Saturday, December 31, 2011

Release Week Reveal #3 at Stamp School

The last 3 days of each month, you will be treated to some beautiful creations by the Stamp School Faculty. Each month, Stamp School releases 2 stamp sets per month.  The first part of 2012, Stamp School will be releasing 4 colors of Poptone cardstock and matching inks until all of their 24 colors are stocked.  Stamp School also will be releasing 100% wool felt along with the cardstock each month.

Today I want to share my third and final creation for Release Week. All of the stamps, inks, cardstocks, and felts will be available for purchase TOMORROW, January 1! Then on Monday, I will have an Art Room color challenge for you to play along in~
My card today is made with one of the sentiments from Christian Sympathy. My color choices were based on beautiful designer paper by Authentique - the Gathering 6x6 collection, which you can find at Stamp School's sister site, A Walk Down Memory Lane. It matches beautifully with the Poptone Berrylicious and Hot Fudge cardstocks.

I stamped my sentiment in Poptone's Blue Raspberry ink, and then cut out with a Spellbinders Labels Eight die. The edges are sponged with Memento's Rich Cocoa ink, also available at AWDML. The Hot Fudge CS is embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder. Some gorgeous orange ruffled ribbon and a few accessories and all done!

A little more about the inks and stamps:
The Poptone Dye Ink from Stamp School is a raised dye ink pad.  The inks are made to match the Poptone Cardstock.  The ink pad comes with a hinged lid, so you won't ever lose your lid and is labeled with the ink color.  It works beautifully on our clear stamps, and because it is a dye ink you can do any technique fit for dye inks.  We also have re-inkers available.

Stamp School stamps are made in the USA with the highest quality photopolymer. 

Be sure to check out all Stamp School has to offer, and take a look at what my fellow Faculty members have created to show you today:
Stamp School Owner Lisa will be highlighting her creations on the Stamp School blog, so head on over there to see all the excitement!
Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve celebration tonight!

Stamps: Christian Sympathy
Paper: Poptone Cardstock - Hot Fudge, Berrylicious; Authentique Gathering 6x6 Designer Paper
Ink: Poptone - Blue Raspberry, Memento Cocoa
Accessories: pearls, slit punch, embossing folder, button, orange embroidery thread, orange ruffled ribbon, corner rounder, Spellbinders die cut

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reveal Day #2 at Stamp School

Today is Reveal Day #2 at Stamp School! Today I want to share a little bit more about the two of the products, and tomorrow I will share about two more.

Poptone Cardstock from Stamp School is a heavy 100lb cover weight cardstock.  It works brilliantly for card bases.  However, we suggest you score your cardstock before you fold it.  It's just THAT heavy weight!  The Poptone Cardstock cuts beautuifully with any diecut machine and die, even the wafter thin steel rule dies from My Favorite Things or Spellbinders.  It has matching dye inks, and matching wool felt.

The Sweet Tooth is now my heavier weight white cardstock of choice! I love the weight and quality.

Soft to the touch yet sturdy, Stamp School felt is a medium-weight 100% merino wool, imported from Holland.  Be forewarned, once you craft with it you'll have a hard time ever going back to a blend or acrylic.  Approximately 14oz. per linear yard (36x72 inches) and 1mm thick, almost 1/16 inch.  Our felt is not flammable, and safe for babies and children. 

I am in love with this felt! It is the softest, nicest quality felt I have ever worked with!

Today my card uses the Natural Landscape set:
I used two of Tim Holtz's Distress inks to create my background: Spun Sugar and Antique Linen. The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 

Be sure to check out all Stamp School has to offer, and take a look at what my fellow Faculty members have created to show you today:
Stamp School Owner Lisa will be highlighting her creations on the Stamp School blog, so head on over there to see all the excitement! Sneak Peek #3 coming up tomorrow! 

While you are at Stamp School, check out the beautiful Art Room color challenge that ends TOMORROW! There is a great prize, and since Stamp School is so new, VERY FEW PARTICIPANTS! Get on over there and have a go!
Stamps: Natural Landscape
Paper: Poptone - Whip Cream; Watercolor, SU! Pink Pirouette DP
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spun Sugar and Antique Linen, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: pearls

Challenges for this card: 
4 Crafty Chicks - Something New (stamps)
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes 
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes 
Rainbow Lady's - Your Choice

A Sneak Peek from Stamp School!

