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Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for the 4th of July?  It’s one of my favorite holidays.  To help you celebrate, I’ve prepared this Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner as my contribution to the Authentique Design Team 4th of July celebration week.  (You can check out the other inspirational projects HERE.)

The large pennants in this banner all measure 5″ x 7″ and have been hand cut.  It’s really not as hard as you might think to create your own banner pennants.

  • First, cut two  5″ x 7″ panels of Authentique Spectrum Old Glory Cardstock and an additional 2 from Tricycle Red.
  • Next, bring the bottom corners of the rectangle together, but don’t fold completely.
  • Now, measure up about 1″ on the fold.
  • Next,  place on your cutting tool make a diagonal cut from the 1″ mark along the fold to the outside corner of the rectangle.  When you open this, you will have a “v” shaped pennant.
  • Use this as a template for cutting the remaining 3 banners.
  • For the second layer, cut the papers to 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ and repeat the above process.
Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner: Creating Layers

Once you have cut all your pennant pieces from the Spectrum Cardstock, you can stitch the layers together, as I did here, or simply use your favorite adhesive.

Now make the small pennants by covering Graphic 45 ATC tags with patterned paper.  (Use the ATC Die).  Then place these shaped edge down between the larger pennants.

Authentique Liberty Patriotic Banner: More Tips and Tricks

Now,  stitch the pennants to a long piece of ribbon.

TIP:  Hold pennants in place with binder clips.

TIP:  To ensure that the pennants lie flat when hanging, stitch all the way across the top of the ribbon. Then stitch a second time along the bottom edge of the ribbon.  This really works, friends!

Now tie square knot bows between all the pennants.

Die cut Glory Blue and Patterned papers using a shape that you like.  This will be the next layer on your pennants.

Next, cut 4 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ panels of patterned paper from your stash.  These will be belly bands on your banners.  Fold white doilies in half and layer underneath your focal image.  Use a die to create some festive rosettes and layer these on with some patriotic buttons and charms.  Now all you need to do is add flowers and some poufy bows in the corners and your banner is ready to hang!

I’ll be back on Wednesday with more Authentique 4th of July inspiration!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use the next time you want to make a banner.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Alice Tea Time Banner

Stamperia Alice Tea Time Banner

Hello, Friends!  I’m back with more Stamperia Alice!  I hope you are not tired of seeing these projects, because I can’t seem to stop playing with this collection!  This Stamperia Alice Tea Time Banner was a special order in my ETSY shop.  I’m not gonna lie: this one was hard to ship off to the customer.  It might just be my favorite banner creation of all time.

It’s a great, big, beautiful party banner measuring nearly 5 feet in length.  You can see the teacup I made to go with it sitting in the center of the banner.  Find more details about that HERE.

These are all hand cut banners.  No dies…just scissors and ruler and steady hands.  Each large pennant measures 5″ x 7″.  The little ATC tags between are from Graphic 45.  Turned on their heads (how fitting for an Alice banner, right?) they make lovely little pennants.

My dear friend Sara of sarascloset recently gifted me with some vintage silver spoons.  Two of them had bent handles.  Sara said, “I don’t know what on earth you will do with these.”  But I knew right away that I wanted to add them to a tea themed banner.  Now I wish I had a dozen of them in my stash!  Thank you so very much, Sara Emily!

The flowers are Little Birdie, of course.  Good news!  You can now buy these online from The Button Farm Club.  Laura has an amazing assortment at very good prices!  Happy dance!

Crochet doiiies and machine stitching add lovely vintage texture to each pennant in the banner.   And this collection is made for fussy cutting!

Here’s the other bent spoon.  This one was not as tarnished as the first.  Since I wanted it to match, I took it to the Mixed Media Day Spa and treated it with Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Powder.  It worked like a charm!

This was such a fun project to make, and I loved the way it turned out.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it as well.

Wishing you a restful and happy Sunday!

Cheerio,

kathy

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner

Hello, Friends!  How about a little Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner on this fine Friday morning?

