Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine Banner

I'm on a mission...a mission to convince my two boys that having a Valentine's Day party can be fun! I'm thinking a simplified version of the Christmas Gingerbread House decorating party that I throw...only with lots of heart shaped sugar cookies and a few colors of frosting. 

First step...decorate! Hmm...I know that I had a box of Valentine stuff somewhere...but after looking everywhere that I can think of, its nowhere to be found! What to do? Pull out the papercrafting supplies, of course!

I started with a simple banner for the mantle...

I'm still trying to use what I have...although it was very tempting to head out to the store that has paper on sale this week! I managed to resist the temptation...barely!

I used American Crafts paper...I've read good things about how great a quality paper this is for cutting machines, and I have to agree wholeheartedly! Talk about cutting as smoothly as butter with no glitches...wow!

I actually designed the banner myself, since I didn't see one that I liked in the Silhouette store...bonus...it means that I get to share it with you!


The file includes the three different banner shapes and the LOVE letters, the heart that I used is not included, since it is not my file. But you can download it from birdscards here, it is free as well.

Once I had the banner pieces cut and assembled, it was as simple as going to my ribbon stash to find a complementary ribbon to hang the banner...I found this gorgeous dyed seam binding from 3 Girl Jam and knew that it was the one! 

Just some simple knots between the banners and then let the ribbon hang loose to look pretty...I love it when its easy!

Here's another look at the whole thing...I really like the non-traditional Valentine colors!


  • patterned paper: American Crafts (a la Carte)
  • cardstock: stash (black)
  • ribbon: 3 Girl Jam (London Blue)
  • cut file: Me!
I'm linking up over at the 3GirlJam challenge blog: Its a party with ribbon, you have until Jan 31st to enter...you should join in!

And over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge blog: Valentines Day/Love & ribbon, you have 'til Jan 29th for this one!

And sharing over at the Hookin Up with HoH linky party, too!

Now I guess I'll have to figure out what to put on the tables and in my frame that I like to have out with seasonal decor!

Thanks so much for stopping by to look!



  1. This is a really wonderful banner! So pretty.

    Thanks for joining our challenge over on 3GirlJam Challenge blog...and keep making beautiful things!

  2. Thank you for sharing this lovely banner. You did a great job on it.xxx- Debbie

  3. The banner looks great, Meredith. Love the colours you have chosen too.
    Tine (Addie24)

  4. Very pretty banner. Thanks so much for playing along in the Valentine/Love and Ribbon challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Huggs....Ginny from Polly's.

  5. Great banner! I'm sure after they saw this they were ready to party! Thanks for joining us over at 3 Girl Jam Challenges! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

  6. Way to use up what you had. It turned out beautifully. I hope you have convinced them to have a great party. Thanks for joining in on the 3 girl JAM Challenge.

    Cheri - 3GJ DT

  7. I LOVE your banner, and I LOVE making them too!!! I wanted to do one for valentines day, but not sure if I will have the time. Thank you for sharing!!! Also Thank you for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon's Challenge this week!!!

  8. Wonderful banner...thanks for joining 3 Girl JAM!

  9. What an awesome banner!!! GREAT job!
    Thanks for sharing and playing along with us over at the 3GJ Challenge Blog! Good luck in the drawing and hope you will join us for a brand new challenge beginning tomorrow :)


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