Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Zentangled" PLUS!

Hi Blog Friends!

Well, since I was so inspired on Friday & I couldn't wait to post my card for you,
 I spent my weekend at my desk, still inspired & creating away.
I am a happy woman!
Just wait till you see what I've made for you.

This is another technique that is really popular right now---"Zentangle!"
"What?" You say, "With Flourishes Images?" 
YES! 

Remember if you see something you like or if there is something else you would like from Flourishes, call
The Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
or
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575

I did Zentangle for the design idea...I like all that doodling!
When doing Zentangle, it is a repetition of patterns & doodles. 
What I did reminds me of  Indian Embroidery or Elizabethan or Jacobean Embroidery. 
I am quite pleased with how it came out. 
What I did actually changes the whole image into something totally different!
Because it changes the image so much, you can turn your image in most any direction!
As long as it is pleasing to your eyes!
There are books out there to help you with patterns & would you believe, each pattern has a name?
Just  Google "Zentangle" & you'll get a wealth of information & video's too.

Let me show you what I started with.
First of all, I used Flourishes- Pears.
(See if you can see the pears.)
Then I did a repetition of doodles & patterns.
This is before I colored it in.
I only doodled on part of the image,  then doodled around the main image,
& I  left parts untouched of any pattern.

These are the pens I used to do my doodling.
EK-Success Millennium Collection, there are all different sized tips for you.
 You can find them at Hobby Lobby & I've seen them at Michaels' too.
(Do be careful when water coloring with these.
 They are said to be "waterproof" but, I have found they like to bleed.)

Now, take a peak at this image colored in!
I used Letraset Aqua  Water Color Markers on regular card stock. 
I created a palette on my acrylic block & then used my Letraset Blender Pen to pick up the color.

I also used Faber-Castell- Pitt Artist Pen- Gold 250**
 & Faber-Castell- Pitt Artist Pen-White 101***.
(I definitely want more of these!)

The more I worked on this piece the more I got into it.
 And I kept pulling out this & that to make it even more "Artsy."
 There is just something so freeing about getting "artsy" with your supplies.

I even had to pull out my Gold Krylon Pen,

& I  used my Gold Gelatos on the edges of the image!
Gold on your project just makes it elegant.

I added Gold Brads in the corners 
& then I popped the black card stock with my image, up on dimensionals.
No ribbon or do-dads with this one, I wanted the image to be the main focus. 

The inside!
Gold Krylon Pen around the edges & a little more doodling, then to finish it off--
 a little Gold Gelatos.
 I love the shimmer!
A "Get Well Soon" sentiment from 
Flourishes- Sentimental Favorites.

If I were sick, I would want something beautiful to look at 
& there is nothing better than to have it be from a friend.
I'm thinking you could look at this all day with all those lines & just take it in....
Another idea-----
You could make Wall Art with Zentangle.
How interesting would that be?
It would be the talk of all who enter your home.
Do it on a Canvas.
(I know what I'll be picking up from the store soon!) 

Here is the "PLUS" for this post:
When sending a Get Well Card  &/or Gift, use one of your used pharmacy bags for wrapping!
Just slide everything in-----
 Here I have my Zentangle Card & a special CD for my friend! 
I think Praise Music does the job for when one is ill or going through something!
 The Bible says to, "Offer up a sacrifice of praise!"

"By Him therefore let us offer a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name."
Hebrews 13:15

Basically, this tells us even in times of trouble when our hearts are breaking & streams of tears running down our faces, we must trust God, giving Him thanks even in those difficult times.
 And not just thanking Him IN those times, but thanking Him FOR those difficult times!
It is difficult to do, I know.
  If we can do that----know in our hearts that He has everything in control 
& that HIS WILL is  best for us
yes even if that means us going through those tough times,
then He can accomplish whatever goal He has in mind, in OUR HEARTS & MINDS!
Because our time here on earth is to make us LIKE HIM!
It is a matter of trusting Him!
Praise Music is just the PERFECT way to give Praise to our Loving Heavenly Father
 for WHO HE IS! 
I have found there is no better music than Praise Music!

If your bag is a little wrinkled from being used, just run your iron over it. 
Place your card &/or gift inside & neatly fold the bag over & wrap a nice ribbon around it! 
The perfect "Prescription" for someone special needing a lift!
("What CD is it?" You might ask, it's Phillips, Craig & Dean- Let Your Glory Fall.
 One of my favorites!) 

