Hello there! It’s Mendi here today with some festive Christmas decor I created using papers and embellishments in my stash. I have been itching to play with Doodlebug’s darling Sugarplum collection so I pulled it out, along with some old chipboard banner shapes I had on hand.
For my first piece, I created a rosette using a shape cutting file I found in the Silhouette store. Note: This would be easy to duplicate with a border punch and a scoring tool.
I wanted my rosette to measure nearly 4 inches wide when assembled so I increased the width of each die-cut piece before cutting them out.
For my next banner piece, I die-cut the patterned paper that comes with nine squares to a sheet into a scalloped square. To create interest, I layered a present sticker with foam tape over the one printed on the cutout.
For my third pennant, I cut out my patterned paper using a fancy labels die. For the snowy backdrop, I cut a second label from white cardstock and then ran it through my machine a second time with a stitched border die before layering it with little tree stickers and glitter accents. I love the dimension of adding extra embellishment to the circles that are already printed on the tree stickers!
For my fourth banner piece, I repeated the look of my first piece, alternating the colors and switching to a little Santa character. I love repeating a motif for a cohesive look throughout. As I worked, I laid everything in a row and tried to keep all my patterned papers and rosettes spaced evenly apart from each other to keep things balanced.
For my fifth pennant, I used another square from the patterned paper, this time die-cutting it into a circle. I wanted some separation between the red and green patterned papers so I added a second thin border of white cardstock before stitching around the edge.
For my sixth banner piece, I mirrored the opposite side with Mrs. Claus. I felt like my little characters needed a little something extra to fill the space around them and add some interest, so I added some of my favorite heart accents.
I saved my favorite image for the seventh pennant. I must admit it was a wee bit hard to commit knowing I wouldn’t be able to use it on a future project. Tell me I’m not the only one who thinks silly thoughts like this. 😉 I cut out the frame using scalloped square dies. I layered the sticker with some gumdrop stickers and an extra candy sticker popped up with foam tape to add dimension.
I kept my eighth banner piece simple, just machine-stitching around another one of the squares from the patterned paper. I then dressed it up with some cute holly and heart stickers for a touch of shine.
For my last pennant piece, I bookended my banner with another reindeer sticker to mirror the first banner piece. I was careful to make sure I selected reindeers that faced in to keep them facing each other.
I finished my banner by stitching around each banner piece on my sewing machine, setting oversized eyelets in the corners and looping ribbon through them to connect each piece. To have perfect bows facing right-side up, I tied them independently and added them over the top with an adhesive dot.
I hope I’ve inspired you to create some festive decorations that you will enjoy for years to come using your paper-craft supplies. Thanks so much for visiting.
Supplies used: Sugarplums 12 x 12 Collection Kit, Sugarplums Icons cardstock stickers, Christmas Sprinkles, Holly Berries Sprinkles and Glitter Sprinkles from Doodlebug Design Inc.; ribbon from American Crafts; Stitched Hillside Borders dies from Lawn Fawn; Fancy Labels #6 dies (#658831) from Sizzix; Nesting Circle dies (#027940), Nesting Scallop Square dies and 3/16-inch eyelets and Crop-A-Dile from We R Memory Keeper; scoring board from Martha Stewart Crafts; 3D Build A Rosette Strips electronic cutting file (#32783) and electronic cutting machine from Silhouette America Inc.