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CheekyMagpie

A unique mix of crafts, nature, homeschooling…life.

banner, O banner!

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Inspired by all the nature that swirls around me, I ordered the new 7 Gypsies Conservatory line as soon as I saw it. If ever a line of paper was made with me in mind, this was it. Seriously happy because I don’t have to cut up my pretty vintage book plates for images any more. I ordered two of each sheet, but I can tell I need to go back for more. It’s just so pretty!

Nature is a common theme in paper right now. I’ve seen some new stuff by Basic Grey and Graphic 45 that’s more stylized that the 7 Gypsies. I’m a purist and don’t want anyone to mess with a style that’s worked for way more than 100 years. If it’s not broken….

This pattern made my heart swell. I want my world to be covered in it. Those are the rubons from the same line. I like them. A lot. But they are way too small for my taste and I want them in stamp form. I have to admit they’ve inspired me to solve a conundrum. I’ll post more on that in coming weeks.

I tried, really tried to be minimalistic about these banner. They don’t have a word on them and I pulled way back on the decorations. I wanted simple, which was really hard. If  I’d put everything on them that I wanted I’d never be able to hang the banner up. It would weigh a ton.

I did go with a quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, “but you, O you, so perfect and so peerless, are created of every creature’s best!” It was in a small book I keep stuffed with colorful fall leaves.

And it’s all finished with some old lace tied in a bow. I like the texture it lends to the piece. Now it hangs over a shelf storing many a project I’ve made in the past.

Some may call me foolish for making a banner digital file. But I make them often enough and hey, they are a pain to cut evenly. I made two versions of the file. One was used for the background and has a ric rac shape to the edge. The other is simply a plain banner, but perfect for small projects and cards.

 

So, what do you think ?