Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bunny Love

There is a new challenge up at Really Reasonable Ribbon: Easter and spring themed with ribbon or trim! This is my sample for the challenge:
I used an adorable Vintage Easter Bunny Ticket from my sweet friend Ginny in her Etsy store. I distressed the edges and then found some wonderful coordinating paper from the Prima line: Madeleine.  I used a Pretty Posh edge die to cut my scallops. All of my layers are adhered with Scor-Tape from the RRR Store.

I tied some Ivory Burlap String around the bottom of my main panel and added a wood heart from Stampin' Up! My Light Pink Organza triple bow is set off with a pink Apple Blossom. Finally, I added a Flower Shaped Pearl in the corner.

It's 83 degrees here today, with snow forecast for Wednesday. Spring is definitely on the way!
Come check out the challenge and play along!
Other challenges for this card:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hopping in March with Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Welcome to the March Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Gloria's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the second stop this month, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM Central.
Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! I love rainbow colors, and this month's selections just make me so happy! Take a look at this month's ribbon club package. Isn't it pretty?
If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season.

Today's card uses a technique called Die Cut Masking. My good friend, Dina, has made a fabulous tutorial with written instructions, and also a video, so check it out and try it! I used painter's tape to cut my sentiment word, and then adhered the tape to my card. I sponged on top using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, and then stamped a flourish on top before removing the tape. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.
I chose the beautiful Tropic Taffeta Ribbon from this month's assortment to make a three looped half bow. I embellished my bow with Earth Tone Trellis Roses and Open Roses.
I love the contrast of the shades of blue with the Kraft cardstock and Earth Tone roses!
Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! Now off to Cheryl's blog, where you will have a feast for the eyes!

There's a grand Spring Fever sale going on at Really Reasonable Ribbon until March 17th! Be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Life Doesn't Have to Be Perfect

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today I have a fun, contemporary look for my card of encouragement, along with a bit of traditional too.
On Confetti cardstock, I sprinkled several colors of Brushos, and then spritzed with water to make the powder active and run. Once that was dry, I stamped my sentiment (Stampin' Up!) with Archival Black ink (SU!), I adhered this to a panel of purple cardstock, and tied a triple bow around the card using the beautiful Tiny Sheer Purple Floral Organza ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. This ribbon is so sweet, and allows for the colors to show through beautifully.
I added three Cosmos Daisy Stem Flowers in shades of purple on top of the bow. All of my layers are adhered with 3/8" Scor-Tape. I like the mix of contemporary and traditional looks! What do you think?



Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wishing

One of my very favorite ribbon styles is the beautiful wrinkled ribbon from May Arts. The Really Reasonable Ribbon Store has so many gorgeous colors. It's so easy to work with and to add embellishments. My card today uses the beautiful White Wrinkled Ribbon:
I watercolored my main panel background using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique (funny, since my ribbon also has wrinkle in the name!), and added a die cut word from Simon Says Stamp. I tied a simple bow with the White ribbon and added some Gold Metallic Baker's Twine for added interest and to match the gold in my background paper. 
In the center I added a delicate and spring-y Apple Blossom from the Mixed Assortment. A few sequins for shine and I have a mixture of contemporary and traditional styles. I love how it turned out! All of my layers are held together with 3/8" Scor-Tape.
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Artistic Inspirations #173 – Anything Goes   
Glitter n Sparkle - W, F - #228 Anything Goes

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Celebrating Ba-Bees!

Happy Weekend Cardmakers! Have you seen the new Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon? It's all about Celebrations. Today I am celebrating the birth of a new niece last week with a non-traditional ba-bee (baby) card - submitted as my sample for our Challenge!
I stamped five bees in a row on Heavyweight White CS (Hobby Lobby), using the two-step stamping technique. I stamped the gold bodies first, then the overlay of black detail and wings. I used a stencil and lightly (and randomly) sponged over the bees in different directions with a brighter yellow ink. The fifth bee I cut out using the matching die (Dragonfly Dreams from Stampin' Up!) and layered it on my second bee above. You can see a little shadow underneath from being popped up using 3D Foam Tabs.
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I adhered all my panels using Scor-Tape (I like the 1/4" and 3/8") and then stamped my sentiment. It is three separate words from a retired stamp set by The Alley Way Stamps. I love the play on words with "bee." I then wrapped my Metallic Gold Baker's Twine several times around the left side (this card opens like a book), added a heart charm (that matches the bees' gold), and tied a simple bow.

