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.

  7. The detail on this is amazing. The colours together are SO cheery and summery. Absolutely love it. #talented


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