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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The BOO Banner



I have seen a plethora of banners lately but this is my first attempt to make one; mostly because I have no where to hang one & I can’t draw a crooked line.  But then I got my Silhouette Cameo and I actually made my own triangles and viola! My banner was born – well, at least the idea of my banner.
 
In hindsight, I would have made them larger as I don’t feel I had enough room to truly decorate the individual triangles as much as I wanted but overall I am pleased with the results. 

First, I designed the triangles – the tops are about 5” across and the V part is about 6 ½” on each side. I cut them from more of the My Mind’s Eye Halloween paper I had (all from the old Spooked collection).  I then dug through my stash of Dresden – I knew I had these medallion-like black pieces and I thought they’d look great on the banner.  I then used my Silhouette Cameo  to make the BOO letters – I cut them out in various fonts and sizes because I am still not trusting of the measurements the machine shows me & I wanted to pick the best one for the banner.  And who doesn’t like to play around and try different things? Plus, I know I can use whatever I have left on another project.  So I picked the letters I wanted to use and glued them to the medallions.  I put a black plastic gem on each tip to, hopefully, give some weight to the paper; I had originally planned on using this wonderful orange piece of plastic folder under the triangles but I ruined it by drawing on the wrong side with a black Sharpie – so I threw the plastic and the idea out.  I got this wonderful pack of paper, called Glitter Silk from Core’dinations so I decided to punch out some stars to add some bling.  I was surprised at how easily this paper was punched – I used a small old star punch, one of those button ones (not the cool new lever ones) and it punched like a dream! I have had more issues with trying to punch regular card stock than this paper and if you get a chance to get some I highly recommend it.

So I ironed my ribbon (that I got from May Arts) that I used to actually dangle my triangles from – I know, I was shocked that I actually ironed it but I really wanted the ribbon to be creased in half & the only way to do that was to iron it.  I haven’t used my iron in years and am happy to report it worked fine.  Then I glued my banner pieces to the ribbon.  I used “ribbon glue” hoping that the glue wouldn’t show through the ribbon and for the most part, it stayed hidden.  I decided my banner needed more bling and I found a foam die cut I had made of a skull using one of the Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies and it looked blah, so I glittered it.  I also decided to punch out some more stars, just bigger, to add along the ribbon. 


That was it!  I must confess the word “boo” means more to me than just a word to use to scare someone.  As some of you know, I am the mom to four beautiful kitties, 2 boys, Spike, who will be 19,and Boo, who is 17. My girls are Monster, 16, and Mew, 4 months .  Boo is a Mama’s boy – he hates everyone but me.  Honestly.  If I am home alone he acts almost like a normal cat, but if someone else is around, he would live under the bed if I fed him and provided a litter box.  He recently had some dental surgery and I’m happy to report he came out fine and is starting to feel much better – so this banner is also a celebration of Boo’s recovery! (the pictures aren't the best - the banner is literally tacked to my wall in the laundry room.  To see them bigger, as always, just click on them).
 


I am entering my banner in the following challenges:                        
Crafty Ribbons Challenge  - Anything Goes
2 Sisters Challenge  - cute & spooky
Crafts 4 Eternity - Halloween
Cut It Up - Halloween/Day of the Dead
Left of Center  - Halloween/LOC

I am adding my project to this challenge as well - Thanks Linda!!
Craft My Life - Anything But a Card (challenge runs for 2 months)

Thank you for stopping by!  I have one more spooktacular project to share before Halloween is over – look for it to be posted in the next few days.

And if you are wondering where I found these fantastic challenges to enter just take a look at Challenges for Days – an awesome blog that lists crafty challenges!

19 comments:

  1. Glad to hear the Boo made it through his surgery (boo-boo?) with flying colors. I think it's fun that you made the banner for him!!

    Thanks for linking to Cut it Up Halloween/Day of the Dead Challenge!

    Evelyn
    http://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks Evelyn! And how I started calling him Boo was he has a crooked tail - the last inch or so is completely bent - so I began calling him my "boo boo kitty" (Laverne & Shirley anyone!?!) and then when it became clearer about his personality & that he only loved ME, he became my Boo ~ and he won't even look at the banner, the meanie!

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  2. Fun!
    Thanks for entering my challenge at Crafty Ribbons Challenge
    Laura

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  3. Great project, super fun buntin.Thank you for joining us at Cut it Up with our Halloween /Day of the Dead challenge, Tania xx (DT)

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  4. AWSOME Banner! Great job!
    Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks Challenges ♥

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  5. Hi Christi!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I am so happy that you liked my blog enough to start following it! Thank you!!! I'm glad I stopped by your blog, too. Your little Halloween banner is so cute! Have a great week! <3 Candy

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    1. Candy, you are AMAZING and I am flattered you stopped by :) Thank YOU!

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  6. Awesome BOO banner!! Skulls and glitter are the perfect pair!!
    Thanks for visiting me on Saturday for the hop!!
    xxDaniella

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    1. Daniella, your creations just sing! I love blog hops - they are SO fun and I get to meet so many awesome artists :) Blessings ~

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  7. This is truly wonderful! Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Ribbons this time, hope youll join us again soon :-) Elaine DT -xxx- p.s I have an All Crafts challenge on my blog (Always anything goes for anything but a card creations) with some fab sponsors if you would like to come along and enter :-) http://sparklingblackrose-craftmylife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/all-crafts-challenge-octobernovember.html

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  8. My iron only comes out for crafting projects as well! Love your banner, so original. Thanks for joining in the fun at Left of Center! xxx Keren

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    1. Thanks!! Nice to know I am not the only non-ironer, , , LOL

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  9. Fun project. Thank you for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity. Hope to see you again for the next challenge.

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  10. Great Boo Banner, It turned out awesome. :D Love the Design Papers you used. Thanks for joining us at All Crafts Challenges.

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