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Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the next installment of my "Old New Borrowed Cool" series.

I'm calling this version 2.0 since we're now into February! (What?! I'm still writing 2011 on everything!) I'm truly thrilled to be bringing this series to you each month as it's already proven to be such a fun process for me and I hope that you are up for playing along. First, let me remind you a bit of the premise for this blog series. Each month on the first of the month I'll be bringing you a new post that incorporates something OLD from my stash, something NEW that I might have just picked up and something BORROWED from wherever I can get it (and let's expand our minds here on this one and see how creative we can get) - to whip together to create something COOL to share with you!

So are you ready to create something amazing?!

This month's selections were:

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OLD: My Tried and True punches - from Fiskars, Marvy Uchida, Martha Stewart & Stamping Up!
NEW: BasicGrey's Kissing Booth line AND Bazzill's Two Scoops cardstock
BORROWED: Martha Stewart Scoring Board from an old work make-n-take (I'm hoping they won't miss it!)
COOL: An incredibly cute customized Valentine's Day banner that will look adorable anywhere you want to share the love!

With February being the month of "love", I knew immediately I wanted to do something sweet and pretty and, well, Valentine-y. As the only female in a houseful of males (yes, you can pray for me now!), I take every.single. advantage to do something girly and frilly. Valentine's Day is just that perfect opportunity. So I set out to make these beautiful little pinwheel ornaments that I saw so popular at Christmas time. I wanted to turn them into heart inspired trinkets for decorating doorways or mantels. And it worked beautifully. See? Here's proof! Isn't it sweet? Can't you see it hanging around your house? I know, right?

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Supply List:  BasicGrey patterned papers, stickers and brads; Bazzill Basics Cardstock; Xyron & Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L Adhesives; Martha Stewart Score Board & butterfly punch; Marvy Uchida, Fiskards & Stamping Up! punches; Jillibean Soup Twine & heart pins; Uni-ball Signo & Zig pens; Hot Glue Gun; Crystals (Wal-Mart)

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For this little cutie, I simply cut a couple of strips of paper using a decorative border punch, then scored it at the 1/4" mark, glued it together to make a ring then pressed down in the middle to make it this flat pinwheel. A couple drops of hot glue stuck everything together easily. And then I kept adding layers with my punches and dimensional adhesives.

Oh, but wait. There's more. Because once I get started on something pink and feminine it's hard to get me to stop. Mom of three boys, remember? So I kept adding to this original pinwheel...and adding to it. And the next thing you know, it's got jewels and hanging hearts and heaven knows what else. And it takes on a life of it's own. And all of a sudden it becomes this heart-erific banner before I could even blink my eyes.

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And the girl in me completely giggled. I LOVE it. I love that I let myself go and experiment and play. After all, that's what this challenge is all about. Taking things you have already, mixing them with something else entirely and coming up with something you love.

And the best part? I wasn't the only one who thought it was pretty!

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So what are you waiting for? Feeling inspired yet?! Well get up and make something pretty for yourself today! I for one can't wait to see it!

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