Category Archives: 4th of July

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor

Stars and Stripes Forever Independence Day Decor with Authentique “Heroic”

Hello, Friends!  It’s officially summer and that means the 4th of July is right around the corner.  If you are hosting a cookout celebration, you might want to start thinking about a little Independence Day decor.  With that in mind, I dipped into the gorgeous new “Heroic” collection from Authentique papers and put together some fancy fold cards that can double as home decor.

Red, White and blue Through and Through Step Out Card

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

The great thing about fancy fold cards is that they are a a natural for home decor.  Because I wanted the option to use this card as home decor, I made the base to measure 7″ long x 5″ tall.  (You can find the YouTube video tutorial for this card base HERE.)

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Die cut stitched stars make me think of 4th of July fireworks and add a great sense of motion to this card.  I’ve used 12×12 Details stickers from the Heroic Collection to add extra detail.  The blue stars are cut from foil paper for a little extra shimmer.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

Wouldn’t this make a great table centerpiece on your Independence day table?

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

The vintage patriotic gal on this large panel on the right is not just another pretty face.

Red White and Blue Through and Through Step Out Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5If you untie the Navy Blue Stars Grosgrain ribbon, you’ll discover that it’s a gift card wallet.  This would make a great host or hostess gift for July 4th cookouts or a great birthday present for those lucky 4th of July babies.

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card

 

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This dynamic star studded step out card would also look great on a 4th of July table.  I used a Cheery Lynn die to cut the card base from kraft cardstock, then decorated it with an assortment of 12×12 and 6×6 Heroic papers.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

Red, white and blue Petaloo flowers anchor the left hand corner of the card along with a multi-layered patriotic star.  Double mat the ticket stickers to give them more presence on the card.

Stars and Stripes Center Step Card Heroic by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo  3

And, the card folds flat for storage, or for mailing.

I love to celebrate the 4th with our family.  We have a long standing tradition of enjoying a meal of chili dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw. The grand finale to the picnic is homemade brownies and ice cream.  Honestly, is there anything more fun than watching the sky come alive at night with brilliant fireworks?  I can hardly wait!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and tricks with you today that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Authentique Heroic 12×12 Collection Kit (contains the detail stickers)

Heroic 6×6 Paper Bundle

My Favorite Things Stitched Star Die

Cheery Lynn Step Card Die

Navy Stars on White Grosgrain Ribbon 

Red Sheer Iridescent Ribbon

Natural Burlap String

Petaloo Flowers

Cardstock: Kraft, Deep Red, Navy, Blue Foil

Scor-Tape, Buttons, Hot Glue, Scoring Tool, Craft Knife

 

 

Steampunk Alice Halloween Card with Halloween in Wonderland

Steampunk Alice Halloween Card for Frilly and Funky Vintage Halloween Challenge

Hello, Friends!  What happens when you combine Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland with a little steampunk vibe?  You  get a super fun  Steampunk Alice Card  which is just the ticket for the new challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Zoe is our hostess this round, and the theme is Vintage Halloween.  Here are Zoe’s guidelines for the challenge:

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get your witches hats on and create a project of your choice in a vintage style with a Halloween theme.

Steampunk Alice!

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How fun is this?  The size of this card is huge because I fussy cut the focal image from the 12×12 Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Standing 8.25″ tall, it has a cutaway front and is loaded with steampunk goodness.

steampunk-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2Petaloo flowers were dressed up with ribbon, paper shavings, chipboard tags and a Tim Holtz Plaquette.

steampunk-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3These wonderful Steampunk Gadgets are from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Aren’t they awesome?  I tapped them with Shaded Lilac and Shabby Shutters Distress Paint then added that fun spider web and skull charm, also from the shop.

steampunk-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Steampunk Alice is standing in the pumpkin patch along with the Cheshire Cat.  I used my spatter brush and some diluted white acrylic paint to add a little more texture to the composition.

steampunk-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5A Halloween sky was created by adding stenciled stars and a little mica spray. This added lots of depth to the image.

steampunk-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6Pockets of goodness line the inside of the card.  I mean, really, it’s Halloween so you have to have some treats, right?

steampunk-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7Ephemera cards, chocolate, and a tea bag are tucked into a pocket made from a journaling tag. Small photos can be added to the back of each card.

steampunk-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-for-frilly-and-funkie-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8Photo mounts fill the right hand pocket.  Each one contains opens to reveal room for 2 large photos inside, and one on the back.  Even though this is a card, it could easily serve as Halloween decor and a place to save photos from Halloween parties.

Come Play with Us!

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Create your own vintage Halloween treat and link it up over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog before midnight, November 1st.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Together We Stand Patriotic Card

Together We Stand Patriotic Card for RRR Summer Flowers Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Since it’s almost the 4th of July, I created this Together We Stand patriotic card using my new ribbon crush and Authentique’s Honor paper collection.

Together We Stand 4th of July Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 2I went on a treasure hunt in the RRR vaults looking for great summer ribbon choices.  Since I’d already ordered this paper, I was looking for the perfect play pal to go along with it.  Well, I think I found it in this gorgeous Navy Blue Silky Crush Ribbon.  It ties the most gorgeous bows!

Together We Stand 4th of July Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 1I topped this textured beauty with a jeweled Petaloo Flower that sparkles and shines like a 4th of July firework display.  To add to the fun, I created a little paper rosette with my die cutting machine.  ( “rose” ette..flower challenge…get it?)  Natural burlap string is looped up beneath the rosette and tied onto that glittery l’il clothespin that’s holding the together we stand sentiment strip.

God Bless America

Together We Stand 4th of July Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 3Ok…I have to talk just a little bit about these gorgeous kiddoes in the focal image.  Don’t they just make your heart happy?  I imagine they are singing a rousing chorus of God Bless America.  I used to love singing all the patriotic tunes while swinging on the back yard swingset.  I’m sure the whole neighborhood could hear my friends and me belting out one tune after another.  I actually used to know all the words to all the various Military Anthems, and boy, did we love to sing ’em!

Together We Stand 4th of July Card by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Product Authentique Honor Photo 4Here’s a peeky at the inside of my Together We Stand card. I created a pocket and then filled it with this stamped and stitched little tag.

I hope you will all play along in the summer flower challenge.  Fireworks look like flowers in the sky, right?  Wishing you all a very happy, safe and fun 4th of July!

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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