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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrate Freedom

Happy 4th of July!!!  While it's nice to have a day off in the middle of the work week, today is about more than just that and fun in the sun.  I wanted to make sure I remember that I live in a country where I am blessed with many freedoms and privileges.  We are not a country without problems and shortcomings, but I feel lucky to be able to celebrate Independence Day in the United States of America.  And today I have a card showcasing my patriotic pride!

I'm here to tell you about Tickled Pink Stamps' sponsorship of Fab 'n' Funky.  Appropriately enough their challenge is "Stars and Stripes" (#128).  I do have striped designer paper and a die cut star on my creation, but what I loved was this designer paper I found at Joann that had the words stars and stripes printed all across it!  It was perfect for this card!  

The TPS digi image I selected for my card is Party Pinkette Coraline.  She is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Art Markers.  I paper pieced her balloon with the striped paper as well as using it for the star.  The star and ribbon banner dies are both from Spellbinders.  That fabulous rhinestone flourish is a Michaels Recollections embellishment and it reminded me of fireworks so I added it to the card.  The sketch I followed is a fairly CAS one over at Sentimental Sundays.  It was a bonus part of the "Be Patriotic" (#109) challenge this week. 

 Be sure to stop by the Tickled Pink Stamps blog to see what the other {PINK} ladies have dreamed up for this challenge.  Not everyone is celebrating July 4th so it's fabulous to see their creative interpretations of the theme!

I will be attending a cook out at my parents' house with the small man today.  We didn't make it to see any fireworks displays this year (with the exception of the illegal ones someone in the neighborhood lights off at all hours of the night!) but we'll enjoy our holiday just the same.  It's probably for the best considering I'm the girl who managed to burn her finger on a fairly innocuous sparkler one year!  lol

Thanks for visiting and hope you have a spectacular day no matter what country's colors you hold dear!

I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
- Celebrate the Occasion: #69-4th of July 
- Die Cuttin' Divas: #72-Red, White, and Blue plus add a patriotic symbol (star)
- Party Time Tuesdays: #75-Be Patriotic and Show Your Country's Colors (USA=Red, White, and Blue)
- Incy Wincy Designs: Patriotism- Use only colors or items from your country (USA=Red, White, and Blue)
- Love To Create: #22-Stars and Stripes 
- Made Especially For You: Independence Day + bling
- My Craft Spot: #62-4th of July & Canada Day 
Paper Playtime: #78-Die Cuts with Red, White, and Blue as main colors
- Tammy's Scrappin Corner: #17-Celebrations/4th of July
- Creative Inspirations Paint: Inspired by Independence Day 
- Gingerloft Challenge: #43-Red, White, and Blue 
- 2 Sisters: #98-Red, White, and Blue with optional glitter/bling 
- Just Us Girls: #143-Wild Card-Use Stars and Sparkle 
- Bloggers: Celebrate the 4th
- Card Makin Mamas: #48-Color Challenge-Red, White, and Blue 
- Our Craft Lounge: #123-Let Freedom Ring 
- Pattie's Creations: #47-Color Theme-Red, White, and Blue
- Simply Create Too: #16-Country Where You Live
- Stampin with the Dragon: Red, White, and Blue
- Sweet 'n Sassy: #60-Stars and Stripes



Jasmine said...

Super cute, Regan. I like how you paper pieced the balloon. Hope you and the little guy have a fantastic fourth!

Kate said...

She is so CUTE!!!!. Hope you and Kayne have a great 4th of July.


Adrian said...

Cute! Thanks for playing @ CTO!

judit said...

Hi Regan, love your card! Super paper piecing and that image is fab! Love the DP, very funky!

Sheryl said...

Love this card which is so cleverly put together. Fab image and colouring.
Great to see you at INCY WINCY this week. Hope we see you again soon.
Hugs Sheryl xx

Vicky said...

What a gorgeous card, I love how you have interpreted our Stars & Stripes theme. Thank you for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week and good luck in the draw

hugs Vicky x x x

jessica said...

Happy 4th of July!!! This is beautiful and perfect for CI Paints Inspired by: Independence Day Challenge. Thanks so much for sharing and playing along with us this week! Hope you see you back next week for a brand new Inspired By Challenge!!
CI Paints~DT

Julie said...

I love yout coloring! I offer a ton of free digis at I hope you stop by to participate in the Operation Write Home Challenge.

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

Your patroitic card is so cute--I love it! Thanks for joining us for our Challenge #16 - "Country Where YOU Live".

