Thursday, January 20, 2011

Train Banner for Malakai using Echo Park's Little Boy line!

I won the Little Boy Line from a contest that Echo Park Paper was having on their Facebook page. (You should go over there. They are always giving things away!) I was THRILLED because we are extremely proud Godparents to one little one year old named Malakai. Isn't he precious? I know I am biased, but seriously... 

So I wanted to make him something for his room to put on the wall above his crib. This Little Boy Collection was PERFECT! 

This picture was taken on his first birthday in October. He received a wooden train and really liked it, so that became my inspiration piece. 

I thought, why can't a banner be a train? 

Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Swiss Dots™, Seeing Spots™, Argyle™, and OMC Exclusive Checkerboard
Buttons, Twine, Stickles in "Waterfall" and "Christmas Red"™
Glossy Accents™
Adhesive: Glue Arts


I used my Gypsy to make the cars with the yellow stripes show some of their holes and others with no holes. *Note* You can do the rest of this without the Gypsy - You will just have holes in the cars for all of your trains.

Cut out all desired letters and their shadows using the Cake Basics™ font. 

Glue font to font shadow and apply Glossy Accents to the front of the font. Let sit overnight. *Note* This can be done last if you would like to let the whole thing sit overnight. That is what I usually do, but for this I did it ahead of time.

Cut out all cars  from solid colors (shadows) at 3.75 inches - flipping the engine and the caboose so that the train is going left to right. This is only because there is not shadow feature on the Everyday Paper Dolls Train.

Cut out all cars again from Echo Park Paper at 3.5" - Again, remember to flip the engine and caboose.
Run desired layers through the Cuttlebug using desired embossing folders. 
Next adhere the fronts of the cars to their shadow layers using your Glue Glider Pro.

Using foam dimensionals, adhere letters to their corresponding train cars. 

Add buttons as the wheels.

Punch holes through the edges using your Crop-a-dile™ and add the eyelets. 

String the twine through the holes and cut extra pieces of twine to tie on as bows in between the letters. 

Lastly, apply Stickles to the desired areas of the train - I chose a few stars on the front and the light blue stripes on the caboose. 

Give it to a little person that you love dearly!

I have received a few blog awards that are long overdue to be posted so those will be coming up shortly!

Thank you SO much for visiting today! Have a beautiful day!



Emily said...

Love the train banner! So cute :) I am sure the little guy loves it!!

Cristi said...

Oh Court that banner is absolutly adorable!! I did not know there was a sport cuttle bug folder, I think I need it :) and that paper is AMAZING!!! Do you know where I can buy it?
Oh at that little man is so adorable!!
Big HUgs

Carol L said...

Court, your banner is adorable and you Godson is Precious! I will love to make a banner like that for my son (he loves choo-choos) lol. I hope you have a wonderful day!
HUgs, Carol L.

Danielle Phillips said...

Really cute banner!

Hannah said...

So cute!! I love the button wheels.

Glora said...

Awesome! What little train loving boy, wouldn't LOVE this?!!!

Saundra said...

Court, this is adorable! I love this paper line. Love the little train banner!

Saundra :)

Stacy said...

Such a cute project!! He is for sure a lucky little guy!

Cristi said...

Thank you so much for the info!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the idea of something for the nursery! Seriously, would you consider making something for the girls? Their birthday is just a couple weeks away!

April said...

This is awesome Court!!!
- April

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

That is adorable Court! Thank you for sharing!

Linda said...

Love it!!! :D Love how you used the buttons! I'm sure it goes PERFECT in his room! Thanks for sharing!


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Valerie said...

WOW! This is so cute, thank you so much for sharing x

Debbie said...

Really turned out cute Court! I

Kimberli said...

He is ADORABLE, as is your banner - thanks for sharing!

kristyscraps said...

This is so adorable! Even though my boys are a little big for a banner like this, I think I could adapt it to a scrapbook page title for some photos of them playing with their trains when they were little! Very cute!

Denine said...

Court.. this is one to the most adorable banners I have seen. You did a marvalous job and what an amazing inspiration.

Malakai is beyond adorable!!!
Thanks for sharing his picture... :)


Libby Beach said...

Wow Courtney!! This is absolutely perfect!! :) You did such an awesome job on it! :)

Patty said...

Nope, you're not biased - he is absolutely adorable and the banner is beautiful. Such a professional job you did - totally impressed! Thanks for keeping us inspired! Patty

Anonymous said...

that banner is AWESOME! Very cool!

Runnergirl Creations said...

Adorable!! You did an amazing job!!Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

Jennifer said...

Hi Court,

He is precious and I love your banner!!! :) You are so talented!

Thank you so much for sharing!

Crafty hugs,

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CarrieAnne said...

How fun and cute is this! Wonderful banner.