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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Spooky Banner


Today's project is a little different from my usual cards.  I was inspired by a couple of banners that were featured on the recent World Win/Inspired By Stamping Blog Hop and decided to make one of my own!  The inspiration banners were made by Irit and Leah, and I just had to make one too, a Halloween banner!

I hung it over my computer monitor in my office and used cut files from the Silhouette store for the base layers.  (Sorry for the lack of contrast with the black layers, this was the only place suitable for a picture in my entire home, believe it or not.)  I've used Inspired By Stamping papers and stamps throughout.  The paper is their new A Spooky Halloween digital paper on which I've stamped various images from the stamp sets Tricks and Treats and A Spooky Halloween, the latter of which was also recently released.

I made and distressed some small orange rosettes to mimic pumpkins.  On the pennants with stamped spiderwebs I also included some frayed cheesecloth to mimic the webs which I dyed with a bit of black ink.  (Dye then rinse and you get a perfect grungy gray.)

The letters are black glitter paper which cut beautifully on the Silhouette.

The spooky lady was also cut on the Silhouette using one of Joanna's cut files that went along with the A Spooky Halloween stamp set.  Joanna very generously offers FREE cut files with a good many of her stamps.  I embossed it on vellum.

Another spiderweb.  So I stamped this particular image on three of the pennants not noticing until the third one that I was stamping them upside down!  Gasp!  Oh well, spiders DO hang upside down.  I really need to get some new eyeglasses.

I added black rhinestones to the exposed centers of the rosettes.  Pardon the headless bird.  I stamped him before placing the rosette and try as I might, I was unable to show him completely.  Well, it IS for Halloween after all.

The skeleton is another cut file from the stamp set, also embossed on vellum.

This spider is right side up.

I tied black satin ribbon to connect the pennants, and I cut the ends on an angle so that they mimic black bats.

I love this banner hanging over my computer monitor but something tells me it's going to disappear when my daughter, who's coming over to craft with me today, sees it.  I'm already working on another one (but not for Halloween), so stay tuned!

Thank you for joining me and I wish you a lovely, crafty, day.

Happy crafting!

Challenges entered:

Pile It On #43 - Embellishment Crazy (rhinestones, ribbon)
Eclectic Ellapu - Inspired By a Film ("Halloween")
Crafty Ribbons #67 - Anything But a Card
Divas By Design - Spooked (Halloween theme)


Brenda in IN said...

Love your sparkly banner. Cute as can be. My favorite is the queendom scrabble tiles. Great idea!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Fantastic, Shea! So fab that you are might disappear. ;)

Laura said...

Fab banner!
Thanks for entering my challenge at Crafty Ribbons Challenge

Sue B said...

Oh Wow! this is fab Shea… what a wonderful design… I love how you've done the rosettes to look like pumpkins… and the glittery letters are gorgeous… it looks great hung up! :-)
Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design for our Spooked Challenge!
Hugs Sue B xx

Eithne said...

Wow, what a great banner! You'll have that for years to come :) it looks fantastic and SPOOKY!!!!

Thanks for joining us this week at Eclectic Ellapu.
Eithne DT

Shani Thomas said...

Love it, Shea!!! Awesome banner (and a lot of work too, I'm sure!).

Shabby Jo Designs said...

OMG Shae!!! I love this! I especially like that it is the right amount of Halloween spooky - not scary creepy!! Totally gonna try dying some cheesecloth tonight!!!

Kristie Goulet said...

This is great, Shea! Did you get your big spider and web put up this year? :) Mwah!

Kristi Schurr said...

Gorgeous banner, Shea! I hope you had a great Halloween! Sorry I've been such a stranger!

BethieJ said...

Thank You for joining us at PIO last week!!
Have a GREAT day!

Laine Kammeraad said...

Absolutely gorgeous Shea.

With smiles