Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

I don't know why the 4th always sneaks up on me, but this year I have the excuse of being gone last week.  Couldn't find any left over cards from last year, but I did get a couple made before we left & mailed them from the coast.  
My sweet friend, Maria, gave me these adorable Doodlebug pinwheels.  I sponged white cardstock with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue & then added the dots using the same ink & SSS Falling Snow stencil, hoping for a confetti look. I stamped "happy" from SSS Sketch Ranunculus in Brilliance Rocket Red multiple times using my Mini MISTI & hand wrote "4th" with an extra fine Sharpie.  Really love the Tim Holtz star embossing folder & I added some sparkle with Stickles on one & Nuvo Glitter Drops on the other.  

I'm entering the first one in SSS Flickr #74, SSS Monday & SSS Wednesday.


Last night I finally finished a card for EH Pin-Sights Challenge. The inspiration is so beautiful--I'd totally have that cake & bouquet if I could go back in time!  I've been trying to design a card with EH Bold Blossoms die cut from gold cardstock with a pink & orange background--inspired by the cake.  Yesterday morning I watched Jennifer's video using the old acrylic block technique & decided that would be perfect.  
I used DI picked raspberry & ripe persimmon.  One thing I learned from the video was to leave the block in place for 5 minutes.  That gave me gorgeous, deep colors which I'll use for another card.  This piece was done by spritzing again without adding more ink, so it's a bit lighter.  The Hero Arts sentiment from Find Joy was stamped several times in HA Cup O' Joe using my Mini MISTI & I added tiny splatters of the brown. Tried something new--added a drop of gold Pico Embellisher to the gold PPP sequins.  This will be a birthday card for a blogging friend.  I'm also entering ABNH, DRU, Paru's CMC & SSS Wednesday.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
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27 comments:

  1. Happy 4th July Greta. Your two card are perfect for the occasions and loving the warm blend of inks on the third.

    B x

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  2. Happy 4th of July Greta! All your creations are awesome ... love the designs! Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Layers’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
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  3. your EH card is just gorgeous, Greta - and the 4th cards are perfect with the cute little pinwheels - love the star embossing - happy 4th!!

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  4. Love all the cards Greta. The pinwheel is just fabulous for 4th of July so festive for sure. YOur pin-sights card is fabulous--love that watercolor background. And I also loving your staged photos...I am far to impatient I try sometimes...but more often it is just get it shot.

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  5. Beautiful and fun as always, Happy 4th my friend!

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  6. Happy 4th, Greta! Just love your pinwheel cards and your EH card looks gorgeous!!

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  7. Such clean and crisp first set of cards and loving the pinwheels. The choice of colours with the gold on the last card looks fabulous x

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  8. Happy 4th of July, Greta, from across The Pond. Three super cards. I love the pinwheels on the first two and the colours on the third card are so beautiful. xx

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  9. Greta your cards are always amazing. I've seen Jennifers' video and you really mastered this technique! Your colour-block-card is a gem. I must admit dat DI Picked Raspberry is one of my faborites. I love that splash of bright pink!

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  10. You made fab cards with the fun pinwheels, Greta! So festive! And, I'm happy to have one displayed in my dining room, thank you! Your second card is very pretty with the orange and pink background! Awesome die cut flowers and gold sequins, too!

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  11. Wonderful cards! Such lovely designs!! Very pretty!

    Happy 4th of July!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

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  12. Wonderful trio of cards...your two 4th of July cards are fabulous with those sweet pinwheels and your last card is stunning, love the addition of gold!

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  13. fantastic set of cards, greta!! the 4th of july cards are so sweet and the one for the pin-sights challenge is absolutely amazing!!

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  14. The red, white and blue colours are perfect for the patriotic cards Greta. Love the embossed background on those. I looked at that video too about the watercolour background - yours turned out perfectly and the gold accent is lovely. Beautifully photographed too.

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  15. Happy Independence Day Greta!! I love your darling little pinwheels on the star embossed backgrounds. Cute cards. Your Pin-Sights card is lovely. Great job with the background!

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  16. What super 4th July cards these are! And so unusual! Love the stamped over sponging and those pinwheels. I too watched Jen's video and you rocked that technique Greta! What a gorgeous BG for your flowers and a fabulous card too!

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  17. Those little pinwheels are the cutest. Perfect for the 4th of July. I hope you had a bang up time. I watched JM's video too and want to try it. Your card is beautiful and I hope mine works as well. Waiting the 5 minutes is a good idea to let the ink really sink in. I love the flowers and I didn't know what gold pico was so I tried to look it up. I found Hotels in Pico, Lazio! Did finally find it at SSS.

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  18. Gorgeous 4th of July cards and wonderful floral one too. The background ink is so vivid. The 5 minute thing is a neat idea except I've usually over misted the block and made a big watery mess of things.

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  19. I just love that pinwheel against your EF background and the bright colors are perfect on your second design. Hugs, Autumn

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  20. Such fun and festive cards for the 4th, and I just love the orange and pink background on your third card too!

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  21. Gorgeous cards Greta. Your 4th of July cards are adorable and love your final card.

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  22. Love your color combination! It really stands out & your choice of dies was perfect! I'm so glad you could join our "Layers" challenge at Dies R Us!

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  23. Love the warmth of your birthday card - those roses are some of my favourites! Thanks for joining us at Paru's Cardmaking Challenge!

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  24. adorable cards Greta...those pinwheels are so cute...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

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  25. Aww very nice! I just created some panels after watching Jennifer's video too. I like the flowers & ink drops!

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  26. Cute card Greta, love the watercoloring and your scribbled flowers. Thanks for joining A Blog Named Hero.

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  27. Love your die cut flowers! Thanks for playing along with us at A Blog Named Hero for our floral challenge :)

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