In case I haven't mentioned that it's exactly ONE WEEK til my son comes home from college, I want to make this year extra special since it will be a first Thanksgiving of sorts. It finally hit me that it's been almost four months since we've seen him. I know. I'm a WIMP. He won’t care about the decorations but I think he will care that I wanted to make it extra special. Today I’m sharing a banner I made for our dining room.
I love all things paper ( OK really, what craft supply don't I love?!) and got the idea to do an oak leaf banner. I cut the leaves on my Cricut Expression but decided they needed some texture. I grabbed a textured stamp from my stamp supply, inked it up with clear embossing ink and covered them with detailed silver embossing powder:
But what are oak leaves without acorns? Using the same Cricut cartridge ( Doodlecharms) , I cut acorns from metallic gold paper and then went over the caps with copper glitter glue:
To put it all together, I took a couple of the embossed leaves, a plain leaf, and a tinsel glittered leaf and formed a “clump” of leaves. I covered clothes pins ( my favorite way to hang banners) with some glittered paper scraps and then put my acorns on top using a foam dot.
I twisted two colors of the organza tulle together and draped over two framed prints in our dining room and then clipped my oak clusters on. Photos aren't great. One of my 2012 goals is to get better at photographing things where glare is involved.