Sunday, December 29, 2013

MIM: A La Carte #2

Two posts for this week's MIM!
The second is MIM #102: pillow box stamping
I used berry sorbet paper & bb:diamonds with the fabulous Tsukineko delicata ink- swoon! I tied it up with some May Arts 3" gold ribbon- love the simple elegance! The pillow box die was a Christmas gift so I couldn't wait to use it! I have a few more gifts that I'm excited to put to use- soon I hope!
Thanks for stopping by!

MIM: A La Carte

We could choose whichever MIM we liked this week, so I've used 2 different ones :)
Here's the first is MIM #134: repeat & lift.
I used the thank you die & stamps with some fresh inks for a great CAS thank you card. More of these are sure to be made!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Pretty Bottle Tags

I'm up today at May Arts! Head over & check it out! I'd love to hear what you think! :)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 2013 PTI blog hop take 2!

Take two on the December PTI blog hop for me! :)
Adding some string (May Arts burlap string) to a wine tag.
 I've added it to the button element too. I used some packaging to cut the 'joy' diecut & put it on top of a May Arts ribbon pennant (1.5" metallic ribbon)!
DCWV patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Hopping!

December 2013 PTI blog hop

Merry Christmas!! I hope everyone had a really special holiday! It is amazing how much hustle & bustle there is leading up to Christmas & how quickly it is over!
We try to schedule a down day for the 26th every year, so we've already watched the Sound of Music with friends- very relaxing! It was Hadley's first time seeing it & it was so fun to share it with her!
On to the hop! This month the theme is 'tied up with string'- our movie certainly has that running through my head now too!
 I thought it was a good time to start on thank you cards, so I've used vintage cream cardstock & topped it with some imaginesce patterned paper die cut with the 'thank you' die. May Arts burlap string ties it all up! Totally CAS.
Here's the inspiration:
Happy Hopping!

Ribbon Ornaments

I have a post up at May Arts- a great one for a quick & thoughtful gift! Head over to check out the details!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Glitter & Burlap!

I'm up at May Arts today! My friend Erin inspired me to add some burlap to pine cones- head over to see how we went a little further! A little last minute craft that you can even do with your little people- a great Christmas eve activity! :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Ribbonista Handmade Gift Hop!

The Ribbonistas are hosting a handmade gift hop!
I decided to make this burlap table runner. I had seen one similar at my local Ben Franklin store & thought I had the perfect May Arts ribbon to add!
This runner uses 1/2 yard of red burlap.
I started by turning the edges twice & machine stitching to keep the burlap from fraying.
I then added 1.5" natural faux burlap and 5/8" natural crochet ribbon to each side, machine stitching them in place.
Here is the underside of the end- I stitched down the outside & did a little stitch in the middle to hold it together.
I added a tassel on each end made from 1/8" ivory cord/burlap & more of the crochet ribbon.
I really love how it turned out & think it will be a well-received gift!
I know you're going to want to see what inspiration the other ribbonistas have for you!
Don't forget to leave a comment at each blog to increase your chances to win 3 spools of  ribbon-your choice!

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

May Arts + Scrapbook Adhesives!

May Arts has teamed up with Scrapbook Adhesives for a week of inspiration!
Here's what I came up with:
 I must say- I love this. There's something about burlap, eyelet ribbon & glitter paper!
I used the crafty power tape to adhere the 5/8" eyelet ribbon to the top & bottom of each banner- it is super sticky & worked great!
The burlap & 'glitzy glitter' paper are from DCWV.
I used the 3/8" eyelet to string the banners.
The small 3D foam squares were perfect for attaching my letters (cut with Cricut 'Base Camp' cartridge)
I added a bit of natural burlap string for interest & easier tying! 
Thank you to Scrapbook Adhesives for great products!
Thank you for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think! :)

Here are your stops this week:





Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ribbonista Christmas Card Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Ribbonista Christmas Card Blog Hop!
I used to make cards every year- I would make the same card 70-80 times! It seems that having a little person in school uses up the time I used to make all of those cards! Ha!
I have to admit, when I received the Echo Park 'tis the Season' pack, I was inspired! All the cards I've made are from that pack- embellished with gorgeous May Arts ribbon, of course! :) I love that there are so many pretty elements- I will be using that pack up!
First up- this one uses one of the stickers from the pack. I topped some of the patterned paper with faux burlap in olive, then red sheer box pleats, and tied it up with red/white baker's twine!
I love the result!

