July 4, 2009

365 Cards & Use It!

Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! It is unseasonably cool and misty for July in Omaha--not the best weather for outdoor festivities. We began our morning at the "parade" in Grandma's neighborhood with all the kids riding their bikes down the street. (I can't believe my 2 & 1/2 year old is riding a big boy bike!) I didn't get any pictures of my son on the fire truck this year because it had to leave right after the parade for an emergency call. Since I had the day off from work, I decided to spend nap time making a few cards and not feel guilty about "wasting" the afternoon. :)

For 365 Cards Day 126 - Show Your True Colors, I made this red, white and blue card:
It took me much longer than it should have, but sometimes I have a hard time making a nice, simple card! It's just textured navy cardstock and white linen cardstock that I embossed the bottom with the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder. The sentiment is computer generated, and the ribbon is a 10 cent bargain I bought at Michael's last year after the 4th of July.

I also made a card for my niece's birthday that combined 365 Cards Day 124 - Do-it-Yourself: Computer Generated and Use It! challenge no. 17.

For the Use It! challenge:
1. Use your newest papers. (DCWV Animal Crackers)
2. There has to be a name on the card. (I made a computer-generated sentiment with my niece's name.)
3. Use at least one button. (I didn't even realize this was part of the challenge until I sat down to type my post. Fortunately, I used a button!)
4. Use your sewing machine, if you have, or try to stitch, a tiny piece, by hand. (I love my sewing machine, and I do a lot of sewing on my cards.)

Thanks for looking!


  1. Both are fabulous! I love your patriotic card--I'm a sucker for Swiss Dots on white.

  2. what fabulous cards Steph! love your patriotic card, simply perfect, love it! and your birthday card is stunning!! love the clean lines and your beautiful stitching!
    thanks for playing along with this week's Use It! challenge!!

  3. such fabbie cards Steph! Love the swiss dots...and your use it challenge card is absolutely darling...love the fresh colors!

  4. Wow, both cards are fabulous. I really like the red, white and blue together. And thank you for making my Use it! challenge. Love your card and usin a name on the card is so very personal. Geat job!

  5. That cards are wonderful!

  6. love your Use It card, it is so bright and has such clean lines.