2.15.2012

pink and red all over

a slightly late post, but still worthwhile....i absolutely love the hoopla around valentine's day. i love the pink, the red, the balloons, the flowers, the cards, the cute little heart-shaped everythings out there. love. love. love.

so imagine my pure excitement when i had a very special valentine's party to go to with the greatest little valentine in my life. and when decorations were needed, i jumped at the chance to put together some hearts and such for this special party.

we had a smaller space to decorate, so i decided to make a couple of shorter banners to give our space a little something festive. i started with picking out a couple of my cricut cartridges with different hearts...i settled on jubilee and plantin schoolbook for the hearts. i had also picked up some red, bright pink and light pink 12"x12" scrapbook papers that were going to be the base for the banners.
















i started with a simple sketch...because of the smaller space we had, i went with a simple six heart banner layout, rotating the color of the hearts. the hearts were cut at 6-1/2" a piece, and to finish them off, i wanted a font that had a little different dimension to it. for this, i went with the doodletype font cartridge, and cut my 6" letters out of simple white scrapbook paper.









to string the hearts together, i picked up some fun heart-shaped brads in different colors and shapes, and simply layered my hearts and fastened with a brad. super simple and easy way to put together a banner!








a step further, i came across an idea on pinterest the week before valentine's day that i just had to try. i made some modifications and used what i had in my craft stash to pull together another smaller banner for our party. for this one, i cut out 21 skinny hearts from the jubilee cartridge, all the same size (i went for 4"...but you could do differing sizes too!) alternating the colors, i also got out my super helpful stampin' up paper piercing tool which lets me make really clean holes through paper for brads or for threading through the paper. and, i just happened to have some martha stewart baker's twine, which just so happened to be in red and white (perfect love day colors!).





lining up the little hearts with the paper punch tool





martha stewart's bakers twine. perfect weight for the lightweight banner.




stringing through. using a simple sewing needle.





one extra long strand of the baker's twine plus one sewing needle (i tried a large eye knitting needle, but it was way too thick and almost ripped the hearts) equaled a really cute and simple valentine's day banner for our little party!

the finished pieces. (i just realized how perfect it was that these are on a purple quilt. perfect love day colors!)




hope everyone had a lovely pink and red-filled valentine's day!

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