Sunday, August 31, 2014

I Thank My Lucky Stars for You

This project is what I would term a "leftovers" card. I have a small pile of pieces left from different projects on my scrap desk, in addition to the rather larger pile of scraps of paper and cardstock also on my desk. Today I decided to pull out those little pieces and make something with them. This card is the result.

I based my design on one of Operation Write Home's bonus sketches. It basically has a sunburst design on the top portion, with a smaller (plain) bottom panel. The starting point of the sunburst in the sketch is offset to the left side, but the patterned paper I used dictated it had to be more centered.

The main piece I pulled out was the stars-&-stripes patterned paper scrap, from the We R Memory Keepers "Red White and Blue" 6x6" pad. I also found a large circle die cut that I'd made using a pattern from 7 Gypsies' "Postale" 6x6" paper pad. I cut that slightly smaller with a die from this set. After I die cut it, I inked around the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink.

I also had a piece of cardstock that I'd tried doing a blue ombre inking on, but that hadn't turned out too well as a whole. So I stamped my greeting, from this Hero Arts set, on that, white heat embossed it, and die cut it with a Spellbinders Standard Circles SM die. I layered that onto the scalloped circle piece.

For the bottom panel, I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 1.5x5.25": the measurements in the sketch. I cut out the chevron-style triangles using a die from a set by Momenta (sorry, but I don't know the name). I cut a piece of white cardstock to 2x5.25", and sprayed it a couple of times with Postbox Red Dylusions spray ink. When that dried, I layered the kraft piece over it.

I glued the patterned paper panel to the section of the white cardstock that extended past the top of the kraft piece. Then I glued my greeting piece in the middle. For the mat, I blended Faded Jeans Distress ink around the front of a white A2 card base. It looked a little too warm, so I went over it again with Broken China Distress ink. This gave it a more teal hue, to match the stars in the patterned paper better. Finally, I adhered the card front panel to the base. I will be using this as an AnyHero card for Operation Write Home, to write a thank you note to an overseas hero for his/her service & sacrifice.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Witch Kraft"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"


  1. This is a great scraps card, I made those often :)

  2. All this from scraps?! That's amazing! Beautiful patriotic card Andrea :)

  3. This is a fabulous card! And made from scraps...impressive. Thank you so much for playing along in the Anything Goes Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

  4. WOOHOO!! I just read over on the a2z Blog this morning that you were the very LUCKY winner of the BLOG HOP Prize!! That's fantastic!! Thanks so much for being such a great follower of a2z and for always entering our challenges! Have FUN shopping with your Gift Certificate too!!


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