Thursday, April 19, 2012

Baby Banners

One of the greatest joys in life is when you are expecting --  probably the second greatest shared joy is witnessing and being a part of the anticipation in others as they wait out their own days for pending motherhood.  I am so fortunate to have a cousin and a good friend that are "in waiting" and have both decided to decorate their nurseries in "Woodland" themes.  One is expecting a boy and one a girl.  I created the banners for their respective baby showers.

Primarily, I used "Simply Sweet" and "Give a Hoot" Cricut Cartridges for the various cut out images that were used for this banner.  Here is a rough estimate of what you will need:

  • 2 sheets of solid card stock (12x12) for the back ground "squares"
  • 2 sheets of solid cream card stock (12x12) for the circle cut outs that create the (b-a-b-y)
  • 1 yard of coordinating ribbon 
  • For the fox and squirrel 1(12x12) sheet of each color : cream dark brown, light brown, black - the various layers were cut in 4" dial size
  • sewing machine - optional - I created a sewn look without thread on the paper to add dimension
  • stamp pad and sponge to add dimension to the letters
  • Simply Sweet and "Give a hoot" cartridge (alternate option - Jolees for the woodland creatures or cut from woodland themed scrapbook paper/ use a good artist - cut out the circles and lopsided squares by hand)
  • tape adhesive, pop up dots
  • hole punch

Using the Simply Sweet cartridge Cut out the coordinating cicles (6" dial size) to spell out baby and two additional blank circles to use as a back layer for the fox and the squirrel.

Cut out the small woodland creatures on a dark brown paper (shadow only) in 1 1/2 inch size

Using a coordinating stamp ink ( I prefer stampin' up) - the specific color used on the girl banner was Cameo Coral and on the boy banner was "not so Navy" - sponge ink lightly onto the outside edge of the circle and on the cut out letter shape area.  When sponging lightly dab and brush outward.
 In this picture, you can see the difference and the added dimension that sponging some ink quickly will add to this cute little banner.
As you can see in this step, added pop up dots to add the decorated circles to the "sewn" large squares that were cut in 6 1/4 dial size.  Using a squre hole punch - holes were added to the back panel to allow for threading of the ribbon on the backside.

I added some additional layering to give the center letters some pop.  You could choose to do some additional layering on the "shadow" woodland creatures as well.

 Green/Blue hues

Pink/Coral hues 

This crafting moment is attending these link parties.  It will also take a visit at Scrap Scene  and Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.


  1. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  2. You are so right that being able to share in anticipate is a joy! Such a cute banner. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy. Hope to see you again next week!

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