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June 19, 2011

30th. Birthday Banner

What's more fun than a summer birthday! The party is still a few weeks away but just in case you think I haven't been doing much lately, here is a project I'm working on.

This birthday banner uses the yummy colours from the Citrus Pack of cardstock. Aren't they gorgeous? I think I went a little overboard on this project as you'll see further on. Sure, the basic shapes look easy enough.

Thanks to my new Straight from the Nest cartridge, I used the cutest banner flag I could find. But from then on, things got a little crazy.

To make the individual flags sturdy enough for the outdoor picnic party, I layered each coloured flag on top of a sturdy white layer, then did the same for the cuffs which were a thin paper.

The cardstock I chose for the letters is more of a vinyl-ish material, shiny AND sparkly. These sheets came from the same Citrus pack.

Tip:  Use Scott's clear glue if you want "slide-ability" when layering things. This glue is fabulous and the double-ended tube makes it great for this project.

At left are some of the letters not yet adhered to their flags.

But wait. There's more!

Here's a sneak peak of a few completed flags. It's hard to get a good shot of them altogether, so I need to figure out how to lay them out and take more pictures.

The banner begins and ends with a cupcake flag. The cupcake bottom is glued flat on each end but raised in the middle with pop dots. After looking at all the various cupcakes available, I like the icing on this one best. I added some pink shading to the icing and of course, sparkly 'sugar' on top.

Details, Details, Details.
This is where I get caught up... in the details. If you look closely at the candle on the cupcake, you'll see that it looks like a real flame. HAD to! And once I saw how cute these 2 candles looked, I made more to embellish some of the flags. Too much? I think not.

Cartridges Used
Celebrations - cupcakes, candles, balloons, whistles, confetti, hats
Straight from the Nest - Banner flags, cuffs and sliders
Storybook - Alphabet letters and numbers
Quarter Note - font for "th" on the "30th" flag

I hope to post more pictures of the banner all tied together with pretty ribbon, and hanging from our picnic shelter. Check back around July 10th.

Update: September 12, 2011

I'm a little late in posting this picture. Here's a pic of the banner hanging in our picnic shelter. It was SO long, I couldn't get the whole banner  in the shot. But you'll get the idea. Click on the pic for a closeup.


  1. I LOVE the banner, so vibrant! Beautiful....simply BEAUTIFUL!

  2. Uhooi,,
    Wow,, This is a banner creative, cute and very nice,,


  3. What a MARVELOUS banner... Perfect colors & I love the font you chose!!!! Just AWESOME!

  4. This is the perfect banner for my granddaughter's first birthday. It will match my Create-a-Critter animals. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great banner! Looking forward to seeing it 'in action' on your picnic shelter. (July 10 is long past...hope everything is alright?)


  6. Great banner. It was well worth the effort.


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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!