Sunday, June 25, 2017

Watercolor Rainbows and A Touch of Gold

Hello Friends! Today I have a watercolor background to share:
We had a beautiful full rainbow over our Capitol last week, and it just inspired me to create a rainbow background. I used my Kuretake paints on watercolor paper. When it was dry, I stamped my sentiment (The {Stamps} of Life) in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. 
Since gold is associated with rainbows, I used Metallic Gold Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and wrapped it several times around my card, fanning it out. I then tied all the pieces together with a half bow and added some sequins (Pretty Posh) for sparkle! All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape and Foam Tabs.

That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Crinkled Seam Binding

Hey friends! Today I want to share a simple watercolored card. You can't go wrong with a watercolor background and a beautiful sentiment. Add in some gorgeous seam binding and it's a done deal!

My background was made using Kuretake paints on water color paper. I added a couple of color layers inbetween dry times, and then stamped my sentiment (The Stamps of Life) with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. 
To crinkle up my seam binding, I spritz it with water and then ball it up in my hand and place the ball into the corner of a plastic bag. Twist the plastic bag tightly around the ball. Leave the seam binding ball in the bag overnight. The next morning, remove the seam binding from the bag and fluff the ball out. Let it dry thoroughly. Pretty easy!

This is the beautiful Bay Leaf Seam Binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon tied in a double bow at an angle across the card for interest. I added a Resin Flower on top of the knots. I also tucked in a half-doily (Stampin' Up!) under the bows. My layers are held together with 1/2" Scor-Tape on this card.

Monochrome Magic- ANYTHING GOES
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES

Friday, June 16, 2017

Shimmery & Sparkly Oxides

We have a new challenge today at Really Reasonable Ribbon! Show us your summer themed projects! On a hot summer day (like today for us here in Nebraska!) lemonade is the perfect way to cool off!
My background is made with two watercolored Distressed Oxide inks, and then I sprayed a mist of Gold Glimmermist (Tattered Angels) over the dry panel. I love the shimmer of that spray. I hope you can see some of it in the photo below. I wanted the card as sparkly as possible to match the sentiment (The Stamps of Life). I like the contrast of the two hearts -- one has sparkle and one does not.
My lemon and hearts are K & Co. stickers that I have had FOREVER. You can find the beautiful Peony ribbon in the June Ribbon Club from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Creates and Makes #12 – Anything Goes w/optional Use Yellow
TTCRD – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #181 – Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart #163 – Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff #267 – Use Warm Summer Colors
Glitter N Sparkle #243 – Use Bright Colors

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Monoprinting

I love monoprinting! It's rather a freeing technique for someone like me - who likes to control everything - as you aren't sure what you will get! This card was made using Mini Ferns (TCW) stencil, Liquitex paint, my brayer, and some of my goodies from the new Stamp of Approval box I got this week.
The "WISHES" was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black and then quickly embossed with WOW! Clear Embossing Powder. It helps to make it stand out against the paint background. What do you think?


613 Avenue Create #198 – Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #286/287 – Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #6 – Anything Goes
Brown Sugar #254 – Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends #45 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #374 – Anything Goes; Use dies or punches
Creative Fingers #132 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack #192 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft #45 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft #6 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore – Anything Goes
Create & Inspire #63 – Anything Goes

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon!


Welcome to the June 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 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! Take a look at this month's ribbon club package. The beautiful pastel, muted colors are perfect for beach scenes, as well as other occasions, as you will see in my card below!
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. 

My card today is made with some adorable designer paper and other elements from My Mind's Eye.
I wrapped a length of Crosshatch on Peony Satin in this month's club assortment, and then tied a single bow and added a textured button (Basic Grey) with Burlap String Natural.
The back Powder Pink (SU!) cardstock panel and the Old Olive (SU!) frames (Spellbinders) are embossed with folders from Sizzix. On the inside I added a strip of designer paper (MME) that says Meow (the "O is a cat silhouette!) and a black and white flower sticker from the same line.
All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape and Tombow 3D Tabs.

Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! Now off to Cheryl's blog, to see her pretty creation and beautiful bows!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Triple Thanks!

