Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Made in the U.S.A. { by me! }



Can you believe it's almost July? I decided to get out some patriotic decor yesterday and wanted to add to what little bit I have. Perfect excuse to play along with two challenges this week also!

The first challenge is a color challenge over at H2H. I chose dutch blue for the "any blue" and added in some white embossing and desert sand ink.


I'm also playing along with the challenge on the Ribbon Carousel Blog. What says "Happy Birthday" to America more than a festive banner!?!




I originally had 3 barn stars over my fireplace mantle. I replaced them with one great big one which was hiding in my bedroom and out of view anyhow.




Here is a close up on the pennants. You will see that I used a Spellbinders label die for each of them. I stamped a flourish from the You & Me stamp set in white first and embossed it. Then I stamped script background in desert sand ink and sponged the edges to make it appear more aged. The letters are from old textured card stock die cuts. I simply embellished with some barn stars with buttons, faux pearls and hemp twine.








Here is a pic of the entire fireplace wall.




10 comments:

Karen Day said...

Amy, I love your freedom banner! A great subtle background, and the little pearl touches really add to it. Thanks for playing this week on H2H :o)

Dawn said...

This is so great! I love that it's patriotic and rustic looking! ;O)

Elizabeth said...

This is beautiful! I love the use of the flourish stamp - now I have to try something like this.

Melanie said...

That project looks great on it's own but it's amazing in front of that star. Beautiful!!

Lorrinda said...

Love how rustic this looks attached to the star! Fabulous decor idea! Thanks for joining us at H2H this week:)

Haley D. said...

Your banner is fabulous! I love how you put everything together. Thanks for sharing with us at H2H!

Cheryl Even said...

Wow, the star and banner look great over the fireplace! The banner is really classy yet perfect for July 4th. Love it.

Melinda said...

Wow! Did I say Wow? This blows me away. Great job and thanks for joining us at H2H!

Debbie Carriere said...

Amy, this looks fantastic!!! Thanks for joining us at H2H & The Ribbon Carousel!

Corinna said...

I love your banner! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Ribbon Carousel Challenge!