Sunday, August 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon August Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Oh my goodness, can you believe that it's already August 13?! Time sure does fly when you're having fun--and summer always seems to fly by like nobody's business. Today is our RRR August blog hop and if you're coming to me from Miss CHERRY'S incredible blog, then you are in the right place! If not, head over to the RRR Blog to start the hop!
With September just around the corner, the August Ribbon Club Assortment is sure to delight your senses and get you going on all your Fall and Autumn crafting projects. It definitely has me smiling!
I made a unique dreamcatcher of sorts, only no weaved web pattern in the center. Instead, a pretty doily held in place by a 4" embroidery hoop, which makes for a great alternative to the traditional kind of dreamcatcher. This project could be used for home décor, to spruce up an office cubicle or to give as a nice Fall gift to a special friend or neighbor.
I wanted to feature all those glorious ribbons and lace trim to show how beautifully they coordinate. And I still have a lot of ribbon leftover from this assortment to create more Fall goodness with--yay!
This project is super easy to do! It's only my third time making a dreamcatcher and it took about a half hour!  That never happens with me, lol. So it sort of came together like a dream! Just loop each ribbon (approx.14" long) through a hole in the doily or around the hoop along the bottom all pull til snug. Keep going until you have the look you desire. Instant gorgeousness!
Since the new SS Vintage Blessings collection goes SO perfectly with the RRR August Ribbon Club Assortment, a couldn't resist adding a lovely die cut sentiment to the center along with a couple clear flower stickers and enamel dots to adorn the hoop. A heavenly match, indeed!
And that's all for me! Thanks so much for visiting me today--just like my dreamcatcher says, I feel grateful, thankful and blessed that you're here and I hope you liked my project. Your next stop on the hop is the blog of Miss SHEILA! Have a great day and, as always, happy crafting!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Days Bicycle Shadowbox

Hello friends! Today I'm up on the Simple Stories Blog sharing my latest altered project featuring the Summer Days collection! With summer flying by so fast, I wanted to capture this delightful season by creating a fun 3-D project that embodies the spirit of summer and all the good things that come with it. The Summer Days collection does just that! Without further ado, I present my summer days bicycle shadowbox!
What a fun time it was altering this cute wood bicycle shadowbox! The bike was first painted with a coat of white gesso, then a coat of pink acrylic paint. Next, the bike was covered with different patterned papers--the pink side of Summer Snapshot for the tires and both sides of Soak Up The Sun for the bike, seat and inside tire walls. The back of the shadowbox walls were covered with the stripes side of Hello Sunshine. All the edges were lightly sanded to give the bike a bit of a worn look. Who wants a bike that isn't broken in just a little, right?!
A variety of adorable elements from the Combo Stickers, 6x12 Chipboard, Bits & Pieces, Decorative Brads and 4x6 Stickers were used to embellish the inside of the shadowbox wheels as well as adorn the outside of the bike. The back wheel is filled with yummy summer eats and treats that leave me itching to fire up the grill. Even a couple of Emoji Love enamel dots came in handy for reflective lights on the backside of the bike. 100% Happiness!
Every summer bicycle needs a basket and this one is filled to the brim with summer fun! I love all the sweet and happy elements that come with this collection--from the little pinwheels to the beach balls and bomb pops, Summer Days has it all! Ice cold drink, anyone?
The front wheel is filled with more summertime essentials like the pink sunglasses, aqua camera, a sand bucket and shovel and don't forget the sunscreen! Hello sunshine, we're beach-ready!  
Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed my bicycle shadowbox! Here's to endless summer days and happy crafting!

Product List:
Summer Days Collection-
Combo Sticker- 9101
Summer Snapshots- 9103
Soak Up The Sun- 9106
Hello Sunshine- 9107
6x12 Chipboard- 9114
Bits & Pieces- 9115
Decorative Brads- 9116
4x6 Stickers- 9117
Emoji Love Collection-
Enamel Dots- 8017

Other:
Adhesives
White Gesso
Pink Acrylic Paint

Monday, July 31, 2017

MMMC #39-Photo Inspiration & IndigoBlu!

Hello friends and happy August!! I'm super excited for the August Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #39--an inspiration photo! Take a look!

