My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today. Here is my project and then read on to see the rest of the wonderful submissions.
My dads favorite holiday was the 4th of July. Maybe that's because he was in the Marines during world war II. Because he loved the holiday so much we always celebrated in a very BIG way. We grew up on an 80 acre farm and we had a very long field beyond the house and when the 4th was coming dad would make certain to irrigate very well so we could shoot off fireworks.
Now, I'm not talking just a few little safe and sane fireworks. I'm talking the really big ones you get on the Indian reservation. Dad would start stocking up several weeks before the big day and by the time the 4th arrived he would have spent as much as six thousand dollars on fireworks.
Crazy huh! But the 6 of us kids and our friends and our parents friends and families would get together for a huge picnic, cook out and shoot fireworks non-stop from around 3 in the afternoon until about 1 am. The day time was filled with firecrackers, bottle rockets and other things and then when it got dark the really pretty ones would be brought out.
We entertained the entire neighborhood and they would plan their parties and watch our fireworks too. Yes, it was a lot of money but Dad could afford it and it brought joy to a lot of people and created memories that I will never forget and not only me but my children as well because we did this for years and years so grand kids got to get in the action as well.
Fond memories are what today's display is all about. I thought about my dad while I was making this. Dad, a marine during WWII and he NEVER spoke about the war at all EVER so I knew nothing of what that was like for him but finding some pictures of him in uniform with some of his buddies spoke volumes to me.
Enough reminiscing. On to the project. This is a table centerpiece. I designed the "fireworks" pieces myself the rest came from the Silhouette store. When I saw Jamie's pencil holders I knew right away that it would make a great holder for my "fireworks".
- Banner Bunting 38215 Jen Martokis
- American Flag 6155 Pole Vault Media
- Pencil Holder 58566 Jamie Cripps
- Doilie unknown
- Stars unknown
- Bow 3010 Loni Harris
I didn't have to resize the bunting at all it fit perfectly around Jamie's cool pencil holder and then I added the bows and stars to dress it up a bit. The ribbon represents the sparks coming out of the fireworks. I think it's cute and it certainly is patriotic.
The materials used are all from Stampin' Up! and include Night of Navy, Real Red and Whisper White card stock and a selection of designer series papers in the appropriate colors.
I hope you enjoy my project. I have FREE files for making the fire works if you're interested. I share my files with those who follow my blog. If you are a follower leave me a comment and let me know you would like the file and what you think of the project. If you're not a follower, just sign up. If you sign up via email I will get a notice and will send your file right out. If you sign up through an RSS feed you will have to send me an email with your email address so I can send the file out to you.
Now check out the rest of the wonderful patriotic projects we have to share.
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