Fall Banner

We are making this Fall Banner at a Class this Saturday that I am participating in with several other crafters.  It uses the Build a Banner Kit.  This is a pretty fun little Banner to make.  It also goes together pretty quickly.
Fall Banner

SUPPLIES:
Simply Created Build a Banner Kit #133507  Banner #132699
Autumn Accents Bigz Die #127812
Burlap Ribbon #132140
Vintage Faceted Buttons  #127555 Or use the colored button of your choice.  Next time I will choose a darker, contrasting color.
Metallic Gold 1/8″ Ribbon #134583
Jute Cord from the Kit OR White & Tangerine Two Tone Trim (cord) #134838
Tombow Glue
Card Stock:  Old Olive
Tangerine Tango
Crushed Curry
Cajun Craze
Early Espresso for letters.  If stenciling, use a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink.
Letters:
Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Dies (Sorry, retired)  Use the stencils included in the Build a Banner Kit.  I always forget.  🙁
You can use the alphabet stencils that come in the full Build a Banner kit for the letters and use a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink to sponge them directly onto the banners.  The “Banner” Kit only has 18 Banner pieces and 9′ of Jute Cord-NO stencils.  You can also use your favorite cutter to cut your letters out.  These are 1-3/4″ wide x 2″ tall.
Other:  Tombow Glue

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Leaves out with your Big Shot.  I cut each color to 3-5/8″ x 6″, stacked them over the two largest leaves and cut them out all at once.  Oh, the advantage of Bigz Dies!
2.  Arrange your leaves and figure out your letter placement.  Attach or sponge on your letters, trying to keep the bottom of each letter so it looks like there has been a line drawn straight across all the banners.  I used Tombow Glue to attach all card stock to the banners.  After your letters are in place, glue on your leaves in the desired pattern/arrangement.
3.  Thread your 1/8″ Ribbon through your button holes.  I made a little loop with thread to help me.  Tie the ribbon in a knot or bow as desired.  Attach your buttons to the top of your leaves with Tombow Glue.  Glue Dots don’t hold the buttons on well enough, especially if you keep moving the Banner around.
4.  Cut your cord to 4 feet.  Thread it through your banner holes.  You can thread it through so it does NOT show on the front of the banner OR so it does show on the front of your banner.  Choose whichever you like the look of best.  I threaded mine behind this time.
5.  Cut five 12″ pieces of Burlap Ribbon.  Tie a loose knot between each banner and at the outsides of the first and last banner.  Trim off excess ribbon if desired.
6.  Tie a loop at each end of the cord so you can hang your banner.

Happy Fall!
Nendy Kerr

Snow Banner in Bermuda Bay

You can make this Snow Banner with the Build A Banner Refill Kit and the Christmas Accessory Kit.  It goes together really quickly since most pieces are cut and ready to go.  It should take you about an hour (or less) to make from start to finish. Snow Banner SUPPLIES:
Kits:  Build a Banner Refill Kit #132699  OR Build a Banner Simply Created Kit #133507 Christmas Accessory Kit #132697
Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay Silver Glimmer Paper
Marker:  Bermuda Bay Marker
Big Shot:  Circles Collection Framelits  #130911 Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies  #127553 OR get the Full Build a Banner Kit and use the Alphabet Stencils, Sponge Daubers, and either Silver Ink or Bermuda Bay ink
Punch:  3/4″ Circle Punch #119873  (Optional-if you want to add color to your clear buttons.)
Other:  Jumbo Sticky Rounds #127852 OR Glue Gun
Sticky Strip
Tombow Glue
Glue Dots

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Choose 6 of the Banners in the Kit and choose the order you want them in.
2.  Cut 2 Bermuda Bay Scallop Circles using the largest (and only) Scallop Circle Framelit.  Add  the desired Snowflake from your Christmas Accessory Kit.  I punched a 3/4″ Bermuda Bay Circle to put under the clear buttons.  You can attach the card stock circle with either Glue Dots or Tombow Glue.  Attach to Button to the center of your Snowflake the same way.  Add a Large Rhinestone from your Kit to the center of your Button.  Glue to the desired Banner.  Adhere decorated Scallop Circle to your first Banner with Tombow Glue.
3.  Cut out your SNOW letters with your Big Shot and the Typeset Alphabet Dies and adhere them to the 2″ Circles that come in your Christmas Accessory Kit.  Go around the outside edges with your Bermuda Bay Marker so the letters will show up better.  OR stencil or write them onto the 2″ Circles that come in your Christmas Accessory Kit.  If you use the Silver ink go around the outside of the Stencil letters with your Bermuda Bay Marker so you can see the letters better.
4.  Assemble your Rosettes.  Fold on the Score Lines.  Attach Sticky Strip to one of the ends.  I usually put it underneath one end so the edge of the Rosette strip is against a fold line.  Flatten your Rosette with the back side up and pinch the center together.  Cover with a Jumbo Sticky Round.  Choose a 2″ Circle from your Christmas Accessory Kit to go on top of your Rosette.  Put 1/4 of a Sticky Round on the back of it and put in on the center front of your Rosette.  Repeat with the other three Rosettes.
5.  Add your Rosettes to the desired Banner by peeling the backing off the Jumbo Sticky Round OR use your Glue Gun.  (Glue guns don’t play nicely with me.  I almost always get burned badly so I now use Jumbo Sticky Rounds.  They work well  at holding the Rosette together AND holding it to the surface you want.)  Your Banner pieces are complete.
6.  String your Jute Twine from your Kit through the grommet holes.  I didn’t have enough Jute Twine left so I used some retired 3/8″ White Ribbon instead.  Tie loops at the ends so it hangs nicely from your nails in your wall or under your Fireplace Mantle.  Cut off the excess.
7.  Cut the 1″ wide Coastal Cabana Ribbon that comes in your Accessory Kit into five 6″ pieces.  Tie them in a knot between each of the Banners.  The Ribbon Knot helps keep the Banners from squishing together.  You can add some of the other Ribbons if desired. 8.  Hang your Snow Banner and enjoy the festive look it brings to your home!

