Happy Summer Everyone! With summer official and the weather being hot, it is a good time for me to spend the hours away inside my Craftroom! I hope you are having a great summer so far!
I have many wonderful summer memories. We moved almost one year ago and our last house had a pool. All our family and friends would come over to BBQ, swim, and celebrate holidays like Memorial Day & July 4th. Independence Day was huge for us and we would spend $300-$400 easily on fireworks (Safe and Sane) to light off on our block. My hubby is a huge pyromaniac and the kids loved it! Our new house is in the hills. We don't have a pool and fireworks are not allowed. We haven't had any BBQ's and I'm not sure what we will do to celebrate the 4th this year. Don't get me wrong, I do love my new house. There just isn't as much for guests to do here. I figured I would make some 4th of July cards to send out since I probably won't be seeing friends and family this holiday.
I decided to make a Firecracker shaped 4th of July card. I wasn't sure what size to make it because it is so long and skinny. I ended up making 3. This shaped card is from the Cricut Something to Celebrate cartridge. I love this cartridge. There are so many neat cuts and when I saw this one I knew it would make an adorable card.
I made the cuts at 6 inches, 7.75 inches, and 8 inches. The 7.75 inch card is perfect for a long narrow envelope that I have plenty of. The 8 inch fits a little tight because of the many layers.
I used Coordinations cardstock for all my layers. I ran the white layer through my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder to give it some texture. I double cut the stripes layer in both red and blue to give it an extra color. The face is from Peachy Keen's Everyday Character Assortment. I cut out extra layers to give the flame more colors and layers. I finished off with some red glitter at the center of the flame base.
The star sentiment bubble is from the Artiste cartridge and I cut 2 layers. I used my K. Andrews Designs Stamps for the sentiments. The striped firecracker base and the 3 layer flame is popped up with 1 layer of foam tape. The head layer is popped up from the striped layer, and finally I popped up the white layer of the sentiment.
I inked everything. I wanted to add some bling so I found some Red, White, and Blue rhinestones and added them to each sentiment. This little one will make a great tag on a gift or maybe a small card for my son.
I added a white layer and stamped the inside with another sentiment from the same set. I hope you liked my cards. They sure were fun to make!
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