As I mentioned on my June 30 post Kathy (clayton528 on CropChocolate.com) organized the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . . for those of use that were unable to attend Crop Chocolate’s retreat “Spring Fling”. Head over to Up in the Night with Kat to get all of the details and links to the other participating blogs.
As soon as I read the challenges and learned that we could combine three on one project I knew I would make a layout celebrating the Independence Day Holiday. The challenges I combined were from
- Engineering Memories: “My challenge for you today, since it is also almost July 4th, is to create a project using the American Flag as your inspiration. For example, use the colors (red, white and blue), use the 50 stars, use the 13 stripes, use a repeating patterned paper (or create your own with stamps), or any combination of these. The project can be a card, a layout, home decor, altered art, anything you want.”
- Nina’s Time Out: “I want to see you use a Pinwheel on your project! In order to win a prize FROM ME you need to leave me a link to your project (posted on your blog or online gallery or CropChocolate.com profile gallery) in the comments section by 9am (central time) July 5th! And you must also become a follower of my blog! I will draw a winner from those comments on July 6th, so please make sure you leave an email address to!”
- Thrifty Sisters: “Create a card,layout or project of your choice celebrating either Canada Day or Independence Day. For those outside either of these countries, do a project celebrating your own countries colours and your own special celebrations.”
Of course since we are all friends from CropChocolate.com we committed to using at least 50% of products purchased from them.
Despite having a vast paper library I did not have any cardstock that screamed “use me” so I decided to make my own. I started with some white cardstock from a grab bag and used CTMH Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pads in Moonstruck (Z2134) and Holiday Red (Z2127) and My Acrylix® Stamp Set Stitched Together (C1459) to decorate my paper. I used the right and “wrong” side of the stamp and stamped in first and second generation to create some variety on my white cardstock. This is how my cardstock ended up:
I was going to combine stuff by belle‘s challenge (“And now my challenge to you… …create a project of your choice; card, layout, home decor or altered item that has a handmade NON paper embellishment. This embellishment can be metal, fabric, ribbon, twine, wood, plastic, etc…just not paper.”) on this layout (actually I did, but I did not think on this project it has a big enough bang (maybe if I made more or make this one thicker) and I have another idea for that challenge) so I incorporated a pinwheel. Unfortunately the only double-sided cardstock I could put my hands on with coordinating colors was fairly plain. I decided to dress it up with the same inks and stamp set used to decorate the white cardstock. Here is a close up of my pinwheel (and the non-paper element):
And here is how my entire layout came together:
Items used on this project: Echo Park Paper Co. Little Boy Strawberry/Sky (LB8108; used for the die cuts and pinwheel) and Denim/Lizard (LB8017; used for the die cuts) cardstock. Viper adhesive from SnakeTape. Cricut Expression and Stand and Salute cartridge (God Bless America cut at 2 3/4 inches; 4th of July cut at 2 1/4 inches; speed low, pressure high, blade depth 4 used for all cuts). Hot Off The Press star brad and twine rescued from a bakery box.
I hope you like the layout I created for these challenges on the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop.
By the way, in case you were wondering, this is how I created the star using twine and Glossy Accents:
I used a scrap of cardboard, plastic wrap and push pins. I drew a star on the cardboard, laid down the plastic wrap and pushed in the pins (do not push into the cardboard all of the way). Wrap the twine around the pins using the pattern on the cardboard and use Glossy Accents to stiffen and hold the twine in the star shape.
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