Friday, January 6, 2012


Happy Friday!!  Man, this week went by fast!  Like most of everyone I know, I started on my New Year's resolution to eat less and move more.  So far, so good.  I found this cool new FREE app called myfitnesspal.  (  It keeps track of all my goals/food/exercise/vitamins/sodium/cholesterol etc.  I have never tried doing this and it's amazing what you can find out about your diet.  I definitely recommend it.  You can even scan bar codes instead of looking up food.

Okay, enough about that, I've been working on a really fun banner for the last couple of days.  I used my new January Scrapbook club kit by Artful Delight.  It has the most delicious paper and gems in it by Studio Calico and My Mind's Eye.  I wanted to make a party banner that would be non gender specific but still gorgeous.  I am totally thrilled with how it turned out :))))

Here's a pic of the kit.  The owner of the business, Leeanne, is really sweet and has a fabulous sketch challenge on her blog every month.

The base of the banner is actually part of a Maya Road brown chipboard mini album that I took apart and painted white.  I cut the paper into banner shapes (complete with the punched holes) from my Cricut Cartridge Birthday Bash (page 64, size 6").  Before making the accordion flowers, I used an edge punch I had on hand and punched one side of my about 1 1/2" x 12 strips to give them a little pop.    Then I just added some circles cut out of leftover paper from the kit that matched and added the matching Thicker letters and bling.  The last thing I added was some red ribbon that I had from my stash.

Now I have a birthday banner (that isn't store bought and cheap looking) for future parties :)

I am entering my banner in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp and show - something old something new
Simon says stamps - new something
Sentimental Sundays - anything goes
Papertake weekly - anything goes
Really reasonable ribbon's ramblings - sparkle and ribbon
Pile it on - anything goes
Allsorts challenge blog - new beginnings
Incy wincy designs - anything goes
Totally gorjuss - happy
Southern girls challenge - show us your sparkle
Critter challenge blog - celebration
My mum's crafts shop challenges - something new
The pink elephant challenge - anything goes
Getting cricky - Celebration

Thanks for checking out my new project!  If you haven't seen my giveaway, you might want to check it out HERE. I am giving away a Crafter's Companion Boxer board, Envelobox board, and Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD.  I love them!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!



anazelia said...

That's beautiful Denise

artfuldelight said...

WOW, love the banner!! Thank you for the kind words!! :-)

Lisa said...

Wow, Denise, this is one of the most gorgeous banners I've seen!! You did a fabulous job!! You should also link this up at Getting Cricky for the Simply Sunday Challenge - It's a Celebration!! Have a great weekend :)


sandee said...

Your banner turned out beautifuly and is definetly a keeper for future parties!

Sugarlips said...

The banner turned out fantastic. I love the colors you did a great job.

Thanks for sharing with us at Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge.

Getting Cricky Jr DTM

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Your banner turned out wonderful-such fun layers.
Thanks for sharing the link for my fitness pal.
So glad you could join us at Really Reasonable Ribbon.


Beautiful banner I love rosette's and they really add dimention to your banner! Thanks for joining us for the Simply Sunday Challenge!!
Getting Cricky Jr. DTM

Stacy H-W said...

Gorgeous banner!!! You really rocked it out of the park!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is a great banner! Love the papers and all the details! So fun!

Monique Leslie The Misfit Crafter said...

Oh this is so pretty.

Cheri said...

This is so pretty. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge.

Cheri - Getting Cricky JrDT

Nancy Wethington said...

Love the banner! It's so festive. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

dragonllew said...

Great banner thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy this week.
Jenny x

Bente said...

Wonderful card! Great colors and details!
Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week.
Hugs, Bente

Helen said...

This is fabulous!
Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
Helen x

scrapinmamaof2 said...

Fun banner! Love the rosettes. They add so much dimension and pizzaz to the banner :)
Heather Getting Cricky Jr. Design Team

Kazza said...

Love your gorgeous banner. A real fun project. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls.

wahixane77 said...

Absolutely gorgeous banner! You did a fab job. Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays.

Sue U said...

Wow! Your banner is fabulous and I love the kit you used to make it!! Thanks for sharing with us at Southern Girls :-).
Hugs Sue xx

BethieJ said...

LOVE your banner!
Thanks for joining us at PIO last week!! Happy New Year! Have a GREAT day!

Jill said...

absolutely gorgeous thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

Jill said...

beautiful work thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

NGCARDS said...

Great creation hun! Thanks for playing along at PTW! xxx

Jennifer Scull said...

oh my goodness, this is amazing! thank you for joining us at Pile it On! :)

Tracy said...

Beautiful project. Thanks for joining us at MMCS
Tracy x

Carolina said...

It's fabulous! Would look great any party! I love the bling zig zag below the rosettes!

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Gorgeous banner!! Love it! It's perfect for any type of party!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


Bonnie - Really Reasonable Ribbon said...

Beautiful banner! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

Chris said...

Where's your beautful Christmas Page you just made?

Scrappin' Sista said...

Your banner is amazing! I love it. Thanks for joining us in the Simply Sunday Challenge. Hope to see you next time.

Getting Cricky Jr. DT

Gloria Stengel said...

Love it! Banners are my fav!

Amy said...

What a BEAUTIFUL banner!! Love the rosettes and colors you've used!! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your talent in the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge!! :)

Amy :) at
Getting Cricky DTM