Americana Shine

Hi friends!  Happy Thursday!  It's the final day to get your entries in for our June Viva la Verve challenge and I realized I hadn't had a chance to use the June Week 3 sketch yet, so took a little crafty time for myself this morning.

I absolutely love making Americana cards.  I love the 4th of July and all things red, white and blue. I'm as American as...  cotton candy (because I don't really care for apple pie)!  LOL  So I pulled out my patriotic paper drawer and chose some papers from the BoBunny Liberty Collection to get started.  Shining Star is back in stock after a LONG hiatus and I have been really wanting to ink it up.

I started by stamping the trio of hanging stars on a stitched circle die cut, then coloring with Copic markers.  I matted this with a pinking circle die cut that I colored with copics to match the red.  The sentiment is stamped on a die cut from the Flag It Die Set and I cut the stars up top with the Starry Die, then colored with copics and a white gel pen.  I distressed most of the layers with antique linen, frayed burlap and vintage photo, then a paper distresser.  Then I finished off with linen twine and a trio of star rhinestones.

Here are all of my other June VLV cards.

June Week 1 using Get Together

June Week 2 using Get Together and Wonderful Marvelous

June Week 4 using The Buzz and Proverbs 16:24

June Week 4 Recap using Sparkly Dreams

I'm busy with prep for a 4th of July barbecue and just finishing up party favors for my parents' 50th anniversary celebration on the 5th.  Oh, and last minute errands to get everything ready for the boys to start Montessori school on Monday.  I've been waiting for the day I could send them off to regain a little of the me I lost when they were born and now that it's finally here I find myself terribly conflicted. I'm pretty much a big emotional roller coaster right now!

If you're in the mood for a sale, Verve's Red, White & Blue Sale is under way, with 20% off all stamps and dies (excluding new releases, which are 10% off) and 10% off sequins and ribbons! Definitely a great time to stock up!

Viva la Verve June Week 3

Enabler's List
Stamps: Shining Star (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Liberty Collection (Bo Bunny), cream (Neenah)
Ink: black archival, antique linen, frayed burlap, vintage photo distress (Ranger), copic markers, white gel pen
Accessories: Flag It Die SetStarry Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), stitched circles stax (MFT), pinking circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), linen thread, rhinestones, paper distresser


  1. I love your card! So vintage looking and yet it Reminds me of my favorite holiday of the year! The 4th of July!!

  2. Awesome card, enjoy all the celebrations :)

  3. very lovely ! your card make amazing in love =))


    juegos friv


  4. Love this! A HUGE congrats to your parents on 50 years!! Warms my heart in midst of a world that tosses marriage aside so easily these days. Hard transitioning to kids being in school and it can be quite emotional at first, but those precious "mommy time " hours soon take over wink, wink :)

  5. Julee you are a WONDERFUL MOM. Please remember if you take that little bit of "me" time while your boys are at school it will allow you to recharge yourself. Remember when the boys are off to school they will be enjoying their own "me" time making friends and learning new things. You all need a little of that "me" time. Enjoy your free time when it happens and then enjoy those boys when they are back with you. It is a win-win.
    I love your card! Thanks for sharing it and your other wonderful ones, too.
    Crafty hugs,

  6. Your cards are always wonderful, but wow--the Let it Shine card blows me away! Love it, Julee! Enjoy the 4th!

  7. Beautiful collection of cards Julee! I especially love the one with the old Americana theme! Hope you have a Happy 4th!

  8. Love coming by to see what you have been up to while I was away! LOVE your let it shine card!!! Sensational!!! Good luck with the bbq, the party and the boys going to school. That is a lot for a mommy to kind to yourself!!!


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