It’s A Red, White and Bluevaganza! {Helmar Blog Hop}

Hello everyone and welcome to the Helmar Red White and Blue Hop. We have a bunch of wonderful projects to share with all of you and wanted to celebrate the colors of our design team with you. Australia, Canada, the UK, and America are shining brightly, so grab a glass of your favorite beverage and lets get hopping.

  If you get lost along the way, you will find the order below. Make sure you leave your comments on every stop for your chance to win. We will select 1 Canadian, 1 American, and 1 Australian individual. So that is 3 prizes total. Now lets get hopping. Thanks for spending a little bit of your weekend with Helmar. Enjoy!
I am thrilled to share with you a special banner I made for the family annual Fourth of July celebration that is held at our home. I usually don’t do much decorating, aside from red, white and blue plates, and flags all about. This year, we are missing someone very special (my mother-in-law passed away a few weeks ago), and I wanted to help keep the atmosphere as cheerful as possible, so…I made my first banner. I purchased these Victorian postcards at a shop in my mom and dad’s town last week, and decided they would work perfectly together.
I added vintage plastic doilies, and trims from Webster’s Pages, along with other vintage threads and beads, and I think it dressed the postcards up quite nicely!
I couldn’t have added these delicate laces, and all of the mixed media elements to the clothespins without my Helmar 450 Quick Dry. 450 is now my go to adhesive for the tough jobs that need to be “neat” as well (not show).
There will be an upcoming tutorial video for Gauche Alchemy, showing how these collaged clothespins were made. Make sure to keep your eye out. I used Helmar Crystal Kote Fixative and Crystal Kote Gloss Aerosol sprays to adhere the glitter, and to give it a nice glossy shine. I LOVE the result!
The letters and numbers (Pink Paislee Wood, and American Crafts Thickers) spell out “July 4th 1776″. I wish I could have captured the whole full length banner where it was able to see, not like ants sitting on my mantle. hehe.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! I am so blessed to have you here, and I would find it an honor if you’d leave me a comment (oh, and you could win a prize)!  Please make sure to visit the new Helmar US store….if you haven’t purchased before due to shipping, or your LSS not carrying it,  NOW is the time! I promise, promise, promise you won’t be sorry. I haven’t used ANY other adhesive since Helmar came my way!
I hope you have a blessed Fourth Of July, or Canada Day, or revisit the Jubilee in your mind, or love on your country of Australia! :D I’m grateful to have met so many awesome bloggy friends from these countries…and of course I’m proud of MY country, the USA!
Next…hop on over to Cindy Royal‘s Blog! You’ll love her amazing style!
If you’ve just started here, first start at the HELMAR design team blog!
Grace Lauer

Michelle Wallace

Lisa Wilkinson

Sandie Edwards

Kate Vickers

Susan Weckesser

Rae Cooper

JJ Sobey

Amy Lynne Lassiter——-> YOU ARE HERE. :)

Cindy Royal

Jessica Morales

Erin Morehouse

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16 Comments on “It’s A Red, White and Bluevaganza! {Helmar Blog Hop}”

  1. AHH! I love it! I love the clothes pins and the pendants … it’s all so stunning! ~ Grace

  2. Miriam prantner says:

    What a great banner! Love all those clips! Would be fun to do a Christmas/advent version of this!

  3. retta519 says:

    Oh my gosh, how precious!

  4. Janet Licari says:

    A wonderful job on your banner. I love the vintage cards and how you glittered the clothes pins. Great idea and I hope the banner will add some cheer to your gathering :D
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com
    America

  5. Sheri R says:

    Will look forward to the tutorial on the cliips. Great banner!

    Sheri

  6. TracyM #6773 says:

    So sorry for your loss Amy.
    Great to see that you were able to create this fabulous banner!!!
    I look forward to learning more about your collage clothespins – haven’t seen the products you used to make them, so will keep an eye out and get prepared.
    Thank you for the chance to win a Helmar prize that will be crafting down here in Australia :)

  7. Karen Loke says:

    So sparkly & glittery – love those collage clothespins.
    Karen L 1020 at gmail dot com

  8. Sue D says:

    Fabulous banner–I like the vintage postcards and how you decorated the clothespins.
    American

  9. Chipper says:

    Those postcards are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I adore your banner. Have a wonderful Independence Day!!!

  10. Radine says:

    What a creative idea for the clothespin….u did a wonderful job on your banner!!!

  11. jjsobeyj says:

    those hangers are awesome!

  12. Luce Lavertu says:

    I love the banner! Vintage is my style!

  13. Basilia facchini says:

    Very cool !!! Your 4th of July celebrations would of been all the much more beautiful with your lovely card banner!! Fabulous idea,

  14. I love your vintage pennant! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

  15. [...] In honor of our nations stand for Independence (aka that mid-week grilling and fireworks holiday we enjoyed at the beginning of the month), Amy combined gesso, mists, punchinella, and items from the Mixed Media Color Kits to create these fabulous clothespins which she used to hang her holiday garland. [...]

  16. WOW…What an awesome banner. Go USA !!


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