Yes it's Texas Independence Day! On March 2, 1836, the Republic of Texas declared it's independence from Mexico after Sam Houston defeated Santa Ana at the Battle of San Jacinto. Texas was annexed into statehood in 1845 but because it was it's own country, Texas is the only state that is allowed to fly it's flag at the same height as the United States flag. I know you didn't ask for a history lesson today but you got one anyway - and one that you'll probably forget as soon as you go to another mindless blog!
So to mark this auspicious occasion, here is a project that I've been a little obsessed with. I saw a version of this on another blog (magic-boxes.blogspot.com) - hers are amazing and much more involved than mine. I made them a little bigger to accomodate my clumsy fingers and the size of my stamps. The closed box is 3 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide so you can cut it out of a sheet of 8.5 X 11 card stock - the top requires another sheet. Anyway, they are way too much work for most of your friends but might be perfect for that special occasion or for those times when you have more time than money. The trick is to use acetate strips to make the image appear to float. I used a heavier weight used for report covers which I got at my local Kwik Kopy. Regular acetate would probably be sufficient but I didn't want my images to be too droopy. I'll be adding a few more boxes in the days to come but for today, it's all about TEXAS!
The bluebonnet box has glitter glue around each panel and a little more on each bluebonnet which doesn't show up very well in the photo. They were a real pain the the butt to cut out but it was worth it in the end. This one really springs open - I guess from all of the pieces inside.