It is the first day of July and for those in the United States, we are about to celebrate Independence Day on the 4th! Fireworks, grilling, parades, and lots of red, white and blue! But red, white and blue are not just for being patriotic. Red and blue are primary colors and create a bold contrast, and it makes me think of summer!
Instead of using photos that are celebrating Independence Day, I used photos that had the red and blue colors. Red is an intense color, so I used a lot of blue from Treasure Map as the primary color, and then accented with red with the stitching, labels, brads, die cuts, chipboard, and pillow puffs.
I cut the LOVE with Mickey ears from pattern paper, then backed with another blue pattern paper. Trimmed the die cut pattern paper, then adhered to another background pattern paper. Lots of pattern paper, but the contrast of light and dark and different patterns worked so well together. I made the LOVE Mickey ears a couple of years ago.
To make the die cut stand out more, I hand stitched in all 6 strands of embroidery floss. Since there is so much pattern paper, I left the white around my photos to help them stand out more. For my journaling, I adhered the labels to a scrap piece of paper, sent it through my typewriter, and then trimmed them from the paper using scissors and adhered in place. I used chipboard from Daily Flash, a badge from Milk Money, and the roller stamp and Puffy Clouds pattern paper from Summertime. I fussy cut the clouds from Puffy Clouds pattern paper to adhere on top of the die cut.
Red and blue is one of my favorite color combinations. It is perfect for these Disney World photos, it has a great vintage/retro feel, but can also be very feminine.
I absolutely love Roree's cards. She puts together such great colors and patterns, and she really shows how red and blue can be both vintage and feminine.
When I signed up to take Patricia's Red, White, and Blue Challenge, I remembered that there was some awesome red and blue papers and embellishments in the Travel Girl collection. Since that collection has a travel theme, I went with it for my card. I cut out a journaling card from the Journal Cards sheet and added some stickers from the Word Stickers, Border Stickers, and Shape Stickers sheets.
Then, I dug way down deep into my October Afternoon stash for some Cherry Pie patterned paper from Modern Homemaker to create some flowers and tied them together with buttons from Holiday Style. I added a little bit of red and white baker's twine to finish. I just love how it all came together. Thanks for the fun challenge, Patricia!
So gorgeous, Roree! Thank you so much for joining me!
I hope this inspires you to look at red and blue in creative ways for your projects. If you create something, upload it to our October Afternoon Flickr Gallery, or Facebook Page. You can also use Instagram and tag me @patricia_roebuck and @octoberafternoon with hashtag #oadesignerchallenge. Hope to see what you make!