Tuesday, July 2, 2013


How about a little excitement this week?  July typically arrives with a bang, literally, here in North America, and we thought we'd see what kind of exciting interpretations you come up with for this fun cue word!

This week, Cindy Coutts is returning as our sponsor and she's adding to the excitement by offering this week's winner not one, but THREE Paper Smooches stamps sets (Shadows, My Peeps and Leafy Greens)!  She also wanted us to be sure and mention her upcoming online card class called Let's Color!  It begins July 22nd (registration opens July 15)!  You can find updates on her blog.

Now let's see what the design team and this week's guest designer have created to inspire you!

Guest Designer:  Jenny
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A sentiment at a jaunty angle combined with a few ink splatters adds interest without making thing too busy.

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Sparkle can add interest to a mainly white card.

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No firework images?  Use a flower!

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Using tinsel embossing powder can brighten up your one layer CAS cards. 

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Masking with bright colors adds drama to a CAS design.

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Small embellishments in the center of your image can help make them pop.

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Layers can work for a clean and simple card if you keep the card itself fairly simple!

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Use a stencil to create a simple background on a CAS design!
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A subtly embossed background can add interest without cluttering up a CAS design.

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The rule of three will support a large die cut without it taking over your CAS design.

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Grouping items together to create one focal point keeps things CAS!

Now go have fun and don't forget to link up your FIREWORKS creation by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT)!


  1. Thanks for the great cue word and the absolutely stunning DT work for added inspiration! :)

  2. Thanks for inspiring me to jump in on this challenge. Haven't done a challenge in AGES!!! It was so fun!!!

  3. I entered this challenge for the first time. I am #40, but I seem to have linked it wrong as there is an error message when I click on it. I tested it and it opened then. I want to enter more, but what am I doing wrong? Can you help?

    1. I've sent you an email, Barbara! I think I might have an idea as to what happened when you linked up!