"When our eyes see our hands doing the works of out hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our soul flies open and love steps forth to heal everything in signt"

-- Michael Bridge

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankful Banner - for the office - Lawnscaping #21

Good morning friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was really good. I took some time to "stop & smell the roses". Just playing with my kids and spending time with my mom & my hubby. I also did a lot of organizing and put up (inside only) my Christmas decorations (oh, yes I did!). My tree looks absolutely beautious, and it makes me super happy. I've started minor Christmas shopping, so, I figured I should be able to have physical proof that Christmas is coming ;). Plus, I just needed the happy boost. So much has been chaotic, I need to SEE happy, and having my tree up definitely made me happy! Now if I can only keep my sanity while my 3 year old asks me every single day - 5 times a day - if Santa’s coming tomorrow... yep... that’s begun.

Anyway, I also spent a lot of time this weekend getting crafty YAY! I wanted to make a little banner for my office (our only Thanksgiving decoration). I love how it came out and was SO happy when I logged into Facebook this morning and saw that my banner is absolutely PERFECT for Lawnscaping's #21 Challenge (Thankful)!!

Don't you just LOVE Lawnscaping Challenges!?!?! I sure do. They are my all time favorite Challenge Blog - mainly because they incorporate my favorite things - Lawn Fawn Stamps and fun ways to use them!!!! Plus, their DT is out of this world. It is filled with sweet/talented ladies, and I absolutely love looking at what all of the participants do with the challenges!! You guys inspire me so much!!!

Anyway here is a look at my banner. {{*As you can see, I added a bunch of my Thanksgiving Cards to the equasion for today's little photoshoot ;). I'm sorry this picture is so small. My camera is just a point/shoot & it seems to not help with getting good close ups of things like this. If you click on the picture though, you can see it much better. Sorry about that - there are good pictures of each individual section of the banner below ;).}}

I just got a Cuttlebug a few weeks ago, but had to wait for a “C” Plate (from Simon Says Stamp) to use it, because I bought ALL Spellbinders Dies. I'm a 1st timer - what can I say. I used one of the larger scallop circles (on Neenah’s Sandstorm Cardstock) and then a smaller circle to cut out canvas. Next I misted the canvas with Maya Mist in orange and cut out a smaller circle, which I distressed/inked to place my paper pieced letters on. The stamps are ALL Lawn Fawn and the patterned paper is from Making Memories’s "Autumn Splendor" collection.

As you can see, I used tons of Lawn Fawn here: Quinn’s ABCs, Critters in the Forest, Critters on the Farm, Fly Free, the Birdies from Bannerific, Turkey Day, Hats off to You, and the birdies from Making Frosty Friends. Whew! All of the animals and birdies are colored with Copics, and the Twine is from Papertrey Ink. Now onto the close-ups ;)

I like how it came out. Very rustic, but bright & fun with the critters ;). Hope it inspires you today. Thanks for popping in to see me. Hope your day is wonderful!!


  1. OH my goodness! I love this so much Heather! Color and patterns of the papers are perfect and I love that you made each circle different with different stamps! You did a fabulous job, and really used your cuttlebug!!!! Congrats on getting one, it opens up a world of possiblities.

  2. WOW HEATHER! WOW....... All the critters, the coloring, the textures, the collaboration of stmaps! WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! You are the banner queen!! I love this!

  3. Holy cuteness, this is just amazing! I love how you combined so many sets and the die cuts. It's so festive. LOVE

  4. I LOVE YOUR BANNER! So cute! We have zero Thanksgiving decorations, it's kind of pathetic. But I think a banner is a great idea! Can't wait to see pics of your tree!

  5. This is a magnificent banner! Love all the details and thought you've put into it. Glad to hear that you had a good weekend too.

  6. Fabulous project. Your banner is really amazing, I just can say: WOW. I LOVE it!! The patterned paper, the critters.. I love it all :)

  7. What an amazing banner! So many fun details and fabulous colors. You really did a fantastic job! I'm so glad you joined the Lawnscaping Challenge. Very impressive work! :)

  8. Wow.....it's beautiful, cute, so many details and the canvas is perfect touch...Thank u for playing with us at Lawnscaping :)

  9. EEK! I love your banner, Heather! You always make awesome projects, but this is one of my faves! Yeah for you for taking time for yourself and putting up your Christmas decorations. Pictures, please!