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Welcome to the “FireCracker Designs Gets Patriotic” Blog Hop!!

This is a “circular blog hop” where the only beginning is wherever you start!! You will know you are at the end of your blog hop when you’ve come back to the blog you’ve started from! (It’s not a huge circle…so it should be easy to remember where you started.)

The winner will be chosen from a mystery blog hostess that we don’t even know who it will be until the hop is over…so that’s why you need to leave a comment on EVERY blog to qualify!


A special bonus!! The set used here, So Far Away, is 20% off during this hop! For my card, I did a variation of the “no wrinkle distressing” technique. I swiped ink pads (Ultramarine, Worn Lipstick & a little Fired Brick) across a craft sheet, spritzed w/ water then placed my white c/s face down and pressed. For best results, don’t swipe the colors too close to each other. After my background dried, I stamped the image w/ Indigo pigment ink and embossed w/ cobalt embossing powder.

I used a synthetic paintbrush to paint bleach on the image. Since I used non-waterproof dye inks for my background, the bleach removes the color wherever I paint it. I also dipped the brush in bleach and splattered it over the entire area. The result reminds me of firecrackers exploding all over the sky.

I used a craft knife to cut out the image and leave the balance of the background intact. The main image is attached to white c/s and cut out leaving a narrow border. I used foam tape to attach the image back onto the cut out area, covering it completely. Then another white layer was added and it was edged w/ a red marker.

The red semi circle was cut w/ a Nestie circle. The sentiment was embossed like the image and it’s attached under the image layers. One medium and a bunch of tiny stars were punched out of blue and red c/s and attached around the semi circle. I hope you enjoy it and to continue the circle, you will need to hop on over to Vicki’s Blog and keep going until you’ve come back to where you’ve started!

**To find out if you’ve won… you will be contacted by Pamela via e-mail (so be sure to leave it with your comment.) and you can also find out on Pamela’s blog when the blog hop ends on Wed, ……at 8:00 PM (EST).**

Thanks so much for playing along with us and we hope you have a great time!

stamps: FireCracker Designs by Pamela, So Far Away set
ink: Vivid Ultramarine, Ranger Distress inks in Worn Lipstick & Fired Brick, VersaColor Indigo pigment ink
paper: white, red, small scrap of blue
accessories: foam tape, craft sheet, mister bottle, bleach, synthetic paintbrush, red marker, star punches, Ranger Antiquities Cobalt embossing powder, Spellbinders circle Nestie set



What a great couple of challenges! For today’s Inspiration Challenge at SCS, I chose This book for the eagle and flag. I love American, patriotic images. I also wanted to try the fun hinge card from Monday’s Technique Lovers Challenge.

Actually, I started this card a couple of days ago, but I’ve been under the weather so didn’t get it finished. The images I used are a Sneak Peak of Memories of Patriotism images from Innovative Stamp Creations . These are due to be released on June 8 (what a great day, lol, it just happens to be my bday).

For the eagle bg, I did the wrinkle free distress tech with the red and blue dye inks. When it dried, I stamped the image w/ the indigo pigment ink and embossed w/ the cobalt ep. Then I painted in the image w/ bleach and also did a bleach splatter on the bg. Sort of reminds me of fireworks going off or the bombs bursting in air. It’s layered on vanilla that I punched the two corners w/ a star in a circle punch, then snipped a few of the connecting points and tucked the image under the stars. I stamped the star border w/ the russet ink on tan c/s and attached underneath. I didn’t do the extra layer like Lynn did, but instead, attached a c/s “stop” on the back of my image layers that would just barely tuck inside the upper punched border of the card front and “stop” it from sliding further down.

The rest of the card front is dp, punched top and bottom w/ an MS border punch and a vanilla strip also punched and layered offset. The greeting and more star borders are stamped underneath the hinged image.

Stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations
Paper: vanilla, tan, dp (Karen Foster)
Ink: Distress Inks in worn lipstick, fired brick, weathered wood; AP cobalt, Versacolor indigo pigment, Anita’s country blue & russet
Accessories: bleach, craft sheet,, Anitquites cobalt embossing powder, brad, circle star punch, MS border punch, star punch

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out ISC new releases on June 8!


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Happy Thursday, y’all! Are you ready for a sketch challenge? This is a really good one and it’s brought to you by Innovative Stamp Creations.  Before you get started, there are a couple of little rules, but the prize is worth it!

1. You must use stamps by Innovative Stamp Creations (ISC).
2. You need to upload a link to your card by Sunday, June 7, 2009 to the ISC Blog.


What prize will you be eligible to win? One ISC stamp sheet of your choice! And these are fabulous images.

I used the Flowers & Elements set from Innovative Stamp Creations.
The flower was stamped twice on kraft and colored w/ a white Prismacolor pencil. I cut apart the second one and layered and added individual petals to the base flower. Then I used the Nestie circle set to cut it out. On the white layer, I first embossed it w/ a piece of plastic canvas (to get the grid embossing) then cut it w/ the largest Nestie circle. I sponged on a little Soft Sand ink on the raised portions. I used the plastic canvas embossing on the black rectangle as well as the white rect. layer behind it.

On the kraft bg, I stamped the script w/ white pigment ink, pierced it all around and added faux stitching w/ a white gel pen. I stamped the flower words onto the twill tape and attached it w/ eyelets. It’s edged w/ a black marker.

Twistel was threaded and tied thru the buttons and they were attached w/ glue. A big button was also glued in the flower center.

Stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations Flowers & Elements
Paper: white, kraft, black
Ink: AP coal, white pigment, soft sand
Accessories: buttons, twistel (tightly rolled paper), foam tape, plastic canvas, twill tape, piercing tool, white gel pen & white Prismacolor pencil, Nestie circles set, eyelets, black marker

Thanks for stopping by!


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