Hi Everyone!  I used June’s fun-fun My Paper Pumpkin pinwheel kit and put it together with the Banner Kit to create a Fourth of July Banner!  Here is how it turned out:

Blog 4th of July Banner

I loved the pinwheels in this kit but was looking for another way to use them, so I decided to make a banner from the pieces.  Notice that I threaded my string through the straws which perfectly spaced everything.  I used the 6×6 piece of designer paper for my base piece instead of using that to create a pinwheel.  I used doilies for all three pieces, but for the middle one, I also die cut the 2nd largest circle from our circle framelit dies in real red to provide a contrast so the doilie would stand out better.  For my letters, I used our red and silver glitter paper.  The red, silver and blue banner pieces that the letters are attached to is the 2nd largest banner framelit die.

Here are some close-up views of each individual piece:

Blog U Banner Piece

Blog S

Blog A

Colors used are Night of Navy, Real Red, and Red and Silver Glitter Paper.

You can recreate this cute banner yourself – and I am planning on having a class to make this because REFILL KITS are available – Yea!  Love this June My Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Contact me if you are interested in purchasing a refill kit – but hurry – supplies are limited and only while supplies last!  Here’s one last view:

Blog 4th of July Banner

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!

~ Gail


July’s Framed Art insert turned out to be so much fun!  It’s a celebration of the 4th of July, Ice Cream Day, Lollipop Day, Don’t Step-On-A-Bee Day, Tour de France, and just summer!  The 4th of July frame used the Black Magic technique – so much fun – it actually looks like fireworks!  I had never used this technique, so it was a fun technique to try using our fabulous watercolor pencils.  I used another one of our wonderful digital images called Sweets for the Sweet and turned it into a 3-D image by punching out the circle pinwheel with a punch and popping it up on a dimensional.  Using My Digital Studio, I sized one of the “sticks” to fit a 2 x 2 inch square and then used one of the pinwheels to become a lollipop and sized the pinwheel to fit a 1 inch circle.  I then printed them out along with just the circle image which we then punched out with our 1 inch circle punch, added some Dazzling Diamonds, and then popped it up with a dimensional to create a 3-D look.  I then used our very small hand-held 1/16 punch and punched two small holes on either side of the “stick” and threaded up some silver thread and knotted it and tied it in a bow so it looked like it was a ribbon actually around the stick.   The canopy square turned out cute-cute and looks like a real canopy!  I hope you enjoy looking at July’s insert!

Here is the insert in an 8 x 10 frame:

Here is the insert in a 12 x 12 frame:

Here is a close-up of the 4th of July square:

Here is a close-up view of the canopy square:

Side view of canopy square:

Here is the other view:

Enough of the canopy!  Here is the Lollipop DIGITAL IMAGE square!

Here is a side view:


Stamps:  July Fourth (r), Nature Walk, Pedaling Past (r), Sunny Fun (r).

Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon.

Accessories: Mini Alphabet, large brads, Dazzling Diamonds, SU watercolor pencils, clear embossing powder, Dazzling Details, silver thread, dimensionals.

Punches: Postage Stamp punch, 1″  circle punch, 1/16 punch, 1-3/4 circle punch, Word Window punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Scallop Square punch.

Sizzlits Dies and Embossing Folders:  Peekaboo Frames Bigz L, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Black Craft Ink, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White Craft Ink.

Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla.

Designer Series Paper:  Polka Dot Parade, Summer Smooches.

Markers:  Island Indigo, Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Primrose Pedals, Real Red, Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, White Gel Pen.

I hope you enjoyed July’s monthly insert!  August’s insert class will be on July 28th!  See you then!

~ Gail