Do you like playing in challenges? There is a new one over at Crazy 4 Challenges today - and it's all about THREES! Today is Repeat Day. On your creations this week, you are to repeat some part of your design at least three times. This could mean three same sized circles, three of the same flower.......three of something on your card.  


I made a set of three :) notecards using a Thank You sentiment from a Unity Stamp Co. KOTM. I added three sequins to each card. Can you see each one? 

While I would love to say I painted the background, these were an easy and quick set of cards using awesome designer paper from DCWV. Don't you love it?

Come play along and see what the rest of the C4C DT made HERE.
I can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Painting with Embossing Folders - Lovely!

Hello friends! Today I have a "lovely" card to share.
My background was made with Distress Stains painted into my embossing folder, spritzed, and then run through my Big Shot. I love how it turned out. 

I adhered a doily and wrapped it to the back of the card, so only half was showing. I added some beautiful Aqua Satin Shimmer Ribbon, and a Rhinestone Ribbon Slider for my trims, and used one of the beautiful Magnolia Blossoms from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store. 
I finished off my card with a word die from Concord & 9th. All of my layers are adhered using Scor-Tape.

A fun card mixing traditional elements, as well as a newer technique! 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Quick Wrap Idea and a New Challenge!

I needed a cute, but quick gift wrap for a friend last week, and I wanted to hand stamp part of it. I looked in my stash and found some blue bags that were the perfect size (I had made some citrus bath salts for her). I used my Stampin' Up! Jar of Love stamps and dies, and created this fun and easy wrap with a marbled paper belly band and Ivory Burlap String from Really Reasonable Ribbon:
Our challenge at RRR this time is "Anything But A Card." Come play along HERE! You could win some burlap string for yourself! Or some fancy ruffled satin, or any number of awesome trims or ribbons.
AND -- there is a great sale at RRR going on right now!


We're rolling in with a BIG 4-Day Pre-Memorial Day SALE this week at Really Reasonable Ribbon.


Now through midnight eastern time on Friday, May 26th, 2017! 
Check out THIS POST for all the details on the sale!

Challenges:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dutch Fold Beachy Card

 I love fun and easy folds that make a card look different from the "norm." But I also want them to be QUICK, and not take up my entire morning or afternoon. The Single Dutch Fold card fits perfectly: it's easy, looks fun, and is quick!
It was hard to know how to photograph it in a single photo and not make it look weird, but also show the bottom "open" door. There are two types of Dutch Fold Cards - this one (Single) and a Double Dutch Door Fold, where the bottom door opens like a gate fold. You can find tutorials for both here or Google it -- lots of inspiration on Pinterest too!

I used some fun papers and stickers from Echo Park, and some chipboard from Simple Stories to make this beachy card. I added a shell charm from my stash, tied up with some of my favorite spring and summer burlap string: PINK! I LOVE this stuff. If you don't have any yet, take a peek HERE at all of the fab colors Bonnie carries in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store.
The inside has a sentiment sticker inbetween the fun patterned paper. I love how just the bottom half of the card opens! All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.







Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shake It Up!

Sometimes you find this beautiful designer paper, and you don't want to cover it up. That's the case with my card today. I love the bold rainbow of colors in this patterned paper from DCWV.
I started by watercoloring a background of greens and yellows using Kuretake watercolors. I stamped my pear image and the sentiment (Stampin' Up! Fresh Fruit) using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and cut the panel and a frame using Stampin' Up!'s stitched oval dies.
I added my acetate sheet to the frame, and carefully placed my colored sequins (Doodlebug) on the pear panel, then added the frame on top.
There is a new challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges and it's all about greens! The Green Apple Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon was a perfect match for my watercolored panels, so I wrapped it around the front of the card, and then added a simply tied, single bow. It has such a great texture to work with too, and really holds its shape. The plaid gingham adds such a nice contrast to the fruit designer paper, I think!

The inside has another piece of the designer paper, and another (flat) watercolored oval that says "Happy Birthday." Our challenge ends on Friday, so come play along with your green stuff!


