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Sunday, July 3, 2011


Happy 4th of July!

The holiday to celebrate FREEDOM!

And, for me, giving thanks for that freedom.

To celebrate, I sat down in my art room this morning and created a little symbol of the holiday. The early morning sun was shining in my window, and I worked quietly as others in my home were still resting (the early bird having woken me at 6:30am!).

Here is my little Freedom Flag...

I created it using copy of a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence for the flag.

I didn't have small enough letters, so I stamped my own using a Martha Stewart stamp set, I also used diamond glaze and some fine white glitter on them.

I then fan folded a strip of 1'' by 8 1/2'' paper, then pulled it into a round and glued it to the paper card stock circle.

I inked all the light colored papers with a brown ink pad.

I cut out red card stock a little larger than the printed flags, and pinked the edges. Then I glued a small ruffle of crepe paper at the top before sewing the front to back with red thread on baste.

After stitching the two sides together, I used fabric glue to glue on the red rickrack. I did try sewing it, but it is so tiny and narrow that I couldn't get it to hold still long enough!
Next I glued on the paper ruff all decked out with the circle and letter, added a blue star at the base and it was done. Yay!

Here is a copy of the page I created for the flags and the circles, just in case any of you would like to make your own little Freedom Flag. Just click on it to enlarge and then right click and do a "save as" to your own computer.

Have a fabulous 4th!


Barbara F. said...

This banner is lovely. Very creative and at that hour in the morning? I am impressed. xo,

Netty said...

Wonderful banner, loving the rosettes. x

Marfi-topia said...

oh! it's beautiful!!!!

Lori Saul said...

What a beautiful and meaningful banner. Wonderful creativity and spirit-Happy 4th to you!

PeggyR said...

I love what you did!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Fabulous! You are so inspiring!

Happy 4th of July!!


Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Oh, I LOVE your freedom flag. That is so CUTE!!!!! Have a great 4th of July weeknd. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Sonya Badgley said...

I love this banner, Terri! And thank you for the pattern.
I'm also very thankful for our freedom!
Have a wonderful 4th!

Dorthe said...

So beautiful and sweet, Terri-
the rosettes makes it so lovely-
Thankyou so much for the pattern and wonderful tutorial, I will save it, in my folders.
Also this banner is of a special meaningfull thought, which makes it even more beautiful.
I wish you a happy 4 of july ,tomorrow.

Micupoftea said...

Wow, Terri, this is festive and fun! THANKS for the tut and pattern. I love the detail of the sewing and inked edges...God Bless AMerica!

Rella said...

This is so special. Thank you for sharing it with us. Your sentiments are perfect. Big hugs xox Rella

Unknown said...

Terri, this is a beautiful banner. Thanks for the tutorial. Have a Happy 4th....

Jann said...

What a wonderful banner! You are so clever! Happy 4th of July, Terri!

Marianne C. said...

Terri, amazing as usual! I'm so impressed. The Freedom banner is wonderful! It truly is meaningful, and I like that you used a copy of the Decl.of Ind. What a grand idea.

Have a perfectly wonderful 4th,

Antiques And Teacups said...

Love it! How cool is that! You are one crafty lady!

Anonymous said...

Love this! My new goal for this summer - learn and create paper art using all the wonderful ideas and tutorial inspirations picked up from my blog list - And, Terri - you are right at the top there as inspiration for my new affirming art adventures!
Miss Kathy

Marjanne said...

Happy holiday to you and all the americans!! Beautiful banner, I love it!

Pellie / Penny said...

Beautiful and clever Flags.

Happy Independence Day.


Sugar Lump Studios said...

this is darling Terri! What a great way to celebrate! Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

The banner is awesome! What a great project

I'm having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and would love for you to join in on the fun by linking up.

Cinderella Moments said...

Oh that's beautiful! You did a gorgeous job as always! I love it.
Happy 4th! Have a wonderful time!

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Terry
Freedom is a pretty word and means somenthing really important specially for those persons that don´t have it in the world
You flag is lovely

Screaming Sardine said...

Thanks for the tutorial. This is beautiful!

Have a Happy 4th.

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Elaine A said...

Terri -

What a beautiful tribute to our country! This is just so perfect, with your wonderful nostalgic touch. I love how it turned out. And thank you so much for the doownload and tutorial.

Elaine Allen

Alison said...

What a lovely banner! As always, thanks for your generosity!! I can't wait to make one!

Christine LeFever said...

What a beautiful gift you have given to us, Terri. Thank you so very much! I have put this onto my blog today for those who visit me to visit you. What a perfect 4th of July post!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Happy 4th of July, Terri! Such a wonderful project you have to commemorate such a big day! Thanks for stopping by again and linking up your beautiful creations :) Btw, I also have a blog party called Market Your Biz and Giveaways so please feel free to swing by when you have giveaways so we can also join.

FerrellGraph-x said...

I think your banner is so fabulous!
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards,
Jennifer Ferrell

Beth in NEPA said...

I love this banner. I am so inspired by your projects

Kim said...

Your banner is just beautiful!
Thank you for sharing!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

This is beautiful! I love the shade of blue. And thank you so much for sharing the printable! I'll be pinning this for future reference. :)

betting sports said...

Very beautiful way to declaring the Independence day with the flag. You created it with less than ten stuffs.

Maggie Lamarre said...

This is a great banner tutorial for any occasion.
Don't forget to add it to our weekly party for our readers to discover.

Victoria said...

Wow!!! Mega-festive and beautiful..another fabulous post..Terri you are such a creatrix!!yay!!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Really awesome post! Thanks for linking it up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Btw, I also have a blog party called Market Your Biz and Giveaways. Please feel free to link up to have them promoted :)

Maminka Girl - Loribeth Robare said...

Love this banner.. very clever!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the banner printable! This is a wonderful craft!

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