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Apple Season Banner

Apple Season Banner Authentique Autumn Collection by Kathy Clement for Really reasonable Ribbon

Apple Season Banner for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This vintage style Apple Season Banner makes me think of my mom.  Her birthday was in September, and every year we trekked off to a nearby apple orchard to celebrate her birthday.  We picnicked under the apple trees surrounded by the sweet perfume of ripe apples.  Lazy bumblebees provided the background music and a crystal blue sky was the canopy over our heads.  Nothing compares to that first intoxicating bite into an apple picked from a northern orchard.  First you hear the crunch as your teeth break through the skin.  Then the juice runs down your chin and up your forearm as the sweet/tart flesh fills your mouth.  Mmmm…let’s go apple picking!

Shades of Red, Ivory and Rust

Apple Season Banner by kathy Clement Photo 01

Each pennant on this banner is machine stitched onto Rust Silky Crush and Sherry and Ivory Plaid Ribbons.  Ivory Crochet Lace Trim adds just the right touch of vintage goodness.  And burlap string brings in the rustic feel of fallen leaves.  It’s such a pretty combination!

Alternate die cut pennants with Graphic 45 Kraft Regular tags to create a lot of visual interest.  Then die cut Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves from scraps of burgundy and green papers to mimic autumn leaves.

I really had to dig deep  into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight to find this combination of Authentique Autumn Collection and the September Calendar Collection. (Both are retired, but if you do a Google search, you can still find bits and pieces out there.  I will link below.)

Even the flowers are retired Petaloo blossoms.  But they were the perfect color match for the papers, so I had to use them!

What is your favorite fall memory? Tell me about it in the comment section below.  I love to hear your stories, too, you know!

Now I think I will go bake an apple pie!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,
kathy 
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Throwback Thursday Saint Patrick’s Day Banner

Authjentique Clover March Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Saint Patrick’s Day Banner

Hello, Friends!  I’m a bit late sharing this Throwback Thursday Saint Patrick’s Day Banner with you all.  But maybe you’ll still find time to get one made before the day comes and goes!   This Throwback Thursday banner features Authentique Paper’s lovely Clover collection.  If you don’t have this discontinued collection, you could substitute the March Calendar Collection and be just fine. It comes together very quickly thanks to a handy dandy die and G45 Ivory Tags from my stash.

TIP:  Create an interesting banner by alternating the shape of the pennants.  This banner uses G45 Ivory Regular Tags and Eileen Hull’s Sizzix House/Banner Stitchlet Dies.

Let’s take a look at each individual pennant in this cheery banner.

The Wearin’ of the Green

Begin by die cutting patterned paper to fit the Graphic 45 tags.  Add machine stitching around the edges, if desired.

Next, die cut the the pointed pennant with the Sizzix die.  You will need to do this once using the frame only with plain cardstock (I used Authentique Spectrum). Then die cut it a second time with the perforated insert centered inside.  Use your patterned paper this time.  Now put the patterned paper in your cutter and trim away the edges.  Use the center of the perforated holes in the die as a guideline.

Tips and Tricks

  • Machine stitch a lace border to the top of the banner.  I actually stitch twice: once across the top edge, and a second time along the bottom.  This makes the banner lie nice and flat when it is hanging.
  • Add a lace doily layer to separate the background paper from the main image.
  • Adhere buttons and small bows between each pennant.

  • Stitch the center of shamrock buttons and adhere over the printed image for extra dimension.
  • Back an image with foam tape, bits of chipboard, or other dimensionals to help it stand out.

  • Fussy cut images from 3×4 cards to create lovely layers. Back each layer with dimensionals to help it stand out from the others.
  • Add bows and floral clusters to each end of the banner to finish.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas to help you create your own Saint Patrick’s Day banner.  If you are not big on St. Pat’s day, why not use a pretty spring paper collection instead?  Banners are such a cheery addition to our home décor.   And, if you are like me, they are a satisfying way to play with pretty papers!

Since all the flowers, papers and embellishments I’ve used in today’s post are retired items, there is no supply list.  Thanks for understanding.

To see other St. Patrick’s Day creations, Please click here

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Love Sweet Love Valentine’s Day Banner

Authentique Romance Valentine's Day Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Love Sweet Love Valentine’s Day Banner with Authentique Romance

Hello, Friends!  This Love Sweet Love Valentine’s Day Banner is the perfect way to get ready for Love Month!

Banners make every day feel like a celebration, don’t they? Authentique Paper’s fabulous Romance Collection adds vintage charm and style to this frilly creation!  Since banners are one of my favorite things to make, I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks to help you make your own.