IndigoBlue Stamps is our awesome sponsor!
We had the pleasure of playing with some of their fabulous images and sentiments this month! I had the best time! I designed a mixed media piece using the Country House A6 Red Rubber Stamp by Kay Halliwell-Sutton. This wonderful image was the focal point of my project and I loved every moment spent coloring it and adding the cool mixed media painted brick around it!
I used Copic markers to color the image, then added the mixed media brick texture all around it to make it look more myseterious...I mean, don't you just want to open those lovely doors and see what's on the other side? I do! :)
 A brick stencil and Black Sand Texture Paste were used to create the faux brick look. Then I covered the brick and crevices with a coat of TCW Clear Gesso, let dry, then went to town with spray, paints and inks to give the brick wall interest--I was kind of going for a very old-world brick wall, perhaps in Tuscany since this image really reminds me of Tuscany.
I added faux grass and flowers along the front and used another wonderful IndigoBlu stamp set for the sentiment and butterflies called Floral Fantasy A5 Red Rubber Stamp by Kay Halliwell-Sutton.
And that's my project inspiration for this month's MMMC#39 challenge! I hope you'll join in the fun and have a go at your chance to win some awesomeness from IndigoBlu Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Easy DIY DreamCatcher with Ribbons, Lace & Trims

Hi friends! Today I'm up on the RRR Blog and I'm super excited to share a fun and easy project with you! I've been wanting to make a dreamcatcher for a really long time and I finally did it! All of my dreamy RRR ribbons were truly my inspiration for this sweet little handmade decoration and I love how it turned out! I hope you do to!
For my version, I didn't do a traditional web pattern on the inside of the circle. Instead, I found a piece of circle-style chipboard in my stash, spray painted it with Krylon 18KT Gold (same as the gold tipped feathers), then simply used one of my many miniature hand crocheted (not by me) doilies for the center and it worked great. Plus it was quick and easy--love. and love.
Now, on to all those wonderful ribbons, lace and trims, which I wanted to make the main focal point of my dreamcatcher....
I used a variety of different textures but kept most of them neutral in color. A few strips of Cream Seam Binding gave it the silky and shabby-chic feel I wanted. I also wanted a lot of beautiful lace trims in both white and ivory tones. I chose Sharon White Crochet Lace and Gabrielle Off-White Crochet Lace as well as Debra Natural Crochet Lace. For a bit of color and texture contrast, I add some  Light Blue Mini Ric Rac sprayed with a bit of emerald green shimmer mist and some Natural Jute String. I tattered up the Jute String a little and really liked the effect it gave--more interest and texture--yes! :)
Feathers are sometimes added to dreamcatchers, so it was a chance for me to add a few my gold tipped feathers--plus, I think feathers go good with all the yummy ribbons. I even included a pretty gold and pearl round buckle ribbon slider from the Bling Metal Rhinestone Buckle Ribbon Slider Assortment on one of the strands of Cream Seam Binding and a couple pearl flower buttons from my stash. These are just a few of the countless things you can add--just think of how you can de-stash by adding buttons, beads, sliders, charms--the imagination is the limit!
The dreamcatcher looked great to me without anything in the middle, but I decided that I also liked how this inspirational sentiment sticker from the Simple Stories Faith collection worked, so I added it to center of the doily. I put 2 clear flower stickers with gold enamel dots in the centers to the front of the gold chipboard, which tied in the blue ric rac and overall, I think it came together beautifully! Most importantly, I had a lot of fun getting creative and trying something new to me! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my dreamcatcher! Happy crafting!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #38-Altered Embellishments!

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing some mid-month inspiration for the July Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #38-Altered Embellishments!
You have plenty of time to join in the mixed media fun too and I sure hope you will! I love being inspired by your beautiful creations, no matter what style/design they are! This month at the MMMC blog, our theme focuses on altering embellishments and the design team were blessed enough to receive some of the awesome new chipboard designed by Lynne Forsythe for UmWowStudio! I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed working/playing with these chippies. They are not flimsy and thin, they have some thickness, but not too much---just enough to stand up to all the mediums I used and to the abuse I put them through! UmWowStudio is also our awesome sponsor this month and is offering up an awesome $30 gift certificate + free shipping to 1 very lucky random participant of this month's MMMC#38-Altered Embellishments!
On to my project featuring the brand new Large Ivy by Lynne Forsythe!
See? I told you it stood up to some real abuse, lol! First I painted it all over with white gesso. After it dried, I went a bit nuts with Tattered Angels sprays and shimmer paints as well as some Teresa Collins metallic inks. I added microbeads and a wee dragonfly and put a bit of gold threading under the altered chippie. A few little bling gems and wooden sequins, Molly White Crochet Lace and an inspiring sentiment complete my mini burlap canvas.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've found some inspiration in my project and I hope to see yours linked up over at the MMMC blog soon! Happy crafting!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop!

