Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Artful Delight....

I've got a card to play along with the Artful Delight challenge- it's a fabulous sketch by Karen!!
The paper & sticker are all Basic Grey- with some yummy May Arts silk & crochet!

Have you visited the May Arts blog this week? The Ribbon Lady has all the application posts up! I'd love it if you would go take a look!!! I'm crossing my fingers to stay on the fabulous team! :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Skipping Stones #136

Hi there! I feel like I was in a crafty frenzy tonight- trying to get some much needed cards done with limited time!!!
I adored the Skipping Stones inspiration- here's my take:
 Second time I've used the grunge set in a decidedly un-grungy way! A bit of May Arts satin pleats in grey- trust me when I say it doesn't look quite this dark in person (^(&% night photos!)
 A few pearls to add to the wedding feel!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

RC buttons & bows

I've got a cute gift bag to share today- and play with the Ribbon Carousel's buttons & bows challenge!
Some of my faves here- May Arts 1.5" grosgrain stripe, frayed flower, and burlap string tying on a button & a sweet tiny tag.
Doesn't it add so much? :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Kissing Ball with Ribbon

I've got a post up at May Arts- go here to check out how simple it was to make this kissing ball!
Be sure to let me know what you think! :)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

PDCC with ~amy~

Why yes, trees two days in a  row! hee.
I wanted to play with the Play Date colors- so excited that ~amy~ is a private blend designer there- she is on FIRE! ;)
So I've used some paper won from Amy, that has gold foil on it, as well as gold embossing powder on the sentiment. My tag is 'nude', and the sheer ribbon & string are silver. The kraft base is embossed with woodgrain, and the felt for the trunk was embossed when I bought it.

And since Erin has me challenge happy, I'll add this to the Simon Says tag or ATC challenge!

Trendy Trees...

I've got a card to share using PTI's Make it Monday stamp on patterned paper challenge!
Put some of that yummy Nantucket paper to work, and added some Baker's twine to ground the image & highlight the sentiment (and because it is just too fun!)
And since this is a birthday card featuring stamping, I'll add it to the Moxie Fab World challenge! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Skipping Stones & RCC

I've got a card to share today! :) I've used the beautiful new Skipping Stones Breathtaking Butterflies (Thanks, Karen!!!) Stamps to create my focal point. I stamped the background in navy, and embossed the top with white diamond embossing powder. The patterned paper is ooooolllld JBS, and I even embossed a nestie scallop frame. I tied a bit of navy burlap string, also using it for antennae. If you are wondering why the 6 'diamonds' under the sentiment- this card is for my husband's Aunt & Uncle's 60th wedding anniversary- and diamonds are the theme for 60 years!
So I will link to Skipping Stones challenge, the Ribbon Carousel's challenge & Kim Kesti's challenge! (Erin will be so proud! lol)
And here's a couple of pics from our 4th- it's rare to get a family shot!
 And my cutie parents celebrated with us! :)
 And because this guy came for a visit in my golden full-moon maple this morning, I'll share his fun pic too!
Summer FINALLY arrived in the PNW- the joke is that it shows up on the 5th of July, but this year it was the 4th!!! So we're about to head out for some slip & slide fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Birthday, Erin!

Today is Erin's birthday, and it wouldn't be complete without an ode to her! Karen & I decided that we needed to add a challenge, as true homage!
So we're playing along with the Lawnscaping Challenge- to add dimension! I've inked up 'say cheese' and 'lunar lights'.
I've paper pieced with Cosmo Cricket paper onto a MME 'sky'.  And since one challenge didn't seem like enough to really honor Erin, I'll play in Kim Kesti's challenge to use something new (lunar lights)& something old- I don't really want to admit how long I've had those patterned papers! And Moxie Fab World is having a Stamped Birthday Challenge, so I'll link up there too!
Happy Birthday, Erin!!! I hope it's a great day & the start of a great year!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

May Arts Design Team Application- Round 2!

Happy 4th of July!!!

