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
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sizzlin’ Summer Birthday Card

Hi everyone.  Today I have another card featuring my new favorite two-toned bow style with gorgeous ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I’m in love with two color bows right now.  Aren’t they just a show-stopper?  They are actually rather easy to create with your Bow-it-All V2.0.  I have a tutorial out now for a bi-color double-loop double-layer bow and I will be adding one for this basic bi-color double loop bow using single-faced or printed ribbon in the next week or so.  To view all my video tutorials, please visit my YouTube channel HERE.
So I pulled out my new Color Burst powders from Ken Oliver Crafts this weekend and got messy.  Now please realize, I am NOT a messy crafter.  I go to great lengths to keep things as ‘un’-messy as possible.  No paints, glitter, sprays, etc in my life (or at least not on a regular basis).  I routinely clean up my work area in the middle of a card because I don’t like a mess.  Weeelllll, I saw these powders and since I love the tie-dye look so much, I had to get some, and guess what….. I LOVE the papers you can create with these fun powders!!
A couple things I learned:
1)  Give yourself a large work area and cover roughly 10 times the area you think you will need with newsprint or scrap paper – those powders can travel baby!!
2)  Avoid any type of drafty condition because as I said before – those powders can move baby!  No gentle breeze from an open winder, no working under an a/c vent, don’t breath on your work….  
3)  Moisten your paper (watercolor paper works beautifully), gently tap small amounts of powder around your paper, spritz again and watch in amazement as a beautiful design appears.  Apply more powder and additional colors, and repeat until you have the look you want.
4)  Begin with two or three colors.  It’s easy to get carried away and the end result is always brown for me.  I don’t really know color theory, but I think it’s good to stay with colors that are next to each other on the color wheel to avoid brown…
5)  Be sure to go all the way to the edges of your paper, especially if you might be using the paper as I did below.
6)  Most importantly of all, thoroughly clean your work area when you are done.  It’s funny how it can appear that the area is clean of powder, but it takes just a teeny tiny amount of powder to make a lot of really dark color (where you least want it).  Even condensation from your water glass can ruin the white card you just spent 14 hours working on if it comes in contact with a speck of left over powder…… <sigh>
7)  New addition to my plans for my dream craft studio – a kitchen sink and counter area for messy wet work.
Have you experimented with these fun new powders?
If so, please let me know what you think and if you have any tips or tricks for working with them.
I’m entering my card in the following challenges:
Ribbon – Really Reasonable Ribbon
Dies:  My Favorite Things Die-namics Happy Birthday and Prima Donna Petals
Color Burst from Ken Oliver in orange and lemon yellow  (and also pthalo green for the flower leaves)
Watercolor Paper
Spray Bottle
Adhesives – Scotch ATG, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000