My blog is called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of incorporating mistakes. With fumble fingers that drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly, it takes a lot of giggles, smiles and creative patience during my crafting process. xx

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Thursday, July 04, 2019

Moving Along With The Times - Stars and Stripes Theme

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to my American Friends,
and heartfelt love to all my international friends and followers!
Thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement.

GASP! Today's card has no glitter and no die cuts!

It's time to share a Project for the new Moving Along With The Times Challenge!

Challenge #101's theme is STARS AND STRIPES - for the next 2 weeks upload your creations featuring any stars and stripes theme! 

Today's card is a bit of mixed media, and a collage effect. Actually, I had prepared a few other items for the card, but my husband said he didn't understand the correlation, so I thought maybe others wouldn't either (smile).
(I had vintage elements of a dove, a time piece, and a butterfly).
It probably looks much better like this!

While the US has her flaws (since we are a flawed people), I am so grateful to live here, at this time, and in this place. I am grateful for all the lives over the centuries who made it possible for our country to exist, and for those folks with my DNA who endured so I could be here today.

Probably my biggest wish for everyone worldwide is that they could enjoy a blessed Freedom. A Freedom of both Daily Living and of Sacrificial Responsibility.

OK - on to my card! (those of you who know me, know I can be a little sappy) (giggle).

This vintage flag is the result of a Rubber Monger Rubber Stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Walnut Distress ink, Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Color Pencils, Prismacolor Pencils, and Gamsol. The background paper is pieced together from something found on Google, and the Statue of Liberty was found on Pinterest, did a little manipulation with my trusty iMac, and shaded with Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Color Pencils.

Fran-tage Bronzed Mica fragments were adhered on two borders, and the sentiment was stamped on vellum and heat set with an antique gold EP.

Thanks for stopping by today! Looking forward to seeing your projects using stars and stripes of ANY TYPE at Moving Along With The Times.

Products Used:

  • Image: Rubber Monger Flag rubber stamp, SNS Patriotic rubber stamp set, Digital Statue of Liberty.
  • Misc: Antique Gold EP, Bronze Fran-tage Mica fragments, Martha Stewart Starlight punch. 
  • Paper: Vellum, digitally made designer paper, Navy, White
  • Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, VF Clair Golden Meadow, Walnut Distress Ink, two types of colored pencils, and Gamsol

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. International Art and Soul #61 Stars and/or Stripes 7/7
  2. Always Fun Challenges #117  Patriotic 7/7
  3. Stinkin' Inkers Challenge (July) Stars and Stripes 8/7
  4. World Wide Open DT Challenge (June) AG DT 7/15
  5. Fab N Funky Challenges #447 "Stars and/or Stripes" 7/10
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesdays Challenge (July 3) "Stars and/or Stripes" 7/10
  7. The House That Stamps Built Challenge DCCJ319 Red White Blue 8/1

Stamping hugs,


Christine Harrop said...

Happy Independance Day. I really love this vintage image Donna. The embossing on the vellum looks great. We were in Massachusetts some years ago and spent some time with my pen friend and her family. We have been communicating since age 14 or 15 (more than 50 years ago ... lol!)and that was the first time we had met. What a wonderful experience - obviously meeting Karen and her family but also being there for the July 4th celebrations. Enjoy your day! Christine xx
PS Thanks for "following" me and I have done the same with you. xx

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

Hi Donna, happy Independence Day'

Fabulous design, you are so very talented my dear lady

I hope you and hubby enjoy this special day

June x

Lori Kobular said...

Awesome Patriotic card and perfect for the 4th of July! I love the image of Lady Liberty and the embossed Freedom! We are truly very lucky to have the freedoms that we do here in the USA! Happy 4th of July to you Donna!!

Jenny L said...

Hi Donna,
Happy 4th of July.
I love you card and it's super brilliant design.
You always go the extra mile with your creations.
Such a great idea of your and your words on your blog to go with it are superb and very thoughful.
Have a super day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Beebeebabs said...

Love your card and vintage image - Happy 4th!!!

Bunny said...

Happy 4th of July! I'm so glad that we get to celebrate our freedom. Thanks to the Lord and to the hard work and sacrifices of others.

One of my favorite quotes is:Freedom is the right to be wrong, not to do wrong. I think that was John Diffenbacher. I can't remember.

Your card is beautiful and I love the gold embossing. Beautiful [Bunny]

Wendy L said...

Wonderful card for Jenny's challenge, fab layout.
I echo all you have said about the world we live in, xxxx

Caz said...

Love your card Donna...Thank you for your lovely comment..Ive actually been following you awhile now :)...Love your cards..Need to find you on instagram now ..only been there for short time myself,..

Caz xx

crafty-stamper said...

Happy 4th of July Donna and fabulous card love the frantage mica and the stamped flag is brilliant so full of motion
Carol x

cuilliesocks said...

Super card Donna, and very patriotic, hope you've had a marvellous day, Kate x

Jackie T said...

Happy 4th of July Donna. Your card is fabulous. I love it. There is so much details. It is truly something special. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Leslie Miller said...

No glitter or die cuts? How shocking! But awesome nonetheless. In fact, it's WAY awesome! Very cool stamp and the extra bits you added make it a fantastic collage. Really love the embossed sentiment on vellum and the mica fragments. Happy 4th, Donna. Let peace and freedom ring!

KarinsArtScrap said...

very beautiful Donna
Gr Karin

Esther Asbury said...

WOW! What a gorgeous patriotic card! I love the vintage vibe! It's a joy to see your work appear in the Repeat Impressions gallery - thanks for linking to this week's "Red, White, and Blue" challenge!

Wendy Ann Batchen said...

Great card. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Wendy DT Member for

Mac Mable said...

Stunning card with a wonderful image and the frontage mica adds a fabulous layer of texture.....Hope you had a lovely 4th of July, independence day x

cotnob said...

A fabulous card Donna, perfect to celebrate Independence Day.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnobx

Sue said...

I'm late for the party......but WOW, this card is so very pretty and I love your message. Awesome card!!!!


Loose Stitches said...

Fabulous creation Donna, lovely design! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

Lin said...

What a beautiful piece of art, Donna! Love the gold glitz! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Monica C. said...

Lovely vintage look card, Donna.
Hugs Monica

Heather said...

Oh, wow!! This is stunning!! I love the vintage feel to it and the sparkle from the mica and gold embossing!! And I LOVE that flag image!!! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

Pia S said...

I think your hubby gave you good advice, this card looks perfect just as it is. It’s so pretty and patriotic. I also love th effect of the bronze mica. A card with a huge wow factor!

Donna said...

I don't know how I missed this beauty Donna! It is gorgeous, I like the vintage look and the mica! Glad you joined us at The House That Stamps Built or I might of missed out!