Sunday, June 30, 2013

Red, White and Blue Hello Cards

Happy Last Day of June!  I hope you are keeping cool - the record breaking temperatures in some parts of the country are really amazing.  I wonder if our neighbors who are moving to Phoenix are regretting their decision! 


It's nearly the 4th of July holiday here in the States so I used a red white and blue color theme for a couple of cards.  I used flower stamps but with just a little imagination you can see fireworks!

This stamp set is called Hello Blooms  and it coordinates with the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge.  I cut the shapes at the sizes listed right on the stamp storage sheet (it's so handy to have them printed there).

To make a third layer for one set of flowers I cut an extra set of shapes at 2 1/4 inches.  I inked these base shapes with the same colors I used to stamp the designs.  Then I used thin foam squares to stack the flowers together.

The thinner foam squares are nice to keep the flowers from getting too bulky.

An embossed two inch wide white strip of cardstock creates an anchor for the three shapes down the front of the card.

The "Hello" sentiment is also from the Hello Blooms stamp set.  I stamped it on a 1/2 x 1 3/4 inch strip of cardstock and then adhered it to a 3/4 x 2 1/4 inch strip of cardstock inked with the same blue ink.  A couple of snips on the end turned this strip into a little banner.

The finishing touch to make these flowers look a bit more like fireworks is a clear gem in the center of each stack.

For the second card, I used two coordinating six petal flowers and layered them together, offsetting the petals.  

I embossed the white cardstock (cut at 5 x 3 3/4 inches) using the three flower embossing folder from the Everyday Greetings Cuttlebug Combo set.

I turned the flower grouping sideways and stamped the sentiment along the bottom.  These flowers are also raised from the card front with foam squares.  The design looks unbalanced with too much white space on the left side - so I looked around my workspace...

...and found this roll of washi tape.  The red color and the dots coordinate nicely with the stamped flowers and add some weight to the left side of the card.

The clear gems add sparkle for the "firework" look I wanted.  There are a couple of small stamps to use for the centers if you choose more traditional flower colors - there are so many possible combinations with this set.

Last day of the month - a few reminders...

True Stamp

If you want to get the special price for the True Stamp classes (see the post HERE) - the offer ends tonight.  You can click HERE to see all six of the classes on a single page.

Dollar Days at Lettering Delights

Today is the last day of the Lettering Delights  Dollar Days sale. There are over 500 summer products on sale for $1 or $2 (cut -it sets are $2).  You can save $3 on a $10 purchase with coupon code "gulp."  Save $8 on a $20 purchase with coupon code "guzzle."

If you have questions about the differences between the graphics sets and the cut-it sets that Lettering Delights offers there is a good explanation on their site HERE.

If you love cute characters, there is a special deal that ends on July 2nd at midnight.  The huge new collection of 380 cut-its called "Stringbeans" can be yours for FREE if you spend $45 between June 26th at 12:01 a.m.and July 2 at 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time).

You do not have to spend the $45 all in one purchase - all of your purchases until the deadline will accumulate towards qualifying for this massive freebie.

You do have to have a Lettering Delights account and be logged into that account when you make your purchases so the purchases can be credited toward this offer.  Once you spend $45, the Stringbeans will be automatically added to your library.

I hope you can stay cool today - maybe a movie in the afternoon?

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