Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spooky Sneak Peek

One of the new product lines that Stampin' Up! is showcasing in the Seasonal Catalog are the great Build a Banner Kits.  The  Simply Created kit includes image and alphabet stencils, 18 5x7 banner pieces in 3 designs, and Jute twine.  It also includes a Stampin' Spritzer to help apply the color using rubbing alcohol and ink refills.  Once you have the stencils, you can purchase the Banner Simply Created Kit to refill on the canvas banners and make even more. 

I bought the kit because I wanted to use the stencils on some Mixed Media projects.  However, at Convention, Sara Douglass showed some great projects with the banners and I realized that was totally within my abilities and all of yours!

In addition, Stampin' Up! has added two seasonal accessories kits that can be used with the banners to create Winter or Halloween banners.  While the Halloween sample in the catalog shows how you can use the accessory kit along with other supplies, I wanted to stay as true to the kit as I could. I couldn't stop thinking of One-Eyed Willie from Goonies and so I did add a few large rhinestones.

How about some close-ups?

  • Ink: Black Stazon, Summer Starfruit (pad & refill), Pumpkin Pie
  • Accessories: Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Dauber, Sponge, Glue Dots, Scissors, Low Temp Glue Gun (non-SU), Silicon Mat, Large Rhinestones, 1" Circle Punch, Summer Starfruit Satin Ribbon, Basic Black Marker.
Craftastic Notes:
  • There are several ways to color the banners.  You can use daubers, sponges, markers, or the Spritzers with ink refills and rubbing alcohol.  If you use markers, please be forewarned it will run the fat tips.
  • I used Stazon for my letters since it would not run when I used the alcohol spritz.  Thanks for that tip Missi (through Paula).
  • I chose to thread my banner with the Summer Starfruit Satin Ribbon because it was easier to thread and I have a LOT of it.  The jute that comes with the kit is good for the banners but will fray if you do not wet the ends to thread it!
  • I bent the bat to create a crease in the middle that I could put the glue on to hold it to the banner. You can't see it but it gives the bat dimension like the other pieces!

I cannot wait for August 1st when I can start using the Interactive prompts in the mini catalog. For those that have received their catalogs, you can download the free Layar app from the App Store and then take a picture of the product in the catalog and it will pull up a video on how to use it!  Don't worry, you'll still need me but it means the internet is there to help you with the products you buy as well!

I will be having a class on this banner on September 12th at 6:30pm.  The cost for the class at my home in Boise is $20.  If you are out of town and would like to have this class for your friends and family, the cost is $25 to cover the transportation costs.  In this case, I will set up a hostess code for you and will purchase the necessary kits and supplies on your party to help you towards getting free merchandise!!!

Have a craftastic day,


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