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!


  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!


    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!

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

  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)

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

  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

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

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

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

  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 :-)

  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

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

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

  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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