Simply Create Too Design Team Member

Migdalia said...

Absolutely Adorable!!!Lovely Rhinestones!!Thank You for joining us at Die Cuttin'Divas.


Sharon said...

So very beautiful!!!! Love the image. And your coloring is fantastic! Love the bg paper. It is just perfect. The star and banner and that fabulous flourish all make for an awesome card!!! Thank you so very much for playing with us at Paper Playtime1!!! :)

Ginger said...

Adorable! Happy 4th of July!!!

Crafting Vicky said...

What a wonderful card. I really love all the combination from the wonderful paper to the cute image that you have colored beautifully! Happy 4th of July to you!

Thanks for joining us as Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Vicky

Jovan said...

Super cute card!

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Beautiful card. Great coloring and sketch interpretation. Good luck on all the challenges you entered this week. xx Rachelle SS DT

Creative Diva said...

Precious card. Love the bling. Thanks for joining us over at DCD.


Wendy L said...

Great card and lovely image. Thanks for joining us at Love to Create Challenge. Wendy DT. xxx

Sandra DeFalco said...

Thanks for playing in our 'Color Combo - Red, White, and Blue' Challenge #47, and for using a Digital OR Stamped image!
Sandi ♥
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Janis Lewis said...

Oh how sweet. Great image. Love the corner and the swirl rhinestones too.Thanks for playing with us at Paper Playtime! :) Janis P.S. I'd love you to play over at my other challenge blog, Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges, where there's a new challenge every Friday!

Kathy said...

How cute! Love that paper and the pieced balloon is fabulous. Such a cute card for the 4th!

GiGi said...

What a cute card! I love all the bling and metal corner! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

Ida said...

Very cute. Love all the bling and the great background paper.

Unknown said...

Really precious. I love the coloring and the flourish is perfect.

Thank you so much for taking the time to come enter in this week's Challenge.I Love your Creative Side, Best of Luck!
Hugs, Founder and Owner of Tammy Scrapin Corner, Tammy Ortiz

Eileen said...

I love all that bling! Fabulous card! Thanks for sharing with us at Made Especially For You!

Unknown said...

Pretty! Love the DP, the swirl of bling, and your coloring! ;o)

Lisa Somerville said...

How cute! Wonderful coloring, love the added flourish! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Stars and stripes? Check! Balloon? Check! Bling? Check! This is one fabulously patriotic card, and it's so fun, too.

THanks so much for playing with us at Creative Inspirations Paints!

Unknown said...

sweet card, thanks for sharing with us at MEFY!

Pat N. said...

Sweet card. Thanks for entering the Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge this week.--Pat N.

Maria - Artsy Oils said...

adorable image! Great job, love the bling! Thanks so much for playing along with JUGS this week.

Gerda said...

Very lovely card. Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

Anita said...

Very pretty patriotic card. Thank you for joining the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge this week.

Karen said...

Nicely done patriotic card and great take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us at Made Especially for You and sharing your card.

Amanda Phillips said...

So Sweet! Thank you for joining us over at love to create challenges.
~ Amanda LTCDT

happyscrapper said...

Regan this is a beautiful card. The flourish is the perfect touch for this sweet image. Thanks for joing us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner.

Pattie G said...

This is perfect for our current challenge at Pattie’s Creations. Thanks for joining us!
Pattie ♥

Unknown said...

Great card!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge Blog!!

Houses Built of Cards said...

So cute! LOVE the sparkle! So glad you joined us this week at My Craft Spot!!!

Rach83 said...

Wonderful card and love that sparkly flourish. Fantastic colouring and corner embellishment.

Hope you had a great 4th of July.

Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky Challenges. Be sure to check us out on Wednesday for our next one.

Rachel x

Lucianna Dilsaver said...

She is too cute, love the paper piercing with the wonderful coloring! Thanks for sharing with us this week @ CTO for our "4th of July" Challenge :)

Judith said...

Just love this Regan - the image is just fab and you've also made her funky - thanks for playing along with us hugs Judith x

Deanne Saunders said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Love to Create Challenge!

Jackie said...

Regan, this is fabulous! I love all the detail you added to your card and how wonderfully you colored in yourbimage! This is just so cute! Thabk you for joining us this week at the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge!

Jackie, Fab 'n' Funky Dt and Sassy Sister!

Robin's Creative Cottage said...

That image is adorable... Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot! :)