Happy 4th! at Color My Heart Dare

We are celebrating Independence Day at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and are asking you to join us. For this challenge, we have an inspiration photo for you that is sure to bring out your patriotic spirit.  You don’t need to have a blog to participate, just a willingness to create something using the photo as inspiration and the ability to post it on the Color My Heart Color Dare blog.ColorDare350

This week, I wanted to try something new because I feel like I have fallen into a bit of a rut lately.  Whenever this happens, I organize my supplies and thumb through my idea books. I happened across a new technique I have not tried yet – random image stamping – and I decided to give it a try. This is the result. MissCarriesCreations-July4thGrillinCardSM.jpg

Let me warn you. This technique is neither for the impatient nor for woman who has been up until midnight for the past two weeks. It takes a little bit of prep and planning, but the result is well worth it.  I started the process by choosing small images from the Grillin’ & Chillin and the Share the Joy stamp sets and laid out my pattern onto a 5″ x 6″ Block.

This took a little bit of time and patience, but the pre-planning was well worth it when it came time to start stamping the images. As you can see, I did make a few changes once I started stamping, but this gave me a starting point. After stamping each of the images using Candy Apple, Carolina, Bluebird, and Sapphire Inks, I trimmed off a small strip to place at the base of the card.

I then used the Grillin’ & Chillin’ stamp set to create a checked border and added a little white lace below. It reminds me of the Mom & Pop BBQ Joints we go to.To create the sentiment, I heat embossed the Happy 4th image onto some vellum and “attempted” to stitch it to a layer of cardstock shapes using Silver Embellishing Thread. (Note to self: Vellum does not like being stitched.) 

So what do you think? Not bad for my first try at random image stamping. It does take a little longer to complete than the average card would, but the results are worth the effort.


I hope that this card has inspired to you share your creation on the Color My Heart Color Dare blog and give random image stamping a try. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, my friend, making memories with those you love.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!


The Joys of the Fourth of July

Okay, okay, so that was a really bad play on words, but I have been ::waiting:: to play with our newest Share the Joy Die set, and, with the holiday right around the corner, I wanted to inspire you to make something patriotic.  Isn’t this fun? It reminds me of fireworks, parades, picnics, and summer afternoons at the baseball field. MissCarriesCreations-FourthofJulyFlag-JoyDie.jpg

You would not believe how quickly this card came together. I simply cut out the Into the Wild Wood-grain paper using our Share the Joy Thin Cut, then layered it onto some Arrow patterned paper that I had splattered with Red Shimmer. To give it the look of a “flag, I added a few Red Candy Apple stripes along the center of the circles.

After stamping the Sapphire Stars onto the Grid paper, I laid it below the four corner circles.  Here is a tip: Use your die as a template for stamping. Simply lay it over the paper and attach with Post-It tape, then stamp your images through the holes. This serves not only as a place holder, but it protects your paper from unwanted ink marks.

Before I continue, can I just tell you how much I LOVE that Star Patterned paper. I have used it for so many projects recently and, as you can see here, it worked perfectly for the corner off the flag. I used our Share the Joy Thin Cut to partially cut this paper, then trimmed it to size. MissCarriesCreations-FourthofJulyFlagDetail-JoyDie

The rest of the card involved a heat embossed vellum banner using sentiments from the Birthday Joy and Fourth of July stamp sets, some Sapphire Crochet Thread, and a Wooden Star. Layer it all on some Sapphire cardstock, and you are ready to celebrate!

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If you haven’t taken the time to check out this amazing special, make sure to do so before it’s gone. Our Thin Cut dies sell out quickly and I would hate for you to miss out. Don’t forget to check out some of my favorite blogs below (Katy’s design is super-cute!) and see a few more ideas of how you can use this fun Share the Joy Bundle.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!