Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Country Bloghop!



Hello, and welcome! Hej, og velkommen!
This week I am so excited to be part of the OWH/OSH bloghop. We are joining forces with our sister card making organization in Denmark to bring you all some really fun and inspirational patriotic cards! If you are just joining me, please stop by Stars & Stamps to begin at the start of the hop. If you have come here from Forsiden you are in the right place. Cecilie is my hop neighbor... I just love her work and the photos of her home. Makes me want to visit Denmark for a card making day. :) Now wouldn't that be fun?

Here is my red white and blue hop card and a sketch if you are playing along this week. You will find a whole ton of new, bonus sketches along the hop.


I used my Cricut (Art Philosophy - CTMH) to make the jagged circles and the firecracker. (Stand & Salute). Here is a tiny tutorial on that firecracker fuse.


I used gold embossing powder on a stamp from the American Celebration stamp set and heated it. I pierced a little hole in the top of the firecracker and threaded some baker's twine through the hole. I frayed the end of the twine a little and colored it with a black marker to make it look burned. I taped the twine to the back of the firecracker before adding the firecracker to the card with some foam squares... doesn't it look like you had better stand back? :)

I hope you are enjoying the blog hop! Don't forget to leave me a comment... one random winner will be chosen from each blog on the hop to receive a fun military themed stamp set from My Favorite Things.

**CANDY ALERT***
In addition to this fantastic prize, I will also be giving away a little blog candy to one random commenter... a smattering of some card making supplies by Close To My Heart... I've been playing with a line of their supplies with these adorable seaside patterns and stamps. The colors are really fun and I have lots of goodies to share. I'll throw in some twine and some paper and baubles and all kinds of fun things.


Now then, run along to Min Scrapside - home of my new friend Annette. Her cards have such beautiful detail! I have really enjoyed also looking at her cards and trying to decide what the sentiments translate to. I've decided that it doesn't matter - beautiful hand made cards give you warm fuzzies no matter what language they are in! I can't read the words, but the love shines through. How much fun is that?
Thank you for stopping by!
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101 comments:

Jen said...

Love your card, Nancy! Darkening the twine is a perfect touch.

Cecilie said...

What a cool card! So absolutely perfect for your upcoming celebration and for the bloghop!

Sandy Allnock said...

BOOM! This card is much nicer than the war heard outside my house for the last couple days - lol! Very cute and I love your idea to make the end of the twine darker - supah!

Happy 4th, Nancy!

Robin said...

love your firecracker! so bright, colorful and fun
thanks for sharing

Krebsen said...

I really like this card :-)

Greetings from Denmark

Gitte said...

Lovely card.
Grettings from Denmark.

lam said...

I `m very excited to be part of the blog hop. Your cards is very beautiful and elegant. Greetings from Denmark

AllisonG said...

What attention to detail to add a fuse and then darken the end of it! This is a fun card!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Your card is really cute. Thanks for a chance at some goodies too!

Nancy said...

Great card. Wonderful idea for a patriotic day celebration. TFS

Susan said...

Great card - I love the letters and twine.

Cheryl L. said...

Your firecracker card really POPS!! :) So many wonderful details! I love it!
I think the seaside collection is really pretty too! I'm partial to anything nautical/sea in supplies!
Have a great day and thanks for being a part of the hop!

Dorthe said...

You created a beautiful American card!
Greetings from another Dane :)

Kathy S said...

Thanks for the sktetch!

Dixie Cochran said...

A perfect card for this week! I look at that card and "hear" BOOM!! Love it!

Tina M. said...

Happy 4Th.of July :-) ..nice detail with the firecracker - clever you!..
Greetings from Denmark
/Tina M.

Aleena said...

I really like how you darkened the tip of the fuse! It really looks like it was burned!

Gitte said...

What a lovely card - you a very talented and I love the firecracker. Thanks for the sketch and have a happy 4th of July.

Paula S. said...

Such a fun card with the firecracker! This makes me want an electronic cutter more than ever now. Happy Independence Day Nancy!

jfkthemom said...

You have so many neat ideas for your cards - I will have to check in on your blog more often to see what's new! This firecracker is so cute! Too bad fireworks have been cancelled in our community due to drought conditions - we need rain in Wisconsin!!

Joanie said...

What a cute card!

Misty said...

I as SO coming back to case this and get tut on how to! LOL Great card as usual.
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
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ingejc said...

Fantastic card and a fun bloghop

Samantha said...

Love your card and the cute firecracker! The twine is perfect!

Annette said...

Such a beautiful card and a little fun too.
Thanks for your sweet words about me. I put a google translate in my sidebar ... just for visitors from USA...

