Saturday, March 22, 2014

Masculine Birthday Wishes

Masculine cards?  EeeeGads……..

I was looking over my card stash the other day and realized I’m very short on cards for men.  That makes sense because they are just so hard for me to make!

I whipped this one up for my son’s birthday last week and I feel like it was a success.  I have trouble keeping things ‘simple’ which is key to creating a masculine card. 

I hope he liked it.  I know he loved the chocolate chip cookies that arrived with it!

I went with minimal layers and a fun manly design paper that had a little distressed look.
I added three ribbon ‘flags’ below the sentiment with 5/8″ Diamond Satin and I wrapped some Natural Burlap String around the lower portion of the card and topped it with a brown button.  I think it works.
Here is a peek at the inside sentiment.  Done!

The great thing about masculine cards is they are fast and easy – if you can give yourself permission to just call it done.  🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Bonnie ~
Stamps: TLC Creations digi stamps
Paper: design paper from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Other: Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large, Labels 10 and Labels 21, Button
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop

Welcome to the RRR March Blog Hop.
If you arrived here from Cherry’s Blog, you are on the right track. If not, why not head back to the RRR Blog and start from the beginning so you don’t miss any of the terrific projects.
This month the Really Reasonable Ribbon Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment welcomes spring. I just love all the pretty and fun spring colors and prints. Isn’t it wonderful??!

I made a quick and easy Easter Greetings card using a variety of Graphic 45 papers, lots of layers and the pretty Tiffany Crochet Lace layered on Coral Rose Shimmer Satin from the March Ribbon Club assortment.
And of course I whipped up a beautiful double-loop bow with my Bow-it-All Tool.
Since the Shimmer Satin is a thicker ribbon, instead of wrapping the loops in a figure-8 pattern, I just wrapped then straight around the pegs like I did with the video where I talked about using ribbon with a print on one side.  That eases a little of the bulkiness from the center of the bow giving it a prettier appearance.
To view my Bow-it-All Video Tutorials, visit my reasonableribbon YouTube channel.
And now for the monthly headband designs…….
First up is a fun Woven Ribbon Headband with a Twist.  I used the White Fun Dot Ribbon from the March Ribbon Club Assortment and pulled in a Coral Rose and a Turquoise solid grosgrain for the twists.
You can view the video tutorial for Woven Ribbon Headbands with a Twist HERE.
The next headband is super easy to make.  I used the Coral Rose and Turquoise Shimmer Satin from the March Assortment and it has a beautiful shimmery look.  The picture does not do it justice.  If you click on the photo for a larger view the shimmer shows up a little better.
You can view the video tutorial for Easy Woven Headbands HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Your next stop is Nicole’s fabulous blog.

I would love for you to leave a comment before you go.

 ~ Bonnie ~

Supplies Used:
Ribbon – Really Reasonable Ribbon March Ribbon Club Assortment
Paper –  Design Paper for card from Graphic 45
Other – Scor-Tape, Bow-it-All Tool

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bit o’ the Green for You

Hello everyone and Top o’ the Mornin’ to ya!!  

Today I’m bringing my Irish out.  🙂 

This card was started as a sample for the current RRR ‘Show me the Green & Ribbon’ Challenge theme, but due to circumstances beyond my control, it was not done it time.  (Good thing I’m the boss, right? – hahaha)

You can still join in the challenge until March 12th by clicking HERE.

What were my circumstances you ask?  

Well, we are doing a kitchen remodel and we are doing the vast majority of the work ourselves.  What a disaster!  I do NOT recommend this for the faint-hearted.  It’s a lot like camping in your own home while it’s going on………..  

We are now basically down to no kitchen at all.  NOT FUN!  It will be great when it’s done though!!

I’m entering my card in the following challenge:

So, this fun card is made using a great collage sheet from My Artistic Adventures and they are really inexpensive and great to have on hand when you need to whip up a quick card.  There are loads of different images on this sheet so you can do a variety of projects with the purchase of just one sheet.

I layered three little images over a embossed kraft cardstock background, added a layered strip of 1/8″ Golden Brown Grosgrain over a strip of 3/8″ Hunter Grosgrain and wrapped it around the lower part of the card.  It’s embellished with a flower shaped buckle and topped with a 15mm Light Mocha Open Rose.

The beautiful triple-loop bow was made on my Bow-it-All Tool and finished off with a 20mm Light Mocha Open Rose in the center.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a crafty day!

~ Bonnie ~