I hope you decide to try this fun technique & get artsy with your supplies.
You'll love it!

God is SO GOOD!
TLady

P.S. Come back next week! I have a special card to make, 
 & I will be playing with some new goodies! 

**********UPDATE: This card was chosen for "FAVORITES" this week over at SCS!**********
Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- paper 
Paper Studio- paper
(My card is: 5 1/2" x 5 1/2")




Friday, July 25, 2014

Inspiration that WON'T go away!

Hi Blog Friends!

SURPRISE! I'm BACK! 

I know you thought I wouldn't post anything more this week, BUT I JUST HAD TO!
I have been working on this post for next week
 & I thought you'd like to see it TODAY, in-particular!

I've seen this "technique" done on the web several times over as of late, but when my daughter received a gift from my "DEAREST, BESTEST FRIEND" in the WHOLE-WIDE WORLD, I just couldn't help myself but use her gift for inspiration! 

This is what she sent our daughter:
 A change purse! 
I had taken our daughter out to find a wallet with a change purse built-in, but we could only find large wallets. Just not our daughters style! My friend didn't even know! This little coin purse will do the trick & it's soooo pretty too! Our daughter is quite pleased with her gift. So, of course, we must send a Thank You Card!

For Flourishes Images call the
Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
or
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575

Here's what I made!
I paired them up so you could see how they match, such inspiration!

I used Flourishes- Always Blooming, a Sam Pickard Design & Sentimental Favorites!

Along with Flourishes- Classic Frames Template Dies.

The inside is quite simple, giving you lots of space to write a proper "Thank You" note!

Don't forget to make a matching envelope!
Below I will give you the Gelatos & supplies I used to make this card.
 It's quite simple to make, & it has a big impact!
If you have any questions, just ask away!

I am QUITE INSPIRED TODAY!
TLady
Have a wonderful weekend! 


Supplies not mentioned above: 
Gelatos- Snow Cone, Watermelon, Coconut, Margerita Mix, Mango, & Lime
Water Color Paper
Painters Tape
Distress Marker- Picket Fence
Memento Ink
Linen Thread
3- Silver Brads
Dimensionals



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Flourishes "Christmas in July"--Part 2!

Hi Blog Friends!

First of all, I want to say "Thank You" publicly to all my followers & those that left me a note of encouragement last week! You are appreciated more than you know!  Some of you sent me personal e-mails too--encouragement just for my eyes! God is good & He used YOU to bless me last week! "Thank You!" 
I think I have the best followers!

As I contemplated what to post this week, I couldn't let the opportunity to use some of my gorgeous Flourishes Christmas Stamps go unused!
So, I strolled by the Festive Friday Challenge blog to see what they had for inspiration...

 Festive Friday Challenge #36:
 You can join in on the challenge here:
http://festivefriday.blogspot.com/

I love the white on white & the warm glow of the fire, the lines of the fireplace, the marble, the snow flake cookies in the forefront, the white garland, the silver & the gold..... Sigh! 
"Christmas in July!" 
Who would have thought it could make one so happy?
(Of course, anytime of the year you think about Our Saviors birth, is a time that fills my heart!
 He came as a little babe, to die upon a cross for our sins, that was His purpose.
 He became our Redemption!
Yes, it is a time to celebrate with all you have!
To me, gold & silver are  always appropriate for this blessed day. 
That little babe IS a KING! 
MY KING!)

Remember, if you see anything you like call the
 Flourishes Store
Call: 850-475-1575
or 
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575
It's never too early to get those Christmas cards done! 

Here's what I made for you this week:
 I used Flourishes- Handmade Snowflakes.
Remember I told you I loved those Snowflake cookies.....

Notice the scoring across the front piece of Iridescent vellum?
This is to mimic the grate on the fireplace.
I just used my Score-Buddy & a McGill Stylus- 3mm.


Under that layer of vellum....
I used a Cuttle bug folder- Grace's Frame, to make the frame & then I used Gelatos to get the marble gray from the picture, using the color Squid. Just applying & rubbing it with my finger. I wanted it to show up just a little through the vellum.
I don't think you can see it, but I heat embossed the snowflakes with
 a combination of two embossing powders--silver & gold.
Then using my Gelatos again, I colored the center with Butter cream, then Lemon & then Mango on the outer edge, to give the warm glow of the fire, just blending them with my finger.