Hello friends! It's the 13th of the month which means it's time for our Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop!!! Yay!!
If you're coming to me from the fabulous and amazing blog of CHERRY, then you're in the right place! If not, then feel free to head over to the RRR BLOG to start the hop and find out how to win the Perfectly Purple July Ribbon Club Assortment!
What a fun assortment this is! If you love purple, then it's obviously for you!! Since RRR is like the Royal family of ribbon, I wanted to make sure the July Ribbon Club Assortment got the attention and honor it deserved. Presenting......my perfectly purple princess mini-album!  
If you know me even a teeny bit, you probably know that I really love tying lots n lots o'ribbons to rings, especially 2 or 3 ring chipboard albums! It always creates the most fun and festive look and makes me fall in love with those wonderful, luscious ribbons all over again. I mean, I can't stop drooling over them! So pretty! And even more so in purple!! Perfectly delightful!!
This Simple Stories Enchanted paper collection and this ribbon assortment are a perfect pair! I love how they all coordinate together just like a royal match made in heaven. I loved this sentiment so much, I made it the cover of my mini album. I added a few 10mm Resin Flower with Rhinestone Flatback Cabochons to the crown for a bit of extra blingyness.
On the very first inside page, I couldn't resist adding a heart from the Bling Metal Rhinestone Buckle Ribbon Slider Assortment. After all, this is love fit for a Princess!
 Dream. Wish. Believe.
Always good advice.
I created a pocket to tuck in some cute journaling cards and fun sentiments on this page...
And more princess power inspiration on this page....
It goes without saying, I simply had to add tiny googly eyes to that adorable froggy ticket...
And the last page dedicated to all you beauties out there--never stop dreaming!!!
Now, your next stop on the hop is SHEILA! Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you like my project featuring the Perfectly Purple Mix July Ribbon Assortment! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Hello friends and a very happy 4th of July to you! It's my day on the Simple Stories blog and I'm sharing a new altered project with an All American theme on this fine Independence Day! I'm definitely an all-American girl at heart, so it's no surprise how much I enjoyed creating this festive shadowbox to add to my Americana home décor! Come along and celebrate with us!
It is a breeze getting your patriotic groove on with the All American Simple Set! The 12x12 patterned papers are perfectly festive and coordinate great with the 6x12 cardstock sticker sheet. For the 3 small squares, the confetti side of Freedom was used in the background and 3 of the square stickers were placed in the center of each.
A few extra sticker elements were popped up on dimensional adhesive dots and added to the small squares for extra interest. The stars and stripes balloon trio and bottle of cola are so much fun and scream USA! The "Independence Day" and "let freedom ring" sticker banners were super easy to add and can be used in so many other cool ways. I love how this collection mixes a fresh, modern feel with an Americana twist so beautifully. Super stylish and just what I was hoping for!
For the larger top portion, the 4x6" American flag from Journaling Card Elements was used in the background. Three firecracker stickers were placed on dimensional adhesive, each with a shiny enamel dot added to the base where it goes POP!
Of course, there has to be a focal point celebrating the day itself, so the July 4th stickers were added with a bit of dimension to honor our independence and all that it means.
And that's my All American Shadowbox! Thanks so much for visiting today and allowing me to share my project with you! I hope you've found a bit of inspiration in it. For those of you who are celebrating today, Happy 4th of July! Happy crafting, one and all!

Product List:
All American Simple Set-
6x12 Sticker- 3061
Freedom- 3063
3x4 and 4x6 Journaling Card Elements- 3064
Say Cheese II-
Enamel Dots- 4331

Other:
7 Gypsies 6x6 Stained Wood Solo Tray
Adhesives