Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crossing my fingers!

Guess what May Arts is giving away! 
yep, all SEVEN rolls!!!
I'd love it if you could leave me a comment on the May Arts blog- it really has been a dream position, and I'm hoping to remain on the design team!! This week will be packed with great ideas on the May Arts blog, so keep checking back!
Thanks so much for your support and good luck!!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

spring recital

Hadley had her spring recital on Tuesday- she was so cute, and I walked off with my camera, sans memory card. No, the video camera was not charged. yes. I felt cool. A sweet friend & kindergarten classmate came to watch, and luckily his mom had her camera!
We gave her some gerbera daisies- such a happy flower!

I did NOT edit the color of this- wow, right?

of course Cosmo needed to check them out too...

Embellish Text, MIM #16

I love the story boards Embellish puts together- they are always so inspiring! The colors are beautiful, and the text element is always fun for me! I thought these colors were suited to the MIM: sympathy card. So here's my take:

I used soft stone, smokey shadow & ocean tides cardstock. The picket fence is die cut from vintage book print & attached to chipboard (ie, cereal box).
The anniversary set is used for all the images- botanical silhoettes, I believe. Versamark, fresh snow & smokey shadow ink. May Arts black twine.

There you go! Go check out the other MIM & Embellish entries!
This weekend is Memorial Day-a time to give thanks to our military & their families for their daily sacrifices to keep our country free.
Thanks for stopping by- I always love hearing what you think!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 2011 PTI blog hop with CAS bling!

This month's PTI blog hop challenge was to use flowers in our favorite way! I love adding flowers I've made!
Both of these have burned-edge ribbon flowers- and they both feature BLING! So I'm finally getting to play along with the CAS-ual Friday gals too! :)
First up, bb: diamonds in pixie dust versamagic ink & the anniversary set sentiment in versafine brown. Ribbon from May Arts, bling is a brad from Joanns.

Next I've used the button set & die for a 'tag' to attach a flower pin. I love giving these as gifts this way!!!
the bling here is a vintage button...

Thanks so much for stopping by- I'd love to hear what you think! And if you have time to stop by later, check out this tutorial & leave a comment to win some yummy May Arts twine! (details on this post)

(and what the heck with blogger? it's making me crazy. ugh.)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

PDCC#82, Wee#57

I'm sneaking in under the wire for the Play Date challenge this week- and isn't this inspiration fab?

And since stamping is the name of the game at Wee Memories this week, I'm in!
Here's my take:

who wouldn't love a text couch? *wink*

stamps are from PTI on my couch & Practicing creativity the whole cycle (the 'rug), ink is versamagic sahara sand, versafine black & PTI tea dye duo. Pattern paper is from Cosmo Cricket's brand new 'odds & ends' mini deck! :) text is vintage book print, & a little yellow embroidery floss...

thanks so much for stopping by- I'd love to hear what you think!

Mickey Frame

Head over to May Arts to check this project out!

And while you are there check out the sneak peek for the new line! (there might be a giveaway involved- just sayin'!)


Monday, May 23, 2011


yep, in my best Elaine-from-Seinfeld voice, that's what I said when I got an email from Cath asking if I'd be interested in being a Moxie Fabber of the Week! Of course my husband is the only one that heard it- so you'll have to take my word on that....
I STILL can't believe it!!

This is so exciting for me- and SUCH an honor!!!
So if you found me from the amazing Moxie Fab World- Thank you for stopping by! I'd love it if you stayed for awhile! I even have a fun tutorial posted below- check it out & leave a comment on that post & I'll pick one commenter to win a few yards of all the May Arts twine colors I have! (I think I'll draw on June 1st)
And thanks & congratulations to Cath & Moxie Fab World - for the constant inspiration (1000 posts!) Thanks again for this amazing opportunity!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ribbon Carousel Challenge #3

I had a little time tonight & have been dying to CREATE something!!! So I put my anniversary set to work for a CAS challenge card-

I used the sentiment from 'on my couch' and BB:text. This challenge site requires ribbon, twine, string- I'm game!

And Wee Memories this week wants you to 'stamp it!'- check!
I've used some May Arts velvet- isn't it yummy? Oh, and some burlap string in the top of the tag!

