Thursday, December 22, 2011

Joy Banner

I keep seeing gorgeous holiday banners out in blog-land and thought I’d take a stab at one of my own.  Papertrey Ink coasters make a great base…lightweight, yet sturdy; easy to glue, ink, and punch.  Since this was my first go, I chose “Joy”, a perfect word for the season, yet only three letters.

A Few Details:
·         The Christmas patterned paper on each coaster is from Basic Grey, the rosettes were made from scraps in colors inspired by the background paper.

·         I’m really loving the glitter ribbon I found at JoAnn Etc at the beginning of the season.  It’s easy to adhere and doesn’t fray.  I used every color I purchased on this banner, alternating colors of letters, rosettes, and ribbon on each coaster.

·         The letters were cut using my Cricut and Sure-Cuts-A-Lot cutting program, inked, and glittered.
·         At the bottom of each coaster, I added a jump ring and tied on a jingle bell with red and white baker’s twine from Papertrey Ink.

·         Jump rings and baker’s twine also link the coaster panels together with chipboard asterisks separating the letters.
·         I colored the asterisks with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain, sprayed them (and the coaster panels) with Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist, and added a starburst sequin and dot of Crystal Stickles to the centers.  

·         I also discovered that linking the asterisks from the center extensions made them spin and flip when hanging, so I moved the jump rings so that more of the asterisk was below the baker’s twine. However, I only had two chipboard asterisks and now had an extra hole punch in them.  No worries, I just punched holes in all of the extensions and made it part of the design…gotta roll with it, right?! 



  1. Oh my! Your banner is amazing! I really love the colors you chose! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Friendships Garden. I hope we'll see you back again soon! Merry Christmas, Becky

  2. Love your banner - very effective - great papers & embellishments!! Thanks for joining the Friendships Garden challenge!!

  3. WOW great job! Your banner looks awesome! Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘CHRISTMAS’ challenge and please come back again soon!

    one of the 'Sistahs'

  4. I love your banner! Using the chipboard connectors looks amazing! Thanks for joining us this week at Friendship's Garden!

  5. WOW! Beautiful work =) The banner is lovely! Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood of Crafters Christmas Challenge!

  6. Victoria, You rocked it, lady! I would have thought you've been making banners for years! Love all the detail work! Thanks so much for playing with us at Friendship's Garden!

  7. What a great idea! I love love LOVE this project, it's just so stunning :) Thanks for joining us at Friendship's Garden!

  8. Very creative, pretty and love all the details! Thanks for joining us at FG.

  9. Great banner! I love BasicGrey and PTI!

    such pretty bird images! Great cards!

    Thanks for joining our challenge over at FGCB!

    Dena Jones
    FGCB DT Member


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