Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Monday, July 2, 2018

HIMCR #359 freestyle theme challenge

Happy Birthday, America! 1776-2018

...242 years of freedom!

card one (card two will be featured at the end of the blog)

HIMCR or Hiding In My Craft Room hosts a challenge blog with a weekly theme. #359 is for the 5th Saturday of the month, so this gets to be a 'freestyle' theme. In paper-crafting freestyle could showcase die cuts or stamping or stenciling or digital images or crafter's own mixed media  or paper folding techniques like iris folds. You can have any format in paper-crafting: bookmark, tag, ATC, journal page, scrapbook layout, greeting card, etc. And the occasion can be whatever you choose. Some of us on the design team chose a 4th of July set provided by this #359's prize sponsor, The Cutting Café. Use this link to direct you to the HIMCR blog post and to links for the sponsor:

This is the ID badge for this week's prize sponsor and DT images provider: The Cutting Café

Also it would be wonderful if you could comment on the post and also go to each DT member's post and give them feedback about how their creations have inspired you.

Sentiment "The LAND of the FREE" and "God Bless America" are provided by and available from The Cutting Café. I chose to outline them in blue and red and then used blue and red colored pencils to create a plaid type fill-in. God Bless America's outline was created by taking a small heart stencil and then partially tracing each one to form an enlarged tri-heart design. Love it!

Three different colors of baker's twine/cording were wrapped in 3 different bundles onto a large red paper clip to alter it a bit and by placing it at the top, I hope it mimics fireworks streaming in the sky. Calendar photo for the month of July was cropped and used as a picture focal. Other embellishments include a white heart shape doily, black photo corners, and a small heart cut from The Paper Studio dotted paper (Mint Berry paper pack).

Close-up view shows the red and blue plaid effect to bring more of those 2 colors to the front-fold easel card. This card is bursting with USA patriotism.

Card two featuring more elements from The Cutting Café 4th of July stamp set:

I had an old Tupperware kids stencil set that included a fireworks rocket shape so I've used it around the Independence Day sentiment and on blue denim paper to make 2 rockets. I've shaded red around the Fireworks sentiment and then outlined around the circle 'fireworks' image plus did the red and blue plaid type striping to fill in the center (3 items from The Cutting Café).

The gold arrow paper clip mimics the rocket shape and 3 light blue star shape brads add some more cute patriotic touches.  I heart this card creation too! And can you believe there are still more images that haven't been used?!?! I've got ideas for at least 2 more, but the DT deadline is close now, so any others I make will be featured only on my blog...Update: got 1 more card created =

Card three featuring 3 more elements from The Cutting Café 4th of July stamp set:

The two arrow images and flag come from The Cutting Café. The cake stamp and Happy Birthday stamp are from Stampin' Up. And the little star brads are from the Ki  Memories line.

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S


  1. Replies
    1. Desire': Thanks for the feedback! The stamp set (#2) had 2 full pages of images and sentiments, so it was fun and a bit challenging figuring out how to use them and I wanted to do so in a grand way.


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