I have always enjoyed being crafty. I remember getting really excited about stickers and fun stationary when I was little. Well its good to know that some things in life never change!

I was introduced to scrapbooking in 2005 and have been hooked ever since. My love of crafting has branched out to include DIY, projects, gardening, baking, and canning. I hope to share my projects here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vertical Spring Banner- Weekly Circle Blog Challenge #29

Weekly Challenge #29: Handmade Flower Challenge!
The Challenge: Handcraft a flower using your Cricut and/or Cuttlebug machine and use it on your project.

Rules and Guidelines: Circle Blog Challenges are open to Cricut Circle Members only. You can create any type of project you wish (scrapbook page, card, altered item, home decor, etc.), but your project must be newly created for this challenge and include at least 2 Cricut Image Cuts.

Well here is my entry into this weeks blog challenge. I made a Spring banner using quite a few cartridges: Birthday Bash, Designer's Calendar, Easter -seasonal, Gypsy Font, and Simply charmed. The printed papers all come from DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack. The Solid cardstock is DCWV Adhesive backed textured cardstock.

I cut the banner base and its layer from Birthday Bash. Its cut at 6". The letters are cut from Gypsy Font, Monogram Shift and its shadow. They are cut at 2.76".
For the S page I used my Gypsy to line up the top banner layer to cut around the cloud and umbrella on the printed paper. I then cut a second umbrella layer out and pop-dotted it on top of the first. I cut the April showers box from a sheet in the stack.
The butterflies and colored flowers were cut from Designer's Calendar. I cut two layers for each butterfly and the flowers I cut 7 times in each color in varying heights from 1.82 down to 1.12. The butterflies have a line of gems for their bodies. The white flowers were cuts from Mother's Day bouquet that I layered with the colored layers. I had spent a day just cutting random sizes and shapes from the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge, so I am sorry I do not have the measurements on those.
The little bunny was cut from the Easter seasonal cartridge. He and his layer were cut at 1.59". the eggs were cut from Designer's Calendar at 1.94 and 1.59". I then cut them a second time in white to give it a bottom layer. I used my Gypsy to hide some of the cuts on the white egg layers. I cut a second banner layer in green and then trimmed off some for the bottom. I then used my new Martha Stewart Fringe scissors to make the grass. Boy those scissors are FUN!
For this one I cut the little bird from Simply Charmed. He is cut at 2.18"
For this last one I used a few more flowers and another butterfly. The printed paper already had such a nice design I didn't want to cover too much of it up.

All the flowers and butterflies had some coordinating Tim Holtz distress inks used on them, as well as a spritz of pearl Glimmer Mist. I finished off the flowers with some bling.

Finally, I used some ribbon from the stash my Mom just gave me! :)

I am quite pleased with how well this banner turned out, as it is alot easier for me to find a place to hang a vertical banner, rather than a horizontal one. I may be making more banners in this fashion.

This project also used one of my monthly challenge cartridges. I am happy to be plugging away at that challenge. It feels good to use all my cartridges.

Thanks for visiting today.

Have a Great and Crafty Day!


  1. Love your banner. Love the colors and style. Great work

  2. Hey baby!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your banner :)

    Miss you ladies!

  3. I love the creativity of your banner! It's just wonderful! Good luck in the challenge!
    Colleen (Gonescrappin' from the MB)

  4. Love your banner!! You do such pretty work.

  5. Can I just say... OH WOW! LOVE IT! The banner is wonderful! :o)