I scored a couple of lines below the stems.

Ink is SU! bordering blue (have you ever seen those Himalayan blue poppies? *sigh*) and PTI spring moss.

Hadley & I went to the park yesterday- she's getting SO BIG!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think! :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rit dye & May Arts ribbon!

Some of you may know that May Arts had another design team call a while back. Round 2 involves the current design team members added into the mix! So I thought I'd show you another idea on changing the color of your ribbon! I'm sure many of you have used Rit dye, but have you tried it on ribbon?
I pulled out all those white ribbons you've seen me experiment with on the May Arts blog in the past:
HA01, QH01, DC01, EA01, XV01, FN01, 379-15-01, HN01, 353-01
And I bought some Rit dye (teal & wine). I tried the box/powdered versions, but they do sell a concentrate liquid, and after trying this technique I believe it would be a great option!

I visited the Rit dye website, and used the stove top method

I added salt to the mix, as recommended for the 'ombre' dying

I then added the mixed solution to a large pot full of hot water, and in went the ribbon!

I thought I 'd try a gradient/ombre effect (hence the salt addition), so some of the ribbon I put in to the color bath in sections every 15-20 minutes or so...

I moved the whole pot to the sink (after about an hour) and I should add the Rit website strongly encourages you to protect your surfaces. Some of us never learn... *wink*

I used tongs to pull the ribbon out & rinse

I set it all in my measuring cup to let it drip dry

And here's the finished 'teal' ribbon!

You can see the gradient effect I was going for was not successful.... (that's what experimenting is all about!) And the solid/wrinkled ribbon is definitely the most true to the box color- but the rosettes are pretty close too.
I moved on to the wine colored dye & same ribbons

This time I tried the low-water immersion technique from the website & skipped the salt.

You can see why the concentrated liquid would be a great way to go! (I wish I'd tried putting some of the liquid into a mister & trying it on paper! next time!) I just used one of those disposable glad containers. Since my silverware is stainless, I used that to push all the ribbon into the dye & it was fine.

I had a bit of a happy accident with the sheer woven rosettes when I realized I could use the spoon to just color the edges of the flowers!

In this shot you can see the fully-dyed, the white & the pink flowers with the edges dyed compared

And here's the finished group!

You can see the solid/wrinkled ribbon and the rosettes dyed true to the box, just like with the teal dye. The other ribbon is not as dark, but still pretty! I did let this sit overnight to see if the other ribbon would get darker, but it didn't!
So there you go- it's always fun to experiment with ribbon & color! I hope you've been inspired to try something a little different with YOUR May Arts ribbon!
If you haven't already, be sure to check out the May Arts blog & facebook page- there's always great inspiration (and lot's of giveaways!)!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by- I'm really hoping to remain on the May Arts design team- it's been a blast!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A little more DCWV

A couple of cards made for the DCWV swap- this one was given to the great librarian at Had's school:

CAS, no?
And this one was for my nephew's 12th (seriously, how did THAT happen?) birthday:

Thanks to all of you that sweet comments here AND at May Arts- I'm hoping one of you wins the weekend giveaway!

Friday, May 13, 2011

DCWV & May Arts pages!

Yes, I said PAGES! I got 2 pages & a lot of pics scrapped with the fab DCWV swap!

Blogger seems to have eaten my other post (I'm not sure if that's like the dog eating your homework?), so here's a peek at another item I've got posted at May Arts.

Now hurry over & comment for a chance to win some goodies- but be quick- she's picking today!!!! (sorry blogger was down so long & I couldn't remind you to get over there!)

Thanks so much for stopping by- and for your sweet comments here too! :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

DCWV swap!

It's my day for sharing my projects at May Arts using our DCWV goodies!

Here's one page that I created- there are details on it at the May Arts blog!

I have a few items over there, I'll share them here this week too. But don't forget to comment on the post there for a chance to win some goodies! You might want to check out this post too- just sayin'!

Thanks so much for stopping by- I always love to hear what you think!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May Arts & DCWV!

You know this is going to be fun!!!!

Head over to the blog to see the fabulous collaboration- and don't forget to comment for a chance to win some goodies!!!