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Here’s the Minnie Mouse banner from Gwen’s second birthday party.  I used my Silhouette to cut all of the shapes and the background paper is digital paper printed on my printer.    For the Minnie Mouse birthday party I choose to use pink & blue colors so it was very important to find coordinating paper in these colors.   I was thrilled to find a great set of papers in the perfect pink and blue colors from Lane + May Studio on Etsy.

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I wanted to use pattern papers and cut out big thick letters to put on top of the patterns.  This set of papers has 24 different designs and I used just about all of them (except the two animal prints).

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Here’s how I made this DIY banner:

  • Printed the digital paper pack onto white 12×12 cardstock.  Amy from Lane + May Studio helped adjust the colors so that when I printed the digital papers the pink came out the perfect shade.  I really appreciated her willingness to help make it perfect so that it would match the rest of the colors, like the pink in the ribbon wreath.  Printers can be difficult because they all interpret colors differently.
  • Made black heart paper (from the blue heart paper) because I needed another black print.

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  • Cut scalloped circle shape on the Silhouette – 5 Scalloped circles (by Lori Whitlock)
  • Size – outside circle is 5.5 inches, inside is 5.0 inches
  • The outside of the blue & pink papers are mounted on black cardstock.  The black didn’t look right for the black/white patterns and some of the Minnie patterns so I made some solid pink and solid blue backgrounds to mount these pieces.

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  • Used two pieces of organza ribbon in between the scalloped circles

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  • Popped up the letters with three pop dots on the back of the letters

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  • The raised dots help make the letters show up nice on the paper.  Here’s a detail view showing how much it lifts the letters up off the paper.

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Here are some of my favorite banner pieces.  I just love how the patterns all look together.  The hearts, polka dots, chevrons, stripes

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Here’s a photo the Mickey Mouse banner I made last year with digital paper & a triangle banner shape.   This was the first banner I made with the Silhouette and I used Mickey Mouse used digital paper for the banner flags.   See full post here.

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Supplies:

  • Scalloped Circle Shape – 5 Scalloped circles (by Lori Whitlock) Design ID #20452
  • Cardstock – White Bazzil used to print all patterns and colored backgrounds, black bazzil used for letters
  • Font – Luckiest Guy (cut via the Silhouette), size 305pt – search via Bing to find it for download
  • Pink Ribbon – American Crafts
  • Organza Ribbon – white, black and blue
  • Adhesive – Pop Dots, Glue Dots
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)

 

Chevron Striped Baby Shower Banner

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Today is the 2nd day of my spring break……Had a lovely morning run with friends at boot camp down to the shores of Lake Sammamish, the water was so still and peaceful.   Then a quick stop at Ben Franklin to get some cardstock for Gavin’s birthday party invites that I am working on finishing up.   I am really enjoying having some time off from the busy work days, many meetings and too much email.

I am excited to share a banner that I made to welcome my girlfriends new baby girl.  The banner is two pieces and reads “Welcome Baby Hope.”  It was one of the decorations for the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower and the expectant momma was thrilled to receive the sweet banner. 

I used the silhouette to cut out the banner flags and letters.  It’s really easy when you have such a great tool to do all the hard work. 

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To create the rectangle flags, I used the “build a banner set” file by Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette store.  I was excited to make a banner with this traditional banner flag shape.  My favorite part about making banners is that the shapes are endless and you can try a new style each time.   In the past I’ve made circle, triangle, rectangle, and heart shaped banners. 

Here’s a view of the banner flags in the Silhouette Studio software, this size flag is just right to get two per 12×12 sheet.   The banners flags are 5×7 and the white pieces of cardstock are 5 x 2.75.

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I printed the letters with black ink via my printer, cut the letters out with the Silhouette and then popped them up with foam to create dimension.  Lori Whitlock really thought about the purpose when creating the silhouette banner file, she made holes at the top so that it’s ready to be strung.  I love finding added shortcuts.   The font is 260pt and I kept enlarging it until it filled up the white strip as much as it could.    This might be my first time cutting out letters via the Silhouette and I am pleased with the result.  I love being able to use all the fonts on my computer, I have Over 1000 of them (I can hear Nicole saying “of course you do Laurel.”   Fonts are free & fun so it’s great to have options!   :)   

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The beautiful teal ribbon is my favorite part of the banner.  I got it at the local Ben Franklin (in Redmond) where they have a lovely supply of ribbons that can be cut to order.  I like the thickness (it’s larger than what I typically use), the two white stiches through the organza and the beautiful teal blue color. 