I look back to you one day ... now I just jump ahead

Jill said...

What a beautiful card. I love the firecracker! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

calmlund said...

Funny card.
Greeting from Camilla, Denmark.

TK said...

Such a great card. I love that you colored the twine with a marker. It DOES look like it's burning! What a great design. I just love everything about it. Thanks for sharing.

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Linda said...

Great card! Particularly those letters...where are they from? I should buy that cartridge...I have never seen anything but awesomesess from it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful colorful card. Good way to use twine. Thanks you, Mary L Schreiber

Carol J said...

Fun card, you did a great job

Sharon Jones said...

Hey, Nancy...adorable firecracker! It sure looks realistic!!

Karina Beck said...

Gorgeous card.TFS!
Gr. Karina
Denmark.

Velda said...

Very appropriate. Love how you made the wick look real.

Charlie said...

Hi - like your subtitle - and may I add "and somebody steps on that eyelet - did that once and GEE it hurts" =0). Lovely firecracker card and Ilove the details you added. Great fun this bloghop and getting to visit all our new American friends - thanks for sharing your work. Hugs Charlie, OSH Denmark

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

love that use of the firecracker in the card - everything was put together for a wonderful card

thanks for supporting OWH

Barb Housner

Stinne said...

So cute card - apropriate for the occasion.
Greetings from Denmark Stinne

PS Thanks for a chance til win!

Becca Whitham said...

I like how you tucked the circle behind the bottom border and made the accent circle part of your image. Great use of this sketch. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lee Mae said...

Great card! That firecracker is fabulous, great use of twine for the fuse - I like how you colored it so it looks burned.

Donna Nuce said...

Cute firecracker. Too bad we won't see any here in Colorado this year. Love your card and great tutorial.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastik card yes hate to sound corney but ...it´s a cracker! and the idea to decorate the "USA" in your nations flag is genius, thaks for the sketch and inspiration, happy hopping, Best wishes from Vikki in Denmark

Diana Evensen said...

I agree - visiting our Danish sisters for a card-making party would be awesome! And you are certainly right - we don't have to be able to read the sentiment to enjoy a beautiful card.

I love your firecracker "flame" idea. Thanks!

Diana N. said...

Love your attention to details! Great card

Lucy said...

One of the MANY things I enjoy about all the bloggers in the hop is their attention to detail. Your firecracker is a perfect example, as is the decorated lettering. Thanks for participating in the international blog hop. What a fantastic idea.

Kim said...

wow, I love your card! I love the burnt tip of the firecracker, so cute! You are very talented. The details are amazing. Take care. :)

Mio said...

What a lovely card and the firecracker is so cute : )
Greetings from Denmark

Anonymous said...

great card. The firworks really come alive. Thanks for sharing charlsie

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card-- darkening the twine was brilliant! Love how it turned out!

Nancy M said...

Love your super cute card!! Thanks for sharing how to do that--I thought you really burned a wick!! Glad you hopped with us and thankful for all you do for OWH!!

karinkoedlund said...

Perfectly designed card - with a little bit of fun too. Big bang:) Beautiful colours - and gold.
Karin, Danmark

Yolanda said...

What a well done card! I love the fuse and the starburst embossed image. Terrific!

Anonymous said...

That's a really cute card! Pat K.

Ruby Craft said...

Great attention to detail! Very creative!

ShannonD said...

Love your work! Your card is wonderful!

Kathy said...

Great card! The firecracker is super! Thanks for sharing and taking part in this blog hop.

Desert Rose Stamper said...

Nancy -- what a fun card. I like how you made the firecracker one of the focal points -- along with the 'USA" The striped paper adds a special touch too. Thanks for your inspiration.

Sharon

Dolores A. said...

Wonderful patriotic card and great idea for the firecracker and the fuse. Thanks for sharing here.

Elsie in North Carolina said...

What a festive, patriotic card - it reminds me of the fireworks we enjoyed this weekend. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop!

Marlene Diefendorf said...

KA-BOOM!!! How cool is this... I'm hearing our local fireworks display while looking at your firecracker card. I'm serious! Your card is too cute for words and I love everything about it. I must use your baker's twine technique on some candles. What a clever idea to darken the end to make it look burnt. Thanks for sharing and Happy 4th!

Cheri said...

I absolutely love this card. It is beautiful. I really like how you made the "burned" part on the twine.
Cheri
DJ's Sundries
www.djssundries.blogspot.com

MizDenise said...

Great card, Nancy. I especially love the fishy paper cards in the second post - great work!

Marianne said...

