Saturday, June 26, 2010

a firecracker's birthday banner

My cousin J asked if I would create a Birthday banner for my newest cousin's 1st birthday.  She's a 4th of July baby!!  So the theme is "Little Firecracker" (so cute) 
*I keep telling the parents they made out like bandits.. 
free fireworks every birthday 
Of course I said Yes..and I quickly got to work looking for inspiration.  
I shared this banner I found at Secrets of a Super Mommy

J loved I went out in search of star chipboard and letters.  I didn't have any luck finding plain chipboard shapes that were big enough...I came across the 4th of July aisle at Joanns.  Well...they had stars galore!!  I found a 5 pack of red, blue and silver stars for $2.99 (bargain, I thought).  I knew that J didn't want to go all USA at A's birthday so I decided I would cover the stars with a variety of cute paper.  I knew what paper I wanted.  I love the red and blue patterns in this stack..

so after picking out some simple ivory chipboard letters & some other goodies for me :)
I had all my supplies.  The 4th of July stuff was 1/2off (even bigger bargain)!

I traced around each shape using and exacto knife and used a fine piece of sandpaper to rough up the slick surface of the stars.  Slopped on some matte Mod Podge.

here are the first 4 (I still need to sand the sides to give it a 'rustic' feel) 
but I think it's going to be super cute!


He & Me + 3 said...

I love the banner and it looks like you are off to a great start. So cool.

Pam @ PartyStart.Me said...

Looks fantastic! That pattern paper is very cool! May have to make a trip to Joann's.

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

Thanks so much for stopping by Crafts & Sutch! :) Don't you just love making stuff for other people? Me too! I just got finished doing a banner for a baby shower. :)

Following you back! Have a super week!
Erin :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

LOVE the paper you chose for those stars. :) Thanks for the visit today! :)

Melissa Miller said...

I do love the precious banner! Great job! :)

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