Saturday, July 2, 2011

Another Independence Day Banner

Unfortunately I did not get this project uploaded in time for the 1st Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop, but I thought I would share my newest banner anyway.

I used the Making Memories Slice Design Cutter with “Basics 1” for most of my cuts. I used my Cricut Expression with the “Stand and Salute” cartridge to cut out the “4th of July” design, primarily because I was using pre-glittered paper and could choose the multi-cut feature and set my blade depth so I would not have to use my craft knife to finish the cut (I still had to use my craft knife a bit though). FYI, there is a “4th of July” design on the Making Memories Slice Design Card “Words and Expressions: Holiday”.

4th of July design cut from Cricut cartridge Stand and Salute
I cut 3 red and 3 blue triangles at 4 inches using the Slice. I used my “40 Embossing and Debossing Templates with Storage Binder by Lisa Bearnson” (it was item number F03407 on the Q – I love these, I don’t know why they got so many bad reviews) to create “stripes” on my red triangles and stars on my blue triangles. To emphasize my stars, I used a white gel pen to “stitch” around the stars.

The red and blue triangles and the letters were cut from Slice Design Card Basics 1

Using the “Basics 1” Design Card I cut the letters at 2 inches on the Slice. I ran them right side down through a Xyron to make them sticky and then used Martha Stewart Crafts Tinsel-cut glitter in Crystal to cover the adhesive. I used pop dots to attach the letters and “4th of July” die cut.

I used my Crop-a-Dile to attach the silver eyelets. I used grosgrain and organza ribbon in 3 different widths and colors (red, blue and white) to string the banner pieces together. 

Completed Banner

I learned a couple of things making this project. My cat, Pumpkin, is attracted to glitter (she knocked a bottle off the table which blew off the cap and leaked about 1/3 of the glitter – I’ll be seeing sparkles everywhere for weeks) and organza ribbon (she ran off with the end and unraveled almost the entire spool and tried to eat about 1 foot off it before deciding it did not taste good – fortunately she did not ingest it enough to make her choke). I also learned that organza ribbon gets stiff when it gets washed.

I thought a Canada Day Banner would be cute using the Maple Leaf from either the Making Memories Slice “Fall/Back to School” or “Basic Elements & Seasons” Design Cards. In addition to the “Noteworthy” Design Card, I saw images on “Vintage Findings” and “Travel USA” that would make nice “backgrounds” for banners.

I hope you enjoyed my latest project. 


  1. This one came out great too! Especially like the one that says 4th of july....

  2. Love the banner for the 4th! Might have to make one for next year~

  3. I love this banner! The story of your cat being attracted to glitter is funny and I didn't know that about organza ribbon. Thanks for sharing your stories!

  4. Beautiful Banner!!! Thank you for visiting our blog!


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