Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Very Special Birthday Banner

Hi friends and fellow crafters!

One of my best friends, who is more like my sister, was celebrating her father in law's 90th birthday and asked me to make a banner for him. Tony is a wonderful man, and having known him for well over 24 years, I couldn't have been happier to create something special for him. My friend, Elaine asked me to do a red and white theme for Tony as he is originally from Poland. He also loves flowers and loves to garden, so I wanted to incorporate that passion into his banner as well. I was trying to keep the banner from looking too feminine, so I decided to use my Cuttlebug and Anna Griffin Embossing folders for the mats of the pennants. I used the Poppy Folder because that it what we all call him. Elaine also asked if I could make a Polish flag for the banner so I used them for the ends of his name. It all came together nicely. When I was making the embellishments, I originally started with primary colors. I quickly changed my mind on them as they made the banner look childish. I switched out to silver and gold embellishments and preferred them much more.

To create the banner, I used the Cricut Craft Room. I am trying to use it more since the Gypsy was discontinued. I am getting more comfortable with it, but I find it works better with my Mini machine as opposed to my E2. I guess because it's not a wireless communication, but who knows...
Anyway, here are some close ups of the banner.



I used Letter Envy for the letters and mats, the pennants are from Pretty Pennants, the balloons are from MS Cake Art and the presents and party hats are from Doodlecharms.
Tony loved the banner and enjoyed his special day.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Happy Crafting!


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