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My First Banner

I guess I should clarify . . . this is my first banner using my Cricut.  Remember back in the ’80’s when plastic canvas projects were all the craze?  I used to make the plastic canvas letters and create banners for my family events . . . mostly birthdays.  Well, my banner making skills are at a whole new level now that I have made them with a Cricut!

This banner is for a friend that I work with, and we are throwing her a baby shower this week.

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For the base of the sections of this banner I used an image I found on my Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge.  Yes, you heard me right . . . I used Christmas Cheer for a Baby Banner . . . who would have thought!  But look at the image . . . it is perfect!

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The base has the little side tabs already on it, so you can easily string the letters together, and it has cuts for an overlay with either a square or a circle so you can frame your base cut paper.  I decided to frame mine with the circle frame.  I think I cut the base at around 4″.  I used a cute teal blue, white, cream and green plaid paper.

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Then I cut the circle frame overlay in a green, and did the letters to spell out It’s A Boy in a bright teal.

For the spaces between the words, I used a image of a baby wrapped in a blanket, like it is being carried by the stork.  I have this on my Cricut Sampler cartridge, but the same image is also on New Arrival.

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I wrapped the baby in a blanket using the same plaid paper as I used for the background of the lettered sections.  Then I used the teal from the letters for the background of the baby image.  I added a extra touch by running the teal background through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing plate.

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Each section has a few little accents on them . . . hearts, diaper pins, dots . . . just a little something to add some interest to each section.

Then I simply tied all of the sections together using blue tulle.  On the first and last section of the banner I left a little more tulle so that we can tie the banner up at the baby shower.

UPDATE:  August 3rd, 2011

I just found out that the Scrappin Chics Challenge is a banner theme . . . I might have to enter this project into the challenge.

UPDATE: August 15th, 2011

I am entering this into the Getting Cricky Party Favor Challenge.

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11 Comments

  1. I really like this banner. I haven't made a banner, yet. Perhaps for my daughter's birthday I will. Thanks for the inspiration. BTW, I am a new follower!

    Hugs,
    Michelle

    michelles-crafty-creations.blogspot.com

  2. Your banner looks great! I love the squares with the circles in it. Great use of your Cricut – I am still trying to learn how to use mine. lol Thanks for joining us at SCB. I am a new follower.

  3. Oh that is a fantastic idea! I never thought to look on other carts for something that could be used as a banner! Fab job!!! So glasd you linked up at Scrappin Chics!

  4. This is so cute, I love it. What a great job you did on the challenge this week. So glad that you are on the team.
    Hugs :),
    Kathy – Getting Cricky DTM Sister
    the3esblog.blogspot.com

  5. This is so cute Shawn! I bet it looks even better in person, you know the camera never shows all the wonderful details 🙂 I'm so glad you are with us, welcome to the team!
    ~Hugs~
    Becky
    squirlygirlcreations.blogspot.com

  6. I LOVE your banner! The color scheme is amazing and I just love that plaid paper. The safety pin accents are adorable. Great job!!

    I saw your link at Getting Cricky.

    Tonya

  7. This is so nice! I love the color palette that you chose too! Joining you at Getting Cricky this week!
    Hugs, Jenni
    mylollipopgarden.blogspot.com

  8. Love your banner! Isn't it great that you can find great cuts on all of the cartrdiges, even when they aren't the same theme? Thanks for playing along with the Scrappin' Chics!
    Kathy, Scrappin' Chics designer
    kathyand3kids.blogspot.com

  9. Shawn, your banner is so darn cute and it looks like it took lots of time to do. The colors are great and the attention to detail is super.
    scrapmyway.blogspot.com

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