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My friend sent me a pin from Pinterest of a banner that said: “Happy Camper”. Well, I just happen to have been planning a trip with Ninja Man and since we were taking the RV, I figured what better time to create a banner for our little home away from home?

Disclaimer and spoiler alert: I do not like the blue flag and will change it when we return home where all my nifty supplies are. I brought only the necessities (ok, really, I brought enough materials to create two banners PLUS a bag of knitting, and wouldn’t you know I “need” more stuff!)

So here’s the finished banner with the pitiful and soon-to-be-changed blue flag:

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Here’s how it all came together:
I used this kit from Stampin’ Up and may I just say for $19.95, it’s so much fun!

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Love it? I understand. I do too. You can order it HERE
Ok, so while you’re in my store, search for “ink”. You’re gonna need it. Just in case you are curious, I used Island Indigo, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler.

Here’s how I made it:
I used painter’s tape to secure the stencil to the pennant panel. Unless you want to complicate this by using rulers and (gasp!) math, you will need to do some “eyeballing” here. Mine isn’t perfect- but I try to just put the stencil in the same position each time, looking at top, bottom and each side of the pennant.

Because I’m in the RV, the lid to the banner kit worked great. At home I’d put paper down on my studio desk.

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I use THESE sponges from Stampin’ Up. Three for $3.50 goes a long way. I cut them in several triangles and usually staple a little tab so I’ll know what color is on them.

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Since the pennants are canvas and kinda white in color, I decided to ink the backs as well. Note the little handmade tab stapled onto the sponge.

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Once the front and back is stenciled, I added the letter to the circle on front.
I LOVE this kit. Really, I made one of these with 7 letters in ONE HOUR! I’ll post that later, as it’s a gift and a BIG SECRET.
Anyway, there’s a stencil that covers all but the circle. All you have to do is make sure the stencil covers the circle evenly.
Tape it down.
Now for the letter: eyeball the stencil edges to center the letter. You want to have the same amount of stencil on the left as you do on the right and the same amount on top as you do on bottom.

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Here’s a close up of the sponging. Want more? Sponge more. Want less? Sponge less. Make it as dark or light as you want.

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In no time at all, you have a GREAT banner panel suitable for PINNING ON PINTEREST FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE!

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String them all together (easy since the grommets are already there!) and you have a banner! I used Krylon UV Clear spray (3 coats, front and back) because it’s going to be used outdoors.

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It was raining when I finished, so I had to hang my banner inside to see if I loved it. Well, I do- except for that blue panel- but it will be fine for now.

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And it is purely coincidence that it matches our RV exterior! Really serendipity.

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Thanks for visiting my blog!
God bless.

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I’ve been so slack in posting but hope to get back in the groove!

What better way to do that than with this letter from St. Nick?

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For the exception of a few items, I used all Stampin’ Up products. I will list supplies at the end.

Here’s the raw letter, fresh from my home printer:

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First, I wadded the paper into a ball as if I were going to throw it away. Want less creases? Don’t wad it up as much.

Once that was done I tore all four edges off and began to softly distress the letter with ink and a sponge.

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Once I had the effect of old parchment, I glued the letter to cardstock.

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I poked a hole in the very center of the top so I could insert a vintage brad.

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I had already stamped an “S” with VersaMark and heat embossed it in gold. I cut the “S” out with paper snips and mounted it over the legs of the brad. I popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and it became quite the fancy monogram!

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Next, I rolled it up like a scroll and simply wrapped ribbon around the brad.
It was so easy to make and fun to design! Delivering it to my neighbor for her children to enjoy was the very best part!

Supplies:
Letter printed on standard copy paper on my home printer.

TOMBO glue

Stampin’ Up inks:
Smoky Slate
Crumb Cake

Cardstock:
Cherry Cobbler

Ribbon:
Very Vanilla seam binding

Brad:
Antique brads

“Like” my Facebook page for more inspiration: Kathy Bohannon Creatively Blessed

Thanks for stopping by!

Kathy

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