July 1, 2013

patriotic party... Crafty Secrets July Linky Party

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!
Thanks for stopping by today! We have a brand new month and an all new linky party over at the Crafty Secrets blog! Be sure to link up any new creations using Crafty Secrets products to win a great prize!!

Recently over at the Crafty Vintage Girl shop we released beautiful printable double sided papers.  Have you seen them?? Super gorgeous, and I'm here to show you how to make simple decorations to host your own party. While I am Canadian and it is Canada Day., there's something about American Independence day that I love.. the stars and stripes.. but more of a vintage, muted vibe. That's my inspiration today!

A trio of easy decorations: medallion banner, pinwheels, and treat bags.
First up my banner. I started by printing off the blue swirls paper from the new Rose swirls papers. Such a gorgeous blue, I didn't even edit it. Perfect colour for what I envisioned. I also printed the Red Damask. Who says you can't use patterns for the Red White and Blue? Loving the damask.. and perfect for some Christmas projects too!

To make my medallions I used my Scor Pal to score lines in a 2 inch x11inch long paper. You will need 2 of these.. It's up to you how far apart to make your score lines.The further apart the bigger the peaks and valleys. Once scored and folded into an accordion strip I double sided taped the ends together to make one long strip then taped again to form a circle.Flatten the circle towards the centre and you should get your flattened medallion. I used a big blob of hot glue on the back to stop them from popping back out of shape. Make all different sizes from different widths and pair them together. Decorate how you wish! To make the half circles, only use one strip and secure the same way. Add all circles and half circles to twine or ribbon and voila. One sweet banner complete.

Up next patriotic pinwheels... gosh these are so fun and super easy to make a bunch of! I printed the Blue Swirls and the Red from the Red Damask set on the back of each other and then cut 4"x4" squares. To make the pinwheel, simple cut diagonal from the corners to the middle, leaving a little in the middle to attach your points to. Once cut fold over towards the centre overlapping the ends from each corner and secure with a brad. Add buttons or just leave the brad showing. It's up to you. I used skewers and covered them with floral tape and then wound some butchers twine around and secured at the top and bottoms. Glue or tape the pinwheel to the skewer and away you go. (Pinwheels don't spin).

You can't have a party with out treats now, can you? Using glassine bags and the Red Damask and a red paper from CD #2, I cut 1.5"x1.5" squares.(Or you can use a punch or fdie) then cut them on a diagonal to make 2 triangles. Offsetting the triangles by half, and using a different pattern for top and bottom results in the chevron stripe. I then added a thin strip of blue to the centre. I made a 3D star and punched out tiny little stars from the scraps of the 2 patterned papers as well as a few white. Star confetti! How fun:) I added a handmade tissue fringe as wel. Adhere all to the bag and make as many as your heart desires! Fill them with goodies and pass it around. I'm fond of kettle corn, as you can tell :)

Before I get going, I'd love to introduce our 2 new Design Team Ladies. Make sure you pop by to say 'hi' and see their beautiful creations:

Kathy Clement
Elizabeth Lincoln

and the rest of our wonderful team:

Vicki Chrisman (Team Leader)

Michele Kovack

Darlene Pavlick

Melissa Bove

Sheila Rumney


  1. Love your patriotic projects and how you combined 2 different paper collections!

  2. Festive! I haven't put out and 4th of July d├ęcor. Super Cute!

  3. Happy Canada Day Rebekah from another fellow Canadian! Great party decor, your treat bag is so cute. Where do you get the glassine bags? I would love to make some party bags for the BBQ we are planning for my mom's 80th birthday.


  4. So fun and festive! Happy Canada Day to you, Rebekah!

  5. WOW what fabulous decorations Rebekah! LOVE your colors and designs ... so festive and fun! Fantastic ideas ... now all I need is a party!! LOL!
    Have a fabulous day!

  6. Fun festive creations, that popcorn makes me hungry now. Ha!

  7. Gorgeous creations Rebekah!! So patriotic and beautiful!!


  8. Great projects. Love that banner.


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