Silhouette & Waltzingmouse July Blog Party: Summertime Fun!

Edited:  I am also entering this into the Silhouette Weekly Challenge to create a Summertime Project.  I got pretty lucky that I had just made this summer themed card with a Silhouette file just days before their weekly challenge.  I love shape cards and the Silhouette store has tons of them!  This one is from the (Grillers Gear Set)
 and is just perfect for dressing up with my favorite stamps.

It's also time for the Waltzingmouse Blog Party...always a highlight of my month.  The theme this month is Summertime Fun and whatever you love about this particular season.  When my kids were younger, the 4th of July was always my favorite holiday.  It is not as expensive as Christmas, there was not as much candy and sweet things around to wind the kids into a sugar crazed frenzy and my favorite is Summer and the kids were always healthy, no colds or flu spreading wildly around our house.  The kids would swim every day and spend so much time outdoors enjoying their time off from school.  My kids are all grown up now, but I still look forward to the 4th of July and to spending time with them.  We always have a big family barbeque and then watch the fireworks from our rooftop.  I made a card which reminds me of our 4th of July barbeque.
I doubt my husband would be caught dead wearing this barbeque apron, but I certainly wish he would. I used a cut file from the Silhouette store and dressed it up with the new USA 1776 stamp set.  The pockets are my favorite and I got so lucky...the star outline stamp in the set was the perfect size to stamp 3 of the sides of the pocket and I only had to mask off one star on top and bottom to finish the 4th side. Very easy.  The stars are also from USA 1776 and I couldn't resist adding some rhinestone stars to sparkle them up even more.  The red/white stripes on the second pocket were added using the smallest stick from Playful Pinwheels.  It was the perfect size to stamp between my star frame.  How about that ketchup bottle?  Isn't it cute?
The card has a wrap around apron string that has an additional spatula woven through it.  I used some shiny silver cardstock to make the spatula.  The inside of the card has some of the great fireworks scattered across it.

What's your favorite thing to do in the Summer?  What do you look forward to every year?  You still have time to make a card and link it on the Waltzingmouse blog...I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else loves about this great season.


Marybeth said...

Oh my GOSH!!!!!!!! This is the best ever! I love this card and your sweet post about your family's 4 of July. This just has to be the most creative card...that Spatula and catchup bottle how ever did you make them ...too cute in the pockets of the manly apron. YOU WIN!

What a great apron card Cathy! love the utensils and bottle of ketchup in the wonderful patriotic pockets! What did we ever do before the Silhouette and cut files??!!! Super summer project!!

Cathy I think Warren would be honored to wear this totally fun apron! Love all the little pieces you cute out with your Silhouette but i have to say the pockets are my favourite too.

Kelly S. said...

Ohhh! This is so adorable, Cathy! I just love the star pockets! Such a clever and sweet use of this set! That spatula, eek! Annnd, I officially broke my exclamation point (I lie....!!!!!)

Cathy! I just had to laugh! You are so bright and it would be a blast to craft with you! How clever this card is! I love it, sweetie!
Melinda - Winter Bear Trading

Joyce said...

This is just the cutest project. How do you think of things like this. You are so creative. Warren would be lucky to wear an apron like this. (although he might have to shrink to A2 size.

Yehaw....what a fabulous project. I love the BBQ apron and how great you used the images from the USA 1776 set. This is so very creative. Fire up that barbecue! FANTASTIC!, this is just too darn cute! I love your fabulous apron and all those amazing pockets filled with so much wonderful and festive holiday goodies. Just so fun.

Renee said...

This is so adorable and fun...
what IS summer if not for bar-b-ques! :)
And I can't believe Warren wouldn't wear this fabby apron...
he would look so manly!
Love how you used USA 1776 with this on the pockets...
Patrick would wear it...
probably in redneck style...without a shirt...
but he would wear it!! :)

Claire said...

What a fabulous card! And I think you should make a real apron like that for your husband...I bet he would wear it!

Cute!! Cute!! Cute!! Love your patriotic apron!! So fun and adorable!!

-Aneta- said...

Niiiice idea !!! Very beautiful and smart :) Just want to grill now :)

Wow!!! This is just amazing, I love your card. That apron is so cute!

Chris L.

Cathy this is incredible!! I LOVE this, I called my DH over to see it and he was so impressed and he does not get impressed easily let me tell you!! Such a fabby idea!! LOVE this hope you don't mind if I pin this all over town!! Thank you so much for playing along with us!

Jeanne J said...

Cathy this is adorable! I love all the little accents - and who doesn't love a shaped card? So cute and clever! Love that little sauce bottle and spatula - and omg! that little buckle too! Crazy good girlfriend!

Christina said...

This is so brilliant, Cathy! You've added so many fabulous details, like the metallic spatulas and the red and blue stripes at the bottom. Cute and clever!

Sharron said...

AMAZING, Cathy! Your shaped card is perfect--nothing like a summer barbecue--and luckily something we all can do!! Love the details--that spatula and bottle are adorable!

This is really original! I love the BBQ apron and the 4th July theme - just brilliant.

Kary said...

Fantastic card, Cathy!! I love the wonderful idea and the stamps you used. Great job!! Wow!

maria f. said...

Um. WOW. This is the coolest card - with a great story to go with it. I think we've a winner here, folks ;)

Jeanne J said...

Hey You! Congrats on your shout out at WM for this awesome project!!

Vickie Z said...

LOVE it!! So clever and wonderful use of the stamps!! That spatula and ketchup bottle are too die for!!

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