Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Let’s Get Ready for Christmas!!

I can’t believe I just typed that…..  Ready for Christmas?!!!??!  I’m not really even ready for summer yet, but time does march on.  If this Christmas is going to be the ever elusive ‘relaxing and fun’ holiday that I’ve been hoping for all my life, I’d best get planning now.

I got a little nudge in the right direction for Christmas card planning when Doris from Crafting by Designs invited me to guest design for their ‘Get Ready for Christmas’ Challenge.  
I’d love for you to hop over and see the other projects from the design team and to play along.  It’s never too early to get started on those Christmas cards!
I went with a pretty low key design and embellished with a beautiful bi-color bow made with white and red Delicate Stitched Satin on my Bow-it-All V2.0.  I finished the center of the bow off with a pretty 10mm white Open Rose.  To view a video on how I created this bow, please click HERE.
I also added a variety of Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts below the sentiment to finish off this quick and easy card.
I’m entering my card in the following challenges:
Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long #50 – Snow or Glitter (might be a stretch but there are snowflakes…)
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Digital Stamp:  Create with TLC
Design Paper:  The Paper Studio All Seasons II Pad
Dies:  Spellbinders Classic Oval small and large
Edge Punch:  Martha Stewart
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, E6000
white mulberry paper

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