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Hero :: Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! Do you have any plans? Food, Fireworks, and Fun are what the 4th of July is to me summed up in three words! I thought I'd share a 'star' card with you. I hope you enjoy yours. I am excited about returning home and eating some crabs. I am originally from Maryland and eating crabs is a must during summer months, especially on holidays. If I could find good some in the winter, I'd eat them then too. Yes, I am talking about the entire crab. I really do not like crab legs because I am so used to eating the entire crab. Most people who are not from the area do not have an appreciation for crabs. It does take a lot of time to get just a little bit of meat, but it's fun, tasty, and a social gathering food. I could eat crabs alone, but it's much more fun outside with newspaper on the table and family and friends digging in. There is definitely a technique to eating crabs and I have my own. I've been eating them since a child, so I prefer my hands. The tools slow me down! I may post a picture of it so you all can get an idea of what it's like! Look for that tomorrow. It may be a twitpic.

I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend! Thanks for taking time out of your day to take a peek here!

Card Instructions
  1. Trim kraft cardstock into an A2 card.
  2. Using a word processor, type sentiment and print.Trim dark chocolate cardstock and patterned paper into matted squares.
  3. Distress edges of patterned paper, add faux stitching, and adhere to dark chocolate cardstock.
  4. Adhere chipboard letters to patterned paper.
  5. Paper piece chipboard stars with cardstock. Stamp design on some stars, ink the edges, then adhere.
  6. Tie twine around cardstock and add buttons.
  7. Adhere cardstock to card front.
  8. Stamp stars on inside of card and add faux stitching.
:: My Goodies {Hero...That's what you are to me} ::
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - background basics (retro); Art Warehouse - journal; Verve Visual - seeing stars
Ink: Close to My Heart - cranberry; Stampin' Up! - chocolate chip; Quick Quotes - amaretto powder puff
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - kraft + dark chocolate + pure poppy + spring rain + ripe avocado
Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances - alma
Accessories: Martha Stewart - baker's twine; Heidi Swapp - chipboard stars; Stampin' Up! - real red marker; Basic Grey - milk chocolate chipboard letters; Craft Suppy - buttons; Tim Holtz - paper distresser
Card Size: 4.25" x


Winter said...

Great 4th of July card! I love the modern colors you used! Have a great day!

Ann said...

Great colors on this one! Happy 4th!

Savitri said...

Pretty!!! Happy 4th!!

Kristie said...

Super card! Enjoy your visit home.

travelingmama said...

Seriously awesome! Perfect for the holiday!

PaperTree Designs said...

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Anonymous said...

You are my hero with this one girl! Happy 4th!

Angie Tieman said...

This is fantastic!!

Paula Pascual said...

Lovely card! So perfect for any hero!

Maria L. said...

Awesome card, Ashley - it turned out great.

And even though I am not originally from MD, I love to dig into whole crabs too!! We have very close friends from MD that taught us LONG ago how to open and eat crabs. I've been out a few times over the years with friends and I'm usually the one showing them how to do it. ;)

So it is also great summer memory for me growing up and one that has made it's way into my own family now. We always make sure we come home with a bushel when we pass through in season.

Deanna said...

Oh I really like this one girl!

Anthonette said...

This card is AMAZING! How did I miss this one? The distressing and sewing is perfect.

Before I forget congrats on getting to the next round for the Idol contest!

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