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!


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!

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!

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:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

It's the April Really Reasonable Ribbon Hop!

Welcome to the April 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. 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 is a sweet Easter greeting.

I love these little bunnies. It is Spring, after all! Happy Easter! All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape.
I chose the beautiful Diamond Satin Tropic in this month's Ribbon Club Assortment. It paired perfectly with the colors in my patterned paper, and also with the White Seam Binding that I dyed using a Stampin' Up reinker and water. I added some pretty Cream Cherry Blossoms to the center of my bow. Tiny Kaiser pearls (see the first photo) and a pearl stick pin finish the embellishments.

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!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Petite Notes for Big Greetings

Hello! Today I have some super cute petite notecards to share.
These little cards are about 3x3 and 2.75x4 -- just the right size to tuck into a sweet little envelope and attach to a gift, or hand deliver to the recipient. Each one has some cute die cuts, a little bling or washi tape, and some sweet trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon!

The first card uses a watercolor background, three die cuts, and some sweet Cotton Candy Baker's Twine. Tied around the middle, it adds some warmth and "homespun" to the card. I love all the patterns on the little camera!

The next is so sweet with its contrast of navy and yellow. I have a thing for typewriters (and own several - working and vintage), so I love this little contemporary yellow one. Sequins and a row of Mini Ric Rac are all it needs to pack a punch!


Finally, I have a graphic note with different shapes and designs, wrapped with Oyster Baker's Twine above the navy sentiment and washi tape, for a casual contrast.

These notes were made with die cuts from Hobby Lobby and the Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wishes Kit.

I love having little notes on hand, ready at a moment's notice for whatever occasion occurs!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Get Wild With Crazy 4 Challenges

I am excited to be a part of the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog Team! It's so new, that I even forgot to post my challenge card last week here on my own blog! So I will share that at another time. But today begins a new challenge, and it's all about ZOO ANIMALS! Today is Zoo Lovers' Day, so the challenge is to incorporate an animal - wild or not - on your projects!

It will come as no surprise to anyone that I chose a giraffe!
I had never done a punched anything before, and I thought it would be pretty simple. KUDOS to all you punchers -- this was harder than it looked (having no directions) -- I am in awe of all the things you all make with punches!! BUT -- I had a blast making this cutie pie giraffe. 

I used pearls for the nostrils and eyes, and a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background. I think he turned out pretty cute! I hope you will join in and show us your wild side! And check out the C4C Blog to see what all my teamies made!

Stamps: Stampin' Up!
Paper: Sweet Pea DP (TPS), Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Lots of punches, Kaiser pearls, Sizzix branch die, Lil' Inker stitched rectangle die
Techniques: Punch Animal

Other challenges for this card:

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bunny Roses

It's time for a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon! We are celebrating spring and all the beautiful flowers that will be popping up soon! I hope you will play along in our Flower Themed Challenge!
My card is made with the February KOTM from Unity Stamp Co. Don't you love that bunny? She has some pretty roses for a crown. The mulberry flowers I used are available at RRR too! Check out the beautiful burgundy cottage roses and the pretty pink tea roses!
I wrapped my card base panel with Ivory burlap string, and used it in my organza ribbon bow as well, making a string bow on top of the organza. I added a couple of tulle and pearl stems (Hobby Lobby) for added decoration.
Everything is held together with 1/4" and 3/8" Scor-Tape. I colored my bunny with Copic markers, and used a Spellbinders Oval die to cut the frame and main panel. Our challenges are always a lot of fun, so come on over to the RRR Blog and play along!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Just For You

When I get in a creative funk, I like to visit tried and true "older" techniques. I think sometimes I get so caught up in trying to do something new all the time -- when I should stick with what works! Anyway, this fun mixed media card was made using the Direct to Paper technique -- an old one for sure. But I love the graphic, contemporary look:
I used two distress inks and stamped the cubes directly on to my watercolor paper in a geometric design, then spritzed the paper with water. After that was dry, I stamped my sentiment with VersaMark ink and embossed with Pearlized Amethyst EP. 
I added Gold Metallic Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon as fringe on both sides for embellishment to this comtemporary, mixed media card. In retrospect, it would have looked fun all the way down one side too. All my layers, and the fringe, are held together with Scor-Tape. There are many ways to use the Direct to Paper technique, with many different looks. If you have never tried it before, take a look at this tutorial. Be careful on April Fools' Day tomorrow! 
Stamps: Stampin' Up!

Paper: watercolor, Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up!), So Sophia DP (MME), stash shimmer lavender
Paper Size: 5.5" SQ
Ink: TH Distress inks, Versamark
Accessories: Gold Metallic Baker's Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Pearlized Amethyst Embossing Powder (Stampendous)
Challenges for this card:
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes 
Crafting-With-Friends - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Any Sentiment Except For Birthday

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: