Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Bow-it-All V2.0 Tutorial * Bi-Color Double-Loop Bows with Single-Faced or Printed Ribbon

Hi friends.  I finally got the bi-color double-loop bow with single-faced or printed ribbon tutorial completed.  Now you can tie beautiful bows with all your favorite single-faced ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Bi-Color Double-Loop Bow Tutorial for the Bow-it-All V2.0 using Single-faced or Printed Ribbon

Watch video below | Watch at YouTube
I love the look of this bow combining two different colors and/or styles of ribbon.  The bow looks fantastic when you use two different styles of ribbon of the same color too.  Experiment to see what you like best.
I created this bow with Hot Pink Diamond Satin Ribbon and Pearl Pink with Hot Pink Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon.  One has a beautiful printed dot pattern and the other has a subtle shiny embossed diamond pattern.  Mix them together and you get a GORGEOUS bow.  If you still don't have this fabulous tool, you can order a Bow-it-All V2.0 Tool today at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  You won't be sorry!
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs - July Anything Goes
Creative Moments #71 - Anything Goes/Wet or Dry Embossing
Inspiration Destination #40 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty #234 - Anything Goes
Simon Says - We're Going Dotty
Stampin Royalty #284 - Flowers
Word Art Wednesday #190 - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew #90 - Clean and Simple
Die Cuttin' Diva's #222  - Anything Goes
Digi Chooseday #26 - Use Embossing
Everybody Art Challenge #331 - Clean and Simple
Loves Rubber Stamps #158 - Celebrations
Papertake Weekly - Color theme Pink and/or Red
TTCRD - Anything Goes
PinSpirational #143 - Inspiration image
Crafting From the Heart #66 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #268 - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards #21 - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society #69 - Anything Goes with optional handmade flower
TPE305 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #130 - Anything Goes
Amusing Challenges - Anything Goes
ATW challenge - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle #143 - Sentimental
Simply Papercraft Challenge #7 - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #112 - Anything Goes
Lamberts Lately Create it Thursday #113
DIY Dreamer - From Dream to Reality #174

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
Dies:  My Favorite Things DieNamics Pierced Oval Stax and Prima Donna Petals; Spellbinders Labels 4
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Rose Bud
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000
sewing machine and pink thread

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Christmas in July

Hi friends and welcome to July!  How is it possible that it's July already??
Well, unless you want to be rushing around last minute, it's time to start pumping out the Christmas cards.  I tend to create my card design for the year and then make the number of cards I need assembly line style, so I'll begin fooling around with ideas real soon.

This card is a bit much for my annual assembly line card, but it will go to a special friend this year.

My bow is made with Red Delicate Stitched Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon and was created on my Bow-it-All V2.0.  To view a video of how to create this bow, please click HERE.
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Stamps: Just Rite Stampers
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs:  Poinsettie Strip, Holly Flourish;  
Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A & B
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Walnut Stain
Design Paper:  The Paper Studio All Seasons II Pad
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, Scor-Tape, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000
Other:  Perfect FX Pure Gold Flake Medium

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Welcome New Baby

Hi everyone.  Today I have a pretty baby card to share.  I'll have a new baby niece in July so I thought I'd get the card together ahead of time.  I embellished it with beautiful ribbons and mulberry flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I added a pretty double-layer double-loop bow made with Pearl Pink Delicate Stitched Satin using my Bow-it-All V2.0.  You can view a video tutorial on how I made this bow HERE.
I also added some beautiful Wild Orchid Crafts Mulberry Flowers.  Really Reasonable Ribbon offers a wide variety of mulberry flowers for all your crafting needs.  I used 20mm Open Roses, and 25mm Cottage Roses.  I like to wrap the stem around a needle tool for a fun look.
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

I like to make a special gift for new babies and I haven't had my knitting needles in action in quite a while, so I thought - why not?  
I actually really love knitting and I've missed it, so I selected this blanket pattern because it was really pretty easy.  I know it doesn't look it, but it's a row of knit, row of pearl, row of knit and then the pattern row.  That's a relaxing pattern for me because I only really have to pay attention on every 4th row.
I'm entering my afghan in the following challenge:

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you like the card and the knitted baby blanket.  
What other crafts do you do?

