Sunday, October 19, 2014

Altered Mini Lantern

Hi friends, I hope everyone had a great weekend. Today I'm sharing this little old lantern that I altered with paper flowers and Really Reasonable Ribbon, which is of course, my favorite ribbon of all! I love the look of this lovely Edna Natural Crochet Lace combined with some of my natural cheesecloth flowing down the sides of the rustic lantern. I adorned the top with a variety of Wild Orchid Roses and a bit of the fabulous 2 1/2" Cotton Blend Vintage Travel Print Ribbon. I also added 2 Red Bead Berry Spray Clusters from Wild Orchid Crafts.
--"Inspire" lightbulb and bling charm from Prima Junkyard Findings.
And that's all--short and sweet! I hope you might be inspired with a creatively bright idea of your own today too! Thanks so much for stopping by and staying a while. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

RRR & Heartfelt Creations Blog Hop

Hello friends and welcome to our co-blog hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Heartfelt Creations! If you are already hopping, then you should have arrived here from Jenn. If not, head over to the RRR Blog and start hopping with us! I really enjoyed inking up the beautiful Heartfelt Creations stamps I received. They really have something for everyone--like me, I know everyone doesn't particularly prefer Christian themed stamps, but I enjoy having some in my collection and this one I love. Coupled with some wonderful lace and sheer satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon for an inspiring card.
I also made a little bookmark with the same sentiment and added some white lace and twine along with a few baubles and charms.
And the backside with the same stamp set and some watered down Gelatos.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Your next stop on the hop is Cheryl!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Christmas Present Cards! + Tutorial

Hey there my artsy friends! Sorry it's been a while--I've had quite a bit on my plate lately but I wont bore you with all those dreary details because  I'm excited to share this project with you today! I call them Christmas present cards because my vision was to make a card that resembles a pretty wrapped present with a big beautiful bow in the center! I love wrapping Christmas presents and adding all the pretties to the tops while sipping  cocoa on the floor in front of a toasty fire...ahhh :) Well, making these cards almost felt like I was wrapping a couple of gifts for under the tree! These are going to become gift cards once I add them to the insides making them actual presents! Fun! I used several of the gorgeous ribbons from the October Ribbon Club Assortment, Christmas Celebrations accompanied by these marvelous Wild Orchid Craft Bead Berry Spray Clusters in Red, all from the Really Reasonable Ribbon store!
Aren't they pretty! They came together so easily too! Here's how:
1. Cut a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4" square, a 4 x 4" square and a 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 piece of white cardstock. Score the big piece of card stock at 4 1/4" to make a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4" square card base.
2. Dry emboss both the 3 3/4" and 4" pieces of card stock with folder of choice (I used Divine Swirls from Cuttlebug).
3. Cut ribbon into strips as follows: 2 strips of 4 1/2" red snowflake grosgrain and forest green snowflake grosgrain, 2 strips of 6" red snowflake grosgrain and forest green snowflake grosgrain, 2 strips of 5" red/white wavy vertical stripe satin and Christmas dots and green oval satin and 2 strips of 5" white lace for each card, plus one bead berry spray cluster for each of the centers.
4. Add Viva 3-D Paint in Gold around the edges and about an inch in on the 4 inch piece. This awesome paint is courtesy of Heartfelt Creations for our upcoming RRR and Heartfelt Creations blog hop on October 15th!!! It's going to be great fun and this is your official invitation to join us!! Just visit the RRR Blog on the 15th to see what all the hubbub is about! 
5. Tape down the 2 strips of 4 1/2" snowflake ribbons vertically and horizontally to make a cross on the smallest piece of card stock.
6. Glue the remaining 6 strips together into individual loops then layer as follows to make the bow: criss cross the 2 strips of lace and glue down first. Next, glue down the 6" loops vertically and horizontally. A top of that, glue down the wavy loops in the criss cross pattern. Finally, glue down the beaded spray cluster and attach a mini tag to the top. Adhere the squares together accordingly and done!
I hope you like them and I hope you might give it a try! If you do, be sure to share! I'd love to see them! Thanks so much for visiting me! Have a creative and very blessed day my friends!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers BlogHop-Take 2!

