Tuesday, June 29, 2010

4th of July Treats

If you had a chance to read through my post from yesterday, you would know that I am a big fan of the 4th of July! I just love the vibrant colors, the stars, and of course the importance of what the holiday means for our country.

To celebrate, I made some 4th of July treats for family and friends. They were a lot of work to make, but it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot too. It was also my first time stitching, which was an interesting experience to say the least!

Here is the treat.

I handstitched around the edges with PTI red baker's twine, and left the top open to drop in some M&Ms. Below is a pic of the yummy mint M&Ms inside!

Thought I would show you some pics, as to how I made and assembled it. 

The thin white paper in the background is parchment paper, which I used as a buffer between the red paper and the cuttlebug plate. It served two purposes: to prevent the cut lines from showing up on the red paper and also to provide an inside liner for the treats. 

The star was diecut with the largest star nestabilties. Then it was stamped repeatedly with the Freedom sentiment. Then I ran the star at an angle through my Cuttlebug embossing folder and swiped the impression with Fresh Snow ink.

Here are the stamps I used. They were only $1 each! ;)

They are part of the 4th of July Old Glory collection from We R Memory Keepers. I really love that line of papers and coordinating stamps! 

Next, I did some paper piercing around the edge to provide a guide for the stitching.

Then I stitched with PTI poppy baker's twine to fasten the treat holder together.

I stamped the fireworks image, cut it out and then rolled it around my paper piercer to give it dimension. Then, I sponged on some Chamomile ink to soften it.

I also added score lines across the intersections of the angles to make the star dimensional. Here's a closeup. 

Finally, I tied a bow with PTI white silk ribbon and added the stamped elements (and of course the candy too!). 

That's all for today! Thanks for stopping by to take a peek. Hope you have a very sunny day!

All supplies are Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise listed.
STAMPS: We R Memory Keepers-Old Glory collection (Boom! and Freedom), USA-Studio G
INK: Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Fresh Snow, Tea Dye Duo (Chamomile)
PAPER: Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream
OTHER: Pure Poppy Baker's Twine, 1/4" white silk ribbon, Spellbinders nestabilities-stars, Cuttlebug embossing folder-chipped paint

Monday, June 28, 2010

Papertrey Pals 4th of July Challenge

For the most recent Papertrey Pal's challenge, Ingrid from the Papertrey Pals challenged us to use red, white and blue colors as well as stars in our projects. Such a perfect challenge with 4th of July coming up soon!

Here is the card I made for the challenge, Let Freedom Ring.

One of my favorite images to use in cardmaking are stars, so naturally I love making 4th of July cards! Not to mention, it is our country's most important holiday too.

The background stars and sentiment were stamped with PTI Let Freedom Ring. The main star image was stamped with PTI Text Boxed. I just received the set from an online seller, and this is my first time trying it out. It is so versatile and I can tell already that it will be used a lot!

Here's a close up.

I was very happy to find a blue button with stripes in it in my stash! And notice the white corrugated paper? I dug up my Fiskars corrugator tool to make the background texture. It's a fun way to add a little extra dimension. The poppy ink was kind of distressed a little to add interest.

Here's the card once more.

I had a lot of fun making this card and it's got me excited for the 4th, which is one of my favorite holidays. Do you have any plans yet for the 4th? We are still trying to work out the final plans, but my mom is going to see Lee Greenwood in concert. She's a huge fan. ;) Have a sunny day!

ETA: Thanks so much to the CARDS blog, for featuring this card in their 4th of July challenge!

All supplies are Papertrey Ink unless otherwise listed.
Stamps: Let Freedom Ring, Text Boxed
Ink: Pure Poppy, Versamark
Paper: White, Kraft 
Other: Red Poppy Baker's Twine, Enchanted Evening button, Stampendous clear EP, Clear rhinestones
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