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Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Heidi Blankenship

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Time sure is flying by!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going so far.  St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner.  I always think it’s a lot of fun to create banners and home decor pieces for the holidays.  Today, I am sharing how to use regular/standard dies to create a fun St. Patrick’s day banner.

Supplies used:

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This is a very easy banner to create and all of the die cutting is done in multiples of five.

  1. Use the cockle shell die template to cut five of the label shapes from white cardstock and also from the green glitter cardstock using two different sizes of die templates.
  2.  To create the flowers you will want to have a piece of crepe paper that is large enough to fold five times.
  3.  Using two different sizes of flowers from the bellus buttercup die and the folded crepe paper die cut the flowers.
  4.  Separate the paper flowers and then you will wanted to layer them on top of each other offsetting the petals.
  5.  Use the craft pick to poke a hole into the center of the flowers and then add a brad to hold and secure all of the flowers together.
  6.  To create some dimension for the flowers pull up each layer of petals one at a time to the center and crinkle them up.
  7.  Continue to crinkle all of the petals until all five flowers are done.
  8.  To add some color to the flowers you will want to use one of the mini blender brushes.
  9.  To add glitter to the flowers use the large glue pen and press down the glue pen on a craft sheet so some of the glue will come out.
  10. Then, dip the tips of the flower petals into the glue and add gold glitter.
  11. Next, you will use the scalloped oval die template to die cut five ovals with white cardstock.
  12. To create the gold glitter cardstock for the flourishes you will need a piece of white cardstock, the glimmer paste and a palette knife.
  13.  Using a palette knife spread the glimmer paste evenly on the white card stock and set aside to dry.
  14. Once the glimmer paste is dry use the flourish die cut from the jeweled crown die to cut five flourishes.
  15. Using the green glitter cardstock and dies from both of the letter set die cut the word Lucky.
  16.  Now for the fun part you get to assemble the banner.  Adhere the two label shapes using foam tape in between the layers.
  17. Use the craft tacky glue to adhere the flourishes to the top of the labels and also to add the letters to the center of the scalloped ovals.
  18. Adhere the scalloped ovals with more foam tape and use hot glue to adhere the flowers.
  19. Add all five of the label pieces to some green ribbon and then add white lace bows in between the labels.
  20. To finish off the banner add some glitter drops to all of the points on the larger white label as shown in the picture.

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Here are a couple to tips for creating the banner.

Tip–The crepe paper is a little more delicate than cardstock.  The easiest way that I have found to ink up the flowers is to cup one in your hand and use the blending brush in your other hand moving in a circular motion to apply the ink.

Tip–Create a little puddle of the glue from the glue pen on a craft mat and drip the flower petals.  By doing this it will give your flowers a nice even coat of the glue and it’s a lot less messier than trying to hold the flowers and add glue with the glue pen.

Tip–Don’t forget if you don’t have the right color of glitter paper you can always make your own with the glimmer paste, pure sheen glitter and sparkle dust.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project and you are inspired to create some projects of your own for St. Patrick’s day!

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Quick & Easy Shamrock Pin

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One of the more favorite holidays around our house is St. Patrick’s Day.  We usually all get together and I cook up a big dinner of Corned Beef & Cabbage with all the side dishes.  I think we probably just like the excuse of being together so that’s ok!

Every year, I always search for something green to wear.  Green is just not my favorite color for clothing.  So I had a piece of green felt that I found in my stash and I decided that a Shamrock pin would be the thing to make.

To create this project you will need:

This project is very simple!  Here is how it’s made!

 

 

  1. Die cut the black cardstock using the scalloped circles die.
  2. Die cut the white cardstock using the circles die plus use the pinhole layering basics die to add interest around the edges of the die cut.
  3. Adhere the white and black circle together and add an adhesive pin back
  4. Die cut green felt using the Tangerine Machine and the smallest die in the Traditional Hearts die set.
  5. Use the 5″ snips to cut a small stem for your shamrock
  6. Using the funky glue, glue the hearts and stem into place onto the pin.
  7. Using the computer and a printer, print out the sentiment onto white cardstock.
  8. Trim the sentiment using the 8″ trimmer and cut end in a banner.
  9. Adhere to pin back
  10. Add Nuvo Sunlit Meadows Glitter Drops around the outside of each heart.
  11. Wear the pin for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy all the kisses!!