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The pink & red elephants look really great with these three chevron striped patterns.    I love the three hearts that are coming out of the mommas trunk. 

The banner will be used to decorate the baby shower but then can also be hung in the baby’s room.   Banners are great gifts that can be used for room decorations for years to come.  I received two owl banners from at my baby shower and have have them hanging in Gwenyth’s room.  Now that she’s 1 1/2 she’s even noticing them and talking about them.    The first one says “Baby Gwen” and was ordered from Etsy for the shower, hung it above her crib but had to take it down when she turned one because she was trying to pull it off the wall.  The second one is a triangle shaped “Gwenyth” banner that’s up high above the closet doors so it’s safe from little hands. 

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I am in love with the pink, red, blue color combo.  The digital paper pack comes with two-toned chevron combos like I used on the invite and then these version with the color/white combo. 

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It was raining the day I finished the “welcome” portion of the banner so I was only able to get a full view of it all together here on the table.  Thank god that that Saturday was dry so that I could get the photos of the “baby hope” portion (seen above).   I like to get photos outside whenever possible to get the best light and it’s tough to do that in spring in Seattle. 

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Welcome to sweet Baby Hope!  We “hope” your arrival into the world is a memorable one.  I can’t wait to meet you!! 

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Links to the other shower decorations:  invite, circle garland. 

Stay tuned there’s still more elephant baby shower decorations to share in upcoming posts! 

Supplies:

  • White Cardstock (80lb) – print chevron pattern on 12×12
  • Silhouette Banner Flag – Design ID #25735 (Lori Whitlock)
  • Digital Art –Chevron & Elephant Art (Erin Bradley Designs)
  • Ribbon – Teal Blue with a double white stich
  • Font – Doctor Soos Bold (260pt)
  • Pop Dots – all night media

Simple Holiday Gift Tags

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Today is Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas posts on Laurel Lane.

I’d like to share some simple gift tags that I made this week. 

I used the the 3d poinsettia flower by Lori Whitlock.  I love all of her flower designs.

The flower consists of three pieces stacked and a small brad through the middle.  There’s also green leaves that are the fourth layer in the back. 

Unfortunately I must need a new cutting mat so I couldn’t get the green cardstock to stay in place to cut the leaves. I think it still turned out fine and the tags made a nice touch to gifts.

Per the advice of a friend, I’ve since ordered myself a Christmas present from Amazon (two new cutting mats)!    I don’t want to have this happen again when I am in the middle of a project. 

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I added the tags to some boxes of tasty local chocolates (made in Portland) with a short holiday wishes message. 

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The yellow brad creates a nice center of the flower and the brown hemp twine adds a rustic feel. 

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Supplies:  Silhouette Cameo –3d poinsettia flower by Lori Whitlock Design ID #35839

Handmade Flowers

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Today I’d like to share my paper flower bouquet with you made via the Silhouette.    Now that I have a tool to help cut out the shape of the flowers this is one of the first projects I couldn’t wait to complete.    I wanted to make these for Gwen’s birthday back in June but this was the one thing on the list that didn’t get completed.  Since I have the Silhouette I am glad I waited because I like how these turned out much better than when I cut my own flower shapes.  (it’s possible to do it but much harder)

I’ve said this before…but I really LOVE this collection of paper (Sketchbook by Amy Tangerine) because of the bright cheerful colors but it also has a great mix of not just shapes but also the geometric patterns.  I am so happy with how these flowers turned out.  You see the hearts and flowers on one side then geometric partners on the back sides.  This collection is also great because of the black and white patterns mixed with the bright colors and the black pencil sketchs too.

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I used two different shapes from the Silhouette store for the flowers.    The 3d paper rose (Alaa’K) & the 3d rolled spiral flower (Lori Whitlock).  I enlarged each flower so that it was as large as it could be for a 12×12 sheet.  This produced nice sized flowers for a medium sized vase to be a table centerpiece.

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I glued them together and then used floral wire as the stems.    I tried scrunching up the paper, like last time, but didn’t like how it turned out so I stuck with keeping them nice & crisp.   I had to make a small tighter spiral for the inside because the flowers were so open.  I used scraps from the big flowers, twisted them up and glued to the middle of the large open flowers.

My favorite three flowers are seen below:  the inside with the rainbow of hearts, the bright yellow inside with the big flowers on the outside and Gwyneth’s graph outside with the black and white floral on the inside.

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The two flower shapes used here are similar but Lori’s rolled spiral flower has more of a scalloped edge so these shapes work well together to give a slight variety to the overall shape/size of the flowers.   

