So Many Reasons to Celebrate!


Simply Stars and Express Yourself

I have so much to celebrate today.  The first and more obvious reason is that it’s Independence Day, and the not-so-obvious is that my husband and I are celebrating 16 wonderful years together.  Yay! 

I got lucky with the Pals Paper Arts color challenge for this week, because the colors, Pacific Point, Real Red and Crumb Cake were perfect for creating a 4th of July themed anniversary card!  I hope you’ll visit the challenge blog to see what the Desgin Team has created to inspire you!  Then show us what you made with these fun and festive summer colors!

Pals Paper Arts #162

A few tips on todays card:

  • Create colorful and textured stripes by inking the Stripes Embossing Folder.  This works best with embossing folders that do not have large open areas.
  • Add coordinating color to wood buttons with small circle punches.


  • “Tie” the buttons and the star (from the Simply Stars Stamp Set) together by wrapping Linen Thread around the panel several times.
  • Add celebration “sparkles with Rhinestone Basic Jewels (this is the only time I get away with adding rhinestones to cards that I make for my husband!)

Express Yourself

Voila!  A fun, festive and easy card for any celebration!  Just add the sentiment for your particular occasion from the Express Yourself Hostess Set.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful celebration today!

Simply Stars Express YourselfSUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets: Simply Stars and Express Yourself (Hostess);  Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Pacific Point and Real Red;  Ink: Real Red and VersaMark;  Tools and Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, 3/8″ and 1/2″ Circle Dies, Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Brayer, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Glue Dots. 



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  1. Nina Dee

    Fabulous card Cindy! The wood buttons and rhinestone jewels are an unexpected combination, but are perfect together! I’m loving this!

  2. Patti MacLeith

    Love the entire card, but I LOVE what you did with the buttons!!

  3. Sandra Conner

    This is the perfect anniversary card, full of fun and love, I hope you had a wonderful day!

  4. Kerry Willard Bray

    Beautiful card, Cindy! Adore how you dressed up the button! Hope you had a fabulous Fourth!

  5. Jen Timko

    Happy (belated) anniversary!! Love this card, love the stars…fabulous!

  6. Mary Fish

    great collection of stars, buttons and elements. so artistic!

  7. Terri Orr

    This is such a happy, festive card! Happy anniversary to you!

  8. Terri Orr

    This is such a happy, festive card! Happy anniversary to you!

  9. Linda Suarez

    Gorgeous anniversary card! Congrats on 16 years!

  10. Peggy Noe

    Cindy, this is so cute! You’re giving me such good ideas! Happy, happy anniversary!

  11. LeAnne

    LOVE this! Have a happy fourth! And a happy anniversary!

  12. Donna Earley

    This is a beautiful card! I love the button embellishments! Everything works so well! Happy Anniversary!

  13. Bobbi miller

    Oh wow! Gorgeous card Cindy. How did you color the stripes? A
    And Happy Anniversary…Bless you both !

  14. Dawn Tidd

    Celebratory perfection for any occasion! Awesome card, Cindy. I know your husband loved it. Happy 4th and Happy Anniversary!!

  15. Ann Schach

    WOW! What a fabulous card, Cindy! I LOVE the stripes and buttons! Happy anniversary!

  16. linda callahan

    I don’t know what you call those fancy circle-y things but they are fabulous! Love love love this card!

  17. Margaret Moody

    LOVE this card, Cindy! Really love that you added red to the textured stripes! So festive! My favorite feature though is how you’ve embellished the buttons! So clever and so fun! Such a great card! Happy anniversary and happy 4th!

  18. cathy wirt

    Love this card! Happy Anniversary and 4th!

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