This is a fun card. And fireworks are so much a part of July 4th here in the states.

Yvonne B. said...

I love your firecracker and the little row of stars on your card! Very fun and festive!

Margit said...

Hello Nancy. You made a real beutiful card - perfect for your upcoming celebration.
I am very excited to be part of the blog hop.
Greetings from Denmark

Heather C said...

Great card! Love how you made the firecracker so realistic!

Dorte said...

Hey, I know those letters. Bought them last year when I was in Florida on vacation. Greetings from Denmark

Theresa said...

what a great idea for the firecracker! the fuse detail makes the card! Thank you for sharing your great idea!

Carol L said...

What a firecracker of a card you've created! I just LOVE those gradient letters done in stars & stripes! The whole card is fantastic, and perfect for our upcoming July 4th festivities!

lindagrady said...

The USA images really make the card pop; very nicely done. Thanks for participating in this hop.

Mette said...

Beautiful card ;-)
Greetings from Denmark

sandybear76 said...

I love the card! I thought you had burned the end of the twine it looks so real!! Time to get my Cricut out to play.

Mulle said...

Lovely card ;-)
what a wonderfull way to honour your country ;-)

Maureen (Moe) Buck said...

WOW! Your attention to the small details (the fuse) is fabulous.
I almost bought that CTMH Cricut cartridge last week, and seeing your card, I'm kicking myself... LOL

Thanks so much for sharing!

Ann said...

Nancy, what a great patriotic card!! I LOVE how you did the firecracker!

BobbisTreasure said...

The embossing add the perfect touch! Very nice card.
BobbisTreasure at aol dot com

Sue D said...

Great card and firecracker tutorial--looks cool! thanks for the chance at blog candy too.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Valerie said...

this is a fabulous card! I like the letters, the twine the star punchouts, the firecracker! mighty fine job!

Maggie said...

Great job on your card, you have so many wonderful details. The letters are awesome.

Mary L said...

This card is so well put together..I love the effect created by the baker's twine and the whole card just says Happy Birthday USA..Awesome:)

Ms. Craftin-ista said...

I absolutely love your card. I love the fire cracker! I don't own those cricut cartridges, but after seeing what can be done with them, I am thinking I NEED these cartridges. The details of your card, such as the "burnt" twine makes the card pop! Thanks for sharing!

Rufus said...

Don't own a Cricut, but I think I can "fudge" it to CASE this card. Really, really like your firecracker! Thanks for the idea and how you did the fuse. Love your blog background!
R/

mette v hvistendal said...

this card is beautyfull
hugs mette,denmark

Marsha said...

Very cute cards. Love the use of the twine.

Stine66 said...

Great idea with the "cracker"

Annette Vesth said...

Beautiful card. Greetings from Annette, Denmark

Kaylee Snyder said...

Great card, Nancy! My favorite part is how you used the lit firecracker in place of the second circle on the sketch. It's a great card-very patriotic.

Kaylee Snyder said...

Jan, I just love your cards; they are so clean and simple and super cute. Your coloring skills astound me. Nice work!

Susan Marie said...

I have had my eye in that CTMH Cricut cartridge, now I want it even more! Great card, thanks Nancy!

Leslie said...

Ooooooh! Aaaaaaaaah! Fireworks are the best and I love your card. Agree that darkening the twine is so clever but I love all the detail you put into this...thanks for sharing your talent.

Hushgirl said...

That firecracker is too cool! And your letters look great too! It's very generous of you to add the chance for us to win blog candy also.

SuzAnn said...

It does indeed look like you need to stand back from that firecracker! Here in Utah where everything is on fire, they're banning them this year. What amazing creativity you have and we're so lucky you share it with us!

EmeralDQueen said...

oooho BOOM!!!! Like your card Happy 4th of July :)

jennifer mitten said...

I love your card - that firecracker is adorable!

Ellen said...

What a great 4th of July card! I love hoe you made the firecracker.

Bettina Hobel said...

Wauv, just love how many details you have in this card.

Greetings from Denmark

10na said...

Happy 4. of July. Love all your cards and sketches, greetings from Denmark. Hugs 10na

lonol said...

Fun card, greetings from Denmark

Patricia H said...

This is a really cute take on the sketch! You've put a lot of fun little details into it - the "lit" fuse, the punched stars along the bottom with the white showing through, and the twine underneath the USA letters. Nice job!

Kathryn said...

Genius idea to use the glow of the firecracker as the small circle on the sketch! Love it!

JoAnn Ross said...

That is an amazingly clever card! That little circle drove me crazy; I threw away two attempts, but you just nailed it! And how clever of you to color the end of the twine black!