Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Get Your Spooky On!

Hi friends and to those of you who celebrate, a very happy Halloween to you! I'm sharing the card I finally made for this month's challenge over at Viva Las Vegas Stamps! The October challenge- Get Your SPOOKY On was an inspiration piece and must use predominantly VLVS as the main focal images. I hope I succeeded! Here's the inspiration piece...
And my take on it mixed media style....
I worked with the VLVS images that I felt coordinated with the Halloween/Spooky theme. This strange fellow with the top hat is riding a unicycle of some sort which I find pretty creepy--so I had to throw in a sweet treat to balance it out--this chocolate Hershey's bar is just right!
This is a bit unusual for me but I enjoyed working off an inspiration piece that sparked my creativity in a different way--thanks VLVS! And thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Candy Time!

Hi friends! Today is my final post as an RRR designer and I want to express how much I have enjoyed being a part of their design team over the past 6 months. Thanks to Bonnie, my fellow designers and all the wonderful RRR fans for enriching my creative journey--it's been my great pleasure and honor working with them and sharing my creations and I will miss being part of the team very much. My final project is all about Halloween and my favorite part of Halloween--duh, the candy!! I whipped up this sweet little ensemble below with some super cute paper and embellishments from Doodlebug Designs "Ghouls & Goodies" collection and "Halloween Parade" collection, the Bubblegum Treat Box Die, plus ribbon from the Haunted Halloween Assortment/September ribbon club assortment. Hope you enjoy it!
Are you in the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club yet? It's only $9 per month and each ribbon assortment is filled with a fabulous array of 7-9 different ribbons varying in theme and averaging 14-16 yards of ribbon total. This is a phenomenal value and a perfect gift idea for the upcoming holiday season!
Aren't these patterned papers and stickers from Doodlebug Designs the cutest ever?!! I love how everything in their collections always coordinate so perfectly together--fool proof--which is just right for me! Doodlebug always has all the bells and whistles too--like these adorable mini clothespins and doodle twine--so much fun!! I will be entering my treat box ensemble into MCT Designer Challenge for October. The deadline is on Halloween day, October 31st, so there's still time to join in the fun...if you dare--mwah-hahaha! ;) I'm also tossing this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Treats! If you have a "treat" project you've made this week, why not head over there and join in the challenge too! And I'm also entering it into the Cut It Up! Challenge #56 (I used MCT Bubblegum Treat Box Die) 
Thank you so much for stopping by and making my last post as an RRR designer a wonderful and memorable one! Have a creative and very blessed day my friends!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jar of Love

Hi friends and thanks for popping in! I sure hope your week is going great so far and hang on, Friday's almost here! :) Today I made a card for the Cool Canning Jars Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I just love jars, don't you? They are so much fun in so many ways! I recently received this super cute stamp set from Unity Stamp Co. called Jars of Love x3 by Angie Blom, one of my favorite illustrators and whipped up a simple thank you card.
I have so many wonderful friends who deserve a great big thanks from me--just for being my friend. So I wanted to capture a little bit of love in a jar and send it to someone special. And thank YOU for spending a while here with me today. I really appreciate you and your friendship too! Wishing all my friends a creative and very blessed day!

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!