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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Rainbow Card

Make a cute, whimsical rainbow card very easily by using oval diecuts, this card is sure to bring a smile to your gift recipient. I like to make a bunch of these at once so that I have a stack of rainbow cards ready for the month of March!

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Supplies you will need:

To begin, I die cut ovals from rainbow colored cardstock using the Oval Layering Die Set. The ovals are perfect to make a rainbow, but you could also use a stacking circle die set for this.

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Once Die cut, I easily layered and glued all of the ovals to form a stack in rainbow order.

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To turn the ovals into rainbow arcs, I simply cut the stack of ovals in the center using the V Blade trimmer. Hold the stack of the ovals in one hand and run the trimmer blade back and forth a couple of times in the same place to make sure you cut through all of the layers.

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And thats how easy it was to create two rainbows for two rainbow cards! To finish off my rainbows, I hand cut a few cloud shapes from white cardstock using the Tim Holtz 5 inch Mini snips. This handy little scissor makes cutting shapes very easy!

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At this point I felt the rainbow needed some sparkle or shine. I reached for my trusty Nuvo drops and chose the Nuvo Glitter Accent – Fresh Snowfall to add a white sparkle and shimmer to the clouds. I first like to outline the cloud shape and then fill it in with the glitter accent. Let the glitter dry and your Rainbow card is ready!

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I simply love how the glittery clouds turned out! Because we die cut the ovals for the rainbow, this is a card design that is super easy to mass produce for a class or as an invite!

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I hope this rainbow card brought a little color and cheer into your day friends! Happy Crafting!

 

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Lucky Me

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I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by and St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!

When I saw Tonic’s Lucky Horseshoe die set I knew that I just had to glitter them.

Most people that know me know I don’t use glitter very often, but I really like the look (and not the mess). So I wanted to share with you a little tip I like to use when adding Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitters to my die cuts.

Supplies:

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This will help minimize the glitter mess on your die cutting plates while setting the glitter firmly into the adhesive.

  1. Cut adhesive foam sheets to size of die for added dimension.
  2. Peel off backing and cover thoroughly with Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter of choice.
  3. Place die on top of glittered sheet and sandwich between 2 sheets of wax paper before running through your die cutting machine.
  4. Choose another die and color of glitter and repeat.

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This project had very little mess and with so many beautiful colors of glitter to choose from – this may become a habit!

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Paper Shamrocks

Make your own luck with these Paper Shamrocks! All you need are a few sheets of green cardstocks and a heart die! Let’s get crafting!

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Supplies used:

I first die cut a a few scalloped rectangles using the Harrop Layering Card Blanks Die set. The scalloped rectangles come in so many different sizes, I love how versatile this die set is- You can use it to make a handmade card and you can also use it to make some organizational labels.

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To make the Paper Shamrocks I die cut two sizes of hearts using the Essentials Layerings Heart die set from darker and lighter shades of green cardstocks. You can by all means make these with just one color, but when I have my die cutting  machine out I like to cut a whole bunch of them and then layer them!

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I arranged my hearts to form a three leafed clover and adhered them onto the scalloped rectangles I cut previously.

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On top of each larger heart, I layered and adhered a lighter shade of green heart to add some dimension and interest. This goes quickly and you can assemble a small quantity of these very quickly!

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The last step is to cut a small stalk using the Tim Holtz 5 inch Mini Snips and adhering it into place.

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And that easily, you can create a bunch of these paper shamrocks! These would be perfect to use on a handmade card, a banner or on a treat bag!

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I went ahead and created about 8 of these so that my daughter could share them with her friends.

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May your day be filled with good luck and crafty time!

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