Monday, March 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Today I'm excited to share my project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop! If you are already hopping, then you should be arriving here from the delightful and ultra talented CHERRY! If not, hop over to the RRR Blog to start!
The Spring Rainbow of Color March Ribbon Club Assortment is one of my favorite's ever! The rainbow of colorful ribbons inspired me to create something I've never done before and I had the most fun creating it!
And here it is...my rainbow mobile with hanging clouds, hearts and stars!
This mobile was a labor of love and it was really fun as well! I started with a large mason jar lid and began tying a strip of ribbon in each color around the lid until it was completely filled in. I die cut clouds and hearts from white, red and light pink felt, then glued them together along a string of fishing line. I added little red bubble heart embellishments to each string for weight, then I glued tiny gold stars randomly along the strings and added a few sequins for sparkle. Finally, I wanted to incorporate something with words into the project and found this white acrylic "little moments" piece from Elle's Studio to work nicely hanging in the center of the mobile.  I love how it turned out. It's even more cute in real life, as it's not easy to get a great shot of a swaying mobile in 38 degree Seattle weather in March--hehe.
And one lastf shot of all those wonderful ribbons....
Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you've been inspired by the beautiful March Ribbon Club Assortment! Your next stop on the hop is SHEILA! Happy hopping and happy creating!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Easy Paper Baskets For Any Occasion

Hi friends! It's my day up at the RRR blog and I'm sharing these little paper baskets that were the easiest things in the world to make! They come in perfect timing for all those upcoming Spring occasions like Easter, May Day and Mother's Day. Change up the patterned papers and you can make these fun baskets for birthdays or any other occasion/holiday you can think of! Super simple, fast and easy! Love it!
Here's the easy paper basket tutorial on how to assemble them. It seriously takes about 1 minute to put together. Another plus is that the little square pieces of patterned paper needed are so small, they are great for using up scraps! I used scraps from the beautiful new Simple Stories Faith collection. It coordinated beautifully with my basket handles which were covered with the simple and pretty Cindy White Crochet Lace. Finally, I added a single WOC Sweetheart Blossom in Ivory to either side at the handle base.
I hope you like these fun little paper baskets and I hope you'll try some of your own! Make sure to add your gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon to make your projects super special! Happy creating!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #34-Buttons!

Hi friends! It's March 1st (what?!) and today I'm super excited to share my project for our brand new Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #34-Buttons!! Just a little tid bit about me: when I was a young girl, I started a button collection. I didn't sew or use them for anything, I simply loved to look at them and collect all kinds of them. I bet my Mom still has that old button collection stored away somewhere in her house. I had forgotten how much fun it is to play with buttons and to incorporate them into projects! Well, I can surely tell you that I have re-discovered my love for buttons!!
Here's my mixed media canvas with lots of buttons--20 to be exact! I used a resin sacred heart from Sandra Everston's Relics & Artifacts line and I also had a chance to use my beautiful Swarovski crystal "woman" symbol, which I placed in the center of the heart. I'm calling it "The Heart and Soul of a Woman". This is why. I've found that life is a continuous journey. It's been a long road for me to discover that my heart and soul completely belong to God, thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has stuck by me through thick, thin and everywhere in between. When I'm the most lost, confused and disoriented--when I'm drowning in shark infested waters--He keeps me afloat. What a great comfort it is to know without a shadow of a doubt that, though it all, God has my back. He has captured my heart and my soul belongs to Him alone. This canvas wasn't planned, it just sort of happened and all those feelings and emotions came with it. So this piece kinda means a lot to me.
After covering everything with gesso, I added color with a variety of shimmer paints and gelatos. I also added some rub-on words, stamping, stenciling and microbeads for more texture and interest.
I hope that you've been inspired to create something beautiful with buttons! And I hope that you'll join in our Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #34-Buttons this month too!! We have an awesome sponsor and prize for 1 lucky artist so stop by the blog for details on how to play!  Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful, creative and blessed day!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fun Shaker Cards with Bows

Hey friends! Happy Friday! Today I'm shaking things up with 2 fun cards featuring pretty ribbons tied in bows! I love shaker cards and I love them even more with ribbon! Everything is better with ribbon, right? Right! Let's see what's shakin'!
I love using 1/8" Diagonal Stripe Ribbon in Black and 1/8" Diagonal Stripe Ribbon in Pink for so many projects. It's easy to tie into bows and just seems to coordinate with everything! These super fun and easy shaker cards sets are new from Jillibean Soup. They were a prize I won recently and I simply adore them! Amongst the new products are pre-cut cards, plastic shape inserts, sequins and stamp/die sets! Here's a closer peek at my bows...
I made a mini double bow with the pink ribbon and a mini triple bow with black ribbon using the ribbon fork bow method.
Thank you so much for visiting the blog! Hope you've enjoyed it and have a great day! Happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Pop Up Box Card

Hello friends! Today I have made a card with a fun twist to share with you! This is the first time I've ever made an "explosion" card (aka: pop up box card) and it was so enjoyable! I will definitely make more of these now that I've done it! Here is a link to the Pop Up Box Card Tutorial I used. And here's my festive pop up box birthday card!
I thought the lovely Yellow Gold Sheer Organza w/Satin Center ribbon was perfect for my bright, cheerful card. I showed off the front with a big double bow and each side panel has a strip of ribbon too. The papers and all the stickers are from Simple Stories Let's Party collection. Here's a peek from another angle.
Just look at all that fun in a box! Yummy cake and soda pop! Bright balloons, noise makers and sparkly stars--polka dotty birthday candles, streamers, presents and pinwheels too!!! :)
Well, I sure hope you've enjoyed my card and maybe even feel inspired to try one of your own! Thanks so much for visiting today! Happy crafting!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop!

Hello my sweet friends! Today is the 13th of the month and that means it's time for the RRR February blog hop! If you're hopping, then you should be coming to me from Cherry's fabulous blog! If not and you wish to join in the fun, start at the RRR blog for blog hop details!
This month's Pink and Green Mix Ribbon Club Assortment is so pretty and fun! I just love it!
I created a set of clean and simple cards featuring these beautiful ribbons. Each card has a different ribbon and one is just as delightful as the other....
Just think of the lovely creations you can make with the ribbon club assortment! Isn't it just wonderful! Next on the hop is Sheila! Thanks so much for visiting today! Happy Crafting!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February Pocket Planner Page

Love is in the air, friends! Can you smell it? Did I mention that the love I am referring to is the delicious waft of freshly baked cupcakes with Swiss buttercream frosting?!! Oh yes indeed!!! I always have to make a batch of my signature cupcakes every Valentine's Day and I usually end up giving most away to neighbors since my hubby doesn't care for sweets and I'd just eat them all myself otherwise! I seriously could get addicted to cupcakes if I wasn't careful! (pics of homemade cupcakes to come). And so, with all this sweetness on my mind, I couldn't help but incorporate some of it into my February pocket planner page! I really enjoy doing my monthly pocket planner page. I just start putting different elements together and have fun. It's a great way to use up some little embellishments and especially stickers that I don't normally use on my projects.  Here's what came of my no-planning planner page....
I also love chocolate anything and that includes my homemade chocolate planner clippie. :)
I like to fill my planner pockets with fun little things like sequins and gold string with little pieces of pretty paper behind them. This is so easy and there isn't a wrong way to do...
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day! Happy crafting!