Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SOS #57 - Red, White & Blue or Stars & Stripes

It's time for another challenge over at the Shopping Our Stash blog. This week we ask you to use Red, White & Blue on your card; or Stars & Stripes; or surprise us and mix 'em up. Red, White & Blue and Stars & Stripes don't have to be only for patriotic holidays, you know, so put on your thinking caps!

Here's the card I made for this challenge:

I don't know about that raffia, but I like the rest of the card. I followed this sketch from My Favorite Things (aka: MFT):

AND I opened and used a ton of my MFT stash. I was determined to NOT make an Independence Day card -- I wanted to show that RW&B can be so much more versatile than that!

What, wait ... this can't possibly be all she has to say, right? Okay, let's have a show & tell. :D I documented how I did the button and raffia, so I thought I'd share that here.

First I put the button where I wanted it:

 and I punched through the holes with my paper piercer. Then I pushed the paper piercer through the holes to embiggen them.

This next part was the most difficult -- feeding the twine through the holes:

I ended up threading it through a big-eyed needle and pulling it through that way. Once that was done, I v-e-r-y patiently fed it through the holes of the button. Then I tucked in the bunch of raffia and pulled the twine tight so the button held the raffia in place, and I tied the knot. Done:

Okay, now it's YOUR turn. Go into your stash and find some Red, White & Blue stuff, or stars, or stripes, or a combination of any of the above. Then make a card and link us up over at Shopping Our Stash so we can see what you've made!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: MFT Big Greetings
Paper: Authentique Celebration collection, SU Naturals White
Ink: Memento Black
Other: MFT Die-namics Mix & Match Banner, MFT Die-namics Notched Tags stamp & die set, Divine Twine by Whisker Graphics, misc white button, misc raffia


  1. i was determined to use RWB w/o the patriotic part, as well, which is how i got the cupcake, lol! but i think you're quite right that it's a GREAT, bright, eyecatching palette that doesn't need any other reason to be used!

    btw, i think i mentioned that i ♥LOVE♥ this card, that is a great sketch and you have totally ROCKED it!!! ♥♥♥

  2. I like the raffia on here - and also that little banner! Precious!

    So glad you said how you did the raffia behind the button too.....I would have just had a mess trying to do that and this is so perfect!

    Great card.


  3. So cute. I love the banner with the stars!

  4. Cool way to add the raffia element. I have to tell you that when I first started scrolling down to see the card, the top half of the raffia and button look like a bunny head. Which you totally intended,right? :-)


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