Monday, August 20, 2012

Joy

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?

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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:

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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!

18 comments :

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

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

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  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!

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  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

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  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...
    www.sweetdelightspapernmore.blogspot.com

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  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!!!!!

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

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