I have a craft room in our basement but recently I have been working on another creative space of my own on the main level of our home. It gets pretty darn cold here in Minnesota in the winter time and I have found myself doing more crafts upstairs instead of in my craft room so I decided to create another space that would be a little warmer and not in the middle of the kitchen-lol! Actually my mom had the idea to take a wall in our dining room (it's a really big room) and turn that into my space. I have a library table that is in the center and then I am going to be getting two shelving units to go on each side of the table. I have already found decorative boxes and matching baskets to hold a lot of the stuff, but it's still a work in progress. I also have some other shelves that I am going to used to display some of my work and also cards from friends. I want the space to be functional but also decorative since it is on the main level of the house. I was trying to think of something I could make to hang above my work space that would be pretty and inspirational and I came up with the idea to make a word banner. This is the first time I have ever made a banner. I used several of my favorite products and I had a lot of fun creating it. All of the inspirational words are from the Harmony Classic Oval Stamper II Stamp Ensemble (Oval 2-1/4 x 3-1/16'') from JustRite Stampers. This set includes 6 Designer Borders & 6 Designer Centers Plus the Oval Stamper. I know I have mentioned in other posts but for those of you who might have missed them, you can trim the extra rubber off of your JustRite stamps. Here is a picture showing you how I have trimmed mine.Also if there is enough space in between images and words you can carefully cut them apart too. This will give you many more possibilities of combinations for your stamps. Below is a picture of how you can trim your stamps.By doing the trimming on this set I have taken 6 centers and turned that into 12 individual stamps. Now because the grooves are what hold the stamps onto the block you have to be careful when you are trimming the stamps! The great thing about the JustRite stamps is that once you trim them because of the grooves you can still use them as pictured on the box or you can change them up.
All of the words were stamped onto Cryogen White cardstock with gold pigment ink and then embossed with gold EP. The designer paper is Flora Bella from Cosmo Cricket and the Coffee Brown cardstock is from WolrdWin. To make the diecuts I used the Wizard, Classic Oval Lg. S4-110, Classic Scalloped Oval Lg. S4-111 die templates from Spellbinders. After I made all of the diecuts from the Cryogen White cardstock then I popped each of the diecuts back into the die template and then used a cotton ball with Vintage Photo ink from Ranger to lightly stencil the inside. I also inked the edges of the diecuts with the same ink. There was still a lot of open space on the ovals and I wanted to add a little something but I wanted to be careful not to take away from the words. Using the same Vintage Photo ink I added flourishes around the edges. The flourish stamp is from the Flourishes stamp set from Crafty Secrets. I wanted to add a little dimension so I used foam tape under the diecuts with the words. Then I added eyelets to each side and put ribbon and lace trim to connect all of the ovals. After the ovals were all connected then I added some pretty antique buttons and a couple of rose colored bows towards the center. The ribbon I used for the bows was a very light pink and I wanted to darken it up a bit so I misted the bows with Vintage Pink and Old Lace Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels. To finish of the banner I added a few Pink Chandelier Crystals from Heidi Swapp.
Here are several close up pictures of each word going from Left to Right.This is the center one.
Stamps~JustRite Stampers-Harmony Classic Oval Stamper II Stamp Ensemble (Oval 2-1/4 x 3-1/16''), Crafty Secrets-Flourishes
Paper~Cryogen White CS, Cosmo Cricket-Flora Bella, WorldWin-DoubleMates Coffee Brown
Ink~Ranger-Vintage Photo, ColorBox-gold Pigment Ink
Other~Spellbinders-Wizard, Classic Oval Lg. S4-110, Classic Scalloped Oval Lg. S4-111 die templates, Tattered Angels-Vintage Pink, Old Lace Glimmer Mist, Heidi Swapp-Pink Chandelier Crystals, Ribbon, Lace Trim, Glue Dots, Gold Eyelets and Brads, Antique Buttons, Thread, Cotton Balls, Foam Tape
Here is another picture of the finished banner along with one of the decorative boxes that I am going to be using for storage in my new creative space. I am very happy with how the banner turned out and I can't wait to hang it up.Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you are having a Fantastic Week! Please be sure to check out the JustRite Stampers Gallery and Blog to see some wonderful creations.