Happy Birthday, U.S.A!


We’ve celebrated some wonderful July 4ths – the year we were in Washington, DC was exceptional – but this year we’ll be home on Maui.  My husband’s brother and his family will be here as well, and we’re planning a day of good food (always!) and watching some fireworks.  It’s a holiday that is well suited to sharing with family and friends, taking some time to be grateful for the freedom and privilege of being an American and for the many men and women who have dedicated their lives to defending our country.

A Star Spangled Banner

  • So Many Stars Builder Wheel
  • Real Red Classic ink pad
  • Real Red, Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock
  • Star punch; Uniball Signo Gel pen
  • Linen thread; Brocade Blue button (Marina Mist now available!)

There’s a little trick to getting a straight line when you use only one of the little skinny Builder Wheels.  You need a training wheel…seriously.  I’m right handed, so the wheel I want to use goes on the left side of the spindle when the Stampin’ Around handle is applied to the paper.  Next to that wheel I put a spacer, and on the opposite end I put another Builder Wheel – any will do because you’re not going to ink it up.  Now instead of one skinny wheel, you have the equivalent of a “dualie” and your wheel will roll along quite steadily.   Although I have a Real Red jumbo ink cartridge, I used the stamp pad so that I could ink up only the So Many Stars wheel and run it along a strip of Whisper White card stock (doesn’t everyone have heaps of those skinny strips, or am I the only person who saves them?)  Trim to 1/2 inch and you have stripes!

That’s gel pen around the star.  I considered hand-cutting a white paper star just a little bigger than the punch but the pen was so much easier.  I’m a lazy girl at heart!

Happy Fourth of July!

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