July 4th - Happy Birthday America

Hey again, and thanks for visiting today on my 2nd post. I expect you're getting sick of the 4th of July cards, but heck, that's what I was working on, so that's what I have to share just at the moment. This will be a scheduled post, as I hope by the time it goes live, I will be sitting out in the front porch swing, with a cool glass of something nice, watching the start of the local fireworks. Usually we have a nice display to enjoy from our porch and don't have to fight traffic to go anywhere.

Here's the next up card:

- image is House Mouse, pretty old, as it was purchased when we still had a local stamp store. Stamped with Memento Tuxedo black, colored with copics, spica pens, a bit of WoS;  used a gold Koh-I-Noor pencil over the ends of the brushes (is that called the ferrule?) - then a yellow spica for shine, came back with clear WoS for _more_ shine.

- Lil Inker stitched die for the main image.

- Lil Inker Cover up die Stitches & Stripes on the red background. Did not use a lot of pressure with this die to get more of an embossed design rather than have it 'cut through'.

- Lil Inker stitched banner die traced & extended to fit the computer generated sentiment, so it's minus the stitching.

Edit: a sweet blogger just let me know that the House Mouse card was eligible over at the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Anything Goes #HMFMC173, so this card will be linked there.
Thanks Gail for letting me know about this challenge.

Here's one more 4th of July card:

This one has another  DeeDee's Stitchy Stars along with some patriotic themed papers from a BoBunny 6x6 pack - (NBUS from last year?). Gold Krylon on the star edges,  Glossy Accents on the heart trim, tiny button on the quilt square - popped it up on foam.

- Border edges from an MS border punch, with some red checked ribbon from stash.

- filigree shape at the bottom and under the star is a new Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson, Valencia from the Spanish Collection (CED1204)- Die #2. The shape is quite large; snipped it in half, put half over the red stripe at the bottom. Have been seeing a lot of the international bloggers using these gorgeous dies, but just now finding them available here in the USA. (That could just be where I'm looking!)

Ellen Hutson is having a 20% sale for the 4th of July - starting today, and has some of the Sue Wilson dies in stock (and some coming soon). Betcha can't guess what I ordered, can ya, can ya???! I was BADDDD!

Had to go back to check that this card was not previously shared.
- Image is Art Gone Wild, copic coloring. White gel pen on the stars, then WoS for shine. Edges sponged with DI Antique Linen, again lightly with Tea Dye.
- star shaped buttons from stash (ha! remembered I had these - then had to find them).
- Lil Inker stitched die banner traced and extended to fit the computer generated sentiment. Same DI colors to tone down the white.
- Red textured Bazzill card front - corners from a Sue Wilson Die, either Valencia or Cordoba.
Whew, I think that's the last of the 4th of July cards. Now I can start working on birthday cards, and give a thought to autumn and Halloween!
Thanks for your visit, and have a great evening. See ya soon. Blessings & Hugs.


  1. Oh Mary I do love your House Mouse card - that is gorgeous!! The other two are beautifully made too :-)

  2. Great July 4th cards, and I never get tired of seeing the red, white & blue! The House Mouse is one of my all-time favorite images, and I love the giant wonky star on the 2nd. The 3rd is fabulous with the stars and stripes! I hope you're having a fabulous July 4th!

  3. Wow Momma Mary you have been busy!! These are fabulous cards!! I love how patriotic they are and all the beautiful papers you have used on them as well as the stamps. You do make beautiful card Momma Mary! Hugs, Brenda

  4. WOW! You've been busy with 4th of July cards! I only made one this year!! Sigh!
    All of these are wonderful Mary. Love the mice on the first one of course!! The second one - fantastic with that big star. I've never heard of those dies before and will scoot over tomorrow and take a peek! Love the star shaped buttons on the third card and the waves in the flag!

  5. Gosh Mary...these are all beautiful.

    Patriotic...strong and true!

