Here it is the first Monday in November! What????? I don’t know where this year has gone to! I’ve had so much fun blogging and sharing my projects with you all, that the year has just flown by. And now, it’s time for the Crafty Secrets November Linky Party! I have a super fun Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner to share with you today. But before we get to that, I want to invite you to play along with us! Each month, Sandy and the Crafty Secrets design team put together tutorialsl to share with you in our Linky Party. Then, you get the chance to share your new project, made with Crafty Secrets stamps, images, or papers and upload it to the Crafty Secrets blog. Sandy awards everyone who plays along a $6 gift certificate to the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage online store and one lucky person will win a $50 shopping spree! That’s definitely worth playing for, wouldn’t you agree?
Also, I’m excited to let you know that we have a new Design Team member! Cherry Nelson of Cherry’s Jubilee will be sharing her crafty goodness with us all. We are both on the Really Reasonable Ribbon DT as well, and I just love her style. Welcome, Cherry! Here are the blog links to the rest of the team. Be sure to hop along and see what fun they’ve cooked up for this month’s Linky Party:
Kathy Clement (you are here)
Elizabeth Lincoln (Splitcoast Gallery/I Love Rubber)
Cherry Nelson WELCOME CHERRY!
Crafty Secrets Christmas Banner
With the holidays looming large on the horizon, I decided to break open my Creating With Vintage Christmas CD #6 for inspiration. Oh, and did I ever find it! This CD is just overflowing with gorgeous vintage papers, printables, greetings ephemera, templates and everything you would need to create inspiring cards, home decor, and gifts. It is so easy to copy and paste the images into a Word document and size them exactly the way you want, then print them out on your own printer. So convenient!
I love the look of vintage images printed onto old dictionary paper, book paper or hymnals. I had an old hymnal in my stash that I had picked up in a “FREE” pile at a local yard sale. I used this as the base for my Christmas banner. I sized my images to fit the dimensions of the hymnal pages and then just printed them out. I used a Spellbinder’s die to cut my banner shapes, but you could easily make a template using an old cereal box as well. I stitched each die cut banner piece onto dark green cardstock. I then printed out a rich gold paper from the CD onto heavy weight cardstock and matted each page onto it. This really reinforced those delicate hymnal pages. I used fancy cutting edge scissors to cut around the gold printed paper.
I used doilies to top off each banner shape and then stitched the whole thing together with my sewing machine using 1 1/2″ wide crushed satin ribbon to bind it together. Then, the real fun began…adding little touches here and there to finish it off. Let’s take a look. And remember. you can click on the photos for a larger picture.
I created rosettes using the border paper from the CD. These are gorgeous when you put them in between each pennant on the banner. I used the Tim Holtz rosette dies, but you can easily make these by cutting a 12″ strip of 2″ wide paper, punching along the edge and then scoring every 1/4 inch. Accordion fold down the entire length, glue the two open ends together and then flatten out to form the rosette. Glue buttons or punched circles to the center to maintain the shape. Once you’ve made 2 or 3 of these, you’ll be whipping them out in no time!
These letters are in the CD. They can be sized to whatever dimension you need for your project. I printed them out on stiff cardstock and added Glossy Accents to the letter portion. Once that was dry, I fussy cut around the letters and glued them onto the tip of the pennant. I love how these letters are “shadowed” to give them a great sense of dimension and depth. You could also just use the letters to make a very simple banner, as they are printed on a dark green banner-like background. You could print out mini ones to add banner to your Christmas cake, or print out giant ones to make a wall hanging. So versatile, and I love that feature about working with digital!
These little angels look so sweet on the hymnal paper. If you don’t have hymnal paper, I have good news for you. There are a couple of different music papers included in the CD collection. You could print them out onto tissue paper or even plain printer paper to achieve a similar result. See? Sandy thought of everything!
This Santa and baby is such a sweet image. I deliberately kept this banner very simple, so that the beautiful vintage images could shine. I can’t wait to hang this in our dining room at Christmas time!
And that’s it for me today, friends! I hope you enjoyed my Crafty Secrets Christmas banner. I made it in a single afternoon, which is very cool. The CD is available in the online store…and…here’s really great news! The complete CD is available as a digital download for just $15.95. And you can have it in your hot little hands in a matter of minutes. How exciting is that? I’ll be sharing more projects from this collection with you over the coming days.
Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to play along in the Linky Party. You’ll have all week to play along. And thanks for taking the time to leave a comment…you have no idea how much I appreciate them. They make me happy…right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time,