October 26, 2012

Diwali bloghop–Day 2

I hoped you enjoyed the ideas and inspiration shared by the team on day one of the bloghop! Here’s another day full of creativity! Day 2 is devoted to anything-but –a-card!

I’ve had a banner on my to-do list forever! So when deciding what to make for the bloghop I figured that I should make a banner and check off that item from my list after all!

[My apologies for the poor lighting]


Instead of making something very specific like “happy diwali”, I chose to make something more generic based on the theme of diwali and which would also be an inspiration for everyday life. To me Diwali is all about celebration. Celebrate the festival, celebrate the homecoming of Lord Ram, celebrate with friends and so on. “Celebrate” is also an inspiration for me – it tells me to celebrate life. Everyday. As it happens. Celebrate every moment. Celebrate what you have.

Coming down to the mechanics of this banner: I used Cricut and SCAL to cut the triangles and the letters.


  1. The triangles are 5” X 5” and cut on PTI cardstock.
  2. The doilies are 4” white doilies. They’re sponged with various distress inks and then sprayed with glimmer mist made using Inka gold. Just add some Inka Gold to water in a mister and shake well. Then spray. If you don’t have anything to make glimmer mist, then don’t worry. This banner would look as good even without it.
  3. For the letters: I used a double-adhesive sheet. Applied it to one of the cardstock. Then cut the letters. The letters are cut using the Samarkan font. From the cut letters, remove the liner from the other side of the adhesive sheet. Sprinkle glitter on it. Seal the glitter by rubbing glossy accents all over it.
  4. I adhered the one doily to each triangle. Then glued the letter on top of it. Made two holes on either side of the triangle for the ribbon.
  5. Thread the ribbon through all the triangles. Voila! Your banner is ready!

This banner is quite easy and quick to make; just that the glitter part takes some time and maybe a little messy but it’s worth it!

My second project is something that I plan to make for my friends this Diwali – little mason jars filled with some homemade treats! These jars are so cute and adorable!!


I used a 5” square of fabric cut using pinking shears. Here’s a closer look at the tag.


I cut the tag from white CS using Cricut and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cartridge. Stamped it with a background stamp using versamark and then embossed in gold embossing powder. Sponged it with various distress inks. Printed the sentiment on vellum using Word. Cut out the diya using Cricut and SCAL.

That’s not all! All my other team mates have some wonderful creations to share too:


Banner: PTI cardstock, White 4” doilies, 65# cardstock for letters, Martha Stewart brown glitter, brown grosgrain ribbon, glossy accents, Inka gold platinum, Mini mister, Distress Inks – Mustard seed, dried marigold, broken china and peeled paint.

Tag: PTI white CS, Impression Obsession Damask cover-a-card, Vellum, Distress Ink – Fired brick, peeled paint and Dried marigold.


Piali said...

Beautiful banner!!! Love the tag too!!

Riti said...


Chaitali Narla said...

Love the banner! Very cool font! And the tag is nice too. The mason jars are such nice gifts for Diwali :)

Kavitha Vadhri said...

Lovely banner thanks for explaining so clearly would like to try though not having any cricut,these are all the new words to me

Prema Grandhi said...

Very nice banner Smriti !! Great to see all the cool projects you girls are doing for Diwali

megha said...

very lovely banner and decorative jar

Indira Tanwar said...

Nice idea for the banner. Can be used for all occasions! I like the little tags too.