I am excited to show you a sneak peek of the two new sets being released January 1 by Stamp School! Stamp School is a brand new company and I am thrilled to be one of four designers on the Stamp School Faculty!

Stamp School's sister site is A Walk Down Memory Lane. They offer reward points for every purchase. You can start using Reward points on your 2nd purchase. They offer flat rate shipping of $7.25 on every Continental US order up to $75. After a $75 purchase, shipping is free on Continental US orders. For international customers, there is a flat rate shipping depending on which country is shipped to.

Today is the first day of three sneak peeks that all of the Faculty will be showing this week. My first card of the week is made using stamps from both of the new sets: Christian Sympathy and Natural Landscape.
 I used three of Stamp School's new Poptone Cardstock colors: Razzleberry, Snow Cone, and Sweet Tooth. I stamped my image in Poptone Razzleberry dye ink, and the sentiment in Poptone Berrylicious dye ink. I also used some of the beautiful Snow Cone felt that Stamp School offers.  The cardstock, inks and 100% Merino wool felt all coordinate beautifully. You will love the heavy 100 lb. weight cardstock, and the felt is like none I have ever felt (haha!). Simply beautiful!

Be sure to check out all Stamp School has to offer, and take a look at what my fellow Faculty members have created to show you today:
DT Coordinator Samantha and Owner Lisa will be highlighting their creations on the Stamp School blog, so head on over there to see all the excitment! Sneak Peek #2 coming up tomorrow!

Stamps: Natural Landscape, Christian Sympathy
Cardstock: Poptone - Razzleberry, Snow Cone, Sweet Tooth
Ink: Poptone - Razzleberry, Berrylicious
Felt: Poptone - Snow Cone
Accessories: flag die, buttons

Challenges for this card:
Marks Finest Papers-Anything Goes
Secret Crafter-Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles-Anything Goes
Cooking It Up With Katie - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - something new (everything on the card but the buttons!)
My Mum's Craft shop - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, December 23, 2011

I Love Coffee!

I do love a good cup of coffee, but I also love the scent, and I love using coffee as a dye/aging process for seam binding. There are so many gorgeous colors in the Really Reasonable Ribbon store HERE. When I want to add an aged or vintage look, I add coffee! Take a look:
I used Dark Peach Seam Binding with these steps:
1. Brew a cup of coffee and fill Mini Mister with cooled coffee.
2. On a craft sheet or plastic placemat, spray coffee onto seam binding, while crinkling at the same time.
3. Continue spraying and crinkling until desired shades are achieved. Let dry.

Easy to do and it ends up smelling wonderful too!  My lace is from an antique store that I raided this fall on one of my junk jaunts looking for vintage lace and Valentines to use on projects.  

I stamped my images using Memento Rich Cocoa ink and distressed the edges with Spun Sugar Distress ink and Close to Cocoa dye ink. I added a little corner doily piece for some fun paper lace.

My mom worked as an organ and piano teacher when I was born. When I turned 4, she taught me to play piano (Teaching Little Fingers to Play - anyone else learn from that book?), and I have been playing ever since. When I was in junior high, she became an elementary music teacher. My dad had a beautiful tenor voice - one that never wavered, even when he was 79 years old. He was a minister, and when I was 10, he took on two country churches (in addition to ours) that didn't have a pastor - or a pianist. So I traveled with him Sunday afternoons and played for two services every Sunday and learned to sight read on hymns - and have hardly missed a Sunday playing since then!

My husband is a trumpet and French horn player, my daughter plays the oboe, and my son is also a trumpeter, keyboardist and guitarist. All of us love to sing and harmonize. When my kids were about 3 I taught them a silly made-up song about brushing your teeth. For you music officianados, I sang on the tonic, and they had to sing on the 3rd and 5th above that, then switch parts. Short song, but they learned harmony that way!

I am a music teacher by day, and a music director on weekends. I find good music in just about every genre there is, and enjoy listening to a symphony as much as a raucous rock band. Unless it's Lady Antebellum, and they edge everyone out.... :)

Their Christmas album is my favorite!

Ah, Musica!

Have a great day!

