Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CASology: ah-mazing Fireworks!!

I had to play along with CASology's Fireworks challenge - I so love the 4th of July.  We celebrate in a small mountain town in our Colorado Rockies called Frisco.  It is an all-day small-town celebration capped with a spectacular fireworks show.  In the morning, everybody walks to the pancake breakfast, then to the parade (the highlight of which is about 200 children who decorate their bikes for the 4th).  There is music and an arts festival all day. The fireworks are actually still scheduled (rare right now in bone-dry Colorado) because they shoot them off over a big mountain lake.  You can watch them from the marina - one year we did it from our sailboat but never again because fireworks debris falls on you!!  We wander over to the elementary school where people lay out their picnic blankets and you can hear kids' laughter from the play area until the fireworks starts.  It's simple and sweet and a very special part of my family's year!

I started my fireworks card with a different plan.  I figured that I could put a "thank you for your service" type sentiment and use it as an AnyHero card for Operation Write Home.  But glitter is absolutely banned for OWH as it can get on soldiers' clothing and be seen with night vision goggles.  I thought embossing tinsel would be OK but I'm still able to rub off flakes of glitter - so I switched it up to an "ah-mazing" card that I'll tuck away for some amazing moment in my kids' lives!

ah-mazing
I'm also playing along with the Patriotic theme at Simon Says Stamp.
  • Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Exclamations, Stampin' Up July 4th
  • Paper: white
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: misc red, sapphire and gold embossing tinsel

32 comments:

wienerhoneymooners said...

This IS simply Amazing! Perfect sentiment for the perfectly done CAS card!!

The glitter is just wonderful! (And I need a Seriously need a score-pal!!)
Thanks for playing with us at CASology this week!

sue t. said...

This is a seriously super card! I love the glitter, I now need to get this stamp set. My wallet so thanks you!! :)
Have a great 4th of July

Jennifer Jackson said...

This card is beautiful!

cm said...

Your July 4th celebrations sound absolutely spectacular - as is your card! Stunning!I love fireworks, but we rarely seen them around our parts. Last time was New Years when I visited my family; my niece was scared, however, we managed to convince her (by the end) that they were just *noisy* stars! Enjoy the pancakes, the bike parade, the picnics and especially the fireworks! Happy 4th of July to you, Kim!!
c

Lisa said...

Now THAT sounds like THE perfect american holiday celebration Kim! We were on Mackinac Island for the fireworks one year, right on the shoreline. They let them off out on Lake Huron from a barge. The debri rained down over the spectators!! I guess they weren't far enough off shore!

LOVE LOVE your card, just perfect...a winner for sure!

snappy scrappy said...

So pretty!!

Deepti said...

Your card indeed is Ah-mazing :) I love the idea of keeping the fireworks in one corner and loads of white space and those embossed lines are a treat to my eyes :) love it

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Love the sparkle and clean layout of your card! Thanks for playing along with us at CASology this week!

Tracey McNeely said...

Love your sparkly fireworks Kim, great sentiment. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at CASology!

Happy Dance said...

Your celebration sounds like it's how a 4th of July should be. Two of our gds are marching in the parade tomorrow, and then in the evening dd/sil and kids will come over to watch fire works from the bluff on Lake Michigan. We only have to walk half a block. It's crowded, and there's so much laughter and fun folks all around us. It's my favorite part of the day. And your card...oh my! It's really wonderful. Love the scoring on the left - it's like the tails in the sky! This is fabulous, love this. Happy 4th! Bev

Beckie said...

VERY nice card :)

Be blessed, Beckie

Beckie said...

VERY nice card :)

Be blessed, Beckie

Lisa Arana said...

oh kim, this is amazing!!! I love the little fireworks in the top corner. just fabulous. Happy 4th!

Linda Callahan said...

Ah-mazing is right! Perfect for the Fourth - and other special days! I would so love to come and hang out with you tomorrow! Sounds like fun!

Doris said...

You've captured the essence of our holiday beautifully, Kim! Happy Fourth!

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful card!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Kim your plans for the 4th sound so nice...so traditional and how fun to live in a small town. Your card is so festive and love your take on the 4th of July.

Mynnette said...

This is gorgeous, Kim!!! LOVE all that sparkle! HUGS friend! :)

Melissa said...

This card is truly amazing, Kim! I LOVE the way the scoring is interrupted by the sparkly sentiment and the trio of fireworks going off in the upper corner is fantastic!!! :)
Thanks so much for joining us at CASology and enjoy your Fourth!

Laura Sterckx said...

Woot! This card is absolutely great! I love the clean and simple look and I love all the glitter!

Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!
Laura :)

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Am loving this one, Kim! And ... loved hearing about your 4th July celebrations! Hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs xxx

Marjolein said...

WOW!!
Fireworks in CAS style!!
Absolutely love your card!
It sparkles, but not to much and the embossed lines tone it down a bit, but adds great dimension!!
Stunning!
Bye,

Marjolein

mypapercraftworld said...

Your 4th of July celebration sounds just as an 'outside of the USA' person like me imagines, Kim ... full of fun, laughter, warmth and sharing ... hope you're having a wonderful time! Your card is perfect ... full of glittery celebratoriness ... amazing! Anita :)

Bonnie said...

These fireworks are Awe-mazing! A hard act to follow!

Kristi Schurr said...

Your card is Amazing, Kim! Happy Fourth!

donna mikasa said...

A wonderful, simple design that's so effective! I love the scoring and the bold sentiment. Ah-mazing!

Gillian R said...

This is perfect for the challenge and perfect colours for the 4th July! Thank you for playing along with CASology this week

Maureen Merritt said...

This card is Ah-mazing! WOW! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week :)

Jenny said...

Such an ah-mazing card Kim and the festivities sound wonderful too... :0)
Jenny x

mypapercraftworld said...

Called round again, Kim, to say Congratulations on your HM at CASology ... ah-mazing! Anita :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congratulations on the well-deserved and ah-mazing HM honor from CASology, Kims! This was such a perfect 4th card to me!!

Happy Dance said...

WooHoo! Congrats on the HM for this wonderful card! Well done, and well deserved! : ) Bev