Banner Blast #GDP026

Hey guys! Life’s been surprisingly hectic lately so I’ve been missing from the blog for a while, but I’ll be returning to a regular posting schedule now (hopefully!).

Today I’m playing along with the Global Design Project. I always check out their challenge on Monday because it’s a great way to get inspired and start off the week with a creative bang. Now, granted, sometimes I procrastinate and things get in the way but it’s a great habit to get into.

This week’s challenge is a Sketch Challenge.

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You’ll see that I didn’t take it too literally, which is ok. Often, by trying to be true to the sketch you end up limiting yourself and even getting frustrated with your project. Remember that the sketch is there to give you inspiration but after that initial spark, don’t be afraid to run with it and follow your creative process.

You’ll be surprised what you end up with :). I ended up with a banner! Ok, no surprise there. If you’ve been to my blog a few times you’ll know that I’m a sucker for banners.

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I really like how this turned out. It’s really fun and colorful and great to have around when you need a little pick-me-up. You can hang it in your house or in your craft area for a little fun decor.

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A flurry of wishes (Crafty Christmas #1)

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing my first Christmas project of the season :). I know, it seems kinda early to be thinking about Christmas, but when it comes to hand crafting you have to plan ahead (like waaaay ahead).

Today I’m showcasing my favourite Christmas stamp set, A Flurry of Wishes. This one was love at first sight <3. My friends know I have a thing for snowflakes (and winter in general) and celtic knots so this was just perfect for me. And it has a matching punch, I mean what more could a girl ask for ?
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I’ve already made several projects using it but probably my favourite one is the banner I’m sharing today.
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The image just doesn’t do it justice. It’s got beautiful font, some gold for sparkle and plenty of snowflakes…it’s soft, yet crisp and modern at the same time.
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And since I loved it so much I decided to make some matching Christmas ornaments as well. These would make a great hand made gift for friends or family.
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Christmas, at least for me, is a reminder to look at the world with wonder, to allow yourself to feel joy and share it with those around you.

Ini’s Birthday Bash Banner

A friend of mine said the best day to start new things is Monday. Since I’ve been procrastinating in creating this blog for several months now I figured Saturday works just as well. I was mostly concerned about the technical side of things (you see these amazing blogs with lots of integration and intricate designs), but I decided there’s nothing wrong with starting small and simple.

I’m super excited to share this first project with you! I love birthdays so when a colleague at work asked me to make a banner for her daughter’s 2nd birthday I was psyched. This was back at the beginning of summer so I wasn’t kidding about the epic procrastination bit. I’ve wanted to share it ever since because it’s so fun and cute. Granted, that is one cute kid, I mean my work was half done when her mom gave me these adorable pics to incorporate. The concept was one picture from each 6 month milestone (so we have one from when she was 6 months old, then 1 year, then 1 1/2 and finally the big 2).

My colleague’s husband was kind enough to take these beautiful pictures showcasing it:

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All the products I used come from Stampin’ Up (most of my crafting supplies are from SU just so you know). I used a couple of birthday stamp sets, embossing folders for the polka dot and stars backgrounds, some DSP (Designer Series Paper) and a few sequins and stars. But you can use any stamps / stickers / embellishments you have.

Each banner base is 4”x 6”. The large polaroid frame is 10 cm x 10 cm (I made this out of DSP) and the smaller one is 3”x 4” and it comes from the Project Life Let’s Get Away Accessory Pack. You can scale these dimensions up or down depending on your preference or the size of the photos you want to use.

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I also added some pom-poms at each end. I might make a video later on to show you how to make these. It’s very easy and the result is super cute.

I hope you like it and give it a try yourself. You will be the coolest mom on the block I guarantee 🙂 !