With the butterflies out of the way and the problem solved on how to make paper dolls stand up, it was now time to focus on one of my favorite projects: the banner. I spent weeks looking at banners and making note of what I liked about certain ones. I discovered I loved many textures, many layers and bling. But who doesn't love bling? I wanted something that just made you go oooooh! ahhhhh! and want to just touch it. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!Pin It
I had a sneak peak of Sadie's room and knew it was painted a beautiful bright green and would have hints of pink in it. I wanted to make something that her mommy could take home and use in her room, if she so chose to do so. I asked our friend Dianne to help us. While I am pretty compfortable with paper, I am clueless about beading. However, Dianne is an old pro at beading. I follow her on pinterest and she does amazing work. So she set out to make the beads and I made the banner.
The first thing I did was cut the banner from the Yummy Imagine Cartridge. This cartridge has quite a few banners and with Cricut Craft Room and the ability to change the patterns on the banners, the options are endless. Just pick any of the patterns from any of the Imagine cartridges and you change the whole feel of your banner. I happened to like one of the premade banners on the cartridge. It has subtle pinks,greens and blues in it and the trim is in pink. It was perfect for this project. Because this is an Imagine cartridge, all I needed was white cardstock and my Imagine would print and cut each banner. I reinforced each banner with chipboard because I didn't want the hanging gems to tear a whole througth the banner due to weight. I used my crop a dile to make the wholes, once I glued my paper to my chipboard. Once the holes were made, I reinforced them with eyelets.wanted to make sure the bling didn't just split the whole at the bottom so I reinforced each banner piece with a piece of chipboard that was a bit smaller than the banner.
I then set out to make the rosettes. This time I used my Cricut Expression and the Ribbons and Rosette's cartridge. I had so much pink and green Co'ordination cardstock on hand that I knew I had enough on hand to make the roseettes. I love this cardstock because it cuts like butter in my Cricut machines and if you are patient, Joanne's will have it on sale 5 or 6 pieces per dollar. That is a great deal!
After making the base of the rosettes, I had to put the letters on top. I used my Expression again to cut the circles that made base of the letters. They just seemed too simple so I embossed them with my Cuttlebug. First I embossed it then I gave it a light sanding. That is the beauty of Co'ordination paper. The core of the paper is a different color. I used white core paper for this project.
I then got out....you guessed it...my Cricut Expression and Cindy Loo cartridge to cut the letters and placed them on top of the circles. because my Gypsy is broken and away at the repair shop, I used the Cricut Craft Room to resize my letters so that they fit perfect within the circles.
I also added some bling to each and alittle texture with a white Signo pen.
Next were the rosette ribbons. I wanted to add another layer of texture so I decided to add pearls to the centers. I didn't know if I had enough pearls to do the banner so I chose to make faux pearls with my Viva Decor pens. If you haven't tried them, you don't know what you are missing. They come in 24 yummy flavors and are so easy to use. As you can see, the pearls are not pointy on top but round, just like pearls. I seem to use alot of Cream, Ice White, Lilac, light Green and Light Blue. I don't have any black on hand but I have some projects I want to do that will have alot of black accents so I may need to look for a sale and get some.
I let the pearls dry overnight, just to be on the safe side. The ribbon was from Hobby Lobby. This is one of those times that being a scrapbook hoarder, uh I mean, collector, pays off. I like to buy things on sale. So I bought this ribbon at 1/2 off. I didn't know what I was going to use it for but I knew that it would come in handy with all the babies being born this year. However, I will let you in on a little secret. Later on I am going to share another project that required me to go to Joanne's. At Joanne's, I found a material sold by the yard on a bolt that looked very similiar and was cheaper. So next time, I will buy it.
Here is a picture of the first two pieces. If you have never seen a crop a dile, it it the pink think in the top right hand corner. It comes in handy for so many projects. Next to it is my Xyron sticker maker that also gets used alot. And next to that is a coupon because this girl is trying to learn the art of couponing. As you can see I don't have the skill of organizing your coupons down yet because I have a coupon in the middle of my craft table. Oh well, that is a work in progress. I'll tell you about it later.
Here is the recipe I used to make them:
-Co'ordination cardstock Green and pink
-red tacky tape (to adhere ribbon)
-hot fix gems
-Viva Decor pens
-Birds and Swirls embossing folder
-Yummy Imagine Cartridge
-Ribbons and Rosettes Cricut Cartridge
-Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge
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