The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Stampin' B's Banner Challenge

Happy Thursday, everyone!! It's time for another challenge from the Stampin' B's DT, and this week I am honored to be the challenge hostess. My challenge is to include a banner of some kind on your card or paper project. I went with a pennant banner for my card.
I just love these trendy accents, and I've had such fun over the past several months playing with pennant banners on my cards. (HERE are a few for you to take a peek at.) They can add such a whimsical touch to a project, and they are perfect for spelling out greetings, messages, or personalizations. Or you can use them to add old-fashioned flair. And just add one to a birthday card for an instant party! My friend Benzi even says that my pennant banners remind her of the State Fair--try that on for old-fashioned, good-clean-fun whimsy!

Need some banner inspiration? Here are some Etsy stores I can recommend for getting your juices flowing: Blue Moon Studios, Funkyshique, and onepunch. Isn't this red and aqua pennant banner from Blue Moon Studios stunning?
OK, so back to our regularly scheduled card! I needed a birthday card for my brother-in-law who loves baseball. And don't baseball and pennants just go together like PB and J? So, here's the skinny on my pennant banner. Back in November I won a trio of clear stamp sets from Schlosser Designs, including this adorable set called Hey Cupcake: I know, you're thinking I've just completely changed the subject, but I'm bringing all of this up to show you the little ice cream cone stamp that came with Hey Cupcake. See it? That's what I used to stamp the pennants for the banner on my baseball card!
It is the perfect shape. Then I just cut them out by hand and adhered them to some hemp twine. I spelled out "HAPPY" with a mini alphabet stamp set from the Target Dollar Spot and punched out each letter with a 1/2" circle punch. It was such fun to make!

Challenges:
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my little slice of bliss for today!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Schlosser Designs Hey Cupcake, The Angel Company (sports images in main image), Dollar Spot alpha stamps, unknown baseball image in border
Paper: snowstorm CS, The Paper Company red and white CS,
Miss Elizabeth DP
Ink: Palette l'amore red, Palette burnt umber (stamped off once), Palette starry night, Versamark
Accessories: SU 0.5" and 0.75" circle punches, dimensionals, hemp twine, white EP, heat tool
Techniques: embossing

15 comments:

Benzi said...

Emily, I love it!!!!! Forget the Fair...Take me out to the ballgame...buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks. LOL This is awesome and I love how you used your ice cream cone image to stamp the pennants...you clever girl. This is just perfect for that baseball loving BIL.

Joanne (jojot) said...

You truly are the queen of the banner/pennants!!! You really made me work 'out of my comfort zone'....but you motivated me to 'get it right' even though it was a struggle.......

Love your theme....you use of the cone stamp....just love everything about it

Marisa said...

LOVE IT!!! Great use of the sketch too! Any ball coach would love that as a thank you card too! fabulously done :)

Auntie Em said...

Don't you just love when you get to use a stamp for something other than what it was intended for? Great thinking! I love your pennant card and the baseball border is clever too! Guys are usually so hard to make a card for but you made a great one!
Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit and leaving your sweet comments! They are always so nice to read. :o)

Linda R. said...

What a fun card.. Perfect idea! I just love those banner..

Hugs, Linda

Glenda said...

Love your banner! Terrific! Thanks for playing along with my red challenge!

Anita said...

Fabulous card Emily. Reminds me of the summer, which means warmer weather lol! What a great use for the little cone stamp. I'm sure your bil will love it!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Emily - this knocks it OUT OF THE PARK! hee hee pun intended :)

Kristy Smith said...

Emily this is SO clever! What a great little card for a man or boy! Great work using that little ice cream cone to make banners! Your banners always look divine! =) Thanks for all of your sweet comments over on my blog as well! I'm always so excited to see what you have to share! =)

ChristineCreations said...

Oh I love those little pennants! Such a cute card Emily!

Suzi said...

Fabulous Male card. Thank you for joining us at One Stop Craft this week.
Hugs
Suzi x

Chris (catt871) said...

This is awesome! What a great "guy" card - love that banner!!! THANKS For joining us at Simon Says Stamp this week!!!
Chris

Dawn B. said...

This turned out great Emily..We are huge baseball fans and play all summer long.. Love how you added your sentiment to your banner..

Colleen Dietrich said...

Well done, Em! I'm impressed how you used an ice cream cone for your banner pennants! So clever. And that bingo challenge looked pretty neat! Great job combining challenges, as always.

Shana said...

What an awesome way to use that stamp set! Fabulous card - perfect for a male! Thank you for joining us at Paper Sundaes - we hope to see you again soon!