Hard to imagine, but it's already the 4th of July! There are multiple parades, plans for fireworks, picnics and barbecues throughout the area. Families and friends have made all sorts of plans to celebrate the day.
We're laying a little low -- and just celebrating here as a family. Andrea will be the chef and is excited to be grilling. We figure there will be plenty of sparklers and fireworks around the neighborhood that we'll be able to watch from the backyard or the front yard.
While we wait for the evening's festivities, it's crafting time. Lots of things to catch up on.
Starbox from SVGCuts.com
Such an easy and quick card to make. I used a free eyelet svg file and added a block to it. embossed the thanks and the Swiss dots. Grosgrain dotted ribbon and mini blue rhinestones finish it off.
Another easy card using a mask, inking and a dragonfly diecut with some vellum wings sprinkled with fairy dust. Made especially for someone fascinated by the dragonflies that are visitors to our backyard. Dragonfly svg file from SVG Cuts.com
a mini word album. This is one of four made to share with some new friends. Techniques used, resist stamping, inking and the e-brush on a couple of pages on the inside. I really had fun making these.
Butterfly stencil (cut with Sizzix eclips and eCal software) color added to the page using Craftwell's eBrush system using a Spectrum Noir marker. The can be purchased from Crafters' Companion and other stores. Inks from Stampin' Up!
Embossed ink resist technique for this quick pocket. Stamps and ink from Stampin' Up! Pocket die cut pattern is mine. Easy and quick to create.
after a quick business trip and major crafting withdrawals... back to the work table this week. It's been fun to play again. I've been playing with the eBrush but feel so limited with not being able to use some of the other markers I already have on hand... so off to the dollar store to pick up some Fine Point Sharpies... the colors are pretty intense. Not sure that this is me, but I decided to make one idea to completion. So out came the canvas, the sharpies and some stencils I cut with the eclips. Yeah, I don't feel real secure yet drawing totally freehand... so more stencils using basic shapes. The pic below is a small canvas bag... just the right size for a paperbook or two or a small project or even a tablet. While I've found bags like these at the LCS or Oriental Trading for a reasonable cost, I had all the stuff to make mine...
Gems are glued on for a little more zing using some fabric glue. Yes, I'm sure you've noticed the bit of overspray... it's ok. This is mine and won't be gifted to anyone at this point in time. :).. the handles which aren't seen, are made with extra wide twill tape.
and for your reading pleasure, how about a new bookmark... the butterflies are made once again with a stencil and the ebrush. I used Stampin' Up! inkpads to float the rest of the colors on the page. There's also an ink resist done with VersaMark and I'm finding I really like the subtlety of the design coming through the sheer colors of the ink. Stamps are from GinaKDesigns.com once again. It's one of my favorite sets at the moment.
I have a full slate of ideas to work on today and tomorrow... so back to playing! How about you?