Sweet Stampin' ~ Stars & Stripes

Our latest challenge at Sweet Stampin' is live and we're wanting to see your creations that have 'Stars & Stripes' on them! Yes, you can interpret that in the traditional way, and make a patriotic creation or you can choose an 'outside the box' choice like I did. I created this card for our neighbour's youngest son for his birthday. He happens to share my birthday, so every year, I create a special card for him and run it across the driveway in the morning. Our two families have become very close as we live so near each other. We literally can wave at each other from our kitchen windows!

It's been such a busy couple of weeks, filled with highs and lows. Last week was all about getting my baby boy through some minor surgery and he was such a trouper! This week I played catch up for all I missed while nursing my lil' lad. Yesterday was an incredibly busy day, starting with an extra breakfast guest as a baby brother was being born! It was a heartwarmingly joyful day! I then spent the morning with my baby sis and followed this with lunch with two of our oldest friends who live in the Wellington area where we used to live before moving to London. Strange coming back from London to a completely different city, but it's where the rest of my family lives and after 13 years in London, we wanted our kiddos to know their extended family, so Auckland it was. It's been so wonderful being home and around them all. It's been a bonus to have such a lovely family to live next door to also and they hail from Scotland and England, so you can imagine our joy having lived in the UK for so many years, to have lovely British neighbours!

I used a really cool My Mind's Eye paper pad from their Lost and Found 2 collection called Breeze. The vintage train is part of the page design and inspired me to pull out some fabulous Lili of the Valley stamps with an equally vintage feel to create this card. I opted to stamp them on little tags and add them over a fabulous embossing folder design with lots of uplifting words. I used an opaque vellum for this and I love the effect the embossing has on it. I must remember to do this again! It needed a darker layer behind so the words could be easily read, as the paper was too pale, so I cut some kraft card and trimmed it with a scalloped border for a bit of extra detail. Then wrapped the panel in heavy twine, and added a large rusty star from Live & Love Crafts (I'm still crying in my coffee that Sandy closed the store!)

How fab are these Lili of the Valley vintage stamps?! I just love them for this type of Vintage-feel creation. They're from an older grunge set of stamps, which I can no longer find in the store (oh no!) so I hope you snapped some up before they were gone! Remember you need to do some stamping on your creations to enter our challenges. We all so love seeing what you come up with, so I hope you'll come enter this challenge and show us your 'Stars & Stripes' creations. I'm off to make dinner and spend some time with my babbies. Catch ya'll again soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #357 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #484 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #158 ~ Lots of Layers
Crafty Catz Challenge: #377 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #26 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #61 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #344 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge: #129 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #278 ~ Dots and/or Stripes


What a fabulous textural card Wends, and wonderfully masculine!
Your life sounds very busy at the moment :-)
Dawn T said…
Great card.
A fabulous creations Wends, I love all the detail & it's perfect for those awkward guy cards!

Life has been eventful lately, hope things continue up & up & your little fella is well on the mend now xx
Christine L said…
Such a fab card for your neighbour's son Wends, I'm sure he loved it! Boys and trains are a match made in heaven.. Loving the vintage feel you've managed too, and your fab take on stars and stripes!

Hope your little man is on the mend.. and getting back to his normal self.

Big hugs
Christine x
Chris said…
Phew Wends, sometimes I feel exhausted reading about your busy life, there's always so much going on! Hope your little lad is well recovered after his surgery.
Love this fabulous masculine card, such a great design and an original take on the challenge. Especially love the embossed vellum overlaid with the little tags and the twine!
Wendy said…
Fabulous card Wends, love the textures and design.
Wendy xx
Karen said…
My sweet Wends, what a blessing to be so close to your neighbors.. that truly is a gift. I don't yet have that, but hope to after my next move. :) Endless joy will come from this amazing card! He will treasure it always. The stamps are fabulous, the train is amazing, and I SO love the embossed background. A brilliant choice and designed so well with the tidbits atop it. (I'm still crying over the loss of LLC, too! There's just nothing else like it.)

Thank you for the sweet inspiration, my lovely friend. Sending tons of sparkly love your way!

Hugs and blessings,
Cara said…
Fabulous card, love all the details. Sounds like it has been a hectic time, hope you have a good week x
Rene said…
This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,
Wishcraft said…
Lovely card Wends, love all your fab details. Hope your son is recovering well after his op. Hugs, Lisa x
Fikreta said…
great card!
marion said…
what a lovely fun masculine card, thank you for playing with us at LPOCF and good luck, hugs, Marion
Kleri said…
Hope your little one is recovering fine!
Very pretty card!Love the vintage details!Thank you for sharing with us this week at Crafty Gals Corner!Hope to see you again next week!
Kleri DT
http://kefartworx.co.uk/ (My blog)
Leanne said…
What a nice vintage feel to your card, great job love the twine and the star.Thanks for sharing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Leanne DT/4CC
I love all the texturing and the vintage look to this card! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner Challenges this week. Be sure to join us next week too!
Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges
Fantastic masculine card love the vintage feel and great embossing too, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x
Mandy said…
Fabulous masculine card Wendy! Great image and the embossing looks wonderful.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx
Such a fab card and nice work here.
Thank you so much for joining us at ColourCrazyChallenge.
Jane Savage said…
Great card! So much interest and detail!
Thank you for joining us at The Colour Crazy Challenge! Jane S (DT) xxx
Lovely creation. Thanks for joining our challenge at Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends. Hope to see you again soon. Good luck.
Lynn aka Lynnpenguin, LPOCF

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