Happy 4th of July with Pals Paper Arts

Happy Fourth of July! Just like Thanksgiving and Christmas, today is a time to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for – and we have a lot. Regardless of your political beliefs or your opinions of the events of the day, we have to know that we live in a wonderful country. She doesn’t always get it right, but she’s still learning. I love that!

To celebrate the 4th, The Pals Paper Arts team has issued a patriotic color challenge this week: Pacific Point, Real Red and Crumb Cake. Here’s my card:Daydream Medallions, Truly Grateful, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the Pals Paper Arts Challenge banner:PPA162 July 4

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Truly Grateful.  This sentiment is from Truly Grateful, a beautiful Thanksgiving set available in the Holiday Catalog.  Although this clearly is not a Thanksgiving card, I think the sentiment works nicely in this patriotic card.  I love its simplicity here.
  • Daydream Medallions.  I received Daydream Medallions some time ago, but I’ve not seen many samples with the set, and this is the first time I’ve used it.  Rather than build the layers with different colors of ink, I decided to alternate the colors of paper and maintain a consistent color for the stamped image.  I chose White Embossing Powder and was very happy with this decision.  Here’s a closeup of the center of the card:Daydream Medallions, Truly Grateful, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Stop!  No more!  After the background layers were created and the medallion was assembled, I really wanted to add something more on the background – an embossing folder, a lightly stamped image.  I tried different things but ultimately decided to let the Crumb Cake cardstock speak for itself.  Sometimes I have to remember that clean and classy might be my best option.  It was Coco Chanel who said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”  I live this every day, Ms. Chanel.  🙂 

Stamp Sets:  Daydream Medallions, Truly Grateful  Inks:  none  Papers:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Crumb Cake  Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Floral Frames Collection Framelits, Candy Dots (neutrals), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Check out the other cards for this color challenge at The Pals Paper Arts.

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Summertime Card Swap.  The cards have been pouring in – my mailbox was filled yesterday.  Yipee!  I can’t wait to tear into all of these packages, and I can’t wait to share these beauties with the rest of you.  If you haven’t sent your card yet, you might be a little late – I will be mailing them back out on Monday and will start sharing them toward the end of next week.

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  1. Beautiful card! Happy July 4th!

  2. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Have a great 4th Brian! I am almost 🙂 speechless with your take on this challenge!! I am also happy with your decisions regarding this card; the simplicity speaks for itself and the color combo embossed with white really stands out!! Have a safe, fun & fabulous 4th!! God Bless America!!

  3. Maria Rodriguez

    Thank you for this beautiful card Brian and a Happy and Fabulous 4th. of July to all of your wonderful readers. HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA!!!!!

  4. I like your card . I like Daydream Medallions a lot . I have just begun to use mine and I keep thinking of all the great cards I can make using this set with the Floral Framelets . But, I hadn`t thought about using white embossing ! It`s that cat !!! Bandit is your muse …. for sure !

    Happy 4th of July to all !

  5. Interesting Coco would say such a thing, I loved her style! Happy Fourth to you all! <3

  6. I’ve been seeing a lot of Fourth of July cards, lately – but this one …a show stopper for sure! I am with you – don’t know why this set has not gotten the “press” it deserves – your post may change that – LOVE this card!

  7. Oh, you are so right with this card, I think! Those medallions speak for themselves! And, nothing else was needed for this card for they are so beautiful! Well done…LOVE this card! Happy 4th!

  8. Using the white embossing powder is a stunner. I can imagine looking up into the night sky and seeing this explode like beautiful fireworks. Listening to everybody.. oohhhhh and awwwwwwww! Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday.

    • Forgot to mention…..Kudos Brian for keeping your hands tied and listening to Coco. It is difficult not to want to fill in the blanks.

  9. Love the white embossing. Great choice!

  10. Beautiful card, Brian. Reminds me of a picnic! I bought some red/white napkins recently that are similar to this look. If only it weren’t so wet today we might have had A picnic. The sentiment goes so well for the occasion too! Great job!

  11. Wonderful card, Brian! Love that you kept it CAS! Coco whispers loudly sometimes and would be proud of you for heeding her advice! Happy 4th!

  12. Happy 4th Brian, super card.

  13. Brian you always have a stunning example of stamp sets I covet. I had hesitated buying (but its on its way to me right now) this set because I was concerned that I would limit myself to my usual elegant embossed style and since I have so many sets that fit that style I was afraid to type cast myself. Today you showed me that by choosing different and bold colors I can change the entire look of the stamp set. Thanks!!!!!

  14. Happy 4th Brian! Love, love, love your card!

  15. Happy 4th of July, Brian! Yes, we ARE the free BECAUSE of the brave! I have a dear friend in Afghanistan fighting for us as we speak! God Bless America!
    And your card, Brian is fantabulous! Love how the white EP stands out! Perfection!

  16. Georgina Haynes

    RED, White and Blue never go out of style! thank you for a simple fantastic card.and I have this set and I am going to enjoy it!

  17. I never would’ve thought of using patriotic colors with Daydream Medallions! Thanks for letting me see outside the box! Happy 4th!!!

  18. I haven’t seen the medallions used much either. Thanks for giving a great card to CASE!

  19. I love this card! Happy Fourth of July!

  20. lovely! 🙂

  21. I love your card Brian! Wonderful take on the challenge. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  22. Great card, Brian! I love how you used the colors and that layered medallion is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at Pals Paper Arts this week!

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