Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday Trigger with Guest Designer Shellye

Living on a small ranch in Texas, this week's challenge was right up Shellye's alley!
Rustic, worn and weathered...the perfect Western Week palette.

Shellye decided to create a fun and functional "HOWDY FRIENDS" banner that she can hang 
outside of her patio entryway.

(Howdy Friends} Chipboard Banner by Shellye McDaniel
 To begin, Shellye took five sheets of the #32 Small Precut Chipboard and embossed them 
with a swiss dot embossing folder.  Next, she distressed the edges and raised embossings with a Walnut Distress Ink .  She then machine stitched around the perimeter of each chipboard sheet.
 Using a personal cutter, 3"x4"  letters were cut from October Afternoon's Sassafrass patterned papers, then lightly distressed with Walnut Distress Ink and a spritzing of walnut ink.

A couple of the stars were punched from a yellow library card.  Stars were also cut using the personal cutter or collected from the October Afternoon Flower Sack assortment.  Letters were then applied to the chipboard panels with foam tape and then embellished with wooden buttons stitched on with #934 blue baker's twine, tiny wooden clothespins, jute, hemp cord and red checkered ribbon. A sticker strip from Jenni Bowlin's Brown Apothecary labels was used on the letter "D".  Shellye wanted to add the word "friends" somewhere along the banner, so she used the mini type letters from October Afternoon and applied them with mini foam dots.

In finishing, a small hole was punched at each top corner of the banners and looped together with 1" 
album rings clad in ribbon and jute.

{Howdy Friends} Chipboard Banner by Shellye McDaniel
{Howdy Friends} Chipboard Banner by Shellye McDaniel
{Howdy Friends} Chipboard Banner by Shellye McDaniel
{Howdy Friends} Chipboard Banner by Shellye McDaniel
Tip:  If you have a spot in mind for a banner, first measure the distance between the two points of where your banner ends will attach.  This will help you in deciding how much loop or string to use at the ends.

Stop by The Papered Cottage and give Shellye a visit. She has thoroughly enjoyed Guest Designing with The Kraft Outlet/Journal this month and looks forward to crafting along with you all in the future! And, we sincerely thank Shellye for providing us with such amazing inspiration during her time with us! 


  1. beautiful, lovely colors


  2. This is so well-done! Great colors, textures and details!

  3. This is just gorgeous! I love the papers the texture and the design! Well done and executed!


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