I've got a tutorial for you- my submission for Round 2 of the May Arts Design Team call! (yes, I was giddy to have made it this far!)
Today I'm showing you how to make those cute corkscrew barrettes that you can pay a fortune for at department stores! Here's my purchased example:
Did you know that if you bake your ribbon on dowels it will hold the corkscrew shape? So fun! Here's my rainbow of ribbon ready to go into the oven! ;)
I used 3/16" dowels (cut to 16") and 1/4" & 3/8" ribbon. Here's a pic of one of May Arts new super cute 1/4" white/mini dot wrapped & secured with a clothespin.
I baked the ribbon on a foil lined sheet at 275 degrees for 25 minutes. The 1/4" was done in that time, but the 3/8" took longer, so I kept checking it at 5 minute intervals until it held it's shape when I unwrapped it from the dowel. (A quick tip- if you lightly sand your dowels before you start the ribbon will slide off without a hitch!)
And here's a fun pile of corkscrew ribbon!
Now to make the barrettes! I used my imaginesce i-magicut ribbon cutter to cut the ribbon in 3" segments. You could certainly make them smaller or larger- I was using the Gymboree clip as my guide. I cut 8 segments, varying the colors.
I stacked the ribbon in alternating colors & used a threaded needle to pierce them in the center- do you like my fancy tool to push the needle into? ;)
I pulled the thread through all the layers- I'm using white thread so that you can see it more clearly, but you could certainly use thread that matches!
I then wrapped the thread several times around the center & tied it off.
I used a ribbon lined clip (you can see my tutuorial on how to do those here) & hot glued the bow to the center.
To give it a finished look I cut a matching piece of ribbon to a little over 1.5".
I hot glued it to the inside, wrapped it around the ringlets & hot glued it to the inside again.
And then I made some cutie tags for display!
I LOVE this one! (Ribbon: 1/4" solid/check, , 1/4" solid/iridescent.)
Isn't this perfect for the 4th of July? :) (Same ribbon as above, plus 3/8" grosgrain)
And I thought this little green one turned out super cute! That mini-dot ribbon is so well suited for these clips! (3/8" grosgrain also used)
I found that the 1/4" ribbon really does hold the corkscrew well- the 3/8" adds some whimsy, as the curl is softer. I love that I can make clips in so many colors!
And what else might you use that cute curly ribbon for? I thought it looked darling on a little birthday gift!
And if you made it this far- yay!
I have loved being a Prima Ribbonista for May Arts! The Ribbon Lady is awesome, and I'm constantly inspired by the other members of the design team! So I'll cross my fingers to get to stay...!
And since I've got red, white & blue featured, I'll play in the Ribbon Carousel's Challenge (kind of perfect, as they carry tons of May Arts ribbon!), as well as Simon Says Stamp's ATC or Tag challenge! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

May Arts & RCC60

I've got a post up at May Arts today- go check out how easy it is to make this fun pin!
And here's a pic of my little Yankee Doodle Dandy putting the pin to work (with matching hair bows)! :)

And since this week's challenge at Ribbon Carousel is Red, White & Blue, I'll play along! ;)
Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Moxie Doily & Lace Tags

I had such good intentions of getting this posted, and here it is over a week later! These are the tags that Hadley & I made for the end of the year teacher gifts. And since we added a doily AND lace, I'll sneak it into the Moxie Fab Doily & Lace challenge! :)
May Arts pink crochet, threaded with silk- so pretty! (yes, the watering can is cut from a Starbucks sleeve!)
On the back of the tags Hadley wrote "Thank you for helping me grow this year!"
We wrapped pots of impatiens in vintage sheet music & tied it with the same sheer ribbon that is on the top of the tag.
One more day to play in the Card Creation Challenges- but lots of new Moxie Challenges have already started!
Can you believe it's JULY?! WHOA! That means it's time to head over to check out the latest May Arts challenge! It's a beauty!!! ;)

Thanks for stopping by- Hope you have a crafty day!