Hey friends! I couldn't stand it--I had to make another card for the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop hosted by Chaitali. Check out the details at her blog HERE!
And look at all the amazing sponsors for today's very special blog hop! Wow! Thanks to each and every one of these wonderful and generous companies!!! Additionally, as co-sponsors of the hop, Amy and Chaitali are each going to pick an entry from the linked ones at the end of the hop. They are calling these Chaitali’s Choice and Amy’s Choice prizes! Each winner will get a $15 giftcard to Simon Says Stamp!
And once again, I inked up my trusty Gina K. set called My Cuppa Joe, illustrated by the fabulous Rupa Shevde. This time, I used the latte beverage and some new Echo Park paper, lace, dainty paper doily and super soft white laced with gold thread. I think it's so much fun! I'm also entering this card into the Inkspirational Challenge #66-Designer's Choice/Beverages & Drinks
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Coffee Lovers BlogHop!

Well hello there! I've decided to join in the Coffe Lovers Blog Hop for National Coffee Day! Yep, that's today y'all!! So fill up you cup and join us for all kinds of fun, inspiration, prizes and all-day flash giveaways to those who participate! Check out the details at our hostess Chailtali's blog HERE!
And look at all the amazing sponsors for today's very special blog hop! Wow! Thanks to each and every one of these wonderful and generous companies!!! Additionally, as co-sponsors of the hop, Amy and Chaitali are each going to pick an entry from the linked ones at the end of the hop. They are calling these Chaitali’s Choice and Amy’s Choice prizes! Each winner will get a $15 giftcard to Simon Says Stamp!
I inked up my tried and true Gina K. set called My Cuppa Joe, illustrated by one of my idols, Rupa Shevde. I adore that lady--she is most definitley "cool beans"! The fabby little sketch is courtesy of one very talented gal named Laurie S. I had fun going crazy with lots of dots! Notice dots on the bg paper, the brown square frame, 3 circles within the frame, the small circle with red dots tucked behind the main image, the 3 red glitter dots, and the tiny dots around the "You're Cool Beans" sentiment! Are you spinning in circles yet? hehe :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!!!

Pick Of The Patch

Hello and happy Monday my friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a productive week ahead! I'm getting a head start on my cards for Halloween--Now I don't do scary, but I definitely do cute and I think this sweet little image from Crafty Secrets fits the bill!
I enjoyed making this card, adding black stickles to the photo corners for some sparkle (even though you can see it on here) and a few bling and enamel dots just for fun! I also love how versatile paper doilies are--like how on my card, it adds a bit of delicate softness and makes the kitty and peeking child seem even sweeter! I adore this shimmery orange ribbon from the September Ribbon Club Assortment! It's so pretty and a great bargain, as is always the case at Really Reasonable Ribbon! Thanks so much for visiting me today! I will be catching up on your blogs today too!! TTYS! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

STAMPtember® Celebration with Simon Says Stamp!

Hello sweet friends! Today I'm extra excited to share with you because I was chosen one of the very lucky peeps to receive a brand new stamp set and showcase a project for Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® celebration!!! I was even more thrilled when I received this wonderful Christmas stamp set called Peace On Earth. It's such a delightful set with lots of beautiful sentiments that are sure to make your handmade holiday creations even more special! Here's a look at it!
And here's what I made. A festive goodie bag at each place setting on your holiday table will certainly delight your guests! I thought it was a cute idea to attach the bag to a wine glass with a mini clothespin for presentation. I hope you like it too! I'm also throwing my festive bitty bag into the current PaperIssues blog challenge-Anything Goes w/ Whisker Graphics sponsoring this one!
And this big, beautiful sentiment is my fave! It really says it all, don't you think? Simply adorable.
I hope you have been following the Simon Says Stamp blog and social media outlets because they have been overflowing with wonderful inspiration and great ideas all month long for  STAMPtember®! No? Hey, it's not too late! Just join in the fun at their BLOG and see what you've been missing--including daily giveaways like only Simon Says Stamp can do!  Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share my project with you! Have a creative and very blessed day!