A different patterned paper is topped with the same olive faux burlap & red chevron twill & sticker. A totally different look!
Cute green polka dot paper again! This time I used 3 ornament stickers, but cut off the 'string' they were hanging on & replaced it with silver string metallic ribbon. I topped the paper with red velvet ribbon, then ran another piece along the bottom & topped it with the 'celebrate' sticker.
I've used the gray snowflake paper again- this time topped with red burlap, red center stripe sheer (isn't that ribbon SO Christmas-y?!), and a sticker.
And last up is a printed panel that I topped with the banner stickers. They are hung from twisted rope ribbon! I've used tape on the ends, but you could leave it off & fray this ribbon too!
So I've got a start on my Christmas cards this year! Yay!
You know there will be lots of inspiration- AND PRIZES! You could win 3 spools from our Christmas Category!! 
 Post a comment on any stop along the way for your chance to win!

Jen Shears- that's me!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Ribbon Lady's Tying The Knot!

Our fabulous Ribbon Lady, Bethney, recently got engaged!! Bethney makes being a part of this team so much fun! The Ribbonistas decided her engagement was a cause for celebration, so this hop is in her honor!

I went completely CAS with a Tiffany's inspired card! Their box is so iconic; I recreated it in paper form. PTI cardstock, and May Arts ribbon, of course! :)

So here are your stops:
The Ribbon Lady Is Tying The Knot Hop!

Now... We're ALSO offering up a huge prize pack of goodies to one lucky random person who goes over to the May Arts facebook page and wishes Bethney a HUGE Congratulations on her recent engagement!
Two Ribbonistas are also offering up a prize- Charlene has offered up a Xyron Creative Station 510 and Jessica has a copy of Made in Paper Magazine Holiday Edition! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Acorn Banner

I'm up at May Arts today- sharing this fun project!
Go check it out & let me know what you think!

Friday, October 25, 2013

October 2013 PTI blog hop

I'm barely getting this in under the wire, but it's time for the PTI blog hop!
This month the challenge was to create 5 tags.
Here's mine:
Put my new 'joy' die & stamp set to work, used Core'dinations tags as the base & sparkly felt.
Fresh ink in limeade & the new parrot green May Arts burlap string
I was trying to get these done quickly, but actually really love how CAS & crisp they turned out!
It was a busy day here- we also did some pumpkin carving!
 Happy hopping!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013


I'm up at the May Arts blog today- go check out the details for this card- and since it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month don't forget to get yourself checked out!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Karen: 2013 Edition!

Happy Birthday, Karen!!
Today we are celebrating an incredibly talented, kind & supportive friend! How lucky I feel to know her & be inspired by her constantly!
In honor of Karen we all used the Artful Delight Sketch and May Arts ribbon (I chose burlap string- burgundy & bittersweet- as she's mentioned it's one of her faves a few times!)
Cardstock is PTI vintage cream & pp is Cosmo Cricket. Tree stamp is PTI, sentiment is SSD- a company that Karen introduced me to!
SU!, fresh ink & memento inks.

How fun are the burlap blooms? I've used a brad to create them. A bit of stickles on the butterfly to even out the metallic!
Now it's time to keep the celebrating going! What makes birthdays even more fun?
Prizes of course!!
There will be 2 prizes for this celebration! One winner from the comments on the blog hop and another from those that go wish Karen a Happy Birthday! (and you were going to do that anyway!!!)
2 spools of May Arts ribbon to each winner!
Here's the list- happy hopping! And Happy Birthday, Karen!
Karen’s Birthday Hop!

Jen Shears- you're here!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ribbonista Halloween Hop!

Welcome to the Ribbonista Halloween Blog Hop!!
I've made a 'boo' cone for my project. Our neighborhood 'boo's' each other, and I thought it would be fun to create something pretty!
I've used DCWV Lemon Flower stack for the cone (if you don't know how to do this, you basically cut an arc on one side of your paper- lots of visuals if you google it!) 
I added a spellbinders picot edge circle die & threaded it with the 1/4" chevron twill.
I stamped a ghost on vellum & heat embossed 'boo' in white. (both stamp sets are Paper Smooches) & also added a bit of chalkboard white to the image.
The top of the cone is enhanced with 2 layers of 5/8" sheer ruffle edge ribbon in orange & topped with a layer of 5/8" black satin pleats.
Some festive treats in cello bags that are tied with more 1/4" chevron twill to bring it all together.
The cone hangs from a 3/8" double faced black satin tie!
Are you ready to 'boo'?
Now be sure to visit all the Ribbonistas for lots of inspiration, as well as a PRIZE!!
For a prize: 3 spools from our Halloween Category.