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Lady Liberty shows off the red, white & blue, in this festive salute to our country’s birthday!

I love making little banners like this for sentiments on my cards.  I usually prefer to leave a clean edge, but, in this case, the banner would have been swallowed up by the bold red and white striped pattern in the background, so I took a chance and DTP’d yellow to the edges of the banner to see if that would "pop" it and that seemed to work great!  This design was also my first time using my new Martha Stewart Scallop Border punch, and, man, is that thing SUH-WEEET!

This just cracked me!  I had to create a design featuring the Patriotic Hat, and I was inspired by a completely non-patriotic design Erika had done that featured a "parade" using Celebration Kids and some of the A Muse animals following along behind the boy, and it occurred to me that the hat would fit, albeit somewhat "over-sized" on his head.

I thought it would be fun to have Piggy, watching curbside, with a Sparkler in his tail!  I swirled around some Spica Twinklette in yellow to "spark" up the Sparkler–too fun!

I’ve literally been hunkered down prepping for my classes that begin Sunday down at The Paper Garden Boutique–fly out to Sacramento tomorrow night!  WOO HOOOOOOO!!!

But, meantime, I’m up to the gills in paper, paper, paper, and packing class kits!  LOL!

I love prepping.  I love prepping.  I love prepping.

OK, honestly?  I don’t.  I just figure if I repeat that enough times, that maybe, one day, it will be true . . .

Say whaaaat??? 


Have a Happy and SAFE 4th of July Holiday! 


All stamp images, papers and Twinkle Stickers (rhinestone) used in these samples are by A Muse Artstamps
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Mediterranean Blue
Coloring Tools:  Copic Markers B34 Manganese Blue, R11 Pale Cherry Pink, E13 Light Suntan, E33 Sand, Y24 Pale Sepia, RV29 Crimson, BG10 Cool Shadow
Ribbon:  Papaya Stitched Grosgrain by A Muse
Other:  Martha Stewart Scallop Border Punch

  1. I love ‘em both!! Your first is so perfectly patriotic and I love the banner and blingy stars!! Your second is just so adorable, and I love the popped hat and piggie with the sparkler!!

  2. i absolutely LOVE lady liberty!!! so perfect on the red and white striped notecards!

  3. So nice to catch up with you this week dearest. Been missing you. Hugs and a *mwah*


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