Happy Winter Decorating! Nendy Kerr

Red & Green Merry Christmas Banner

We will be making this Merry Christmas Banner at my Class on Friday.  It is pretty easy to make.  There is a bit of cutting, but it goes quickly as everything but the letters are multiples.  This is a good project to work on while watching a favorite Christmas movie.  You should be able to finish your Banner in about 2 hours.  I will sure miss these Banners as I have had so much fun using them!
Make this Merry Christmas Banner in less than 2 hours!

SUPPLIES:
Kit:  Build a Banner Refill Kit #132699
Card Stock:  Real Red (about 6 sheets)
Gumball Green  (about 6 sheets)
Silver Glimmer Paper  (2 sheets with some left over)
Red Glimmer Paper (4″ x 6″ or so)
Big Shot:  Bigz Alphabet Typeset #127553
Festive Flurries Framelits #132193
Circle Collection Framelits #130911
Holiday Ornament Framelits #127816
Bigz Serif Essentials Alphabet (sorry-Retired.  You could use the smaller Typeset Alphabet)
Other:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Ribbon #132135
Gumball Green Stitiched Satin Ribbon #126848
Pear Pizzazz  Chevron Ribbon #130011

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Choose the order you want your Banner pieces in.
2.  Cutting:
~Merry with Typeset Alphabet dies from Red Glimmer Paper
~Cut one Ornament from Silver Glimmer Paper and two Ornaments (the same shape used before) from Real Red card stock.
~Cut 9 of the largest Festive Flurries Snowflakes
~Cut 5 Gumball Green Scallop Circles from the Circle Framelits.
~Cut 4 Real Red Scallop Circles.
~Real Red Letters:  C R S M S
~Gumball Green Letters:  H I T A
3.  Assembly.
~Merry Banner.  Ornament.  Cut one of the Real Red Ornaments in half lengthwise.  Cut the top and bottom tips off the other one leaving a strip of paper to glue to the back of the Silver Glimmer Paper Ornament.  Glue the top and bottom tips on first to the back of the Silver Glimmer Ornament leaving the desired Red Border showing.  Now glue the two halves of the Red Ornament to the back of the Silver Glimmer Ornament leaving the desired border showing.  Arrange the Merry Letters and the Ornament in the desired Positions.  Glue in place.
~Circles and Snowflakes.  Glue a Snowflake to each Circle.
~Line up your Banners in the order you want them.  Lay one Circle on each Banner in the order shown starting with the Merry, then alternate Gumball Green and Real Red Circles.
~Glue each letter on in order to spell Christmas.
~Thread the Jute Twine (included in your Kit) through all your Banners in the correct order.  Tie a loop at the ends to connect to the nail in your wall or under your Fireplace mantle.  Trim off the excess Jute Twine.
~Cut your Ribbon into 6″ pieces.  Three each of Cherry Cobbler 1″ Ribbon, Gumball Green Stitiched Satin, and Pear Pizzazz Chevron.
~Tie on the Ribbon over the Jute Twine in a knot:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Pear Pizzazz.  Repeat two more times.  Tie the knots tight enough to help keep your Banners from scrunching together.
4.  Step back and admire your Merry Christmas Banner!  The sparkly Snowflakes and Ornament look so much better in person than in the photo!

Happy Christmas Decorating!
Nendy Kerr

Spooky Halloween Banner with Complete Instructions

Today is my Spooky Halloween Banner Class.  After some experimentation I figured out an easy way to make it.  It is so easy that I will also be making a red and green Christmas one and a Let it Snow one using the Christmas Accessory Kit.  I am so glad there are 18 pennants in both the Kit and the Refill Kit.  Enjoy making your own Banners!
Spooky Halloween Banner

