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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cricut Banner Contest Entry #2 (My Favorite But Don't Tell #1)

I had originally planned to wait to share my Cricut Banner Contest entry until closer to the contest date, but it seems many of us are sharing on the Cricut Message Boards.  So once I shared this project on the MB on Tuesday, I decided I should post it here also. 

I used two Cricut machines and five cartridges to complete this banner:  Cricut Imagine and the Imagine Black & White cartridge, Cricut Expression with Straight From the Nest, Elegant Cakes, Calligraphy, and Everyday Cricut.

I had such a good time making this banner; it just seemed to all come together for me.  I began by printing sheets of cardstock in my Imagine machine.  Using the Black and White cartridge I printed the cardstock for the back layer using white cardstock with black print.  Next I printed the pink and black cardstock by printing on pink cardstock. 

I had previously created a cut file in Cricut Design Studio.  I used Calligraphy to cut the base pennant layer using the black and white I cardstock I printed.  Next I cut the solid pink pennant layer.  And finally I cut the black and pink pennant layer.  I used my ATG and adhered all three layers together.  

Next I cut the white scalloped pennant tops.  At this point I moved on to the Elegant Cake cartridge cuts.  I started with the elegant scroll cut at the top of the pennant pieces.  I used a Xyron to apply adhesive to the scrolls and then attached the scrolls to the pennants. 

I cut the two piece elegant scroll frames with the Elegant Cakes cartridge.  I used solid black and solid white cardstocks for these cuts.  Again I used the Xyron to apply adhesive to the scrolls before attaching them to the white base layers.

Using bright pink cardstock and the Everyday Cricut cartridge I cut the word "Cricut".  I also cut to green, white, and black Cricut logos.  Using liquid glue, I glued the Cricut Logo pieces together and glued them onto two of the scroll pieces.  I glued the Cricut letters to the remaining scroll pieces.  I used pop dots to affix the scroll pieces to the pennant sections.

Using diamond bling, I added highlight of bling to the letters and scroll pieces.  I did not want to over do with diamond bling as I planned to add the pink crystals.

I am going to admit that I had to go on-line to find the pink crystals.  I knew what I wanted to do with this pennant, but had trouble finding the right crystals.  Finally I got lucky and found the pink crystals on ebay!! 

The crystals came with gold tone hardware to attach them to the pennant.  Sadly, gold tone did not work with my color scheme.  Then I remembered that I had a silver leafing pen!! Woo-hoo for the silver leafing pen.  It completely covered the gold as simply as coloring with a marker.  I will use this technique again!!  After the coloring, I pierced the pennant tips and attached the crystals.

The last step of the project was to add ribbons.  I used 1.5 inch wide white organza ribbon to tie the pennant pieces together.  I then added solid black ribbon as well as pink and white ribbons to the pennant.

I will admit that I am quite pleased with this pennant.  I viewed some fabulous banners on the Cricut MB, but I still like this one.  And while it may not win the contest, it made me happy to create it!!


  1. WOW, this banner is awesome!!! Love the elegance and the colors!

  2. Awesome indeed. I love this. Wonderful colors.

  3. This is GORGEOUS!!! I love it :) I will keep my fingers crossed for you on winning. The color combo and styling is amazing. This is one of my favorite projects ever. :)

  4. Oh my gosh Susan I thought your first banner was fabulous but then I saw this one! Absolutely stunning! I love the colours and patterns, so sophisticated and what a great tip for changing the gold findings to silver!
    I would also send a picture of this to Teresa Collins if I were you, I'm sure she would love to see how wonderfully her cart can be used!
    Good luck in the contest! This looks like a winner to me!

  5. beautiful, love every thing about it

  6. Susan, as a fellow Circlet I just want to say this is THE most gorgeous banner I have ever seen!!I LOVE IT!!! I"m going to book mark it in my "Hope to do someday" file on the computer but mine will never look as gorgeous as yours. It's amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. Dana aka papermemories4u

  7. It's absolutely beautiful. I love the colors you used and the patterns work beautifully! It's a winner in my book!

  8. OOOoh SUSAN! WOW, WOW, WOW! I just LOVE this. Really striking. Again, best of luck! xxD

  9. Susan, this is one of the most beautiful banners I've ever seen!! Great Job, this is a winner!! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Craftin :)
    Ildi-Getting Cricky DTM
    The Craftin Mama

  10. Thank you for sharing the wonderful bannners you made. Love the elegance of the pink black and white banner and the addition of the crystals are over the top! I also love the cute and fun bannner you made as well. Good luck with the contest and keep us posted.