Saturday, August 22, 2009

Just a little teasing...

I can't tell you how excited about the 13 days of Halloween Swap! My swap partner is Harley over at Koala Fuzz; she is hosting the swap and I am thrilled to have her as a partner. Go check out her blog- she has lots of cute ideas!

I wanted to share a few of the goodies I have rounded up... So here's just a little taste of what may be...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

13 Days of Halloween

I am so excited to be participating in my first swap; a 13 days of Halloween swap hosted by Koala Fuzz!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Banner Tutorial

Not much beadwork going on here lately; instead I have been doing lots of paper crafting. I finally got around to completing a project that has been an idea of mine for quite sometime. I decided it would be a good project for my first tutorial, so here it is:

You will need:
Cardboard (cereal boxes work well)
8X8 paper in colors of your choice
paper in a contrasting color
hole punch (I used the crop-a-dial)
scissors or paper cutter
A Cricket is helpful

1. Mark the center along the edge of your 8X8 paper.

2. Using the ruler, make a line from the center to the opposite outside corner on both sides, forming a triangle. Continue to do this for all papers needed (I used 18 pages, two per triangle, to create a 9 letter banner). Cut out triangles.

3. It is easiest if you use one of the paper triangles as a template to cut out the cardboard. Cut out one cardboard triangle for each letter in your banner.

4. Use the glue to adhere the paper triangles to both sides of the cardboard.

5. Decide where you want to punch holes (I punched at 3/4 of an inch from the top and 2 inches in on both sides). You will need 2 holes in each triangle.

6. Thread the ribbon through the holes in an "over-under" fashion.

7. Use your contrasting paper to cut letters (I used the Jasmine Cartridge on the Cricket at 4 1/2 inch font size).

8. Adhere letters to the triangles.
I cut out the word CELEBRATE for one side of the banner and CONGRATS! for the other side, allowing me to have 2 uses for the same banner. ;)

9. Tie of ends of ribbon (I made loops to make it easy to hang) and you are finished!

I hope I explained everything well. I would love some feedback on this tutorial, since it is my first. ;)