Sunday, June 28, 2009

Patriotic Birdies!

Is it just me or do we all feel a bit more patriotic as we get closer to July 4th? And I think that red white and blue together are lovely colors. 

I believe its a good idea when you can, to be deliberate in your stamping, by that I mean having a reason for everything you put in your card or creation. I chose the scalloped circle nestabilities and put the white ringed with red in that order because it reminds me of the bunting you see draped on country farmhouses on the porch railings. I chose the Martha Stewart flower punch because bright colorful flowers are part of summer, but they also slightly mimic fireworks, so I added the bright red microbeads to the blue and white flowers for centers. The red gingham reminds of of summer picnic cloths, the white vintage die cut in the corner, the gingerbread you find on older homes. The light blue panel that backs everything up on the kraft represents the blue sky you want to appear when you have a picnic. 

Even knowing I wanted to use this set in a patriotic card, I was still a bit puzzled for layout, but Clear Dollar Stamps is having a guest designer contest right now and they posted a layout that looked like fun to try, this is very loosely based on that layout. You can see the details for the contest and layout here. I liked the divide in the middle, so I could have my red checked background AND include blue! The corner of my card bent a little, it was a windy day and while I thought I'd utilize natural light to take my photo, it blew over! Thanks for looking.

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps Pretty Perches, Stampin' Up! Dad's Day (BG on blue panel)
Cardstock: SU Kraft, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, PTI Poppy, Neenah Solar white, red gingham check DP from Hobby Lobby
Ink: SU Green Galore, Glorious Green, Close to Cocoa, white craft, Pacific Point, PTI Poppy, Versamark dazzle pad
Other: Martha Stewart punch, red microbeads, white lacy sticker, Cuttlebug vintage die cut, Azure blue glitter, blue rivet, white button . . . I think that's all

16 comments:

Belinda said...

super cute!

Leah said...

Hi! Thank you so much for both the awards:) I appreciate it so much and so enjoy coming to see your beautiful creations. As for how to pass it along I could just copy and paste it to my blog? I am not always good at figuring those things out either;) Thanks again, made my day:)

Toni said...

oh my goodness...this card is fabulous...you are gonna laugh, we musta have twin minds. Last night while i was trying to sleep i thougth wouldn't it be nice to a red, white and blue themed card with daisies on it.
Your delibrate style of art is always inspiring to me.

Elizabeth said...

Great detail on the card. Yes - the flowers do remind me of fireworks too. TYFS

Michelle/Eliotstamps said...

This is darling, PS!

Stephanie said...

Peggysue - this is so lovely. From the gingham to the scallop circles, you did a wonderful job on this challenge. Good Luck!!

Karen Lynn said...

What a great card! Too bad you aren't able to enter it into the contest.

BethH said...

That is sooo cute, Peggysue! I love it! Great card!

Val said...

Very Cute and yes I always feel very patriotic the closer it gets to July 4th. Great job.

JazzyH said...

Love the red, white and blue!

Gina said...

Great job with the sketch, I love the flowers.

Holly said...

It's wonderful getting a glimpse into your thought process for creating! I think the card is perfect for celebrating the 4th!

BethieJ said...

Oh this is so CUTE! Love the red, white and blue!!!

IamDerby said...

This is so cute! And I really love the Life card you have on the blog hop post. Gorgeousness!!!

Mary said...

Love this!! Not a traditional firecracker card but great in red, white and blue!

Mara... said...

so so so pretty!!! I love the little birdhouse!!