Friday, July 5, 2013

the day after FIREWORKS...

It's the day after the Fourth of July and I decided to spend some time surfing blogs and looking for some fun challenges to keep me occupied.  I can't remember when I did a stamping challenge...It's been forever and I'm excited to say I completed one TODAY!!! WOO HOO for me...

I searched the long list of challenges and CASology challenge #51:  Fireworks and Simon Says Stamp:  Patriotic caught my eye.  Maybe it's because it not only challenged me to do CAS (you know me and my restraint issues LOL), but it also challenged me to think differently about the stamps I have in my stash and let me doodle away.  I don't have any fireworks stamps so I searched and searched and finally found something that was *almost..."fireworkey" hee hee.  Doodling the Washington Monument helped me incorporate the "Patriotic Symbol" into the mix...and I don't shy away from a doodle. :)
I pulled out a cheap-old set I've had for years from Cloud 9 Designs called Chocolate Chalet.  This set is full of flowers and pretty graphic ones at that, but I thought some of the images looked "fireworkey"...
I started off with the standard A2 sized Bazzill Yellow cardstock as the base.  I cut a large A2 sized piece of white cardstock to be the stamped section.  Pulling every bright color from my Memento Dew Drop collection, I began the task of shooting fireworks...In doing so, an idea popped into my mind...this is where CAS often gets tricky for me...ideas...ideas...oh I digress..

Since I live near Washington, D.C., I decided to doodle a Washington Monument.  I used Copic T1 to add a bit of shadow and brick detail.  I popped the image up onto the "fireworkey" panel and there it was...OOOOHHHH AHHHHH....

I fiddled around and concluded that I liked that bright yellow card base a lot and wanted it to show up more predominantly in the design so I trimmed the stamped panel and attached it to some teal cardstock then applied it to the card base.  Adding some ribbon and a bit of Stickles (Fireworks need sparkle 'eh?) I finished off the card...or so I thought.  

I trimmed it down a bit because I didn't like how the images were top-heavy on the card.  I added a sentiment and called it DONE!  

Stamps:  Cloud9 Designs Chocolate Chalet
Cardstock:  Bazzill Yellow, Teal, White 
Inks:  Memento Ladybug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Bahama Blue, Rose Bud, Pear Tart, London Fog, Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx
Ribbon:  Red from stash
Black Micron Pen 01
Crystal Stickles


  1. Good to see you stamping, Kerry! Love your card, and glad you got into a challenge! I haven't done so in quite a while - must do so! Thanks for sharing, your card is so adorable!

  2. Omg!!! This card is Amazing!! I love the zingy colors. And I think it coordinates with the colors challenge5
    Too, I will have to look! Love that you think outside the box!!

    Awemome!! I am glad you were inspired to join the FUN at CASology! Look forward to seeing you again!!

    And your comments on my blog are a smile all over my face!!

  3. Yes, these are the color challenge colors, and Simon says stamp is patriotic!! So WootWoot post away!!!!


  4. I meant the Color Q challenge!
    Have a great weekend!

  5. Love the feeling of the 'crowd' of fireworks - it's so unrestrained (I know you were trying to be restrained! lol!) and joyful! But still in a clean way - lots of clear space and all those bright colours makes me happy! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CASology this week!

  6. Gorgeous card, super fireworks, love them !

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week


    Jo x

  7. That is a cool stamp set...has everything you need for a perfect fireworks card! So glad you joined us at CASology this week! Your card is totally cheerful and fun!