Stamps: Music Collage Quarter Sheet by I Brake For Stamps
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Lost & Found Madison Avenue DP by My Mind's Eye
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Spun Sugar Distress, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: white pearls (Kaiser), Dark Peach seam binding (RRR), button, doily, lace trim (Offray), frame (Jolee's), stick pen (Karen Foster)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thankful For My Stamping Friends

This card is in honor of all of my stamping friends. It is really a comfort to have people in your life that understand your excitement about finding dyed seam binding, or the perfect button, or receiving a 6x6 paper pad as a gift!

Seriously, my closest friends really do live in my computer. And I have had the honor and opportunity to meet many of you (not enough!) in person. There are not a lot of women my age (or any age!) in my town that enjoy doing the same things that I do and I am so very blessed to have my SCS friends that do!

Thank you for being in my life! Your creativity inspires me every day. You bring me comfort, laughter, tears, silliness, fun, inspiration, stories, and life experiences that make my life richer.

As the sentiment says, I don't always see you, but I know you are there. :)

Stamps: July 2011 KOTM by Unity
Paper: Kraft, Blue Bayou, Baja Breeze, Confetti White, Kraft, Naturals Ivory (SU!), Kraft (PTI), Tickled Pink DP by My Mind's Eye, stash turquoise
Ink: Blue Bayou
Accessories: Diamonds in the Rough embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Chipboard Alphabet (Cosmo Cricket), lace trims (Offray), paper flowers (Prima), Itty Bitty Brad (CTMH), Crinkled Seam Binding (French Market), MS edge punch

Friday, December 16, 2011

I Love Twill!

I love twill. Any color. And at Really Reasonable Ribbon, Bonnie carries a beautiful assortment of colors HERE. But my favorite is the Totally Twill Cream. It is so versatile!

I have been making Christmas and winter-themed cards for several weeks now, so I am venturing off and showing you a non-Christmas creation today.

My images are from Tim Holtz's Nature's Elements stamp set. I wrapped my card with the twill, tied a bow, and also added a little twill tab to the striped panel. I think it fits the design perfectly! 

There are two assortments of twill available in the RRR Store, and many pretty individual colors as well. I hope you will check them out!

Thanks for stopping by today. Our challenge at RRR this week is "Anything Goes," so be sure to play along!

Stamps: Nature's Elements by Tim Holtz
Paper: Wassail DP by Basic Grey, Riding Hood Red, Textured Beige (The Paper Studio), GP White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Antique Linen Distress
Accessories: Diamond Stickles, Totally Twill Cream (RRR), vintage button, Karen Foster stick pin, Spellbinders Circles Large and Scalloped Circles Large, metal charm, lace trim

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Anything Goes!

Today begins a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon and I hope you will join us! For the next two weeks, it's "Anything Goes"! Easy peasy, right? Just add ribbon or trim to your project and come join in the challenge!  

I have been making Christmas and Winter themed cards like crazy the past two weeks (check out the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen Gallery today!) so today I am showing a non-winter, non-Christmas cutey pie card made with Really Reasonable Ribbon's Baker's Twine and Paper Smooches stamps!
I love hugs and these paper pieced little elephants are so sweet with their big hugs! Now hop on over to the RRR blog to see what everyone else made today! It's Anything Goes!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: A Little Lovin' & Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches
Paper: Kraft, Melon Mambo, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Textured Brights (The Paper Studio), Lime Twist DP (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: buttons (The Paper Studio), rolodex punch, paper piercer, Baker's Twine Lemon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), circle and scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders), Half the Edge Cardstock Strip (Bazzill)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wonderful Winter Whites

Welcome to the December Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon! If you arrived here from True'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!
This month we are showcasing the gorgeous Winter Whites in the December Monthly Ribbon Club Kit. 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 5-8 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15 yards of ribbon.

The collection of whites this month is just gorgeous. Here is my card:
I used Bitty Gingerbread from Rubber Stamp Tapestry for the wreath and Love You Peg Stamp (also RST) for the sentiment.
Now off to Joanna's blog, where she has something super fun to share! Thanks for stopping by today! 

Bonnie will be giving away a December Ribbon Monthly Club kit to a random commentor so please make sure and comment on all of the girls' projects to increase your chances of winning!

