Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chilly Spring Day

I know I shouldn't complain about the windy, chilly weather here in San Diego County, but I am. I live in North County for a reason - I like it warm, almost hot, so when the weather turned out to be only 58 and windy (15 mph), I was disappointed. It did rain a bit yesterday and that was nice, but it was over by evening. Now it's just cold and I want warm spring days. I'm actually more ready for summer, but I know spring has to come first.
Here is my attempt at feeling springy. I made this spring banner last weekend at craft night at Johanna's. I used my Hero Arts alphabet set for the big letters. The paper is from a DCWV spring pack I got at Michael's over a year ago. I have this banner hanging on the outside of my cubicle wall at work. It needed some brightening up, that's for sure.
For each section of the banner, I cut a 8.5 x 11 paper in half to 5.5 x 8.5. On the 5.5 side, I measured to the middle of the side, which is 2.75" and then cut from the opposite corner to the middle of the paper to my mark. I did that from each corner. I covered each triangle with paper from the DCWV pack and then embellished simply with flowers and sparkle gems. I outlined each letter with black diamond Stickles. Each section is bordered with lace from my stash adhered with double-sided red sticky tape.
It was fun to get out my box of Primas and see which ones matched, and I've come to one conclusion: I don't need all those flowers in all those colors. You know why? Because I can just buy white or cream AND COLOR THEM! Look at the picture above. In the "S" section. See the orange flower? Now see the yellow flower? Well, those started out as white Primas. Check it out below.

The yellow came out a bit brighter than I wanted, but hey, this was an experiment. The orange matches my paper perfectly. So do you know how I did it? With Copics!! It was super easy and if you put enough ink on the flower, you can blend the colors nicely.

That's it from me today. I'm getting geared up for Coachella. It's going to be a fantastic weekend. The weather will be hot - in the high 90's - and the nights will be cool - in the 60's. I can't wait to hear all the new bands as well as the well-known bands. Did you know people come from all over the WORLD to this music festival? It's so awesome!

Have a crafty weekend and we'll catch you on the flip-flop.


Ryann said...

oh, debbie - this turned out beautifully!

Tami B. said...

I love your banner. I really need to make a spring something like this. Have a great time in the desert. You won't be cold there.

Laura O'Donnell said...

this is fantastic - i esp like the way you used the eyelets to attach the letters. I may be borrowing this idea in the near future :)

Claudette said...

Love the banner, enjoyed looking over your site....I must visit more often always an inspiration to me.