die organization
october stamp set sneak peek

banner builder revisited

October is here and fall is definitely in full swing here in Minnesota. Our leaves are changing and the temperatures are cooler. I am happy to move on to this next month as September and back to school were not the best for our family. If you follow me on twitter or facebook, you know we had some medical drama with our Tacy swallowing some magnet toy pieces at school this past week. That adventure isn't quite over, but we are able to be at home while we wait for the final recovery ;) We appreciate continued prayers!

Holiday crafting has been in full swing around here and for the Papertrey Ink senior design team challenge today we are using the larger size banner builder dies and creating a banner to use in our home during the holiday and winter season.


I used the Boxy style banner die and felt in the colors: Pinefeather, Scarlett Jewel, Fine Linen, and Vintage Cream to create the base for my Santa Noel banner. 


One of my new crafts that I got into this past year is needle punch. If you aren't familiar with this craft, you use a special needle tool to punch thread through fabric and it creates loops on the opposite side. You work the design from the back side. In general you are using threads to color in the image that you are using for a pattern. There are so many Papertrey images that work beautifully for this craft - for this project, I used the Santa image from the Believe set. All I did was stamp the image onto the fabric and I was ready to go!


To learn more on doing this craft, here is a YouTube video that can get you started! You will also find more information on the internet, at your local craft store, or your library. Once you start, you can't stop!


For the rest of my banner, I chose to use the word "noel". I used some chipboard letter stickers that I had in my stash of supplies and die cut some of the 1 3/4" Limitless Layers die shapes as well as a couple of Damask Snowflakes. Everything is glued down and then I added machine stitching to secure everything in place. The stitching also gives it a warm homespun look as well.


I attached the banner pieces to the linen ribbon wit some trinket pins and then glittered up some clothespins to hang the banner.

See what the rest of the snior design team crafted up for their holiday/winter banners: NicholeBetsyDawnLisa, and Mish all have something to share!


all supplies from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted

Felt Santa Noel Banner

stamps: Believe

ink: True Black

other: Boxy Banner die, 1 3/4" Limitless Layers die, Damask Snowflake die, Banner Borders die, Scarlet Jewel, Pinefeather, Fine Linen, & Vintage Cream felt, Scor-tape, weavers cloth (craft/fabric store), embroidery floss (DMC), punch needle tool (craft store), chipboard letter stickers (Making Memories), clothespins (vintage), white gold glitter (Martha Stewart), trinket pins (Making Memories), linen ribbon (craft store)

Here is a family themed banner that I created when the Banner dies first debuted in November 2010...


Thanks so much for stopping by today! It won't be long and it wil be time for sneak peeks for the October release!