Saturday, 12 April 2008

Birthday Banner

Two posts in one day, can you believe it?!

I made this banner for Cory's birthday. Now, until now I've always bought banners - it never even occured to me to make one! Duh! So I was sitting there after I bought the Dovecraft Masculine pack, thinking 'what am I going to make with all this 'male' type paper, as I have so few male cards to make?' I thought it would be relegated to a drawer and forgotten about, until I thought of doing this:

Sorry it's not a great picture, but the weather's been awful and I just couldn't get a decent photo.
You can see better if you click it. (Please try to ignore the fact that the patterns are out of sequence... not sure how I managed it, but it bugs me every time I look at it!)

I made the triangles with plain white cs, and I got 3 triangles from a sheet - turn an A4 sheet so it's landscape and mark at 14 and 28cm from the left. Turn it around and mark at 7 and 21cm from the right hand side. You can connect the lines, but I just used a metal rule and a craft knife to cut them. I cut the dp 5mm smaller all round and used dst to attach them to the cs. The scallop squares were done using my 2" Woodware punch, and the letters are some stickers I bought ages ago - can't remember where, though - and never used so I thought I'd try them.

I joined them together using a length of white 5mm ribbon from the bargain box at the local craft shop. I just popped a tiny piece of dst behind the ribbon on the back of the triangle to stop it slipping, or I know I would be constantly straightening them up! One thing though - this size triangle means that the banner is about 6 feet long! Didn't think to add it all up before I started cutting....

Thanks for reading

Cory had a great birthday!

Well it was Cory's birthday yesterday... can't believe he's 4 already! We took him to Marwell Zoo for the day, and he loved it. Him and Jack were on their best behaviour too, not a single moan between them, but they did get super-hyper and didn't go to bed til 9 - about 3 hours after I could've happily crashed out! He saw all his favourite animals - giraffes, tigers, penguins, hippos and rhinos - so he was really happy with that, as he missed the giraffes when we went to London zoo last year. We didn't tell him where we were going, so it wasn't until he saw the huge picture of a tiger at the entrance that he kind of guessed where we were.

Sorry, none of the photos have been edited at all, as none of my programs seem to want to co-operate today!

Here's the card I made for him:

It was a pretty simple card in terms of the layering - the base is misc. yellow 12x12 cardstock, layered with the same cs in orange and green. I drew the picture, which took a fair while, and did the border separately - next time I'll draw the border and the picture on the same piece of paper, it's far too fiddly cutting the border out and risk ripping it. Now I haven't got any of the markers or pencils that I would like and have seen so many brilliant things done with, I just used bulk standard kids coloured pencils from the supermarket. Not the best result in the world, but I think it worked! I used sticky pads to make it stand out a bit. Oh, and I added the flower and brad but I can't remember who they are by.

Now I just have to make some thankyou cards.... Cory's practising his handwriting so he can sign them!