A Sweet Little LOVE Banner

A hundred hearts would be too few
to carry all my love for you.
- - Unknown - -

Happy day to you, my wonderful friends!
I want to thank all of you
for leaving such sweet comments on my last post.
I truly appreciate your love and support
as I slow down on my blog.
I look forward to "seeing" you each week.

Today I want to show you
a delightful little "LOVE" banner
that is made with sparkly paper
and plenty of "bling bling."
You can't go wrong with sparkles, right?

If it's pink or sparkly
I want it!

Here is what you will need 
to make your own banner.

{2} sparkly 12 x 12 pieces of card stock
{2} heart 12 x 12 pieces of card stock
glitter letter stickers
hole punch
hot glue gun and glue

Cut 4 pieces that measure
6 x 8 from the sparkly paper.

Cut 4 pieces that measure
4 x 6 from the heart paper.

Place the heart paper 
onto the center of the sparkly paper
using hot glue.

Apply the glitter letters
to the center of each heart paper.

Add some gems
to each piece.

Punch out holes in the corner of each paper
and slide the tulle through the holes.
Then add the buttons in between each piece.
I simply hot glued the buttons on 
and added a small piece of felt to the back side.

I used this elaborate button
for the center of my banner.

And volia!
You now have a beautiful banner
to hang in your home for Valentine's Day.

Everything I used to make this banner
was found at Hobby Lobby,
including the buttons.

Loved you yesterday,
love you still,
always have,
always will.
- - Unknown - -

- - LOVE - -

Love you
Only you
Very, very much
Every day, more and more.

I have my banner
hanging in my dining room.

Someone wanted to be in the picture. . .
can you find Burrito the cat?

And before I wrap up this post,
I wanted to share a charming little book with you.
Now I know it's a Christmas book,
but it's one I think you will enjoy reading any time of the year.
Or you can get it now
and save it to enjoy during the next Christmas season.

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas 
brings you the fascinating stories and origins
behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green,
the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log,
gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.

The traditions of Christmas lend beauty,
awe, and hope to the holiday,
causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy.
The stories in this book will warm your heart a
s you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas
by Ace Collins is truly a fantastic and remarkable book.
The introductory alone held my complete attention
and left me shaking my head in awe
at how little I really knew about Christmas.

"Before we brood and protest too much over the ruin 
of what we think Christmas must have been like
in generations long past,
we might actually feel encouraged 
about the season we celebrate today
when we consider what Christmas was really like 
in the days of old."
- - Ace Collins - -

This book may be small in size,
but it's quite large and rich in detail and history.
Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas
will offer some wonderful and insightful information.
I can honestly say that I was utterly captivated
by the history of Christmas
and the traditions that have formed over the years.
I highly recommend this book
as I believe it's one that will encourage and inspire the reader.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book 
from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own 
and no other compensation was received. **

Because I found this book to be so delightful,
I am giving a copy away.
To enter the giveaway,
please let me know in the comment section
that you would like your name entered.
I will announce the winner
next Wednesday, January 30th.
This giveaway is open to all USA and Canadian residents.

Hugs to you, sweet friends!


Anna said...

So sweet ! A pure delight !!!!
Have a cozy day !

Tina said...

I'm a new reader here and love the Valentine's banner! I'm going to make one as soon as we can dig out from all the snow and get to the craft store! The Christmas book sounds wonderful, thank you for the opportunity to win it! Have a great Wednesday!

Red Rose Alley said...

What a delightful "LOVE" banner, Stephanie. And it looks so nice hanging from your hutch in your dining room. All the little sparkles add something. You always create the most wonderful things. I've been thinking of Valentine's Day also and decorated yesterday. I thought it might be too early, but how can it be too early to spread love in the world, right? I noticed that red vase on your table, oh my, that's beautiful. And the roses!

Wishing you a wonderful week, Stephanie. Hello there, Burrito. : )

love, ~Sheri

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I adore your beautiful banner! So pretty and easy enough that I might could do. I have thought about doing a banner. Maybe I need to try my hand at it. LOL! You are so creative dear Stephanie. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Vee said...