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Growing up in Vermont, I looked forward to lilac season every year.  Our little town was filled with ancient lilac bushes that had actually grown into trees.  Branches groaned under the weight of the fragrant blossoms.  Lilac Season was a favorite because it also meant that winter was well and truly over.  Lilacs always seemed to manage to bloom in time for Memorial Day (which was on May 30th when I was growing up.)  My mother and I would get up early and pick lilacs that were dripping with dew.  Then we would arrange them in large baskets to decorate the family graves at the local cemetery.  I know that sounds morbid, but it was actually a joyful day.  We shared memories and stories of our loved ones while we cleaned up the grave site.  Did anyone else have this experience growing up?

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

I love to make banners, and this one was created as a special order in my Etsy shop for a dear friend.  They sure are hard to photograph, though!  Let me share some detail photos, tips and tricks with you.

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner: Getting Started

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I used the same basic techniques to make this banner as the ones used for my Prima Spring Farmhouse Country Chic Banner.   Here’s how it comes together:

  • First, die cut 4 pennants from Prima Lavender Paper Collection using the largest ( #1) die in the My Favorite Things  STAX Stitched Banner Die Set.
  • Next, die cut 4 of the #4 pennants.
  • Then machine stitch each pennant on to canvas or burlap.  Cut around the pennant shape and fringe the edges.
  • Now adhere onto MFT Wild Wisteria cardstock and trim around the shape, leaving about an eighth of an inch border on all sides.
  • Now, space the banners out evenly on a long piece ( about 4 feet) of  1 1/2″ wide Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon.  Hold the pennants in place with binder clips.
  • Stitch all the pennants onto the ribbon along the top edge.  Then turn the banner and stitch a second time along the bottom edge of the ribbon.  This will cause the banner to lay nice and flat.
  • Tie bows with Light Orchid Double Faced Satin Ribbon, and hot glue onto the pennants.

Now you are ready to decorate!

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner: Detail Shots

Flowers, buttons, burlap string, journal cards and mini doilies are great ways to add texture and interest to a banner.  But you can also just make the basic pennant shape and hang it, as this paper is soooo pretty.  Here’s a look at the details:

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Prima Lavender Lilac Season Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

If you’d like to see more banner ideas, you can check the Banner Archives on my blog.   You’ll find lots of inspiration, tips and tricks there!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner

Hello, Friends!  Happy April Fool’s Day!  I have no tricks today…just a super sweet Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner to share with you.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Y’all know how much I love to make banners!  This time, I’ve used the Eileen Hull House/Pocket Stitchlets Die from Sizzix to create the banner base.  The soft vintage patterns and colors from Authentique’s Abundant collection lend a delightful vintage vibe to this pretty pretty banner.

 

This is a BIG banner…over 4 feet long from tip to tail, so to speak.  Here are my best tips and tricks for making your own version.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Eileen Hull House/Pocket Die Tips

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Begin by die cutting Authentique Spectrum Mustard Seed Cardstock using the large house “frame” die.  Place these on the patterned paper so that the triangular point is at the bottom. You will need to cut 3.
  • Next, layer the house frame and the smaller stitched die (the one with the little holes) together on your patterned paper.  I used Abundant 1.  Use washi tape to hold the dies in place.  Then die cut 3 pennants.
  • Now you will need to trim about 1/8″ away from the edges of the stitched die so that it allows the Mustard seed layer to peek through.
  • Once you have trimmed the patterned paper layer, stitch around the inside edge.  This is not required.  You can always just use adhesive, but I like the texture that the stitching provides.
Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Creating the Small Pennants

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

 

Add visual interest and contrast to your banner by interspersing small banner shapes between the larger pennants.  It’s always fun to poke through my dies and see which ones might add a fun shape to a banner.  This time, I selected the Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Diamond #3 die (with #1 being the largest die) for this job.

  • Die cut 4 Eyelet Diamonds from Abundant One
  • Now, fold each diamond  in half to form a triangle.  The design paper on the inside of the pennant will peep through, and this is so pretty.
  • No need to stitch the open edges of the pennant together.

That’s it!  Easy peasy!

