Friday, 28 June 2013

Red, White & Blue--Color My Heart #49

 Hello crafty friends! 
We have a long weekend coming up, here in Canada, as we celebrate Canada's birthday on July 1st. 146 years young...    And July 4th is just around the corner, too.

The color dare at Color My Heart this week is, appropriately, to use 
to create a project: patriotic, celebratory, or just whatever strikes your fancy.

I made a couple of cards: one for July 4th (in memory of many celebrations while living in the US) and one for July 1st. 

The firecracker card uses a retired CTMH stamp, Snap, Crackle and Pop. This is a fun one, as the body and "fillings" for the crackers are separate stamps. I added maple leaves (shout-out to the Great White North) to the cracker on the right, from the stamp set Vintage Canada.
The background is a Lil'Inker Design stitched rectangle mats die. The CELEBRATE banner uses a die from Simon Says Stamp, called Tilted Banner.
The explosives were stamped in Versamark ink, and heat-embossed with some sparkle powder I bought at Michaels, plus a little Glitz glitter gel in red.

This card uses my FAVORITE stamp from the retired Super Powers stamp set, the cityscape.  We have these fantastic gothic Parliament buildings in Ottawa, with the Peace Tower in the middle of the Central block, from which the flag always flies. You can join thousands of other proud Canadians on the evening of July 1st, right on the lawns in front of Parliament, to watch a fireworks and laser show. Only in Canada, eh?
Anyway, back to the cityscape.You can see another card using it HERE. The skyline already has shading built in, but adding a little more with grey alcohol markers is pretty effective. And I have news for you, if you're drooling over that stamp, saying "I wish it wasn't retired." Well, Close to My Heart will have a new stamp set, appropriately titled "Cityscape," available August 1st!  Woot! 
I stamped those bursting fireworks from the new patriotic stamp set:  Strong and Free and heat-embossed using both red and sparkle powder this time.  Then another of my fave techniques, sponging on colour, in this case PACIFICA, to create the night sky.

Alrighty, then. Jump on over to Color My Heart to see some more goodies with the RED,  WHITE  and BLUE theme. Get inky, and link your creation up by 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, July 4th! Can't wait to see your take on the color dare.
Happy celebrations, this week!

Happy Crafting,

CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock in White Daisy, Outdoor Denim, and Cranberry
Inks: Versamark, Black, Pacifica, Cranberry
Alcohol marker in Whisper grey
Glitz glitter gel in red
Stamp sets: D1575 Strong and Free
D1295 Vintage Canada
C1485 Super Powers
B1192 Snap Crackle Pop
D1459 Canadian Celebration

Other Supplies:
Embossing powder: Recollections Sparkle Embossing Powder in Opaque Bling; Tim Holtz Distress Powder in Fired Brick
Lil'Inker Designs: rectangle stitched mats die
Simon Says Stamp: tilted banner die
Signo Uniball white gel pen


  1. My favorite is the night sky bursting with fireworks over the city. Thanks for telling us which stamp sets you used. I didn't think they were CTMH. Very fun!!

  2. Caroline the second card is stunning! Happy Canada Day!

    xox, Muggie

  3. That second card with the superhero city is just fantastic! Love the fireworks and the sky, you really nailed it!

  4. FABulous cards Caroline - Happy Canada Day!!!
    Check out this post too (I think you won Jennifer's giveaway)

  5. Hi Caroline! I love your artistic approach for the patriotic-themed cards! They are beautiful! I must say that they look like post cards! And I miss seeing the firework in front of the parliament hills in Ottawa! Happy Canada Day! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the support!

  6. Oh My God!!!! I love the Canadian skyline fireworks show. It's perfectly gorgeous!!! You should be proud of these designs. They're both beautiful!

  7. Fantastic cards, Caroline! I especially like the skyline card and how wonderful your fireworks sky turned out. Thanks for the inspiration!
    :) Marie

  8. Happy Canada Day, Caroline! I LOVE the way you turned these colors into a Canadian skyline with fireworks! You're always so clever! I really like both your cards!


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