I topped off the card with 1/2" circles for the white balls of garland on the mantel. 
 I used glue dots to attach them & some have dimensionals behind them to make them pop- up!

If I had a "Noel" stamp from Flourishes, I would have used that, but I didn't. So, I used the "Joy" from the same set, by Flourishes- Handmade Snowflakes.
Done in gold embossing powder because Noel was gold in the photo, (on the coffee table.)
Here you can see the sparkles on the vellum itself---
just like when you photograph a fire-- the"bokeh" effect!
Iridescent Vellum just works for this!

For the inside: 
Once again, I used the lines of the white on white of the room & embossed the inside & layered it up on dimensionals,

 
& hand drawing the leafless branch  with silver balls from the mantel, with my Zig Emboss Pens
sprinkling it with silver embossing powder & heat embossing it. 
I figure the greeting 
"Warm Winter Wishes" 
should be done in a warm gold.
The inside greeting is from Flourishes- Star of Bethlehem.

 I've enjoyed making this card. It's just a tad different from what I "normally" make, but it was fun! 
I think when you start getting "artsy" when making a card, it's just pure fun!
Stepping out of your comfort zone & coming up with something that makes your heart sing!
I'm happiest when I am creating, like many of you, or singing praises to my Lord!

Do try something a "tad different" from what you normally do & just see!

Yes, I am "inspired" today! LOL 
You could tell?
TLady

Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- 1/2" Circle punch
SU- Silver & Gold Embossing Powder
Grafix- Iridescent Vellum




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Speak Life!"

Hi Blog Friends!

Today I want to "speak life" to you! 
Inspire & Encourage you! 
(This blog post is not to anyone person, it's for anyone listening.)
I know that if there are trials in my life, there must be some in yours.
I'll share a little of what has been going on...
The trial that seems to keep popping- up, is the same I shared with you once before--- there are people that don't want me to help Jan Marie with Flourishes; for whatever their reasons...!

First of all, those of you that have applied to be on the Design Team that have been kind & patient, it is so very much  appreciated! Most of you ladies that have applied are the kind & patient type of people.  Things do take time. The people I am working with at this time, to get things ready for you,  are busy working away...
We have not forgotten anyone.
 If I am sent an e-mail with questions that I feel should be answered by Jan Marie, I send them on to her.
I will not answer questions about "inside information,"
 however innocent the question(s) is/are.
Flourishes is Jan Marie's business, not mine. I'm not "in-charge."
 Nor should you assume I am.
As a DT Member, I am to follow Jan Marie's lead, & that is what I am trying to do.
I am on this team for the time that God has allowed.
I know that each one of us, in whatever we do, can be replaced. 
It's when we think we can't be replaced, that that is the time for us to go!
It's a pride thing.
(The very thing that brought satan down, I might add.)

It hasn't been just "innocent" questions that have been placed to me, but threats of sending "someone to my door!" I've been told I am "wicked & no one reads my blog unless they are into hate & hypocrisy."  A threat of  "shutting me down!" That this person has, "a lot of pull in the industry & I will feel the affects!" The threat has been laid that, "There are lawyers watching your blog!" Seriously?  Threats have been given to us before.....
 Like I've said, I am working to help Jan Marie.
The questions that seem to keep arising for me are,
 "Why are these people continuing to try to shut Jan Marie down?"
"Why can't Jan Marie have someone to help her?"
"Why can't Jan Marie have her company back?"
&
"Why can't Jan Marie have her blog back?"
"Why do they have to destroy her?"
"What are these people afraid of?"
& "How is this behavior 'godly'?"
Maybe, my questions will answer some of your questions or maybe, my questions will make you have more questions?
We all have our issues that we need to work on, we all need forgiveness, compassion & understanding.

"Make allowance for each others faults, & forgive anyone who offends you, remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others." 
Colossians 3 :13 (NLT)

There are many things I cannot boast about, my talent, how many followers I have etc...... The only thing I can boast about is Christ! He asks us to "speak life" to each other.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." 
Ephesians 4: 29. (NIV)

I've been told I, "hide behind my religion."
It is true that I'm not perfect. If I were, I'd be in heaven now. A much better place!
 I have a lot of growing in Christ yet to do.
It is true that I lean on Christ! He is my Savior, my Lord & my God!
That's what He wants from me!
 Actually, He wants that from all of us, that call ourselves His.
  It is very easy to get distracted in this life.
He is my life!
 He comes first!
I want to speak as He would speak. 
 That is how "Christians" are to speak if we are truly His!
(What does "Christian" mean? Christ-like.)
I choose to please Him, rather than man. 
I choose to please Him, rather than myself;
Because that is what He asks of me, to be like Him! 
I know scripture tells us to be different than the world.

