Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #36-Put A Stamp On It!

Hey there! Today I'm sharing a project I made for our month-long challenge over at the MMMC blog and this month, MMMC #36 is "Put A Stamp On It"!
I had the best time inking up and playing with the ever so cute Flamingo Party stamp set from Hunkeydory Crafts. It's available at TopFlight Stamps, who also happen to be our sponsor this month and are offering up a $25 GC to a random winner from all the entries! So don't delay--get your mixed media with stamps mojo on today!
And here's my project!
When I received this stamp set, I immediately loved the flamingos (who doesn't) and I wanted to create a 3D scene with them standing up, so I chose this old jewelry gift box to alter and transform into a fun tropical flamingo party to celebrate the warmer, summer months that are quickly approaching. I had such a great time getting creative with this project! I stamped, cut and colored 4 flamingos, lots of leaves and several little and big pineapples. I also used a few of the mini accents stamps in this set to make a little banner of sorts. A few close ups...
I wanted lots of flowers along with the leaves and fruit and I used a variety of WOC mulberry flowers from RRR to achieve this. For the sparkly lagoon, I fitted a piece of aqua cardstock to the base and covered it with aqua iridescent glitter flecks. I couldn't resist adding this darling little turtle to the scene--he's come to see what this flamingo fun is all about! :)
The little banner I mentioned didn't really turn out the way I intended, but I worked it into the scene anyway since those tiny pineapples and hearts are so darn cute!  I also sprayed a bit of cheesecloth with Emerald Green Glimmer Mist to make it resemble lagoon/swamp-like grass and add more dimension to the foliage areas.
On the inside back panel, I was going for a blended sunset look, which totally failed. However, what came of it instead was a rather cool weathered effect with layers of faded color, so I still used it and I really like it. This is one of the many reasons I love mixed media art. It is very forgiving and a "mistake" often becomes something beautiful that I may never have envisioned on my own. It is very exciting to see what kind of results you will get by experimenting with different mediums!
Okay, I think you saw it from every angle! Thank you so much for visiting me and allowing me to share my mixed media flamingo project with you today! I hope you have found it enjoyable and feel inspired to join our Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #36-Put A Stamp On It in the next week! And don't forget to check out the awesome TopFlight Stamps store for all the latest and greatest stamps from all over the world! Have a great day and happy crafting!

Friday, May 19, 2017

RRR "Anything But A Card" w/Ribbon Challenge

Hi friends and happy Friday! I hope you are gearing up for a fine weekend filled with things you enjoy (which hopefully includes some crafting time, hehe)! Today we have a brand new challenge up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog and I sure hope you'll join in the fun! It's Challenge #164-Anything But A Card with Ribbon or Trim and you have 2 weeks to play!
For my project, I made a little box out of paper that can be used to hold a small gift, trinket, piece of jewelry, etc. It measures at 3 1/2"x 3 1/2" squared. The top and bottom were originally for my emoji love notecard box that I showcased earlier this week, but didn't fit right. Since I didn't want to just toss them, I tried putting them together as a box with lid and....they fit just right, yay! So I went with it and designed the rest of the box, adding some super fabulous RRR ribbons to adorn the front. Here it is...
I tied a strip of Satin Swiss Dots Red ribbon and Double Faced Satin Aqua ribbon into a bow and layered them one on top of the other with a fun decorative brad in the bow center. Then I placed it on the front corner at an angle to make it look like the big bow wraps around the box. Super easy and so pretty!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope to see your fabulous "Anything But A Card" with ribbon or trim creations in our challenge link HERE! Happy weekend, happy crafting a bless your heart!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Emoji Love 3x3 Notecard Box Set

Hi friends! Today I'm up on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog sharing a fun and easy project that I hope you'll be inspired by in some way! I really enjoy making 3x3 note cards because they don't require a lot of time, commitment or supplies and they are always a handy way to add a note to a gift without having to make/use an entire card. So today, I've made a super cute set of 3x3 note cards and a functional box to keep them in!
Of course, I had to use some of my favorite ribbons to adorn the box and set of mini cards. On the front, I added a bit of Aqua Diamond Satin Ribbon to the tag, which is layered under several chipboard elements and embellishments.

I adhered a strip of Red Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon around the box vertically, then made a big bow on the top that resembles ribbon candy.  I love how the beautiful ribbons coordinate so well with this vibrant, youthful design. So much fun!
To make 6 note cards that fit perfectly into this box, I used 2 sheets of 8 1/2x11" cardstock, getting 3-3x3 cards out of each sheet (scraps can be used in the decorating of the card fronts/box). Just measure 3x6" 3 times on each sheet, cut, then score each at 3". Decorate as desired. I added a strip of ribbon to each of the mini's. The Geranium Pink 3/8" Checkerboard Satin Ribbon and the Aqua/White Criss Cross 3/8" Satin Ribbon from the April Aqua and Coral Mix Ribbon Club Assortment worked great with my card design.
For the box, I followed SCS's simple 3x3 Notecard Box Tutorial. I had a blast with the super fun Emoji Love collection from Simple Stories. The bright colors and patterns make it so easy to choose any number of embellishments and fabulous ribbons to coordinate with and complete the look.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you! Happy crafting!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop!

