Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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9 Easter Paper Craft Projects

Enjoy these "eggstra" special Easter designs.

Three Carrots

Every bunny will love this card.

Make this card in no time at all using patterned papers and a small punch. Glue a piece of patterned paper to a sheet of white card stock for durability. Then cut a rectangle of another patterned paper, triple-matted it with green and white, and used decorative scissors to edge the matting. After adhering all three layers to the front of the card, cut three triangles by hand from orange paper and punched green stems with a small oak-leaf punch. Then glue the carrots to the center of the matted rectangle.

Sources:

  • Patterned papers: Paper Pizazz by Hot Off the Press (1-503-266-9102)
  • Punch: Emagination Crafts (1-866-238-9770)

Easter Day

The photos take center stage in this sunny Easter layout.

For this two-page layout, create an Easter Bunny paper-piecing complete with watering can. Draw inspiration from a pattern in a tole painting book, lightly chalking the edges for dimension. A metallic paper watering can and wire water complete the accent.

Sources:

  • Patterned paper: orange papers by Keeping Memories Alive (1-800-419-4949); floral by The Paper Patch (1-801-253-3018)
  • Die cut: sun by Accu-Cut Systems (1-800-288-1670)
  • Computer font: LD Delightful by Lettering Delights (www.letteringdelights.com)
  • Punch: heart by All Night Media (1-800-STAMPED)
  • Other: The rabbit was based on a pattern from the book Forever Friends by Kerry Bradle and Nancy Spain.

Easter Day pattern

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Easter

This page captures both the joy and the hoppy-ness of Easter.

Use wire-look stickers as page embellishments, customizing them slightly by deckling the edges. Use the photo-realist accents if you like.

Sources:

  • Patterned paper: Paper Reflections by DMD Industries, Inc. (1-800-805-9890)
  • Decorative scissors: Fiskars (1-715-842-2091)
  • Cutouts: Bumpercrops (www.bumpercropping.com)
  • Rubber stamp: All Night Media (1-800-STAMPED)
  • Computer fonts: Dazzle (journaling), "The Font Factory" CD by Provo Craft (1-800-937-7686); Kuenstler Script (title) by Adobe (www.adobe.com)

Flowerpot Bunny

This bunny says "Happy Easter!"

To make this happy card, cut an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of purple card stock in half, then fold it in half again. Cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the front of the card and adhere it, leaving an even border on all sides. Then dissect and layer a die cut, draw a face, and create a colorful bouquet of punched flowers -- a personal Easter card in minutes!

Sources:

  • Patterned paper: The Paper Patch (1-801-253-3018)
  • Die cut: Accu-Cut Systems (1-800-288-1670)
  • Punch: tulip by McGill, Inc. (www.mcgillinc.com)

Eggstra Special Day

This bag makes the perfect Easter combo: greeting card and egg carrier.

Jazz up a generic paper bag by creating a faux basket. Weave a basket pattern from strips of wood-grain paper and adhere it to the bag, tucking a piece of gingham fabric, plastic Easter grass, and punch-adorned Easter eggs between the bag and basket panel. Used a computer to print a message, which you can then trim to size and double mat.

Sources:

  • Patterned paper: Provo Craft (1-800-937-7686)
  • Punches: mini flower, mini heart, and mini star by Darice (1-800-321-1494); small spiral by Family Treasures (1-800-413-2645)
  • Shape template: eggs by Frances Meyer, Inc. (1-800-372-6237)
  • Computer fonts: Doodle Fill In ("Eggstra") and Doodle Script, "Page Printables Vol 1" CD by Cock-A-Doodle Design (1-800-262-9727)

Garden Party

This fun layout captures the spirit of a day at the local botanical gardens.

It was no big surprise that the children at this garden party didn't want to sit still to have their photos taken. An Easter picnic at a local botanical garden proved the ideal setting for the kids to get disheveled and investigate their surroundings. Keep the layout simple and clean, adding minimal embellishments that pack a big punch. Using two flower punches, create various-color flowers, then apply metal washer centers. The botanical garden theme is further carried out with the use of a flower-shape journaling box.

Sources:

  • Patterned paper: Close to My Heart (1-888-655-6552)
  • Computer font: Tekton (journaling) by Adobe (www.adobe.com)
  • Lettering template: School Days (title) by EK Success Ltd. (1-800-524-1349); Alpha Mini Giggly Letters ("Easter Sunday") from CraftersWorkshop.com
  • Punches: Nankong (1-302-731-2995)
  • Other: Pattern for journaling block.

Garden Party pattern

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Egg Hunt

This simple page accentuates the look of mischief in Tyler's eyes.

Replicate your child's outfit using paper patterns and stickers, add real buttons to complete the look. Use a variety of stickers to make the boats on the tie: The base was cut from a border, and the sails were cut from the white space found on sticker sheets.

Sources:

  • Patterned paper: Making Memories (1-801-294-0430)
  • Stickers: letters by Making Memories (1-801-294-0430); materials to make boats and rope border by Mrs. Grossman's (1-800-429-4549)
  • Buttons: Dritz Corporation (1-800-845-4948)
  • Other: Tie, jacket, and shirt are Denise's design.

Egg Hunt patterns

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Easter Dress

Jessica's dress sets the tone for this grandmother's scrapbook page.

To complement the soft, ribbon-trimmed dress and flower-adorned hat, layer plain and patterned vellums and lavender-tone papers. You can also fashion a vellum pocket and slip the photo inside, accenting the pouch with printed vellum butterflies.

Sources:

  • Patterned papers/vellums: Paper Pizazz by Hot Off the Press (1-503-266-9102)
  • Die cuts: butterflies and borders, Lacy Cut-Outs by Hot Off the Press (1-503-266-9102)
  • Colored eyelets: Stamp Studio (1-208-288-0300)
  • Computer font: Daly Hand by Electric Typographer (www.will-harris.com)

Meanie Bunny

Move over, Peter Rabbit; this is Meanie Bunny territory.

Allow your child's artwork not only to take a big role in the layout but also to inspire the title as well. Mat and mount the colored-pencil drawing with the same colorful papers chosen to use on the title treatment and photo mats. Also, you can mat the sticker letters in the title to emphasize them.

Sources:

  • Patterned paper: Making Memories (1-801-294-0430)
  • Stickers: Me and My Big Ideas (1-949-589-4607)
  • Computer font: PC Curved, "Borders, Corners and More Hugware" CD by Provo Craft (1-800-937-7686)
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