That's a beautiful banner and, if I didn't need to use glue, I might be tempted. ☺ I am not sure but I suspect that Christmas past was a much more simple affair and a fairly "recent" development at that.

Kathy said...

I love that banner. I think I'm going to try to do something similar. So pretty.

I would love to read that Christmas book. I hope I win it. But if not, I think I will buy it. It sounds so interesting!

Tamago said...

I love your lovely LOVE banner! It's very pretty and looks wonderful in your dining room! And I do see a little cute face of Burrito :-)

Brenda said...

Hi Stephanie! What a pretty banner you have created! This book sounds really interesting. Thank you for the give away opportunity!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Well you know I DO love my Valentine decorations and this is adorable! I love the black and pink and the 'bling bling' with the buttons! The pretty papers that are available today are like candy . . . I love looking at them and thinking of ways to use them. That book looks very interesting . . . I love books like that that give you history of things and where they originated. I have several books that give the stories behind hymns and always enjoy reading those! Have a wonderful, warm, cozy week! (It's FREEZING literally here and supposed to get worse as the week progresses . . . good weather for staying in and reading and crafting!!).

Unknown said...

Hi Stephanie, I wish you and your family all of God's best in your new endeavors. Your Valentine's Day banner is so cute and so is your kitty.

The Christmas book sounds very interesting. Wishing you a happy winter, we have had a lot of snow recently, but before that we had almost no snow and very warm temps for this time of year.

Many blessings, dear Stephanie,


Cheryl said...

The banner is adorable! And, yes, I would love to be entered in the book giveaway!! Thank you, sweet friend. :)

Visits With Mary said...

Hi Stephanie! Hope all is well with you, I love this sweet banner. Thanks for the instructions!

Debbie Harris said...

Simply sweet indeed!!
Looks lovely on your beautiful hutch and Burrito certainly finishes off the photo.

You make crafts look so easy and fun I might add.

Enjoy your day and stay warm ♡

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your banner is just adorable and looks so pretty in your dining room. Yes, I spotted Burrito! The book sounds fascinating, Stephanie. Thank you for the opportunity to win the giveaway. Have a wonderful week, crafting at your leisure! Love and hugs are sent to you. 😘

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Stephanie,
You made such a pretty banner and it will be perfect for Valentine's Day. Hope you are having a nice week.

Debby Ray said...

Oh Stephanie, your banner is absolutely adorable and looks just perfect on your hutch. The book really sound wonderful! I love hearing about how different traditions get started so throw my name in the hat please, ma'am! Blessings to you!

Unknown said...

A very lovely banner, thanks for sharing with us. Please put my name in for the Christmas book it sounds very interesting.

ann m rue said...

Please enter my name in the drawing for the Christmas book

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Yes! Anything pink and sparkly is my cup of tea! LOVE the LOVE banner and how easy it would be to make. I may try it. I think I have all of the ingredients right here in my craft room. I love blingy pretty buttons and never can seem to find any (that are reasonably priced). I have some vintage ones but am running low on those. Will have to check out Hobby Lobby. The book sounds fun and interesting.. please enter my name in the pot to win! Books are my very best friends and I have many that I keep forever, as love them so much! I did see Burrito... such a cute kitty... isn't it funny how the kitties seem to know we're taking pictures? Is 60 degrees here today and I'm lovin' it. Going for a walk very soon! Hugs to you dear lady.......Marilyn

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful banner. You are so talented. Yes, I would love to win the book. Have a great day.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Oh my, such a delightful banner you've made! I love your clear and easy instructions! How fun to use the sparkly paper too! Always love seeing your beautiful home, your light is so warm and beautiful there, and of course, sweet Burrito is just precious! We just got a massive snowstorm overnight, with over a foot of snow, and we are LOVING it! I hope to go cross country skiing soon :) The Christmas book sounds amazing, and how generous of you to give a copy away! I would love a chance to win! Blessings and hugs :)

krishna said...

The banner is so beautiful..