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I’ve tied some Sketchbook ribbons to the top of the vase to enhance the colors in the bouquet.  We’ve now got the bouquet sitting in the center of our dinging table.   The real roses my husband got me for our anniversary last week are just about done but we’ll have this lovely bouquet to enjoy for a long time!    

There are many, many more flower shapes I want to use on future projects with smaller sized flowers in a big grouping.  I can’t wait to try some new things!   Here’s a link to my other projects with the Sketchbook collection.   I’ve almost used up the paper pack, just enough left for one more layout & 2 cards.  

Supplies:  pattern paper & ribbons-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection (American Crafts), die cut flower templates-Silhouette store (3d paper rose – by Alaa’K & the 3d rolled spiral flower – by Lori Whitlock)

Mickey Mouse Silhouette Banner

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This is a banner that I made with my new fabulous tool the Silhouette!  It’s a big TREAT to have an electronic die cut tool like this and I am so thankful to be able to get one with my bonus from work.    It arrived about two weeks ago, just in time for me to test it out with this banner project.  I used all digital paper supplies for the banner and then the Silhouette did all the designing/cutting.    This was made for my girlfriend’s Disney themed 2nd birthday party for her son that was at the end of August.  I made a handful of other Disney themed décor items for the party and I’ll share them over the next few posts. 

Close up of the cute Mickey pattern (it came in three colors).  There are three layers to this piece (the flag, the circle and the letter) all on pieces of cardstock.

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I put the “Happy 2nd Birthday” portion all on one string because she wanted to hang it outside along the roofline all in one line.  Then I put “Cooper” on another string so that she could hang it in his room or save with mementos.   

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Supplies:

  • Digital PaperMickey Inspired from Etsy.  Have you seen how reasonable it is to buy digital paper?   Only $3.00 for this set. 
  • Printer Ink– make sure you have have back up cartridges on hand just in case
  • Silhouette – shapes from Silhouette store (build a banner set by Lori Whitlock). Used the plain orange triangle (keeping it simple for a boy banner) that includes two holes for the ribbons.

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  • Ribbon-yellow & white ribbon from Michael’s craft store (perfect colors for the paper).  From the dollar bin. 
  • Adhesives– glue stick works great for the circles and then use pop dots for the letters. 

Steps:

1.  Print the pattern paper.  I printed the pattern paper on white cardstock.  Then began running it through the Silhouette to cut out the banner pieces.  I was able to get 2 banner pieces per 8.5 x 11 sheet. 

2.  Design the inner circle for the letters.  Used the Silhouette software to design and it’s so easy to use!!

3.  Print & Cut the circles with the Silhouette.  I love how crisp the circle cuts are with this machine!  It made the circles look absolutely perfect.   I couldn’t use my circle punch because these were larger than my punch.   Here’s what the sheet looked like before cutting.    I ended up making a three circles as the borders (thick black, small yellow and red dash).  This circle with the three borders was used again later on other items for the party.  Once it was created here I just had to resize for the other pieces.  

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4.  Cut the letters for the banner with the Disney font cartridge on the Cricut.  (I don’t have a circuit but was lucky to borrow one from a friend for this project)  The chunky Disney font on the Cricut was just perfect for the banner flags.    Also cut the two Mickey Mouse silhouettes on the Cricut.   I used the Disney script font (from my computer) on some of the other items but it wasn’t thick enough for the banner.  Cricut seems to have a hold on the “Disney” pieces because I couldn’t find them in the Silhouette store.     

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5.  Popped up the letters with pop dots so that there would be some dimension to the flags.  One of my favorite things about making Happy Birthday banners is there are 13 flags before you even get to the name flags, which means you get to use so many patterns!  It creates quite a striking look to see a collection of paper used together for one décor piece.  With cards and layouts its not possible to use so many patterns all at once. 

I love the black, yellow & red color combo with the stripes/dots/patterns.

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The white circles are just over 3 inches.   I made the black letters as large as I could to fill the space. 

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With the holes already precut (from the banner design file) for the ribbon it was so easy to string this one together.  What a great idea Lori had including the little holes in the flags.  This medium size ribbon was perfect because you could slide the banner pieces back and forth very easily.  

This shade of yellow is really soft & beautiful.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Cooper! What a great birthday celebration you had it was such a great time. 

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Next I’ll share the Thank You Tags, Water bottle Labels and Signs so that you can have ideas for your next Disney party.    I always have fun creating things for others because I get the chance to work with new themes.  Also, I’d love to share photos of how the party because Shawna did an amazing job.

Have a great Friday & weekend!