Sunday, July 4, 2021

Biggest Wish for PP548

Happy Sunday, friends!
Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, I am super-excited to be hosting our monthly Theme Challenge.
Since today is July 4th or Independence Day here in the United States, I thought it would be fun to have a “Stars and/or Stripes” theme this week. Keep in mind that your cards do not have to be patriotic or centered around the holiday (unless you want them to be). Any color combo and any occasion will do. Just focus on Stars and/or Stripes as the featured element on your card. Have fun! 

*I’ve listed all of the measurements and details for my card below and there is a full supply list at the very end of this post.
Color Combo:
I decided I wanted to incorporate both stars AND stripes to create a fun birthday card. I recently ordered the Biggest Wish stamp set and have been itching to ink it up. I just love the big, bold sentiments in this set. I think they look really cool layered together, too. I guess my card ended up being red, white and blue…just not in the “traditional” more patriotic combo. Poppy Parade and Bermuda Bay always remind me of summer when paired together. I have no idea why. I think this layout could be fun with SO many other color combos, too. Plus, it’s a great way to use up some of those scraps of cardstock that we all have hanging around in the craft room. 

The Stitched Stars Dies are one of my favorite sets! I didn’t have any silver paper that was current in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, so I decided to make my own by heat embossing a scrap of white cardstock with silver embossing powder. Once the embossing powder cooled, I cut out the stars. No foil paper, no problem! I also wanted to add a little baker’s twine for some texture, so I popped a little “faux bow” behind the star. 
Card Measurements and Details: 
  • Thick Basic White Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Poppy Parade Cardstock: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8" , emboss using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3-1/2” x 4-3/4”
  • Strips of Cardstock measuring 3-1/4” x 1/2”: Poppy Parade (3), Bermuda Bay (3), Basic White (3, emboss using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder)
  • Basic White Cardstock 3-3/4” x 1-1/4”, stamp sentiment in Poppy Parade and Bermuda Bay ink then punch a banner end on the left side of cardstock
  • Basic White Cardstock: scrap measuring about 2-3/4” x 2-3/4”, press the cardstock into the Versamark ink pad and cover with silver embossing powder. Heat emboss and die cut two stars from the Stitched Stars Dies. 
  • White Baker’s Twine and Rhinestone Basic Jewels
I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our  Theme Challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with using this fun “Stars and/or Stripes” Theme You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday July 9th, 2021

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team:  

Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!) 

Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

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  1. What a great way to combine stars and stripes into your fun birthday card Anne Marie - this would work in lots of colourways and by swapping out other Big Wishes sentiments too. A fun challenge this week!

  2. Fun card!!! love the stars AND stripes!

  3. I'm loving this color combination, Anne Marie! What a clever idea to create your own silver "foil". I love the neat texture is has. By switching out the colors, this is a perfect birthday card design for anyone! Thank you for the fun challenge. Have a wonderful week!

  4. These colors just make me happy! LOVE the sentiment banner as well as those amazing stars! GREAT challenge this week!

  5. First of all, I loved the challenge this week! As for your is so creative! Love the way you did the greeting and the added twine. Bermuda Bay paired with Poppy Parade is a great combo. Take care!

  6. This is heaps of fun, love the aqua and red!

  7. You had me at Poppy Parade! Such gorgeous colors, LOVE your design! The stripes and layered sentiments are fabulous together!

  8. Anne Marie, I love this card! This is my favorite color combo of all! I love the embossed stars and overlapped sentiment! Such a fun card!

  9. Anne Marie, your combination of colors and design is absolute perfection. I have to agree with had me at Poppy Parade!

  10. This is a knockout color combo! I love the textures stripe and could make a lot of these backgrounds with all my scraps!! Thanks for a great challenge this week! Hope you have fun plans for the weekend!

  11. That's a great color combination, but what I found most interesting is how you stamped the sentiment! I love the dual colors intertwined with each other! A fun and festive birthday card!

  12. Very pretty card. Love the color scheme, layout and the stars.


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Anne Marie