July 3, 2007

Red, White and Blueberry!


We have 50 guests arriving in a few hours for our annual July 4th party so I need to scoot along. We have rescheduled it three times now due to rain! It's a go for tonight, no rain in sight! Later this week, I'll post photos of some cute table topper decorations and our beautiful wild flowers!

For today's card, I used Karen Lockhart's Berry Pie Shoe as the focal point. Isn't it cute....and so perfect for summer time cards! I dearly love blueberries and would LOVE the chance to pick them fresh with my little berry picking basket in tow. Do you have fresh blueberries....okay then, I'll be right over!

The actual stamp image of the shoes is one single stamp. I used this FANTASTIC new masking tape called Eclipse Tape to mask one shoe, then I stamped the second shoe. This stuff is so much better than cutting out a mask on cardstock or a sticky note. It's super duper thin and has a lightly sticky backing that allows you to easily peel up your image and save for later uses. So when you stamp over your masked image, you do not get that halo effect because the thickness is not an issue. I highly recommend this tape and that you try some masking. You get wonderful 3-D effects to your images and it just makes your cards so much more interesting.

Images are colored with Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons and colored pencils. May Arts gingham ribbon stitched on with three back and forth *messy stitches*. Papertrey *for you* sentiment stamped on Martha Stewart scallop punched card stock. Blue gingham Memory Box patterned paper was cut on the diagonal and then machine stitched onto Memory Box Holly Berry card base. Memory Box Blueberry card stock for image mat. For the final finishing touch, I added some A Muse twinkle stars to the bottom right of the focal image. A perfect card for the entire month of July!!

Tips of the day: Masking a single image or a grouping of images creates visual interest on your projects. It gives a sense of depth which helps draw the eye to your images even more. You gotta try the Eclipse Tape, it's wonderful! And to add even more dimension to your cards, ruffle up the edges of your card stock after you machine stitch. You can even ink the edges with some chalk or ink for more interest.

Stamp, AMuse star sequins, solid and patterned card stock, Eclipse Tape all available at Ellen Hutson's online store. See link at right.

10 comments:

Dottie K said...

This is just darling. Love the colors and those pie shoes. Hope you're party goes and have a great time. Can;t wait to see the centerpeices. Thanks for the tip. Enjoy them!!!

Well Said Cards said...

This is such a cute card! I really enjoy Lockhardt stamps. Have a great Fourth of July.

You've been tagged!

Rose Ann said...

How cute...those shoes look good enough to eat...ha, ha! Love your card! Perfect for the occasion! Thanks for all the pointers and tips!

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

PJBstamper said...

I suppose you're having blueberry pie at you party, too? As if it's not enough to torture us with the card. But - and here goes my revenge - there's a U-pick blueberry place about 5 mins from my house and another about 15 mins. But more importantly, Remlinger's Farm is less then an hour away and they makes the best Bumbleberry Pie EVAH!! Bumbleberry = blueberry + blackberry + raspberry = YUMMY!!

chelemom said...

Wonderful card! HAppy 4th to you! Hope the rain stays away this time!

Beth said...

Very cute Mish - have fun at the party - Happy Belated to J!

My Little Hobby said...

Cute! What a crack up...who would have thought shoes and the Fourth of July would make such a fun duo. Nice stitching! I hope your soiree turns out well too. Happy Independence Day! --Kelly

Anna said...

I absolutely adore your cards and this one is so feminine. I hope you don't mind but I have tagged you. Please check out my blog for the instructions.

Shabbychick Junk said...

MISHIE! You brilliant girl! blueberry pie and the 4th! It doesn't get much better than that! Beautiful!

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