Halloween Birthday

A few weeks ago, I was asked to make a Halloween birthday banner.

Awesome! I love making Halloween-themed things!

One question came to mind: Is it a orange, yellow, and white Halloween theme? Or is it a grey, black, and white with spider webs kind of Halloween theme?

My friend told me it was the orange, yellow and white theme. Perfect!

So, I cut out some fun looking pieces for the banner accents… pumpkins, bats, and candy corn!
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Candy corn was an accent for all the letter panels.. it just love the effect is has just lying in the background for all those letters. Then, the spaces in between had either a pumpkin or a bat.. so much cuteness!
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Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Scor-Tape!? I love it more than ATG! No more ATG gun issues for me.. it’s Scor-Tape, for the win!

Because the banner was so long, I could only get sections at a time…
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I hope you had a fun and crafty Halloween!

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Lalaloopsy birthday banner… Photo heavy post!

I can’t believe I forgot to post this!  Better late than never, I say!

Have I mentioned how much I enjoyed putting together my daughter’s birthday party?  Lalaloopsy is one of the most fun birthday themes a little girl could have.  The colors are so fun!  The characters are so cute!  The ideas are endless!

How will I ever top this next year?!  I know I’ll think of something.

Well, on to the banner!

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(Sorry for the bad picture quality.) First I started out by creating the individual panes for the banner using a series of different circles and the welding feature on the Silhouette. It’s pretty easy to do, if you’d like a more in-depth tutorial, let me know in the comments and I’d gladly put one together!

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I love the colors!

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Then, I created a cirle that fit inside the panels for the images and the letters to fit into. In order to create the circles images, I started off by finding images on-line and saving them to my desktop. I opened up my Silhouette Studio software and created a “print-n-cut” image. I created the circle, then dragged and dropped the image into the circle. I resized the image and moved it around to fit exactly where I wanted it to be.

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What I love about the “print and cut” feature on the Silhouette is that I can use my own printer. I printed these out with the proper registration marks. My printer a Canon something that we got at a pretty cheap price from Frys Electronics years ago. It’s not the best, but I still think it does a pretty good job!

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I put the pages into the Silhouette and allowed it to cut. The machine lined up with the registration marks perfectly and I ended up with a perfectly centered image. Gotta love technology!

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After I cut the letters out, I got out my white gel pen and my black sharpie pen and drew tiny stitch lines around the edges.  From a distance, you can barely make out the stitch lines, and I’m thinking I should have gone bigger with them.  But the tiny stitch lines did add a little something extra on the edges that you can notice from far way.  It worked out.

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Then, I glued.  I always have a notebook handy when I’m making a banner.  I write down the exact wording, including the spacers.  It’s where I calculate all the supplies and colors I need to make a banner.  I use markers to figure out the pattern I want to use when gluing the letters and images down.  It always helps me out to write things down.  I stay more organized that way.

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Gluing down everything is definitely one of my favorite parts of banner making.  The ideas become reality.  I just love it!

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Once everything has been glued down, I start to string it together.  I love this sheer ribbon I found at Michaels.  I usually buy the big spools of ribbon since I make so many banners.  This sheer ribbon and white ribbon are usually my “go-to” ribbons to string up banners. 

I hope you enjoyed the process.  If there is anything you’d like to see featured more “in-depth” please let me know in the comments and I’d gladly put together a blog post about it!

You can also contact me via my Etsy store, CutieQ Cards n Crafts, for custom banner orders for any occasion.

Super hero themed birthday banner..

A few months ago, I was asked to make a birthday banner for a group birthday party that was super-hero themed.

They had a color scheme and they asked me to make a banner based on the color scheme.

I totally love this banner!  It’s fun and colorful!  It was so much fun to make..

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I created the shape by playing around with my Silhouette Cameo.  I started with a square, and used an oval to cut out the curves.  It was totally easy and fun!

I glittered up the stars.  You know I love to do that.

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The banner was really long, so it was hard to get a good picture of it without showing parts of my apartment complex that would distract from the picture.  I’m really trying to work on photographing my projects better, can you tell?

I love making banners.

Make sure you visit my Etsy store, CutieQ Cards n Crafts to request a custom banner order!  I’d be honored to do it!

My daughter’s Lalaloopsy 2nd Birthday Party

The birthday party is said and done.. I’m so glad I did the Lalaloopsy theme!

It was such a fun theme to do! I highly recommend this for any little girl’s birthday party!

The dessert table was so much fun!

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I made the banner and the buttons.  I bought the table cover and the dangly decoration at Party City.

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The cake design was something that I found on Pinterest.  The original pin can be found here.  A friend of mine recommended her cousin to do it.  I think he did an absolutely FABULOUS job for so much less than what a local bakery was going to charge me.

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The rest of the desserts were from my coworker that does these sorts of goodies as her little hobby business.  She did an awesome job playing along with the theme.  She made cakepops shaped like little spools of thread, rice crispy treats that looked like paint brushes, and cookies that looked like buttons!  Her pineapple cakes were colored to resemble quilts and those little brownies were sheep with marshmallow wool!  So cute!  So yummy!

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I was approached by a follower of my FB Page and Instagram account about my need for a pinata for the party. At the time, I had just finished a trip to Party City and they were all out of Lalaloopsy pinatas with no idea of when they would get a new shipment.    Always willing to buy “handmade,” I’m so glad we got in contact and I had the most amazing pinata I’ve ever had!  I was so hesitant to get it beaten and opened, but we did.  I ended up salvaging the “2” and keeping it in my daughter’s bedroom.

In front of the pinata are the party favors I made from inspiration found on Pinterest.

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Because I had a billion things to do PLUS watch my little girl during the party prep, I made my brother in charge of button placement throughout the room.  I think he did an awesome job adding the dangly decorations and buttons in just the right spots.  He’s artistic by profession, so I always trust his judgement.

The party was a huge success despite my daughter being under the weather.  All the hard work paid off!

When possible, I try to shop with small businesses.  They always try to add that extra touch of love and care to their products and it always shows!

I hope you enjoyed this little picture tour of the party room.

My next project?  Thank you cards!

Are you planning a theme party?  Leave me a comment if you have any comments or questions!  I’d love to help you out!

Happy Birthday, Esther!

I make banners.

I’ve made birthday banners for my daughter.

Recently, I made a birthday banner for a good friend of mine. She was throwing her fiance birthday party and wanted some banners to add to the festivities.  Because the birthday was during the Fourth of July weekend, she wanted the banners to reflect the holiday weekend.

So, I went to work. I cut a lot of the shapes on my Silhouette Cameo. I made sure to create the holes on the top by adding circles into the scalloped square and then grouping the entire shape together.

I used basic Arial Font on my Silhouette.

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Recognize those glitter stars?!

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Stringing the banner together is one of my favorite parts of banner making. It’s like sewing, but easier, for me.

In addition to the banner, they wanted a star garland.  So I cut a bunch of stars on my Cameo in red, white and blue.

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For the stars, I hand-punched each hole with my little hole puncher from my wedding. My hands were sore, but I figured that it would come out better than if I used the Silhouette.

My friend’s party was a success.

She was nice enough to share this picture with me:
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Have you created banners?  Share them!