SUPPLIES:
Kits:  Build-a Banner Simply Created Kit  #133507
Halloween Accessory Kit #132698
Inks:  Tangerine Tango ink pad (freshly reinked)
StayzOn Black ink pad  (freshly reinked) OR Basic Black ink pad (freshly inked)
Card Stock:  Basic Black
Tangerine Tango card stock
Crushed Curry card stock
Punches:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle
1-1/4″ Scallop Circle
Other:  Sponge Daubers
Jumbo Sticky Rounds #127852  OR Glue Gun
Sticky Strip
Tombow Glue
Simply Scored Tool
StayzOn Cleaner if you used StayzOn ink
Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:
Decide on the word you want to use on your banner and how many of the banner pennants you want to use.  Lay out the pennants in the order you want.  I will give the instructions for the Spooky Banner I made.
1.  Choose and lay out the six pennants as shown.
2.  First and last pennants:  Use a sponge dauber, the Tangerine Tango ink pad, and your Chevron stencil.  Place the stencil with the open circle up at the top.  I put it as high as I could on all my stencils.  Gently rub your Sponge Dauber in your Tangerine Tango ink pad, then gently rub your inked Sponge Dauber in the open part of the Chevrons until they are the color you like.  Leave the circle part blank.  Set aside to dry.
3.  Fourth pennant:  Use the Stripe stencil and fill in the stripes using your Sponge Dauber and Tangerine Tango ink, as above.
4.  Clean your stencils by running water over them.  Lay them on a towel to dry.
5.  Assemble the Rosettes in your Halloween Accessory Kit by adding Sticky Strip to one end and attaching the ends.  Remove one side of the Jumbo Sticky Round (or use hot glue).  Flatten out your Rosette and make the center as small as possible.  Cover the center with the sticky round.  Turn it over and put another Sticky Round on the center.  This should keep them flat enough to easily add your decorations after all your rosettes are assembled.
6.  Make two card stock rosettes.  Cut four 2″ x 8-1/2″ Tangerine Tango strips.  Score each strip every 3/8″.  Fold accordion style.  Attach two strips together using Sticky Strip.  Attach to Jumbo Sticky Rounds as you did with the other rosettes.
7.  Letter Strips.  Cut one 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Tangerine Tango strip and one 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Crushed Curry strip.  Decide how you want the bottom cut and line them up with the corresponding pennant, centering the strip, and cut the very bottom off.  Decide which letters you want on them.  I did the first “o” and a “k”.  Adhere to those Pennants with Tombow glue.
8.  Now to sponge the letters on your pennants and strips.  You might want to lay out the rosettes on the pennants to help you position your letters.  Choose out the letters you want.  Make sure you get the “p”.  I realized later that I used the “d” instead of the “p”.  The “p” had a line on the bottom of the tail that extends on both sides of the tail.  I laid out the stencils on the pennants I wanted them on so I would get them in the order I wanted them.  Sponge on the letters.  If you use Black StayzOn Ink, please clean the stencils immediately after sponging all the letters.  Use StayzOn Cleaner, then rinse under running water.  Dry with paper towel or let air dry on a towel.
9.  Punch out 2 each Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, and Crushed Curry 2-3/8″ Scallop Circles and 1 Crushed Curry and 1 Basic Black 1-1/4″ Scallop Circles.  The smaller scallops are optional.
10.  Decorate your Rosettes.  Place your rosettes on the pennant you want them.  Now decorate them.  Here is what I did to mine:
~S.  Chevron Pennant, Black Rosette, 2-3/8″ Tangerine Tango Scallop Circle, Crushed Curry Circle from Kit, Black Button from Kit attached with Glue Dots.
~P.  Plain Pennant, Crushed Curry rosette, 2-3/8″ Basic Black Scallop Circle, Spider die cut from Halloween Kit (The Skull and Crossbones is shown in the Holiday Catalog.)
~O.  Plain Pennant with Crushed Curry strip, Tangerine Tango card stock rosette, Basic Black large Scallop Circle, Orange circle from Halloween Kit, Crushed Curry 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, Black button from Kit attached with Glue Dots.
~O.  Striped Pennant, Black rosette, Crushed Curry large scallop circle, Orange circle from Kit, small Basic Black scallop circle, Yellow button from Kit attached with Glue Dots.
~K.  Plain Pennant with Tangerine Tango strip, Crushed Curry rosette, Tangerine Tango large scallop circle, Yellow circle from Kit, Black Button from Kit.
~Y.  Chevron Pennant, Orange card stock rosette, Crushed Curry large scallop circle, Bat die cut from Kit.  Add two Rhinestones for Bat’s eyes.
11.  String the Jute Twine from your Kit through the grommet holes in your pennants.  I had the longer part of the twine go behind the pennant.  Tie a loop at each end so you can hang it up.
12.  Now take the ribbons from your kit and tie them between the Pennants.  Here is what I used between each set of letters:
~S & P:  orange
~P & O:  Gray Striped
~O & O:  Basic Black 1/8″
~O & K:  Orange
~K & Y:  Gray Striped
13.  Now hang your Spooky Halloween Banner up.  Adjust the placement of the Pennants and the Ribbons.  Admire it.  Invite some friends over to enjoy your fun Spooky Halloween Banner!  You can also take pictures and email to others or Pin It to Pinterest!

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Happy Halloween Decorating!
Nendy