Margie said...

Cute banner! Call me a magpie because I'm drawn to all things sparkly!

Ann said...

Please enter me in your giveaway, Christmas is very special to me! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us, love your "love" banner.

The Victorian Girl said...

Your banner is so cute! I love reading about Christmas traditions, so please enter me in the giveaway. kellam.susan@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

This book sounds wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! :)

Elizabeth said...

What a sweet idea for a little Valentine's Day decoration...I just adore banners! The sparkles are so festive, too {{smiles}} Thank you for sharing this inspiration to do a bit of crafting, dear friend! I hope you and your family are well and enjoying a lovely January so far! ♥

Sending love and hugs,

P.S.- I love your chandelier in your dining room! So pretty {{smiles}}

Linda Walker said...

Hello Stephanie,
That is the sweetest banner and looks lovely in your dining room! The little bit of bling just makes it!!! I do like Valentine's Day decorating, it's just so fun!

Hope all is well....love and hugs,

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful banner and so wonderfully made in time for Valentines day.

Carla from The River said...

The banner is lovely. I like sparkle and pink. :-)
We are to get very cold for the next week or so. I will be inside working on my seed order for my garden.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello Stephanie,
Such a beautiful piece of decor you've created here! I love to see banners displayed! and this one is so very petty~ Thank you for sharing your idea's with us.
I would be thrilled to be entered in your book giveaway :)Hugs, karen o

Debbie said...

oh stephanie...love is surely in the air, i "love" this holiday!! your tutorials are always the best, all details are included!! the book looks and sounds wonderful!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

You just can't beat the colour pink! I love it!
That is a beautiful Valentine's banner.

All the best Jan

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, sweet banner, I love all the sparkle on it and pretty embellishing. I love how Burrito was photo bombing your picture :)
The book sounds interesting, you can put me in the drawing for this one.

Anne's Phamilyblog said...

What a sweet and thoughtful banner. Love. How important it is and how much it is needed in our country today, many prayers needed. I shared our phamily sadness with your mom. Perhaps she will tell you and you can pray for our son and his little phamily too.
On a much more happy note, I have been trying to get over here and the days seems to slip away. It is always wonderful to see your smile and beautiful blog. I hope your weekend is filled all good things. HUGs and LOVE

hula-la said...

Great banner...and what makes me laugh is that I received a lovely bath gift set for Christmas that had a lovely piece of sparkly cardstock as part of the packaging! Well, of course I snagged that baby out first, knowing full well it will be put to good use...and thanks to you, it now has a purpose! THANK YOU...great blog!

Tamara said...

Such a pretty banner Stephanie! You're so creative. I hope you and your family are having a good new year so far.

Blessings and hugs,

handmade by amalia said...

I love this sweet banner, Stephanie, and the way you've used different patterns and textures, they work so well together.

Zaa said...

You always create such heartwarming items... It looks delightful in your dining room.... Yes, I spotted your little feline...Aren't cats curious little animals( Ha Ha)..You’ve inspired me start decorating for Valentines...Thanks...ENJOY your week..Hugs

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love your banner - and most especially the special button (not that I have a liking for buttons or anything!). Enjoyed seeing Burrito who obviously thought he (she?) was hiding. And yes please, I would love to have my name in the hat for the book. Reading the history of Christmas would be interesting I know!

hobbyloes said...

The banners are cute and made so beautiful by your golden hands.

Kerin said...

Perfect Valentine's banner! Love where you've displayed it too.
Sounds like you've been staying busy... creating, and reading, etc.
Me too! I try to plan each day out in a productive way, in order to get through the cold and blustery days of winter. I'm pretty happy to be starting a new month and inching closer to spring time :)


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Wanda said...

Just lovely and delicate. After a year dealing with my dearest health issues, I am finally, getting back to blogging. I do see your blog from time to time but have had time to comment. Hopefully that will change now.

Everything you do just shows God's love. He has really worked in my heart this difficult year. Praise His Name...If a hard year brought HIM Glory...it was worth it all.


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