Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Stars and Stripes Hop with Just A Few Friends

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Just A Few Friends!  Wishing all of you a very festive and safe Fourth of July celebration!  Have you been enjoying the hop thus far?  We sure hope so!  We've been busy prowling around our dens and sniffing out crafting items for our creations. You should have come here from Suzie's den, but if you didn't, please start at Elsa's den, she's our den mama and will start this hop off with a bang!

Our challenge this month was to use stars and stripes on our project.  I decided to make a book card based on a tutorial from The Rubber Cafe Design Team.  I can't believe how easy it was to make!  I didn't want to add too many embellishments on this project- not sure why, but I just wanted to keep it simple.  Believe it or not, most of the paper I used were scraps.  I used my Copics to color a digital image I got from C.C. Designs back in 2010.  Her name is Kiki.  Here's the front of the card ...

I did add a little bling - my red, white and blue stick pin - a red heart, a mini white heart and a blue star.

My GF Jenny had given me a couple of jute twine flowers and also shared the tutorial with me.  You can find the tutorial here, from The Bug Bytes blog.  They are also super easy to make.  I thought about putting another flower or a flat-back pearl in the center, but I wanted to show how the flower center looked.

This is the inside of the card.  Like I said, I kept it pretty simple.  The red base was embossed with stars from a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and I also cut some of the same embossed stars out to stick on the corners of the book.  Another twine flower and a SU sentiment are layered on top of the base using pop dots.

Now it's time to pounce on over to Margaret's den to see what she has created for you!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Remember, celebrate responsibly and don't drink and drive.  Until next time, be safe and take care.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Welcome back everyone!  Today is the day we've all been working up to ... the official day of Sister Stamps Release #8!  Woohoo!  Hope you've all be enjoying this special blog hop and have gotten some great ideas from the talented ladies who shared their projects with us.  I know I sure have!

For my last project, I decided to use MARIKO.  Like I said before and like what the other ladies have said as well, Mariko can be used for so many different occasions.  I've used her here on a gift card holder.  Of course you could also use it to hold money, and there's also a matching mini card inside.

The paper I used is from the Bo Bunny Serenity Collection and the sakura die cuts are also from the same collection.  The HB laser cut and mini yellow sakura were from Jenny.

The video includes a look at how the holder opens and also shows what the mini card looks like.  I cut the card base and the panel inside the card using my Spellbinders dies.  I colored Mariko with my Copics and mounted her on the circle and scalloped circle die cuts, again from Spellbinders.

That's it for me gang!  Hope you liked my projects for this very special blog hop!  I had a lot of fun creating them and I do believe my mojo has returned.  Now, head on over to Cami's blog for the last of her fabulous creations!

Congratulations again to Denise and Jenny on Sister Stamps' first birthday!  Don't forget to go to the Sister Stamps blog and check their sidebar for the retailer nearest you to pick up these cuties!  I also wanted to say thanks for stopping by and leaving such wonderful comments!  I appreciate them and you!  I'll be back with more creations so until we meet again, take care.