July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July Birthday!!

Happy 4th of July to those here in the US!  A great day -- very thankful for those who gave us a reason to celebrate!  I hope you are off from work, and having fun today.  I had gotten these awesome stamps and cut files from Waltzingmouse Stamps a few weeks ago, and I just couldn't wait to make this card.  It's been in my head, and waiting for the right moment.  I was totally inspired by Anya's card.

Not only is today America's birthday, it's also the birthday of a long time friend of mine.  I've known her since I was 12, so it's been....eeerrrrr, uhhhh, mmmmm...well, it's been a long time ;).  Anyway, I always thought it was pretty cool that her birthday is on the 4th of July, I mean, fireworks for your birthday...like EVERY year?? lol.

Sooooooo - it's Amanda's birthday, and it's the 4th of July...so I should make a card for Amanda.  Here it is....

I think this may be the most favorite card I've ever made.  Not sure if it's the sense of pride I have of being from New York, the USA, or just that these cut files and fireworks stamps are just SO DARN COOL!

The fireworks images were stamped in gold or platinum inks, and embossed with either gold tinsel or hologram highlights embossing powder (I think the hologram one was retired by SU! - but I think you can still get gold tinsel in M's)  The background was airbrushed with my Copics...I LOVE the background.

Lady Liberty, and the city skyline are cut files that Claire has made available -- SO cool.  I used a sentiment from 1776, and then snagged the 'birthday' from one of my PTI sentiments.

So - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMANDA!  Hope it's the start of a great year!  (well, of course it will be, she's getting married in September!  YAAAAAYYYY!)  Happy 4th of July to all <3 p="">


Lisa Kind said...

Oh wow! This is so cool Tracey! I love the cut file (need it!) and the fireworks! I've been looking for some nice ones. Too late now cause I need it for Friday. We are going to a casual wedding and this would have been perfect! Anyway, love your card!

Sarah Bennett said...

Talk about a showstopper! I think this may be the most fabulous card you have ever made, Tracey! I absolutely love everything about it! Happy birthday to your friend Amanda, and Happy Fourth of July!!!

Tenia Nelson said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! Happy 4th!! :)

Pam W. said...

I can see why this is possibly your fave card. I love every detail - the background, the sparkly fireworks and I LOVE the cutouts. Perfection!!!

Niki Estes said...

Oh, Tracey, I absolutely love this!! That sunset and the fireworks with the silhouettes is just perfect!