Stamps: Bitty Gingerbread & Love You Peg Stamp (Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Paper: Purely Pomegranate (retired), Pink Pirouette, Always Artichoke, PTI White, Authentique DP
Ink: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Rose Romance (retired)
Accessories and Tools: pearls (Kaiser), Winter Whites December Club ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Spellbinders dies, Snowflake embossing folder (Cuttlebug), snowflake button, paper piercer, Diamond Stickles

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Yummy Treat With Fun Packaging~!

Welcome to Day Three of Holiday Sharing!
It's Holiday Sharing Week at Really Reasonable Ribbon
and it's my turn to share one 
of my favorite recipes and packaging ideas with you!

I am a huge cranberry lover, and love to try new recipes and old favorites with cranberries as one of the ingredients.  I get excited when Thanksgiving rolls around, as cranberries are much easier to find and less expensive. Today I want to share one of my favorites with you. This recipe is a staple for Christmas morning, and also for little treats to share with my coworkers. Many of you probably do some type of Secret Santa exchange, and I use this packaging idea for an individual gift like that, as well as for place settings on Christmas morning for everyone.

Start with an empty tuna can, all washed and cleared of outside paper. After I wash my can, I run an orange wedge along the inside and let that dry for about an hour, then wash again (to make sure the tuna smell is gone).
Cover the outside and inside with one of your favorite designer papers (I used Authentique Wonder), add a cardstock circle to the bottom of the inside and outside (the Spellbinders Circle dies are perfect for this!), some gorgeous ribbon at the top (again, both in and out!), and a little doily to sit your muffin on (you can use paper or cloth). A little embellishment with the tag (instead of a sentiment, this is where I would write the names for the place card), and all done!

I used the 5/8" Burgundy Pleated Satin for my package today. If you had the 1.5", you could just use ribbon instead of designer paper, as it is wide enough to cover the whole can. I love the elegance of this ribbon!

When giving as a Secret Santa gift (and not using for a place setting), I also like to place the muffin in a cellophane bag to keep it fresh and prevent it drying out.

Here is my recipe! I hope you will give it a try! (And if you are ever in the mood for a yummy drink while out Christmas shopping, Sonic Drive-In has the best Cranberry Limeades! Diet too!)

Cranberry-Orange Muffins  

1 cup dried (sweetened) cranberries
1/3 cup fresh orange juice

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon powdered ginger

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon fresh orange zest (the zest of one whole orange)
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 Tablespoons oil (vegetable, canola or olive)
1/2 cup milk (any fat content)
Directions ~
1.)  Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line a muffin/cupcake pan with paper liners.
2.)  Zest one whole orange (making about 1 Tablespoon of zest) and set aside.
Squeeze the juice from that one orange (about 1/3 cup).
3.)  Put the orange juice (if needed, add some prepared orange juice to the fresh juice to make 1/3 cup) and the cranberries in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Simmer about 5 minutes, stirring as needed.  Turn off heat and set aside.
4.)  In a large bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger, and set aside.
5.)  In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, orange zest and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
6.)  Scrape down the side of the bowl, then add in the eggs (one at a time), vanilla, orange extract, and oil.  Blend until well combined.
7.)  Add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk (add about half of the flour mixture, then some milk,then the rest of the flour, and the rest of the milk).  Fold in the cranberries.  Do not over mix.
8.)  Scoop batter into prepared muffin/cupcake pan. 
Bake muffins about 20 minutes (test with a toothpick, there should be moist crumbs, but not wet).
9.)  Cool muffins on a wire cooling rack. 
Enjoy the muffins while still warm, or when cool.  They are best the day they are made, but are still very good the next day.

Yields about 8 large or 12 medium (standard) muffins.
Recipe Source ~  Glorious Treats 

Thanks for joining me in my kitchen and craft room today!

Stamps: Thinking of You by Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Paper: Always Artichoke, Authentique Wonder DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: 5/8" Burgundy Pleated Satin Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Wild Orchid rose, MS branch punch, tag punch, red sticky tape, Spellbinders Circle dies

Friday, December 2, 2011

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Holiday Sharing Week!

Are you looking for some yummy holiday recipes and cute gift packaging ideas? Then look no further than the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog! Starting today we are kicking off a whole week of holiday sharing - all packaged up and ready to give as gifts to everyone on your list!

I will be sharing mine on Sunday, but until then, head on over to the RRR Blog and see what Bonnie has "cooked up" for you!