"And so brothers & sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living & holy sacrifice---the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don't copy the behavior & customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good & pleasing & perfect."
Romans 12: 1- 2. ( NLT)

 This tells me we are to behave/react differently. 
(If we don't live according to The Word of God, we are not a "Christian." Living by the Word of God produces  fruit--the Fruit of the Spirit is defined in the Bible as: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, & temperance--Galatians 5:22.
  The Bible is the Christians Guide Book to living the Christ-like life!
A standard that never changes!
GOD'S STANDARD!)
It would be easy to lash out & slash people with my words, but I am trying to be what God has called His people to be;
 Like Him! 
It isn't easy! I think it would be easier to lash out.
Sometimes, I think that is exactly what these people want me to do!


I don't believe Christians are "door mats" as I've told you before. 
If someone does something that needs to be addressed forthrightly,
 then you must follow scripture & sometimes use the laws of ones country when necessary.
But, if I am not answering questions or responding to e-mails someone has sent,
 that isn't against the law, nor is it "abuse!"


I also want everyone to know  that Jan Marie is a person that I am gaining much respect for!
She makes me think of my Jr. High Art Teacher that had a great impact on my life.
Jan Marie is my teacher when it comes to Flourishes!
Jan Marie is someone who speaks life to me with her encouragement,
 kindness & believing in my ability!
We all need someone in our lives like this! 
My husband is another person who speaks life to me with all of his love & support!

These are some of the accusations & attacks that have been placed at my door. I do try to live what I believe. Only God's opinion about us counts because He sees & knows  EVERYTHING!!! He sees into the crevices of our hearts & sees our inner-most- being,
 & all of our secret sins! He understands our frailty where sin is concerned.
 That is why God had compassion on us & sent His Son to die for us!
I can say, I will bow before my Lord & He will say, "Well done, my good & faithful servant!"
(That is what He calls us to be "servants!")

"But now being made free from sin, & become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, & the end everlasting life." Romans 6:22. (KJV)

That is why I speak the way I do about my faith, because it is what life is all about!
 It is because 
JESUS IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE ITSELF!

Now, let me "speak life" to you!
Jesus is coming back SOON!
Are you ready?
(I am speaking to anyone listening! Maybe, this is the very reason Christ has allowed this trial, so I will do this post with His message of hope!
 If nothing else, it is for me, that I will be BOLDER about sharing my faith for His glory!)
You can know you are ready if you have asked Jesus to be your personal Savior!

"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord & believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, & it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved." 
Romans 10: 9-10. (NLT)

" For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Romans 10: 13. (NLT)

If you fault me for being bold about my faith, then I am guilty!
If you fault me for telling the truth about what I believe, then I am guilty!
If you fault me for "hiding in Jesus," then I am guilty!
(There is no better place to hide!
 I know what "hiding in Christ" does to the enemy!)
If you fault me for believing Jesus loves you too, then I am guilty!
If you fault me for wanting you to know Jesus, then I am guilty!
(Why wouldn't I want to share something that has changed my life for the better, with you?)
If you fault me for being sold out for Christ, then I am guilty!

"Speak Life Video"


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The card I want to share with you today, is a little different from what I normally do,
 but each color symbolizes something!
 Put together they tell a story:

The Gospel Message:

I used Flourishes- Background stamp- Antique map, symbolizing the world.
The black on this card symbolizes the sin of the world.
Genesis 2:7-9, 15----3:24.

The red symbolizes the Blood of Christ that covers the sins of each person in our world, who asks Christ's forgiveness for their sins.
Matthew 1:18-21; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20; 24:1-12; John 18:28----19:30, 38-42.

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Then our hearts will be as white as snow the Bible tells us, without spot or blemish.
Luke 24:13-46; John 20:24-29; 1 Cor. 15-6-7.