Card Supplies:
Digital Stamp:  Create with TLC 
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 47, Grand Labels 1, Standard Circles small and large
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Adhesives:  Scotch ATG, Stick It!, Designer Dries Clear Glue, Candi Foam Fix, E6000
Other:  Bow-it-All V2.0, Tool-it-All, White Mulberry Paper

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sizzlin' Summer Birthday Card

Hi everyone.  Today I have another card featuring my new favorite two-toned bow style with gorgeous ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I'm in love with two color bows right now.  Aren't they just a show-stopper?  They are actually rather easy to create with your Bow-it-All V2.0.  I have a tutorial out now for a bi-color double-loop double-layer bow and I will be adding one for this basic bi-color double loop bow using single-faced or printed ribbon in the next week or so.  To view all my video tutorials, please visit my YouTube channel HERE.

So I pulled out my new Color Burst powders from Ken Oliver Crafts this weekend and got messy.  Now please realize, I am NOT a messy crafter.  I go to great lengths to keep things as 'un'-messy as possible.  No paints, glitter, sprays, etc in my life (or at least not on a regular basis).  I routinely clean up my work area in the middle of a card because I don't like a mess.  Weeelllll, I saw these powders and since I love the tie-dye look so much, I had to get some, and guess what..... I LOVE the papers you can create with these fun powders!!

A couple things I learned:
1)  Give yourself a large work area and cover roughly 10 times the area you think you will need with newsprint or scrap paper - those powders can travel baby!!
2)  Avoid any type of drafty condition because as I said before - those powders can move baby!  No gentle breeze from an open winder, no working under an a/c vent, don't breath on your work....  
3)  Moisten your paper (watercolor paper works beautifully), gently tap small amounts of powder around your paper, spritz again and watch in amazement as a beautiful design appears.  Apply more powder and additional colors, and repeat until you have the look you want.
4)  Begin with two or three colors.  It's easy to get carried away and the end result is always brown for me.  I don't really know color theory, but I think it's good to stay with colors that are next to each other on the color wheel to avoid brown...
5)  Be sure to go all the way to the edges of your paper, especially if you might be using the paper as I did below.
6)  Most importantly of all, thoroughly clean your work area when you are done.  It's funny how it can appear that the area is clean of powder, but it takes just a teeny tiny amount of powder to make a lot of really dark color (where you least want it).  Even condensation from your water glass can ruin the white card you just spent 14 hours working on if it comes in contact with a speck of left over powder...... <sigh>
7)  New addition to my plans for my dream craft studio - a kitchen sink and counter area for messy wet work.

Have you experimented with these fun new powders?
If so, please let me know what you think and if you have any tips or tricks for working with them.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Dies:  My Favorite Things Die-namics Happy Birthday and Prima Donna Petals
Color Burst from Ken Oliver in orange and lemon yellow  (and also pthalo green for the flower leaves)
Watercolor Paper
Spray Bottle
Adhesives - Scotch ATG, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000

Monday, June 22, 2015

Courage is Something We Have to Learn and Relearn Our Entire Lives

Hi friends.  I'm still playing with my June Summer Fun Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I just adore fun, bright colors.  They really make your project pop!

This fun assortment contains 9 styles and a total of 17 yards of ribbon and trim.
Non a member yet?  JOIN TODAY and begin with this fabulous assortment.

My fun bi-color bow was made with two ribbons from the June Ribbon Club Assortment and created on my Bow-it-All V2.0.  If you are not familiar with this tool, visit my youtube channel and see how easy it is to create fantastic bows in minutes.

We have a Sizzlin' Summer Colors Challenge going on now on the RRR Blog.  Head on over and link up your Sizzlin' Summer Colors projects!
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps #107 - Bingo  (flowers, stamped image, punches/dies or ribbons, punches/dies, layers

Stamp:  My Favorite Things Vertical Greetings
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Designs - Alpine Flourish, Shasta Daisy, Build a Flower 2
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Adhesive:  Stick It!, Scotch ATG, Designer Dries Clear Glue, E6000
Other:  Bow-it-All V2.0, Zutter Tool-it-All 9 in 1 tool