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9.27.2009

"Autumn" Banner For The Mantle

I have to admit that I have had Cricut Design Studio for about two years and have NEVER used it!!!  So the other night, after watching an infomercial for the new Cricut Gypsy, I decided to play around with it...OMG!  It's AWESOME!!!  So much easier than I anticipated and sooooo many features that help customize your creations.  LOVE IT!!!  So now I don't feel like I need to run out and purchase the Gypsy on the release day!  :)

This banner is a creation that meets the criteria for several current challenges:
1.  SPCC:  Hoppin' Combo (orange, green, light brown, dark brown color combo)
2.  Creative Belli Blog:  Create a fall/halloween themed item
3.  Use It Challenges:  Challenge #27
4.  Practical Scrappers:  Blog Hop Challenge

To make the triangles for this banner, I used the birthday hat image from Doodlecharms.  I resized and stretched the image in DS and then cut them out on dark brown cardstock.  Then I cut the same triangles out of this beautiful Basic Grey paper and adhered them together.  Because the short edge of the triangles were somewhat rounded (that's how the image is cut), I had to use my trimmer to cut the edge into a straight, even line to form a perfect triangle.

Using scraps from the patterned paper, I cut 1/2" strips the same length as the tringle edges, cut them with scallop-edge scissors and glued them on all three sides of the triangles.  Then I inked all edges.  I punched holes in each upper corner and connected the triangles with light brown ribbon.  To make the charms, I cut small leaves from Doodlecharms, inked the edges, and then muted the tops with chalk ink.  Using a needle and thread, I attached them to each bow, allowing them to dangle between the triangles.


To spell "AUTUMN", I used the Storybook cartridge and cut the letter bases out of dark brown cs.  I cut the accent/layer out of medium brown and matted them on the back instead of the front.  Using a flourish stamp covered in liquid glue, I then stamped randomly over each letter.  I sprinkled brown flocking over the glue and shook off the excess.  I heated the flocked images with my embossing gun to set the powder.
For the first and last triangles, I cut leaves from Storybook out of dark brown cs and flocked them as well.  I also cut an acorn out of orange cs (using Doodlecharms) and inked/distressed it.  I added two layered flowers with a brad center and layered the embellishments on the triangle.
To finish, I took the flourish stamp I used to do the flocking, and used dark brown ink to stamp randomly over the triangles around the letters.  It was a somewhat time-consuming project, but I LOVE the results!!!
Thanks so much for looking!!!  :)

19 comments:

Christine Meyer said...

What a great banner! I love the font you chose! Thanks for playing again at Practical Scrappers!

josie said...

wow! awesome job. I love it. I also like your blog.

Jamie Lane said...

Adorable! Thanks for playing at Practical Scrappers!

Jessica said...

I want one! this turned out great! I'm glad to see you visited us again at Practical Scrappers - keep up the awesome work!

Deanne K said...

It's beautiful! I just love it!

Emily said...

Gorgeous!

Emily-SP Diva

The Brae-er said...

Love it and may have to scraplift it!

Fern said...

What a beautiful banner, love the colors and paper... Your blog also made me laugh.. It's very creative and cute... Thanks so much for playing along with us in the Belli Challenge.. :o)

Susan said...

I love the banner! What a great use of the SPCC colors.

Dani said...

OMGosh! I'm totally in love with this banner! Feel free to send it my way... Just kidding! Thanks for joining us in the Belli Challenge!

Jenny said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! I love that basic grey paper!!! Thanks for joining us at Practical Scrappers and good luck!!!!

jdmommy said...

What an amazing banner!! It sure looks great in your home! TFS! And thanks for playing the Belli Challenge!

Deb M. said...

WOW!! Your banner is beautiful. Enjoyed visiting your blog. TFS!

angiejean said...

This is gorgeous!!!

thescrapmaster said...

Beautiful banner!!!
Hugs,
Samantha
SPCC Creator

ladynurse4 said...

This is awesome. Great details. Thanks for joining us at practical scrappers!

Christine said...

Still love this project! I want to get around to doing something like this too! Thanks for joining us again at Practical Scrappers!

Kim said...

I love it too! This is a fabby project...very clever and practical. Thanks for playing this weekend at Practical Scrappers.
Blessings,
Kim xXx

kim.mom said...

Love this banner!