Sunday, October 3, 2010

I am the W-W-W- witch in the banner

Nine talented women and I participated in Elizabeth's, Bluebird Papercrafts, Halloween banner swap. We were to each choose a letter in the word Halloween and make 10 banner panels highlighting that letter.
All of our panels have been sent to Elizabeth and she is assembling the banners and sending
 them out to us this week.
I chose the letter "W" as in witch. The first thing to do was decide on an image to use. Elizabeth had requested that we go with a cute look rather than a scary look which suited me fine. I was leafing through my 2010 Mary Engelbreit calendar and when I came to October and saw the little red-haired witch, I knew she'd be perfect to use. Look at her face...she has kind of an attitude I think....but I guess most witches do! I scanned her into my computer, sized her to use on a 4X6-inch panel and printed out ten witches.
I wanted her to have some dimension so I cropped and cut 10 images of her dress to layer  using small pieces of dimensional tape.
Using Elizabeth's "sandwich" method, I cut 2 4X6-inch pieces of cardstock in black and kraft color for the front and back of each panel. I then cut 4X6-inch pieces of cereal and cracker boxes to use for my sandwich piece in between the cardstock. Using the cut up boxes is actually better than using chipboard. It makes the panel sturdy without being too stiff. I decided to shamelessly copy borrow Elizabeth's design for cutting a half circle out of the bottom of all layers of the panel.

I'm sorry that I did not photograph all of my steps in this process. Life got crazy and then I was squeezed for time so the other pictures I took were of the finished panels.

I used a Martha Stewart glittery spider on her hat and black Stickles glitter glue along the hem and the waistband of her dress.
Some of the paper strips I used had some glittering on them which added some interest.
The letter "W" was cut of silver cardstock using the Cricut die-cut machine.
Elizabeth has featured the completed banner on her blog.

This is Elizabeth's photo that I am showing. Please stop by her blog to see all of the tags from the other artists. These women are all extremely talented and I am always happy to be involved with these swapping projects. You may recall the tag swap last December...
The Vintage Kitchen Tag Swap in March...

The Vintage Postcard Swap in June

I'm not sure what our next "assignment" will be but I'll be here with my pop-dots and glue ready to proceed!
Thanks Elizabeth, for hosting this very clever swap. I can't wait until my assembled banner comes...I have the perfect spot picked out for it to be displayed.


Paula Clare said...

Oh JOYCE! Your little "W" witch is just adorable! I am SO GLAD you used a Mary Englebreit image! SO SO Sweet! I can't wait to get my banner either...I too have a special place awaiting it! WOOHOO!

Becky Garrison said...

You did a great job! The little witch is adorable and I love the black glitter. Maybe I can join in on a future swap!!!

Nan said...

I wish I had the confidence to enter sometime. I can't always buy stuff here which is a problem and I if I were to commit then find out I can't make it like I want. I think you did just wonderful with your W.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Completely amazing!!! Talent, galore.
Hee-hee!!! I'm such a weirdo! I thought my Halloween vignette was just a little too undignified for all the wedding pics, so...I'll put the Halloween vignette back up in the middle of October.
You're hilarious for calling me on the carpet for that one. :-D

mary k said...

Your "W"itch is so adorable. The whole banner is a real work of art. What fun to be part of such a creative group. Love it!

mimi said...

I love your W tag---I sent them off with my L and I can't wait for their return in the form of our banner. I was so excited to be a part of this swap and can't wait to display the finished banner in my kitchen. By the way your stuffed peppers look amazing. I think I just might have to try this recipe. YUMMMM

Hearts Turned said...

Your addition to the banner is so adorable, Joyce! I love the image you chose--she's just perfect!

Thanks for the recap of our past swaps...they've all been so much fun!

Hope your Sunday is just wonderful!



Hi Joyce,
Just so sweet! How fun to be included in the banner swap! Much talent in that group!
deb :)

Lenae May said...

Wonderful projects here, Joyce!!! I had a ball reading through.
Thank you for dropping by and your lovely encouragement!
Have a great new week!

NanE said...

Joyce your "W" turned out positively bewitching!
Just too cute, and your instructions are great too. Have a wonderful week, Nan

Mimi Sue said...

