Whew! This post was suppose to be up last night, but we were traveling from El Paso to Dallas yesterday and my truck broke down!! Okay... well, it didn't exactly 'break down'... I drive a big dually Ram truck that has two diesel tanks and one of my tanks ran out of fuel.
Not a big deal if I had switched to the other tank, but my gauge isn't working and I didn't switch it. Now, for those who drive diesels, you know this is bad, and I mean, B A D! Air gets in the lines and the fuel filter and the truck won't start at all! Not only that, it can cause alot of damage! My oldest son and two precious little yorkie puppies were with me (I'll tell ya about the puppies later) and it was HOT!
Long story short, using my iPhone, I found all the local diesel mechanics in the area and talked to several. After being quoted "$96" per hour for labor and a charge for the service call from one place, I talked to the nicest guy at the RUSH PETERBUILT TRUCK CENTER in Abilene and he sent this angel of a man named Eric out to our rescue! Not only did Eric get all of the air out of my system and get the truck purring like a cat (okay, growling might be a better description, lol), but he would not even accept payment from us! He told us to have a safe trip to Dallas and that he was glad to help! WOW! I was speechless and tried to give him at least a $20 as a tip and he wouldn't accept that either! So, the moral of my story is... (1) NEVER let your diesel truck run out of fuel and (2) there ARE still knights in shining armor out there!!
Now for today's project!! It is totally appropriate for today because it IS a 'HAPPY DAY'! I made this banner using this week's feature cartridge SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE!
This cartridge has several 'banner' features. The base shape of a banner can be any shape, for example, a pennant triangle, or a half circle or flag shaped like this one.
This banner has SEVEN layers. They are:
Layer 1: White base flag
Layer 2: Blue 'paper lace' flag
Layer 3: White circle (not seen behind the yellow rosette)
Layer 4: Yellow rosette
Layer 5: Green sun shape
Layer 6: Black letter shadow
Layer 7: Blue letter
If you don't know how to make the rosettes (I love putting them on banners and buttons), then check out my tutorial on MAKING ROSETTES.
I finished each piece with a little embellishment using my white Signo gel pen.
Pre-cutting everything makes assembly much easier. I used the ATG adhesive on everything except the rosette, which was attached using a hot glue gun.
I love the color scheme, it's so bright and well... happy!
Banners are so much fun and there are NO RULES to making them! This banner is a great example of how to get creative because instead of spelling my sentiment out in one long string of letters, I dropped the second word 'day' to dangle below the top word 'happy'.
It's a smaller word, so I made fewer layers. This one has only FOUR layers:
Layer 1: White tag
Layer 2: Green tag layer
Layer 3: Black letter shadow
Layer 4: Blue letter (the yellow flame technically makes a 5th layer)
SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE has great banner bases that also have coordinating tags like this one.
I want you to notice that there are two fonts on the SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE cartridge... a great funky shaped font like this:
And a fun birthday font that makes all the letters and numbers look like candles, like this one:
We like to say "Happy Day" in place of "Happy Birthday", but this banner can be made to say "birthday" by dangling the tags from the points of the top banner. Does that make sense? ;-)
I just LOVE making banners and buttons... check out my PINTEREST boards and you will see that I have a board dedicated to just BUTTONS & BANNERS! LOL! If you have a banner that you've made, please share it with me on my board! You either email me a copy of your button or banner and I will pin it to my board OR send me a link to your button or banner on your blog/website/Pinterest board and I will link it.
I hope you liked my banner and that you are having a "HAPPY DAY" today!!