Hi friends! Thanks so much for visiting today! If you're hopping with us for our super fabulous Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop and are arriving to me from CHERRY'S awesome blog, then you are in the right place! If not, why not pop over to the RRR Blog to start!
This month we are showcasing beautiful projects featuring the May Ribbon Club "Patriotic Assortment" and I hope that you'll love it as much a we do!
For my project, I made a patriotic ribbon wreath that will be perfect for upcoming holiday's like Memorial Day and the 4th of July!  I used ALL of the bright and beautiful ribbons in the Patriotic Assortment as well as some Cindy White Crochet Lace to fill in the base of my wreath and easily formed a big bow with Natural Burlap with Wired Edge Ribbon for the top. 
Just cut strips to the desired length and tie to wire wreath form until filled in. For added interest and visual appeal, I added WOC White MagnoliasCottage Roses Mixed Blue Tones, Ivory and Royal Blue Open Roses and White Bead Berry Spray Clusters.
I also added a few stickers and a journaling card element from the new Simple Stories All American Simple Set and I think it goes so great with the May Ribbon Club Patriotic Assortment!
Buttons tied with Natural Burlap String were placed here and there and  I looped a string of crackle glass star-shaped lights (from Christmas) throughout the wreath too, which I think it really adds a lot to the overall charm and Americana feel of it!
And that's all for me! I hope you enjoyed my patriotic ribbon wreath and feel inspired by it in some way! Your next stop on the hop is SHEILA'S blog! Thanks so much for visiting and happy crafting!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Home Sweet Home Memo Board

Hello! I hope you are doing well!  Today I'm so excited to share my first Simple Stories blog post and project with you! I love to alter almost anything, so it's a joy to be in the "altered/home d├ęcor" group of the design team! I have been wanting to transform my ordinary cork board into something fabulous! I found the Domestic Bliss collection to be just right for my memo board makeover! The fresh, beautiful patterns mixed with the fun and perfectly quirky elements make for a most delightful experience in creating!
The main section is for memos, notes and messages and the smaller section is for my weekly dinner menu at a glance. A piece of 12x12 patterned paper was used for the background on the memo section.
For the meal list/menu, the daily chart is one of the 4x6 Vertical Elements and directly above that is one of the 4x4 Elements detailed with enamel dots and clear and regular stickers.
The Epoxy Metal Clips were securely adhered to regular push pins to create an area where notes can be easily slid onto the clips and displayed.
A variety of favorite Decorative Brads, Bits & Pieces and Combo Stickers were done in the same fashion as the clips, transforming them into adorable and fun decorative push pins!
Some blank tabs and bullet elements from the 4x6 Stickers were cut out individually and a small window pouch was created to hold them. Tip: layer a piece of clear plastic over and equal sized piece of patterned paper/cardstock and fold washi tape around the edges to create a visually pleasing window pouch.
The sides of the memo board were covered with Home Sweet Home Washi Tape. It was super easy to do and really adds to the customized look and feel of the memo board.
Finally, a couple of the large floral decorative brads were added to the frame as well as a few small chipboard flowers on the frame corners, topped with an enamel dot in each flower center.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and sticking with me throughout my post! I hope you enjoyed my altered memo board and might be inspired to create something with the wonderful Domestic Bliss collection too! Happy crafting!

Product List: (all Domestic Bliss)
Combo Sticker- 7801
Bless This Mess- 7806
I Can't Adult- 7809
4x4 Elements- 7811
4x6 Vertical Elements- 7813
6x12 Chipboard- 7814
Bits & Pieces- 7816
Enamel Dots- 7817
Domestic Bliss Clear Stickers- 7818
Domestic Bliss Epoxy Metal Clips- 7819
Domestic Bliss Decorative Brads- 7820
Home Sweet Home Washi Tape- 7822
Domestic Bliss 4x6 Stickers- 7825

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop!

Hello friends! I hope you're having a lovely day so far! If you're hopping with us for the Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop and coming to me from the fabulous, amazing CHERRY'S BLOG, then you're in the right place! If not, why not head over to the RRR blog to see the details and start the hop!
This month's Aqua and Coral Mix April Ribbon Club Assortment is super gorgeous!!
I loved using all the ribbons from this assortment on my 2017 Easter mini album and I love how it turned out! I hope you do to!
I really like to tie different ribbon strips to rings on ring albums and the RRR ribbon club assortments are always perfect for this! I used every single beautiful ribbon from the assortment on the cover, inside on some of the album pages and of course, on the rings. I love how this assortment coordinates so perfectly with the adorable Simple Stories Easter Simple Set Collection!
I also loaded the cover with lots of pretty flowers from RRR including Wild Orchid Crafts Ivory Open Roses, 2-Tone Peach Sweetheart Blossoms, and Miniature Gardenias Mixed Colors (I used the Aqua Gardenias) and I made 2 big bows for the front with the 5/8" Coral Rose Bold Diamond Print Satin Ribbon.
 And one more of the ribbon ring...I just love pretty ribbons so very much, don't you? 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my project and now your next stop on the hop is SHEILA! Have a great day!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Topflight Stamps Grand Opening Blog Hop Winner!

Hello and happy Monday! For those of you who participated in the Topflight Stamps Grand Opening Blog Hop last week, thank you!!! It was a great success and because of you, Topflight Stamps is off to a amazing start!
As promised, I get to announce the winner of my personal $10 Topflight Stamps Gift Certificate Winner and that person is MARY HOLSHOUSER!!!  Congrats to you, Mary!!! Please email me at to claim your gift certificate code! And thanks again to everyone else!! Don't forget that every single one of the designers from the hop have their own $10 GC to give away and there's a BIG $50 winner announced directly on the Topflight Stamps Blog today!!!