collaged card. Each layer is so interesting on its own and ties in wonderfully with the theme and image. Thanks for joining us for our Red, White & Blue challenge at Craft Your Passion this week. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Super card and a lovely design, too. Thanks for playing along in the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party! Good luck in the drawing!

~ Barb said...

Hope you had a great 4th and enjoy the visit with your family on the weekend! Such a beautiful, patriotic, vintage image. And your dp's are perfect. Thank-you for sharing at Crafting With Dragonflies!
{Hugs} Barb, DT

Beth said...

Wow, I really like the image you used & the papers. Beautiful job!! Brings me back to my grade school days when celebrated the Bicentennial and Patriotic Holidays.

Thank you for joining us at Get Inky! Challenge.

~Beth – Get Inky! DT
Follow me @ The Crafty Scrap Yard

kel Acopan said...

Love the colors on this card! Thanks for joining us over at Crafting with Dragonflies!

lovies, =o) kel
(Dragonfly DT)

Laura Love said...

This is such an adorable patriotic project! Love all the details you added! Beautiful job! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week! We hope you will play along with us again soon!

Katy said...

This card is so yummy! All of your elements work so wonderful together! I love the stamps and the music and the lace and buttons! And the main picture is so awesome. Thank you so much for joining us at Clearly iStamp! Hugs-Katy, GDT

Carissa said...

Gorgeous card to celebrate the holiday. I hope you had a wonderful time with your family.
Hugs, Carissa

Beverly said...

Love the vintage fave!

Good luck in our TT challenge,

Bev DT

Caz said...

This is lovely...Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty sentiments, and good luck.

Caz xx

Denise Pustelniak said...

This is a very creative card!
Thanks for joining us at Digi Darla’s

Angie said...

Very nice vintage looking card! Thanks for joining us at Simply Create Too! Angie-DT

Kim. said...

A beautiful, well thought out card. The 'trash' you have used is perfect and ties in great. Thanks for joining us this month at Natalie & Amy's Challenge.
Kim xXx

Bernardine Cuttino said...

Fabulous layout. What a beauty and eye catching details. Beautifully crafted. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Tuesday Throwdown. We look forward to seeing you again.
Berni, DT

valou250809 said...

Very beautiful vintage card! Thanks for playing with "The Stamping Chef Challenge". Good luck!

Beverley said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining in our "A Stitch in Time" challenge at Creative Craft.
Bev x

Tanya said...

Awesome job! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week!

Lori aka lorib117 said...

Jennifer, what a pretty card! Love the papers and all those added details. Thanks for joining us for the Sassy Studio Designs DTBST challenge and good luck.
-Lori SSD DT

Mema's Crafts said...

Fabulous card and I too would like to have the ringing of the bells back. Thanks for joining us at Mema's Crafts for our patriotism challenge and good luck! Hope you will visit and play with us again.

May said...

love it! Thank you for sharing, and for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!


Sher said...

Ohhhh....I love the vintage touch. All of the added embellies are fantastic. Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs.
Hugs - Sharon DT Member

Penny said...

Fab card, Jen! It is so you! Love your design, colors, & details on this! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Lesley said...

Great card! Thanks for taking part in Sparkles challenge xx

NanaConnie said...

Hey, Jennifer, Can you believe you're the winner at Tuesday Throwdown this week? Congratulations, girl. :-D NC

Vicky said...

A super patriotic card!! Thanks for joining our Red, White and Blue challenge at Inky Impressions this week

hugs Vicky xx

Rene said...

Really gorgeous!! Love all the layers and the meaning of each!!

Thank you for joining our Happy Birthday America – Show us your Colours Challenge at Crafting by Designs!
Do join us again!
Rene - Crafting By Designs DT

Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict} said...

A wonderful patriotic card! Thanks for joining us over at Scrap It Girl this month!

Unknown said...

Such a well put together layout! thank you for sharing it with the Scrap It Girls!

Scrap It Girl, Kimberly said...

super flippin cute.. love this.. thanks for joining Scrap It Girl's July challenge!

kellystar said...

great images and papers...Thanks for accepting the Scrap It Girl July Challenge!

Dawn said...

Awesome card, thanks for entering at Scrap It Girl.

Rebecca said...

How pretty! Thanks for joining us at Scrap It Girl!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Scrap It Girl!