Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Christmas Banner - Ho, Ho, Ho

I know it's not even Halloween yet but I'm going to jump ahead to Christmas right now.  I've created a Christmas Banner using CTMH Believe paper.  The color palette is Sky, Topiary, Sweet Leaf. and Holiday Red.  These are great "Christmas" colors! 

Here's a picture of the entire banner:

I used our My Creations Banner which has 8 white chipboard pennants with 7 jump rings.  The banners are 7" x 6".  In the past, I would have had to trace the pennants on my paper and then cut them out individually -- 8 times!  Now, with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, I just set the size dial to 6.9" and had my Expression cut out the pennants for me!  Easy peasy :)  You can get 3 pennants from a 12 x 12 sheet.

For the lettering on my pennant, I used our Dimensional Elements Notable Alphabet.  These are white chipboard letters that can be stamped, chalked, painted, papered, etc.  I wanted to "paper" them with a coordinating colored cardstock - Sweet Leaf.  Again, in the past, I would have had to trace the letter on my paper and then cut them out individually - a painstaking process.  Our AP cartridge has these images and so again, I just set the size dial to 1 1/2" (CTMH actually tells you on the packaging the size to cut at.)

I used three stamp sets on the pennant.  The first was A Holiday  (A1115), which I used for the poinsettia leaves on the first pennant.  The leaves in this stamp set can also be cut out using the AP Cartridge.  The size dial was set at 2 1/4".  (Again, CTMH actually tells you the size to cut the leaves at -- I didn't have to figure it out on my own.)  Here's the stamp set image:

A Holiday (A1115)

Notice the red lines around the 2 leaves?  That tells you that the images coordinate with the AP cartridge and your Cricut will cut out the image for you!

The second stamp set I used is called Christmas Love (D1492).  I used the "joy", circle ornament, and christmas tree images from this set. 

Christmas Love (D1492)
 The third and final stamp set I used was Christmas Cheer (D1494).  I used the "Believe" and the elf images from this stamp set.

Christmas Cheer (D1494)

All of the shapes I used in this Christmas banner were cut using the AP Cricut cartridge.  The poinsettia flower on the first banner was made from image < Flower7 > on page 39 of the cartridge -cut at 2 1/4, 2 3/4, 3 1/4, and 3 3/4.   I want to point out that I did not originally design this poinsettia.  I want to give credit to another CTMH consultant Nancy Ball.  Though my poinsettia did not turn out as beautiful as hers, I think I did a pretty good job replicating it.  There are instructions on her blog.  Just click on her name above as I have provided a link to it.  I sponged Holiday Red on each of the flowers and then used out Silver Glitz Glitter Gel on the edges of the flower petals.

The ornament on the second pennant was made from                   < Ornamnt1 > on page 33.  I cut it at 3 1/2".  I then cut out the little "top" with Topiary cardstock to give the ornament a little more finish.

The shape on the second "H" of the banner was made using the scalloped circle image on page 31 - < Circle2 > and the top layer was made using the decorative layer button.  Both were cut at 3 1/2".   The present on the second "O" pennant can be found on page 60.  this was cut at 3 3/4". 

The star on the last "H" pennant was on page 45.  The image is    < Star3 > and was cut at 4 1/2".  The stocking image on the last pennant is < Stocking > on page 67 and was cut at 2 3/4".  The elf was stamped on a scalloped circle cut at 2" - page 41 < Circle3 >.  The rosette underneath was made from paper cut at 1 1/2" x 12" and scored at every 1/4". 


Instead of just using plain Topiary cardstock I wanted to give it a little extra texture so I random stamped on the paper using the snowflake image from the Christmas Cheer stamp set inking it in Topiary ink.

Well, I guess that's it -- I can't think of anything else to add.  If you have any questions about how to create the banner or purchase the products, you can email me or post a comment below. 

Thanks for looking!


  1. What a great banner!! I love your birthday card. I'm now your newest follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

  2. Great banner!! Stopping by from the bloggin gals fb group... I'm Shabby Digitals aka Connie Green lol. I'm a new follower of your blog. I wanted to check out everyone who left a comment on the Nicole's comment in the group. Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Connie :)

  3. Love your banner, and I understand the Christmas creating thing...I have been in that mood for the last week or so..
    am a new follower
    fellow CTMH consultant
    Terry Ann Diack


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