Monday, July 11, 2011

Inspiration Falls

So the Disney bug has bitten big time (big surprise, eh?) and this post is all about INSPIRATION! If you can post a comment where in Disney you can see Inspiration Falls you win! (Prize: a special "good job" from me!)

Here is the inspiration of this week: Love Bird Bedding by Bananafish

Love Bird Bedding by Bananafish

Love Bird Bedding Quilt

Close Up

I had my inspiration and now it is time to gather up my materials!
Cricut Cartridges
Paper Pack (I already had this!!)
The  next step is to cut the largest layer of scalloped circles:
Green pattern coordinates with the leaves
Four on on page!
I cut my circles 1/2" bigger/smaller that way they have a 1/4" reveal when I am using traditional circles. However, when I am using scalloped shapes I go 3/4" larger than the shape that is getting matted on it (example, the green pattern was cut at 4 3/4" and the brown is cut at 4"). This is so the next layer leaves space were the dips in the scallops are. I have found that using only a 1/2" difference takes the circle right to the dip and the shape comes out looking too much like a flower (circles) or a postage stamp (squares) and if you are using a patterned paper you lose some of the pattern! 

 Next layer is brown:
In goes the brown: 4"

Tip: Cut 3 circles. Click over right 3 clicks. Flip paper cut 1. Click right 6 times. Cut 1. You can get 6 4" circles on one page this way! Less waste!! Hooray :)
Brown on Green Pattern
 Next layer is pink!
 Then the letters. I used Alpahlicious at 3 1/4". I cut the shadow out of brown and the regular layer out of a aqua with a cool blue stitch through it. 
Love this paper!
Baby Lorelai

All layered together!
Then comes the birdies! I cut one normal and then one on flip (3 1/2"), this way the birds look at each other and gives the banner a better overall look.
Plaid for one bird and one wing

Orange polka dot bird and wing

Mix and match patterns for that chic vintage look!
And of course a bow and rhinestone!!! Delicious!

String it on brown satin feather-edge ribbon and add the additional ribbons to the ends. 
Here is the final banner!

I am so in love with the way this banner came out! And so awesome of my customer to give me such awesome inspiration to work from! I love doing custom orders and these past few weeks I have had a TON 
 of custom designs. So watch for a regular spot on the blog: Custom Mondays! 

So that poses the question....
Where do you get your inspiration?