So cute! Love ME and her art and you picked an adorable image for the W. Love it. Mimi

woodandfabric said...

Such a Wonderful Witch tag and the final result is speachless! Absolutely Gorgeous! So happy to see all your creations again, Joyce!
Take good care!
Michelle *Ü*

Betty said...

"W"O"W"!! I love your cute little witch. I'm a Mary E fan too. I can hardly wait to get our banner. I just feel so honored to be included!!

Suz said...

I so love this. I am a big ME fan and this turned out so well. The whole banner is just charming! You guys are so talented!

koralee said...

Your tags are amazingly lovely! Thank you for visiting me the other day and posting my giveaway...your blog is so lovely!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh Joyce, Have we really done that many swaps? You know I loved our Christmas one. It was the easiest of all. Are you up for another if it is just as simple? Smaller tags? Suggestions. Hinting? Tired of swaps? I would love your input and Mimi's! I still glance at our Christmas tags whenever I enter my craft room! Your "W" was Wonderful! E

kana said...

What a great idea and I love your W card!

Jo said...

That is an awesome idea! I love the finished banner.

Celestial Charms said...

W is for WOW! You did a wonderful job, Joyce. Your little witch girl looks mighty fiesty. Love her!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh--everything is adorable!!! I love your witch--she is precious!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Joyce,
You should enter this into Tag Tuesday (it's on my blog!)
Everyone would love it!!!

vivian said...

Ive been avoiding signing up for any other swaps, waiting to see what Elizabeth will cook up for us. I have to say that I hope everyone isnt disappointed with my N in our halloween banner.. Mine is not as cute as all the others!!!!! I cant wait to see the banner in person. YOur piece is splended!!

LaurieStar said...

Oh my goodness, there is so much eye-candy in this post! :) I love it.

Heidi said...

ME's a ME fan too! I love your tag! And your techniques, could I sit and craft with you for a few weeks? LOL (In heaven we will, I promise, don't you think we'll craft there? All good things...)

Anyway, what is the letter we love? "W"

ALso, loved how you used the front inside cover of your ME Sweets cookbook to show the other tags, I have that book also!
{Hugs}, Heidi
PS How are you feeling these days????

francis said...

Today I found your blog by surprise and it makes me smile . I'm so happy I found you and I will follow you . To be inspired .... Thank you and have a wonderful week .

Unknown said...

I love your tag girl! E hosts such cute swaps.


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Oh yes, Joyce, Elizabeth and I have been friends for some time now and I just love her wonderful blog and her darling creations. How fun to have participated in one of her swaps. I love your "W"! I want to thank you so much for your very sweet comment and for stopping by to visit! I too am going to be your newest follower...and I am so excited to get to know you better...I put you on my blog scroll as well! Happy Thursday!

debi said...

Joyce, I love your banner! It's absolutely adorable! That ME witch is just the sweetest!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Joyce, your 'W' tag is just adorable! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

Elyse said...

hi joyce,

everything is absolutely adorable. elizabeth comes up with such sweet ideas. i was just reading about the little apron pocket swap. cute!

love all of your creations. such detail and care!


E said...

I love your "W" it's precious and the finished product wonderful! I'm wondering what type glue you find best to layer your paper on the tags? I'm new at this and the images you show look so well done. I've been using a plain old glue stick, sometimes not as smooth as I'd like. I'm following the peppermint swap over at Es Bluebird, can't wait to see the talent unfold. E in TN

My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Joyce.
Thank you for visiting my blog last week. Sorry it took so long for my response.
Love your tags you made.
Hope you are feeling better!
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Hugs, Sharon

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Lori Mitchell is up...Hee-hee!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I've been following this banner, Joyce, and I just love it! I love tags ~ I think I'd have mine out all the time to just look at {although, I guess that could wind up being a lot of tags out}. I am going to try this over the Winter months when I am looking for projects to keep me sane while stuck inside. I think the "sandwich" method is something good for a newbie to making tags to know. I'd hate for curl up to occur. Thank you for explaining yours!

LBP said...

I love your "W". I followed you here from Elizabeth's blog and have enjoyed perusing your blog! You are very talented!

I made my own Halloween banner based on the one ya'll made! Take a peak if you get a chance!




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