Saturday, July 4, 2015

God Bless America and Happy 4th of July!!

Just popping in to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!  I’m busy busy today preparing for a family party for my niece to celebrate her high school graduation.

I created my tiny double-loop bow on my Bow-it-All V2.0 with 3/8″ Electric Blue Satin with Metallic Edges from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This is another one of many reasons I love the Bow-it-All.  You can make bows ranging from a tiny 1/2″ wide all the way up to 9-3/4″ wide.  How’s that for range?!  You can view all my Bow-it-All Video Tutorials on my YouTube Channel HERE.
Since one ribbon is just never enough for me, I ran a piece of Red, White and Blue Striped Grosgrain under my image and added some small pieces out the bottom using Red Diamond Satin and Electric Blue Satin with Grosgrain Edge Ribbon.
I’m entering my card in the following challenges:

Eureka Stamps #147 – Red, White and Blue
Not Just Cards #21 – Anything Goes

Stamp:  Retired Stampin’ Up Stamp
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug star pattern
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, E6000
Other:  Recollections Brush Markers, White Mulberry Paper
Friday, July 3, 2015

Friends Like You are Far and Few…. NEW Pretty Bows Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hi there.  It’s time for another fun challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog
This time we have a Beautiful Bows Theme.
That’s like my calling card, right?  hahaha
I’ve been working quite a bit with bi-color bows lately and I LOVE the ‘wow effect’ of these bows.  I just posted a video tutorial on how to make these pretty bows using single-faced or printed ribbon yesterday.  You can view it HERE on YouTube.  
The bows on my card today were made with 5/8″ Hot Pink and Sherbet Delicate Stitched Satin (on my Bow-it-All V2.0 of course) from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This ribbon style makes things even easier since it’s double-faced, meaning it’s the same on both sides.  You can follow the same directions in the video BUT, you can do the figure eight wrap for the loops eliminating the need for the toothpicks to help gather the centers.
Here is another great tip:  If you have a bow that is pretty good, but you don’t quite love the center, add a mulberry flower.  You can glue them on or use an awl to create a hole though the center and thread the wire from the rose though the hole to secure.
This card has been entered in the following challenges:
I hope you’ll head over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog and play along with our challenge.  Any type of project is welcome.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  My Favorite Things LJD Grand Greetings
Dies:  My Favorite Things DieNamics Pierced Rectangle Stax
Embossing Folder:  Spellbinders EL-019
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000
Other: Bow-it-All V2.0, Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry flowers, Natural and Brown Mulberry Paper
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Christmas in July

Hi friends and welcome to July!  How is it possible that it’s July already??
Well, unless you want to be rushing around last minute, it’s time to start pumping out the Christmas cards.  I tend to create my card design for the year and then make the number of cards I need assembly line style, so I’ll begin fooling around with ideas real soon.

This card is a bit much for my annual assembly line card, but it will go to a special friend this year.
My bow is made with Red Delicate Stitched Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon and was created on my Bow-it-All V2.0.  To view a video of how to create this bow, please click HERE.
I’m entering my card in the following challenges:
Stamps: Just Rite Stampers
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs:  Poinsettie Strip, Holly Flourish;  
Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A & B
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Walnut Stain
Design Paper:  The Paper Studio All Seasons II Pad
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, Scor-Tape, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000
Other:  Perfect FX Pure Gold Flake Medium