 I used Flourishes- Victorian Oval Template Die.
 Once we have been washed in the blood of Christ, we need to grow in Christ, by reading & studying His Word. That is what the green color is for, for growth. This is an important part in the Christian walk with Christ! We don't want to remain "babies in Christ," but grow so we can become "warriors" for the Gospel of Christ. When I say "warriors," it means we are in spiritual battles everyday, all day, & we need to grow, that we can fend off the temptations of this world,
 so that we can stand before God holy!
We need to study the Bible  for ourselves, so others won't lead us astray from God's Word. The Bible says that there are many out there that twist God's Word & lead many astray!
You want to know God's Word for yourself!
1 Tim.2:1-2; 3:15; 4:13-16; 2 Tim. 1:1-5; 2:15, 21-22; 3:14-17; 4:2, 5, 7-8; Acts 16-1-5.


The scripture verse is from Flourishes- Easter Wishes.

"My soul will rejoice in the Lord & delight in His Salvation."
Psalm 35:9.

 The gold & yellow symbolize Heaven.
Rev. 5:11; 21; 22; John 14:2; Acts 1:8-11.
 Heaven, our reward for obeying God & repenting of our sins & accepting Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior.
I also added the butterflies from Flourishes- Old Tea Rose, to symbolize "New Life"-this is what Christ gives us in return for making Him Lord of our lives.

"Put on your new nature, & be renewed as you learn to know your Creator & become like him." Colossians 3:10 (NLT)

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5: 17. (KJV)

The rhinestones symbolize the crowns we will receive for being faithful followers of Christ; that we will lay at Jesus feet for what He did for us on the cross.

"Now the prize awaits me--the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who  eagerly look forward  to His appearing." 2  Timothy 4: 8. (NLT)

Also, James 1:12, Rev. 2: 10 & 1 Peter 5:4.

I tried to make the butterflies wings sparkly with stickles, because that is what we, as His children will be when we reach heaven shinning & beautiful, "holy" before our Lord.
That is how God will see us!
Because we will be like HIM!
HOLY & PURE!

"Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, & you are holy & blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault."
Colossians 1: 22. (NLT)

The yellow on the butterflies  symbolizes the reflection of the shinning streets of gold we will walk on!

"And the street of the city was pure gold." Rev. 21 : 21c (KJV)

The inside is fairly simple done with just a little masking; The butterflies- symbolizing His children, those who have accepted Christ; washed in the Blood of the Lamb, Christ!
 And lots of space for someone to "Speak Life" to someone who needs it!

"For whatever is in your heart determines what you say."
Matthew 12: 34c

***My card is my "version" of the WORDLESS BOOK by Child Evangelism Fellowship***

"Speak Life" today to someone!
TLady

For Flourishes Images call
The Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
Or
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575 

 

Supplies not mentioned above:
Memento Ink
Paper Studio- Rhinestones
SU- Corner Rounder Punch
Dimensionals
Glue Dots













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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Flourishes "Christmas in July!"

Hi Blog Friends!

I think it's time for a Flourishes "Christmas in July" & what better way to celebrate,
 than with a Flourishes Christmas Image! 
I have to tell you, when it comes to Christmas stamps,
all reason goes out the window! LOL 
I just gravitate to them.
 I seem to have a lot of Christmas stamps....
When I go to  buy them, I have a hard time deciding on just one
 & end up buying several, just in case I might "need" them...
I can come up with a thousand different reasons to buy them in bulk like that!
 So, I guess it is natural, I would have a good collection of Christmas Stamps. 
But, I should tell you there are more Flourishes Christmas stamps that I long to have!

If you're longing for some Flourishes goodies, be sure to call the 
Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
or
Toll Free: 888-475-1575
Someone will be there to help you meet that longing!

For my Christmas Card I chose to use the inspiration picture over at 
Festive Friday Challenges.
  You can find out more about the Festive Friday Challenge here:

And I chose to use the sketch at
 Mojo Monday Challenge.
You can find out more about the Mojo Monday Challenge here:

Here's my card:
I used Flourishes- Poinsettia & Pine.

I stamped the image with Versa Mark & heat embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder- SU.

I colored my image with Copic Markers. 

I stamped the image twice, colored it & cut them both out;
 one is only the flower though, & popped it up on dimensionals.
I also added Diamond Glaze to the berries & MS- Crystal Fine Glitter to the center of the poinsettia.
If you look really look closely at the inspiration picture, you can see blue. I incorporated blue into my image with adding blue to the pine needles & the poinsettia itself.

 My bow was made with Becca's Bow Maker,
 & the little tag is Flourishes- Classic Tags Template Dies. 
 The sentiment is from Flourishes- Seasonal Wreaths.

I didn't forget the inside:
The inside sentiment & image is from the same set
 Flourishes- Poinsettia & Pine.

Some additional photo's for you:

So what do you think? Should we have Christmas in July? 
I think I'll keep it in December here at my house,
 but I sure do enjoy making Christmas cards any time of the year!

Let me know what you think?
I look forward to reading each & everyone of your comments, &
thank you to those that take the time to leave me some love!

"Jingle bells, Jingle bells..."
TLady :) 

******UPDATE: This card was chosen for "Favorites" at SCS this week!*****

Supplies not mentioned above: 
Paper Studio- Old World Winter
Ribbon
SU- Red paper
SU- Scallop Punch
SU- Silver Tag Cording
Glue Dots

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Good Ole Fashioned Independence Day!

Hi Blog Friends!

"HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!"
(Just a little early.)

There is nothing so fun as an Independence Day Celebration,
celebrating our freedom!
The U.S.A is a unique country in that we are a free people!
After Salvation through Christ, there is nothing so precious as Freedom!
 Many people in the United States choose to celebrate this special day with their families.
 Having cook-outs/picnics, hamburgers/hot dogs, potato salad, apple pies & watermelon, parades, waving our flag, & fireworks.... The list of activities can go on & on!
We have MUCH to celebrate in being free!
I chose to make a card that might give you just a little taste of 
 "A Good Ole Fashioned Independence Day!"

If you see anything you like please call the
Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
or
Toll Free: 888-475-1575
Flourishes is always happy to help you with your stamping needs!

Take a peak:
Of course, I had to use a plaid paper for the plaid table clothes on our picnic tables! 
(From DCWV- Spring Fling Summer Days)

I used  Flourishes- Wild For Watermelon, 
 & Flourishes- Classic Hourglass Template Die
 along with Flourishes- Season of Wreaths for my sentiment.

Here is a close-up of my image.
I used Flourishes- Classic Hourglass Template Die,
  & Flourishes- Garden Picks for the Ball Jar.
I remember when I was a teen,
 Blue Ball Jars were brought back for our Bicentennial Celebration!
 I love the blue jars!
I masked the jar & sponged the sky & the "picnic table" I'd drawn in.
(The jar needed to be grounded.)
I also used a ruler & pencil to draw lines for placement, for the pin-wheel sticks.
Going over them with an EK Success-Millennium Collection fine point pen,
  & erasing the pencil marks with my knead eraser. 
(Knead Erasers are fun to play with...kind of like "Silly Putty," 
 & they don't tear up your paper when used. It's the perfect eraser for the artist!)
 I used a Prisma Color Marker to color my Ball Jar. 
I touched my Copic Blender Pen to my colored marker
 & applied color that way, 
as I didn't want the whole thing blue & colored to give the image depth,
 going from the side to the center of the jar.
 For the short "neck" of the jar, I stroked the pen downward.
I finished off the jar by adding Diamond Glaze.

The Pinwheels were made with a SU- 1" Punch 
& snipped in the corners 
& folded down after curling the pieces just a little with my fingernail,
 so they would cooperate & be rounded rather than flat. 
I used small glue dots to hold them in place & then
I added the centers with Perfect Pearls.


The little bees are from Flourishes- Tiny Flowers & Tags.
(You always have some kind of bug at a picnic!) LOL
I raised most everything up on dimensionals, the navy base, the die, the bees, & the pinwheels! 
Some of the pinwheels are triple-layered with dimensionals to make them stand up over the others. 

Hope you are inspired & I hope you have a wonderful "Independence Day" with your families!
Remember to think about those freedoms we hold dear here in the U.S.A. that others don't have,
 & guard them!!!
Your comments are very welcome & much appreciated.

Happy Independence Day!
TLady

Supplies not mentioned above:
Memento Ink
Versa Fine Ink
Score Buddy
Ribbon
Stickles
SU- Paper
SU- Corner Punch

*****I will be entering this card in the following challenges!*****

*Artistic Inspirations- Challenge #98 Anything Goes/Patriotic Colours-
Here:
http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

*Bitten By The Bug 2- Independence Day Challenge
Here:
http://heather-bittenbythebug2.blogspot.com/

*Craft 'in Desert Divas- Red, White & Blue
Here:
http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/

*My Craft Spot- Patriotic
Here:
http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/

*The Pink Elephant- Anything Goes
Here:
http://thepinkelephantchallenge.blogspot.com/