Sunday, July 29, 2012

Baby Name Banner

I love making these baby name banners. Maybe it's because babies are just so special and I like to make something personalized and special. I hope that when I give these as gifts, they are thought of as keepsakes. This one is for a woman I work with. She has four boys and is finally going to have a little girl. She is so excited. She gets to finally have pink stuff around! Each letter started with a chipboard coaster that I covered with designer paper from a Recollections paper pack called Retro Collage. The blue banner pieces are from a piece of aqua blue cardstock that I embossed using Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls embossing folder. The letters are from an Alpha punch out pack and they are mounted on a designer paper from the same Recollections paper pack that I die cut using the Spellbinders scallop. All papers are Mod Podged to make them more durable. Above each letter, I glued some pink pom-pom trim from Stampin' Up! There is a pink heart shaped eyelet in each top corner and yellow organza ribbon is strung through each one to create the banner.

This is a close-up of the letter J. It really is that bright pink color in real life. She likes hot pink, so I hope she likes this banner!
Yesterday, I spent the whole day at a monthly crop and I worked on this banner most of the day. I also demonstrated a technique called cracked glass. They video taped it, so as soon as they get it edited and posted, I will link it here. I haven't done that technique in a long time, so it was fun to try it out again. Now I may have to create something using that technique. I am now officially the person that is in charge of the mini classes at our crops, so I am on the lookout for ideas for each month. No pressure or anything, lol. So far, I have the next couple of months covered. We also learned how to make our own glimmer mist. Oh-Em-Gee!!! I am so excited about this!! Glimmer Mist (or any of the mists out there) are quite expensive and I have spent my fair share of money on them. But, now, for very little money, I can have any color I wish. I think the most expensive thing is going to be buying the little spray bottles. The ingredients for your own homemade glimmer mist is water, a little Mod Podge and either Metallic Paint or regular acrylic paint and pearlized paint mixed together. Some of the other tutorials I saw on You Tube say to add Perfect Pearls or Pearlex to add extra glimmery shine, but the ones we made yesterday are pretty shimmery without that! I will make something using the homemade stuff and post it as soon as I can! Here is a link to a You Tube video explaining in detail the recipe and how pretty it turns out!

Well that gonna be it from me today!! Until next time.....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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