Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Don’t Follow Your Dreams; CHASE THEM!

Another fun and inspirational quote card today.  I’m loving my new My Favorite Things stamp sets!  I got some really fun Die-Namics sets too.  Don’t ya love that pretty flower?

Today I’m playing along with the color challenge.  This was an odd color combination for me, or maybe it’s because I didn’t have quite the right color shades available in my stash….  Whatever, I’m game to give it a try.  
I think it came out pretty good.  I even worked in some sequins, although I feel like they should be sewn on.  They have a hole for sewing….  Whaddaya think?  I glued them, but I’m still not sure I’m on board with sequins.  I’ll keep trying.  
Today I just added a simple double loop bow created from delphinium Delicate Stitched Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Sometimes simply is all you need.  I made the bow on my #1 all-time favorite tool, the Bow-it-All V2.0.  If you would like to view all my video tutorials for the Bow-it-All, please visit my YouTube Channel HERE.
I’m entering my card in the following challenges:
Stamps:  MFT Vertical Greetings
Dies:  MFT DieNamics Pierced Rectangle Stax, Pierced Oval Stax, Prima Donna Petals
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000
Other:  Pretty Pink Posh Sequins 6mm Sugar Plum Mix, 6mm half pearl

Sunday, July 12, 2015

It’s a Good Day to Have a Good Day!

Hi friends.  It IS a good day to have a good day, right?  I love a good inspirational quote paired with a really fabby bow made with great ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I created the bow for this card using two of the white ribbon styles from the July Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon using my Bow-it-All V2.0.  It’s fun to create a bow using one color and two different ribbons styles as opposed to using two different colors of ribbon.  You can find my video tutorial for this bow on YouTube HERE.  You’ll be surprised just how easy it is!
The July Ribbon Club assortment contains 9 styles and 17 yards of ribbon and trim.  
This is a really great assortment as a base for your ribbon collection since black and white go with everything!  Each monthly assortment is a fun color or holiday themed assortment of coordinating styles.  JOIN TODAY and begin with this fantastic assortment.  What a fun way to build your ribbon stash and experiment with lots of different ribbon styles.
White on white is not and easy color theme for me, but I will continue to work at it to see if I can improve.  I have to tell you that I was itching to put a thin black border around each layer…..  I still want to tear it apart and do that…… but I won’t.  Ha!
I’m entering my card in the following challenges:
Stamp:  My Favorite Things Chalkboard Greetings
Dies:  My Favorite Things DieNamics Pierced Rectangle Stax;  Cheery Lynn Designs Alpine Flourish Doily, Gardenia Strip, Build a Flower, Mini Fanciful Flourish right and left, Small Exotic Butterflies
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Adhesives:  Stick It!, Scotch ATG, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000
Zutter Tool-it-All 9 in 1 Tool
White Mulberry Paper
6 and 8mm half pearl
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

We Don’t Know How Strong We Are…

Hi friends.  Today I have another ‘WOW’ bow to share made with fantastic ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

This pretty bow was made using Regal Purple and Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon and tied up on my Bow-it-All V2.0.  I have a video tutorial for this bow which you can find on YouTube HERE.
I’ve been resisting pulling out the sewing machine because I knew it was going to open a whole can of worms with me wanting to get back to quilting, but I did it anyway.  I did a simple zig zag stitch around the perimeter of the design paper just to get warmed back up.  
I created the beautiful roses in two sizes for a little added pizzazz at the bottom.  I use an old script stamp I got back in the 1990’s just to add a little look of texture to the petals and I inked the edges before assembly.  
I continued the stitching theme on the inside of the card as well.  I really like the look.  I think you will continue to see stitching on my cards….
The background doily die I used is actually a square.  Yup, it’s a square.  I just measured and cut 1-1/2″ from each side and joined it together.  The bow and the flowers cover the seam, but you would likely hardly notice even if it wasn’t covered.
I like to purchase dies that I can get a lot of use out of and I’m not opposed to cutting the die cuts down and reshaping them.  Why not get double or triple-duty from them!
I’m entering my card in the following challenges:
LTSCB #57 – Triple Play (I have 3 flowers)

Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Vertical Greetings
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs Royal Scandinaviam Doily, Tea Rose Small and Medium
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Grape Jelly
Adhesives:  Stick It!, Scotch ATG, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000
Sewing Machine and thread
Bow-it-All V2.0
Tool-it-All 9 in 1 Tool