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Stitching the Banner Together

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Machine stitching the pennants to ribbon really makes for a sturdy banner that will stand up to the test of time.

  • Cut a 5 foot length of Light Blue Silky Crush Ribbon and lay it out on your work surface.
  • Find the center point of the ribbon.  Use a binder clip to attach the pennant to the ribbon at this point.
  • Now, place a small pennant on each side of the center pennant.  Secure them to the ribbon with a binder clip as before.  I left about 1 1/2″ between each pennant.
  • Repeat this process all along the ribbon until all the pennants are in place.
  • To add crochet lace along the top as I did here, go back and tuck it under each binder clip.
  • Now carefully carry the whole ensemble to your sewing machine and stitch along the top edge to secure everything in place.
  • Find the bottom edge of the ribbon and stitch a second time along that line.  This will ensure that the banner hangs prettily.
Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Adding the Details

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

I had these chipboard bunnies in my stash, and I’m not sure where they came from.  But here is how I built the layers on each large pennant.

  • Die cut 3 Spellbinder Lotus Pendants from Whip Cream Cardstock.
    • NOTE: This is an older, retired die.  But a quick Google search revealed that there are a few available in various spots online.  If you cannot find it, substitute the Spellbinders Triple Tear Die.
  • Die cut Abundant Four using the Spellbinders #3 Triple Tear Die.  You will need 3
  • Use the Triple Tear 4 die to cut centers from Abundant Three.
  • Stack these layers together using foam tape or waste chipboard between them to add dimension.
  • Adhere to the pennant base.
Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner: Finishing Touches

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

  • Tie the blue ribbon between each pennant using a square knot to secure it.
  • Trace the chipboard bunnies onto designer paper, cut out and adhere.
  • Tie burlap string bows and top with a button to decorate the bunnies.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

  • Tie burlap bows and adhere over each square knot.
  • Add little rosebuds on top.  I used these Prima Georgia Blues flowers.

Authentique Abundant Easter Bunny Banner Eileen Hull House Pocket Stitchlets Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

I found these wooden bunny buttons in my stash and used them to decorate the small pennants.  Top Light Blue Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon bows with burlap string bows and another flower.

I get such satisfaction from creating these lovely banners.  Using dies to help form the pennants is a real time saver.

To see other Easter Project ideas, click HERE.  For more banner inspiration, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Country Chic Banner Spring Farmhouse

Country Chic Banner Spring Farmhouse

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  I stole a few minutes of free play time yesterday to make this country chic banner with Prima Spring Farmhouse papers.  The idea has been rattling around in my brain ever since I purchased the collection but I just haven’t had the time to bring it to life.  Now, banners are one of my most favorite things to make….and one of my least favorite things to photograph.  I worked for hours editing these photos, and just could not get them to really represent how pretty this banner is in real life.  So even though Julia Child admonished us to “never apologize, never explain,”  I am apologizing in advance.  But I thought you would want to see them in case you are looking for a little springtime home decor.

To create the pennants for the banner, I die cut chocolate brown cardstock with a banner die from My Favorite Things.  The second layer is pink burlap that I free hand cut to fit between the brown gingham patterned paper, also cut with a die.  Since the largest die measures just 3 1/2″ across, I was able to use a lot of the scraps left over from earlier Spring Farmhouse Projects.  So that is a win!

Country Chic Banner Spring Farmhouse: The Details

Tulip Pink Taffeta bows are topped with brown micro gingham. A while back, I found a whole bag of hand crocheted doilies at an estate sale.  These are added to the banner to provide more texture and to add to the farmhouse vibe.

I think this banner would look so pretty hanging in the kitchen.

Someday, I’ll tell you all the story about my mom and the cow.  It’s a good one!  This image brought that story back to my mind, and I had a good laugh over it.

 

The pennants are machine stitched onto a very pretty beige netting.  In real life, the colors are soft and dreamy.  I think the fact that the photos were shot on a very overcast day affected the colors.  But at least you get the idea.  If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it in my ETSY shop…but there’s only one!

I hope I’ve shared some ideas to inspire you in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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