Monday, August 20, 2012


Hello crafty peeps! So, you’re in for a treat this week, because I am guesting on the Everyday Cricut blog! That’s right, every single day. Before I get into my project for today, I want to thank Joy and Melanie for having me, it’s an honor.

I think most people that read my blog, know that I am a cardmaker. That’s my passion, but would it surprise you all that I did something, “off the page,” to kick off the week?






Joy to the world . . . Kidding, I have a terrible singing voice. But, this makes me want to sing! I wanted to offer some ideas for the upcoming holiday season, and banners are great décor items. I opted to keep it simple and small, but if have a mantle, why not go all out?

The inspiration for this came from the Fontopia Art Cartridge. When I looked through the handbook, I knew I wanted to make a banner with the letters. I just love the typography. But, I digress! I’ll walk you through the process, it was really easy, and I worked on it for a few days (I have this job . . . I know, ugh. Joking, I love it.), but it really wouldn’t take long to do in one sitting.

I woke up my Imagine from a deep slumber, and printed out three patterns from the Teresa Collins Black & White Pattern Cartridge. Because everyone loves a visual, I took a picture of the patterns I printed:


I am a big fan of options. Know what I’m saying? In the end, I went for the sheet music because I think it conveyed Christmas the most; to me, anyway. Also, as you can see, I printed on Kraft cardstock and it came from Jo-Ann. I think I spent more time deciding on and printing patterns,  than anything else during the making of this. Trell’s creative method is to sit and stare at the paper. It works though!

I sized my cuts and everything with my Gypsy. I have the file for those that want it. And, I might even make a Craft Room file. I used Birthday Bash for the pennant cuts.

I am a man of few embellishments. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but I can’t afford to buy everything under the sun, so I tend to concentrate on a few. I will sing the praises of paper doilies. I love them and you will see them again this week, I’m sure of it. They’re cheap, and we all have at least one place where we can find them. Anyway, I used my Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to age the pennants and doilies. I then adhered them with some Tombo Mono Multi. I punched a scallop border strip from cream cardstock and adhered them to the bottom of the pennants. And, I added a little trim to the top of the pennants.

In this case, I also use paper as an embellie. I make my own rosettes with my score board. I measured my the width of my pennant, and I deduced that my rosettes should be 3 inches. So, I cut my patterned paper, from the Echo Park Merry Christmas collection, to 1.5” x 12.” Inked them and adhered them with my hot glue gun. I find it to be the fastest and best adhesive for rosettes. I adhered them to the pennants with hot glue as well.

Next up were the letters, I cut out three of each letter because I wanted them to be like a lightweight chipboard. I adhered them all together and sprayed them with Krylon Spray Adhesive. I then coated them with Melissa Frances Glass Glitter. I got that, and the Melissa Frances Pom-Pom trim from Liz’s Paperloft Boutique. I like spray adhesive because it cuts down the drying time, and it holds glitter very well. I also adhered the letters with hot glue. In the center of the O, I used my small star punch to cover the center of the rosette.

Lastly, I used some twine from Liz’s Paperloft to tie some loose double bows and connect them. Little extra nugget, eyelets would have been great, but I didn’t have any! I finished it off by tying some double bows with some ribbon I picked up from Hob Lob eons and eons ago.

Welp, sorry for the super looong post, but I like to leave no detail spared! Thanks for stopping by, have an amazingly blessed day!


  1. Trell, such beautiful work. And your colors selection is gorgeous.

  2. Gorgeous! I really love the color combos you chose. Great design.

  3. Trell ~ just a few adjective ~ BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS, STUNNING and ELEGANT! That is just a few words I have for your banner! LOVE, LOVE every single detail! WOW! Of course I LOVE that paper choices and ribbon too! Awesome job on your first day!

  4. Love it...this is gorgeous! Definitely one I will try for the holidays!

  5. Your Christmas banner is so beautiful! I LOVE all the details! You did an awesome job! Thanks so much for sharing! lindagk23ataoldotcom

  6. Trell, oh my, what beautiful work! I rarely comment, but this project deserves one! I can't wait to explore your blog. I think you will be giving me line inspiration I need! Thank you for sharing your talents.

  7. Great job Trell. Love the paper choices and yes I want that file!

  8. It really did put me in the mood for Christmas. Just beautiful!

  9. Really nice banner--love your color choices; and, I would like to have your gypsy file.

  10. Trell, I am now a follower. I so love your JOY banner. It is just beautiful.

  11. So gorgeous and the perfect project for Everyday Cricut...great job!

  12. Oh I just love you banner. Just gorgeous. Are you sharing the file and if so is there a special place on you blog where you have your files. Thanks so much. Melissa

  13. Love every detail on this banner. From the color combo to the embelishments chosen for it. Great Work Trell!!! Just Gorgeous!!!
    Many Sweet Creations...

  14. Wow talk about sparkle and shine and holiday joy. I love this. Hugs- Glora

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  16. This is absolutely stunning!!!! This is the most gorgeous banner I have ever seen. LOVE IT!!!!!

  17. This is going down in the Trell all time favorites...speechless it so beautiful


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