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. 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 dΓ©cor! 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

7 Gypsies 6x6 Stained Wood Solo Tray

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop!

Hi there! It's the 13th and that means it's time for the June Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon! Hooray!! If you are already hopping, then you should be arriving to me from the fabulous and amazing blog of CHERRY! If not, then just hop over to the RRR Blog for details and to start the hop!
Here's the June RRR Ribbon Club Assortment-Ocean Breeze in all its glory! So fabulous! Take a look!
So pretty and fresh, right?! I love this assortment! I always like to try to incorporate as many of the ribbons as possible when I make my RRR blog hop project. This month I wanted to do something completely different and new and decided to alter a metal bird house frame, transforming it into a sweet little cottage, brimming with color and happy things!
This is a very special cottage and it comes with a story! It was abandoned and falling apart--getting overgrown with weeds with a dilapidated and leaky roof. But the animals of the forest didn't see all that--they only saw the potential of the place. So, one fine day, they all came together and got busy restoring the cottage into a magical little world of love and beauty. And now all the woodland critters live together in their tiny home, happily ever after!
You might have noticeed the one-of-a-kind ribbon thatched roof! This is where most of the ribbons were used and I'm kind of in love with how it turned out. I love the detailed patterns on each ribbon and how they add even more interest to the fun roof! The owls thought it would be a hoot to add some colorful buttons tied with Natural Burlap String here and there. Afterwards, they nested atop the bed of soft ribbon shingles and settled right in.
Welcome to our happy home! Come on in an take a closer look......
All the pretty flowers are in full bloom here at the cottage. We don't know exactly what month it is, fore time isn't of the essence here. We enjoy a perpetual Spring/Summer in these magical woods where the warm days make way to mildly cooler evenings and fire flies light up the night. Ivory Open Roses and Pink Open Roses are popping out through the white picket fence. Off-White Chrysanthemums surrounded by a lovely Mix of Cosmos Daisy Stem Flowers, colorful Sweetheart Blossoms and Apple Blossoms adorn the front of each side of painted chipboard window frames, along with the dreamy Aqua Double-Faced Satin (part of the June Assortment) tied into soft, loopy bows. Growing from what seems like every crevice and corner are bright, beautiful flowers of all kinds. Tiny Two-Tone Leaves and White Spiral Stamens spout from within the greenery and shrubs. All is well in this happy world. No stress, no problems. Welcome home!
Inside the cottage stands a peaceful fairy statue and a birdbath, which the birds come to gather around daily and chirp about all the interesting things. Shimmering leaves hang from the ceiling and an worn pink bicycle rests against the rusted brick wall, possibly awaiting the return of a joyful child coming to take it for a spin down old Country Road where the wild strawberries grow.
Around the house on one side is a cute double window with white heart shutters.
On the opposite side, a handmade window sill planter filled with sparkling Resin Flowers with Rhinestone Flatback Cabochons and a metal water faucet.
This little flower planter was such fun to make! 😊😊😊
A final view of my altered cottage...
And that's all for me! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've been inspired! Your next stop on the hop is SHEILA! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

4th of July Card

Hi friends! Today is my day on the RRR Blog and  I'm sharing a fun and easy card for upcoming Independence Day! I love the 4th of July for so many reasons. First and foremost, it represents our nation's fight for independence and victory of freedom, which we all enjoy today. I am very thankful to be an American. I try to remember how most places in the world today still have much oppression and how very blessed we are to be living here in the USA. I think it's the best place on Earth to call home. With this in mind, let us celebrate America, the beautiful with pride and glory this Independence Day!
I used a strip of Double-face Satin in Old Gold ribbon and layered a thinner strip of Canvas Color Band with Stitch Edge in Red ribbon over it. I cut 2 shorter strips of the canvas ribbon and tied them in a knot to add to both sides. The image and papers are from the All-American Simple Set from Simple Stories. I added 3 small gold glittery enamel dots to the rocket pops, which brings out that sparkle in the Old Gold Satin.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you've found a bit of patriotic inspiration in my card today! Happy crafting!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Simple Stories "Well Of Faith"

Hello there and happy June! Today I get to share my latest altered project on the Simple Stories blog made with the beautiful and timeless Faith collection. A 3D wooden wishing well by Sa Crafters was the perfect piece for my plan. I designed it with a certain scripture in mind: John 4. This is when Jesus comes to rest at Jacob's well and the Samaritan woman arrives to get water. Jesus explains to the woman that all who drink the well water will be thirsty again; but whomever drinks the water that He gives them will never thirst again. For Jesus is the true, living water and indeed, the water He gives us will become in us a spring of water welling up to eternal life. And this is how my well of faith came to be.
As you can see, this is no usual well. This is a very special well indeed! It's brimming with all good things so that anyone who comes to it, thirsty, might bear witness to the true, living water of Christ. There are countless elements in the Faith collection to embellish with. So much so, I found it difficult to stop adding darling goodies to my project. Come and be inspired by the joy and love within!
The well is covered with some of the patterned papers from the Faith collection, giving it a nice feel of floral mixed with woodgrain and lots of colorful pretties. Grace washi tape was perfect to use for covering all the edges, so painting them white first wasn't even necessary. I love all the cute accents of this collection. From the balloons, potted plants and world globe chipboard to the faith bible and Winston wearing his I heart Jesus sweater decorative clips....there is so much to adore!
The "shine" decorative brad is a perfect accent for the theme. As God's children, we have a certain light in us and He wants us to shine brightly. He is the light of the world and we are His city on a hill--so let your light shine!
I love the quality of Simple Stories products. The heavy duty cardstock stickers stood up to all my abuse when manipulating them into the scene. Like the lights and lantern hung from the inside ceiling.
Enamel dots are so cool. Here, they were transformed into a colorful string of fun also hung from the inside of the well.
And a few more enamel dots on the tiny blooms of the chipboard add just the right amount of dimension.
The roof's trim was designed using the 12 inch heart border sticker cut down to fit the length of each side. Delicate Victoria White Crochet Lace trim underneath the border, along the top of the roof and around the edges of the well adds a sweet touch.
And that's my well of faith altered project. I hope you enjoyed it. I certainly took great pleasure in creating it! And I hope you've been inspired by the Faith collection today. Thank you so much for visiting! Happy crafting!

Product List: (All Faith Collection)
Combo Sticker- 7701
Grace- 7702
Shine- 7703
Charity- 7704
6x12 Chipboard- 7715
Bits & Pieces- 7717
Enamel Dots- 7719
Decorative Brads- 7722
Decorative Clips- 7723
4x6 Stickers- 7724
4x6 Clear Stickers- 7725
Grace Washi Tape- 7727

Other Products:
3D Wood Wishing Well by Sa Crafters
Victoria White Crochet Lace by Really Reasonable Ribbon
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Adtech Hi Temp Precision Pro Hot Glue Gun and various adhesives