Celebrating the USA with Retro Rubber



Hello, Stampers! You all just wow’ed us with our last challenge! Ribbons and twines can add just the right detail to your projects. This week we are challenging you to come up a patriotic card for our nation’s birthday, a relatively young age of 239! I had an idea almost immediately upon starting this but it grew bigger because of the wonderful kit from June 2014 Paper Pumpkin! I really enjoyed working with it so keep reading if you would like to know how to get this kit yourself.


June 2014 Paper Pumpkin, Best of Birthdays

  • This is a great kit with pinwheels. The Paper Pumpkin project was making pinwheels and attaching them to nice, sturdy straws, but I decided to make the pinwheel and flatten it for my card.
  • The background is from the recent Sale-A-Bration DSP, Irresistibly Yours. I just sponged Night of Navy over the embossed stars to make the stars shine! It’s really pretty IRL.
  • I mounted the DSP onto Smoky Slate cardstock and that was layered onto the Real Red card base. The DSP and Smokey Slate CS were distressed with the retired SU distressin’ tool.
  • A Basic Metal Button was threaded with Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine then popped up over the pinwheel’s center with a dimensional.
  • I wanted my sentiment from Best of Birthdays to stand out against all of that color, so I just stamped onto Whisper White, used the new Banner Triple Punch on the ends and popped it up on dimensionals. This was a very easy card to make and hope you will give it a try.

Well, since July 4th is part of a big week of birthdays around my house, I thought some more decorating might be nice. I still had more pinwheels so I made them up and hot glued them to an old wreath that I had already wrapped in retired 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon. Lucky, eh? I love it when an old project can be given new life with new products! Here is the wreath:

Wreath, June 2014 Paper Pumpkin

  • The pinwheels were glued down then the straws were flattened with my Big Shot, wrapped around an SU marker and glued in between the pinwheels. It was really easy to make and I love how it came out!

So, this kit is on its way to being gone forever! If you would like to purchase it and you are already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, just go to Past Kits under the Paper Pumpkin tab in the Online Store and purchase it while supplies last. NOT a subscriber? Why not? You can find out more about the no risk Paper Pumpkin subscription HERE. The best part of being a subscriber is that you can purchase old kits even before you receive your first one in the mail!

I hope you’ll stop by and check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We would love for you to join us before the challenge closes on Friday, July 3rd. We require the use of stamps older than one year.

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). Ready to shop with Secret Stamper?  I offer prompt customer service when you shop online with me. AND you can earn FREE stamps with my Secret Stamper Rewards Program. Learn more HERE. And don’t forget to look at today’s new Weekly Deals! Just click my Shop button to go straight to my 24/7 Online Store. Below are the products used for today’s project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,


  1. Your card today looks quilt-y, what a great idea to flatten the pinwheel! The square is a nice switch up, too. Perfect card for the holiday….. I love everything about it!
    And your wreath is a great re-work, too! TFS both things today!

  2. As always outstanding card and I love the wreath too!

  3. I love today’s card and the wreath is going on my to-do list. A lot of patriotic inspiration here as well as the DT’s cards. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is a wonderful way to use last year’s patriotic pinwheels (which I still have and will be CASEing your wreath!). You have such great ideas especially with the Paper Pumpkin kits! Thank you for inspiring us with your creativity! Now to pin…

  5. That wreath is awesome! And then you made that card all pinwheely! Love it! Your comments cracked me up – you can make these beautifully detailed cards that I cannot make! We balance each other!! I agree with Cindie – quilt-y is a better word than pinwheely! But regardless a stunning card for a fantastic celebration of our country!

  6. So much fun to create a pinwheel for a card. Love this card!

  7. I love the pinwheels on both projects.

  8. Reminds me of a quilt too! Sooo clever!

  9. Absolutely amazing card. And the wreath is awesome. TFS

  10. Such a fun card. I love all those pinwheels. And, your wreath is pretty great as well. Such a festive way to welcome people to your home. Thanks for having me as GD this week.

  11. This is absolutely stunning Debbie. I love pinwheels. Cx

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