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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

You're On My Mind

So I have been working on making my cards EASIER to mail -- as in FLAT. Ha! I am not used to that, as I love layers and bumpy embellishments and ribbons and flowers. But here is a super cute image from Unity's PENGUIN PALS:
I stamped my image and sentiment with Archival Black Ink from Stampin' Up! on Hobby Lobby's Heavyweight White CS. I have been finding that this holds up pretty well to a quick watercolor background! Then I made a watercolor wash using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints, and added splatters with each color. A border die from Pretty Posh and some patterned paper with cute hearts -- all done! Flat and mailable!

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

GIANT SALE!

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!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Caffeinated Love

Pink and coffee.....and watercolor! I think that says it all!
My image is from Unity Stamp Co.'s LOVE TO GO Kit. The inside says "Caffeinated Love." Isn't that cute?

I stamped with Archival Black Ink (SU!), and then watercolored a background using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints (love them!). The border is a die cut by Pretty Posh. The paper I used on this is Hobby Lobby's Heavyweight White CS. I was surprised at how well it took the paint, and kept a nice finish. The card base is Crumb Cake (SU!).

Hope you are staying warm today! After days and days of below 20 highs, we are going to be in the low 40's today -- maybe! I am off to warm my coffee!
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: 
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes 
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes 
Get Creative Challenges - Anything Goes 
Sunny Day Crafting - Anything Goes

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year, New Stamps!

What a whirlwind December! I haven't posted in awhile, because December always seems to spin away so quickly! We finished our Community Theatre production of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" on the 18th, and my sister arrived for two weeks on the 22nd. My son, his wife, and my sweet granddaughter arrived Christmas Day, and we celebrated on the 26th. Lots of fun with my family, making gingerbread houses, opening gifts, going to the Zoo, and then everyone back to reality!

I didn't do a lot of stamping in that time, but last week got to work with some of my uninked, new (in November ha!) stamps from Unity. Here is one - using a video by Heather Hoffman as inspiration:
The kit is called Penguin Pals, and is super cute! I stamped my image and sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black, and then painted a watercolor wash when it was dry. I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints. The border was then cut with a die from Pretty Posh. I added some patterned paper, and adhered it all to a white card base. Super fun and simple! AND flat and mailable! More to come later this week!

Challenges:
CAS on Sunday - Black and white, with one color of your choice
Come and Get It - Something New 
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything Goes 
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes 
Crafty Calendar - January - Something New 
Sweet Stampin - Something New

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!




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hopping With Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Welcome to the December 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.
I just adore this little snowman from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps'  Warm Hello. He is so sweet and has all the perfect "snowman elements": hat, carrot nose, buttons, and twig arms! Plus a cute scarf to color or paper-piece. I used one of the sentiments from another snowman set, Snowy Hello.
I added some different "white" sequins (Doodlebug) and a snowflake die cut (Mambi) for my embellishments. The designer paper is from the Jack Frost Collection by American Crafts. This guy is all decked out and ready to greet Christmas with a smile!

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 December ribbon club package. The beautiful combination of silvers and blues, are perfect for those chilly winter 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.
For this month's card I chose the gorgeous Off White Shimmer Satin (on the left above). This ribbon has a beautiful shine to it, and is so easy to work with. I made half bows under my snowflake, and added a Wild Orchid Silver Spiral Stamen for added interest. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.

Now off to Cheryl's blog, where you will have a feast for the eyes!

Challenges:
613 Avenue Create #192 – Anything Goes  
Word Art Wednesday #260/261 – Anything Goes 
Christmas with the Cuties - Anything Cute and Christmassy Goes
Dragonfly Journeys #81 – Snow Day
Glitter n Sparkle #218 – Anything Goes

Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute + A Day in the Snow
Die Cut Divas – Layer It
A Bit More Time to Craft #33 – Anything Goes
Connie Can Crop #53 – Baby it’s Cold Outside
Crafty Purple Frog – Winter Blues
Not Just Cards #39 – Anything Goes
Brown Sugar #228 – Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party #150 – All Cards
C.R.A.F.T. #393 – Winter

 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Beautiful Blooms for December

One week gone from December already! Wow! I know that as I get older, I surely feel like I am on the fast train :)

I love seeing poinsettias all over town in stores and friends' homes. The deep red is such a beautiful color, and the white such a contrast. My favorite, though, are the pink poinsettias. Pink is my favorite color for anything, really, and I love the light pink petal blooms.

My card today is my submission for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Winter Holiday Challenge. This is our last challenge for 2016, so I hope you will play along!
I stamped the poinsettia image (Penny Black) using VersaColor Sand ink, and then embossed with White Detail Embossing Powder (Sparkle n Sprinkle). I colored the poinsettia with Copic markers R83 & 85, RV02, and added Kaiser Latte Pearls to the center. I stamped and colored another poinsettia to layer the middle on top.

I chose the beautiful RRR Pearl Pink Grosgrain and pleated it for an elegant look, then lay some trim from my stash on top, and added more pearls. The sentiment is from Inky Antics and is stamped with Soft Sky (SU!) ink. Everything is held together with Scor-Tape.

I hope your December days are filled with beautiful blooms! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Pie......or Cake?

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends! It's a few of days after, of course, but we enjoy our family time and meal times for longer than just one day. We like to slow the Christmas rush as much as possible!

On Thursday we enjoyed a bountiful meal, and were so thankful for it. And it seems that while other holidays might have cake taking the lead, this one seems to be a pie holiday! So... GET YOUR PIE ON!
Isn't that the cutest image? It's from Art Neko, and called, believe it or not, Get Your Pie On! I think it's so fun! I decided to jazz it up with my colored sequins, as if they were the sugar on top of the pie crust, and made a shaker card.
I stamped with Stampin' Up!'s Chocolate Chip dye ink, and then colored in the pie using Distress and Zig markers. I added some wheat die cuts from Reverse Confetti, and topped it off with a beautiful satin ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon November Ribbon Club - Crosshatch on Copper Satin:
This ribbon has such a gorgeous sheen to it! I added some Ivory Burlap String over the top of the ribbon and die cuts and tied a simple bow. 
I hope you all have a wonderful week for the rest of November, celebrating your blessings no matter where you are!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Jolly Jingle

This little guy is so adorable --and brings a jolly jingle to the recipient! The little deer is actually cut from patterned paper -- don't overlook those designs in your papers to use as main images! (Yes, the fussy cutting was a nightmare, but worth the effort, I think!)
The large and small dotted backgrounds are embossed, after being stamped with white pigment ink. The large is just a sponge dauber, randomly stamped on pink cardstock. The small dots are actually an embossing folder, with the ink lightly applied, and then run through a Big Shot. Three different glitter papers add pizzazz to the sentiment, and the sparkly Silver Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon is a perfect trim for my jingle bell!

This is my submission for the Silver & Gold Challenge happening now at RRR! You have until November 30 to enter! There aren't many submissions this time - probably due to the busy holiday season, so chances are good to win Bonnie's awesome prize! Check it out!

AND --

 Now through midnight Eastern Time on TONIGHT, 11/27/15 RRR has a terrific SALE going on.
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Just For You!


Welcome to the November 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.
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 November ribbon club package. The beautiful combination of colors, so different and so gorgeous together, are perfect for fall and holiday creations. 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.
 
The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 7-9 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15 yards of ribbon.This one has even more! It contains 9 styles and a total of 18 yards. You will love it! For today's card I chose to make a tag card, using a sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy's Christmas Tag Sentiments.


I watercolored a pink background on my tag, using my Kuretake paints, and added a die cut tree out of glitter paper (The Paper Studio). I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black ink.
I layered 5/8" Light Celery Crochet Lace and the Wild Rose Swiss Dots Grosgrain (from this month's Ribbon Club) for my tag topper. A button completed the look. On the main panel, I used the same two trims, and added the Rosewood Satin Swirls (also from the Ribbon Club), but turned it over for a solid look (it's like getting two ribbons in one!).
I added two beautiful pink Apple Blossoms and a bit of Raspberry Baker's Twine, as well as a touch of the Rosewood Satin Swirls (pattern showing this time!) to accent the flowers. I used 1/4" Scor-Tape to hold everything together.  

Now off to Cheryl's blog, where you will have a feast for the eyes!
Challenges:

Friday, November 11, 2016

No Ordinary Cats

As many of you know, I am a dog lover. I have an 8 year old rescue dog named Fiona. But — my daughter has a cat, and I am learning to love and appreciate them. We also have six neighborhood cats that take advantage of our sunny front porch and deck, and they are sweet too. And none of them are ordinary!

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For my card today I chose NO ORDINARY CATS from Art Neko as my image for my main tag. I made a watercolor background with distress inks and then stamped my image in VersaFine Onyx Black, using a MISTI to re-stamp until I got the image as dark as I wanted. Watercolor paper has texture, and it sometimes takes several impressions to fill in that texture. This cute image also comes in a sheet with some other amazing cat images and sentiments.
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I layered my main tag with a die cut tag (Reverse Confetti) for interest, and added some fun ribbons and Baby Pink Gypsophila flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon to the tops of the tags, along with some fibers from my stash. Here are the ribbons I used: 
I think my daughter will like this card!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Advent Calendars

When my kids were little, I made them each (I have two) a miniature felt Christmas tree - a styrofoam cone covered in felt and glittery trims. Each day of Advent, they would receive a little ornament to hang on their tree with a cute straight pin. They outgrew their trees (they were getting crowded anyway!) and we moved on to different kinds of Advent celebrations. 

Today I want to share a little treat bag with you that can be used for any age - including children who are now grown with families of their own.
I used a die cut treat bag (Sweet Treat Tent) from Reverse Confetti, but you could cut your own just as easily without a die. The inside has a flat bottom for your treats to sit on in a little Ziplock bag. I decorated all 25 bags with little number tags from some Doodlebug designer paper. The tree tag is part of a set called Triplits Tag Die Set by the Stamps of Life. I embossed the bag die with a snowflake embossing folder, and then assembled the bag using Scor Tape of a couple of different widths.
I finished it off with some cute festive and fun trims: Mini Ric Rac and Cherry Baker's Twine. It would also look super cute with Christmas Baker's Twine (below).
I used pearls for my embellishments, but there are many other things you could use to decorate as well. Take a peek at all the new embellishments in the RRR Store! 

Untie the twine and you have a cute Advent Calendar in a Treat Bag! These were fun to make, and are a great way to use small pieces of trims, as well as patterned paper scraps!