  6. These are fab Mary love the little mice :) super sweet ! Hope you had a great day celebrating!!

    Vic x

  7. Extra gorgeous card for your 4th July celebrations...and your mice...well I can just hear them singing ♪♪♪♪ these little
    The Journey is the Start

  8. Three lovely cards Mary. The House Mouse image is so cute, and the stitched star, gorgeous punched border and the Sue Wilson die on the second works just great, and the third with that quite arty interpretation of the flag is just perfect too. Enjoy your weekend. x

  9. Love your cards!! Love the Mice

  10. Mary, some terrific work here. Love all of these cards. Of course my heart melts with any House Mouse stamp but this one is a favorite of mine. Your second and third cards are just delightful and really remind us how important red, white and blue is. Enjoy your weekend.

  11. Wow! Love the flags and the mice singing a patriotic song! And that big, primitive star is awesome! Hope the fireworks were grand. We watched the Capitol 4th for our fireworks. We've so many trees around our house that we can't see much sky.

  12. Wow these are gorgeous. I've always love the stars & stripes designs and the beautiful colours of red, white & blue together. Take care, Shirley xx ps.. thx for your comments at my blog, Mr Blogger seems to be cooperating this morning :)

  13. Great 4th of July cards, Mary. My favorite is the little mice one! They are just adorable! How lucky to be able to sit on your porch to watch the fireworks. Hope you had a great one!

  14. Oh, wow....loving your patriotic cards, Mary. I didn't get one made but I love enjoying others. These are gorgeous.
    I just got an order Ellen two days ago and expecting another...maybe today. She has super fast service.I forgot something and had to make another order the next day. Ugh!

    Enjoy the weekend! I am heading to my little munchkins birthday party.

  15. The cards are great, busy girl, and I know I am a day late by happy 4th July to you and your family Love.

  16. Wonderful cards - love the designs.

  17. Wow you have been busy! Wonderful cards :) Happy 4th to you

  18. Wonderful, wonderful cards!
    Hope you had a Happy 4th!

  19. All three of your cards are so fabulous!! I love the designs!! That first image with the mice is so adorable!! Love them all!! I hope you had a wonderful 4th!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  20. WOnderful wonderful wonderful, that's ALL 3 cards.

    Hope your enjoying you rest and little drinky with all the noise of the fireworks :)

  21. I love the lickle mousies and Happy 4th July.

  22. Oh are just a patriotic card making machine! I love them all, so festive and charming.

  23. Mary, I'm back....I realize I should have emailed you, so don't publish this if you don't want to.
    You could link up your House Mouse card over at House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge if you're into that sort of thing!
    It's anything am going to play now!

  24. Love your 4th of July cards Mary....all are so pretty and unique...and nope not tired of seeing fact makes me wish I could of gotten some made myself....seems the 4th was here and gone, where does the time go anyway!!

  25. Hope you had a great 4th July
    Your cards are stunning love them all

    Patricia xx

  26. Fabulous 4th cards Mary! The House Mouse stamps always bring a BIG smile! Love all your red, white and blue!

  27. Wow Mary these are all brilliant I do love that top one they made me smile.
    lorraine x

  28. All fabulous card and hope you enjoyed the fireworks
    carol x

  29. Hi Mary - thanks for coming over to my blog - have not been here in a while - sorry - so busy with everything.... great cards - I LOVE the first one -its just too cute! I guess you have a light box now - makes a huge difference - perfect photography!

  30. What a lot of really great cards. Your House Mouse card is awesome and beautifully coloured. Thanks for joining in with the House Mouse & Friends Challenge. Best of luck. Lx

  31. Those mice are too stinkin cute. And the background is really cool. Those pp on the second card are fabulous. And I love the image on the last card. It is really cool. And I like how you added the star buttons. Great cards.

  32. Be still my heart with the gorgeous and patriotic cards. Love them all but especially the House-Mouse one that is colored to perfection. Thank you for playing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Good Luck to you and hope you can join us again this coming week for a brand new Mousey Challenge.

  33. Gorgeous patriotic mousey card stunning colouring & design lovely work..

    Thanks for sharing with us at House Mouse & Friends Mon. Chall.

    smiles Christine x


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