And it's ready to mail!

Be sure to join in the Challenge and play along. It's so fun to see what everyone makes, and what wonderful ideas you all have!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hello Love

Welcome to the February Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Ginny's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the third stop, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM Central.
I am continuing, for a bit longer, my stamping goal to make and work on cards that are CAS (Clean and Simple) and/or flat and mailable. I tend to use a lot of embellishments and layers and make it so expensive to mail cards. And that is the other part of the goal -- to actually mail them!
So with that in mind, I present you a slightly, almost flat, CAS design for the hop today!

Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! My favorite color is pink, so I was thrilled with the choices in the February Pink & Green Mix ribbon club package. If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season.
For this month's card, I used three of the ribbons in the assortment and made my design using the Iris Twist (Iris Folding) Technique. An old technique, but one that recipients always love. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.
You can find many patterns and instructions if you Google "Iris Folding Patterns". Pinterest also has oodles! I used this pattern for my card:
I used Archival Black ink (SU!) for my sentiment (Sealed With Love by Stampin' Up!) and Hobby Lobby's Heavyweight White CS. The back panel is Glitter Green cardstock from DCWV. I added a few Doodlebug sequins for my simple embellishments.

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays - chocolate and handmade cards! What could be better?
 
Now off to Cheryl's blog, where you will have a feast for the eyes!



I am having a huge craft sale in a Facebook Group page! A whole lotta crafty goodness from my stamp studio -- for you! Lots of stamps, dies, ribbon, paper, stickers, embellishments and more! Lots of your favorite brand name companies - and more added each week!



CHALLENGES:

The Ribbon Girl – February Card Challenge
Allsorts Wk 402 – Hearts and/or Flowers
Brown Sugar #237 – Rhinestones and/or Ribbon
Crafting with Friends #36 – Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft #43 – Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude #24 – Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations #33 – Anything Goes
Creative Moments #111 – Anything Goes
As You Like it Challenge – Do you prefer ribbon or lace?  I love lace! It gives such a feminine, shabby chic touch to everything!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Happy For You

Today I want to share some of the details of the card I made for our Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink/Red Challenge last month. 
I chose White Crochet Lace, Ivory Burlap String, and Pearl Pink Chevron Ribbon for my trims. 

My bird (SU!) was stamped in Archival Black Ink (SU!) and watercolored with Kuretake Paints. I dry embossed my main panel, using the Falling Hearts embossing folder from Stampin' Up!, and stamped my sentiment with Archival Black. 
I added the banner with crochet lace attached, and pleated my Chevron Ribbon across the middle, and off the end. I wrapped it with Burlap String to hold the pleats down.
After I adhered the circle and bird, I added some embellishments: a string bow, with a corrugated heart and Resin Flower. I think it turned out so cute! What do you think?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tiny Treats!

Today I want to share a cute little treat bag that can be decorated with all sorts of posy trims and ribbons. I am making twelve of these little bags to deliver as Valentine surprises to some friends. 
The little bag is from a kit (January 2017 Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!), but is easily made. It's a tiny treat bag -- just big enough to hold 3 or 4 Ghirardelli or Dove chocolates! I think it's the perfect size to just let someone know you are thinking of them! I always love fun little treats!

I gathered my supplies, and wanted to make a little bit of of a sweet "bouquet" to dress up the arrow. The bag and banner are adhered with Scor-Tape, and the little heart sentiment with foam tabs.
I chose several trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon to dress it up: Light Pink Organza (3/8"), Ivory Burlap String, and a sweet pink Resin Flower, and added three Baby Pink Gypsophila for the flowers. I made a three loop bow with the organza, then tied the string around it and made a single bow. 
I used a wood scallop circle (Stampin' Up!) to thread my flowers through, and then added the Resin Flower on top. I hot glued the arrow to the front of the bag, and then my bow trims to the arrow.
It's now ready to fill with some sweet tiny treats! I also tried a different look, and instead of the shredded fill, used a mini clothespin to close the bag. I think I like the white shred better. What do you think?
Come join our "Pink or Red with Ribbon" Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon! You have until February 1 to play along!