Love Sweet Love Valentine’s Day Banner Tips and Tricks

  • First, figure out how many pennants you want to add to your banner.  Working with odd numbers (3, 5, 7) always seems to work best for me.
  • Machine stitch banners to ribbon to create a banner that will last for years.  If you don’t like to sew, you can also use cute wooden clothespins to attach your pennants to the ribbon.
  • For an extra dose of vintage romance, stitch lace over the ribbon.

  • Next, mix and match the shape and size of your pennants.  I used a combination of hand cut pennants and vintage tag pennants.  The contrast in shape adds so much to the final creation.  But you can also make them all the same if that is your preference.
  • Add die cut hearts as layering elements.  This helps draw the eye to the focal image.

  • Create lots of dimension with fussy cut images.  Separate layers with foam adhesive tabs or waste chipboard.

  • Mix and match textures for lots of visual interest.  This resin bird cage plays beautifully with paper flowers, delicate lace and paper elements.

  • Soften angles by adding a circular element to your design.  Die cut circles from patterned paper, then adhere to lacy paper doilies.
  • Fussy cut flowers play nicely with paper flowers, too.
  • Do you spy the heart shaped wood buttons?  This introduces another contrast in texture.
Banner of the Month?

Last year, I created a little Authentique Desk Calendar for each month of the year.  Many of you have contacted me to ask me if I would be willing to do something similar in 2021.  Well, I’ve been thinking about this for weeks, searching for a paper collection that would work.  But no luck!

So, what if we did a little banner of the month instead?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments about this below.  It seems like it would be fun to dress our homes up with a cheery little banner for each month of the year. Tell me what you think!

And that’s it for me today, friends!  Look for a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Magical Christmas Banner

 

Authentique Magical Christmas Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Magical Christmas Banner with Eileen Hull House Stitchlets Die

Hello, Friends!  Today I have an Authentique Magical Christmas Banner to share with you.  Even though I know that Jesus is the reason for the season, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa!  Remember the anticipation of waiting for Santa to arrive on Christmas Eve?  Did you listen for reindeer hooves on the rooftop like I did?  These jolly Christmas Santa images take me right back to my childhood!

Authentique Magical Christmas Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The pennants for this banner are die cut with Eileen Hull’s House/Banner Stitchlets die and some tags that I had in my stash.

TIP:  Mix and match pennant shapes for a more interesting design.

TIP:  Combine images from the 6×6 Paper Bundle with patterns from the 12×12 Collection Kit.  Then toss in some texture with ribbon, burlap and felt embellishments.

TIP: Fussy cut around the Santa images from the 3×4 cards.  Then pop them up with foam tape to create lots of dimension.

TIP:  Tie ribbon streamers between the pennants.  Then top with holly berry clusters to add a little extra cheer.

TIP: Fold 1 1/2″ wide cotton ribbon in half, then machine stitch the pennants between the layers.  This makes for a finished edge and a banner that will not fall apart.

TIP: Make the first and last banners in a mirror image of one another.  Then tuck in rusty jingle bells, bows and red flowers to make the banner really festive.

I hope this Magical Christmas Banner gives you some tips and ideas that you can use to decorate your home this holiday season.  A banner like this also makes a great gift!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Harvest Autumn Banner

Authentique Harvest Autumn Banner by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique Harvest Autumn Banner

Hello, Friends!  Let’s welcome fall today with an Authentique Harvest Autumn Banner.  Harvest is a wonderful retired Authentique paper collection, and has always been a favorite of mine.  So when a friend asked me to make her a fall banner for her home, I knew immediately that this was the collection I wanted to work with.  The warm autumn color palette, the rich vintage images and the fabulous patterned papers offer everything I want for fall home decor.

Banner Tips and Tricks

I love to mix and match pennant shapes when I am making a banner.  Contrasting shapes add so much visual interest to the overall design.  For this banner, combine the Eileen Hull House/Pocket die with some shaped tags.  The rounded edge of the tags paired up with the pointed edge of the House/Pocket die provides wonderful shaped edge along the bottom of the banner.

Banner pennants are small spaces.  But you still want to add layers, right?  An easy solution is to combine die cut layers, like these die cut circles, with fussy cut layers.  Adding foam dimensionals between  these layers provides lots of depth and dimension.

Texture also plays an important role when designing a banner.  The netting ribbon , jute ribbon, plaid ribbon, crochet lace and flowers all have different textures that harmonize well.

Think about adding some text to your banner design.  It’s a welcome break from all the patterns and images.

Don’t be afraid to cut large images down to a size that fits your surface.  I wanted to use this sentiment from a 6″ x 4″ journal card.  Obviously it was too big for the area I had to work within.  But by centering the sentiment inside a circle die, I was able to create a perfectly sized focal image.

Tuck large elements, like these beautiful fall flowers, behind a focal image to really make it stand out.  You can also fussy cut small sentiments, mat them on scraps of cardstock and layer them into the composition to create a balanced vignette.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use to add warmth and beauty to your autumn home décor.

Thank so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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