Challenges:
Word art Wednesday - anything goes
A bit more time to craft #44 - anything goes
Penny's paper-crafty #329 - anything goes
Creative moments #118 - anything goes

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hopping With Really Reasonable Ribbon - May 2017

Welcome to the May 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 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! Take a look at this month's ribbon club package. Lots of fun red, white, and blue for summer projects and patriotic flair!
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 is a fun invitation for a summer BBQ. I chose some images from Unity Stamp Co. (June 2012 KOTM) that I had never inked (I know!) and matched them with some themed designer paper from My Mind's Eye.
I stamped my grill in Archival Black ink (SU!) and colored in using Copic markers. I used a Stampin' Up! stitched circle die to cut it out. The sentiment is also stamped in Archival Black.
I layered two rows of the Delicate Stitched Satin Electric Blue in this month's club assortment, and cut the front row to make ribbon fringe. It looks festive and party-like -- perfect for the invitation! I added some Simple Stories chipboard embellishments -- the soda bottle and banner on top. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.

Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments! Now off to Cheryl's blog, to see her pretty RWB creation and beautiful bows!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Birdy Thanks

It's time for another challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges! I am sharing a cute little shaker card I made using stamps from The Alley Way Stamps (no longer in business, but I love the stamps!) and dies from MFT and Li'l Inkers.
Aren't these birds adorable?! I thought the patterned paper looked like bird feathers. I stamped in Archival Black (SU!) and then colored in my birds with Copic markers. Come play along with us at Crazy 4 Challenges!
Challenges:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Beautiful Bees

Today I am sharing a quick card made with the Bees Please Tags designed by my fellow Really Reasonable Ribbon teammate, Ginny! I am planting an entire section of my yard with flowers for bees. I don't see them around much, and wanted to provide a place for them in my neighborhood!

I started by layering papers from Kaisercraft's Be-you-tiful patterned paper collection, then added a lace doily from Stampin' Up! in the mix. I printed out two sets of tags, and cut one bee out, so I could layer and pop him up on the tag. 
I added a strip of burlap behind the tag, and added my beautiful trims: a double bow of Black Seam Binding, a single bow of Black Burlap String, and a gorgeous Cottage Rose from the Mixed Reds Collection. The rose is accented with a Brown Mulberry Paper Leaf.
I tied a little Black Seam Binding in the top of the tag, and some of the Black Burlap String around the front panels. I added a White Flat Back Pearl to help keep the string in place, and for some glam.
My sentiment is a die cut from the Paper Smooches Kudos Word Die Collection. I backed my black cardstock piece (Basic Black - Stampin' Up!) with a piece cut from a 6x6 Scor-Tape Adhesive Sheet and then ran those pieces through my Big Shot. Easy to peel out and adhere to the front of my card! The sheets are a must-have for intricate die cuts - especially word dies. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.
I love the contrast of the burgundy and gold. What do you think?

There is a Challenge going on right now on the RRR Blog - Put A Bow On It! The deadline is May 3.
I'm also playing in the Splitcoaststampers Ways To Use It Challenge 633 and the Free for All 375. Come play along!

Saturday, April 22, 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!).
 
At Crazy 4 Challenges, we are all about coffee and tea today! Check out our blog for some awesome DT inspiration, and then play along!
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!


Other challenges:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Watercolor Hooray

Today I spent some time watercoloring - an easy background, with four loosely blended colors. If you have seen many of my posts, a lot of times I like to mix comtemporary and traditional elements, as well as graphic or geometric and vintage. 
I stamped my sentiment (Watercolor Words) in Archival Black Ink (Stampin' Up!) several times using my MISTI, as watercolor paper has a texture that sometimes takes a few impressions for the solid look I want. Next, I added washi tape (also Stampin' Up!) down the left side, and layered Black Diamond Metallic Baker's Twine and Pink Burlap String (Really Reasonable Ribbon) on top. I love this string, and want every color Bonnie offers in the RRR Store! This pink matches the upper right corner of my watercolor perfectly.
Finally, I added a heart shaped mini shaker, with heart confetti inside, to the upper right corner, and mounted this panel on Basic Black cardstock. The final layer is vintage black lace patterned paper (Paper House) on a light pink (Blush Blossom-SU!) cardstock.
All my layers are held together with Scor-Tape. I think it makes for a fun celebratory card!
Challenges for this card: