Donna West - For the brave

Donna sent in this wonderfully patriotic card. I love the background she chose, the time worn painted flag. She stamped the image and using a limited color palette colored everything in. She found the perfect accessories to finish off the card – big stars, a few sprigs, the little bling of crystals and the red, white and blue twine.

I hope everyone in the United States has a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday!!

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
1160-S For the Brave (scene)

stephanie-land of the freeI’m a wee bit late, but Happy 4th of July weekend! I just love this card created by Stephanie. The demin jean background paired with the red stars is great! She kept her color palette minimal – mostly red, white and blue with a little splash of yellow. I love the addition of the cutout stars, brads, stitching and a bit of distress red in the background. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Thank you Stephanie for sharing your card.

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
1160-S For the Brave (scene)

kelly-youre-grand-old-flagDesign Team member Kelly Clark sent this wonderful project in. She found the perfect background paper with exploding fireworks. I love the addition of the banner flags, all those big stars and of course the perfect words. I think the little kids from Maple Lane never looked so grand.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1160-S For the Brave (scene)

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Hi everyone. I’ve been away for a bit, not that I don’t have anything to post, it’s just a little thing called “time”. :) For today I thought I’d post a series I did in my journal in time for the upcoming holiday – Independence Day. Sometimes changing things up a bit is a welcome, well, change. I’ve been doing cards and canvases but I got a journal from Canson called “mix media”. Sometimes I just make backgrounds and other days those actually turn into something. For the first time too I just opened the book and started, not on the first page, not in order, I just started – kind of freeing from that scary blank first page syndrome I get.

The four pages measure 7 x 10 inches each. I used paint, stencils, pencils, rub-ons, washi tape (I’m really loving this stuff – and I love making little banners, like on the last page), markers and pretty much anything that was interesting. Sometimes I find that when I create backgrounds I don’t leave enough white space, so in “to the prairies” and “home sweet home” I actually stamped the houses, cut them out and glued them back on the page.

Anyway, I hope you’re having a great summer. Here in California we’ve been having a heat wave and I’m not liking it. Thank goodness we have a fridge that has crushed ice – otherwise, my cranky pants would be gettin’ quite the workout! :)

For those in the United States I hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July.

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Page 1: 7068-P Lake Shoreline
Page 2: 6034-R Summer neighborhood (partial), 6035-I Summer fence
Page 3: 6025-O Light house, 5057-C Crustie crab
Page 4: 6018-P 31 Maple Lane (house)

amanda-brave-smGet out your paper hats and flags because the 4th of July is here! In the good ol’ U S of A that means we’re celebrating with family and friends over bar-b-ques, fireworks and fun.

Amanda sent this card in. I love her background layers – the star paper, the patterned pattern and in the middle the blue with the red and white string. She topped the whole thing off with a grouping of buttons. The whole thing is so bright and cheery!

Wishing you all a happy and safe 4th of July.

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wanda-forthebraveWanda sent in this great card featuring the kids of Maple Lane. As if it wasn’t festive enough with the red, white and blue color scheme – she threw in those great yellow stars with button centers. I also love the paper punch she chose, it makes it look like a decorated bandstand to me.wanda-forthebrave-detail2

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eat cake graphics stamps used:
6034-R Summer neighborhood

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kriss-BraveBook-smWhat a great project Kriss has sent in! Using the kids from Maple Lane she’s created a wonderful book. I just love the distressed stamp in the corner, her use of cork (something I’m certainly going to have to try) and all of the details – the flags, the brads – oh just everything!

You can click on the picture to get a closer look. Below are her very detailed instructions – thanks so very much Kriss!

  1. Paint two 5 ½” x 8 ½” chipboard with red acrylic paint. Two to three layers may be needed to completely cover chipboard. Once dry, gently brush on snow paint with Ranger’s Acrylic Paint Dabber to soften red.
  2. Using Watermark Resist ink, stamp flourish in upper right corner of front cover. Emboss with white embossing powder.
  3. Cut cork with Keyholes Mover and Shape die (a label shape). Attach to lower right of front cover.
  4. Stamp For the Brave with black ink on white cardstock. Color with watercolor pencils and blend. Trim to 3” x 5 ¼”.
  5. Cut light blue cardstock to 1 ½” x 5 ¼” and punch bottom with Effervescence border punch. Attach to bottom of stamped image, and mount both to 4” x 5 ½” black cardstock. Attach to front cover.
  6. Stamp saying of For the Brave with Watermark Resist on navy cardstock and emboss with white embossing powder. Cut strip close to top and bottom of saying, and attach to front cover with white brads.
  7. Mask For the Brave to allow cat only to be inked. Ink image with Jet Black ink, remove masks, and stamp on white cardstock. Color with watercolor pencils and blend. Cut into circle shape. Layer on top of navy circle and red scallop circle. Attach to cork label with Pop Dots.
  8. Stamp For the Brave with black ink on white cardstock again, this time for both the flags. Crease your cardstock back onto itself along the “stick” of the flag, and then cut out three sides of the flag; keeping the folded-section intact. Do this for both flags. Color with watercolor pencils and blend. Attach each flag to a decorative stick pin, by gluing the stick pin inside the folded flag. Insert flags into Pop Dots on back of scallop circle/cat.
  9. Attach silver sticky-back dots to cork label.
  10. Cut either white cardstock or notebook paper to 5 ½” x 8 ½” for the pages of your book. Place pages between covers and punch holes at the top with Bind-It-All. Bind book together with white owires.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1160-S For the Brave

Other supplies:
2- 5 ½” x 8 ½” Chipboard
Acrylic Paint, Lipstick Red, FolkArt
Acrylic Paint Dabber, Snow White, Ranger Industries
Archival™ Ink Stamp Pad – Jet Black, Ranger Industries
Watercolor Pencils, Prismacolor
Blender Pen, Marvy-Uchida
Watermark Resist, Ranger Industries
Embossing Powder, Seafoam White, Ranger Industries
Border Punch, Effervescence, Fiskars
White Brads, Making Memories
Cork, Unknown
Keyholes Mover and Shapers, Tim Holtz, Sizzix
Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilties, Spellbinders
Pop Dots, Ranger Industries
Stick Pins, Making Memories
Silver Sticky-Back Dots, Unknown
Corner Flourish Stamp, Close to My Heart
White, Red, Light Blue, Navy & Black Cardstock
White Cardstock or Notebook Paper
1” White O Wires, Zutter
Bind-It-All, Zutter

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kriss-4thOfJulySet-smOk, so it’s a little bit after the actual 4th of July but as Kriss so poignantly said when she wrote me, Patriotism is good to have all year!

Kriss created this wonderful matched set – an ever so cute card using part of the “For the Brave” stamp and an adorable necklace as well.

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She sent along great up-close photos, so please do click on any of the pictures to get a closer look. And below you’ll find detailed instructions so you can have fun making these too.

eat cake graphics stamps used:
1160-S For the Brave

Instructions: CARD

  1. Mask For the Brave stamp to allow for boy with flag to be inked. Ink image with Jet Black ink, remove masks, and stamp on white cardstock. Color with watercolor pencils and blend. Cut into oval shape. Layer on top of red oval and navy scallop oval.
  2. Cut light blue cardstock to 2” x 4 ½” and adhere to left side of 4 ¼” x 5 ½” white top-folded card.
  3. Cut 5 strips of red cardstock to ½” x 3 ½”. Run strips through embossing folder and adhere to card in flag pattern.
  4. Adhere scallop oval/stamped image to card.
  5. Stamp saying in lower right corner with black ink.

Other supplies:
Archival™ Ink Stamp Pad – Jet Black, Ranger Industries
Watercolor Pencils, Prismacolor
Blender Pen, Marvy-Uchida
Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilties, Spellbinders
Swiss Dots, Embossing Folder, Provo Craft
Cuttlebug Machine, Provo Craft
White, Red, Light Blue & Navy Cardstock
Happy 4th of July stamp, Purple Onion Designs

Instructions: NECKLACE

  1. Mask For the Brave stamp to allow for boy with flag to be inked. Ink image with Jet Black ink, remove masks, and stamp on white cardstock. Color with watercolor pencils and blend. Cut to 1” x 3” and sandwich between two 1” x 3” Memory Glass and insert into 1” x 3” Memory Frame.
  2. Stamp saying part of For the Brave and cut out “brave” and “free”; ink the edges with black ink, and glue to top of glass with Glossy Accents.
  3. Bead jewelry wire with red, white, and blue beads to create a beaded chain. Add a large jump ring to center of chain and attach Memory Frame. Add star charm with additional jump rings.

Other supplies:
Archival™ Ink Stamp Pad – Jet Black, Ranger Industries
Watercolor Pencils, Prismacolor
Blender Pen, Marvy-Uchida
1” x 3” Memory Frame, Ranger Industries
1” x 3” Memory Glass, Silver, Ranger Industries
Glossy Accents, Ranger Industries
White Cardstock
Jewelry Wire, Beadalon
Red, White, and Blue Beads; Star Charm; Toggle, and Jump Rings, Unknown

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