Challenges: 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Otter Love

I'm playing along in several challenges with this little guy. My otter is sending sunshine and love to cheer up a friend! I am working on flat and mailable for January, which is not my usual style, as I like lots of embellishments and layers!
I LOVE HAMBO STAMPS and yes, they are still in business! If you aren't familiar with their artwork, you need to go check it out. Cutest ever. I used Otter (4521) and It's An Otter (4509).
It's super (almost eerily) foggy here today, so I am bringing some warmth to our skies with my little smiley guy.

I stamped him in Archival Black (SU!) and then used my Kuretake paints to color. I did a fast watercolor for my coloring. I die cut the edge using a new Pretty Posh stitched die, added some corrugated hearts and a little wood heart. Still pretty flat and mailable!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a sunny day!
 

Crafty Gals Corner - Add a heart  
Tuesday Throwdown - Your Favorite Medium 
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Bit More Time to Craft - Always Anything Goes

Friday, January 13, 2017

January Hop With Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Welcome to the January Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Ginny's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the fourth stop, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM Central.
My stamping goal this month is to make and work on cards that are CAS (Clean and Simple) and/or flat and mailable. I tend to use a lot of embellishments and layers and make it so expensive to mail cards. And that is the other part of the goal -- to actually mail them!
So with that in mind, I present you a slightly, almost flat, with a beautiful bow, CAS design for the hop today!
I inked up a brand new Stampin' Up! set called Sealed With Love and used one of the Love Notes Framelits to die cut the edge. I love the teeny tiny "sent with love" sentiment!

Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! I LOVE Bonnie's choices for the January Sweetheart Mix ribbon club package. The cheery combination of red and white are perfect for Valentine cards. If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season.

I am a sucker for lace. So for this month's card, I chose the pretty Crochet Lace in the assortment. I tied a length around my card, and tied a simple bow. To the knot I added a resin flower. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.
The inside of the card is finished with coordinating patterned paper (also SU!) and the same little heart and sentiment.


I used Archival Black ink (SU!) and Red Hot ink (Poptone), and Hobby Lobby's Heavyweight White CS.
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays - chocolate and handmade cards! What could be better?
 
Now off to Cheryl's blog, where you will have a feast for the eyes!



I am having a huge craft sale in a Facebook Group page! A whole lotta crafty goodness from my stamp studio -- for you! Lots of stamps, dies, ribbon, paper, stickers, embellishments and more! Lots of your favorite brand name companies - and more added each week!



 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

You're A Good Egg!

I took a little diversion from pink (hard to believe ~ ha!) after a week of pink, and played for the first time with this adorable chicken set from Stampin' Up! It's part of the SAB sale this year, and is so cute!
I stamped the images and sentiment with Archival Black (SU!), and then used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints to color the little scene. The egg has a light wash of gray on it to give it some depth. When I was all done, I thought I would add some black speckles, flicking my aqua brush (which has worked every day forever.....but NO! I ended up with huge blobs of black everywhere -- and right on my chicken's face! Thank goodness that watercolor paper (using TH here) is so forgiving! I ran and got a Kleenex and starting dabbing it all off, and then used the (clean) Aqua Brush to blend it. Sheesh! The sky ended up a little funky because of that, but I think it saved pretty well!

The zig zag die (MFT) was a gift from my sister for Christmas. I had planned to tie some gingham ribbon around the bottom, but spied the houndstooth washi tape, and chose that and another instead of ribbon. Still flat and mailable! My goal this month! The card base is from a package from my local printer -- $2 for 50 sheets of 90 lb. What a deal!


I am having a huge craft sale in a Facebook Group page! A whole lotta crafty goodness from my stamp studio -- for you! Lots of stamps, dies, ribbon, paper, stickers, embellishments and more! Lots of your favorite brand name companies!






Challenges:
Color Throwdown #425