Saturday, November 28, 2009

little angels all in a row

I've lots of blog catching-up to do after a busy couple weeks. Here's something that went into the mail this morning for a swap up north at Danielle's. So happy to be sharing the holiday spirit!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

blessings to you


Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

off to silver bella

It's Silver Bella time again, so I'm finishing up swaps and gathering supplies and packing up my red slippers for Omaha. There's just time to slip in a couple peeks at some of my swap offerings.


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

autumn banner tutorial

Lovely requests for a supply list or project instructions for my annual Autumn Banner have prompted me to share a quick tutorial here. There's still plenty of time to make this project while the leaves fall, right? Originally, I made this seasonal banner to hang from Halloween through Thanksgiving, so these pennant colors include black, white, orange and gold. However, you can substitute more autumn colors to suit your taste. Add photos of your ghoulish ancestors or your cute kids to the glittered frames and then hang it above your Thanksgiving buffet.

First, here's my supply list. A few items are custom or vintage, but you can easily replace them from your own stash.

• 12x12" paper Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Collection "Masterpiece" (double-sided)
• 12x12" paper My Mind's Eye The Spider's Web "Haunted Parlor" (double-sided)
• Jenni Bowlin Scalloped Banner Set Large 6" (4 pennants)
• Jenni Bowlin Border Stickers Black
• Jenni Bowlin Chipboard Buttons Old Time Photos
• 7Gypsies Metal Page Edge, Lace, Antique Silver
• Maya Road Velvet Puff Flowers, Orange and Cream
• May Arts Ribbon, 1+1/2" wide black/cream stripe (30")
• Martha Stewart deep orange glitter (I mixed mine from 3 different shades of her glitter) and glue
• Martha Stewart glow-in-the-dark glitter (optional)
• Baker's twine, black/white (for small spool, Layer Cake Shop)
• Mini cupcake liners, black/white striped (Layer Cake Shop)
• Chipboard pennants, Small (3) cut with Stampin' Up Pennant Die (or substitute Jenni Bowlin Banner Set Small)
• Chipboard frames and hearts (3 each) cut with Stampin' Up Pennant Die
• Upholstery fabric chrysanthemums cut with Sizzix die (Joann's fabric)
• Thread and needle to gather ribbon flower
• Vintage rust seam binding
• Vintage charcoal grey seam binding
• Acorns and dried statice
• Black/white photos, small

With your supplies gathered, the first step is to trace and cover the 4 larger pennants with Graphic 45 patterned paper, using both lighter and darker sides of the paper. Add Jenni Bowlin border stickers near top of pennant and at paper-piecing seams. Use the striped JB sticker background, too, if you like. Ink edges of pennants as desired. Glue an orange velvet blossom to the bottom of each scalloped pennant. Use a crop-a-dile to punch 2 holes in the upper corners.

Prepare the JB chipboard buttons: Tie vintage rust seam binding through 4 large buttons. Through 2 small chipboard buttons, tie vintage grey seam binding. Tie one or two small chipboard buttons with black/white twine. Ink edges of buttons.

For the two scalloped pennants at each end, make a ribbon medallion: Sew a basting stitch along one long 15” edge of striped ribbon, gather tightly into a circle, overlap and stitch the ends together. Glue a large tied chipboard button to a diecut fabric chrysanthemum, then glue the flower to a striped ribbon medallion. Glue the ribbon medallions to the center of each end pennant.

For the remaining two large scalloped pennants, staple a small dried flower sprig to the center of each pennant where chipboard buttons will cover the staples. Using single and double layers of foam adhesive, arrange the tied chipboard buttons over the flower stems. If you wish, add a Dresden gold foil cobweb to one pennant, or substitute another button with twine. You can also recycle fun "found" items, like the small “B is for Boo" flap that is an inspection sticker from a garment.

(By the way, these photos taken back in September show the Halloween elements, like the dried black heather, black cat, etc. Since then, I've replaced them with more autumn-colored embellishments. )

Next cover the 3 smaller chipboard pennants with MME black paper. Glitter the 3 chipboard hearts and 3 oval frames. Fold the mini cupcake liners in half. Glue cream velvet blossoms to the folded cupcake liners, then to the glittered hearts. Glue the orange glittered heart tassels to two smaller pennants. Glue the glow-in-the-dark glittered heart tassel to the middle pennant (or glitter it orange like the other hearts).

Carefully cut a 7Gypsies metal border in half. Remove the inner protective layer and adhere each half to the top of the two orange-heart pennants; trim to fit. Trace a scalloped pennant edge to cut a Graphic 45 scalloped border for top of middle pennant. Use a crop-a-dile to punch 2 holes in the upper corners.

Cover the 3 chipboard ovals with MME reverse pattern paper and/or black/white family photos. Using foam tape, adhere the photo ovals to the black pennants. Then glue the glittered frames to the ovals. Glue acorns above frames.

Finally, string the pennants together using the baker's twine. Tie loops in the ends and hang in the window or over the mantel until Thanksgiving.

Hope you enjoy making this Autumn Banner! (See a few more photos in previous posts here and here.)

P.S. For another idea, below is a photo from my previous year's Halloween Banner. The pennants are larger and there's lots of glitter, bling and glow-in-the-dark stars. :)